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Meet Mary Susan

"Welcome to Mommy Magic! An interactive community of real moms, founded by a real mom, to give support and tips to make the chaos of motherhood easier and more fun! I am Mary Susan, an author, a columnist, a life coach for moms and a I have Mommy Magic TV segment too! Most importantly, I have three beautiful (and very busy) daughters! I am a real mom managing the daily insanity of motherhood just like you!"


Mom - Job Description

Happy New Year!! I hope 2009 finds you well, healthy and happy. Now that the holidays are over and the exhaustion of creating all the magic is behind us I thought it appropriate to have a good chuckle to kick-off the New Year. To all my fellow moms, I hope you get a laugh from the "Mom Job Description" shown below.

Also, coming soon in January I will be hosting a Guest Blog Series for the New Year featuring several fabulous women who will be sharing their insight on motherhood and the magic of balancing it all! Please subscribe now to my blog site so that you are notified when the launch of the "Fabulous 2009 Mommy Magic Blog Series" launches. Do it today so you don't miss it!


POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long-term, team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far-away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets, and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars, and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery-operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required, unfortunately.  On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and only wish you could do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays, and no stock options are offered, this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life.


Mommy Magic Book SigningThanks to the many mom's who came to the official local book launch and signing of "Mommy-Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity." It was so inspiring being around mom's taking time to celebrate themselves and each other. I wanted to share one of my favorite sayings. I have it sitting on my desk in the kitchen to remind me in the midst of insanity that I am talented and fabulous and powerful beyond measure…and so are YOU! Most of all, thanks for spreading the word about Mommy Magic! Cheers to you!

An Affirmation for You

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson


Halloween Costumes for Mom’s…SCARY!

Okay, so Halloween is closing in. As mom’s, you know that Halloween costumes and the holiday now in general is MAJOR! Since my own birthday is actually on Halloween, I am a big fan of all the Halloween festivities – the prepping for the costume, carving pumpkins, hay rides, all of it takes me back to when I was a kid. That being said, I love the entire costume thing. It may sound silly, but isn’t Halloween the only holiday we as adults can join in at the kid level for fun? I happen to think so. So much in fact, that we host a Halloween party for kids and their parents every year. In my family, the tradition is my kids get to pick out my husband’s Halloween costume. My girls think about it for weeks, giggle about it at night as we get their pj’s on – the anticipation of what their Dad is going to dress up as is almost as fun as seeing him in the actual costume. Then, the eventful day comes when they all go to the party store and pick it out together. My husband has gone as a sumo wrestler (you know the zip up costume), a cowboy, a pirate and this year….Elvis – jumpsuite, wig and all. It is a tradition for our family and it is loads of fun. With that, I thought I would get in on the action. Always spending so much time running around getting my 3 girls costumes “completed” I never seem to find the time to get a fun costume to wear myself and as the “mom” there is no specific event to pick out one for me. Bitter about it??? NO…empowered by it… temporarily. So feeling empowered and satisfied that I am going to wear something other than my staple witch’s hat this year for our Halloween party, I venture into the local party store. Pleased with myself, I start scanning the wall of options only to quickly realize that Halloween costumes for women have changed over the past few years. As I pace the aisle in disbelief of my options, I am wondering have I really gotten old or are these costumes trashy? I mean, as a mom of 3 little girls, I wasn’t looking to be a smutty nurse or a “bad” cop. The witch selection has even gone “R” rated. This is a “PG” family party for goodness sake, I am not trying to pick up at it or anything. When did trashy, boob poppin’ out of the costume go mainstream for mom’s during Halloween? Standing in the aisle, obviously talking out loud to myself about this issue, my 6 year old daughter gives me a word of hope. She exclaimed, “Mom, you shouldn’t wear one of these costumes (I almost told her to cover her eyes as we glanced at the variety of them). Feeling for a moment that she understood my plight, she continued with, “You should just wear Dad’s sumo wrestler costume from last year.” Perfect….just what I needed to hear…I pulled myself together and walked out of the store with my chin up having decided to wear my trusty witch’s hat again this Halloween. That is until some smart mom starts making great costumes that are not size 4 and under and actually covers my cleavage.

Share your Halloween costume stories! Please blog about them!


Motherhood: A Marathon, Not a Sprint!

There is a reason why in an airplane, they tell mothers that in the event of an emergency, they should secure the oxygen mask over their own mouths first, and then assist their children. It might seem selfish, but if the mother is gasping for air, how in the world is she ever going to have the right mind to help her child? Not to beat a dead horse, but if we as moms are healthy and happy, we have a better chance of guiding our children and family in the same direction. So with that, the “Mommy Magic” here is to treat motherhood as a marathon, not a sprint. Take lots of water breaks along the way and take care of yourself!

What are some of the ways you find to take care of yourself and recharge your battery as a mom?


Dare To Dream

Most people spend more time and energy planning a two-week vacation than they do establishing a vision for their own life. Take me, for example: I spent more time planning our family trip to Disney World than I did studying for any college exam. There was so much to figure out! I had to decide where to stay, map out the monorail schedule from the hotel to each theme park, get Fast Passes for various rides (and time them with the precision of a military operation to ensure that we’d have enough time, after using the Fast Pass for the teacups ride, to race across the park and use our Fast Pass for Mickey’s PhilharMagic). Don’t even get me started on how you have to call three months ahead to get a seating time for Cinderella’s Breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle. Don’t get me wrong—I love taking my kids to Disney World. I’m truly awed by the magic they create. But my point is, shouldn’t we invest at least as much time and energy planning our lives as we do planning a family trip?

Believe it or not, there will be a day that we are not slinging hash all day for our kids. It might sound like an eternity away, but there will come a day when there are no more runny noses, no more diapers, no more coloring books. And when that day comes, we, as moms, will have to face ourselves. The question is, will we like what we see? Odds are, if you haven’t taken time to dream, and to pursue your own passions—even when your kids are still young—the answer might be no.

Do you have a dream or passion that you would like to take time to explore? If so, what is it?