Inspired by Steady Days (& Giveaway)

I’m reading through Jamie Martin’s new book Steady Days, and my copy is covered in highlighter. I am not even kidding. Written in short chapters with busy moms in mind, she wastes no words with extra fluff.

Do you ever think that the word inspiration gets tossed around lightly nowadays? We even use it to describe decorating ideas. Not this book…this is the kind of inspiration that gives moms purpose and vision, and it practically helps you design your day to see those desires fulfilled.

The suggestions are easy to implement. I’ve already added “morning books” from page 26 to our day. They are special selected books that Lane can look through in the morning while I continue getting ready.

One thing I like about this book is that it’s about balance. I’m busy, and though it sounds nice to sit around doing crafts or go on outings all day, I have other things I need to do too. Jamie suggests ways to help kids play independently so that I can finish tasks, as well as intentional activities that we can play together, so that each day I give my kids my best.

Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood focuses on four principles:

Getting organized

Retaining enthusiasm

Learning together

Making memories

When I left work at my corporate job to stay home with my first child, I didn’t know any other stay at home mom. If you are longing for a friend and mentor to share ideas, this is the book you need. It’s not just for stay at home moms, it’s for any mom with young children who wants to be more professional in her approach to motherhood.

Jamie also writes at the blog Steady Mom, which I subscribe to.

Jamie is giving away two signed copies of Steady Days, brand new and totally free of highlighting marks and scribbles so that you can make your own. All you need to do to enter is add a comment to this post. I’ll announce the winners here after 9 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday. Good luck!

***Congratulations to winners Tara (“Would love this book. Currently I’m a fulltime working mom but hope to be a full time mom oneday.”) and Brooke (“I would love this book!  I think it would help me with my days!”)***

It’s always best to hear it in the author’s own words. Here’s a little preview:
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About Rachel

I write about practical tips that will help you simplify at home. Connect with me on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I’m always excited to read a new book. Especially when it’s about something I care so much about, being a mom.

  2. This sounds great!! I’m currently at home with my first child, who’s 4 months old, and I am so overwhelmed. It’s not that being a stay-at-home mom is tough (although it is that too), it’s that I’m still having a hard time changing gears.

    I used to be a woman who could get anything accomplished, and fast. I would make long to-do lists and have them wrapped up by the end of the week. I prided myself on being able to do many things, doing them quickly, and doing them with perfection.

    Now, I’m lucky if I can take care of the dishes, a load of laundry, and getting myself in the shower!

    I know that being a new mom and having such a young baby is part of the stress level, but what happens when she gets older? Or when our second child comes into the picture?

    I want to reconcile the old me with the new me. I want to be able to accomplish things without compromising the type of mother I want to be to my children. This book sounds like exactly the advice I need to find that path.

  3. It’s refreshing to hear someone talk about motherhood as a profession rather than just something to do ‘in between’ more important things. What’s more important than raising the next generation??

  4. I would love to read this book!

    Kami@Nurturing the tender years´s last post…Getting back into things

  5. Looks like a wonderful resource.

  6. This books looks great…I will become a stay-at-home mom at the end of this school year and am a little worried about what we will do!!

  7. I would love this!

  8. Hi! I’m a mother to four girls. I used to be really good at planning my time but now that the older three are in school I’ve totally lost my mommy mojo. I would love a some fresh inspiration. Thanks!

  9. I am a full-time working mom of a 17 month old. I find it increasingly difficult to work full time and take care of my child and everything at home. We are in the process of paying off our debt and saving money so that there will be a possibility in the future of being a stay at home mom (hopefully by the time child #2 comes along!).

    I would love this book. I think it would help me in the transition.

    Both of you have great blogs ladies!

  10. What a lovely book! I’ll be requesting it from my library!

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  11. I would love this book, thanks for the opportunity!

  12. Nothing I love more than a new book and a highlighter pen! Especially if the book is so good I practically highlight the whole thing. This one sounds like that kind of book.

    Southern Gal´s last post…My sister, Michele

  13. Oh, I would love to read this book.

  14. I am mother of 6 and you should think I would have all of it figured out already. But it is always good to hear new ideas how to organize a household and especially how to keep that balance!

  15. I’m a new mom to a 6 month old baby girl. I love being a SAHM, but I feel the need to organize our day and home life. I have this book on my Amazon wishlist, but would LOVE to get a free copy :)

  16. Denise C. says:

    I am a SAHM of 2, an almost 4 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl.
    How is it that I’ve never come across Jamie’s blog? Great stuff!

  17. I am so dying to read this!!!

    se7en´s last post…Sunday Snippet: All Things Bright And Beautiful… A GiveAway Winner.

  18. I have heard lots of great things about this book and I can’t wait to read it!

  19. I love parenting books of all sorts, but I particularly appreciate those with very specific, concrete things I can apply immediately. This book sounds great.

    Jaimie´s last post…A Simple Winter Walk

  20. Where have I been? I haven’t even heard of this book until now. Sounds very, very useful!
    Thanks for the chance to win Ü

  21. I have heard so many good things about this book :) am looking forward to reading it, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  22. I would LOVE to read this book! I have two boys (three and one) and just found out I’m pregnant with my third! You’d think I’d have the Mommy thing down by now, but I’m always finding out new things and new ways to do things better for my family. I am a bit nervous to bring a third child into the mix (I haven’t mastered two yet!) I need this book! Look forward to reading it!

