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Friday, March 11, 2011

Blog Friend Feature: Dumb Mom

I met this week's Blog Friend Feature IRL about a year ago. And was so excited! But, then, she just looked at me like I was a crazy stalker, so I backed off. *SIGH*


Okay, okay, that's not really what happened.  I should have reminded her that we had talked on blogs before and that we did know each other. We're both "quieter" IRL than we are on blogs.


But, really if you don't know Dumb Mom from Parenting by Dummies, you are in for a real treat today! She is hilarious! Sarcastic and honest about her parenting fails.  She is also one of the hosts of Wordful Wednesday, a link up for those of us who can't just a post a pic.

Meet Dumb Mom aka Amanda.


What up yo?!

Dumb Mom’s in the hizzouse!

Raise da roof!  Get jiggy wit it!  Shake what yo mama gave you!

Ignore the fact that anyone who says get jiggy wit it is clearly just old. 

Forgive me Friends-of-Shell.

I swear, I don’t always talk mom gangsta, but I do when I’m nervous.

It’s like my coping technique.  When the going gets tough Dumb Mom gets stupid gangsta.

In words.  Not in action.

And, lemme just say I am Ner. Vous.

I’m always just so anxious when it comes to guest posting on other people’s blogs. 

The pressure to perform. 

The expectations. 

The preconceived notions.

It all kinda wears on this Dumb Mom’s not so thick skin.

So, out comes the gangsta speak and the referring to one’s self in the third person.

Both of which are used to convince you I’m awesome.

Because I am!  Mostly. Totally.

I swear it. 

I mean you don’t have to believe me, you can let Shell tell you.

Unless, she can’t say?

No, I’m kidding, she’ll tell you.

We’ve been bloggy buddies for ages and I know that she loves me.

In spite of my social awkwardness, my absentmindedness, and my embarrassing inability to recognize people when I meet them in person.

Just like a real life friend, she accepts these not entirely awesome parts of me, and even (I’m hoping at least) finds them endearing and, dare I say, cool?*

So, while she takes the next two weeks 5 minutes convincing you that I’m not as creepy or imbalanced as my mom-gangsta makes me seem, I’m going to convince you that you shouldn’t take her word or mine for it. 

You should let the Dumb Blog speak for itself and pop on over for a visit!

Top 5 Reason to Get Down With The Dumb

1.  Dumb is Smart.  Well sort of.  Okay, not really.  But, you will certainly feel smart when you read about me chasing down school buses on foot.  Or, explaining to the lady at the park that my son didn’t clothes line her kid.  Or that, if he did, he didn’t mean it.  Or that if he did, I am sorry.  Unless her kid deserved it, and then I’m not.

2.  Dumb is Fun.  And by fun, of course I mean fun-ny.  At least I’m pretty awesome at making myself laugh.  Dumb Dad needs a little convincing on this fact, but that’s why he doesn’t have a blog.  Or a Twitter stream.  Or even a Facebook page.  I’m married to a caveman people. A Cave. Man.

3.  Dumb is Pretty.  But, this is an extremely new one for me.  I spent the better part of the last ten years birthing babies (don’t get crazy, there are only 3 but it feels like more), struggling with my weight (a vicious cycle fueled by Oreos and lattes), getting down on myself, and then spending one life changing week getting made over on What NOT to Wear.  Yeah, that What NOT to Wear.  It’s amazing what a new look and a week getting to know the real you can do for a person.  I’ve turned over a new leaf mostly and I am spending everyday loving myself more or shoving cupcakes down my throat to coat the pain with icing  at least making an effort to.  And I’m making it my blog’s goal to help other moms do the same too.  Including the cupcakes.  Life is not worth living without cupcakes.

4.  Dumb is Funky.  In every sense of the word.  Not only do we like to “get down on it” at Casa de Dummies we are also a house comprised entirely of Dudes.  Well not me.  But the others.  And, the older they get, the more they are starting to stink up the place.  It’s starting to smell like Teen Spirit in here, and despite what Nirvana may have led us to believe, that is NOT good.

5.  Dumb is Awesome.  Too many reasons and not enough time.  Guess you’re just going to have to pop over for a visit to prove it!

*Please-God-let-this-be-an-accurate-description-of-Shell’s-opinion-of-me-lest-I-look-like-a-complete-idiot-on-one-of-the-most-popular-blogs-of-all-time. 

See? Don't you just adore her? How could you not? Please leave Dumb Mom some comment love here and then go follow her fabulous blog, Parenting by Dummies.

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43 Comments:

Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Oh I want to be on What NOT to Wear! Except then I wouldn't be anonymous anymore!

You feel about Dumb the way I feel about Blond, sometimes it's just convenient!

March 11, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger DaisyGal said...

Oh I am in love..you have a new stalker...umm fan in me. You make me giggle and feel good about myself..which is next to impossible lately ;) happy Friday!!!!!

March 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger myevil3yearold said...

My sister had signed me up for that show twice. Once was for the pregnancy edition. I fear they actually show up one day!

I love your writing btw it is funny!

March 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Love her and off to tell her so one more time, thanks for another great BFF feature Shell!

March 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Nanananananana Nanananana Gettin Jiggy Wit It

Now it's stuck in my head!

Dumb Mom rocks!

March 11, 2011 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great post! I love her blog. I am laughing so hard reading about her.

