Thank you! Please pass the virtual chocolate.

Just a quick note today to say THANK YOU! 

Remember when I kept bugging you to vote for this blog for that Parents Blog Awards thing? And you guys were super nice and voted?

Turns out, we WON!

Funniest Mom Blog: Readers' Choice

As a small token of my gratitude, I drew you my classic celebratory trio: Champagne, ice cream & chocolate. 

Enjoy! I'm enjoying it virtually too. I don't actually have any of these things in my house, and since I'm still riding the health train I won't be having them. So we'll just pretend. You know, to keep my glamorous image alive. 

Anyway, I'm in awe over this, that a blog less than six months old could pull this off. Thank you again! You guys are the best. And I mean that. And not because of this contest either. But because of all the hilarious comments that make me laugh, well wishes, overflow of support and just general awesomeness that this blog has become thanks to the community of parents who hang out here. Thank you!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new post. Unless I eat too much virtual chocolate.   

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147 Responses to Thank you! Please pass the virtual chocolate.

  1. kmischa says:

    So thrilled to see you among the winners! Love the blog and recommend it as often as possible.

  2. shawn says:

    YES! Congratulations. You deserve it, absolutely! You make me laugh so hard…and you are preparing me for motherhood. I love it!

  3. AngieW says:

    WOOT! So well deserved. Thanks for sharing your virtual trio. Yummy!

  4. Rebekah says:

    Congratulations! An award well-deserved.

  5. jillsmo says:

    YAYYYYYY!!!!!! You so totally deserve this!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Are you feeling better?

  6. jackie says:

    You had my vote! I link to it all the time on FB. Congratulations!

  7. Karin says:

    YAY!!! Congratulations!!!

  8. Lucy says:

    Congratulations! Your blog is hilarious and so relatable and non-judgmental that it is hard not to like it. And thank you for the virtual champagne. I will celebrate with a virtual act of drunkenness.

  9. Jolleen says:

    I then, who am NOT on a health kick will claim your chocolate and ice cream but since I have no champagne I’ll just have a mango smoothie. =) Thanks for the laughs Amber, you really do post what “real” life is like (and since my kids are now 20, 15 and 13 I can happily give you pointers for the next few years, ha ha ha!)

  10. Jennie says:

    Thank you for my virtual yummys! Congrats on winning, but really, was there ever any doubt? ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Heather says:

    YAY! I voted for you! I’m so glad you won in the end. I guess this means *your* votes were made by real people. teehee

  12. Karen says:

    That is so awesome, I’m glad I got my vote in on time. :). Thanks for the virtual chocolate

  13. colette says:

    In a world where the poop rises to the top more often than not, it’s nice to see one of the good gals win once in a while. CONGRATS. I’m going to go get some REAL ice cream to celebrate your win.

  14. Vero says:

    Yay!! Congrats!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. emily says:

    Oh Yay!!! I wasn’t sure what the final count was so… CONGRATS!! Thanks for the “virtual” goodies. So thoughtful..!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Amanda Roach says:

    You make us laugh….fair is fair.

    But about your chocolate bits that look like turds…can I trade that for more booze!?

  17. Robyn C. says:

    You always make me smile, and it is a great relief to know that I am not the only crazy one out there! Thanks for doing what you do!

  18. Mikayla says:

    Every time you post, it brings a smile to my face and laughter to my heart. You have such a gift with words!

  19. Wanda says:

    Well, of course you won! Yours is the funniest! I’m surprised you didn’t win the Editor’s Pick too, course then that would just look bad if you took all the titles. I’ll take that champagne, thank you!

  20. Stephanie says:

    Congrats!I love your blog!

  21. Dorotea says:

    I know you have heard this many many many times but I just need to say it for myself. YOU ARE THE BEST. I find myself reading your posts over and over again and I laugh like nonstop.

    OOOh. *deep sigh, wiping tears, sore laugh-muscles*

  22. DW says:

    I don’t often comment, but just wanted to tell you congrats and that yours is one of the only blogs I read and certainly the one I look forward to the most. Every time a new one pops up on FB I get almost giddy with excitement, it is silly! Congrats on your obviously well deserved win!

  23. Laura says:

    Congrats!! So exciting. Thanks for the champagne and goodies…perfect breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ Mmmmm!

  24. DJ says:

    Way to go, although it is no surprise, you totally deserve to win!! Enjoying the virtual chocolate!!

