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My May Books-of-the-Month have arrived! Just in time for my BIRTHDAY!

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Today is my birthday! 🎂🎈 Yay for me! Except for the fact that I am not feeling well (autoimmune flare-up, not covid). But lucky me, my husband works from home today & my daughter is also here to help me out with everything & force me to sit & chill & just plain relax for the day. I’ve been doing so much lately & I often forget that due to my “invisible” illnesses, I do have limitations & need to take time to just relax each day & not overdo it. Also, here in Ohio many businesses are re-opening today (with provisions, of course, & limitations), but I know I will still be wearing my mask when I go out especially now, since I expect people will be flocking to all of the businesses that have been closed for the last 2 mos or so.😷

Since it’s my birthday month & I am an official Book of the Month B.F.F., I got a FREE add-on book! Once you have received your 12th BOTM box, you become a BFF & receive some great swag! A FREE tote bag, a FREE add-on book during your birthday month, & a your choice of one of the five Book of the Year finalists at the end of the year FREE.

The May book selections were:

Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. She yearns for a pursuit worthy of her life, but finds no outlet for her considerable talents. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus, each is drawn to and enriched by the other’s spiritual and philosophical ideas. He becomes a floodgate for her intellect, but also the awakener of her heart.

Their marriage unfolds with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, James and Simon, and their mother, Mary. Here, Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to the Roman occupation of Israel, partially led by her charismatic adopted brother, Judas. She is sustained by her indomitable aunt Yaltha, who is searching for her long-lost daughter, as well as by other women, including her friend Tabitha, who is sold into slavery after she was raped, and Phasaelis, the shrewd wife of Herod Antipas. Ana’s impetuous streak occasionally invites danger. When one such foray forces her to flee Nazareth for her safety shortly before Jesus’ public ministry begins, she makes her way with Yaltha to Alexandria, where she eventually finds refuge and purpose in unexpected surroundings.

Grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’ life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her.

After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for overprivileged infants on New York’s Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy.

There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her perfect life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the cool women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.

Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Sam—she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart.

No. That’s a lie. It wasn’t sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzie’s marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes.

The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help—even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect.

As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed—and that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Grace Hall private school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah—along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor—have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Bunny Lampert is the princess of North Shore⁠—beautiful, tall, blond, with a rich real-estate-developer father and a swimming pool in her backyard. Michael⁠⁠—with a ponytail down his back and a septum piercing⁠—lives with his aunt in the cramped stucco cottage next door. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems.

At six foot three, Bunny towers over their classmates. Even as she dreams of standing out and competing in the Olympics, she is desperate to fit in, to seem normal, and to get a boyfriend, all while hiding her father’s escalating alcoholism. Michael has secrets of his own. At home and at school Michael pretends to be straight, but at night he tries to understand himself by meeting men online for anonymous encounters that both thrill and scare him.

When Michael falls in love for the first time, a vicious strain of gossip circulates and a terrible, brutal act becomes the defining feature of both his and Bunny’s futures⁠⁠—and of their friendship. With storytelling as intoxicating as it is intelligent, Rufi Thorpe has created a tragic and unflinching portrait of identity, a fascinating examination of our struggles to exist in our bodies, and an excruciatingly beautiful story of two humans aching for connection.

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📚Many of the books each month are Early Releases, meaning you can get a nice hardback copy of a book sometimes a month or more before the gen public! Full-size, beautiful hardback books for nearly HALF of what you would pay anywhere else, & well-curated selections of various genres. A little something for everyone! You can add-on other books for even LESS (up to 3 books total per month) & you can skip any month you like. (You can cancel anytime, but trust me, you won’t want to!)

If you have been on the fence about joining Book-of-the-Month, I encourage you to do it now! There are some GREAT books to choose from & with some excellent summer releases coming, you will be able to get in on that readerly action before your non-BOTM friends. You get a special introductory price for your first BOTM & then you will be on your way to becoming a BOTM BFF like me! Click HERE to use my special referral code & get a nice discount on your first BOTM selection.