  23. Jackie @ Lilolu says:

    I love Jamie and her blog. Her story is quite inspirational. Sorry for throwing that word around again but she truly is.

  24. Sounds great! I’d love to read this!

  25. Great giveaway! This book looks great!

  26. The book sounds great! I think would love it!

  27. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I simply cannot wait to read your book!

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  28. As a stay-at-home mom, I think I would find this book a great encouragement. :) Thank you for the opportunity!

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  29. My best friends are all pregnant, I’d love to give this to one of them (aka put it in their library for when I’m sitting for them during naptime!)

  30. Oh, pretty please. I would love this!

  31. I would love to read this book. I could use some renewed vision and purpose! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  32. Pick me please! :)

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  33. I would love to read this book.

    Thanks for sharing

  34. Sounds like a wonderful book! I will have to check it out for sure :)

  35. Today is my wife’s birthday and that sounds like a great gift for her. She takes care of our wonderful little men with another one on the way so l ideas are welcome ideas. Thank you for doing the giveaway

  36. I am a new “Bonus” Mom to two beautiful little girls so I’m in learning mode. I need all the help I can get! :)

  37. Please, please, please :) I really need a book to tell me how to get balanced. Mornings are hectic, evenings are chaotic and I only have 1 child! Help!

  38. Sounds exactly like what I need to read!!!

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  39. sounds like I could stand to incorporate this into my home schooling days!

  40. I was thrown into being a SAHM when I was laid off last year. I love being home with my 3yo daughter, but some days are tough for both of us. Sounds like a good read. We could all use some validation and encouragement sometimes.

  41. I’m always seeking inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Sounds like a great book. Exactly the kind of things I have been struggling with. I can’t wait to read it!

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  43. Sounds like a great book!

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  44. Stephanie says:

    I’m actually in a very similar situation to what you described- new stay at home mom, no other friends with kids. I would be so excited to win this book, I can use all the help I can get :)

  45. Short chapters and no fluff for busy moms? Count me in, please!

  46. I am really looking forward to reading this book…

  47. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for your wonderful review.

  48. I’ve been enjoying Steady Mom for a long while, and am looking forward to reading the book!

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  49. I love a good book!

  50. Can’t wait to see this one! Sounds like just the thing I need :)

  51. Count me in!

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  52. I have seen this book reviewed in about 4 different places now and I think I am convinced I should get a copy – winning it would of course be great, but either way I think I need to read it. One of the things you said Rachel that convinces me is that it’s not just for stay at home moms. I am not usually at home…although I am about have a year off for maternity leave and as much as I am looking forward to our new arrival in May, I am slightly terrified about how (after the newness starts to settle in!) I will make it through the long days being the kind of mother I want to be to two little ones! I have enough trouble staying steady with one for a few hours every day, that at times, the thought of two makes me want to hide in a corner and cry. Maybe some realistic ideas are exactly what I need to gain some confidence back!

  53. Hubby and I have our first one on the way, would love to get a head start preparing to be a SAHM! :o)

  54. I love her blog and would love to read her book!

  55. Motherhood isn’t in the cards at our house right now. But this is the very thing I think about. I would love to give it to a dear friend that I think struggles a little internally with this issue that I cannot quite relate to well enough.
    Thank you ladies.

    Katie at´s last post…10 Things You Can do for the Environment

  56. With two at home this would be a great resource to have on hand.

  57. loved the video. especially hearing Jamie’s voice. I’d love a copy of this book.

  58. I’ve been following Jamie on Steady Mom and thinking that this is a book that should be on my reading list.

  59. Would love this!

  60. If I don’t win this, I’ll definitely have to put it on my reading list.

  61. Would love more ideas on finding balance and motherhood.

  62. i’ve been hearing only good things about this book. i’m excited to give it a read.

  63. This looks great. I am going to subscribe to her blog as well. Thanks for the review.

    Rachel´s last post…Out With the Old, In With the New, and Keeping a Few Good Ones

  64. This looks like a good resource; I’ll be adding this book to my wish list, and adding her blog to my google reader.

  65. This looks fabulous!

    Emily @ The Pilot’s Wife´s last post…One Thousand Gifts: 38-50

  66. I would love to win this book! I’m going to check out her blog, too.

  67. I am a working mother of three and need some inspiration for the weekends and weeknights to keep organized and keep the ideas flowing. Thanks for the post.

  68. I think this is the book I need. I had gotten pretty good at being a working mom, but I just started staying home and I haven’t developed any kind of rhythm yet.

  69. Nothing like a give away to draw out the lurkers. :) “Steady” is a word that definitely does not describe me right now, nor does it describe my first decade of being a SAHM, but it is where I’d love to be. So with a “tail end” toddler in our life now, I need to seize the opportunity… Thanks for all your wonderful tips and for this give away!

    P.S. Tried out the new scarf tying technique and love it! :)

  70. This book sounds great! I hope I win!

  71. Wow “Steady Days” sounds amazing, I can’t wait to have my own super-highlighted copy!! :-D

  72. Always love to read books…esp ones that get you “highlighting”!! Off to visit her blog!

    Jamie´s last post…On My Mind….

  73. I really want to win!!

  74. Great give-away! It sounds like this book would be perfect for me right now… I’m staying home with my boys for a while, and I’m losing the battle with clutter, and patience, and inspiration…

  75. I’m hearing great things about this book. I would love to read it! sylviarj at yahoo dot com

  76. this book sounds amazing. I LOVE her blog!

