the golden pathway by donna m. mcdine, a review + a giveaway

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I received an interesting parcel from the mail last Monday + look what I’ve got ~ another book to review. + for a welcome change, it is a children’s books this time! 🙂

The Golden Pathway, written by award-winning author Donna M. McDine, is a 22-page hardbound book  {I finished it in a matter of minutes :)} that depicts the story of slavery + the Underground Railroad in America back in the days. This is A Literary Classics Award Winning Book + also has the Seal of Approval by the Children’s Literary Classics.


Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold + befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times + beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety + possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

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blaze of glory by m. garzon, a book review

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My fascination with horses started when I visited Quezon province all those many years ago, people have horses tied in their backyards all around. If I can afford it then, I would’ve probably bought myself one! Horses are such fascinating, gentle creatures that I am always in awe whenever I see one in the zoo or last year, when we just hailed a horse-driven carriage when we got out of Manila Ocean Park, just because. It was an experience worth having. The little man is just as fascinated with the horse as I was.

Having said that, I guess it won’t be surprising that I’d also jump at any books with horses in them + enjoy reading them, too! Just like this one from M. Garzon, Blaze of Glory.

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The gripping novel about horses, love, and the passions that consume us.

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book review: regret-free parenting by catherine hickem

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I requested a copy of this book from Booksneeze in February + it actually took awhile for me to receive it + write about it.  When I received this book, I realized that it was such a good decision to request a copy of it as it is chockfull of invaluable insights about motherhood + parenting. I think each parent should get a copy of it.

The son of the author, Taylor, sums of this book by saying “kids start off as clay: they’re very impressionable. Moms don’t get second chances; they have to do it right the first time. I’m grateful my mom got it right.”

Like so many things in our lives, we do not get a second shot at mothering + we ought to do it right the first time as a lot is at stake with it, our children’s psyche, their future + their complete view of themselves + the world around them. I know, just the sound of it makes you want to take a few steps back + ponder whether being a parent is actually a job that you want + if it is something that you can do right.

In this book, Catherine, a mother of two, talks about how we ought to be intentional mothers with clear goals. These goals will set as your compass or your guide to determine what type of parenting technique you would like to adapt. She also enthused that motherhood is more than just a feeling + teaching our children the basics in life.

She also laid out the Principles of Intentional Motherhood, which includes the following:

  • Be intentional about your purpose
  • Be intentional about knowing your children + your vision for your children
  • Help your child develop emotional intelligence
  • Maintaining your position {authority/influence}
  • Addressing your fears properly
  • Be God-dependent
  • Do not fight the differences or difficulties
  • No matter what type of child you have {which can be easy, challenging or difficult}, your job as a mom is to know each individual child you raise by studying your kids

To be clear with your purpose and goals, she also encouraged mothers to jot down their purpose in being a mother. This way you can always have a tangible reminder of your goals and aspirations for your children, making them more manageable + ultimately, achievable. You can also include the non-negotiable qualities that you want your children to manifest as an adult. Place this list in a prominent place so you will be reminded daily of the goals that you are working toward.

Motherhood is the best job I’ve taken so far + I would love to make it right the first time as there would be no take-two’s or second shots. Therefore, I am glad that I came across this book, I give it my 2 thumbs up + pray that every mother anywhere in the world start to become intentional mothers, too!

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review + the opinions I have expressed are 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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