February 1, 2018

‘Remember Us’ Book Launch {Giveaway}

Based on recent announcements from friends, 2018 is the year of the book launch. I’m happy about this latest announcement – the writing duo Lindsay Blake (friend from Omaha) and Layne Beckner of Ontario have written a fiction book called “Remember Us,” and get this – it’s based in Nebraska!

The new book “Remember Us” is in the middle of a Publishizer campaign that you can support.

Lindsay and I go way back to The Daily Nonpareil days. Newspaper pay was so low, I knew my coworkers were there for the love of writing and not for the fame. She found a way to crank out creative stories daily for the newspaper, and captured compelling images to go with them.

The special thing about “Remember Us” is that it’s building steam through a Publishizer campaign. It’s a new-to-me process that is fascinating: The authors set a goal for pre-orders and if they hit it by the deadline, their book is queried by a set number independent publishers. Their aim right now is 250 books. Head over to Publishizer now to pre-order and support their goal!

Let’s dive into the book and then you can learn more about Lindsay and Layne in a fun Q&A. This post ends with a giveaway for an autographed copy of “Remember Us.” So, stick around!

About “Remember Us”

“Remember Us” is a new fiction book about a family in Nebraska. The humorous story is described on the Publishizer page as a story that “explores love, loss, & the unexpected beauty of forgiveness where ‘Parenthood’ meets ‘This is Us’ with a side of ‘Arrested Development’ dysfunction.” Love it!

The story centers around the Hamiltons and commences 13 years after Bernice, formally known as Mom, walked out of their lives without a word. When 25-year-old Ben calls his twin and best friend, Reese, to tell her their father Carl has cancer, she drops everything and races back to their childhood home in Nebraska. Bernice shows up unannounced on the doorstep a few days later at 10 p.m. exactly with three suitcases, her pet chihuahua Rocky sitting high in her fuchsia purse, and mascara running down both cheeks.

She said she came to be helpful.

“Remember Us” chronicles the Hamiltons through the next three months as they begrudgingly grow reacquainted with each other, confront their past and look at the future. Ultimately, “Remember Us” is a story about family, forgiveness, and finding your way.

About the authors

Layne makes a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies from a recipe she’s had since she was 7, adores her husband, Jonathan, and loves film photography. They live in southern Ontario where they host dinner parties and drink too much wine.

Lindsay says “Layne is the bigger reader out of the two of us and knows the “industry” a lot more than I do. She is a brilliant writer and has a knack for excellence. She is the one that continues to change a word here or sentence there to make our story even stronger.”

Layne Beckner co-wrote “Remember Us,” a fictional story about a family in Nebraska.

Lindsay Blake co-authored the award-winning book, “Act Here. Love Now.” (Youth With A Mission, 2011). A former journalist and photographer for the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, her work has also appeared in publications including The Omaha World Herald, Family Ties Magazine, and on several blog sites. Her bachelor of arts in studio art photography and minor in communications Journalism was received from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also received an associates of art in mass communication from the University of the Nations. Lindsay’s dream list is 100 deep. She has traveled to over 32 countries caring for others and exploring our beautiful planet. She’s jumped out of a plane, lived in a mud hut in South Sudan, nearly died from a tape worm in Pakistan, and dreams of flying to outer space. She’s shaved her head twice “just because.” Lindsay currently lives the good life in Omaha with her husband and son, Carsen Warner.

Layne says “Lindsay is passionate, bold, and amazing with the details! She’d catch things that we’d been overlooking for months. She also is amazing at the one-liners. Any (probably every) one-liner you read and love in our book is probably from her.”

Lindsay Blake is the other co-author of “Remember Us.”

Author Q&A

It’s always fun digging a little deeper about authors, don’t you think?

Q. Who are some writers or creatives who have influenced you?

Layne: “L.M. Montgomery, Charles Dickens, Carol Rifka Brunt, Paula McClain, John Steinbeck (etc.)”

Lindsay: “C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas, and Jackson Pollock”

Q. What is one book that you’ve read that has stuck around with you long after you finished it?

Layne: “Tell the Wolves I’m Home”

Lindsay: “The autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. edited by Claiborne Carson and ‘Amazing Grace’ by Eric Metals. I love autobiographies/biographies #nerd.”

Q. When you aren’t writing, what do you do in your spare time?

Layne: “I read. I go for walks. I play ultimate frisbee on Mondays and cook soup on Sundays. I keep it simple.”

Lindsay: “As a mom, small business owner, and author my spare time is limited. BUT, I love a good girls night/breakfast out with friends and a great restaurant experience. I love going to the movies, although it hardly happens anymore and I can’t even tell you what movies are showing. And I love to read.”

