Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can really make your day.
A kind word from a friend…
A tall glass of wine…
The kids cleaning up all their toys without being told (okay, that one is a fantasy)…
A good book…
The last one I appreciate so much more now that I don’t have as much leisure time to read whenever I want. I am very particular with my free time (I use that term loosely), and when I do have a moment to myself, there’s nothing better than a good book…
Well, maybe a nap, but that never happens, so I’ll stick to the joy of reading a good book…
I am choosey with my reading these days though, and I tend to stick to what I know I’ll love – so when Amber from Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures asked me to review her book I was so excited! Amber’s blog is one of my absolute favorites, and I’m not just saying that because one time she drew a few ‘crappy pictures’ of me in my unitard like this one:
No, I was so excited because Amber’s blog is consistently (always) funny, and her book, I knew, would be much of the same.
When it arrived, I literally did an “Ohhhh” and an “Ahhh” at the nice, hardback cover which really will make your friends think you spent a lot of money on it when you start giving them out as gifts (and you totally will, it’s that great).
The content of the book is just like Amber’s blog – it’s funny, it’s so easy to relate to, and it will have you laughing out loud and nodding your head in agreement the entire way through from cover to cover. I was also really excited to see that this was new, untold stories, so if you are a reader of her blog like I am, you need to read this otherwise you’ll feel like you were missing out. If you’ve never read Amber before, first let me welcome you out from whatever rock you were living under, and enjoy this as an intro to her hilarious look at parenthood!
The book, which shares the same title as the blog Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures, is one of those books that once you start reading you’ll have a hard time putting it down, but it’s also easy to stop and pick up where ever you left off. For me, that’s a must these days because if I’m able to
find a hiding spot to grab a minute to myself sit quietly and read somewhere I’m often interrupted with stuff like:
“Mom! Cecilia is putting a shirt on the dog to cover up the lollipop that is stuck in his fur!”
“Mom! Someone put a Lego and a Matchbox car in the toilet, and I have to poop real bad!”
So being able to stop a book mid-chapter to put out a figurative (or literal) fire, and then to pick it up where I had abruptly left off is key for me to really be able to enjoy it.
So go grab your copy of Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures HERE (on amazon), it’s currently listed for just over $10, and check out her blog here. Don’t forget to grab some copies for baby showers and Mother’s Day, it makes a fabulous gift!
And if you don’t believe me when I tell you the book is great, check out who else is reading it: