WHO ever thought a host of celebrities could have eased my morning sickness during both pregnancies. They could have reassured me when I struggled to fall pregnant the second time. They could have allowed me to see those labour pains in a whole new light.
Don’t believe me? Then you obviously haven’t read Adelaide psychologist, author, parenting expert and Parent Wellbeing director Jodie Benveniste’s latest book Full Belly: comfort and inspiration for pregnancy and birth.
During both pregnancies, I devoured pregnancy books like they were bibles. However, often they weren’t all that comforting or reassuring. Often, it was the opposite – magnifying the fears I already had.
Jodie has compiled a book that helps deal with not only the physical, but also the emotional issues that come with being preggers. There’s such a calming tone within this inspiring little book – from food cravings to labour pains. Each subject is given its own page and, in bite-sized form, includes a quote from a celebrity, a bit about Jodie’s personal experiences and some words of inspiration. It makes it such an easy read.
It’s this formula that she used for her successful first book in the series, Little Bundle: Comfort and inspiration for new parents. This is the book I’m most devouring – for obvious reasons. I can pick it up and read just the page that most relates at the time, I can skim through to the subjects that interest me or I can lap up every page. I love how Jodie reassures, gives you confidence and inspires you to make the most of every precious moment.
There is a warning I’d like to add though. Tears: there will be many, but all happy. The anxiety page has been my saviour. So too the self belief page. The quote for self belief comes from Henry Ford and really resonates with me: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right’’.
If you’re looking for someone who speaks with warmth and empathy, who offers comfort and reassurance, then I’d recommend these books for whatever stage of parenthood you’re at. Or alternatively it’s a wonderful gift for a friend. Now, where’s that page on babies not sleeping again…. You can learn more about Jodie and the books at www.parentwellbeing.com
To go in the draw to win the double book pack – including a copy of Full Belly: comfort and inspiration for pregnancy and birth AND Little Bundle: Comfort and inspiration for new parentsleave a comment telling us your favourite quote.  The giveaway closes Friday, July 10 at 7pm and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of three entries.
Want extra entries? Then here’s how you can up your chances in the draw. Each task is worth one extra entry, but must be included as a separate comment (or it won’t count).
  1. Click the Facebook button below and share this giveaway with your Facebook friends. Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Facebook’’.
  2. Click the Twitter button below and share this giveaway with your Twitter followers (Twitter handle is @ThreeLil). Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Twitter’’.
**DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of both books for review. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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AND THE WINNER IS: Tutu Ames, who said: “I tweeted (then got distracted on Twitter)”.
Congratulations, Tutu!
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27 Responses to WIN: Full Belly + Little Bundle double book pack (review and giveaway)

  1. Megan says:

    “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

  2. Megan says:

    I shared on facebook

  3. Megan says:

    I tweeted @marketraider

  4. katie says:

    “Holy flapping duck sh*t” (my mum).

    This was my mothers ultra extreme swear word when she was extraordinarily frazzled.

    That and “…just stick a broom up my bum and I’ll sweep the floor at the same time shall I?”.

  5. Jane says:

    Reach for the moon, because if you miss at least you’ll still be amongst the beautiful stars. Corny, yes!

  6. Michelle says:

    My favourite quote is: worrying is like a rocking chair; it’ll give you something to do but it won’t get you anywhere!

  7. Fiona Morrison says:

    Well this one keeps it real but positive.

    “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for”
    By: Lulu Ye

  8. Fiona Morrison says:

    Shared on FB! Good Luck everyone!

  9. AmberB says:

    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison

  10. Rheyanan-lee says:

    “Blessed are the hearts that can bend, for they cannot be broken”

  11. Kel says:

    Having just found out I’m pregnant again, this would be AWESOME! It’s been 2.5yrs between pregnancies and all I am is anxious…and excited, of course!
    My favourite quote that always sticks in my head is: “Every now and then beautiful angels appear cleverly disguised as ordinary human beings” ~ Adele Basheer.

  12. Jen says:

    “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. “… JRR Tolkien

    I always remember the ‘not all those who wander are lost’ part – a reminder to not take thing at face value. Plus I just like the rhythm of it all, it’s got a great ring.

  13. Sarah Shelley says:

    My favourite quote is: Babies didn’t come with an instruction manual, but motherhood will come naturally! Except for when post natal depression is involved this quote is sooooooo true as most of us just fall in love with our little bundles of joy and only want to protect them so it does just come naturally to love and care the best we can for them.

  14. Sarah Shelley says:

    Have shared your fantastic give away via Facebook – Sarah Shelley

  15. Sarah Shelley says:

    Have also shared your fantastic site and give away via twitter – @sargef

  16. Tutu Ames says:

    One of my quotes is ‘the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return’ in Moulin Rouge. Corny but true.

  17. Tutu Ames says:

    I tweeted (then got distracted on twitter).

  18. Tutu Ames says:

    I shared on facebook

  19. I just shared some of my favourite quotes on my blog tonight!
    This one makes me smile:

    I wish I was a glow worm,
    A glow worm’s never glum.
    ‘Cos how can you be grumpy
    When the sun shines out your bum!

    Hehe 🙂

  20. Also tweeted (aka_mrfrog)


  21. Ange Hamilton says:

    Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else

  22. Ange Hamilton says:

    shared on fb

  23. Cate says:

    What will be, will be. Stops me from worrying anyway.

  24. sascedar says:

    “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”- Dory, Finding Nemo. Wise words.

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  26. linda says:

    My body is performing Miracles I will listen and heed its demands.
    i have shared on facebook

  27. Wendy Hatton says:

    Every day is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.