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About

Welcome to Not Your Average Mom.

My name is Susie, and I’m 44 years old. I live in Connecticut with my husband and 7 kids.

Here we all are.

From left to right it’s me, Number 7, Number 4, Number 3, Number 1 (above), Number 6 (below) my husband, Number 5, and Number 2.

family portrait

Our life is not usually as pretty as this picture.

Almost never, really.

And that’s what I like to write about.

The stuff that some people don’t want to talk about.

That most people don’t want to admit.

If the word fuck bothers you,

this is probably not the blog for you.

If you are looking to judge,

please go somewhere else.

If you are looking for perfection,

um,

I can give you The Pioneer Woman’s website.

Or the Duggars.

They’re pretty perfect.

Us?

Nah.

What fun is that?

If you’re looking for a little reality, pull up a seat.

You may want to buckle up.

It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

 



Comments

  • bridgette Crull
    Aug 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Love, Love, love your blog. We as in my girlfriends & I started a stationery company and we just launched a step family greeting card line and a back-to-school line. I thought I would send you a link to are site. Keep up the great work.
    Bridgette, Nanci & Katie

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/uluckygirl?section_id=6453116

  • Ann Elwood
    Aug 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Love your blog, especially the photograph at the top.

    Would you be interested in reviewing Joan & Bella, a novella about a woman with Alzheimer’s disease and those who love her? My sister has the disease and is in a care facility. I thought her life was over until I saw a photograph of her smiling and holding hands with another woman, a fellow resident. Her expression said that her life was not over and that she was in a another world not open to me. Inspired by that photograph, I wrote the novella, which, I hasten to add, is otherwise complete fiction. Those of your readers who are facing the problems of a relative or friend who is afflicted with disease might find the book interesting and perhaps enlightening. I plan to donate half the proceeds from the sale of Joan & Bella to the Alzheimer’s Foundation in hopes of finding a cure for this terrible disease.

    I will be happy to send you a paperback copy or gift you an ebook copy on Amazon. Let me know:
    aelwood@ucsd.edu.

    Find out more about me and my books at http://rttetc.com.

    Description: When Joan develops Alzheimer’s disease and her husband, Barry, finally and reluctantly admits her to a care facility, the Home, her twin sister, Francie, tries, not often successfully, to reach her through photographs of their past, childhood games, a trip to the beach. It seems that Joan is lost in a terrifying limbo. But her life is not over.

    Kindle edition ($3.99): http://www.amazon.com/reader/B008I630CI

    Paperback ($6.95): http://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bella-Extraordinary-Ann-Elwood/dp/1478209763

    1. not your average mom
      Aug 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm Reply

      Thanks Ann! I just emailed you. Would love to read your book.

  • tami
    Aug 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Hello there!
    I was looking at your blog and I feel like I have a product that you would really enjoy reviewing! We are a company from Utah specializing in layering pieces that expand wardrobes for women and girls started by 2 women who wanted to create a product that would promote modesty and help women and girls feel comfortable in today’s latest fashions, as well as extend wardrobes in these tough economic times. It’s called Halftee (check us out on the web at halftee.com or halfteegirlee.com) Tami
    Tami@halftee.com

    1. not your average mom
      Aug 16, 2012 at 9:18 am Reply

      Hi Tami,

      I sent you an email. I’d love to try out and review one of your halftees!

  • jenn
    Aug 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm Reply

    Love love this your blog!

  • jenn
    Aug 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm Reply

    okay… can ya tell I am a mom of 4? I meant Love Love your blog!!

    1. not your average mom
      Aug 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Thank you Jenn! And no worries. Welcome to the blog :)

  • Julie DeNeen
    Sep 2, 2012 at 1:21 am Reply

    Love your blog and all the photos!
    Mom blogs are the best. Keep up the good work.

    Warmly,
    Julie

    1. not your average mom
      Sep 2, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

      Thanks Julie!

