Prudent Advice and a giveaway

{Sorry, giveaway is now closed, thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments.}

I’m really excited to be part of the Prudent Advice book tour today. Be sure to stop in at all the rest of the blog stops over the next few days as well:

October 12th: Pint Size Social

October 14th: Freshly Picked
October 15th: Cooking with my Kid
October 18th: Grosgrain
October 19th: Ohdeedoh
October 20th: Ish and Chi

October 21st: Little Miss Heirlooms
October 22nd: Smile and Wave

It was so fun to page through this book. I’m a huge fan of quotes and love other people’s advice (even if I take it or leave it).
It’s full of sweet:
and funny:
(oh mom, I laughed so hard when I read the shopping cart one) not because I’m an offender, but because I’m always the shopping cart returner, even the ones waaaayyy out in the corner of the parking lot.
and useful:
and memorable pieces of advice:
What a fun gift this would be to pass along to any soon-to-be parent or parent.
Now for the fun part, wanna win a copy for yourself? I’m excited to be giving away a copy!
To enter for a chance to win your own copy of Prudent Advice:
  • Leave one comment and why not, let’s hear some of your prudent advice, tell me what piece of advice you want to share with your children?
  • One entry per person
  • Please include your email address in your comment
  • Giveaway ends Friday, October 15th

261 thoughts on “Prudent Advice and a giveaway

  1. Holly says:

    What a fun book! Thanks for the chance to enter!

    One of the biggest pieces of advice I learned to be true is when you’re expecting a new baby… People are full of advice, listen respectfully but TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!!! Always speak up and never do anything you’re uncomfortable with where your children are concerned. Whether is at your pediatricians or a stranger wanting to touch your 1 week old baby in public. Your gut seems to be in full drive when you’re a new parent =)

  2. Hannah says:

    Go in the Enter door & out the Exit door. It prevents traffic jams. Plus, the signs say its the right thing to do.

    I LOVE the sneak peaks I’ve read from this book! I would love a copy!

    peggyanndesign (at)

  3. I think the one piece of advise I would share with my children is to never compromise. I was told that when I was in my teens and it has been the most valuable piece of advise. Would love to win this book!


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  5. Heidi V says:

    I love this book and want to read the whole thing! My advice to my kids….Be rubber and let hurtful words bounce off of you.

  6. Sarah says:

    I think the best advice would be to treat others the way you would like to be treated. (the golden rule) Seems like in this world not everyone remembers this old and very important rule. πŸ™‚

    Love the book… Would LOVE to win.. but if not … WHERE can I get it??


  7. I have always told my cildren the great line from Bambi:”If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. Great advice for all ages!

  8. Jenny says:

    Don’t think too hard about it… a good opportunity may pass you by.

  9. Christine says:

    I like this book!

    My advice to my [future] children would be: Love conquers all. Love is stronger than judgement. Never forget you are Loved.

  10. Paula says:

    What an adorable book! Learning with your mistakes is a good practice but if you can learn with other people mistakes you’ll spare yourself a lot of heartache.
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  11. Sara Marie says:

    What a great book.
    One thing I recently was given advice about was to not let life pass you by. It’s inevitably going to happen, but hold on to everything..
    My grandma also told me to take pictures of everything.. even though they say that if you really like something that’s happening you’ll always remember.. is not true. Take pictures of the good memories, those are the only ones worth remembering.

  12. sue says:

    Looks like a great book. i would love to win one.
    enjoy life

  13. saganaga says:

    be happy with what you have, it could always be worse

  14. ^A^ngel says:

    Oh this is soo good…I love love loooove quotes… so I thank you for the opportunity to win this…

    Something I always tell my boys is to always think first on what they are going to do or say…if they think it would hurt them..then don’t do it because most likely it would hurt the person you were going to say it or do it to…

    And as boys I always tell them to ask mom anything about girls…( she can tell you best cause she IS ONE hahaha )

    Hugs and God Bless,


  15. Bree says:

    Love the looks of this book! I’d like to see the rest of #82. πŸ™‚

    My best advice: Always wear closed-toed shoes when you ride a bike.

    My dad always told me this & 4 years ago when I was getting ready to go on a ride with my husband, I literally heard my dad’s voice in my head as we started to leave & I was wearing flip flops. I listened, went back in the house & changed into tennis shoes. On our way back home, I hit a rock on the path, my foot went into the spokes of the bike, and I flipped over the handlebars. Had I not changed into tennis shoes, I would have lost toes, so I will never, EVER forget that advice!

    my.crafty.crap @

  16. Bethany says:

    Always do your best but make sure you’re having fun–if it’s too stressful sometimes first place isn’t worth it. Or something like that πŸ™‚

  17. V says:

    That’s a lovely book, I’ll make sure to get my hand on a copy if possible!
    My advices :
    1. No matter what… do your best cause that’s the most you can do!
    2. If Mom gets on your nerves, don’t worry too much it’s in her job descriptions to do so, only means she loves you.

  18. “If you mess up, clean up”, but it pertains to when you make a mistake and feel badly about it, ie. hurt someone’s feelings, make a bad decision etc. The jist is, that since you can’t change what happened, now you can do your best to fix it or make ammends.

