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Dear Hostess with the Mostest

We all know one.  The picture perfect version of what a mom is “supposed to be”.  So, why is it that so many of us have a hard time relating to ‘that’ mom?  Here’s Gabrielle, from the iFamily Mom Squad with the question we all want to ask… “Have you ever made an adult version of that party punch?”


Dear Hostess with the Mostest:

Those cupcakes you made for your daughter’s birthday were divine, and you decorated them perfectly.  Who would have ever thought to arrange all the cupcakes in the shape of a tiara?  Everything was picture perfect.  You are so effortlessly creative.  I have no idea how you manage to pull all these ideas together.   I would  ask you what your secret is, but I have a secret of my own.  My secret is that I don’t care.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love attending your parties.  Your “party punch” is legendary .  The food is always delicious, and the decorations make all your guests feel like royalty.  The truth is, I could never be the hostess that you are.  The truth is I would never try.

I have a Pinterest account, but I’ve never attempted a single thing on any of the 5 personalized boards I’ve created.  I have seen pictures of those epic Pinterest fails, and I truly believe I could top every single one of them.   I see a soufflé that didn’t quite rise, and I think, “That’s still  better than the premixed cookie dough that I burned to a crisp last month.”

I did not get the baking gene, or the decorating gene.( I do, however, make a decent party punch.) I am more than happy to have all of my  parties catered by the closest pizza chain.  Our cupcakes come from the bakery at our favorite grocery store and if I buy any decorations at all, they are probably coming from the dollar store around the corner.

Because our kids are the same age, we will probably be touring the birthday circuit together.  I appreciate your attention to detail at your own kid’s party, but please don’t point out that the race car birthday banner doesn’t really match the ninja- themed plates at someone else’s party.  Instead, just try to enjoy your lukewarm pizza served on plain white Styrofoam and the not quite cold soda served in the matching cup.  The birthday parties are for the kids, and if we put enough ketchup on the Styrofoam, they’d eat that and be happy, as long as they are with their friends.

Friends is the operative word here.  We all want to be friends with you…and not just so we can have your award-winning chicken salad at the next party.  There should be more to our relationship than critiquing each other’s party themes and recipe ideas, but there is one recipe all of us have been wanting to ask you about…

Have you ever made an adult version of that party punch?


Pizza Party Moms everywhere


Raising Children Funny Quotes

Raising Children Funny quotes
Stephanie Falcone

Raising a child can be a number of things. Fun, exciting, exhausting, worrisome, loud, heartwarming, dramatic, dysfunctional, delightful, expensive, perfect… the list goes on. There are days you ache to throw in the towel and other days you’d give anything to hold them forever and never let them slip out of your hands. All in all, raising a child is a blessing.

Raising Children

Here are a handful of quotes on raising children to remind you of the irreplaceable memories you make along the way. It’s funny how many you can relate to… Enjoy!


You try your hardest to raise your teenagers with patience, honesty and good manners, but they still end up being like you.

Imagination is something that sits up with dad and mom the first time their teenager stays out late.

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. – Franklin P. Jones

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they are going.- P.J O’Rourke

There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you. – Ann Diehl

Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half — especially if he has a teenage daughter. – Guy Lombardo

A scout troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like schmucks following a big schmuck dressed like a kid. – Jack Benny

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they’re finished,
I climb out. – Erma Bombeck

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned how to dance, waiting in line for the
bathroom. – Bob Hope

Smiling Kids Raising Children