Epic Fail OR Epic Win

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Whenever I hear the term “Epic Fail,” I think of the time…

I failed at organizing.

I tried to create an organizing blog hop. I tried to clean and organize. I tried to do it all, but I FAILED.

It’s okay that I failed. Who says we should it all? What is doing it all really mean? Why is it a goal for moms?  I rather fail at “doing it all” than fail at being a mom that my son thinks is awesome…like the Lego Movie which I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Since I work full-time and commute an hour each way I have little time as it is. I decided to hire a cleaning lady to come every other week-that’s all I could afford right now. It makes a HUGE difference. I love coming home to a clean home. I love knowing that I only have to do touch-up cleaning in between… By having a cleaning lady I now have more time to prepare real-food meals, spend time with my son, and go to the gym.

Such a treat coming home to clean place. So did I really fail or win? 

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Since I’m in a sharing mood, I also failed with Dino’s lunches. You know I am all about real food. I can’t stand Monsanto treating us like science experiments. I can’t stand that the FDA has their pockets lined with companies and doesn’t really care about what’s healthy.

I used to pack Dino lunches to take to school, most of the time they were sandwiches, but at least they were organic bread, meats, cheeses, snacks, fruits, and veggies. All of a sudden he started coming home with his lunch box full and ordering lunch at school. Yes I put money on his lunch account. Why? I didn’t want him to be without food just in case of an emergency.

Now he only gets lunch from school…though it’s not really lunch. As far as I am concerned it’s all experiments created in a lab, frozen and shipped long distances. The “food” doesn’t spoil because it’s not really food. He wants to eat it, because everyone else is eating it. Sure they serve veggies and fruits…but they are canned, jarred, and sugary..not real or fresh.

But what can I do? I can’t force him. At least he eats real food at home….just check out all our real food meals HERE.

The only positive in this is that I don’t have to make his lunch the night before…which is sweet. I offer to give him leftovers in a Thermos, but he wants none of it. I do pack his snacks with a juice and water. Perhaps one day he will change his mind and opt for real food lunches.

What was your epic fail? Was it really an fail or a win? 

Just Finished Reading…

 

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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

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Goodreads Summary: The Girl You Left Behind

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Wow…what an amazing book. Beautifully written stories about two women separated by time…ask focused on painting, family, and love. 

so many similarities between Sophie and Liv.

I cried, screamed, laughed, cursed, and yelled at characters.
Oh and the suspense and romance…

A must read…these characters will stay with me for a long time 

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Goodreads Summary: Lies You Wanted to Hear

A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.

When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.

“A gripping debut….a morally complex and thoroughly grown-up novel. ” – Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Hard to believe Thomson is a first time author, given the achievement of this novel. … I’m still not entirely convinced that these characters are fictional; that’s how much they lived and breathed on the page.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

“No spouse or parent who picks up this book will be able to put it down. Nor will anyone else.” – Andre Dubus III, NYT bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

I’m already drawn in so deep…all the craziness and lies…wow! 

Goodreads Summary: Summer House with Swimming Pool

When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business. But the weight of carrying such a secret lies heavily on his mind, and he can’t keep hiding from the truth…or the Board of Medical Examiners.

The problem is that the real truth is a bit worse than a simple slipup. Marc played a role in Ralph’s death, and he’s not exactly upset that the man is gone. Still haunted by his eldest daughter’s rape during their stay at Ralph’s extravagant Mediterranean summerhouse-one they shared with Ralph and his enticing wife, Judith, film director Stanley Forbes and his far younger girlfriend, Emmanuelle, and Judith’s mother-Marc has had it on his mind that the perpetrator of the rape could be either Ralph or Stanley. Stanley’s guilt seems obvious, bearing in mind his uncomfortable fixation on the prospect of Marc’s daughter’s fashion career, but Marc’s reasons for wanting Ralph dead become increasingly compelling as events unravel. There is damning evidence against Marc, but he isn’t alone in his loathing of the star-studded director.

WOW…I couldn’t finish reading this. The thought of my doctor thinking these things made me sick. Knowing what would happen to his daughter made me sick. I’m sure it’s a great book, but I just couldn’t finish reading it. 

 

 

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Tickle My Tastebuds

So happy to be guest hosting Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday. I MESSED UP LAST WEEK AND DIDN’T POST, I AM SO SORRY. 

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I love fish, but it can be expensive…one of my favorites is Salmon. Oh boy, I was so glad to get this on sale. Hubby loved it and

Dino even had a few bites. Paired with wild rice and chicken nuggets it was a perfect meal for outside eating.

