"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.


That’s What He Said: Fodder 4 Fathers

Today I have Adam from Fodder 4 Fathers in the interview chair. Adam was the first daddy blogger that I connected with when I started blogging. I follow his Facebook page daily and absolutely love keeping up with his kiddos’ crazy antics. Adam has been a great support, and I’m so happy to share his, ummmm, let’s just call them “interesting” responses to my weirdo questions.

F4F photoAdam is the founder of Fodder 4 Fathers.com. With his message of parental equality, Adam champions the involved dad, spreading his message of hope to thousands of mothers and fathers daily on both his Facebook page and website. Armed with just the simple idea that moms and dads could talk as equals when it comes to parenting, he has quickly created one of the most respected parenting communities on the Internet. A proud Canadian, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Adam shares his life (and the workload) with his working wife, Jessica, and their two small children, affectionately known by their fans as “DD” and the “Lil F’er.” (Don’t worry, that stands for “Little Fodderer!)

And here’s what he said:

1. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Everyone has an El Guapo (see The Three Amigos). Yours is a penguin wearing a sombrero and he’s collecting all those sardines in tomato sauce that no one eats in your house for the local food shelter.”

2. If my family and I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

The blandest meal possible so no one would be plugging up my bathroom all night.

3. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Tom Cruise and John Travolta. I always wondered what it would be like to have religious, gay dads.

4. If you could only smell one smell for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My own farts. (Ok, ewwwww.)

5. King Kong vs. Godzilla? Who wins?

Godzilla. He doesn’t let his relationships distract him from his work.

6. What number am I thinking of right now?


7. How many diapers, stacked one by one, would you need to reach the moon?

That depends on whether or not they are pee soaked…

8. Best cartoon dad?

Barbapapa. He could turn in to sh@#. And not in that crappy Wonder Twin kind of way.

9. You’ve been asked to modernize the Twinkie; what’s your plan?

I don’t like Twinkies. I prefer King Dons. But after watching that dog scene in Van Wilder, I might have an idea or two.

10. What three tv shows best describe your life?

All I will say is I watch a lot of Argentinean soap operas when everyone else is asleep.

For more from Adam, please check out his website and his Facebook page. Thanks so much, Adam!

The idea for my “That’s What She (or He) Said” Interview series was born one evening when I was extremely tired and had a(nother) slight case of writer’s block. I really wanted to publish something, but even though I had 6 or 7 posts in the works, nothing was quite ready to publish. And I didn’t want to publish something half-assed just for the sake of publishing. So I decided it’d be fun to start doing some interviews. The point of these interviews is to introduce you to some of the talented writers whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these past few months. (And by “meeting,” of course I mean virtually.) But I don’t want any humdrum interviews, so the questions I ask are completely whacky and off the wall. Some of the questions I’ve found online, and some I’ve made up. I hope you enjoy them! To see the other interviews in the series, please click here


That’s What She Said: Insane in the Mom-Brain

When I came up with this interview series with these completely off-the-wall questions, there was one fabulous, completely off-the-wall blogger whom I thought would be brilliant to interview. A perfect fit, if you will. And that blogger, my friends, was Patti from Insane in the Mom-Brain. If you know Patti, you know exactly why. And if you don’t, please read on to find out! (And I dare you not to love her as much as I do!)

mom brain interviewPatti is a wife, mom, blogger, cook, cat box scooper, and dirty underwear picker upper. In her spare time she runs a Girl Scout Fight Club, a charity called Handies for Hobos, and a unicorn ranch called The Ranchicorn. When she’s all hopped up on too much coffee, she performs musicals for her cat and practices her Karate Kid Crane Kick. Someday she hopes to own a miniature donkey that she can dress up like a dandy English gentleman. She will call this donkey Lord Dudesbury Donkelson III. She is currently working on a book of completely ridiculous essays that, due to focus issues, she may or may not ever finish.

And here’s what she said . . .

1. How many beach balls would it take to fill a 747?

Ummm…I’m not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but this? This is math. Not only is it math, it’s word problem math. And if there’s anything that sucks more than math it’s math with words in it. Flashback to 7th grade: Ya know all those damn questions about Timmy wanting to take a train to Whofuckingcares, North Dakota? And he’s all “But I’d kinda like to ride my motorcycle. I wonder which way is faster?” But wait! Timmy has to bring his dog and 37 apples for some idiotic reason, and if he puts all that shit on his motorcycle it’s gonna slow him down. BUT the train conductor is allergic to dogs and he’s super freaky religious and hates apples because of that whole Adam and Eve situation. Plus, Timmy has to be in Whofuckingcares by 8 pm and now it’s already 6 pm because time freaking flies when you mix words with math and yammer on and on and on instead of just getting on a plane already. NOBODY TAKES TRAINS ANYMORE, TIMMY! AND YOU ARE TOO BIG OF A PUSSY TO HAVE A MOTORCYCLE!

2. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

He says “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” And I say “Dude, I LOVE that movie! High five!” Then I stick out my hand for a high five and I’m totally left hangin’ cuz duh, he’s a penguin, and penguins have those little flipper things plus they’re super short and I don’t know if you knew this or not, but they aren’t very awesome at giving high fives.

