Introducing the WTF?! Contributors…

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Sarah del Rio is a comedy writer whose award-winning humor blog est. 1975 brings snark, levity, and perspective to the ladies of Generation X.

Despite being a corporate refugee with absolutely no formal training in English, journalism, or writing of any kind, Sarah manages to earn her daily bread as a freelance writer and editor. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone, the latest installment in the national-bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series.

Sarah’s blog est. 1975 has won several awards, including Funniest Blog in The Indie Chicks 2014 Badass Blog Awards. She contributes regularly to BLUNTMoms and has made frequent appearances on The Huffington Post Best Parenting Tweets of the Week List. She has also been featured on Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, In the Powder Room, and the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. You can also follow Sarah on her blog est. 1975 on Facebook and Twitter.

WTF Holly Rust picHolly Rust is a native Texan but is currently living (and freezing) in the great city of Chicago with her husband, two sons and a Chihuahua. Aside from chasing around two lunatic toddlers all day, she is a professional writer and business consultant.  She is the Co-Founder of the popular humor blog, Mother’s Guide To Sanity, which has been featured on The TODAY Show blog. She is also a regular contributing writer for the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Dot Complicated and The TODAY Parenting Team. You can find her essays published in several anthologies, too! Follow her random thoughts on Facebook and Twitter – but no judging.

WTF Kathryn LeehaneKathryn Leehane is a writer, humorist, and storyteller. She’s penned essays ranging from ridiculously silly to heartbreakingly serious that have been featured on sites such as BLUNTMoms, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, The Huffington Post, and Scary Mommy. She is also the voice behind the humor blog, Foxy Wine Pocket, where she shares twisted (and only sometimes exaggerated and inappropriate) stories about life as a mother, wife, friend, and wine-drinker. She is a contributing author to several anthologies and is at work on her first manuscript—a memoir about loss and survival. In her down time, she inhales books, bacon, and Oregon Pinot Noir, and her interests include over-sharing, Jason Bateman, and crashing high school reunions. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

WTF JillJill Robbins is a wannabe wine snob, and sometimes runner, from San Antonio, Texas.  She has a degree in social psychology which has so far been unhelpful in understanding the behavior of her husband and three children.   She writes about adoption, motherhood and midlife on her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals.  Jill is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Blunt Moms, Babble, and Mamalode.  She’s also been published in The Washington Post’s On Parenting and is a proud member of the 2015 cast of Listen to Your Mother, Austin.  Her work has also been featured on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia Voices, In the Powder Room, SheKnows Parenting, Midlife Boulevard, Beyond Your Blog and other places around the internet. Her print publications include the December 2014 issue of Mamalode and three upcoming anthologies about motherhood.  She someday hopes to write the books that are living in her head.  You can follow Jill on Facebook and Twitter.

WTF Kristine Laco picKristine Laco writes a blog called Mum Revised and has been successfully keeping two children and a dog alive in Toronto for quite some time. Kristine shares the stories we all have with a splash of sarcasm, a pinch of bitch and a ton of wine. She takes selfies at the gynecologist’s office, makes Taco Tuesday her gospel and knows that reality TV is real folks. Her middle finger is her favourite and she lives by the motto that if you are not yelling at your kids, you are not spending enough time with them. You can also find Kristine at BLUNTmoms, in an upcoming anthology How To Survive Tantrums and Babysitters or on the couch hogging the remote. You can find Kristine on Facebook and Twitter.

WTF jessica Kapp picJess Kapp is a writer and geologist, living in Tucson, Arizona with her mountain man husband and two precocious sons. She is the associate department head of the department of geosciences at the University of Arizona, where she is also a senior lecturer, teaching introductory geology to hundreds of less than impressed non-science majors. She writes a blog about everything from women in science to motherhood to the manifestation of her midlife crisis on her website jesskapp.com.  She has written a soon-to-be published memoir, The Making of a Mountain Woman, about her transformation from sheltered suburban girl to bona fide adventurer while roughing it in the middle of nowhere, Tibet.  Her writing passion is short stories that explore all the wonder, woe, and weirdness of midlife, one of which won the Society of Southwestern Authors writing contest in 2014. She also blogs for the Huffington Post. You can follow Jess Kapp on Facebook and Twitter (@jess_kapp).

