Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Hold on tight for the whirlwind Award Winner ---

The Mommy-Go-Round

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The Mommy-Go-Round Reviews: 
Placed on Amazon.com:
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read for every woman who has raised children!, May 21, 2014
By Donna Veigle - This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
This book will warm your heart, make you laugh as well as shed a few tears! Anyone who has had the experience of raising children can relate to the stories in this book! And for those of you who have not yet had the experience of being a mother, you will enjoy it as well. El adds humor to those situations where you aren't sure if you are appreciated, gives insight on how to play detective once the little darlings reach the teenage years, and shows you that if you continue to love your children through the good and bad times, it all pays off.

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Take This For A Spin!, May 29, 2014
By Alyce Schwartz -This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
I chose 5 stars for this review, because as a fellow mom myself of 3 children, aged 10 and under, I find it a challenge to eat a meal without shoveling it in, let alone take time to myself to read a book, but this was such an enjoyable read for me, that I not only somehow found the time to enjoy the book but I re-read certain chapters simply because of the joy I got out of being able to relate to the author's experiences and outlook on life with children. Her descriptions of the ups and downs that come along with the merry-go-round of juggling life, marriage and parenthood not only bring humor, but a sense of a relief to know that you're not on this ride alone, and there are others out there who think and act just like you. I highly recommend this book to any mother out there, young or old, or anyone who will soon be given this ticket to ride the merry-go-round of motherhood!

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for "The Granny-Go-Round"!, June 10, 2014
By Lucy Gojich -This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
I felt like I was reliving my feelings as my little darlings were growing up! I laughed, I cried, and laughed some more. Eleanor's stories could easily be turned into a sitcom! Totally relatable. A must read! I eagerly will be waiting for the sequel!

5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Look at the Joys and Pitfalls of Motherhood, June 13, 2014
By Amazon Customer -This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
Penned by a REAL mom, this book will make you laugh and cry. If you're a mother too, you'll see yourself and your kids on every page. Eleanor writes like she lives -- with lots of humor and lots of love.

5.0 out of 5 stars   July 1, 2014
By mark golightlyThis review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
This book is a real down to earth and very funny account of motherhood! I laughed from start to finish. I recommend it highly........Wendy Golightly

5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ, July 15, 2014
By sarahstan27 -This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
This book was Amazing!! It made me laugh, cry and even taught me some things even though I am a Mother of 2! Thanks for sharing you "Motherhood" with us!!

5.0 out of 5 stars it sure is one heck of a ride!!, July 22, 2014
By michelle chaney -This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
This book hands down has to be one of the best books i have read on motherhood. I myself am a mother to a five year old and a step mother to an eight year old. I have been reading so many books on motherhood and how to be there for them as they grow but they're all statistics and don't have a lot of stories/ memories in them. This book has me excited for this crazy mommy go round ride that I'm on! The author was smart, witty, comical, and a Witch at 10 pm! I cannot wait until this fresh new author comes out with more books!

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, July 23, 2014
By RLMWAThis review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
Awesomely blunt and humorous and never a dull moment. This is a great read.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Motherhood Primer, July 26, 2014
By Maria Krajeski (Boiling Springs, PA United States) - This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
A wonderful book about the joys and trials of motherhood. I could truly relate and only wish I had this book when raising my own family. Eleanor's stories made me laugh and cry, the mark of a really terrific book. Looking forward to the next book!

5.0 out of 5 stars "I truly enjoyed reading “The Mommy-Go-Round” and gladly recommend it to young ..., August 19, 2014
By Elizabeth -This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round
Bought this book for a family member, who writes: "I truly enjoyed reading “The Mommy-Go-Round” and gladly recommend it to young women, especially newly marrieds. It is a fun read. Young women who read this book will be better prepared to guide their children through the many challenging situations which can arise in becoming and being a mother. This book can help a mother more fully enjoy her children. I can imagine many a grandmother reading this, nodding knowingly and thinking, ‘I wish I had read this while raising my children’."

A must read for anyone with children... you're not alone and it's all 'normal!', October 2, 2014 (5 stars!!)
This review is from: The Mommy-Go-Round (Paperback)
Admittedly as a mom of three myself, I haven't entirely finished the book, but it's certainly not from lack of want/interest! It's just the start and stop of the interrupted read while taking a moment to use the bathroom ALONE, yes all by myself, or those other all too few and too precious moments that I have to do what I want to do!
Eleanor captures the essence of parenthood! It's comforting to know that I'm not alone in all of this. That there are others out there in similar situations and better yet, those individuals have survived!!! And have even managed to find humor in it all!!! I particularly identified with the desire to have a pet of one's own and the wearing down of a parent until there's just no argument left. The camping/family vacations to save money had me laughing out loud as we, too, struggle for the perfect, affordable family vacation. Well, the lice chapter... cannot even go there!!! : ) Thank you for being so candid Eleanor and for sharing the stories of your family. I have so enjoyed reading this book and certainly recommend it! It may be particularly interesting for those without kids to read... perhaps they will remain childless!!! Longing for my living room floor back...

