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06 October 2016

FLASH GIVEAWAY - Together Conference TONIGHT

Together, an event for women is coming to Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre - TODAY - Thursday 10/6. Created by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (head of WME’s literary division and the woman behind Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg and Oprah’s book tours), Together will feature real women sharing their true and vulnerable stories. The amazing women at the helm of Together’s Chicago event include Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, Valarie Kaur, Chicago native Dr. Jacqui Lewis, and special celebrity guest Sophia Bush.

While most conferences limit space and come with a substantial price tag, Together is inviting thousands of women to attend, with tickets starting as low as $25. Together wants women in Chicago from all generations and backgrounds to come experience this joyous night of storytelling, laughter and community.

BUT....If you can get out to Rosemont TODAY and want to bring a girlfriend or sister, I have TEN pairs of tickets to giveaway by 4 PM.

Just comment with your email address and they are yours!

28 March 2016

Book Review: Asking for It by Louise O'Neill

CW: This book deals with the aftermath of a sexual assault from the survivor's point of view.


I'm not going to beat around the bush, Asking for It by Louise O'Neill is intense.

O'Neill artfully writes from inside the head of a rape survivor from days before the assault to a few years post. Emma O' Donovan, our protagonist, is not an outspoken feminist activist and for the most part, refuses to even think the word 'rape.' Her life is turned upside down, not just from the rape itself, but the aftermath is almost as tragic. Within feminist circles, we often bemoan the way the mainstream media covers rape cases, but Asking for It shows how feminist sites are eager for rape survivors to tell their side of the story as their own click bait. Emma is equally haunted by op-eds that state she is making it all up as well as the flood of requests from feminist sites and the trending supportive hashtags.

#IBelieveBallinatoomGirl

I don't want to be their champion.
I don't want to be brave.
I don't want to be a hero.

As a YA book, the target audience is the high school and up crowd. I highly recommend this book for everyone who is a parent. And not because I think it will help you prevent the sexual assault of anyone, but because as a parent, the way Emma sees her parents post-assault is heartbreaking. As a parent, you may be tempted to take this book as manual for how to not to trust your daughter or to protect her from the world, but I beg you to read it as a manual on how to be a supportive parent.

When did we all become fluent in this language
that none of us wanted to learn?

Asking for It presents the reader with a very imperfect victim. Emma is not a virgin, while she is still in high school she is 18 and is the quintessential party girl. She is everything that makes up the idea that someone "asks for it." And yet, throughout the book, if you are willing to be open to the idea, you are rooting for Emma to regain her life, triumph over the slut-shaming she endures and watch as her rapists are locked away. I won't spoil the book and say if any of this happens. In light of the recent Ghomeshi trial verdict and how the judge accused the survivors of not acting properly, this book is timely. Emma is not only not the ideal victim due to her sexual past, but she does not play the ideal victim afterwards. 

So many things make this an excellent read. O'Neill sets up Emma as a spoiled party girl, who even commits the sin of slut-shaming herself. In an early scene, she even talks down one of her girlfriend's date rape. She plots about how to bag the next of her trophies. She is beautiful and wields that beauty as a weapon. Knowing that she will be the victim of a rape makes you question all the dislike O'Neill sets up. As a feminist who knows all the tropes and stereotypes that we must fight to end rape culture, I still caught myself thinking all the things: "Don't keep drinking!" "Don't go in there!" Asking for It is a horror flick and you keep yelling at the book hoping to change the ending, but you know it is all for naught.

There were definitely places in the book where I could not stop reading as well as places where I needed to walk away from the book for a bit. This book should not be an after school special warning for young women as to the dangers of excessive partying. Rather this book is a wake-up to those of us who want to support survivors or who are forced to support survivors. Seriously, her parents do this all wrong or at least Emma thinks they do. This book exemplifies why some survivors do nothing but "go on" with their lives. This book will stay with you long after you finish.

Asking for It goes on sale April 5th. Please purchase your own copy of Asking for It from Powells or Indiebound and support Viva la Feminista.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from a publicist.   

GIVEAWAY

 I have three copies to giveway!

GUIDELINES:

  1. To enter, simply comment with your email address. Seriously, without an email, I can't get a hold of you.
  2. Extra entries awarded if you share this review on Twitter (tag me @veronicaeye) or Facebook (tag me @vivalafeminista).
  3. Once all entries are in, I will number the entries, toss into Random.org and that magical machine will select a winner.
  4. This giveaway is limited to shipping addresses in the USA and sorry no PO Boxes.  
DEADLINE: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10 PM Central Time. 

