Giveaway Thursday – On Friday!

by jessicaturner on June 19, 2009

Sorry about the delay in the Giveaway Thursday. I have been really excited about giving away this book and wanted to do it justice.

Today’s giveaway is the book I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids: Reinventing Modern Motherhood and I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper: Loving Your Marriage after the Baby Carriage.

I have been reading I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids and it is rocking my world. I truly think every mom, no matter what stage you are in, should read it. Here’s a video of me sharing my thoughts!

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Leave a comment if this sounds like something you would be interested in and we will pick a winner on Father’s Day (oh, the irony…) :) I think that if you aren’t a mom, this would make a GREAT shower or birthday gift for a mom friend.

Update: Chronicle just sent me an email that I can giveaway TWO sets, not one – YAY!

Also, check out the sweet comment left by one of the authors, Amy Nobile:

Hi all! It’s Amy Nobile, one of the co-authors. So glad to see the interest…and if you all want to ever do a group reading of it, we’d be happy to call in! XOXO
Amy Nobile

How cool is that?!

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Linny Best June 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing…I totally get what you're saying and would love to read that book. :)

You have a great day too!!

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Tammi June 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I fell the same way some days, I think I would really enjoy this book.
tamterbeest@yahoo.com

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Sarah June 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm

These both sound great! And I'm embarrassed by how much I identified with both titles. LOL

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Tyler June 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Both books look great and I would love to give one as a gift to my wife. She is a new mom and loves to read.

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becca June 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Are we twins that were separated at birth?!? Jessica, this sounds just like me. I'd love to read those books! Thanks for being so awesome!

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Jiff June 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Sounds awesome! And Elias is precious… and I LOVE your haircut! I need to do something with my mop of hair.

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Leslie Barton June 19, 2009 at 2:56 pm

As a mom of 2 now, I am finding that it's much harder to get things done. I often feel like I need more hours in the day in order to be able to give both my girls the attention that they need. I have looked at the summaries for both these books and think they sound like they would be right up my ally.

If I win, I plan to read these books, then pass them on to my sister who is expecting her first in September!

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Rebecca Louise. June 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm

You two are just ADORABLE together! It is funny you should say that because my friend who is due in September has all these expectations of what she wants to do and worries she 'can't fit it in.'

Great giveaway! x

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jessica June 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Cute video :) I love your haircut!

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Rachel Boldman June 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I really want to read it! Glad to hear you, like so many others, really like it!

love
Rachel

p.s. Elias doesn't look like a baby anymore–he's a little boy!!!

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Jessie June 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Hi Jessica! I would totally love to read that book!! Sounds really good.

Jessie in Maryland

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Mara June 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I think this would be perfect for us right now! We have a one year old and trying for our next baby! And, I often find it hard to stay present with my daughter and focused on her when I have so many basic things that need to get done around the house (laundry, dishes, cleaning, cooking and on and on). But, those things don't matter as much as she does. So, every morning I force myself to forget about them and sit down and read books to her and give her my full attention. I am worried that it will be much harder when we have our next baby.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) June 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Count me in – sounds like a wonderful read!

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Jenn June 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

This giveaway comes at a great time!! We're approaching the end of the school year and as a mom of three who works part time and is the president of the PTO and girl scout leader I'm on totally burn out!!!

These books may be just what I need to help re-charge my batteries over the summer break

Thanks!!!!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Is it bad that I've been a mother for almost 14 years & a wife for 13(a little backwards :) I know)& I really want these books? LOL! Well I would!!! Hope I win. If not, maybe next time!

~Christi~

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The Thai Family June 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I'm very interested in reading both of them!

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Angela June 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I was an awesome mother before I had children, dogs, a loving husband, caring in-laws, and a wonderful work place. Thankful for all these things…but motherhood is not what you see on the TV!

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Nancy L. June 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

It sounds like a great book! I would love to win it! Thanks!

