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But Did You Die? : #bookreview

19025329_10154443220127714_7581111621070260833_oBut Did You Die: Setting the Parenting Bar Low

Throat Punch Media has published ,”But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,”  a book of essays about parenting. There are so many contributors. For once, I can say that many of them are my friends on Facebook. I will be finding the rest on social media soon.

As a parent with many imperfections, I can relate. Yesterday was one of the worst days with my middle child. We survived mostly because of “But Did You Die?”  This book helped me to keep that sense of humor in spite of the middle child being a jerk and forgetting how to use words. All day long with a mini-Chewbacca. It was too much.

It would be difficult to say which part was my favorite; however, Samara had one of my favorite essays. She is hilarious and brutally honest as usual. Also, she reminded me that I have to check my kid’s backpack for cigarettes and other questionable items.


Where: You can find the book online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes. Also, check out your local bookstore to see if it’s stock.



Barnes and Noble

Google Play



I honestly love this book. The title alone is worth the price. If you’re a parent or a human who likes to laugh, you will appreciate “But Did You Die?” Seriously, just go buy it already.



* Christie Sass Organ sent me this book. So I’m doing this review. It’s the right thing to do. Thanks Christie for sharing this book with me.


Lose the Cape: Never Will I Ever



Never will I ever . . . blame the holidays for my lack of motivation.

I never used to think that I would blame the holidays for not getting anything done. It seemed like a cop out. However, that was way before having children.

I should have had this post done last month. I should have had the book finished last month.

Then the holidays and the aforementioned lack of motivation. Time was also not on my side. I decided to do things like go to work, make Christmas cookies and try to remember where I hid the presents. Typical things that people do, right?

Unfortunately, I have an ebook version, which was on my kid’s tablet. This meant that I had to borrow the tablet more than she liked. It was another reminder that I like real books rather than ebooks. Luckily, this book is available in both forms.

However, I did finally finish the book. It was really enjoyable and funny. Also, it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in being an imperfect parent. My favorite was the article about Gwyneth Paltrow. I don’t want to give it away. You should read it for yourself.

This is the book that you should give to new parents as a companion to “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Seriously, who expects to have perfect children and be perfect parents? People who don’t have children yet. They need to read this book.

Lose the Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids)



Ten Years of Mommyhood: NaBloPoMo


This summer is BlogHer’s 10th anniversary! Tell us something YOU have been doing for ten straight years.

Well, let’s see . . . I have been a mom for almost 13 years. My middle kid is going to be ten this year.
I have also been avoiding roller coasters. This year I did go on Ocean Motion at Cedar Point. I’m not sure if that counts as a roller coaster. It’s a pretty mild ride. Of course, I still got a little bit panicked in the middle of the ride. It always happens like that – the panic hits when I’m stuck and can’t leave.
When I was a new mom, I felt a similar feeling of panic. What if I wasn’t a good mom? What if there wasn’t enough food? I don’t panic as much anymore. By the time I had the third kid, mommyhood was not so scary.
It didn’t hurt that I took parenting classes when I struggled with some mommyhood issues. No one should be ashamed that they got help so that they were a better parent. More parents should be educated about how to be a good parent. I’ve seen several stories in the paper this week about parents letting their children live in filthy conditions. So before it gets to this point, get some help, throw away the trash, do the dishes. Basically, do whatever you have to do to keep your kids. Start by keeping your kids clean, healthy and happy. It is the most important job ever. EVER!!!
If the following links are not helpful, there are resources in your area. Daycares, hospitals, therapists, churches, etc. all have information to help parents.

Here are some links about parenting: