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Great Summer Reading Giveaway!

Folks, there's power in numbers. Usually I use what little power I have for evil, but 20+ of my blogging friends and I have banded together, and just this once they've convinced me we should use our combined powers for the forces of good.

Specifically, for your good - assuming you like reading, summer, being cool, and looking good while you're at it.

We've snagged an amazing HUGE prize package for y'all, just to say thanks for hanging out with us this summer, and to make sure your summer continues to rock your socks. So keep reading to see what we're giving away, and then for goodness sake, enter to win!




Picture yourself poolside, or lounging on the beach. It's nice, right? But it could be better. What you need are some great books to make you laugh, and some seriously stylish summer accessories. Well, we have you covered.

First up, we're giving away six (count 'em, SIX) funny books that you probably already own because you have such great taste. But if, by chance, you've been busy reading the dictionary cover to cover or you tried to buy these and Amazon was all like, "Sorry, too slow, sucker. Sold out!" today's your lucky day!


At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles: Mostly-True Tales of an Impending Miracle is the debut novel of the amazing Paige Kellerman, of There's More Where That Came From. In it, she props her cankles up on the coffee table of your heart and tells the tale of her pregnancy with twins, from the reluctant announcement of the pregnancy test results to the experience of being hoisted awkwardly (is there any other way?) onto the delivery table. You'll be able to relate to every word, and Paige's unique storytelling style will keep you laughing, guaranteed.


Abby Still Has Issues is the second book by Abby Heugel of the award-winning blog, Abby Has Issues. It features a ton of laugh-out-loud essays that could only be plucked from that wonderfully neurotic head full of issues we all love so well. Laugh along as she admits to being smelly (it's not what you think), converses with her pants, and reveals why other countries hate us (hint: it's our eyelashes). Intrigued? YOU SHOULD BE. Because it's full of awesome.


I Just Want To Pee Alone, a hilarious collection of hilarious essays about motherhood by 37 hilarious mothers, covers every parenting topic from planning for your baby, to being driven insane by your children, to... wait, are there other parenting topics? Yes, don't be silly, of course there are. There's something for everyone in this #1 best selling humor anthology which, I don't mind saying, at one point ranked ahead of Tina Fey's Bossypants - a fact that many of the co-authors plan to have engraved on their tombstones.


Ketchup is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves by Robin O'Bryant of Robin's Chicks is full of funny stories about motherhood, sex talks, the terror of car trips, and all those eye-roll inducing, forehead-vein popping, laugh-out-loud things that bond parents together under the flag of Oh Thank Heavens, It Isn't Just Me.


Also win a copy of Adrian Kulp's hilarious book Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-Home Dad, which is based on his popular blog DadorAlive.com. With chapters like "She's Gonna Have Daddy Issues" you know this book will be funny, relatable and just a little bit twisted (in the best possible way).


And we understand that you'll need to keep the kids occupied if you're hoping to get enough time to yourself to read a book with more than eight syllables per page. That's why we're also giving away 75 Ways To Have More Fun At Home, a fantastic e-book by Anna of My Life and Kids that's absolutely bursting with activities for your kids. These are cheap-to-free, unique, realistic ideas for things that real people could and would actually do. You don't want another summer day to go by without it!


I can say, without fear of hyperbole, that you're entire summer will be a complete waste of time if you don't read these books - so in the event that you don't win this amazing prize package, check out the links and buy your own copies. You'll be glad you did.

Now, while you're enjoying these fabulous books, you want to look fabulous too, don't you? Never fear, we have that covered, too!


To keep the hair out of your face while you're reading (or while you're serving up a wicked ace on the beach volleyball court), you'll need headbands and hair ties from A Girl and Her Band. These suckers are nonslip, moisture wicking, antimicrobial and machine washable, not to mention cute as all getout. A Girl and Her Band is a company started by regular (but fantastic) mamas who support and empower active girls, and give back to the community by donating a portion of all website sales to a different charity each month. They've generously offered up three headbands of your choosing, and they're throwing in a 5-pack of matching hair ties, too! Their company makes your heart feel as good as your hair will with this essential set of accessories.

