That Works For Me!

My mother-in-law, Jean has been a loyal blog fan from the very beginning of this blogging gig. She often reads several posts at a time and comments on every. single. one. Aside from McDaddy, Jean may be my MOST loyal blog fan. On more than one occasion (several, actually), she has suggested that I write a book.

The idea that I write a book cracks me up because, well, because what in the heck could I possibly say that would compel people to BUY a book? Plus, if you spend any amount of time around here, you know that I overuse the comma and write way too many run-on sentences to be taken seriously. If I did write a book though, you can bet the farm that it would be chock full of crazy.

Until I write that book though, I’ll continue to dish out a daily dose of crazy here on the blog and I’ll attempt to put cohesive, grammatically correct sentences together for your reading pleasure.

And, it is my pleasure to make an announcement here on the blog today. A few months back, I received an e-mail from Kristen over at We Are THAT Family.

Congratulations! One or more of your tips from posts you submitted to a Works For Me Wednesday blog carnival (hosted at has been selected for a new e-book, called That Works for Me: 1001 Greatest Tips, which will release in Spring of 2012.

Oh Snap! (Did you hear read that, Jean?)

Who would have ever thought in all these weeks (years, even) of participating in Works For Me Wednesday, that it would result in one of my tips being chosen to be featured in an e-book of 800 great useful tips.

Here’s what the writers say about That Works For Me!

For more than five years, the blog carnival, Works For Me Wednesday has been a hub of helpful tips for every area of a busy woman’s life. Hundreds of bloggers link up every week and thousands of tips have been shared over the past years.

This e-book offers a categorized, organized place for more than 800 practical, “aha!” tips to make your life run smoother. That Works For Me! is a celebration of the WFMW community, with tips from hundreds of different blogs.

It won’t organize your linen closets or remove stains, but this e-book will offer you a good place to start. We’ve searched and compiled and created an organized e-book with 24 popular categories, featuring the best of tips in each group.

Upon receiving my copy of the book, I clicked through several of the posts right away. Y’all. There are some really great tips included in the book. It will take me quite some time to get through each post, but I plan to stay on it until I do. I was excited and honored to be featured not once, but TWO TIMES in the new e-book, This Works For Me! which is also available on the Kindle.

The first tip featured (#596 in the book) from my blog falls under Organization (My OCD is smiling!). You might remember my tip for making Lego cleanup quick and easy by using a fitted sheet. (And if you remember the tip, you probably also remember the sub par photography included in the post.) That sheet has more miles on it than my van. (Well, maybe not THAT many!)

The second tip featured from my blog (tip number 627 in the book) suggests a great way to count down days of deployment. In our case, we used M&Ms. We made a bowl for Stevie, a bowl for Alex, and a bowl for daddy, and they ate one single M&M everyday to signify one day down, another day closer. That was the most difficult time in my life. I’m so glad that something good, that other people can use, has come out of it after all this time.

And now, for the fun part.

As a contributor, I get to give away a copy of the e-book. Simply leave a comment on this post, telling me your BEST TIP. Or, if you absolutely have to have the book TODAY, you can go here to purchase That Works For Me! for $8.00. And just for being a loyal FROM INMATES TO PLAYDATES reader, you can use the code: SAVE1 to save $1.00 on the book. 

[In the interest of full disclosure: THAT link (the one just above in blue) is an affiliate link, which means I will earn money if you click there and buy there.]

For you social media junkies, you have lots of options. [Liking, Joining, Following or submitting any / all of the That Works For Me! pages will also earn you an extra entry in the giveaway, just be sure to leave a separate comment telling me which ones you joined, liked, followed, etc.]

For starters, the That Works For Me! e-Book has its very own, brand spankin’ new website.

To kick off the release of the book, the writers are running a contest on the website thru the month of April for a gift card for house cleaning ($150 value). All you have to do to enter is submit a tip that works for you! (And since we’re talking about things that WORK FOR US! I can tell you a gift card for house cleaning would work out well for me!)

You can follow That Works For Me on Twitter and Pinterest.

And, on Facebook at the That Works For Me! Tried and True Tips from WFMW.

Lastly, a portion of the profit from your purchase, will benefit The Mercy House, a maternity home in Kenya, Africa started by TWFM author and We Are THAT Family blogger, Kristen Welch.

Phew. I think that’s it.


  1. Jean says

    I am SO not surprised!! Congratulations on making the new publication!!! Twice! You really could write a best-seller yourself, DIL; you already have the right stuff!
    I was thrilled to make the blog! Now, how cool is that! ☺
    I’m so proud of you, Julie. You really are a gifted writer.
    Keep writing – I’ll keep reading. 😊

  2. Frances Bales says

    Julie, Julie, Julie….If you wrote a book, I would be the first in line to buy that sucker!! I read your blog every stinking day and gosh forbid you miss a day! I love it!!!! I will say that I would probably travel in an excess of of 100 miles just to have you autograph my book. So there you have it, get on writing that book girl!


    P.S. Were you just as astonished as me with the outcome of American Idol last week??? Holy Toledo, Batman!!! I was gonna be one irate AI fan if Jessica would have not been saved!!!! And just the bottom 3 in general was amazing to me!

  3. says

    I love Works for Me Wednesday! My best tip is not really that original – laying clothes out the night before and getting dressed first thing keeps me from crawling back in bed after My husband leaves for work. I get so much more done.
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