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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762453044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762453047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A super fun, entertaining read that gets to the core of why motherhood can be so damn hard, heartbreaking, heart-wrenching and heartwarming at the same time." 
- Parents.com


"Terribly chic and gorgeously illustrated, [and] filled with all sorts of common sense and practical ideas about how you can navigate motherhood without losing your own identity and love for a perfect shade of lipstick." 
- Mommyish.com


"In this humorous take on mommyhood, [Reid] shares her tips on how to dress post-partum, make-up tricks, and easy recipes for navigating through your child's early years." 
- MomTrends.com


"The book every new mom needs to feel like herself: smart and confident, with a dash of glamour." - Metro

"The magic in Ramshackle Glam is in the engaging, funny storytelling...it should be required reading for all new (or newish) moms."
- The Stork

About the Author

Jordan Reid grew up in New York City, studied cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University, and worked as an actress for over a decade before turning her focus to fashion, beauty, entertaining, home décor, and DIY, creating her lifestyle website Ramshackle Glam (ramshackleglam.com).
Reid has been called "a star of the post-expertise how-to landscape" by The New York Observer, and Ramshackle Glam has been deemed "a survival guide for those who don't have a clue how to be domestic" by the Daily Beast. In a feature on Reid, Time Magazine wrote, "Of all the changes wrought by social media, few underscore the reach of the individual like the rise of Reid." 
The blog has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women's Wear Daily, New York Magazine, Glamour, and many other national and international publications. Reid is a consultant for numerous national brands and a lifestyle expert for online, print, and on-air media outlets, in addition to hosting her own online series, Jordan in the House
Reid currently lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband, their son, and two of Those Things That Wake Up Your Child.

More About the Author

Jordan Reid grew up in New York City, studied cognitive neuroscience at Harvard University, and worked as an actress for over a decade before turning her focus to her true passions - fashion, beauty, entertaining, home décor, and DIY - by creating the lifestyle website RamshackleGlam.com.

Reid has been called "a star of the post-expertise how-to landscape" by The New York Observer, and Ramshackle Glam (www.ramshackleglam.com) has been deemed a "survival guide for those who don't have a clue how to be domestic" by the Daily Beast. In a feature on Ramshackle Glam, Time Magazine wrote, "Of all the changes wrought by social media, few underscore the reach of the individual like the rise of Reid."

Reid has conceptualized, styled and executed national campaigns for companies including Dove, TJ Maxx, DKNY, Simple Skincare, and Timex, and has appeared in a wide variety of publications and websites, including InStyle, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and The Nest. She has spoken at fashion and beauty events around the country, and hosted two seasons of the Meredith Video Studios-produced home decor show Jordan In The House.

Reid presently lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband, son, and two dogs. They are expecting their second child in summer 2014.

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I read this book and really tried to give it a chance despite it being by a blog writer.
D Hammertoes
If you're pregnant (or want to be), or if you're a new mother, this book will make you feel like you're not alone, and will make you laugh.
Kitty Purry
I have been reading Jordan Reid's beautiful writing at Ramshackleglam.com for years, and am thrilled now that she has written a book.
Rebecca

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79 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Smith on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
The book means well, but the information in it varies from common sense moments where you wonder why you are even reading, to moments where it seems that the book is grasping at things to write about. These include odd discussions about kissing your baby with lipstick and applying false eyelashes. I suppose I was just under the impression that this book would provide new insight into being able to balance, but the tips ended up seeming like they were coming from someone who had never had a child. I know there are others who feel the same about this book (information gathered from baby shower season). So to anyone thinking about buying, I would encourage you to try and flip through the book and decide for yourself if it's right for you before committing to buy. You may find that the contents are a rehash of common knowledge combined with tips you, or most people would never actually follow.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A on May 10, 2014
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I bought this because I read Jordan's blog and generally enjoy her writing. What's in there is good stuff, but it was a bit of a letdown to realise I'd read most of it before. It'd struggle to be 40-50% new content and in some instances she's tacked together lengthy excerpts from different blog posts into meandering chapters that aren't always on-point. I want to support this blog and this writer but I was left wishing I hadn't paid money to read stuff I'd seen before for free. 3 stars because it'd be a nice new mother gift for someone who hasn't read her blog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MommaCita on April 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
OH MY GOD, I just can't with this book. Why does it exist? Seriously, I repeat that question: WHY DOES IT EXIST? It makes me angry because as a new mom, my time is limited, and things like this should not be published.

No joke, here are the "fabulous tips" she provides:

How to get out a stain: "rub it, in water, with whatever soap is nearby."
[You guys, this is not a joke. This is her tip. I can't fathom how this book was published.]

How to make your apartment baby-friendly: Try to put messy things away. "Find places for them."
[AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A JOKE. This is her advice. No, not just a snippet taken out of context - it's pretty much all her advice.]

Her big warning about having a baby: OMG BABIES VOMIT. [Yes, thank you, I thought that might happen.]

All of this is tied up with: "But hey girl, wear glitter eyeshadow if you want to!!! YEA!!! Girl power!!!"

Seriously this book is so stupid and wasteful of your time, your money, of paper, of life.

From woman to woman - I advise you to stay away. If you are... a human being with a remotely functioning brain, this book will deeply insult any sensibility or kernel of intelligence/common sense you have.
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51 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Bloggers often seem to think that recycling their content, and adding a few new details equals a book. This is another example of a blogger trying to capitalize of thin content. The blog readers just like to comment to get a mention of their own blog. Bloggers, like this author, are under the impression that they are witty writers. This one certainly is not.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah J on May 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
I hate writing negative reviews because I feel like I'm being rude, and I hate being rude.

That said, this book is such a giant WTF that I'm feeling abnormally compelled.

I thought this book was going to be about how-to-get-to-the-other-side. Having a new baby has been really hard and I was hoping for advice from someone who has made it through. In that vein, you want to read books like this from role models - women who have suffered along the way but have tangible advice as to how to get through it, conquer it, and kill it.

Unfortunately, Ms. Reid comes across as so neurotic, unlikable and frankly - crazy, that this book scared me more than anything. I honestly worry that it will send readers into a spiral of depression. It's not hopeful or cute at all, it's scary, and I want to reassure new moms who've read this book - it's not that bad, I promise! You will get to the other side without literally losing 100% of your mind.

She writes about having a panic attack / mental breakdown at Babies R Us when registering. I understand that she is just trying to be honest with her audience, but no adult woman acts like this. I had to stop reading that story because it's a tragic train wreck looking into her brain, and it's not somewhere that anyone in an emotionally fragile state (i.e. hormonal because you're pregnant or just had a baby) wants to go.

If this were marketed as a book about one woman's personal journey into her extreme neurosis, depression and fear while pregnant, then I would totally understand it. But the reason this book confuses the hell out of me, is because it's marketed and packaged as "how to have it all." That made me think of women like Sheryl Sandberg (lean in) or Sophia Amoruso (girlboss).
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51 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Sus on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
When will these bloggers realize they should stick to a quick post instead of trying to be an insightful writer. Kissing your baby with lipstick? Give me a break!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ymd on June 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
My book club chose this book to read last month and I did not enjoy it at all. To be honest, I got halfway through the book and decided I had wasted enough of my life reading it. It was poorly written and I could not relate to the author at all.
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