Can you figure out this movie drawing?

I love when other bloggers want to guest post here on Martinis and Minivans. It’s fun to get a fresh new perspective or do an interesting interview. This time, though, we are taking it to a silly new level.

Robyn Coden, the blogger behind Dim Sum and Doughnuts, contacted me about doing a guest blog. Robyn is a blogger, cake-eater and mistake-maker. Dim Sum and Doughnuts focuses on parenting, growing up and Robyn’s life with her husband and two girls at their summer camp in Northern Michigan. You never know what you’re going to get with Robyn—sometimes controversial, sometimes comedic, but always a voice that’s powerfully honest and entertaining. She’s the real deal.

I told her that instead of words, let’s do a game of pictures. We both have five-year-old girls so we asked them each to draw a picture of their favorite movie. The two caveats were that it couldn’t be Frozen and they had to draw it in 30 seconds.

So here’s the drawing by Robyn’s daughter.

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Can you figure out the movie?

I guessed Wall-E but was wrong. You have to head over to Robyn’s, Dim Sum and Doughnuts, for the answer.

As for what my kid drew on her site? The answer: Monsters Inc.

Yeah, she’s not giving Picasso a run for his money anytime soon. Poor girl can’t sing either. I’m wondering if that side of the brain got all screwed up by that week I had of drinking before finding out I was pregnant. Sorry kid.

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Do You Want To Have A Cocktail?

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Whitney from Carpool Confessions


Some people share some crazy-ass stuff with me on Twitter. I’ve gotten everything from siamese cats singing opera to men dancing only wearing socks. And usually, I just delete and move on with my life. I’m not a big “video sharing” kind of girl.

But today – that changed.

Whitney from Carpool Confessions sent me THIS VIDEO she made and I just about peed my pants.

Why?

1. It’s hilarious

2. It’s how I feel every single day of parenting

3. It’s Friday and I’m itching for a cocktail. I feel like a criminal who just got out of jail and is looking for a bank to rob.

Happy Friday, people. Remember to open the door when a desperate mother comes knocking with a martini glass in her hand. (Watch it to the end to see what I’m talking about…)

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xW5Lf3-rZA&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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What I was like in high school…

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What I wished she did to him…

I recently went to Target. Well of course I went to freakin’ Target because that’s the address I should list as my official residence. Anyway, I went to Target and watched as a high school girl let her boyfriend say “shut up” to her over and over again. I wrote a post on Facebook about how she should dump him and date the guy who tutors the cheerleaders in Biology.

But it got me thinking.

Was I that girl in high school?

I think the answer is no. But I can say that I’d definitely be disappointed to see how I acted at times now through the lens of a mother.

I’m 39 years old. I went to high school over 20 years ago. I look back at that person and want to shake my head. I cared so much what other people thought. And yes, I know that is normal for the age but I gave up the chance to make some amazing friends with some nice, normal people because I was always trying to be something I wasn’t. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. Couldn’t figure out if I was pretty or gawky. And spent way too much time caring about stupid boys instead of the nice guys who actually liked me for my personality. I wasn’t a mean girl but I definitely wasn’t always nice.

What’s kind of interesting is that I wasn’t funny in high school. I wasn’t known as the class clown or don’t think anyone would describe me as funny.

Now, I make a living as writer, hoping to pull at people’s heartstrings while making them laugh. And I don’t care what anyone thinks. Well, that’s not true, I do care. I just don’t let it dictate who I am. People say they have no regrets in life but that’s not the case for me. I do have regrets. I regret that I didn’t say yes to more things and no to others. I know I can’t change it, but the truth is that I wish I could go back sometimes and slap my ass and say, “Go get em’ girl – you got this.”

I hope that girl in Target finds that sort of clarity soon. It would be a shame for her mouth to stay closed for any more length of time than it already has. I’m pretty sure she’s got some amazing things to say. The first would be “F’ You” to the boy next to her.

 

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The email that I will never forget. She wanted to come out to her parents and was terrified.


