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The Biggest Fall Reading Giveaway EVER!

Do you love reading? Enjoy free stuff? Well a bunch of your favorite bloggers have joined together to bring you the hugest giveaway on the innerwebz and you are not going to believe this prize package.Seriously.

Now that the kids are back in school, maybe you find yourself with a little extra free time for reading grown-up people books with grown-up people words in them. Maybe, as the autumn air gets chillier, you’re looking for an excuse to snuggle up inside under a blanket. Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: you need some great stuff to read. Thus, we bring you…


The Biggest Fall Reading Giveaway EVER

First off, we’ve collected practically an entirely new library for you – nine (9) (NINE!!!) new books to make you laugh, cry, and forget that you were supposed to turn on the crockpot because you’re just plain having too much fun.


You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, the long-awaited first humor anthology from In The Powder Room, is the #1 Hot New Release on Amazon for good reason—it’s packed with 39 (mostly) true tales by women, for women, about being women—bodily changes, relationships, careers, motherhood, aging, illness, and more—written with the humor and grit that proudly sets In The Powder Room apart. As co-author and editor, I’m personally smooching and autographing a copy of this baby for our lucky winner. HOLLA!

Do you have a copy of the hilarious best-selling collection of hilarious essays, I Just Want To Pee Alone, yet? Well, I bet you don’t have a copy signed by four of the co-authors—Amy Bozza of My Real Life signed one with Kim Bongiorno, Kim Forde and Anna Sandler, and she’s willing to part with it JUST FOR YOU! It covers every parenting topic from planning for your baby, to being driven insane by your children, to… wait, are there other parenting topics? Yes, don’t be silly, of course there are. I’m pretty sure.

From Abby Has Issues, you’ll get a signed paperback copy of Abby Still Has Issues, the 5-star rated second installment of award-winning humor writer Abby’s compiled blogging neurosis—everything from the drama of a cab ride with Aunt Mable to her quest to become a naked sushi model.

Carriage Before Marriage has two stories in the hilarious, irreverent anthology What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories featuring essays from Carrie Fisher, Sex and The City producer Cindy Chupack and more. Romantic disasters spun into comedy gold for your entertainment!

Janie Emaus is offering up an autographed paperback copy of her smart and compelling young adult book, Mercury In Retro Love—a story about crushes, conflicts and astrological confusion.

Kim Bongiorno, of Let Me Start By Saying, has generously added an autographed paperback copy of her 5-star rated “Part of My World: Short Stories”, a book that allows the reader to escape into 21 unique, exhilarating worlds.  To boot, she’s including a “How Being a Parent is Like Being a Rock Star” note card, based on her hilarious graphic that’s gone viral (blank inside, with envelope).

You’ll also win an autographed copy of Not Your Mother’s Book…on Being a Parent, co-authored by Stacey Hatton of Nurse Mommy Laughs. These new anthologies are edgy “poultry for the chakra” books and will have you laughing instead of crying.

Of course your library won’t be complete without a signed paperback copy of the best selling debut of humorist Paige Kellerman, At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles—a touching story of cankles, gestational diabetes, and one woman’s quest not to pee her own pants while carrying twins.

Still want more parenting laughs? Parenting Gag Reel – Hilarious Writes and Wrongs (from the popular Life Well Blogged series) is for moms and dads who’ve fought to get little ones down for a nap, worn their pajamas to drop off the kids at school or can name at least ten shades of poop. If that’s you, you’re in the right place for an afternoon of laughter, thanks to some very funny bloggers, including Snarkfest.

But wait – that’s not all! Because we love you and we know that just WANTING to read doesn’t always get you the time, setting, and accessories that make it possible, we’re also including all of this:

clock Because it’s hard to concentrate on reading while the kids are awake, we’ll set you up with the customizable kid’s photo clock of your choice from ZAZOO KiDS! In addition to allowing you to upload your own photos, video and music, it has pre-programmed image alarms to show a child visually when they can start the day or when it is time to rest. Brilliant! For maximum reading time, we recommend setting bedtime to 4:00 p.m.