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Janelle June 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Hello! My name is Janelle, and I just started following your blog recently after you started following me on twitter. I have been getting caught up on the you tube videos. Those are so much fun to watch, what a great idea! I am a mom of 2 boys. My first son Xavier is 10 (nearly 11), I had him when I was 19. Was a single mom for 5 years. I met and married my husband James when I was 25, he legally adopted Xavier, and also now have our 8 month old son River. My contrast between the 10 yr old and the 8 month old is amazing! I love being a parent, but would say that I feel like I am plagued with guilt so much about the constant 'to do' list of things that need to be accomplished, but find myself wanting to do nothing but be surrounded by my children. Adding River to the family is such a blessing, especially after we tried for 4 years to have him, but my guilt for the unaccomplished to do list has definitely put a strain on my household many times. I am working on getting through the guilt, but has been hard. Thanks again for your blog, and the inspiration that i have received so far from reading it!
Janelle in Iowa

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AngMomof3 June 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I'm quite sure that both of these books would be great reads. And would benefit me as a christian wife and mom. Thanks for the chance!

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Terroni June 19, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I'm leaving a comment, but not because I want the book. (I don't have kids, and, right now, I don't have time to read anything that isn't medicine.)

I'm leaving a comment to say that your hair is VERY cute in this video!

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Nikki June 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

What wonderfull books… I know all moms feel this way at time. I know I do and I am a stay at home mom. Would love to read these books!

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Mindy May June 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm

What great book titles! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Hall Family in MD June 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Sounds like a really cool book. Thanks for hosting the giveaway =)

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KristinO June 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Just happened to come across your blog today. That book sounds really good. I don't have a blog but I'd like to start one sometime. I am a Mommy of 2 precious little girls and a baby on the way. I feel so guilty sometimes because this pregnancy has made me so sick and I can't do all of the things the girls are accustomed to me doing. I am stuck in bed just waiting for this horrible all day sickness to disappear. Reading is about all I can do these days while my husband plays Mr. Mom.

Anyways, I like your site!

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Melanie June 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I'm pregnant with our first child and would love the chance to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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Beth June 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

These books look great!!!

tbmroberts@yahoo.com

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Kaycee June 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Those sound like great books! I would love to read them and/or pass them to my friend who will be a first time Mama in November ! :)

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Mum of 4 June 19, 2009 at 3:56 pm

These books both look great. Thanks for the chance to win.

Have a great weekend!

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Meghan June 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I would LOOOOOVVVEEE to read this book! I am a mom to an 11 month old by and a six year old girl. I work ft and go to school for nursing. My life is SO full and I have SEVERE mothers guilt :) There is never enough time to get all that I have in mind done. I would love to be able to read the book and have a reason to RELAX :)

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Rachel June 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I need these books! It sounds like they were written specifically for me! LOL! If I don't win, I will definitely go buy these two books!

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Missy June 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Oh how I struggle with trying to have things under control and in order. How can I let the dirty dishes have priority over my 3 and one year old? I am working on being present in the moment with my family but sometimes all I can see is all of the undone things. I thought when I became a SAHM I would have all the time in the world for everything. Boy was I wrong!

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Steph June 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm

does it count if you sometimes already feel this way and you're still pregnant!!?? can't imagine how crazy things will be once this little guy makes his debut!

my expectations are always too high!!

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Rebecca (Sam's wife) June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

those look like something i need to read and i can't believe how much i could identify with those titles. beccas79 at hotmail dot com

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amykiane June 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

sounds like a great book. i think 99% of mothers feel that way.

elias is so cute in the video and your hair cut is adorable!

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Stacy June 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I think that book sounds just like what I need to read at the moment! If I don't win it, I'll have to go out and buy it!

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Ben and Kristen June 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Would love to read it…sounds great!

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Coral June 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

I would LOVE to read this book, especially with our second on the way I can't begin to imagine how I can be a mother to more than one! BTW your hair is fabulous and Elias is just the cutest little guy ever!! Thanks for another giveaway opportunity!

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Gina June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I love me a good mommy book!! And I think I might have said that about trading my husband for a housekeeper before…

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Jung A June 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

would love the book! i know that i have way too overblown expectations, both as a mother and as a wife!! would love to read about other mothers and wives in similar situations!
oh, and elias is too too cute!

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Stephanie June 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I'm a week away from my due date with our first baby and I would LOVE to read these books! I can't imagine how different life is about to be…

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Kari* June 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I too am a new mama and would LOVE some advice. These books look great!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Hi all! It's Amy Nobile, one of the co-authors. So glad to see the interest…and if you all want to ever do a group reading of it, we'd be happy to call in! XOXO

Amy Nobile

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Katrina June 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I heard about this book! And would love to get my nose in it. :) Thanks!