  19. HandMade says:

    What a lovely book! I wish I could buy it here in Sweden! My adwise would be that it´s never too late to make up for bad decisions. If you make a bad one when you are young you van always make up for it later. I know! I took up my studies again and now I’m an engineer. (But it may cost you more πŸ˜‰ )

    My email is

  20. Vanessa says:

    I would love a copy. My advice is ‘you can always receive advice but you don’t always have to heed it’ πŸ™‚

  21. Rachael says:

    Always treat others how you would like to be treated. Sometimes its hard especially when you encounter a horrible person…but it really is best.

    I’d love to win this book. it looks great!

  22. Riley says:

    I would pass along the advice my parents gave to me as a child.
    My Mom always told us to “love the unlovely”. And the famous advice from my Dad “When you do stupid things, stupid things happen”.

  23. Elsa says:

    I love this book! advice? Never judge a book by it’s cover. I love this ~ I have friends today that I normally wouldn’t have because of this advice! my Dad was a very wise man and he told me this often.

  24. Cammie says:

    I love the quotes you posted. What a great gift this would make!

  25. JenFink says:

    I love the one in the book, leggings are not pants…I have seen way to many people lately wearing leggings with a short shirt…um…gross.


  26. Neat book!
    Everyone should learn the difference between yield and merge.

    osmosis4lips at gmail

  27. Marisa says:

    That looks like a lovely book! I’m a stickler about my kids chewing with their mouths closed. Really…no one wants to watch you (or HEAR you) chew your food.

  28. syocom says:

    Hey that is a cool book. One thing I will share with my kids is basic sewing and swimming I think both are essential.

  29. I would LOVE to win that cute little book.
    The advice I want my kids to learn the most is to treat others how you would like to be treated. The Golden Rule is the most important to me.

  30. Courtney M says:

    Here is my advice:

    Always keep cookie dough on hand in the freezer so that you always have something to offer a surprise guest.

  31. Jacqueline says:

    A good friendship can carry you through anything.

  32. Tara says:

    Love yourself. Practice the art of listening. Never buy uncomfortable shoes, no matter how cute they are – if they hurt you’ll grow to hate them.

  33. Lynne4444 says:

    never say never!

    round things roll, glass breaks, hot things look like cold things.

  34. Belle + Bee says:

    Never date a man who drives a sports car…it worked for me:)

  35. Jennifer says:

    What a lovely looking book – full of practical advice. An elderly lady said to me, just after giving birth to my first child, – Pick your battles, if what they are doing is only annoying, does not harm them or others then let them enjoy the moment they are learning their way… I’ve used this with each of my children

  36. Kacey says:

    Well, she already has my trademark fashion advice, “Leggings are not pants.” (Many girls appear to be confused on this topic!)

    So…I’ll go with “Do something you love everyday.” So many people get caught up in the things they have to do, they neglect to do the things that make them happy.

  37. Ruth Yoder says:

    Wow, what a great book to own. advice..hmmm..always pack one more than you think you need in a diaper bag.

  38. Tmlaesch says:

    What a fun book! I love this piece of advice from my mother-in-law, given to me with a smile when I’m having a tough day (she had five kids, too) “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.” πŸ™‚

  39. Karen says:

    “Just go for it.”

    Such a cool little book!


  40. Ashley Renee says:

    This book is fantastic!! I would love to have something like this to share with my daughter. So sweet. My advice would be ‘you can’t be all things to all people. Always try your best, but don’t feel defeated if things don’t work perfectly’
    mrscozzens (at) gmail (dot) com

  41. Mel says:

    I love when kids can just enjoy being kids – so relish the times you can be messy and dirty! There’s always time to clean up later!

    My all time favorite quote – “We do not stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing!”

  42. Anne says:

    What a gorgeous book that looks.

    My advice would be: Forgive people. Even when it’s not easy. And especially learn to forgive yourself.

  43. Lael says:

    Always spit out your gum before sleeping. I have many happy memories of my dad getting out the gas can, since I wouldn’t let him cut gum out of my hair!

  44. Becky says:

    I love this book!!!!

    My advice – don’t worry about dating or finding a mate until you are in your mid 20’s. Just have fun! Too much pressure to find the one. It will happen when it’s time.

  45. BFree says:

    With your kids, all the years are the best years.

  46. Jessica says:

    Such good advice!
    jbaileycassin (at) gmail (dot) com

  47. Margie says:

    What a fun book. I’m not a mother yet, but my one prudent bit of advice would be to hold doors open for people walking behind you. The effort it takes pales in comparison to the happiness it could bring πŸ™‚

  48. Grace Street says:

    Hold your babies… all the time. Too soon they will be to big to hold.

  49. Katie says:

    It’s okay if you don’t like princesses and pink. And it’s okay if you do.

  50. Vicki K. says:

    What a great book! Writing thank you notes is a great skill…it is a kind and thoughtful acknowledgment of someone else’s kind and thoughtful time, money and effort toward you.

  51. Marci says:

    I’d love that book! Thanks for the opportunity for someone to have it! A good piece of advice given to me was: All the time, be just as kind as you can afford to be.

  52. Jacquie says:

    I would love to win! Great book. I need to learn to swim again. I have learned twice and I don’t do it for awhile I forget how to.

  53. Never get in debt. Ever. Live to your means.

    (Advice from a mum who wishes she’d done that!)


