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GIVEAWAY! Notes From A Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

by Meagan Francis on February 3, 2014

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Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?  

That’s the question Tsh Oxenreider asks herself – and challenges readers to ask themselves, as well – in her brand-new book, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World

Following her journey to Turkey, where everything she’d believed was the “normal” way to live as a family was turned on its head, and then her return to the States, where Tsh and her family struggled to readjust to a fast-paced life that no longer seemed normal or necessary, Notes from a Blue Bike is both a memoir and a call to action.

That is, a call to taking a series of small, manageable actions to improve your own family life so that you can live more in touch with your values.

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As any reader of her blog The Art of Simple knows, Tsh is an engaging, inspiring, and compassionate writer. But I loved seeing her talents as a travel writer, too. The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of her family’s slow, simple life in Turkey come alive in the “expat” chapters (the book alternates between her family’s life in Oregon, Texas, and Turkey over a five-year period.)

Those vignettes make the contrast to her earlier life in America even more jarring, and really illustrates how much of our fast-paced culture is both a choice we make and ultimately, just gets in the way of family health and happiness.

If you want to live a simpler life (hint: it doesn’t have to include moving overseas) you’ll love this book. If you are currently living out of step with your ideals, you’ll feel convicted, but never condemned.

And if you just want to read a fascinating account of the differences between family life in the United States and Turkey, you’ll love it.

Either way, I’m very happy to be able to give away a copy to THREE lucky readers!

Just leave a comment below – make sure to include a valid email address! – by Monday, February 10 at 10 PM EST. We’ll randomly select three winners and notify you by email if you win.

Oh, and check out the trailer for Notes From A Blue Bike, below. (If you’re reading this in an email, click here for the video link.)

*Amazon links are affiliate, which means that if you click and make a purchase, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting The Happiest Home!


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Amy Duncan February 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

I love her writing and would absolutely love to read this book!

Marissa February 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

I would love to read this book!

Heidi Green February 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Mb Fritz February 3, 2014 at 11:31 am

I am intrigued by the book description, it sounds like a beautiful mix of travel, family, and putting things in perspective. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use those!

Diane February 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

I have been waiting for this book to come out!

Teresa February 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

Excited to read Tsh’s book! Hoping to attend the meet up and signing in Atlanta next week!

Colleen February 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

I’ve been excited for Tsh’s book release and would love it.

Theresa February 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

I can’t wait to read it!

Jen Mc February 3, 2014 at 11:55 am

I’d love to win this book!

Meg February 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

I love her other books, and I’m excited to read this one too!

Lee February 3, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Sounds like a great book!

Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout February 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Awesome giveaway!

Chaunie February 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Love her and would love this book!

Becca R February 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I follow her blog and am looking to get a copy of this book. Very excited to ready it!

Natalie O. February 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Thanks! I’ve been looking forward to reading this book! It would be fun to win!

Brandee February 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

What a thought provoking question, ‘Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?’ I know they aren’t right now. Leads me to definitely want to read this book!

Monica Booth February 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I’d love to read this book! Even if I don’t win, I’ll still pick it up. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

Jen AM February 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I really enjoy Tsh’s writing.

Octavia February 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Wow, I would love to read this…I’m heading to her blog now too!

Michelle B February 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I’ve been looking forward to the book’s release! Can’t wait to read it!

Jenn February 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

This has been on my radar for books I want to read in 2014. Would love to win this book – thanks for the opportunity!

lisa laurence February 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Sounds like a book worth reading.

Jill VanTrease February 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I am always fascinated by people who want to live a simpler life – would love to read this!

Tracy February 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

This book sounds delightful. I would love to win it.

Allison February 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Thanks for sharing this book…

Jill VanTrease February 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I am fascinated by those who explore alternatives to the rat race!

Darlene February 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I’m always trying to figure out how to live more simply as my days seem to get more full!

KimW February 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

It sounds like this book holds just the message I need to hear these days!

Katie February 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Tsh’s blog has inspired me too rethink the way we live our lives time & time again. I’m excited about having the opportunity to win a copy of her new book. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Michelle February 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Yes, I want to live a simpler life!

