Reviews & Giveaways

Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes – Book Review & Giveaway

Mom Rules - a wonderful little book that will inspire moms!A couple of weeks ago, I received the most delightful email. Treion Muller, author of  Dad Rules: A Simple Manual For a Complex Job”, wrote to inform me that he and his wife Soni had included my blog as a resource in their new book Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes! As you can imagine, I was thrilled. These last few months have been very stressful because of our house build (and all of the “fun” things that come with that), so I was in need of some exciting news like this.

I had the honour of reading the book this past weekend, and I really enjoyed it.  Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes is an easy, light read and as a relative newbie mom of two little girls I could really identify with the “rules” in the book. Some of them made me chuckle out loud because they were funny (“If you want it for yourself, hide it”), they made me laugh because I’ve totally been there (“Be prepared for a potty-training marathon”), and some even made me tear up because they struck a chord with me (“Be a messenger of hope”).

The book is divided into 82 little “rules” like this – which are more like inspirational thoughts on mothering with a small paragraph below with ideas and resources (thediymommy.com is listed as a resource under the “Power tools come in pink” rule!). You could read the whole thing at once, pick it up every now and then for a good laugh or for a thought-provoking snippet of wisdom. I think Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes would also make a unique gift for a new mom (imagine it in a basket with some mommy pampering products as a baby shower gift)!

Here’s what the authors have to say about the book:

All 82 rules in the book represent years of experiences, study, and mistakes—some from personal experience; some from observing other Moms; some from the review of books, blogs, and articles; and some from actually asking other matriarchs how on earth they did it.” Says Treion Muller. Soni adds, “The part we enjoyed the most about writing Mom Rules was listening to the stories and advice from over three dozen moms. Many that we included throughout the book.”

Our greatest hope with this book is that it will not only motivate mothers to accept their superpowers but also inspire them to be better mothers and enhance the quality of relationships that they have with their children.” said Soni Muller.

To celebrate the release of  Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes, I’m hosting a giveaway! You could win your very own copy of this book (mailed to you from the publisher) to keep for yourself or to give away to a mommy friend.

To enter to win your copy of Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes, all you need to do is comment below and tell me just one thing you’ve learned since becoming a mom. It can be silly or serious – it doesn’t matter.

If you’d like an extra entry, you can go “like” the Rules 4 Families page on Facebook and make an additional comment that you’ve done so.

This contest closes on March 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM MST. The winner will be chosen randomly via random.org and will be emailed immediately. If they do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and contacted. By commenting below, you are agreeing to my Giveaway Rules (please read them by clicking the link).

Good luck and thanks for entering!

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Reflections on Baking, Motherhood and Perfection

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

For Valentine’s Day this week, Little C and I did some baking together. We made some pretty cupcakes (the easy way – with a mix),  iced them with buttercream icing (here’s my simple tip on how to ice them rosette style), and finished them with a little heart gummy candy perched on top.

Valentine's Day Baking by The DIY Mommy

And how could we forget heart cookies? Using my favourite sugar cookie recipe, we made heart cut-out cookies and iced them with buttercream.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

While I thought the cupcakes were festively pretty and the cookies were uber-cute, here was my favourite cupcake:

Valentine's Day Cupcakes by The DIY Mommy

Little C smudged the icing on it gingerly, grasping a spoon ever-so-carefully. “It’s for Daddy“, she said as she worked, “because he doesn’t like all of dis sugary icing.It’s a cupcake made with true love from a four year old to her daddy.

My favourite cookie? This one:

Valentine's Day Cookies by The DIY Mommy

There’s a couple of wee fingerprints on the bottom of this cookie, the icing is haphazardly spread and there’s a gummy heart in the most random position one could think of… but it’s a work of art.

As a mom with perfectionist tendencies, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to make pretty things, have well-behaved children and look put-together.

But that’s not the goal, is it?

While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to make my home beautiful and enjoy creating things for and with my babies, none of that matters without LOVE (there’s a Bible verse about that).

When my children grow to adults, will they think of me as a busy, impossible-to-please mom who’s too tired to devote some time in the day for a cuddle or a story? Gosh, I hope not.

I want them to know that they are loved unconditionally by their mother. I want them to know that I am not perfect and that they don’t have to strive for perfection either.

Like this fingerprinted, lopsided little heart cookie I’m a bit of a mess some days. But, somehow God uses messed-up moms to shine His love through too.

The Goal is Love - Free Printable by The DIY Mommy

When it comes to motherhood, I am still learning that the goal is NOT perfection, it’s LOVE.

(Click here to download a free printable version of this reminder.)