WTF Andrea PicAndrea Mulder-Slater is a writer and artist living in Canada’s East Coast with her artist husband, imaginative daughter, and folk artist mother. In a former life, Andrea was a public art gallery educator by day and a rock ‘n roll journalist by night. These days, she splits her time between writing the No, Really humour blog: No, Really, running an art studio, sharing art lessons on KinderArt.com, and blogging about creativity for YummyMummyClub.ca. Her stories have also been featured on Today’s Parent online. In her spare time, Andrea builds small suspension bridges and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. She sleeps far less than she should and has way too much useless information in her head – if only she could access it. You can follow Andrea on Facebook and Twitter.

WTF Olga Mecking PicOlga Mecking is a writer and translator. Originally from Poland, Olga lives in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. Her blog, The European Mama is all about living abroad, parenting and travelling. Olga also enjoys sharing her recipes there. She is the editor of “Dutched Up”, an anthology of essays about living in the Netherlands as an expat women. She regularly contributes to BLUNTmoms, World Moms Blog and Multicultural Kid Blogs. Her writings have been published on Scary Mommy, The Huffington Post and Mamalode. When not blogging or thinking about blogging, Olga can be found reading, drinking tea… and reading some more.

WTF LisaLisa is the author behind the blog Canadian Expat Mom.  Five years ago she and her husband swapped their home in Canada for an apartment in Paris.  Now living in the South of France with their two French-born daughters, life has become beautiful chaos.  When her family isn’t in the land of wine and cheese, they can be found exploring the globe with far too much luggage. Lisa is currently working on her first book about her adventures in France.  You can also find her telling stories about life at Canadian Expat Mom, on The Huffington Post and BLUNTmoms.

WTF Susanne PicOnce upon a time, Susanne Kerns was a Senior Account Director at an advertising agency working for two of the top brands in the world. Nine years ago she traded in her corporate life for a life as a stay at home mom, raising two of the best kids in the world. She started her blog, The Dusty Parachute as a way to dust off her online advertising skills and begin her job search. Instead, she now uses it as a way to spend lots of time on the computer so her kids think that mommy has a job. Susanne’s essays have been featured in Scary Mommy, BonBon Break and Redbook and she is also a contributor in the upcoming book, It’s Really 10 Months, Special Delivery. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

WTF Kim PicKim McDonald is on a mission to share the good, the bad, and the ugly side of parenting. She is a wine loving, sarcasm throwing Canadian mom who writes at Two Bugs and a Blog, works at a job she loves but hours she hates and sometimes even spends time with her kids. Even if it means having a dinner of crackers and cheese with ham on the side. Kim has been known to release her inner beast when discussion topics, she never knew mattered until becoming a parent, are shoved in her face. You can often find her at the playground parenting from afar while keeping up to date on all the latest celebrity family gossip and still keeping track of her loving, handsome but somewhat dim-witted husband and still catching her daredevils while they superman off the slide. You can also find her cheering on her Flames while keeping her Habs-crazed husband from brainwashing their kids. She has written for Blunt Moms, Parentdish, and Urban Infant. Her greatest goal, when becoming an incredibly part time blogger, was to one day be published. Mission accomplished! Next, she’s off to figure out how to get her kids to actually take her seriously when she tells them that the sleep monster will come and eat them if they don’t go to sleep and let Mommy watch Netflix in peace. Some things are harder than others. Follow Kim on Facebook.

WTF Lisa Carmody PicLisa lives in PEI, Canada with her husband and two boys. She blogs regularly at Momologues-Soliloquies on poop, barf and postpartum depression. Her stories have been featured on Blunt Moms, Mom Babble, What the Flicka?, Mommikin and Mamalode. She’s also a regular contributor to G! Magazine. When Lisa’s not blogging and mothering, she teaches music at a local public school. She is also part of a group of women lobbying government for better resources for women with postpartum depression in her province. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter: @elsiekarmadi.