The Sassy Housewife - compressedWhen I approached Momaha about a writing a parenting advice column, everyone involved imagined it being a funny, entertaining way to amuse parents. Now, a year later, it’s really developed into something much more than that. The Sassy Housewife still shows humor and provides entertainment, but now people are writing in about real, meaningful problems and are truly looking for help.

I have loved seeing it change yet still stay true to the goal of using my slightly/occasionally funny voice to let others know that I’m not an expert. I’m simply a mom/wife/daughter/member of one ridiculously large Italian family who might be able to offer a different view.

With that said, the email I received a few weeks ago is one I will never forget. It’s from a 15 year old girl who is scared to come out as a lesbian to her adoring parents.

I’ve never had a teenager write to me before and I truly felt honored.

I hope you’ll check out her email and offer your support as well. Every teenager needs a community around them – gay or straight.

To read, click HERE.

 

 

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Your blogging questions answered… Part II


blogging-questionsAs promised, here is the second part to the blogging questions some of you submitted a few weeks ago. Let me state again – I am by far not an expert in blogging. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a computer, asking it to love her. Okay, okay, enough of my homage to Notting Hill.

As a reminder, if you don’t see your question featured, it simply meant that someone asked it first. Thanks again for submitting!

1. Erin from Girl Gone Veggie asked: When do you get most of your writing done? Do you have a writing process?

Yes, I have a writing process. It goes like this.

Step 1. Turn on PBS for kids

Step 2. Run to office and shut door

Step 3. Type fast

Step 4. Repeat for 2-3 shows or until my son poops his pants and I have to change him.

But seriously, I don’t really have a process as much as I keep notes on my phone about topics or things I notice that I want to write about. I write during nap times, at night, early mornings and I’m lucky enough to have a husband who takes the kids on an adventure one morning during the weekend which gives me about four hours to crank.

2. Leah from The Bauble Blog asked: Any tips for how to make money on your blog?

I get asked this question a lot. The truth is that I don’t make a lot of money from my blog per-say. Yes, I have ads on the sidebar but I made a conscious choice not to fill it with ads because I wanted to stay true to the nature of the blog – which is to be a storyteling blog.  However, the blog has been a vehicle for me to make money writing. It has opened doors to freelance opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to do without it. It has built an audience that reads other things I write. I make far more money writing freelance pieces than an ad will give me.

3. Robyn from Dim Sum and Doughnuts asked: What is your favorite time of day/day of the week to post?

Well, when do you like to read blogs? When do you sneak a peek at what’s happening on People.com? That’s the same for blogging. I usually post first thing in the morning. People love to check their email and catch up on life a bit before starting work.  There are plenty of professional sites that say not to do that but in my stats, it shows otherwise. Also, after bedtime also tends to get good numbers. I’m a big believer in not posting every single day. People bore easily. Unless you are offering some fantastic thing every day, space it out a bit. And to answer your question – my favorite day to post is Friday. Lots of people pretending to work when really reading sarcastic parenting blogs…

4. Lisa from The Golden Spoons asked: Which social media outlet drives the most traffic to your blog?

Facebook. Then Pinterest. Then Twitter. I don’t do Instagram because I can’t take a decent picture to save my life. And I also don’t do Tumblr because it bothers me that there is no “e” in the word.

I know that everyone says that Facebook doesn’t show as many posts as you’d like and that’s true but there are ways to still get people reading. Don’t just send out links to your posts. Send out fun updates. Send out pictures. And share. Sharing is the key.

5. Gretchen from Odyssey Through Nebraska and Bolton from Bolton Carley asked: What are some resources you rely on to make your blog successful?  (books, apps, people, etc…) and how do you get more people to comment on your posts?

The best resource is my blogging community. I’m part of Facebook and Twitter groups. I write for sites like Nickelodeon that is chock full of amazing writers, and I’m always tapping them and fellow bloggers for ideas and tips. The amazing thing about the blogging world is that everyone is really trying to help each other. And as for comments on posts – make them feel like they are one of your girlfriends. Don’t just talk to them. Talk with them. Take guest blogs from non-writers that share something in common with what you are writing about. Ask for quotes from people. Pose questions. Make it a community and they will give back.

