Review: Lose the Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!)

When I became pregnant with my first child at the age of 35, I wanted to do everything right. I instantly gave up coffee and alcohol and went to the parenting section of the bookstore to buy my first parenting book. And you know what? I don’t even remember the name of the book I bought. Once my child was born, all the advice I read in those parenting books went right out the window. I wondered; even though the authors of these books have a lot of letters behind their names and fancy credentials, have they actually raised children of their own?

Just as I learned how to teach from actually being in the classroom, I learned how to parent by actually becoming a parent. That’s why Lose The Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!) is such a refreshing book about parenting. Every single contributor is a parent who has also learned lessons by actually raising a child (or two or three)! They share their hilarious stories about doing the things they said they would never do before they had kids.


Lose The Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!) starts off with a bang when Karen Johnson confesses her many downfalls as a parent. Never would she ever let her kids sit in front of a screen all day, never would she ever be a moody mother, and never would her kids have a tantrum in public…well, let’s just say once she had children that ship sailed far, far away.

My idea of meal planning is having a pantry stocked with basics for the casseroles I make regularly, and making sure there is milk in the fridge and meat in the freezer. Which is why I totally relate to “The Fantasies and Realities of Motherhood from a Recovering Idealist” by Jennifer Collins. She writes, “And I have no idea what is for dinner tonight.” Neither do I, Jennifer, neither do I!

I love Tandra Wilkerson‘s description of parenting in ‘true “rock-star” style’ in her story, “Dirty Perfection.” “No, not the fun, rocking-out-on-stage-with-devoted-fans rock stars. The other type. The behind-the-scenes, after the after-party, hung-over-barely-making-it-just-trying-to-get-through-the-next-moment-without-vomiting-or-passing-out type.”

There are so many other fun stories in this book, such as “Fugitive Mom” by Andrea Isiminger, and there are touching stories as well, such as “The Unexpected Journey to Spirituality” by Nichole Cancellare and “Use the Full Box of Crayons” by Melodic Rose. But I can’t tell you about all the stories in this book. You’ll have to read them for yourself!

You can find Lose The Cape: Never Will I Ever (and then I had kids!) on Amazon, and you can also follow Lose the Cape on Facebook at Thanks to editors Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera for bringing together these amazing contributors. This is one parenting book you’ll be glad to read!




Word Junkie

Put words in front of me, and I’ll read them. I’m a serial cereal box reader! I’ll read recipes that I have no intention of making. There’s a section of the highway that skirts around Chicago that is very dangerous for me to drive on because there are too many billboards. I have to consciously keep my eyes on the road and not read all the advertising!

On one of those cold, snowy days this past winter, I struck up a conversation with another woman at the gym. We talked like strangers do about the weather; about how I couldn’t wait to stop wearing my snow boots to the gym or something like that. As we talked, she revealed that she worked from home as a writer. Obviously, this peaked my interest and I asked her more questions! I found out that she knows my other writer friend, A.J. Cattapan, and that she wrote a book that A.J. mentioned on Facebook!

Of course, now I just had to have her book, so I ordered it from Amazon and finally had time to read it last week. It is the perfect summer read! Romance, women’s rights, faith and friendship, all wrapped up in one book! You can read more about Pamela S. Meyers on her website,, and check out more of her writing. Don’t you just love coincidences and small world meetings like this?

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What’s on your summer reading list? Share good books you have read, books you want to read, your favorite blogs, and magazines you love to page through. Are romances your guilty pleasure? Would you love to sit down with a great sci-fi read? Share your reading loves, and get the rest of us excited about reading!

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Next week: Routines

Now that school is out for the summer, I need new routines for my daughters and myself! What are we going to do with ourselves ALL DAY LONG? Do you have a morning routine? A summer routine? A retirement routine? Or are you spontaneous and throw routines out the window? Share your routine or lack of routine with us!

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