Guest post and Giveaway – If only they’d told me!

Today we have a guest post on author and mother Jacqui Lockington. Her book co-written with her friend Natalie will have every mother chuckling and nodding along. We have 10 books to giveaway so read on….

If Only They’d Told Me…..”  the words every mother utters at one time or another…

British Mum Jacqui Lockington had her world turned upside down when she became a mum. For someone who was incredibly organised and in control, her ‘perfect world’ was smashed to smithereens. Jacqui,  a self-confessed ‘neat freak’ couldn’t understand why her baby didn’t conform to the time-table Gina Ford set out in book The Contented Baby. As a pregnant-in-heels Mulberry bag swishing advertising executive, she had sworn that her baby would not change her life one bit.

She’d had visions of parking a sleeping baby under the table of many a popular restaurant, of carrying on with life exactly as before and returning to the work-force after a few short months of.

She was not prepared for the reality of parenthood and how it would totally change her, her friendships and her relationship.

She decided to turn her struggles into writing for other parents. She was determined to write something real and honest and funny too, and provide an outlet of anecdotes and stories which mums could draw on to make them realise that they are not alone. If Only They’d Told Me was born.IOTTM_coverfinal

Canadian-born Natalie Cutler-Welsh was at the same time in the planning stages of her own book, How to have a thriving (not just surviving) relationship in the early years. Her book was inspired by friends whose marriage broke down when they had young ones. She recognised the strains children put on relationships and was keen to address it with a book.

The two women only got together after the New Zealand Earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011. Nat, whose third child was born the day after the earthquake, relocated her family to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand to start life afresh. Jacqui, married to a Kiwi, had at that point been living in New Zealand for a number of years. Both books were well underway and over the next few months the two mums would share tips and ideas before recognising that, by combining their writing, they would have something unique.

The book is even more hilarious as both Jacqui and Nat freely admit they are totally different from each-other. Jacqui was pregnant-in-heels, likes her designer labels, is an incredible neat-freak and likes to do things by the book with lists and routine. She was also very much all about Heinz baby food and disposable nappies. She went back to work full-time in advertising early on and juggles parenting, a highly pressured career and her writing.

Nat, on the other hand, is very much an eco-mum. All three of her children have been in cloth nappies, she loves everything organic, hunts out bargains in second-hand stores, organises clothing swops. She has been a stay-at-home mum for a number of years. Rather than heels Nat is very much flats and functional. She doesn’t believe in routine and housework is low down on her priorities. She calls herself ‘organised chaos’.

The two have recently been labelled ‘The Trinny and Susannah’ of the parenting world and their differences come through in their parenting styles and opinions too – meaning that there really is something for everyone in the book.


Natalie and Jacqui

The book is born out of a desire to help other parents and, whilst they didn’t want to provide a ‘How To’ (Jacqui and Nat freely admit that they are not the experts), they recognised that by being honest and sharing real stories, laughter and tips, they could help other mothers cope and laugh at those hurdles children throw at us every day. They were also keen to shed some light on things from the Dad perspective and their book covers everything from what Dad thinks to tips to help your marriage thrive, sex and even friendships and how they change. The book isn’t just full of funny stories but includes some raw moments and personal issues as well as interviews and insights with other parents around world and some top tips from parenting experts.

If Only They’d Told Me, the book is just the tip of the iceberg. Three years ago Jacqui and Nat started their own blog in order to share stories along the way and to test their material with other parents. The women also run a free podcasting service, publishing a podcast every week on iTunes and Stitcher Radio on a range of topics from How to be a happy stay-at-home mum and Top tips for getting ready for baby to Post Natal Depression, Parenting Twins and Thriving after separation. The podcasts are extremely popular (Jacqui and Nat have been on the iTunes What’s Hot list) since they launched – right next to Ellen and Chris Evans. Jacqui and Nat have almost 60,000 downloads to-date.

Jacqui and Nat recognise that parenthood isn’t easy. Jacqui says: “It’s an art which you learn as you go, making mistakes along the way. When you get it right it is an incredibly rewarding time, a time that you will never get back. There is no getting around the fact that you will have hiccups along the way. Sometimes knowing this before you start makes it an easier journey.”

We have ten copies of this book to giveaway. To enter simply leave a comment below and from all comments received by midnight on 21st July we will pick ten lucky winners.

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339 Responses to Guest post and Giveaway – If only they’d told me!

  1. carla says:

    Oh wow! Sounds like my kind of book!

  2. Hannah says:

    I love how these two women are so completely different yet obviously very good friends. I like the sound of this new book and would definitely give it a read. Best of luck to them both x

  3. Sally says:

    Would love to win a copy of the book.

  4. If only they did tell us! Would of been helpful 😉

  5. Nicole Beauchamp says:

    I’d love to win

  6. Sarah Westmoreland says:

    Looks like a fab read, I have a 4 month old and am just about getting ready to think about going back to work, think this is right up my street for a chuckle! X

  7. helen says:

    would like to win! pretty please x

  8. Angela miller says:

    Hehe sounds like my kind if book, four children later and I don’t even know what the inside of a resturant looks like anymore! Wearing heels is an absolute no, I can’t keep up with the littlens in anything other than flats lol

  9. sam blane says:

    Sounds really interesting!