📚Are you already a member? What book(s) did you chose for May? Or did you skip perhaps? What books are you hoping will be in the June batch? Personally, I am hoping for the new Riley Sager book as a June or July selection. (I was set to meet him at an author event in early July, but that is cancelled now. So bummed.) Today is also a pretty great pub day! Tuesday’s are always fun when it comes to IG & seeing what new books released that day. Any particular book(s) come out today that you are excited to read? Oh, & don’t forget I have a new giveaway going on Instagram. Click HERE to go to that post.

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Well, folks, hope you all have a wonderful week! Stay safe out there! And don’t forget to wash your hands & stop touching your face! 😊😷🎂

About ME · Audiobooks · Book Reviews · LibroFm

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! (well, sort of…) [TAKE 2]

(****Ok I will start off by saying you probably already got an email with this post, but for some reason it was not showing up on my blog & is still in my “draft post” file. So I am hitting the “publish button one more time. I put a lot of work into the post & just want it to actually show up on my blog & get out of the wrong file. Thanks for understanding….)

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!! Especially to my fave, Gathering Volumes Bookstore in Perrysburg, OH! And thank you @readforeverpub & @hachetteaudio for my free copies of ‘The Happy Ever After Playlist‘ by Abby Jimenez!

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While the “official” Indie Bookstore Day is now postponed until Aug 29th, we are still having an online celebration today to recognize, thank & support our local & independent bookstores! During these difficult times I can tell you that reading (whether physical books or audiobooks) has really helped me get through some tough days.

Me reading The Eye of Zeus by Alane Adams with my youngest

I listen to audiobooks during the day to help with the stress & anxiety of being isolated for weeks with my overly loud & bored kids, & I have also incorporated daily outloud reading time with them as part of our new homeschooling routine, which I will continue to do even when our official school year ends. Then in the evening when I can sit quietly, I read my physical books.

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Right now I am listening to ‘The Happy Ever After Playlist‘ with of my Libro.fm app. Libro.fm is an audiobook app that supports Indie Bookstores with their sales. By choosing Libro.fm over other audiobook companies, you support a local bookstore of your choice.

Most people think you can only buy physical books from indie bookstores, but that’s not true. Many bookstores have partnered with Libro.fm to support audiobook sales as well. No more waiting for your library holds to come in. Get the audiobook you want as soon as it is released via your Librofm app or use BookStoreLink.com to find the books you want at an independent bookstore. Many have curbside pick-up or will ship the books to you.

My independent bookstore of choice is Gathering Volumes Bookstore in Perrysburg, Ohio. They also have a special going on this weeekend which includes a FREE Independent Bookstore Day totebag! Click HERE to go to their Instagram post that tells you the details. I think I will be making a purchase from them this weekend for sure! They also ship books, sell e-books & audiobooks, & have some really fun, nicely curated book subscriptions for all ages. They also have a used book section with some fantastic deals!

Today ONLY, anyone who has a Librofm app will get TWO pre-selected audiobooks for FREE (info link in bio) & if you start an audiobook membership & use my code MOMLOVESREADING, you will get a 3-for-1 audiobook deal (books of your choice!) That’s FIVE audiobooks for one low price TODAY only! (However, my code deal is good anytime!)

To help out our bookseller community even more, Libro.fm has partnered with a range of artists to create 10 pairs of socks for book lovers. Profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support booksellers across the nation affected by COVID-19.

1-Browse the Designs: These one-of-a-kind socks feature art from illustrators, authors, and designers who love books just as much as you do.

2-Name Your Price: All socks start at $15, but you can choose to pay as much as you’d like to increase your impact.

3-Support Booksellers: Pull on your socks, put on an audiobook, and stay safe at home while supporting booksellers across the nation.

