Wednesday, May 15, 2013

HELP OUT & BOOK ON OVER: Author Tracy Beckerman Signing Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir and Dress for Success Fundraiser

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and win a great read.   We're giving away FIVE copies of Lost in Suburbia:  A Momoir right here!!

**Meet Tracy in person and pick up your own signed copy of Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir, at Barbara's Bookstore in Willis Tower on May 17th at 12:30pm.   Click here for full details.**

ChiIL Mama's stoked to be working with author and nationally syndicated humor columnist, Tracy Beckerman, whose debut book, Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir, was released April 2nd on Perigee Books/Penguin Publishing. Lost in Suburbia details Tracy's journey from single, city girl to stay-at-home mom in the suburbs and how she rediscovered her "cool" as a new mom.   We're giving away 5 copies to our lucky readers and we'll be running a full book review in the near future as well.

Click the Rafflecopter link below for your chance to win!  Enter through midnight June 28th.   5 will win.   Many will laugh!

“… finding the humor in parenting made this suburban mother much happier- and gave her a second act.”- Metro 

Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir 

Along with the release of her book, Tracy has launched a “Cool Mom, Book and Blow Dry Bar Tour” to benefit the international non-profit, Dress for Success.   The overarching goal of the "Cool Mom" tour is to engage with mom bloggers and influencers in each city in order to support and raise funds via the Dress for Success Crowdrise Campaign. Tracy has set the goal of raising $5,000 for Dress for Success.

Dress for Success®  Partners with Lost in Suburbia Author 
Tracy Beckerman

Check out The Cool Mom Dress For Success Crowdrise Campaign Drive
 to Benefit Women in Need 

Tour Stops Include New York City, Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Chicago starting April 17

Sponsored by Theraderm, Living Fresh Collection and Office Candy

Mommy media maven and author of Lost in Suburbia, Tracy Beckerman, and the international non-profit for women, Dress for Success®  announce the Cool Mom/Dress For Success Crowdrise Campaign to benefit and empower disadvantaged women around the country.   

The multi-city Cool Mom Tour kicked off in New York City on April 17 to celebrate the release of Beckerman’s momoir Lost in Suburbia and support women seeking to keep or reclaim their cool, personally and professionally. The tour will make stops in Charlotte, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and wraps up in Chicago on May 16.

The Power Walk for Dress for Success was hosted by Dress for Success Worldwide during Mother’s Day Weekend. On Saturday, May 11, the organization, walk participants, volunteers, friends and family came together in support of helping disadvantaged women around the country take steps to a secure financial future.

“I truly belive in the mission of Dress for Success to empower women, especially the 80% of their clients who are moms.  That’s why I’ve set up a fundraiser on Crowdrise to help them raise money during my book tour,” stated Beckerman.  “With the support of moms all along my book tour, I hope to increase awareness for this organization and raise $5,000.” 

Since its inception in 1997, Dress for Success has worked with over 120 affiliates worldwide to help more than 650,000 women with career development by providing workplace attire, a strong support network and the tools they need to succeed in a professional setting.

The Cool Mom Tour sponsors include Theraderm, clinical grade skin care at your convenience; Living Fresh Collection, luxurious, eco-friendly bedding offering a cleaner and healthier sleep experience; and Office Candy, offering cute office supplies and all things sassy. These like-minded companies have come out to support the “Cool Mom” tour and Dress for Success, and will provide gifts and door prizes at each event.

In each city, influential mom bloggers and tastemakers will join Beckerman and tour partner, Culture Mom Media at the private “Cool Mom Book and Blow Dry Bar Tour” to raise awareness for the important work of Dress for Success. Each event will feature women coming together for a night of camaraderie, hair styling, food, drinks, giveaways and to support women in need through Dress For Success.
About Tracy Beckerman
Tracy began writing after she moved with two young children to the suburbs of New Jersey from New York City as a way to find herself and share a few laughs about the endless sea of "mom bob" haircuts, minivans, and coordinated tennis outfits. What started out as a single column for a local NJ paper a few years ago turned into a hit and is now nationally syndicated to over 400 newspapers, 250 websites and reaches nearly 10 million readers in 25 states. Tracy has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Early Show and Better TV. Her latest blog posts and column articles on marriage, funny family anecdotes, and being a "cool mom" in the suburbs can be found on her LOST IN SUBURBIA® blog (which won her the title of "America's Top Blogger" by Lifetime Television’s hit TV show, The Balancing Act in 2010). You can read it here: You can purchase her new “momoir” here:

About Dress For Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 120 cities in 13 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 650,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.

About Theraderm
Therderm is a clinical-grade skin care line that is simple enough to fit into your busy schedule and powerful enough to address the visible signs of aging. At Theraderm, we believe in skin care that allows the skin to restore itself while revealing the natural beauty ever woman possesses. In addition to being a Board Certified, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon for over 30 years, Theraderm’s founder Dr. James Beckman, has 6 sister, 3 daughters and a beautiful wife. Whoa, that’s a lot of estrogen. No wonder he made a product that really works, he’d never hear the end of it.

About Living Fresh Collection
Living Fresh Collection, LLC was launched in 2012 as a direct sales company that provides linens for your home that creates a cleaner, healthier more luxurious sleep experience.  Originally offered to high-end resorts and hotels, we designed our luxurious bedding by blending the purest of eucalyptus fibers available with cotton to create Tencel+Plus Lyocell Eucalyptus bedding.  Our products are naturally dust-mite resistant, hypoallergenic & antimicrobial.

It has been proven in study after study that sleep is essential to one’s health, wellbeing and longevity. Lack of sleep affects our mood, creates fatigue, impedes our focus and most importantly can have short and long term health consequences.  Living Fresh Collection was created from natural fibers to promote health and wellbeing, while considering environmental sustainability and recognizing nothing is more important than a great night’s sleep. Please visit for more information.

About Office Candy ®
Office Candy® is a premiere online boutique of designer office supplies that focus on keeping their clients organized. They carry items ranging from file foldersclipboardsfile totes, notepads, journals & more. Office Candy® was founded by Laurie Noel Meek, a Golden Circle Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Laurie began writing about these products on her organizing blog and then quickly realized that there wasn’t a resource that carried all of these items in the same place so she founded Office Candy® in 2011
Office Candy now offers an Affiliate Program, Preferred Organizer Discount & Candy Consultant Program for those interested in direct sales. These 3 divisions along with the retail website keep The Office Candy Gals very busy.

Items range from $5-85 and each offers a unique take on office supplies. “Just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it can’t be cute” is one of their taglines that they live by every day in and out of the office. Office Candy is an extension of Laurie’s love of office supplies & all things cute and fun. Office Candy can be found on social media:

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