Y'all this book is giving me life this week. Written by Bunmi Laditan, writer for Huffington Post and popular Twitter account HonestToddler, she perfectly captured what it means to be a mom.
Ashley Keller, stay at home mom of one, enters a contest for a mommy boot-camp orchestrated by her idol, Americas darling, successful talk show host, mompreneur Emily Walker. Lasting six weeks, each week is given a focus, intent on helping each participate reach her maximum potential as a mother, homemaker, and wife. At the end of the six week bootcamp, all 10 contestants are flown out to Napa Valley to stay at Emilys very own estate and broadcast live from her morning talk show where one mother is chosen to receive the grand prize of $100,000. Insert crafting disasters, culinary conundrums, sketchy personal hygiene (at best), and enough dirty laundry to loose a baby in, Ashley has her work cut out for her.
I am unashamed to admit that I read this book in less than 24 hours. Ashley Keller is my people. Witty and self depreciating with occasional thoughts of murder towards her husband, she really embodies all the struggles and self confidence issues that moms face everyday. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with glossy magazine covers of well put together moms and the black hole that is Pinterest, it can seem like everyone has it together and is doing such a better job at "mom-ing" than you. The reality is, we all face our own challenges, some are just more upfront about them. Ashley's fierce determination was something I admired in her character. She threw herself wholeheartedly into each challenge, even if they turned out disastrously (but often times humorously so). Anyone who's a mom can appreciate this hilarious take on motherhood, and not feel so alone in navigating it's sometimes maddening waters. I laughed, thought "that's me!", and even teared up a little, this book is definitely one for all my moms out there.
Now go grab yourself a copy and a spoonful of peanut butter. Let me know how you like it!