Thursday, May 5, 2011

How Sarah Maizes celebrates Mother's a book giveaway!

**Giveaway is now closed**

Sarah Maizes is a former entertainment executive turned writer, stand-up comedian, founder of MommyLiteOnline, and author of Got Milf?: The Modern Mom's Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great, and Rocking A Minivan. She resides in southern California with three kids, two guinea pigs and provides a last stop for fish on their "way back to the ocean."

She is also the creator and co-author of The Bridesmaid’s Guerrilla Handbook (published by Berkley), and has two children's books coming out in the next year or two.

Sarah has come to CLC to talk about motherhood and Jennifer Bernard from Berkley/Penguin Books has three copies of "Got Milf?" to give to some lucky readers in the US.

You can find Sarah on Facebook and Twitter, as well as read her blog.

Watch the trailer for "Got Milf?" It's funny!

1. What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
The kisses and hugs. You can't beat 'em. OH...and just looking at their faces while they sleep. I do it every night. They look so sweet and innocent. The love just bubbles up and out of you. Of course...then they wake up.

2. What is the most challenging thing about motherhood?
Everybody needing you all of the time. Constant neediness is hard for me. I'm a very independent person. It's hard to give everybody what they want, when they want it, how they want it without wanting to pull my hair out.

3. What do you do as a mom that is the most similar to what your mom did when you were a kid?
Wow. That's tough. I love my mom, but we are so incredibly different. My mom always insisted every experience be educational. I put a lot more emphasis on my kids just having fun and exploring their silly sides. If there is one thing my mom and I share parenting wise - it's a love of cooking. She always cooked with us. I do the same with my kids.

4. Share something funny that your kid(s) said or did recently.
My 8 year-old child walked into our house after school and said in a pretty darn good British accent "Mother, I need to go to the wash closet. I must take a whiz." I thought it was hilarious!

5. Share some advice you'd like to give to new or soon-to-be moms.
Nobody goes to college in pull-ups! This might not make sense to them now...but it will. :)

6. Do you have any Mother's Day traditions?
Every year my sister and I do mother's day together with our families. We watch a lot of TV and eat tons of cheese.

7. Who is your favorite TV mom?
Gloria from "Modern Family"! Hands down! I love that character! I also used to love Meredith Baxter Birney on "Family Ties." She was a great mom!

8. Who is your favorite mom from a fictional novel?
Bertie White in Beaches by Iris Dart!* You don't just see the "mother." You see the evolution of the whole "woman." That's how I see myself. Not just the mom - I'm the result of the evolution of my own life. I think almost every mother can appreciate that.

9. What is your favorite activity to share with your kids? and Family Game Night! I love that they're old enough to play games. We get very competitive. I think I've even said "In your face!" to them once or twice. I think it builds character. :)

10. What is your favorite memory that you share with your mom?
Baking. My mom is an amazing cook and I loved baking with her. When we were in the kitchen it was like we were the only people in the world. And...there was sugar. What more could you want?

Thanks to Sarah for dishing about motherhood and Jennifer for providing the books for the giveaway.

How to win "Got Milf?":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us: Who is your favorite mom from a fictional novel?
2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

US only (No PO Boxes). Giveaway ends May 10th at midnight EST.

*The name was changed to Hillary for the movie.


Jordan said...

Love the cover - super cute!!!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

Wow favorite fictional mom, umm.... I can't think of any. I really love the grandmother in the Stephanie Plum books

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I follow via facebook

Linda Kish said...

Sylvie Woodruff from Fly Away Home

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

I follow this blog and love it!

Michelle said...

Fave fictional mom - Clare from "Not ready for mom jeans".

Michelle said...

oh and my email address!
MissMichB at gmail dot com

Laura Kay said...

my favorite fiction lit mom is Elizabeth Baxter from the Karen Kingsbury books (Baxter series). She is so sweet, loved her.

I'm a follower, posted on my blog, and am on fb group (which I'm loving).

Laura Kay

Christina Simon said...

I'd love to win a copy of Got Milf!

csimon2007 at gmail dot com

Jane said...

Love to read!


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Unknown said...

Joined the upgraded Chick Lit Central on Facebook. I was already a member and switched to the new page :)

Unknown said...

I SO need this book!!!!

Unknown said...

Already a Chick Lit Central follower :)

Unknown said...

Posted on FB and Twitter!

karenk said...

there are so many to choose about 'goldie' from the mystery novels by diane mott davidson.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i'm a follower :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marthalynn said...

I'm a follower!

Ok, one of my favorite fictional moms from a novel is the mom from Julie and Julia (I can't remember her name!). She reminded me so much of my own mother that it made me smile.

acluisi at hotmail dot com

StereoQueenBee said...

My favorite fictional mom is the one in the Shopaholic series. I posted this on FB AND on Twitter (stereoqueenbee) and also follow your blog and are a member of your FB page.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Kirsten McElroy said...

Mother's Day is painful for me. I lost my mom 11 years ago when I was a newlywed. I really needed her then, and boy I need her now. But, do we EVER stop needing our moms? I've volunteered in nursing homes, and in them, there were patients constantly calling out for their moms. I found it interesting that decades after their mothers had died, they were still calling out to them for comfort. No one could calm them like their moms could. And my favorite fictional mother? Mrs. Dashwood from "Sense and Sensibility." She wanted her daughters to marry for love, as well as for money and society.

Kirsten McElroy said...

PLEASE change the email address on the previous post. It should be INSTEAD of

PLEASE make this change for me!!!


Bonnie said...

I am a loyal follower from previous site and now your upgraded site!

Bonnie said...

I follow on Twitter!

Bonnie said...

I tweeted book giveaway!

Bonnie said...

I am a Facebook fan!

Bonnie said...

Posted book giveaway on Facebook.

Bonnie said...

My favorite tv mom is June Cleaver on "Leave It To Beaver"! What a great mom she was!

Bonnie said...

Oops......please disregard the last comment as I got carried away with reading Sarah's answer to Question 7 and just had to reply! My favorite fictional mom is Bezellia Grove's mom in "The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove".

Sharon said...

I'm a brand new follower. Sarah's link re: interview enticed me to visit. My favorite fictional mom is actually the dad in To Kill a Mockingbird. He treated his children with respect and was an ideal role model with his actions.

I also liked Miss Minerva in the old-old Miss Minerva book series. She was a maiden aunt who inherited a couple children and became a great mom as time passed.

I;m still trying to win Sarah's Got Milf!

Anonymous said...

I loved the mom in My Sister's Keeper, she wouldn't give up on her daughter who was so sick. I follow you on facebook!
ashersmamaw at yahoo dotcome

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables comes to my mind even though she is biologically Anne's mother, she takes care of her like a mother would.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

GFC Follower

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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!

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Unknown said...

Who wouldn't like the cover of this novel?

Unknown said...

I am a GFC follower

Unknown said...

I am a facebook fan!

Unknown said...

wow... favorite mom? hard to think of... I love the moms in Jennifer Weiners Little Earthquakes.

mother's day flowers said...

hehehe... The video is very funny and reminds me of my family when I'm on the phone ^_^ x

Lee Shin said...

spot on with this write-up, i like the way you discuss the things. i'm impressed, i must say. i'll probably be back again to read more. thanks for sharing this with us.

Lee Shin

Aissa said...

Thank you for your article. It was kind of you to share what’s on your mind. I appreciate you for spending some time to publish this.