Thursday, May 8, 2008

Review & Giveaway: The Rookie Mom's Handbook

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation.
The winner is Shannon of The Buchmann Update. Congratulations!

Before I had Girlie Girl, I remember thinking that I would never be able to leave the house with her by myself. How in the world would I be able to handle lugging all the equipment? What happens when I can't find a place to nurse her? What if she just.won't.stop.crying?

Of course, one she arrived all I wanted to do was get out of the house for some fresh air and maybe a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks. I looked in all the local publications for Mommy & Me type activities but didn't find much available. What I wouldn't have done for The Rookie Mom's Handbook by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss.

From the book: Bookstores are filled with activity books for babies and toddlers, but The Rookie Mom's Handbook is the only one designed exclusively for first-time mothers. Here are 250 enjoyable activities to help rookie moms maintain their individuality and boost their confidence about leaving the house, socializing, and doing things they always liked to do - either with or without baby.

What I loved about this book are the many great suggestions that you probably would have never thought of on your own. You know they're there but sometimes you just need a little reminder. The Rookie Mom's Handbook is written in small bite-sized pieces for your convenience and organized by baby's age. Reading can't get any easier than this!

The only problem I had was reading the dark purple text on the light purple background. It's very pretty to look at but it was a little hard on my eyes. But then again, it could just be me.

To celebrate this wonderful book, a blog blast will be held from May 9th till 11th where you could win a fantastic gift bag filled with more than $250 worth of goodies for moms, including the brand new BABYBJĂ–RN® Baby Carrier Synergy, a child’s gardening kit from Smith & Hawken, a baby tshirt from Scout Organic Baby, and of course, a copy of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. For more information on how to enter stop by the Parent Bloggers Network today!

Now for my giveaway, how would you like a copy of The Rookie Mom's Handbook for yourself or for another brand new mom?
  • To enter, just leave a comment below saying what's your favorite activity to do with your child. If you don't have a child yet, then what's the one thing you're looking forward to doing with your future child?
  • To earn extra entries, just subscribe to my feed and/or mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here. Please let me know if you're doing/did the extra credit so I can make sure you're entered properly.
  • Don't forget to leave a way to contact you in case you win.
  • Comments will close on May 14th and a random winner will be selected and notified on May 15th. The winner will have 3 days to claim their prize.
  • This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide. Good luck!

Thank you to the Parent Bloggers Network and Rookie Moms for this review opportunity.

80 comments:

Jen said...

We love reading and going to the library...for books -i'd love to win

bleeding espresso said...

Sounds like a fabulous day. I'm not a mom yet, but from auntie duty, I'm definitely looking forward to play-doh, as messy as it gets ;)

bleeding espresso said...

Oops, I meant fabulous book. Guess I have too many babies on the brain ;)

SJ said...

I love doing arts and crafts with my boys whether it be drawing on the sidewalk with chalk or finger painting. I'd love to have a copy of this book! sj1026(at)gmail(dot)com.

Oh, and I subscribe to your feed!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy doing crafts with my grandson. We create cards for his Mommy and Daddy.
clenna@aol.com

Alexia said...

I love taking my boys outside. They are so much happier and easier to entertain!

Tara said...

My favourite thing to do with my kids is play outside! SO much fun!

Stacey Moore said...

we love to play baseball!! this book would be great for my friend that is expecting her first! thanks!
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Danielle said...

I love going on "nature" walks. KIds can stare at amazment at flowers for at least 10 minutes.

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Tiff said...

we love going 'sploring in the back yard. My boys love to look at plants, rocks, bugs and stuff. It's fun to see them so curious about stuff!

Hil'Lesha said...

I love reading to my son. :)

Bunny B said...

I'd love to teach my kids how to read :)

Bunny B said...

Oh, and I'm subscribed to your feed via google reader. Thanks!

pcbdolphins said...

I need this something awful

Kristinia said...

Your on my blog sidebar!

Favorite activity with my 14 month old son , is being able to sit and read with him, we do a story time, then a song with movement! he loves it!

louiseb130 said...

When my granddaughter was little, we loved tea parties, and of course, reading together~

Missy said...

This would be fun to win! My 5 year old little girl and I love to scrapbook together. We are both very crafty. Thanks!

Scarlett said...

My niece is too little to anything, really, but I'm looking forward to reading with her and swimming! I'd definitely give this book to my sister.

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Erica G said...

I am looking forward to laughing with my baby. The way babies laugh is so infectious. I will be a first timer at the end of June!!

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carissaad said...

I'm not a mom, but I look forward to playing together and passing on the lessons that my mom taught me.

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Meredith said...

Making up silly songs is our favorite thing!

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Toystory said...

I like to cook with the kids -- they always get great joy in helping to prepare a meal -- and yes it does sometimes get messy, but heck that's what aprons are for!

mom to p said...

I love sitting down and drawing/coloring with my daughter.

danosor said...

I love my kids enjoying the great outdoors.

susan1215 said...

We like going to the park

Princess Golden Hair said...

i love reading to my wee one. It gives us a special bond

chromiumman said...

going to the park

idahomom said...

I love to ride bikes to the park for a picnic lunch.

Cuddle Cottage said...

