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GIVEAWAY!!!! For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom (U.S. & Canada; 05/09)

I always get excited when I discover a unique item that I can gift my mom with. She is so special and does so much for me.  With Mother’s Day around the corner I have been stressing over finding a “worthy” gift.

Dionna Ford of Code Name Mama fame saved my hide this year! Not only has she created an unforgettable gift for mothers but she has created something that will be passed down to me and then to Tiny as a piece of our family history.

For My Children: A Mother’s Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom is an easy-to-follow and heartfelt journal for moms to pass down their life story and joy of motherhood to their children.

Beautifully designed and illustrated, this perfect gift contains creative prompts that spark Mom’s recollections of fun family vacations, favorite childhood games, and special holidays. The thought-provoking queries allow Mom to delve into her own lifetime of experiences — her childhood and school years, falling in love and getting married, and, most of all, having and raising children. This collection of fill-in-the-blank lists is the easiest way for a mother to record on paper answers to the questions her children never thought to ask but will love to discover. It covers the little things no one wants to lose as well as the deepest subjects like the wisdom she has gained over the years, the goals she has achieved in her life, and the dreams that remain unfulfilled.

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There are all kinds of different mother’s journals on the market. I know because I tried to find one to give to my mom shortly after Tiny was born. I never really found a journal that spoke to me.  They were all pretty generic and were focused more on motherhood.  I really wanted something that my mom could use to share memories about her own childhood, her family, our family, her life experiences, her hopes, her dreams, and so on. Sure, motherhood needed to be a part of this but there needed to be more.

For My Children not only met my expectations but truly is something above and beyond what I had hoped to find. I absolutely cannot wait for my mom to pass this down to me one day.  After reading through the prompts, I realized that there is just so much that I do not know about my own mom! How sad is that?  Not only should I learn as much as I can about my mom for myself but also so that I can share as much as possible with Tiny as she grows.

Some of my most favorite prompts focus on how my mom experienced and viewed her own childhood and what she loved most and disliked most growing up.  I really do not know that much about my mom as a little one.  I also love the prompts that allow my mom to explore how she finds happiness in life, what dreams she fulfilled and which ones she still hopes to attain.

There are seven distinct sections with over 150 prompts. The sections include:

  1. Motherhood
  2. Family and Home
  3. Children
  4. Life Wisdom and Wishes
  5. Love and Relationships (love this entire section!)
  6. You In The World
  7. On Being You

This simple, yet elegant memoir is something that can be cherished by generation after generation. I am purchasing one of my own to pass down to Tiny.  Heck – I might even purchase one to present Tiny with someday so that she can pass it down to her children (if she has any).  Never in a million years would I have thought to write down my memories about half of what is contained in the prompts in For My Children. “If you had to compare your family members to fictional characters, who would they be?”  I simply would not have thought to do that on my own! But what a fun idea.

Yes, Dionna is a friend through the Natural Parents Network, and yes, she generously gave me a review copy of For My Children, but even if she didn’t I would have purchased a copy anyway. And I would have still sung it’s praises far and wide!

If you are unsure of what to give your Mom this Mother’s Day, I encourage you to order a copy of For My Children ASAP!  Already have your mom covered?  Order a copy anyway and surprise her with it on some random day.  Trust me, you will WANT these memories to pour over one day.

How would you like to win your very own copy of For My Children?  Well, you can!

Mandatory Entry
Leave a comment here letting me know what one thing your children probably will never think to ask you about YOU, that would be interesting for them to know. Make sure to leave your email address if it is not attached to your profile?

Want extra entries?
Head over to Code Name Mama and read one of her recent posts.  Then leave a comment on that post and link it back here so I know you did it!

Follow Code Name Mama in whatever fashion suits you. Then leave a comment here letting me know you did! You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, RSS, and Email!

This giveaway opens today, May 2, 2012 and closes May 9, 2012 at 11:59pm PST.  Winner will be selected via random.org.  I will email you and you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.

Good Luck!


Dionna is a lawyer turned work at home mama of two amazing kids, Kieran and Ailia. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and life with little ones. She is also cofounder of Natural Parents Network – a thriving website and community of natural-minded families, and NursingFreedom.org – a site dedicated to normalizing breastfeeding.

Comments

  1. Great Mother’s Day giveaway! My daughter would never think to ask me about all the traveling I did in my twenties. It provided some of the best memories and lessons of my life. Oh the stories I could tell her!

  2. What a lovely giveaway. I think my children will never think to ask me about all the different jobs I did before having them. So many different things that I’ve done!!

    Faye

  3. What dreams I didn’t pursue. My mom just told me that she always wanted to learn to play the harp. I never thought to ask.

  4. TATANIA says:

    kittyssn24@yahoo.com

    My kids probably won’t ask me how they loved all the dogs that lived with us when they were babies!

    extra entry:
    I follow Code Name Mama on facebook.

