Mundie Moms

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Whole New Look!

I am SO EXCITED to finally post about our new logo!! Some of you know I've been patiently waiting to update the MM's logo and website (which is still not done) for over a year now. I knew I wanted something that combined both the TMI and ID worlds, but I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it. It wasn't until I saw a graphic announcing our Clockwork Angel Read Along on Creative Deeds's site, did I know exactly what I wanted. Needless to say, Shirley (who's graphic design site is here) not only graciously created our Clockwork Angel Read Along graphic, she worked with me to make our new MM banner/logo. After obtaining the finally approval I needed to use the images, I'm really excited I can now officially post about it on the blog!

I am in LOVE with this new logo! Shirley did an awesome job at capturing exactly what I wanted. I wanted to use the images for each of Cassie's books that are currently out, City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, Clockwork Angel and the soon to be released Clockwork Prince, in each of the letters for Mundie. The back ground for Moms is the cover of Clockwork Angel. Sophie and I played around with ideas about what to say on the bottom. We wanted something simple that captured what Mundie Moms does. Shirley added an awesome little detail after each of the words. If you look closely you'll see her fitting little detail.

Shirley not only got exactly what I wanted, she was so quick and totally patient in working with me to make sure she got exactly what I envisioned. I am a little sad to see our old banner go because this was the banner that we had from the

beginning. This fit our needs for who we were when we first started out and the new one fits who we are now. Our old buttons will soon be changed from this

to this

I'm so incredibly excited about the new look. I'm totally in love with it. Thank you Shirley! Thank you to S&S and C for the support, and approval. Now I'm off to get new bookmarks and business cards made up. YAY!!

Cassie's Great Advice for Today

These are words to live by! Thank you Cassie. You can find Cassie's post on her tumblr account here.

Clockwork Angel Read Along Day 10: Chapter 9 The Enclave

It's day 10 of our Clockwork Angel Read Along! Please be sure to visit our link here for our schedule, guidelines and to fill out the form to be entered to win some fabulous prizes. Feel free to answer any number of the questions asked. You don't need to answer all of them if you don't wish to.

Today we're discussing chapter 9. Tessa continues to practice on channeling Camille, The Enclave meet and we get to see Will at his finest with Gabriel Lightwood. I absolutely love the bantering between Will, Jem and Tessa.

* I'm curious on what your feelings are towards the Lightwoods. They come across of being a little full of themselves and there's something about them I don't trust. Especially since Benedict mentions Charlotte is a little young and shouldn't be running the Institute by herself. It seems to me like he's a little jealous over her position. What are your thoughts?

* The Enclave is made up of mostly men and two women, one of which Charlotte is related to. Do you think having family ties with the Enclave will do more harm and than good as the story progresses?

* What do you guys think about the chemistry between Will, Jem and Tessa? I seriously love the bantering that continues between Will, Jem and Tessa. The three of them have a fabulous chemistry.

Flashback Friday #4- Austenland, A Novel by Shannon Hale

Flashback Friday was inspired while trying to figure out away to help spread the word about books that aren't new releases. This is a weekly post we'll doing that will include a review of a book that's been out for awhile or one that's been sitting on our shelves begging us to read it. Today's Flashback Friday is: Austenland by Shannon Hale.

I don't know why it's taken me so long to read this book. I bought it a few years ago when a local bookstore was going out of business and it's sat on my shelf since then. Well, except that one time I started to read it and then got distracted by a little book called Twilight. Luckily I've saved it and enjoyed every moment I spent reading it.

Published by: Bloomsbury
Released on: May 29th, 2007
Source: Bought
4 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon| Barnes & Noble

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It's all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own? -quoted from Goodreads

A modern day tale Austen fans will truly adore, Shannon Hale brings humor, romance and charm to this fabulous ode to Jane Austen. In true Shannon Hale form, she creates an adorable story that is fun, and engaging as she took me along on Jane Hayes's little adventure. Jane Hayes is a character many Jane Austen fans will relate to. She's obsessed with Mr. Darcy. I mean obsessed to the point she hides her BB Pride & Prejudice watching, book reading addiction from everyone. Which is all the more reason why I love her. Who can blame her for love that little movie that many fans adore played by a certain British heart throb named Colin Firth. Certainly not this Mundie Moms. But, there's a tiny problem with being that obsessed with Mr Darcy and I'm sure many of us book fans can relate to this.... Mr. Darcy is fictional, but to a thirty something, single year old women who's looking for that perfect Mr. Darcy, Jane can't seem to find "the right" guy, because her sites are set on the fictional Mr. Darcy.

When Jane's aunt passes away, she leaves behind a gift for Jane, a trip to London for an exclusive vacation at the Pembrook Park. Any Austen fan would LOVE this trip! This park takes their guests back in time to Austen's era. Sounds like one of those fabulous get away from it all trips doesn't it? I know I'd enjoy that, but once Jane is there, I started to really sympathize with her. Every moment of the day and night you have to act like you're apart of this time period. You act the part, dress the part and during the duration of your your stay, you are apart of this time period. There's even balls to attend to do. Sounds fabulous right? There's also strict rules like no talking to the servants, no modern day devices, women aren't allowed to be with a man alone unless they're outside and in motion, women aren't allowed to roam freely about after dark and so on. It's during this time that Jane's love for this era starts to make her feel like an outsider, someone who doesn't fit in.

Don't worry, Jane definitely finds herself in some rather hilarious circumstances and of course Hale provides the right amount of romance that kept me completely hooked on this fabulously written story. Word of caution, do not pick this book up thinking it's a re-telling of a classic, it's far from it. It's simply a wonderful story that all Austen fans will enjoy, and Hale gives us fans something to swoon over and connect with in Jane. I am really looking forward to the sequel, Midnight in Austenland that releases next year. If you've ever wandered what it would be like to live in Jane Austen's time period, than I highly recommend picking up this fabulous clean cut book. You might want to read it before the movie comes out!!

You can find out a little bit more about the movie by visiting Shannon's site here.