As if that weren't enough to make you look like a million bucks while you're enjoying your summer reading, you'll also get a Vera Bradley Summer Pack, which includes a Vera Bradley sarong, a small mesh tote, and a beach towel in the gorgeous Go Wild pattern.


AND, just in case we missed anything, we're throwing in a $125.00 Amazon gift card so you can treat yourself to something special (I don't know if Amazon sells fruity drinks in coconuts with little umbrellas in bulk quantities, but I'd look into that if I were you).

ENOUGH ALREADY, you say! I'm interested, so how do I enter?!?

To qualify: You must be able to read, or know someone who is willing to read to you, and live in the United States.

Recommended: Tissues, for laughter-induced tear blotting. Large-rimmed Jackie O sunglasses for increased mysterious cool factor. A few seconds of free time here and there for reading.

Required: Do the little Rafflecopter thingy. Winner will be chosen at random and notified after the giveaway closes on Sunday, July 21. If there's no response from the winner within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen and so on until I decide just to keep everything for myself. (I'm kidding, of course. OR AM I? Yes, I'm kidding.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway



I hope you enjoyed yourself while you were here - and I hope you come back! Please share inappropriate giggles with me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, or subscribe via email so you don't miss a thing!


76 comments:

  1. Wow! What a giveaway! Abby's blog is one of my favorites, and I already have her book. I'll have to check out the others on the list as well! Thanks!

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  2. Amazing giveaway! Can't wait to read those books, thanks! :-)

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  3. RandomHandprintsJuly 15, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Best.Giveaway.Ever.

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  4. What fun! I've been in a reading rut, so this is the perfect giveaway.

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  5. Holy Crap! This is the best giveaway EVER!

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  6. I can't even begin to tell you all the OTHER books I would like to pick up with that gift card! Wow!

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  7. *SQUEE* A bunch of books I've been wanting to read!! YAY!! Fingers crossed!

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  8. Giveaways rock out loud. Fingers crossed!!

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  9. Love your blog! Especially the dollhouse diaries :)

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  10. What a great giveaway!!! Would LOVE to be the winner.....

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  11. Best giveaway. EVER. You had me at free books.

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  12. Amazeballs. So much awesome in one place. I love that I could get all the books that are already on my Amazon wish list in one fell swoop! Though I do know that my three girls will end up stealing the headbands, so maybe I can use the extra money to get ones that are not nearly as "fancy" that might actually be left alone for mommy to use.

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  13. Awesome giveaway! I love to read - and laugh, plus I really need to keep my super dooper frizzy do outta my eyes! Please help!

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  14. AWESOME giveaway!

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  15. Cindy John EvansJuly 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Woohoo..I don't have to leave the house to get stuff...nice!

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  16. I can't wait until you come out with the book version of "As the Dollhouse Turns", but until then I could really use the LOLing from reading books like these.

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  17. Tara at YKIHAYHTJuly 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    You girls rock my socks off! What an amazing giveaway!

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  18. This is an awesome giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  19. Fantastic giveaway!!! I <3 the smell of new books :)

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  20. Jessica Terry BaconJuly 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I could use some new reading material for the rest of the summer!!!

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  21. Jeanne Martin KingJuly 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Sounds like a great giveaway!!

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  22. What a fun batch of books! I would love to read them all in my backyard hammock!

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  23. Lisa A. Salati-WeirJuly 15, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    What an awesome giveway!

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  24. Awesome giveaway! Someone knows exactly what I need! Can't wait to follow all the new blogs too! Thank you so much!

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  25. Shannon WhittakerJuly 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Love this giveaway!

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  26. Wow! Ton of stuff.... I always wanted something Versa :)

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  27. Wow, which book would I read first??? Would also love the Girl and her Band giveaway. They are based out of my town and my daughter lost the one I bought for her! Would love to get my hands on some more, what a generous giveaway!

