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Soleil Moon Frye’s new book Happy Chaos & Giveaway

20th August 2011

Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between is the first parenting book by Soleil Moon Frye. Soleil believes that “happy chaos is a sign of a family operating at its best—when parents accept that they’ll make mistakes, there will be messes, tears and skinned knees. Along with the parenting advice, you will also find photos, personal stories, and 80s nostalgia.”

I had the opportunity to “ask” Soleil some questions (via email) about herself – here’s what she exclusively shared with me:

1. You’re someone who’s been able to transition from a child star to a success both in your personal and professional life. What do you think made the difference for you? 
I have an amazing family that always inspired me to be a kid and to have my childhood. I was so lucky to have a mom that encouraged me to be myself and to always believe in my dreams.
2. I’m a big fan of Twitter (and other social media) because as a stay-at-home mom, it really helped me understand that I am not alone and can still have a life for myself, beyond my role as a mother. What role has social media played in your life?
I felt the same way as a new mom. Social media became my mommy group.  It is where I turn for advice and insight into parenting. I love connecting to other parents. Every chapter of Happy Chaos starts with a question of the day and then has people’s responses from my community. I love the interaction.
3. I know from reading about you that you’re very environmentally conscious – what are simple things we can do every day that can really make a difference long term?
I think it’s the little things we do that make a huge difference. Taking a walk, riding our bike’s , bringing our own bags to the grocery store are some of the things we do. Reduce, reuse, and recycling is also big in our household. 75% of my 3 year olds stuff was Poet’s first. We love to take ordinary things around the house and turn them into treasures for the kids. We do a ton of crafts and try and teach our kids about the environment. If I have the water on too long. Poet calls out “Mommy, turn off the water, you are wasting it.” I am really proud to say that my little ones are very aware of helping our planet. I think it can start from a very early age.
Happy Chaos will be available for purchase August 23, 2011 – For presales, you can check out Amazon.com, BN.com and Indiebound.
Check out the book trailer for Happy Chaos:


I have one AUTOGRAPHED copy of Happy Chaos to give away to a lucky reader!!


Leave a comment below telling me what you would consider happy chaos in your life.


Tweet the following and leave a comment below saying that you did:

Enter to win an autographed copy of Happy Chaos by @moonfrye on @BOREDMommy ‘s blog – http://bit.ly/oCL53r #giveaway

1. Open to Canadian and U.S. Residents
2. Contest runs from August 20th until August 27th, 2011.
3. Winner will be chosen using Random. org.

    Congrats to #11 KARYN !!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

    May the Fourth Be With You!

    4th May 2011


    Star Wars is HUGE at our house – HUGE! Nothing has thrilled my husband more than being able to watch the entire Star Wars series with our seven year old. We’re big fans of dressing up and posing for some fun pics too, and the kids and their dad are constantly reenacting scenes from the movies. Even the four year old can name most of the characters – we’re very proud.







    So of course I said yes when DK Canada asked me to be a part of their May the Fourth Be With You event. Each of the bloggers involved in this event are reviewing a different Star Wars title – my choice was Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections – The Spacecraft and Vehicles of the ENTIRE Star Wars saga. As my seven year old said, after staring at it for a really long time, “This is a really cool book!”  He’s absolutely right. Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections includes every major vehicle (more than 50) from all six Star Wars movies. Each of the illustrations are full colour, huge and incredibly detailed. I wasn’t surprised to read that in creating this book, DK was “given access to exclusive photos and blueprints, original scale models, and preproduction sketches from the Lucasfilm Archives at Skywalker Ranch.”








    Written by David West Reynolds and Curtis Saxton, and illustrated by Hans Jenssen and Richard Chasemore, Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections is a perfect and unique book for any Star Wars fan. “Every picture is awesome” and “one of my favorites, Mommy!”  It is an absolute winner! It retails for $40.00 Cdn ($35 U.S.).


    DK Canada is launching a really fun contest today – Canadians are invited to send in photographs of themselves, their friends and/or family reading Star Wars books! For every photo that is submitted, DK Publishing will donate a “toonie” to Frontier College. One of the photos will be selected as a winning image, with the entrant receiving a complete DK Star Wars library (valued at $400). Also, a donation of a complete DK Readers Star Wars collection (29 books) will be made to the Canadian school or library of the winners choice!

    This contest will run from May 4th to May 31st! Please go here to enter this fantastic contest!

    Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Book Review & Giveaway

    28th April 2011

    When I first got pregnant, I got baby book happy. I bought tons of them, and read them religiously – especially when the kids were sick. They didn’t help all that much – I was still a nervous wreck. After the second baby, I didn’t use them as much and I assumed I was done with the parenting books. How naive.

