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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Review: The Big Book of Martinis for Moms by Rose Maura Lorre and Mavis Lamb; Adams Media

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More than 175 martinis just for moms!

You're at every game, performance, and practice.
You weather colds, flus, and strep throat better than anyone. You can finish a diorama in two hours flat.

Isn't it time you had your own happy hour?

Filled with more than 175 refreshing martini recipes, this collection gives you a reason to take a seat and just unwind. Featuring simple instructions that can be done in a matter of minutes, you will:

  • Relax tubside with a Bathtub Gin(ger).
  • Relish the view of a spotless bedroom with a Hurricane Martini in hand.
  • Savor bedtime with a Relaxing Tea Martini.
  • Reward yourself with a Cucumber Martini after getting the kids to eat their veggies.
  • Celebrate fitting into your skinny jeans with a Thin Gin.
With The Big Book of Martinis for Moms, you'll always have the perfect answer for every joy and accomplishment motherhood has to offer!

My Review

This is definitely a book that I wish I’d had when my kids were younger. It’s an amazing book for any mom that adores her kids, the milestones, the “baby” and “childhood” feats that she’s mastered and definitely needs to celebrate it when the kids are tucked in for the night.

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I love that at the beginning of the book there is (instead of a table of contents) there’s a “FEAT” list. You can skim through—find what feat you’ve successfully mastered and toast to yourself!! GREAT job mom!

The writing is quirky, humorous, and knows how us moms need a pat on the back for the “great job.” Only another parent would understand these tasks that we defeat such as “enjoying a night out with the kid without a meltdown”, “surviving a supermarket meltdown”, and surviving being up all night with a sick kid”.

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Each drink starts out with a feat such as “surviving your first ER trip” but at the top they always give it a quirky name—this one’s name is “Panic Free Zone-tini.” Then it goes into the story of how frightening it must have been, but everything was fine. Although you were still WORRIED to death. THEN it shows the reward which is called :The Pain Killer:

They are broken down into different feats such as bedtime feats, food feats, medical feats, bathroom-related feats, transitions/first feats, school feats, chore/discipline feats, mom-specific feats, out-and-about feats, festive feats, kids will be kids feats, and in the great outdoors feats.

The drinks are fun, unique, and seem to be VERY tasty. Not all of them have picture, but the ones that do have pictures—look beautiful! I can’t wait to get to mixing these concoctions for myself.

Although I don’t deserve getting through the year’s class ceremony without crying. When Aidan graduated Kindergarten last Friday- as soon as I walked into his classroom tears welled up in my eyes!! I couldn’t help it, they grow up too fast!

Here are some feats:

  Lulled baby to sleep by driving around

  Managed to get them to sleep all night

  Teaching them to feed themselves

   Baked a cake with your kid

Stayed home with your sick kid

Changed babies diaper in a parking lot

Which feats do you deserve to drink to?

 

About the Authors

Rose Maura Lorre blogtends at FiveOClockCocktails.com, a finalist for the Saveur 2012 Best Food Blog Awards, and is a contributing food writer to St. Louis Magazine. She has tended bar at The Royale Food & Spirits in St. Louis and is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Mixology. Rose has been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, the New York Post, and Salon.com, amongst other publications.

Mavis Lamb coaches people on blogging for business, speaks on networking and word-of-mouth marketing, and writes books and plays. As director of Seattle Playwrights Studio, her latest play, Serendipity by Design, was inspired by a conversation with her boyfriend, Dave, a martini bar owner.

Buy It: The Big Book of Martinis for Moms for $12.75

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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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