All You Need Is Less

Book Giveaway #4!

Win a copy of All You Need Is Less by Madeleine Somerville!

Well folks, my book has officially been released! And thus, my promotional duties are almost done. (HA! Just kidding, they’ve only just begun! But this is (probably) the last giveaway I’ll run on the blog, so I’m going balls out with this one. Prepare yourself!)

Remember a while ago when I ran that delightful survey about how much book stuff to plaster on the blog, and a whopping 18% of you were like, “Yeah! Not only do we want to hear all about your crazy book but we totally support you and want to help you spread your hippie gospel to the world!” Well, this post is for the 18% – friends, I am coming to collect on that legally binding survey response!

Writing a book is a weird thing. Having it finally published is even weirder. It sort of feels like I have spent a horrendous amount of time working on a large sign, and now I have decided to walk down to a busy street corner and stand there holding this sign over my head.


And whooooo! it’s a little cold out here! So I’ve decided that instead of doing what I usually do – which is just standing here shivering and basically doing everything but asking for help – I will just ask for your help.

It sometimes feels awkward to do this, because you truly don’t owe me anything. In fact I always feel quite the opposite – I feel grateful that you are here day after day, because otherwise this whole endeavour would feel rather silly – without you guys I am just some strange lady slinging words into a black hole for no reason. But I have learned that it’s okay to ask for help, especially when you think that the end result would be really positive for everyone involved.

Guys, I’m calling in reinforcements! If you enjoy my writing, and have laughed/cried/cringed at any of my ramblings about sex attics and cupcake parties; smoky eyes and pregnancy, can I ask you to do me a small kindness?

* If you have already received a copy of my book, would you mind leaving an honest rating on the site where you ordered it, or on Amazon?

* If getting a copy is on your to-do list right between shaving your winter legs and finally dealing with your laundry situation, would you make an effort to support a local bookstore by ordering a copy from them when you do get around to it? (And if you could see my legs or my laundry situation, you would know that I understand that this could happen anytime between now and December. And that’s ok. Lowered expectations!)

* When you DO get to your local bookstore, could you ask them if they would bring in a few copies to carry in the store, too? If they seem reluctant just tell them that I am married to noted Neanderthal artist A-dAM. They’ll know who he is.

* If a book chock full of gardening, DIY beauty remedies, easy minimalism, and simple, guilt-free green living (with slight feminist undertones) isn’t really your thing, would you consider passing my blog, and/or book onto someone else who might enjoy it?

Who might that be you ask? Well, just about anyone, really. But particularly anyone who wants to…

  • Make their own laundry detergent, household cleaners, body lotion, silver polish, diaper creams, and even sexy natural personal lubricants (say whaaaa?)
  • Escape the judgy, expensive, and sometimes frustratingly complicated world that eco-friendly living has  become lately (have you been feeling it? I have been feeling it.)
  • Learn why plain ol’ baking soda has been proven more gentle on your tooth enamel than any regular toothpaste
  • Understand (and escape!) the cycle of buy-break-dispose-replace that we seem to get sucked into again and again despite our best intentions
  • Figure out why I advocate sticking needles into your face
  • Laugh until you pee, feel empowered instead of hopeless, and live happily, with less.


* Last but not least, enter this final giveaway so I can send you a little note and a signed copy of All You Need Is Less and you can gawk at my horrific penmanship (it’s like a teenaged boy, seriously) and wonder how I ever passed grade 1!

You guys are fabulous! I wish you the best of luck…and…go!

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  • Reply Melanie T April 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I want less trash… less waste, less output going to landfills and other disposal centers.

  • Reply Renata April 22, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Congrats on your book. I wish I had your courage for baring my soul and your commitment to making regular entries. So many of your posts ring true with me. I’d love to have less of everything, except books! You can never have too many books. Which is why I will be buying yours and if I love it half as much as I expect, gifting it! Good luck!

  • Reply Kim Barrows April 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I am not usually on the hippie side of thinking but I would love to read your book Maddie as I absolutely love your blog and I think I could learn a few great things!

  • Reply HannahMay April 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Congratulations on the book release!! I’m very much looking forward to reading it.

  • Reply Amber April 22, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Reply Eve April 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Best of luck to you and congrats on the book ! I can’t wait to read it and I’ll make sure to talk about it to everyone 😉 I’m all about diy and ‘more is less’ and I’m proud of our life choices. They allow me to be home with my two little ones and that’s priceless !

