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36 Bloggers and 1 Awesome Book: “I Just Want to Pee Alone”

“I Just Want to Pee Alone” is an anthology of stories from 37 of the funniest mom-bloggers on the internet. Released on Monday, it has already become a best seller in the categories of humor, essays, and parenting on both Amazon and iTunes. This project was led by Jen, who writes the successful blog People I Want to Punch In The Throat. The goal was to create a book of stories about parenthood that were honest, funny, and real. More than just a maternal manifesto on solitary urination, “I Just Want to Pee Alone” captures how motherhood is simultaneously hilarious, frustrating, and when you least expect it – heartfelt and poignant.

The success of the book’s first week sales is also something of a revelation. This self-published work is currently out-selling some of the biggest authors and publishers on the most important sales channels (Amazon, iTunes). This is true for both the paperback and the e-book. These sales make perfect sense when you consider the size of the combined social media platform that is working to promote the book. Publishers take note, your world has changed.

Hopefully the success of “I Just Want to Pee Alone” will create more opportunities for bloggers in general. As a community, we know how much talent and hard work is out there, largely unrecognized. I’m very honored (and a little awed) to be included among these incredible writers. Let’s meet all of the contributors.

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  • I Just Want to Pee Alone 1 of 38
    I Just Want to Pee Alone
    The hilarious anthology of 36 really funny and talented mom-bloggers. Let's meet them.
  • Jen – People I Want to Punch in the Throat 2 of 38
    Jen - People I Want to Punch in the Throat
    Jen throws hilarious punches peppered with a liberal dose of f-bombs on her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat and is also the author of Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, Babble, and Headline News. She is wife to The Hubs and mother to Gomer and Adolpha (not their real names their real names are actually so much worse).
  • Rachael Pavlik – RachRiot 3 of 38
    Rachael Pavlik - RachRiot
    Rachael Pavlik is a writer, mother and Pilates avoider. Author of the popular blog, RachRiot.com which is beloved by tens of readers. Some she's not even related to. Her writing has been featured on Aiming Low and List Of The Day blog. She also writes for Houston Family Magazine and some say she peaked in high school. She lives in Houston, Texas with her Current Legal Spouse and two above-average children.
  • Kelley Nettles – Kelley’s Break Room 4 of 38
    Kelley Nettles - Kelley's Break Room
    Kelley Nettles is the creator of Kelley's Break Room, a humor blog meant for everyone: mothers, fathers, single women, single men, teenagers, the elderly with good eyesight and highly developed toddlers. She was a recent Bravo-sponsored blogger and is a writer for NickMom. She has also been featured in The Huffington Post. In 1999, she married her college flame and has two sons born in 2004 and 2008 that wrestle, roar and jump from objects every single chance they get. You can usually find her trying to cram a container into her Tupperware cabinet or trying to make people laugh on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Patti Ford – Insane in the Mom-Brain 5 of 38
    Patti Ford - Insane in the Mom-Brain
    Patti Ford holds the title of Breakdancing Champion of The World in 1984, 1986, and 1987. In 1985 she lost her boogaloo, but with hard work and lots of head spins and body slides, she got it back in time to triumph in '86 and '87 before retiring in '88 to pursue perfection in the art of The Running Man Dance. Today she is a wife, mom, and blogger who dreams of some day owning her own miniature donkey and running a Unicorn Ranch which she will call The Ranchicorn. She is currently writing a book of essays about her life, both real and imaginary. Read her blog Insane in the Mom Brain.
  • Nicole Leigh Shaw – Ninja Mom Blog 6 of 38
    Nicole Leigh Shaw - Ninja Mom Blog
    Nicole Leigh Shaw consistently wonders, "Why did I come into this room?" Once upon a time she was a mostly serious news journalist, an accidental magazine columnist, and a mediocre editor. Now she funnels an enthusiasm for meeting minimum requirements into her blog, Ninja Mom, and finding pairs of socks for her kids that kind of match. With four kids under age eight (two are twins), she can say with confidence that she's finally gotten the hang of this birth control thing: Facebook. Because one cannot procreate and update statuses at the same time.