  • Andreina North
    Sep 5, 2012 at 1:22 am Reply

    You are the same funny girl I remember! My sister told me (along with many other things) to follow your blog. Will be sure to pass it on!
    I have a no. 1 boy who’s 11. I have one of those number 6s but he’s no. 2 and 9 years old-pants still optional! And a girl who’s 6, not sure which one she is, but I am pretty sure she’s a no. 4.
    Good times!
    Andreina (little Crimmins)

    1. not your average mom
      Sep 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm Reply

      Oh thank you Andreina! Please do pass along to anyone you think may enjoy it. Great to hear from you!

  • Kayla Greco
    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:46 am Reply

    Enjoyed reading your blog! I just started blogging myself. Please check it out!

  • Ann Toates
    Sep 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Spent a weekend with my friend from high school who turned us ladies onto your blog. If Megan Armstrong (Clark) recommends you for a laugh, you know you must be good! Thanks for the daily dose! I look forward to it every morning!!
    Ann

  • Deanna
    Sep 13, 2012 at 3:50 am Reply

    Hi.
    I’m a former teacher, too… but with “only” four boys, a few less kids than you. :)

    I’m a professional writer by day and my partner (an illustrator/animator) and I work for a large entertainment co. We’ve always dreamed of working on our OWN project and about 18 months ago we canceled our TV and decided to go for it. And it’s done.

    I wondered if you’d consider reviewing? It’s called Field Guide to Farts Volume 1: Fartanimals Discovered and it’s an action packed humorous adventure for boys 7-11.

    Youtube link to our book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YedND9ioJJA

    Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-Farts-Volume-ebook/dp/B00973AN5S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347507966&sr=8-2&keywords=field+guide+to+farts

    We’d really be grateful if you’d take a look and do a review? Let me know if you want me to email you a free download!

    Best,
    Deanna

    1. susiej
      Sep 13, 2012 at 8:31 am Reply

      Sure (although it may take me a little while)! I can read it with my 7-year-old. Actually, my almost 13-year-old and the 7-year-old can read it together! A free download would be great!

      Thanks!

  • Alesha Bishop
    Sep 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm Reply

    Dear Not Your Average Mom,

    You aren’t average, you are above average! Great blog!

    Wondering if you could help us get the word out about our current project and even though it is last minute our Twitter Party that is TODAY 9/20 at 6PM EST. Anything you could do to help would be so awesome! Maybe a Tweet or Facebook post? Here are the details:

    We are fellow mom’s and know how hard it is to find quality digital education. We are reaching out to you because we believe you can help us make a difference. I thought you might find this awesome Kickstarter project interesting. It’s an interactive electronic story and activity book about the amazing Brain, for kids ages 7-11.

    We believe there is a crisis in science education in the U.S. and we need to get more kids excited by science so we started Kizoom.

    Please join us if you can and learn more about your brain!

    NEDATHON 2012
    Come Join the Party!
    Live Neuroscientists will be there to answer your questions about the amazing brain.
    Help us get the word out about #nedtheneuron Kickstarter project!

    Where: Twitter
    When: 6-7PM PST, Thur Sept 20th
    Prizes: YES!
    How: Join us on Twitter this Thursday and use hashtag #nedtheneuron

    GO NED!

    Please check out our latest project at the link below, we would really appreciate your support.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1345083917/the-adventures-of-ned-the-neuron

    Thank you!

    1. susiej
      Sep 21, 2012 at 8:41 am Reply

      I just found this in my spam folder — sorry, it’s after your twitter party! Hope you got some action! If I can find a minue, I will check it out!

  • Pat
    Sep 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm Reply

    NYAM! Thought you might enjoy my little site, I was not impressed with humor sites for kids (knock-knock jokes etc…)
    So I made one for my 5 kids, they like it and I think you will too,
    Keep on Bloggin’
    Pat

    Take us to your laughter!
    http://www.koookaboooka.com

  • jennifer w
    Sep 30, 2012 at 6:19 am Reply

    i was just reading ur blog for t he first time. im doing a bit of research and thinking of starting my own blog and was looking for sites and ideas that offer free blog sites for now. i have the passion and its always been there just need to know how to really get started, anyway i came across ur flippin hilarious blog and thought holy shit shes talking about my family!!! lol its refreshing and nu and def straight fwd and the stories i can tell u def match urs.keep them posts coming i love them!