Duck Tape
Because they might still need a little help staying in bed, there’s Duck Tape. Everyone can find a fun and creative use for Duck Tape, from crafty tweens to practical DIYers, to mamas who just want to read for a minute, for Pete’s sake. We’re giving away an awesome prize pack of Duck Tape in assorted colors and patterns.

Because sometimes Mama needs a little glass of something while she reads, you’ll get a monogrammed Vino-2-Go (Wine Sippy! Right? RIGHT? Awesome.) for those special times when you need to be the classiest bitch at a party, or when you’re just afraid you might spill some precious vino on your precious book.

Because you need to be comfortable while you read, we’re bringing you your choice of one throw pillow from Sewn, Inc. Sewn is a small design atelier in Brooklyn, NY, specializing in dressmaking, custom Halloween costumes for children, home decor accents, and quilted Christmas stockings. Seriously – how cute is this:

throw pillow

coin purse
Because you might be out and about while you’re reading (hey, it could happen), the winner will also get a $30 gift certificate to the Jennifer Ladd shop on Etsy, which is chock full of gorgeous handbags and change purses.


Nostalgic Graphic Tees Elizabeth Horton

Because you’ll need something clean for your kids to wear if you hope to put off the laundry one more day, let us introduce you to Nostalgic Graphic Tees by Elizabeth Horton. Brushed for softness and screen printed using multiple layers of environmentally friendly ink, you’ll be happy when this becomes your child’s favorite shirt because it’ll stand up to life and washings and still look good enough to hand down to a little brother or sister. Winner gets to choose any tee from the Etsy site. That’s winner’s choice! You just have to pick from a size in stock.

men's shirt Because you’ll need something cozy to “borrow” from your husband’s closet while you read (or because you’re the husband whose cozy stuff keeps getting “borrowed,” or because you just happen to like reading and comfort), Cool Dads is providing one of their tees. They work hard to make tees that their kids would dig, and that they would be proud to wear too. They feature a tailored fit, custom stitching, and high quality bamboo viscose material that makes their shirts softer than the softest cotton, keep you degrees cooler, and even repel sweat to keep you dry.

image bubblesBecause people are always trying to take the few things around the house that aren’t made by Fisher Price (like your new fantastic book collection) and claim them as their own, label them in style with Name Bubbles. These sturdy, water-resistant and dishwasher safe labels come in a variety of colors, sizes, and fonts so you can personalize them just the way you want. We’re giving away a School Labels Pack, an assortment of over 80 labels!

book markBecause we know you’ll get interrupted while you’re trying to read, you’ll get a $40 gift card to Snappin Studio, where they make unique hand stamped metal keepsakes like beautiful copper bookmarks. What a stylish way to keep track of where you left off, until you’re finished getting the kids just one more glass of water at 10:30 PM! Shop for gorgeous hand stamped metal gifts such as personalized guitar picks, unique anniversary gifts, handmade wedding favors and more.

I Just Want to Pee Alone Tote Bag


Also, because we know we’re all just barely holding it together ourselves, we’re including a canvas I Just Want To Pee Alone tote bag so YOU can hold all this stuff together—super rare and totes adorable, you’ll be able to carry all this incredible loot in style.

And finally, because we know we might have forgotten something (Who, US???), the lucky winner will also get a $175.00 Amazon gift card, to spend however he or she wants, although we strongly suggest using it to buy the giveaway hosts something pretty.

Amazon gift card


That’s almost $700 worth of fantastic prizes!

To qualify: You must have a deep, burning desire to own all or part of the stuff mentioned above, and live in the United States. (So sorry, non-United States friends—we love you big time, but we don’t understand your sweepstakes rules and don’t enjoy serving jail time. Also, POSTAGE. Gah. It’s, like, more than college tuition.)

Required: Do the little Rafflecopter thingy. Winner will be chosen at random and notified after the giveaway closes on Saturday, October 5. If there’s no response from the winner within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen and so on until I decide just to keep everything for myself. (I’m kidding, of course. OR AM I? Yes, I’m kidding.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Rachel E

    Yay for books!

  2. Kate

    awesome stuff

  3. Stephanie

    This is an awesome giveaway,

  4. Kerry Ann @Vinobaby's Voice

    Sheezeh, you all gathered all the goodies! Count me in for the win.