  54. Danielle says:

    One piece of advice that I was given a while back was…Never loan money to people. If you are willing to give a person money to use, then do not expect it back. Consider it a gift and your feelings will never be hurt if you aren’t repaid.
    This has saved many hurt feelings and has sparred relationships that could have been damaged.

  55. ashley says:

    What a lovely book. It seems to have some good advice. One piece of advice/rule we had growing up was that whoever cooked the dinner, wasn’t responsible for the cleaning of the dishes at the end of the night. It’s a nice way to thank someone who slaved over a hot stove for you. My husband is teaching our boys to do the same!

  56. Megs says:

    Oh this book looks wonderful! Let’s see, my advice would be to approach the world with curiosity and kindness.
    pdxfelix at hotmail dot com

  57. When it rains it’s OK to jump in the puddles, collect worms & slide in the mud. You’ll get messy & your mom might get frustrated, but you’re making the memories that childhood should be made of. So go ahead & do it!

  58. Thanks for the chance!!

    How about:
    Don’t be rude. It’s easy and simple. Everyone is someone’s child. Treat them as such!!!

  59. Looks like a fabulous book! If I don’t win, I just might have to buy it πŸ™‚

    one piece of advice I will give my daughters:

    Chivalry is not dead. It is a required act when choosing a man. If a man asks you to pay for your portion of the meal – gladly pay, and then do not go out on another date with that man!

    You would be surprised at how many losers this simple act can weed out!

  60. jeneasp says:

    I will tell my daughter to always have a sense of humor. You will be much happier if you laugh than if you always take everything too seriously.

  61. Settee says:

    I am a very soon to be first time mom and this would be an amazing treat! some advice that has always helped me is this:

    Always Forgive, Be Kind, Be Honest, Be Happy, Do good & Give your best. For in the end it is between you and God. It was never between you and them. -Mother Theresa

  62. TaraB says:

    I love this sweet book and would love a copy. I always tell my children “clean your room, you never know who will pop in”

  63. A good piece of advice I always give my sons: Sometimes when people are mean it just means that they need more love.

    heathere.willoughby at

  64. what a cute book!

    My one rule (that I BROKE AND NOW REGRET lol)
    I am making amends!

    if you can’t say something nice… don’t say anything at all.

    livingmysweetlife @ gmail . com

  65. Amy says:

    Always be yourself and let others be themselves. It is a hard lessons to learn that we cannot change others. I think we need to revel in our differences and embrace them.

    Crafting by Candlelight

  66. Kelli Shimek says:

    One thing I have learned is that communication is your friend. If you keep your feelings bottled up things get out of hand.

    Thank you for the chance to enter!

  67. Myr says:

    Oh, i loved that book πŸ˜€

  68. Emily says:

    What a great book!

    I think a good piece of advice is to remember that no one is perfect.


    Love the blog layout btw.

  69. Love this!
    My advice is to speak with love and be slow to anger
    taidye original

  70. Karen says:

    do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  71. Kim says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    My piece of advice for my two boys…love your brother, he’s the only one you have!

    bitbucketjunkymail (at) gmail (dot) com

  72. Linda J. says:

    What an excellent book! My piece of advice would be:

    “There’s no way to change the past, so live your life without regrets”

    deliriousduckie at gmail dot com

  73. Nina says:

    I love this book! Best advice I’ve heard? “If you’re going to be stupid you better be tough.” πŸ™‚

  74. Holly says:

    I will teach my daughter to accept herself for who she is – it makes the times when others won’t accept her a little easier.

  75. Morgan says:

    “Always dress to impress.”

    momariew (at) gmail (dot) com

  76. *Sarah says:

    Love the shopping cart one.
    Great advice ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all’

  77. Always remember that the people who care don’t matter, and the people who matter, don’t care!

  78. Meghan says:

    What a great book!

    The advice that I want to give to my daughter is to do the right thing even when no one is looking.

  79. talman says:

    never stick beans up your nose.

  80. kreahlinggc says:

    What a great book!!!

    I always think in terms of my kids…for example…do I want my kids to remember how well I cleaned the house, or how well I played…

  81. Katiebee says:

    I love books like this! and remember, that which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger~

  82. Micah says:

    What a great book. I hope I win, but I’m going to buy one right now, because I’m pretty sure I won’t ;).

  83. tiffany says:

    I read a few pages of Prudent Advice and I found myself tearing up. I have a 2-year old daughter and this book is very wise and touching. My advice is: While driving, use your indicators. It’s courteous, and you’ll appreciate it when someone indicates in front of you. tiffanybirch {at}

  84. jenn says:

    I love, love, love number 500. “Do what you think is right”. I would add to do what you think is right no matter what others think or say. That is what I stive to instill in my daughter every day.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely book!

  85. TJ says:

    Always smile. You might make someone’s day better.

    Great book too. Love the comments in here as well!

  86. regan says:

    i love this book! my advice is ‘just because your a girl doesn’t mean you can’t give someone a firm handshake…and when you do look them in the eyes and smile because it shows that you care’

  87. My Mum told be 3 things when I moved away from home: Smile to strangers every day, it is no effort to you, but it really makes a difference. Thank your bus driver/shop keeper/mailman/… when you meet them – even though it is their job, you wont loose anything in showing that you appreciate their effort. And vote for every election concerning you – you can’t blame the world if you don’t make an effort.

    I know, my Mum is the best and luckily she still shares clever little advice with me.

