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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone. Ends May 21st.

Because I Said So

Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone by Annie Oeth 

About the Book: “Our own precious Annie Oeth has penned Genius for us in BECAUSE I SAID SO. Matters not if one never parented a child–for certain, everybody WAS one, once–so the appeal and the truth are universal.”

Jill Conner Browne, Multiple #1 New York Times Bestselling author and THE Sweet Potato Queen

“But whyyyy?”

“Because I said so.”

It’s the answer that rolls off the tongues of mamas from all over. In Because I Said So: Life In The Mom Zone, veteran mama Annie Oeth tells of the worries, laughter and sheer terror of being a mother.

Trips to the emergency room, college graduations and the dangerous combination of teenagers and fireworks are all fair game in this romp through southern motherhood. Spilling the (jelly)beans on Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and frogs in mailboxes, Annie Oeth writes of life, love and raising children while hanging on to her sense of humor.

From stories of laughter to tales of tears shed, she remembers her own growing-up years in small-town Mississippi, her parents’ 44-year romance and her own children’s travels on their way to adulthood, crafting stories that will touch hearts and funny bones.

Anyone who’s ever rocked a baby, worried over a teenager or seen family game night degenerate into a knock-down, drag-out can relate to these life lessons, straight from The Mom Zone.

Mamas are tender-hearted, but don’t mistake their kindness for an absence of backbone. In these stories, the love, strength, humor and super powers of mothers are hailed for the wonders that they are. Whether you’re a mama to sons who have an affection for reptiles and bottle rockets or a daughter who thinks you’re wrong just when you’ve figured out your own mother was right, you’ll love yourself, your kids and your life more after this read.


“Because I Said So.”

About the Author: A small-town Mississippi girl grows up, snatches a magnolia during her college graduation, and sets out to be a writer, newspaper editor and mama. Annie Oeth has done all three—and lived to tell the tale. A native of West Point, Mississippi, Oeth began writing from her front porch swing when she wasn’t climbing trees and drawing. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women, embarking on a journalism career and motherhood soon after. In 1996, she moved from Mississippi’s smallest daily newspaper, The Daily Times Leader in West Point, to the state’s largest, The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson. Starting as an assistant metro editor, Oeth moved to editing a family of nondaily publications before returning to the daily product as features editor in 2012. She’s been writing about family and fun for The Clarion-Ledger and in The Mom Zone blog ever since. She lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Pages: 226

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Giveaway Ends May 21st, 2014

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Winner is #11 – Bonnie-Blue T Sullivan

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  1. I love to learn from the stories of other moms. I can relate to this author, my parents have been married 45 years, and I come from a small town. This sounds like a book that I could read and discuss with friends and family.

    Comment by tfs93 | May 5, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you so much! Mine made it to 44 years — I come from a long line of love.:-)

      Comment by Annie Oeth | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  2. This sounds like a good read. I’m a mama to many.

    Comment by Gianna | May 6, 2014 | Reply

  3. Sounds like a great read, I bet there are some ‘oh yes’ moments too from parent readers !!

    Comment by sharon martin | May 7, 2014 | Reply

  4. Sounds like a cute book! I am guilty of saying this myself…even though I swear I never would.

    Comment by Kristy | May 7, 2014 | Reply

  5. I have no children but am sitting here laughing when I think about me arguing with my friends then 3 year old–yup-trying to make her understand-foolish I know–until in exasperation I said to the last but Why out of that child’s mouth–“Cause I said so and I am the adult!” This sounds like a fun book to read.

    Comment by Michele | May 7, 2014 | Reply

  6. Living in the south myself, I can totally relate to this book.

    Comment by Cyndie Norell | May 7, 2014 | Reply

  7. I love the phrase, “because I said so!” BUT I always hated, “but whyyyyy???” lol

    Comment by carmical | May 7, 2014 | Reply

  8. I say this way to often to my son!! haha I love ready about other moms’ adventures in parenting, so I’m sure I’d love to read this!

    Comment by Ashley | May 7, 2014 | Reply

  9. This sounds like a really interesting book, and I’m sure a lot of moms could relate.

    Comment by Amanda | May 8, 2014 | Reply

  10. Sounds like something I would enjoy. I’d sit and say, “uh huh!” over and over! lol!

    Comment by Lexie Lane | May 8, 2014 | Reply

  11. It’s nice to see a new perspective on a parenting book being the mom to a two year old boy.

    Comment by Bonnie-Blue T Sullivan | May 8, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, and a two-year-old boy! I remember those days — you have lots of fun ahead!

      Comment by Annie Oeth | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  12. Thank you so much for having me and “Because I Said So: Life in The Mom Zone” on your site!

    Comment by Annie Oeth | May 12, 2014 | Reply

  13. I enjoy reading stories about mothers. I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter at

    Comment by Lily Kwan | May 21, 2014 | Reply

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