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Funny Books that Will Make (Almost) Any Pregnant Woman Laugh

I felt like a dinosaur during my third trimester (a dinosaur with a lot of gas…see more about how I felt like a dinosaur during pregnancy at My 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy – Thunk! Thunk! Here I Come!), and I just wanted someone who could empathize with me about how fat my feet were and how much they hurt. Two books that kept my sense of humor [somewhat] alive at the end of my pregnancy were written by two different woman, Jenny McCarthy and Vicki Iovine, who offer two refreshing perspectives on the realities of pregnancy, and they are not “too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy.”

2 Funny Books That Will Make 
(Almost) Any Pregnant Woman Laugh

Belly Laughs, by Jenny McCarthy

Link:  Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth reveals all the joys and sweet discoveries of being pregnant, from puking bouts and hormonal rage to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and big ol’ granny underpants. McCarthy draws from her own difficult pregnancy to discuss every stage of expectant motherhood in vivid, sometimes excruciating — and excruciatingly funny — detail. Belly Laughs is a must-read for any woman who is pregnant, has ever been pregnant, or hopes to become pregnant.

The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy, by Vicki Iovine

Link:  The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy

The author of The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy talks to you the way only a best friend can – from what to expect at doctor visits all the way to husbands and their lack of usefulness (at least at time).

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Daily Mom Humor – Formal Notices by the Bureau of Communication

Source:  Formal Notices by the Bureau of Communication (  

If you need a laugh, then I highly recommend playing on the website, Formal Notices by the Bureau of Communication (, which has given me hours of fun already with its “fill-in-the-blank stationary for everyday correspondence” for communicating with a person in your life for the following situations:  
  • a Formal Apology
  • Declaration of Romantic Intent
  • Statement of Gratitude
  • Unsolicited Feedback
  • Official Invitations
  • And more…
If you enjoy Mad Libs, then you will probably find humor in Formal Notices by the Bureau of Communication.  All you do is fill in the blanks with your chosen words, and you will put a smile on the recipient of just about anyone who receives this letter.  I’m going to be purchasing their book, Formal Notices: Fifty Fill-in-the-Blank Forms for Everyday Correspondence, for my coffee table, and this may become my go-to gift for people who are difficult to buy for (such as, my dad).

Coffee Table Book:  
Formal Notices: Fifty Fill-in-the-Blank Forms for Everyday Correspondence - MadLibs should make apology cards.


Sleep Issues and Your Baby: Must-Read Book

The Sleep Lady Book

The “Sleep Lady” book (The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tightis my go-to reference manual for whenever my daughter starts to show any hints of sleep problems. I’ve been lucky to have been blessed with a great sleeper for a daughter, but this may not be all luck and blessings – I have to give credit it to this book – “The Sleep Lady Book” (as I call it), written by Kim West and Joanna Kenen.  When my daughter was much younger, and I was exhausted, I turned to books for suggestions on ways to help get into a better sleep schedule.  I read so many books, all varying from from “cry-it-out”, to “attachment parenting” type of books.  When I finally found this book, which doesn’t advocate either of the above-mentioned methods, I was extremely happy because it allowed me to make my own decisions.  The book lays out what you should expect, what your options are for improvement, and most importantly  the author gives you the ability to tailor your own beliefs to her suggestions.  She is a big believer in the power of nighttime routines and how powerful these routines are for getting your child’s mind geared up for bed time.  She talks about the power of a “lovey.”  And much more.  It’s an easy read and you can always refer back to it.  This book has helped me a ton.

5 out of 5 stars.

6 Types of People Who Do Not Deserve to Hear Your Shame Story – Web Favorite

Are you opening up and sharing your “shame stories” with with the wrong types of people, or friends, in your life?

Think before you speak, and make sure that the next person you share your “shame story” with truly has your best interest at heart.  In the YouTube video below, Oprah Winfery interviews Dr. Brené Brown and discusses how there are six types of people with whom you shouldn’t share your “shame” story with (from “one-upper” friend to the women at the mall that you try to prove yourself to and more).  She talks about the dangers of sharing your most vulnerable self with the wrong people.  This is very interesting , and is great advice to keep in mind.  I’ll definitely be including this in the “part 2” of my post, Top 35 Life Lessons, Wisdom, and Advice for Daughters and for Yourself.  

I think this is good advice, and I highly recommend watching the video.

Here is the YouTube clip of Dr. Brené Brown and Oprah discussing the six types of people that you shouldn’t share your shame story with:

YouTube Link:  6 Types of People Who Do Not Deserve to Hear Your Shame Story

Dr. Brené Brown is the author of the following books:

  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead 
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”


Share your thoughts on sharing “shame stories” by commenting below.  
(I would love to hear your insight!)

Looking for a Fast-Read Book?

Name of Book: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn
Category:  Thriller Link:  Gone Girl: A Novel

5 out of Stars.

You will not be able to put this book down. It’s addicting. You will thank me for recommending this book, but then
you will be mad at me as soon as you finish it because you will feel so bored.

If you’re looking for a fast-read book that is impossible to put down, then I highly, highly recommend Gone Girl: A Novel, by Gillian Flynn.  ‘Gone Girl’ is an “I-can’t-stop-reading” thriller.  You will be transported into your own little book-world, away from reality, when you open this book.  I can’t say too much without giving away the plot or the ending, but holy **** – this is a great book and you will not predict the ending.   I miss reading this book (or the simple act of looking forward to it) in the same way that I miss the TV Show Homeland (on Showtime) until the show starts its 3rd season.  

