Minimalist Motherhood {Minimalist Mom Book Giveaway!}

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Some months ago Rachel Jonat and I chatted on the phone about minimalist motherhood. She is in Canada; I am in Colorado. While our gaggle of children napped we giggled and gabbed like old friends although we’ve never met. It was awesome.

Today I’m wholeheartedly excited to introduce her new book, The Minimalist Mom. (Psst…. I’m giving away a copy, so keep reading!) 😉

*** UPDDATE!! The winner of the giveaway is Whitney (1way……..@gmail.com). Congratulations, and THANK YOU to everyone who entered! 

I was so glad to read Rachel’s book because, well, I am a mother. 🙂 And my heart is moving more and more toward the minimalist side of things. I can tell you honestly: this is the tell-me-like-it-is book that mothers everywhere have been waiting for! The Minimalist Mom really reads like a new-mom’s field manual.

Rachel’s heart message comes across loud and clear: less is more, even—especially— in parenting. 

Rachel’s heart message comes across loud and clear: less is more, even—especially— in parenting.

In case you aren’t sure if you’re ready to claim the title “minimalist” as a parent, fear not. Maybe you know that you feel less peace in your home with less clutter and fewer commitments but still feel overwhelmed. Rachel expertly lays out what it can look like for minimalism to be adopted in varying levels. She does this by addressing three fictional families throughout the narrative—the “beginner”, the “intermediate”, and the “all-in”. These different levels of minimalist pursuit help the reader gauge how deep their own interest lies in simplifying. The levels also provide a real-life example of what minimalist motherhood can really, beautifully look like. 

Rachel starts off by explaining what minimalist parenting IS, anyway. 😉 She goes into what type of minimalist parent you might be. Then she takes a look at how much space you actually need to start a family. This book is so beautifully comprehensive.

The Minimalist Mom doesn’t stop at just stuff, either. It takes a good, hard look at how we spend our money and time.

My favorite quote is, “The minimalist parent knows that time is their most precious commodity and they spend it wisely.”

“The minimalist parent knows that time is their most precious commodity and they spend it wisely.”

I love that. I love it. Time is the main reason that we’ve chosen for me to be a stay at home mom for this season, and also the driving force for us to home school our children. It just seems like the best use of our time.

How we spend our time says a lot about our values. At its core, minimalism is all about values. Minimalism is a tool which allows people to truly focus on what they value most in life. Many people value family and their children above all. This book provides real suggestions which parents can implement to spend more time with their kids/family or life-giving pursuits.  

Much of this book focuses on the beginning of starting a family, but many of the concepts carry over into parenting older children. If your kids are in middle school but you’re just getting into minimizing, then you’ll still want to read this book.

So. I’m excited to get one of you a brand new copy!! (Side note: if you don’t want to fill up your bookshelf with another paperback, then the winner can choose an e-copy). 🙂

To enter, comment below to enter and tell us what you’re most excited about gaining as you intentionally pursue less in your life and parenting. 🙂  Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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The fine print: This giveaway ends at 9:00 p.m. MST on Sunday, 10/9/2016. No purchase necessary. It is open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older (NO P.O. boxes). The winner will be determined at random by the program “And the Winner Is.”  Winners will be notified by e-mail and noted at the top of this post on Monday, 10/10/2016. Winner must abide by the rules and only comment ONCE in order to be considered. If you submit more than one comment, you will be disqualified. Winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! 

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36 Comments
  • Brittany Owens
    October 6, 2016

    I am most excited for the peace that having less unnessary things will bring our family s a whole. Less bickering amongst the children and more moments for bonding. Less time spent picking up the same mess a hundred times and more time spent enjoying my children being little.

    • Annaleah Riley
      October 6, 2016

      The main thing our family has been trying to gain by simplifying is more time to spend together. I don’t want to spend all my time cleaning the house; I would rather read books with my kids. I have loved Rachel’s writing for years, so I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  • Carmi
    October 6, 2016

    I rarely comment on blogs but I wanted to finally let you know how inspiring your blog is and that you’ve encouraged me greatly towards minimalism and really towards Christ. Keep up the good work!