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Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

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  • Link up as many recipes and/or food related posts you’d like, as long as they haven’t been submitted to this party recently (non-food related posts will be deleted)
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Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

The Seasoned Mom: Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad

Cook with Sara: Summer Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hello Little Home: Mexican Black Bean Wrap

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I’ll Never Understand…

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This week’s Listicles is 10 Things I’ll Never Understand by @inmomopause

Karen:

 

1. Pants having off your butts? Seriously? Is that REALLY COOL? Do I REALLY need to see your boxers? 

2. Know-it-alls. I don’t understand why you feel the need to PRETEND you know it all when everyone and their mother knows of are full of sh*t. 

3. Conformity. Why do we all need to be the same?  Why can’t we stand out and rock at being who we are. 

4. Why my husband still has no clue where anything is or goes. I understand we have only lived in our apt for over two years, but COME ON dude. 

5. why people make left turns cutting into the other lanes…Make a box left turn people…IT’S ONE OF THE FIRST RULES OF DRIVING. 

 

Tony:

 

1. When people knock on doors and open them before getting a response to enter. 

2. When you unlock a car door electronically and the person can’t get in, so they knock again. I know you are there.  

3. Russel Stover fancy chocolates – why do people leave the wrappers in the box? It doesn’t help you figure out the chocolates. 

4. Why do people bite the chocolate and put it back in the box instead of just looking at the bottom of the box.  

5. Using another dish and utensil instead of just cleaning the ones you used (looking at my wife).

 

 

What things don’t you understand? 

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Our Meal Plan April 6-11

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 3.2 pounds for a total of 16.4  POUNDS!

After much debating I decided to stop using Peapod. They have been giving me fruit that was not always fresh and I think all their food wasn’t always the best or had the best selections. The fruit and veggies I bought would go bad in a few days each and every time.I will still use stop and shop for seltzer and bottled water, but not on a weekly basis. I decided to use Whole Foods Market (since they were pretty close) and was impressed. I like knowing the foods I choose are not only non-GMOs but also organic fruits, veggies, and meats. It’s amazing to watch the fruits and veggies actually stay fresh and taste better. 

Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but it is sad that the healthier and cleaner foods are the most expensive. My eyes have been opened and I can’t believe how sugar and chemicals are in food. It seems the food companies want us sick and overweight. It is beyond scary. Anyway, after lots of research, I found a bunch of ways I can save money with Whole Foods. By creating a set shopping list for each week.

  • shop the bulk section and pick out the amount of grains, rice, granola, and fresh ground peanut butter I need for the week (what a great idea to only buy the amount you need)
  • pick the produce (2-3 veggie meals), poultry, meat, and fish (3-4 meat meals) that is on sale and plan meals around that. 
  • stock up on snacks, meats, and cereals that are on sale 
  • use the coupons that I can either print on line or get at the store
  • buy their brand “365” when possible. 

I think I might even be able to take Dino with me next time I go. I’ll feed him in their restaurant area and then let him walk around with me while he’s still snacking. I heard that also offer healthy snacks at customer service for kids. It will be a great teaching opportunity on how to choose foods that are real as opposed to fake foods AND how to stay within a budget but still eat healthy.

***I still have some foods that were not super healthy as I am slowly making the change. I used them for the meals this week. When I post next week, I’ll have even bigger and healthier changes.***

Sun  pork meatballs, roasted tomatoes, and cheese on Italian bread
Mon Dinner rice and beans with veggies

Tues Dinner gluten free pasta, tomato chunks, spinach, and cheese
Wed Dinner  chicken thighs, mushrooms, broccoli, and couscous
Thurs Dinner leftovers
Fri Dinner  chicken taco pizza http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chicken-taco-pizza

Dinners:

Sunday – LOVE the fresh herbs I got at Whole Foods. Mixed bread crumbs, cilantro, dill, and onions into the breadcrumbs, one egg, and the locally grown ground pork. Then I quickly cooked some peas, carrots, and broccoli in a small cast iron skillet and purred it in the blender and added that to the meatball mix. OH BOY DID IT TASTE BEYOND YUMMY

Then I cut some fresh tomatoes with lots of seasoning and cooked for a bit. I placed cut porkballs, tomatoes and cheese on Italian bread slices and ate. Dino was too tired to eat them, but hoping to use them as leftovers tomorrow. 

