Great Mothers Day gift ideas

Mothers Day is coming up quick, and its time to show our appreciation to the women who brought us into the world and raised us. At Cedar Fort we love to celebrate all mothers’ eclectic interests and hobbies, and we offer you a short collection of books that are prefect gifts for this special holiday.

Below are some great ways to show your appreciation today.


“Keep It Real and Grab a Plunger: 25 Tips for Surviving Parenthood” by Julie K. Nelson

Get the parenting results you want without stepping into the battle zone. Popular radio personality, university professor, author, and TV expert Julie K. Nelson combines her professional expertise with her personal experience as a mom of five in this book. Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this must-read will help you enforce rules without manipulation or coercion and addresses a wide variety of essential parenting topics.

About the author

As a popular blogger, a college professor, and a frequent parenting guest expert on TV, you might suspect Julie K. Nelson is immune to the realities of actual parenting. But in fact, she’s been there—through all the late nights, huge messes, and tough moments.Now she combines her expertise with her experience as a mom of five in this entertaining and pragmatic book. Learn how to overcome your natural manipulative, authoritarian tendencies and foster your child’s self-discipline, respect, and emotional maturity.

Humorous, insightful, and authentic, this book will get you through the sticky stuff with grace so you can enjoy those parenting moments that make it all worth it.


“Don’t put Lipstick on the Cat” by Kersten Campbell


As a parent, sometimes you just have to laugh. The challenges of raising children can be daunting, so humor goes a long way towards smoothing out the rough times. Enjoy these funny, frank, and true stories from the front lines of parenthood. Don’t Put Lipstick on the Cat is a perfect gift for moms, dads, neighbors, and friends.

About the author

Kersten Campbell is the author of the humor book Confessions of a Completely (In)sane Mother and more than thirty-five magazine and newspaper articles that support families, children, and motherhood. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, eating choc- olate doughnuts, and playing the clarinet. She, her husband, five children, a cat, and a dog who is smarter than all of them live blissfully eating doughnuts in the state of Washington. (The dog steals most of the doughnuts.)


“The Song of My Father” by Christine T. Hall


“Good will come from this.” That’s the phrase Chris’s father uttered over and over—almost like a song. As she grew, her father’s optimism inspired her through the tough times that followed almost losing her childhood home and then later enduring hospital stays and surgery. But then something so horrific happened, Chris was afraid her father’s song had stopped forever. This uplifting true story will remind you how to have hope, even on your darkest days.

About the author

Chris Hall maintains she is one of the most unlikely authors you will ever meet, as it was never in any of her life plans to write a book.  Her writing experience began without forethought or intention on her part.

It started on a summer day, while she working in her flower beds. A thought came clearly into her mind – then another, and another. Ideas started coming to her so frequently that she finally decided to keep a yellow legal pad and pencil with her wherever she went, so that she no longer had to resort to writing on the back of the receipts in her purse. No one could have been more amazed than she when she realized she was actually writing a book.

Her first book, Conversations with a Moonflower was published in March 2011.

Chris is never happier than when she and her husband are surrounded by their eight children and spouses and their 32 grandchildren. She lives in Utah with her husband, Duane.


“The Magical Slow Cooker” Sarah Olson


Do you believe in magic? Well, your slow cooker does. From breakfast to dessert, these recipes are perfect for busy moms who want something that’s quick and wholesome—not to mention delicious! With prepare-ahead tips and time-saving tricks from this little book—and the swish and flick of a wand—you can experience the magic of your slow cooker every night of the week!

About the author

Sarah Olson is the creator of the blog The Magical Slow Cooker. She loves that a few simple ingredients can turn into magic while slow cooking. Sarah also works full-time as a mail carrier and resides in Springfield, Oregon, with her husband and young daughter.You can learn more about Sarah at


“Stack Happy: 70 Flipping Delicious Flapjack Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, and Dessert” by Karly Campbell


If you think pancakes are only for breakfast, you’re in for a surprise! Popular blogger Karly Campbell shares her signature flapjack favorites, from cornmeal pancakes topped with guacamole to s’mores pancakes drizzled in chocolate sauce. With so many yummy choices, this cookbook is guaranteed to have you craving pancakes all the time!

About the author

Karly is a wife, mother, homeschooler, food blogger, and social media enthusiast. She married her high school sweet- heart and has been feeding his cookie addiction ever since.