15 February 2016

Review: Unslut by Emily Lindin

Emily Linden is either the bravest woman or the dumbest. It is brave to think you could transcribe your middle school diary & be celebrated. She is dumb to think it wouldn't matter. Emily may also be a far better person than I ever will be. But first let's get to her book, Unslut: A Diary and A Memoir.

Unslut is the diary & memoir of "Emily Linden.""Emily Linden" is a pen name as the real Emily did not want to put her name on the project, for obvious reasons, and then also changed the names of her friends from that moment of time.  In the sixth grade Emily went to a friend's house to hang with her boyfriend and another guy friend. One thing lead to another & kissing occurred. Then a little more. While no intercourse happened, there was sexual contact - third base. Yes because this is a middle school diary a lot of the sexual contact is referred to by its baseball equivalents. After letting her boyfriend go to third base he of course tells others, not to mention the other guy friend in the room and thus begins her multi year journey through slut shaming.

What makes this book is powerful is not just the fact she transcribed her middle school diary so you can watch her deal with the slut shaming, but also the fact that "Future Emily" is annotating the diary. It takes the whole "what you would say to your 13-year-old self" though exercise to the next level. Future Emily is remarking not only on the lingo of middle school from the turn of the century, but also talking her middle school self down when she starts to slut shame herself. Take for example when Emily is walking with friends and a guy she is not dating grabs her breast. She writes furiously how sorry she is that she cheated. Future Emily is having none of it.

Moments like that will strike a chord with every girl who was every slut shamed and still carries around scars. This means that if you still do, I warn you that you may flashback to those moments in the hallway when that guy who always put his hand on your butt and you could never find a way to stop it. Or you reflect back on why you could never find the right words to say, "No," because as Emily puts it, sometimes there is social power in just letting things happen.

Emily is not the only "slut" in this diary. A few of her friends have slut moments and her reaction to those moments will kill you. They kill you because you are invested in her pain and then she lashes out at the other girls. They kill you because you might have done the same when you were her age and you regret the hell out of it. As Future Emily does.

I am torn as to whether or not giving this book to a teenage girl or boy would help them be kinder to themselves and each other. I wonder if Future Emily's annotation is too "parental" for a current teen to understand as anything other than mature reflection. I have no idea, but I am giving this to my 12-year-old daughter who is a year older than Emily was when she labeled a slut. The book is explicit in its depiction of teenage sexuality. She uses phrases to describe sexual activity that made this mother cringe. Then I had to recall what kind of language I used then. The flipping back and forth between mom-mode and survivor-mode was exhausting.

Eventually I finished reading this book as I ate dinner by myself in a restaurant.  I assumed it was busy and dark enough that I was invisible. Alas, my despair at the book ending and all the feelings that were dredged up was clearly visible on my face. After taking a selfie with the book to mark the occasion the couple next to me asked me what I was reading. "A powerful account of one girl's journey as she was slut-shamed in middle school." And that is exactly what this book is. Powerful.

I guess I am still unsure if Emily is a genius or dumb to not know how much we needed this book.

Please purchase your own copy of Unslut from Powells or Indiebound and support Viva la Feminista.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from a publicist.  

GIVEAWAY

I have one copy of "Unslut" to giveaway!

GUIDELINES:
  1. To enter, simply comment with your email address. Seriously, without an email, I can't get a hold of you.
  2. Extra entries awarded if you share this review on Twitter (tag me @veronicaeye) or Facebook (tag me @vivalafeminista).
  3. Once all entries are in, I will number the entries, toss into Random.org and that magical machine will select a winner.
  4. This giveaway is limited to shipping addresses in the USA and Canada. 
DEADLINE is Wednesday, February 24th at 10 pm Chicago time

Good luck!

16 December 2015

GIVEAWAY: "Girl in a Band" by Kim Gordon


It's the giving season! And do I have a doozy for you, my dear readers.

Kim Gordon's memoir came out earlier this year and as you can see from the photo became a NY Times bestseller. It is now out in paperback and I received a copy for review. I'm about half way through the book and I LOVE IT.

Since I am only half way through, this is only a mini-review, but I wanted to get this giveaway out during the holiday season. Plus I know you have been busy giving to others, so why not win something for yourself?