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  77. mrs. biscuit says:

    I keep hearing about this book on various blogs I subscribe to….it sounds amazing! Can’t wait to check it out.

  78. this book sounds right up my ally, none of my other sahm friends really take this approach to their lives but I do and couldn’t be happier. Can’t wait to read this book!

  79. Jenni at My Web of Life says:

    It’s funny but I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately. I am a SAHM who is pretty loosey-goosey with my day-to-day goals. I’ve recently come to the realization that if I were to evaluate my effort as if it were a job, I would most likely be fired! I don’t want to be ‘all business’ but I definitely need some more solid goals for the business at home. This book sounds like a great step in the right direction.

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  80. Ideas that will encourage my near three year old to play more independently?! Good grief. I’m sold!

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  81. Who among us couldn’t use a little inspiration, right? Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. This book sounds awesome!! I could use a little help!

  83. i look forward to reading this book, regardless of whether or not i am fortunate enough to win this give-away! thank you!

    nicola´s last post…fitting in and trying something new

  84. I would love this book! I think it would help me with my days!

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  85. This sounds like a great book!

  86. Sounds like a lovely book.

  87. I heard about this book on Simple Mom, and it sounds like just what I need–some simple, no-nonsense advice about finding some balance in my days so I can feel like I’m giving my kids my best. Would love it!

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  88. Oh my goodness, this book would come in SO handy right now! I am really feeling the need for some sort of balance to come into our lives–or maybe just some focus for this SAHM! Either way, this is definitely going on my reading list.

  89. This looks like a great book! I’m not quite a mom yet, but hope to be very soon. Might as well hit the ground running, right?

  90. Looks like an excellent tool for the busy mom. I’d love a copy!

  91. This book sounds AWESOME!

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  92. I’d be thrilled to win this!

  93. This book sounds right up my alley! Since the birth of my first child last year I’ve been very keen on being intentional in the way I raise her and in the ways I nurture our home environment. I’d love to see Jamie’s perspective.

  94. this looks like a great book, I’m not a mother yet, but my sister is and i’d love to give her this book to hold on to till we’re ready.

  95. It would be great to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Thx for the giveaway, from one SAHM to another :) Mom to 2 boys – 3.5 yrs & 8.5 mths. Any little bit of help I can get to organize my days is welcomed!!

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  97. I would love to win a copy of this book…

  98. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  99. This book is definitely on my “to read” list!

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  100. Just what I need!

  101. Please enter me! It looks like a great book!

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  102. I would love to win! I’ve started following her blog and love what she has to say.

  103. I don’t even think I’d mind getting a highlighted copy! LOL! I would love to win her awesome book!

  104. I need a win. This sounds perfect. :o)

  105. I would love to read this book. I am not a SAHM, however, I work full time with Moms that do stay at home and I would love to read about the ideas that are in this book. I think the ones you shared are great and the Moms I work with would benefit as well. Thanks again for this opportunity to enter another great contest.

  106. Would love this book. Currently I’m a fulltime working mom but hope to be a full time mom oneday.

  107. Thank you for your review, Rachel. I’ve read Jamie’s blog a little bit and especially remember her post about cleaning which I found wonderfully refreshing and a good perspective. I’d love to win a copy of the book. I do work but would love some direction to help me have happy days when I’m home with the kids (like today!).

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  108. Sounds like a great book!

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  109. I can’t wait to read this!!

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  110. sam rhoades says:

    I wouldn’t mind a highlighted copy either! if I am not a winner, would someone consider loaning me theirs? I long for consistency and joy in my parenting. thank you for writing!

  111. This book looks like a good one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  112. That sounds like a book that I would love to read. Will also check out her blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  113. I would love this book! I’m a full time mom and I feel like I spend most of my days trying to figure out what to do.

  114. I’m also subscribed to Steady Mom, and was interested in the book before, but you make it sound even more intriguing. Since I will be joining the mother crowd in 3 months, I’d be excited to read this!

  115. I just discovered her blog this past weekend and I immediately subscribed. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity

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  116. I’m at home w/ 2 daughters right now. I would love to read this book, it sounds like just what I’m looking for in my life right now!

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  117. Crossing my fingers to win!

  118. This book looks so interesting. Can’t wait to read it!

  119. I have heard great things about this book and would love a copy of my very own. Thanks:)

  120. I just read about her book yesterday at Simple Mom. It sounds like I may need to read it! With three toddlers under 3, I can use all the help I can get!

  121. This sounds great! Going to check our library catalog just in case I don’t win :).

  122. Courtney K. says:

    This book sounds like the inspiration I need with a 3 year old and another one on the way. :)

  123. I am due with my first child, a boy, in May. I would love to win this book so I can go ahead and start implementing things as soon as he is born. :)

    Leann´s last post…24 Weeks

  124. Pick me! Pick me! :) Can you tell how un-steady I am?

  125. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  126. I love reading Steady Mom the blog- I can’t wait to get her book as well!

  127. I love Jamie’s blog and would be honored to win her book!

  128. I would love to read that book :)

  129. sounds really interesting!

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  130. I would love to read that book!

  131. I am so excited to read this book! I don’t know if I can wait to see if I win. I want to read it right now!

  132. I just subscribed to her blog too! Love reading your blog. It has been a great inspiration to me!

  133. what a great idea. being out of work for several months now I’ve been frustrated by my seeming inability to create a schedule and smooth day for my son and me…this would really help with that. I’m going to check the library for a copy too.

