Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! (Now Available)

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Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! is now available on Amazon (CanadaUSAUK and more) in print and Kindle version.

Martinis and motherhood go hand in hand, but not in a drown-your-sorrows sort of way. We view the relationship, between mom and martini, sort of like that of child and ice cream sundae. It’s a treat! One that busy moms deserve to indulge in. Martini (or mocktini) sipping is a celebratory, and victorious, act best enjoyed in the company of fellow mom friends. Here, within the pages of Martinis & Motherhood you’ll find heart string yanking stories of wonder, coffee spewing tales of woe, and utterly ridiculous accounts of WTF?!; all written by moms who are a lot like you. Each story is paired with a simple-to-make martini that looks fab and tastes divine, as well as a shareable toast to celebrate some of motherhood’s many toast-worthy moments. After the bums are all wiped and the lunches are made; after the homework is done and the sheets have been changed; after we’ve chauffeured, escorted, worried to the max, our sanity’s been questioned, our legs- still un-waxed; after we’ve kissed it all better, and bid them goodnight; we moms deserve to have something that’s just right. * Insert beautiful martini. We hope that you’ll buy our book and that you’ll see yourself, and your own experiences, in the tales that we share. We believe that great things happen when we open-up to other moms, about our moments of wonder, woe, and WTF?! We are hopeful that our stories help you feel connected to other mothers, a bit more normal within the chaos of everyday life, and less alone on your journey through motherhood.

To read about the WONDER contributors, click here, the WOE contributors, click here, and the WTF!? contributors, click here.

And why not go check them out…

Tellers of Wonder
Lynn Morrison
Angila Peters
Magnolia Ripkin
Louise Gleeson
Jocelyn Pihlaja
Alison Huff
Leigh-Mary Barone Hoffmann
Shannon Drury
Patricia Mirchandani
Lauren Stevens
Cordelia Newlin de Rojas
Sarah Deveau

Tellers of Woe
Shannon Day
Tara Wilson
Vicki Lesage
Abby the Writer
Brooke Takhar
Kate Parlin
Christina Antus
Jennifer Baird-Dean
Sara Park
Tamara Schroeder
Kristen Hansen Brakeman
Lori Lu Green LeRoy
Carolyn Mackenzie Global’s Carolyn Mackenzie on FB

Tellers of WTF?!
Susanne Kerns
Sarah Halsall del Rio
Lisa Webb
Jessica D’Andrea Kapp
Kim McDonald
Lisa Carmody Doiron
Olga Mecking
Holly Rust
Kathryn Leehane
Jill Hudkins Robbins
Kristine Laco
Andrea Mulder-Slater


An Ode to Parenthood…

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An Ode to Parenthood

Becoming a parent is…
the end and the beginning
We worry and we think a lot
And, yes, sometimes we’re winning

And other times we’re losing track
Of time and all our sanity
But parenthood is worth the shift
Overrated was our vanity

Kids simplify perspectives
Yet they also complicate things
They show us new paths, and doorways
Make us feel like queens & kings

Our kids, they are so funny
They make us lol
They mess and fight and act like fools
At times, they really smell

But our love for them’s colossal
The most abundant kind
A love so deep and endless
So pure and unrefined

Parenthood’s a paradox
Full of contradiction
Sometimes the flow is easy
Sometimes it’s filled with friction

Yet always there are moments
of greatness that prevail,
A kiss, a hug, a thumbs up
Then out the door, they sail

They’re ours for just…

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Moms’ Martini Getaway Prize Draw

Book before April 28th and you’ll be entered x 3 to win some fabulous prizes from these amazing brands! (Book after that date and you’ll still be entered into the draw x 1.)

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Moms’ Martini Getaway is coming up May 13th-15th at Bonnie View Inn! We have some amazing sponsors for the weekend prize draw including the recently added Donini Chocolate L.P.! Call to book:(1-705-457-2350) and you’ll be entered to win some of our great prizes! (Book BEFORE April 28th and you’ll be entered x 3). Thanks to Pearls For Girls North America, Mabel’s Labels, Indigo Burlington, Teabird Company, Beautycounter,  Younique , and Arbonne!



For the full Moms’ Martini Getaway agenda, click here!