Karly began cooking frozen pizzas for her young family, pro- gressed to boxed meals somewhere along the way, and finally discarded the boxes and found her groove in the kitchen. Since discovering her love of real homemade food, she has become an avid cook and baker. In late 2008, Karly started

the blog Buns in My Oven, and she turned it into a full-time venture mid-2012. When Karly isn’t homeschooling her kids or binge-watching television series, you’ll find her develop- ing recipes for her blog and many national brands.

Buns in My Oven has been featured on many popular web- sites and was named one of the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs by Disney’s Babble for 2013, as well as one of the top ten blogs by Huffington Post.


“Finger Foods: Elegant Treats and Bite-Sized Eats for Every Occasion” by Joyce Tanner Whiting


Taste your way to deliciousness, one little bite at a time.  These scrumptious and sensational finger foods are the perfect way to impress your guests for parties, receptions, and more. Try the Coconut Butterflied Shrimp, Orange and Honey Meatballs, and Lemon Tassies.  Packed with recipes and tips from an expert caterer, this book is sure to make your next party a giant hit from the first little bite.

About the author

Joyce Tanner Whiting grew up on a small dairy farm in Meridian, Idaho, where she learned to milk cows and kill squash bugs. Her passions include food, flowers, and family, but not nec- essarily in that order. She holds a master’s degree in secondary education and technical writing from Brigham Young University. Her several careers include a twenty-year stint as a stay-at-home mom and ten years as a junior high English teacher and part-time English and technical writing faculty member at two local universities. She spent an additional twenty plus years editing and writing computer manuals and consulting contracts for Novell, Inc.

Now “retired,” she is the unpublished author of a short book of poetry and several children’s stories, including Grandma Don’t, Grannie Annie, and They Don’t Do Purple Unless You’re with Your Grandma.

She spends her time in community and church volunteer services, hosting friends-and-family recep- tions, reunions, and other events. She currently lives, gardens, cooks, and hugs grandkids in Springville, Utah.

Blog tour: ‘Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast’

Blog tour: ‘Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast’

Melissa Richardson and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast” blog tour, which will run from December 1-15, 2014.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

With allergies to commercial yeast on the rise, natural yeast is the easy and healthy solution to baking all the foods you love. Brush up on your techniques with Melissa Richardson’s newest book, Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast, with mouthwatering recipes like Soft Pretzel Rolls, Honey Whole Wheat Bread, and Lemon Chiffon Cake. Say goodbye to commercial yeast, and hello to a healthier body!


About the author:

Melissa Richardson is a mother of three who is addicted to researching, studying, and baking bread.  As a college student Melissa taught herself to bake as a way to pinch pennies from the food budget and unleashed a passion that transformed her into The Bread Geek she is today.  At any given time of day, flour can be found somewhere on her shoes, clothes, hands, or children.  When not baking or writing, she enjoys collecting hobbies and spending time outdoors with her family. 

“Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast” blog tour schedule:

December 1: Food Storage Moms
December 2: Apartment Prepper • Pint Size Farm • Homestead Lady
December 3: My Food Storage Cookbook
December 4: Tattooed Homestead • Cooke’s Frontier
December 5: The Things I Love Most
December 6: Simply-Living-Simply • The Trailer Park Homesteader
December 7: Trayer Wilderness • Prepared in Every Way
December 8: Modern Health Mom
December 9: Clarks Condensed
December 10: Readalot
December 11: Prepared Housewives • Experimental Homesteader
December 12: Preparedness Mama
December 13: Inklings and Notions
December 14: Jorie Loves a Story • Flip Flop Barnyard • Blue Yonder Urban Farms
December 15: Fabulous Farm Girl • The Easy Homestead

Blog tour: ‘Feeding Baby’

Blog tour: ‘Feeding Baby’

Clancy Cash Harrison and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby and Creating a Lifetime of Healthy Eating” blog tour, which will run from September 15-28, 2014.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

Your baby deserves the best in life—food is no exception! Feeding Baby is the ultimate guide to preparing and feeding wholesome foods for your infant, with helpful nutritional tips, picky eating solutions, and over 80 recipes. Once you discover how easy and affordable it is to make baby food at home, you’ll take comfort in knowing your child is receiving the best nutrition possible.


About the author: 

Clancy Cash Harrison is a mother of two and a Registered Dietitian on a mission to help families raise healthy eaters. Clancy received her BS in Nutrition Science from Pennsylvania State University and her MS in Nutrition Science from The College of Saint Elizabeth. Clancy also received certificates in Adult Weight Management and Child Food Allergy Intolerance Management. She established a private practice, Healthy Living Lifestyle, LLC and currently provide nutrition counseling for child nutrition, weight management, and disease management. As a consultant, she works with a large grocery store chain and as adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania State University. Clancy also works for Penn State University as an onsite Dietitian for worksite wellness programs.

