I have been so excited to do this review ever since the publicist contacted me asking if I would be interested in doing it. I have had the book a month now and FINALLY I am sitting down to tell you about it. You see it took time to write this because like a good box of chocolates… I took my time reading this book and truly enjoyed each and every bite of it, wanting to make the delicious words last forever. I knew Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms was going to be good, but folks this book should be a must read for every mom! Seriously! I am talking as soon as you see the little blue line on the stick or sign the adoption papers they should hand you this book kind of GOOD!
This is author Kristine Carlson’s first new Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book in nine years, and the first one that she wrote all by herself without the help of her late husband Richard. They say you should write what you know and well, Kristine did just that. The book is jammed packed with her own tried-and-true MOM advice, experiences, observations and stories that will empower other moms to find greater peace, happiness, and harmony within themselves and their homes. My favorite thing about the book is , like the others in the series, it is broken down into short bite-sized (yes I still have the chocolate analogy in my head) chapters that can be read out-of-order whenever you get an extra 5 minutes to do so. (And yes eventually all us moms do get at least 5 minutes to ourselves… eventually!)
The book reads as if a friend is talking to you, reminding you of things you may already know, offering new perspectives, fresh ideas and encouraging you to perhaps even make a few small changes. And this Friend really gets us. And when I say US, I mean special needs moms. Don’t believe me, read Chapter 4 Empowered “Mom” page 15. “If you have a child with a learning, emotional, or developmental disability, you are the ship that cannot sink, because your child is the passenger. If you cannot rally to the job, there isn’t anyone who will.” Then she goes on to say, ” … you must have the courage of a warrior and the persistence of a bull.” See she gets it! She sees us folks and gets us. She may not be a member of our club… but she gets it!
There are tons of great quotes in this book that really hit home . For example, ” As moms we need to fill our own well so that everyone else in our family has plenty to drink.” OMG isn’t that a great analogy? Need more wisdom, here is another of my favorites. “My Measure of success is simply knowing I did the best I could, given any number of variables on any given day.” If I could sew I think I would put that on a pillow! 🙂
I could go on and on and on but instead I invite you to get the book yourself and take your time and dive into this delicious box of chocolate! You can purchase the book HERE or HERE... OR you can enter to win your very own copy! Yes folks it’s giveaway time. Here are the rules.
To have a chance to win your very own copy of Kristine Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms book, simple leave a comment here with the best advice you have ever gotten about being a mom! Just think of all the great stuff we will learn from another! Oh I get chills just thinking about.
Want more chances to win. Do one or ALL of these things and then come back here and leave a message saying you did. (If you already have done them, just leave a message saying that.)
- Follow Don’t Sweat Moms on Twitter
- Like Don’t Sweat Moms on Facebook
- Follow Mama’s Turn Now on Twitter
- Like Mama’s Turn Now on Facebook
- Tweet the following : I entered the #DontSweatMoms Giveaway on @MamasTurnNow Contest ends Sunday June 3rd at Midnight EST http://wp.me/p1pu3Q-iO
Contest is open to all US residents and ends Sunday June 3, 2012 at Midnight EST. A Winner will be picked by using Random.org based on the comments left on this post. I will contact the winner via email and announce it on my Facebook page on Monday June 4th. Good Luck Everyone and remember not to sweat the small stuff this weekend! 🙂