Prudent Baby Book Review and Giveaway

October 18, 2010

Another fabulous crafter is Jaime Curtis of Prudent Baby. Perhaps you've heard of her? She is also the Los Angeles editor for Daily Candy Kids. A former marketing executive, she spent her single years exercising her passport with a backpack, a notebook, and a ticket to the local art museum before settling down and starting her family with her skateboarder husband, their daughter and their beloved dog, Puck.

Recently she has also written a book Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter and it is one of those reads that you pick up and can't stop sifting through.

It's full of those wonderful funny things in life that you don't think about but seeing them in written form makes you laugh out loud or feel wistful.
I would like to live close to Jamie me and be her friend. Although I probably wouldn't live up to all those pieces of wisdom I get the feeling she would understand. 

I thought the excerpt on the inside of her book jacket said it well. "Through modern and atypically witty, Prudent Advice overflows with insight this is occasionally time-honored (There is no substitute for baking soda), sometimes tactical (Anytime you are debating whether to shower or not, take the shower), and other times incredibly profound (When something tragic happens to someone you care about, do not ignore them just because you don't know what to say).

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts from her book. I gave my little thoughts after each one.

80 Not everyone is going to like you, and that's just fine.
Me: Ain't that the truth. I struggle with this one at times.

176 A Wrap Dress is Universally flattering
Me: No Kidding.

348 Pack a bathing suit. You never know when the opportunity to swim might present itself.
Me: I've kept one in my trunk ever since I first owned a car. And every time I've used it, it's felt soooo good.

438 Be the second person to leave the party, never the first.
Me: This is one rule I follow well.

98 If you haven't worn it in a year, give it away. Exceptions to this rule include jewelry and wedding dresses.
Me: I've done this recently. It's changed my life! And my closet space.

51 If you flip other drivers off on the road, you will usually feel stupid afterward.
Me: As a teenager I learned this one the hard way.

244 If you don't have money to buy an extravagant gift for someone special, bake!
Me: I've practiced this too. Only replace 'bake' with 'sew'.

280 The first stall is always the cleanest. I've heard that people half-consciously assume that the first stall in a public restroom is dirty and consequently skip it, so it actually remains more sanitary.
Me: GOOD TO KNOW!

242  Your future together is not a great subject to discuss on a first date.
Me: Hah! I've never done this but it made me laugh.

Thanks Jaime for writing down all those pieces of wisdom. I think I will definitely give this to my daughter to look over when she becomes a teenager.

Andrews McMeel Publishing is offering one of these lovely books to one lucky Grosgrain reader. Share these simple wisdoms with your children too. 

Grosgrain Giveaways can be entered by any ONE of three ways

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114 {comments}:

Heidi V said... Best Blogger Tips

This book looks amazing and I SO want to read the whole thing!

Andria said... Best Blogger Tips

This book sounds wonderful. I'd love to pass on this wisdom and maybe learn from it myself.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Do first commenters ever win random drawings? We'll see, I guess! :) Love Prudent Baby.

Sewfast said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great book! I would love to win it. And how did I know about this giveaway? I am a long time follower! Thanks!

andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to win this book...it looks great!

Juliette said... Best Blogger Tips

she has such a great blog!

Farah said... Best Blogger Tips

this sounds like a fun little book.

i am a follower... :)

MoveYourAsana said... Best Blogger Tips

a piece of advise I read in a book once (but cannot remember what book!!) has really stayed with me. It is something like: always remember what it was like to be young, all the joys and folly, but also remember that a young person cannot know what it is like to be grown up.
I remind myself (and my daughter) that I was her age once and can empathize with her, but, i have experience she will have to earn.

Vanessa said... Best Blogger Tips

This book is just what I need!

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely concept for a book. I would love to read this to my little girl.

becks said... Best Blogger Tips

My sister-in-law is having a baby, so this would be a perfect gift!

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becks said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a blog follower!

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Mrs. Alston said... Best Blogger Tips

this book sounds fabulous!!!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a lovely book!

J.J. said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted a link.
Thanks for the wisdom.

Ana said... Best Blogger Tips

I did read about this book on Daily Candy. It would be nice to have this cute book to pass it on to my daughters.

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a wonderful book to put on a coffee table or in a gift bag for a special friend (or daughter). :)

jhelene said... Best Blogger Tips

What a wonderful giveaway!