    1. susiej
      Oct 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm Reply

      Well thank you Jennifer, and good luck with your blog!

  • Elizabeth Ritter
    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Dear Not-Your-Average-Mom,

    At this time of year, there are lots of wonderful recipes being made for the upcoming holidays, like hot apple cider, pumpkin everything and yummy spice cake. I have some recipes that you might like to share on your blog (and with your family – love the jack-o-lanterns), including Chai-Spiced Whoopie Pies, Squash Quinoa, Pumpkin Soup and some Superbowl snack ideas (for later). Would you like me to send any of these recipes over? Hope you have a great Halloween with your family!

    Best, Elizabeth

    1. susiej
      Oct 29, 2012 at 7:10 pm Reply

      Sure! I just emailed you…

  • Erika
    Nov 11, 2012 at 1:31 am Reply

    Hi,

    I recently just created my own personal mommy blog, it’s very new to me and I am pretty excited to get started. I stumbled upon your blog through Top mommy blogs and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did! You are fantastic and your blog is hilarious. I couldn’t stop reading. I am for sure a fan already! Do you have any tips or advice for me regarding blogging? It would be much appreciated!

    Thanks, Good luck & Keep up the good work!

    Erika (Mother of 1 boy, 15 months)

  • Jessica
    Oct 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Awesome new site! I’ve read your blog every day for over a year. (I’d be the one who called you out about the progress on cleaning your office way, way back when…lol). I’m so very impressed with everything you’ve done in the last year. It’s amazing. You’re amazing. Keep going. Keep dreaming. Keep doing. I’ll keep reading and laughing/crying/celebrating along with you and your awesome family.

  • Angela
    Oct 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Great blog! Yay to the moms who are keeping it real!!

  • Kevin Dixon
    Oct 4, 2013 at 2:53 am Reply

    Dear Susie,

    Your blog is awesome! I would love to tell you about our product, which I think may be helpful to some of your mommy readers with dogs or cats.

    Here at Rocco and Foster Innovations, We LOVE pets! But we know dogs and cats can cause expensive damage to doors and door frames causing unsightly scratch marks and injury to paws. We are a small grassroots company looking to get the word out about pet safety and door protection. Because we appreciate your work and vision through your blog, we would love for you to highlight our product in an upcoming review.

    Recently, we launched a product called the CLAWGUARD, the Ultimate Door Scratch Shield. We’ve been successful selling our door and door-frame guard via our website, Amazon, and Ebay. Through CLAWGUARD sales, our organization is dedicated to helping community pet rescue missions, shelters and adoption facilities across the US. We believe “Not Your Average Mom” participation is a win-win situation for your readers, our brand awareness efforts, and the pet community.

    Please let us know if you’re interested in featuring our story. If so, we will send you a CLAWGUARD for one of your pet-owning friends to trial. Feel free to check out our website at http://www.theclawguard.com for more information about our mission, product and organization.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Kevin

    http://www.theclawguard.com
    http://www.facebook.com/theclawguard
    Twitter @theclawguard

  • Esther Levy-chehebar
    Oct 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

    I love your blog! Although I am not yet a mom, I do consider myself a not-so-average ‘housewife’ My blog is devoted to the quirks and often uncomfortable things that come with that. I think you’d really enjoy it and I’d appreciate you spreading the love:)

    thephilosophyofwindex.blogspot.com

  • Mike Connelly
    Oct 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply

    First off wanted to say we’re big fans of the blog and love your content! We are diplomats living in Colombia (South America) and we really love your stories, pieces of advice, just your everyday little tidbits, they really help us deal with issues with our kids, each other, living abroad away from family etc.

