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Amy Allen Clark and her two children, Emily, 7, and Ethan, 10, prepare pepperoni pizza and cheese bread for dinner Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at their home in Granger. Clark's book, "The Good Life For Less", follows the success of her blog aimed at mothers looking for advice on how to organize, save money, and lead a happy family life. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
Local blogger publishes first book

Posted on Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.

GRANGER — The financial tips Amy Allen Clark learned after her husband lost his job didn’t just save her family money.

They became the basis of what has become a very successful website, MomAdvice.com, and led her to spokesperson opportunities with Walmart, Minute Maid and other leading brands.

What Allen Clark learned then has now also become the backbone for her first book, “The Good Life for Less.”

It looks at budgeting, saving money in the kitchen, being frugal through the holidays and organizing a home.

“This is the guidebook I really wish someone would have given me when I was a newlywed or when I first had kids,” Allen Clark said in an interview.

Instead, she learned as she went while tending the home and caring for she and her husband’s two kids.

Her site, MomAdvice.com, covers information relevant to parents — information about cloth diapering, book and party ideas for kids and advice for raising teens — but also plenty of topics that apply to others too — craft ideas, meal suggestions, organization tips and money saving strategies.

While Allen Clark said some of the information in “The Good Life for Less” is on her site, it was actually a piece she wrote for another publication that led to her writing the book.

She was contacted by a publisher after she wrote a piece for Redbook magazine about her family working to pay off debts and living credit card free.

Between the demands of family and the website, though, work on the book was slow moving. It took about three years, start to finish, Allen Clark said, and she was aided partway by the help of a co-writer, Jana Murphy.

Each step of the process felt a bit more real, especially when she saw the finished product on a table at Barnes and Noble.

“I can’t explain it other than it’s a very surreal feeling,” Allen Clark said.

Allen Clark described the experience on her blog, noting how she had always wanted to write a book ever since she was a little girl.

“When I finally received a copy of my book in my hands after all that writing, it was a big girl’s little girl dream come true,” she wrote.

Allen Clark said she’s glad that even if MomAdvice.com isn’t still going when her kids are grown, they’ll have a book to hold and look through — one that even features them on its cover.

She would like to do another book, possibly something holiday-related, since those are times families can often find themselves spending more.

In the meantime, she’ll continue to work on her website, which in its nine years has grown to include multiple sections, and continue her work as a spokesperson for different companies. She’s been a spokesperson for Minute Maid, Walmart, Cascade, Glade, Cheer and is currently a home management “genius” for Kenmore, according to her website.

Allen Clark has had a few local booksigning and has an upcoming one at the FAMILY Magazine’s offices, 1233 E. University Drive in City Plaza in Granger. The signing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.