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Confess Your Parenting Dirty Little Secrets!

Cover of "Confess"

Cover of Confess

Confess! We all have things we’re embarrassed to admit as parents. Now’s your chance to clear your conscience. The juicier the better! Confess — it’s all ANONYMOUS!


1. I send my kid to school without underwear because I just don’t want to do the laundry.


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Favorite 10 Kooky & Bizarre Celebrity Names

English: Gwen Stefani at the Cannes film festival

Gwen named her baby boy Kingston — a name I Like!  English: Gwen Stefani at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow named her baby girl Apple? People went into an absolute uproar. What on earth was she thinking? However, it seems everyone is giving their children some kooky name nowadays. Hey, I’m no exception. I followed the “last name becomes a first name” route.

A neighbor down the street from me just had a baby and used normal names like Lauren and Annie. As they grow up, they’ll actually have the crazy names that no one used. Brilliant! Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore named her daughter Olive — the 78th most popular name last year for a BOY. Continue reading

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10 Favorite Halloween Flicks for the Family

Grab the popcorn, kids and DVD remote. It’s time to snuggle up under the blankets and settle in for some fun family Halloween movies that will makes your kids smile rather than shriek in horror.

Top 10 Family-Friendly Movies to Watch This Halloween

Addams Family Values
The Addams Family: When long-lost Uncle Fester reappears after twenty-five years in the Bermuda Triangle, Gomez and Morticia plan a celebration to wake the dead. Angelica Houston dazzles in this cast. Continue reading

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Jennifer Aniston Caught In the Act

English: Actress Jennifer Aniston at the Londo...

Actress Jennifer Aniston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A recent YouTube video has caught Jennifer Aniston in the act…. the act of what she’s really like when she doesn’t think the cameras are on.

Really, this is a commercial for Smartwater, but it’s funny as hell. We look at someone’s life from afar and think what it must really be like. She seems so glamorous. So beautiful. So perfect. Is there anyone else in your life you think that way about? Continue reading


Top 10 Toy Train Videos on YouTube

Great Northern Railroad toy train Pullman car

Great Northern Railroad toy train Pullman car (Photo credit: Minnesota Historical Society)

Two straight weekends stuck inside while the weather outside is beautiful. Bitter? Who me? You betcha!

The Croup continues to rule the roost. Now the second one is down for the count. As a mom, I’m supposed to be self-sacrificing, only thinking of my little one. But as some point, you gotta stare karma in the face and ask, “Really?” When are these kids going to be well?

As I gaze out at the sunny weather, dreaming of enjoying a cool crisp day, I get the overwhelming enjoyment of a pissed-off preschooler whose only respite are YouTube videos of trains.

And so, I offer you the top 10 YouTube videos of trains to bookmark next time you have an ornery child on your hands. After all, we all need a mental break. And if the computer gives you even 15 minutes of sanity, then it’s worth it! Continue reading

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I Am a Corporate Widow

We all know the joke about being a golf widow where husbands disappear for the weekend — all day Saturday and Sunday — as they hit the greens. But there’s a new genre of women out there — one that has yet to be truly defined because no one wants to admit it. It’s called the corporate widow.

For years people referred to the corporate wife. The husband would go to work, and the wife would stay home or head off to her own job, all while taking care of the house, joyfully washing the laundry and cooking a lovely meal. Perhaps she would even sing a lovely tune as the birds joined in just like a real-life Cinderella (minus the kitten heels because no matter how good they look, they hurt like a mother). June Cleaver knew how to take care of her husband and her boys while being perfectly coiffed. Continue reading

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Screw You, Mom

Children have a hysterical way of describing things. But no two ways about it, whatever words leave their mouths when they’re exceptionally mad, they are essentially saying, “Screw you, Mom.”

I wasn’t expecting nor prepared for the first mouthing off I got. It was like being pistol whipped. Except I needed to turn away from laughing my ass off. Continue reading