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Monday – Dino and I had leftover pork and veggie balls. I seasoned and roasted fresh tomatoes and mixed it all with gluten free pasta. What a tasty meal. meatballs and pasta Collage

Tuesday-  Dino has “sports skills” at the Little Gym on Tuesdays, so either I have to cook on Monday nights for Tuesday or just continue to order pizza for us. We had our usual favorites. He chose a plain personal pizza and I chose my jazz personal pizza. We ate half and saved half for lunch the next day. Sorry no pics

Wednesday – I love using my cast iron skillet. I seasoned and cooked the chicken in the skillet and had a small bag of chicken broth left over. I swear nothing better then using fresh/frozen herbs in our meals. I seasoned and cooked portobello mushrooms and broccoli then added it to the couscous. Sorry no pic of Dino eating…he was in a picky mood that night. 

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Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

Friday – using leftover chicken and broccoli from Wednesday’s dinner, I used it in the quesadilla. 

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LUNCHES

MONDAY: 

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Mommy-white bread with wo turkey slices, and one colby cheese slice, apples, strawberries and popcorn. bananas and mesa sunrise cereal with almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-ham and cheese on white bread, strawberries, apples, popcorn, and one carrot. (He LOVED eating the big carrot)
Dino Morning Snack-french toast with apples

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TUESDAY:

Mommy-cheese and turkey quesadilla on gluten free tortilla, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino-ham, cheese, and turkey sandwich, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino Morning Snack- hard boiled egg, cheese snack, pears

SORRY NO PIC

WEDNESDAY:
Mommy- leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino- leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino Morning -toaster strudel (once they are gone I am not buying anymore) and apples

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THURSDAY:
Mommy-turkey slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino-turkey slices, ham slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino Morning Snack-french toast and grape tomatoes

 

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FRIDAY:
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels. 
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.  
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries

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Bring On Spring

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This week’s list is all about spring…”10 Things Spring“. Now while I can’t stand all the insects…I do love the fresh air and warmer temperatures. Too bad it can’t stay 65-70 degrees all year round. For a change and because I didn’t have a chance to ask hubby, Dino will be splitting the list with me. 

Mommy’s list…  

1. skirts and sandals

2. lighter jackets

3. dinner outside

4. after dinner walks

5. open windows and fresh air 

Dino’s list… 

6. riding my bike

7. playing with sticks

8. playing ball with Mommy

9. playing outside at preschool

10. going to the playing  

 What do you like/look forward to about spring?

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All Those Precious Memories

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Finish the Sentence Friday

“If I could go back in time…I would just observe all those precious memories.” 

This reminds me of the post we did back in July “If I could go back in time and change something it would be..

 

Sure I would love to go back and revisit all those beautiful moments with Dino. I’d love to go back and visit my time as a child and see my parents when they were younger. I’d love to watch past memories and cherish each and every one…sadly time passes too fast.

Would I go back in time…

  • to whisper in my ear how to defeat my grammar school bullies? 
  • to threaten the bullies? 
  • to my time as a teen and whisper to stop being such an idiot. My parents DO KNOW more than me.
  • to whisper in my ear to not open credit cards?
  • to whisper in my ear to save more money? 
  • to whisper in my ear to not go so crazy trying to get pregnant…it WILL happen much later when the time is right. 
  • to whisper in my ear to not buy a condo that we would eventually lose? 
  • to whisper in my ear to take more date nights with my hubby…we will so need them.

These are all great ideas, but I wouldn’t do any of them. One slight change could effect everything moving forward. What if one small change finds me living without my Dino? That is just too much of a risk to take…My life unfolded just as it was supposed to…and for that I am grateful. 

What would you do if you could go back in time? 

Our Meal Plan March 30th-April 5th

I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I didn’t lose this week, but I didn’t gain either. Between me and Dino getting sick this week, I was too stressed and didn’t lose. I thought I would have lost, but oh well.  Last week’s meals didn’t go as planned, but it all worked out in the end. 

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Sun  dinner at in-laws for niece’s birthday
Mon Dinner slow cooker honey garlic chicken, rice, and cauliflower and carrots  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Garlic-Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Thighs/Detail.aspx
Tues Dinner slow cooker meatball subs with veggies
Wed Dinner  potato gnocchi, butternut squash, cheese, tomato and almond puree,
Thurs Dinner  leftovers
Fri Dinner  chicken and roasted potatoes with green beans
Sat  rice and beans, bean and tomato puree sauce, onions, broccoli, spinach

Dinners:

Sunday – Even though dinner was going to be provided I still brought my own pasta with beans and veggies. This is still processed pasta, two days later I bought gluten free. I did have a bit of salmon at the party, but think I was already sick with a stomach virus  

pasta, veggies, tomatoes, beans

Monday – Was the worst day for me as I was sick with stomach bug. I don’t know how but I seasoned the chicken and baked it in a cast iron skillet. I baked the veggies in a separate skillet and boiled the rice. I tried to eat that night, but it was too difficult. 

