Thursday, April 8, 2010

Book review and giveaway (closed): Just Let Me Lie Down



Congrats to my winners!  Kathleen; Chrissybskgaff

Since I became a mom for the first time a little over 2 1/2 years ago, my work status has shifted several times. I've worked in my office, I've worked from my couch while on pregnancy bedrest and now I'm officially an "on-call" employee at my old job. This essentially means that my project manager sends me emails with work requests that aren't urgent, and I put them on my to-do list and ignore them until the list gets too long. Then I freak out and cry and my husband takes away the kids for a few hours or I get up at 4:30 in the morning and work before everyone gets up, and the list gets back to a more manageable length.

All that to say, I've been a working mom in various ways, and appreciate the unique challenges of that lifestyle. So, I was very happy when, thanks to my involvement at The Product Review Place, I got the chance to review a new book by Kristin van Ogtrop, mother of three (ages 14, 11 and 2!) and editor of Real Simple magazine.  I LOVE Real Simple magazine. One of the highlights of my month is when the magazine arrives, and the kids go to bed, and I get to sit on my couch with the magazine and a glass of wine and dream of organization and flowers and pretty things. So I suspected that I would love a book written by one of the people responsible for this happy time.  And I did! The book is titled Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom.

The book is laid out in the style of a dictionary- with a chapter for each letter of the alphabet. Inside the chapters, Ms. van Ogtrop has written paragraphs (or in some cases pages) defining words that are essential to a working mom's vocabulary. Her writing is funny and clever and full of truth.  I love the layout of this book- it makes it easy to pick up and read a bit at a time, which, as we all know, is about all moms have time for.  I found myself opening the book and reading a letter or a definition at a time- whatever I could manage. Regardless of how much I was able to read per sitting, I always walked away from it with a smile. It's nice to be reminded that this mom thing is complicated for all of us- regardless of whether we're working at a big office in New York City or from a IKEA desk in the corner of a messy living room.

I am definitely going to be doing two things with this book. 1) I will be keeping it on my shelf to read again as my kids get older and life gets even more insane with the work/motherhood balance. And 2) I will be buying copies for my friends who are working moms. If you're feeling stressed out with life and trying to juggle your family and your job and just need a good laugh- you really need to read this book!

The good news? Three of you will win a copy of this book! US/Canadian mailing addresses only, please.

Mandatory entry (must be done first for extra entries to count):
Let me know why you need this book- are you a busy working mom or do you want to win it for a friend or relative?

Extra entries (please leave a separate comment for each):
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4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet "@gabreviews is giving away 3 copies of Just Let Me Lie Down.  http://bit.ly/9WcMW2 #giveaway"  
You can tweet this once per day. Leave a separate comment every time you enter and please let me know what your twitter name is. 
5. For 5 extra entries (leave 5 separate comments)- Blog about this giveaway with links to this post! Please let me know where to find the post.
6. Enter any of my other giveaways (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each)
7. Enter any of the giveaways currently going on at LuvnLife (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each).

Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on April 22, 2010. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

95 comments:

Amy B. said...

I have a friend who would enjoy this book!

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Sarah Osborne said...

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Petula said...

Hi! I could definitely use this book because my contract work life and my part-time work life plus the kids seems to be oozing all over the place. If you know what I mean!

BTW: I just posted today about the bracelet that I won here from Charm Factory. I love love love it. Thanks!

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Jill said...

I really think I would enjoy this book. I became a mom just 5 short weeks ago and I run my own business. I was not prepared for the insanity of it all!

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Wendi P said...

Currently I am a SAHM and will be returning to work after being home for 10 years. I need all of the help I can get so thanks for the chance.

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Kathleen said...

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Mummatutu said...

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Chrissyb said...

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skgaff said...

I need this book because I'm just getting ready to go back to work next week from maternity leave and life is already so busy I can't imagine what it will be like after next week
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TheChattyMom said...

I would like to win this book for myself. :) I'm a SAHM who really needs to take the time to just lay down and read a good book.

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Holly said...

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Carolina Girl Mommy said...

I would like to win this for my sister who is returning to work after having my niece

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brightleigh said...

I am a busy working mom with a 4 year old...I think this would be great for some summer reading!

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Mama Zen said...

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Renee G said...

I'm a busy working mom --- but I'd love to have this for my sister who is even busier than I am.
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jdeemarie said...

I'm fortunate enough to be at home with my little ones now, but soon I'll have to go back to work. I haven't worked in 3 years so I'm having a hard time with the thought of balancing a full-time job and three kids! This book sounds like a great one.

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