Momstrology | The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting {Giveaway}

Momstrology-Book

When asked about my sons’ personalities, I will almost always mention that they’re Virgos and were born the years of the ox and dragon in the Chinese zodiac. I think those little tidbits says so much, even to those who only dabble in astrology.

While I don’t exactly live my life by the moon and the stars, I’ve always found astrology fascinating and am intrigued by the idea that different aspects of our nature are affected by our zodiac signs and birth charts. As such, I was super excited to read Momstrology: The AstroTwins’ Guide to Parenting Your Little One by the Stars, and am still thinking through all the thoughtful advice it provided me as a Leo mom (with a Scorpio fourth house ruler). Momstrology is loaded with sign-specific advice to make sense of parenting from an astrological point of view accounting for the strengths and weaknesses of each sign between mother/child and father/child, whether you’re new to astrology or really into it.

Every bit of commentary in Momstrology rings one hundred percent true for my family and I found myself having little revelations all the way through. As an example, my husband and I recently discussed giving our 5 year old chores to do each day and earn an allowance. It may or may not be the right thing for all 5 year olds  but knowing our son’s need to keep busy and do things own his own combined with our desire to instill a strong work ethic while also laying the foundation for financial responsibility, we started kicking around ideas but never got around to implementing them. Sure enough, Momstrology points out the need for Virgos to have projects and tasks to master and recommends household chores for Virgo children. The affirmation was the push I needed and this past weekend we spoke to Sebastian about his list of chores and paycheck and so far he’s thrilled with his “jobs” and earning his own money.

In a chapter titled, “Mother & Child Matches” the AstroTwins list all of the possible mom/child combinations and detail where the signs click and clash. Some personality traits are more obvious than others but it’s great to understand how your strengths compliment those of your child and vice versa. I find with better understanding I am more patient and compassionate.

Momstrology is a hearty 550+ pages but only sign-specific sections of each chapter are applicable to the individual reader so it’s quite manageable. I read all applicable sections over my morning coffees one weekend. It also has a pretty, feminine cover and makes a fun “wishing well” baby shower gift for the mom or mom-to-be that either likes astrology or parenting books in general. If you’re the least bit interested in understanding and improving your parenting style, I’d say you’re ahead of the game and would enjoy this fun but thoughtful read.

WIN IT! I have a copy of Momstrology to give to one Glamamom reader!

TO ENTER: Just leave a comment below telling me your astrological sign and what attributes of that sign are in line with your personality (or not like you at all).

I’ll choose a winner in one week. US only and you must be 18 years or older. Good luck!

Sample provided for review.

Zio Ziegler for PBteen {Review}

Last month PBteen launched an exclusive collection of bold, street-style bedding, backpacks, and wall art with contemporary artist Zio Ziegler. We got a first look at the collection and face-time with Zio himself at I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School in Manhattan where he unveiled a custom mural for the students.

The bold graphic collection is currently available at PBteen and includes room decor from pillows to wall art and back to school favorites like lunch bags and back packs.

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aden + anais + (RED)

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aden + anais’ unique line of boutique baby products made of soft, breathable fabrics in adorable, modern designs are a Glamamom favorite. My youngest is almost two and we’re still using the swaddles, blankets, and sleep sacks in the crib and beyond.

This month, aden + anais is launching a special, limited-edition line of muslin swaddles, dream blankets, and bibs with AIDS charity, (Red).

For every product sold, 10% of the retail price goes directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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Glam Baby Gear | Graco Relay Click Connect Performance Jogger

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Living in Manhattan with children, you can’t go out without a stroller. Now that we primarily drive everywhere, our strollers are mostly used for more rigorous activities. I quickly learned the performance jogger is to the suburbs what the lightweight umbrella stroller is to the city.

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I love this illustration of my boys by children’s illustrator Julie Olson. She really captured their essence right down to the little cowlicks!

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PBteen is launching an exclusive collection of bold, street-style bedding, backpacks, and wall art with California-cool, contemporary artist Zio Ziegler. To kick-off the partnership, PBteen and Zio unveiled a custom mural created by Zio for the students of I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School in Manhattan on Wednesday night and we got a sneak peak at the collection:

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As summer approaches, you may be wondering, “Is my child ready for the upcoming school year?”

Sebastian will be starting kindergarten in September just as he turns 5, making him on the younger side of his class. I know he’s ready– he was born ready–but we didn’t take the decision lightly and of course will be monitoring his progress.

While there’s more to kindergarten readiness than just academics, I was intrigued by Lakeshore Learning’s new series of games, “Are You Ready?.”

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Glam Mother’s Day Gifts | #eBayMom Sweepstakes

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Remember how I made Collections on eBay to organize my Christmas shopping? Well, I’m still at it and made two collections for Mother’s Day gift inspiration as well.

My two Mother’s Day collections are inspired by own mother and contain glam gifts I think any woman would love. You can see my curated collections here and here and browse all of eBay’s Mother’s Day recommendations here.

eBay also has a special sweepstakes going on through Sunday, May 11th. If you create your own collection titled #eBayMom, you’ll be entered to win a $500 eBay Shopping Spree! Contest ends on Mother’s Day so get collecting!

{This is a sponsored post written as part of my collaboration with eBay. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Mother’s Day Giveaway Series | $100 American Express Gift Card

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m once again teaming up with my favorite bloggers to do a series of giveaways just for mom! Twenty-three gifts she’ll love and tons of chances to win!

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