I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone, and I bet you do, too.

I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone featuring JD Bailey of Honest Mom is on sale now!What do you do when your original anthology becomes both a #1 best seller and a New York Times best seller?

You release a follow-up!

Last year I contributed an essay to a book called I Just Want to Pee Alone. I knew it would do well because of the amazing ladies who contributed to it, and because of Jen Mann, the powerhouse editor behind it. But holy crap, I never expected it to be on a NY Times best seller list! Thank you so much to everyone who bought it. All the authors are eternally grateful and we hope we made you laugh!

Now I’m thrilled to announce that the follow-up book, I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone, is officially on sale today, and you can even get a signed copy from me!

But what’s the book all about? Oh, I’m so glad you asked.

I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone is a collection of hilarious and heartwarming essays from 40 of the most kick-ass mom bloggers on the web. Jen Mann hand picked each blogger in this book and you won’t be disappointed (some, like me, are in the original “Pee Alone.”) You will laugh, you will cry, and you will want to share this book with every mom who is in the trenches with you. Parenting is hard. Isn’t it nice to know you’re not alone?

Read awesome essays like:

It’s Not Pee. It’s You.
Open Letter to My Daughter: My Mother was Right and You Should Think I Am, Too.
And Then God Laughed
Flames, Knives, and Fear: A Family Dinner
Let’s Piss Off the Babies
Sometimes Drugs Are What You Need to Get Through Motherhood. And That’s Totally Okay. (that’s mine!)

My essay is (perhaps unsurprisingly) one of the heartwarming ones. It’s about postpartum depression and how I recovered from it. I’m so excited to reach a new group of moms out there through this book, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

So how do you get your copy of I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone?

Buy a signed copy from me: I’ll send you a signed copy for $12.99, which covers the cost of the book, shipping, and my oh-so-valuable signature. Just email me at jd@honestmom.com and tell me exactly who to dedicate the book to and where to send it, and we’ll take it from there. (All payments must be sent via PayPal.)

Buy your copy online: You can get the book on Amazon in paperback or for Kindle, on iTunes, or on Barnes & Noble.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for being an Honest Mom reader, and I hope you enjoy I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone!

PS: I’m serious when I say I still want to pee alone. My kids are 9 and 6, and yet I rarely get to pee in peace. Will this ever change? WILL IT?

PPS: Check out the book’s contributors!

Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat
Bethany Kriger Thies of Bad Parenting Moments
Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying
Alyson Herzig of The Shitastrophy
JD Bailey of Honest Mom
Kathryn Leehane of Foxy Wine Pocket
Suzanne Fleet of Toulouse and Tonic
Nicole Leigh Shaw of Nicole Leigh Shaw, Tyop Aretist
Meredith Spidel of The Mom of the Year
Rebecca Gallagher of Frugalista Blog
Rita Templeton of Fighting off Frumpy
Darcy Perdu of So Then Stories
Christine Burke of Keeper of The Fruit Loops
Amy Flory of Funny Is Family
Robyn Welling of Hollow Tree Ventures
Sarah del Rio of est. 1975
Amanda Mushro of Questionable Choices in Parenting
Jennifer Hicks of Real Life Parenting
Courtney Fitzgerald of Our Small Moments
Lola Lolita of Sammiches and Psych Meds
Victoria Fedden of Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds
Keesha Beckford of Mom’s New Stage
Stacia Ellermeier of Dried-on Milk
Ashley Allen of Big Top Family
Meredith Bland of Pile of Babies
Harmony Hobbs of Modern Mommy Madness
Janel Mills of 649.133: Girls, the Care and Maintenance Of
Kim Forde of The Fordeville Diaries
Stacey Gill of One Funny Motha
Beth Caldwell of The Cult of Perfect Motherhood
Sarah Cottrell of Housewife Plus
Michelle Back of Mommy Back Talk
Tracy Sano of Tracy on the Rocks
Linda Roy of elleroy was here
Michelle Poston Combs of Rubber Shoes In Hell
Susan Lee Maccarelli of Pecked To Death By Chickens
Vicki Lesage of Life, Love, and Sarcasm in Paris
Kris Amels of Why, Mommy?
Mackenzie Cheeseman of Is there cheese in it?
Tracy DeBlois of Orange & Silver

