Amazon just sent me an email notifying me that my order has shipped. That particular order (there will be more as the month goes on) contains five (5!) copies of Charlotte Hilton Anderson's new book, The Great Fitness Experiment. I'm a huge fan of Charlotte's and I have referred Mama Sweat reader's to her blog (by the same name) on numerous occasions. I can say with certainty if you've ever read her blog, you've laughed out loud. The book does the same. I had the good fortune to read an advance copy and I loved it cover to cover. Don't expect this fitness book to give you all the proper pointers and know how for "great fitness." This is not a how-to-get-fit book. This book might possibly be the first in a new genre: fitness memoir. And Charlotte's let-it-all-out honesty takes you to her dark places (some serious exercise addiction) while still allowing you to laugh at the absurd situations she finds herself in at the gym. Imagine Lucille Ball working out with TRX. That's what I'm talking about. A fun read and the perfect stocking stuffer. Since Charlotte and I are practically neighbors I'll be asking her to sign all of my copies. One for me, three as yet undesignated, and one I am happy to send to a Mama Sweat Reader. What do you have to do, you ask? Head on over to the Facebook Fan Page for Hot (Sweaty) Mamas, "like" the page (if you haven't already), and share your perfect gift idea for the Hot (Sweaty) Mama, ie, yourself. I will randomly pick a winner (and random may just be the gift idea I like most...)
Speaking of perfect gift ideas, here's one you might want to start hint-hinting about, if you're like me--not much of a scrapbooker--and prefer to preserve the memories of your children in the written word. Can you imagine yourself on a winter writing retreat in the big woods of Wisconsin? Some snow-shoeing, hot cocoa, a roaring fire, and time to reflect and write. Kate Hopper, your writing retreat guide, explains it:
Join me for a weekend retreat for mother-writers. We'll write, share our writing, discuss challenges with craft, and have time to connect with other mother writers in the luxury and quiet of Faith's Lodge. Group meetings and individual conferences will help support you as you delve more deeply into your writing and learn to take risks on the page. Come immerse yourself in the writing life with other mothers who write.
Not only will you enjoy the beauty of Faith's Lodge, but proceeds from the retreat will benefit the good works of Faith's Lodge. That's one of those gifts that keeps on giving. You can learn more about the retreat (or use it to lay down some serious hints) at Kate Hopper's website.
One more gift idea while I'm on a roll. Got daughters? Nieces? Friends with daughters or special young girls in your life. Look no further than the award-winning Go Go Sports Girls! Cute, inspiring and ready to move: Choose their favorite activity--running, basketball, dance, soccer, golf, swimming, softball, gymnastics. Yes! Active dolls for active kids!