  10. Carrie Lloyd-Jones says:

    This book and these ladies sound like me and so many of my friends. No one tells you how much life changes with little ones in tow. Can wait to read it.

  11. Susan bean says:

    This sounds great – one if these books is just what I need to get me through my 9 month olds current aversion to sleep!!

  12. marion round says:

    I would think that would never happen I would do this/that different!

  13. Marsha Randle says:

    Yes pls…

  14. Sara Fox says:

    Wow sounds amazing, would love to win a copy

  15. sounds like a great read with things we all relate to

  16. Mel says:

    Sounds like a must read for new mums (like myself!)

  17. Mary mol says:

    Would love this book! Sounds great!

  18. Danielle Edwards says:

    Intresting! Id enjoy this book for sure! Xx

  19. hayley says:

    This sounds so good. I sound like Nat – an ‘organised chaos’ with just one 3.5 year old boy! Would love to add this to my collection.

  20. Diane says:

    Noooo, me and my best mate, should have wrote this!!!!

  21. Lauren McDonnell says:

    Sounds like a fab book

  22. Gemma cole says:

    Sounds like a good read in time for the holidays!

  23. sarah says:

    Would love to win this book.

  24. Steph Atkins says:

    Would love to win and read this book!

  25. Siobhan McNulty says:

    Sounds great

  26. Claire Rancic says:

    Oh my goodness this book sounds ideal!!!! Fingers crossed to winning a copy so relax (<<< haha what is this word) when the kids are asleep curled up with a book and a big choccy bar!!!!!

  27. rachelerella says:

    This sounds like a great read! I will be a mummy in December for the first time and as a highly organised person… it sounds as though I’ll receive a harsh reality check!

  28. Michelle Robertson says:

    My first baby is due in October. This sounds right up my street for some reality preparation. 🙂

  29. Jo says:

    As a working mother who had a child late in life compared to others am sure I will identify and find hilarious.

  30. Sarah says:

    Would love a copy, sounds like a brilliant book! x

  31. Kirsty says:

    Would love one of these books 😊

  32. Terrina southall says:

    Why on earth didn’t anyone tell me or warn me?? Who am I now and how long is it till I get back to me again?xxx

  33. Sarah says:

    This sounds like a good read! 🙂

  34. Kirsty Sampson says:

    This book sounds like something I would love to read… If I ever get any free time to actually read it!

  35. Fab….. Perfect reading for my 1.5 minutes peace in the bathroom!! 🙂 xxx

  36. prettylittlebakery says:

    Can’t wait to read the book x

  37. Janice Whiting says:

    Sounds like a must read for all mums!

  38. Ashley says:

    Sounds like a giggle…need that when not able to sleep after being up with my 5 month old!

  39. Amy Dougan says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds funny and fabulous! X

  40. hayley lent says:

    Would love a copy!

  41. prettylittlebakery says:

    I can’t wait to read the book x

  42. Sophie Hillier says:

    Yes please!

  43. Vicky Battle says:

    The bible for all parents new and old!

  44. jenny prince says:

    I would love to win a copy please!!!!

  45. I have 2 babies aged 1 and 2 and all the books I ever read never told me the true horror of having kids. From the tantrums to the inexplicable things they are able to do with the contents of a nappy

  46. heather downie says:

    I wish i had this book from the start 17months later and i still feel like i dont know what im doing and must surely be the only mum things are happening to! Cant wait to read this xx

  47. Gemma says:

    I would love to win a copy of the book 🙂 fingers crossed x

  48. Sarah Marrison says:

    This book sounds exactly what I need at the moment!

  49. Karina says:

    Sounds like a book I could really get stuck into and enjoy!! Xx would help pass time as I anxiously await the arrival of my first baby … A lovely little boy due 30/09/14 ❤ Xx

  50. Orla Lomasney says:

    Sounds like a vital book to have. Especially with my four children!! X

  51. Julie says:

    I would love to win this book as I’m sure I could relate to quite a few things in it and would benefit from a good laugh 😉 I am a mum of 3 age 11years 8 years and 4 week old little boy ❤ 🙂

  52. ann-marie speak says:

    Looks amazing. If I dont win I will have to buy x

  53. Jodie Gascoigne says:

    This looks like a great read I would love a read of this book bet there is so
    Much to agree on in it x

  54. Dionne Park says:

    This book sounds amazing, I would love to win a copy

  55. Charlotte Axford says:

    If only we remembered!!. 2nd son born 5 weeks ago, forgot how much life changes.

  56. Claire dobbin says:

    Great idea, can’t wait to read it!