Tuesday-  Dino and I had the leftover chicken, rice, and veggies for dinner. I felt so much better and what a a great meal it was. I truly enjoyed it. I even cut some up and used them for sandwiches the next day. honey garlic Collage

 

Wednesday – I baked butternut squash and tomatoes in the oven (with LOTS of spices). Then I purred the contents with almond milk and water. Then I poured it back into the cast iron skillet and sauteed it for a bit. It was healthy and delicious over the gnochi. Dino ate every bite. 

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Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

Friday – Picked up Dino from daycare only to discover that he just threw up and then again as soon as we walked out the door. Other kids were out sick for the stomach bug, so it was just a matter of time before Dino got it. I just had leftover gnochi and sauce in between caring for Dino. 

Saturday –  Cut up and sauteed fresh cilantro, dill, and onion then added the marinating chicken. I let roasted chicken on both sides then placed cover on, and put in oven. I baked the chicken and veggies at 350 for about 30 mins.  At the same time I seasoned and baked potatoes and sweet potatoes in a covered cast iron skillet as well. I swear I will never use pans again. 

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LUNCHES

Between using EasyLunchBoxes  and planning what I eat ahead of time, I am in control at work and I know Dino is eating healthy at school. 

MONDAY:

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Mommy-obviously I DID not eat any of my lunch that day, but also got rid of the pitas, since they were whole wheat.
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich on (originally multigrain bread) but redid his sandwich on organic white bread, natural applesauce, carrots, and cupcake loaded with strawberries and bananas
Dino Morning Snack-chocolate chip pancakes and grapes

TUESDAY:

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Mommy-I hardly ate
Dino-didn’t pack his lunch so he ordered a pizza for lunch (bad, sick mommy)
Dino Morning Snack- homemade french toast sticks with organic white bread and organic jelly and strawberries

WEDNESDAY: lunch wed

Mommy- leftover garlic and honey chicken made into a chicken salad, tortialla chips, carrots, dried cranberry
Dino-same chicken salad on organic white bread, cucumbers, grapes, dried cranberries
Dino Morning - strawberry and banana cupcake and strawberries

THURSDAY:

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Mommy-leftover gnochi and sauce, cheese stick, two turkey slices, and apples
Dino-ham and cheese on organic white bread, organic applesauce, organic annie’s bunny crackers
Dino Morning Snack-homemade organic french toast sticks and apple slices

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FRIDAY:
Mommy-tuna from a can (nothing mixed into it), guacamole, tortilla chips, cheese stick SO FLIPPIN’ GOOD
Dino- was home sick :( 

 

Possibly linking up with one or more of these blog hops…

Table for 7Table for 7

Tuesday Tastings

 

Thirteen Years

Thirteen years of marriage, love, fights, memories, and dreams…

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13 years of marriage. 13 years! Wow! How fast time flies…. In all those years we have experienced.

  • owning a condo
  • becoming dog parents
  • dealing with 6 years of infertility 
  • becoming parents
  • losing a job
  • losing our condo
  • moving into an apartment
  • starting over 
  • planning birthday parties for our son
  • letting go of old dreams
  • creating new dreams
  • dealing with loss and grief
  • opening up to love and hope
  • laughing at old memories
  • creating new memories

we’ve been a lot of ups and downs in the past thirteen years. Some times were tough, but in comparison I think we are pretty lucky.

We have changed over the years, but through it all we are still here and happy.

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I Just Finished Reading…

I just finished reading…

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: a mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes, that of her husband, from before she knew him.

When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: a fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way.

MY REVIEW: OMG…I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW.

A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks.

I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

 

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: I don’t know how she does it!” is an oft-heard refrain about mothers today. Funnily enough, most moms agree they have no idea how they get it done, or whether they even want the job. Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile spoke to mothers of every stripe working, stay-at-home, part-time and found a surprisingly similar trend in their interviews. After enthusing about her lucky life for twenty minutes, a mother would then break down and admit that her child’s first word was “Shrek.” As one mom put it, “Am I happy? The word that describes me best is challenged.” Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of moms today . . . in their own words. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids diagnoses the craziness and offers real solutions, so that mothers can step out of the madness and learn to love motherhood as much as they love their kids.

 

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