This is currently my mom’s book club book of the month, and I just found out our babysitter is reading it for her book club as well.  It only has 4 out of 5 stars on, but I don’t see why it doesn’t have 5 out of 5 stars.  This book was like a roller coaster ride for my mind.

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Must-Read: “Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving”

Attention:   Moms-to-Be and New Moms

If you want to know the best way to get the best bang for your buck, the way I learned was by reading the most recent edition of the Book Baby Bargains.  The author updates this book each year, and it seriously has the most useful information for all of us “dummies” when it comes to ways to not overspend on your baby products and/or baby registry. 

(This is not a paid review, and the author has no idea who I am….)

Read this book….

1.  Baby Bargains: Secret to Saving (2015 Edition)

Baby Bargains: Secrets to Savings

LinkBaby Bargains: Secrets to Saving

I highly recommend the book  Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving if you’re looking to spend wisely during your baby’s first year.  This book has some GREAT ideas and strategies for new parents to save on baby essentials, and other gear, and provides savings of 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear, etc. We used this book as a guide when we were registering for baby products and it helped us save a great deal of money (probably about $400) and it helped us to strategically register for the right baby items.  The book guides you through which baby items are safe to cut costs on, and which items are worth spending the extra bucks.  The author(s) update the editions to make sure the book’s suggestions are in line with the current market conditions.  Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving is an excellent reference manual for when you are registering for baby, and even afterwards.

I give this book a 5 out of 5.  

Top 10 Easy Baby Books

Top 10 Baby Books

As you have probably heard over and over again: it is never too early to start reading to your child.  Making books part of your bedtime routine is a great way to get your child on a consistent schedule, and this helps them sleep better (which is great news for you!). Here is a list of my Top 10 (or Top 15-ish) books that have been my favorite to read to my little one during the first years of her life; more importantly, my daughter loves these books!

Top 10 Baby Books

1.  Little Giraffe Finger Puppet Book

Little Giraffe Finger Puppet Book

The Little Giraffe Finger Puppet Book is great if you want to see your baby or toddler fascinated by a book, then you need to pull out this finger pupper book.  My little one gets so excited each time we pull this book out.  She kisses the giraffe every time.  The author makes other finger-puppet books as well.

2.  Goodnight Moon

 Goodnight Moon

The reliable classic Goodnight Moon truly is great for getting your baby or toddler into a bedtime routine.  I have this book memorized – word for word.  My little one loves this book, and everything in it from the “quiet old lady whispering hush” to the bowl full of mush.

3.  The Going to Bed Book

 The Going-To-Bed Book

The Going-To-Bed Book is PERFECT for when you need a quick nighttime reading.  It’s catchy, and Sandra Boynton is hands-down one of my favorite children’s authors.  Her books are so catchy and fun for both the parent and the child.  When my little one was a young baby (and when I was a very, very tired mommy getting a Master’s Degree), I would grab this book when I needed to shorten my little one’s bedtime routine.  I can also recite this book by heart.

4.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)

This book was a favorite at one point in my life, and I’m eager to be able to read it to my daughter.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) is a great book for children who are in their toddler years, especially considering they don’t make this book in the sturdy “baby and young toddler proof” boardbook form.  I love the graphics of this book.

5.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Every 4-year-old that I’ve come in contact with over the last couple of years has something to say about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.   They love this book. This is for children 3-years and up, but it’s definitely a book you want to have in stock.  

6.  White on Black

White on Black

White on Black is a great book for newborns, because many newborn babies love black and white contrast images (starting at around 3-weeks-old).  My little one loved black and white images and it was so fun to see my child fascinate over something for the first time ever.  Read more about black and white images on my post 1 Simple Way to Entertain Your Newborn Baby.

7.  So Big! With Elmo

So Big! (Sesame Street) (Sesame Beginnings)

If your toddler is as crazy about Elmo as my child, then you can’t go wrong with Elmo.  I liked So Big! (Sesame Street) (Sesame Beginnings) a lot when my little one was around  9-months-old, because it helps teach the adorable trick of “How Big is the Baby?”  I highly recommend pairing off any Elmo book with a Stuffed Elmo (see more about the power of Elmo over toddlers at Top 5 Toys for Young Toddlers).

8.  Love You Forever

Love You Forever

If you are a hormonal pregnant lady, then Love You Forever will probably make you cry because you will be overwhelmed with love for your child.  I love this book.

9.  Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

The book  Guess How Much I Love You is yet another book that is paired well with a stuffed animal friend, like this rabbit character. This is a cute book to read during the day with your child.

10.  Good Night World Series
Great Baby Gift Ideas – Book Theme

These Good Night Our World Series books make great baby shower gift presents because they personal add a touch to the gift.  The book series has books for various cities and states, like  Good Night Chicago, Good Night Philadelphia Good Night New JerseyGood Night San Diego, and many more locations around the United States.

 Good Night Philadelphia (Good Night Our World series)

 Good Night New Jersey (Good Night Our World series)

 Good Night Chicago (Good Night Our World series)

 Good Night San Diego (Good Night Our World series)

11.  More of My Favorites from Author, Sandra Boynton:

Here are more of my favorites by Sandra Boynton (who writes one of my favorite bedtime books that mention earlier in this post  The Going-To-Bed Book.

Share your favorite baby book!
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