  57. hannahandtheolivers says:

    Sounds like a great read! 🙂

  58. Mia Pea says:

    Ha :)) can’t wait to read this

  59. Lizzy O'Hare says:

    Sounds gd please pick me! Xx

  60. Claire Wateridge says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book , I can really sympathise with these women with 3 kids of my own and owning a toddler group lol x

  61. Nicola says:

    I sooooooo need to read this!!! Being a mum to 3 1/2 year old twin girls & a nearly 7 year old son I’m sure I’d be able to relate to the majority of your book especially I sound like ‘Nat’ 😊

  62. Julianne Higgins says:

    I’d love a copy please. Then it’ll be the 1 parenting/baby book I keep as all the others just cause stress and confusion! 🙂

  63. Kayleigh Gilchrist says:

    This book sounds perfect!!!! If i don’t win i’ll definitely be buying 🙂

  64. Cari Laubscher says:

    Would love to win a copy 🙂

  65. Emma says:

    Sounds very good!

  66. Emma says:

    I’d love a copy 🙂

  67. Joanne Cook says:

    I’d love a copy. A great birthday present for me!

  68. jade harrison says:

    I would love this book I my self was into labels and lists. And really did get my life turned upside down. I wouldn’t change it for tthe world!.

  69. Tanya Dolphin says:

    Love the sound of that yes please 😊

  70. Miss W Eichenhofer says:

    I hear it all the time, I’ve even said it myself whilst cooing over a new baby .. well let me tell you that some days they dont grow up quick enough lol

  71. Alexandra smith says:

    This book looks fab!

  72. Jo says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book 📖 xx

  73. Samantha Coleman says:

    Would love to win this 😃

  74. Sandra weir says:

    This book would get me through our family holiday when my little ladies r being little monsters!!

  75. Joanne Morton says:

    “If only they’d told me!” I think I’ve said this 1000 times over since I had my two children!

  76. Danielle McClure says:

    Love to read this!!

  77. Sounds like a book every mum would enjoy. I would love a copy please?

  78. Kate Henderson says:

    Sounds a fab read 🙂

  79. Debbie Iyer says:

    This book sounds fab! Would love to win one, have a good read and then share with my Mummy friends! 😀

  80. Lisa says:

    I would really like a copy please as a mum of 3 be nice to know am not on my own with “those” moments

  81. Jacqueline Wardle says:

    Would love to win a copy

  82. Sharon Brooks says:

    Sounds like my kind of read !

  83. Emma Francis says:

    Sounds like a must read book. Would love to win one please

  84. Vicki says:

    Sounds like the sort of book I wish I had been given last year!

  85. leanne le-marinel says:

    Love how they havent made it all sound like roses my kind of book for sure 🙂

  86. Rodyna says:

    I’d like a copy please

  87. Nicole Rich says:

    This book sounds interesting. I would love to win a copy. X

  88. Rachael Brunt says:

    Can t wait to read this , my sort of book . Love the title . Would love to win a copy . X

  89. hazel plimmer says:

    Sounds like a good read. Love a successful mummy 🙂

  90. louisekathryn89 says:

    This sounds like an interesting book, I’d love to win and read a copy of this!

  91. Melonie Culley says:

    This sounds amazing, I would love a copy, x
    Is there anywere I can buy one from please, xx

  92. Sonya Spencer says:

    Maybe it’s time for me and my friend to publish our “greetings card ideas at 4am!” You want to see some of the ones we came up with whilst doing the all nighters!

  93. Claire Harris says:

    Sounds like the sort of book that I could do with now that number two is nearly here and life will be chaos once again!

  94. Marie says:

    Sounds like a great read!

  95. Cat says:

    Sounds like my kinda book!

  96. amanda grundy says:

    oooh sounds good

  97. lyndsey Bradshaw says:

    Its so nice to know your not on your own. Sounds really funny too.x

  98. Hazel says:

    This sounds so like my life 🙂 I would love to win a copy please

  99. Beccy says:

    Sounds like a good giggle. I’d love to win a copy 🙂

  100. Would love a copy please 🙂

  101. Diana Chan says:

    What a fan idea for a book!

  102. Hannah venn says:

    Sounds fab 🙂

  103. Kristyna Czernianin says:

    Sounds like a good read to me. Would be lovely to win a copy x

  104. angela O'Brien says:

    Sounds like a great read – & a realistic one at last!

  105. Amy carter says:

    If only they’d told me kids inevitably cause mayhem at the sight of a parent about to read a good book! X

  106. Claire Mackinnon says:

    sounds like a great read!would love to win a copy! x

  107. Laura France says:

    Sounds like a really good honest book. Need something new to read.

  108. Sarah Thomas says:

    Would love to win

  109. Rachel Duxbury says:

    Sounds fab!

  110. robyn297 says:

    Sounds like a good book, would love to read it, I seem to be discovering more “I wish they’d told me”s everyday

  111. Amy Barton says:

    Absolutely love the fact this book has two views as I feel I am a bit of both. Relaxed in some areas and strict on others. Can’t wait to read it!!! Could do with a laugh once little one has gone to bed!!

  112. Vanessa says:

    I know they’re not giving advice as such, but I’m always glad of hints and tips, even with a 3 year old and 2 year old! You’d think I’d have got the hang of it by now…. *shakes head sadly*. Hoping to win!

  113. Kerry says:

    Sound like a good book, please can I have one 🙂

  114. Kelly says:

    Sounds like a brilliant read! x

  115. This book looks fab, even if I don’t win I will buy a copy, all mothers know the chaos that babies bring only a little too late!

