The LAST Snowman — the Book, the Giveaway, and the Pummeling

– Posted in: Children's Books, Elfie, Things To Do with Kids, Worst Mom Giveaways, Worst Mom Reviews
The LAST Snowman

Winter in Reno this year has sucked. While the rest of the country’s been getting pummeled, we’re dry as a bone (see, there’s just no pleasing anyone, is there). Anyway, as a result, not only is our water situation grave, but our winter super happy play land experiences have been what you might call “limited.” [...]

How to Get Your Kid to Clean the Whole House

– Posted in: Chronic Pain, Cleaning, Green Living, Things To Do with Kids, Worst Mom Reviews
Elfie Cleans the stove with Method

Once upon a time, I was a really good housekeeper. You could pretty much eat off of my floors. I did things like clean the refrigerator even if something hadn't spilled in it. I'd wonder to myself how people lived with dirty baseboards. Then I had kids. That was about ten years ago. Coincidentally, also [...]

The Banana Bunker Winners!

– Posted in: Worst Mom Giveaways, Worst Mom Reviews
Giveaway Tools

So the results are in! The Great Banana Hammock -- er Bunker -- Giveaway is over and we have our winners: Ginger Anna Stewart Lynette Email your addresses to, and I'll ship off your loot! By the way, I promised to report back and give you a review of Giveaway Tools ( It worked [...]

How to Teach Kids about Sex: Go See Les Mis and Leave the Kids with Dad

– Posted in: Elfie, Mouths of Babes, Movies, Newt, Parenting, Personal Insanity, Sex, Tenzin, Thank God Your Father's Home, TV, Worrying, Worst Mom Reviews

I went and saw Les Miserables with a girlfriend the other night. It was an amazing movie, but for some reason, I still feel like I could just nitpick it to pieces. I'm starting to think this could be my calling -- professional life nitpicker. Too bad I can't get someone to pay me for that... [...]

Personalized Kid’s Book Giveaway: “Find Me If You Can”

– Posted in: Children's Books, Shopping Hell, Things To Do with Kids, Worst Mom Giveaways, Worst Mom Reviews
Find Me If You Can

I'm been wanting to show this to you guys, but after the events in Newtown, well, I don't think anyone's life has stayed on schedule. So this is basically a Where's Waldo book that you can personalize. You send in a photo, and then your child gets to find himself/herself among other children's faces on [...]