Baby Steps from Motherhood to Career

by Jennifer Donovan

Earlier this week I posted a review of a novel about a woman who went back to work after taking a few years off to stay home with her son. I know that is a situation that many of us face, whether we go back to work because of financial necessity, a desire to keep up our career skills, personal satisfaction or a combination of these.

In Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career, Diane Lang has addressed all these key areas in an understanding and gracious way. Reading the book is like receiving advice from a wise and gentle friend. In writing the book, Diane Lang interviewed many working moms. One of the things that she realized was that by definition, baby-steps.jpga working mom (or a new mom contemplating returning to work) is short on time. Because of this, she intentionally kept the book short. As a child I always selected the longest books possible so that I got the biggest bang for my buck, but as an adult, I agree with her philosophy. In this 56-page book, every word counts.

If you are still weighing your options, this book will help you decide if indeed it is time for you to go back to work. If it is, Ms. Lang gives several options that you might not have considered that have worked for some of the women who she interviewed. She covers the resume, the interview, and that transition period from home to work that is full of mixed emotions.

The author has donated two copies. If you’d like to win, please leave a comment. We will post the winners on Thursday, January 24. You can buy a copy of the book through Bent Tree Press.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Annie B Lawrence January 17, 2008 at 1:52 am

Loved the book. If I win I would be passing it on to my wonderful daughter-in-law. She is a stay at home mom at the moment and has her hands full with a 1 year old and 2 year old. I was also a stay at home mom and loved every moment and would not change how I did that. Also am glad that I took time to enjoy my sons when they were little.

Annie B Lawrence
Author Love’s Secret

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2 Jill H. January 17, 2008 at 1:58 am

wow – sounds like a fantastic read, and one i could use right now, as I’m seriously thinking it’s time to go back to work, but am scared about jumping back into the workforce.

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3 Tara Robertson January 17, 2008 at 7:45 am

yes please!

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4 Bonita January 17, 2008 at 8:01 am

It sounds like a book I would love to read as I am in the middle of deciding whether to go back to the corporate world.

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5 emily January 17, 2008 at 8:07 am

How timely – I could really use this book right now.

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6 Donna Coughlin January 17, 2008 at 8:10 am

It sounds like a book I would love to read as I am in the middle of deciding whether to go back to the corporate world.

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7 Kathy January 17, 2008 at 8:56 am

Great Book

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8 Judith Rachmani January 17, 2008 at 9:19 am

GREAT IDEA!

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9 James Jenkins January 17, 2008 at 9:19 am

Wow!!

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10 Shannon January 17, 2008 at 9:36 am

I’d be interested in what nontraditional ideas she has.

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11 brandy w January 17, 2008 at 9:38 am

great book

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12 Bess January 17, 2008 at 9:42 am

Oh, this sounds great! Please count me in! :)

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13 Rebecca Peters January 17, 2008 at 9:44 am

I would like this..

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14 Danielle January 17, 2008 at 9:46 am

Sounds like a good read. I hope I get picked.

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15 margaret herrin January 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

Nice prize.

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16 Meg January 17, 2008 at 10:13 am

Sounds excellent. Count me in.

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17 Angela C January 17, 2008 at 10:17 am

Wow, this book looks awesome! I’m in!

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18 Mama Zen January 17, 2008 at 10:17 am

I would definitely like to read this!

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19 Carolyn Correira January 17, 2008 at 10:19 am

I would love to win this for my friends in Australia who just had their first baby…a baby boy. ;-) Thanks and Happy 2008!!

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20 Racheal January 17, 2008 at 10:21 am

Count me in

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21 jenna January 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

I’d love to win this and give it to a friend of mine.

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22 kelley January 17, 2008 at 10:42 am

I consider myself a sahm but I do work 4 hrs a week. I am thinking of stopping all together and being hoome with my lil girl. 4 hrs may not be alot but I have such anxiety every night before I work. I would love to read this book for some insight.

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23 Shannon Baas January 17, 2008 at 10:45 am

This looks good.

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24 Karen Gonyea January 17, 2008 at 10:46 am

Enter Me Please !!

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25 Angel January 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

nice prize

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26 Amanda January 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

Well needed by a lot of moms in todays society – darned if you work, darned if you don’t.

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27 Maja Meza January 17, 2008 at 11:10 am

very neat

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28 Ana January 17, 2008 at 11:10 am

Cool. Enter me.

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29 Danielle January 17, 2008 at 11:17 am

Enter me please! This sounds like an awesome read. Thanks!
~Danielle :)

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30 ayla January 17, 2008 at 11:41 am

I would love this book, as I am trying to go back to work and my son is 8 weeks old.

