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Children’s Books for Halloween

Posted in Motherhood, The Morning Blend, Uncategorized, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , on October 22, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

Carol E Borrowman, the book expert on The Morning Blend came up with this list of fun reads for your kids this time of year.

Thought I’d pass it along!

1. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd

young readers (2-5)

This is the perfect picture book for Halloween, especially for children 3 and under. It’s about an old lady who’s followed through the woods to her house by a ghostly pair of shoes, pants, shirt and then a giant pumpkin head. It has colorful illustrations, a great story (appropriately scary) and lots of SHAKING and STOMPING, CLAPPING and COMPING.

A great book for an older sibling who likes to read aloud to a younger one.

 

2. “Halloween Night” by Marjorie Dennis Murray & Brandon Dorman

young readers (2-5)

A group of scary characters–zombies, witches, ogres, mummies, monsters and more–gather in a haunted house the night before Halloween. The book follows the traditional “T’was the night before Christmas,” but it starts “‘Twas Halloween night, and all through the house/Every creature was stirring, including the mouse.” The images are exciting and it ends with a surprise.

Bone Soup

3. And finally for the young monsters in your house, the classic picture book, “Bone Soup” by Cambria Evans, which has Finnigan the ogre making soup with “spider eggs…dried mouse droppings…toe nails” and lots of other yellow greenish grossness. Always a favorite of mine.

For the older ghouls and boys

4. “Anna Dressed in Blood” by Kendare Blake

This book has the perfect balance of gore and romance about a young man, Cassio, a ghost hunter, who encounters Anna, a murderous ghost. She’s killing anyone who enters her haunted Victorian mansion.  Except she spares Cassio. Why? Full of secrets and curses and lots of bloooood! This was one of last year’s best teen horror novels of the year. A great read.

5. “The Diviners” by Libby Bray

 

This book came out last month. It’s a terrific supernatural mystery. Evie O’Neill, a libvely likeable teenager, is running around New York in the 1920s “with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets.” But home life is far from glamorous. She lives with her Uncle Will, curator of “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies” (the Museum of American Folklore and Superstition). Together they get involved and Evie discovers a supernatural secret about herself.

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Raising a Rock Star

Posted in Celebrity Snapshots, Motherhood, The Morning Blend, Uncategorized, Where's Corinna?, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

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Experienced parents roll their eyes at my naiveté when I say this, but I am determined to raise a musical child.

I had a girlfriend in college who impressed all of us one night when she started making beautiful music on a piano that, until she arrived, none of us had even noticed in the common area of our dorm. She said yes, of course her parents had made her take lessons, and forced her to practice. But then, when she got to high school, they said, ‘enough, if you don’t want to play, that’s up to you’. From that point on, she couldn’t stop.

The lesson I took away from the experience is that, as a parent, it’s my job to lay the foundation. What my daughter does with it from there is up to her.

So, the last time I filled in on The Morning Blend, I was thrilled to interview singer/song writer Inda Eaton.

“Let’s be honest,” says Eaton. “We all want our kids to be part of the arts, but we don’t want them to starve.”

One might argue that she’s living proof of the challenges of earning a living in music. She and her band are traveling the country in a 31 foot RV.

But on the other hand, you could say she’s living the dream.

Each city on their tour represents the home town of one of her band members, and at every stop they make an effort to experience local culture.

In Wisconsin that meant sampling local cheese, and tail gating at a Packer Game.

She says the experience has brought her band together, but she also hopes they’ve brought something to the communities they’ve visited, showing first hand that a career in the arts is attainable.

And that’s what I want to share with my daughter. What she does with the information is up to her.

The tour is called “Go West” and promotes the album of the same name.

Click here to see our interview with Inda Eaton on The Morning Blend.

Enjoy.

Personalized thank you cards, instantly!

Posted in Motherhood, The Morning Blend, Uncategorized, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

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Filling in on The Morning Blend is always a blast!

So the last time I was there, I wanted to send a thank you card to my co-host, Tiffany Ogle.

It was the perfect opportunity to try out Red Stamp, my latest iPhone App.

Red Stamp App

This magical service allows you to create a virtual thank you card, using your own photo, and one of their dozens of templates.

You can then send the “card” as a text or email, or, in my case, as an real honest to goodness post card!

It even syncs with your contacts, so you can send then card right away.

Perfect for a new mom like me who has good intentions, but often lacks on follow through.

I was a little nervous, because I wouldn’t get to see the card before it arrived.

But the results were beautiful, a high quality, glossy card stock that arrived on time and in one piece!

Click here to see the video of me chatting about it with Tiffany.

The whole thing cost just two bucks, and that includes postage!

I will definitely be using it again!

Blond Domination!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

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This past week I had the huge pleasure of guest hosting a show called “The Morning Blend”, here in Milwaukee.

I met my co-host, Tiffany Ogle, when we judged the Miss Minnesota Pageant together, back in June.

She suggested that I fill in, and just weeks later, here we are.

As Tiffany says; “blond domination!”.

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Guests this week included race car driver Duncan Ende.

He was a good sport when we grilled him about working with actor-turned-driver Patrick Dempsy, aka “Dr. McDreamy” from Grey’s Anatomy.

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He says they don’t normally call him “McDreamy” on the race track, that is unless he’s running behind, and “needs some motivation” to speed up…

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We also got a crash course in flower arranging from The Milwaukee School of Flower Design.

Owner Michael Gaffney says he gets his inspirations from fashion, art, and “decades of experience”.

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Created by designer Aaron Allen Hoenisch, he says the “masculine”cement blocks “make a nice contrast with the femininity of the flowers”.

They also make for quick arrangements, as we filled one with hydrangea in under 30 seconds.

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The best part of the show was when the Hoenisch children, Ethan and Emily joined us on set for a conversation about “Bedtime Math“.

The kids were better at solving the kid friendly story problems than we were!

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All in all, a great day.

My next appearance is scheduled for September 13th and 14th.

Looking forward to it!