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Tuesday
May292012

Looking Back On Looking Forward

I've spent the last two weekends attending graduation ceremonies. As I sat through several valedictory speeches, I couldn't help but think back to my own speech thirteen years ago. 

I remember stressing about my speech. I wrote one draft in which I imparted all my great wisdom on success. Thankfully, I was self-aware enough at seventeen to eventually realize I didn't actually have any wisdom. Unfortunately, I realized this the night before graduation.

I rewrote my speech with hours to spare and graduation was the first time I had ever delivered it. I decided to be honest about how scared I was and address my classmates and some of what we had been through in our four years of high school. 

While there are still parts that make me cringe, I'm overall proud of my speech all these years later. Looking back it was the first time I really found my voice as a writer and truly realized how much I enjoyed writing itself.

Oh and I cry... a lot. 

So, here it is. Seventeen-year-old Sarah imparting all the wisdom she can manage as she heads off into adulthood (or as much adulthood as you face in college).

~ Sarah Stewart Holland

Monday
May282012

Memorial Day 2012

Ten years ago (almost to the day), my now husband graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and became a Second Lieutenant. During his years spent on active duty, I learned that it's not only the soldiers who dedicate their lives to public service but their families too. So, in remembrance of their contributions to our country this Memorial Day, I'd like to thank those who wear the uniform and their wives, partners, children, and the community of people who also heroically sacrifice.

Enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. We'll see you back here tomorrow!

~ The Other Sarah

Friday
May252012

{Featured Friday Review & Giveaway} On My Way to the Bath Children's Book

As bath time approaches, parents usually are (come on admit it) counting down the minutes to get the night’s show on the road while the kids are asking for one, two, three, no, four more minutes of play. No? That’s just my son and me?

On My Way to the Bath, the delightful new children’s book from Sarah Maizes, makes me feel that my family isn’t alone. Despite her mother’s increasingly impatient pleas for Livi to get in the tub, the little girl’s imagination definitely gets the best of her. Getting clean definitely can’t compete with her adventures as a snake, larger-than-life statue, dancing rock star, and jungle cat! So, getting to the bath for Livi and the reader is a very fun, giggle-filled, but slow trip down the hallway.

Through Livi and her upbeat storytelling, Maizes reminds us of the wonderful random worlds that toddlers live in and perhaps that it’s better to let them linger there (even if it’s just for those four extra minutes) so they can continue to imagine, create, and play. The book’s punchy illustrations by Michael Paraskevas only heighten this sense of silliness that makes the story so captivating.

My son absolutely loves this book—truly it was an instant favorite—and he asks to read it every. single. night. “Where’s Livi,” he asks when he’s in the bath, already excited to go to bed. Once we snuggle and crack the cover, his eyes are glued to the pages from beginning to end. And we can never get through Livi’s tale without laughing at the voices we loan to the tuba, shark, and her mom!

My recommendation: Run faster than Livi on the way to the bookstore! Or enter our giveaway for a copy of this great children’s book.

Author Sarah Maizes is a former animation executive, freelance writer, comedian and the founder of www.mommyliteonline.com. She has appeared on the Today Show, Moms Get Real, and Tell Me More on NPR. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. This is her first picture book.

On My Way to the Bath Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

Congrats to Kellie who was selected by Random.org as the winner!

One Salt & Nectar reader has a chance to win the great new Sarah Maizes book.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you get your children in the bath.

As always, we will use Random.org to select the winner. The contest will run from today until next Friday, June 1st at 12PM PST.

No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received (duplicate entries will be deleted and only one will be counted). This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older only.  

To learn more about On My Way to the Bath, like it on Facebook. To keep up with Sarah Maizes, follow her on her Web siteFacebook and Twitter.

Neither Sarah nor Salt & Nectar were paid for this review. It is my own opinion based on my family's use of the book, which was supplied for the purpose of an experiential review.

~ The Other Sarah

Friday
May252012

Sarah's Favorite Things

Image by Kate Skogen of JetKat Photo for Say Yes to Hoboken

This DIY purse is clutch!

Girls' Night Out or Date Night Glam...it's peachy, promise.

The keys to marital bliss? What's your secret?

Simply sweet baby feet.

Become one with your DSLR.

I need to invent reasons to throw parties just so I can uses these invitations.

Then I can decorate with this gem of a garland.

Life is a beach cruiser.

~ The Other Sarah

Friday
May252012

The Everyday: Griffin's Birthday Video

~ Sarah Stewart Holland