Diary of a Wimpy Kid Plus Giveaway

My son is a HUGE fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He was super excited when he heard that Book #7 The Third Wheel was coming out last month. You should have seen his face when he opened the package that contained the book. He was screaming, over a BOOK! I was cracking up at his reaction.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid-The Third Wheel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid was one of the first real chapter books that my son, a second grader got into. He was hooked once he really started reading it. Ever since he read that book, during the summer, he has continued to read other books in the series.

But really, the illustrations in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are my son’s most favorite part. He is always giggling when reading the books. Author and Illustrator Jeff Kinney does an excellent job!

My son is still reading The Third Wheel but he loves it just as much as the other books. In fact, when he’s done with this book, I think that he is going to re-read all of the books in order, AGAIN!

About The Third Wheel

Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.

An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.

About Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were published, stories from the first three books appeared digitally for free on the website www.funbrain.com, where they are still available. Books in the core series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series in 2007.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I am giving away ONE (1) Copy of a Wimpy Kid book of your choice from books one through seven! (Diary of a Wimpy KidRodrick RulesThe Last StrawDog DaysThe Ugly Truth,Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel).

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About the author

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

About Wimp-E-Books

Books 1-7 in the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are now available for download as Wimp-E-Books wherever e-Books are sold.  Wimp-E-Books carry their own name and logo.  Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was involved in all aspects of the transformation of the Wimpy Kid books into e-book form.  Says Kinney, “It was important to me to make sure the books look just as good on the screen as they do on paper. I’m thrilled at the way the books look on e-readers, tablets, and other devices, and I hope fans enjoy having them in digital format as much as they’ve enjoyed them as books.”

Where to Buy

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are available wherever books and e-books are sold.

MSRP: $13.95

Official Site/Social Channel

Website: www.wimpykid.com

Twitter Handle: @WimpyKid

Hashtag: #WimpyKid

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel for review purposes, and also given the opportunity to give one away. The photo of my son is mine. All other photos were provided for my blog post.

The Book Vs. The Movie Version

My son is in second grade now and he’s well on his way to reading chapter books. We had a bit of a freak out in August about school starting, and I bought my son a book to read. Because it was summer still, and I know that he is sometimes a bit random, I bought him a fun book “Diary of a Whimpy Kid”.  He was hesitant to read the book at first, but once he got into it, I knew that it would be a hit.

20 minutes of mandatory family reading time. A Diary of a Whimpy Kid.
Last night, while my husband was flipping through channels on the TV, he noticed that the movie, “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” was on.  It had just started. My son sat and watched the movie mesmerized for two hours straight.  It was on regular TV with tons of commercials, like um, a million commercials.

I can’t remember when, but sometime while watching the movie, Angry Kid exclaimed, “I totally remember that part from the book!”  It was like fireworks were going off in my heart! Seriously he finally got it.  I’ve tried explaining the whole “not every book has pictures theory”, and he didn’t quite get it.  I said that while reading the book, you have to visualize the people and characters in your head. The author of the book describes them, and then it is like a “little movie in your brain”.  Be thankful that I’m not a teacher. I educate in a random way, but somehow “the king of being distracted by shiny things” aka my son, understood what I meant.  By seeing the actual movie, he was able to remember and visualize the different parts of the book.  I didn’t even go into the “sometimes the movie version of the book totally sucks theory” though.

Of course, my son has watched the movie twice today already. He even made my mom watch the movie this afternoon. She thought that it was hilarious.

And my son, started reading another one of the “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” books at school today.

Which means I’m totally winning….for today!

Insta-Friday

Yes, it is Insta-Friday again. How did this week end so fast? Yikes, summer is almost over!!! I can’t believe how fast it flew by.  We are gearing up for school to start soon, yet we are still enjoying the last of our summer.

I have tons of stuff to write about, but literally no time. Eventually I will catch-up, I promise. At least I hope so!

20 minutes of mandatory family reading time. A Diary of a Whimpy Kid.
20 minutes of mandatory family reading time. A Diary of a Whimpy Kid. Our family now reads at least 20 minutes every night. We had to get the kid back into the groove.

Mailing out my package for the #mugswap today! Yippee! Thanks for the fun exchange @cuppakim. Brilliant idea!
Mailing out my package for the #mugswap today! Yippee! Thanks for the fun exchange @cuppakim. Brilliant idea!

