Surviving the Holidays: Scary Mommy Style

Surviving the Holidays: Scary Mommy Style

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Less than a month away is Christmas. I’m already shopping to try to get ahead of all of the crazy, but my heart, mind, body, and soul are already feeling the stress. Whose house do we go to on what day? What time will we need to get there? Will the kids have had their naps? Will they behave!?

No matter what we do, the holidays add unwanted stress. It feels wrong, right? The holidays — all of them — should be filled with love, laughter, and peace. But if you’re a parent, you know that’s really just a pipe dream.

If you’re feeling like I’m feeling, and you need to feel like you aren’t completely alone, it’s time to get your copy of Jill Smokler’s Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.


From start to finish, this book has something for everyone. Whether you are planning to stay in for Thanksgiving or having to haul your gaggle of children kicking and screaming to Aunt Beulah’s, you’ll be able to relate to these stories. Frozen turkeys, eating in the garage, passive aggressive mother-in-laws: it’s all there.

Sprinkled in are great recipes. Need a good seasonal cocktail? Sharon Green has some ideas for you. Want to show off with scrumptious Molasses Cookies? Jessica Griffin from The Dalai Mama has the answer.

My favorite piece – or rather the one that stuck with me most – was “The Pros and Cons of Having a Baby Right Before Thanksgiving” by Alice Gomstyn from Mildly Inappropriate Mommy.

After Thanksgiving, the book moves on to Christmas and Hanukkah. Stories that are hilarious (be sure to check out Jennifer Weedon Palazzo’s “Faking It in the Kitchen“), candid, and sometimes poignant kept me turning the pages (or pressing the iPad screen) to see what happened to the next writer.

If you’re looking for a book that is an easy read but is totally relatable, then The Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays is the perfect fit. Be sure to get your copy today!

I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my review. There was no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

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