The Mother of All Meltdowns is One (and $0.99 today)! #MOAM

The Mother of All Meltdowns is turning 1

It seems like just yesterday I was telling you about my very first book, The Mother of All MeltdownsAlong with 29 other amazing writers and moms, I shared my worst moment as a mother. The one where I cried, yelled and swore at my kids after a daycare pickup gone wrong.

Yeah. That one. I try not to think about it too much. (And, who am I kidding, I’ve had a few meltdowns since the book came out.)

Moms are human, though we’re often expected to be superhuman. We do our best. At the end of the day if our kids are happy, somewhat well-adjusted and know they are loved, we’ve done our job.

The most important thing to remember as a mother is you are not alone. We all have our crazy meltdown stories, whether we admit it or not.


A lot has happened in a year. My kids are both in school, so they are no longer in daycare. Heck, I don’t even have the same name.

Reflecting back on my experience with this book, I think what I’ve most enjoyed about being involved with it is the community that it has created. We, as contributors, became great friends and supporters of each other in parenting, blogging and life.

Those that read our stories – whether they laughed, cried or cringed – could relate deeply with at least one of our tales. Hearing people tell me their own crazy daycare / meltdown stories erased any anxiety over sharing my bad mothering moment.

It’s the book that reveals the reality of mothering, the less than angelic side. If you haven’t read it already (what????), you can download it today (October 20) for just $0.99. Get it for all the mothers in your life. I promise she will relate. It’s the perfect gift for expecting moms. It may also serve as birth control for those women without children. (I’ve also been told that men enjoy it as well!)

I leave you with an author’s Q & A I did last November with Stephanie over at the When Crazy Meets Exhaustion blog.

Do you have a good meltdown story?

(not really) Wordless Wednesday: Clash of the Couples Cover Reveal

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I’m cheating a bit on this “wordless” Wednesday by sharing some info on the follow up to the Mother of All Meltdowns. 

I mean, I couldn’t just leave you with the reveal of the cover without some information about the book.

It’s a book that I chose not to submit a story to because, well, when you are going through a divorce, writing a humorous story about relationships isn’t exactly top of mind.

What is Clash of the Couples all about? Funny you should ask.

Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the yin-yang. Life was glorious until the bare-bottomed babe could no longer resist temptation. Despite her better half’s warnings and threats to sleep in a tree, she tasted the forbidden fruit. One bite of that seductive, juicy contraband and the stage was set for eternity— a nibble that has blossomed into an endless supply of tiny tidbits that divide lovers to this day!

Taking a cue from the naked explorers of authentic sin, Clash of the Couples is a new anthology featuring a collection of completely absurd lovers’ squabbles and relationship spats. Think couples fight over kids, sex, and money? Think again! Furniture, the last beer, and where to store the placenta are what genuinely ignite our feuds. And no argument is off limits. This book has it all!

Inside you’ll find a gut-busting compilation of stories such as: “I Can’t Believe You Ate My Sandwich,” “Never Assume Anything,” “Only I Can Talk About Me,” and “You Want Some College Boobs?” from forty-three fearless writers. Prepare to laugh, roll your eyes, and shiver in suspense. While Eve may have had the first bite, we ate the whole tree. And made pies.

Published by Blue Lobster Book Co. (Maine based!), Clash of the Couples launches loudly and obnoxiously on November 3, 2014. You’ll hear us coming, but look for it on Amazon, B&N, Apple, and other places where you typically buy books. For instant updates, follow along on Facebook!

While I haven’t read the book yet, I am very much looking forward to it. I know many of the authors in this anthology, and there are four from the state of Maine! Here’s the lineup (which also includes dudes this time!):

Philanthropy Friday: Making Miracles for Kids During the #MiracleMarathon

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

This post was made possible through the support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All opinions are my own.

miraclemarathonswagA few weeks ago, I shared with you that I am a lead blogger for the upcoming #MiracleMarathon. The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure.

As you can see from the above picture, I received my package in the mail from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’m all set to support the EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Bangor, Maine through my team, Maine Miracles.

As a reminder of how the #MiracleMarathon works, the first 26 days of the “marathon” are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. As my contact, Kelly Pearson, at EMHS noted, hula-hooping down the hall counts! On Day 27 (October 12th), the final 1.2 miles will be started as a “group” at 2:27 pm EST. Those last 1.2 miles is for the kids, of course.

Day 1 is on Tuesday, September 16th. If you join, you will also get a fun kit that includes a pedometer to keep track of your distance and a handy magnet you can check off the days as you complete them. Participants are also encouraged to $272, or $10 per mile via your own fundraising page. (I started mine off with a $50 donation, but could use some support! Hint, hint.)

So why should you support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? Besides the fact that the #MiracleMarathon is way more fun and convenient than running an actual marathon (holy training!), the funds that are raised during these 27 days will go a long way.

After talking with Kelly at EMHS in Bangor, I learned that while the network of hospitals is national, at 170 hospitals strong, the money stays in local communities. Many of us may recognize the hot air balloon logo – I’ve put my name on one at Rite Aid after a quick donation at the register – but not many realize that the money helps fund a good amount of equipment and other items necessary for the hospitals.

These aren’t wishes or direct to patient dollars. Funds help pay for new therapies a rehab specialist needs to care for a child or items needed to care for the tiniest newborns to 19-year-old patients. Money raised also helps continuing education for nurses, doctors and child life specialists, a critical piece that helps keep quality care for kids close to home so families aren’t forced to travel to larger hospitals further away.

Here’s a great image (click to enlarge) with some more info on why donations to the Miracle Marathon (and to EMHS in Bangor, in particular) really is for the kids.

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Kelly told me more about that little boy Noah. His parents instilled in him a level of gratitude for all those that helped him in his journey when he was sick. He understands that anyone can get the virus he had and his experience makes him want to give back. He held his own carnival that raised $2,000 last year. He’s launching a new fundraiser in October called “nickels for Noah” where he will be competing against his 9-year old cousin to raise funds. How cool is that?

Who’s with me? I would love for you to join my team, Maine Miracles, or you can support another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital closer to you via the Miracle Marathon website. Use my special code MiracleJennifer to get a 10% discount off registration.

It’s a fun way to stay active this fall and raise some funds and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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