3. If my family and I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Turkey because it has tryptophan in it which will make you fall asleep. And after you fall asleep we will go through your pockets and purses and take tall of your things and then pose you in odd positions with my Flat Bieber and Zombie babies and take photos to blackmail you with.

4. What is the angle of two clock pointers when the time is 11:50?

What is it with you and the mathy stuff? I got news for you: I’m not calculating angles up in here. In Patti Maths the angle is equivalent to a baby bird’s beak when it’s open and waiting for it’s mommy to drop a worm in.

5. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Samuel L. Jackson and Betty White. Not only would I be an amazing caramel color, but I’d also be the funniest, sassiest, badass in the neighborhood. The added bonus would be the looks on people’s faces when I told them that I was the love child of Samuel L. Jackson and Betty White.

6. If you could add another eye color to appear in nature, what color would you choose?

Rainbow swirl with sprinkles.

7. How would you direct someone else on how to cook an omelet?

Google omelet. Then Google “How am I such a dumb ass that I don’t know how to make an omelet.” Then get in the kitchen and make me a damn omelet.

8. Why is a manhole cover round?

Because manholes are round. How stupid would it be to make a square manhole cover when manHOLES are round? God.

9. Zombies vs. Ninjas? Who wins?

I’ll tell ya who wins: Whoever is lucky enough to get to watch the hell outta that. THAT’S who wins.

10. If you had to tell someone off but couldn’t speak, what would you do?

Interpretive dance. And possibly a swift kick to the underballs.

For more from Patti, please check out her blog, Insane in the Mom-Brain, and her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Thanks so much, Patti!!!!

The idea for my “That’s What She (or He) Said” Interview series was born one evening when I was extremely tired and had a(nother) slight case of writer’s block. I really wanted to publish something, but even though I had 6 or 7 posts in the works, nothing was quite ready to publish. And I didn’t want to publish something half-assed just for the sake of publishing. So I decided it’d be fun to start doing some interviews. The point of these interviews is to introduce you to some of the talented writers whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these past few months. (And by “meeting,” of course I mean virtually.) But I don’t want any humdrum interviews, so the questions I ask are completely whacky and off the wall. Some of the questions I’ve found online, and some I’ve made up. I hope you enjoy them! To see the other interviews in the series, please click here


Comic Strip Mama’s Book Release and Stairway to Awesomeness Blog Tour

3psrqvlF5hdTWipqQrGlUpPvXEfJ8db9krciihNecHEI’m on a new-book-sharing kick these days. My friend Tanya from Comic Strip Mama has just released her first book, and I am very excited to share it with you: Stairway to Awesomeness: 30 Fundamental Steps to Living a Life of Awesomeness.

I first met Tanya through her Comic Strip Mama Facebook page. These cute and relatable comics kept popping up in my newsfeed, so I just had to check her out. I learned pretty quickly just what a funny cartoonist and writer she is, in addition to being such a sweetheart and genuinely nice person. So when Tanya shared that she was going to be publishing a book, I was happy to jump on her Stairway to Awesomeness Blog Tour to help her promote it. 

To learn a little more about Tanya, aka Comic Strip Mama, why she decided to write her book, and what her writing journey was like, please check out the Q&A that follows. And, there may or may not be TWO giveaways linked at the end. 🙂

Q: What’s inside the mind of Comic Strip Mama the author?

A:  Life is HARD and it isn’t always fair. And sometimes, life is downright insane! I have experienced many of life’s seemingly insurmountable blows and for many years I struggled and lived a dark, disturbing, depressing, miserable and reckless existence as a result. Eventually, I discovered why I was struggling so much. That is when I changed my way of thinking and being and reinvented myself into the person that I am today…a strong, happy and positive person and parent who strives to achieve “awesomeness” every day, in every way!

In January of 2012, I embarked on a comic and writing hobby journey that eventually turned into a self-syndicated webcomic and writing business, Comic Strip Mama Enterprises Inc.. Since, I have been “stripping away” the insanity of life and parenthood in an effort to make people realize that life is better when you’re laughing and not taking it SO seriously! Ultimately, my mission as a person, a parent, a cartoonist, an author and an entrepreneur is to encourage and inspire others to embrace the insanity, focus on the positive, recognize the blessings and find the humor in life. I feel like I am obligated to share how I have learned to live this way as my positive contribution to the world. I do this by providing a daily dose of humor and inspiration to my readers through the power of social media and I hope that my book will reach and teach millions more worldwide!

Q: Tell us why readers should buy Stairway to Awesomeness.

A: Stairway to Awesomeness is not your average self-improvement book. It is the ultimate self-improvement book that goes against the grain of many self-help/self-improvement books out there. I take my readers on my very real tragedy-to-triumph life journey and explain HOW and WHY I changed my way of thinking about many things that so many of us are conditioned to believe. The 30 fundamental steps that I write and illustrate about are tried-and-true and life changing and I prove that achieving a life of awesomeness IS possible. There is also a very unique and humorous comic twist throughout the book that will make you smile as you make your own climb to awesomeness!

