I recently tried to win this book on a different blog. I had never heard of it before and it seemed interesting. Well, I did not win so I had to go out and actually BUY the book myself. I fell HARD for this little book. It is beyond good!

Prudent Advice ~lessons for my baby daughter (a life lost for every woman)~ was written by Jamie Morrison Curtis. The book is actually very simple while being very deep and spot on.

Some of my favorite items of the book include (in no particular order):

#43 Don't be afraid to get lost.

So true...so true. Camille and I had our own little *adventure* OKC recently and made some good memories. I still locked the car doors at the *cough* establishment she went into but she came out safe and sound and that is all that really matters.

#125 You are an American.
"Whether or not you agree with every government policy, please don't take it for granted that you are a citizen of the United States. There is so much to be proud of, including your right to be passionate about your love of the country , or to be vocal about your disapproval."

We have all seen the news where people in other countries wait hours in line to vote. To often do we take our right for granted.

#212 Remember that most fairy tales were written by men.
"You are not a tiny princess awaiting rescue by a valiant man, a symbol of frailty and naivete, or the punch line in a morality tale. The women in those stories were crafted by a different sex at a different time for a different audience; these days you slay the dragon yourself."

~stands and applauds~

#280 The first stall is always the cleanest.

I used to always pick stall #2 thinking it was the cleanest. After doing some research, come to find out stall #2 is usually the first one chosen.

#297 Diamonds may be a symbol of love, but they are also a retail product.
I knew this but had never really thought about it. I do not wear my expensive diamond engagement ring. My mom tried it on once and I gave it to her to wear. She rarely wears it. She tells me that she is always terrified that she will lose the diamond out of it. I told her that it is okay...it has no value to me and is just a stone. I do have a tiny little sterling silver ring that cost me maybe $10 over 12 years ago. I wear it on my toe. I would be hear broken if I lost it. Value does not always mean monetary currency.

#233 You are more than a footnote in someone else's story.

"Don't be *the other woman.* She's always a quick side note in the great saga of another couple's love. Cast yourself as the lead in your own life, please."

How beautifully put. How many women are just a footnote.

And last but not least....

#203 Return your shopping cart.

"Abandoning your shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot implies a sense of entitlement. Someone has to put it away; that someone should be you."

There it is in black and white!! I knew that somewhere that had to be a rule!! darned ole buggy pigs. lol

The book is so much more than a mom's advice to her daughter. It is a good list for anyone...female or male no matter the age.

I really did just fall in love with this very simple little book. It is down to earth yet very profound. I like it so much that ~insert grand Oprah flourish~ I BOUGHT ONE TO GIVE AWAY!!

If you would like a chance to win this book, simply leave me a comment. Include your email address if you want me to contact you letting you know you are the winner.

Contest ends on Friday night. Winner announced on Saturday morning!

eeerrrmmmm.....Camille you are not eligible to win this book. I think Santa might just bring you one. Well, only if you are a good girl....and maybe come clean my house or something. I DO know Santa's phone number!


  1. I would love to own this book. It just might come in handy while counseling women who have no sense of their own self-worth and power. What a great book!

  2. I ALWAYS put my cart away. My son was a cart b*tch as he called it at both Target and Wal Mart. People are so rude with them. They say " well that's what he gets paid for". God forbid their little babies have to work for anything like mine do
    Sorry!!! Mini Rant

  3. Thank goodness....I always use the first stall! Sounds like a great book...fingers are crossed!

  4. Oooh,I love sound advice, I need to hear it so often!

  5. I like writing my own ending to my fairy tale. Sounds like a great book - thanks for sharing!

    Never had a sense of entitlement, now you have me thinking about what life would be like if I DIDN'T return my cart - Lives of the Rich and Famous!

  6. Are you sure you didn't write that book?

  7. knittinpreacher6:01 PM

    Looks like a book every woman should read! Hope I get to... (hint hint!)

    knittinpreacher mac com

  8. Dang I love all those.... useful advice... I could use that when I'm teaching morals and ethics.......

  9. ME! You know: memphisclaireatyahoo


  10. I would LOVE to have this!! It sounds like a great book for girls of ALL ages!!


  12. Great! 280 and 203 - amen. Just sayin.

  13. I always pick the 1st stall if I can - don't know if that makes me smart, lazy or just had dumb luck ;-)

  14. Comment, comment, comment!!!!

    Pick meeeeee!

  15. so true about the fairy tales...
    sign me up for a lotto! er latte? uhm both!

  16. Oh my. I would love this for my own baby girl. She's the most precious thing in the world and to send her off when she's older and wiser with this in her bag would be so fabbity fab!!


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