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From New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed “Scary Mommy” blogger Jill Smokler comes a funny and practical guide filled with essays, recipes, and tried-and-true tips sure to get any parent through the holiday season—without losing your marbles.Ah, the holidays: a time of joy, celebration, serenity, and peace…Unless, of course, you have whiny, screaming children deFrom New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed “Scary Mommy” blogger Jill Smokler comes a funny and practical guide filled with essays, recipes, and tried-and-true tips sure to get any parent through the holiday season—without losing your marbles.Ah, the holidays: a time of joy, celebration, serenity, and peace…Unless, of course, you have whiny, screaming children demanding presents, attention, and a personal appearance by Santa or Judah the Maccabee. Then you’re screwed.But wait, there’s hope: Scary Mommy Guide to Surviving the Holidays to the rescue!Yes, in this handy holiday guide, you’ll find everything you need to survive the fall/winter rush of cheer in style, and without having a mental breakdown. From relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table, to easy-to-follow recipes that might include just a little something special to take the edge off (can anyone say Kahlua?), to fun and accessible gift ideas, this book is your ticket to peace of mind—and a laugh—during the busy, crazy holiday season!...

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Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays Reviews

  • Alicia
    2019-06-19 04:57

    This is the perfect book to help you get through the holidays. In addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas. My family has 7 birthdays from November to December. I NEED to find the humor in this time of year or I will go crazy. I love Scary Mommy, because they keep it real. Parenting is a great job, but it also a hard job. When you add in unrealistic expectations of how holidays SHOULD be you tend to lost sight of the humor and actual joy of this time of year. A must read for anyone who is stressing out over this "magical" time of year.

  • Kim
    2019-06-02 10:01

    A really funny books- some of the sections adding more useful advice than others. Some interesting recipes included aswell. One of the funniest ones was about the benefits of having to sit at the children's table at family gatherings! You get served first, often get table gifts, often have chicken nuggets to pick at! So it's not always the short straw it might appear!I did enjoy this one!Many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this one

  • Alyssa Schneyman
    2019-06-01 06:23

    A really funny books- some of the sections adding more useful advice than others. One of the funniest ones was about the benefits of having to sit at the children's table at family gatherings! You get served first, often get table gifts, often have chicken nuggets to pick at! So it's not always the short straw it might appear!I did enjoy this one!Many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this one

  • April
    2019-06-19 07:18

    As of this writing, there are only 73 days until Christmas. 73 days! I can hardly believe that, but it seems to arrive more quickly every year so I suppose I had better get ready. I've had Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler for over a year now, but I didn't have time to read it before the holidays last year and I wanted to save it until it felt a little more relevant...and until it felt a little cooler outside. This book is a collection of essays compiled by Jill Smokler, creator of Scary Mommy, a parenting blog followed by millions of parents that expresses in no uncertain terms that parenting doesn't have to be perfect. Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays takes us along with Jill and a few of her friends as we commiserate about all those little things that threaten to suck the fun out of the holiday season.When I first started the book, I thought that it seemed like it might be a little too cynical for me. Sometimes our kids annoy us. That is just a fact of parenting, but some people can, at times, take that a bit far. This was the sentence that made me worry:Getting through the holidays is no longer a matter of joy and celebration; it's a survival of the fittest.I'm all for laughing at the way our kids make us crazy just to keep from crying, but I feared this was not going to be the book for me. But then I kept reading...The first essay in the book is entitled Thanksgiving Etiquette Manifesto, by Leslie Marinelli. It begins with a recital of all the way she spends weeks "planning and preparing for the most highly anticipated meal of the year, only to have my Rockwellian dreams shattered in a matter of seconds by the arrival of my extended family." The essay goes on to provide a list of requirements for attending Thanksgiving Dinner. She knows that it will either make the day better, or people will get offended and not come. She is perfectly okay with either outcome.This book is filled with hilarious essays to which we can all relate. From forgetting to thaw the Thanksgiving Turkey to a funny Dysfunctional Family Drinking Game; from hoping the kids will figure out that Santa is not real (I'm so on board with this!) to the torture that is the holiday card photo session. This book is also filled with great recipes that somehow still manage to be funny. And finally, there is also a great gift list for those parents you hate (glitter art kits and musical instruments).One thing that I thought was absolutely wonderful about this book was something I found in the introduction. After years of hosting a very popular blog, Jill Smokler yearned for a way to help some of her readers, and others, who were in need. After a very short four day fundraising effort, she had raised $18,000 that would be used to purchase nearly four hundred Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. Suddenly, The Thanksgiving Project was born. It is now an official 501(c)(3) charity that has helped over four thousand families celebrate a holiday they otherwise couldn't have. This is an inspiring use of one's popularity.This book was very funny and a very entertaining read. You really should read it and now is a perfect time. Not only is the holiday season upon us, but right now you can purchase the Kindle version for only 99 cents! You canNOT beat that!I'll just leave you with these parting words:Whether you are at the adults' table or the infamous kids' table, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. May you find the joy in the holiday no matter where you sit.Check out more of my reviews at SmartGirlsRead!www.smartgirlsread.blogspot.com