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  28. Vera! Stupid autocorrect!

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  29. I really like the titles of these books. Life is about laughter!

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  30. This is by far one of the best giveaways I have seen all summer. You ladies rock, and thank you for thinking of us :)

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  31. Ohh ooh ooh! I'm almost 2/3 through a miserable pregnancy and dealing with a 2 year old who is waaaaaaay ahead of herself.. this would be the most awesome thing to look forward to!

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  32. What a great collection of books! Thanks for the giveaway!!! =)

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  33. This is a great giveaway! Even if I don't win, I have a lot of new book suggestions! Thanks!

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  34. Dang, Robyn! You are the bomb dot com! What an awesome giveaway. I would be happy to win any single one of those books, but ALL of them? And $125? And some pretty Vera Bradley goodies? You are a force of nature!

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  35. Laney @ Mom of 2 OSaurusJuly 15, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Waaaaant. I've been telling myself I don't "need" a Kindle, but I TOTALLY DO.

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  36. So excited about finding another great blog...and this raffle:)

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  37. Katelyn DziedzicJuly 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I love this! If I win, I win. If I don't win, I give the giveaway list to my husband so he doesn't have to ask me for gift ideas outright, which also counts as a win :)

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  38. Love your blog! Great giveaway!!

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  39. Thank you for the contest. What a fabulous prize!

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  40. What a great giveaway!

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  41. Woohoo! I'm feeling lucky today (and not just because I didn't have to wipe anyone's ass but my own today!!)

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  42. Shit. I spoke too soon. I really need to win.

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  43. This looks awesome! I'm (obviously) hoping I win but even if I don't, I got some books added to my to-read list :-D

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  44. Super awesome giveaway!!!

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  45. This giveaway looks amazing!

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  46. AHHH THIS IS SO AWESOME. I rarely care about giveaways but I would like this please. :P

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  47. I just liked 20 new bloggers to get a chance of winning this awesome package. Win\win, baby!

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  48. Glad I was sent over to your blog! Happy to follow you now!

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  49. This would be awesome to win!

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  50. Super excited about this one! Thanks so much - I'm a fan!

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  51. Awesome prize package!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  52. Maybe I'm not the wittiest blog on the net, but where, oh where, is the Rafflecopter linky thingy??

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  53. So much funny, it's hard to imagine reading it all.

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  54. Such an awesome giveaway, the titles alone of the books have already got me cracking up!

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  55. Abby told me to come, so here I am. Holy giveaway batman!! What a nice thing to do for your readers.

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  56. Since these books are all on my wishlist, I might as well try to get them for free, yeah?

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  57. can't wait to hide from my kids and READ!

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  58. Looks like you have some interesting choices in reading material. I could put up my hair, put a book and drink in the bag. Put on my sunshades on then stroll to the nearest shady spot and sit back , relax for a minute. Maybe day-dream about Amazon.....

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  59. Books? Cute headbands? An adorable bag? Amazon cash? Is it a giveaway or heaven?

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  60. Books and amazon?! Best giveaway ever! Other than abbeys which I have I've been meaning to read these.

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  61. bummer just get one entry since I don't have a facebook account. don't even know what it is if truth be told

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  62. I just found a new blog to read. Thanks to Teri at Snarkfest !!!!

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  63. Pick me, Pick me Robyn! Drooling over here.

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  64. I am not even a mom and I love your blog!!!!!

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  65. thanks for the book recs...they should come in handy on our road trip (from WA) to the happiest place on earth :snort: with 6 kids, 3 teens, and 3 moms in a motorhome....maybe you could throw in some wine with those books!

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  66. Love this Giveaway so much.

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  67. Such a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much!!

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  68. What a great giveaway!

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  69. When you decide to put together a giveaway, you don't fool around!

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  70. This is a great package. Choose me!!!!

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  71. Awesome giveaway! I'll have to look up more of these ladies.

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