1 day only–save 40% on Mother’s Day print book trio

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Did that Osterizer blender not quite touch the tender places of the heart? Check out my Mother’s Day book trio, 3 PRINT books for only $25 (reg. $39.95) ONE DAY ONLY! Rejuvenate, reflect, resonate, and plain old laugh all month long with these oft humorous yet helpful essays on life as a woman, wife, and mother.
*The Life is Too Short Collection
From the most popular essays of the three-book series, enjoy funny and functional anecdotes to survive and thrive in family life!
*Motherhood Matters:  Joyful Reminders of the Divinity, Reality, and Rewards of Motherhood
A gift book of poignant and powerful thoughts on motherhood
*Faithful, Fit & Fabulous: Get Back to Basics and Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks! 
Learn the basics in 8 life areas with simple principles and practices that work. And enjoyably! Time-tested in women’s lives for over ten years.
Enjoy these three fabulous books to get back basics, joyfully!
CLICK HERE to order (+4.95 S&H).

Top 10 Countdown: Mom & Me Moments

To celebrate this motherhood month of May, I’m doing a Europe Rewind on my fave Mom & Me moments. I’ll be doing a countdown to my most favorite Europe memory on Instagram (where I posted NARY a picture, so sorry!) Or, you can get the full ten on next week’s post (but without all the pics).

Enjoy!!
Connie
#10. We are Scots!
Before this trip that was really to see my mother’s childhood stomping grounds, I didn’t realize I would fall in love with my old “homeland” of Scotland too!
To share this experience as mother and daughter was nothing short of incredible. To see where she came from (shipyard areas) to emigrating at 19 with three children to America and making a life for herself despite many obstacles was truly once-in-a-lifetime. Hearing the stories, like her mother pawning her father’s suit on Tuesday until he got paid on Friday(wherein he would redeem the suit to be fit to go drinking that night, as per the custom, and repeat the process). Seeing the “close” (apartment) she lived in, the humble circumstances and the gritty environment. And feeling of the still-present angst and just-beneath-the-surface rumble (we were there at the time of the elections–amazing). And, with that backdrop you wouldn’t believe how completely friendly and helpful the Glasgow people are!! Good hearts and open hospitality. LOVED LOVED LOVED these wonderful people.
And, for me, Scotland was my home turf too for a few years. As a child, I remember wearing tartan kilts, eating Mars bars (with the black wrapper), and Curly Wurly’s (my one regret–I didn’t buy one!) Real shortbread and bangers and mash with “mushy” peas. These memories came back so clear, it shocked me.
Sharing our pre-America lives together proved hilarious and tender and memorable in so many ways; hence, it’s my first on the Top 10 List. Go Scots!!!
P.S. Do you have your copy of my new book? What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms and Daughters.(What Every Kid Needs To Know.) Even if your kids are grown, recommend this to your friends and family with elementary age girls. The reviews have been coming in, and they are great! CLICK HERE for your own copy.
“I truly loved reading this inspirational book. From the first page I was inspired and just absolutely indulged myself in every word. Connie Sokol is so honest and touched on so many points that felt so familiar to me. It is nice to see that other women experience these times and emotions.”

“I LOVE books like this! Short, funny chapters make it a quick pick it up… read a little… put it down… go on with life… pick it up again…put it down… ponder… pick it up again…etc. Each chapter is its own story of the wonderment of all that it means in being female. So put life on hold, take a deep breath, and dive into these pages. They will leave you renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated.”
-Shauna Wheelwright
“This is a really fun and uplifting book. It’s one I need to read a bit of each day to remind me that I’m doing okay as a Mom, that I’m going to make it, and that I can enjoy this Mom ride! This would be a fabulous Mother’s Day present for yourself or any mom who needs a good laugh and some inspiration to keep going!”
-Cami
“What an enjoyable very quick, and often witty read. You will get pulled in and start turning the pages for Connie’s Gems of Wisdom.”
-Maureen

Top 10 Countdown: Mom & Me Moments

To celebrate this motherhood month of May, I’m doing a Europe Rewind on my fave Mom & Me moments. I’ll be doing a countdown to my most favorite Europe memory on Instagram (where I posted NARY a picture, so sorry!) Or, you can get the full ten on next week’s post (but without all the pics).

