Create a book character that looks like your child!


As a minority, growing up my parents were hard pressed to find books with main characters that looked like me. Even now, there aren’t many books with diverse main characters. And, I’m just talking about race. Now, imagine you’re a child with a disability. How awesome would it be to find a book where the main character has the same disability as you?

Tim Osterbuhr, Kai Schmittat and Friederike Geiken at Crayon Crunch have done just that. Their book, My Magical Adventure is a gender-neutral, personalized printed children’s adventure story set in an imaginary world. In the book, the lead character can be customized to look like any child, including all ethnicities and disabilities.

Some of the lead character customization choices include:

  • Name
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Hair Color and Style
  • Eye Color
  • Skin Tone
  • Facial Features
  • Clothing
  • Special Needs like Wheelchair, Glasses, Prosthetics, Cane, etc.


I am so excited for this book and I think kids will love it. The story is about your child who finds a magical box in the attic with a keyhole in the shape of the first letter of their name. Because the key is nowhere in sight, your child goes on an adventure where they meet many interesting characters that help them find the key. When your child finally unlocks the box there is a surprise. Inside the box is a personal letter from a parent, family member or friend who purchased the book.


Now that you’ve read all about this wonderful book, the creators need your help. I’m sure you know, making a book isn’t cheap. Crayon Crunch has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. So, if this book sounds as cool to you as it does to me, head over and donate.

What time is it? It’s #jordwatch time.

April wasn’t a good month for me, watch wise. First, I lost a watch; then my favorite, everyday watch broke. I was without a watch for two weeks. Just too busy with work and home to go out and buy another.

I know that in the age of smart phones a watch isn’t necessary for some people. But, for me it’s very necessary – probably out of habit since smart phones weren’t always around. Needless to say, I was lost for those couple of weeks.

But, don’t fret, my pets! It seems that the Watch Gods were looking out for me. I was contacted by to good folks at JORD to review one of their lovely wood watches. Yep, you read that right… a wood watch.

Bree Glenn JORD Watch Ely 4

For so long, watches were a functional thing for me. As I got older, they became accessories – a part of my daily outfit choices. Then, I moved on to just having a couple of really nice watches – one for “fancy” occasions and one for everyday wear.

The JORD wood watches are so beautiful and the Ely Timepiece in Natural Green & Maple I chose goes with just about every outfit I own. I can’t wait to pair it with all the spring fashions I have waiting in the wings for this Michigan weather to warm up.

Bree Glenn JORD Watch Ely
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Bree Glenn JORD Watch Ely 2

Also, if you’re looking for a really cool and unique Mother’s or Father’s Day present, a JORD watch is a great choice. I love mine and the hubs has been angling to get one, since mine arrived. And, don’t forget graduation season is coming up. JORD has so many different styles to choose from, you’re bound to find something your loved ones will love.

Women’s and Men’s JORD Wooden Watches

JORD is a locally-owned, St. Louis-based company and all of their watches are 100% natural. If you want to know more about JORD, check out their website, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine and Google+.

DISCLAIMER: I was provided the Ely Timepiece from JORD Watches, free of charge, for the purposes of review. As always, all opinions are my own.

What does the frog say?

Phew! It has been a busy few weeks. The culmination being the kid‘s music concert at school. They have one every year, for each year. The third graders’ concert was called “Swamped.” It was all about animals who live in the swamp. All the songs were about swamp life, there were skits about swamp animals and – best of all – the kids all dressed up like swamp animals.


Here’s a shot of my little froggy.

the mom with moxie frog

There was also an art show, showcasing the artwork of all the third grade classes. I know I’m a bit bias, but I really think the kid has some artistic talent – although, he most definitely did not get it from me.

the mom with moxie artwork

It was such a cute show, and I’m glad everything went so well. However, I’m so glad it’s over because the kid practiced his songs so much, I knew them all by heart.

An Instagram Week in Review

…Well, really two weeks in review.

Hello, loves. So sorry posts have been so sparse around these parts – really since the beginning of the year. Life has been a bit hectic, so unfortunately my blogging got pushed aside. I’m working on a review post for something really cool and it should be up on Tuesday or Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on over the past couple of weeks – via Instagram posts.

So. Much. Personality. I just love his spirit; it makes me smile. #thekid

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Got something really awesome in the mail today. Blog post coming soon! #themomwithmoxie

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Felt fancy this morning. Hair *and* makeup done. Happy Thursday, friends.

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“Let’s take a selfie, mom.”

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Late-night snuggles with #thekid.

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Date night. #DaveChappelle

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So, there you go. Just a ton of time spent with my two guys.  I’ve loved it, but I’m so glad to be back to blogging regularly. See you soon!

5 Places for Moms to Make New Friends

Friends Photographing Themselves

Hey, mama! Think you’re too busy to make friends? Or, if you’re like me – a total introvert – you find it hard to do so. There are many opportunities throughout your day to make friends.

  1. Work – Making friends at work should be the easiest, since it’s where you spend most of your time. Take time to get to know your co-workers. You may be surprised by how much you have in common with some of them. Look for common interests, fashion styles, etc. Strike up a conversation in the elevator, or in the cafeteria. You never know, your new best friend could be sitting in an office just two floors down.
  2. Church – If you attend church together, you already have one thing in common: your faith. Build on that. Do you both have kids that are around the same age? Are your husbands friends? Maybe invite her family over for a cookout, or movie/game night.
  3. The Gym – While most people don’t go to the gym to socialize, there are still opportunities to do so. Does she have a physique or workout routine you’d like to emulate? Maybe strike up a conversation in the locker room (not when naked, because that’s weird), it’s possible you can become workout buddies, leading to a friendship outside the gym.
  4. PTA/Other School Committees – Your kids are already friends – or at least they probably know each other. Start off with playdates to see if you have anything in common. I know it sounds like you’re interviewing for friends – in a way, you are. You have kids who go to school together, so it’s safe to assume you live in the same neighborhood. Invite her over for coffee, maybe form a book club with other PTA/school moms.
  5. Book Club – Are you an avid reader like me? Find out if anyone you know is a member of a book club, ask if you can join. Or, search online for book clubs in your area. You already have your love of literature in common – maybe there’s more.

You see, it doesn’t have to be hard to make new friends. You just have to put some effort into it – just like you would building any other relationship.

What about you? Where did you meet your BFF?

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Because “do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work.

the kid

I come from the time where kids were raised in the way of “do as I say, not as I do.” And while that worked (kinda) for my parents, I don’t want that to be the way I parent. I mean, I know that sometimes the kid just have to do something, “because I said so,” however, if I want him to do something the “right way,” I feel I’d better be providing a good example of what the “right way” is.

Want him to eat his vegetables? I’d better be eating mine.

Want him to watch less TV and read more? I’d better have a book in my hand, more often than the remote.

Want him to do his chores, before playtime? Then the kitchen should be clean, before I logon to Facebook.

Want him to turn off the video games and go outside and play? I’d better be turning off the computer and getting some sort of physical activity in as well.

I could go on and on, with example after example – but I think you get what I’m trying to say.

You see, as easy as it is to say, “I’m the parent, and you do what I tell you to do,” It’s easier – in the long run – to provide a good example of what “doing the right thing is.” If you want kids to choose to do the right thing – you have to show them how, in addition to telling them.