  116. Sam Weatherhead says:

    Would love a copy please! Can definitely relate! x

  117. Suzanne Christie says:

    Would love a copy if this book please 🙂

  118. Gemma Checkley says:

    Sounds like a good excuse for a nice hot bath and a glass of wine while reading it. ( with the door locked) 🙂

  119. Sandra Watson says:


  120. kay malloy says:

    Would love to win a copy. Xx

  121. Looks fab,my kind of book,can’t wait to read it x

  122. Gillian Pendlebury says:

    Fantastic well done on telling the stories we usually try to hide. I myself said my life wouldn’t change! 18 weeks on and oh my god, I couldn’t be more different. We say they’re worth it though lol x

  123. Becca Woolston says:

    Sounds great, yes please! ;0)

  124. Chrissie guida says:

    Looks a good read!

  125. alison p says:

    Sounds fun!

  126. Amandaq says:

    Would love to win this book!! Good luck everyone. Ax

  127. LeonaJ says:

    Sounds right up my street, would love a copy!!

  128. Tina says:

    I feel I can relate to Natalie when she calls herself organized chaos because that is what I am. Would love to read about it in this book!

  129. Nicola says:

    I’d love to have a read of this… hahaa x

  130. Jane Sambrook says:

    “If only they’d told me”, ha ha, so true. I was once Jacqui and am now Nat. It’s only taken 15 years to adjust!! Lol

  131. Catherine Pattison says:

    Sounds like a good read – and an amusing one!

  132. Annette Dinsdale says:

    Sounds like a cracking read!!! X

  133. Vicki Harrison says:

    Sounds brill, would be fab to winand read it. Good luck everyone!

  134. Amanda says:

    I have to get this book 🙂

  135. Brenda says:

    Sounds like an interesting read especially with baby number 2 on the way!

  136. Emma Bond says:

    As a stay at home mum to my 19 month old son going through the tantrum ‘stage’ I think this book could definately provide some much needed lighthearted relief xxx

  137. Vonnie says:

    This sounds like just the book I need to help keep me smiling through the daily challenges of being a Mum to a 3 year old and a 3 month old! Fingers crossed I’m one of the lucky winners, good luck me! 🙂

  138. Libby Deakin says:

    Sounds right up my street!

  139. sheetal says:

    We are ‘the slightly older’ gen and we are trying for our first. Time may be running out for us so we need to crack on! Lol. Watch this space…

  140. cath says:

    My two best friends are both pregnant and due within weeks of each other! Would love to win a copy to give to them to share x

  141. Kate Tucker says:

    Sounds like a great read!

  142. Jenifer Ford says:

    Would love a copy to cheer me up right now x

  143. Sian Hayward says:

    Please can I have one of your free copies! I have a 10 month son and find myself continuously saying “If only someone told me?!” Lots of lessons learnt for baby no.2 I’m sure! X

  144. Kat says:

    Sounds like a must read ! Xx

  145. Jennie Wain says:

    Most definitely like to read with ‘a cup of tea’

  146. Danielle Renshaw says:

    Having three sons at the age of 27, this books sounds like an appealing read to me! Would very much like to win a copy! x

  147. Sian Williams says:

    It’s amazing how many people think that a baby won’t change their lives one bit! Can’t wait to read!

  148. Corinne mills says:

    Havnt read a book in years….not with a 3 year old and 9week old…..but a hot bath and this book seems like heaven!!!

  149. kerry Anne says:

    id love a copy as me and my friend were talking about stuff nobody tells you before your a mum x

  150. natalie c says:

    Would absolutely love a copy! Looks fab.x

  151. Roxana Chime says:

    Would be nice to have time to read it 🙂 pls can i have one 🙂

  152. Simone says:

    Looks right up my street considering I’m expecting my second baby with a 2 and a half year old already! This will prepare me and keep me amused hopefully

  153. Nicola Blewett says:

    I’d love this book as a first time mum! I’m somewhere in between both ladies!

  154. lesley graham says:

    This book looks like a fun read, I would love a free copy 🙂

  155. Kath Watson says:

    Something tells me that I need this book in my life! Would love a copy please! Xx

  156. Diana Quirke says:

    I have just spent the past 20minutes since seeing this post trying to buy a copy! I would love to win i spend most evenings snuggled up with a book to find one that sums up motherhood would be amazing as a mum to 2 under 2 I would love to escape into this book for a few hours!! Cheers x

  157. Leagh says:

    Fingers crossed I never win nothin it could be my turn lol

  158. colleen says:

    Amazing read for my holiday 🙂

  159. Nicola Dunbar says:

    Looks a good book

  160. Jennifer Roberts says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book as it sounds extremely funny & informative!

  161. Kathryn row says:

    I’d love a copy of this book!

  162. Laura strain says:

    Sounds like an awesome book. I would love to win one.

  163. Natalie Nickson says:

    Please please please can I win this book so I have an excuse to go for a peaceful bath ON MY OWN for once 😂😂😂

  164. michelle sykes says:

    Looks funny as! Need a good read especially now I’m a single mum and finding it hard work … but rewarding of course

  165. Jacquifeaver says:

    Would love a copy. Sounds like a fab read that I can completely relate too. He he!

