Sunday, April 25, 2010

Didn't I Feed You Yesterday by Laura Bennett Review and Giveaway

You have no idea how excited I was to get the chance to read this book.


Okay, what really made me excited is that I got to email back and forth with Laura Bennett, from Season 3 of Project Runway. I'm a total fan and remember being jealous of how fabulously glamorous she was on the show, even though she was pregnant with baby #6 at the time(and boy #5).


Her book, Didn't I Feed You Yesterday? had me cracking up. Hubs kept asking me, "What? What?"


Parenting, marriage, fashion, how she does it all as a working mother, and a little about the show are all in her book.


She asserts that with all the information out there these days on the internet and in the media about how we should be parenting, "These unrealistic goals have created a population of neurotic mothers whose neurotic kids inevitably end up at my house on a playdate."


Lord save us from the motherbitches.


Her approach to parenting is described as laissez-faire and she's earned the moniker "bad mommy" which she takes in stride and even uses as part of her twitter handle.


She recommends finding friends with similar parenting styles. So true. I feel like I could go show up with my three boys and let her manny help keep them entertained while I drink with her and we'd tell our kids not to bother us unless there's blood...and even then, only if it's serious bleeding.


All of the boys(that would be 8, if you're keeping track) would be zooming around on things with various numbers of wheels, playing video games, creating guns out of whatever they could find, and snacking away. Because that's what boys do.  My 3 year old pointed to the cover of her book as I was reading and insisted, "Mommy, I get skateboard for my birthday."  Laura would probably laugh and hand him one of her boys' boards.


When I dropped my oldest off for preschool, I was the only mom not in tears and whose child ran into the classroom, yelling that I could leave, I looked around a little guiltily...but Laura wouldn't have been crying either; after all, there's more kids at home. Yes, I totally feel like I know her enough after reading this book that I call her by her first name.


Helicopter parents might not appreciate her style of parenting, but I could totally relate. Especially with all her talk of raising boys. Why don't boys keep their pants on? And really, does the penis-grabbing have to start so young?


I'd love to have her take me shopping or honestly, have her design something for me. Like a go-to little black dress. I need help to get out of the frumpy mom zone, where she throws on a fabulous dress or tailored trousers, heels, and bright red lipstick.


This quote make me cringe a little, since I tend to use money as an excuse: "Style is not about money. Does my style say my kids have taken over my life and I haven't had sex in decades? Or does it say I'm fabulous, and these boys are going to have a hell of a time finding a girl like dear old Mom?"


Oh, I'm so guilty. Teach me, Laura! Seriously, Bravo, can't you come up with a show "Frumpy to Fabulous" and have it feature Laura teaching us moms how to rock it out style-wise? I volunteer to be the guinea pig for the pilot episode.


There's a little of everything in this book and you'll find yourself laughing and agreeing or even learning something.


You know how moms get ignored as they give birth to their third, fourth, etc. child? Show up with the gift of this book and a bottle of wine and the new mom will love you forever.


You have a chance to win an autographed copy of Didn't I Feed You Yesterday? To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment. Giveaway will close this Saturday at 9pm EST.


Be sure to check out Things I Can't Say tomorrow, when I have my very first guest poster on my blog: Laura Bennett will share her tips for survival with us!


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This giveaway is now closed and the winner is: Daisygirl!

50 comments:

The Mommyologist said...

This book sounds right up my alley...I would LOVE to have a copy!

Momma Fargo said...

Her book sounds awesome! I would love to read it and an autographed copy is even better! How exciting!

Grand Pooba said...

I'm SO in!! I loved her designs on project runway!

Angie said...

I would love this book - since I am a book-a-holic myself and would love to share it with my SIL who is a huge fan of project runway!

Bethany said...

Sounds like something I would zoom through then read again! Can't wait to read it - consider me entered!

Love both of you guys - so glad that you now have this blog, too. Yay!

Emmy said...

Oh that sounds like a great book! And anyone that has that many boys definitely has to have some good advice :)

Mommy Lisa said...

Oh yeah. I need that book.

:) Will be reading her guest post first thing tomorrow.

Thanks Shell & Lisa

Linzi said...

