Prudent Advice Gift Bag Giveaway!

I had so much fun last Friday at the Prudent Advice Book Launch Party here in LA hosted by The Little Seed (maybe you know their awesome line of baby items now available at Target). I was lucky to meet some awesome Prudent Mamas, including Bethany who came in a shirt she made from a Fat Quarter she won here, check it out!

Soooo….I snagged a few gift bags for you guys, they’re pretty great! In honor of the launch of Prudent Advice I thought I’d host a little giveaway and send off five bags, one to each of five lucky ladies who couldn’t be here for the event. Inside you’ll find all these fab treats from the party sponsors:

A full size Smashbox Lip Gloss…

A Kimmel Kids stencil set…

A Cooking With My Kid popcorn kit…

One of these snazzy Incase iPhone Cases

A discount on Kartell furniture…

And a full size California Baby Spritzer (umm, i love this and spray it on myself all the time)…

Isn’t it great when your sponsors are things you love anyway?? We are giving away 5 of these treats! So leave a comment on this post telling us your most prudent advice anytime between now and Tuesday October 26th. Come back every day for a new entry.  Tweet, Stumble, and/or share the giveaway on facebook by clicking “like” below and leave us another comment each time letting us know for an additional entry. We will select five winners at random and send them a gift bag (we can only ship to US addresses). Can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

And if you want to order a copy of the book, I’d be so honored: Prudent Advice.  XOXO



Jenn @ The 31 Years

Did I make first comment, wow! I hope that means I win! My son will turn one on Saturday and after this year my prudent advice would be never say never. Before you become a mom you think "I would never ______" but you really can't anticipate how that baby will change your heart, mind, and (what you thought were your hard and fast) decisions!


My prudent advise comes from my mother. "Always treat your children as people." My brother and I were always respected as contributing members of the family and allowed to be children (with boundaries) at the same time. Just because we were young didn't discount our opinions. I think we are better people for it.


My advice is what my sisters-in-law always told my husband (the chatty baby of the family) – "More than three times is annoying". Fits for so many situations! πŸ™‚

I'm glad your party went so well – it looked like loads of fun!


Best advice I could give you would just be ENJOY THE RIDE! My first son just turned nine months, and WOW did my husband and I think we'd be here this time last year!? Holy cow! What an amazing life we have led; and it's gotten so much better with our new surprise addition!


hmmmm advice…..
When you wear an outfit ask yourself "What am I going to think in twenty years about this when I look back and see myself in pictures?"
Adjust accordingly! πŸ™‚

Jennifer W.

When you are on the verge of pulling out your hair, remember that the days are long, but the years are short.

So bummed I missed the launch party!! Looks like it was a lot of fun.


Best advice I can give to my daughter: Never feel embarassed about being smart. It is a gift. Don't ever let anyone put you down because you're smart, and don't hide your intelligence or abilities just to "fit in" with certain people.

Erin Ashley

My advice is to watch what you say always because your words can either be life giving to those around you or life taking. You want your words to build up people and your children not break their spirits. You can say the same thing you would say in a rude manner in a pleasant manner and still get your point across. People will listen to you more too!


When in doubt, make from scratch. : )

I am going to have a girl in February so at some point I am going to pick up a copy!

Amy H.

My advice comes from a little paper weight my Dad has ALWAYS had on his desk since I can remember, with a picture of a dog sled on it, it reads "Unless you are the leader of the pack the view never changes."

I have loved living life this way…


If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything.

I just got my prudent advice book delivered today!! Can't wait to read it. Congrats on all your success!!


"Trying to clean the house while the kids are still growing is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing."

I don't know if this is advice as so much something good to remember for us who can't seem to keep the house together all the time. I read this recently.


I am so looking forward to getting my copy of Prudent Advice! Probably the most prudent (thus far in my life, at least) has been from my mom – to remember that my child is a person too, with rights, and that it is my job as her mother to stand up for those rights. So when strangers want to pet on her (which drives me INSANE anyway), it is my job to say NO, you cannot touch my child, no matter how cute she is, without her permission.

My daughter is only 17 months old, so I have not been able to give her much prudent advice yet. So far the only thing I have "advised" her on is that it's fine to eat dry food off the floor (like Cheerios) but not wet food, and that we don't eat anything that Mama sweeps into the dustpan. Come to think of it, that's probably good advice for any age.