  • Valerie
    October 6, 2016

    I’m most excited about gaining mental clarity! When days are chaotic or random things are scattered across the floor I just can’t think clearly.

  • Athena
    October 6, 2016

    As a new parent I want to start with the priority that people are more important that things. I want my daughter to know life isn’t about things.

  • Haley
    October 6, 2016

    Ooh, looks great! In simplifying, I’m looking to get rid of the stress in stuff and enjoying more intentional time with my kids

  • Delaney
    October 6, 2016

    I am looking forward to finding more time to be in the moment instead of obsessing over cleaning.

  • Jane
    October 6, 2016

    I am excited about spending lots of quality time with my baby and perhsps more future children. I am excited that they will hopefully see me as happy and relaxed rather than stressed out.

    • Jane
      October 6, 2016

      Oh and I’m not a US resident so don’t worry about the competition. I just wanted to answer the question. Good luck everyone!

  • Mel
    October 6, 2016

    I have been excited to realize that my family can be just as happy staying out of the rat race of competition for more “stuff”. Of course my kids want things but we talk openly about how to manage true desires and needs and that spending time together and giving “the gift of experience” which can include things like free trips to the pool or orchard or park is so important in building both memories and relationships.

  • Savanna
    October 6, 2016

    My journey to minimalism began for me when I finally realized I was the 4th generation in a family of “stuff hoarders”. It was engrained into my DNA! It was so freeing when I realized I could be different, and that I could start a new pattern. So over the past year I have been slowly recreating my life and habits and am so happy I have. Times get tough, and children don’t always see the big picture, but it’s been so worth the effort! I look forward to a future free from debt (not quite there yet), full of love, life, and the time and energy for the things that really count! (And space to BREATHE!)

    • betty richter
      October 6, 2016

      go get em savanna! it will be so worth it!!

  • Maryellen
    October 6, 2016

    I am excited about gifting this book to my daughter and/or my daughter in-law. My daughter has 4 kids ranging from age 5 to 15 and my daughter-in-law has infant twins and a 5 year old! They both would benefit from reading this book! Thanks

  • betty richter
    October 6, 2016

    i’m most excited about gaining margin in my life to sit and think and pray and read and BE.

  • Beth A Daugherty
    October 6, 2016

    I am most excited about attaining the peace and contentment that comes with having less stuff and more time to live the life Christ intends for me to live …….to better equip myself and my family to lead with a servant’s heart and having the time to instill the same in my children’s hearts.

  • Kendra Nay
    October 6, 2016

    Simplifying and minimalizing is helping us live a less stressful life.

  • Sarah Wollin
    October 6, 2016

    The qualities of simple life that have attracted me and my husbands’ focus are giving our child the ability to discern what is truly valuable in life and being content without acquiring what everyone else pursues. We can already see the fruits of our labour in our daughter, and she is not yet two, and we feel more satisfied as the days go by. We look forward to seeing it in future children (number two in just a few weeks!), and it will be wonderful to see how far we’ve come just as we can observe changes in our habits and mindset from a year ago, when we began our minimalist journey.

  • Debbi
    October 6, 2016

    I am most excited about the space that minimalism opens in our lives for the things that really matter (and not a single one of them can be found at the mall!)

  • Rei
    October 7, 2016

    Time with your kids is so precious and so limited, I have been trying to slow down and focusing on what is important. It’s hard sometimes because it is the opposite of what life in American teaches you and its hard to not be like the Jones!

  • Christine
    October 7, 2016

    With a toddler and young baby I love the idea of spending less energy on stuff and the stress the mess causes and more on things that matter like my family and the important but often elusive me time.

  • Ashley Galarza
    October 7, 2016

    Freedom. Freedom to pursue what’s important and not be a stuff manager!!!

  • Rebecca
    October 7, 2016

    I’m most excited to have our focus be less on stuff and more on relationships. Plus less toys for the kid means more time in nature!