    I didn’t realize that things like nail biting and sibling fighting and back talk and refusing to brush their teeth would be things I would have to deal with so soon, if at all. But alas, I do. And evidently, it can only get worse as they get older. I already know – I will not survive the teen years.

    Enter this fabulous book by Alyson Schafer called Ain’t Misbehavin’, which was offered to me to review. First off, although I’ve heard great things about Alyson Schafer and her books, I personally knew very little about what to expect from her latest book. So, I sat down and read it cover to cover. I loved it.

    This is a fantastic parenting book, jammed with practical advice. It is sixteen chapters of incredibly useful information, ranging from sleeping and potty training to social skills and bad habits. What I really loved is the way the book is laid out, with each subject clearly outlined – first stating what the issue is, understanding the problem, and the solution. For example, “Won’t say please and thank you” in the Social Skills section was of interest to me – because I feel like I’m constantly prompting my kids to say please and thank you, and it’s draining. Alyson states that children’s resistance to saying please and thank you is the “child’s response to feeling pestered and that children seem to be held to a higher standard in this instance. The book then goes on to offer great solutions and tactical tips to improve the situation for everyone involved.

    Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and parenting expert, who has also published Breaking the Good Mom Myth and Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, both of which I will be buying and reading. If you’re looking for a practical and extremely helpful book that can help you deal with so many different issues, this is a great one to choose.


    I have a free copy of the book Ain’t Misbehavin’ to giveaway to one lucky reader! To enter, tell me why you would like to read it as well, in a comment below.


    • Open to CANADIAN residents only
    • This is a QUICK one – ends this Sunday, May 1, 2011
    • Winner will be chosen using Random.org

    Disclosure – I am participating in the Ain’t Misbehavin’ program by Mom Central on behalf of Wiley Publishing.  I received a copy of the book to review and gift card as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

    UPDATE: Congrats to the winner #12 Amanda Brown!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

    The Happy Police

    17th February 2011

    Being a mom isn’t just about being a mom.

    It’s about being a teacher.

    It’s about being a cook.

    It’s about being a nurse.

    It’s about being a hugger.

    It’s about being an example.

    It’s also about being the happy police.

    Happiness is something we all want for our kids. The lovely bonus is that when they’re happy, it emanates, and you as their parent, feel happy, and happy for them.

    And yet, it’s not always a simple thing, for them to be happy, at least not all the time.

    It’s a goal nevertheless.

    In my attempt to procure those toothy grins of self-esteem, there are things I say to my kids every day. Things like I love you no matter what, I’m so proud of you, you are a good person – the list goes on and on.

    I also like to read this children’s board book to them that I absolute adore, by Monica Sheehan called Be Happy: A Little Book For A Happy You. Every page has a simple, yet important message, including:

    Don’t compare yourself with others.


    Be curious!

    Be brave!

    Be thankful for all the people and things you love!

    Be happy about being you!

    Mommy – a.k.a. The Happy Police

    No pressure.

    Eat, Pray, Love – Indonesia (a.k.a. This is the END my friends)

    30th August 2010


    That is my summation of Love or Indonesia as it is titled in the book. I’ll be honest with you – this section pretty much bored me to tears. Except for Felipe, who I’m assuming is played by Javier Bardem in the movie, which makes me imagine a hunky dude when reading about him – the rest of this section was a big yawn fest. It was kind of disappointing. I found myself really trying to skip entire passages where she kind of went on a little too long, and in a painful, not fun to read fashion.

    Italy, where are you when I need you?

    Italy, was my favorite part of the book, by far. And thanks to Richard in India and a small part to Felipe, I actually finished this book – I doubt I would have otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s amazing that she went on this journey for herself after such a brutal divorce, but I really don’t get how this book is as popular as it is. Did this book inspire me? Yes – it inspired me to find myself a hot Brazilian, if I ever get divorced.

    What I enjoyed most in this book are the characters we get to meet, and learning about their culture and traditions and beliefs. But I hate to admit that by the third section, I was kind of, totally bored with the main character herself, which makes it pretty hard to enjoy the book.

    So, did I love this section? Nope. Not at all. It almost made me hate the entire book, and I actually had to go back to my earlier posts on Italy and India to see if I even enjoyed those. Although, normally it takes me a few days (sometimes much less if I’m really enjoying the read) to get through a book, this one was dragged on a little too long, which may have also affected my overall love for the book.