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Introducing the Woe Contributors…

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Woe Shannon DayWhen she’s not spooning her kids on the couch, complaining about the crunchiness of the kitchen floor, or perfecting her towel folding skills, former teacher, Shannon Day can be found cocktail shaking and story making over at her site: Martinis & Motherhood. There she ponders the meaning of life, while poking fun at her hot hubby. Shannon is co-founder of Tipsy Squirrel Press and co-editor of Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! She is a regular contributor for BLUNTmoms and her writing can be found in various online publications, including: Mamapedia, Scary Mommy, The Huffington Post, Mamalode, In the Powder Room, Pregnant Chicken, and Sweatpants & Coffee. You can also find some of her stories in print as she’s a contributing author for Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee and Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness. Connect with Shannon Day on Facebook and Twitter.

Woe Tara Tara Wilson is an always-distracted Canadian mom of three tween girls, living in the same suburban town outside Toronto in which she grew up. She writes about raising kids with Autism and ADHD on her blog Don’t Lick the Deck, with a perspective of humour and imperfect mothering. She regularly tries to host giveaways to rid herself of the raccoons that take up residence under her deck, but has been unsuccessful in changing the lottery and gaming laws. Also it seems that readers prefer iPads over dumpster-diving wildlife. Tara and her husband recently found out that they both also have ADHD – or maybe they already knew, but lost the paperwork – which finally explains all the times they took the wrong twin to the doctor. It also sheds light on why she was a terrible accountant, and was likely responsible for causing at least one client to go to prison. Tara is co-founder of Tipsy Squirrel Press and co-editor of Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!

She is also a regular contributor to BLUNTmoms, Parentdish Canada, and momstown.ca. You can find her procrastinating on Facebook, being too wordy on Twitter, and over-sharing on Instagram.

Woe Pic Kate ParlinKate Parlin is a writer and mom of three girls, two of whom are twins.  She is a former high school English teacher who now uses her love of words to chronicle her parenting adventures – the funny, the frustrating, and the infuriating – at her blog, Shakespeare’s Mom.  Her writing has been featured in numerous places online, including The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, MomBabble, and Redbook.  Her essay, “Making Space” was featured in the December 2014 issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine, she was honored to be a cast member of the 2015 production of Listen to Your Mother in Bangor, Maine, and she is thrilled to have her work included in several parenting humor anthologies.  When she’s not cleaning up pee or negotiating the putting on of shoes, she can usually be found hunched over her laptop with an enormous cup of coffee.  Or a martini.  It depends on the time of day.  She lives in Maine with her husband, their gaggle of girls, and two ridiculous dogs.  You can follow along with her shenanigans as Shakespeare’s Mom on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Woe Christina Antus pic 2 Christina lives in Colorado with her husband, three kids, and two cats who still haven’t caught the red dot. She’s won a couple writing awards, contributed to a few anthologies, and has been featured multiple times on In the Powder Room, Mom Babble, The Mid, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Scary Mommy and What the Flicka?. She has also been featured on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and MSN Living. When she’s not neglecting laundry, or avoiding the grocery store, she’s writing and making mediocre meals for her family. You can find her hiding in the closet, eating candy at her blog or on Facebook or Twitter.

Woe BrookeBrooke Takhar is a Vancouver-based story-teller and Mama of one goon. She runs so she can eat ice cream and blogs so she can make fun of her parenting mistakes. If you need a pen pal, gluten free recipe or a meaningless celebrity gossip partner, she’s your gal. You can find all her exaggerations at missteenussr.com, her personal website for the past 65 years. Brooke’s stories have also been featured on Blunt Moms, Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, Project Underblog and Review 2 a Kill. When she’s not writing, sleeping or dumping black coffee into her corneas, she co-hosts a podcast with her brother, I’m Right & You’re Wrong. Spoiler Alert – She’s always right.

Woe Vicki Lesage pic Best-selling author Vicki Lesage proves daily that raising two French kids isn’t as easy as the hype lets on. In her three minutes of spare time per week, she writes, sips bubbly, and prepares for the impending zombie apocalypse. She lives in Paris with her French husband, rambunctious son, and charming daughter, all of whom mercifully don’t laugh when she says “au revoir.” She penned three books in between diaper changes and wine refills: Confessions of a Paris Party Girl, Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer, and Petite Confessions. She also appears in three anthologies: That’s Paris, Legacy, and I Still Just Want To Pee Alone. She writes about the ups and downs of life in the City of Light at VickiLesage.com.  

