Blog to Book – Prudent Advice

Are you a follower of Prudent Baby?  It’s a blog started by two beautiful mamas, Jacinda and Jaime.  There’s tons of easy to follow sewing tutorials and crafts where you can create items for babies, nurseries, nests, or hot mess mommas!  Not to mention, they have some pretty awesome giveaways for people who love to sew, like me.  And I did just happen to win a Simplicity Bias Tape Maker from them a few months ago.  🙂

And just the other day I received this piece of beautiful fabric from Prudent Baby

… and how you might ask?  Let me explain.  Well, not only is Jaime the co-blogger of Prudent Baby, but she also runs a Prudent Advice For My Baby Daugter blog that is a collection of lessons of questionable importance to share with her daughter before she grows up.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

#1 Always send a thank you note.

This has served your mother and grandmothers well for generations and seems a fitting place to start.

#17 Be Generous.

With your time, your money, your heart. If, on my best day, there was a single lesson I could hope to impart to you, this would be it.

#37 Whole grains and fresh fruit are good choices.

But a cupcake is worth every calorie.

#82 Anytime you are debating whether to shower or not, take the shower.

#129 The trick to sewing in a straight line is a rubber band.

Wrap a rubber band around the base of your machine at the distance from the needle you want your hem to be. If you watch the needle while you sew your stitches will look like you were sewing through an earthquake, so focus on the rubber band.

#130 Order the local specialty.

Cheese curds in Wisconsin, arepas in Venezuela, banh boa and pho in Vietnam; the list is limitless.

#152 Men as a rule are not good mind readers.

Articulate your thoughts to them clearly if you want to be sure that you will be understood. Imagine writing on a 3X5 card; short and to the point.

#181 Be where you are.

Try not to think about where you need to go next or wherever you just came from. This is more difficult than it sounds, but work at it. It’s important for your head to be present in the place where your body is.

#229 When you smile you are radiant!

You are luminous and resplendent. You are rapturous and incandescent.

And one of my favorite ones is #244, which you created a little video for in exchange for the lovely fabric I showed you above.  🙂

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YouTube Direkt Prudent Advice by Sandy a la Mode

Oh it gets better!  The lovely Jaime has recently released this book

…that has her compilation of 500 pieces of advice and she was accepting video submissions hence my video above) to possibly use in her Prudent Advice book trailer!  It’s already got GREAT REVIEWS on Amazon and really, it’s a book that anyone could use.  I’m definitely going to be picking up a copy and giving some out as gifts as well! There’s also a blog tour going on right now where you can read reviews and enter to win your own copy of the book!  So cool!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever given or received?

P.S. A little piece of advice for you?  You might want to hop on over to Wild and Precious every day this week starting Tuesday as there are a variety of AWESOME GIVEAWAYS going on!  And there might just be one to a shop called Sandy a la Mode? Just maybe.


  1. October 18, 2010 / 8:13 pm

    you gave some good advice, sandy! loved the video – it was nice to see your face again. 🙂

    and what a cool project to be a part of. i love the advice that jamie gave to her daughter.

    best advice – don’t worry about what others think about you. be yourself. might be seen as a cliche but its no less true. 😉

  2. October 18, 2010 / 8:25 pm

    Ahh! Your advice was awesome! (PS you are so pretty!) ^___^ I love the other advices too! I didn’t get much advice when I was younger since my parents were always letting me off the hook for just about everything. Reading these advices made me think a lot about what I should probably tell my future daughter (or son) one day.

  3. October 18, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    You are so cute! Haha! Love that video 🙂 And love the advice! <333

  4. October 18, 2010 / 9:10 pm

    I love all of these, they are so true. It’s the little things that matter. Love the little video too, adorbs!!

    The best advice I can give is to smile, even when you don’t feel like smiling. I think it take a lot of strength and courage to smile when you are feeling the complete opposite. And I think people treat you better when you approach them with a smile. Think of how you feel when someone approaches you with a major scowl… then someone who approaches you and is beaming!! lol.

    Have a great week, sweetie!

  5. October 18, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    love the video… the best one is that you are here to be happy and not bitter so just go out there and be happy!!!

  6. October 18, 2010 / 9:30 pm

    Aw, this is so great! love your video clip too : )

  7. October 18, 2010 / 10:06 pm

    My own advice to everyone is never trust an angry person. That includes myself!

  8. October 19, 2010 / 5:09 am

    Found you via your lovely giveaway at Wild and Precious, very cute blog you’ve got here 🙂

  9. October 19, 2010 / 7:58 am

    I absolutely love her advice and your video! And I will have to check out this book and the blog tour going on for it.

    Oddly, I can’t remember getting much advice when growing up. My parents let me figure a lot out for myself. There was a rough patch I was going through with a boyfriend years ago, during which my great aunt told me that if I ever doubted I was loved in a relationship, it meant I should leave. And I did and it was absolutely the right decision.

  10. October 19, 2010 / 8:15 am

    Okay you are the cutest Sandy! Such a good tip! That is what I am doing for Christmas.
    This book looks awesome!!