Enjoy!!
Connie
#10. We are Scots!
Before this trip that was really to see my mother’s childhood stomping grounds, I didn’t realize I would fall in love with my old “homeland” of Scotland too!
To share this experience as mother and daughter was nothing short of incredible. To see where she came from (shipyard areas) to emigrating at 19 with three children to America and making a life for herself despite many obstacles was truly once-in-a-lifetime. Hearing the stories, like her mother pawning her father’s suit on Tuesday until he got paid on Friday(wherein he would redeem the suit to be fit to go drinking that night, as per the custom, and repeat the process). Seeing the “close” (apartment) she lived in, the humble circumstances and the gritty environment. And feeling of the still-present angst and just-beneath-the-surface rumble (we were there at the time of the elections–amazing). And, with that backdrop you wouldn’t believe how completely friendly and helpful the Glasgow people are!! Good hearts and open hospitality. LOVED LOVED LOVED these wonderful people.
And, for me, Scotland was my home turf too for a few years. As a child, I remember wearing tartan kilts, eating Mars bars (with the black wrapper), and Curly Wurly’s (my one regret–I didn’t buy one!) Real shortbread and bangers and mash with “mushy” peas. These memories came back so clear, it shocked me.
Sharing our pre-America lives together proved hilarious and tender and memorable in so many ways; hence, it’s my first on the Top 10 List. Go Scots!!!
P.S. Do you have your copy of my new book? What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms and Daughters.(What Every Kid Needs To Know.) Even if your kids are grown, recommend this to your friends and family with elementary age girls. The reviews have been coming in, and they are great! CLICK HERE for your own copy.
“I truly loved reading this inspirational book. From the first page I was inspired and just absolutely indulged myself in every word. Connie Sokol is so honest and touched on so many points that felt so familiar to me. It is nice to see that other women experience these times and emotions.”

“I LOVE books like this! Short, funny chapters make it a quick pick it up… read a little… put it down… go on with life… pick it up again…put it down… ponder… pick it up again…etc. Each chapter is its own story of the wonderment of all that it means in being female. So put life on hold, take a deep breath, and dive into these pages. They will leave you renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated.”
-Shauna Wheelwright
“This is a really fun and uplifting book. It’s one I need to read a bit of each day to remind me that I’m doing okay as a Mom, that I’m going to make it, and that I can enjoy this Mom ride! This would be a fabulous Mother’s Day present for yourself or any mom who needs a good laugh and some inspiration to keep going!”
-Cami
“What an enjoyable very quick, and often witty read. You will get pulled in and start turning the pages for Connie’s Gems of Wisdom.”
-Maureen

Happy Mother's Day! $.99 Deal-Studio 5 TODAY!

Happy Mother’s Day! Just for you TODAY, for only $.99 receive The Life is Too Short Collection,the hilarious yet helpful collection of life essays on being a woman, wife, and mother.  A perfect read for this weekend! This book contains the most popular of the best of the three-book series, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color; Life is Too Short for Sensible Shoes; and Life is Too Short for Linoleum.
And, don’t miss Studio 5 today. Studio 5 has gone back to its original 11 am time slot. You don’t want to miss today’s segment.
Enjoy!
Connie
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.
P.S. CLICK HERE to read the UV360 article on my new book.

Happy Mother’s Day! $.99 Deal-Studio 5 TODAY!

