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Children’s Book Review- Fluffy and the Rainbow in his Heart by Tools of the Heart

When sadness takes over the mind, we should look for the rainbow within our heart to lead us back to our calm place. Meditation and finding your inner calm are the themes of Fluffy and the Rainbow in his Heart— book two of an endearing children’s picture book series by Tools of the Heart. Mother Earth and Father Sun (from book one of the Tools of the Heart book series) begin to worry when parts of their precious garden become sad. Father Sun makes it his mission to investigate the problem and finds a very sad little squirrel named Fluffy. With love in his heart, Father Sun helps to comfort Fluffy, and teaches him about the rainbow of wisdom in his heart– and how to replace the dark clouds with joy.

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Amanda Cottrell— Children’s Book Author, Educator— Teaches Children Empathy

Amanda Marie Cottrell-- a gifted children's author and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada-- uses inspiration from her 12 plus year career as an educator to create beautiful, mindful children's picture books. Her passion is teaching young children and utilizing creativity within the classroom in order to assist children to believe in themselves through connection, which is also the aim of her books.

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Ashley Marie- International Educator, Author of The Little, Big Rescue

Ashley Marie, a first-time published children’s book author and a licensed educator currently teaching young children in Thailand, pulled from her educational background, love of books, and teaching experience in multiple countries to create a timeless story, The Little, Big Rescue, that will leave a positive impact on young readers.

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Hilary Iker- Freelance Writer (Fit, Self, Prevention, Glamour, Vogue, Disney Channel), FIDM Writing Instructor, Ashtanga Yoga Enthusiast

In 1984, following her graduation from University of Virginia, Hilary Iker packed her suitcase 🧳 of dreams and moved to New York City where she landed her first professional job at Vogue Magazine. Iker recalls catching glimpses in the elevators at Vogue headquarters of Anna Wintour, longtime Vogue Editor-in-Chief and fashion icon. The details of Iker’s young professional beginnings in NYC were as if plucked straight from the pages of The Devil Wears Prada. Iker met her husband, an award-winning sports journalist, in NYC 🌃 and followed him to Los Angeles, California in the late 80s. The writers made their home in an area of Los Angeles that attracted young artists, musicians and writers of the time. Her neighbors were budding music legends— Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Beck. Following her pilgrimage to LA, she became interested in learning Ashtanga Yoga where she started her life-changing yoga practices in the very same studio where Madonna studied yoga. For the past 20 years she has practiced Ashtanga Yoga daily, and due to her experience and knowledge she has written health and fitness articles for magazines such as Fit Yoga, Self, Fit, Prevention, and Glamour.

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Erika Wallgren- Helping others find their dream job

Many of us are working toward our dreams and are in need of an extra push to help us find the right path. Erika Wallgren is a military spouse, mother, educator and life coach on a mission to help others find a career they love and are passionate about. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erika on Hodge Podge Podcast about her life a milspouse, college professor and what led her to career development coaching.

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Children’s Book Review- Winston the Wombat Book Series by Megan Cline

Megan Cline has created an adorable series of books based around a precious Wombat personified as a little fellow named Winston who is learning how to do new things. Young children can easily become overwhelmed and frustrated when trying new things. In each book (Winston Winks, Winston's Wet and Winston Wiggles) the curious and thoughtful little wombat lead character tries hard to master each new skill with his family’s support and practice. The importance of patience and understanding is at the core of each book and a lesson that all families must master when helping little children to grow.