  134. As a former preschool teacher I tend to think I need to constantly engage my twin toddlers throughout the day. Turns out, that leaves no time for me. Looks like this book could help a lot!

  135. Wow…the book sounds great! I am sure I’d be right htere next to you with my highlighter and pencil amking notes in the margins. I love to “inspire” people with great new ideas. It’s all about being true to who you are and discovering your purpose in life. It’s a journey!

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book :)

  136. ooo! ooo! me! me!

  137. I am longing to read this book! I am a stay at home mom. Have twin toddlers boys & 2 teenagers. Need to get my hands on this a.s.a.p.

  138. As a new stay-at-home mom, this book sounds like it could help me find the balance I’ve been looking for.

  139. I’ve stayed at home too with my twins. After the initial shock was over I started applying the things I’ve learned at my corporate job, as a manager and as a team member. I have to say that things got a whole lot better after I’ve realized that I have power and that I can actually give purpose to our days. The kids seem to strive in our (very) structured environment, they love the security of it. Also, they can deal with spontaneous events and me needing to go, because they know that I will be back.
    I love reading your blog for all the great, practical ideas. I am certain that this book deserves your praise too.

  140. In my job as a school based administrator I managed a staff of 35 + employees and 500+ students. How come I can’t get it together with “only” two young boys at home? This transition from career woman to SAHM is WAY harder than I expected! I would love to become a professional mom in the same way I was a professional career woman! I will definitely be purchasing this book if I don’t win it! Thanks for the chance!

  141. Just what I need as I am sitting in my PJ’s drinking coffee and reading blogs at 10:30am! Yikes, I could use some motivation right about now!

  142. Help! Trying to homeschool bright 9yo while surviving devastatingly cute but serious handful 4yo – I need this book! I am not organized by nature, much too right-brained for it to come naturally, but I can be taught. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  143. Wow- totally what I am looking for! Whether I win or not, I need to get this book :) !!

    thanks for everything

  144. I am excited to read this book, and I think it will end up being a good gift to other moms as well.

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  145. My children are all grown, but I would love to give this book to my daughter who is a stay-at-home mom. It looks like a wonderful book!

  146. I would LOVE a copy of this book. I’ve really been feeling like I need to be more intentional about time with my 18-month old – balancing her independent play/my household chores with instructive time and good ol’ snuggling.

  147. As an expectant mom, student teacher, and future SAHM, I’m sure Steady Days has tons of info to help me figure out this next phase of my life!

  148. I work full-time out of the home, which makes our weekends and holidays jammed packed with all of “to-do’s” and as well as entertainment for my 3.5 year old and 15 month old. Neither of my kids plays independently too well, so I’d love any help we can get.

  149. Oh my goodness, that sounds like such a wonderful book! I sure hope I win.

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  150. I would love to have this book…as a SAHM of 5 young boys I am always looking for inspiration and new ideas!

  151. Claire Tudor says:

    I’m a former stay at home mom, now back at work. Sounds like this book would be great for me. In the limited time I have with the kids now, I struggle with being productive and being a steady maternal presence.

  152. This sounds like a wonderful book! Being a mommy for the first time at my age (46) has been quite a challenge when it comes to trying to balance my life. I feel like everyone else has a secret decoder ring or something and I am out of the loop!

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  153. I am very intrigued. I have searched, tried, suceeded and failed as most of us do at this profession(or any other for that matter).

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  154. This looks like a great book. My husband and I are expecting our first in May and I plan on quitting my job to stay home with our little one. I would really enjoy reading this book.

  155. Julia Mueller says:

    My kids are grown, but this would be a great gift for my daughter who has two little boys. Thanks!

  156. Woo hoo, another give away for this book! I keep entering hoping that I’ll win! I subscribe to both of your blogs :)

  157. I’m attempting to be a mom while attempting to hold down a professional job outside the home, as well. I need help! I can’t wait to get my hands on it (but will subscribe to the blog until then)! Thank you!

  158. I am very excited about this book!!

  159. That book sounds wonderful! I would LOVE to win a copy!

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  160. I have two kids three and under. I would love to read this book to help keep my days in perspective.

  161. I would love to get a copy of this book. I would love to be a stay at home mom, especially with a second child on the way, but we just can’t make that happen right now. I feel like a horrible mother working full time because I am always so tired or feel like I need to get other things done besides play or interact with my daughter. I know she is bored and needs more of our attention….I just don’t know how to balance everything. I really think this book would help me. Thanks!

  162. Teresa Hayes says:

    I am the grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren. If I should win a copy of this book, I would give it to my daughter-in-law because I know it would be an “inspiration” to her.

  163. Mum used to say “If only I had the books available to me that you have darling, I would have enjoyed mothering so much more”. Thirty years later I don’t want to hear myself saying the same thing to my sons and their wives. I did have the advantage of good books to see what I could do better but none were encouraging; they insisted, corrected and criticised. How wonderful it is to find out you are doing a good job, you are worth a rest, your ideas are perfect, and you can celebrate having littlies without the nagging feeling that you could always be doing more more more.

  164. Oh, I am a great fan of SteadyMom. I am so looking forward to reading her book. I was gushing with jealousy, scratch that, with joy and enthusiasm for you in that shot above, reading in peace and comfort and reflecting on your parenting. Love the giveaway idea!

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  165. This sounds like a great book! I would love to have a copy. Thanks for the chance to win it! Have a great day!