  • JD Bailey – Honest Mom 7 of 38
    JD Bailey - Honest Mom
    JD Bailey is the creator of Honest Mom, where she writes with humor and candor about raising her young daughters and managing her depression. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and several other publications. JD is also an outspoken voice in the conversation about moms and depression. She was recently interviewed by Katie Couric about the topic and is featured in a March 2013 Parenting Magazine article about parents and depression.
  • Keesha Beckford – Mom’s New Stage 8 of 38
    Keesha Beckford - Mom's New Stage
    Before she grew two tiny human beings in her core, before her weight twice mushroomed to that of a Smart car and dropped back to normal, Keesha was a professional dancer who performed in the U.S. and in Europe. Today she is a modern and jazz dance teacher and choreographer in the Chicago area. She is also the human cyclone behind the blog Mom's New Stage. A multitasker at heart, she shows fierce skills at simultaneously writing, choreographing, checking Facebook and Pinterest updates, playing the role of a mother named Joan "Kumbaya" Crawford, and overcooking food.
  • Susan McLean – Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva 9 of 38
    Susan McLean - Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva
    Susan McLean is an award winning blogger and humorist. Her site, The Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva was named one of the Funniest Mom Blogs in 2011 by Parents.com and in 2011, 2012, and 2013 by Circle of Moms. Susan mainly writes about her life as an aging, non-exercising, sleep-deprived, stay at home mother to three small children, but also occasionally about her other loves such as bacon and wine. Her site and writings have been featured around the web in places like Huffington Post and Redbook among others, and recently she appeared as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show. In her free time Susan loves doing laundry.
  • Dani Ryan – Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine 10 of 38
    Dani Ryan - Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine
    Dani Ryan landed a part as a hooker in a Chinese soap opera when she was only 13. Sadly, that was the end of her acting career. Three years ago, she quit her job as an executive at a large insurance company so she could stay home with her beautiful daughter. She now spends her days reading Sandra Boynton books, acting as a short-order cook, and trying to guess what time her husband will make it home for dinner. In her spare time, she writes about parenting and general nothingness on her humor blog, Cloudy, With a Chance of Wine.
  • Karen Alpert – Baby Sideburns 11 of 38
    Karen Alpert - Baby Sideburns
    Karen Alpert is the ridiculously hairy, self-deprecating writer of the blog Baby Sideburns. She has spent the past fifteen years working for national advertising agencies until she was promoted to her newest favorite job— Mommy. She lives with her two amazing kiddos and a very forgiving husband who is kind enough not to call her Cousin It when she undresses for bed every night.
  • Anna Luther – My Life and Kids 12 of 38
    Anna Luther - My Life and Kids
    Anna Luther is the mom behind the blog, My Life and Kids, where she strives to make you feel better about your messy, crazy, fabulous life. She was chosen by Parents Magazine as one of the top five blogs Most Likely to Make You Laugh and she's also one of the Top 35 Most Pinteresting Moms on Pinterest.   Anna is the mother of three little kids, the driver of a minivan, and the wife of Even Steven. She knows nearly 50 ways to make realistic farting noises, and - most importantly - she single-handedly cured muffin top (and you don't even have to put down your donut).
  • Michelle Newman – You’re My Favorite Today 13 of 38
    Michelle Newman - You're My Favorite Today
    Michelle Newman wears many hats - wife, mother, maid, cook, vet, therapist and personal assistant to the other three members of her household (a job she doesn't remember applying for and keeps trying desperately to get fired from). She holds a master's degree in Elementary Education that has been gathering dust in its frame for the past 17 years while she's been making grilled cheese sandwiches and stepping on Barbie shoes. When she's not napping, she writes about her family, the absurdity of celebrity life, and whatever else she can find hidden humor in over at her blog, You're My Favorite Today.
  • Bethany Theis – Bad Parenting Moments 14 of 38
    Bethany Theis - Bad Parenting Moments
    Bethany Theis is a writer and the proud mother to four, young Vikings. She is the author of the parenting blog, Bad Parenting Moments and the chronically unread poetry blog, Room for Cream. She can often be found searching for socks, keys, discount non-perishables and a bathroom lock her children can not pick. Bethany's work has been published on several parenting sites and, when they'll have her, in old fashioned black and white in her local, independent newspaper. Her children are unimpressed.