  5. WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion

    A lot of my pals are in on this, so I fully expect someone to rig this for me. That’s acceptable, right? (Remember, I’m pregnant and delicate…) 😉

  6. Ziva

    It’s times like this I really wish I was living in the US. I don’t suppose I could try to win and then sell the kids on Ebay to pay for the postage?

  7. Abby

    I have to admit that a part of me wishes I wasn’t included so I could throw my hat into the ring. This is like, the SUPER BOWL of giveaways minus a halftime show with a semi-clad female pop star lip-syncing her latest hit and hot guys in football pants. Thanks again for all you’ve done!

  8. Brianne

    I need this NOW as a leave for a business trip and have nothing to read!! GAH!

  9. Christy Higley

    I would so love this! Could really enjoy some good reads. As a mother of eight, seven of them being boys, it would be a gift well earned at the end of a long day.

  10. Stacie

    This is amazing! I never win anything but I am trying (again) now! Oh, how I hope the rafflecopter autobots pick me….

  11. Missy

    I rarely enter giveaways, but this one is worth figuring out rafflecopter. Although I’m not sure I did actually figure it out. So maybe I entered ths amazing giveaway! Yay!

  12. Kim Jordan

    I love reading your posts!

  13. Julie Combs

    I hope I win! I’m a new follower (not “drinking the kool aid” kind of follower) and as I was reading the archives I got inspired to get my messy house in order, one junk drawer or small cluttered corner at a time. Your before photos looked just like my house and I thought…hmm…I can do this. My husband thinks there’s something wrong with me, haha, but he’s loving the results. I love reading your blog, you’re hilarious. Thanks!!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Hi Julie! Welcome! Ooooh, I need to go read my archives and get inspired to organize again.

  14. Linda

    Awesome prize bundle!

  15. samantha

    Best giveaway I’ve seen in a long time!

  16. Michele

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I love it!!

  17. Shasta

    I would love this!

  18. Julie Shaver

    HOLY COW!!! What a FABULOUS giveaway!!!! I want it!!!

  19. Skinny Jean Colleen

    Your lego clean up was how I found you and have not stopped reading since. I went through the Organizing Junky faze too and gave up, I mean forgot about all that organizing stuff.
    Congrats on all your success and not to mention FAME!

  20. Jill

    Me! Me! Pick me! 🙂

  21. Amanda

    Awesome giveaway!

  22. Joce Lyne

    thanks for including canada in your contest…i would soooo love to win this 🙂
    thanks for the chance!!

  23. CZP

    Awesome prizes!!

  24. Roxanne

    This might be one of the GREATEST GIVEAWAYS EVER.

  25. Dana

    I was looking for camaraderie in the “good enough” mothering arena. Found your blog and have been reading it– new and older posts– for a while now. Love it! Thanks for keeping it real– and really funny!

  26. Dana

    Wow, so many addictions I could fulfill….. would love to win

  27. Kim S

    OH!!! Terrific giveaway!! thank you!! Pick me!! Pick me!!

  28. Beth

    Wow, this is an amazing giveaway!

  29. Sarah L.

    This is an awesome giveaway! I would love to win! Thanks for being so funny and giving away free stuff 🙂

  30. SueS

    I would love to win this giveaway! You are so funny!

  31. Michelle

    Awesome giveaway!

  32. Audra Jolliffe

    What an amazing prize package!

    Thank you for such a cool blog about organizing! I started on my closet this weekend and have made progress. (I explained to my husband the mess in the living room was the clean sweep of the closet and that it will get cleaned up eventually…lol.) The closet looks great, now I gotta get to the living room.

    I also like your tips on organizing and have passed on a few blogs to my neighbor, who really appreciates them. (I had to ask her, didn’t want her thinking that I think she’s unorganized.)

    Thanks again!

  33. Natalie Powers

    What an amazing giveaway! Can’t wait to win it all! 😉

  34. pendy

    Fabulous giveaway!

  35. Reagan

    What a fantastic giveaway!

  36. Melissa Hooker

    I want to win!! This giveaway is Awesome!

  37. Heather

    Whoo hoo! I wanna win!!!

  38. Vanessa

    Wow that IS a big give away. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of most of those books. They are defiantly on my to read list now!

  39. Cynthia

    I want this!!