 

Thanks all for the great questions. And thanks especially for reading. You guys rock.

 

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I chose not to breastfeed and lost a friend because of it…


Today is an exciting day for me. One of my dreams as a writer is to write for The Washington Post. Their parenting site, On Parenting,  is an amazing source of information and articles that cover everything from tips for parents to controversial topics that gets us all talking.

I’m thrilled to be over there today with my first piece ever for them.

And it’s one that I was terrified to put out there to such a big community but felt I had to. As you all know, I don’t shy away from rocking the boat sometimes.

Speaking of, I should probably put on my life vest before reading the comments…

It’s about how I chose not to breastfeed. Yes, I chose it. And how I lost a friend because of it.

To read it, click here.

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/17/i-chose-not-to-breastfeed-and-lost-a-friend-because-of-it/)

 

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My kid is never going to college if she asks me for one of these…


You know how Bed Bath & Beyond sends out their weekly ad with that big ass coupon on the back? Well this week I sat down with my cup of tea while ignoring my children and browsed through it. I stopped dead in my tracks and spit out my drink when I saw what they were advertising in the “Going to College” section.

Ya ready? Here it is…

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What the hell is a “Privacy Pop Bed Tent”?

Oh I’ll tell ya what it is. It’s a place where a horny college girl can take her captain-of-the-soccer-team boyfriend and tap that ass while her poor lonely roommate (definitely not me, of course) doesn’t have to pretend to be sleeping.

So I have two thoughts on this.

Thought #1: If I was actually a cool college student, this would be so money. Not that I really hooked up an insane amount, but every once in a blue moon I got my groove on (all clothes on, I swear Mom) and this would have been awesome for those very rare moments.

Thought #2: As a parent, I want to go to every Bed Bath & Beyond and buy them all and burn them so my daughter and son can never find one to buy. It’s bad enough we have a finished basement that I thought was a good idea for a playroom and now freak out at the thought that someday teenagers will be down there. But now businesses are giving out coupons to buy hook up beds? My poor old soul can’t take it.

And another question this advertisement begs me to ask. Why the hell is that adult guy sitting on a stupid bean bag to work? Dude, get a desk. You’re a grown up.

 

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Mommy A to Z – My interview with Meredith Peters Hale


book cover for meredith haleI love when authors reach out to me. It’s such a cool community to be part of and I’m thrilled when I get to see a really great writer publish something that is unique, fun and definitely worth reading. So when Meredith Peters Hale told me about her new book,  Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders and Absurdities of Motherhood, I asked if I could interview her so you can get a kick out of her as much as I do. And she even shared what made her self-publish, which was a bold decision seeing that she was formally an editor at a publishing house.

Plus, I love interviews – it makes me feel like a younger but not-as-hot Barbara Walters.

1. If you had to pick three words to describe the book, what would they be?

Well, I may be biased, but the first word that comes to my mind is “relatable.” Mommy A to Z focuses on the small moments we moms face each day, from battling leaky sippy cups to surviving awkward playdates to admitting to your second grader that you have no idea where Mount Everest is (it’s in the Himalayas, in case you’re wondering—and if, like me, you’re still wondering, that’s South Asia). Mommy A to Z is an honest, no-holds-barred look at day-to-day life as a mom.

The second word that I’d use to describe Mommy A to Z is “funny.” As I say in the intro, “sometimes laughter is the only barrier between motherhood and madness.” I think to survive motherhood, you have to find the humor in it all. Whether you’re pretending your kid’s imaginary friend isn’t creepy, or smiling through your third princess party of the weekend, sometimes you just have to laugh.

The final word I’d use to describe the book is “loving.” When I wrote the book, it was important to me not to come across as mean-spirited or complaining. I love being a mom, no matter how hectic or overwhelming it can be. And so I included entries like “J is for Joy,” to remind myself how truly blessed I am to be a mother.