  5. Lovely giveaway! My daughter might never think to ask me if I had a teacher in elementary school or junior high who was special or had an influence on me. :)

    extra entry: I followed code name mamma on FB.

    anamsal04@yahoo.com

  6. @Amanda

    I saw a book similar to this at Coles and wanted to get it for my mom. She’s not the sentimental type though, and may not ever fill it in. Then again, with the passing of her own mother in March, her mind might be in a different place now.

  7. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful and wonderful idea! My kids are very inquisitive but I don’t think they would ask what it was like for me growing up – was I picked on or was I popular? What things did I like to do?

  8. Anonymous says:

    my daughter would probaby never think to ask me about how different school was when i was growing up in a foreign country , but i would love to tel her! i liked the page on facebook!commented here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=225060090931196&set=a.165441596893046.29633.165402083563664&type=1&theater
    my emai is
    mmcv555@gmail.com

  9. oops made myself annonymous above

  10. This idea is genius. I’m not just saying that because I’ve liked Code Name Mama on fb or because I read her blog or because I think she’s a special person ( :D )… it say it because this idea is priceless. My mother died 6 years ago and I still have so many questions. She wrote so much in her journals, but often didn’t continue the thought or record the solution to her problem. Because I don’t want my own children to be in a place of wondering, I’ve been trying to figure out how to write everything down… this is so great!! It’s on my Amazon list now in case the 9th passes without random.org choosing me :)

  11. I don’t think my daughter will ever ask me if I had a good childhood.

  12. I don’t think my son would ask what sort of food I ate growing up.

  13. I love this idea. I don’t think that my children would think to ask me about how long my husband and I were together before we decided to marry and have kids (20 years!) and why.

  14. Morgan Meriwether says:

    I don’t think my kids will ask me what my goals and plans were before they came along. My goals for as long as I can remember was to be a loving wife and mother. The best I can be. It’s all I ever wanted to be. :)

  15. Morgan Meriwether says:

    Oh! My email address is Morgan@n9rracing.com

  16. Andrea says:

    HI!! my kids will probably never ask me how they shared a room for so long with no fighting! ;)

    extra entry: I follow code name: mama on fabcebook!!

    thanks!!
    fatalo007@yahoo.com

  17. Ash Ann says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    My 5 kids…. will probably never ask me… how we went out alone to do shopping while daddy was at work.
    I went just yesterday and it’s soooo much work. & so hot out loading and unloading 5 little ones. :) :)

    & i follow codename mama on facebook.. she post some great information!

    My email is: coolkid232310@yahoo.com

    thanks to codename mama for posting this because i almost missed it.

  18. Keri Stevenson says:

    keristevenson61@yahoo.com

    Thanks to Code Mama for posting this and giving us a chance to win!

    I would love for my kids to know how lucky I was to be a stay at home mom while they grew up and started to go to school.

    Like Code Mama on FB! for extra entry.

  19. Lisa M. says:

    I saw this journal recently on Code Name Mama’s site and fell in love with the idea! I came very close to dying when my daughter was born and always thought about everything that they wouldn’t have learned from me…this is an awesome way of passing down a lot of knowledge, whether or not we’re still with them! Anyway, first entry – I think my kids wouldn’t think of asking me about the middle years – between my childhood and having them…because that era just doesn’t exist in their minds! I know it didn’t exist in my own minds about my parents until I became that age myself. Thanks! quepasa99 at hotmail

  20. Lisa M. says:

    I follow CodeName Mama on FB. quepasa99 at hotmail

  21. Lisa M. says:

    I was just reading CodeName Mama’s post about travel homeschooling, since that is sort of what we’re doing right now ourselves. We’re in between moving and my husband is away for work so we decided to join him. It’s been lots of fun! quepasa99 at hotmail

  22. amber j. says:

    Awesome giveaway!
    My children might not ask me how my childhood was and I would want them to know.
    a11amber11@yahoo.com
    I also liked her fb page.

  23. Kendra Grey says:

    I want to save pictures in this great giveaway book of the lemon car I drove everywhere till I had them!! I had to get a new car w. a/c for them because it was sooo hot I had no choice!

    Liked CODEMAMA FB page.

    Kendra G. keithsmith1399@YAHOO.COM

  24. who won? :)

  25. @Lisa M. Guess what???? YOU WON!!!!!! I will be emailing you ASAP!

  26. Congratulations! We finally have a confirmed winner! Thank you to all who entered! Be sure to consider purchasing this beautiful journal. You will not be disappointed.

    Lisa M. said May 9, 2012 8:26 AM
    I saw this journal recently on Code Name Mama’s site and fell in love with the idea! I came very close to dying when my daughter was born and always thought about everything that they wouldn’t have learned from me…this is an awesome way of passing down a lot of knowledge, whether or not we’re still with them! Anyway, first entry – I think my kids wouldn’t think of asking me about the middle years – between my childhood and having them…because that era just doesn’t exist in their minds! I know it didn’t exist in my own minds about my parents until I became that age myself.

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