It’s been three weeks since I wrote a recap post or sent out my weekly newsletter. I’ve got a good excuse though! We were on Spring Break. Mazzy and Harlow had two weeks off, so we decided to make the most of them by skiing in Lake Tahoe and hiking in Yosemite. If you weren’t following along on my Instagram account, don’t worry— complete itinerary posts are in the works! The reason we chose Lake Tahoe was because my stepbrother is currently living there with his family for six months. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to ski somewhere new! I know many of you were surprised to learn I have a stepbrother, so I wrote more about my extended family here.

When we got back, I had to immediately think of April Fool’s Day jokes. So much pressure since I got my kids really good the last couple of years, and this year, they were waiting for me! I had to be extra clever. You can read all about the pranks I played here. 

While I was away, I started to share some stuff from new contributors, including this hilarious tale of survival from my friend Lindsey. What exactly did she survive? The viral Amazon jacket that spread across New York City, targeting moms like the plague. Then, for Reading Wednesday, I shared a guest post from Julie, the author of My First Book of Feminism for Boys, which explains why it’s never too early to introduce your sons to the idea of gender equality. There was also a post from Hannah, a member of the Remarkably Average Parents facebook group, who wrote some advice on how to do your own taxes without hating every second of it. I promise— it’s way more entertaining than it sounds!

Let’s move on over to Instagram. If you haven’t noticed, I finally changed the handle of insta2yearold to @mommyshortssquad. Thank you all for the amazing response so far! Now, that I’ve been posting on there for a few weeks, hopefully, you can see my vision for the new account. I think of it as the same Mommy Shorts sensibility (remarkably average parenting, girl power, forward thinking politics) with less about my family personally. I want it to be a place to feature other voices, members of our remarkably average community, and important parenting topics that I don’t feel comfortable putting my kids’ faces on. If you are not already following, what are you waiting for??? COME ON BOARD.

Over on @averageparentproblems, I posted one mom’s thoughts about how isolating new motherhood can be and it must have resonated with a lot of people, because it turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever shared on that account. Do yourself a favor and give it a read. Then let your spouses read it too. It’s so important.

In other news… I was a guest on a podcast! It’s called My Social Life and it’s done by two twenty-something guys from Canada. I was the only mom they interviewed. No, they did not interview me about motherhood; they wanted me to talk about the business of influencing— how I started Mommy Shorts, taking on brand partnerships, and how the industry has changed. You know what’s funny? I feel like way more of an expert when I talk about that stuff than when I talk about parenting! You can listen here.

Speaking of podcasts, do you listen to them? Would you listen if I started one? What would you want me to talk about? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

On Tuesday, I went down to Greenville, South Carolina to test drive some cars with Michelin tires. It sounds bizarre, but it was actually both hilarious and informative, and I have gotten the best response to my instagram story, with people saying it was the best story I have ever done. Ha! Who would have thought?! If you haven’t already, go watch my Michelin story highlight. You won’t regret it!

Speaking of sponsored stuff, it is SUPER HELPFUL if you guys give a “heart” to my sponsored pics on Instagram. Seriously, it is the easiest way to support the bloggers you love to follow. With that in mind, go like this pic, this pic and this pic to show me some support!

One last thing. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I have a few gift suggestions:

1) The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting

2) The Mommy Shorts Tote

3) The Remarkably Average Mug

That’s it. Enjoy your weekend!