2. What was the hardest thing about writing the book?

I think all moms who write struggle with time management. It’s difficult to explain to your five-year-old that you can’t play Barbies because you’re writing about the joys of conception (or what you remember of it). Or to tell your husband that you can’t watch House of Cards because you’re struggling to explain the complexities of sippy cups. I often found balancing work, family, and writing to be a challenging task. Frequently I managed by writing into the wee hours, after everyone else had gone to bed. It was exhausting—but absolutely worth it in the end.

3. Tell us about the publishing process. Did you have an agent or go the self-publishing route? What advice would you give to other writers from your experience?

I chose to self-publish my book as an eBook, even though (in my life before kids) I was an acquisitions editor at a publishing house and still believe in the printed book. Personally, I was excited about the prospect of controlling every aspect of the process—from the cover design to the content to the distribution. One thing I learned as an editor is how much compromise an author has to make—whether it’s accepting a cover you’re not wild about or changing the book’s title to suit the marketing department. That said, I have to warn authors considering the self-publishing route that this control is a double-edged sword. Self-publishing means navigating the labyrinth that is the iTunes store. On your own. With a toddler sitting on your laptop. It means finding and hiring the right professionals to work with you. This can be hard for a new author, and requires perseverance.

For authors considering working with an agent, I have one word for you: platform. Book publishers want to know that an author (especially a nonfiction author) already has an audience in place. Before contacting an agent, try to build up your blog, or newsletter, or whatever you use to reach readers. This will help agents interest editors in your proposal, and help editors pitch your book to the sales, marketing, and other departments at acquisitions meetings.

4. What’s the best thing about being a parent?

This isn’t a terribly original answer, but I have to say love. What surprises me most, as an only child, is the joy I take from seeing my son and daughter interact with each other. The way they love each other—even when they’re arguing over a piece of lint on the floor—inspires me every day. I never understood the whole sibling thing before my son was born, but now I totally get it.

5. What’s the worst thing about being a parent?

The laundry. The relentless, unremitting piles of laundry that mock me on a daily basis from my kids’ laundry baskets. Before I even take the clean clothes out of the dryer, the piles have resurrected like something out of The Walking Dead, determined to crush my spirit with wet towels and soiled bathing suits. Oh, and the flu isn’t much fun either.

6. What’s your favorite letter of the alphabet and why?

I really enjoyed writing “M is for Movies” (which you can read here). We’re a family of movie geeks, and my husband and I couldn’t wait to start taking my daughter to the theater. Until, that is, we discovered that whoever writes for Disney has a serious dark side. As I frequently joke, everything my daughter learned about death, she learned from Disney. That said, movies have helped us broach a lot of serious issues in our family. Recently, my daughter lost her grandmother, and she explained it to us as “Nana is in the stars with Mufasa.” Which, when you think about it, is a beautiful way of looking at things.

Also, I strangely enjoyed writing “U is for Ultrasounds,” because, for the first time, I was able to admit that I never saw anything in those damn pictures. I think there’s something therapeutic in moms sharing that we’re not perfect. And there’s lots of imperfection in Mommy A to Z!

7. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

I wish I had more time to see friends. As we all know, being a mom – as well as a writer or a blogger – can be isolating. Nowadays, most of my real-world interaction is from behind a computer screen. I miss sitting across from girlfriends over sushi and catching up on our lives. Oh, and I’m a terrible parallel parker. I would gladly change that.

8. How can someone get your book?

Mommy A to Z is available as an eBook for only $5.99 at Amazon, Bn.com, and Apple. To learn more about the book, you can also visit MommyAtoZ.com or the Mommy A to Z blog.

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Your blogging questions answered – PART I


questions-about-bloggingI decided to do a fun thing over the 4th of July holiday weekend and put a post up on Facebook and Twitter with the chance to ask me any blogging question. I was floored by the response. I had dozens upon dozens of questions!