  88. This book is great. I would say always follow your dreams and dream big. Take risks, it’s okay to fail. kjadef(at)gmail(dot)com

  89. secret cake says:

    What a lovely book!

    My advice to my kids? Be gentle and kind. And always send a thank you note!!

  90. Thanks for the chance to win:) I guess my advice would be….

    Listen to your elders. I’ve had several people tell me advice–and I didn’t listen because I thought I knew it all (you know how teenagers/early 20s can make you feel that way). I wish I would have listened!

  91. Melafwife says:

    1. Don’t worry beyond the walls of your home
    2. Don’t use the express check-out with a full shopping cart πŸ˜‰

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  93. Respect other’s opinions, even if it different from your own. If we all had the same opinion, there would be nothing interesting to talk about.
    -Bethany Pearson

  94. Mands says:

    What a great giveaway! Let’s see…advice I will teach my daughter when she is older and thinking of marriage is something my mom taught me…choose your arguments…dirty underwear on the floor and toothpaste on the counter should not be an argument.
    mandy dot ueda @

  95. Lacey says:

    What a great book! I always tell my two year old, probably 100 times a day, be nice!

    laceyfjastad (at)

  96. Care says:

    Treat everyone with the kindness you would want them to treat your children with.

    I’d love a copy of this book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  97. Heather says:

    That book is awesome! They’d make great gifts wouldn’t they? I am totally ordering some.

    Some advice: Choose your battles. Not everything is worth the effort (especially when raising kids)


  98. Mominin says:

    What a cute book!!

    My advice: Always say I love you – you never know when it could be the last time.

  99. I can’t wait to get this book! Advice? My children would tell you I have lots of little quips, but one of my favorites is “pretty is as pretty does.”

  100. paperlust says:

    such a great book! i think mine would be along the lines of ‘do what you love’

  101. Sara Delia says:

    Timely advice from our house this morning: Passing gas is not as funny as your Dad tells you it is.

  102. My advice to my kiddos is to think positively and good things will come your way. If you are negative that is what you will draw to you. Would love to win this book for my expectant little sister.

  103. Be yourself–no one else can do it!

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  105. Wow, I just read most of the comments. Lots of good advice! I am another “pick your battles mom”. Keeps everyone happy about here. I also am one for the classic “Don’t eat yellow snow”.

    This book looks like a gem!


  106. Jessica says:

    What a fun book. I left my shopping cart in the parking lot the other day and felt really guilty about not returning it.
    Advice for my kids is to be nice to everyone. No matter how different they are. πŸ™‚

  107. Sara says:

    I’ve always told my kids to Bloom Where You are Planted. I would love this book to give my daughter in college. she’s so sentimental.

  108. This is so adorable! I loooove all the snippets you’ve shown us so far. The one piece of advice I want to pass on down to my daughter is this: Never settle when it comes to a man. Dream up your dream man and go find him… he’s out there… just ask your father πŸ˜‰
    sandandstarfish at yahoo dot com

  109. what I would say to my children : learn and love to learn…

  110. Patty says:

    The one piece of advice I always give my children is to treat others they want to be treated. I wish more adults would do this too!

  111. Always make sure the toilet bowl is empty when you leave the bathroom.

  112. Liz says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would tell my son to always smile at others.

  113. Kama says:

    This looks like a great book!! I would tell my sons to do their best always. People are always going to let you down, but as long as you’ve done your best, that’s what matters.


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  115. Stephanie says:

    The thing I want most to impart to my daughter is that she should always be true to herself and do things because she wants to do them, not because other people think she should.

    I would love to win this book to give to her!


  116. Julie says:

    What an adorable book! My advice for my children would have to be love one your neighbor as yourself.

  117. Ammie says:

    Wonderful game! My advice for my children is that if you make a mistake, feel free to fix it now! Make amends and move on, because we are all worth that.

    Now I want to make my own advice book for my children, one of embroidered samplers by moi and my hubby, who, btw, embroiders something glam. Kinda makes up for me being a complete and utter novice!

    ammieloris at hotmail dot com

  118. This would be an amazing book to share with my daughter!


    One thing that I stress to my daughter is that she do her best in everything; win or lose, fail or succeed…I am proud of her.

  119. Laugh. Every day.

    jenn (dot) nienaber (at) gmail (dot) com

  120. Monica says:

    What an awesome book. It’s now on my wishlist for Christmas (if I don’t win it first!)

    My advice to my daughters: Nothing can make you more beautiful than a simple smile.

  121. Vanessa says:

    The book looks like a fun read!

    My advice: always hold the door open for people. Especially people struggling with a stroller! Not as much a problem these days what with all the automatic doors but I’ve still had my fair share of doors left to swing at my face.

    sevan76dress {at} gmail {dot} com

  122. Brooke says:

    After watching the Temple Grandin movie, the advice I want to share with my kids is:

    You may be different, but you are not less. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

  123. what a lovely give away…. i will always tell my children that everything is at arms reach… and treat people the way you wanna be treated…

  124. The book looks adorable!!

    My best ever received advice? Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff!

    jacq.baldwin (at)

  125. Lee says:

    My advise to my three (now college kids) work hard and have fun at it!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  126. Natalia says:

    Always trust yourself and your instincts – this will help you when you fall in love, and when the recipe doesn’t tell how much salt to put.