  • Ellen Klock
    2019-06-01 10:03

    Whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah, this fun little book will keep you laughing through the holidays. Even if your kids are grown, you can relate to the little vignettes told by the author and a host of other writers as they share their experiences in a humorous and quirky way. Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler includes suggestions, recipes, lists of dos and don'ts, as well as funny little stories and anecdotes. We can vicariously experience the holidays as seen through the authors' shared secrets of past events.Perhaps the reason I find this little tome so amusing is that too many of their lamentations ring true. Some of my favorite moments in the book include:I take all the labels off my mother-in-laws gifts and say they are from Santa.Make sure you have a wingman on speed dial to get you the shit you forgot.While we want the meal to be memorable we don't want it to be that kind of memory.If I mix more than three ingredients, that's fresh.Glitter, commonly known as the herpes of the art world.Apple flavored lollipop seems a sensible fruit choice.I plan on playing the Dysfunction Family Drinking Game at the next holiday meal (I'll need an extra bottle of wine), trying the Macaroni and Cheese recipe and eating it all myself (ditto for the Kahlua Dip), and selecting some presents from the Best Gifts to Buy for the Parents You Hate list (you don't even need to wait until Christmas, birthdays will do just as well). It's a win win, where we get an affirmation of our own messed up holidays, a chuckle or two, plus the knowledge that the proceeds from book sales go towards The Thanksgiving Project, part of The Scary Mommy Nation, which ensures that all families will be able to experience their own Thanksgiving meal. Just think of it as an inexpensive therapy session. Four stars.I would like to thank Pocket Star Books and Netgalley for allowing me to download a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
    2019-06-01 12:01

    Jill Smokler's website, Scary Mommy, is one of my all-time favorite sites. The articles, the anonymous confessions, the community with like-minded parents, all of these elements combine to make a site that I visit at least once a day. Jill hosts guest bloggers regularly and usually has a new article every day. I love that! I bought this book because I knew it would be a fun read, but I also wanted to support Scary Mommy Nation's Thanksgiving Project. Every year on Scary Mommy, families in need are provided with gift cards to grocery stores so that they can have Thanksgiving dinner. Isn't that awesome? Jill keeps Scary Mommy fun, but also helps people---not just at Thanksgiving---and I love that about her and her site.I really enjoyed Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays. It was a light-hearted, fast read, and I found myself smiling and laughing as I read. This book consists of essays by different contributing authors (many of whom I regularly follow on their own blogs) and also recipes for holiday food. Even the recipes were funny, as each contributor put their own spin on the instructions or the description of the food. Not to mention, some of the recipes were quite mouthwatering just to read about!The group of authors and the varied content kept this book feeling fresh and new the whole way through. I never got bored and found myself loving the change in "voice" with each essay. The perspectives from other moms, who get just as stressed during the holidays as I do, were comforting for me. I often feel like I'm the only one who gets so overwhelmed by the get-togethers, the gifts, the busy-ness of the holidays. It was nice to read that other women, women whose writing I know and respect, feel the same way.Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays was a light-hearted, fast, and fun read. I had a good time reading it and would definitely recommend it!