March 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Amanda is quite funny, and hopefully starting a trend with awkward gangsta talk. She's one of those bloggers that I don't know why but I'm strangely intimidated to interact with, but I should get over that and go and comment!

March 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

Already know Amanda is awesome... love her long time..

March 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

You had me at What Not to Wear.

How? COOL!

Heading over to your place now. I'm not a stalker. Promise.

March 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

AWESOME choice. Love me some Dumb Mom!

March 11, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Two of my favorite bloggers in one place. That's a good thing.

I had to laugh once again at the reference to you chasing down buses. I'm sorry...but it is really funny!!

March 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Sonora said...

Shoot, does it mean I am old that after I read Get Jiggy Wit it, I started singing the song?
I can't believe you were on What Not to Wear. That is awesome. My mom and I like to sneak some time alone and watch that show and just the other day we ran out of time before we could watch one more with the description of mom blogger and mom of three. I bet that was YOU. Now I have to watch it. I can say I know her...kinda.
Glad you posted over a Shell's. I'm off to check out your site!

March 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Truthful Mommy said...

I only recently became acquainted with Amanda aka Dumb Mom ( i really hate calling her Dumb Mom because she is anything but Dumb:) and she rocks my socks off. Not to mention when I saw her on #WNTW, I was wondering why the hell she stole my wardrobe and took it on tv to give away. Hey, I needed those fleece pants:)LOL I'm already a follower of hers and her being on your blog today is like the peanut butter in my chocolate, delicious fabulocity!You both rock!Happy Mothering girls!

March 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Thanks for introducing another "jiggy" blogger. I'll go check her out today.

March 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

This makes me smile!

March 11, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger MiMi said...

HAHAHA! That's awesome. She's a funny one.

March 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Amazeballs!! Off to check out her blog..

March 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

I love Amanda and her silly sense of humor and of course, those adorable boys of hers!

March 11, 2011 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger angie said...

Love me some dumb mom! Excellent choice today!

March 11, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger parentingBYdummies said...

Thank you to all Shell and all of you beautiful readers who clearly specialize in the fine art of flattery! So happy to spend the day with you! I wore my best duds. Okay, I'm wearing jeans and a tshirt with a hole in each armpit but I swear, I've not stepped a foot outside of my house today and I fully intend to shower and dress before I pick The Dudes up from school. Promise:)

March 11, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Life Without Pink said...

Dumb mom is AWESOME!!!

March 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger The Empress said...

I love dumb mom.

I sent her a love email once.

I didn't know she was parenting by dummies, too, so I sent her two.

Doh.

Double the love, that's OK.

She is real, adorable, down to earth...and mother of 3 boys (sound familiar?)

What's not to like?

I love her striped dress for the fashion make over...and those light lilac shoes... SHe had the cutest fro, too.

March 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

This definitely sounds like a blog I would like! I'm heading over there RIGHT over I tell you that I really wish I could have seen your episode on What Not To Wear. Can we catch it anywhere else?? Will it re-air one day? :(

March 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

She sounds hilarious...off to say hi! Happy Weekend to ya girl.

March 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Saucy B said...

hooray! hey girl. I'm loving reading you. And it's true - Dumb is everything you described. :-)

March 11, 2011 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Mama Jules said...

If gangsta works when you get nervous, maybe I'll give it a try!

Dumb Mom is awesome!

March 11, 2011 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Yo! Dumb mom is da bomb!! Love her!!

March 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

This is one of the best BFF posts yet! Love it and I love her style (clothes and writing of course ;) )

March 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

Good one Shell! I love her blog, she is so flippin funny!
and my hubs is totally a caveman too, he keeps asking if he should get a FB page...

March 11, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love Dumb Mom!

March 11, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Katie Hurley, LCSW said...

I love you already...how's that for stalking? Coming to see you now!

March 11, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

I love me some dumb, will have to find Dumb Mom more often!

March 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger kc said...

Girl, you almost had me at gangsta. But you hooked me at Oreos and reeled me in at cupcakes. DUMB RULES ;)

Great post Amanda and awesome BFF this week Shell!!!!!

March 11, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love it... and love Dumb Mom! Always loving the times when I know the BFFs of the week. Totally an accurate description of yourself - and absolutely agree about the cupcakes.

Necessity.All.The.Way.

March 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger shortmama said...

I saw her on What not to Wear and just loved her personality! I have to go check out her blog!

March 12, 2011 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

So jealous you were on that show, how awesome is that! You make dumb sound very smart. On my way to your blog.

March 12, 2011 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

Lol that is too funny! I'm jiggying right now oh ya baby!

March 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

Love this! My husband gets all confused when I talk about Twitter - like he was born in 1945. Too funny.

March 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

This blog seems so familiar. I wonder if I read it from the Empress awhile back?

Anyway, your post was funny - you ARE as awesome as you think, Dummy. (I'm teasing about the dummy part)

March 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Thanks for the introduction! She seems like a super fun gal, definitely going to pop on over and check her out (I have to, when a guest blogger makes me laugh as much as she did).

March 14, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Picking up Women said...

I should have reminded her that we had talked on blogs before and that we did know each other. We're both "quieter" IRL than we are on blogs.

March 16, 2011 at 2:16 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

I'm convinced. Headed over.

March 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meilleur Taux ou Rachat de Credit voiture

April 23, 2011 at 4:04 AM  

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