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ev102007 June 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I think I would love to read this book- thanks for the chance to win it!

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Christy June 19, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Both books sound like something I'd really enjoy (and could really appreciate)!
Thanks!
Chris

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Stephanie June 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

how neat….sounds like a great book!

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Vera June 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Just the TITLE of that book makes me want to read it!!!

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Ashley June 19, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I would love these books! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!! I feel the same way- it's impossible to always be in control of everything- especially once you're a mommy!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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Jennifer June 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Thanks for the chance to win these cool books. My children are 16, 14 and 11 and I still struggle with feeling like I'm a good Mom. The books sound so interesting.

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Lara June 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

With summer here, I have been reading all of those books I just couldn't seem to get to this winter and I would LOVE to read this one as well. I always struggle with trying to keep a tidy house but also let my 3 little girls play and have a good time :)

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Katie L June 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

My two little ones turn one on Monday. Can definitely relate.

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Julia June 19, 2009 at 5:19 pm

wow!! totally going through those kinds of things right now! seriously. would love to read!!

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Michael and Annalea June 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Welcome to my world! Having 3 boys underfoot is an ongoing challenge that some days I can meet and most days I completely choke on.

These books sound perfect!

Annalea

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JosiahsMommy June 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I have been wanting to read this book! I love your review of it. Thanks for putting up this contest!

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That's Who I Am June 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

These books sound like great gifts for a mom to be!!

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Therese June 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Those books look great! I think we can all identify!!!

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Cass June 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I haven't read it yet … but would love to! Sounds like something I'd really benefit from – so thank you, Jessica, for another great giveaway!

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Kim @ Adventures of a SAHM June 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm

The books sound great – I am one of those overacheiver moms and would love to let stuff go!

Kim

kimmiekinkins@tds.net

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Jeff - OWTK June 19, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Hey there, this sounds great. My wife and I (yes, me too!) would love to turn these pages. Thanks!

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Katie June 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

As an aspiring mother, I would love a copy! Thanks for keeping these giveaways coming!

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Jill June 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I would love to read that book. Sounds exactly what I need right now.

Love you hair by the way!

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Schell Mama June 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Would love to read both of these!

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Angela Kim June 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

The books sound wonderful!
Elias did a great job on the video, and I really love your hair. Wish I looked that cute as a mom! :)

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Julesmcg June 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Isn't that the truth. Parenting was so easy before the kids came along! Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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Charity June 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Those sound like WONDERFUL books. I would love to have the opportunity to sit down and read both of them.

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Robin June 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

these sound like great books!
With 3 kids…I could use some time to read them too!

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rachel e. June 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I'm not a mom (yet) but these books sound great for the future.

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sarah June 19, 2009 at 6:13 pm

these look fantastic.
sarahcaiafa@gmail.com

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Emily June 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I have been trying to get these books from the library, but they are always checked out! I can't wait to read them and would love to win a set. :)

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Lane June 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Both books look great! I am expecting my first child in October!
lane_jackson@hotmail.com

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Chatty Cricket June 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Ack- Love it! Please include me, and THANK YOU!

(ps- Just today, as I was mopping the dining room, I was thinking about how I would TOTALLY trade Sweetie for a housekeeper.)

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NickandRisa June 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Wow, both of these books sound like great reads! I can definitely relate to the nagging feeling of not quite being able to keep up with all the aspects of motherhood! Thanks for sharing!

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The Silva's June 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Oh, I would love to read both books!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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April H. June 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Both of those books sound great! I can identify with both of the titles. I have two children under three and most the time expect myself to do it all rarely ever giving myself credit for all of the good that I do. Hope to win!

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Kris June 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Ha! I am the mother of a precious 5 year old girl and I'm always saying how much better I was as a mom, BEFORE she was born! (Which technically, I was an AMAZING Aunti!)

I have read your husbands book, Churched, (twice) and he is hysterical!!

Thanks you!

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Gee June 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I would love to read these…a woman can daydream, right?

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The Long Family June 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Wow… the 2nd book (I'd Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper: Loving Your Marriage after the Baby Carriage) sounds like something I need to read!! I'm a Mommy to 16 month old boy/girl twins and need all the encouragement I can get!! Despite all the craziness of twins, I'm very thankful for my hubby and his help!