    I would love to know what you thought about this book. Whether you were part of reading this with me (oh, um, where did you 30+ ladies go?), or have read this book at some point, I would love to know what you thought about Eat, Pray, Love. Do you think it’s fantastic? Life changing? Do you think its totally over hyped?  Leave me a comment below and let me know – I would honestly love to hear what you thought about it.

    Also, for anyone that did in fact read the book along with me, (My dear invisible #EatPrayLovers)  feel free to link up your Indonesia/final posts here – or if you’ve ever written about Eat, Pray, Love, please go ahead and link up so I can read your posts about it!

    Eat, Pray, Love – India

    16th August 2010


    Okay #EatPrayLovers – Next Stop: INDIA

    Let me put this out there right away – I am no yogi. I’m not into yoga or meditation, and I don’t practice either, so I really wasn’t sure about this section of the book, and whether I would enjoy it.  It was slow going for me in the beginning, but then came Richard, from Texas, and my enjoyment of this section increased immensely. I may have found Elizabeth Gilbert somewhat annoying in this section, at times, and yet I can’t help but be impressed with her ability to completely embody the Ashram and everything that it could offer her, during the time she was there.

    Personally, the idea of sitting and meditating quietly for hours at a time, seems almost painful to me. I know I could never do it. Maybe it’s because I question too much, and I don’t know what I truly believe, in an absolute way. Or maybe it’s because I have what the Buddhists call a “monkey mind”.  Gilbert says,

    “You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”

    I really couldn’t agree more – she might as well be talking about me. I’m pretty sure my “monkey mind” would be the death of me at the Ashram.

    Did I mention how much I loved Richard? Every time he opens his mouth, a gem falls out. I loved his attitude and his perspective. I found his idea of soul mates especially interesting,

    “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave.”

    I’m really fascinated by this line of thinking because it means that either my husband will need to hit the bricks soon, and make room for Colin, or he really isn’t my true soul mate. Luckily for me (and I guess, the husband), I don’t necessarily believe in the concept of soul mates, but that’s a whole other post.

    Another passage that I found that I could relate to was this one, as said by Richard,

    “If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind … Because if you can’t learn to master your thinking, you’re in deep trouble forever.”

    This is SO true – I absolutely agree with every word. Instead of fighting the negative thoughts, you should accept that they exist, deal with them and then “dismiss” them. Obviously it’s a much more complicated process, and this is something I struggle with a lot, because I tend to be that person that keeps all of that inside, and what a relief it would be to not have to do that. There are so many factors that prevent me from being able to sit and really process those thoughts, in order to rid them from my head, and maybe that’s where daily meditation would really come in handy. See that’s where Gilbert is very lucky – she recognized her need to escape, she had the opportunity and she took it. She made the choice to give herself four months to completely devote herself to personal reflection and growth at an Ashram in India, and not many people get that chance. I envy that in her, and marvel at the same time.

    I can really appreciate this section of the book for making me think about what it is I really believe in when it comes to relationships, self-understanding, inner peace and God. It’s most definitely a much heftier section then Italy was, and despite finding some of it “painful” to read, it is a memoir, so you definitely have to take that into account.

    So, what did you think of India?? Are you reading along? Link up below!!

    DEATH by Twilight

    9th December 2009

    I have been challenged by a few of my Twitter friends to read the Twilight series (or the dumb vampire books as I like to call them). @MrsLouLou (Twilight Crazy Lady), @scunning (only slightly wacko) and @MyMessyParadise (little to no crazy) are giving me $20 gift certificates to Starbucks (each) to read the entire thing without jumping off any tall buildings during the process. The lovely @KathyBuckworth has also offered me a free copy of her latest book to read them too. I can’t say no to the offer of a book – honestly, if you know me at all, you will know that I will pretty much do anything if books are offered as a bribe. Of course, playing on my Starbucks addiction is pretty harsh, but what do you expect from Twilight “crazies”.

    So, thanks to @JustOneMiss, I am now reading the first book electronically – because its free (I refuse to pay for these books). My thoughts so far? Well, its definitely in the young teens section of the bookstore for a reason. Also, knowing that Robert Pattinson plays Edward in the movie is really annoying because I would like to try to envision someone actually good-looking as this vampire dude. Other than that, I’m overwhelmed by the cheese. Its only a taken a few hours, but I’ll be done the first one tonight. I have to be – its the holidays people – Vampires are SO NOT CHRISTMASY.

    (Please Note: If you’re one of these Twilight obsessed people who can’t take the criticism/sarcasm/hatred that I have for these books, than I suggest you have a stiff drink before you leave me a comment, or avoid my delightful commentary all together. Because to be fair, I laugh at the haters of the haters. Its called a sense of humour – ask for one for Christmas).

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