Welcome to a new 2012 series on Simple Bites! Each month, I’ll feature a book of my choosing (cookbooks, predominantly) that is hot off the press, host a Q & A with the author, and then give you a chance to win a copy. It’s Bite This Book and it starts today!
January is a month where it’s easy to get inspired to organize the kitchen. The weather outside is blustery and cold (at least up here it is), the holiday parties are over, and routine is reinstated in our households.
It makes sense to tackle organizing projects now – big or small – and today I have just the book to help you on your way. Written by my friends and fellow mothers, Mandi Ehman and Tara Kuczykowski, All In Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home is a thorough resource for busy families looking for ways to cut costs, save time, and get the home in order.
Nope, it’s not a cookbook, but All in Good Time is definitely a book that I can see being very valuable to Simple Bites readers. Read on for an interview with Mandi and a chance to win one of two copies!
Q & A with Mandi Ehman
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are qualified to write this book.
Tara and I first became friends about 7 years ago. We were both work-at-home moms, and we actually met online through a company bulletin board. We both had baby girls (although Tara also had two little boys as well), and we discovered that we had a lot in common.
We talked pretty much every day, and it didn’t take us long to figure out that Tara’s passion and strength was saving money and finding great deals while mine was organizing and time management.
Eventually, we both started blogs related to those passions, and when the opportunity presented itself to write this book, it seemed like a great way to combine our knowledge and skills to help other people save time and money so that they’d have more of both left for the things that really matter.
2. How would you describe All In Good Time?
It is really a reference book. Much like a cookbook, we don’t expect that many readers will sit down and read the whole thing cover to cover at one time. Rather, it’s something you can flip through to discover the best time to “save, stock up and schedule everything for your home” and pull off the shelf when you want to research a specific purchase or activity.
3. Who will All In Good Time appeal to?
Although there’s helpful information in the book for pretty much anyone, I really think it is most valuable for busy moms who are trying to balance tight budgets and busy lives. Minutes and dollars really do add up, and there are simple ways to save both!
4. What is something you learned about yourself during the book writing process?
Personally, I learned that despite now carrying the title of published author, I really don’t consider myself a writer. I discovered that I love to share information with people, but writing is a means to an end and not my passion. Certainly not what I expected to learn through the experience, but something that has helped me clarify my vision for the future in invaluable ways!
Thanks so much, Mandi, and Tara too. I’m sure your book is going to be an enormous help to so many across the continent. And how you managed to write this AND parent your nine (total) kids is truly amazing. Congratulations!
Thanks to the Berkley publishers, you can win one of two copies of All In Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home!
Simple and straightforward, to enter this giveaway just leave a comment on this post and answer the question:
“Which area of your home needs a few tips from Mandi and Tara?”
(If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email. Thank you!)
Giveaway ends Saturday, January 13, at 11:30PM. Good luck to all!