Let the record show – I am NOT a blogging expert. I simply have been at it for about two years and have learned a few things along the way. The one piece of advice I tell everyone is this: Be authentic. Write about something that matters to you. For some that might be couponing and for others it might be poetry. Just be authentic and the audience will come.

With that said, I have picked up a few tips and made a plethora of mistakes that hopefully I can spare others from making. I’m taking the questions and dividing them between two posts. The second post will come next week. And if you see your question wasn’t selected, it simply means that something like it was asked already.

Here we go!

1. Sami from Yours, Mine and Ours: How do you come up with content?

I am a storytelling blogger. There are those who are reporters and those who are storytellers. Neither is right or wrong – just different. So for me, writing is natural. I’m telling you the stories from my life – even the ones that will require therapy for my kids later in life. The key to content is to make sure you stick to your niche. If you write about parenting, don’t suddenly become a political writer on your blog. It’s okay to throw a few of those in every now and then, but stick to your niche.

2. Kathy from My Dishwasher’s Possessed: Short of offering sexual favors (which I don’t think will get me very far) how do you significantly increase your traffic?

Well I’ve seen ya and you can definitely make some cash on the side – let me tell ya. :)  Seriously though, blogging is a community. The key to growth is to give back to the community. That means, guest blog on other sites and have folks blog on yours. When you want to guest blog on someone’s site, put together a strong post that either makes people laugh, pulls at their heartstrings or teaches them something. Then, let that bigger blogger know how you are going to promote it. Don’t approach a big blog without a post already written and ready to show them.

Also, I can’t say enough about Twitter and Pinterest. They are great ways to get readers. The key is to stay active and always find new avenues. For example, if you write about fashion, don’t just follow fashion bloggers – follow folks who write about parenting, science, etc… No one is just interested in one thing, even if they have a niche. Readers can come from anywhere.

3. Jennifer from Another Jennifer and JD Bailey from Honest Mom: What is your best time management tip for blogging?

The best advice I heard was to create office hours for yourself. If you view it like a job, treat it like a job. With that said, don’t get obsessed with how often you should post. Post whenever you have something to share. Have a goal but if you don’t hit it, it is okay. You have to live life to write about it, right? Even if that life is about cleaning Goldfish crackers off your ass, like mine is most days.

4. Christine from The Mom Cafe:  How do you use Pinterest to gain more followers?

Pinterest is the second biggest referrer for my blog. When I realized that, I started to put more effort into my pins. I don’t use pictures with every post so I had to learn how to make text posts. Actually, those usually do big traffic for me. I use PicMonkey to do all my pins and pictures. It’s free and basically a monkey can do it, so it is perfect for me. Make vertical pins. Also, pin throughout the day and not all at once. And the key – follow others that you enjoy and they will probably follow you. Make a board that is different from what you see on there. For instance, I have a board called “Rooms My Son Would Ruin“…

5. Susan from Pecked to Death By Chickens: What are your 3-5 favorite sites to submit your writing?

This is a tough one. It depends what I’m writing. I’m a freelance writer so I write all kinds of things! I will say, I loved being featured on some big blogs, but it’s the smaller ones that mean the most to me. Bloggers starting out who reach out and want to do a fun post or something together. I love that. So sorry – I don’t have 3-5 favorites per say – depends on your niche. However, don’t put all your eggs in one big basket. Remember, a smaller blogger still has followers – a few smaller bloggers will probably get you more true, dedicated followers than one big one.

6. Jennifer from The Runaway Mama: How do you handle writer’s block?

I walk away. I’m totally serious. I get up, I leave the house, I stop ignoring my children and play with them. Okay, I probably don’t actually play with them but rather watch them play as I check People.com on my phone. But the truth is that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Every time I have taken a break, I’ve come back with an idea – whether it has been 10 minutes or 10 days later. Give yourself time to live life in order to write about it.

