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BOOKS, Children's Book, family, Giveaway

If Grandma Were Here By Amber L. Bradbury – #BookReview + GIVEAWAY!

When I first found out that my long time mommy friend Amber published a book, I was super excited! I’m always rooting for my friends to win. She sent me a copy and I was in love right away! The book was definitely bittersweet and I’ll explain why…..

Amber and I both unfortunately lost our moms in 2013. It was rough. Losing a parent is something you really can’t fully relate to, unless you’ve gone through it. Amber is one of few friends who could relate to me on that grief.

Synopsis of “If Grandma Were Here”:

If Grandma Were Here, what would you do together? Would you
sing a song? Go on an amazing adventure? Or give each other a giant hug? See
what special things grandmas and grandkids do together! This treasure chest
of memories is a perfect way for kids and parents who miss their grandma to
remember her kindness and her love.

If Grandma Were Here was so beautifully written! Although my daughter is 13, she enjoyed the book! “We did that with Grandma too!”. It was a great way to revisit the past. The illustrations by Jessica Corbett are amazing! They tie in beautifully with Amber’s story! Amber’s next book will be “If Grandpa Were Here” so definitely stay tuned for that!

Amber and I have partnered up for a giveaway! We will be giving away the following:

1 Winner- Hardcover copy of “If Grandma Were Here” + a tote bag
5 Winners- An Apple e-book copy of “If Grandma Were Here”

Entering is easy, just use the widget below! Good Luck!

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For all things “If Grandma Were Here” and to learn more about Amber L. Bradbury, check out her site here:

family, Holiday

Happy National Grandparents Day!

My momma & Baby Gabby 2008

Today is Grandparents Day! Grandparents Day or National Grandparents Day is celebrated in various countries! It was created to showcase the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. It takes place on the first Sunday after Labor Day!

My mom would always tell me that obviously she loved me, but that the love you have for your grandchildren is like no other! Seeing the way she interacted with my daughter, I knew it was true. Her love radiated! Even years later after her passing, my daughter still remembers how much her Grandma loved her!

My daughters Grandfather or “Pop Pop” as she calls him is another very important figure in my daughters life. She loves spending quality time with him and was even concerned when she knew a baby brother would be coming into the picture. But that’s the beauty of it all, grandparents have so much love to give and reassured her, that he wouldn’t love her any less!

Speaking of love, today also celebrates those Grandparents who may not be blood related, but still love their grand babies so dang much! Today is your day as well!

Hope you all have an amazing National Grandparents Day! Be sure to show all your Grandparents a little extra love today and for those who may no longer be here with us, take today to reflect back on the amazing memories you have with them!


Chicken of the Sea Reunion Grants

Better late than never! Just wanted to share an easy and fun giveaway to enter! From now until August 15th Chicken of the Sea fans can enter for a chance to win one of twenty $500 grants to help make sure this year’s outdoor gatherings are the most memorable yet for family and friends. All you have to do is check out and enter your email address – it’s really that easy! 

For more information on Chicken of the Sea, including recipes, meal-planning insights, serving suggestions and nutritional information, as well as information on the latest new Chicken of the Sea products, go to Follow the Mermaid on FacebookTwitter and on Instagram.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of 50 US/DC, 18+. Void where prohibited. Starts 12:00 AM ET on 7/15/21 and ends 11:59 PM ET on 8/15/21. The Chicken Of The Sea Reunion Grants Program is sponsored by Chicken of the Sea International. See Official Rules at:


This Is 13

My “baby” is officially a teenager! 13! My goodness, the years really do go by fast! Gabby was a year old when I first started this blog. It blows my mind that she is now a teenager! Her getting older, means I’m getting older! LOL I want to wish my munchkin a very Happy 13th Birthday! We may not be able to top last years pre-pandemic birthday celebrations, but it’s still going to be awesome! I love you!


Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself- Meet Virginia

Hey ya’ll! Allow me to re-introduce myself! My name is Virginia. A 1st generation latina born in Queens, raised in Brooklyn. My parents moved to the USA from Guatemala and El Salvador. I lived in LA for a bit after high school. New Jersey for a hot second. I now call Pennsylvania home.

I am a mother to an amazing daughter, Gabby! It’s hard to believe I have a teen now! When she was first born in 2008 people would tell me how fast the years go by. They were right! Motherhood isn’t easy at times. But it’s been a journey I wouldn’t change at all! I love being a mom!

Speaking of motherhood. I started Mom In Love Forever in October of 2009. I found blogging to be a great way to share with people my new journey in motherhood. People constantly asked me about products and for recommendations, so I figured why not document it? Over the years I’ve worked with so many amazing brands, conducted fun giveaways and met so many great people!

Why the re-introduction? Well for starters, I did a slight re-branding. Updated the logo a bit. I decided to start this site from scratch. ( You can always check out my instagram to see past work & collaborations.) Sometimes you just need a fresh start! So if you are new, then welcome! And you have followed me or know me from when I first started then- hello there!

I still plan on sharing personal posts on occasion. I still plan on doing product reviews & giveaways. But guess what? There’s more! I’ve decided to partner up with my long time friend Barbie and start a podcast!

The M.I.L.F Club Podcast will be a branch of this blog. We wanted to create this podcast for mothers. A place for them to escape reality for a bit and indulge on our conversations. The M.I.L.F (Mom In Love Forever, get it? lol ) Club Podcast is for a mom who considers herself sexy, confident, fun. A mom who hasn’t lost site of themselves despite having children. So many women let themselves go! But on the flip side, if she is lost, then a mother who is looking to get her groove back. A mother who is crazy about her kids, even though they drive her crazy! We want this community to be a tribe of all types of mothers- single mothers, married mothers, lesbians, etc. We want this podcast to be a space where women from different walks of life can share their stories, and though we all may be different, at the end of the day we have motherhood in common.