Books

Angel Bumps: Hello From Heaven

compiled and written by Anne Bardsley

(contributed essay by Miranda Gargasz)

Have you experienced an Angel Bump? A sign could come from the sudden appearance of a butterfly, finding a coin or a feather, hearing a memorable song, having a vivid dream, or feeling the presence of a departed loved one. Fifty authors from around the country contributed 60 tender stories in this collection that will console anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Each author shares a sign from Heaven that reassured them their loved one is still near in spirit. While people die, love is eternal. An Angel Bump is like a luminous light in a dark room. Once you receive a sign from your loved one, you will never be the same. Knowing they are still so close will give you solace. The joy it brings is immeasurable. Some Angel Bumps will make you smile. Others may bring tears to your eyes. One thing is for sure. You will feel loved. After reading Angel Bumps, you might want to keep your eyes open. Be aware. An angel bump can come when you least expect it. Don t miss your very own, sweet, Angel Bump and a hello from Heaven.

Plus Size Mama: An overweight mom gets real about weight loss

Written by Miranda Gargasz

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Plus Size Mama begins like any good story, with the author being up-front about what her weight loss goals are and admitting that she isn’t thin or healthy at the outset. With keen insight and humor, Miranda Gargasz shares anectdotes about what stood in the way of attaining her goals, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the medical profession, the sometimes cruel attitudes of others, finances, and her own attitude about herself. Through shared research and discoveries, Gargasz offers concrete solutions for climbing the hurdles that block our success. Readers will come away from this book with a greater understanding of themselves. They will have resources and examples of things they can do to get going in the right direction. And for anyone who reads this book but doesn’t struggle with weight loss, this book will shatter stereotypes and misconceptions about overweight people. Doctors will be encouraged to dig deeper. Friends and family members will know better what they can do to support and help their loved one.  This is more than just a weight loss book. It’s a call to action.  A must read for everyone.

 

Lose the Cape! Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!)12036843_10153591622049757_8920000926856798482_n

Edited by Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera

(contributed essay by Miranda Gargasz)

Most of us had grandiose ideas of what we would be like as parents; what we would allow our children to do and all those things we would never allow our children to do. We may have sworn we would never let our child watch more than 30 minutes of television, or sleep in our bed, or eat chicken nuggets or God forbid, cheese from a can (gasp!). Yet, the moment those little bundles of joy entered our lives, reality took over. Soon enough, we realized that before children, we knew nothing about being parents.

From breastfeeding to co-sleeping, pledging to feed our children all natural, home cooked meals and so forth, there often comes a point in time where surviving parenthood supersedes your views and your “nevers” slip away. Right?

Never Will I Ever is a collection of essays by mothers (and one brave dad!) who share their stories of how they evolved as parents and learned that when it comes to raising children, we can never say never. This is the second book in the Lose the Cape! collection, dedicated to providing support and encouragement to parents in the most difficult stages of bringing up children.

 

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee

Edited by Crystal Ponti

(contributed essay by Miranda Gargasz)

Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee is filled with the crazy, brilliant, and unforgettable lessons we’ve learned from our mothers—stories shared by more than forty word-crafty writers. Some of the tales will make you laugh; some will make you cry; and a few will leave you questioning how we ever survived our childhoods. Although they may seem a little faulty, trust me, our mothers (and motherly figures) could drive like Andretti, cook like Julia Child, and shake someone up like an Italian mobster. We’ve survived and thrived, and never forgotten their

 

 

 

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