  • Amy Bozza – My Real Life 15 of 38
    Amy Bozza - My Real Life
    Amy Bozza, author of the blog, My Real Life, lives in NJ with her husband and four children. Amy was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award.  Amy is a middle school educator, and in her free time, between teaching, changing diapers, writing a blog, and writing an (as yet, unpublished) novel, she can be found developing blueprints for a remodel of the Sistine Chapel, preparing for a double-triathalon, and ice sculpting in the backyard...just for fun. You can also find Amy at www.bozzawrites.wordpress.com
  • Teri Biebel – Snarkfest 16 of 38
    Teri Biebel - Snarkfest
    Teri Biebel was raised in Jersey. She's married with two amazing (and trying) teens and spends most of her time living like a circus clown, juggling schedules and chauffeuring large groups of people in a 5 passenger car. She is sarcastic, she is snarky and her oldest has coined the term ‘Snarkastic' to describe her. People tell her that she's funny and as long they don't follow that up with the word "looking" she's totally okay with it.  Read more from Teri at Snarkfest.
  • Lisa & Ashley – The Dose of Reality 17 of 38
    Lisa & Ashley - The Dose of Reality
  • Tracy Winslow- Momaical 18 of 38
    Tracy Winslow- Momaical
    Tracy Winslow is a SAHM trying not to raise a flock of assholes.   Besides crafting cocktails with Zoloft, Tracy can be found cursing, crying into her coffee over herstretch marks, Ouija-boarding her deceased metabolism and blogging humorouslyabout her children and life at Momaical. 
  • Jessica Watson – Four Plus an Angel 19 of 38
    Jessica Watson - Four Plus an Angel
    Jessica Watson is mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. She spends her days trying to call her kids by the right name on the first try and sneaking in a bit of writing when no one is jumping off the furniture. Read her blog Four Plus an Angel.
  • Johi Kokjohn-Wagner of Confessions of a Corn Fed Girl 20 of 38
    Johi Kokjohn-Wagner of Confessions of a Corn Fed Girl
    Johi is a writer, an illustrator, a humor blogger, a stay at home mom, a horsewoman and a photographer. She was raised on an Iowa horse ranch, where she was worked like a beefy man. Somehow, in the midst of hay lifting, manure scooping and mud boots, she developed a love of books, art, fashion and design. Johi currently resides in Ft. Collins, Colorado with her husband, their two sons, two naughty dogs, two adorable ponies and one smelly cat. She hopes, one day, to have her very own pink tractor. Read more at Confessions of a Cornfed Girl.
  • Alicia – Naps Happen 21 of 38
    Alicia - Naps Happen
    Alicia is best known for her blog at Naps Happen, where she curates an ever-expanding selection of hilarious children's nap photos. Proving the popularity of a good snooze, her blog has been featured online in publications such as the Huffington Post and Parade and on parenting websites, including Babble, Babycenter, and Nickmom and she also was voted into the Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom Blogs in 2011 and 2012 and a Blog toWatch in 2013. When she's not blogging, Alicia spends her time wrangling two small boys and teaching college writing in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
  • Rebecca Gallagher – Frugalista 22 of 38
    Rebecca Gallagher - Frugalista
    Rebecca Gallagher, or Frugie as her readers call her, is a mom, wife and self proclaimed middle-aged drama queen. Since no movie or stage will have her, she constantly uses every day life moments to capture the art of entertainment. Such as, spilling her tea down her shirt, tripping over the dog, running into doors, dancing in her own music videos. She writes on her humor blog, Frugalista Blog and has contributed to other parenting web sites as well. She will do anything for a croissant and hopes Daniel Craig will call her to be the next Bond girl.
  • Meredith Spidel – Mom of the Year 23 of 38
    Meredith Spidel - Mom of the Year
    Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time.  When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers.  She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.