Agenda ~Moms’ Martini Getaway, Haliburton Highlands

Have you booked yet? Here is a complete look at “What’s On?” for our April Moms’ Martini Getaway weekend in Haliburton,Ontario:

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MOMS' MARTINIGETAWAY (1)PRICE of $420.47 per person includes the list below! with the exception of 3 items with a ** ($)

  • 10% service and 13% HST are IN the total price, NOT on top of it!
  • A copy of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!
  • A coupon for a martini or mocktini of your choice, used anytime
  • Hors d’oeuvres before dinner served both evenings
  • Two breakfast chosen from a full hot choice menu
  • One lunch chosen form a two choice menu served with soup & salad
  • Two dinners chosen from a three course “Chef’s Choice” menu; served with a choice of a glass of house wine, a pop or a juice.
  • Coffee, Tea, Water & Punch in the main building from 8AM – 12AM
  • Reading & Martini Sipping Session with Shannon Day (a book reading and mom-chat with the opportunity to order some of the **($)martinis from the…

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BOOK CLUB Questions for Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!

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Shake-up some Aftermath martinis or a round of Pelvic Floors because “Moms’ Night In” just got even better! Here are some discussion questions to get the conversation started at your own Martinis & Motherhood Book Club.

Why not host a night of Wonder, another of Woe, followed by a final WTF?! night? Or you can cover the whole book, all at once, martinis (or mocktinis) in hand!

We’d also love to have you join us at Shannon Day’s Martinis & Motherhood FB each Tuesday night from 8:00 – 9:00 EST where we’ll feature a story/author each week! 

Tales of Wonder

Best Laid Un-Plans (p. 5) ~ Alison Huff

  1. What was the first emotion you felt when you found out you were going to be a mother?
  2. What frightened you most about becoming a mother?

Purse Person, Plural (p. 10) ~ Jocelyn Pihlaja    

  1. In your experience, do males and females have different attitudes about shopping, or does it depend on the individual more than the gender?
  2. Kids in middle school get a bad rap. When you think about yourself, or your kids, in middle school, what kinds of things were actually really, really good?

A Mother’s Wandering Mind of Wonder (p. 16) ~ Leigh- Mary Hoffmann

  1. As a parent, what are your biggest fears for your children?
  2. What makes your child “imperfectly perfect” in your eyes?

Stealing Time (p. 21) ~ Louise Gleeson

  1. Were you always clock watching in the early days of motherhood? Or waiting for your child to “get to the next stage”?
  2. Share a memory of when you noticed yourself losing track of time with your little one and feeling glad that you did.

The Donkey is Strong in This One (p. 25) ~ Magnolia Ripkin

  1. What traits do you see in yourself or your children that harken back to your ancestors? (physical or personality)
  2. What funny habit do you see in your family that is replicated from previous genes?

A Mother’s Intuition (p. 31) ~ Angila Peters

  1. Describe a moment of mother’s intuition that came true.
  2. What were some of your thoughts the moment that you met your first baby?

Life is Like a Bowl of Ramen Noodles (p. 36) ~ Lauren Stevens

  1. What are some of the things that you like to do with your kids on a cold or rainy day inside?
  2. What are some of your favorite memories from your own childhood?

Of Woman Grown (p. 41) ~ Shannon Drury

  1. When you were pregnant, what food did you eat in massive amounts?
  2. When did you realize that yours was NOT, in fact, the ONLY pregnancy that mattered in the history of creation (if ever)?

The Saga of the Socks (p. 47) ~ Sarah Deveau

  1. What strategies do you use to diffuse your emotions when your kids are tap dancing on your very last nerve?
  2. Think about the last time you were anxious about something – what helped you cope?

We Could Stay Here All Day (p. 52) ~ Tricia Mirchandani

  1. Describe a memory of a moment with your kid(s) that you captured despite all the things on your “To-do list.”
  2. What is your favorite way to spend the first morning moments of the day?

Abuelo in Our Hearts (p. 57) ~ Cordelia Newlin de Rojas

  1. What is the family tradition/holiday/thing you are thrilled your kids experience thanks to living near family /or miss most if you live far from them?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world with your kids, where would it be?

The Wonder Part of Wonderful (p. 63) ~ Lynn Morrison

  1. Was there a moment when you realized your child was no longer a baby?
  2. What aspect of your child (children) growing-up do you look forward to?