  166. This sounds like a book I would absolutely love and read time and time again. I have a full-time job as well as going to school to finish my Masters degree…I feel like the little amount of time I get to spend with my kids needs to be quality time. I think this would help so much!

  167. I would love to win this book. Thank you!

  168. Thanks for the chance for the book.

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  169. Tiffany H. says:

    This book sounds great. Thanks for sharing your find with us and for the giveaway.

  170. Love the whole premise to the book! Love your blog! Thanks for all you do!

  171. I would love a copy of this book! My husband and I are not yet parents, but we are currently trying to begin a family. I’m slowly realizing that despite the fact I have a bachelor’s degree & I’m halfway done with a master’s degree, I know nothing about being a mother. Shouldn’t there have been a class on parenting somewhere along the way??

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  172. This book looks like exactly what I need!

  173. Sign me up, because let me tell you, trying to work full time, take care of the house, the critters and be a Mom is anything but STEADY in this house :)

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  174. I could really use a copy of this book!!! : )

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  175. I’d love a copy of this!!

  176. I would love to have a copy of this book! It sounds like exactly what I need.

  177. WOW! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this book! Sign me up!

  178. knmkendall says:

    This looks like a TERRIFIC book! Thank you for the giveaway. I SO need this right now for my growing family!!

  179. Sounds like a great book!!

  180. Sounds awesome! Would love, love a copy!

  181. Love her blog….would love to have her book!

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  182. Just hoping to win. :)

    Amy´s last post…Regarding my silence

  183. I would love to win this book- it sounds so helpful and practical.

  184. As I am about to become a mama in 2 weeks +/-, I would love the opportunity to have this book :)

  185. I’m a home/health care provider, working with children. Not only could *I* use/benefit from this book, but I have in mind one particular mom who really, REALLY needs some help. This sounds as if it would be wonderful – for me and her, both, but for her to keep for reference/referral. Thanks for posting the link/information!

  186. This sounds wonderful! I am not familiar with her blog but will be checking it out now.

  187. Hi,
    I’m a stay at home grandmom. I watch my grandson 4 days aweek for my daughter. This book looks like it would be VERY helpful.

  188. Commenting, commenting, commenting!
    Both my sisters are having babies right now!

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  189. I love reading with a highlighter! Frequently I feel as though the days just fade away and I miss opportunities to fully connect with my role as a mother. Would love a copy this book.

    Kim´s last post…he loves us

  190. This sounds like a wonderful book! My kids are a little older now, so I would love to gift this to one of 3 nieces who have babies on the way! Thanks for the great give-away!

  191. I really want to read this book, hopefully I’ll win one! Otherwise, on to amazon:)

  192. I’m a new mom and I know this book would come in handy! I’d sure love to win a copy!!

  193. I’m reading my copy of this now, but would love to win one to give to a mom friend! You’re right that it has so much good stuff in it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  194. This book sounds great! I am mom who is trying to cut back on hours at work (I work part time now) and get to home full time, this sounds like a great addition to the journey! Thanks for the opportunity!

  195. One of my favorite compliments I have ever received was a couple of months ago when someone said I was like a professional mother!! I loved it so much that “professional mother” is what I now put on forms that ask for my occupation!! I love to see someone else using that term!! Can’t wait to read this book–even if I don’t win the giveaway. :)

  196. Sounds like a great book!

  197. This book sounds like exactly what i need!

  198. Sounds like a really good book! I’m not a mother, but my best friend is a stay-at-home mom with a 2 year old son, and she’s currently pregnant with their 2nd child (another boy due in April!). I’ve spent time at their house, and I’m always amazed by her energy. I’ll definitely look into getting this book for her! I’m sure she could use it :)

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  199. What a great guide for any woman!

  200. I’m intrigued by what I’ve heard about this book and can’t wait to read it, whether I win a copy or buy a copy.

    Cindy´s last post…Switching Furniture…Again

  201. Why amongst us couldn’t use the inspiration? What a great giveaway.

  202. Thank you for the new blog to read. This sounds like the sort of thing that could help me day to day.

  203. Great giveaway!! This sounds like the kind of book I need to read, even if I don’t win. ;) I stay at home with my two little girls, and I have a hard time getting it all done. :)

  204. I am really excited about this book, the more I hear about it! Definitely going to add it to my “to buy” list (if I don’t win a copy!) :)

  205. As a stay at home mom to two little ones (19 & 3 mos), I KNOW how hard it can be to “kill time” and actually try and get things done around the house. We are not always our best. Thanks so much for the review on this, I can’t wait to see some of the suggestions. I’m also a freak about highlighting my materials. :)

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  206. This sounds like just the thing I’ve been looking for. With three crazy kids and another on the way, I need help solidifying our schedule and creating some more peaceful routines.


    Heather´s last post…A Word of Advice for Husbands

  207. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book, and it sounds great!

  208. I am a stay at home mommy of 3 little ones, and of course, I would love a little help. This book looks like it will be an amazing read. Thanks for the suggestion!

  209. This sounds like a great book, very applicable to where I’m at in life right now! I would love to win a free copy!

  210. This book sounds great ~ I’d love to win a copy.

  211. This sounds like a really great book. I hope I’m a winner!

  212. This would be awesome :)

  213. This book looks wonderful!

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  214. Wow, sounds like just the right book for me!

    punkinmama´s last post…Project 365: 2010

  215. This book sounds like the kind of inspiration that I need! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

    Rachel´s last post…12FOR2010: Pantry Part One

  216. I’d love to win this book–I need all the help I can get!

  217. vermontmommy says:

    Oooh, please put me down in this lottery. I just did a check at the libraries in McKinney and they don’t have it yet. What is up with that? :)

    Thank you.

