She Makes It Look “Breezy” Giveaway With Marybeth Whalen

Note: Due to a few glitches over the weekend when my site was unavailable, I have decided to leave this post & giveaway up until Wednesday. Also, if you still want to hop on my Facebook study on time & home organization based on my book, click here:

Ever looked at another woman and silently whispered to God, “Uh….I think I’ll take what she’s having, please”.

Yes, on the surface ‘she’ seems to have it all–good looks, a nicer-than-yours home, a solid marriage, better-behaved-than-yours kiddos and that natural knack at living life well with her canned goods alphabetized and never a dvd late fee or missed appointment.

She makes life look like a breeze while you? Well, you feel the whirl winds of life are about to knock you over and blow you completely away!

I’ve been there. I’m still there sometimes. How about you?

When will we ever learn that the grass isn’t greener on the other side? The grass is actually greener where you are careful to place the sprinkler, spread a little Miracle Grow and be intentional to pull your own weeds!

Ariel Baxter has just moved into the neighborhood of her dreams. The chaos of domestic life and the loneliness of motherhood, however, moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller.

Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood playdates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable.

Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.

She makes it Look Easy is the latest novel by my close friend & Proverbs 31 writer Marybeth Whalen. And you have a chance to win it, along with some other items that can make your life a bit more of a breeze! Simply leave a comment on this post. The random winner will be announced Monday. The giveaway includes:

~ A signed copy of She Makes it Look Easy

~ A mouse pad/notepad combo for you to use by your computer and make lists or doodle.:-)

~ A fun ink pen.

~ A set of sticky notes with a matching notepad for your purse or to place by the phone.

~ A $10 gift card to TJ Maxx/Marshalls– a place where I always find cool organizing & office-y stuff.

So, for your comment. Although the book is about comparisons, the lesson of the story is how to be content with your life and stop wishing you were someone else. So, no comments about what areas of your life you wish were more like someone else’s. Instead, let’s be a little goofy.

If you could have a different name, what name would you choose? We fondly refer to this our “Panera name”.

Yes— I have friends who like to leave a different name with the worker at Panera Bread for their order. That way, instead of hearing “Brenda?” when their sandwich is up. They stroll over when they hear the employee call out “Seneca?”  :-)

Maybe it isn’t an exotic or regal name, but what is another name you like?



  1. When I was growing up I always wished my name was Danielle instead of Denise. SO much more elegant and sophisticated.

  2. My real name is Alicia but I have been called Lisa my entire life….I like Alicia, but unfortunately only the bill collectors call me that……:)

  3. hmmm, I’ve always disliked my name but never thought about what I would want it to be. When I was in high school this boy used to call me by a newspaper cartoon character’s name “Trixie”
    I’ll go with that. Next time I’m in Panera bread or Starbucks I’m gonna try it.

  4. I like my own Rita-not too many of us, but could be Victoria for the day! Can’t wait to read Marybeth’s new book! I loved her first one!

  5. At work yesterday, we decided that “tincture” would be a great name. A little infusion of ourselves into the work that God is doing, that can’t be seperated without ruining it, and hopefully promoting health to those around us!

  6. We share the same name and I do like my name. I don’t think I would change it given the chance. However, I remember babysitting a little girl named Verity when I was about twelve. I have a distinct memory of liking that name when I first heard it. Now that I am older and wiser, I think it would be nice to have a name that tells what you stand for. Since I stand for truth, Verity it is.

  7. I would choose “Summer”. It’s my favorite season, also includes my birthday and sound uber cool!!! Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway!!

  8. I would love to receive this gift pack. I need all the help I can get. I am just starting to be able to slow down and think, but I keep going back to my old ways. I need to be taking advantage of my opportunities now that my youngest is 16. Thanks!

  9. When I was in the adoption process, I thought that I was going to adopt a girl but God had something else in mind. I love my little boy dearly and wouldn’t trade him for the world. The name we had chosen for a little girl was Eliana., which means God answers. I think that is the name I would choose for myself.

  10. My Panera name would be….Betina. I once knew a lady named Betina and I have never forgotten her name. Trust me…with “Dorcas”, although a strong biblical name, Betina would be a breeze.

  11. I actually like my middle name: Grace! When I was a teenager I tried to get people to call me by that name, but it never flew! Probably because I am the least graceful person alive!

  12. My Panera name would be Ladybird. That is what my Mema would call me when I was a little girl. If my 7 year old son was with me, I might go with SuperMom since he likes superheroes

  13. Ellie! I once read a book about a girl by that name, and she seemed so sweet and wonderful – I’ve liked the name ever since. Hmmm … perhaps I need to read this book! ;-)

  14. My “Panera Bread” name would be “Daralynn”. I grew up in a church with a Pastor who had seven children, and one of the daughters was my age, and one of my closest friends. I have always loved her name.

  15. Hrm, this is fun. I chose…
    For one, I love Jael’s characteristics she showed in the bible but also, more importantly in THIS case…i love the name and how it sounds. “Yah-ELL”… gorgeous name.

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