Mollie Franke February 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I will read this book. Mike and I have wanted to take our children to Europe to show them a different way of life but I have always wondered why I can’t live that way here. From not shopping on Saturday afternoons or Sundays. To being able to ride a bus anywhere we would like to go.

Katherine February 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I am super excited to read this book. I would love to win a copy!

Brook February 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

My one word for the year is Intentional and I have a feeling THIS is just what I need to help me fulfill my goal.

Amanda February 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Ooh, this sounds like a good read!

Cory February 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Sounds like a great read!

Bonnie February 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I’ve never read anything of hers, but this sounds awesome! I’d love to read it.

Heather Novak February 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Her Organized Simplicity began our family’s transformation. I have the hard book, the e-book and my husband even downloaded the ebook!!! LOVE HER work. Thanks for letting us know she has a second book!

Lindsey February 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Simple… what a concept! One I’m not very good at, I’m afraid, despite the desire to be.

Elizabeth Spencer February 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

The topic of this book speaks to where I am right now. I’ve been asking myself the same question lately: how much do I need to be happy?

Kanae February 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Just like Tsh and lots of others, I and my family have been struggling with a fast paced life here. We have cars, computers, dishwashers, don’t have to raise cows ourselves, but why are we still so busy all the time? I would love to read her book.

Paula Romer February 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! I read Tsh’s first book and am a blog follower of her site. I am eager to read her new book and would love a chance to win a copy. Btw..I have really been enjoying your more personal reflections of Sunday morning tea each week. Thanks for continuing to keep it real and inspiring us!

Melissa B February 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm

This sounds like exactly the book I need right now to help me decide on the next chapter of my life. Thanks for the giveaway!

MomofTwoPreciousGirls February 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I can’t wait to read this!

Debbie February 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Looking forward to the book’s release! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lori February 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm

We’re working on a slower-paced life, and I’d LOVE to read this book! Can’t wait to hear if I’ve won one! :)

Kelsey February 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for months! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Michele February 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to receive a copy.

Erika February 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Sounds wonderful – I look forward to reading her book. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Casey February 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Can’t wait to read this book!

Katie M February 3, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Sounds like a great read, and just what a busy mom needs!

Tania February 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm

This sounds fabulous (and it would be a great birthday present to myself)!

DMPC Yang February 4, 2014 at 12:06 am

Been listening to her podcast for a while now and would love her book!

Susan February 4, 2014 at 2:05 am

I definitely need to read this. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Amy February 4, 2014 at 2:58 am

I’m (finally) reading Ann’s book; I’d love to read this next!

Brenda February 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

I hope you pick me!!!!

Heather February 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Sounds like an interesting read and perspective on something I know lots of people struggle with… Would love to read it!

Lisa February 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I would love to win this book. Thanks.

Sharon February 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I actually pre-ordered the Kindle edition a couple days ago!
But, a hard-copy would be fabulous as well… ;)

Bethany February 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I’m so excited to read this! I preordered so it’s on its way to me as I write this, but I would absolutely love an extra copy to give away to one of my friends. I’m bracing myself to be challenged and preparing to make some intentional changes!

BethB February 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I’ve been waiting for this book!

Kysa M February 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I would live the chance to read this book! Much needed!

Nat February 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Sounds like an interesting book

Liz Hagan February 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I would love to read this book. This is perfect timing as I’m trying to balance career and being a fist time mom and just simplify it all!

Andi Gould February 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

Living a simple, slower life is a something I am continually working toward. I would love to learn more from Tsh with this book. Thank you for a great giveaway!

Katelyn February 5, 2014 at 11:52 am

Definitely want to read this book!

Dana February 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

book looks great and perfect for this moment in my life.

Ashleigh February 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

This book is already on my to-read list! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anita February 6, 2014 at 11:07 am

I’m in that space where I’m fully in need of help on the topic of simple living. Thank you for giving a wonderful review and free offer; I would love to win a copy.

Erika February 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I am craving simplicity these days. The book sounds wonderful!


Amy Renea February 7, 2014 at 6:20 am

I would love to read this book!