  • Laura haven
    October 7, 2016

    I’m most excited about thinking about how to simplify my families time. I am always minimalizing my possessions, but I would like how we spend our time to reflect our heart and priorities more. 🙂 I’m thankful that there are families out there who think about this stuff like we do, it’s so encouraging! Cant wait to read the book.

  • Heather Lockwood
    October 7, 2016

    I love the freed up time minimalism gives me. Less time cleaning, more time living. Less time organizing, more time playing. Less time stressing, more time laughing.

  • Whitney
    October 7, 2016

    I’ve really been pursuing an minimalist lifestyle this past year. I read Joshua Becker’s book The Less of More and went through his online course…it was life changing! As a mother to a 2 year old, 11 month old, and 1 1/2 months pregnant, I need all the time that I can get! I love the freedom, time, and energy having less stuff has given me as well as being able to invest more in the people around me instead of investing in keeping my stuff where it belongs! I’d love to read this book and gain more ideas and inspiration!

  • Heather M
    October 7, 2016

    Less toys to clean up!

  • Susy M
    October 7, 2016

    Now that I am in a path to a more meaningful life I have adapted the minimalist lifestyle and it has bring me so much peace and joy. I know that I can do better and this book will help me get to where I want to be. Being a mom is difficult so why make it harder by cluttering our houses and minds with stuff we don’t really need! Thanks for the opportunity, good luck to everyone.

  • Gracie P.
    October 7, 2016

    I’m excited about learning to be more present, especially with a new baby due in a few days!

  • Keely
    October 7, 2016

    Just became a mother of 3 just over a week ago. Looking forward I have realized I’m sick of how life has been consumed by stuff! When we relocated in early 2016, I swear half our stuff that we moved had been stored in a basement, untouched, for close to 4 years. Simply ridiculous. I want more time with my family, more time to pursue my own interests in the name of my sanity and not waste it on all the things for surely some day I would regret it. Minimalism can offer me what I know my mind body and soul desperately needs. Going to take some baby steps to get there but I’ve started slowly since our move….trouble is I need a little guidance. Looking forward to this book to help me with that part.

  • Kate
    October 7, 2016

    Excited to read something that isn’t just for new parents or young families. As the mother of teenagers, I am getting a late start on my journey toward minimalism, but I don’t believe it is ever too late to learn and change! I love the idea that I still have the opportunity to learn new things to share with my daughters that they may pass on to their children and friends, as well as my brother and his wife who just had their first child four days ago!

  • Nicole
    October 8, 2016

    I want to be a model for my daughter so she does not grow up feeling like her worth is attached to what she has or does not have. I do not want her to grow up to be depressed and anxious because she is surrounded by clutter. I want her to see that life does not revolve around possessions.

  • Melissa Q
    October 8, 2016

    I am intrigued to hear that this book will give me some ideas about minimalist parenting of older children, not just infants. Though if I won, I would be sorely tempted to give it to my new mom friend…. and then ask to borrow it back ☺

  • Rachel
    October 8, 2016

    I would love to read this book. I am always so inspired by books on simple/minimal living and especially those that are geared towards families. And, I love that there is a focus on how families spend their time as an element of simple living!

  • Gloria
    October 8, 2016

    I am a grandmother of five wonderful grandsons, two of which are newborn twins! I’ve been so blessed by these littles in my life that I’d like to give their moms (my daughters) some insight to how minimalism can shape their families’ futures in a positive way. I’ve immensely enjoyed and been inspired by your blog from its beginning. Even though we are in different life stages, I am very active in my sweet boys lives and have found much to inspire and to aspire to in your writing. Thank you so much for letting all of us feel like we each are your real-life close friend!!
    God’s best blessings on you, my dear and on your precious family!

  • Dawn
    October 8, 2016

    I already bought a copy (so don’t enter me!) and want to get it for every mom I know, new and not so new alike! VERY, very good!

  • Charity
    October 9, 2016

    I also chose to be a sahm while my kids were little and homeschool! Time IS our most precious asset. I love what minimalism offers in respect to time. I feel like I spend so much TIME picking up and organizing and cleaning STUFF. I am most looking forward to how I can apply minimalism into my parenting now that my kids are older. Would love a copy of this book!