Woe ABBY BirdAbby Byrd mothers, frets, writes, teaches, and corrects other people’s grammar in an undisclosed location on the East coast of the United States of America. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, BLUNTMoms, and Mamalode and in Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays. She is working on a memoir about her decade-long search for a partner and why correct use of the semicolon may not be the most important quality in a mate.

Follow her on Twitter @AbbyBWriter, Facebook and at her blog, Little Miss Perfect.

Woe Jen DeanJen Dean is a freelance copywriter and stay at home mom to three young boys. She writes a human-interest guest column for a local newspaper and is currently at work on a diet and fitness self-help book (strictly for her own personal use), a novel and a memoir – not necessarily in that order. She has recently made the mind-blowing discovery that her Ch’i (Chinese for “life force”) derives from all things ‘ch’ – including her children, chocolate, champagne, cheesy poofs and Channing Tatum – again, not necessarily in that order. She believes “The Princess Bride” is the best story ever written, “The Wire” is the best television show ever produced and Dave Grohl is the bomb. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her boys and her husband, John, who prefers to be addressed as “Hey, Deaner” in an “Ali Landry from “Varsity Blues” southern drawl (we were made for each other). You can catch up with her on “The Ch’i of Jen” launching Summer 2015.

Woe Kristen Hansen Brakeman PicKristen Hansen Brakeman writes comic essays about parenting and daughter-ing, or whatever happens to annoy her most at the moment. She’s been published in the Huffington PostNew York Times Motherlode, The Washington Post, Working Mother Magazine, Scary Mommy, and LA Parent, among others. She was also voted Most Sportsmanlike by her fifth grade kickball team. Kristen lives in Los Angeles with her wonderful husband and three amazing daughters and works behind-the-scenes on live variety shows. She blogs at Kristenbrakeman.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.  Or don’t. Really, do as you please.

Woe SaraSara Park is a children’s book author and illustrator. She is the mother of three kids. Her son is on the Autism spectrum, followed by two typically developing daughters. Originally from BC, Sara moved with her husband and infant son to ON in 2007. Her children’s book “Clever Carter: A story about Autism,” was written to educate typically developing children, about their friends with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Naturally, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and inclusion. Unless inclusion involves sharing her own personal colouring book with her children. She prefers a clean house, but prefers not to clean. She loves Halloween and burns way too much time and money on family costumes. She once enjoyed preparing meals for her family, until preparing meals became making condiments from scratch. When her toddler naps, Sara blogs about life with her son and his overbearing yet compassionate little sisters.  You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @CRCRsMommy.

Woe LoriLori Green LeRoy is a communications professional who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two young (awesome) boys.  She is the author of The Inadequate Conception – From Barry White to Blastocytes: What your mom didn’t tell you about getting pregnant and the blog: The Inadequate Conception. LeRoy loves traveling, running, horseback riding, spending time with family and talking about her kids.  She is also an advocate of international adoption and orphan care reform.  

WTF TamaraTamara Schroeder is a wife, mom, word nerd, runner and lover of bad primetime television. She is still reeling over the fact the hospital let her leave with a baby she would be responsible for roughly 18 years – twice. She compensates for the shock by drinking obscene amounts of coffee and wine. On her humour blog That Tam I Am, she writes about her family life, pop culture and her journey with anxiety and depression (it’s a winning combination). She is also a freelance writer and editor, whose work has appeared on The Huffington Post and Family Fun Canada. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta. Tamara is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Don`t tell her kids.

Carolyn picCarolyn wears many hats. Half her day is spent being wife and mom and the other half, a TV news anchor. She is an award-winning journalist and for several years she anchored the 11 p.m. news on Global in Toronto, Canada. She very recently made the switch to morning television and can now be found on The Morning Show, on Global.

She began her journalism career in 1999 as a Videographer in Nova Scotia and eventually made her way back to Ontario, where she joined the Global news team in 2005. Her husband is a firefighter in Toronto and together they have two children.

