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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Winners for this competition

  1. M. Walker - NSW
  2. M. Karner - NSW
  3. K. Phillips - SA
  4. L. Burridge - QLD
  5. J. Troy - VIC
  6. K. Dykes - NSW
  7. C. Pascoe - NSW
  8. C. OBrien - NSW
  9. L. Nanotti - SA
  10. H. Cabral - NSW
  11. M. Spaliviero - QLD
  12. N. Pyne - QLD
  13. R. Del Vecchio - VIC
  14. A. Redman - NSW
  15. T. Butler - QLD
  16. V. Dorrestyn - SA
  17. S. Lanzafame - NSW
  18. E. Duff - NSW
  19. N. Loh - NSW
  20. K. Ryniker - VIC

  • There are many but at the moment it would be the two rooms full of stuff that I need to put away for throw out that I just can’t face



  • giving the kids baked beans for dinner (we didn’t even have any bread to make it baked beans on toast!)



  • Using the dining table as an easy wardrobe change! Fold the clothes and just pick your outfit and off you go!



  • When I was much younger I made what I thought was the perfect lamb roast and veg. Except for stringy tough lamb and roast veg that was as hard as rocks. At least the wine was good. I won’t mention the tablecloth caught fire from the candle! Oops.



  • using my wooden clothes horse as a wardrobe,there they sit until I need them ,no folding needed.



  • Forgot to wash the clothes today,
    There’s no uniform for hubby. What will he say?
    Problem fixed now, no need to stress,
    Pull dirty uniform out and give it a press.



  • When I popped to the shops last night for bread and got home to find I left the bag of groceries at the shop!



  • I usually manage to cope with the whole house-wifing thing, but there is one never-ending problem. I have a beautiful reading chair in my bedroom, on which I never sit, as it is ALWAYS piled 1.5 metres high with washing to be folded. ALWAYS!!!!!!



  • In deciding too wipe down our leather sofa with a homemade concoction of disinfectants and surface sprays, vinegar and bi-card. Bad move. Before I knew it I was stripping the colour out of the leather and leaving an pattern of streak marks and destruction. Lessen learned



  • It’s pretty much daily…….there are various piles of ‘crap” in every room that I can’t bring myself to part with



  • When I can’t be shagged cooking I announce to the kids “It’s free choice for tea tonight!” They actually love it. It means they can usually make themselves two minute noodles or a bowl of cereal for tea. #craphousewife



  • Creating ‘Crazy’ Dinner because I’m so sick of cooking and having the kids complain. It’s basically different leftovers mixed together with a piece of fruit haha



  • Open the windows that will blow the dust away, then just vacuum it all up



  • Bragging at work about the delicious dinner that I put in my slow cooker before I left home. Arriving home and anticipating the smell of said delicious dinner as I walk through the door, only to discover that I had not turned the slow cooker on!



  • Trying to impress my husband’s boss (cooking while competing against 2 screaming kids) I burnt everything and had to send for a full delivered meal!


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