Mommy bloggers hit it big with boozy book
‘Reasons Mommy Drinks’ a fun and comedic coping mechanism
Before rushing to judge, it is important to note that the new book Reasons Mommy Drinks is not a how-to tome on boozing your way through parenthood, according to the book’s Toronto authors, Fiona Stevenson and Lyranda Martin-Evans, but more of a catchphrase when speaking of the challenges facing first-time moms at home on maternity leave.
“The idea itself, it sort of came in a bit of a metaphor, when you’re having a terrible day or something’s really challenging and that expression of ‘I need a drink,’ ” says Stevenson.
The lifelong friends met while attending North Toronto Collegiate and went on to do improv at Second City before moving on to careers in advertising. They also happened to have their first children just four months apart.
The dynamic duo launched a blog as a way to keep their creative muscles in shape while at home with their kids, and it was a hit.
“So just giving people the opportunity to laugh together and come together on those, sort of, common experiences of motherhood is what we wanted to do,” says Stevenson.
The book follows the blog’s format, using those brief snippets of experience — the struggle of putting your kid to bed, wondering why your child is obsessed with danger and dealing with gruelling meltdowns — followed by a fitting drink, whether it be a cocktail or giant caffeinated beverage, to soothe that particular struggle.
It’s also written in chronological order from the baby shower through to when the child is 18 months old.
“We really wanted to chronicle that journey in a lighthearted, fun way that gives moms relief,” says Martin-Evans.
Writing the book happened after the duo returned to work. So, like modern working women, they juggled their demanding jobs, growing toddlers, home life and crafting 224 pages of new mom experience.
Reliving some of those early memories became comedic relief for the writers, and in turn they hope the book does the same for their readers.
“It has the disaster scenarios, but with levity,” says Martin-Evans. “It does get kind of snappy and emotional at times. It does get hard, and then suddenly it’s all a blur and there’s this toddler. So there are many emotions. There’s a real heartfelt honesty in it.”
The blog was their mat-leave indulgence, and though it’s now being passed on in book form, it will continue online. “We want to be that guilty pleasure,” says Stevenson. The book also includes 100 drink recipes … just in case.
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