Q: What makes a good self-improvement book?

A: An awesome self-improvement book should educate, inspire and motivate the reader to WANT to change and improve their life for the better. But most importantly, it should give the reader a sense of confidence that they can realistically achieve positive results.

Q: What is a regular writing day like for you?

A: If I’m meeting a deadline or have a goal in mind, I write with focus and intention. Otherwise, I write and illustrate about thoughts and experiences that effortlessly enter my scatterbrain mind and I usually have more than one writing projects on the go! I also use a smartphone app for my comic and writing ideas on the go!

Q: What do you find most rewarding about being an author?

A: The fact that I am able to reach, entertain, educate, encourage and inspire millions of people to be awesome!

Q: How did you celebrate the completion of your book?

A: I celebrated the completion of my book the same way that I celebrate any awesome milestone in life. I let out a big “Wooo Hooo!” with a fist pump, spent some quality time with my special ones, expressed my gratitude for everything awesome in my life and enjoyed a glass of wine… or two.

If you’re interested in connecting with Comic Strip Mama, please check out her website and her Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads pages. And if you’re interested in checking out her book, available in paperback or on your Kindle, please click here!

Oh, and as promised, I’m sharing two different giveaways that you can enter to win your very own copy of Stairway to Awesomeness.

1. You can enter Comic Strip Mama’s Stairway to Awesomeness Book Release Extravaganza Grand Prize by clicking here. This giveaway includes:

  • 1 signed paperback copy and 1 Kindle copy of Stairway to Awesomeness
  • 1 Comic Strip Mama™ calendar
  • 1 Comic Strip Mama™ t-shirt
  • 1 Comic Strip Mama™ mug
  • 1 $10 Amazon gift card
  • 1 Kindle copy of Submerged

2. You can enter a Rafflecopter giveaway here for a Kindle copy of the book that I am co-hosting with my friend Kayla at Chasing a Daredevil and Twins, who is also hosting the blog tour for Comic Strip Mama today. (Ok, truth be told, I’ve done nothing to earn the title of co-host for this giveaway . . . Kayla did all of the work of putting it together and very kindly asked if I’d like to be a part of it. So, if you’re looking for another wonderfully kind person to stalk, I urge you to check out her blog and Facebook page. When I’m not chasing after my own daredevils, I appreciate reading about her little ones’ antics!)


That’s What He Said: Amateur Idiot / Professional Dad

Dave from AI-PDThat’s right, we have our first male interviewee this week! I found Dave from Amateur Idiot / Professional Dad through Facebook where he had left a comment on my page. His name alone had me want to immediately stalk him, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Dave is a former attorney who much prefers his job as a stay at home dad to two hilarious and adorable children. He is lucky to have an awesome wife who indulges and supports his obsessions, which currently include running Spartan Races and writing his blog.

And here’s what he said . . .

1. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

He’d ask for a cerveza. Ice. Friggin. Cold. Because, you know, he just kind of wants to hang. And, sombrero-clad penguins know better than anyone that nothing breaks the ice better than a frosty beer.

2. If my family and I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Before we get to dinner, let me admit that my wife, Allie, and I would have some major cleaning to do. As a stay at home dad, I know that part of my job is keeping the house. Unfortunately, I am the world’s worst house keeper. So, it’d probably be a mad dash to make the house look presentable. As for food, first we’d make sure you ate meat. I’m not sure why, but I seem to have a tendency to befriend vegetarians. If it wasn’t a problem, we’d cook you and your family some kinda meat and probably mac & cheese to make sure the kids ate something. Dinner wouldn’t matter nearly as much as desert. Allie is an awesome baker. If we really liked (or were trying to impress) you, she’d make her chocolate blackout cake, which is a rich chocolate cake with layers of an even richer homemade chocolate pudding. It’s awesome.

3. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

My celebrity parents would be George Takei and Harrison Ford. I love George Takei’s Howard Stern appearances. I’m not sure if he knows exactly why he’s funny, but he rolls with it and he’s hilarious! I think if he were my dad, I could kind of get away with a lot of stuff. But we’d also have a lot of fun together. Plus, if I complained about something in my life he could talk about growing up in a Japanese internment camp and shut me the hell up. Harrison Ford seems like a bit of a prick, but he was Hans Solo and Indiana Jones. And that is just cool!

4. Fred Flintstone vs. George Jetson. Who wins?

I assume this is in hand-to-hand combat. Fred Flintstone wins hands down. He’s a little out of shape, but he works with his hands and eats a lot of protein. George Jetson gets some exercise on the treadmill with Astro, but I’m pretty sure that’s about it. Plus, he’s used to the zero gravity of space. This fight is obviously taking place on earth (how would a caveman even get to outer space?), where George Jetson’s body will feel so comparatively heavy he’ll barely be able to lift his arms to defend himself.