From Barnes and Noble:
KSantoro - Sept. 28, 2014: This was a very funny, touching read. El has covered just about anything and everything that we come across as parents! Her writing style makes you feel as though you were right there through it all. Don't pass this one up! (5 stars!!)
Anonymous  Posted August 25, 2014 for The Mommy-Go-Round

The book was a great beach read.  The author paints very vivid scenes.  It is witty, funny, charming, heartwarming, heart breaking and full of love.  The book is an enjoyable read for anyone -- even if you do not have children.  While the primary focus of the book is the role of mom the author's own childhood memories will strike a cord with many.  You will laugh, you will cry and you will definitely enjoy the journey.  I hope  to see more books from this new author.
Other Reviews:
After reading The Mommy-Go-Round, Jeff Wood of the Whistlestop Bookshop said, "Eleanor has written a thoroughly honest, at-times hilarious, and always entertaining account of coming to be a mother of three. You will learn about the Parental Curse, The Pet War, and the Trials & Tribulations of the Family Vacation." Jeff, like many others also admitted to laughing out loud and relating to the book in the raising of his own family. I was extremely honored (not to mention shocked and excited) to hear that Jeff felt it was in the top books that he has been asked to read by the many authors that ask him to read their books, just as I did. And the icing on the top, The Whistlestop Bookshop agreed to carry The Mommy-Go-Round and is hosting my first book signing. Very grateful and happy, that's me! 
FB Post: Nikki McCaffrey Richie posted to Eleanor Donald Alspaugh
El your book was delivered on Friday, started reading it yesterday and finished it last night! Couldn't put it down (except to cook, clean up, stop the boys from fighting etc...) Fantastic job! I could relate to every page and Mike got a kick out of you picking on Steve!

L Shaffer  Post to FB June 14, 2014 ·
Just finished reading The Mommy-Go-Round by Eleanor Donald Alspaugh, a former coworker that I very much admired and respected. This book gives me one more reason to feel that way. For any mom who has looked around at any point and thought, "How did I get here?", this books is well worth the read!

Personal message...El--I downloaded your book to my phone and have been reading bits and pieces of it here and there when I had time--well I finished it tonight on the plane---I was balling my eyes out--did not expect that ending!!! It was beautifully written and I LOVE that note from your mom in Heaven!  LOVED LOVED LOVED the book!  You are amazing! The book made me laugh all the way through until the end.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Take a Needed Break! The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD -- Now Available on Kindle Unlimited!! 

Looking for an Award Winning read that's both heartwarming & humorous? Check out
The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD -- Now on KDP Select and still breaking the Motherhood Code Of Silence with a tell ALL on motherhood & childhood! 5 Star Reviews! Enjoy the Ride!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017



Witching you a Spooktacular Halloween from The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD and the CraZy MuMmy that wrote it!  I wrote this book as I was constantly amaZed at the EyE-Opening my Kids gave me along the “Trick or Treat” path of Motherhood!! Love my kiddos as I’m sure you do too but it certainly was a ride filled with lessons learned along the way! But what has that got to do with Witches & Mummies you may ask?  You’ll see!  

Here goes!! A snippet or perhaps more appropriately-- True confessions revealed from Chapter 4 Musical Beds!! And that Once Upon a Time claim you’ll read about– now releasing photos to Prove it!! (I suspect it may be hereditary too! Check out the photographic proof of my daughters too!! Who knew it may run in the family! We’ll soon find out as they are each now young bewitching Mamas too!! )

“As I write this section, I’m now in my fifteenth year of parenthood. Trust me, this is one of the great secrets they keep from women.  Children do not simply go to bed because you asked them to or because they are tired.  It was a shock to learn that reality doesn’t follow the script of a Brady Bunch episode.  I have sang each child a favorite lullaby for years on end, read countless books and finally admitted to them that by 10 PM, I turn into a witch. It isn’t pretty and not something I want them to see either.  This of course prompted a number of questions from them since naturally MY children were interested in staying up to see MY transformation!!!”