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theresa June 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I came here via a twitter by Chronicle Books! Looks like a good giveaway you've got here–one all of us moms could use.
Thanks for posting and relaying what looks like valuable info!

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Carrie B June 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Wow! You get a ton of comments when you do a giveaway! Your new hair cut is adorable and I love it when you post videos :)

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Anne June 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Sounds great! I'd love to put my name in the hat!

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Erin Nusbaum June 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

This book looks amazing. I am due with my first child in November (a boy!) and even before I was pregnant I felt like I couldn't get everything done, too much to do, too little time. So now that I am having a baby, I am wondering how much my stress level will grow knowing that I can't do it all… hopefully this book will help me to relax and enjoy life and just to slow down a bit. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I would love to win these books. I struggle all the time with feeling like I am not getting everything done with two little ones. Thanks for having a give-away!!

Kyle

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Manali June 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I have a 7 month old baby, and I work full-time from home. I have realised that post-baby my lifestyle choices are totally dependent on my husband (who btw is a workaholic). I would rather have a balanced life, where I get to chat with friends, pursue my hobbies and take care of my baby. But I can't do it all alone, not with a spouse spending just about 30-40 mins every day playing with the baby and not doing anything else (Oh! But he works 15 hours a day at work).

I would love to get a copy of both of these books.

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Lauren June 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Those look awesome.

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Christy June 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Looks great! The titles alone sound like me. The speakers on my computer aren't working, but I watched you and Elias. I'll have to borrow my husband's laptop when he gets home!

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Southern Gal June 19, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I love how Elias is looking around trying to find who's leaving when you tell him to say 'bye'. So cute!

I'd love to read the books. I'd also pass them along to some other moms who I know need the encouragement.

Thanks.

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Marissa June 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I WANT IT!!! I am on the waiting list at the library for the one book but it has already been a month and there are still 35 people in line ahead of me.

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Booklover1212 June 19, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I've been wanting to read these books but haven't had the chance yet!!

~ Jennifer

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Julie La June 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Oh my gosh….. I would LOVE to get that book and just looked everywhere around my house without luck… Julie
julie@hoanvula.com

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Kristen June 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

These books sound amazing. I'm always up for a good mom-read!

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Christine Rogers June 19, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I have wanted to read their books since I saw them on Oprah. :)

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Amy June 19, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Do I relate to that? Um, YES!!!!!

As a working mom who has friends, hobbies, a great husband, and an adorable daughter, I feel as though I'm always letting someone down. I would love a copy of this book…and the other one too, of course!

Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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Jill June 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Hey Jessica! I have been following your blog since right before you have Elias. I found you through Angie's blog and I have learn a lot from you. I would love to read the book that you are offering. Thanks for the tip. Have a great day!

Jill, WV

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Christie June 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm

sounds great. thanks for the opportunity!

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Megan June 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I would love to win those books!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Oh, I would love to have one of those books! I actually picked up I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids in Target one day and I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants (Which could happen so much easier now that I am a mom-ha! Sorry if that's too much info.) I didn't buy it for myself though. I'm sure I spent the money on diapers instead. =)

Great giveaway and great blog!

Shene' Benton

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Mary June 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Another great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win…I could use a good book about being a mom!

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Carrie June 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I love parenting books! This giveaway looks great! :)

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Nanny Nina June 19, 2009 at 8:11 pm

sooo funny!

I was just telling a friend that, "yeah, I'm a Stellar Nanny, but I could never play "Mom" irl"

Neat-O

~Nanny Nina

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jenn June 19, 2009 at 8:11 pm

It's so hard to balance everything this looks like an excellent read! Thanks!

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MICHELE CERVONE SCOTT June 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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Mark June 19, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Thought I might be the only guy to post a comment, but I see Jeff beat me to it. I too would love to get these for my wife who, as I sit upstairs at work listening to the screaming, crying, and thumps downstairs, is doing a rockin' job as a mom but feeling very down about it right now. You can imagine with kids 1, 3 1/2, and 5 years old home for the summer, things get a little more than crazy. She deserves some quiet reading time, and this would be a perfect way to give her that. Thanks!

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mustangkayla June 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Sounds like great books and something I could really use right about now!

