WIN one of 20 copies of Diary of a Crap Housewife by Jessica Rowe, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

Why not cut the crap, take the pressure off, and admit to the moments, days, weeks and months when the wheels fall off?In this fabulously funny, down-to-earth book, Diary of a Crap Housewife, Jessica Rowe writes honestly about her talent (or lack thereof) for cooking, about what’s really important when it comes to mothering and family, and about her many and varied views, musings and commonsense advice on other crap housewife matters. As an added bonus, there are thirteen crap housewife recipes included, from Jessica’s old favourite, spag bol, to a fresh and tasty Waldorf salad, and all so simple you can’t go wrong.

Being a crap housewife is a badge Jessica wears with pride, and it’s a title she invites other women to embrace. The idea of crap lies in the real-life messes, hiccups, disasters and bad meals that many of us dish up and deal with every day. This mum is tired of the photos of perfectly packed school lunches, posts about gourmet family dinners eaten together at the table, and tales of neat, tidy and obedient children with smoothly brushed hair.

It’s time to reset the bar. Make expectations realistic. Strive to be kind, loving, smart and funny. Perfection is not required.

‘J-Ro’s exuberance for this wonderful, sometimes messy and at times chaotic journey through life jumps joyfully out of each page. She’s honest. She’s disorganised. And she’s got a heart of gold. Viva la Crap Housewife!’ – Samantha Armytage’Jess Rowe may be a crap housewife but she is a great writer and an even better friend. And she’s right: I can be a bit of a smart arse.’ – Joe Hildebrand

‘This woman has enriched my life. And if you read this book your life will be enriched with honesty and love too!’ – Denise Drysdale

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  • I washed the floor, and made it clean.
    It glimmered, sparkled, shimmered and gleamed.
    I let the dog in, after a bath.
    Well, he ROLLED and rolled.
    … You can guess the aftermath.



  • When husband comes home and goes straight to the stove where there is a empty pot



  • Forgetting to put baking soda in a muffin recipe. Not the best result.



  • Found weevils in the pasta, felt immediately sick, but no quick alternatives, so picked most out and cooked the pasta for dinner.



  • I have so many I could say, just today there was a bee in my daughters hair I was to scared to get it out so I made a father of another child do it.



  • every moment is good



  • Cooking with the kids – enjoy life and all the mess it creates.



  • Mine is more #crapmother moment. When my first child was born she had to be bottle fed and when someone came round to visit me and asked me where to warm the milk I was flabbergasted as no-one had told me this had to be done. What a crap mother!!!!



  • Doing the sniff test on clothes to see if you can get another wear out of them instead of washing them.



  • #craphousewide, that’s me! I’m sure my husband wouldn’t disagree. I refuse to wash the “boys’ toilet” because they can’t aim properly anyway, I don’t bother to make the beds in the morning because it’ll get use in the night again, no need to tidy up a messy house because houses with kids are messy anyway ;-)



  • Whenever my daughter goes to sleep, and she tells us she loves us as eloquently as an 18month old can. That makes me a happy #househusband.



  • I had no clean dishes and we ate dinner off left over paper plates



  • Always remembering work shirts at the end of the night in the washer! Damn Real Housewives taking up all my time!



  • Was sick so ordered pizza for dinner. Put in wrong time for delivery, came early, put in the oven to stay warm. Boxes caught fire.



  • Making the family “Choose and make their own dinner” or the nights where I just can’t be bothered!


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