Burkinis and Red Clown Noses Have Something In Common - You'll Never Guess What

Burkinis and Red Clown Noses Have Something In Common – You’ll Never Guess What

There is nothing NOTHING that annoys me more than intolerance. There are millions across this planet and we ALL have one thing in common—we are ALL people. I don’t care if you’re black, white, or green; small or big; if you prefer the company of women, men or horses; or if you believe in God, Read More

Mother's Curse Realized 15 Years Later

Mother’s Curse Realized As She Has Daughter “Just Like Her”

I remember the moment about 25 years ago.  I was a teenager – and ooohhh was I a teenager.  My parents had divorced, and quite frankly, I was a complete pain in the ass.  My mom grabbed me by the shoulders during a particularly intense argument that involved a lot of eye rolling, looked deep Read More

Couple Who Never Wanted Children Makes Shocking Announcement

Newlyweds, Children and Reproductive Privacy

When I was first married at 21, every party – wedding, shower – even funeral, I was always asked the same question: When are you guys going to have children? It seems like people think that when you get married you give up all rights to keep your reproductive activities private.  What was your most creative Read More

Parenting is Gross...and Other Things They Don't Tell You in Mommy School

Parenting is Gross…and Other Things They Don’t Tell You in Mommy School

I’ve been punched, kicked, spit at, kept awake for days, and had the body fluids deposited all over my body. That’s motherhood. Being a mother his hard work.  They burst out of your body in one of the most painful ways possible, and then use their huge baby blues to hook you into keeping them Read More

New Wearable Tech for the SAHM that Will Blow Your Mind

New Wearable Tech for the SAHM that Will Blow Your Mind

Do you ever wish that you had a coach to help you through those mom moments where you’re about to lose your shit? Wearable tech to remind you to control your breathing and calm the fuck down? What if there was technology that would detect your mood and remind you to add a bottle of Read More

Starbucks in the News Again with their Heart Sugar Cookies

Starbucks in the News Again with their Heart Sugar Cookies

You thought the #RedCups was enough.  Then came the #DeadPolarBears. Starbucks just can’t seem to stay out of the news. Check out my new article on MockMom. Image Credit: Tina Phillips / freedigitalphotos.net Want Live By Surprise in your inbox?  Click here or follow Live by Surprise on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin for the latest updates! Read More

Crawl-A-Thon Doping Controversy 1

Crawl-A-Thon Doping Controversy

Mock Mom has reposted my very first satire piece.  It was based on a real case where a baby’s trophy in a crawling contest was taken away after he “scooted” instead of doing the typical bear crawl. And you thought Steve Harvey had a problem. Want Live By Surprise in your inbox?  Click here to join our mailing Read More

When Photos Go Viral

When Photos Go Viral

The advent of the internet has led to the term “internet famous”. I’m not talking about the Kardashians – who clearly go beyond the internet with their television and magazine coverage. I’m talking about the average joe who experiences their “fifteen minutes of fame” as a result of a viral video or photo. Sometimes the Read More

Breast isn't Always Best

Breast isn’t Always Best

I want to say upfront that I judge no woman who makes an effort to ensure that her child is appropriately nourished. I struggled with it – but I breastfed all three of my children for six months each. Despite hours of daily pumping, doulas, lactation specialists, medications, teas – my body never produced enough Read More

Happy Thanksgiving - #NaBloPoMo

Happy Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, I thought maybe you guys could use a few jokes… If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children? If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy! What should you wear to Thanksgiving dinner? A Read More