  • Reply karine April 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    You are awesome

  • Reply little miss black bean April 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Rafflecopter asked me to tell you what I’m most proud of and at the moment that is the fact that I haven’t fallen asleep at my desk yet today (trust me, this is a major accomplishment). Go me!

  • Reply Lindsay April 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I’m supposed to tell you what I’m most proud of. The obvious answer is: my daughter. But the less obvious answer is: I’ve been an Earth-loving, eco-friendly person since I was 15 years old and had posters of the Earth plastered on my bedroom walls instead of photos of Jonathan Taylor Thomas. So, I’m proud of my efforts. And I’d love to be the proud owner of your book!

  • Reply Bec April 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    I’m most proud of bringing out my inner hippie whenever possible!

  • Reply Katia April 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I am proud that I am able to do oil-pulling for the full 20 minutes 😛

  • Reply christine April 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I’m usually proud that I’ve held out this long without having Facebook…but today it’s cost me a few entries to win your book. Love your blog!!

  • Reply jamieramirez April 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    ok, um… i guess right now i’m most proud of the closet that i built last year and the progress i’m making on the bathroom. sure, that’s two things, but it’s all one TYPE of thing: carpentry and building stuff with my hands. (i hope i’m doing this right. i’ve never used rafflecopter before.)

  • Reply Nicole April 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Hi Madeleine! I’ve only been reading your blog for a short while, but I love your writing style and look forward to your book! I think I might even assign my students ( I teach at a large university in the southeast U.S.) to read it for my sustainability seminar come fall. Thanks for writing the book.

  • Reply melodie April 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read your book…

  • Reply Ingrid S. April 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Happy happy book release! Love your blog! At the moment, I am most proud of giving birth. Think I always will be. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Reply Fee April 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Congratulations on the book!! I’m so excited for you!!

    I’ve ordered your book already and am anticipating it’s arrival!! I can’t wait to have less in my life (and make room for the big personality of my growing girl!!!).

  • Reply Patti miller April 23, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Hi Madeleine got your book today at chapters no less… Exciting.. Congratulations..

  • Reply Kathryn April 23, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon this blog! You bring a smile to my face!

    Can’t wait to get my hands on you book!

    • Reply Kathryn April 23, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Also, I’m most proud of becoming a mother for the first time and surviving the first 9 months! Lol! What a ride!!!!!!

  • Reply Patti miller April 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    I should have said I ordered it today will be picking it up on the 13th… So if anyone else wants to go the Chapters root.. That how it’s working.

  • Reply Deann April 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    First of all….why don’t you have a twitter account? WHO ARE YOU??? Second of all….I have a total girl crush on you and every time I’m reading your blog on my phone laughing out loud my husband gets afraid I’m texting with a secret boyfriend. I can’t wait to read your book!

  • Reply deconstructtheyuck April 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I’m a new reader but found your blog on my quest for all things green this month. Over at we have commited to doing one positive act for the environment each day for the month of April. It’s all part of our year long, monthly challenge quest to work on the things that really matter in life. I’m super proud of my blog and this month’s efforts to become more Eco-conscious. Your blog is a big help- and really refreshing too! Thanks!

  • Reply Manon April 24, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    I’m proud of having given my precious book collection to the public library! I have given a lot of my things to various charities, but giving up my books was the hardest, and it felt great! I have been slowly getting rid of my stuff in the past year and eventually I would like to have just one suitcase of stuff. Nowadays, after I read a book that I have bought, I donate it to the library so other people can enjoy it as well.

    My path to minimalism has been wonderful. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel liberated from constantly wanting to buy this or that. Simplicity is beautiful and I have never been happier. You are absolutely right, all you need is less!

  • Reply Jenn Taylor April 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    So thrilled for you Maddie!!! I can’t wait to head into ALL the Kelowna book stores and ask for a copy! xoxo

  • Reply eslofstra April 26, 2014 at 5:35 AM

    i’m proud of myself for following through on entering this contest despite the fact that I’m doing it on my phone in feedly and it’s very tedious and I keep messing up throughout the process.

  • Reply Becky April 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I am very excited to read your book! If it’s as great as your blog, I know I will love it! I’m definitely most proud of birthing my two amazing little boys…they seem to have gotten the best parts of my husband and I.

  • Reply Angela Harris April 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I want to simplify life to spend my time enjoying my one year old twin boys!! 🙂

  • Reply Alison April 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I would love to read you book!

  • Reply tristan May 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Not for kindle?

    • Reply sweetmadeleine May 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Hi Tristan! It should be coming out in all digital formats in the next week or so 🙂

      I’ll keep the “where to buy” part of updated to keep people in the loop.


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