The Mother Load ~ Book Feature

The Mother Load ~ Book Feature #MySillyLittleGang

In her newest book, The Mother Load, beloved author and blogger Meredith Ethington shares her experiences, heart, and wisdom for mothers everywhere. Keep reading below to find out more about this book.

The Mother Load ~ Book Feature #MySillyLittleGang

The Mother Load ~ Book Feature

Don’t be fooled by posts you see on your Instagram feed, that solo run to Target is not self-care, according to the beloved author and blogger Meredith Ethington. She shares her experiences, heart, and wisdom for mothers everywhere in her newest book, The Mother Load: Surviving the Daily Grind Without Losing Your Ever-Loving Mind.

“A trip alone to Target is nice (and some- times quite enjoyable), but for me, it’s also usually filled with my mental checklist of things my family needs,” says Ethington. It’s fine if you really love going to Target alone and that is your form of self-care. However, I would suggest carefully asking yourself if this is restorative self-care, because honestly when I go to Target alone, it’s still filled with texts like, ‘When are you going to be home, Mom?’ and, ‘Do you know where my soccer cleats are?’ I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t feel rejuvenating while I browse the dollar bins for more pumpkin décor I don’t need. Self-care absolutely can look different for everyone. But be careful not to tout basic human needs as self-care. Basic needs such as eating a meal, taking a hot shower, going to the bathroom alone, taking a sick day, or going to the doctor for an annual exam are not forms of self-care. Frankly, self-care needs a little more thought and effort put into it than folding laundry with AirPods in your ears while listening to a book on tape. That’s multitasking more than self-care.”

The Mother Load ~ Book Feature #MySillyLittleGang

About the Book

Taking an honest look at her own journey as a mother, Ethington presents pieces of advice for each moment of motherhood–the good, the bad, the ugly, and every part of the in-between. Filled with raw, honest anecdotes, Ethington’s portrayal of motherhood is fully transparent–at times humorous, at times painful–never shying away from the tougher subjects of motherhood that may often get pushed under the rug. While motherhood may often feel like an uphill battle, Ethington is here to guide mothers inward, where they are encouraged to reflect upon their own journeys as mothers. Ethington’s book provides readers with insights on topics such as:

● Nurturing yourself and caring for your mental health
● Letting go of the idea of a “road-map” for motherhood
● Practicing gratitude
● Releasing expectations
● Prioritizing authenticity over perfection

Ethington draws from her own experience to present the lessons she has learned along the way, including the importance of self-care, balance, and grace amidst the busy day-to-day routine of many mothers. With Ethington’s poignant, vulnerable perspective on motherhood, mothers everywhere will be encouraged that the load they carry is one they never have to carry alone.


About the Author

Meredith Ethington is a mother, author, and founder of the Perfection Pending blog, which presents mothers with encouragement, humor, and heart. Her debut book, Mom Life: Perfection Pending was published through Absolute Love Publishing and debuted on Amazon as the #1 choice in the motherhood category. She is the co-owner and editor at, and in 2017, Meredith was honored at BlogHer as a Voices of The Year Award Winner for her piece on mental health, Why I Take The Pill. She has freelanced for years for popular websites like Scary Mommy, The Huffington Post, Mamalode, Momtastic, Babble, and CafeMom and has been published in Parents Magazine. She was also interviewed by The Wall Street Journal because of an article she wrote on friendship. She has been featured many times by The Parenting team as one of the funniest parents to follow on Facebook.

Meredith resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, and you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where she encourages mothers to laugh at themselves and admit that while parenting is the best thing ever, it’s also the hardest job on earth.

Read more about Meredith and get in touch with her online here.

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  1. Jenifer Wetle

    Sounds like a great book.

  2. Jenifer Wetle

    Sounds like a really good book 📖

  3. Jenifer Wetle

    Sounds like a very good book.

  4. Brittany Gilley

    sounds like a wonderful book


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