Carolyn REALLY embraces sleep but like most moms she gets far too little shut-eye. She loves coffee, smelling her kids’ skin, a good loud laugh, that moment of quiet, Mom & Dad getaways, lazy Sundays, wood-burning fireplaces, clean sheets, and the words, “I love you.” Connect with Carolyn on Facebook and Twitter.

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Introducing the Wonder Contributors…

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Wonder LynnLynn Morrison is the mouthy woman behind the blog The Nomad Mom Diary. She’s not afraid to admit that she wears sweatpants too often, fails at sucking it in and has, on occasion, hidden delivery pizza boxes from her skinny husband. From thought-provoking to outrageously funny to almost unbearably sad, Lynn’s emotions come through loud and clear in everything she writes. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Angila Peters is a Gemini who dislikes long walks throughout her home, stepping on Lego. She is also a freelance writer living in southern Ontario. She spends her days slapping peanut butter and jelly sandwiches together for her kids’ lunches, and then remembers peanuts are banned.

She has been a writer since her pen made real words in her coveted Scholastic journal. And by words, she drew hearts with boys names in the middle. Considering her expertise on young men you’d think she became a romance novelist. But no, she went the route of a boundary-less blog called Detached from Logic. Here, she shares her struggles with mental health issues, parenting and dealing with the obvious illogic.

Her big break came when a friend suggested she submit some writing to Blunt Moms. So she did and the rest is herstory. From Blunt Moms came Huffington Post, and being published in three anthologies. You can find her in Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor, Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee, and of course this epic book: Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!

Angila believes in acting silly and not being afraid of what people think. Which is why at any given moment you will find her children scolding her to settle down and stop being so embarrassing.

 

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Magnolia Ripkin is sort of like your mouthy Aunt who drinks too much and tells you how to run your life. Except Funny…. well mostly funny.

She writes an advice blog at Magnolia Ripkin Advice Blog answering pressing questions about business, personal development, parenting, heck even the bedroom isn’t safe. She is the Editor in Chief and den mother at BluntMoms. Other places to find her: Huffington Post and The Mighty. Also check her out in the amazing compendium of hot bloggers published in I Just Want to Be Alone (I Just Want to Pee Alone).

Wonder Louise picLouise is a freelance writer and mother of four living on the west side of Toronto —because saying it like that sounds much more sophisticated than plain ol’ suburbs. Though make no mistake, she fully embraces the perks of suburban life and has no intention of trading her minivan in anytime soon. When she isn’t taking the kids to their various activities and compulsively filling bento lunch boxes, she is a contributor to Today’s Parent magazine, YummyMummyClub, SavvyMoms and various other parenting and lifestyle publications. She also writes an optimistic and heartfelt blog at www.latenightplays.com (so named for the only time of day she is able to write there) and is well-known for making her readers feel like they have something in their eye. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Wonder Jocelyn Pihlaja pic 3Jocelyn has been teaching writing and literature at the college level since 1991. She has a husband who cooks dinner every night, kids who hold up hands requesting “silence” when their reading is interrupted, and a blog, O Mighty Crisis. Her writing has appeared on Mamalode, BLUNTmoms, The Indie Chicks, The Good Men Project, Mamapedia, In the Powder Room, BonBon Break, The Mid, the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, and elephant journal. She also is a regular contributor to a local public radio program, Women’s Words, where she delights in wearing huge headphones–and not just because they remind her she actually wore earrings that day. When she’s not writing or teaching, Jocelyn can be found running on trails, exploring the green spaces around her city. Strangely, she calls this fun, even though she’s usually lost, faintly concussed from a tree branch clunking her noggin, and wearing only one shoe after the other was sucked off her foot by an aggressive mud puddle.

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The mother of Doom and Destruction, Alison Huff is a writer and artist who lives a country bumpkin life with her husband, two kids, and two dogs in bipolar northeastern Ohio. She is not a morning person and arrives late to every event, much to the chagrin of the rest of the world. A lover of lapsang souchong tea, unnaturally-colored hair, and Oxford commas, her stories are written with a signature blend of humor and brutal honesty. You can read more of her essays on BLUNTmoms.com, and on her WordPress blog, “Please Stop Putting Crackers Down My Shirt.” Alison is on Facebook every day and she tweets on the Twitter @crumbsdown whenever she has something to say that is fewer than 140 characters in length, which isn’t very often because she is terribly wordy.

