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Are You A Slummy Mummy?

I received a review copy of Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill a few weeks ago, and it didn’t disappoint.

The heroine Lucy Sweeney is scatterbrained and prone to mishaps. Formerly a producer on a prestigious news show, she’s now the stay-at-home mother of three children and a bit of a mess. Her house and car are a pigsty. Her looks are decidedly unglamorous. She wears pajamas when she drops her kids off at school and forgets to wash off her eye makeup, leading one mom to comment that she looks like a panda. She loses her keys, runs out of gas, and forgets about important school projects until the last minute. And that’s just the beginning.

At school, she befriends Yummy Mummy (a fit, glamorous mom whose car and home are kept immaculately clean) and clashes with Alpha Mum (one of those type-As obsessed with mommy excellence).

While there’s a little slummy mummy in all of us, few women are quite as disorganized as Lucy. (Seriously, who doesn’t at least update a basic calendar?) At times, Lucy becomes a caricature of a disorganized mother, but everyone can still relate to her because we all make mistakes and have moments where we feel we don’t measure up.

I’d read about Slummy Mummy for the first time in the pages of Vogue, which is a magazine I normally associate with those fit Yummy Mummies I see in the gym wearing full make-up with perfectly-coiffed hair at 7am.
There’s something about Yummy Mummies that makes us feel bad about ourselves. They barely break a sweat during group fitness classes, get every yoga pose perfect and look adorable in their Juicy Couture tracksuits. Frankly, they are the primary reason I decided to invest in my own fitness equipment and workout at home.

While it’s easy to envy the Yummy Mummies, the message behind Slummy Mummy is one of acceptance (of yourself) and appreciation (for what you have). And that is surprisingly sweet.

Want to win a signed copy of Slummy Mummy ?

Well…are you a slummy mummy, alpha mom, yummy mummy, beta mom, hybrid mom, earth mother, slacker mom, or a sick-of-labels mom? Just leave a comment by July 27 telling us what kind of mom you are and why. We’ll pick a winner at random. Remember to leave a valid e-mail address or URL where we can reach you if you win.

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Also, we have tons of other great contests on Mamanista! if you miss out on this one, including a very special giveaway to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.

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64 Responses to "Are You A Slummy Mummy?"

  1. Rachelle says:

    i’m not yet a Mommy but will soon be.. as i’m getting married this August 8. hope I win!

    raeshylle at yahoo dot com

  2. Karen says:

    I am definitely a slummy mummy, and I would adore this book! Please count me in:)

  3. Southern Mom says:

    Always looking for a good book. Count me in!

  4. cre82learn says:

    This looks like a great giveaway, please count me in!This looks like a fun book. hmmm, what kind of mommy am I? I guess a combo, definitely now a different kind *with 5 kids* than I was when I first started this journey.

  5. Anastasia says:

    I’m in too!

    I’m an every changing kind of mom, it seems! :) Just when I think I’ve settled into one way of doing things, the world changes around me and I have to do them differently :)

    anastasia_falling@yahoo.com

  6. Linda SS says:

    I’d love to win – I can use a good laugh:)

  7. Amanda says:

    I would definitely be a slummy mummy, and I would love to read this book.
    blazershockeyfan@hotmail.com

  8. Jessica Morris says:

    Please count me in!!
    I am a “funny mummy” according to my husband – I make up songs for our baby and my husband told me yesterday that he wished that he could write down all of them and make a comedy show of them because he thinks they’re so funny … couldn’t decide if I was insulted or not by that!

  9. margalit says:

    I’m part slacker mom and part slummy mom. So not an alpha mom. But I have a congenital heart defect! (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and now CHF)

    What a great and generous giveaway. Count me in! Pick me, pick me!

  10. Kim says:

    Count me in! What a wonderful giveaway!

    Great blog…I’m bookmarking it so that I can come back later. ;)

    If you haven’t already checked mine out…Come on over.

  11. ~Deidra~ says:

    Not sure what kind of mommy I am…but I read a previous comment that said “lazy perfectionist”…that might come close.

    Please enter me.

    Thanks!

  12. Dawn says:

    I’m definitely a slummy mummy. If I updated my calendar once in a while I would have known it was the day kids were handing out valentines at preschool and as I dropped my son off at school I found out we were supposed to bring a decorated valentine box. I asked what time they were doing the valentines and I had just enough time to speed home, find a box and put wrapping paper on it and speed back so he wasn’t the only kid without a box. I’m a little better now, but not much.

  13. Laane says:

    If I’m a lsummy mummy?
    Don’t know.
    I just do what I can. But I can use help, that’s for sure.
    With 4 kids with autism spectrum and 2 dyslectic, I can do with each little bit of help there is.

    Feel welcome to enter my give-away at: http://laaneworld.blogspot.com/2007/07/give-away.html
    Ending friday night.

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