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Melissa P. June 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

i would love to read these books! thanks for the contest!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

The book you talked about in your video sounds so good! I often feel like such a failure because I can't keep up with it all! I also would love to give the other book to my friend who is expecting their first child in August. What a great gift for new parents! Thanks for doing this giveaway! I hope I win!
-Christy
cwahl@sbcglobal.net

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Kristin June 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Sounds awesome!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I totally can relate to this book!!! I would love to read it…Have a great weekend :)
jenminch@yahoo.com

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Brooke June 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Both sound like good reads and possibly a few good laughs in there as well!!! We all need that everyday! :-) Thanks!

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erika chapman June 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Sounds like a must read to me!
Erika Chapman
Erikaivory@hotmail.com

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Jill June 19, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I'd totally trade my husband for a housekeeper… and I'm pretty sure he'd trade me too!

Those books look great!
~Jill
Folsom, CA

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jayfersgirl June 19, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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Kristine June 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Sounds awesome! I'd love to read them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Nancy June 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I'd love to read this book. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing with all of us mommies :)

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The Straka's June 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I've been wanting to read this book FOREVER!! Thank you SOO much!!!

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junglewife June 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm

These look like great books! I'd love to win them :-)

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ralliea June 19, 2009 at 10:26 pm

It sounds like a great book.

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Brooke June 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Win or not I will read both these titles. They sound like fantastic reads.

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welovetucker June 19, 2009 at 11:22 pm

I love these books and I cant wait to win one, thank you for the oppurtunity!

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Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I would LOVE to read that book! Thanks for hosting the give-a-way!

Christi
christicave@comcast.net

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Natalie June 19, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I am a new mom and only have one mom friend, so we always cling to books to find someone we can relate to! This sounds like a great one! Can't wait to tell her about it and read it! Thanks for sharing!

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Jess June 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I'm not a mom, but my boyfriend does have two small boys ages 5 & 7 and I am always wanting to be a good role model for them, I guess you could call it a psuedo mom? Because they are there so often, I do love them as if they were my own and some days I feel like they really are.

PS — I LOVE your hair and make up! And of course, Elias is cute too! :)

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~Laura~ June 19, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Hello! my friend, Natalie (2 up from my comment), said she left a comment hoping to win us the book, thought I'd double our chances! I am a new mom as well, my daughter is 6 months, and have checked out a lot of the things you have talked about!! Thanks for the giveaway- sounds great! :)

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welovetucker June 19, 2009 at 11:48 pm

thanks this looks great :)

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briana June 20, 2009 at 12:07 am

I could really use some inspiration in the mothering arena right now. Thanks for letting us know about these books

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Mom2Alot June 20, 2009 at 12:26 am

Would love to read this…. thanks for the chance.

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lifelaughsandlove June 20, 2009 at 12:37 am

I've read "I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids" but I can't find my copy anywhere…so I'd love to replace it, and reread it, and the other book sounds great too! Prior to having my little girl I thought I would be the type of mom who had it all together, and would never be one of "those" moms at the supermarket who caved and bought her kid the candy bar just to avoid the tantrum, or who forgot to feed her kid lunch because she was too overwhelmed/distracted by life. Now, I am more than willing to admit that I am one of "those" moms, but I'm doing the best I can and I'm okay with that!

~Amy

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Southern Belle June 20, 2009 at 12:47 am

Sounds like a great read! Here is crossing my fingers that I win!

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michelle June 20, 2009 at 12:53 am

Would love to read during summer break from school!

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The O'Brien Family June 20, 2009 at 12:54 am

That book sounds great…I would love to win it!

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Me and the CAP's June 20, 2009 at 2:16 am

Oh, how many times have I said those exact words out loud.

Happy Father's Day to Matthew

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Rachel C. June 20, 2009 at 2:26 am

I've heard lots of good things about this book. I would love to get a copy of it!

rlcohee@hotmail.com

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Laura Beth June 20, 2009 at 2:33 am

I would love this book . . .

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Brigitte June 20, 2009 at 2:41 am

Since I've b/c a new mommy in January, I've continually asked myself how do I want to be defined as my daughter's mother. I've been learning how to make awesome pies and biscuits in hopes of one day her saying "My mother makes the best….." Anyways, I've struggled with trying to strike a balance b/t work, being the best mom I can be, being a good wife, and finding time to stay involved in church and other hobbies that define who I am.
This book sounds interesting and may be the answer to some of my struggles.