  166. Nicola Goode says:

    Sounds like a great holiday book to read whilst the toddler is afternoon napping x

  167. Emma says:

    Brilliant iv said this loads of times .. If only they’d told me 😳 xx

  168. Lynette Hughes says:

    Ohh sounds like a great read! All parents have those ‘if only they’d told me’ moments! 🙂

  169. Charlotte kelly says:

    This sounds like a fun book.. I can definitely think of a few ‘if only they told me’ moments lol 🙂 .

  170. Laura Todd says:

    Sounds a must read, especially for a mum of 5!

  171. Emma Bill says:

    Looks like a good read for the summer holidays!

  172. emma says:

    Would love to win

  173. Leanda Scrivener says:

    I’m not really a book person these days but this books sounds really interesting. Can’t wait to get stuck into it

  174. Eleanor says:

    I so need this in my life. XxxxxX

  175. Michaela Wray says:

    Just read the prologue on amazon. Sounds hilarious. Would love to win a copy please 🙂

  176. serina hill says:

    Sounds gd I always wished I knew baby grows can come of up n down would of saved so much panic time n water 😉

  177. Katie says:

    I would love a copy sounds like a must read!

  178. Sophie says:

    Brilliant. Sounds like a good laugh and maybe a few tips as well. Well done

  179. Sherry says:

    Sounds like something I need to read!

  180. Donna Sim says:

    Would love to read this book, sounds like a great read

  181. Karina Mckenzie says:

    Sounds like a Mum bible!!!! I need this in my life!

  182. Kelly says:

    Would love to read this book 😊

  183. Renee says:

    I think i need a copy of this book! Sounds perfect.

  184. Kathryn Bell says:

    Sounds like a must have for any parent. I need a good book to have a chuckle with when the kids are finally in bed. Would love to win one.

  185. jess says:

    Sounds like a great book. I would love to win a copy please 🙂

  186. KATE THURSTON says:

    Definitely one to tell all my mummy friends about, sure we can relate!

  187. Gemma Westong says:

    This book sounds amazing! Every mum should have one! X

  188. Amanda Pepper says:

    Would love to read this book, sounds interesting and intriguing. Pretty please…can I win a copy?! Xxx

  189. Donna Wright says:

    Oh I’d love to write something witty or worthy of a prize. .But a mum of 4 girls. . including twin girls now aged 3.. I’m sat here. . Exhausted. . Drained. . Hot. . Bothered. .hungry. . Tired.. needing a wee.. in a messy room.. lounge and conservatory. .All in Need of attention!!. . Need to put the girls to bed and make my husband tea… and all I would like to do is curl up with a warm cup of tea.. (Always drink cold) and a book.. in bed!! Chill out time required. . Oh. . One crying. . Need to go.. 😦 busy busy mum. .xxx

  190. Suraiya says:

    Even if “they” had told you anything you only believe what you want to believe & no two mothers have the same experience of parenting. However it sounds like a fun book to read & I’d enjoy one to read for sure 🙂

  191. Rachel says:

    At 7 months pregnant with my first child I’d like someone to tell me lol… This will be a good read I am sure

  192. Michelle says:

    Sounds a like a good read 🙂

  193. Susie Hutchings says:

    These two sound like me and my sister. We’ve both just had kids. I’m the chaos one and she’s the organised Gucci loving one. I’d love to give her this book.

  194. Sarah Jackson says:

    Looks a good read, even to an experienced mum x

  195. Zoe says:

    I don’t read books as a rule, but would definately make an exception for this one 🙂

  196. Kate Talbot says:

    If they only told me…. I would never get a full nights sleep again 😂

  197. Ruth jones says:

    Sounds fabulous, can’t wait to read and share!… Pick me! 🙂

  198. Dawn says:

    I love hearing about how other mums manage to get through every day and still hold on to their sanity!

  199. Alison says:

    Looks a fun read…so many things I have thought if only I knew that then, part of the fun though is figuring all these out later! X

  200. Laura wilson says:

    If only they had told me I would have to plan time to read a book! I think I need to get planning!

  201. Kelly Harland says:

    Sounds like a great read 🙂

  202. Zoe Shane says:

    Would love to read this book,

  203. Emma Crane says:

    love the duel prespective, a must read I think x

  204. Sounds like a great read with humorous insight

  205. Ria Luscombe says:

    I’d love a copy if this, as a new mummy it’s always good to get sereval tips and ideas x

  206. Rachel says:

    I’m almost scared to read it in case there are still things I haven’t discovered yet!

  207. Natalie says:

    If only you knew these things so you could prepare yourself! I’d love a copy of this book to read 🙂

  208. Katka says:

    This will be a fab reading.. Looking forward to laughing with it as I’m sure I will 😉

  209. Holly says:

    Would love to read this!

  210. I sound like a cross between the two! Would be interesting to see the two different perspectives x

  211. Claire says:

    I’d love to read this book

  212. Nicole Doughton says:

    Sounds like my kind of book. Due in October, so could do with a good read in preparation for the mayhem!

  213. V says:

    Yes please 🙂 sounds funny!

