If you are feeling overwhelmed by life or need a lift, this book is for you. Melanie Shankle pokes fun at everything from using eight pregnancy tests to verify her pregnancy to a year later going to the dentist hoping she'd have a cavity so she could get some sleep while he was filling her tooth. When Caroline was two, Melanie sat on a swing with a little dried bird poop on it. When Caroline wanted to switch swings and she saw the swing Melanie had been on, she said in her loudest voice, "Mama! Did you poop in your swing?" And then there was the Thanksgiving Caroline had the stomach flu and managed to cover Melanie not once but about a dozen times. As you laugh through each situation and there were numerous, Melanie pointed to Jesus, the one who loves us unconditionally and doesn't make mistakes. It truly is a fun book to read.
I picked this book up based on its title. What girl doesn't like jewelry? I was a bit surprised and disappointed when I found out that it was a "mom" book. Don't we have enough of those? Let's get our bling on. However, let me just say that anyone, mom or not, will love this book. Reading it will be time well spent. It is about a real person, admitting to some real things, trying her best every day. And it's FUNNY. I never laugh out loud while reading a book, but with this book, almost every other page was a LOL kind of moment. You will want to read it.
Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog, wrote this book about motherhood. It's an easy read and full of crazy tales about her family. I thought this book was a lot of fun to read. I haven't read the author's blog, but I'll have to check it out.
I wish I had read this book before I had children - Melanie made me laugh at so many things I encountered when my children were young. From before the stick turned positive, through birth and new mommy exhaustion, potty training and preschool and finally elementary school, the author makes you laugh! The only chapter I didn't enjoy was the one where she justified only having one child since I didn't feel that was necessary. I hope she has another book for the teen years.
Ohhhhh, there are no words! This is just the funniest book I have ever read. Literally from the "Preface" all the way to the "Acknowledgements", "Sparkly Green Earrings" is laugh-out-loud funny! Melanie Shankle is one talented writer who has incredible comedic timing, and her parenthetical statements are case in point. :)
Although I'm not a mother, all of my friends are young mothers and I've gone through the pregnancies, labors and child-rearing with them, and Ms. Shankle just captures it all perfectly. Impressively enough, she also has the ability to bring you to tears with the harsher realities of motherhood, like miscarriages, yet even there she's found the humor (and isn't that the key to survival?). Ms. Shankle also brings it all back to God and our relationship with Him, as parenting a child is such a good picture of His relationship, care and love for us.
All in all, the best recommendation I can give is the fact that as soon as I finished the book, I ran out and bought copies for my dearest sisters and friends. I guarantee you will NOT regret reading this book! Its my favorite of the summer so far!