As a kid, I spent large amounts of time daydreaming. It wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I realized not all people have stories, characters, and conversations going on in their heads at all times. I even had imaginary friends named Junie, Rabie, and Aprica who went on many adventures I created in my head. I liked them more than real people, probably because I could boss them around. And they weren’t bound by the laws of physics (you know, being as they were imaginary and all.)
Somewhere along the way I learned to take the stories in my head and put them on paper. In 2007, I started a blog so I could share my tales of hard-earned wisdom and parenting advice with the world. “The world” consisted of my mom, sister, and a couple friends who read my blog regularly. That all changed when I auctioned a pack of Pokémon cards on eBay. In the description, instead of writing about the actual cards, I wrote a funny story about grocery shopping with six kids. The auction went viral. Thousands of people emailed me, asking if I’d written anything else. I directed them to my blog and ended up going from about ten readers a day to nearly a hundred thousand daily readers overnight. My blog, BecauseISaidSo.com, sky-rocketed to become one of the most popular mommy blogs on the net.
The success of my blog awarded me a publishing contract with Guideposts who printed my book Because I Said So (and other tales from a less-than-perfect parent) in April, 2009. In November, 2010, Simon and Schuster published my second book You’ll Lose the Baby Weight (and other lies about pregnancy and childbirth). Simon and Schuster also published an updated version of Because I Said So (and other tales from a less-than-perfect parent) in July, 2011. Currently, I’m doing research for my new book. “Doing research” is my way of saying, “Thinking about writing another book despite the fact I haven’t written a single word because I’m too busy trying to invent a cloning device, a teleportation machine, and a coffee IV.”
These days I’m a single mom to six kiddos living in the Florida sunshine where I practice my juggling skills daily. On any given day, I can be found working in a middle school, writing for Babble.com, taking one child to cheerleading practice, dropping off another at a work, making dinner, going to the grocery store, running away from cockroaches the size of Buicks, paying the bills, kissing a boo-boo, reading a bedtime story, cleaning up muddy footprints, folding laundry, taking a child to the ER, drinking large quantities of wine, and explaining to my kids why they can’t have an indoor Slip ‘N Slide or a pet squirrel.