Work Shift (and a Giveaway!)

I’m excited to share with you a brand new ebook by my friend Anne who blogs at Modern Mrs Darcy. Work Shift: How to create a better blend of work, life, and family is a topic that I know will resonate with many women in my stage of life.

In the past, there were only two options for the mom: to be full-time at home, or to be full-time at work. The in between rarely existed.

In this wonderful ebook, Anne shares that we are in a completely new era. She gives the background of women and work, and looks at where we are today. While some women may still want to work full-time, most would like to find a way to blend the home, family, and work. With the internet, that is more possible than ever.

Anne shares a little bit of her family’s history. After going back to work because of the need for extra income due to medical bills, they found out that it worked amazingly well for their family. Her husband’s flexible work schedule allowed her to work part-time without having to pay for childcare.

The result was that her husband started spending more time with the kids than before, she was able to earn a little extra income and pursue outside interests, and it benefited the entire family.

Until this past year, when Silas was born and we moved, I have always taught piano and violin in my home. I would never have told you I was a working mom, but I was. Very, very part-time work that was done right out of my home. While part of enjoying my season is realizing that teaching doesn’t work for me right now (mainly because our apartment situation makes it difficult), I fully expect to teach again in the future.

Not only was it a wonderful way for me to add to our family’s finances when times were tough, but I also love teaching. And private teaching is very conducive to working from home. (Yay!)

Anne not only gives her story, but also the stories of almost 30 other women. The beauty of this is that you will see a host of different ways that families are seeking to blend work and home. From negotiating office jobs to work from home, to negotiating reduced hours, to making or sewing crafts to sell in an online Etsy shop, to photography, to free-lance writing, and more, you will get a picture of how women are doing it.

The book includes not only people’s stories, but practical ideas on how to make it happen. She doesn’t leave you hanging with simply a lofty ideal. She gets into some of the nuts and bolts of how this could work in your family. She walks through some of the common barriers, like childcare. Sharing more of the childcare with your spouse is one excellent way to do it, which really benefits the whole family. But not everyone’s schedule allows that. There are some examples about that as well.

I have many mom friends who work. Some work because they want to, and some work because they need to. In this economy, with little to no job stability, having an extra stream of income (however small or large) can be helpful and even necessary for many families.

Who is this book for?

  • The stay-at-home mom who wants to help supplement her family’s income without having to leave the home full-time.
  • The working mom who would like to find some ideas on how to have a better blend of work, home, and family.
  • The woman who doesn’t have children yet. This will give you lots of ideas of how you can be setting yourself up now to be prepared for having children down the road.

There is really something in here for nearly everyone. I know this book will inspire you to at least think differently about the work/family blend.

Because Anne is very nice, she is giving one of YOU a copy of her ebook!

If you would like to be entered to win a copy, simply leave a comment! One person will be chosen at random.

The giveaway will be open until Saturday, September 15, 9p.m. EST. I will email the winner.

You must be a resident of the U.S. and 18 years old or older to enter.

If you don’t win, or don’t want to wait, you can buy the ebook for $8.

Update: The Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to KathyK! Be sure to check your email. For everyone else, don’t forget to buy your copy! You will love it!

Full Disclosure: I was given a preview copy of this book. All opinions are entirely my own.This is my affiliate link. I appreciate you buying through this link and helping support My Home Tableau.


  1. Ashleigh Sutter says:

    I would definitely be interested in reading! These last few weeks of work have been more overwhelming than becoming a mom was….thankful I get to stay home starting in a week or so.

  2. Sounds like a good read. I love hearing ways people make non-traditional jobs work for them.

  3. I would love to read it – alas, I live in Spain so I can’t get the free one! :) Whenever I can, though, I will buy it, and through your link :) Thanks for all these book reviews!

  4. Need. Absolutely need.
    Perfect timing!! Ian wants me to make more jewelry and sell it, but I’ve been wondering how I could make time to actually get a substantial amount of things made.

  5. I really enjoy her website and would love to get a copy of this book. I am going through a period of unemployment and trying to figure out what I want to do next! Part-time? Back into a full-time career? SAHM for a while? Tough questions to answer!

  6. I’ve begun teaching piano again this year (with just a handful of students) from my home…and three weeks in it’s working great! =) I’d love the opportunity to win this giveaway for the chance to read Anne’s practical ideas on this matter.

  7. Sounds like a great book to read! I’d love to win it!

  8. This sounds like a wonderful book! As always, your posts are always so helpful!

  9. Can’t wait to read.

  10. I found your blog through MMD, and your simple living ideas are really inspiring! I am excited to read WorkShift because I fall into the 3rd category–married less than a year and thinking a lot about the future with kiddos. :)

  11. Sounds like a book I need to read!

  12. This book sounds awesome! It is always a joy to read your blog!

  13. I’ve considered several different options (mostly the working from home thing– you understand the seminary student wife thing :) ) and would love to read this!

  14. What a neat resource! I’d love to read it and find more ways to improve my current work-from-home situation.

  15. I would love to read this! I have praying that the Lord would present an opportunity for me to bring some income into our home. An option has arisen but now I need to figure out how it will work with four small children :)

  16. Sounds like this book is for me! I need HELP!

  17. Sounds like your friend has written something that will touch cords
    for many of us. I’ve been looking into some creative options since
    our daughter’s medical condition prevents me from working full time
    yet I need to help supplement our income—God is the author of all
    creativity and will “perfect that which concerneth me”. I’d love to read
    this one!!

  18. I am putting this book on my to get list! As a work at home mom it’s hard trying to make sure you are spending enough time with family and not neglecting work and the other way around.

  19. katie moore says:

    Seems like a good book for me! I would love a chance at winning it!

  20. Although we have no kids yet, my staying at home is a dream we would like to come true when the time is right. If we can do that, while still providing an income to our budget, I can only see a win win situation!!

  21. I would absolutely love to read it! As a stay-at-home mom, I am looking for a way to supplement our income.

  22. Love the sound of this title! I would love to read it.

  23. I am currently working very part time and would love to read this book!

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