  127. QuilterMary says:

    There’s no shame in being poor … but you don’t have to have a dirty face. Love Prudent Advice!

  128. Mrs D says:

    love the return your shopping cart advice. πŸ™‚
    My advice to my children would be do what makes them happy not necessary what makes me happy.

  129. mommypants13 says:

    I would love to win one of these books, I think your advice could help me lots

  130. Lauren says:

    My mom always told my sisters and me this and I already tell my 3- soon to be 4- little people. “Remember who you are and Whose you are.”

    What a lovely book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  131. Jess says:

    what an awesome book. I love their blog and the book looks to be just as fun! My advice I would give my daughters would be to make mistakes and be able to laugh at yourself.


  132. goodness what a lot of posts – I had to stop reading halfway …. would be a lovely book to own – my advice would be ‘pride comes before a fall – so never be too proud to say sorry’ xxx

  133. Lisa says:

    Regret for doing something and screwing up is far more bearable than regret for not even trying. (I still struggle to live by this!)

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    lisa [at] amnuts [dot] com

  134. Krista says:

    Hmmm… You are never too old to jump into a huge pile of raked-up leaves in the fall. Just know that the older you get, the more likely you are to have trouble getting out of the pile.

    I’m stajahnke (at) gmail.

  135. Krystle says:

    This looks like a great book!

  136. Carrie says:

    My advice for my baby girl – know yourself, be yourself, and like yourself.

  137. Mel O'Drama says:

    the golden rule is all i can think of right now!

    melissa (at)

  138. Sufoot says:

    Kindness will take you further in life than anything else.

    susanegardiner (at) gmail (dot) com

  139. Ann says:

    be kind to everyone.

    it doesn’t matter how rude or mean someone is to you, still be nice to them.


  140. Ellieboo says:

    “Never eat anything bigger than your head”

    Love this book – please include me in the draw

  141. GeorgiaLee says:

    “put your big girl/boy boots on and deal with it”

    Loving the sound of this book!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  142. Lattemama says:

    This too shall pass

    I love books like these and the snippets you posted are all really good advice.

  143. Stella says:

    Sometimes it’s not about making the right decision, but just making a decision and moving on. Remaining stagnant is always the wrong decision.

  144. Alison says:

    My advice to new Mums. “Sleep when your baby sleeps”.

  145. Andrea says:

    Super cute book! My advice? Simple…never go to bed with a dirty kitchen sink! Haaa!

  146. BubzRugz says:

    What a lovely book – my advice to my children and in-laws is ….

    “Start as you mean to carry on, for example, if you don’t want to pick up their wet towels all your life – don’t do it at the beginning!”


  147. VickiT says:

    What a wonderful book. I love what you’ve shown from this book.

    The one piece of advice I have always given my own children is to ALWAYS remember that your family should be treated well because friends will come and go but family will ALWAYS be there. And further I added to that was that when the going gets really tough, no matter what your family will always be there for you.

    vburr at charter dot net

  148. Allie says:

    That is such a great book!

    The piece of advice that I would like to give to expectant mothers (being an expectant mother myself), is to be honest with these soon to be mom’s about pregnancy and childbirth. I think it may seem scary or discouraging, but it will better prepare them for any issue that may arise. They can look back and say “oh yeah, my friend told me this might happen and that’s ok”. And after giving said honesty, always remind them that it’s totally worth it!

  149. My advice: Laugh at yourself! It relieves all kinds of stress and lightens just about every situation when you are able to just laugh at yourself!

    I’d love a chance to win this book! I can be reached at: froggytonya[at]yahoo[dot]com

  150. Val Miller says:

    totally wanted to read more!!! I am not good remembering quotes – but, my piece of “advice” is to try to give a smile to at least one stranger a day.

  151. My mom always told us “Fred, Fred, use your head!” when we whined about not being able to do something. If was her way of saying, “You’re smart, you figure it out.” It worked pretty well for us!

  152. JD says:

    One peice of simple advice- Spend time outdoors!

  153. AnnaPK says:

    My grandmother-in-law gave me this advice early in my marriage: “When your husband asks you to do something with him [like go somewhere boring, etc.] don’t say no too often or he’ll stop asking.” After 10 years together I think this was excellent advice seeing as how we still enjoy each others company. Plus, I have been on many boring trips, but so has he and we almost always at least get to eat somewhere that I don’t I have to cook or cleanup. πŸ™‚

  154. This is an amazing book…this is something my daughter MUST have…she’s already very super sensitive and this book will help her through life’s little troubles.
    The advice I not only give my daughter but to my family / friends and strangers is that tomorrow is never certain so live life as if there is no tomorrow.
    Be the change you want to see in the rest of the world.
    And Last but not least is the golden rule in my home:
    Always make sure the last thing you say to the person you love is just that “I love you” weither you are hanging up the phone, going to the store, going out in the yard or just going to bed. This kind of ties in with the first piece of advice…
    heatherlegere at hotmail dot com

  155. Dahlia says:

    What a great book (I like the shopping cart one too…it’s advice I should follow) πŸ™‚
    Let’s see, to keep on the shopping cart subject:
    Don’t drag tired kids to the grocery store. It’s not fun for them, you, or anyone else within earshot.

  156. Simone says:

    This looks like such a fun book!
    My advice came from my Dad, he said you need to be willing to take risks in order to live the life you dream of.