Sharon said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful book! Love the opportunity to win! BTW - love your new picture header with the Halloween colored ribbons! :)

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like an incredible book! I linked to my blog :-)

PinkStuff28 said... Best Blogger Tips

Please enter me ..
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Sounds amazing

MrsJoseph said... Best Blogger Tips

Even the cover is lovely. I hope I get to read the whole thing!

Serena said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun book! (I follow you.)

Leeya Engel said... Best Blogger Tips

WOuld love a chance at this one!

The Studes said... Best Blogger Tips

WHat a great book!

Susanne said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great-sounding book- thanks for the chance to win!
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Susanne said... Best Blogger Tips

...And I also now follow you on Twitter :-)
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Sandy a la Mode said... Best Blogger Tips

i totally want to win this book! it's sure got great reviews on amazon and i LOVE prudent baby's blog, so i know it must be fab!!

sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great book! Love all the advice so far!

Shawn & Holli said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a great book!

Sandy a la Mode said... Best Blogger Tips

i follow you on twitter and tweeted about it!!

http://twitter.com/#!/sandyalamode/status/27753091552

@sandyalamode

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Bobbie Mackey said... Best Blogger Tips

would love to gift this for my sister!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your blog and this book seems so awesome.

I have posted the give away on my own blog.

www.girlbytheseashore.com

Thanks a ton for this post.

lin3arossa said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a book with a high laughing factor.
I follow your blog and my link is up!
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sjw said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a fun read!

Laura said... Best Blogger Tips

I was just at a baby shower on Saturday and we all wrote letters to the baby for her to read in the future. I was thinking it would be precious to have a book of advice for the baby girl from a bunch of women who have already made mistakes and learned from them. Plus, I figure she will be more likely to believe it in the future if it's not coming from her parents.

Savannah O'Gwynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Saw this review on another blog--looks like a good read;) Thanks for the chance to win!!

Emily Cummins said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!
~Emily

emilyalaska22(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Haha, I ALWAYS use the first stall! Im a follower :-)

Farrah said... Best Blogger Tips

It sounds like a perfect gift from mother to daughter.

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips

I want this book so bad!

tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful gift to write for your daughter. And very wise advice indeed! xx

Chip said... Best Blogger Tips

How lovely!

I'm already a follower of both your blog and on Twitter. I really enjoy all you do and I have to say this looks like a lovely givaway!

I've twittered about it here: http://twitter.com/ChipmunksCorner/status/27755378953

Thanks for hosting this. I would love to read this book!

Andréann said... Best Blogger Tips

sounds really interesting!

Ray Dixon - Pure Spontaneity said... Best Blogger Tips

Sign me up for the win!

Mandy said... Best Blogger Tips

I have two daughters and this would be a real gem to have and pass on. Thanks for highlighting this great book!
(And I'm a follower)

Nina said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this book: smart, witty and so true! :)

k:io said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds fabulous!
I so, so, so want to learn from this book!

rosemaryschild said... Best Blogger Tips

I left a Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter! http://twitter.com/rosemaryschild

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

Actually, a wrap dress is absolutely not flattering to those of us with narrower shoulders than hips and smaller busts. Gapping!

Jack said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a must-have book. Thanks for reviewing it!

Luch said... Best Blogger Tips

I love her blog and can't wait to buy the book for myself and/or christmas gifts...Just Beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute book!

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win!

brookeary said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great book! I'm a follower.

Hannah said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, this book sounds like a wonderful book to have around. I'm a follower!

Mav said... Best Blogger Tips

This book looks fantastic! Please share the story of how you learned #51 the hard way. :)

Kristina said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to read this book! amace@cox.net

Tania on the Hill said... Best Blogger Tips

I WANT THAT BOOK!

Tania on the Hill said... Best Blogger Tips

Follower of this creative blog!

Paula said... Best Blogger Tips

I would so love to win this book! Please count me in, thanks!
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Paula said... Best Blogger Tips

I follow your blog
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Mands said... Best Blogger Tips

I follow the Prudent blog and the book is getting great feedback from all over the craft blog world :)

sntbosch said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a great book.
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mitubaachu said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely keepsake.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to give this book to my daughter (and to read myself)! It sounds great!

Maggie
maggie_9fc@yahoo.com

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Mav,
Actually it *is* quite a story.

I was driving on the highway to school and this SUV cut me off and I had to slam on my breaks. I gave him the finger and he slammed on his breaks in the middle of a 65mph highway and came to a complete stop almost causing me to almost hit from behind.