Destiny February 7, 2014 at 8:11 am

This looks like such a great book. I can’t wait to read it!

Holly F February 7, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

Barb February 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

Thanks for a chance to win her book. I love her ideas!

Katie G. February 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, would love to have it to read while I am stuck at work for snow duty.

Jo @ To a Pretty Life February 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for sharing the book trailer. I hadn’t seen it yet. This book is definitely on my TBR list.

Adrienne February 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Thank you for the giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book!

Elisabeth February 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I’m new to Tsh and her writing, but I’m not new to wanting to implement changes like this in my family’s life. Looking forward to the insights!

Jenna February 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I’ve been dying to read Tsh’s book – would love to win a copy!

Jen February 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I would love some ideas about living with more intentionality. With (soon to be) three children under three, I feel like I’m in reactive mode most of the time!

Kathy February 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Your sense of living more intentionally struck a chord within me. I am retired and find the Lord has given me a burden to write a novel. It has been a labor of love since I do not have any idea of how to craft a book. I would love to find more ways to carve time out for more writing as well as how to simplify my life style with practical ideas from your book.

Alyson February 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I would love to hear her thoughts on travel. From each of the videos I watch on the topics she covers in the book, it sounds so similar to the family life I dream of and envision for myself when I start one eventually. Traveling as a lifestyle is something I so desire in this season of life that I am in – a young 20-something single woman – but I want to know what that would look like logistically and financially when a husband and children come into the picture. Some people think it is impossible, or they make it a once every year or once every few years thing to travel (especially internationally) with their family.
I am a dreamer but I lack intentionality. I believe I can do both though, I am really looking forward to gleaning some wisdom from Tsh and applying it to the context of my life and relationships

Dana M. February 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I’d love to read this (during nap times, hiding in the bathroom, and so on). Thank you!

(Incidentally, glad is found your site, Meaghan. Always good stuff when I check in. Well done, madam!)

Kathleen February 8, 2014 at 4:44 am

Great prize!

Lindsay D February 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Hope to win, excited to read this book!

Anna February 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Hope I win!

Ashley February 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I would love to read this!

Elizabeth February 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I so want to read this book! It sounds so wonderful and wise. My e-mail address is Thank you!

Cilla February 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Would love to win and looking forward to reading this book.

Michelle White February 9, 2014 at 7:24 am

Pretty sure I need this book. I am floundering so far this year.

Joyce February 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

I would love to win a copy of this book!

Library Momma February 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

I would love to read Tsh’s book!

Abbi February 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Our family does really try to live intentionally and this book sounds right up my alley. I would love to win.

Reese February 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm

I love her writing and her podcast!

Stephen February 10, 2014 at 1:38 am

Would LOVE to read this.

Christy Xandrick February 10, 2014 at 1:46 am

I’m standing at a crossroad and would love to be inspired!

Meg February 10, 2014 at 6:07 am

Looks great!

Heather February 10, 2014 at 6:33 am

I’ve heard nothing but good feedback about this book, and would love to give it a read!

Christine February 10, 2014 at 6:40 am

I love Tsh and her podcast! I’m weeks away from delivering my first baby and I think this read would help me reflect on the choices I make every day, as a woman, wife, citizen of humanity, and mother. I would love to win a copy of this book.

Joanne Viola February 10, 2014 at 7:35 am

I so want to read her book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Erin R. February 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

So excited to read this book. Tsh is a great example of slowing down to enjoy your life.

Susie D February 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

Thanks for the giveaway

Jessica February 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

This book is on my wishlist – can’t wait to read it!!

Paige February 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

Excited to read this!

Rebecca N. February 10, 2014 at 9:40 am

I really enjoy Tsh’s site and would love to read the her book.

Kristen February 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

Win or not, I must read this!

Suzanne February 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Tsh has such a wonderful view on life. I would LOVE to win her new book. Thanks!

Wendy February 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I’ve been to Turkey(though only for a few days), so I’m interested to read about what it was like to live there.

Dana Britt February 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Squeakin’ in under the wire here–I’d love to win a copy of Tsh’s new book! I just discovered her site recently, I’ve no idea where I’ve been! :D

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