Wonder shannon drury picWriter, at-home parent and feminist activist Shannon Drury has been blogging as the Radical Housewife for so long her first platform was MySpace. These days she’s traded up to her own sites, The Radical Housewife and Shannondrury.com.
She writes a regular column for the Minnesota Women’s Press that tackles feminist parenting, sisterhood both literal and figurative, culture wars, and other fun stuff.

She has contributed to several anthologies, and her work has also appeared in HipMama and Bitch magazines.
Her first book, The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century, was published in 2014 by Medusa’s Muse Press. Shannon is married to a swell feminist guy, and they share a house in Minneapolis, Minnesota with two kids, two cats, four computers, hundreds of vinyl records, thousands of books, millions of Lego pieces and billions of dustbunnies.

 

Wonder Leigh Mary THIS 1 picLeigh-Mary Hoffmann is a “my lifestyle” blogger from Long Island, NY, juggling a family, a job, and a busy, crazy life.  She tells it like it is – the good, the bad and the ugly – and tries to keep a smile on her face and laughter in her life.  She and her husband Ernie have a blended family with five children and a dog named Rosie – and with that many kids, there is always something to laugh – or scream –about.  Visit her blog Happily Ever Laughter or stop by on Facebook  and share in the laughter.

Wonder Tricia picTricia Mirchandani is a freelance copywriter and essayist and the blogger behind Raising-Humans.com. But most of the time she answers to ‘Mommy’ for her five year old daughter and two year old son. Her words have appeared on The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Scary Mommy, Brain,Child, SheKnows and in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine. Tricia is currently writing her first book about how focusing on growth has changed her perspective on motherhood. She tells stories about motherhood, personal growth, and the life of a writer mama because sharing words can make the world a better place. You can find more of her writing on: TriciaMirchandani.com

Wonder LaurenLauren B. Stevens is a freelance writer whose work can be found on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and Care.com. When she’s not chasing after her rambunctious toddler, Lauren writes hilarious and heartwarming stories about parenthood and women’s issues on her blog, lo-wren.com. A contributing author for numerous anthologies, Lauren is in the beginning stages of drafting a memoir about her experiences as an Air Force Brat, growing up in Europe during the Cold War.

 

Wonder Cordelia picWhen she isn’t writing, Cordelia is busy raising multilingual citizens of the world. Former hobnobber with the intellectual elite, she is the voice behind Multilingual Mama. There she chronicles her parenting adventures while she, her husband, and their two daughters, make their way across South East Asia.

She currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she spends her time homeschooling her children and hacking her way through the urban jungle.

Cordelia’s eclectic, and oftentimes regrettable, past includes eco-innovation, sailing instruction, and restaurant cashiering. She contributes to In Parent Culture,  BLUNTmoms and Mamalode and is featured in the upcoming anthology Motherhood, May Cause Drowsiness: funny stories by sleepy moms.  She has also been published on Fast Company.

Cordelia aims to finish writing her first book before her boobs reach her knees. Failing that, she hopes to appear on the cover of National Geographic.

For a taste of her Asian adventures, read her award winning post: Twenty ways you know you are embracing your inner Thai.  Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Wonder Sarah DeveauSarah Deveau is the author of two financial guides: Sink or Swim: Get Your Degree Without Drowning in Debt and Money Smart Mom: Financially Fit Parenting.

She’s a prolific freelance writer, and her work has been published in Today’s Parent, up! Magazine, Parents Canada, Style at Home, as well as most major Canadian daily newspapers, including the National Post. She has contributed to dozens of parenting websites and blogs across Canada.

After having the first of her three daughters, she opened and ran her own award-winning children’s consignment boutique, Cater Tot Consignment, for four years. Today, she works in corporate communications and spends her spare time travel writing and trick hula hooping.

 

 

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Hey Moms! Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! Is Officially in Progress

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After a challenging selection process, the story line-up had been chosen! Meet the 36 authors who will grace the pages, of this unique anthology:

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These moms will share with you their personal tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! Plus you’ll have some tasty new martinis recipes to try out!