MINI REVIEW

Gordon starts us off at Sonic Youth's last concert and the end of her marriage. To say she is hurt is an understatement. Given that I have not read other things she has written, her sarcastic and pointed writing appears to be influenced by this hurt and betrayal. Gordon's writing is delicious. She gives no fucks and states her opinion on things bluntly. There are a few people she keeps nameless to protect them, so maybe there are a few fucks left to give. But there were fucks given to the gentrification of NYC. Gordon's origin story is typical middle class kid gone off the NYC to be an artist. But of course she really does it and does it so well that she blazes a path for a generation of women to join her on stage. I'm looking forward to finishing this book. And for the record, it's the fastest I have read a non-graphic novel in almost two years. Another win for Gordon!

Please purchase your own copy of Girl in a Band from Powells or Indiebound and support this site. 

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from a publicist.  

GIVEAWAY

I have one copy of the book to giveaway! US addresses only.

How to enter:
  1. Comment with your email address. 
  2. Share this giveaway on social media. Tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook or leave the link in the comments for an extra entry. 
  3. Bonus entry if you share a photo of you back in your riot grrrl days.You define your riot grrrl days.
DEADLINE: Thursday, December 24th at 11 pm Central Time. We need to be sleeping so Santa comes, right?

18 November 2015

Review: Outside the Lines & Outside the Lines, Too


Lately you can usually find me with a bag of color pencils or markers and a coloring book in my purse or work tote. I do not find the time to color every day, but I really should. When I am coloring, I am allowing my brain to take a break from the normal every day chaos and focus on staying in the lines, which color goes next and all that fun stuff.

I was fortunate to be contacted by the publicists for Outside the Lines and Outside the Lines, Too, two grown-up coloring books curated by Souris Hong. And I do mean curated as the art you are coloring is from a diverse group of artists.
Outside the Lines is a striking collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists.
The other coloring books I have reviewed this year have been different types of mandalas. These two books are a different feel, but with the same result. I feel so much better while and after I color.

My life is hectic. From a full-time job to my freelance writing on top of being a mom, wife and friend, my plate is full. I hunch over my computer too much and don't move enough. But coloring is my type of meditation. It slows me down.

Both Outside the Lines and Outside the Lines, Too are thick books. You will not want to carry either of these with you during the day. BUT...Outside the Lines, Too added perforated pages so you can carefully tear out your page, tuck it into your padfolio and be on your way! Seriously, such a huge improvement.

And it wouldn't be a review of a coloring book if I did not have a giveway too!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

I have one copy of one of the books (up to the publisher) to giveaway. Sorry they will only ship to US addresses.  Here's how to enter:

1) Leave a comment with your name & email. Tell me what your favorite coloring tool is.
2) Extra entry for an Instagram, Twitter or Facebook post of something you are coloring right now. Tag me or leave the link in the comments.
3) Extra entry for sharing this contest to your friends on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Tag me or leave the link in comments.

Deadline to enter is Saturday, November 27th at 9 pm Central Time.

Winner will be selected by Random.org! 

Good luck!

Please purchase your copies of Outside the Lines and Outside the Lines, Too from Powells [too!] or Indiebound [too!] and support this site. 

Disclaimer: I did receive a review copy of each book from a publicist. 



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08 September 2015

Giveaway & Review: Coloring Dream Mandalas by Wendy Piersall

In the first grade I was sent home with a note that said I needed to practice my coloring. Specifically I needed to learn how to stay within the lines. I remember spending hours at the kitchen table with a pile of crayons and coloring books. I paid attention to how the color attached itself to the paper if I went up and down, then side to side. I learned how to sweep the color in one direction as to not distract from the hash marks of coloring up/down then right/left. And being the good eldest daughter I am, I stuck to coloring inside the lines.


 Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall has been a bit of coloring therapy for me. Yes, I mean in the way that the press has jumped on board the grown-up coloring wagon. It does provide a great break from all the screen time and chaos of life. But it was while I was coloring the above page (left is half marker, half blank while right side shows the ride side colored with pencils) that I realized that while I have worked to push myself to color outside the lines, the lines provide needed comfort. The time it takes to stay within the lines is more than just simply coloring. The lines hug me into quiet time for myself, even if I am coloring on the couch while the TV is on.

The other bit of therapy is the need to color the page right. This moon-star page screamed at me to color it! I had splurge purchased some Le Pen markers that I knew I had to use on this page. Then I realized they weren't great for large area coloring. Details, yes, but not big spaces. Thus I added in some of my daughter's Crayola markers. In the end, I'm ok with how it turned out. I love the star, but wish the moon stood out just as big.




