B is for . . . Battles (And 6 Signs the Kids Are Winning)

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Parenting can be a lot like going to war. First, you do your recon, poring through baby books, observing your kids in their native habitats, swapping tactics with other parents. Having gathered your intel, you devise strategies that should be effective: No TV time until your daughter’s room is clean. No food if your toddler won’t wear his bib. No one even thinks about going outside without a helmet and a full suit of armor “borrowed” from a local Renaissance festival. Thus armed you head into battle . . . only to discover that these three-foot masterminds have already outsmarted, outwitted, and outmaneuvered you. Somehow, despite all your books and planning, the kids always seem to be, well, winning.

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A is for . . . Author Interview

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Happy Monday! Today I’m hanging out at the hilarious blog Martinis and Minivans, discussing everything from self-publishing to the best and worst parts of parenting (spoiler alert: the answer to one of those is laundry). Come check out the interview, learn more about my book Mommy A to Z, and discover one of my absolute favorite blogs!

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #11

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The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! Last week’s hop was packed with fun and inspiring posts. Thank you to everyone who participated. Three incredible posts were featured — to see which ones they were, visit this week’s blog hop.

As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

NOTE: There will be no Manic Mondays blog hop on 7/21. Featured posts from this week will appear on 7/28.

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S is for . . . Shameless Book Plug

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Well, I can’t help it . . . I’m an author with a book, after all! Don’t miss the Mommy A to Z eBook, which the Midwest Book Review has pronounced a “masterpiece” and “a hilarious look at the ironies and inconsistencies of motherhood.” Available for only $5.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple, Mommy A to Z is an alphabetical exploration of the everyday absurdities involved in raising tiny humans. Topics include:

  • A is for Art Projects: Or, what to do with that one-eyed “penguin” in your kid’s backpack.
  • F is for Fashion: How to go from Hot Mama to Baby Mama in 5 easy steps.
  • H is for Holidays: Prepare to cash out your 401(k).
  • I is for Imaginary Friends: Why they’re not weird. Or creepy. Or weird.
  • M is for Movies: Or, everything my kid learned about death, she learned from Disney.
  • P is for Play Dates: Why they’re like blind dating—with apple juice.

For every mom who’s dreamed of a global uprising against goodie bags, or who’s gotten caught throwing out her preschooler’s latest interpretive finger painting, there is Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood. For more information, check out MommyAtoZ.com. Get your copy today — or give one as a gift!

T is for . . . The Top 5 Things My Toddler’s Talking About

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These days, my 1-year-old has a lot to say. Mostly about cheese, but he has other interests as well. The mind of a toddler is a mysterious place. However, there are keys to this hidden kingdom, in the form of occasionally recognizable syllables, shining like Shakespearean sonnets in a sea of caveman-like grunts. And just what is on my little man’s mind? Here is a list of the top 5 things that would appear to be of utmost importance to him, based on his newfound ramblings.

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #10

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The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! Last week’s Fourth of July blog hop was bigger and better than ever! Thank you to everyone who participated. Three amazing posts were featured — to see which ones they were, visit this week’s blog hop.

As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop

coverBuy the book! For more Mommy madness, check out the new book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood, available at AmazonBn.com and Apple.

C is for . . . Camp (Or, My Love/Hate Relationship with Summer)

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Like a lot of moms, by the end of the school year, I was getting a little impatient. I was tired of trying to pass off raisins as “nature’s candy” every time I stuffed them into my daughter’s lunch bag, much to her chagrin. I was bored of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was fed up with the letters X, Y, and Z, who had the audacity to arrive late to the alphabet party, expecting to be admired like their predecessors who had shown up when I still had energy to fuss over them. I was ready for summer.

That said, once camp arrived, I remembered everything that slowly wore on my patience last summer. For the record, here is a completely objective, factually accurate list of the pros and cons of summer camp.

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