  214. Margaret Bacon says:

    sounds like my kind of book

  215. Paula Mcgarrigle says:

    Parenthood has no guidebook nor is every child the same. Sounds like these ladies realised this.

  216. Corina Carney says:

    I want a copy!!

  217. Sara Cunliffe says:

    If only they had told me ! I still wouldn’t change my gorgeous 6 month old boy for the world 🙂

    Well done ladies, I wish you every success for the future & hope your book becomes a best seller x

  218. Tracy Hughes says:

    Please 🙂

  219. Kerri sedgwick says:

    Sounds like my kind of book, would love to win please, would love to read 🙂

  220. Emma Stringer says:

    This sounds fab 🙂

  221. Nia Jones says:

    Definitely need to read as I’ve got 3 and I’m still learning x

  222. Marion Caldwell says:

    Sounds like a brilliant read!

  223. I love this article by the two women who despite of their differences have worked together.I have learnt alot…Thankyou.

  224. Jo says:

    Sounds like just the kind of book I need in my life!

  225. Suzie Gross says:

    This book sounds like it was written for me! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered those words in the last 15 weeks!! 😁

  226. Lisa h says:

    This book sounds a fun read that a lot of mums can relate too!!!!

  227. Emma Eacott says:

    Sounds like a fun and amusing read. Currently pregnant with my second baby, ready to start again.

  228. tillie mabbutt says:

    Sounds like a great book, so much i could add!

  229. kelly says:

    Would love to read this! Sounds great and a chance to relax with a cuppa!

  230. Lauren Palfrey says:

    I would love this book!

  231. Eleanor Bound says:

    This looks like a very interesting and entertaining read. If only they’d told me my husband would suddenly develop child crying deafness and that I’d be happy if I still looked human after only two hours sleep. Mind you they could have told me but I wouldn’t have listened!! 🙂

  232. Hannah routledge says:

    Would love this!

  233. Sarah Ornsby says:

    Sounds like a interesting and funny book. Will seek it out even if we don’t get a freebie as all parents need a laugh even if it’s to stop us from crying. lol 🙂

  234. Gloria Rwomushana says:

    Sounds like me. Would love a copy.

  235. Natalie Johnson says:

    Sounds like a brilliant read and totally relatable! Would love to win a copy x

  236. Cheu-yi Christian says:

    Wouldn’t mind reading it and shout yes that what happend to me lol

  237. Mandy Slone says:

    I’d love a copy of this book 😊

  238. Sarah Jenkinson says:

    Ooh really looking forward to reading this. Great to have a book based on experiences rather than do’s & dont’s!

  239. Kajil says:

    I can’t wait to read this. Hopefully I won’t feel like I am alone anymore at sucking at being what others perceive to be the perfect housewife and mummy.

  240. Annmarie says:

    would love to win a copy of this, ideal summer read

  241. Laura says:

    I think I’d happily describe myself as a cross between both these ladies, so reading this would be brilliant, that is when I get to read something lol x

  242. Lisa says:

    Sounds like the perfect book for making you feel better when the world around makes you feel like a rubbish mum!

  243. Lisa says:

    Sounds like a fab read…..!

  244. karly says:

    I think my friend who is due very soon needs this!!!! I can only guide her so far!!

  245. C Parkin says:

    As a mother with a parenting style which is a blend of Jacqui and Nat’s and with a toddler and newborn, I’d love to read this book and get some tips!

  246. Holly Bayliss-simmons says:

    Ahah I would love to read this it sounds right up my street x

  247. Lorraine Crossen says:

    Would love to win a copy, it sounds like a really good book x

  248. laura says:

    sounds like a great book to sit on my book shelf till my 18mth old turns 18 and I may just get chance to read it with a HOT cup of tea :), would still like to win though

  249. Fay says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to read!

  250. Gemma Ballan says:

    Hi, would be very pleased to win a copy ; ) have a 3yr old, 4 month old, a 6yr old sausage dog called Sapphire, a business oh and not forgetting the husband too!! Thanks x

  251. Laura Daniels says:

    Excitement….I would love to read this book to remind me what sex and a hot cuppa tea are after twins!!! 😳😉xx

  252. Saran says:

    Fantastic that these two ladies have produced this book, which will provide a valuable insight for all mothers.
    If only such a book was out before I had my two little ones! No one tells you how challenging it is juggling motherhood, with a full time job, two little ones, not to mention keeping a marriage from going stale as well as fitting time to do all the things a women needs to do to keep herself looking and feeling good about herself!! I think I need some tips from this book!!

  253. Joanne Payne says:

    This looks great, would love this!

  254. Amy Barker says:

    Sounds like a good read! Trying for baby number two and would love to understand dad’s point of view! And betting we can all relate to changes in friendships after having a baby

  255. Victoria Sweeney says:

    Would love to read this book! Sounds a laugh

  256. Charlie b says:

    Wow, I’ve a one year old daughter and two step daughters who came into my life before my own so I could do with advice on raising three kids under eight.

  257. Orla Kilifin says:

    Sounds like a fab book!!
    From a self confessed neat freak I can certinaly relate to a complete change in priorities once a baby comes.
    But I wouldn’t change it for the world 🙂

  258. Christina says:

    This sounds brilliant 🙂

  259. Lei says:

    curious… and would like to read it.