  218. Thanks for offering this giveaway! I would love to win a copy of this book so I can follow up on some things that God has been doing in my life recently. I just finished “A Mother’s Rule of Life”, and I was convicted of sin in relation to how I handle my responsibilities at home. (The definition of sloth near the end of the book hit me right where it hurt!) Thanks for being such an encouragement to me. :)

  219. I’d love to read this one!

  220. It’s already been on my list…list of books to buy and read! It looks awesome!

    Jen Hill´s last post…better thoughts

  221. Though I have been a mom for more than 30 years, it is never too late to learn how to be a better one; especially with one still in the nest!

  222. I need this. I do.

  223. It sounds like I need to read this book!

  224. I love the idea of this book and the author’s insight into it. I would love to have a mentor in this stay at home mom profession. My mom was a single working mom, I really have no example in my life on how to do this… I’m definitely interested in this book. Maybe it is what I’ve been looking for. Sounds better than How to be a stay at home mom for dummies.

  225. Tricia Ortega says:

    Thanks for “showing” me this book. I think it’s just what the doctor ordered. I’ve added it to my soon to buy wishlist, but it would be so much better to win one ;o)

  226. I would love to win–thanks for the review and giveaway!

  227. Count me in! :)

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  228. I’d love to win!

  229. Looks like a really interesting book. Going to have to get a copy for myself if I don’t win!

  230. Me, please. I’d love a little inspiration!

  231. This sounds like a book I could REALLY use!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  232. I really enjoy your blog, it gives me a bit of perspective when things seem a little out of control. Great tip for the book, I know I’ll be buying it whether I win one or not. Thank you for a wonderful blog!

  233. Elaine Gonzalez says:

    I’m actually soo excited about this book. I’m hoping to recieve it tomorrow! If I win a copy of it I have a good friend that I would love to give it to! Thanks for doing your blog it is very inspiring!

  234. I’m a working mother with a 3 year old and 16 month old. Juggling my part time job as a physician, and FULL-time job as a mother is difficult. I’d love to live each day with enthusiasm and meaning, rather than just surviving. Thanks for the post. I’ll check her out.

  235. getting a toddler to play on his own when I get some work done- I would love to know how!

  236. Julie Anne says:

    I have REALLY been struggling with the enthusiasm part of staying at home with my kids lately… I think this book has my name on it!!

  237. That looks fantastic. Love those principals, and need help with them!!

  238. Looks like a good book!

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  239. This sounds like a wonderful book. I have a friend who is expecting her first baby in May. She is older so this will be her only child. I know she is nervous about motherhood. This would be so perfect for her.

  240. This book sounds wonderful… especially to a mom of a toddler and one to arrive any day now!

    Stephanie´s last post…Lion for a change

  241. I just discovered her blog this week, and I’ve been enjoying her archives. I’d be very excited to win a copy of her book! Thank you for the opportunity!

  242. Thanks for highlighting her work. I intend to look into the book-this sounds like a must read and a must give!

  243. I would like to enter to win this book. My kiddos are older – 16, 14, 14, and 9. I’ve homeschooled them since the beginning. I sought a lot of support when they were younger, things are busy with 3 teenagers and I don’t find as much time for moms and homeschooling groups. Sounds like this is just what I need!

  244. Sounds like a great book- inspiring purposeful living! Thanks for the review!

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  245. Jamie’s book absolutely intrigues me. It sounds so wonderful!

  246. This sounds like such a blessing! I would love to read this book! My boys are 9 and 11. We homeschool, and my husband travels quite a bit! I think this would be a great read!

  247. After browsing steady mom’s site and reading about her book I am amazed at how much Jamie’s passions and interests resonate with my life and thoughts!

  248. This book sounds amazing. I can’t wait to highlight my own copy! :)

  249. Heather C. says:

    This book is exactly what I’ve been searching for. It’s not available at my library yet, so winning a copy here would really make my day!

  250. Gina (clutterpunk) says:

    II could so do with some sound advice in this department. I’m going to check Jamie’s blog out now… All new to me.

    Gina (clutterpunk)´s last post…decluttering my approach to craft, 2010

  251. I would love a copy of this book!

  252. Twenty three years ago after a move away from all of our friends and family, so my husband could start a new job, I became a Stay At Home Mom. I always felt extremely blessed to be at home with our children fulltime and did think of myself as having the best and the hardest job of all. I love the term intentional professional motherhood! It is an apt description of how I felt. I look forward to reading this book and intend to pass it along to my daughters when it’s their term to take on the role!

  253. This book would be so very helpful. I think I’ll check out the web site, too!

  254. I have been in desparate need of some inspiration and it looks like this book is full of it. Thanks for having the giveaway!

    Sarah´s last post…On saddles, handles and muffins

  255. This book is on my list of books to read!

    I am also looking forward to a printed “Small Notebook” copy. I hope you’ll make a book some time soon. Your blog is my inspiration!

  256. Wow! This book sounds wonderful! thanks!

  257. I’ve heard so much about this book and I REALLY want a copy! :)

  258. Love the morning books idea. TY.

  259. This sounds great, I don’t think it matters how old your child is, these ideas are very useful.

  260. Sarah pjs says:

    Wow – the book looks like a great resource. I always feel both way over-qualified and way under-qualified for this mom “job.” Thanks for the give away opportunity!

