I am going to start by admitting until about 5 weeks ago I didn't know who Laura Bennett was. No I don't live under a rock (not a big one anyway) we just dont' have cable. No cable, no Bravo, No Project Runway. Otherwise you know fashion loving me would have been and avid fan, and from what I have seen online in my research I would have been Laura Bennett's biggest fan (but since I don't that award goes to Melisa) However I think that was a plus because I went into this book with no preconceived ideas about who or what Laura was and I wasn't looking for anything in this book but a good read, a laugh, and maybe a tip or too. I got so much more.
Lets just start with this Laura Bennett is Fabulous (yes it warrants a capital F). She was a great pleasure to work with (so real) and her book reads like a chat with a friend, your wacky a bit eccentric friend. She is witty, sometimes irreverent, and hysterically funny. I read it straight through in 3 days straight laughing the whole way. In case, like me, you are not a fan of Project Runway and on't know who Laura is, hre is what the book flap says:
Laura Bennett wowed viewers of Project Runway's Season Three with her own politically incorrect brand of humor and sophisticated designs. She has a large and growing fan thanks to Project Runway, MSN's "Glam Squad" StyleStudio, and QVC, which sells her designs. Bennett's writes a Case Clothed comic strip for iVillage and a column for The Daily Beast. She lives in Manhattan.She is also a mom of 6, 5 (yes you read that right, five) boys.
Oh and did I mention that those 5 boys live with her, her husband, and a variety of pets in a 2 bedroom Manhattan loft? You would think she was super women, but you know what, she is just like you and me. Really. She says in her book "I have discovered one of the great secrets to being a perfect mother: there is no such thing" and with that line she sealed the deal, I was in love!
The book talks about how she does it, balances life and kids. The importance of taking care of you, making sure mom has what she needs (whatever that may be, for Laura, it's fashion and heels) so that she can be a good mom. She introduces all her kids and their quirks (she has an adult daughter from a previous marriage and 5 boys at home, including one with a learning disability) and the help she has (of course she has help, 5 boys! in the city!). How she meet her husband, the basic format for a light hearted essay book. She of course dives into a bit of the details of Project Runway and has a great chapter on fashion (there will be another post on this sometime next week!).
Some of my favorite quotes:
" I don't have all my eggs in one perfect little basket; I don't need every child to be a straight-A Ivy league admitted music-and sports prodigy"
In a world with so much over parenting of our children this was a refreshing take on the competitiveness of raising children these days.
"I'm not saying I don't love all of my children equally, just that I don't always like all of them, or at least not every day (or week, or month or year)
Anyone that disagrees is lying either to you or themselves. I will never stop loving my children, but the one who is whining less, totally the better child that day
"Can anyone explain why it is so hard to pee into something the size of a platter with something the size of a cocktail sausage?"
Can you imagine what her poor bathroom would look like without a cleaning lady? Seriously?
I don't want to give away all the book though, because it's a short read and a funny read and we all need more funny in our life.
I also had the opportunity in reviewing this book to ask Laura some questions that I had while reading the book. I didn't want to make this post sooooo long, so you can see that here: FAB Friday: Interview with Laura Bennett
If you would like a funny, tongue in cheek look at the modern parenting, run, don't walk to your nearest store (or click that image above, which will take you to Amazon, and earn me a penny or two) and get this book!
Buy it: Wherever books are sold, $24.00
Laura has given me 3 (THREE) copies of her book to give to my readers! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me why you want it?
- For the funny parenting stories?
- For tips on how to be fashionable?
- To see if she is sane living in such a small place with 5 boys?
- Because you are a Project Runway fan and want to get the inside scoop?
You can get one additional entry if you become a Facebook fan of "Didn't I feed you Yesterday". Please leave a comment telling me you did with your name and last initial.
All entries must be received by Midnight on April 15.
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