Favorite activity of the moment for my 15-month-old and myself is hanging out in the sand pit at the park. I hide treasures in the sand for her to 'find' and this causes much excitement!

gunzie said...

My favorite thing to do with my 3 kids is play outside if the weather permits and otherwise we'll read books, make drawings or puzzle together! Just spending time with them and getting lots of hugs and kisses is the best!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Sharon said...

We love going for walks together...absolutely our favorite activity. THANKS

Kari said...

I love snuggling with a good book, thank you!!

sweetsue said...

I love taking my grandkids on picnics at the park or zoo.

kathy55439 said...

I love playing outside with the kids now that the weather is so nice

reddon30 said...

Love taking my kids fishing.

pauline15 said...

My son and I do so many things together, it's hard to pick just one, but... last night we played star wars together, added the play light sabers, voices, and park to run around in.

reb said...

reading with my kids is great

Sarah Berry said...

I enjoy taking Brea to the park and putting her in the swing. She gets so excited going back and forth and we both get some fresh air. This sounds like an awesome book and I would love the opportunity to check it out. Thanks

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

We love going to the Zoo or going to the park to slide.


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dwarzel said...

Reading together, for sure!

Timster said...

We love reading.

Katie said...

Now that the weather is warm we love working in the yard and planting flowers together.

Jennifer said...

my twins and I love being outdoors and experiencing nature, and being indoors and reading and playing in our exersaucers.

Alberta said...

We love to go to minor league baseball games together.

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Shannon said...

My daughter loves going to the park so we do that regularly when the weather permits here in the midwest! She also happens to love shopping at Target so we do that on rainy days!

Ivan Girl said...

what i love doing with my baby is when I give him a leg massage after his bath and cooing him to sleep. :)

feels like heaven.

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ps. subscribed to your feed as well.

bfox74 said...

My favorite thing to do with my kids is to go out to dinner...they're grown :)

kaylee8 said...

I love doing just about everything with my kids from shopping with the oldest to going to movies with the youngest and playing baseball with my son. We love playing all kinds of games.

agordon10 said...

we love to swim together

Anonymous said...

Right now my favorite activity to do with the children is camping. With the weather being a little nicer, we enjoy camping together and enjoying the great outdoors as a family.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

mommysweeps said...

wow, few fav activities: spending time outdoors, playing, biking, reading, going to movies, and just enjoying each other's company

jennefer sweitzer said...

with my oldest daughter , i enjoy spending time cooking with her... with my youngest daughter , we like spending time playing dress up... in the summer we all go to garage sales, riding bikes, going for walks and picking flowers.

Danielle said...

On nice days we like to walk to the local park/playground. On rainy/snowy days we like to snuggle on the couch and watch kids movies!
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Brooke said...

I have three daughters, 15, 6, and 1. My favorite thing to do is to read to my 6 year old. She likes it so much more than the others and I get to read books I never read before - Roald Dahl, the Wind in the Willows. It's fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Reading together!

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Cindy said...

My favorite thing to do with my daughter is lay on the ground in our backyard and make cloud animals. It is the most amazing and imaginative thing I find. My daughter can create stories around the clouds, and we just enjoy each others company. Thanks for the giveaway!

cmminera@sbcglobal.net

Cindy said...

My favorite thing to do with my daughter is lay on the ground in our backyard and make cloud animals. It is the most amazing and imaginative thing I find. My daughter can create stories around the clouds, and we just enjoy each others company. Thanks for the giveaway!

cmminera@sbcglobal.net

Miranda said...

I love to read with my kids

fancyfeet48 said...

I am looking foward to all the new things my children are gonna go threw teaching there own children

william said...

I want To win

Ginny said...

I love going for walks my daughters.

Jinxy & Me said...

I look forward to going to my uncle's farm!

Tracey said...

I enjoy singing to my nephew.
Never have I felt so happy using my gift than when it makes him smile. :)

Anonymous said...

I like to go swimminmg with my kids. They are all better swimmers than me but we have a lot of fun.

kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com.

julie said...

we love going to the beach around 4pm and chasing the waves with our toes..
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purango said...

My favorite activity is going shopping with my daughter. garrettsambo@aol.com

Jennifer said...

I love to do just about everything with my young children. I guess my favorite time is when we snuggle on the couch together and watch a cartoon.

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klp1965 said...

gardening :)

Susanne said...

Snuggling and watching a movie!

Kim said...

We love spending time together at the park.

Noggy said...

I loved going fishing with my boys when they were pre-schoolers. Those were exciting times just watching their faces light up every time they caught a fish on their tiny rods. I love forward to going to the park and fishing with my new grandaughter once she is able to get around safely. She is a first for our family and my DIL is happily learning the joys of motherhood.

lilyk said...

I don't have a child, but I would love to take him or her horseback riding! I subscribed to your feed.

donna444444 said...

I like to read to them.

masonsgranny59 said...

SING SILLY SONGS AND CUDDLE:)

Melissa said...

I've always enjoyed reading with my daughters.

rosannepm said...

Reading, snuggling in my bed drinking tea and watching TV.

dolls123 said...

Baking cookies & coloring

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Jenny said...

Looks like a good book. I'll have to check it out next time I'm at the book store.