  • Suzanne Fleet – Toulouse and Tonic 24 of 38
    Suzanne Fleet - Toulouse and Tonic
    Suzanne Fleet is a writer and SAHM of 2 stinky boys who works hard to exercise her family's sense of humor by writing about them on her blog, Toulouse & Tonic.  Suzanne's writing has won her numerous runner-up trophies and honorable mentions over the years.  Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.  Except for that time she was a bride. Visit www.toulouseandtonic.com to find out why she's so successful at making her kids hate her one post at a time.
  • Tara – You Know it Happens at Your House Too 25 of 38
    Tara - You Know it Happens at Your House Too
    Tara is the mom of 5 young kids, wife to one busy farmer, and the mastermind behind You Know it Happens at Your House Too. If she ever had free time she would plan a trip to LA to have a quiet dinner and share a bottle of wine with Johnny Depp while discussing average Joe, real life stuff. Until then you can find her on the farm in Kansas wiping noses, vacuuming up Legos, fighting over homework, and French-braiding hair. Doing it all with a smile, a sarcastic comment, the occasional eye-roll, and always with a glass of wine.
  • Andrea C. – The Underachiever’s Guide to Being a Domestic Goddess 26 of 38
    Andrea C. - The Underachiever's Guide to Being a Domestic Goddess
    Andrea C. is the one of the leading experts in the field of Domestic Engineering. She currently lives with her husband, three sons and three cats in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where her days are filled with giggles, Legos and an endless supply of Greek food. When she is not pretending to work, begrudgingly cleaning up urine from in and around the toilet, or dutifully cooking for an army, she gives her extra time to two local charities that provide clothing and personal hygiene supplies to underprivileged children. Andrea has been featured in the Huffington Post and was named one of the Circle of Moms Top 25 Funniest Mommy Bloggers in 2012.  Andrea is not a writer, she just plays one on the internet. For more mediocrity in writing, visit her blog at The Underachiever's Guide to Being a Domestic Goddess. You'll feel better about yourself if you do.
  • Bethany Meyer – I Love Them the Most When They’re Sleeping 27 of 38
    Bethany Meyer - I Love Them the Most When They're Sleeping
    Bethany Meyer lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her husband and their four sons. No, they will not be trying for a girl. Bethany's work has been featured on The Huffington Post. She loves writing, running, and color-coding her calendar to keep track of her kids' activities. Scratch that. She loves writing and running. And her husband and kids. Read her blog I Love Them Most When They're Sleeping.
  • Amy – Funny is Family 28 of 38
    Amy - Funny is Family
    Amy and her husband made two kids, a three year old girl and a five year old boy. She doesn't consider herself a housewife, as she owns no pearls and only one apron. Amy likes to read things and write things, and she does both as often as possible. She doesn't like to clean things, and she does that as little as possible. Read her blog at Funny is Family.
  • Kim Forde – The Fordeville Diaries 29 of 38
    Kim Forde - The Fordeville Diaries
    Kim Forde writes about the art of perfecting domestic failure on her blog, The Fordeville Diaries. After nearly two decades in New York City, she now is a secret suburban convert with residual urban road rage. She abandoned the corporate grind to be a full-time SAHM to her two young kids (with a third on the way), which has led to both her Starbucks addiction and a healthy fear of craft stores. Kim has written for several parenting and humor blogs, and will be featured in the upcoming production of Listen to Your Mother in Manhattan. Armed with a keyboard and an addiction to storytelling, she spends more time on blogging and social media than she's prepared to admit.
  • Anna Sandler – Random Handprints 30 of 38
    Anna Sandler - Random Handprints
    Anna Sandler lives happily ever after in the land of disco fries and jug handles with her Jersey-bred husband and three NYC-born children. In addition to writing about motherhood and mayhem on her blog Random Handprints, Anna is also a Contributing Editor at New Jersey Family magazine and a writer for BaristaKids.com, a hyperlocal website. Anna enjoys crafting and baking with her kids, always with less than Pinterest-perfect results.
