I'm feeling just a little ashamed of myself. Truly.
See, my kitchen was a disaster yesterday. As in disaster with a capital "D".... no wait, more like a bold, italic capital "D"... with an exclamation mark! The rest of the house was just a regular disaster. With a little "d".
But that's not why I'm feeling ashamed.
No. I'm feeling ashamed because I should have taken a picture of it for you. I like to do that now and then. Just trying to make you feel better about your own messes and all.
If you don't have a mess in your house, you're not allowed to come over.
Or smile at me.
Or read my blog.
However, I got distracted by the toddler throwing up all over the kitchen floor, and the washing of sheets from the bed of another toddler who has managed to wet them every night this week.
So I set about scrubbing and disinfecting my humble abode.
Even after I scrub something down with cleaner and disinfectant, I may or may not admit to rubbing it down with a little hand sanitizer, just for good measure.
Some people might call it overkill, I call it making me feel better about myself.
Not that I'm actually admitting to doing that. Ahem.
Whatever... moving on!
As you all know, this is not a "giveaway" blog. I've done a couple in the past but it's obviously not a regular things around here. That being said, I do get a fairly decent amount of offers to review products and do a giveaway about it. Still, I hesitate with MOST of them because I often feel like they aren't applicable to the overall theme here.
Whatever that may be.
Anyway, I have received a couple rather great things that I want to share.
Now, there are five Fridays in the month of December. So, just for this month, I am going to host a giveaway every Friday that will run through the following Wednesday.
Are you cool with that? I hope so!
Let's get going on this very first Giveaway!
Way back in February, (oh wow, how awful and behind on things does that make me sound!) I was sent a rather fabulous parenting book from Deseret Book called:
Richard and Linda Eyre are internationally recognized parenting experts. They are the parents of nine grown children and the authors of over 25 books.
I realize that many of you aren't LDS (aka Mormon) and this book is directed mainly toward an LDS audience since the principles in the book are based on our beliefs. Still, anyone who believes in God or seeking parenting guidance will find this book highly valuable.
Now I confess this is truly the first parenting book I've actually read. I've skimmed a few and most have really great ideas and insight. But often I felt like they had a "one size fits all" solution or were written for people who don't have lots of kids close together.
I love, love the way this book approaches children and their individual personalities, and reminds us of our children's true identity. And that they aren't just lumps of clay that we can mold into what we want. But rather divine individuals who have been entrusted to our care.
It also discusses God’s parenting characteristics and how we can follow them ourselves.
It is very upbeat and constantly reminding you not to beat yourself up for all your own parenting imperfections, and helps us understand why it's all worth the effort.
Anyway, I loved this book. Truly. It has honestly changed the way I think about my role as a mother and it's very divine nature. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
So, think you might like a copy for you or for someone else?
Here's how to enter:
-Leave me a comment, with your email. Any comment will do. But if you're feeling brave, maybe you could express a parenting frustration.
OPTIONAL FOR BONUS ENTRIES:
- Blog, Tweet, or Facebook about this giveaway and send me the link.
- Follow this blog or Like it on Facebook.
That's it! Three entries max. And PLEASE leave a separate comment for each entry. The giveaway will run through Wednesday December 7, ending at midnight.