  • Angela
    2019-06-12 07:26

    Not only is this book hilarious, it is guaranteed to contain at least one story that you will swear you either wrote yourself or that someone else was inspired to write because they were lurking in your windows when you weren’t paying attention. Surely these things can’t be happening to all of us…or can they??Stories with titles like: The Great Frozen Turkey Incident of 2006, Ten People in the Grocery Store on the Morning of Thanksgiving, and The Dysfunctional Family Drinking Game, if you’re not laughing out loud within the first ten pages then you might want to seek professional help because your funny bone is broken.Stories including meltdowns over grocery shopping, frozen turkeys, in-laws and coming in last on your children’s “I’m thankful for…” list (right behind poop, dad and really anything else they can think of) not to mention in-laws, new babies, cracked nipples and…well, I don’t want to give too much away!Featuring an all-star blogging lineup including some of my favorite writer’s on this planet, including Crystal Ponti, Sarah Cottrell, Kathryn Leehan, and, of course, the amazing Jill Smokler this book is sure to be a huge hit. Right now you can score a digital copy for your e-reader of choice for just $2.99 and the best part–okay the laughing is probably the best part but this is pretty darn good, too–is the proceeds all go to help the fantastic Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project, which helps families in need provide a Thanksgiving meal for their families.- See more at: http://writermomblog.com/give-every-m...

  • Angie
    2019-06-14 09:02

    Synopsis: "From New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed “Scary Mommy” blogger Jill Smokler comes a funny and practical guide filled with essays, recipes, and tried-and-true tips sure to get any parent through the holiday season—without losing your marbles.Ah, the holidays: a time of joy, celebration, serenity, and peace…Unless, of course, you have whiny, screaming children demanding presents, attention, and a personal appearance by Santa or Judah the Maccabee. Then you’re screwed.But wait, there’s hope: Scary Mommy Guide to Surviving the Holidays to the rescue!Yes, in this handy holiday guide, you’ll find everything you need to survive the fall/winter rush of cheer in style, and without having a mental breakdown. From relatable, hilarious essays on everything from the Santa myth to being seated at the dreaded kids’ table, to easy-to-follow recipes that might include just a little something special to take the edge off (can anyone say Kahlua?), to fun and accessible gift ideas, this book is your ticket to peace of mind—and a laugh—during the busy, crazy holiday season!"My Review: A little comic relief for this holiday season. It has a great variety of recipes, funny stories, and a little of all the holidays. I liked the collection of contributors, all had a little different outlook but all on the same torture the holidays bring. I am definitely going to make a couple of the recipes and the drinking game will be in full effect!

  • Carrie
    2019-06-26 05:25

    Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays is a collection of short humorous essays by a multitude of authors. The topics range from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. There are also chapters of recipe's that I didn't enjoy quite so much and found myself skipping. However, there are a few I stopped and read, such as the recipe titled "a pecan pie recipe that will make family and friends want to tongue you." Some of the stories had me laughing out loud. There is particular story about a 4 year old that decided he wanted a tuba for Christmas. "And I sat there for a while envisioning my son on Christmas morning unwrapping his new tuba mouthpiece, the only part we might be able to afford." I swear my giggling might have woken up my husband on quite a few occasions. The variety of chapters was excellent and with all chapters only taking a few minutes to read it was so easy to read this book anywhere. Incidentally, this also made it hard to put down as it was all to easy to think you have time for one more chapter. I mean how can you stop when the next chapter is "A ten-step guide to making stuffing with your passive-aggressive mother-in-law". This book is a great read for all mothers, unless your the pinterst kind. ***ARC provided by Gallery Books via Netgalley***

  • Ginny Marie
    2019-06-19 07:13

    From recipes to anecdotes to lists, this book will get you through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. I laughed out loud when Jill wrote about her son being thankful for poop. Let's face it, any time a kid can get poop into the conversation, he will! I'm sure Crystal Ponti's "Put-Your-Feet-Up-While-the-Crock-Pot-Cooks Cranberry Sauce" will be much more delicious than the time I tried to make stuffing in my crock pot. It didn't turn out so well. I could totally relate to Sarah Cottrell's description of "Ten People in the Grocery Store the Morning of Thanksgiving." I, myself, have been the desperate spouse, known to run out to buy more wine before my in-laws can get another bottle from their already abundant supply in the basement.Since my first daughter was born in November, I laughed my way through Alice Gomstyn's "The Pros and Cons of Having a Baby Right Before Thanksgiving," because lactating boobs are quite entertaining. Becoming a mother also means that everything changes, and Jennifer Simon's story "Redefining Thanksgiving" is a beautiful reflection on how a baby can make the holidays even better.The best part of this book, however, is that part of the profits go to Scary Mommy's Thanksgiving Project, which raises money for families to be able to buy Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Brenda
    2019-06-25 12:21