5. For what would you be named the “World’s Best Inventor?”

The perfect playground. I’m not talking anything crazy here, just some common sense improvements. First of all, one entrance/exit. Why do I need to patrol 10 different means of escape at every playground we go to? Second, slides that don’t heat up to like 1000 degrees in the sun. Same with the ground. When there’s a water feature at the playground (and there should definitely be a water feature at the playground), the kids like to run around barefoot. They shouldn’t have to risk getting third degree burns on their little tootsies. Third, shady areas. Mostly for the parents. Fourth, clean bathrooms with changing tables. Fifth, lots of stuff to climb on. Climbing is awesome! Sixth, no sand box. Those things are disgusting; I can’t not picture stray animals using them as litter boxes at night. And good luck convincing your toddler he shouldn’t eat the sand! There’s probably some other stuff I’ll think of next time I’m at the playground, but that’ll do for now.

6. What shape best describes your personality?

An oval. I’m not a perfect circle and I’m good with that. I’m actually kind of a messed up oval, with nicks and gaps. I’m trying to be a better oval.

7. If your job was to simply count objects all day long, what would you be counting?

Boobs. Sorry. I’m a guy. I couldn’t think of anything else I’d like to count all day long.

8. Which animal would you want to trade places with for a day? Why?

A monkey. It’d be fun to climb and swing all day. Plus, I could fling poop at people who ticked me off.

9. When you’re 80, would you rather have yourself as a toddler or yourself as a tween as your roommate?

As a toddler. I whined less when I was a baby than when I was tween.

10. Would you rather smell the most offensive smell or hear the most offensive sound every single day for the rest of your life?

At first I thought this was an odd question to end on, but I realized that as a parent I’m an expert on offensive smells and (at least really annoying) sounds. I’m going to pick the smell. For me, the smell sucks but you deal with it and it goes away. The sound can ring in your ears hours later and give you a headache that lasts all day. If my kids were able to read this, I guess the message is: “I’ll deal with your shit, but please give daddy some peace and quiet for five friggin minutes!”

For more from Dave, please check out his blog, Amateur Idiot / Professional Dad, and his Facebook and Twitter pages. Thanks, Dave!

The idea for my “That’s What She (or He) Said” Interview series was born one evening when I was extremely tired and had a(nother) slight case of writer’s block. I really wanted to publish something, but even though I had 6 or 7 posts in the works, nothing was quite ready to publish. And I didn’t want to publish something half-assed just for the sake of publishing. So I decided it’d be fun to start doing some interviews. The point of these interviews is to introduce you to some of the talented writers whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these past few months. (And by “meeting,” of course I mean virtually.) But I don’t want any humdrum interviews, so the questions I ask are completely whacky and off the wall. Some of the questions I’ve found online, and some I’ve made up. I hope you enjoy them! To see the other interviews in the series, please click here


That’s What She Said: From Meredith to Mommy

9d5fd670-e154-4122-a821-159f17c086d4 (1)This week, I interviewed Meredith over at From Meredith to Mommy. Meredith is a former music teacher and mother of two young girls. Meredith writes about transitioning from her former life to a mother and wife, shares reflections about her journey, and anecdotes from her life with her two little girls; the sweet ones, the silly ones, and the tough ones.

And here’s what she said . . .

1. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

Ok…the last thing I remember was a boat ride…ok, seriously, what was in that punch?

2. If my family and I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Your entire family is coming? Crap. Did you RSVP? How much notice did you give me? Oh forget it. I’m going with my looks really impressive but actually took no preparation time at all fallback meal of ham, potatoes and secret recipe seasoned green beans. But if you gave me notice, I’ll make a lasagna. A really good one. I’m IBM (Italian By Marriage. Duh).

3. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

I’m definitely NOT a celebrity person. I can’t even think. Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. I could tell you why, but that violates my confidentiality agreement.

4. If you had to spend 3 weeks with alone with just one other person, who would you choose?

Hmmm…whoever it is has to be someone whom I’m prepared to lose from my life afterward, because three solid weeks with just ONE other person is a recipe for disaster.

5. Pillsbury Dough Boy vs. Chef Boyardee? Who wins?

Chef Boyardee. He’s got connections. You know…connections.

6. How many dolphins would it take to screw in a light bulb?

Two. Jumping and turning in a perfect ballet of lightbulb-y goodness. Can you picture it?

7. If you had to sleep on either a feather bed or a water bed for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

Feather bed. Oh goodness, feather bed. Don’t even bring a water bed into this house.

8. If you were a celebrity, what would you name your baby?

Since I’m going to have to be judged for my choice by everyone in the world, I need to make sure it’s the perfect combination of bizarre (so you know, you talk about me) and meaningful. Because it’s always meaningful. You know, I’m actually going to steal the names from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic book. Pomegranate for a girl, Armegeddon for a boy.

9. What news headline would best describe your life?

“Always on the Cusp”

10. Best costume at a costume party?

Slumber party guest. Comfy pjs. In public. Need I say more?

For more from Meredith, please check out her blog, From Meredith to Mommy, and her Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Thanks, Meredith!

