What to Bring to the ER with Your Toddler

What to Bring to the ER with Your Toddler

Sorry – I’ve been a bit delinquent in posting lately.  There’s so much going on – and I have much to tell you (but not right now). I did want you to know though that I’m now officially a contributing writer to the UrbanMommies site.  My first article, today, was prompted by a trip to Read More

How to Deal With a Toxic Ex

How to Deal With a Toxic Ex

Although I work hard to manage my relationship with my ex – it’s made more difficult when he talks smack about me to anyone who will listen – including my children. I know it’s never going to change – me I’ve developed some strategies to deal with it. See my article today over at The Read More

A Delicate Situation: How Do You Tell a Friend They're in a Relationship with a Jerk 1

A Delicate Situation: How Do You Tell a Friend They’re in a Relationship with a Jerk

My girlfriend is in an abusive relationship.  I’ve tried talking to her.  Admittedly, I haven’t been very supportive.  I’ve seen evidence of the abuse she takes from him.  There are photographs of her bruised and scratched face after a particularly difficult day with him.  But she won’t seek help.  She insists everything is fine.  That 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

Waiting for the Piano Plane 1

Waiting for the Piano Plane

Although I often wish he was out of the picture, I would never, ever actually take action to remove my ex from my life. I know how much it would hurt the children. But there are days when I get wistful. Days when he’s stretched me to the limit and I have no outlet but 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

Christmas Controversy:  Santa is Retiring!

Christmas Controversy: Santa is Retiring!

Have you read the news? Appears that Santa is getting to old and fat to continue with his holiday tradition of dropping down chimneys and leaving presents for little boys and girls. Children are just getting naughtier…and with advances in online shopping and shipping, Santa just can’t keep on the leading edge. The announcement is Read More

Are YOU an Axe Murderer?

Are YOU an Axe Murderer?

I’m one of those people that believes that the best gifts in life are never found under the Christmas tree.  Spending time with my family and friends is always much more important to me than the gifts I receive. However, every Christmas, I’m still stuck with the same choice – real or fake?  Check out Read More