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About the Author

Jessica Denay's career started as a teacher and counselor at a high school for troubled youth. When the school closed down for lack of funding she moved to Manhattan and worked as a private tutor for kids on Broadway and young champion athletes.  It was then that she began working with Pierce Brosnan's son on the set of The Thomas Crown Affair. Shortly thereafter, they brought her to California, where she lived and worked for 7 1/2 years. It was only recently that she left to start the HotMomsClub.  During her time in California she married a soap actor (Days of Our Lives star Bryan Dattilo) and had a little boy, Gabriel. They divorced and life as a single mom led to her current mission to redefine motherhood. Launched in May of 2005, the HotMomsClub has spawned a Web site attracting thousands of moms per week, talk show appearances, magazine interviews, television, radio and sponsor deals, etc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Naked Ink (May 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595558519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595558510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,395,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jessica Denay is regarded as a top blogger and mom lifestyle expert, and has appeared on hundreds of television shows and in dozens of magazines as an authority of everything "Hot" for moms. When she's not taking her son to school or the beach, she's busy writing the next installment in the Hot Mom series. Visit her website at www.HotMomsClub.com.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christine Louise Hohlbaum on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book made me want to get up and dance.

Organically tapping into our own creativity is what Hot Moms are all about. Forget the Mommy Wars, the stereotypes and the cultural dissonance which disempowers our vision. The Hot Mom's Handbook uplifts our maternal spirits, raises us above burned dinners and household chores to our higher selves, the people we've always been but have forgotten amidst the dirty laundry and mile-long list of commitments.

The book is divided into eight chapters with reflective questions, commitments and pages for journal-like entries at the end of each. It is reminiscent of Sarah Ban Breathnach's "Gratitude" journals, but the "Hot Mom's Handbook" has a tighter focus. It's all about moms and how we can live more powerful lives.

My favorite line was from Chapter Six, "Every Mom has an Inner Siren": "Think you don't have an `inner siren'? Every woman has one. She may be buried behind those clothes you just sniffed and pulled from the hamper, but I promise, she's in there, and it's time to let her loose!"

This book shares testimonials from astounding women whose insight into contemporary motherhood will leave you with a warm feeling. At times I laughed out loud. What a relief! I'm allowed time away from the kids - guilt-free. It sounds simple, and it is. But you wouldn't believe how much we mothers need to hear it to truly believe it. This book assures us moms that we are on the right path to reclaiming our rights as individuals. After all, moms are the most creative people around. We create life. Thankfully, we have Hot Moms to remind us we create ourselves, and our attitudes, too.

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, American author of "Diary of a Mother" and "SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe", lives with her family near Munich, Germany. For more information on her empowering parent newsletter, visit [...]
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was excited to get this book, since I am a stay-at-home mother of three. I believe that it's important to take care of yourself and feel confident in your decision to be a mother. This book didn't really give much advice. It skimmed the surface with suggestions about dressing cute, exercising, taking time for yourself...things I've heard a thousand times before. I like to hear real life tips on how other mom's do these things and more. I thought the book was a rip-off with no real content. A much better book, if you stay at home with your kids is Happy Housewives by Darla Shine.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on August 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe I read the same book as all of these other people. Here's what I want to know. How long did it take Ms. Denay to write this garbage? Between all the pages of quotes and insets on every page oh, and don't forget the the sixteen pages in the back where the "quoter" is bio-ed, she barely wrote a 10th grade level essay. I'm a mother of 5 kids, the oldest 14 and I never needed anyone to tell me not to wear sweatpants and maybe comb my hair once in while if I want my husband to still find me attractive. No kidding Ms. Denay, I should make time for my husband AND my kids? Gee, I never thought of that one. How profound. I would also hope every mom out there doesn't need to be told to "dance" with their kid once in while and I don't mean just to music. Celebrating your children should come naturally or you've got bigger problems than Ms. Denay's handbook is gonna be able to solve.

I thought I was going to read something smart and edgy. Boy, was I disappointed. you have to be the most pathetic mom in the world to be inspired by this book!

Want to be a "hot mom" save the purchase price of the book and order some pizza for your family. Oh, and don't forget to wipe the schmutz off of your face and look presentable. It's amazing how much I learned from this book.

In conclusion, tell me somthin' I don't already know!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Donoghue on August 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So, there is the usual stuff...it's alright to take time for yourself, you have to have the right attitude (I hope most Mom's know this already)...but I kind of find the premise of the book skewed and comical. The author says that size, race, and class don't matter.....yet on the cover is a figure like the trucker panels you see, only this one is of a woman with kids. Geez!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Ott on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not sure what the point of this book was. Anyone looking for revelations should avoid this book. Mostly quotes from "famous" people that I've never heard of. Read it in about 20 minutes, instantly wanted those 20 minutes of my life back!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue Mc. on May 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is awesome! Push over that pile of laundry and put the grocery list on hold - and read this book! It funny, light hearted and a great read. Most of all it's so true! Jessica inspired me break the mold of my typical stay-at-home mom routine. After reading this book, I've bought some new lip gloss and I wear it everywhere. Even to the grocery store with my kids. Before the Hot Mom's Movement, I would have only worn lip gloss on special occasions. It's such a simple change to my daily routine, but I feel better about myself and my kids pick up on my positive energy and self image. Thanks Jessica!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Jones on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What a waste of money! Take out all of the quotes and places to jot down your thoughts and you're left with maybe 10 pages worth of worthless suggestions. Really - I should take time for myself? Gee, I hadn't thought of that one before! (sense sarcasm) Her writing is very hard to follow and skips around. Not a good read!
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