The idea for my “That’s What She (or He) Said” Interview series was born one evening when I was extremely tired and had a(nother) slight case of writer’s block. I really wanted to publish something, but even though I had 6 or 7 posts in the works, nothing was quite ready to publish. And I didn’t want to publish something half-assed just for the sake of publishing. So I decided it’d be fun to start doing some interviews. The point of these interviews is to introduce you to some of the talented writers whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these past few months. (And by “meeting,” of course I mean virtually.) But I don’t want any humdrum interviews, so the questions I ask are completely whacky and off the wall. Some of the questions I’ve found online, and some I’ve made up. I hope you enjoy them! To see the other interviews in the series, please click here


That’s What She Said: A Mother Life

What do you get when have a tired blogger with a(nother) slight case of writer’s block who really wants to publish something but even though she has 6 or 7 posts in the works nothing is quite ready to publish, and said blogger doesn’t want to publish something half-assed just for the sake of publishing? (Did I say “publish” enough there? Publish.) The birth of my new interview series, “That’s What She Said.” (Don’t worry fellas, if I have the occasion to interview a dude — and please know, I’d love to have the occasion to interview a dude — I will change the “she” to a “he”!)


The point of these interviews is to introduce you to some of the talented writers whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting these past few months. (And by “meeting,” of course I mean virtually.) But I don’t want any humdrum interviews, so I went searching online for some out-of-the-ordinary interview questions, and boy did Google deliver.

My favorite questions came from the Huffington Post article “25 Bizarre Interview Questions From America’s Most Famous Companies.” (Although I have to admit that I’ve never heard of some of these most famous companies.) So for my first interview, I picked my 10 favorite questions from this article and went looking for people up for the challenge of answering them. Quickly. Because did I mention that all of this happened at 10 o’clock at night? Last night? Thankfully, I found a lot of people up to the challenge . . .

MolleyUp first is Molley from A Mother Life. Molley is a true blue Aussie living in Harlem, NYC. She arrived kicking and screaming behind her eccentric, entrepreneurial, ADD, OCD husband, herding her small children along the way. She writes at A Mother Life about her experiences navigating parenthood in a foreign country. She’s also a pet parent to Sir Lickalot, the brain-damaged, one-eyed rescue dog, and Sid Fishious, the giant, helium-filled clownfish. This year she’s reluctantly participating in a reality show about it all. Jealous yet?

And here’s what she said . . .

1. How many cows are in Canada? (from Google)

Ok that’s a very subjective question but I imagine all the Canadian cows are in Canada unless Canada has a large export concern then I guess some Canadian cows would be in places other than Canada…ok wait, I think I hurt myself…can I Google this?

2. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? (From Clark Construction Group)

Maybe I took a wrong turn…ooooh guacamole anyone!

3. What song best describes your work ethic? (from Dell)

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap…oh, wait that’s not very good is it? But see I’m cheap…bonus!

4. What do you think about when you are alone in your car? (from Gallup)

Well since I no longer have a car, thanks to my daughter wrapping it around a tree (it saves on parking), this is a question I will have to answer from previous experience. I remember thinking about whether my children would crash my car and would the insurance cover that? Yep…it does, see planning pays.

5. How would you rate your memory? (from Marriot)

Memory? Wait, what was the question? Hmmm probably not very good.

6. If [my family and I] came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us? (from Trader Joe’s)

Well that depends on who you are and how I feel…If I like you we’d probably grill something fabulous on the terrace and enjoy some cocktails…If I don’t really dig you that much, we’ll probably order in.

7. How would people communicate in a perfect world? (from Novell)

Telepathically, that way there’s no confusion or miscommunication…ha! See what I did there? No? HELLOOOO this is why we need telepathy! Sheesh.

8. Pick two celebrities to be your parents. (from Urban Outfitters)

Clint Eastwood and Helen Mirren, oh gosh, I hope they like each other…that would be awkward.

9. What kitchen utensil would you be? (from Bandwith.com)

Spatula, always a spatula.

10. How do you make a tuna sandwich? (from Astron Consulting)

Go to subway and order the tuna melt… did I mention I don’t cook much?

For more from Molley, please check out her blog, A Mother Life, and her Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Thanks, Molley!


People Really Know How to Make Me Blush

I started blogging as a way to unwind, keep sane, and share some funny every now and then. Little did I know that joining the blogosphere would allow me to meet so many amazingly wonderful, outstanding people. In my nearly 2 months of blogging, I have received so much love and support from so many people I don’t know personally but who I feel like I’ve known for years and years.

Two of these people are Ellen at Bad Word Mama and Joy at ComfyTown Chronicles. Each of whom gifted me with some more awards last week. Man, you all sure do know how to make a gal blush.

Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness

epic awardI think Ellen put it best in her post after receiving her award: “Holy Shit Balls that is a mouth full!  (That’s what she said.)” Heh, heh. It’s like she’s in my head or something. But really, when I saw this from her I felt, well, epically awesome. And now I have the award to prove it.

Upon accepting this award I have to share 10 more facts about myself and then nominate 10 other bloggers.