Win a signed copy of “Remember Us”

Book lovers: You can win an autographed copy of the new book by Layne Beckner and Lindsay Blake! It’s simple to enter. Just fill out the form below. Must be 18 or older to enter. The giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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February 1, 2016

Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies Review + Giveaway

Update: Congrats to Kristen, the winner of the book giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies” so that I can review it and share it with you. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains an affiliate link. At no extra cost to you, if you click the link and make a purchase, bloggers like me receive a small amount for referring you. It helps keep me keep doing what I love to do – writing and sharing great things from Omaha with you. Thanks!


Peanut cover photo

Omaha author and illustrator Lindsay Nolan recently sent me her new book, “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies.” With lovely illustrations, based off actual photos and events of Nolan’s own preemie son, it was a sweet story I couldn’t pass up telling you about.

“Little baby,

I understand

that life never goes

exactly as planned,

and that something so little

can be something so grand.”

– Lindsay Nolan, “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies”

It’s a short storybook full of faith and a mother’s lover. I think you’ll like it!

Since it’s Nolan’s hope to offer encouragement to parents of other mighty preemies, I’ll be passing the book on to my sister, who’s daughter was born prematurely, too. She weighed in at a whopping 2 pounds, 7 ounces. Peanut indeed.

Just look at me holding the little peanut for the first time. 

Holding my niece for the first time.

Holding my niece for the first time.

My niece is turning 2 years old next month – her latest feat is climbing out of her crib.

If you have a preemie, I know you’ll like the book. If know someone who has a preemie, it makes a great gift. Nolan’s book is available at Amazon

And if you’re wondering about the “Peanut” in the book, he looks like a happy (and mighty) boy. Here’s a photo Nolan shared with me:

Author Lindsay Nolan and her family.

Omaha author Lindsay Nolan and her family.


You can win a copy! I’m giving one reader “Peanut: A storybook for mighty preemie babies”!

To enter, just leave a comment below tell me about the might preemie in your life that this story reminds you of. Must be a U.S resident, 18 years or older. Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be drawn using random.org and I’ll contact the winner via email within 48 hours. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I draw another name. Good luck!

December 2, 2015

402BBQ Food Truck Giveaway

This town loves its food trucks.

One of the most popular guest posts ever on my blog was an intro to Omaha food trucks and one of the trucks singled out for serving tasty food was 402BBQ.

402 BBQ

The secret’s apparently in the sauce.

Have you tried them yet? My first taste was at one of the Small Guy Promotions small business shows and whoa baby, it was good.

You can sometimes spot the 402BBQ downtown (I’ve seen them at the Hear Omaha concert series), various community events and at Maloney’s on 72nd Street, where they can be found Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and during Husker games.

Serious barbecue fans ought to try them out, and so we’re going to make it easy for you. The good people at 402BBQ want to give two Oh My! Omaha readers gift cards to try out the ‘que. Each winner will receive a $20 gift card to 402BBQ.


You’re about to get hungrier. Check out their menu.




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It’s easy to enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter entry form!

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Disclaimer: 402BBQ provided the gift certificates for this giveaway. All opinions written are my own. Must be 18 years old to enter the giveaway. Value of the prize is $20 each. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

September 12, 2014

Mountain Biking With Neighborhood. Offshore + Giveaway

I have a new adventure for you to try, courtesy of our friends at The Neighborhood. Offshore.

To get you in the frame of mind: Picture yourself on a picturesque trail, riding on the most technologically advanced Trek bike on the market. Maybe it’s a challenging new trail for you, maybe it’s one that suits your novice abilities – your choice.

Photo courtesy The Neighborhood. Offshore

Photo courtesy The Neighborhood. Offshore


Ever thought about giving mountain biking a go? I have, I just need a mountain bike in order to give it a try.

There’s an option for people like me – rent a bike with The NBHD. Offshore. Each rental includes the following:

  • Coordinate your reservation by contacting reservations@nbhdoffshore.com
  • Rental fee $50/per bike
  • Includes round-trip bike transportation! Your bike will be at the trailhead of your choice and they’ll pick it up after you have given the trails your all.
  • Choose from 12 trails, including four easy ones: Mountain Bike Trail List. If you don’t see the trail listed that you would like the bike delivered to, just let themknow.
Cyclists at the start of the Branched Oak Trailhead. Photo courtesy The Neighborhood. Offshore

Cyclists at the start of the Branched Oak Trailhead. Photo courtesy The Neighborhood. Offshore


The bikes you’ll ride are fantastic – I’m a loyal fan of Trek, so I’m happy they went with that company. Trek is the world leader in mountain bike technology.




Ready to hit a trail!? We’re giving away a mountain bike rental experience courtesy The Neighborhood. Offshore. The value of the prize is $50.

Raechel Dennis on the trail at Glenn Cunningham. Raechel said of her experience:  "I had an awesome time checking out the bike trails with The Neighborhood Offshore out at Cunningham!  I didn’t realize there was so much “mountain” biking so close to Omaha- let alone various trails for different levels of experience.  More than anything, I appreciated the ease of the whole experience- the bikes were dropped off and picked up on site and The Neighborhood Offshore was absolutely fantastic to work with.”

