Wednesday, March 19, 2014

{Book Review} Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom's Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All by Jordan Reid

Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom's Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All
by Jordan Reid
Publisher: Running Press
Released: March 25th 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Parenting
How I got it: NetGalley creator Jordan Reid was a little nervous about becoming a mother. "In my experience,” she writes, "you know what happens when you hold babies? They cry. And it immediately becomes clear to all present that you have terrible parental instincts and should never be allowed to come into contact with children—ever.”

But in October 2011 Reid became a mother herself, and over the first year of her son’s life the writer and media personality not only figured out a thing or two about parenting, but also learned how to navigate an entirely new lifestyle while still maintaining a sense of self.

Part memoir, part commiseration, and part how-to guide on fashion, beauty, home d├ęcor and entertaining for the new mom, Ramshackle Glam offers something fresh for the �new mother's bookshelf: concrete advice on how to care for yourself in the post-partum days, weeks, and months. A deeply personal exploration of the realities of modern-day parenthood (Reid covers topics ranging from post-partum depression and marital struggles to pets who immediately transform from your beloved best friends into Those Things That Wake Up Your Child), Ramshackle Glam is also filled with straightforward, fun, and easy lifestyle tips, including how to dress for your post-partum shape, tricks for rearranging your home so it works with an infant as well as your tastes, and strategies for getting your makeup done in five minutes flat with one hand while keeping that bouncy chair going with the other.

Reid’s spot-on advice combined with her trademark intimacy, wit, and (often aching) honesty make Ramshackle Glam a must-read for any woman in search of a candid account of how to handle enormous life changes with humor, grace . . . and a little bit of glam.

Review: I'm not a new mom, but I wish I'd had this book when I was one. It's a great real world guide to being a new mom, yet also has great tips for moms who have been at it for a while. I really liked the make-up tips and advice to just go with what works. Even though my kids are older I tend to gravitate toward easy outfits and hair-dos.
Some of the advice is the same old that is in every book, but then it's good advice like to take time for yourself and hubby. Don't over do it, the dishes can wait ( I loved this advice, hate dishes). I also liked the information about stuff, babies really don't need much yet for some reason we believe they do. I could relate to a lot of the stories in the book about how Ms Reid reacted to things and situations. I really found this book amusing as well as informative. Ms Reid's writing style is both humorous and real, without being over bearing and pushy like some parenting books. While it does offer advice on taking care of your child, it's focus is more on taking care of you both before and after childbirth.
I know two women who will be having children in the near future and will be recommending this book, if I don't get it for baby shower presents.

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