Then this man in business attire got out of his car and started screaming obscenities and threatening me from inside my car.

I was actually really freaked out because we were in the middle of a very busy highway. I *should* have gotten his license plate and reported him. It was a clear case of road rage.

So when I retold the story to other people I felt stupid about telling them I flipped him off. It would have been a much better story if I had just honked my horn and honestly I think this guy would have done the same thing either way.

And I felt stupid doing it too. I was only 19 and silly. It was the only thing I could think of at the time.

Nowadays I stick to the horn.

Julie @ My Life...Inspired said... Best Blogger Tips

I love good books that I can relate to and who can't relate to some wisdom every once in a while. I'd love to win and I'm also a follower!

mariainblog said... Best Blogger Tips

You know it is so funny... yours and Jamie's are 2 of my top 5 favourite blogs and a few days ago I was thinking: do they know each other...? I love them both... I wish they were friends and someday would write something together...!

I am a follower of your blog.

Thank you so much for this giveaway. I think I will LOVE her book.

Cheers,

Maria

Tawny said... Best Blogger Tips

Hehe I guess I better go out and get myself a wrap dress. Or sew one! Sounds like a terrific book :)

ritasmeeta said... Best Blogger Tips

I like sage and witty advice! And I'm a follower. Eeps, sounds like we're in the Grosgrain cult! ;)

Katheryn said... Best Blogger Tips

looks great. i want more!!

The Shumate Family said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a follower, linked and I would love this book! So funny! and TRUE!

rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

how cute!
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Raelynn said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a book we should all read at some point, even as an adult I could probably learn a few things...

shawn & bekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks great... I'd LOVE to read all the advice.

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great book! I'd love to win!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

such a good idea.

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

I would LOVE one for my girls!

Madeline said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like an awesome book!
I'm a follower! :)

Andrea!!! said... Best Blogger Tips

I have an 11 month old daughter, Ella, who is fiercely independent already - yipe! (and hooray, though she may be a tough teen, I'd be happy to raise a strong woman). Anyhow, if she won't listen to me, perhaps she'll absorb some good-to-know info through this book :)

EHC said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a big fan of prudentbaby.com and definitely enjoy her snarky/humorous writing style! sorainima@gmail.com

Nichols Family said... Best Blogger Tips

What a treasure of a book!
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Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

i recently started following her blog and would love ti have the book!

Teri said... Best Blogger Tips

I've seen a similar one for boys. I would love to win it!

Thanks for the giveaway.

Cox Famn Damily said... Best Blogger Tips

what a fun book! I'm a follower.

kiala said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I'm in :) I love your work also! I'm a follower

SašaB said... Best Blogger Tips

i love the one with swimmingsuit :)

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

Tanya-Yanata said... Best Blogger Tips

would like to read the whole thing!
following you here and there, too:))

Jillian said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fantastic idea. Thanks for the review. I love it! I now follow you on Facebook.

naomemandeflores said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like an amazing book! Thanks for the chance to win it!


Camila F.
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Patti said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a wonderful book with lots of wisdom!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to win this book. I think it has a wealth of advice that I would definitely want to give my daughter!

Chelsea said... Best Blogger Tips

From what I've read so far, I love this book! My fingers are crossed....

I'm also following.

Janel said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great collection of fun, yet profound little gems! Would love a copy for my little girl, but I know I would read it too! (And probably learn a lot...)

gsvee said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a very cool book!

becky said... Best Blogger Tips

great book!
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Jes said... Best Blogger Tips

i wish i had a book like that when i was growing up!

Libbi said... Best Blogger Tips

I follow you!

LaRae J said... Best Blogger Tips

Just before Prudent's book was published, I started a list of things to tell my daughter. (definately not the size of a book...) However, I would love to have this book so that I can add my own advice to it!

Love your blog!!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I follow your blog.

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I follow you on twitter.

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like a fun read!

Carly A said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun book!
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Misty said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun and insightful book! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Christy said... Best Blogger Tips

I've read other excerpts from the book and I think I need to own it. Fabulous.

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love a copy of this book, thanks for the giveaway.
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Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

I have been "following" your blog but just offically signed up as a follower today. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Landon and Kylie said... Best Blogger Tips

How hilarious is this? I love it!

Landon and Kylie said... Best Blogger Tips

I am a follower!
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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

soundss like a great book!

StacieLCM said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous book idea and a clever title! Oh, and I love your blog; and I just started following you on Twitter.

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

would love a copy to read.

 
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