  1. I cannot believe that in all the sharing about myself that I’ve done on here that I have not once mentioned to you my LOVE of ketchup. Seriously, I cannot imagine a world without it. I have could eat it out of the container — just give me a bowl and a spoon and I’m happy. My daughter did not inherit this gene from me, but my older son did. It’ll be interesting to see where the baby falls with this one. 
  2. A lot of my friends thought I was an only child growing up because my older brother and I are 10 years apart, and he was out of the house by the time I was 7 or 8.
  3. I am a hypochondriac. I know this and I accept this. So I guess that makes it not so weird, right?
  4. My family and I are getting ready to move from CT down to VA for my husband’s fellowship. Last time we moved, we had only 1 kid. Tons of crap, but only one kid. We’ve upped our kids by two, so I’m worried about the crap factor. We may need to rent a pack of moving trucks.
  5. I don’t like melons. (No, not those melons. Actually, ok, sometimes those melons. Like right now when I’m dealing with melon issues from melon-feeding. Arggghhhh.)
  6. I sleep with no less than 4 pillows every night. My husband knows better than to try to swipe one of them.
  7. I now consider myself an expert on all things dinosaurs, as my oldest son is going through a major dinosaur phase right now. (Remember, he wanted to be known as “Saurus” on here. Yeah, it goes that deep.)
  8. I love that my husband makes it his mission to carry in all of the groceries in one trip every single time. I could have 3 bags or 76, and somehow he always manages to do it.
  9. I dig my in-laws. So does my husband. We love having family visit and find it funny when friends think we’re nuts.
  10. I hate when people spell my name wrong. Ok, I know, it’s not that common, and it could be spelled a gazillion different ways, so let me rephrase — I hate when people spell my name wrong after seeing it spelled correctly. Just pay attention.

And my nominees are . . .

ComfyTown Chronicles


Suburban Snapshots

Funny is Family


Miss Banana Pants

My Children Think I’m Perfect

the crumb diaries

Fodder 4 Fathers

Buried with Children

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

____________           Very inspiring blog award from The Mommy ChroniclesThanks to Joy I now have an “Inspiring Blog Award” and a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” . . . these technically may be the same award, but since the names are slightly different, I’ll count them separately. 🙂

For this one, I’m supposed to share 7 facts about myself, but since I’m combining posts for the two awards, I’m going to use the same fun facts for both. C’mon, you didn’t really want to know that much about me, did you?

And, here are my nominees . . .

Hollow Tree Ventures

Adventures of NinjaMama

Crazy Mommy Keeping it Sane

Slice of Humble

Multiple Mayhem Mamma

Bad Playdate

kissing the frog

Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom

Tripping While Standing Still

Daddy doin’ work

Thanks again to Ellen and Joy for making me feel so loved! 🙂


Smells I Like and Some Other Fun Facts


The missus over at Slice of Humble tagged me in the “Who Are You” game, and since I have some new followers (welcome again!), I figured it’d be a great time to do this so that you can learn a little bit about me. If you haven’t checked out my “Me and My People” section on the blog, you can learn even more, like my favorite punctuation or how I like my toilet paper (you know, the important stuff).

And go check out Humble. She’s funny and tells it like it is. Oh, and she has 5 kids. “Like a boss.”

So, here are my answers to the “Who Are You” questions:

  1. Where were you born Columbia, MD
  2. Were you named after someone? Sort of. If you consider my parents having a name picked out for me but then changing their minds in the hospital after seeing and liking an actress’s name on tv. Going into the hospital, I was going to be Sara, but I came out Mackenzie.
  3. How many children do you have? 3 (5 yo girl, 3 yo boy, 8 mo boy) 
  4. How many pets do you have? 2 cats (Lucy and Charlotte)
  5. Your worst injury?  Besides the three times I pushed babies out of my nether region? Probably the time I broke my nose. But it was my fault–I thought it’d be funny to put some tape on a guy friend’s leg and rip it off. Didn’t end so well. 
  6. Do you have a special talent? I’m pretty ordinary, actually. A lot of people have told me that I have really nice handwriting, does that count? Let’s see, I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth. That seems a little more special.
  7. Favorite thing to bake? A domestic diva I am not. I don’t bake too much. I do however make a mean key lime pie . . . graham cracker crust from scratch, real key lime juice . . . so good!
  8. Favorite fast food? Currently Taco Bell’s Cool Ranch Doritos Taco Loco and churros. Man, all this food talk is making me hungry.
  9. Would you bungee jump? Never ever. I’m too afraid of dying.
  10. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their manners. 
  11. When was the last time you cried? A few days ago when my 8 mo accidentally slammed his melon into my nose. (Again with the nose. Maybe I should get a different one.)
  12. Any current worries? Unfortunately, I’m a chronic worrier. This is something I am trying to work on. But I worry I’ll never be a non-worrier.
  13. Name 3 drinks you drink regularly. Diet soda, water, sunrise orange drink (made with those drink mixes)
  14. What’s your favorite book? I cannot possibly answer this question. I am an editor and avid reader, and I love everything from 18th century British lit to the current vampire invasion.  
  15. Would you like to be a pirate? Definitely not — I am deathly afraid of swimming in the ocean.
  16. Favorite smells? My kids (only after their baths), my husband’s cologne, pretty much anything baking related, cilantro, fresh linens.
  17. Why do you blog? As an editor, I’m often rewriting other people’s work, but blogging allows me to have a voice. And unwind. And share the crazy sh$t my kids do. 
  18. What song do you want played at your funeral? I’m hoping by the time I’m old they’ll have figured out a way for us to live forever. Ok, sorry, I have no idea.
  19. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? I’m short on patience. This is a difficult quality with 3 kids. But I try to work on this every day.
  20. Favorite hobby? Sleeping.
  21. Name something you’ve done, you never thought you would do? Get a tattoo. Get a second tattoo.
  22. What do you look for in a friend? Sense of humor, compassion, honesty, good listener without judgment . . . someone who will tell me when I’m being an a-hole but still love me.
  23. Favorite fun things to do? Ummmm, sleep. 🙂 I also like going with my family to the park and dance parties.
  24. Pet peeves?  Bad manners, saying “could care less” (incorrect) instead of “couldn’t care less” (correct), my kids blowing whistles. 
  25. What’s the last thing that made you laugh? My kids make me laugh every single day, thank goodness. Like tonight, I came home from a quick trip to the store and my 3 yo was hanging out on the couch in a laundry basket. Such a nut!