  260. Anna Bagnall says:

    Still finding things out and my son is 3 1/2. I think people don’t want to tell you the ‘struggles’ as they don’t want to admit to having them!!!

  261. Kirsty Bland says:

    Wow this looks like a fab read…..I’d love a chuckle!!!

  262. Kanchan Chugh says:

    Sounds exciting:)

  263. Miriam Vincent says:

    Could really do with this – just lost my mother & am a mother of 2 so I’m always thinking of what my mum would say to me in situations when I feel like I am losing my way! Could also do with knowing I’m not alone in the mess & poo & laundry that never seems to end!x

  264. gemma batchelor says:

    Oooh I would love to read this!

  265. Yvonne Curran says:

    Sounds hilarious!
    Would love to win a copy of the book 😀😀

  266. Laura B says:

    The book sounds a hoot and a great read!

  267. Gemma Williams says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! I’m very much one of those mums uttering the things we probably shouldn’t hehehe

  268. sharon dickson says:

    Me and my best friend should have written this book!! How naive we were pre children. Be a good read for a giggle.

  269. Jessica L says:

    I’ve never managed to read a ‘serious’ parenting book all the way through, but this one sounds just my cup of tea (and I’m so in need of some survival tips!)

  270. Laura Olivey says:

    Would love to read this. I’m a SAHM to a 3 1/2 yr old and a 7 week old 🙂

  271. Lisa says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  272. Kay Bagshaw says:

    I’d love to know I’m not alone. I also need a good laugh after a day dealing with kids, work, relationships and house duties. That’s along with organising a house move, banking and bills…..I need a good excuse to sit down and read a good book.

  273. Alexandra Marchuk says:

    Would love one of these as love reading a book not pc or all those hi tech and it seems funny and enjoyable 🙂

  274. Louise says:

    I have a 16 month old baby and a 15 year old, I need all the help I can get :-/

  275. Gledwen says:

    Sounds amazing!! If I win a copy or not I’m looking forward to reading this love reading something I can relate to 🙂 x

  276. Debby clyde says:

    Sounds like a fab book! One to get my teeth stuck into! xx

  277. jo ferry says:

    Sounds ideal life with a toddler is hard work but entertaining ! Think this book would give me lots of laughs and tips !!

  278. Tanya marchetti says:

    Would love a free copy to read in my bath time escapism from my 10 month old x

  279. Would love this book please

  280. Jennifer Kalra says:

    I definitely wasn’t prepared for parent hood. People used to say the “you’ll soon know what parenting is all about when the baby comes!” To which I replied with a laugh ” I know, it’s not like a dog and i can lock it in the kitchen and go out for the day!!” But when my daughter came, boy did I not realise what it meant!!
    Would live to see I’m not the only parent who struggled.

  281. amanda hayes says:

    As a mother of a toddler who thought 18 months ago i would never have children, it all came as a bit of a shock! This sounds like a fun and interesting read.

  282. Lian Simmonds says:

    Sounds like it is one of those books that will make you laugh out loud 🙂

  283. Amanda says:

    This sound like a book I need when I’m going to bed about to tear my hair out, then to read this book and realise I really ain’t the only mum feeling like this and be able to chuckle!! Xx

  284. Hayley says:

    Would love to read this 🙂 x

  285. Bobbie says:

    Sounds like my cup of tea 😉

  286. Laura Farminer says:

    Great title, sounds like a good book!

  287. Vicki Anderton says:

    This book sounds fab. There are lots of things i wish i’d known but most of all how much these little people fill your heart!

  288. stephanie g says:

    sounds like a brilliant must-read!

  289. Hannah Carr says:

    Brilliant……if only I knew before having my 2!!!

  290. Abbie says:

    Books sounds amazing

  291. sophie says:

    Sounds really good 🙂

  292. Helen White says:

    Book sounds amazing. Would love a copy x

  293. Kelly says:

    I was living in Christchurch, NZ during the feb 11 earthquake too – with a 7 month old! Would love to have a chuckle at their tips and advice! Great competition – thanks 🙂

  294. Mrs A Martin says:

    Sounds like fun! Would love to win a copy.

  295. DEE WILLIAMS says:

    Would love to win a copy. Sounds fun. Xx

  296. Jessica says:

    I need this book in my life !!! 💖💖💖

  297. sophie Willison says:

    This looks good. Can’t wait to read it x

  298. michelle harrison says:

    God the things I wished id known…. I’d do it all so differently. Why oh why did I used to worry when dd slept?? Why did I bother her every 5 mins? I’d love her to sleep now!!

  299. Lucy says:

    I would love to read this 🙂

  300. Elizabeth Lawrence says:

    Sounds like just the book. Would love to win a copy.
    Thank you

  301. Would live a free book

  302. Natalia Redfern says:

    The book sounds refreshing and offers new perspectives, I would love to read it.

  303. Samantha says:

    Me and my mum friends share some really funny and some really honest mummy moments, this book sounds like one I can read and discuss!

  304. Bryony says:

    Me please, send the book to me!