  11. October 19, 2010 / 8:39 am

    Good tips! It was neat to hear your voice too. So cute 🙂 I think I should take a shower now according to one of these points…!

  12. October 19, 2010 / 9:02 am

    The best piece of advice I have ever been given is to take a deep breathe before you speak. This has helped on numerous occassions. I have a hot temper, so taking a deep breathe allows me to calm down a little bit and therefore, be more rational.

  13. October 19, 2010 / 10:08 am

    Sandy-Thanks so much for mentioning Prudent Baby! And Jaime’s beautiful book, of course! I think you should make an apron for our Anna Maria Horner fat quarter contest. : )

  14. October 19, 2010 / 10:40 am

    This book looks like a great read! 🙂 I loved your video advice!

  15. October 19, 2010 / 10:51 am

    I LOVE this post Sandy!!!
    I will have to check out this book!
    I agree with you!! Baking is always a lovely gift and it’s from the heart!
    The best advice is: No matter what happened today, Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it.
    You can always start over fresh and be a better person!
    love love love,

  16. October 19, 2010 / 11:41 am

    Sounds amazing; and I love the new look of your page! 🙂

  17. October 19, 2010 / 11:53 am

    thank you sandy for your kind words and always being such a great prudent mama! XOXO

  18. October 19, 2010 / 12:01 pm

    You are adorable andI LOVE that book – I must have one!

  19. October 19, 2010 / 1:04 pm

    I love that advice…project, it is so cute. I love the shower one 🙂 and the ‘be where you are’ one!

  20. October 19, 2010 / 1:29 pm

    I love blogs turned books 🙂 And what a great concept! Love the advice!

  21. October 19, 2010 / 2:07 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this and am going to see if i can grab the book – #181 really rang true to me as I was reading through your post.

    A great piece of advice I once received: Be true to yourself. Whenever I’m having to make a tough decision I always come back to that piece of advice and it really helps.

    Great post!

  22. October 19, 2010 / 2:08 pm

    You aer so darn cute lady! And I love receiving baked goods!

  23. October 19, 2010 / 3:04 pm

    this is one of those questions that you have to think hard about because most things that you’ve been taught come naturally. I think the most important thing my mom taught me was to be polite and respectful. Also I grew up figure skating and I will always be thankful for that teaching me to never give up and to be a good role model. so many young girls looking up to the older skaters. you didn’t want to be on the ice with a poor attitude. which I guess goes back to being polite and respectful!

    xx Kirby

  24. October 19, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    Aw, Sandy! I loved these tidbits of advice. How inspring. Good things to keep in mind. ALSO, I lovee your shop & how you put it on your blog! Brilliant. All of your stuff looks good! <3

  25. October 19, 2010 / 5:19 pm

    I love #17 ..what a wonderful way to live.

  26. October 19, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    I am a huge proponent of “always send a thank you note” because it’s those little doses of gratitude that can make a huge impact 🙂

  27. October 19, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    #82 made me laugh, I have to admit I’ve broken that rule! Since becoming a SAHM and on a tighter budget I started baking A LOT as presents — good advice!

    Parenting advice – make sure you always make “couples” time — this includes every combination in your family, e.g., Mom & Dad; Mom & Big Sis; Mom & Lil Sis; Dad & Big Sis; Dad & Lil Sis, it makes all the family bonds that much stronger.

  28. October 19, 2010 / 8:33 pm

    Dearest sweet sandy, this is soo inspiring!! I really truely admire peoples that share so much of themselves and resources with the world! Thanks so much for sharing this. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  29. October 19, 2010 / 9:09 pm

    These are great bits of advice. And it’s in book form which would be even more fun to read.

    I like your little bit of advice. Too bad I can’t really bake either. I really should learn one day. x

    Oh and it’s a shame you won’t be able to make it to Australia 🙁 Hopefully next year. And we are probably going to the USA next year too!

  30. ChantaleP
    October 19, 2010 / 9:17 pm

    That is a great blog. I’m partial to #1. Sending things the snail mail way is always so well received & more from the heart than digital. Oh Sandy.. you are so sweet in that little video!

  31. October 19, 2010 / 10:04 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog! I love that she wrote advice to her daughter – advice i should be more careful to follow (thank you notes :ahem:). I love your advice, too. It’s crazy that sometimes baking is much more appreciated than a gift!

  32. October 19, 2010 / 10:22 pm

    Love it!! That’s awesome.

    Best marriage advice I was ever given – don’t talk bad about your husband to anybody. Work it out with your husband yourself instead.

  33. October 20, 2010 / 3:46 am

    hi sandy! congrats on your new, gorgeous blog! love #82. debating that right now. 😉 hehe. jk. xo!

  34. October 20, 2010 / 2:11 pm

    What an amazing blog! Definitely checking it out. Love your video! You are so cute. 🙂

  35. October 20, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    ha, what a cutie you are! Love it!

  36. October 20, 2010 / 4:36 pm

    what a need blog! I looked it up and everything is really helpful. I could hear my mom’s voice saying a few of these. =)

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