To continue the fun, I have to tag some others, so I’m tagging Funny is Family, RealMomofNJ, ComfyTown Chronicles, Whoa! Susannah, and With a side order of crazy . . . hey, don’t blame me friends, take it up with Humble. 🙂 If you choose to play, let me know when you share your answers; I’d love to read them.


Why Thank You, I Humbly Accept–The Liebster Award

Thank you to Daily Dose of Damn for awarding me a Liebster Award for up and coming bloggers! Look at me, all up and coming and stuff. I humbly accept this honor. Upon accepting this award, I need to provide you will 11 more fun facts about myself, answer questions Damn posed for me, nominate bloggers I dig, and create 11 questions for those bloggers. Let’s get this party started.

Fun Facts About Mamma Wild Thing

  1. I am a hair twirler. Like completely, totally addicted to twirling my hair. I’m actually surprised I haven’t twirled it all out by now.
  2. I’m all Rain Man like when it comes to directions. If I go somewhere once, I will forever know how to get there and back.
  3. I married a man who is the complete opposite of me with regard to #2. I still love him.
  4. I really love my minivan. I admit it. I love it so much I have to hit the lock button on it and hear it chirp at least 8 times before I’m convinced it’s locked up real good. And then I hit the button a few more times to make sure it’s extra locked up. Can’t see my life without one in the foreseeable future.
  5. I hate sleeping with my bedroom door closed. I don’t like not being able to hear what might be going on in the rest of the house.
  6. I hardly watch any tv these days–seriously, I have no knowledge of what’s going on in the real world–but when I manage some free time to watch without the kids, my current guilty pleasures are Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries. Don’t judge.
  7. If I could marry a food, I would marry cheese. Except Swiss cheese. That stuff is nasty.
  8. I am in no way, shape, or form a morning person. Having kids has really cramped my style in terms of sleeping in.
  9. Speaking of sleep, if given the choice between sleep and a shower, I will pick sleep ALWAYS.
  10. The other day, after 9+ months, I thought that my ring finger was ready to welcome back my engagement and wedding rings. I severely miscalculated. Ended my day at the fire station getting my wedding band cut off. Waaaah waaaah.
  11. I have known my best friends for 26-30 years.

My Questions from Damn

  1. When was the last time you were truly embarrassed?  I want the story. Refer to #10 above. I thought my rings were ready to go back on my finger. My wedding band went on ok, but my engagement ring took a little bit of coaxing. I knew right away I made a grave mistake and spent the better part of 3 hours trying to get that sucker off. After lubing, pulling, and twisting, I finally managed to get my engagement ring off. However, the trauma to my finger left it so completely swollen that there was no hope for my wedding band. After spending the rest of the day with my Michelin Man finger looking like it would bust open, my husband convinced me I’d have to get it cut off. So, I rolled up to the fire station at 8:30 that night to ask them to cut off my ring. There were 10 or so fire fighters hanging out and curious about my predicament. I felt so stupid.
  2. Have you ever had a Brazilian wax? No, I actually find that a bit creepy. I would, however, do the Brazilian butt lift.
  3. Let’s say you’re passive aggressive, like I am.  Pretend I’m the person you’d love to tell off, but never would to his/her face.  Let me have it. If I could sneak into your house, I’d set your alarm an hour earlier than usual, and make sure your kid was accidentally woken up earlier too. I’d hide all of your coffee and chocolate and make sure the hot water was turned off. If I couldn’t sneak in, I’d probably just leave a big ol’ bag of hot dog poo at your front door. But in a place you wouldn’t see it. Until you stepped in it.
  4. Have you ever looked through someone’s phone without them knowing? Yes. But honestly because I thought it was mine. Until I saw the home-cooked recipe app.
  5. Toilet paper – over or under? OVER!
  6. What is your guilty pleasure? Showering alone. Errr, I mean see #6 above.
  7. Name 3 blogs that you regularly read. Funny is Family, You Know It Happens At Your House Too, and Single Dad Laughing.
  8. The stupidest thing you did to impress a guy. I can honestly say that I’ve never intentionally done anything, stupid or not, to impress a guy. Either I’m your cup of tea or I’m not.
  9. If you were a superhero, what would your super power be? To stop whining before it starts.
  10. What would your superhero name be? Hot Mamma. It has nothing to do with my super power, but it would make me feel good having everyone call me that.
  11. Manscaping – Preferred?  Or not so much? A little is ok, but not too much. I think that’s creepy, too.