7. Renee from A Baker’s Dozen and Apollo XIV: Do you plan/schedule posts or verbally vomit?

Holy moly, do you really have 14 kids? Wow. I seriously bow down to you. But to answer your question – I do both. I schedule if it is a guest post or something I wrote that fits a world event/ holiday. Usually, though, I spit it out on the spot. I write when I want to write – simple as that. Now that’s not the case for my professional freelance clients – for those, I have deadlines and such. But for this blog, I’m all about authenticity. If I say it happened yesterday, it happened yesterday.

8. Robyn from The Coolest Mommy: Do you have a tool to help you track and follow back people from your Google + and Pinterest?

Nope. Every few weeks, I go through and look at who follows me and decide if they are a good fit for me to follow back. Very simple and basic, I know. But I don’t want to follow someone just so they can follow me. What good does that do if we don’t actually read each other’s stuff?

9. Parri from Her Royal Thighness: Is it OK to use a picture from a TV show or movie on your blog?

First of all, I seriously love your blog name. Hilarious. Secondly, NO! NO! NO! You definitely can’t use a picture from a movie or TV show on your blog. Every picture you put on your blog has to have given up their rights and allowed you to feature them. Here’s a great article about what pictures you can and can’t use.

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/copyright-fair-use-and-how-it-works-for-online-images/

10. Robyn from Dim Sum and Doughnuts: Are there any topics you try to stay away from?

Yes. When I started writing, I agreed that I would never say anything negative about my parents and my husband. Not that I would have anything negative to say, Mom, I promise.

I try to write in my niche most times. Every once in a blue moon, something will seriously piss me off in the world and I’ll have to comment, but mostly, I try to make a person either laugh or cry with every piece I put out. Hopefully both. It’s a good day when I can do both.

Ok folks, thanks for the questions. I’ll do the next set next week – stay tuned!

 

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The great nipple conversation…


Here’s the conversation that just happened in the car with my five-year-old daughter. I like to think of it as one of those diversity education conversations.

We were going through the drive-thru at McDonalds (don’t judge, people, it buys me at least 30 minutes of peace in my house) and the cashier said to the girl working next to her that she was going to take off her long sleeve shirt that she had underneath her uniform after she rang us up.

As we pull away, my daughter whispers, “Mommy, I hope she went into the bathroom to take her shirt off.”

Me: “Yes, sweetie, I bet she does. Why are you whispering, though?”

Her: “I didn’t want her to hear me talking about her boobies.”

Me: “Oh, right. Wait. You weren’t talking about her boobies.”

Her: “I was thinking about them.”

Me: “What were you thinking about them?” (my curiosity was now at it’s highest peak)

Her: “Well. Uhm. What do you think black boobies look like?”

Me: (trying desperately not to laugh) “Well, sweetie, they are black.”

Her: “Even the pimple?”

Me: (now having a terrible time trying not to laugh) “I think you mean nipple?”

Her: “Yeah, the nipple. Is that black too?”

Me: “Yep. Just like ours are all white.”

Her: (looking disappointed) “Oh.”

Me: “Why? What color did you think the nipple would be?”

Her: “Purple.”

 

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The infomercial you HAVE to see… HILARIOUS!


Every night after we put the kids to bed, my husband and I make ourselves a warm cup of tea and talk about the politics of the world while we read each other poetry.

Okay, that’s total crap.

We make a cocktail, pull up the ottoman and plop ourselves down in front of the TV while we tweet and check Facebook. It’s very romantic.

So last night, as he was flipping the channels, my husband stopped and started hysterically laughing.

I looked up from my incredibly witty tweet I was getting ready to send and almost spit out my drink.

It was an entire channel dedicated to selling adult toys. Basically, the QVC of vibrators.

I had to record a few minutes and share it with you all because there are so many funny elements of the few seconds we watched.

There’s the hilarity of both women wearing business suits to talk about sex toys. It might be the least erotic way to sell a vibrator.

There’s the insanity of what this actual toy looks like.

The weird thing the one woman is doing with her fingers every time the other woman says, “two.”