“Feeding Baby” blog tour schedule:

September 15: My Devotional Thoughts • Mama Pure • Michigan Saving and More
Oh Lardy! • Mommy by Nurture Raise Healthy Eaters • Princess Among Superheros
NEPA Mom.com2 Monsters and a Princess • Sweet N Sour Deals • Erickson and Co.
Life of a Southern Mom • The Expecting Mamas Network • IE Mommy • Simply Sherryl
Hybrid Rasta Mama • Mami’s 3 Little Monkeys
September 16: Sweet Tiny BlessingsHome Grown and Healthy • Your Kid’s Table
September 17: Bookworm Lisa • Super Healthy KidsMomma Without a Clue
September 18: Mom Loves 2 Read
September 19: I Love to Read and Review Books
September 20: Crossroad Reviews • Irresistibly GreenCaffeinated Mama
September 21: Kath Eats Real Food
September 22: Bookish
September 23:
September 24: Rachelle’s Writing Spot • Real Mom Nutrition • Magical Slow Cooker
An Ordinary Housewife
September 25: Inklings and Notions
September 26: Coffee, Books, & Me
September 27: Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
September 28: LDS Women’s Book Review


Blog tour: ‘Gluten-Free Made Easy’

Blog tour: ‘Gluten-Free Made Easy’

Christi Silbaugh and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “Gluten-Free Made Easy” blog tour, which will run from September 1-14, 2014.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

“Gluten-Free Made Easy” is the perfect guide to your new lifestyle! Learn dozens of tips and tricks for avoiding gluten and over 150 tasty, simple recipes like Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Margherita Pizza, and even Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies. Going against the grain has never been easier!


About the author: 

Christi Silbaugh is the self-educated chef and author of three cooking blogs including: Mom, What’s For DinnerGourmet Cooking For Two and Zero Calorie Life. She writes for foodie media giants Glam Media and Federated Media and works for Fast Forward Events, covering food and wine events in San Diego. Since 2009, she has created and posted over 1,000 gluten-free recipes. She lives with her family in California.

Michele Vilseck is a mother, entrepreneur and health enthusiast. She enjoys creating in all of its forms including writing, cooking, artwork and teaching. She has been gluten-free for 10 years. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


“Gluten-Free Made Easy” blog tour schedule:

September 1: My Book a Day
September 2: Gluten-Free Jacksonville, FL
September 3:
September 4: Celiac Family
September 5: I’m Gluten Free
September 6:
September 7:
September 8: Jorie Loves a Story
September 9: The Author’s Hideaway
September 10: Mel’s Shelves
September 11: Tressa’s Wishful Endings
September 12:
September 13: Mom Loves 2 Read • GF Specialty
September 14: Overstuffed Life • Gluten-Free Cuisine • Thriving Gluten-Free


Blog Tour: Skinny-licious

Shauna Evans is proud to host a blog tour for her book, Skinny-licious from February 1–28.

Eat yourself skinny! Registered nurse and award-winning cook Shauna Evans proves that you don’t need to give up your favorite foods in order to slim down. You can enjoy tasty recipes like Lime and Cilantro Shrimp Skewers, Stuffed Red Peppers, and Cherry Chocolate Cake, all while losing weight and feeling great. Healthy cooking has never been easier!

If you are interested in joining the blog tour, please leave a comment with the date you’d like to post or contact Cedar Fort via email.


Meet the Author:

Shauna Schmidt Evans was born and raised in northern Utah beneath the Wasatch Mountains. She was a competitive athlete. Her high school cheer squad was 9th in the nation and she took fourth place in her age category when she ran her first St. George marathon at the age of eighteen. She has completed three half marathons and three full marathons. Shauna graduated from Brigham Young University in nursing with a bachelor of science degree. At BYU, she taught in the anatomy lab. She married Joe Evans, BYU back-up quarterback to Ty Detmer in 1992. They have five fit, athletic children. Shauna has been a water aerobic instructor and continues her nursing education in subjects regarding nutrition, exercise, and overall good health. Health and fitness have always been of special interest to her. She is the author of What Goes With What: Baby Rooms Made Easy and Sweet and Savory: Award Winning Recipes Made Easy. She has won over ten recipes contests including B98.7 and Select Med’s Healthy Recipe Contest in March 2013. She has appeared on The Daily Dish, Good Things Utah, Studio Five, and Channel 13 News and has taught at The Home Show Expo in Salt Lake City.  

Skinny-licious Blog Tour Schedule

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Week Five