  25. Amber Dusick says:

    Felling better? Oh yes well…

    Sorry. Fell asleep while typing again.

  26. Amber Dusick says:

    How does one do a virtual act of drunkenness? Youze meanl like dishl?

  27. Stacie says:

    Yay congrats. You my dear are hilarious and totally deserved this! Cheers

  28. Sunny says:

    so happy for you! it’s well deserved!

  29. Liz Benbrooks says:

    Congrats! Hope you are starting to feel a little better….mono just seems to go on forever.

  30. Paula says:

    You rock!! Thanks for the laughs.

  31. Renee says:


  32. the lupines says:

    oh i love champagne. it’s my magic drink. no hangover, even if i have lots and lots. we’ll see if that’s true of the virtual kind. CONGRATULATIONS on winning the blog awards! it’s just the beginning….book book book!!

  33. Andrea says:

    Yay hooray! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yummy celebratory goodies!

  34. Keri says:

    Well-deserved for sure!

  35. Fiona says:

    I am drinking the champagne in your honour, and having the chocolate. They are Lindt dark choc balls, all squished because my 4 yo DS put his hand in the box and SQUEEZED).

  36. Melissa Faust says:

    Congrats! You totally deserve it, this blog is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. Most of the time it is like you are peeking in the windows of my house with my own boys. Only you manage to make it flippin’ hilarious! Thanks for all the laughs Amber. You rock star! You make me laugh so hard tears nearly run down my legs;)

  37. Stacy says:

    Amber, you are my hero. You should meet my Daughter, she’s 3 1/2 and totally insane, wants to slay and eat a peacock for Thanksgiving if that gives you any idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. AngieG says:

    Congratulations! Your blog is my new favorite! You are hilarious!

  39. Amber Dusick says:

    Well, the feathers certainly are prettier. She sounds hilarious!

  40. Elisabeth says:

    Congratulations! Your blog brings a dose of wonderful to my life knowing that I am not alone in the things we deal with everyday!

  41. Amber Dusick says:

    Yum, I love those! Even the squished ones.

  42. Jessie says:

    Yay! I’m so happy because when voting ended that other blog was in the lead and I couldn’t help but wonder if she was cheating since she had no followers. I’m glad they checked it all out because your blog is truly the funniest! I laugh out loud at all your posts!

  43. Raising my glass to you, Amber. And to your readers! Awesome group effort, led by a great cartoonist and writer.

  44. Desiree says:

    Congrats! Nice to see another momma with a good sense of humor!

  45. Jessica says:

    You deserve it! Your blog kicks ass and I am constantly having to pinch myself to make sure I didn’t write it myself, in some strange parallel universe. Please keep up the good work! You provide some much-needed laughs in this crazy motherhood endeavor ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Erica says:

    you totally deserved it. And I am riding that health train too, so I’m all in on the virtual indulgences.

  47. It’s because you’re AWESOME!!! (and kind of funny too)

  48. Sweet! You totally deserve the award!

  49. Katie says:

    Awesome! Congratulations!

  50. Andee says:

    Congrats!!!! You deserved it. I hope your Crappy kids keep doing Crappy things so you can keep drawing Crappy Pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all the laughs.

  51. Alicia says:

    Most deserved! Congrats! And thank you for providing comic relief for my husband and me. We both love your blog!!

  52. brigit says:

    you deserve it. your blog is amazing for many reasons. the funny most of all, but also that it’s a “mommy blog” (barf) that doesn’t leave us feeling like shit because it presents parenthood in glossy, posed pictures and performance art. you are humble and self deprecating and don’t present yourself as some sort of magical mother who spends all day crafting and knitting with the wool of organic alpaca that was sheared under the full moon and blessed by felted gnomes so that your children, Sage Brush Moonbeam and Bratleigh can be extra sparkly. it’s really, really rare that i read a parenting blog that doesn’t make me feel like the worst mom ever. i have two boys the same age as yours, so i especially enjoy it. anyway. congrats!

  53. Stacy Seman says:

    I voted for you and told all my friends to as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have not human children (only a naughty bunny), but I find a great sense of “OMG. I would totally do that. LOL” (and immediately post it on FB). Especially the spider incident! I hope you are kicking mono back (been there, done that) and getting some much needed rest. CONGRATS!!!

  54. Najwa Power says:


  55. maggie says:

    Congrats! You deserve it. Your blog is amazingly funny, witty and funny….YES, I said funny twice…ah well. Enjoy!

