Thursday, April 22, 2010

Just Let Me Lie Down

I was psyched when I was contacted to do a book review and giveaway for this oh so perfectly titled tome: "Just Let Me Lie Down:  Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom" because if that doesn't describe me perfectly, I don't know what does!

Even better?  The author is Kristin van Ogtrop, the editor of Real Simple magazine, whose blog titled "Adventures in Chaos" I have been reading ever since she linked to me back in 2007 about having a girls' weekend.  She also has 3 boys!

Anyway, Kristin's book?  Hilarious.  Divided into chapters from A-Z, it wittily defines those terms that every working mother can totally relate to.  For example:

"Boredom fantasy:  When you think longingly back to the time when you were fifteen and had nothing to do but lie around the house obsessing over the fact that you would never have long beautiful fingernails or a boyfriend."

"Critical mass:  When, after years of sitting at a desk every day, your rear end finally gets big enough that you must face the truth:  it's time to go to the gym."

"Getting to yes:  Those magical moments when you ask someone to do something and he doesn't say 'But...'"

"PTSD:  Post-Thanksgiving Stress Disorder.  The state of extreme anxiety you experience during the month of December, what with the teacher gifts and Christmas cards and Secret Santas at work; the tipping of the garbageman and the women who make your hair look acceptable..."

So true, right?!

Need a laugh?  Want a quick, light-hearted read?  I'm giving away 3 HARDCOVER COPIES!

Simply leave a comment below to enter.  (Make sure I have an e-mail address for you.)  Winners will be chosen on Friday, April 30th!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mrs. Prindable's Handmade Confections

Thanks to Mom Impact and Mrs. Prindable's, we here in the Trenches were sent one of Mrs. Prindable's gourmet caramel apples to sample.  (FTC disclosure - check)  Unfortunately, the day the apple arrived was the same day that it was a record-breaking 95 degrees in Massachusetts.  In APRIL!  What are the chances?!  Sadly, the caramel and chocolate had melted to mush and even after sticking the bag in the freezer, it was pretty much inedible.  I didn't even tell the boyz about it.

Happily though, Jenny at Mrs. Prindable's contacted me right away after she heard about my unfortunate weather situation and offered to send me a fresh, new treat.

It arrived in a nifty gift box, which prompted my offspring to gather round to see what had arrived.  So there was much ooohing and aaahing as the treat was revealed: 

A GINORMOUS chocolate and caramel apple!

How huDge could it be, one might wonder.

This big!  As in, almost the size of my 4 year old's HEAD.

And the taste?  Absolutely delish.  We have all been enjoying bits and pieces of this apple for a few days now (Hubby cuts slices with a knife).  And I figure that hey, the boyz are having some fruit with their chocolate!

Not only does Mrs. Prindable's offer signature flavors of petite and GINORMOUS gourmet caramel apples, they also offer gift baskets!  Check them out!  *cough Mother's Day cough*