Whether you’re a SAHM or a mom who drives to her job uphill in the snow (both ways), you’ve got your work cut out for you.
So when it comes to reading, you need digestible bits you can process before conking out. The latest mom lit (part self-help, part personal essay, part sketch comedy) gives on-point advice, tips, and giggles.
When Did I Get Like This? , by Amy Wilson
A collection of humorous and insightful essays that chronicle Wilson’s daily struggles with motherhood, self-doubt, and guilt. Moms who feel like they’re “walking the edge of wackadoo” will appreciate her honesty and wish that they could join her playgroup.
Momover, by Dana Wood
Former beauty director of W and Cookie magazines makes sense of the physical and mental chaos of new momdom. Don’t be put off by the jacket’s promise to “bring out your inner momshell”; Wood shares insider tidbits only a beauty journalist could like the best bust-firming creams and why to choose blush over concealer.
Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak, by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak
Amen, sisters. The truth-invoking title is just the first thing you’ll love about this book. Billed as a guide for working moms, it is filled with strategies and stories that will lighten every mom’s load — and mood.
Spring Beach Cleanup
What: Slip on boots and gloves and help remove litter from the shore.
Why: Stay for the low-tide walk led by ranger naturalists and spot sea stars, crabs, and other tiny creatures.
When: Sat., noon-2 p.m.
Where: Meet at Olympic Beach Visitor Station, 200 W. Dayton St., Edmonds. For info, call 425-771-0227.
Earth Day for Kids
What: There are prayer flags to make, flowerpots to design, shows to see, and lots more to keep ’em busy come rain or shine.
Why: Score a few tips on making your home more sustainable.
When: Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave. (206-654-3100).
What: Learn about the culture of the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe during their lively performance of the Native People’s Mask Dance.
Why: They performed at the Winter Olympics, so you know they’re good.
When: Thurs., 1:30 p.m.
Where: Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave., North Bainbridge Island (206-842-8569). For tickets, call 206-842-7901 or e-mail email@example.com.
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