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24-hour Give Away: Totally Together–Shortcuts to an Organized Life

September 6th, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea

September 7, 7am. This contest is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! I was blown away by the entries and by reading your kind words. Thank you for your support— it means so much to know there are actual real people out there!

Our 5 winners were: Angie, Sue, Kristin, Karen, and Casey. I’ll email you all after the kids are off to school. Congratulations!

more fun stuff on the way! Have a very happy Wednesday. xox steph

Day 6 of 30 Days of Give Aways

Hello! It’s our very first day of school, and I’ve got to admit I’m happy the kids are heading back. I look forward to whipping the house back into shape– it gets a  bit grimy when we’re  home all day every day eating every snack and every meal at home and then wiping sticky hands on every wall.

this happens in your house too, right?


I wrote this book. I started it over nine years ago when my eldest was still a baby. I took her to work with me while I was running a drop-in childcare center in the local county courthouse. When I didn’t have clients, I listened to  books on tape and spent a lot of time pontificating how I could somehow work from home (legitimately!) while raising my children.

It took a long time, but I feel like I’m living my dream. I really do.

at some point I’ll type out my over-nine-year timeline—- but this book was what I really wanted to bring to the world, and I’d like to share it with you.

If you’d like to read more about Totally Together, I wrote about it here

and there are a bunch of positive online reviews (I’ll link to them below). I’m touched by the emails I’ve been receiving, and I’m just so happy to be able to help busy families in any way I can.


I have 5 books to give away today. To enter, please leave a comment below and 5 winners will be chosen randomly. You may garner an additional two entries by tweeting about this giveaway with the hashtag #totallytogether and leaving me a comment saying so, and by pressing the “like” facebook button on my facebook fan page (please note that I do NOT run this site, it was set up and is maintained by a wonderful fan) and then leaving a comment below.

This contest will end at 7am on September 7th. Here is the Amazon link if you’d like to order the book directly. Thank you for your support!


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Around My Family Table review

Jen Spends review

Hunter’s Lyonesse review

Dairy Free Fitness

Keenly Kristin

Crystal & Company review

Scrutiny by the Masses review


503 Responses to “24-hour Give Away: Totally Together–Shortcuts to an Organized Life”

  1. Just found your site and cannot wait to try some of the recipes! Posted on my fb page as well to share with all of my friends!

  2. I love your recipes, Thanks so much!!

  3. This honey-garlic chicken is going on the menu next week! It looks very yummy. I made the chicken tacos last night and they were a hit. I myself am looking forward to having leftovers for lunch today :)

  4. I tried your oreo cheesecake for a family bbq over the Labour Day weekend. It was AWESOME!! You ROCK!

  5. pick me! pick me!

  6. You are the best.

  7. And I love you on fb 😉

  8. Stephanie, I already bought this book but would love another copy to give to my sister.

  9. I just found your site and cant wait to try some of your recipes. I liked you on facebook as well to share with my friends. I don’t have any kids yet but i can see your books helping me in my life now. Especially the together book.

  10. How good to know that it took you nine years to write this book. Hard work and perseverance!

  11. I love your recipies and reading about what you’ve been up to. Its a nice break in the day to check out your site and make my plans for dinner durung the week.

  12. I check your site everyday for inspiration. Thank you sooooo much!

  13. totally inspired to cook now- the family is amazed!!!Thank you!

  14. I love the way you rock the crock! You have taught me so much about crock pot cooking, I never used one before I started reading your blog.

    Thanks for sharing the knowledge! I added you to my blog roll so hopefully it gets you some more traffic (not that I have much traffic yet, but you never know).

  15. I tweeted about the giveaway! Pick me!

  16. I have both of your cookbooks and love that all of the ingrediants are typically things we have in the house already! Thanks for making dinner time fast and easy!

  17. Thank you or making life a little easier! You rock! :)

  18. Your book looks awesome! I keep looking at it, never really deciding if I want it or not. Maybe I’ll win it today!

  19. Here is another entry for me. I just Liked your fan page. Isn’t it great to know how many love you?

  20. Love, love, love your site! I try a new recipe every week and have never been disappointed!!! Keep up the good work! Thanks!

  21. Yay – I’ll be buying if I don’t win it. I’ve been waiting about, oh, nine years for this book :).


  22. Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work, great ideas and recipes. :)

  23. Love your “verdicts”, “priceless” Thanks again for a great site.

  24. Love your website & recipes, would love a copy of your book :-))

  25. I have been following you for 3years. Love, love, love your recipes and blogs. Keep the good news coming!

  26. Your site is fabulous. I have been a crock pot fanatic for many years. I love the recipes on your site. Sending blessings you way.

  27. I love your blog, it has saved me many hours of cooking with your crock pot recipes. I am a mother of four and grandmother of four and am always cooking for my family.

  28. I just adore your web site, and the GF recipes have helped us seamlessly move into healthier, happier mealtimes!! Bless you!! Amazing, great, but easy to cook recipes help every Momma run a great kitchen!!

  29. Very Nice recipes, I admire your hard work and dedication.
    Follow me back please, I write on a wide variety of things

  30. It astounds me, the variety of great recipes you have been able to put together! Thank You!

  31. It astounds me, the variety of great recipes you have been able to put together! Thank You!

  32. wonderful post-thanks for sharing

  33. There might be something wrong with your links. You should have a web developer take a look at the website.

  34. I’m new to this site and I an going to try the honey-garlic chicken tonight.

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