And then there’s my favorite part. When the one woman says, “Wow!” You can actually hear my husband and I laughing because I couldn’t listen to it without cracking up. I now can’t ever use the phrase “fully customizable” without picturing them…

You have to see it to believe it. Go see it now.

Click on link below to see it on my YouTube channel – which I actually just created to post this.

Hilarious Adult Toy Commercial

There you go – there’s my 4th of July patriotic present to you. Don’t say I never gave you anything…

 

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The thong that made me pee my pants laughing…


I seriously have the world’s best readers. Honestly, you guys are hilarious. So a few days ago, one of you sent me a link to this newly invented thong and asked my thoughts on it.

Warning: It’s a picture of a thong so if you are working at some place like a church rectory or worse, Congress, you might want to click on it from home.

https://www.cstringdirect.com

I can’t post a direct picture because I don’t have the rights to do that, but trust me, click on the link and you’ll see why I almost peed my pants when I saw it.

After looking sideways at the screen for awhile to figure out how it really worked, I made a few observations.

Observation #1: Those women are totally faking those smiles. There is no way that a wire up their butts evokes that kind of happiness.

Observation #2: I am quite curious why Arizona, California and Oregon jumped aboard carrying them as compared to other states. Is there a direct correlation to which states are now legalizing marijuana?

Observation #3: You seriously must read the testimonial. I can honestly say I’ve never walked around wondering if people are going commando or not. Am I in the minority here?

Observation #4: All the models are touching their hair because they are secretly ripping it out from the pain.

Observation #5: What happens when you go through an airport metal detector?? That is seriously going to make that TSA agent’s day…

What’s your thoughts? Would you wear it? 

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My Disney Experience…


So did you think Walt Disney imagined creating a place where parents would come home from visiting it and need another vacation to recuperate?

Holy mackeroli – I’m exhausted.

Going to Disney World is truly an acrobatic experience. You are balancing ten thousand things all at the same time, while praying your kid doesn’t have a meltdown or worse yet, ask for another snack.

You vigorously adjust Fast Pass selections while maneuvering your larger than life stroller around people eating turkey legs with their bare hands. And you curse the day that you told the kids you would go on the Mad Hatter Tea Cups with them.

But then, you stop. And you look up and see Cinderella’s castle and then look over at your daughter.

And it is all worth it.

It was an incredible experience to see how much joy she got from hugging a princess. To see how excited she was if she spotted one to sign her autograph book. I loved seeing her thrill when she tried a new ride or holding her tight when she felt nervous.

And each night, I would pass out in bed harder than I did on my 21st birthday after singing “Like a Virgin” on a cocktail table.

If you follow me on Facebook, I posted a nightly update of my observations from Disney World. Here’s a few highlights:

Observations about Walt Disney World

1. There is truly nothing better than watching your 5 year old daughter meet princesses for the first time.

2. There is truly nothing better than watching your 2 year old son check out the boobs of every princess.

3. Fast Pass is the way Disney tells regular wait-in-line people F.U. in the most magical way possible. It makes me feel guilty yet also have a strong desire to say “Suck it suckers” as I walk by the sweating guest waiting in line.

4. Whoever recommended the Mohito slushie in Epcot should be given the highest award freakin’ possible. Brilliant.

5. River Rapids is a ride that makes people participate in wet T-shirt contests that should absolutely not be in wet T-shirt contests. Myself included. I apologize to all the eyes that walked by me and had to see that view. I wished my shirt said “I had two kids – do not look directly into the chest.”

6. There should be a service that is offered at 2 pm in the Magic Kingdom for all parents who have a toddler peacing out. The person would come, take them out of your arms, hand you a beer and then walk away with your child. They would return them two hours later with a happy kid and a trash can for your empties.

7. I should have paid attention in Geography class because I have no clue how to answer any of the questions my daughter asks me about the countries in Epcot. I just keep telling her to google it and eat more croissant.