Best advice is what my mom gave all of us girls, "No matter what you decide to do in life always be the best you can be at it." She told us if we decided to be Garbage men be the best garbage men we could be! (None of us are garbage men, but my sister did have a stent where she wanted to be a plumber!)


Embrace who you are, don't let anyone try to change you or make you feel like you need to change! That's what I try to teach my 9 year old.


The 7 P's… Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance. So true! Everyone pokes fun at me for being so over-prepared, but they sure are glad when there is a freak rain storm and I whip out some ponchos from no where!


What a great goodie bag!!
Here is my advice:
Do what works for you. Whether you are a wife, mother, daughter or carry any other title. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing, just do what works best for you.


Never wear heels in wet grass.

Never wear v-neck shirts around babies.

Always tell the hairdresser to cut less off than you actually want.

Leigh Anne

Love the Lord God w/ all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Gotta be the best advice I could give my children πŸ™‚

Little Missy

My dad always gave me the best advice, in hindsight, as a kid. He always told me that if you're going to criticize something, you should educate yourself about it first. You can't criticize something you don't understand. My other favorite piece of advice was "say what you mean and mean what you say." If it isn't worth standing by your comment, you shouldn't say it in the first place.


Don't wish away your time waiting for something else to happen. Enjoy the stage you are in right now, even if it is a hard one. Time goes by quickly enough on its own!


'If someone hands you a pile of poo you don't have to accept it.' Sounds really crass, but I suppose it's in the same vein as "no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Thank you for your generosity!

Will & Greta

"A day without laughter is a day wasted" – Charlie Chaplin.
Always helps me put things into perspective; even if it means laughing at myself.

Mel Titus Tsai

Be realistic when it comes to getting 'chores' done with small kiddos around… The kids won't remember if the house was spotless, but they will remember that you were there playing, comforting and spending time with them πŸ™‚


Just "liked" Prudent Baby on Facebook, my only advice is to live life to the fullest, it's the only one you've got! πŸ˜‰


One of the best things you can do for your daughter is to put your husband first.

oh, and always have some pancake mix on hand. The kind that only needs water to make, so even if you're out of everything else, like milk, you'll always have something to make for breakfast.


Wear clothes that fit. Even though that pair of pants might be a size you think you 'should be' or 'want to be', the muffin top that it will create just doesn't look good. Get the pants that look the best, don't get the pants that are too tight. No one will see the tag when you're wearing them anyways!

Jaime, Congrats on the book release! I went to our local bookshop and ordered a copy for a friends shower gift!


At our home we go by live what you love =) I wish I was in the States now – this sems like a super great giveaway =)


The Golden Rule will always rule:
do unto others.

Love this give-away. I'm hoping that if I get the iphone case, that an actual iphone will soon follow. You know, the whole "If you build it, they will come" idea. Thanks Prudent Baby!


I was told once to, "in times of need remember the wise counsel of your mother". Love that. And it didn't even come from my mother! Love all your prudent advise for your daughter, too.


Always say positive things to people you deal with, and before criticizing someone, put yourself 'in their shoes' and re-think!

Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!




I can't take credit for this advice, but I don't remember where I heard it. When I was teaching I always told my kids (and now I tell my own kids) to "work hard and be nice". It fits most any occasion!


know the difference between a want and a need. (and yes someday you might think you REALLY "need" a new pair of red high heels but in reality it is just a want)


"try not to dwell on the downs in life because in a few months or a few years you'll look back and your memory of the bad will have faded and your memory of the good will be saturated with color and feeling."
"Don't complain publicly about things because you might be hurting someone else who wants nothing more than that one thing you've chosen to complain about."


My most prudent advice is something I say to myself ALOT- "Enjoy the ride".- it reminds me to treasure life, it's ups and downs, it's joys and tribulations, because we only get one and it's much more meaningful (and manageable)if we "Enjoy the ride"


You have to be in it to win it.

I got my Prudent Advice book delivered last night and I am so in love with it. I had to stop myself from reading the whole thing in one night. Love it!!


Wear sandals in the rain… Keeps your good shoes from getting wet and nasty.

Also- Be careful when wearing sandals in the rain… It can get slippery.


My mom's advice was if a friend breaks up with their boyfriend….never bash the boyfriend in case they get back together.:)


my top three:

everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end.