    Irreverently Funny & AddictiveHilarious fun, this guide is a must read for the stressed out. This is a collection of essays from easy-to-identify-with moms whose families celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah, sharing their stories, advice and recipes to help you through the holidays.My personal favorites:- The Dysfunctional Family Drinking Game- The Pregnant Holiday Checklist- Thanksgiving Etiquette Manifesto- Faking it in the Kitchen- A Ten-Step Guide to Making Stuffing with your Passive-Aggressive Mother-in-Law- Twenty Ways You know it’s the Day after Christmas- To Tuba or Not to Tuba…that is the Question- The Dos and Don’ts of Christmas with Kids “Don’t use wrapping paper smattered with glitter. Eating wrapping paper is also one of life’s great joys to a baby, and you really don’t wanna change a diaper that sparkles.”And my sentimental favorite:- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…Not On what is certain to happen the night before Christmas: “I’ll wrap presents with my husband while watching Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life, and I’ll cry because love is actually all around (also, Colin Firth) and because George Bailey really is the richest man in town.”I received my advanced reading copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Angie
    2019-06-10 08:20

    I received a copy of this book for an honest review from netgalley.I don't read non-fiction. Ever. I'm not sure why I requested this book from netgalley to begin with, other than it looked funny. Funny doesn't even begin to describe this book!! It was freaking hilarious, and I'm not even a parent. I'm sure other moms would get even more enjoyment out of this than I did. And the recipes! I want to try every recipe that's in this book. I can't even decide which I would choose if I was told I could only make one. They look delicious and amazingly easy, even the homemade "cheese with a little mac". I've always thought homemade mac and cheese was extremely difficult and time consuming, but this recipe seems quite easy, even though it has some strange ingredients. I'd recommend this to anyone that's looking for a laugh, that has kids, that doesn't have kids, that wants kids, or that's dead set against ever having kids. This book really is for anyone. I'd recommend checking it out right now!

  • Lisa Petty
    2019-06-20 11:59

    The holidays usually suck for my family. For some reason, something bad always happens to us this time of the year. This year was no different as we had to put our cat to sleep this week. In an effort to get out of my funk, I went looking for something funny to read. Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays delivered. Not only was this book funny, but it also included recipes. I am planning to make the spice cookies and the Crock pot cranberry sauce. I already play the dysfunctional drinking game, but it was nice to learn that I'm not alone. Read the book and all of that will make more sense to you. If you like to laugh and eat, but not necessarily at the same time, this book is for you. Thanks to Jill Smokler and her talented and funny friends for making me laugh. I really needed it. Now, if the rest of the holidays could just be a normal level of crazy, I will be fine.

  • Marjorie
    2019-06-23 10:21

    Given To Me For An Honest ReviewScary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays by Jill Smokler is a need to have in order to save your sanity. This book is such a fun on to read. It is full of essays, recipes and tips to help get you through the holidays without going crazy. You'll even find fun to make gift ideas. This book will help give you peace of mind and a laugh or two and save your sanity. I just loved this book. I wish I had had it when my children were small. But it still got me through the holidays anyway. I loved the recipes and the gift ideas, some of them I used this year. I gave this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it much more. It really deserves more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I suggest it as a gift to first time Mommy's. I am sure she would love the help. It also would be a great addition to your bookshelf. I look for more by Jill Smokler.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-06-15 12:59

    I have to admit I have been dipping into this little book of anecdotes ever since it was delivered. It is a lovely collection of anecdotes, advice, and recipes on how to cope with all the pressures of the holiday season.The lovely recipes include Christmas Morning Sanity Saving French Toast (a definite starter for me next weekend - why wait until Christmas?), A pecan Pie Recipe that will make family and friends want to tongue you! (for my next birthday dinner I think but of course I will need a practice run before then), Claim to Fame Upside Down Pumpkin Cake, Show Stealing Molasses Cookies (another one that won't wait until the next festive season), and Seasonal Cocktails for Moms to name but a few.It is great for when you have just a few minutes to spare and need something to bring a smile to your face. And I am sure we can all recognize ourselves in there somewhere!

  • Sara Thompson
    2019-06-18 05:17

    I got this book right before Christmas and thought it would be my salvation. I'm glad I waited. While we're a month away from the holiday, I found myself laughing at all the memories this book brought up. I can laugh now even though our Christmas tree is still up because it's fake and we don't have a box to put it in. I can't wait to share with friends and look forward to all the laughs we will have as we point out the exact feelings we have had over the years. This is a short book with short "stories", perfect for busy moms. Sneak a page or two while in the bathroom. Oh and the recipes - how fun is that? I'm thinking there will be some holiday cooking in my near future. That Kahlua dip is first. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy.