  56. Jaime says:


  57. Alicia says:



    (Or is that the virtual champagne talking?)


  58. Morgan W says:

    YAY thats totally awesome and you SOOOO deserve it.
    I must say this blog has made me feel normal and that im not alone in this crazy world lol

    And thanks for the virtual goodies

  59. Justine says:

    Yours is the only blog I read on a regular basis, and thats only because you so consistantly crack me up! My kids are 3, 1, and one on the way and its like you are looking through my window at the toys on the floor and kids running amuck. So, Congratulations!

  60. Dana says:

    love love love love your blog!!!! You really make me laugh… I can relate on so many levels. I treasure reading your posts as i work from home, wasting time and money my company pays me for working ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. coralie says:

    Congratulations! You deserve it! You make me giggle every time!

  62. Andi says:

    As creepy as it sounds, totally thought of you at 3 am when my obnoxious cat decided to sleep on me. She never sleeps on me, she hates me. I was afraid she was going to work her way up to my face and smother me in my sleep. Congratulations on winning these prestigious bragging rights!

  63. Jeanette says:

    Well deserved win – always a great start to my day to have a giggle at your posts

  64. Yayy! Congrats! And at such a young age ๐Ÿ˜‰


  65. Amy G. says:

    Very well deserved! You make me laugh with every post!!

  66. KC says:

    Yippie! And the crazy part is crappy boy and crappy baby don’t care at all!

  67. Ada Wheatley says:

    thats awesome! your blog is my treat of the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. JenniCutley says:

    Congrats, you so deserve it! Please write a book or start making shirts so I can throw some money your way, lady!

  69. Kathi says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Love your crappy pictures! Thanks for the treats too!

  70. Angela Garrison says:

    Whoot! Whoot! So glad my vote actually counts for something around here! As the mother of 5, I have experienced all and more that you write about and love that I can just look back at it and laugh. Keep it up sister! We love ya!

  71. Misty says:

    Woohoo! You deserve it! Congrats!

  72. Ginny says:

    Congratulations! Your blog was a shoo-in, it is easily the funniest Mom blog I’ve ever read. Enjoy that virtual chocolate, you deserve it!

  73. julie says:

    Yea! Congrats! I took my chocolate in the form of Halloween left-over fun-sized bags of M&Ms. Yes, bags is plural. Otherwise, there is nothing “fun” about them. 7 M&Ms? Please! Now…about that bubbly…

  74. Megan says:

    Amanda, we’ll trade ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t care what it looks like as long as it tastes good – and since it’s virtual chocolate we’ll say it’s aMAZing.

  75. Vanessa says:

    Yay!!! So glad you won! Your blog has brightened many a day for me, and assured me that I’m not the only one.

  76. Pam says:

    So awesome! That’s great. I have to say I love reading your blog for the most pure reason of all….to see that other parents are human too. Thank you for sharing your family with us and congrats again!

  77. Naomi says:

    OMG – I snorted my coffee through my nose when I read your comment. lol.

  78. ems says:

    I’m drunk on virtual champagne, and it isn’t even two in the afternoon! You have my made my life seem a little more glamorous – or at least a little more funny!

  79. Jessica says:

    Congratulations and thank you for your awesome blog!

    It makes my day when I get a crappy pictures new post email ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Kaia says:

    Congrats! You absolutely deserve it. I share your stories with my husband so much that at times he has stopped me mid sentence and ask “wait. before you go on. Is this someone we know or that funny crappy girl?” ;p

  81. ems says:

    YESSSSSS!! what she said, right down to the two boys. YES!

  82. kella says:

    Congratulations and thanks for all the laughs, wishing you a speedy recovery.

  83. Monique says:

    Congrats! Well deserved ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Bodi says:

    Congratulations, Amber, that’s fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep up the good work, I really enjoy reading along, and even my husband has been known to giggle when I read excerpts to him …


  85. Erin C. says:

    Your blog is all too often the highlight of this busy mom’s day! I even share them with my husband in the evening after all the kids are in bed. I read them out loud with funny voices and he laughs along with me. Pure bliss. So thank you and congratulations!

  86. bcIMthemommy says:

    That’s fantastic! Way to go!

    I’m so effing jealous I could just eat all of your digital chocolate and ice cream, then drink all of your bubbly and drunk dial you just to scream obscenities at you. (I would then feel really bad that I’d done that and call you back blubbering about how sorry I was.)