This dream tree is my masterpiece!

I used coloring pencils for this baby. Not only are trees sacred to me, but this page called out to me on an extremely stressful day at work. I took a walk down to my favorite turkey burger joint, grabbed a seat and started on the bark.

The cure for, or even just a holiday from,  a bad day is to pull out your coloring book and focus on the colors. And the book is thin enough to fit into most bags!

You can purchase your copy through Powells or IndieBound to support VLF.

And I want to share that cure with a lucky reader!

GIVEAWAY:

I have THREE copies of Coloring Dream Mandalas to give away! Here is how you can enter:

1. Leave a comment with your favorite coloring tool (crayon, chalk, marker, etc) and your email. Without your email I can't tell you if you won!
2. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter with a pic of something you drew, colored, or doodled.
3. Post a pic a pic of something you drew, colored, or doodled on .
4. Additional entries if you are following me on
Instagram, Twitter or like .

Sadly, this giveaway is limited to those with US or Canadian mailing addresses.

All entries need to be in by September 18th.

Disclaimer: I received a copy for review from the publisher.  

11 June 2015

GIVEAWAY & Review: Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall


I've been coloring various pages from Coloring Flower Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by Wendy Piersall for a solid month now. And I gotta say, I don't think I've ever been so popular! Everyone wants to chime in on the grown-up coloring book trend. "Oh, I read about that!" "WOW! That's a great pattern." "What do you use?"

To answer that last question, I've bought myself a fresh pack of color pencils. And I carry them practically everywhere I go. And here's what I've discovered...

Instead of peeking at my phone while my mind thinks it needs something to do, I pull out my coloring. I have no idea how to explain the difference in my mind, but it is ore relaxing to kick back with a coloring pencil and a mandala.

I have a few Xena coloring books (I horded in the 90s) and a Wonder Woman one. Because these are rare beings, I only color in them when necessary. I love the feeling of coloring. I always have. Now with the rise of grown up coloring books, the possibilities are endless!

The best part of Coloring Flower Mandalas is that I'm discovering what colors I like to put together. When I bought my color pencils, I got a 24 pack. Now I wish I had a ton more to do more gradients. I guess I could learn to do that with pressure, eh? Anywho, this non-artsy gal is loving feeling like she knows what she's doing with color on these pages. And yes, the images you see above are all from me. Yeah, this is like my fridge display.

Coloring Flower Mandalas comes out in August, but you can pre-order it or buy on eReader. My copy is electronic and I love being able to print out a page or two, stash it in my padfolio and have it handy when I need it throughout my work day. It's a great brain refresher. That's my tip for you!

You can purchase your copy through Powells or IndieBound to support VLF.
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GIVEAWAY:

I have three copes of Coloring Flower Mandalas to give away! Here is how you can enter:

1. Leave a comment with your favorite coloring tool (crayon, chalk, marker, etc) and your email. Without your email I can't tell you if you won!
2. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter with a pic of something you drew, colored, or doodled.
3. Post a pic a pic of something you drew, colored, or doodled on .
4. Additional entries if you are following me on
Instagram, Twitter or like .

Sadly, this giveaway is limited to those with US or Canadian mailing addresses.

All entries need to be in by June 18th.

31 October 2014

I have a treat for you!

 

Happy Halloween! As you can see it is time to start planning for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. To kick things off here is a coupon for $2 off admission. The Fair runs from 10am - 6pm on Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday 10am - 5pm on November 23rd.

AND....a free family pass! And yes, big families, NO LIMIT.

GIVEAWAY RULES:
1) Comment on this blog and tell me your favorite game as a kid.
2) Additional entries (still must do #1) for tweeting, Facebooking, etc about this giveway. You can either tag me* or link to your social media mention in the comments.
3) That's it! Pretty simple, eh?

This giveaway ends on Monday, November 3rd at 12 pm Chicago time.


* My social media
T: @veronicaeye
F: vivalafeminista
IG: veronicaeye

17 March 2014

GIVEAWAY: Flowers in the Attic DVD

Oh yes...the recent Lifetime movie depiction of every GenX girl's favorite movie to sneak read is coming to DVD and you can get your very own copy.

Did you miss the TV event of the Polar Vortex? Or maybe you watched it with glee and buttered popcorn and want to watch it again? Then you are in luck! Especially since there is a behind-the-scenes featurette. *excellent*

My giveways are super easy. No hoops to jump through:

DEADLINE: Friday, March 21st at 11 pm Chicago time (CDT)

HOW TO ENTER: Just comment on this post and tell me when you first encountered the glory of the  Dollanganger family. If you want an extra entry, just tweet this contest out and tag me (@veronicaeye) or Facebook it and tag @vivalafeminista.