My Nominees

Following in Damn’s footsteps, I’m nominating five, although it appears you’re supposed to nominate 11? Hopefully the Liebster gods don’t crap all over us now. Anyhoo, here are my nominees–I’m a new follower to some, less new to others. Either way, they’re funny and I enjoy reading them. Maybe you will too.

Bad Word Mama

ComfyTown Chronicles

Mom of the Year

The Honest Mommy

The Urban Daddy

Questions for My Nominees

  1. If you could marry a food, what would it be?
  2. Are you a tp folder or crinkler?
  3. When was the last time you took a shower? Ok, when was the last time before that?
  4. What is one thing you absolutely cannot leave your house without?
  5. Favorite curse word? Why?
  6. Caillou or Max & Ruby?
  7. What is your favorite type of salad dressing?
  8. What bloggers do you make sure to read every day?
  9. Can you do the robot? Well?
  10. If you were shopping to prepare for a big snow storm, what are your must-haves?
  11. Do you have any unusual talents?

Thanks again to Daily Dose of Damn for sharing the love.


Sharing Some Love: The Inspiring Blog Award

It’s been a week since I started blogging. I hardly have any posts, and I’m not even sure how many people are actually reading what I’m writing. I take that back, I know at least one. Suzi over at Crap No One Tells You because she recently sent me an “Inspiring Blog Award.” This mama really tells it like it is–she keeps it real while making me laugh. And laugh, and laugh. So thank you, Suzi!

inspiring blog awardI’m still learning the ins and outs of the blogosphere–for instance I’ve learned how not to be a “bloghole” from Tara at You Know it Happens at Your House Too–but I have found enough encouraging, thoughtful, humorous, witty, snarky, truthful, and motivational content to inspire me to continue writing, not to mention to keep me busy reading for a lifetime. (And we all know how much I love reading!)

I am thankful to Suzi for a) finding me among the thousands of bloggers out there, b) actually reading what I have to say, and c) enjoying my writing enough to gift me with this award. What an honor among such an amazingly talented community of bloggers.

There are two rules to accepting the “Inspiring Blog Award”: I have to tell you 7 things about myself, and I have to pass this award onto 15 other bloggers. So, here goes.

About me:

  1. I have wanted to be a mommy since I was little. My mom still has a fill-in-the-blank school activity I completed in second grade that said, “When I grow up, I want to be ________.” I answered “mommy” and went on to share that I wanted 12 kids.
  2. I can confidently tell you that I will not be having 12 kids. We have 3 now, and I could see one more. But I think 4 would be my limit. Probably.
  3. My husband and I met in middle school. He had a crush on me before I knew who he was. Apparently he thought I had the right amount of junk in my trunk. (God I hope our families aren’t reading this one!)
  4. I enjoy reading and watching pretty much anything about vampires.
  5. I’m a toilet-paper-should-come-off-the-top-of-the-roll kinda gal. (NEVER the bottom!)
  6. Our family ends every day with a dance party. And I’m only slightly ashamed that our kids know that words to LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” and “Champagne Showers.”
  7. I do not drink coffee. Instead, I’m addicted to diet soda. I know, I know — scientists have shown rats get brain tumors from the stuff, but I just can’t stop. Hey, there could be worse things to be addicted to. (And yes I did just end that sentence with a preposition.)

Now, the blogs with which I’m sharing the love–these are all blogs I enjoy reading; they make me laugh, they make me cringe, they make me raise an eyebrow, but most importantly, they make me think:

Funny is Family

Does This Match?

We are THAT Family

Fodder 4 Fathers


i like beer and babies

You’re my favorite today

The Daddy Complex

Single Dad Laughing

Frugalista Blog

The Dude of the House

Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others

Baby Sideburns

Insane in the Mom-Brain

Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine with My Morning Quiet Time?

Some of these bloggers are moms, some are dads, some are newbies like me, and some are seasoned vets. If you have any spare time after reading all of my glorious blog posts (which you should, because as you know, there’s only a handful so far), please check them out and share the love.

Bloggers, if you would like to accept this award, just leave a comment here letting
me know that you received it. Then on your blog, tell us all 7 facts about yourself and spread the love to 15 bloggers of your choice.

Later gators,