Best Book Review Ever!!

Kobin’s parents sent this review of my children’s book, Buttons. It put a smile on my face! I just had to share it with you! 🙂

“Kobin has wanted to read it every night since your book arrived. We then spend the next several minutes looking for exactly eight examples of buttons in his bedroom before I am permitted to turn out the lights.” 🙂

Decisions, Decisions!

Decisions, decisions! Our young adult kids face so many BIG decisions. Career. Marriage. Home. What do you do when they come to you for advice?

When our son, Jared, graduated from college, and began the big job search, he had 3 different job opportunities to choose from. When he phoned to let his dad and I weigh in on his decision though, we didn’t tell him what to do. After all, he was 22 years old. He’s the one who’s going to have to live with the decision. Plus, I don’t want him to end up on Dr. Phil someday, saying how I messed up his life. 😉

It’s hard not to influence him though, especially when one of the job opportunities would bring him closer to home. Selfishly, I’d love to steer him towards that job. Of course, he knows my heart already, so I just admit to the obvious, “You know I’d love it if you were closer to home, but this is about the best opportunity for you.” Since it’s a choice between lots of great options, we tried to empower him with the tools to make a wise choice on his own.

His dad suggested the old pro vs. con list and then added, “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” My contribution was, “They all sound like great opportunities! Which one is the best stepping stone to where you want to be eventually?” Asking the right question is a powerful parenting tool! This stage of parenting is less about telling your child what to do, and more about coaching.

Frankly, it was a tough transition for me. When the decisions are big, it’s tempting to jump in there and take over, but when your child is no longer a child anymore; it’s time to stop calling the shots and hand over the reins. Of course, you can always stay stuck in the advice giving stage, but just don’t be surprised when your kids don’t call as often as they used to or when they become so dependent on you that they’re still living at home when they’re in their 30’s. 😉


The Tech Guy Behind Buttons

This is the amazing tech guy behind my children’s book, Buttons! He also happens to be my amazing hubby, Mr. Wonderful! It’s so handy having a computer genius in the family. It’s not exaggerating to say that without him, Buttons would have NEVER happened! He found our talented illustrator, Sarah Gledhill, at, formatted the book, and worked with the printing company, IngramSpark. He actually did ALL the heavy lifting, spending his evenings and weekends to make my dream of publishing a children’s book a reality! That’s true love and that’s one of the many reasons I call him Mr. Wonderful! 🙂

Buttons eBook Giveaway Through Valentine’s Day

Buttons picture book

The eBook version of my children’s book, Buttons, is free on Amazon through Valentine’s Day! Just my little way of showing the love during LOVE month!  All I ask is that you leave an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads (or both, if you really want to show the love.) 😉

Happy Heart Day, Friends! Thanks for all your love and support! 🙂

The Editor Behind Buttons

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” -E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

How lucky am I? This is my longtime friend, Jennifer Edwards, who is not only a true friend, but a good writer! Fortunately for me, she’s also a great editor, which was SO handy when I needed an editor for my first self-published children’s book, Buttons. If you’re looking for a professional editor for your self-published book, check out

If you’d like to see Jennifer’s handiwork firsthand, you can find my children’s picture book, Buttons, on Amazon! It’s free of typos, thanks to Jennifer! 🙂


The Illustrator Behind Buttons

Buttons picture book

Since I have ZERO artistic talent, I needed to find a talented illustrator for my children’s book, Buttons!  My sweet hubby, Mr. Wonderful, found an amazing illustrator, Sarah Gledhill, on She was incredibly patient as we clumsily navigated our way through my first self-published book. It took 5 months and over 200 emails to achieve the final product, but we did it! Thanks for bringing Buttons to life, Sarah! I couldn’t have done it without you, and I wouldn’t have wanted to try! 😉

The Inspiration Behind Buttons

Inquiring minds want to know, “Where did you get the idea for your picture book, Buttons??” It’s always fun to hear where inspiration strikes, so here is it-my daughter, Laura Pickrell Ambrosio’s, adorable About Me book from the mind of her 3rd grade self. Within the pages, was a clever and silly poem about buttons with tiny buttons glued all over the page. It was so cute, we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves. 🙂

Buttons is available on Amazon! Hope you love it as much as we do!

You never know…maybe lurking in all your child’s school papers is a beloved children’s picture book just waiting to be published.

I’d love to hear from you! Where do you find inspiration?

Lost in Translation

Having trouble connecting with your child? Maybe you’re not speaking their love language. Why not take Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages assessment to find out how you and your child give and receive love?

The 5 Love Languages are…

  • Acts of Service
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Gift Giving
  • Physical Touch

My love language is acts of service, so I make my family work for it. 😉

Which love language is yours? Which love language is your child’s?



A Sneak Peek Inside BUTTONS!

Here’s a sneak peek inside my children’s picture book, BUTTONS! These are Long Buttons“, but there are plenty more buttons where those came from! BUTTONS will be available on Amazon soon! Then you’ll be able to unfasten the pages of BUTTONS and uncover the best button of all! 🙂