RESTRICTIONS: Sorry, DVDs can only be sent to those in the USA or Canada. Also, no PO Boxes. 

I'll number everyone's entry and use Random.org to pick a number.

See! Easy peasy. Now enter now!

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I numbered the comments 1 and 2 and the one Twitter entry as 3. Went to Random.org and it gave me....

Congrats! 

18 November 2013

GIVEAWAY: One more weekend pass for Chicago Toy & Game Fair!!


Meeting the Dark Side

That's right friends, I have one more weekend pass to giveaway for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair!

We've attended the Toy Fair in the past and had a lot of fun. And we're excited to attend again this year. We'll be there Saturday and the schedule looks like so much fun! I'm hoping to run into  Debra Sterling, CEO and Founder of Goldieblox.

OK...to the giveway...

It is a free weekend family pass (unlimited children, large families win out!) to one lucky reader.

RULES:
1) Comment on this post for an entry & leave your email address
2) Tweet out this post and make sure to include @veronicaeye so I know you did it
3) Share this post on any other social media outlet. Tag me if you can or leave a link in the comments. Just figure out how I know you did it.
4) Your limit is 4 entries per person. The only reason I'm including social media as a way to enter is I know some people just don't like to leave comments.
5) Make sure I have a way to get a hold of you! Email, twitter handle, etc.
6) Deadline is Thursday, November 21st at 9 pm Chicago time
7) Entries from the first giveaway will be included in this giveway. You can add to your entries if you have less then 4.

If you aren't into giveaways, you can still grab a $2 coupon off your admission

Event details:
The 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair
Navy Pier
Saturday, November 23, 2013 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
****This is Grandparents day! Kids, bring grandma and/or grandpa and they get in free. 

Tickets:
$10 adult
$5 per child aged 3 to 13
****Educators, librarians and scouts in uniform

06 November 2013

GIVEAWAY & Review: It's sock season! Heat Holders

During summer I rarely wear socks, but once the weather gets colder I LOVE socks! If you see me during the colder months of the year, I'll be rocking socks with patterns: argyle, stripes...I even have a pair of Wonder Woman and Bears knee-hi socks. But the one thing that I have searched for is the perfect rain boot sock.

I have some great cozy socks for super cold days, but they only go up past my ankle. They are good for hanging out at home and my snow boots. But I love wearing my mid thigh high rain boots on rainy days and especially slushy winter days. And the flaw are socks. My knee-high socks aren't thick enough to keep me warm and my warm socks are too short and end up crunched up at my toes. WORST!

Then I was sent a pair of Heat Holders...

I wore them twice last week. The first time on rainy cool Halloween. They went great with my pirate wench costume. And then on Sunday when all I was looking for was warmth as I watched my daughter play her last soccer game of the fall season at a field just off Foster Beach. COLD! But my feet weren't.

These socks are thick. Soft on the inside. Keep my feet warm. And don't fall down when I wear them. Seriously no downside to these babies. Well, maybe one...but it's not the socks' fault really. I have calves that aren't sticks, even in my thinner days, my calves are muscular. So the room in my boots for anything extra is slim. But these socks make the cut.

Don't believe my review? Try them yourself!

Yup, I'm giving away a pair of Heat Holders!
They come in men's, women's and children's sizes. Although, other than the colors, i don't see any difference in men's and women's socks. You can pick any size or style.

RULES: 
1) Comment to enter. You must leave your email so I can contact you.
2) Tweet out this entry for an extra entry. Make sure to include @veronicaeye in your tweet so I know you did this!
3) Share on FB, Google+ or any other social media outlet for additional entries. Tag me if you can. If not, please leave a comment here with a link.
4) MAXIMUM entries is 4 per person.
5) Deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 13th at 9 pm Chicago time
6) Sorry, US addresses only. PO Boxes are fine. 

Disclaimer: I was sent this review pair of socks by a publicist. That's the only compensation I have or will receive.

30 October 2013

GIVEAWAY: The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is back!


Meeting the Dark Side

Yup, it's that time of the year again...TOY FAIR TIME!

That's me meeting Darth Vader at the 2011 Toy Fair. We've attended the Toy Fair in the past and had a lot of fun. And we're excited to attend again this year.

