Saturday, May 3, 2014

Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give If She Thought You Were Listening by Becky Blades


Genre:  Advice /  YA Coming of Age

The perfect gift for the new graduate, from mother to daughter or from friend to friend, Do Your Laundry Or You’ll Die Alone is wise counsel for women of all ages, reminding us to trust our instincts and to show our dreams who’s boss.

When Becky Blades sent her firstborn daughter off to Harvard, she knew the world’s top-ranked college would not be covering the most important material: how to be kind, happy, and appropriate in public; how to protect oneself from sock monsters, boring conversations, and scary dates; and why you should keep your clothes clean. So the day before classes started, Blades emailed a good-bye letter with motherly advice she had kept to herself for a year. Just in time for her youngest daughter’s graduation from high school, Blades illustrated the prose with her signature mixed-media artwork, creating a thought-provoking, conversation-starting book. With warmth, wit, and a hint of motherly sass, Do Your Laundry, or You'll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give If She Thought You Were Listening blends bite-sized morsels of coming-of-age common sense such as Keep at least one stuffed animal, and A bad attitude makes your butt look big, with tiny essays on topics like forgiveness and phone etiquette.

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Becky Blades is an entrepreneur, artist, strategist, mentor, civic leader, arts advocate, and an author on creative, adventurous living.

She is author and illustrator of "Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening," a lighthearted book of counsel to young women coming of age, to be released April 1, 2014.

Becky launched her first company, Blades & Associates, in 1990 and merged it with Trozzolo Communications Group in 2003. Since then, her business stART-ups have included:

• Travels With Lola, a tour company creating memorable group trips to France:
• Ze Jolie, an accessories wholesaler providing contract design and one-of-a-kind home and fashion accessories.
• Startistry Publishing, publishing her book and licensing the art of Becky Blades:

She has been a member of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and a mentor for the SparkLab accelerator. Becky serves on two corporate boards and is an angel investor.

She is chair of the board of ARTS KC, the regional arts council, supporting the arts infrastructure and individual artists throughout the 5-county area.

Her blog, explores the art of beginning, from entrepreneurship to works of art. And she blogs about her book at

Becky is a licensed private pilot and Becky has taught and lectured on topics including creativity, entrepreneurship, marketing, public relations, professional presence, the French culture, and women’s issues.

Becky is graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

She has been married nearly thirty years to Cary Phillips and they have two daughters: Taylor Phillips, age 21 and Tess Phillips, age 18.

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