  • Stephanie Giese- Binkies and Briefcases 31 of 38
    Stephanie Giese- Binkies and Briefcases
    Stephanie Giese is a wife and mom of three who blogs at Binkies and Briefcases. When she isn't writing she spends her days sticking out like a sore thumb in Amish country.
  • Kristen - Life On Peanut Layne 32 of 38
    Kristen - Life On Peanut Layne
    Kristen is a mom of five, wife to an adorable, arachnophobic husband, and the author behind the humor blog, Life on Peanut Layne.  She has been described by her blogging peers as someone who writes what many women are thinking, but are too afraid to say (or type) out loud.  For example, you can find posts about her pooping her pants in her minivan after being hit with a sudden stomach bug that she picked up from her kids, or why you shouldn't self treat a yeast infection with yogurt.  She has been published on the popular online sites, Mamapedia and Aiming Low, and had a few humor essays published in the book, To Bliss and Back (Life Well Blogged).
  • Stacey Hatton – Nurse Mommy Laughs 33 of 38
    Stacey Hatton - Nurse Mommy Laughs
    Stacey Hatton is a former musical theatre starlet and pediatric RN, who turned her love of laughter and theatrics into her favorite career yet.  You can find her crazy antics on her blog, Nurse Mommy Laughs at Nurse Mommy Laughs. Stacey is also a humor columnist for The Kansas City Star newspaper, published in numerous parenting and health magazines, and recognized by the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Additional humor essays of hers can be found in, "My Funny Major Medical" and "Not Your Mother's Book…on Parenting" (out in April 2013). 
  • Kerry Rossow – HouseTalkN 34 of 38
    Kerry Rossow - HouseTalkN
    Kerry Rossow is a recovering teacher raising 4 monkeys with her embarrassed husband. Kerry brings shame upon her family by posting about house stalking and other life shenanigans like streaking through her neighborhood. You can also find Kerry yukking it up at In The Powder Room. Read her blog House Talk'N.
  • Kim Bongiorno – Let Me Start By Saying 35 of 38
    Kim Bongiorno - Let Me Start By Saying
    Kim Bongiorno is the author and freelance writer behind the humorous Let Me Start By Saying.  While she greatly appreciates the plethora of accolades she has received from parenting sites across the globe, she's most giddy when one of her kids actually listens to something she said, the first time. Kim has been published in three books, created the holiday humor site ElfShaming.com, is a staff writer for InThePowderRoom, has been a Front Page Author on TheHuffingtonPost, and has written for Mamalode, HuffPostParents, BonbonBreak, BlogHer, CircleofMoms, and others, as well as made appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, HLN's Raising America with Kyra Phillips, and HuffPostLive. Learn more at KimBongiornoWrites.com.
  • Robyn Welling – Hollow Tree Ventures 36 of 38
    Robyn Welling - Hollow Tree Ventures
    Robyn Welling is a freelance writer and humorist at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she isn't afraid to embarrass herself — and frequently does. She loves sarcasm, wine, beer, other bottled items, long walks on the beach, and her husband. Oh, and her kids are okay, too. Her goals include becoming independently wealthy, followed by world domination and getting her children to clean their rooms. Until then, she'll just fold laundry and write about the shortcuts she takes on her journey to becoming a somewhat passable wife, mother, and human being. If history is any guide, she'll miss the mark entirely.
  • Brenna Jennings – Suburban Snapshots 37 of 38
    Brenna Jennings - Suburban Snapshots
    Brenna Jennings is a mom and photographer who found the blogging spotlight after writing Why Having a Toddler is Like Being at a Frat Party for her blog Suburban Snapshots. She and her husband are currently raising one daughter and two spoiled dogs in beautiful coastal New England, where they relish all three weeks of summer.
  • Julie Miner – Rants from Mommyland 38 of 38
    Julie Miner - Rants from Mommyland
    So this is awkward. Because this is me. So now I'm writing about myself. In this picture I'm holding my cat, who is 16 and kind of a dick. He bites our guests and pees on their stuff because he hates everyone. He's a bad kitty but I love him because LOOK AT HIM. He's fantastic. I write the blog Rants From Mommyland.

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