And yes, I'm excited to say that I am offering a free weekend family pass (unlimited children, large families win out!) to one lucky reader.

RULES:
1) Comment on this post for an entry & leave your email address
2) Tweet out this post and make sure to include @veronicaeye so I know you did it
3) Share this post on any other social media outlet. Tag me if you can or leave a link in the comments. Just figure out how I know you did it.
4) Your limit is 4 entries per person. The only reason I'm including social media as a way to enter is I know some people just don't like to leave comments.
5) Make sure I have a way to get a hold of you! Email, twitter handle, etc.
6) Deadline is Sunday, November 3rd at 12 pm Chicago time

If you aren't into giveaways, you can still grab a $2 coupon off your admission

Event details:
The 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair
Navy Pier
Saturday, November 23, 2013 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
****This is Grandparents day! Kids, bring grandma and/or grandpa and they get in free. 

Tickets:
$10 adult
$5 per child aged 3 to 13
****Educators, librarians and scouts in uniform

12 May 2013

Mother's Day Giveaway

Happy Mother's Day to everyone who has mothered in any way. And to celebrate, thanks to My Yoga online, I'm giving away a year-long membership to their website.

Feel like you don't have time to go to a yoga class? And DVDs are just not for you? Why not try this online yoga site?

Videos are available not just on your computer, but also tablets, TVs and mobile devices.

There's more than just yoga too! There are also pilates and wellness videos available.

So here's the deal:

To enter just leave a comment and leave your email address or tweet this giveaway (@veronicaeye so I know you did this!). It's that simple. One entry per person. Deadline is 5 pm Central Time May 17, 2013.

Disclaimer: I am also getting a year-long membership in exchange for working with My Yoga online on this giveway.


08 April 2013

Book Review: In the Garden of Thoughts by Dodinsky (Giveaway)

There's something about working on your PhD that really makes you into a person who appreciates self-help and inspirational books. In the Garden of Thoughts is the latest book by Dodinsky and it fulfills both self-help and inspirational. Yes, it also is cheesy, but ya know, some days the world makes cheesy necessary! This gift book would be excellent for students who are graduating this spring. Or someone who just needs a pick me up. I know I am keeping it handy as I try to get through these final weeks of the semester.

To mark the release of this book, I'm giving away a Dodinsky poster & bookmark.

RULES: Simple! Just comment and leave your email. Please leave your email so I can get in touch with you.

Sorry, USA and Canadian addresses only.

Deadline:  April 12, 2013, Midnight Central Time.

After the deadline, I'll use Random.org to select a random winner.


In the Garden of Thoughts will be in bookstores April 16th. You can also buy a copy through Powells or Indiebooks

About the Book: In the Garden of Thoughts is a gift book that reduces the complexities of life into simple universal truths. It is a collection of short and poignant thoughts widely embraced by my readers and accompanied by whimsical and delightful illustrations to capture a reader’s imagination.

About Dodinsky: His intent was simply to share his reflections about life in order to help heal the wounds inflicted by life’s troubles. At the time, the man known by his readers as Dodinsky had no idea that within months of starting his blog In the Garden of Thoughts, thousands of readers would find healing through the modest words he planted.

The focus of Dodinsky’s short writings–love, compassion, growth, tolerance, and self-worth–clearly resonate with his readers, whom Dodinsky calls “gardeners.” His page has become a community in which people from all walks of life share their own stories.

Disclaimer:  I received this book via a publicist, which is also how to able to offer the giveaway items.

* Book links are affiliate links. If you buy your book here I could make a very small amount of money that goes towards this blog by helping me purchase books for school. Thanks!  

28 November 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

Thanks to Ella the Kid for helping me with this review of the latest Wimpy Kid book! This review is based on a book report she wrote for class, but I added to it. Mama-daughter collaboration!

Summary:

The plot revolves around Gregory, aka the Wimpy Kid, looking for a date for the big Valentine's Day dance. Meantime, his dad's brother, Uncle Gary, moves in after losing all his money after buying a zillion shirts that are misspelled. Uncle Gary is full of dating advice...bad dating advice. After Gregory is turned down by every girl in school, he asks Abigail, after her date cancels, to join him on a group date with Rowley, his BFF. Gregory's mom is also freaking out because it's time for baby brother, Manny, to head to kindergarten! Alas, Manny prefers to play with his invisible friends and not flesh and blood kids.

Will Uncle Gary ever move off Rodrick's favorite sofa? Will Manny make a real friend? What does the Valentine's Day dance hold for BFFs Gregory and Rowley? Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney and find out! OK, get your kid a copy and they'll tell you!

