Telly Award -winning artist Jennifer Shaw's new children's book, “Dumplings Mean Family,” is told from her son Ethan’s perspective as he shares what it was like to join their family after his adoption.
Dumplings Mean Family by Jennifer Shaw
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book; Content Rating: G.
Publisher: This Side Up LLC; Release Date: May 2021
Tour dates: November 15 to November 30
“When Ethan and his siblings are adopted from China to the United States, everything seems so strange and different. Their new American family doesn't even know how to make Chinese food! The children are worried. Will they ever get to eat their favorite meals again? For Ethan's family, embracing two cultures means learning to fold and pinch their way to dumplings that taste like home.”
Truly a family project, Jennifer’s oldest daughter, Rinnah, served as illustrator for this heartwarming book celebrating the truth that families can be strong and united when they commit to loving each other for who they truly are. As Ethan says, “We may be different in some ways, but we are one family!”
BUY THE BOOK: Dumplings Mean Family ~ Amazon
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1.) Swap plastic shampoo and body wash bottles for shampoo and bath bars.
This is a new one for us. I was really bothered by how many plastic bottles our family was throwing away, and so I started looking for alternatives. Bath bars are easy – my grandmother would laugh that we ever switched to body wash! But shampoo bars were a bit harder. Many of them are really expensive, and would they actually feel like shampoo? After some searching, I found a set, and everyone loves them! My hair actually has more body than it did before. I paid about $25 for a set of four, and each bar is supposed to be the equivalent of 2-3 bottles of shampoo, so that’s $25 for 8-12 bottles of shampoo— a total bargain! Plus, they are tiny, came wrapped in paper, and will be amazing for traveling.
2.) Swap paper towels for fabric wash cloths.
I’ve done this for most of my adult life. The last time I bought wash cloths, I think I bought a pack of 20 for about $25 and we use them for washing dishes and the like. They are super easy to clean, and we keep a stack of them under the sink or in a drawer where they are always handy. I only use paper towels now for something truly disgusting that I just want to throw away. The last set of paper towels I bought has lasted over a year.
3.) Swap cleaning supplies and paper towels for microfiber cleaning cloths.
This was a big change for us about four years ago, and it’s been a great one. I bought a few microfiber cleaning cloths from e-cloth (much, much cheaper than competitors and very effective) and loved them, so I invested in a whole set and we haven’t looked back. Basically, you can clean your whole house with water and these cloths, and they pick up 98% of germs and bacteria. And then you just wash them. I love them! Our house is very clean, I’ve saved countless dollars and many plastic bottles of cleaning supplies, and I don’t have chemicals all over my house which is very important to me with my kiddos.
These simple switches can help us all save some money and be a little greener in the process.
Meet the Author:
Jennifer Shaw is a Telly Award-winning singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and five-time Top 40 Billboard artist. Her work has been featured by Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Family Life Today, Compassion International, Autism Speaks, and many more. Her book, “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song,” has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, six busy kids, and two crazy dogs.
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