You get Janet Frongillo’s debut book, Mommy Mixology – A Cocktail for Every Calamity.
Janet’s motto is don’t be a mommy martyr, take time to relax and enjoy yourself because you deserve it.
Mommy Mixology is a fun mix of laugh-out-loud parenting anecdotes from conception through kindergarten – each with an accompanying cocktail recipe.
My personal favorites are the “Emergentini…because on the parenting scale of frightening stuff, there’s nothing scarier than a trip to the emergency room. Shake vigorously. (Or just hold it-you’ll be shaking anyway!)”
And, the salute to the involuntary loss of IQ points that having a baby brings in the form of the “Banana Baby Brain” – a delicious blend of coconut rum, lime juice, sugar and banana for sipping while watching the Jersey housewives.
Move over Dr. Spock because Ms. Frongillo certainly knows a thing or two about being in the throes of mothering.
After experiencing fertility issues (the book also contains some yummy non-alcoholic drinks such as the “Fertile Myrtle Mimosa” and the “Watermelon Weigh-In”), she and the “hubs” were gifted three boys in a four-year span.
Her mix of breezy snark, pop culture references and unabashed honesty makes you feel like you’re sitting at her kitchen table laughing with an old friend about the trials and tribulations of motherhood.
A self-admitted fashion tragedy, she tells us that she wrote the book’s Introduction in her snowman jammies. And claims that in the third grade, she was gifted a “muffintop” in lieu of boobs, hence the “Muffintop Mudslide.”
Not only does Janet approach being a mother to her “frat house” – as she refers to her three young boys under seven years – with a sense of humor, she reminisces with fondness on those long, hard early days of parenting.
To Janet, a smile from her boys with the words, “I love you Mommy” can erase the fact that they just Sharpied her cabinets as quick as a few swipes of superfine grit sandpaper (which really did happen to her recently).
Parents-to-be and new parents will appreciate her candor on everything from potty-training to dealing with the PTA.
Parents of older children will fondly look back on those early years and think, “it wasn’t quite so bad, maybe we should have had another.”
I hope this is the first of many books to come from Janet Frongillo.
I’m counting on her to keep me laughing from the tween to the teen years, which begs for a Mommy Mixology series.
Tween Tonic? I’m keeping my lime-wheels handy.
© 2012 Terri Spilman