Tales of Woe

When Family Fun Fails (p. 71) ~ Kate Parlin

  1. What’s your craziest (or most disappointing) story of failed family fun?
  2. If you could only eat one kind of fair/festival/carnival food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

And, Brace Yourself… (p. 76) ~ Shannon Day

  1. Have you mastered the 15-minute makeover? What is your go-to outfit/hairstyle?
  2. How often do you go out without the kids? And what do you like to do?

Seesh—A Love(y) Story (p. 81) ~ Jen Dean

  1. How long did your kids hang-on to their lovey?
  2. What happened when his/her lovey went missing?

Double Trouble (p. 87) ~ Tara Wilson

  1. What unique challenges do multiples present to a mom? If you could choose, would you prefer to have twins or kids one at a time?
  2. Share a time that your kids worked together to outsmart you (or when you and a sibling outsmarted your parents).

French Women Don’t Get Fat (p. 94) ~ Vicki Lesage

  1. What was your secret (or not-so-secret) food indulgence when you were pregnant?
  2. Do you think there’s too much pressure on new mamas to get back in shape right after the baby is born? Did you feel pressured?

When the Shit Hits the Fan Wall (p. 99) ~ Tamara Schroeder

  1. Did your child ever go through a nasty phase that threatened your sanity?
  2. What is the grossest part of parenthood, for you?

The Popsicle Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree (p. 103) ~ Brooke Takhar

  1. What would you change about your high school experience?
  2. What trait do you have that you PRAY your child does not inherit?

Who Needs a Facial? (p. 107) ~ Carolyn Mackenzie

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  1. What is your worst kid-vomit story?
  2. When was the last time you pampered yourself?

When Rote Goes Right (p. 112) ~ Sara Park

  1. Has your child ever had a temper tantrum SO EPIC that it made you question every parenting decision you’ve ever made?
  2. Has your child ever repeated an inappropriate word or phrase in public?

Inadequate Conception (p. 118) ~ Lori LeRoy

  1. What was the hardest part about bringing a child into your life?
  2. What weird or gross thing do you secretly relish because it means you are fully embracing motherhood (and that you get to be a mom)?

A Turtle-y Awesome Valentine’s Day (p. 123) ~ Abby Bird

  1. Do you have a legendary “poop story” about your child or a child you know?
  2. Do you think parents today are too judgmental of each other? Why or why not?

When do I Get to Slumber? (p. 127) ~ Kristen Hansen Brakeman

  1. Have you ever hosted a slumber party for any of your kids? How did it go?
  2. What were some of the things that went wrong/well at the slumber party?

New Parent’s Survival Guide (p. 132) ~ Christina Antus

  1. What was the craziest/hardest thing about the first few weeks with your new baby?
  2. What’s the one thing you never thought you’d be able to do as a mom?

Tales of WTF?!

The Vagina Games (p. 139) ~ Lisa Webb

  1. Has there ever been a moment when you’ve thought: “Maybe I could benefit from some Vagina Games?”
  2. What was the most shocking/surprising aspect of your pre and postnatal care?

Bug House (p. 145) ~ Andrea Mulder-Slater

  1. What have you secretly hated but pretended to love for the sake of your children?
  2. What (horrible) beasts have your children brought into the house?

All Quiet on the Potty Front (p. 150) ~ Sarah del Rio

  1. Did your kids’ potty training experiences ever get out of hand?
  2. When you are engulfed in the trenches of parenthood, what helps keep you afloat?

 Sunday, Bloody Sunday (p. 156) ~ Dr. Jess Kapp

  1. Have you ever had a moment when you were truly concerned about the actions of your child?
  2. Have you ever overreacted to a situation and broken one of your rules (such as, no cursing in front of the kids)? What drove you to do it?

Bedtime Routine (p. 161) ~ Lisa Carmody Doiron

  1. Have you ever had an incident involving a baby monitor?
  2. What do you do once the kids have gone to bed?

The Scary, the Funny, and the Ridiculous (p. 166) ~ Olga Mecking

  1. Have you ever been in a situation that was at the same time scary, funny, and ridiculous?
  2. Do you think scary, funny, and ridiculous are synonymous with motherhood?

A Baby, Broken Boobies, and Beastly Breastfeeding Battles (p. 170) ~ Kathryn Leehane

  1. When your babies were little, did you ever face any beastly feeding challenges (breast, bottle, baby food)?
  2. Did your mother-in-law (or anyone else) make sly comments to you when you were a new mom? How did you handle it?