  305. sarah says:

    I think this book sounds fantastic and will have every mother laughing as she has probably gone through a lot of the things at one time or another. These days a lot of women will disagree on how children are brought up and think they should be doing what they are doing so for two completely different women with mothering styles to have written a book together and to be good friends is fantastic. I can’t wait to have a good read of this book

  306. Kate says:

    Yes please I would LOVE to win a copy!!

  307. anna williams says:

    This book looks amazing!! The title if only they told me is a phrase i use often!!!!!!! Would love to read this book pleaseeeeeee pretty pleaseeeeeee :)) xxxxx

  308. Julia says:

    Definitely sounds a real hoot of a book! Would love to win a copy.

  309. If only they’d told me how hard breast feeding was, has split bleeding nipples, lack of milk and mastitis which I didn’t know existed!

  310. Nicola Johnstone says:

    Sounds like a fab book. im a mum of 2, 5 years age gap. I had hopes of doing things differently with my second born but it didn’t work out that way. I’m sure this book is a great read so I would be thrilled to win a copy (please!). xx

  311. Lucy says:

    How true that comment can be when applied to so many different stages of being a mother… For me…
    If only they’d told me… I would have a c section
    If only they’d told me… Not to worry about things that aren’t important
    If only they’d told me… Not to fall off the back door step last week, sprain my ankle & be in totally reliant on friends, family for everything for the next few weeks… Hence why I’m sat surfing the net at 10:30 on a Tuesday morning! Lol!

    Would love to win a copy xx

  312. lisa streetley says:

    Would love a book please

  313. Rachel Louise Coyle says:

    Id love a book 🙂

  314. Asia says:

    I’m expecting baby number 4 and would love to read this book.

  315. Steph says:

    Sounds like a breath of fresh air… would love to share/review this book for my mummy blog 🙂

  316. Larissa says:

    Yes please. My friend read your e-book and highly recommend it. Think the stage our wee family is at, some guidance would be helpful x

  317. aks says:

    Wow their writing and stories are so needed, we all feel that we are doing badly so it’s wonderful to know we are not alone!

  318. Fiona Finlay says:

    Sounds like a great read, being a mum to 3 young kids, sounds like I could relate to these 2 lol

  319. Toni says:

    Book looks great, I can think of a lot of ‘if only they’d told me’s’ haha 🙂 x

  320. Michelle Attridge says:

    Looks like a really good and fun book, would love to read.

  321. diana says:

    Sounds like a laugh and a half…. theres so many things that you find about once you become and adult or have children, that you do wish ‘people had told you’ lol.. should be a great read to sink my teeth into..when I get the kiddie-winks off to bed!

  322. Laura says:

    Id love to read this. It just goes to show all the ‘comparers’ out there that yes every mother, father, relationship, pregnancy, birth and child is different. Good or not so good, every parenting moment is special, even if you dont think so at the time (I’ve definitely had a fair few lol) I just wish I’d known what I was getting myself into 😀

  323. Kriszti says:

    Hi, I really would read that book !

  324. This book sounds soooo real!!! Would love to read it as I have a 21 month old boy causing the most chaos such as lost house keys stashed in his favourite dark corner. Bundles of clothes piled high of to put away, eBay away and give away.
    Lost things….. Such as teaspoons, lip balm and dismantled toys,

    Sticky floors, walls switches books etc…..,., wish I read this book before.
    Sometimes, when I have a quiet half a second I dream of my pre baby life…… Basically being able to get out the front door in under 30 minutes!!! lol…. Those were the days….,

  325. Caroline Tietjens says:

    It would be absolutely brilliant if I would win this book…I need to know what to expect, being a first time mum to be. Fingers crossed the book is mine!

  326. Maisie moo says:

    So many responses!!! But I wanted to leave a comment anyway to say that this sounds like it’s going to be a very enlightening, entertaining and informative book to read! These are the kind of parenting books we need!

  327. carynh says:

    Hoping this book also addresses parenting when you’re isolated from family & friends. That’s the toughest part for me.

  328. stephanie stych says:

    Ooooh would love to win this book 🙂

  329. Emma evans says:

    Id love to read this book 🙂 xx

  330. Ooh sounds like a fab read. I’d love to have a copy x

  331. Lisa Hilton says:

    Sounds like a great read would love to win this book 🙂

  332. Trish says:

    I am intrigued! Looking for a giggle after a stressful day (Working mum of two boys) & some hints, tips & inspiration 😁😁

  333. Zoe says:

    Sounds great , would love to read it if my 8 month old gives me time!
    I will then lend it to my husband to read before next bump is born ( due beginning November!)

  334. Gillian says:

    Can’t wait to read this!

  335. Sarah says:

    Yes pleease!

  336. jessica jones-cox says:

    Two different mums from Different lifestyles joining up to make this book it sounds so neat and funny would love to read it ♡

  337. amy warwick says:

    Would love to read this book !

  338. Nicki Bush says:

    I wish I had known a few more things before becoming a Mum. I certainly wasn’t prepared to be a single mum of a 2 month old baby either. But I wouldn’t change being a Mummy for the world. I can’t wait to read your book xx

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