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31 Annette January 17, 2008 at 11:43 am

Enter me, please.

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32 Danielle S January 17, 2008 at 11:50 am

I’m definitely going to need this! I’ve already been off work for 4 years with my first son, and now have a newborn!
dansan826 at yahoo

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33 RC January 17, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I work outside of the home already, but am always looking for ways to make this work better for us – any advice would be a big help, since yes, I am VERY short on time.

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34 Christy Edwards January 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I’d love this bc I am getting ready to have to go back to work now. I feel lost!! :)

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35 Double Happiness January 17, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Always welcome additional insight to motherhood.

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36 Lesha January 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for the contest :)

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37 Cindy January 17, 2008 at 12:52 pm

This book would certainly come in handy when it’s time to start thinking about my future and what I want to focus on – a huge decision!

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38 jessica January 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm

this would be a good read for a friend of mine.

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39 Elaine January 17, 2008 at 1:21 pm

I am a SAHM right now but will probably enter the workforce again at some point. Would love this book.

Thanks!

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40 linda January 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I’d love to win this for my nephew.

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41 Carissa Davis January 17, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I know someone who could use this book.

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42 Rhonda T January 17, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I would love to read this!

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43 Denise January 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Sounds like something I need to read! :) Count me in!

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44 john iavarone January 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm

would love to win this.

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45 Cindi Hoppes January 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm

What a marvelous book. A very useful one,also! Please enter me in your contest. I appreciate it…..Cindi

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46 Bree January 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm

This looks like a great read!

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47 TheAngelForever January 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Sounds like something I could use now.

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48 angie g. January 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm

perfect timing – thanks for a great giveaway!

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49 Mel January 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Sounds interesting! Would love to be entered in!

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50 Mickey Anderson January 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm

This looks like an awesome book for new parents and moms. Would love to win this one. thanks.

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51 Midwest Texan January 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I’d love to win a free copy! Sign me up!

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52 Dan Smith January 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Please enter me

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53 Susan Smith January 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Count me in

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54 Chris January 17, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Wow! Are you possibly spying on me???!! I have been filing out applications and sending out resumes for two months now with very few bites. It’s so frustrating because everyone sees the lag in my work history and doesn’t want to give me a chance.

I feel like when they read it they think it screams ” I’m a mom and I won’t really be able to dedicate myself to your company” and then I get a nice polite rejection. so.frustrating.it’s.unreal.

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55 Susanne January 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Ahhh…Looks like a read I am needing soon!! Thanks…

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56 SUSAN VARNEY January 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm

sounds like a great read

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57 Terry January 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I would love to win this book. Very relavant topic!

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58 valerie mabrey January 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm

enter me please and thanks for offering it

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59 Shelly January 17, 2008 at 4:33 pm

This book sounds really interesting.

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60 Stephanie January 17, 2008 at 5:26 pm

I’m interested! This is a dilemma that so many moms face!

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61 Brenda Howard January 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm

My daughter just gave birth to her first child 5 days ago this would be a good read for her, thanks and good luck to everyone

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62 Christine Saulter January 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Hi, I would love to read this. I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to re-enter the workforce!

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63 Brandi January 17, 2008 at 5:55 pm

I’d love to read the book. Please enter me in the contest.

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64 Kristin January 17, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Looks great count me in!!

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65 jesy January 17, 2008 at 6:04 pm

Sounds like GREAT reading

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66 Heather January 17, 2008 at 6:15 pm

This is something that I will eventually need to go through so I’d love to read it.

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67 Brooke January 17, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Please randomly select me!!

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68 Shari January 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm

This would be a great read. I never imagined myself as a SAHM but here I am in month 19 and I am tempted to go back, but also unsure if I want to ‘miss out’ on all the amazing things I get to experience as a SAHM. I’d love to read this. Thanks!

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69 Kathy Scott January 17, 2008 at 7:30 pm

I love to read. Please and thank you.

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70 christopher h January 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

love to win this

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71 Linda Moeller January 17, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I’ll take it!!!

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72 DARIJA January 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Please enter me in this one

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73 Carol Ezovski January 17, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book. Count me in.

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74 joni chadwell January 17, 2008 at 9:01 pm

VERY NICE

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75 Majida January 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Sounds like a good read. :)

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76 Teresa M January 17, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I need this. Help.

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77 ter January 17, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Just moments before reading this blog entry, I was pondering what to do with my career or lack thereof.

withanangelonmyshoulder@gmail.com (if you ship to Canada)

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78 Beverley Justice January 17, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Looks great!