Happy Mother’s Day! Just for you TODAY, for only $.99 receive The Life is Too Short Collection,the hilarious yet helpful collection of life essays on being a woman, wife, and mother.  A perfect read for this weekend! This book contains the most popular of the best of the three-book series, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color; Life is Too Short for Sensible Shoes; and Life is Too Short for Linoleum.
And, don’t miss Studio 5 today. Studio 5 has gone back to its original 11 am time slot. You don’t want to miss today’s segment.
Enjoy!
Connie
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.
P.S. CLICK HERE to read the UV360 article on my new book.

3 Big Stressors For Women-And How To Cope With Them

Happy Mother’s Day! THANK YOU for all the day-in, day-out, unsung and unbelievably wonderful things you do for your family! Enjoy my KSL article to learn a little about the top 3 stressors of women and how to de-stress them. Feel free to chime in with your tried-and-true solutions at www.facebook.com/8basics
Love,
Connie
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“As involved and nurturing moms, we face daily and deep challenges in running a home and raising a family. After informally posting a question on my Facebook page — “What are the top three stressors in your life?” — I gathered the responses and put them into these top three categories.

No. 1: Self care

Women expressed there was too much to do, too little energy, and a whole lot of “how will I handle that?” — and not just physical, but emotional needs. As I thought about this, I realized that we women know the need for self-care, body and soul, so why don’t we do it? One thought was perception — that we perceive we can’t or shouldn’t — and we can change that….

Basic physical health. We need to value basic health for ourselves. Take the time to eat well, exercise and sleep, and in the process shoot for 80 percent of the time. When one area can’t be a positive (i.e. a new baby, so sleep is gone), add something to another one (eat well). You can also adjust responsibilities, delegating to someone else (i.e. trade something for house cleaners for three months).

Basic emotional health. As a young mom, I thought doing the things I loved — playing the piano, writing, speaking — would take away from my children and the time it took to help develop them into wonderful people. But what I learned is that it gives something to them: It helped them know me and expand their own talents and interests.

One of my friends told how the only time she could play the piano was at night when her children went to bed. So she did, and they loved it! Years later, one of her children in college called to say he’d heard a Brahms piece that she used to play for them.

What are the other two stressors women reported in their lives? READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE.

Watch the TV version of this article by CLICKING HERE.

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Happy Early Mother's Day with a chance to win $250!

We’re sending a shout out of Great Job to all moms and moms-of-the-heart! Thanks for all you do, day in and out, to make sure your family and loved ones are happy and loved and moving forward in life.
I’m excited to participate in a huge Mother’s Day gift drawing for a Kindle or Paypal cash. Use it for a little wonderful, to stock up on fave books or the cash for something your kids broke and that hasn’t been replaced!!)
Follow the instructions below to enter, good luck!!
Best,
Connie
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Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway Sponsor List
I Am A Reader
Donna @ OnDBookshelf
Diana’s Book Reviews
Krysten Lindsay Hager author
Raven Haired Girl
Stephanie Keyes
Mother Daughter Book Reviews
The Lovely Books
Simple Wyrdings
Amiabooklover
Orsayor @ The Book Referees
What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know
Talia Jager
LeahSay’s Views
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Author Camelia Miron Skiba
Paij Slater @ My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
BookHounds
Jennifer Lane
Heather Boyd
The Page Unbound
Tamara Gill
D.E. Haggerty author
Glistering Bs Blog
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Author B. Kristin McMichael
Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog
TMBA Corbett Tries to Write
Emma Right Books for Children
Unshelfish
The Discerning Reader
Taylor Dean Books
A Leisure Moment
ExtraordinaryReads
Connie Sokol
Giveaway Details
Prize Valued at $250. Winner’s choice of an Amazon.com gift code to
purchase a Kindle & ebooks or alternately winner can choose to
receive $250 in Paypal Cash.
Ends 5/10/15
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via
Paypal or an Amazon.com gift code. Winning Entry will be verified prior
to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older
to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by
rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48
hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no
way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity
unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received
determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I am a Reader, and
sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter. 