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Independent bookstores are not just stores. They are community centers & local anchors run by passionate readers. Bookstores are like an entire universe of ideas & places to visit. They are my happy place! I miss them & they miss us & need our sales more than ever to help them stay afloat when their doors open back up. Be sure to download your FREE Libro.fm today to get your FREEBIE’s then consider starting a membership using my code. You can cancel anytime, but if you are enjoying the app & the audiobooks while supporting indie booksellers, why would you want to? Click HERE for more info on how Libro.fm works.

And as always…stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

About ME · Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Familiar Dark” by Amy Engel

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Thank you @duttonbooks for my gifted copy of “The Familiar Dark” by Amy Engel!

Set in the poorest part of the Missouri Ozarks, in a small town with big secrets, “The Familiar Dark” opens with a murder.

Eve Taggert, desperate with grief over losing her daughter, takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened. Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life, having been raised by a hard-edged mother whose lessons Eve tried not to pass on to her own daughter. But Eve may need her mother’s cruel brand of strength if she’s going to face the reality about her daughter’s death and about her own true nature.

Her quest for justice takes her from the seedy underbelly of town to the quiet woods and, most frighteningly, back to her mother’s trailer for a final lesson.

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What a gripping, darkly addictive, heart-wrenching read! Just so good! Engel’s previous book, “The Roanoke Girls” gave you taste of her amazing writing skills, and “The Familiar Dark” is no exception.

Engel created an expertly paced novel wrought with grittiness, betrayal, vengeance, and perfectly nuanced, damaged characters. “The Familiar Dark” is a disturbing, psychological thriller at heart, but it is also powerful, emotional and thought-provoking. You will remember this story long after you have finished reading it.

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The Familiar Dark” was released on 3/31. Look for it at your local independent bookstore. Many bookstores are doing curbside pickups and home deliveries. Amazon is not prioritizing most books and it may takes weeks to get it from them…Shop LOCAL. Independent bookstores need our help right now more than ever! Use BookStoreLink to find a bookstore near you or one that ships.

QOTD: What are you reading this weekend? Also, stay tuned…new giveaways (yep, GIVEAWAYS) coming soon!

I am struggling with reading lately. I am on week 5 of homeschooling and having kids home (and having ZERO quiet time or a moment to myself) and not gonna lie, it’s getting to me. I’m starting to get salty with the ones I love and snapping at my husband and kids, catching myself doing it, then feeling like a piece of garbage afterwards. Honestly, I think I just need a good ugly cry, a long walk with an audiobook, and maybe a glass of wine (or two) on days that have just gotten the better of me. I did stay up til 1am last night with my daughter watching “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” & “PS I Still Love You” on Netflix, I did have 2 small glasses of Cabernet, and just getting some alone, quiet time with her was nice! (And it DID help my mood, and the movies were cute, YA fluff, based on the books by Jenny Han.)

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

About ME · RebateApps

How to Get Books for FREE using Rebate Apps! (Post 1 in Series)

Pic from Fetch Rewards app

In my circle of friends I am known as the one that saves lots of money with coupons, rebates, sales, etc. I use paper coupons, digital coupons, loyalty programs (IE: Target Circle, Ulta Beauty Rewards, etc). I have about 50+ apps on my Iphone that are just for grocery stores, restaurants, online shopping, printing coupons, & rebate apps. I make it a habit of checking my store apps (Kroger, Target, Meijers) digital coupons once or twice a week & add the ones that I would possibly use to my app account. I have literally saved thousands of dollars every year by taking a little bit of time to do this. We’ll talk more about store apps some other time. Today I am going to introduce you to the “Fetch Rewards” app in my first post in a series of Rebate App blog posts…

Rebate apps that I use to earn FREE BOOKS as a treat to myself for all the money I save my family with my other apps!