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79 Tammy Lucier January 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I love this!

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80 bob keck January 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Looks like a helpful book.

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81 Shannon January 17, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Oh, This book will be great for me.

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82 emily January 17, 2008 at 11:09 pm

this book so sounds like something my heart needs right now. I have heartburn every day with this decision. thanks for a great review also!

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83 Megan January 17, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Sounds like a great read!

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84 Christine E. January 17, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I’m a mom trying to get a job, would be great!

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85 Lois January 17, 2008 at 11:53 pm

I’d love to win this book. I also posted about it on my blog (http://www.goodiesformom.com)

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86 Jocelyn G. January 18, 2008 at 12:05 am

Pick me! I am working on my master’s and deciding if I will return to working fulltime next year or stay home with my little guy until he starts Kindergarten.

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87 Sarah Stern January 18, 2008 at 1:06 am

This sounds like a book I need to read!

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88 Angela January 18, 2008 at 3:03 am

I would absolutely know how to do this! LOL

I blogged you too
http://www.prizeatron.com

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89 Miranda Allen January 18, 2008 at 3:44 am

please enter me thanks

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90 tanyetta January 18, 2008 at 4:05 am

please, count me in. thank you :)

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91 Kari Follett January 18, 2008 at 5:36 am

sounds very interesting

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92 Stephen Saunders January 18, 2008 at 6:11 am

enter me too :)

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93 Gina January 18, 2008 at 6:19 am

Holy cow! were you reading my mind??? I am thrilled that I have stayed home with my lovely daughter, but I know I have to start thinking about going back to work. I just don’t know how to do it. I could REALLY use this book (I am sure my hubby thinks so, too!) :)

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94 David Bertolo January 18, 2008 at 6:42 am

This would be a great book for my daughter to read as she just had a baby.

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95 Sarah January 18, 2008 at 9:40 am

enter me!

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96 Sharon Jones January 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

Want to win this so badly as gift for dear friend. THANKS

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97 hope January 18, 2008 at 10:43 am

I am facing that situation for next year after staying home and homeschooling for the last 3 years. Sounds like a good read.

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98 Susan Chester January 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

My daughter could use this.

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99 veronica sandberg January 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

want to win this

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100 DoubleHappiness January 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

I am a bookworm and I love reading books about career development and motherhood. So this fits the bill.

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101 hetal gandhi January 18, 2008 at 11:58 am

Wonderful book

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102 Leah B January 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm

My neice is expecting her first. This would be a wonderful gift for her.

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103 Deb Piper January 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm

My daughter is pregnant with her first baby & I’d love to win this for her!

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104 Kathy Conley January 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I would like to win

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105 Barbara Fox January 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

My daughter in law would love this.

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106 Linda Lansford January 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm

lol to all

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107 Dave R January 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Count me in.

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108 Natalie January 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I’d love a copy of it. :)

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109 Patti January 18, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Looks like a great read!

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110 Sylvia January 18, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Looks like a very interesting book.

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111 Jennifer January 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Please enter me and thanks!

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112 marcella hugentobler January 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm

GREAT GIFT FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER WHO IS A NEW MOM.

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113 Patty P. January 18, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Sounds like an interesting read. Enter me please.

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114 Mommy Cracked January 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Looks like a great read! Count me in, too!

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115 jessie January 18, 2008 at 11:46 pm

thanks for the giveaways- please enter me!

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116 John Mah January 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm

im interested in this !

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117 Nikki Evans January 19, 2008 at 12:31 am

Thank you for considering me for this book!!!

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118 Becca January 19, 2008 at 1:02 am

This isn’t something I’m facing yet, but I have a friend who is that I’d love to share this with.

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119 Rosanne Morrison January 19, 2008 at 2:34 am

What a great book for women these days

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120 Megan Sylvester January 19, 2008 at 2:54 am

As the mom of three girls under three, I need this book.

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121 Grace January 19, 2008 at 7:51 am

Looks like a great read, please count me in!

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122 taryn January 19, 2008 at 10:08 am

Sounds like a great book!

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123 Lisa Fosses January 19, 2008 at 10:59 am

I could use this book

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124 claudette flanigan January 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

I would love to present this to my daughter-in-law

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125 Bhavana January 19, 2008 at 11:46 am

Enter me please. Thanks!

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126 Jenn January 19, 2008 at 12:27 pm

What a great book!!!

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127 Michele Poynter January 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

pick me please

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128 Debbie Criss January 19, 2008 at 5:05 pm

My daughter would love it.