Recommendation: 

Ella the Kid recommends this book! She says that the story is creative and funny. Get a copy at Powells or Indiebooks

Or enter my GIVEAWAY!!!!

One lucky reader will receive one copy of any Wimpy Kid book of their choice:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel

To enter just leave your name and email in the comments by 10 pm (Chicago time) on Saturday, December 1st. I will select a winner at random.

GIVEAWAY offer is only for residents of the USA. Sorry, international readers!

EDITED TO ADD: Congrats to Ayesha! She was selected by Random.org as the winner of a copy of the Wimpy Kid Diary of her choice. 

Disclaimer:  I received this book via a publicist, which is also how to able to offer a free copy.

* Book links are affiliate links. If you buy your book here I could make a very small amount of money that goes towards this blog by helping me purchase books for school. Thanks! 

01 November 2012

It's Back! Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 (GIVEAWAY)

It's the 10th anniversary of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and just like last year, I'm giving away a free weekend pass!!

We went last year and while we could only stay a short time, we had a ton of fun. This year we'll definitely be staying for a longer period of time.

ChiTAG happens the weekend of November 17 & 18 and will be held at Navy Pier. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, but free admission for teachers, librarians, members of the military, Boy/Girl Scouts in uniform, children under 3 years of age. On Sunday, grandparents accompanied by kids admitted free of charge.

The kid playing a HUGE Perplexus
So how do you get my free weekend pass? Just comment. I'll draw a random winner on Tuesday. It's that simple. No need to tweet or send me cupcakes.

The games at ChiTAG and not just for the kids. I'm sure some adult-sized kids would have a great time.

So hurry and comment! Deadline is Tuesday at noon!!

22 June 2012

EVENT and Second GIVEAWAY: 8th Annual Summer, Sex & Spirits (NYC)

The 8th Annual Summer, Sex & Spirits hosted by the Planned Parenthood NYC Activist Council, will be on Tuesday, June 26 at Hudson Terrace:

Featuring

Open bar all night

Visit the event page to see a list of fabulous silent auction & raffle prizes!

VLF is happy to be giving away another general admission ticket to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment by Sunday, June 24th at 9 PM EST and I'll select a random winner. You can earn an extra entry by liking Viva la Feminista at Facebook (just leave another comment to alert me of this fact). Those who entered before are automatically entered in this giveaway.

Easy, huh?

So hurry up and comment!

All proceeds go to benefit PPNYC's healthcare services, education programs, and legislative work.

Please contact activists@ppnyc.org with all event related questions.

Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Address:
621 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

13 January 2012

GIVEAWAY: Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves: The Magic of Shakespeare


Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves:
The Magic of Shakespeare
 by Bruce Adolphe
featuring performers from The Chicago Chamber Musicians and CST
in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater
January 21 and 22, 2012 at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Viva la Feminista is happy to offer one lucky reader  four (4) tickets to next weekend's Witches, Wizards, Spells and Elves: The Magic of Shakespeare.
Theatrical magic and musical masters blend to draw young audiences into the performing arts in an hour-long family concert. Chicago Shakespeare actors and The Chicago Chamber Musicians bring together theater and classical music to create an interactive concert, giving children the opportunity to discover, up-close, the excitement of live performance. At 11:00 a.m. on both days, performers are available for autographs and pictures in the lobby, while young musicians demonstrate and answer questions about the featured instruments.

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour

Recommended for children ages 5 and up.
I'm making this easy...Just leave a comment with your email address. I'll pick a random winner after Sunday, January 15th at 5 pm. 

Make this your luckiest Friday the 13th!

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UPDATED: Sunday, January 15th

The lucky winner is commenter #2! Which is my friend Catherine. Click on the above graphic to see that random.org selected #2.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is courtesy of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I got nada for this giveaway.

03 June 2011

Book Review: Wonder Girl by Don Van Natta Jr. (and giveaway!)

There is a point in one's life when you grow up and realize that your sports heroes are just as human as you are, some are mean, some are as awesome as you hope and some you wish you had never rooted for. During the first few chapters of Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, I started to think it was wrong to ever idolize The Babe.

Don Van Natta does an excellent job at painting a picture of the young girl, who was nicknamed Babe, as spoiled and an awful brag. Tales of bullying classmates to play by her rules and having the muscle to back up the threats, Babe was unstoppable. She was also quite the racist by taking glee in beating up on black boys and girls in her quest to prove how tough she was.