  261. Wow. I previewed the book on Amazon and I like it. I may even buy it if I don’t win. Off now to check out her blog. Thanks. – Dawn

  262. What excellent principles – for the book premise, for motherhood, and for life in general.

    Excited about the possibility of winning this book. Thank you for the chance!

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  263. Even if I don’t win this, I’m interested in the book. Thanks for the post!

  264. jennifer brannen says:

    i would love to read this

  265. That looks like a great book! If I don’t win it, I’ll certainly have to buy it!

    Erin´s last post…Future Tennis Star

  266. This sounds like exactly what I need to read. Definitely on my to-buy list if this freebie doesn’t work out:)

  267. This sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Holly F´s last post…Quick update

  268. Emilee Stanley says:

    This sounds great. I’d love to read it.

  269. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for entering my name.

  270. This book looks like it is a gold mine for those trying to raise kids in this busy world. If I don’t win I will be sure to look for it at the bookstore!

  271. Kylie Verdouw says:

    This book sounds like a must read. Im adding on my wishlist!

  272. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  273. Elizabeth says:

    Oooooh………..I would looooove to have this book!
    Thank you!

  274. I recently subscribed to Steady Mom (right after I discovered Small Notebook!) and I would love a copy of her book!!

  275. I really need to get my hands on a copy of this book. It sounds perfect!

  276. sounds like a great resource and a much needed resource for moms!

  277. that sounds like a great book! i work full time but am trying to figure out how to make the time i’m at home w/ my kiddos a more effective time. it’s no surprise that you have a million comments, but maybe i’ll get lucky!

  278. This sounds like a very good book. I am pregnant for the first time this book sounds like it will provide me with a lot of insight on how to be a mom.

  279. Sounds like a great book! I’ve got 2 little ones at home and I keep looking for new ideas to make this job easier and better!

  280. This book looks great – I’d love to read it!

  281. Sounds like an interesting book.

  282. stephanie says:

    Sounds like a great book! I coul use a copy and some inspiration!

  283. would LOVE to win so as to not have to wait until it’s available at the library. plus, it sounds like some of the pages are things that i’m going to want to have at my fingertips for a resource!

  284. Would love to read this book!

  285. This sounds great – thanks for offering!

  286. Sounds like a very beneficial read!!

  287. What a great looking book!

  288. i

  289. I am eagerly awaiting the release of this book! I’m planning on purchasing my own copy soon, but I sure would love to win it! What a great giveaway!

  290. This book looks great! I can’t wait!

  291. Just started reading her blog today. Lots of gems to be found! :D I wasn’t sure that I would want her book until I read your post! My highlighter is ready! :D

  292. Glad to hear about this new book. Looking forward to reading it!

  293. Always looking for encouragement and inspiration. I love being a mom and I pray I can only get better with God’s help (He has a lot of work to do in me). I’ll be adding highligthers to my shopping list this week *wink

  294. I can totally identify with Jamie’s perspective. I’ve spent so many years working hard at a career, one that in no way prepared me for the career of motherhood. I could certainly use some of her advice. Thank you for hosting the giveaway, Rachel!

    Shannon @ Anchormommy´s last post…The secret is out!

  295. I read both of your blogs and would love to own this book as a stay-at-home mom of two under three.

  296. I would LOVE to win this book….it sounds incredible!! My main goal for 2010 is to “be intentional” with every area of my life. From my spiritual walk with God, to my free time, to my parenting. Everything. I think this book would really help me with the parenting part! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  297. I have heard so much about this book, I want it! I can’t wait to share some of the message with the moms I coach!

  298. Love her blog and would love to read her book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  299. i would love to read this book!

  300. I just started subscribing to her blog last week after hearing about her book and would LOVE to win it!

    Diana (Ladybug Limited)´s last post…Word for 2010: Intentional

  301. I’ve been entering to win this on every blog I come across that’s giving it away! :)

  302. AlaskanAndi says:

    Sounds amazing! ;-D

  303. It sounds like a great book and I’d love to read it. I, too, have tried on other giveaways for this book.

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  304. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I’d love to read this, I’m always looking for new ideas for our family!

  305. that definitely sounds like a book that would be helpful to me right about now. thanks!

  306. I’d love to win, hopefully it is alright that I am international.

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  307. Thank you for sharing your life!

    Sheri´s last post…Little man’s new digs

  308. Wow! I could really use some guidance in my day-to-day life. I just had my second baby and the balancing act has been taken to a whole new level. Can’t wait to read Jamie’s book!

    Thanks for all the great resources you provide here!

  309. This looks like a wonderful book. As a full-time at home mom to two little ones, I am always looking for tips to make our lives together more fun, more meaningful and more efficient. This book looks like it would really help in all of those areas! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  310. Wow this does sound like a wonderful book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  311. As a full-time employee, wife, and mother of three, I’m always looking for ways to keep life organized and simple. This book looks great. Thanks for hosting a give-away!

  312. You couldn’t have posted about this book at a better time! I’ve been working in a very rewarding career for about ten years, but my husband and I are hoping to start a family very soon. We really believe that I should stay home with our child; however, I am concerned that I won’t view motherhood as my career, that I won’t enjoy the lack of structure, that I won’t even like cooking, cleaning and organization. I think this book would help me! And, Rachel, maybe you could do a post sometime about women who do make the transition to stay-at-home and how they overcame their fears about it?