He (she) who never makes mistakes never did anything that's worthy.

Do not let great ambitions overshadow small success.

Sharon (mama to Adam)

There is one bit of advice I have been able to utilize at work as well as at home with my almost one year old. When something starts to go wrong or you feel you can't continue with a particular way of getting a little one to bed, sit back focus on something else for a bit, go with the flow you are in, and it usually works it self out in the end. Or you think of another way to help it in the direction you wanted it to go (but didn't realize at first). All in all things turn to the positive on their own and all you have to do is give it a chance.


I learned this growing up:

To be early is to be on time.
To be on time is to be late.
To be late is to be unemployed.


whenever anyone asks me for advice, I say make date night with your hubby a priority, it does wonders for a marriage, and completely rejuvinates me through the week taking care of my kids


I love this!!!! Some advice from me is, when frustration is about to set in, take a deep breath and take a deep breath again. Step back if you need to, and go into the situation with a calm start…hopefully that calmness will carry you through to the end!


My favorite advice to my girls is "Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them as much". – Oscar Wilde. Snappy and true!

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose

"Wet leaves are like ice."

This piece advice was uttered so many times from my mama that I finally started hearing "I love you" each time she said it.

P.S. wet leaves really ARE like ice when driving. πŸ™‚


Thanks for the chance to win!

I want to tell my wee son when he is old enough to understand that the only thing you can truly change is yourself. People can be rude and annoying but you don't have to be like them; set an example for them.

I also want my son to above all else, respect nature and this earth and treat her kindly, as well as everything that inhabits it. And to always stick up for the underdog or the one who is getting teased.

The Process

"The blessing is next to the wound" Often times in life when we have pain there is also a blessing of growth and support. I love this advice because it does not mask the wound but rather puts both side by side, a beautiful illustration of how to do life with both pain and joy.


There is so much great advice from To Kill a Mockingbird. Just pick anything that Atticus Finch says."You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

Sara D

If you can't sleep, get up and tackle tomorrow's to-do list!

I love this package and I LUST over the blue perforated Iphone cover. Come to mama!

Hannah Chandler.

My first child is due in December. (Just around the river bend. Eeek! So excited.)

My advice for the little bub will be to use his imagination. And if he gets flack from others for doing so, I'll just tell him to imagine they are silly dancing hippos.

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Henria O.

My mom always told me "Never give a dog a bone to carry" meaning to protect your important business from becoming the subject of other's gossip.


No matter how old you are ~ celebrate your birthday like it is the most important day of the year! (You deserve it!)
My birthday happens to be Oct. 26. I'm just sayin'!


This is probably one of the best give aways EVER! My mom always told me " There is no time like the present!" as I was always looking forward to the future and daydreaming and wishing instead of living in the now.


My advice? Believe in yourself. My favorite quote, one that I have up on our fridge so that my daughter can see it daily, is "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."


Treat others as you would want to be treated. I keep telling my 2 year old that….. Congratulations on the book!

The Russ Family

You're making memories every day, make them good ones. Said wisely by my grandmother.

Wall Family

Just Try It. I swear it works for so many things! I always say to just try it, if you don't like it fine, but at least you gave it a chance.


Super cute bags!! I'm not usually one to give advice, but when I had my daughter my Grandmother said, "cherish the little things, they're what you'll miss the most." And boy was she right, I'll forever miss my two year old's lisp.

Rainy Dae

If you want something, go get it! I spent far too many years waiting for opportunities to fall into my lap and then I finally figured out that life is what you make it.


Let it go… There are so many things in your life you have to let go of when you have kids! Your clean house, clean clothes, most of your expectations what it would be like to be a parent, (it is sooo much better than you thought it would be), your germophobia, your sleep etc. etc. Only make a big deal about the important things in life, like baby smiles, beautiful words, yummy foods, kindness. The things that matter.

The Morrill Mama

I'm going to have to go with what Sofia said….Let It Go!!!!!! I've been carrying a grudge for the past three days and it's already making me physically sick πŸ™ And it doesn't even matter now.


Two more to add from me:
1. Education is key – no one can take knowledge.
2. If you work hard, you can make your life better.

Seaweed and Raine

Some advice a friend told me when I was about to become a parent (But I think it works pretty much for everything in general)…
Listen to the advice of others – then choose whichever works best for you. (You may need to use trial and error till you find it!).


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