Oh, can I please win this? Awesome!
lindsayrpeterson@yahoo.com

purseblogger said...

I so want this book!!

Daisygirl said...

Season 3 was my all time favorite season! And I so loved all her designs...her look very much is my style (inc and macy's)! This is awesome!

blueviolet said...

This sounds great, Shell! I'd love to read it!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Sounds like an awesome book!

Rebecca said...

Sounds like my kind of parenting book for sure!!

tessica said...

i would read that book! true.freaking.story.

magically ordinary said...

I just finished that book - I downloaded it on to my kindle and finished in 2 days. It is a hoot! So funny!

Jessica said...

I LOVED Laura on Project Runway. I'm so excited to see that she has a book coming out. I'd love to win the copy!! My boys would love for me to relax just a bit and be more like Laura too. lol

Rebecca said...

I would love to read this...I use $$$ as an excuse sometimes too...gotta stop that obviously!

Ellen said...

Nice looking new blog. What a cool book. Finally a book where real stories about motherhood are given. Not the "Carol Brady" kind of book. Yeah & thank you! Can't wait to see who the winner is. Will def. buy if not a winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

Heide said...

Laura is amazing, I'm sure I could learn a thing or two (or a hundred) from her!

Tillie said...

I totally want to win!! I love her!!

Batman's Mom said...

I would love to read this book :)

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LJ Designs said...

You are SO funny Laura! Can't wait to read the book! I am a designer and mom as well, so it'll be like reading my own life! LOL Loved you on PR!!

Sandy said...

Don't bother me unless there is blood. Has been my battle cry for years. Would love to own this book!!

Rachael said...

I can't wait to read this book- it sounds hilarious!

Tara said...

I'm DYING to read this book! My mantra in my house and in my classroom is "I don't want to hear it unless someone is bleeding, the house/school is on fire or the police need to be called. Now go away." It works fairly well. ;) Please pick me!!

Jen said...

I just finished this book and LOVED it! I don't even have any kids yet, but I laughed out loud through every chapter. As a Project Runway super-fan I bought the book before I even knew what it was about. Laura is my inspiration for being glamorous with no particular place to go!

velocibadgergirl said...

I love Laura! Would love to read her book :)

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Love to read this puppy! Fingers crossed.

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Krissy said...

What a great review! I love this parenting/mommy style too. Def. can't take each flop seriously or I'd be in the ER or calling poison control 24/7!

Casey said...

I'd love a copy!

Jenn said...

LOVE the new blog, and I'd love a copy of this book too ... so awesome!

Caryl said...

Been following Laura since P Runway and would love to have a copy!!

Ashley Wysocki said...

I love Laura! Rewatching S3 now and she is as hilarious and fabulous as I remembered. I can't believe she can raise all those kids but I admire her for doing it in her own style. I'd love a chance to read her book!

whatsundermyapron said...

What an awesome giveaway!!

Toni @ Hemp & High Heels

Coffee Please!?! said...

i would *love* to have a copy of this book!!! sounds like something i am so in need of!!

Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

Laura was one of my favorite designers that season. :) What an exciting giveaway!


Jenniferleisey@comcast.net

Angelia said...

Oh count me in please!

WolfeFamily said...

This book sound really good and funny. I hope i win :o)

Michelle Hoad said...

I definitely fall into the bad mommy category. I often tell my kids to leave me alone unless something's on fire or someone's bleeding profusely.

CJ Sime said...

I would LOVE to win this book!!!!

Wanna win Wanna win Wanna win NO WAMMIES!!!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

oh wow, this sounds hilarious. count me in.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Juliana said...

Count me too!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Love Love her, would love to read the book!

The Random Blogette said...

This book sounds awesome! I would love to read it!

Linds said...

Sounds hilarious! Loved her on PR.. would definitely love to read

Oka said...

Bet you thought I wasn't entering, didn't you?

MrsPatterson said...

I would love to have this be the first giveaway I win! I loved Laura on PR, she was so classy. And I loved everything she designed. Her style is so chic.

harryandjules said...

I'm in! Laura Bennett has all the excuses I've been waiting for!

Mama Zen said...

This sounds hilarious!