The Sweet Surprises of Childhood (p. 176) ~ Susanne Kerns

  1. What is your most tried and true method of getting your kids to take a nap?
  2. If your child took five hour naps, every day, what would you do to fill the time?

Just Another Day in Motherhood Paradise (p. 180) ~ Holly Rust

  1. What usually makes you late when getting your kids ready in the morning?
  2. How do/did you handle accidents while potty training?

The Talk, the Face, and the Mile High Club (p. 185) ~ Kristine Laco

  1. Who gave you ‘The Talk’? What would you have done differently?
  2. Who is responsible for talking about sex with the kids, in your house? Why?

Wreck the Halls—A Tale of Christmas WTF?! (p. 189) ~ Jill Robbins

  1. Do you find yourself having unrealistic expectations about holiday celebrations? Explain.
  2. What is the worst toddler mess you’ve ever had to clean up? And, did there ever come a time when you found it funny?

My Son: Evil Genius or Cat? (p. 196) ~ Kim McDonald

  1. Has your child ever sought revenge in a unique way?
  2. Which part of parenting small children do/will you miss? Which do/will you not miss?

If you’d like to order a Kindle or print copy of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!, head over to Amazon.

Also, honest reviews are very much appreciated and can be left on Amazon. Let us know what you think!

Huffington Post Book Review for Martinis & Motherhood (By Sarah Cottrell)

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She likes us!  She really, really likes us (and our martinis). I am super excited to announce that Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! has been reviewed by The Huffington Post’s Sarah Cottrell!  This is how the review begins!  Be sure to head over to Huff Post to read the rest…

Martinis & Motherhood Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! published by Tipsy Squirrel Press and edited by Shannon Day and Tara Wilson is the newest addition to the world of parenting anthologies. This book is filled with 37 stories that are heartwarming and heartbreaking, humorous and jaw dropping, and encourages the reader to lift up a drink in a toast to the solidarity of motherhood. At the end of each story is a delicious martini recipe complete with a moving or funny toast inspired by the author’s tale…

To read the rest of Sarah Cottrell’s fab review, click here

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Press Release for Martinis & Motherhood Book Launch

cropped-photo1.jpgMotherhood Stories and Martini Mixes Pair Up in the Latest Release from Tipsy Squirrel Press

Burlington, 16 June 201 5 – Mom’s Night Out is set to have a new theme starting this June when Burlington-based publishing house Tipsy Squirrel Press releases its first anthology called Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! The book pairs up short and relatable stories of motherhood with customized martini recipes inspired by the tales themselves.

Shannon Day of Tipsy Squirrel Press explains, “When it comes to motherhood, so often it’s our fellow mom-friends that support us on our journey. We laugh together and cry together, and when we need to be reminded that we are in fact normal, we can count on them. The book is filled with the kinds of tales that we like to share on a Mom’s Night Out (or in). They will make you laugh, cry, and realize that you’re in good company. The martinis are a fun way to celebrate the many toast-worthy moments of motherhood.”

This story collection consists of thirty-seven tales of motherhood, each accompanied by an easy-to-make martini. Co-publisher Tara Wilson says, “We wanted the stories to be as varied as the moms who will read them. Regardless of whether you are in a Wonder, Woe or WTF?! stage of motherhood, you’ll find a tale in there that is perfect for you.”

The custom martini recipes in the book are clearly aimed at women living in the thick of motherhood including such mixes as “The Pelvic Floor,” “The Trench,” and “Motherhood Paradise.” Day suggests, “The best way to enjoy the book is to get a group of friends together, mix up a few of the martinis and enjoy them while reading aloud some of your favourite stories from the book.”

In addition to contributions by Wilson and Day, the book features women writers in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Southeast Asia. The Greater Toronto area is well represented by Kristine Laco and Global TV’s Carolyn Mackenzie, both of Toronto; Louise Gleeson of Oakville; and Clever Carter author Sara Park of Burlington .

The motherhood-themed book launches on on Tuesday, June 16th, and is available to purchase in both print and Kindle versions.

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Shannon Day or Tara Wilson at

About Tipsy Squirrel Press

Tipsy Squirrel Press is a new Burlington-based publishing house. Founded by Shannon Day of and Tara Wilson of They plan to release a number of titles aimed at a female audience.