He wanted to learn how to vaccuum tonight. The main reason, to get vaccuum lines on the carpeting in his room.
He wanted to learn how to vaccuum tonight. The main reason, to get vaccuum lines on the carpeting in his room.

A little silhouette of the kid @Legoland SeaLife Aquarium. Thanks to @klout for the perk!
A little silhouette of the kid @Legoland SeaLife Aquarium. Thanks to @klout for the perk!

life rearranged

Disclosure: I received free tickets to Legoland via a Klout perk.

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Break

Angry Kid is on Spring Break. We are at home.  No fancy resorts for us, unless some kind of rich Uncle came along? Any volunteers?

Angry Kid has been going to soccer camp, while I have been doing some reading and running…ironically, my reading is about running.

A little #running reading came in the mail today. Another Mother Runner cc: @sbsontherun @dimityontherun #motherrunners

Books highly recommended by friends.  I actually met the authors and sorta ran with them at BlogHer in August.

Did 3.5 miles around my neighborhood today. I'm working the speed up. My #seenonmyrun view today. So many trees, so many allergies.

My view while running today.

At the end of Day 2 of AYSO Spring Break camp. He is still smiling. And hungry....all this running has him eating like a teenager.

After soccer camp today.

Random things in my garage. It's 6 ft wide by 4 ft. tall. Although good for stress relief. Angry Kid's soccer rebounder. #soccer

Soccer rebounder. The Easter bunny brought this.

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Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkBy Word of Mouth MusingsCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudNaptime MomtogParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusSupermomThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

And, I can’t forget Krystina from Lollipops whom does “What I Love Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Wordless Wednesday: Chapter Books

Angry Kid is in first grade. Unbeknownst to us, he was/is a great reader. He is plowing through chapter books. I took this photo tonight while he was reading his book for homework. The book was 36, yes thirty-six pages. Ye gads!!

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project Alicia, Better in Bulk, By Word of Mouth Musings, Crazy About My Baybah, Dear Crissy, Five Minutes For Mom, Live and Love…Out Loud, Naptime Momtog, Parenting By Dummies, Seven Clown Circus, Supermom, The Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

And, I can’t forget Krystina from Lollipops whom does “What I Love Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



The Surprises of Motherhood

I learn something new every day about Motherhood. Sometimes, it is good things, and sometimes there are bad things. But there are a ton of surprises.

For the past month, I have been a Community Leader for the Million Moms Challenge. I have learned some great things from the blog posts, and discussions within the community. Hey, even I started a few discussions about vaccinations, nutrition, healthcare, holiday traditions, photography during pregnancy, and even that little trend of Elf on the Shelf.

For my last discussion, I am talking about “The Surprises of Motherhood”.

Angry Kid reading to a friend

I took this photo today of Angry Kid reading to my friend’s son, whom is four. Isn’t it precious? I think so.

Please join me in the conversation over at The Million Moms Challenge Community, about my Surprise of Not Knowing That Angry Kid Could READ.

We broke up

Angry Julie and her Monster

It’s official. It has been FIVE weeks since I’ve had a Monster Energy Drink.  I was starting to have crazy sugar cravings when drinking them.  I constantly wanted more and more Monsters.  I then wanted candy.  It was time to stop.  We had quite a long standing relationship.  I’ve broken up with my Monsters before.  But this is probably the longest time that I’ve gone without them.

I haven’t given up caffeine entirely.  I’m not that crazy.  I still make my daily visits to the little store at the local gas station.  I pass by the Monsters, and stare a little. Then I move onto the fountain drinks and get myself a Dr. Pepper.  I try not to keep any soda in the house, because I would probably drink it all.

I admit it.  I miss my Monsters. They made me so happy, yet they were very very very bad for me. I was known for showing up to an event with my Monster in hand. They were my signature drink.  I even had my picture of me with a Monster in my “About” page. I changed that picture also.

Onto other things though…..

My BFF, Stacey got me one of those acrylic Starbucks’ Acrylic Insulated Tumblers.  She got me a Venti.  It is fabulous and I drink about a bazillion glasses of water daily.  I think Angry Husband is jealous of my tumbler.  I see him looking at it with jealousy.

I went and saw Sex and the City 2 with Stacey.  I liked it. I laughed.  Some of the Samantha scenes were a bit much.  I totally related to Charlotte when she was crying in the kitchen pantry. I’ve been there before.  I learned a new word, “InterFriendtion”.  I loved how the showed the characters “in their youth”.  It was very long.  It was a good girlfriend movie.  The previews before the movie even started were “chick flicks”.  It has been decided, it is the summer of chick flicks.

I staged a family room makeover with only a $100 rug from Costco.  Angry Husband was impressed.  It looks so much better.  Perhaps, there is an extra chair sitting in our garage now.

We are in the midst of swim lessons again. Oh save me from smacking some of these parents.  Seriously, step away from the edge of the pool. Your child can fix their goggles themselves.

My TV shows are all ending for the summer. I need something new to watch.  Any suggestions?

I’m reading Eat, Pray, Love. I saw a preview for the movie.  I never wanted to read it before.  So I just started it.  I finished The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and The Help within the past month. They are all GREAT books.  Read them!!!

And last but not least, I returned to the gym today.  I went to a 24Lift class this morning.  My friend, Doris teaches it and I think I shocked her by showing up! I’m going to be very very very sore this weekend.

So this is what summer looks like so far!

Giving Away My Books

I recently got a Kindle. I also live in a small house so I’m also trying to organize my office. I have a ton of books that I’ve read in the past two years.  I want to pass these books onto other people, whom also like to read.  If you live locally in Orange County, I will meet you to hand off these books.  If you live elsewhere, I have a ton of Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes.  I can mail you the books.  All I ask is reimbursement for the mailing fees.

Here is the list of books in no order:

  • Cocktails For Three-Madeline Wickham
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club-Kate Jacobs
  • When I’m Not Myself-Deborah J. Wolf
  • The Teahouse Fire-Ellis Avery
  • Saving Fish From Drowning-Amy Tan
  • The Little Lady Agency and The Prince-Hester Browne
  • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms-Gail Tsukiyama
  • Gap Creek (Hardcover)-Robert Morgan
  • Don’t Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes-Dixie Cash
  • Comfort Food-Kate Jacobs
  • Chasing Harry Winston (Hardcover)-Lauren Weisberger (TAKEN)
  • Falling Out of Fashion (Hardcover)-Karen Yampolsky
  • The Girls from Ames (Hardcover)-Jeffrey Zaslow
  • High Tea-Sandra Harper
  • A Rather Curious Engagement-C.A. Belmond
  • Middle Place-Kelly Corrigan
  • Wife in the Fast Lane-Karen Quinn (TAKEN)
  • To Hell with All That-Caitlin Flanagan (TAKEN)
  • The Guy Not Taken-Jennifer Weiner (TAKEN)
  • School of Fortune-Amanda Brown and Janice Weber
  • I Was a Really Good Mom before I Had Kids-Trisha Ashworth (TAKEN)
  • April Shadows-V.C. Andrews
  • The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio-Terry Ryan
  • Bright Lights, Big Ass-Jen Lancaster (TAKEN)
  • Family Baggage-Monica McInerney
  • The Devil Wears Prada-Lauren Weisberger
  • Everyone Worth Knowing-Lauren Weisberger (TAKEN)
  • Alphabet Weekends-Elizabeth Noble (TAKEN)
  • Snobs-Julian Fellowes
  • You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again (Hardcover)-Suzanne Hansen (TAKEN)
  • Baby Proof (Hardcover)-Emily Giffin (TAKEN)
  • The Devil in the Junior League (Hardcover)-Linda Francis Lee (TAKEN)
  • Lipstick Jungle-Candace Bushnell (TAKEN)
  • The Gatecrasher (Hardcover)-Madeline Wickham
  • Shopaholic & Baby (Hardcover, missing cover)-Sophie Kinsella
  • The Interruption of Everything (Hardcover)-Terry McMillan
  • Love The One You’re With (Hardcover)-Emily Giffin (TAKEN)
  • Savannah Blues-Mary Kay Andrews (TAKEN)
  • Shoe Addicts Anonymous (Hardcover)-Beth Harbison
  • Remember Me? (Hardcover)-Sophie Kinsella
  • Naptime Is The New Happy Hour-Stephanie Wilder-Taylor (TAKEN)