  157. Greet says:

    This book looks awesome! Not only because of the advice (which I could use myself as a young girl), but also because it looks so pretty, I love typography like that πŸ™‚

  158. This book looks great. I have some people on my christmas shopping list who would love this as a gift!

    My advice: When you are married- only one of you can be a jerk at a time. When one is being a jerk, the other must compensate by being extra calm and lovely. Everybody needs to get to be a jerk sometimes and needs a safe place to do it.

  159. April J. says:

    If your parents tell you no, it means they love you!


  160. Annette says:

    Really love the book… I put it on my list!

    Hmmm…. if you’re a perfectionist like me a good friend told me to make a mistake on purpose every day…. πŸ™‚ Soon you’ll find that nothing horrible results and you’ll be easier on yourself. πŸ™‚


  161. Gina B. says:

    I would love to win this book. I tell my kids, “If you’re having fun playing the game, it doesn’t matter who wins.”

  162. Whitney says:

    My advice would be this:

    Live big. Do something you’ve never done, and love trying new things. You might be surprised!

  163. Ruby Star says:

    Hah, what a great little book. I have said a few of these things to my kids already… leggings are NOT pants! Yes indeed.


  164. rachelmp says:

    If your kids have long hair, avoid clothing that closes with buttons up the back!

  165. Tiffany says:

    My advice would be to always write thank you notes soon after receiving a gift. Thanks for the opportunity!

  166. Rachel says:

    I actually gave this advice to my daughter:

    If, when you are all grown up, you meet someone, fall in love with him and want to marry him, but you don’t like his parents… RUN! They will always be part of his life and friction between you and them will inevitably lead to friction between you and him.

    (I know this to be true.)

  167. sbcmom says:

    Never underestimate the power of kindness. Both people benefit when kindness is shared. The book is lovely!

  168. Shirley says:

    Here’s one I always tell my students, “When faced with a problem, always start with what you know rather than what you don’t know. Often enough the answer comes more quickly when you focus on the positive and work from your strength.”

    Thanks for a chance to win such a great book!

  169. carmenMar!e says:

    Be true to who you are, life is full of self expression, and not always good impressions.

    This book would seem amazing to read!
    Thanks for finding such a great book!

  170. Tami says:

    Love it! Here is my advice for brand new parents, “Always discuss before you go to sleep who will get up with the new baby in the middle of the night. 2:00 am is not the time to discuss who is getting up with your newborn.”

    My e-mail is:

  171. aja reeser says:

    love your blog anna!

    my best piece of prudent advice comes from a movie, but i cannot for the life of me remember which one! all i remember is the dad telling his kid, “take risks, but be accountable.”


  172. what a cute book! the quote i’ve loved lately is “let go or be dragged” – so true!

    bess πŸ™‚

  173. Kathie B. says:

    What a great book. My advice would be; after you get dressed and put all of your jewelry on, take one piece off. It’s not original, someone said it but I can’t remember who.

  174. Birdie3008 says:

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  175. Birdie3008 says:

    I tell my children “you don’t need to be perfect, just be happy.”

    I’d love to read the rest of this book!

    slarosa72 at gmail dot com

    (I forgot my email in my deleted comment) oops!

  176. Monica says:

    i’d like my children to never stop taking joy in little things…always keep your playfulness.

    this book looks excellent!

    mehartman at gmail dot com

  177. Shue Signs says:

    My advice: Remember who you are and where you came from.

    Where could we get a copy if we don’t win?

  178. What a lovely book. What advice do I have for my daughter? “Do the next right thing” -Michael J. Foxx

  179. tanya says:

    thanks for the give away – the book looks great – as is the blog! my advice – listen to your gut – its there for a reason

  180. June Wonder says:

    this looks fun! my piece of advice is “don’t always go with the flow or believe what you’re told…analyze things and make informed opinions & decisions. going with the flow is a sign of a simple, or weak, mind.”

  181. Renea says:

    Want a fun book. Would love to win this for my daughter-in-law who has just blessed us with the coming of a new baby in May.
    My advice to my daughter: Always believe in yourself the way I have always believed in you.

  182. kimberj says:

    Never, ever talk about money. Never ever let someone else decide your self worth for you and never, ever let people treat you badly. My kids have done well with these bits.

  183. This book looks awesome! Even if I don’t win it it’s on my Amazon Wish List for Christmas!

    Never be the first to hit. But be the last.

  184. Tirsa Baker says:

    “Do not let the urgent things of life crowd out what is most important.”
    Would love to read this book πŸ™‚
    tirsabaker at gmail dot com

  185. stance. says:

    You can always choose your response. Choose well.

    This book looks awesome!

  186. Beth says:

    Always be honest – lying will always come back to bite you in the butt.

  187. maeve315 says:

    Love one another, share your blessings, smile often, help those in need, and above all, thank God for everything – His blessings on you and your family, His mercy, and His abundant love for you.

  188. M says:

    Oh I’d love this!
    My best piece of advice is to lower your expectations. You won’t be disappointed that way. If you are sitting in the middle of a messy house in the same sweatpants you’ve had on for more days than you can remember, with a happy baby, call it a good day.

  189. Stacy says:

    Choices are in everything we do – sometimes even the choice between “rock” and “hard place” can be a happy one, especially if you learn to like rocks!