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JillEBean June 20, 2009 at 2:58 am

Definitely interested! I think it would totally relate to me :)

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Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 3:07 am

I often times find myself trying to prioritize all that has to be done. Being a mother/wife and working outside the home is overwhelming at times. I feel like I don't do anything like it needs to be done. It's quite a balancing act…The book sounds GREAT!

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Julie P June 20, 2009 at 3:10 am

Your blog and your son are cute! Both books look like great reads. Thanks!

twojps12@yahoo.com

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amy June 20, 2009 at 3:10 am

i so need a housekeeper! :)

ha!

thanks for the giveaway, jessica!

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Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Sabrina
pc_scforever@yahoo.com

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The Rowe Family June 20, 2009 at 3:24 am

With two boy's and a baby on the way….WOW COULD I USE THIS BOOK :)!!!! It was hard to pay attention to your video with that beautiful little smiling face beaming in to the camera :)! He just melts my heart :)! Emily

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Mallory June 20, 2009 at 3:36 am

Looks like great books! Enter me :)

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Ryan and Erin Russell June 20, 2009 at 3:52 am

I soooo need those books right now. My son will be a year in a week and motherhood has been a tough transition for me.

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Cheryl June 20, 2009 at 4:10 am

I would love this book. Cheryl

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April June 20, 2009 at 4:13 am

I would love to have these books…sounds very interesting!

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Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 4:19 am

I have seen this book and have really wanted to read it! Oh – if by some slim chance I win…I won't be able to e-mail you back until next Sat. :) hehe

Andrea

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Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 4:39 am

Ok….we get it Elias love to be on Camera….could you please do more…..ITS ADORABLE!!!!P.S. So is the hair..Mom

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Anonymous June 20, 2009 at 4:45 am

The books look great….I will check them out at Target…I never win anything.

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Kathryn Moors June 20, 2009 at 6:39 am

As a single mom of three awesome kids, I can definitely relate to the feeling that I had it all figured out BEFORE I had kids. Still, I am learning to appreciate this new life and the mom that I have come to be!!

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siscaboo June 20, 2009 at 6:59 am

Awesome giveaway! Count me in!

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Shena June 20, 2009 at 7:00 am

sounds like a great book!!

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Alissa June 20, 2009 at 7:09 am

I have been wanting to read that book! Now that I am finished going overboard on Nolan's first birthday party, it might be a good time to read it!

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Angela June 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

I often feel that way. And Elias looks older, so but it's true. Losing the baby look.

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Lindsey June 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

those books sound like a great read for a mom like me of 8 weeks!

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Stephanie June 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Oh my friend has been talking about this book for a while! Thanks so much.

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ANDREA June 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Yes Please!

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Wendy June 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I think I am the queen of mommy-guilt! I would love to read that book! (And the new one too… my poor hubby!)

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Adam and Kimmy plus Reese! June 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

My wife is about to go back to work on Monday and she has been REALLY struggling with how we're going to do it all and focus on Reese at the same time. We've RE-divided the chores in the house and Daddy won the lotto getting dishes, laundry and the upstairs bathroom but Kim is still feeling like she needs some reassuring and this book might help!

My wife and I enjoy your blog.

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Rhea N June 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

First of all, Elias is adorable and growing so quickly. I started reading your blog right around the time Elias was born and have been enjoying your writing about parenthood (I have a 1 1/2 year old), life and scrap booking. Anyway, these books sound great as I too feel guilty ALL THE TIME about not playing with my daughter enough, not getting enough housework done, and even about the baby book (or lack thereof). I work full time and feel like there isn't enough time in the day to do everything justice. Thanks for your inspiration! Oh, and your hair looks adorable in this video!

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Flick Family June 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm

i would love in on this.

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Patti June 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Oh wow, if I don't win this book, I am going to have to reserve it at the library. Of course, I would prefer to win it so I can highlight it all up. Something about highlighting makes me feel like the knowledge is sticking better. :)

Pick me, pick me! :)

Patti
pattijensen@gmail.com
http://www.brettandpatti,.blogspot.com

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Susan June 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I would love a copy of this book.
Thanks for sharing.
Susan

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Tina June 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I have three kids…of course I have "failed mommy" moments! I think I would enjoy reading that book as well! Thanks!