  • Brooke
    2019-06-10 08:03

    I enjoyed this book. Some parts were terrifyingly accurate and hysterical some were just ok. Its a fun holiday book that will give you a good chuckle. Its inexpensive and I think the money from the book goes to helping feed families at need - so even if you would find it ho-hum its worth it. I enjoyed it and am proposing book club read it and meet up post holidays and compare our tales to those in the book! Enjoy!

  • Cathy
    2019-06-10 06:10

    This sounded like a really fun book and I wasn't disappointed. A great percentage of the book deals with Thanksgiving and while this isn't a holiday that my family and I celebrate, the articles still proved interesting and amusing.The next section is divided into articles about Hanukkah and Christmas. Again all of the articles were highly entertaining. Utterly enjoyable and perfect for this festive season.

  • Johanna Panko
    2019-06-11 08:03

    Thanks Netgalley for a free book to read and review.I have one word......Hilarious. Freaking hilarious. And heartfelt. I'm sure every mother out there has wondered how others get through the holidays and this told it. Scary but true. The tuba story was my fav. I have a tuba player and it's insane how much they cost. But honestly.... A few recipes I'll try, and laughed at a few games. Very cute book. Overall entertainment is five stars. Funny, and very cute. Kudos scary mommy.

  • Melanie Johnson
    2019-06-01 07:25

    A very cute book that you should read before the throes of our Holiday season. I knew I would love this book when I read an entire chapter about that stupid Elf on the Shelf! There was entire chapter about Christmas in the Age of Social Media that was laugh out loud funny. This book made me feel much better. I thought I was the only Scrooge that doesn't like Christmas because of the added work it puts on women. There were some great recipes as well, so go out and buy this book!

  • Alisha Webster
    2019-06-20 11:11

    To say I liked this book would be an understatement. I loved it. I laughed so hard that I cried. They had so many different contributors so it never got boring. After the holiday season I’ve had, I needed this. Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays is about family, frozen turkeys, annoying in-laws, failed dinners, thankless children, and all the holiday stresses wrapped in one humorous and easy to relate to package. 5/5

  • Christina
    2019-06-15 07:07

    For parts of December, I wasn't really in the mood to celebrate the holidays. I put in the effort for my kids, but I would have rather lied around and watched movies all month than decorate and bake. I thought reading funny essays about the season might help. I enjoyed parts of this book. The stories were cute and some were actually funny, but I could have done without the recipes, lists, and tips. I received this book from NetGalley for review purposes.

  • Kayla Tornello
    2019-06-03 09:14

    It was very appropriate that I finished reading this book on Christmas Eve, while my son was misbehaving since he was extremely tired, but too excited to actually sleep. A bunch of different authors offer short snippets of holiday humor interspersed with some quick recipes. It was quite entertaining and is a quick, easy read, which is perfect for mothers who are trying to read while hiding in the bathroom from their children.

  • Julia
    2019-06-05 07:09

    This book is a series of humorous essays on the winter holiday season. The essays were hit and miss, most were entertaining. I think this book is best read in small doses. After reading several of the essays, they become less humorous. I think reading them one of two at a time will really enhance the enjoyment.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

  • Jenna Copeland
    2019-06-23 06:13

    Three were some parts at the beginning that made me laugh out loud, but as with many books of this type, the humor ran thinner the longer I read. I did like "Stop cussing, it's *^~€<€ Christmas" as it captured my belief that the holidays are far far overdone in this day and age. All in all, a quick, fun read for a good cause. Recommend.

  • Tory Michaels
    2019-06-12 11:14

    Oh, this is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed the little stories and it helps me feel not so alone when it comes to having insane children who drive me to drink. That's why I love Scary Mommy - she always has the right words for the right time to make me feel like I'm not as bad a mom as I think I am.

  • C. Lee Reed
    2019-06-03 08:01

    Loved the book and found it entertaining. Now I remember why I dread the holiday season. Great authors share their tips and recipes as well as remind us that it's okay to like the holidays again. At least as long as it takes you to read the book!

  • Emily Demattia
    2019-06-05 05:08

    super funny and a great stress reliever around the holidays

  • Michelle Mcallister
    2019-06-04 05:22

    Funny, yet so true!Jill Smokler has the courage to say what we are thinking when it comes to the holidays with children. Worth a read!

  • Tricia
    2019-06-27 13:16

    This is a really funny collection of essays by moms. It is a nice de-stresser for when you are feeling overwhelmed at Thanksgiving and Christmas.