  190. Trish says:

    Treat people with kindness. It’s just that simple.

    trishmckay at comcast dot net

  191. Always, read to your kids at night ,say good night ,and I love you. It may not seem important everynight, but when your mom is gone you will know it was important EVERYNIGHT.


  192. OSP says:

    My husband and I agree, although this is rather crass, but flatulence is the original funny joke. They are always funny.

  193. connie says:

    Be generous. Be kind. Live a compassionate life. Love animals, don’t eat them.

  194. Val says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

    My Prudent Advice…..
    Use cloth napkins whenever you can. Doing so injects a little civility to your day or can remind you of home when eating a meal away from the house.

  195. Jo says:

    So mine would have to be a quote I picked up somewhere: Life is short. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laught Uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile!

    This book looks amazing!

  196. sandra says:

    Great book.
    My mother always said ‘if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all’

  197. What a cute book! I was laughing out loud at some of those! The shopping cart one made me put my tail between my legs πŸ™‚
    What I always tell my kids: The expert in anything was once a beginner

  198. Amy says:

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  199. Amy says:

    just because you can fit into it, doesn’t mean you should wear it.

    mrsamybarrett at gmail

  200. I once told my husband that this should have been written into our marriage vows………. thou shalt return the rental video’s on time

  201. arlene says:

    Love the book, and would love it for my daughter in law who has just given me a beautiful grandson. Best advice (from the Uncle Eric books and what I’ve taught all three of my sons)…”Do all you have agreed to do, and Do not encroach on others or their property.” Covers a lot, doesn’t it?

  202. Dave says:

    Very cool book! My Mom always said to me “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. I used to hate that when she’d say that to me, especially during my teenage years, but now, I know that it’s something that I will be saying to my girls! =)

    (and this isn’t Dave…it’s his wife! *LOL*)

  203. one piece of advice to my child: if you spread sorrow you don’t get joy back!

  204. Azaidris says:

    I would so love to have the book πŸ™‚

    “Don’t let your expectations for your children to succeed becomes a pressure to them. Let them have the freedom to do what they want, how they want it..But be there to guide them and be a friend when they need one”.

  205. Book Baker says:

    That sure looks a lovely book.. Advice No 80 suits me. πŸ™‚ And I just started learning to swim.. πŸ™‚

  206. Ellen says:

    “Take your time. You will know the answers when the time is right”

  207. annemarie says:

    Always wear a smile – what better advice is there?? Would love this book.

  208. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful book! I think it would be great for a boy too!

  209. angela says:

    Using a round hairbrush is best left to the professionals. If you have curly hair like your mom don’t use a round brush…it will get stuck in your hair and your sister will have to cut it out.
    Thanks for sharing bits of the book…I love it.

  210. Deb says:

    One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to trust your gut.

  211. Just found your blog and this book looks great! I love the shopping cart advice.

  212. **nicke... says:

    what i will tell my daughter… (she is only 2 now)
    you do not need a boy or a boyfriend to make you happy. you are a strong woman.

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  214. Oops, forgot to include my email address…
    What a fun book! My advice is “Eat Treats!” Life is just too short to always be watching your weight. Treats make life worth living. And lets be honest, they make you happy. Crabby people would be less crabby if they would just eat treats.

  215. Cathy says:

    This book looks full of words of wisdom and common sense! I LOVE the one about the shopping cart. Thanks for the chance to win. chelmert0927 at gmail dot com.

  216. Erica says:

    Thank you for sharing this book with us! Very cool! I have three children, and I think that this book could be a very valuable resource for teaching my kids how to be a more respectful members of society.

  217. Katie Beth says:

    Leave Sunday free of work. So many of us aspire to, but so few actually do. It becomes an oasis of peace in your week and gives your life a healthy rhythm.

    I’ve just started really working to do this and it has made a HUGE difference in how I view work, how I relax, and how I listen to God.

  218. pearl says:

    Being you…is all you need.

  219. Tanya says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book!! Right now I preach this to my 8 year old son on a DAILY basis “When you wake up … pee, wash your hands and then brush your teeth. Same routine — EVERYDAY!!”.

  220. Cari's Ark says:

    I would love a copy of “Prudent Advice”. The recent advice I gave my teenage daughter was; “If someone always seems to have a problem with someone else, in most cases that someone is the problem”. I explained to her that many people have to find faults in others to feel good about themselves. I find that this is true even with adults in the work place. Caron:

  221. sonja2181 says:

    What a lovely book!

    My advice:
    “It all comes back to just letting go with love. Just put the love in it. Whatever it is, and if you can’t put love in it, don’t do it!” ~Bhagava Das, spiritual guru


    be how you want to be not how other people want you to be

  222. Kathryn says:

    Treat others how you would like to be treated! When my oldest son is mean to his younger brother, then later he gets it back…I tell him it’s because you treated him that way. “You get what you give” I tell him!

  223. Amy says:

    What I have learned from my friends:
    -don’t close a window in a small room or car then say to the person you are sharing with that you just HAVE to take off your shoes (& SOCKS).
    -Laugh at yourself
    -A smile will get you a long ways, even if you’re not feelin’ it.
    -Tell your friends you love them (regularly) and hold hands
    -If you splatter the mirror in the bathroom, wipe it off; just takes a second and makes a big difference

  224. Jamie says:

    Pregnant women do not want you to touch their bellies! Keep your hands to yourself. πŸ™‚


  225. Marsha says:

    Best advice I ever got from my mom: You are no better than anyone else, but no one is better than you! I would love to win this book to give to my wonderful daughter who is mom to two daughters (and one terrific son).

