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A multigenerational book giveaway: Depression Cookies

One of my friends, Tia Bach, and her mom, Angela Silverthorne, recently had a book published – a multigenerational story for certain.  Tia came to our book club and shared that it took 10 years to complete the novel – clearly a labor of love.  It is semi-autobiographical but we will all see ourselves, our adolescences and our families in these pages. 



Depression Cookies is a coming of age story woven around the heart of family triumph. It is told from two distinct vantage points, middle-aged mother, Abby, and her teenage daughter, Krista.

Abby is buckling under the weight of a husband who is climbing the corporate ladder, three daughters each with their own unique needs, a mother who is going off the deep end and family health issues.

Krista is thirteen, battling acne and low self-esteem, when her father waltzes in and announces the family is moving again.  Instead of letting fear and anxiety rule her life, she is determined to survive the trenches of teenage cruelty and family issues without completely losing herself in the process.

What neither expects to find is the true essence of magic in the strength, friendship, power and energy of the female spirit.

Q&A with Tia:

Margot Neufeld:  How has writing the book changed, if at all, the relationship you have with your mom?  dad?

Tia Bach:  My family has a strong bond. It could be argued this comes from the moves (10+ moves while I was growing up) and for many years ONLY having each other to lean on, but I truly believe we would have this anyway. It was a very therapeutic experience to write this with my Mom and see her perspectives, through Abby and our discussions, on raising three daughters especially since I now have three of my own. I hope my daughters will read the book and take away some understanding of the mother-daughter bond as well.

My dad is a great man, and although Bob’s humor and work ethic are mirrored in Bob, Bob didn’t get to be fleshed out to show what a true family man he could be. My dad shows it every day.

MN:  How did writing the book with your mom change your perceptions of her as a mother? (Reading chapters reflecting the same time periods, etc. but with different recollections?)

TB:  It helped me see that she went through a lot of the same questioning I now go through. From a child’s perspective, matching her motherhood skills was unattainable for me because I didn’t see her struggles. Writing this book allowed us to talk about it from a mother to mother perspective. On the flip side, reconnecting with my inner teenager by writing the 13 to 15 year old perspective, allowed me to remember what’s coming for my three daughters.

MN:  After writing the book, have you changed the way you parent your girls?

TB:  No, but I feel more prepared for what’s to come. Writing this book and all the discussions with my mom in the process helped me define what’s important for raising my girls. I’ve learned there’s ways I’ll be different than my own parents. I used to worry this would disrespect them, but I truly think it is out of respect for all they did that I own what I believe is best for my children in my situation.

MN:  If anyone were thinking about writing a book with their mom/dad/bro/sis, what advice would you have for them?

TB:  Listen. Listen. Listen. It’s easier to talk about parenting than to listen. Open up your heart to what your parent (or theirs – the more generations of support, the more you can learn) has to say, and hopefully they’ll open up their heart and ears to what you are saying.

Stay tuned for part two of this interview – with Tia’s mom, Angela Silverthorne, coming on Wednesday.


IAFN tote bag WINNERS!!

Congratulations to Joy C., Tricia L., and Julie V.!

You are the winners of the it’s a full nest tote bags.

Send to us your mailing address so that you may receive your prize!

Kanesha & Margot


Our updated “nest”

Dear it’s a full nest readers,

We are very excited about our new website.

We hope you like the new look.

photo by Gina Rogers

Our goals were to provide better navigation, allow easier access to information, create an efficient platform to exchange ideas, and to allow more support through our online community.

We would love to know what you think!

Leave a comment (feedback on the new site) and we’ll put your name in a random drawing for an it’s a full nest tote bag (3 winners!).

The drawing will take place on Wednesday, October 20.


Kanesha & Margot


a multigenerational business – I love it!

Who among the female readers of this blog do not love purses?  I sure the heck do and in Superior, CO, where I live, there is a local mom who gets my business.  Beth Shogrin is owner of Biscuit Bags.  She has an amazing eye for mixing patterns and colors and I love her creations – different sizes, styles, fabrics – her work is fabulous!

For mother’s day this year, I got my mom one of her waterproof bags – perfect for aquatics workouts and lazy days at the pool.  And I have given friends a variety of different bags – totes to evening bags.  And while talking with Beth one day, I learned that her Mom is a part of her business!  Viola – a multigenerational business!

To honor another aspect of multigenerational lifestyles, Beth has graciously offered a reader of our blog a $50 credit towards one of her bags.  And dare I say what you are probably already thinking – the holidays are around the corner and it is never too early to think about gifts for the fashionable (or not so fashionable) women in your life! 

To enter the drawing, leave a comment below and share the following:
“What is the oddest thing that you carry in your purse?”

The drawing will be held on September 25.  Good luck!



Giveaway: Magic Dice (educational fun)

Family game night is a tradition we’re slowly developing in our multigenerational household. With my mother-in-law cooking dinner on most weeknights, our evenings, after a full day of work, can be fairly leisurely. We try to set aside at least one evening per week (and if no one is on work travel) to play games as family. Because we have an age range amongst the five of us, the types of games we play vary greatly.

My daughter received Magic Dice – Multiplication for her birthday, and it’s been very fun to watch her play this game with her little brother. No, he doesn’t really get it, but he enjoys his sister’s attention.

Because many of us are in the back-to-school mode, I thought the Magic Dice games (addition and multiplication) might be something you lovely readers would like for a giveaway.

Bambini is giving away an addition and multiplication game to 2 lucky it’s a full nest readers (one game per winner).

Enter to win by leaving a comment about how your family is getting the kids ready (and maybe the adults) to return to school. You can also tell us your favorite game(s) to play as a family.

Please leave your comment by midnight MST – Friday, September 3, 2010.

US mailing addresses only.


GIVEAWAY – Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle (children’s book)

I’m looking forward to reuniting with my precious offspring after their vacation away with my mother-in-law. Then it will be time for our nuclear family – summer vacation.

Hubby and I always make sure we have time for the four us to be together, separate from our multigenerational living arrangement. This “separate” vacation offers us some breathing room, maintains healthy boundaries, and allows us to spend quality time with our kids.

I would be telling a lie if I didn’t say I needed time away from my mother-in-law. I’m no saint! (I won’t speak for my hubby.)

My mother-in-law also needs some time to herself and for herself. We all believe in having a healthy balance to keep our multigenerational household functional.

Since we are heading to the beach for part of our vacation, the kids and I have been reading books about the beach.  Currently we are reading Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. It’s a gorgeous book about a girl living on an island and her adventures in caring for a sea turtle. The other feature of this book we love so much is that it’s written in English, Spanish and French!

I had a chance to talk with Nicole Weaver about this book and also about her charitable work to support Haiti.

Nicole Weaver talks about her book

Click here for more information about Nicole Weaver.

We are giving away one copy of this book, signed by the author; to a lucky it’s a full nest reader chosen at random.

To enter, leave a comment about your summer vacation plans. If it’s a multigenerational vacation, we’d love to hear about that too.

Enter by midnight MST, Friday, July 2, 2010. Open to U.S. mailing addresses.

Good luck. ¡Buena suerte! Bon chance!