8. You realize what a truly horrible person you can be when someone cuts in front of you and you start saying, “Hey, what the heck? We’ve been waiting here for 40 minutes” – only for them to tell you that they are the kid in front of you’s mother and she’s bringing him his inhaler. Awesome. I’m quite a role model for my kid at that moment.

As for pictures – here’s a few of my favorites…

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It seems that meeting Mary Poppins gives my daughter a wedgie…

 

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My son truly appreciated Jasmine’s “magical gifts”…

 

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We waited on the longest line to meet Woody & Jessie for my son who adores them, only for him to not give a crap because he couldn’t stop looking at the guy next in line who was eating the ice cream he wanted.

 

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What happens when you don’t buy him the ice cream and he screams bloody murder for twenty minutes until he falls asleep and everyone walking by comments how cute he is. FU guy in line eating ice cream. FU.

 

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But just when you are ready to lose your mind and jump into the creek with Tick Tock the crocodile, this happens. She finds Belle and there’s no line. Now THAT is truly magical.

 

 

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Do they give you a flask when you walk through the entrance gates of Disney World?

pic-of-castle-disneyTomorrow is the day. The day my family has been waiting to happen for almost a year. It’s the day we go to Disney World.

When my daughter was three, we told her an awesome lie that has served us very well. We told her that Disney World requires everyone to be five years old to go. Now if you are over five but your sibling is not, that’s okay, they can come in with you. But the main kid has to be over five.

And this worked like a charm.

Until she turned five.

So now we are holding up our end of the bargain and going to Disney World. And honestly, against my usually bitter sarcastic New Yorker self, I’m actually pretty damn excited. I’m not the most excited for the rides and attractions. I’m not even the most excited for the pool and tan I hope to get.

No, the thing I’m most excited is to see that moment of awe they will have when they see everything. I can’t wait to see their mouths open, their smiles filling their faces, and the utter disbelief of what’s happening around them.

Of course, I can totally wait for the meltdowns, insane heat and people who walk around in clothes that are much too small for them. Why does the heat make people want to squish their asses into tight clothing? I wish we lived in a society where togas were appropriate in Florida.

But in the end, here’s my hope. I hope that when I walk through the gates of Disney World, the attendant hands me a set of ears and a flask with Mickey Mouse on it. If that happens, it would truly be the most magical place on Earth…

So wish me luck, people. I’m going in. If you don’t hear from me for a few weeks, send help. And by help, I mean a babysitter, a stack of People magazines and a fruity drink with an umbrella in it. Thanks in advance…

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My dad. He’s simply the best.


dad-and-danielle-herzogMy dad takes a lot of crap in our family. We make fun of his terribly corny jokes. We tease him about his constant need to photograph every living creature, animal and plant. And we harass him about his obsession with all makes and models of computer gadgets.

But, the truth is, the guy is pretty amazing.

When I went through a divorce many moons ago, I called him to tell him that I was horribly nervous to go see a divorce attorney by myself. He called me back ten minutes later with a ticket purchased and flew down the next day to come with me.

When I freaked out about my computer getting a virus and taking away all my hard work and writing, he spent hours on the phone with me walking me through fixing it and telling me to breathe every time I felt the strong desire to hyperventilate (which was every 2-3 minutes).

When he comes to visit and sees that I’m once again out of printer cartridges, he sneaks to the store and buys a few extra to hold me over until the next time he comes.

When I call him and say, “How are you doing?” he always answers, “Chip, Chip, Chipper!”

When I was a little girl, every Sunday he would buy the paper at the local deli and always bring me home a Kit Kat and slip it across the table so my mother wouldn’t see.

When I found my amazing husband and remarried, he cried at my wedding when we danced and told me how much he loved me and my new husband.

And when I see him with his grandchildren, he brings such a smile to my face. Everything he does with them, he did with us. From horsey rides to bad magic tricks. I’m now seeing it again through their eyes. And it’s awesome.

So happy Father’s Day, Dad. As Tina Turner said, while shaking her hips and showing a ridiculous amount of toned leg, “You’re simply the best.”

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