Happy Halloween and if you aren’t afraid of this Witch’s MuMmY Truths, check out The #MoMmY-Go-RoUnD, an Award Winning Book! Peeks in below posts and @ themgr.blogspot.com Available locally at The Whistlestop Bookshop and The Doylestown Bookshop or online. Laugh and Shed a few tears on this cRaZy MoMLife Ride! Men have confessed they like it too!! Could it be that they relate to the CrAzY DaD too???

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Well for those of you with school age Kiddos or those who just want look back at those days of raising kids and Laugh, The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD is for you!! Live, Laugh, Love (& at times commiserate with me) the craZy fun days of raising Kids, family life and the tugs on the heart of a Mother & Daughter! It's one craZy Roller Coaster Ride of which I wouldn't trade a minute!! This Award winning book is available for your Reading Enjoyment locally at Whistlestop Bookshop and The Doylestown Bookshop! Checkout the excerpts below & Support your Independents!!


BTW-- How's the school year going? -- Any last minute notice of a Project due bright and early TOMORROW? Oh yes, those were the days!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It's Almost HEREEEE!!! Back to School Fun!!




Pencils sharpened? Notebooks bought? Plenty of batteries on hand for the calculator? Why do I ask when you are clearly still enjoying the Summer? Because there’s no hiding from it –Like it or not -- BACK TO SCHOOL Time is nearing!! Personally, I always loved the first day of school. I remember playing school and planning what to wear weeks ahead of time! For me there was always Excitement in the Air at Back to School time! Cameras Flashing! Videos Rollin’! New Back Pack, Matching Lunchbox & sneakers! The Works!! And my favorite -- Beaming Smiles from my kids! Now I’m down to a senior in college and a daughter who’s a wonderful teacher herself but still humors me by sending her own first day back to school shot! 

Of course, these were mostly my feelings about Back to School, not always my kids who might have preferred enjoying a few more summer days sunning, staying up late and sleeping in! As they got older, they did dodge my video camera, but we always got that out the door, ready to go, first day of school photo that I’ll always cherish!!  Now just because it was a new school year, doesn’t mean it was going to be a perfect school year…of course I didn’t know that then! In those days, it all started out good but sometimes got a little CrAzY –at least at our house…And despite the Teacher and Mom’s efforts, CrAzY was how the night before a Test often seemed to be! Sorry to remind you of that part if you two are a survivor of helping your child study for a test but I promise you -- you are not alone! So now I ask you? Who’s afraid of a little MoMlife Truths? Not me and I hope not YOU!  I’ve hid MomLife Truths in The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD! So let me take you down Memory Lane where I promise to make you Laugh (and maybe wipe a few tears along the way!)! So Hang on to your Hats! Shop those Awesome Sales!! And Love your Kids EVEN on the Nights Before a Test!! Even when they have a blank look on their faces as you quiz them! Trust me -- it will all work out!! Two successful happy College grads and another Grad and Masters at the end of this year! So again Fear Not!! It's OnLy BaCK 2 ScHoOL!! Sooo Enjoy it!!

Excerpt from The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD’s Chapter 7: 8:00 p.m. "Mom, I have a test tomorrow."

Who knew that this would someday be a phrase that would strike terror in my heart? What's even more incredible is how making that statement somehow brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the child's heart....It’s like a transference of the responsibility for passing the test. Despite my many pleas over the years that we spread test preparation over at least two nights, my children seem to delight in an incredible sense of freedom (and forgetfulness) that first night and the prospect of jamming the studying of 25 pages of history, science, whatever into one teeny tiny evening....More interestingly is that somehow my children have gotten the crazy idea that if MOM memorizes the materials, they are guarantied an A+! No problem!! They must have this vision of me sitting in the desk beside them filling out the test and passing it over to them to put their name on. We’re a team, we’re family, she’s my Mom…Let me assure you, we’re close but NOT that close.

Did I torture my parents in this same way? I shudder to think. Of course, I can’t take full responsibility for this behavior. Having had the pleasure of reading my husband’s report cards when we first married (at which point his family must have believed it safe to bring them out of hiding….), my years of report cards reflecting the comment “too talkative” seem mild in comparison. As one teacher summed him up….if Steve required an effort to breathe, he would cease. Sounds to me like he enjoyed that same incredible sense of freedom which our kids now love, throughout the entire school year.