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Yolanda June 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm

The books look great. I just became a mom on May 12th and I find such comfort in your writing. Becoming a mom has turned my world upside down and I struggle with who I was, who I am, and who I am becoming. I would love to read those books while pumping!

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Susan June 20, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I think I need this book.
Susan
kedroski@hotmail.com

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Allison June 20, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Those books sound incredible! I would love to win my own copy! I have a 5 year old daughter and a 16 month old son. Nothing rocks your world like motherhood! Thanks for the contest!

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KristiGilbert June 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I always love a good Mom self-help book! Thanks for the giveaways, even if I don't win!

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Andrew and Olivia June 20, 2009 at 11:35 pm

These sound like great reads.
I wrote a similar post when my son was about the same age. Especially, being a working mom it feels like you just can't balance everything. I know at the end of the day, what I did for my little guy is much more precious then the house cleaning or my workout. We do make sacrifices, but when you really stop and think about it there not sacrifices at all.

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Surviving the Smiths June 21, 2009 at 12:32 am

these look great!

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katie June 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

I'm 8 weeks pregnant and would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. :)

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Bev June 21, 2009 at 1:15 am

I know that I have way too high of expectations for MYSELF.

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brandiandboys June 21, 2009 at 1:57 am

i got my entry in by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin!

i've always said in order to be a better mom i need a housewife! 😉

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Amy June 21, 2009 at 2:00 am

It would be great to win this giveaway! Thanks!

Be Blessed,

Amy

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"Lolli" June 21, 2009 at 2:03 am

I'm a mom od 3, ages 27. 24, and almost 16…grandmother of 2, ages 4 and 7 months. Trying to be a better grandmother than I was mom….would love to win this book, and think it would be a blast to do a read along…if "old women" like me wouldn't be in the way! hehehehehe

Blessings,

Lolli (aka Lisa)

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Jim and Lynn June 21, 2009 at 2:07 am

Both books sound like great reads and I know I'd enjoy them. Thanks for doing the giveaway! Elias looks like such an angel!

Lynn
http://www.enjoyingevanandemmaeveryday.blogspot.com

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Mandy Cornick June 21, 2009 at 2:14 am

Man oh man I NEED those books!!! I feel like my life is moving faster then me sometimes. I'm not able to enjoy it the way I want to because I feel like I always have to be that perfect mom who has it all together. I'm so far from that and having trouble balancing it all. Please pick me!

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Everyday Thoughts June 21, 2009 at 2:32 am

Would LOVE the books!!

-Amy Starnes

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Christi June 21, 2009 at 2:32 am

This book sounds totally relatable. I've often felt overwhelmed over the last 2 years since having my little boy. Juggling it all is a constant challenge. Would love to read either book!

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Carrie June 21, 2009 at 2:41 am

Sounds like great reading! Thanks for sharing.
clk010566@comcast.net

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Pen to Paper; Spirit to Soul June 21, 2009 at 2:54 am

Sounds like a terrific give-away!!! I seriously can't remember who I was before I was a Mom…I can't remember a flat belly, either!!!

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Steph June 21, 2009 at 3:15 am

Is it too late to enter?! These books would be awesome. I've heard of them, but haven't had the chance to put down my 8 month or 2 yr old. LOL

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Danielle June 21, 2009 at 3:23 am

I haven't heard about this book…looks great! I would love to read it…can't wait!! :)

By the way..I can't believe Elias is almost 1! How did a year pass by so quickly?

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Rachel June 21, 2009 at 3:28 am

Yep, I sometimes feel the same way. My oldest 2 are now 7 years old (twins) and I'm beginning to learn those things. It's like needing a shower today but seeing a moment for a great photo opportunity so I waited on my shower. I still got it but I also got the pictures!
The book sounds neat.

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Noele Marie June 21, 2009 at 3:29 am

Looks like an awesome book! With number three on the way, I could totally use it!

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Kim S June 21, 2009 at 3:37 am

What a awesome giveaway, Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Fathers Day to all !!!

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Casey June 21, 2009 at 5:04 am

Thanks so much for this! It looks like a great book!

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