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Tanis Miller

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Tanis Miller is a wife and mother living in Alberta, Canada. Her personal blog, Attack of the Redneck Mommy, was an insightful look at the joys of parenting, the delights of marriage and the heartbreak of losing a child. Her Babble Voices blog, Hogwash from a Hoser, was a candid look at parenting, marriage, and life in general. Follow her recent endeavor at


Birds On the Brain

On my 9th birthday my grandparents gave my brother and I a pair of birds. Budgerigars. Budgies. My brother chose the dark blue bird and I fell in love with the light blue that I promptly named Blueberry. Nine-year-old kids shouldn’t be allowed to name pets. I still have a cat wandering around called FLUFFNUTS MORE »



When I was 24 years old, my husband convinced me it was a good idea for us to move to his homeland. His ‘homeland’ being that foreign place known to this city girl as the country. The sticks. The ‘it’s not even on a map!’ place I now call home. I wasn’t overly keen on MORE »

To be that young and that thin once again...

It’s the Little Things

As of this month, my husband and I have been married for fifteen years. Fifteen years. One. Five. I haven’t been able to stick with anything for more than a few months and yet my husband hasn’t been able to shake me loose. And trust me, I’m pretty sure he’s tried. We’ve actually been together MORE »


The Worst Mothers Day Gifts Ever

Life has a way of sneaking up on you if you aren’t paying attention and apparently, I haven’t been. Which is why I was rather surprised when my husband texted me the other day and asked if there was anything special I’d like for mother’s day this year. I had completely spaced on the fact MORE »

Tofu should never taste like mouldy sponges, just so you know.

Practice Makes Perfect

Spring fever, I have it. Maybe it’s because I’ve been freaking out lately that later this year I’ll be 37 years old. Maybe it’s because my oldest daughter only has two more years of high school left and we’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time sifting through university catalogues.  Or maybe it’s because lately MORE »

The face of a gal who blames her toots on the dog.

Ten Oddities About Tanis

There are days my children look at me like I am the most boring person in the world and it is all they can do to hold back the yawns as I speak to them. Those are the days I look at my life and wonder how I got where I am. I still remember MORE »

If only wearing them instantly meant fitness and a rock hard bum.

One Foot In Front of The Other

There was a time I could touch my toes, run a six minute kilometre, and shoot hoops more accurately than my big brother. I was an athlete. I loved sports, I took care of my body, and I broke and set all sorts of sports records for where I lived. That was before I discovered MORE »

I really dislike lime in my beer.

99 Bottles Of Beer On the Wall…

It’s no secret that once upon a time I was a real dork. According to my children, I still am. Hah! If only they knew me back in the day. I’d show them what a real dork was. That would teach them. Wait a second…. My point is I wasn’t exactly a shining example of MORE »


Learning To Listen

When I was nine years old I met a girl who had spiked blue hair and the biggest cornflower blue eyes I’d ever seen. I caught her peering into my bedroom window just as I had stripped off my clothes and was standing in the middle of my bedroom wearing a pair of pink polka MORE »

Quackers for you!

TBH I Wish I Didn’t Know

There are some things as a parent, heck, as a grown adult human being that I never ever needed to know. One of those things? The fact that my daughter has this weird propensity to make the dreaded duck face every time she is put in front of a camera. How do I know this MORE »

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