First up in this series is by far probably the EASIEST of all the apps I use…Fetch Rewards! You just download the app, scan your receipts within 14 days, and the app will show you how many reward points you earned with that receipt within minutes. You don’t have to do anything before you shop or while you are shopping, and you can also connect the email associated with your online grocery purchases to automatically earn reward points from places like Walmart.com, Target.com, Instacart, & more! You can even connect your Amazon account to earn reward point for certain Amazon grocery purchase as well! (And don’t worry, Fetch Rewards keeps your data safe & doesn’t sell your information to anyone.)

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First step is to, of course, download the app. (I use an Iphone, but most apps are available for other phone brands operating systems as well.) When you open the app, use my referral code MP1JV to automatically receive an extra 2000 reward points when you upload your first store receipt. You can also click HERE to use my referral link & download the app. (And yep, it’s FREE!) Just make sure you use the code or the link to get that bonus (& I get a little bonus, too, for telling you about this amazing app!)

Lay your receipt out on the counter as flat & wrinkle free as possible & make sure you have decent lighting. Don’t worry, the app will let you know if it can’t read your receipt info very well & prompt you to take a clearer photo & find better lighting. Open your app, click on the photo button, & starting with the very top of your receipt, snap your first photo that must include the top corners of the receipt AND the store name. Don’t leave anything out.

Then line up the next snapshot with the first one (the app will show you your last photo), & snap that pic. Do this until you have scanned your full receipt, including the bottom two corners. When you are done, submit it, & wait for the magic to happen. With in minutes (95% of the time) Fetch will let you know how many reward points & bonus points (if applicable) you earned with that receipt.

My pic is kinda bad since it was hard to screen shot while taking the photo…but you get the point.

You have 14 days to scan your receipt. You can only scan each receipt once, but don’t worry, Fetch will let you know if you already scanned a receipt. If you feel Fetch may have missed an item you should have received points for, don’t worry; there is a way to let them know so they can check & see if they did in fact miss an item (or two). There are HUNDREDS of brands that earn reward points (my app currently shows 311 brands!) & most of these brands are common ones, not rare finds like on some apps. On the “Discover” page of the app you will see your special offers, bonus points, & all your current high point offers.

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Click on the activity icon and you will see your yearly, monthly & weekly progress, such as how many receipts you have submitted, how many points you have received, how much you have spent at each store, breakdowns for each receipt, & so much more! (I didn’t include a photo of my activity for privacy’s sake.)

311 current brands & more added all the time!

Once you have accumulated at least 3000 points (which is fairly easy to do), you can cash your points in for a $3 gift certificate reward (hundreds to choose from!). Personally, I would NOT redeem your points just yet. I wait until I have at LEAST 5000 points to redeem for a $5 reward gift certificate, BUT I usually like to stockpile my points until I have $20 or more. It just makes the gift card amount that much bigger ($20) & when I get a $20 Amazon gift card, that is a pretty good discount on a couple of paperbacks or a hardback. Other places I get gift cards for to get books for FREE are Barnes & Noble, Walmart & Target. There are also TONS of restaurant gift cards available, such as my favorites Chipotle, Starbucks, Panera & Dunkin. It doesn’t end there…there are also hundreds of store gift cards as well, like Sephora, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Lowes, Macys, & MORE!

Click HERE for my referral link & earn 2000 bonus points on your first receipt scan

So, don’t delay! Start earning FREE gift cards from your receipts today & be sure to use my referral code MP1JV or THIS link https://fetchrewards.onelink.me/vvv3/referralemail?code=MP1JV to get your bonus 2000 points. It’s SO easy & a fun way to reward yourself during these tough times. If you have questions, there is a FAQ section that can answer them for you or you can comment here (or email me) & I will do my best to answer them.

Stay tuned for another rebate app post coming soon & learn how to save $$$ & earn freebies! As a mother of 5, I have been using coupons & savings/rebate apps for YEARS & the last time I checked all of my app savings, I was over the $5000 mark on how much I have gotten back in either cash or gift cards, so I call that a MAJOR WIN!