  226. Megilon says:

    What a great book! So funny. I don’t have kids but the advice I would give is “Sometimes you have to leap and build your wings on the way down.”

  227. Jenne says:

    Oh, wonderful! I love that champagne is for sipping!

    It’s okay to make mistakes. Forgive yourself and forgive others.

  228. Christie says:

    This looks like a great book for new and experienced parents alike!

  229. Tiffany says:

    I got a shower invite in the mail today for a first time mom. Pick me! I luv their blog and yours too. Be well!

  230. Jessica says:

    This book is amazing! It would make a great Christmas present.

    -Jessica (dukeje at gmail dot com)

  231. Kellie says:

    The best advice I can give my children, “treat others the way you want to be treated” and “in everything you do, do your very best”.Don’t do things half way. Thank you so much for a chance to win this wonderful book and for having such a great blog to follow! Aloha,Kellie

  232. Would love to win a copy of this book. One piece of advice to my kids or anyone is, “Ain’t nothin’ simple”!!! And that’s the truth!

  233. me says:

    My sister shared this with me and it is one piece of advice I live hard by and pass on as much as I can: If you really want someone to do something for you (flowers for your birthday, a hug when you are sad, etc.), tell that person. It isn’t fair for you to feel hurt or frustrated with someone because they couldn’t read your mind.

  234. I totally agree with the shopping carts one! I am forever putting up other people’s carts and muttering *buggy pigs*

    My advise….trust that gut feeling especially fear…it is a built in alarm.


  235. Beautiful book πŸ™‚ AND real funny too πŸ™‚ I would tell my son… not to try to spray paint anything in the wind.. especially black glossy oil paint…never!you’ll end up smelling like paint thinner forever!!!!

  236. Heidi says:

    You cannot afford not to have date night, it rejuvinates you for the week ahead, and actually makes you miss your kids, all while getting quality time as a couple.

  237. What a great giveaway. I would love to win this!!


  238. barneyn says:

    h aha ha haha ha ha ha! what a great book! my advice to my kids! never loose site of whats more important- God and family!

  239. Anna, this is so cool that you are a part of this! That shopping cart one is great–I’ll have to work on that:).

    Man, if only I had some advice that would change my children’s lives. I think my most desired thing for them is to be close to God. So that would be my advice:).

  240. Maxabella says:

    Adorable book. I will purchase it if I don’t win.

    Best piece of advice I’ve received “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”


  241. Chez Nous says:

    I would love a copy of this book and will likely get one regardless if I win.
    Thanks for sharing.
    It’s too late at night to think of any great advice.

  242. Mystica says:

    I’d love this for my daughter. Thank you for sharing.


  243. BixiandGoxi says:

    I love the advice: Drive a small and cheap car, but buy the best house you can afford.

  244. Kokkie says:

    I’d love a copy of this book, for my daughter. Theadvice I always give my children is “speak your mind, always, but do so in a respectful and polite manner” and “learn as many languages as you know, and use them”.
    Thank you.

  245. Kokkie says:

    oh sorry my e-mail address is

  246. me35 says:

    Have integrity and be kind (be your father’s daughter, in other words..)

    This looks a wonderful book – inspiring and uplifting ( and easy for those dip-in reads because you don’t have time/energy for a chapter book !)

    Thanks for the opportunity ! maclark30(at)

  247. erica says:

    Looks like a lovely book! delightfully funny tips/reminders:)

  248. ooh, i’ve been looking forward to this book. it looks like a great coffee table book.

    i like the age old, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”

  249. Toby E. says:

    I looooove the comment on leggings. I have said that myself many times!
    When someone chooses to be mean to you, don’t make the same choice.

  250. jenstiles says:

    siblings make good best friends.

    you might not realize it amidst the hair pulling and tattletales, but eventually you will appreciate and relish in your shared experiences.

  251. What a great looking book! I want to read them all!

  252. zealously says:

    I’d love to win this! My best friend’s birthday is coming up and this would be a cute gift.


  253. Thais says:

    Very cool this book. The comment that I would send my kids to is paragraph 80: ” not everyone is going to like you, and it is just fine”.
    Belém-Pará- Brasil

  254. Court says:

    Oh, I laughed out loud when I read “leggings are not pants.” I work with a girl who wears them as pants several times a week, with her shirts just barely covering the top of her butt. So uncomfortable and inappropriate in an office setting.

    I don’t have a daughter, but I’m 31 weeks pregnant with our first son, and more than anything, I want him to be kind. So I guess the old “Treat others as you’d like to be treated” will be a big player! : )

  255. LER727 says:

    I love stuff like this! I might buy some anyway! I don’t have daughters, I have sons, but I would tell anyone, child or adult – Never be afraid to try something new because you’re afraid you might not be good at it.

  256. The Becks says:

    I would love one of these! It looks so witty!

  257. cjameliamom says:

    Get down on the floor with your kids and play! You will enjoy it, and they will remember it!

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  259. What a great giveaway and what a fun book! My prudent advice came from my band teacher, “If you don’t try, you’ll never know if you’ll succeed.” necklacebliss(at)gmail(dot)com

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