When I mentioned her brashness to the ChiFem book club members, one of them said, "But if she were a guy, would it seem so bad?" Well, yeah...it still would be. Babe was like the Neon Deion of her generation. The LeBron of today. So cocky of her greatness that even if she was the best athlete on her basketball team, no one really rooted for her. All through her career, Babe was clearly the star. On the basketball court, when she was a one-woman track team, on the golf course and even on the Vaudeville stage. She was blessed with a universe of talet, but the Goddess left out humility and that cost her many friends.

Van Natta goes on to show the evolution of Babe. An evolution of sorts. She never seems to outgrow her desire to win, but she does move from winning to prove herself to winning for a larger and greater purpose -- the birth of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. And yes, for those of you who scoff at the fact that the league is called "Ladies," the story behind the name is in there too.

Despite my reaction to her brashness, I have to tip my hat to how well she blew apart society's view of what women could do. Before Babe, women in sports were a rarity or relegated to "pretty" sports like gymnastics and tennis. I thought of Tonya Harding a few times, when Babe's lack of girlyness was discussed. When she stepped onto the greens, she never hid her strength even when she did eventually wear more stylish clothes. And of course her strength led to questions about her sexuality and even her gender. Was Babe a lesbian or merely a man in women's clothing?

The questions didn't stop, even after she married, because no story of a champion would be complete without a love story. Whoa boy does Van Natta give us one. And one that seems to fit Babe perfectly. At first at least...Then we get to the classic, "Woman outshines her man" story when it all seems to go downhill.

I did stop at one point and put the book down to ponder the question of when does one stop being a role model and become a mere prop. How much did Babe HAVE to do in her life versus she felt she HAD to do.

Babe's story is also one of an amazing athlete who couldn't be felled by any competitor...except cancer. I truly believe she kicked cancer's ass big time, even if it did ultimately take her life.

In the end, one's life is often summed up with how one ends the race, not so much how they start out or even the glorious middle. Babe's life is one of contradictions, triumphs and honestly is quintessential of the great American Dream.While Babe didn't win over many friends in her life, her fans should continue to grow. She left a mark that changed how we view women and women as athletes.

If you are sports fan, a women's history buff or heck both, get yourself a copy from IndieBound or Powells. This was the first book I picked up after my semester was over and I devoured it in mere days. It's an easy and passionate read.

And now the giveaway....
I have three copies of this book to giveaway to readers. Just leave a comment here or on to enter. Yes, you can comment at both places and enter twice. Winners will be chosen using Random.org. I'll start counting on VLF and then FB. So if I get 5 comments here and 2 on FB, Those on FB are entries #6 and #7. Restrictions are US and CA residents only, no PO boxes please. Make sure your comment includes your email address or I can't get the book to you.

Disclaimers: A publicist offered me a copy for review and I said "A world of yes!"

* Book links are affiliate links. If you buy your book here I could make a very small amount of money that goes towards this blog.

28 April 2010

Book Review: My Little Red Book *GIVEAWAY*


My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a cute book about first periods. It's not scholarly but nor is it a "Hey, you got your period? AWESOME!" book either. It's nicely in the middle.

I'm fairly certain that I would have killed for this book as I was awaiting the arrival of my period many, many, MANY moons ago. I know I sent away for one of those books that you could request from a tampon box. But the information was still just as technical as my medical encyclopedia. I wasn't one of those lucky gals who got to flip thru her mom's worn copy of Our Bodies Ourselves either. 

While my daughter will get to flip thru at least two copies of OBOS, have easy access to feminist health providers and well, I'm her mom, I'm so keeping this book on the bookshelf in the living room. I've already told the kid that within the next year, all the books in the living room will be free for the taking. No questions asked, grab one, read it. I'm keeping the more mature issue books in my home office. The stories in MLRB are funny, sad and sometimes both. Stories from women who experienced their first period decades ago and some young women who had theirs just a few years ago. So get yourself a copy!

And the fun part! GIVE-A-WAY!! You get a period book...You...and YOU!

Actually, the first ten people to comment here gets a copy for themselves. Just leave your email in your comment! It's that easy. No need to tell your tale...unless you want. Sorry...Only US and Canada addresses and NO PO Boxes. You'll be contacted by the book folks, so I won't get your info.

Want to buy your own copy? Send one to a young woman in your life? Please buy your copy at an indie bookstore or Powells.com.

Disclaimer: The only payment I received was the copy of the book. 

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