Now admittedly by having school age children, I have had the opportunity to re-learn all the things I blew off the first time around. And enjoy it too! Trust me, there is nothing more annoying to a child cramming for a test then to say things like….”Isn’t this interesting” or “I love history, don’t you?” All’s fair in love and tests. They come to me with open books and blank expressions on their faces. My feelings are that if they’re going to act like they never heard the test material before and put the burden on me to re-teach two weeks worth of lessons in one hour, then I reserve the right to be annoyingly cheerful and completely absorbed in the subject matter!
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Check out The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD and laugh with me through the rest of this chapter and many more! The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD where I get to share a little of the CrAzY, Lots of Love and Break that Motherhood Code Of Silence! Also Proud to say it’s the Winner of the 2016 Pacific Book Award for Best Parenting – Family Book and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Winner! Also, if you can find a minute (I know that’s not easy for those of you who are parents! Maybe when you and your phone collapse after a day of school shopping!!), please check out my online profiles and 5 Star Reviews on the Independent Author Network, Reader’s Favorite, Seriously Reading where there’s a review and interview. The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD is available at The Whistlestop Bookshop and The Doylestown Bookshop, in store or online. Other Bookshops can order it too or ebooks/books are available online! Hope you’ll check it out and support your Independent Bookshops!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Feeling the Heat??? Join me for some Cool Yule Memories on The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD!



Feeling the Heat? Ho Ho HO!! Time for a little Christmas in July!! Hope this little excerpt from The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD cools you off with some Ho Ho HO laughter! More excerpts and reviews available at themgr.blogspot.com Reviews say Moms love it and Dads can't help laughing too!! This award winning book is proud to be available at The Whistlestop Bookshop and The Doylestown Bookshop
both wonderful shops with a wonderful assortment of gifts and books in addition to The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD! It’s a great week to cool off in A/C and do a little early Christmas shopping! But for now, let me take you back to one of my Cool Yule ❄️ memories of one HoT July! And Yes, these are true confessions from a CrAzY Mama and her little Christmas nuts that didn’t stray too far from their MaMa’s own CraZy childhood! Hope you enjoy it & check out the book!

Excerpt from The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD Chapter 18: Christmas in July

Being a parent has truly taught me the meaning of the expression, “Christmas in July.” It is the time of year that some children, especially mine, begin to write their Christmas lists…oh and one other thing…they begin to whine about how far off Christmas actually is!!
I’m fairly certain that when the summer gets a little boring, and a bit too hot, there’s summer reading out there that outlines the rules that children follow when making a COOL Christmas List. The first rule is to make the list I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-Y LONG! In fact, my daughter likes to make it long enough so that she can be truly despondent that she will NEVER EVER TRULY GET WHAT SHE WANTS (this year that is…) In fact, to hear it from them, they never do get what they REALLY want. (Forget the fact that a mere six months ago, they received the majority of another rather endless list of overpriced items, most of which are now cluttering up my living room, bedrooms, and playroom areas.)

Anyway, it was a hot July evening when my daughter decided to “Cool off” by writing this year’s Christmas list. She completed the list then proceeded to begin the sales pitch by gently “walking me” through her winter wonderland wish list. Not being of the Christmas giving spirit myself that Christmas List Eve, I did my best rendition of Scrooge. This response caused the list to be abandoned on my kitchen island with her modifying title, new and in my opinion, improved, as “The Never Christmas List.”

Christmas Confessions…

Now I ask you, where would my child get this rather annoying, yet comical habit from? There can be only one answer…. The Parental Curse…. Used only as a last resort, and I’m sure when my own parents reached their breaking point from what else but ….MY CHRISTMAS LIST!!!!
Yes, I confess. I did it. Mine was no ordinary Christmas list…. My brothers were witness to this. My list was in fact almost the entire Sears Wish book with basically everything under the sun circled as a “MUST HAVE!” In an “honest” effort to save my parents some money, I skipped a few boy items here and there. In retrospect, I should have crossed off the few things I didn’t want rather than waste all that time circling things!!

Anyway, can I help it if my begging, pleading and dare I admit it?? My WHINING was much more “effective” than my brothers trying to kill each other throughout the rest of the year? Looking back, I’m now sure that my whining was the clincher that drove my poor parents to the ultimate punishment I’m still paying for….the dreaded Parental Curse cast upon their beloved daughter during a brief moment of parental insanity!! By the time I was done with poor Mom and Dad, they were probably in a state of (sticker) shock and asking that age old Jimmy Stewart question spoken in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Why do we have to have all these kids anyway???”

And so it came to pass. I deserved and became a victim of Parental revenge. A simple curse that could escalate my children’s innocent act of making a “simple, little Christmas list” into a Whine Fest complete with written documentation… This incredibly powerful Parental Curse designed to punish me for years on end. And me asking the same question my parents most likely asked years before... Whatever became of those “visions of sugarplums” dancing ONLY in the heads of sleeping children!! What is it that then compels the darlings to put the visions down on paper, in list format no less? I think the answer will come out when my children write their rebuttal to this book due out in paperback in the year 2025…


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