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129 Desmond January 19, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Count me in!

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130 Monte January 19, 2008 at 6:25 pm

yes please!

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131 Audrey b January 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Sounds like a book good for all of us moms so please enter me.

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132 Anthony Hedden January 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Enter me

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133 Erica G January 20, 2008 at 12:02 am

I need the motivation to go back. It is scay.

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134 Mary January 20, 2008 at 1:08 am

I want!

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135 Karen Matlock January 20, 2008 at 10:56 am

please enter me!

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136 Katherine Frazier January 20, 2008 at 11:50 am

very nice book

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137 Elaine Conte January 20, 2008 at 12:15 pm

What a great book!

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138 tammy b January 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm

i need this book!

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139 Denise January 20, 2008 at 8:16 pm

I could use this!

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140 Lisa Taylor January 21, 2008 at 12:30 am

nice thanks

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141 Deanna January 21, 2008 at 1:07 am

I’m trying to get back to work–I need this!

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142 Jacqueline Odejimi January 21, 2008 at 7:19 am

I really need this.

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143 Carol Drury January 21, 2008 at 12:20 pm

what a great prize!!!!! and a great idea!

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144 Connie January 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm

This is great timing for me, it is what I am struggling with right now and would love some great advice! Financially would love to win it vs buying it….

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145 Cassie January 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

sounds like a great book to read filled with very useful information

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146 John MacDonald January 21, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Great idea. Enter me please.

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147 Jim Cincinello January 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Thank you for the chance to win.

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148 Stephen Alexander January 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I hope I win.

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149 Katherine Dunn January 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm

I would love to read this! Thanks :)

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150 Michelle Rosborough January 21, 2008 at 11:57 pm

great book

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151 Christina Gould January 22, 2008 at 3:28 am

Sounds interesting!

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152 trudee January 22, 2008 at 7:40 am

great book

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153 reeva January 22, 2008 at 7:40 am

count me in!

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154 Elizabeth G January 22, 2008 at 9:09 am

Please enter me – thanks!

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155 Tari Lawson January 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 13 years now. Next year, my youngest will be in school full time and I need to get myself back into the work force. This book sounds like a great way for me to get information on just how to do this.

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156 leslee January 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I would love to win this for my sister in law who is expecting her first baby, and wondering how to balance her job and a new baby.

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157 Elizabeth McFee January 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm

I’d love to learn from this book!

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158 Rachel Prieto January 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm

what a great book. thanks for giving it away on this great site. :)

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159 philip halter January 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm

enter me please

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160 Ed Nemmers January 22, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Sweet niblets!

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161 Kristina January 22, 2008 at 7:46 pm

This would definately be very helpful when thinking about going back to work!

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162 Jennifer Barr January 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

would love to win a copy :)

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163 Jeanine Price January 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Nice book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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164 Samantha D. January 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm

This looks interesting!

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165 C Duran January 22, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Looks like a great book!

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166 shawna f January 22, 2008 at 10:52 pm

What a great book…would love to win!!

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167 Cheryl A. Witwer January 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Would love to win we have 3 new mothers in our family trying to find their way.

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168 Grace January 23, 2008 at 1:47 am

Good luck!

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169 Marie Noguerole January 23, 2008 at 6:40 am

Sounds like a great read…count me in.

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170 Veronica Garrett January 23, 2008 at 9:57 am

I would love to win this fantastic book

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171 Bobbye F January 23, 2008 at 10:28 am

Sounds like a great book!

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172 CLEMENS January 23, 2008 at 11:15 am

Thanks for the great contest—Please enter me!!!

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173 Tiffany G January 23, 2008 at 11:43 am

What an awesome book

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174 John January 23, 2008 at 3:32 pm

My Wife and I saw this site and She would really love to get this book we have 3 kids and one more on the way Thanks I hope I win

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175 Talitha Lee January 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Enter me please!

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176 Timothy Sternberg January 23, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Loved the book.

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177 Stacie January 23, 2008 at 10:00 pm

I’d love a copy!

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178 Lily Kwan January 23, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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179 tracy holcomb January 23, 2008 at 10:53 pm

this would be great, enter me too, please..

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180 Timothy Selig January 24, 2008 at 12:40 am

Good Luck All

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181 Julie Donahue January 24, 2008 at 1:45 am

I’m a working Mom. (DH is a SAHD).

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182 Colleen Palat January 24, 2008 at 9:54 pm

What a valuable book. Please count me in! :)

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183 M.HEFFERON March 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm

GREAT GREAT GREAT BOOK SHE NAILS IT

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