Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Review of 10 10 10 by Suzy Welch

Being a Stay at Home Mom wasn't ever something I thought I would be. Deep down, I guess I never even thought I'd be a Mom, due to some fertility issues. But here I am. Me. A Mom.

I don't know if I am a typical SAHM. I do have a business - a store that landed in my lap when my Grandfather decided it was time to give up working, though thankfully, I have a lot of familial help with it. I cater a bit as well, which I really enjoy, and it does help pay the bills. And of course, I favorite part time job. But I still consider that I am a Mom as a profession. It's rewarding unlike any job I have ever had...and I have had a few.

There are struggles though. Like how to balance everything. Should I be doing more? Should I give something else up? Should I throw in the towel and try to find a "real" job again? All of these questions can only truly be answered by ME. Sure, I can get advice from every Tweeter and Blogger and girlfriend in the world, but when it comes down to it - I choose. Me.

Suzy Welch's new book 10 10 10 is a Godsend for this very reason. Filled with personal stories as examples, Suzy's book is based on a simple premise: What will be the results of the decision I make in 10 minutes? In 10 months? In 10 years? (I'm guessing her title of 10 10 10 was chosen because "Just Stop and Think a Damned Minute" was already taken.)

The truth is, if you don't make decisions for yourself, someone else is making them for you whether you realize it or not. Not making a choice is still making a choice. This book really helped me realize that the decisions I make shouldn't make me feel guilty. And I loved how easy it was to read - her stories really brought it all together and put it on a personal level for me. Truly a great book.

If you are on the fence about something and need a little kick in the tail or are feeling guilty about having to make decisions - pick up this book. It doesn't just apply to women, nor does it apply to just applies to anyone who ever has to choose. Like you.

So choose to click this link and buy it for yourself. You'll thank yourself for it.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Romano's Macaroni Grill Review & Giveaway

So I made you curious, eh?

I'll just go ahead and admit it - I am all about boxes. Cake mix, brownie mix, Dinner in a Box... Why not? It makes life so much easier when you've had a long day and haven't got the time to whip up something gourmet. That's not to say I don't like Slowfood...I do. I prefer it. But life moves at a quick pace and sometimes neccessity steps in. (Especially with a hungry toddler.)

Luckily, this Dinner in a Box provides all the taste of Slowfood in only 20 minutes. No kidding...20 Minutes.

The folks over at My Blog Spark were kind enough to send me a box of the Romano's macaroni Grill Creamy Basil Parmesan Chicken & Pasta to review, and I am thrilled they did. I may have never noticed these products tucked in between the Hamburger Helper and Velveeta Shells and Cheese. What you get with this box is top quality pasta and seasonings (think sun dried tomatoes), which really do make a difference. You supply the Chicken (or Pork or Shrimp) and the box takes care of the rest. Don't be put off by the higher than Hamburger Helper pricetag - this box goes further and tastes out of this world better. Our Walmart carries these products for $3.62. Add a pound of Chicken and you have a great dinner for just about $5.00. Even better than that? Click here for a coupon that will save you a whopping $1.00 off just so you can try it yourself. Now we're talking.

But Susan, I want to try it for free! And I want a strainer. And a grater, and a big metal spoon, too! You do? Well, lucky for you I have exactly 3 Prize packs just like that to give away! All you have to do is Comment here. Tell me - have you tried any of the new Macaroni Grill products? How do you feel about Dinners in a Box in general?

Winners will be chosen at random on April 20, so enter to win now! Good Luck!