  40. Carrie

    Pick me!!! Really, you should!

  41. Deborah Jones

    LOVE your posts! They give me a much needed laugh every day. Thanks so much!

  42. Serenity

    Love your blog!

  43. cynthia

    guitar pick banjo pick nose pick in pickle pickerton detective agency picky picky was the best cat ever her pickiness pickley pear pick your underwear out of your pickachu pick your teeth tooth pick don’t pick at your food pick and shovel pick through it pick your feet up pick through the ancient picks of brittania pick it up stay on the beat head on a pick just one pick pick pick cornbread and butter beans and you across the table leslie have you seen the youtube ad for poo-pouri? i kinda think you will love it. now pick me, will you?

  44. Sharon D.

    ohhhh………pick me, pick me!!!!!!!!!

  45. Al

    Wow! Just wow!

  46. Angela

    Roses are red,
    Violets are blue,
    I love bacon
    and so do you!

  47. Laura

    Great giveaway! New to your blog and loving it!

  48. Judy

    This prize package is officially ridonculous. Hence, I must enter the giveaway. 😉

  49. Stacey Beck

    I can’t figure out how to enter!! What is this Rafflecopter thingy you speak of? Why am I the only one who can’t figure this out? I’ve only had 2 glasses of wine so that can’t be it. Help!

  50. Lori

    Love this site! Glad to have found it…

  51. Kat R.

    So much good stuff!!

  52. Meghan

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway! Personalized wine cup? I’m in!

  53. Nicole

    Need. that. pillow.

  54. Whitney Schmale

    LOVE your website!!! It’s nice to see someone say the things most of us think!!

  55. Michelle

    I have been reading a book every other day and I needed new titles. Thanks for the list! I can’t wait to start.

  56. Andrea

    oh. i wants.

  57. Shelly

    What a great giveaway.

  58. Valarie M

    Sweet fancy Moses. I would LOOOOVE these items. Hell, I’d love ONE of these items.

  59. Debbie P.

    I ran across your blog and absolutely love it! What a wonderful giveaway, I’d love it all, thanks 🙂

  60. Aviva

    You had me at FREE.

  61. Janet

    ZOMG, count me in!

  62. Chrissy Leon

    Love your blog. Love your prizes, too!

  63. Kate

    I don’t know – the raffle thing might be over my head- I can’t tell if the entry was actually submitted….it seems to go no where different…too old to teach me new tricks? I hope not… maybe after some wine…

  64. Nicole M

    It would absolutely blow my mind if I won this. So this is me, commenting, and crossing my fingers and hoping to god I win.
    I need a little something happy in my life these days 🙁

  65. Julie

    Great giveaway! I’m so in!

  66. Debbie Lyman

    What a fabulous giveaway! I want it all … pick me! pick me!

  67. Sarah Macon

    I NEED this! Great giveaway!

  68. Julie P

    Just found your website through a friend on FB. I like you. I AM like you. You’re my new platonic crush.

  69. Snappy

    This is awesome!

  70. Andrea

    Oh, yeah. I think I need this.

  71. hollow tree ventures

    I want you to take over the graphics on my blog – you made these pics look great. Thanks so much for signing on for this!

  72. Katherine

    Wow, one of the coolest giveaways ever (even if it did force a lurker to come out and actually make a comment!)

  73. Kelley B

    This is one of the most generous giveaways I have seen – great job!

  74. Lisa

    Wow, I could lose a lot of daylight hours with those books. And I must have that wine travel mug! And before Halloween! So much classier than the red Solo cup I used last year 🙂

  75. Diane

    Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  76. Rose City Mama

    I hope I get it, God I hope I get it.

  77. Lauren

    So. Much. Good. Stuff. I’m excited to have something to read while I’m swishing oil while the jar of coconut oil cleans the bathroom!

  78. Jen

    What an awesome giveaway!

  79. carolarmijo

    When I need a good laugh that makes me pee myself I head on over here and don a pair of depends and start reading. Fingers crossed I need those prizes I am having a shitty year.

  80. carolarmijo

    I love your blog, makes me pee myself everytime

  81. Amanda A.

    Since I can say anything I will tell you that I love reading your blog posts here and at In the Powder Room.

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