    Besides working as a diplomat and raising three kids under 7 we also own and manage vacation rentals at Disneyland in California. We are looking at some ways to get a bit more exposure for the properties and were wondering if you would be interested in staying in one of our properties for three or four days for free and perhaps writing about your experience on your blog. Please check out the properties at http://www.anaheimcastlehouse.com and let us know if you are interested.

    Thanks
    Mike
    http://www.anaheimcastlehouse.com

  • Jess
    Oct 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Hi Susie,

    I love your blog, I love swearing and messy sinks and supporting teachers and just about all of it! Somehow I am just seeing this post and it made me laugh. My #1 has a whole lot of energy, and we have a family motto we learned from Santa, of all people, “Perfect is boring; if you are always perfect, then you aren’t having any fun.” This post just made me think of that and have a laugh. Some would disagree, but it works for our little household!

  • Jessica Hamilton
    Nov 18, 2013 at 4:33 am Reply

    Hello Susie – Not your Average Mom!

    I first have to say I’m new here, to your blog, and I can’t stop laughing. You have a great sense of humor (something that I think is sorely missed nowadays) and with all the kiddos, you still somehow make time for, oh sort of important things like, Yourself! I love it and I can really see that your fans do as well.

    I work with a growing company on a mission to provide quality, (greener) clothing and materials – Cariloha.com. I wanted to see if you would be interested in doing a giveaway or review of one or more of our products. I think you deserve to be spoiled a bit and I can’t imagine how better to do so than with our excellent line.

    Feel free to check us out and see what you think. I know you will love our products and we would really appreciate an honest point of view in getting the word out about them.

    Please email me at your convenience and I look forward to chatting with you,

    Jessica

  • Ioana Sima
    Dec 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Hello Susie,
    I am Ioana, the community manager and writer for Tenmania. I am also an architecture student and passionate blogger.
    The reason for which I am writing to you today is because I wish to thank you for being a perpetual source of inspiration for our community, and mothers all over the world. 

    I have recently written an article about the best mommy bloggers. It is entitled “Tribute to Motherhood: 50 Mommy Blogs to Follow” and I have included your blog in the list.
    This is the article link: http://tenmania.com/mother-blogs-to-follow/
    I hope that you will enjoy it.

    You have a gift for discussing family interactions in truthful yet amusing ways. Thank you, and I will be looking forward to your future posts. 
    Warm regards,
    Ioana.

  • Belen
    Jan 9, 2014 at 3:59 am Reply

    Do you have an email where to reach you?

    1. not your average mom
      Jan 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm Reply

      susanjanney@sbcglobal.net

  • christina
    Feb 7, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply

    Love the blog! I am a new mom to one son so far and I have to say I really enjoy reading about all of your adventures! I love your attitude and outlook, its refreshing!

  • Sara Rawlins
    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I’m a grandmother who just wrote a children’s book called Dust Bunny Sock Monster and I’m on KickStarter to have it funded through group-funding. I would like to invite you and your family and friends to take a look and see if you would like to be a part of this KickStarter Campaign to help get this book published. Please go to http://kck.st/OqMNOW to check out my video.

    A little background about me; I’m a retired RN and one day visiting my granddaughter, I went to her room and boy, was it messy. That’s when I came up with this funny story about her and the dust bunny living under her dresser. I do hope you will go to the KickStarter site and check out the different pledges. KickStarter will not charge you unless the campaign is successful. The campaign ends April 13th.

    Thank you for allowing me to share this adventure with you, your family and friends.

    Sincerely,

    Sara Rawlins

  • Danielle
    Jun 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I just found your blog, while looking for a more “real” take on parenthood. I have to say, even though I only have one child, I totally identify and absolutely love your blog! You are so candid, insightful, and fucking hilarious that I look forward to reading every new post that you write. Keep it up!

    1. OlymBia
      Jul 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm Reply

      I agree. I am sick and tire of those perfect “mommy blog”…no potty mouth …mommy is perfect CRAP. I really enjoy this blog.

      Mommy poo poo too

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