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  1. 4/23/2014
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    I just had one of those days just yesterday and probably why I loved being able to contribute to this book, too. But yes I can relate and then some. And loved seeing Jen be interviewed her today and cant thank her enough for sharing her Mac and Cheese recipe, too!! :)

    • 4/23/2014
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      Yes, unfortunately that was written from my own very recent meltdown. It was awful – lesson learned.

  2. Now I want some healthy mac and cheese! And that possum story – wow. I had a similar one as a kid.
    We can definitely still be friends because I’m often still in my pajamas (or already in my pajamas?) at 5:00 pm.

    • 4/23/2014
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      Hee hee, I was thinking – do I clarify that I’m probably STILL in my pjs? Happens more often than I care to admit!

  3. Love Jen Kehl, so was so happy to see her interviewed here today! She rocks! And honestly, any mother who says they have not had a meltdown is lying. I certainly know of many of my own that make the heat instantly rise to my face in embarrassment! Great post! :)-Ashley

    • 4/23/2014
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      I am just thankful they happen in the privacy of my own home. And that they don’t happen all the time. Just some of the time. **grace** and **deep breaths**

  4. 4/23/2014
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    5pm in my pajamas nursing a cold coffee, that’s me! Jen, that mac and cheese sounds delicious!

    Love this post!

    • 4/23/2014
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      I knew I couldn’t be alone w/the cold coffee thing! Or the pj thing!

  5. themomcafe
    4/23/2014
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    I LOVE all of this Stephanie!!!! Girl, I am SO with you on all of it! I love Jen- and of course I LOVE the book!!! Thank you so so much for your precious support!!! I just lost it on my 8 year old this morning… flying to school LATE to run the school store (EVERY week I curse the day I volunteered for this gig) and my son realizes he FORGOT his backpack…and lunch…

    Need I say more?

    • 4/23/2014
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      Chris I have a backpack in my car right now that was left behind after I chased the bus into the next neighborhood beeping the horn and flashing my lights. You’d think a bus driver would be more observant. You’d think my kids would remember the important stuff!

  6. Do I ever have one of those days? The question should really be, do I ever NOT have one of those days?!

    Of course, I LOVE The Mother of All Meltdowns and not just because I’m in it. It’s now my go-to gift for mamas-to-be, friends, and strangers on the street!

    • 4/23/2014
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      LOL, it is a great gift even for teens – its eye opening!

  7. 4/23/2014
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    I think I’m changing dinner tomorrow night and making that mac and cheese… who cares if the Rooster doesn’t like hotdogs… And you know… you have an open invite to share your tween/teen stories with the Ten to Twenty readers… #justsayin…

    • 4/23/2014
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      Thank you Kristen! I’d love that. I never thought of making mac & cheese w/the pasta water – definitely worth a try. It’s got to be better for us than half ‘n half.

  8. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons
    4/23/2014
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    Love the interview! Thanks so much for the great review(s)!

  9. 4/23/2014
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    You are so right about older children – they don’t let you forget a meltdown. It’s often, “Remember that time when Mom….” No story that starts like that can be good.

    Thanks for being such an awesome supporter of our book, Stephanie. I hope you win something in the giveaway!

    • 4/23/2014
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      They don’t forget…and they know all our buttons. No wonder I enjoy a glass of wine after they’re in bed.

  10. 4/23/2014
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    Last night I said, to no one in particular, I’m going to shoot myself. Isaiah said, “But then who would clean up the blood?”
    That sums it up, don’t you think?
    This is a great post, we really aren’t perfect but we are the perfect moms we need to be. Thank you so much, this was great! I hope everyone likes the mac and cheese!

    • 4/23/2014
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      That totally sums it up. They appreciate us but not always in the way we’d like. Thank you for being willing to answer my questions and be a part of this. It was a lot of fun putting this whole thing together.

  11. Loved reading the interview with Jen! And I’ll be back for Kristen’s.
    But I have no idea what you are talking about. I never yell, or lose it. Oh wait, you know me in real life. Hahaha.
    Thanks for reviewing our book and sharing our Mom’s Day giveaway! Someone is going to be very happy this Mother’s Day!

    • 4/24/2014
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      You mean me. I’m going to be very happy in Ojai this Mother’s Day.

      And it is my pleasure – I wouldn’t write about it if I didn’t love it.

  12. April G
    4/24/2014
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    I’ve had more and more of those days lately. Feeling chaotic. Kids driving me crazy. I think it happens more when I don’t feel productive. Or my day doesn’t go as planned like yesterday. Forgot to put something on my calendar, and it pretty much cost me the whole day. :( I loved Mother of All Meltdowns! Made me feel less alone.

    • 4/24/2014
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      I totally hear you. I think it happens more to me when I don’t feel productive as well – I’m really mad at myself but I’m short with the kiddos as a result. And I’d really look like a whacko if I started yelling at myself. (That might be a way funnier story though, huh?) I’m glad you stopped today April! Thank you.

  13. 4/24/2014
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    I was at a school meeting last night and I mentioned something about my boys fighting at the dinner table. Some lady said something like, “only at your house, of course” and I wanted to punch her. Or throw a copy of this book at her, anyway! Geez, people! If your kids don’t fight, you’re lying or there’s something else wrong!

    • 4/24/2014
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      Don’t you hate that? You know it’s not “only at your house.” If it were, there would not be this widespread knowledge of how kids fight! Gimme a break. If you do end up punching her will you please share the story? That would be one heck of a meltdown. :-)

  14. 4/24/2014
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    Oh girl, I am so with ya! Of course my jammies are generally shorts and a tee, and while I don’t do coffee, I am on a luke warm Mtn Dew by this time! That Mac and Cheese sounds wonderful, I sure do wish my kids would eat it. :) Lil miss doesn’t like melted cheese and lil man won’t touch veggies…crazy kids! Hope you are having a great week!

    • 4/24/2014
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      I don’t understand. How can anyone not like melted cheese. OMGoodness! That melted my brain just a little bit!

  15. April Mirabito
    4/24/2014
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    See, my imperfection is worth keeping if it’s one of the prerequisites of our friendship!! I knew I was keeping it around for something….my favorite (?!) meltdown has to be the day I was speeding out of my driveway to get my kids to school on time (or 10 minutes late more likely) while my husband and his brother were in Denver (saying their final farewell to their mother who was dying) and I proceeded to ignore my SCREAMING back up sensor and plow into the side of my brother-in-law’s Mercedes. It was the first time my kids heard (note: ‘heard’) me utter (YELL) the ‘f’ word. Ugh.

    On a happier note, I always enjoy seeing Jen’s Twisted Mix Tape lists via your suggestion :-) and that Puppy video her son did is h-I-l-a-r-I-o-u-s!!!

    • 4/24/2014
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      I know, it is such a funny video. I think that is why Ella jumped out of the car though, I probably should have monitored it better but it’s not like she hasn’t heard that word – I think it was the licking. (Omgoodness, I am laughing at my own comment.)

      Anyway, I would have lost it over the Mercedes, too. Afterward you handled it very well, if that makes you feel any better. And now your kids aren’t shocked when they hear me speak (anymore.)

  16. 4/25/2014
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    I should really be getting a copy of that book. And I love how moms like you recognize that no mother is perfect and that we all have our meltdowns. :) I’m learning to accept that everyday.

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