Book Review: “I Miss Daddy” (deployment book for #military kids)

Author and Army wife Acacia Slaton Beumer sent me her children’s book I Miss Daddy to review. Although I state in the above post title that this book is for military kids, I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Military families may be the main audience, but I think this book could be a great teaching tool for civilian kids, to show them what other boys and girls -perhaps their classmates- are going through.

I Miss Daddy- a deployment book for #military kids. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Beumer’s first book, Launch Out Into the Deep, was published in 2011 and was given a gold seal of approval by Mom’s Choice Awards for children 12 to 18 years of age. Her latest book, I Miss Daddy, focuses on the relationship of a little girl and her parents, while her Soldier father is deployed to Afghanistan.

In the beginning of the book, the main character, Jana, is acting out because she misses her father. It seems as if her mother has to constantly reprimand her. Jana tells the reader what she misses about her dad and shares some happy experiences she’s had with him.

Then one day a letter arrives for Jana. After reading the letter together, Jana and her mother, along with Jana’s little sister, are able to have a discussion about Jana’s daddy. Jana learns that she’s not alone. Her mom misses Jana’s father too, and it hurts both parents when they see Jana hurting. Then Jana, Jaci, and their mother pray that God will grant their daddy peace, love, and safety.

Baby J reading his “I Miss Daddy” book.

I Miss Daddy hits close to home for me right now. My husband isn’t deployed, but he is away from us for several months for training. Baby J is only 20 months old, so he doesn’t really understand yet what’s going on, but I know he misses his daddy. I see it every time he reaches out for a playmate’s father or snuggles against a male nursery worker at church. I call it his “daddy complex” in jest, but it’s really quite heartbreaking. Reading this book makes me realize challenges Baby J and I will most likely face together in the future. What’s important for me to remember is that although my son may lash out or misbehave, there’s an underlying cause. But he can’t express his emotions to me the way an adult can. A book like this is a great starting point to talk through our feelings and get to the root of the problem. He needs to know that he’s not alone.

I think military spouses can be outstanding at keeping a straight face, holding emotions in, and driving on. For the most part, we have to be. At least, I know I do. If I dwell on sadness or loneliness, it will just tear me apart. But maybe our kids need to see through that mask just a little bit. They need to know that like them, we’re not just “okay” with our lives moving on without our spouses. It’s something we just have to weather together as a family. And one day it will be over, and our loved ones will be home.

The print length is 36 pages, but the actual story is 25 pages, including the discussion questions. I think that’s long enough to get the point across but short enough to hold a young child’s attention. The illustrations are bright and realistic. I’m not sure if there’s a term for it, but the illustrations look like photographs that have been turned into drawings.

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You can purchase I Miss Daddy on Amazon. It’s available both as an e-book and paperback. Find out more about the author, on her website

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Giveaway: Diono Radian RXT Car Seat, 1/1-1/20


Welcome to the Diono Radian RXT New Year, New Ride Giveaway Event!

Sponsored by Diono

Hosted by: Conservamom

Comfort and security are two highlights of the Diono Radian®RXT Car Seat. The removable seat pad is perfect for quick cleaning and comfortable for short and long car rides. With convertible features, this car seat grows with your child, from 5 to 120 pounds. This seat has all the protection you need in a car seat, as well as the comfort and convenience your children desire when they move into a booster seat. Packed with so many features, this car seat is truly a gem.

  • Features: Adjustable Height, EPS Safety Foam, Removable Seat Pad, LATCH Compatibility, Armrests, Hide-Away Cup Holders, Converts to Backless Booster, Folds for Storage.
  • Converts to: Rear-facing Seat, Belt Positioning Booster, 5-point Harness Booster, Forward-facing Seat
  • Safety and Security Features: LATCH Equipped Car Seat, Compatible with Shoulder Seat Belt, Compatible with Lap Seat Belt
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam and side impact protection provides added safety
  • Safestop® energy-absorbing harness
  • Additional forward-facing recline position to accommodate different types of contoured vehicle seats, 12-position adjustable headrest, 5 shoulder and 3 buckle positions deliver a comfortable ride.
  • Rear-facing tether capability
  • LATCH installation up to 80 lbs
  • Expandable sides and long seat bottom allow proper leg support
  • Low-sitting profile makes it easy for your child to board
  • Angled cup holder keeps a variety of drinks upright and within easy reach
  • Cover is machine washable and dryable
  • Rubber bottom grips for no-slip installation
  • 10 year life

Not only does this car seat have the amazing features listed above, but because of its slim body and size, you can even fit three across for safe transportation of your most prized cargo.

4848_spring_10700This car seat is one of a kind and has so many amazing features; it’s a must for any parent to own.

To find out more check out Conservamom’s review here.

The wonderful people over at Diono have been kind enough to give one lucky person their very own Diono Radian®RXT car seat. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will run from 1/1-1/20 at 11:59pm.

Have your little one Ride in Style this new year in a Diono Car Seat!

Just enter the rafflecopter below! You can also check out more info on Diono on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or Pinterest

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Disclosure- My Life: A Work in Progress is not responsible for fulfillment/shipment of prize. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or any other social media outlet. Conservamom will not be responsible for prize fulfillment/shipment. If you have any questions, please email

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Review: Keep your teething baby stylish with Bazzle Baby Banda Bibs! #holidaygiftguide

Baby J has been teething, is teething, and probably will still be teething for weeks to come. As he’s cutting his pre-molars and molars, the amount of drool that comes out of his mouth is just amazing. How does he stay hydrated?! The tops of his shirts become completely saturated, unless I put a bib on him, which he usually yanks off immediately. But I’ve tricked him. He doesn’t realize the bandanas that Bazzle Baby sent us to review are actually BIBS and not just cool toddler accessories, so he keeps them on. Win for Mommy! =D

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Bazzle Baby is a fun online store that sells paci clips, burpers (burp clothes), hair accessories, socks, Little Leggies (leg warmers), hats, and several styles of bibs. I’m crazy about the Handmade Baby Bibs that Bazzle Baby sells. They’re made by moms here in the USA, and they’re really, really cute!

We received two of the Banda Bib II in Lime Greenie and a blue giraffe print (pictured above) that I couldn’t find on their website. The bibs are made with 100 percent cotton in the front and 100 percent polyester on the back, so they soak up the moisture and keep it off your baby or toddler’s skin. Both bibs are really, really soft too. I think that’s part of the reason why Baby J doesn’t mind wearing them- they’re more comfortable than any other bib he owns, especially around the neck.

The bibs fasten in the back with snaps. There are two snaps, letting you adjust the bib as your baby grows.

Banda Bib- stay cool while you drool! Read more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Banda Bib- stay cool while you drool! Read more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Bazzle Baby also sent us their Houndstooth Burper (9″x18″), which looks much better in person than in the website photo! It’s big, soft, and absorbent. If you’re looking for a nice quality burp cloth, I’d definitely recommend checking out the 100 percent cotton burpers on Bazzle Baby.

100 percent cotton burpers by Bazzle Baby- Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Bazzle Baby is having a big holiday SALE, so now is the perfect time to check them out! Visit Bazzle Baby at the links below:

Bazzle Baby online | Bazzle Baby on Facebook | Bazzle Baby on Twitter | Bazzle Baby on Pinterest

What’s your favorite Bazzle Baby product or favorite Bazzle Baby design?

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