There will be heartfelt stories (with not even a hint of cheese) that’ll fog up your glasses and make you feel even luckier to be a mom. There will be scenarios, and hilarious turns of phrase, that’ll make you spit out your coffee and run off to the loo. There will be relatable, and sometimes unbelievable, mom-sufferings, told with humour- sure to make you feel a bit less alone and maybe even proud of your own tales of survival.

Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder Woe & WTF?! will make you feel like you’ve just shared some drinks, some stories, and some laughs with a group of fun moms, who remind you of your own pals.

The book is currently in production mode but will be here just in time for the Summer (cocktail) season.

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Available June 2015 on Amazon.

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Where did you come from, Tipsy Squirrel Press? {By: Shannon Day}

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With the clarity of hindsight, I’ve been able to sum up (into 6 stages) what almost appears to be a carefully planned journey from Cocktail Girl to Tipsy Squirrel! But, I’ll admit, this is not the case.  I am more of a follower of whims and instincts than a planner.  So, even though it’s doubtful that you’ve wondered where it all began, here’s the story anyway…

1. My Foundation

My initial attempt to combine studying with cocktail making went down like a Flaming Sambuca, leaving me with a degree in Journal Writing (instead of a Journalism) and a job as a bartender. But, always one to go with the flow, I quickly concocted a plan B! I got a degree in English and Communications followed by a teaching qualification which became my ticket to travel and work.  From Japan to China, (where I met my British hubby) and then on to England (to be with him), I went.  There, he and I sprouted a family: three little ladies, in fact. The first: a creative dreamer, the second: a future engineer and the little one… well let’s just say she has a flare for the precocious.

2. Relocation

After 10 fantastic years in the UK, I felt it was time to head back to my home: Ontario, Canada. I was able to convince my husband that Canada is, in fact, the Promised Land! As in, it promised to put forth all efforts to freeze off the asses of its residents.  But only for 5 months of the year!  I chose to focus more on the beauty of the other seasons and the low crime rate and friendly atmosphere in the town, where we now reside.

3. Story Creation

Once settled back in Canada, I soon found myself putting to use my degree in Journal Writing. I started my little blog: Martinis & Motherhood, in late 2013.  It was there that I wrote my first piece about parenthood and, for me, it seemed very natural (logical even) to pair my tale with a martini.  It crossed my mind that stories + martinis for moms would be a great book idea…

In 2014, I was lucky enough to become part of the BLUNTmoms writing team where I *met* some amazing, funny, and talented women.  One of whom was Tara Wilson, from Don’t Lick the Deck.

 4. Partner Identification

Tara made me laugh with her quick wit and effortless one liners. Realizing that she and I lived in the same town, meant we were soon meeting “in real life” and her humour and clever ways drew me instantly to her.

I sensed that Tara would make a good partner and that together we could bring to life an awesome book of stories and martinis! Her background in Business and Accounting was the perfect match for my lack of knowledge in all things business and number related.

After a few casual meetings, over coffee and cocktails, I dropped my opportunity bomb on Tara. She loved the concept for the book and the idea of working on it together.

5. A New Vocation

It seemed the creation of a book label was the next logical step. Tara’s casual references to “being distracted by squirrels” in her life, due to the effects of her ADHD, coupled with my pre-disposition for martini-making, made Tipsy Squirrel Press the perfect name for our book label.

My 10 year old designed our martini-sipping squirrel logo. Because who needs a graphic designer when you live with a creative dreamer, right?  And that was it, with a logo and plan, we were ready to begin…

6. Collaboration

Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! is our first venture as publishers. And it is my hope that the quality of the writing found within its pages, the deliciousness of the martinis, the quirkiness of its cover (because we all judge books by their covers, right?) and my partnership with Tara that will, hopefully, make this book a welcome addition within its genre. And as for our next book? We’ve got a few ideas on the burner! So stay tuned by following us over at: Tipsy Squirrel Press FB

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 UPDATE

7. Celebration

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00067]The book is here and it is being received so well by readers. We are all proud and confident that the journey is just beginning. Have you ordered your copy yet? Click here for more information.