If you are just visiting my blog today, why not go hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out on my Rebate Savings Series posts & my book reviews & giveaways, too! Happy Sunday to you all & stay safe out there! (Now, go wash your hands!)

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(3) Winner Giveaway on Instagram Starts TODAY!

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Time for a GIVEAWAY! (3 winners!) Thank you @Flatiron_books for my free copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” & for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!
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From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, & compulsively readable novel about first love & its confusions, & all of the awkwardness of teen romance.
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When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach & Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed & decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, & meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, & nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along & shakes things up even further.
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“It Sounded Better in My Head” is a compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” & “Emergency Contact”. (Book pub date 4/7)
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“My So-Called Life” meets “Awkward”, this book will instantly transport you back to all that teenage insecurity & vulnerability as you get to know Natalie. This book is charming, relatable, tender & deals with all those woe’s that are often quite traumatic for teens: bad acne, puberty, self-worth, hormonal changes, teen-love, etc. I enjoyed the book & here’s your chance to as well!
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Three winners will receive an advance copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” from my pals at Flatiron!
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To enter (must do the following): (**Click HERE to head to the giveaway post on Instagram.)
1. Like this post.
2. Must be following @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
3. Tag 2 friends in comments. (Up to 10x, only 2 per comment)
4. Must live in U.S.
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Bonus entry:
*Share to your stories & tag @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
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Giveaway begins 3/20/20 & ends 3/23 at 11:59pm EST. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No giveaway accounts. No unfollowing after giveaway or you will be banned from all future @mom_loves_reading giveaways (& there are a LOT!)

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Remember, you can only enter the giveaway on my Instagram page so be sure to head there. You can get there by clicking HERE.

How is everyone doing with self-isolation and social distancing? I have been doing the home school thing with my kids all week. They are autistic, identical twins and on an IEP at school, so they are missing out on their therapies and school routines, but I have been making a hour by hour schedule for them daily, including Ipad breaks, snack time, meal time, etc. and it has been working! Today they stopped what they were doing, turned TV & Ipads off & sat down at the kitchen table all ready for their “teacher” to get “class” started. I was so impressed!

I bought a bunch of Brain Quest work books from the local book store yesterday as supplemental learning material for our home school learning. The pages in those books are so much more colorful & the instructions are very clear. I highly recommend them!

Home Schooling: Week 1 in the books!

And I am still hunting for toilet paper daily, so if anyone comes across any websites where I can order some, please let me know. I have tried Walmart, Target, Sams, & a few other sites & NADA! I just know someone has a garage full of toilet paper & it’s sad & ridiculous. God bless all those health care, grocery store, & toilet paper factory workers out there! May we all remember them & the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe & fed! Stay safe out there people, wash your hands & have a great Friday!

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Introducing Downlite Bedding…my new favorite bedding!

My sweet sons reading together with my Downlite Bedding

A few weeks ago, Downlite bedding reached out to me and asked me if I would like to try out one of their Downlite EnviroLoft® Lightweight 230 TC Hotel Style Down Alternative Blankets (see above in photo). Not only could I try it out for myself, but I got to keep it! (How freaking amazing and generous is that?!) And let me tell ya, I LOVED the blanket! My husband LOVED the blanket! My kids LOVED the blanket!

The day I caught my boys all curled up on my bed with this blanket, reading “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” together, I knew I had a perfect photo to represent how much we all love this blanket! As a matter of fact, this photo is getting printed and framed! (My daughter, who is 22, wanted to keep the blanket for herself, but heck no! It’s all mine, sista!) It is just the right weight and thickness, easy to clean, and I can’t wait to find a pretty duvet cover for it (even though you totally don’t have to cover it; it is super nice just on it’s own!)

(Website description:) Used by countless hotels and resorts needing a light amount of warmth for their beds. This hotel blanket is great for the summer time and/or warmer climate zones. Crisp cambric cotton fabric is quilted with 10″ squares with a 5 inch frame/border. This soft blanket features 4 duvet loops for use with a duvet cover.