Happy Early Mother’s Day with a chance to win $250!

We’re sending a shout out of Great Job to all moms and moms-of-the-heart! Thanks for all you do, day in and out, to make sure your family and loved ones are happy and loved and moving forward in life.

I’m excited to participate in a huge Mother’s Day gift drawing for a Kindle or Paypal cash. Use it for a little wonderful, to stock up on fave books or the cash for something your kids broke and that hasn’t been replaced!!)

Follow the instructions below to enter, good luck!!

Best,

Connie

Kindle-Fire-Giveaway

Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway Sponsor List

I Am A Reader

Donna @ OnDBookshelf

Diana’s Book Reviews

Krysten Lindsay Hager author

Raven Haired Girl

Stephanie Keyes

Mother Daughter Book Reviews

The Lovely Books

Simple Wyrdings

Amiabooklover

Orsayor @ The Book Referees

What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know

Talia Jager

LeahSay’s Views

Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Author Camelia Miron Skiba

Paij Slater @ My Love for Reading Keeps Growing

BookHounds

Jennifer Lane

Heather Boyd

The Page Unbound

Tamara Gill

D.E. Haggerty author

Glistering Bs Blog

Rockin’ Book Reviews

Author B. Kristin McMichael

Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog

TMBA Corbett Tries to Write

Emma Right Books for Children

Unshelfish

The Discerning Reader

Taylor Dean Books

A Leisure Moment

ExtraordinaryReads

Connie Sokol

Giveaway Details

Prize Valued at $250. Winner’s choice of an Amazon.com gift code to

purchase a Kindle & ebooks or alternately winner can choose to

receive $250 in Paypal Cash.

Ends 5/10/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via

Paypal or an Amazon.com gift code. Winning Entry will be verified prior

to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older

to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by

rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48

hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no

way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity

unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received

determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I am a Reader, and

sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list.

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter giveaway to enter. 

Awesome Goodies for you TODAY ONLY!

We have AWESOME goodies for you today!
*Live KSL segment today! Thanks for weighing in on the “Top 3 Stressors for Women” on our Facebook thread. Find out the top final 3 stressors on my KSL segment today, LIVE at 1 p.m. on “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” (Channel 5).
*Right after Studio 5, join our FACEBOOK CHAT & GIVEAWAY! We’ll be discussing “How to Talk with Your Tween”. How do you talk about bullying, friends, peer pressure, boys, puberty, and more? Find out today from 2 to 3 p.m. Go to www.facebook.com/8basics. Simply log in, read, and feel free to post if you like. ENJOY OUR BOOK GIVEAWAY–one ebook and one print book in one hour!
*TODAY ONLY–get my newest book for only .99 (print for only $9.99), “What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters”. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE. On it’s debut it hit #3 and #4 on Amazon niche lists, a fabulous tool for connected conversations with your tween (especially about the tough stuff).
Enjoy!
Connie
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3 Takeaways from My Europe Trip!

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SALT LAKE CITY —Over the past two weeks, I fulfilled a life dream with my mother of traveling to Europe. This started in earnest a year ago with an opportunity (my mother’s phone call of, “I want to take you back to the ‘Old Country,’ i.e., Scotland”), but was a seeming impossibility (age of my children, life schedules) that became a stressful possibility (“Can we just hire a travel agent?”). At last, planets aligned and we were off.

As we traveled through four countries, I noticed signs for “Take Away” — meaning, fast food or take out. Using a double entendre from this experience, I’ve thought about this question: What happens after realizing a dream? What exactly has been my personal “take away”?

1. I can do things that I’m absolutely sure I can’t

From the get-go, I knew from past and painful experiences I was not a great trip planner (i.e. the scary hotel where I tried to cook a Thanksgiving turkey in a baby doll oven with a drunk man banging on the wall next door…) However, I learned.

Read the rest of my takeaways by CLICKING HERE.