  313. I’d love to read this and share it with a few friends.

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  314. I work full time and have my 3 y/o old and 11 mo old in full time daycare. I would love to be able to stay home when we’re ready for baby #3, but worry that I couldn’t handle the intensity. I’m anxious to read this!

  315. I never seem to have steady days with teenagers. It would be nice to have some ideas on that front. :)

  316. This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love it check it out!

  317. That sounds like a wonderful book. I’m adding it to my library list, though a free copy would rock! Going to check out the blog now :)

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  318. This book sounds great. I think as my kids are getting a little older I want to focus on making memories. So that part of the book might be helpful.

  319. I’m a mom of a 10-month struggling to get through each day. I could definitely use some help with organization, and this book looks like just what the doctor ordered! =)

  320. What an awesome gift to mothers!
    Blessings on the journey!

  321. The book sounds like the book I’ve been trying to find for the past 2 years when I became a stay-at-home mom. Thanks for sharing!

  322. This book sounds great! Sign me up.

  323. Sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks :)

  324. Would definitely love to read this book!

  325. I just got finished subscribing to the Steady Mom blog!!

  326. This book sounds so great. I would love to read a copy.

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  327. I would love to win.

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  328. This book sounds like something I really need to read.

  329. I´m really curious about Jamie´s concept of “the professional mother” – my mom was a SAHM and I´ve always referred to her as a “professional mom” or the “Director of Home Operations”. I´m not a full-time SAHM myself, but I do have a lot of flexibility in my schedule which is great. The book “Steady Days” sounds like it could help maximize our time together as a family, and help us get more of it.

    i´ll will definitely check out Jamie´s blog, and keep my fingers crossed in the hopes of winning a copy of her book!

    All my best, Therese

  330. Sounds like a great way to make balancing enjoyable and effective. Would love to read it!

  331. WHOO HOO! I’d love to snag a signed copy of this book – I want to make sure I continue in mothering excitement as my little girl grows and we (Lord willing!) have more kiddos and I am sure this book would be an encouragement.

  332. I’d love to win!

  333. I am big fan of and I would love to get a signed copy of this book.


  334. This book is fantastic. I have known Jamie for the past few years, and I’ve so enjoyed being inspired by her authentic and professional approach. The book is so practical and so perfectly written for those of us trying to juggle many things in our busy days. Each time I reread the book, I am able to gain new insights and tools to use at home.

  335. Sounds like a great book for me. I would love to be able to recommend it to the Mom’s group at our church.

  336. The book sounds wonderful. After three years of being a mamma, I find that I need inspiration and motivation as much now as in those first few weeks.

    Amber´s last post…Motivated

  337. Hi Rachel, this sounds like a great giveaway, well done! I havent been home to my lovely home in the hills in the beautiful north-west of Ireland because I started visiting family before Christmas and then I became snowed-out!
    First we visited my eldest bonus daughter who was heavily pregnant with her first child and then stayed with my elderly mum for the Christmas. I am now back with my beautiful bonus daughter (my husband’s eldest girl) and our gorgeous new grandson who was one week old last night!
    We are lucky enough to be able to stay with her for the next two weeks at least to have fun and help her get back on her feet and get a routine settled – yeah right! Routine and first baby? Well, let’s see what happens. Meanwhile I am so blessed to be able to enjoy this wonderful young woman and my new grandson!

  338. Thanks for the review of the book – & the link to her site! It sounds so wonderful. I look forward to some balance as my teeter-totter is a little lop-sided.

  339. We are just beginning our parenting journey and this book looks like a great resource!

  340. This book looks great and just up my alley! Great giveaway!

  341. I need to get organized. For real, get organized and stay that way…

  342. I am a flybaby, but still looking for tips on organization and motherhood.

  343. I need something, that’s for sure!

  344. My family is changing to a single-parent one…I need all the tools I can use!

  345. Stephanie says:

    I would love, love, love a copy!

  346. I would love to read this!

  347. I just stumbled upon her site and would love to read this book. It seems to fit exactly what I have been thinking about recently.

  348. Jessica Brammer says:

    This looks like a great book!

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  349. I entered another giveaway for this book and didn’t win. So excited to have another opportunity here. Thank you!

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  350. Sounds like something I need to read!

  351. I went to her blog, it looks like a great book. It just might get me to make that home management book I have been procrastinating on.

  352. Sounds like a great read! Thanks.

    Karin @ madebyk´s last post…three words for 2010

  353. I am so excited to read this book!

  354. Kathy in IN says:

    I’ve been drooling over this book ever since I saw it on several blogs. :) It would be wonderful to read it!

  355. can’t wait to read this book! it sounds wonderful!

  356. Sandra Gonzales says:

    Moms rock!

  357. I would love to win this. It looks great!

  358. Marilyn Trudel says:

    This book is most definitely on my wish list!!!

  359. I would love a copy of this book!!

  360. This is definitely a book I need to read!

  361. This book looks exactly like what I need in my life right now…thank you for posting about it!

  362. I NEED this book! I’ve got to get a copy either by winning it or by buying it! My children need me to have this book!

  363. claudia f. says:

    I would love, love, love a copy of this book!

  364. This book sounds great!

  365. I SO want to read this book. I’ve wanted to buy it, but my husband and I are on a tight budget right now. So I’m saving my pennies, nickels and dimes!