RANDOM.ORG SAYS THE WINNER OF THIS GIVEAWAY IS....
Moving in to a new town not knowing anyone has been really hard to me. We've been here for 8 months now but I still haven't met other moms who I can connect with you know someone who can assure me that what I am going through is normal and that other moms are experiencing this too...this book will be really helpful to boost my confidence as a young mama...
Congrats Katrina! You will be hearing from me shortly! :)
Thank you all for participating!
~~~~~I walk into the kitchen, tip toeing over pots and pans left out by the girls, only to crush some cheerios that had fallen to the floor. I glance over the cluttered counter tops and wrinkle my nose at the full sink.
Pushing random items aside I make a hole in the mess just to fill it up again with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches being begged for by children who apparently think they won't survive another minute without them.
The table is covered in multiple appliances and play dough from earlier that day when the kids decided to become master sculptures.
Half the play dough lay in little dried out mounds under the table.
Soon the baby starts fussing and going into the living room, I step over the pile of clothes I still need to fold and pick him up, only to jab my toes into some books left out by the kids.
I couldn't help it. I laughed out loud as I recalled how my neighbor had told me just the other day how she was constantly comparing herself to me and how my house always seemed so clean and put together.
I assured her she must have come over on the two days out of the whole year that the house is clean.
Because right now, disaster is the new clean.
There are different phases and seasons in life. I think I'm in the messy one.
Everyone else seems so put together while we are being crushed under the weight of our responsibilities. We often put on a happy face for others and answer with an unconvincing, "I'm fine" when asked how we're doing, when inside, all we want to do it cry. We can feel as though we are failing.
It's not always like that, but for the times when it is, it's nice to know we're not alone. And maybe, just maybe, we're doing better than we think we are.
I was contacted by Power of Moms a little while ago, asking if I'd be willing to do a review on their new book.
I was actually super curious about the book because it wasn't your typical, run-of-the-mill parenting book.
This book is actually a culmination of stories, blog posts, and essays written by everyday mothers!
The book has the essays grouped into four categories:
- Becoming Our Best Selves
- Getting through the Hard Times
- Shifting Our Perspectives
- Savoring the Moments
So whatever stage you are in, whatever you feel you could use a cheering squad for, there are moms out there who have "been there, done that".
And they share their stories, thoughts, ideas, advise, and experiences in this book.
The other thing I found interesting, is that at the end of each essay there is a Question you can ask yourself, and a Challenge that you can complete in relation to that question. So if you are feeling like you can use some direction or an extra helping hand, there you go.
I have not finished the whole book yet, but what I have read so far has been awesome! And there may be something in there that seems like it was written just for you.
Power of Moms has also graciously offered to giveaway a digital copy of the book to one of you fabulous readers!
I'm really excited because I think you will love this book.
Simply leave a comment here on this post with your email so you can be contacted if you win! Easy!
Maybe your comment mentions something you are struggling with as a parent.
Perhaps it is about something you admire in someone.
Or it could be simply that you need a cheering squad right now.
It can even be that you simply love being a mom.
Giveaway will run Thursday, May 8th - Sunday, May 11th! I'll close the giveaway down that evening around 8:30pm MDT and announce the winner. What a perfect Mother's Day gift!