I grew up in a time where women were beginning to believe they could “have it all” without realizing the toll it would take. Yes, we could have those coveted careers that eluded our mothers, but we never lost the responsibilities that our mothers had. In essence, we had two full time jobs, and if you were a perfectionist that was one job too many. Quinn helps us to see we don’t need to be perfectionists, and that is a good thing.
Her book is filled with tips on entertaining, cleaning and decorating. There have been times when I have had unexpected company drop in, and she gives us recipes and ideas on how to be the perfect hostess. Since I am a purest when it comes to cooking and use very little processed foods, her recipes didn’t work for me, but I imagine they could be lifesavers for the average overworked mother.
While Ms. Quinn has not taken Erma’s place in my heart, Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets was fun to read and did give me ideas on how to curb my OCD tendencies. It might make a good stocking stuffer too.
Publisher - Chronicle Books LLC
Date of Publication - February 25, 2011