Mommy blog­gers hit it big with boozy book

‘Rea­sons Mommy Drinks’ a fun and comedic cop­ing mech­a­nism

Richmond Hill Post - - Books - By Michelle Singer­man

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.

Lo­cal au­thors par­layed the suc­cess of their blog into a book deal

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