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

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