I finished the book this morning, and I couldn't stop laughing at some points, best exercise read in a long time. Leanne Shirtliffe completely captures what it is like to be a parent of twins in Don't Lick the Minivan. As she struggled with delayed postpartum depression, she was able to come through it all with laughter. Don't Lick the Minivan is a must read for those considering becoming parents for the first time and for those who are already I finished the book this morning, and I couldn't stop laughing at some points, best exercise read in a long time.
Don't Lick the Minivan is a must read for those considering becoming parents for the first time and for those who are already parents. Her depiction of life with twins is brutally honest, so much so that you will have no need for those how to parenting books. Jan 09, Aimee Ferguson rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews.
I adored this book. Full disclosure: I had the fantastic experience of being a student of Ms.
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Shirtliffe's for two years. I am not currently her student, so there's no extra credit attached for being nice. Reading a book about someone that you are so familiar with is a unique experience, and I found she came across on the page in much the same way she does in real life - witty, down to earth, and hilarious.
I was laughing aloud at the mastery of humour used here. It was easy to tell that thought I adored this book. It was easy to tell that thought was placed into every word and it worked really well to make these already brilliant stories of life and all of it's challenges into something more.
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The power packed into her analogies, allusions and metaphors worked really well. Her story was told in an honest and genuine way that worked just as well as the comedy. My mum and I both read this book from the different perspectives of mother of four and student, and yet we both shared a love of this book. More than once I ran over to her to recount a story she was already familiar with so that we could smile together. I'm so incredibly proud do students get to be proud of their teachers? She's inspired me to follow my dreams, and she's shown me that though life isn't always easy, you need to be able to laugh at yourself.
And if you can't laugh at yourself, a read through of this book will help you laugh along with Ms. Shirtliffe and her family. Apr 27, Carrie rated it really liked it. This was such a great read for moms who love to laugh. I was lucky to get my hands on it early. Great Mother's Day gift. May 07, Faith rated it really liked it. After a rotten week, what could be better than the healing medicine of laughter?
And so I am lucky me! Of all the nice things that have started to happen to me since I began blogging this is pretty way in front the nicest and I was delighted to get an invite to be part of the book launch and to "meet" Leanne on Facebook. I am on page I promised Leanne I would read and review it. And my internet goes down on May 7th.
For After a rotten week, what could be better than the healing medicine of laughter? For a week. Just long enough to leave me a shut-out on the release date May 11th, from what I understand - which is never much. What I understand, I mean.. I ALSO got it late because I am dopey and cannot figure out how to make myself easy to connect to groups and stuff in Facebook land!
So I am reading it on my netbook. Which is kinda okay but I prefer the way you turn pages on the touch screen of the Kobo.
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The book! Well, it's pretty great actually. Leanne is a Calgary-based blogger mommy with a hilarious and often interactive blog at www. If you're not following it, you should be. It's pretty fun. One of Leanne's central themes is that it's not what the KIDS say that's really shocking, it's the things we suddenly spout ourselves as parents that are really off the wall "Take that train off your penis!
She regularly shares these chuckle and chortle moments on her blog. What if it was trite, or tried too hard to be funny? I was queasy at the thought that such a smart, funny lady might try to make light of some of motherhood's more "unfunny" moments. Happy news. She doesn't.
Leanne Shirtliffe's book is heartfelt and honest. Within its humourous pages there is a lot of truth about parenthood.
I often felt myself smiling in recognition. This is her description of the drive home in two Thai taxi cabs with her newborn twins: "I watched Chris and the babies edge through lane one. I cried, closed my eyes, and hummed Sunday school songs at a frantic tempo. Then our taxi driver turned right. I opened my eyes. Of course you can. The other car went straight. My babies had made it across the deathtrap and we were going the long way.
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I could almost feel the remains of my imaginary umbilical cord being torn. In Thai culture, public outrage is looked down upon because everyone who witnessed the outburst loses. Defeated, I called Chris and sobbed. Five minutes later, the taxi pulled up to our apartment building. My mom hugged me and I looked at my two little post-goop balls.
I remembered the new anxiety of not being able to keep your baby safe inside you any longer. The new and strange fears for them as separate little beings in the world. And Leanne has felt that too. I am pleasantly surprised with this book.
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It is a joyous and often uproariously funny expression of love. The end of chapter "Sappy Files" are tenderly written letters to Vivian and William the twins. Having never considered myself a "sappy" type person before I guess I will now have to re-evaluate. The first one hooked me. I nodded along in recognition of my own feelings. Some people would call what Leanne has done "oversharing" about her kids.
To those people: if this doesn't interest you, don't read it. The rest of us know that parenting is the most important and transformative job we are ever likely to undertake. Talking about it, comforting each other "Hey! I felt like that too. And sometimes even educational I never knew you could loofah stretch marks off. And - hey - can I say sometimes it's just nice "talking" to another adult? Slacker moms unite!!! Perhaps we are not so bad after all.
Maybe just more honest than other folks. And if Leanne is with us, we can take over the world umm, err, I mean transform parenthood. Yeah, that's it. Thanks Leanne, for helping us laugh at ourselves. I've really been needing to laugh this week. You can buy it on Amazon on May 22nd. It's by Leanne Shirtliffe.
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Jan 08, Storywraps rated it it was amazing. Leanne and her husband while living in Bangkok, Thailand find they are going to be the parents of twins. She manages to find so many ways to keep up her spirits while gestating two babes along the way.
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