If moms had their own Valentine’s Day candy conversation hearts…

candy conversations hearts for moms

Valentine’s Day is a big deal in this house. Well, at least for those of us under the age of 9. My girls have been working on valentines for a few weeks now. Which means the play area looks like an arts and crafts bomb went off. Awesome. Glitter4ever, right? More like vacuum and sweep 4ever for me, but that’s a small sacrifice my girls are willing to make.

And now the girls are constantly reminding me that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and they can’t wait to see ALL THE STUFF they’re going to get. Candy, doodads, and trinkets that could fill twenty birthday party goody bags. I’m so psyched! Because we all know how I feel about birthday party goody bags. They’re my favorite. Actually, what’s my favorite is hiding all the crappy crap they get until they forget about it, then unceremoniously tossing it.

I sound like the Valentine’s Day Scrooge, don’t I? I think I’d be more excited about it if a genius marketer out there would make some candy especially for moms like me. I mean, if Hubs comes home with Godiva chocolates for me to devour – er, for us to share – I won’t turn those down. But it would be nice to see some tasty candy made especially for hardworking moms. Candy that really gets at what we want. Candy that would help us drop some not-so-subtle hints to our spouses and offspring.

Maybe something like these candy conversations hearts. I could dole these out to the Hubs with a smile:

Funny candy conversation hearts moms want to give their husbands

And we can’t forget the kiddies!

Funny candy conversation hearts moms want to give their kids

Notice I did sneak in a couple sweet sayings. Because even though my ideal candies would be heavy on the snark, in the end I love the Hubs and my kiddos to pieces.

Now who can make this idea happen for me for Valentine’s Day 2016? Hmmmm?

If you could write your own conversation hearts for your kids or spouse, what would they say?

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12 Signs It’s Fall in Your Little Slice of Suburban Heaven

12 signs of fall in suburbia

It’s finally fall here in New England. It’s a fickle season, isn’t it? One day it’s a sunscreen day, the next day it’s 45 degrees and raining. Fall isn’t exactly consistent around here, but as sure as the changing leaves on the trees and the pumpkin spice latte in your hand, you’re bound to see and experience these autumnal treasures. Ahem.

1. As a result of overenthusiastic apple picking, you have 17 apples sitting in the fridge and 15 more sitting on the counter. You tell yourself you’ll make pies. You never do.

2. Right after you go through the chore of packing away your warm-weather clothes, there is a week of 75 degree weather.

3. The Christmas decorations start filling the shelves at Target before you’ve even bought a single pumpkin.

4. You’re woken up at 7:30am on a Saturday by your neighbor’s leafblower, lawnmower, or rooster (damn you, suburban chicken coop trend).

5. While waiting in line at the coffee shop, you spend way too much time debating in your head whether it’s a “care-a-mel” or a “car-mel” latte.

6. The prospect of an extra hour of sleep from “Fall Back” makes you giddy with excitement.

7. Two words: Pumpkin beer.

8. Your husband always seems to be protesting, “But honey! The Game is on!” And you always seem to be rolling your eyes and handing him a basket of laundry to fold anyway.

9. Your neighborhood is decorated with warring political signs, which leads to some less-than-neighborly moments at the monthly ladies’ bunco night.

10. On the day after Thanksgiving at 7am, your overachieving neighbor is trashing the pumpkin paraphernalia and putting up the Christmas lights.

11. Meanwhile, your underachieving neighbor is taking down her hanging planters filled with brown, frost-bitten flowers and removing her “Welcome, Spring!” house flag.

12. But on the day that you decide to take down the fall decor? It snows.

What would you add to the list?

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