Eddie Bauer 3-pc Dorm Kit
(Photo from Downlitebedding.com)

I know some of you either have kids currently in college or getting ready to head there in the fall. This set is regularly $125. and is on sale for a mere $25! ($100 off! Whaaat!) And your kid will need the most comfortable bedding there is for those awful dorm beds. These are so inexpensive and nice, these would make wonderful graduation gifts, so stock up on a few sets now before 2020 graduation rolls around in May/June.

(Website description:) Take charge of your dorm experience with this 3 piece dorm bedding kit by Eddie Bauer. This kit includes a mattress pad that fits twin xl OR twin beds, a twin xl comforter and a down alternative pillow. The mattress pad offers waterproof protection, making it great to pair with an egg crate topper or fiber bed. All three items use a silky 300 thread count white cotton sateen fabric.  

(Website description:) Perfect for when you need warmth for your upper body, but don’t want your feet too warm with a traditional throw blanket. Easy care polyester plush fabric is tailor cut to drape over your shoulders and overlap in the front for snuggly warmth. Features pockets to keep your hands snuggly. Easy care wrap is machine washable and dryable for years of comfort. Makes a great gift or treat yourself!

  • Hypoallergenic Polyester Fabric
  • Easy Care Machine Washable & Dryable
  • Two Pockets
  • Reversible Plush To Silky Smooth Plush
  • Sold Individually

I am forever buying blankets for my boys. They like a nice, comfy, cozy blanket they can cover up with in bed, but also lay on the floor when they are playing with toys or just feel like chilling on the floor. The blankets I have bought before (from the big box stores) fall apart easily, get pilly after a few washes, or my kids find the blankets easy to pick apart (they are autistic, and picking things apart is kind of their thing.) These throws are perfect for them, well-made, durable and super cozy.

(Website description:) Stay warm wherever adventure takes you. These luxurious Eddie Bauer® packable throw blankets are filled with hypoallergenic PrimaLoft®, The Luxury Down Alternative. Combined with packable fabric for a space saving design. Measuring 50 by 60 inches plus matching storage bag. They are ultra-light and ultra-warm making them the ultimate cozy travel companion. Available in two great colors, these Eddie Bauer throw blankets make the perfect gift for someone you love. And they are currently on sale for $40 (reg $60)

Wrinkly because my kids were enjoying laying on it!

If you want to try out Downlite bedding for yourself (comforters, sheets, pillows, blankets, etc), click HERE to be taken to the website and use the code SWEET20 now through 2/29 for a sitewide 20% off. After 2/29 you can use my special code DYGEN15 for 15% off your order. You will LOVE your new Downlite bedding!

About ME

Welcome to Mom Loves Reading…the Blog!

I am a married, mother of 5 (plus 1 elderly chihuahua), and I am also an avid reader. I read many genres of books: thrillers, contemporary fiction, some sci-fi (hello, Blake Crouch!), YA, non-fiction, and more. I am also a huge fan of audio books, thanks to Libro.fm and the Libby app through my local library. Audio books are my go-to method of reading during the day when I am busy running around doing my usual “mom” stuff, and physical books are my morning with coffee and evening with herbal tea way to unwind.

I started this blog the first week of 2020 as an addition to my other social media outlets (Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter) so I could have a more creative, personal space for my book reviews, recommendations, what I’m reading now, what I recommend, and also some more personal tidbits about my life as a mother of 5 (including identical twins with autism), living with autoimmune diseases, life in a small, lakeside (touristy) town and other interesting stuff.

Thanks again for visiting Mom Loves Reading! I would love it if you would subscribe. You will get email notifications for new posts and be one of the first people to know when a giveaway is coming up and when one is currently running. I giveaway LOTS of advance copy books from publishers as well as other books. So click that Subscribe button and tell your bookish friends to do the same. Sharing is caring!😉