Raechel Dennis on the trail at Glenn Cunningham. Raechel said of her experience: “I had an awesome time checking out the bike trails with The Neighborhood Offshore out at Cunningham! I didn’t realize there was so much “mountain” biking so close to Omaha- let alone various trails for different levels of experience. More than anything, I appreciated the ease of the whole experience- the bikes were dropped off and picked up on site and The Neighborhood Offshore was absolutely fantastic to work with.”


It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter form below! Giveaway ends Sunday, Sept. 28, at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before another name is randomly drawn. Good luck and happy trails to you!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by The Neighborhood. Offshore. The prize of one bike rental, valued at $50, is provided by The Neighborhood. Offshore.


February 17, 2014

Teaching My Daughter About Fitness + Jillian Michaels Giveaway

I recently listened to a Jillian Michaels podcast. A co-worker of mine is a Jillian podcast devotee and talks about how motivating they are. Since Jillian’s coming March 12, I figured I should check it out too.

I picked a good one for parents – she talked about teaching her daughter about health and fitness. And how she wanted her daughter to know the benefits of being active – how being active will build her confidence. She wanted her daughter to know it wasn’t just about being skinny.

Jillian really hit close to home on what I’d been worried about. I know first hand how a girl can obsess about a size. Or a number on a scale. That was me. It has taken me a long time to not give those numbers much credit and instead pay attention to how I feel, how my body feels when I run – that’s a better indicator on whether or not I’m slacking.

Mooch on spinner

My darling force of nature, Mooch, at the playground.

I don’t want number obsession for my daughter. I want her to be active for health’s sake, and because it’s fun. When I describe my daughter, I love that fitting words include determined, tough, agile and beautiful.

When she’s with me, I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to be the kind of woman I want her to become. I eat my vegetables. She’s seen me running, she’s seen me sweaty after a workout. I play with her and her big brother. If a negative feeling about my body pops up in my head, I keep it to myself.

I’ve always respected Jillian, the trainer and the wellness expert; now it’s neat to see her in a new light: The mother. I think she has a lot to teach me.

So, I’m really excited that she’s coming to Omaha in March!

Want to see this amazing woman in person?

JM_Promo PhotoOmaha Performing Arts is presenting Jillian Michaels on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The show is part of Jillian’s “Maximize Your Life” tour, and it will feature Jillian, of course, as well as an audience Q&A. How cool would it be if she answered your question?!

You can get your tickets now at TicketOmaha.com.

OR try your luck!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway for FOUR (4) tickets to attend Jillian Michaels show on March 12 – so think of your three closest friends you want to bring along! One winner will be drawn randomly on March 2 at 11:59 p.m.

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Disclosure: I work for Omaha Performing Arts; all opinions in this post are mine, though. Bloggers co-hosting this giveaway were compensated with tickets to the performance.

February 2, 2014

Color Me Rad 5K Details + Giveaway

The Color Me Rad 5K is back and word on the street is, it’s radder than ever.

rad raceWhat makes a 5K rad? Atmosphere. No one is out there to win a race (except maybe that one guy); everyone is there to have fun. And get messy.

Color Me Rad is April 26 beginning at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The first wave at 9 a.m. is sold out; wave 2 is at 9:15 a.m. It’s a very flat course.

That’s the wave you’ll find me and Farley in. That’s right, my race buddy is 4. It’s that kind of 5K- no pressure to set a PR. I think he’ll have a blast!

I did it two years ago with a group.

My sister and her husband invited Mr. Wonderful and I to be on their team two years ago. That was our first time doing a race where volunteers threw things at us.

My sister and her husband invited Mr. Wonderful and I to be on their team two years ago. That was our first time doing a race where volunteers threw things at us.

I was expecting to run most of it, but turns out everyone likes to linger at the color bomb stations, getting as multi-hued as possible. Knowing what I know now, I’m tossing my competitive streak aside and just looking forward to seeing my son finish his first 5K.

If that sounds like fun to you, I’ve got a totally rad giveaway for you!

One winner will receive two entries into the April 26 Color Me Rad race! That’s a $70+value*!

Just enter the Rafflecopter entry form, put on your favorite sweatband and cross your fingers. A random name will be drawn on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:59 p.m. I’ll let the winner know how to get his or her free passes by email.

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*Early bird registrants pay $35 until Feb. 28 and then it goes up from there. However, I’ve got a discount code for you! Use the code Kneehigh5 at checkout and save $5 off – plus you’ll get a pair of Color Me Rad socks. Be the envy of everyone on your block. Like the early bird deadline, this code is only good through Feb. 28.

Thank you to Katie at Yellow Mango Life and the totally awesome organizers of Color Me Rad for providing the two race entries to giveaway and providing complimentary entries for me and Farley!