 

Call for Submissions: Martinis and Motherhood- Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF?!

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Tipsy Squirrel Press

Call for Submissions

Book Title: Martinis and Motherhood – Tales of Wonder, Woe, and WTF?!

General Vibe: One of sisterhood and humour.

Unique Quality: Each story is paired with a customized martini.

Deadline for Submissions: Feb 5th, 2015

Shannon Day, of Martinis and Motherhood, and Tara Wilson, of Don’t Lick the Deck, have teamed up to combine their talents of…drinking and chasing squirrels. Wait that can’t be right…oh yeah, I know what our talents are: celebrating and toasting to our roles as moms! We know that an appreciation for humour, friendship and cocktails, has gotten us to where we are today and we’ve decided that this is the perfect premise for a book…

So, we are currently accepting submissions for our upcoming anthology. This unique collection of stories will make moms howl with laughter, smile with understanding, and be assured that they’re not the only ones who feel like they’re having an out-of-body experience, some days. The book will pair real-life stories of motherhood with simple, and tasty, customized martini recipes and a toast that moms can share with friends and family.

(For examples of the story/martini combination, check out: I Launder Therefore I Am and A Mother’s Journey from Slobbery to Sobbery).

Stories should be between 800-1200 words.  Please include a martini recipe AND a toast, if you are so inclined BUT it’s not mandatory!  A martini (+ toast) can be designed specifically for your story, if it is selected (see the toast format).

The book will be divided into three categories: Wonder, Woe and WTF?! Here is a general description of what we are looking for in each.

Wonder: These are stories that relay a sense of appreciation for your role as a mom. The idea of the Wonder category is to capture and cherish simple moments in motherhood, amidst all the chaos. We are looking for down-to-earth, relatable glimpses into your life, ideally a story that makes readers smile or shed a grateful tear.

You could write about the first time you held your new baby, or how it feels to see your kids helping one another, reassured by their moments of friendship. Or, you might write about the wonders and complexities of your role as a mom or the ways that you’ve changed and grown. Do you have a new definition of love or strength or happiness since the baby came along? Maybe you’ll find inspiration in the wisdom of your child as he/she teaches you about life.

Tell us an uplifting, feel good story that we can all share an appreciative toast to!

Woe: These are stories of times in your life, as a mom, where things didn’t go as planned. The idea of the Woe category is to validate other moms and to make them laugh with the details of your own misfortunes. We are not looking to share truly sad stories but more relatable, down-to-earth, tales of woe– told with humour.

Perhaps your child went through a clingy, screeching, or otherwise challenging phase which interfered with the smooth running of day-to-day life.  Or, maybe you’ve had an altercation with another mom at a playgroup or had to make a quick exit from a grocery store because of your child’s tantrum.  Sleep deprivation has resulted in plenty of tales of woe, so think back to those days, if you can remember them. We’ll brew the coffee if you are still catching up on that sleep!

Tell us a funny story of survival that we can all share a victorious toast to!

WTF?!: These are stories that go beyond the everyday chaos.  They have the potential to happen within any family setting but not everyone will have experienced them, due to their unique nature. The idea of the WTF?! category is to make other moms laugh at the absolute ridiculousness of our unpredictable lives as parents.  You’ll know these moments when you see them.  They’re the times that you start wildly looking around for witnesses, not because you’re afraid someone saw (or maybe you are) but because you’re afraid no one will believe you!  These are the stories that will have readers laughing hysterically and sharing with their friends.

Tell us a crazy story that we can all share a celebratory toast to!

Compensation:

Authors will be paid $100 for each published essay, approximately 3 months following publication, with additional compensation TBD.

Instructions:

Send your submissions to Shannon and Tara at tipsysquirrelpress@gmail.com by February 5th 2015.  Original material is preferred but we might consider previously published pieces (as long as you have the copyright). Please let us know if your story has been previously published. Also, ensure that the subject of your email says SUBMISSION and either Wonder, Woe or WTF?! Your essay, author bio (3-5 sentences), recipe and toast should all be in the body of the email, as well as attached as a Word document.  If you give us a virus, the drinks are on you.