    Really that’s awesome! You so deserve it.

  87. Staci Phillips says:

    I love reading your blog because it is exactly that same thing I’m thinking and feeling with my kids (4 & 11 mos)…it’s nice to share in the experiences with another woman who can relate on the same level and laugh at themselves and their experiences ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS – Your drawings are amazing! I use to do PowerPoint Slides of all the different events in my daily life (cause it gets ridiculous at times). I know the feeling of doodling to make yourself laugh at some of lifes moments!

  88. Kim says:

    wahoo! congratulations!!

  89. Staci Phillips says:

    PPS – Congrats on the win! You totally deserve it!

  90. Naomi says:

    Congratulations!!! Always enjoy reading your blog… just love it!!! So glad you won!

  91. Gretchen says:


  92. Bronwyn says:

    Well done. You deserve it!

  93. Christie says:

    Twice your blog has made me sob (literally) with laughter. And it ALWAYS puts a smile on my face. Thanks and Congratulations!!!

  94. Congrats! You totally deserve it! Thanks for the daily laughs and virtual champagne & chocolate….I’m enjoying it out on the virtual veranda.

  95. Congratulations! I ate a huge amount of real ice cream for dinner….bad idea. Should have stuck with the virtual stuff.

  96. PartlySunny says:

    Congratulations! It’s actually how I found you!

  97. Andrea says:

    Graphic Tees would be brilliant. I would totally buy them and give them to my friends (and keep them to myself!)

  98. Andrea says:

    So happy for you Amber, and us too because that means the good stuff will just keep coming (no pressure!). Yours is the only blog I subscribe to, and just seeing a new message from Crappy Pictures in my inbox lights me up. You are so dead-on and I fully appreciate your non-Stepford parenting style. ];~>

    As for the celebratory trio…know what’s best about virtual chocolate/ice cream/champagne? No fat or calories! Woohoo!!! (Okay no flavor, buzz, or endorphins either, but truly, aren’t we already giddy from the win?!)

    Congrats to you!

  99. Sara says:

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations! I am glad that you are being recognized for your hilarious blog. That does seem glamorous!!! Thank you for making me laugh! Glad to hear that you feeling better, too.

    Thank you for chocolate and champagne, it was delicious!

  100. Sue O says:

    congratulations!! I have not read other mom-blogs, but I LOVE yours. I swear we might be the same person with the same husband and kids ๐Ÿ™‚ I can SO RELATE and I love the way you tell stories. hope you shake the mono soon.

  101. Catharine says:

    Yay! Huge congratulations! Thank you for your great blog. It always brings a smile to my face… However sleep deprived i may be. It is such a positive thing you do… Putting out laughter and smiles to the world. Thanks!

  102. Julie says:

    Congrats on the win!!! But I’m totally put of the loop… What happened to that other blog who was showing up as in the lead?

  103. cindy says:

    Awesome… that wash perrrrfect! LOL
    But Hurrah for you! You rock.

  104. Debbie says:

    I’m so glad! I signed up specifically to vote for you!

  105. says:

    You crack me up all the time and take me back to my own young motherhood. Thanks! Congrats on winning the award. I’m sharing your work all around!

  106. Wendy says:

    Right on! I’m glad to see that truth and justice still prevails! Hope you’re feeling better and that you are keeping the virus to yourself.
    PS- I wish you could come over here and write about my 9 mo daughter weaning abruptly. Apparently nursing is now disgusting and she wouldn’t be caught dead doing it leaving me feeling pathetically sad. I keep asking myself how this would be depicted in Crappy Pics.

  107. Becky F says:


  108. Mercy says:

    So happy you won!

  109. Gina (Kime) says:

    Congratulations!! You are so deserving! You are brilliant and creative, and the blog is such a great illustration of your talent. You speak the truth in such a hilarious way, and I love how it is approachable for all moms. (Actually, all parents…my husband loves it, too.) Even though there are so many issues that can be divisive for moms, your blog can really speak to everyone. Thanks!!

  110. DodgyMama says:

    Yippee!! Well done!
    Seeing that you are wise and working on recovery and cannot partake in the celebratory consumption, bugger the virtual! I will toast your gigglesome awesomeness tonight with some real bubbly ๐Ÿ™‚ I will skip the other two perils however, else Small and Smaller will beat each other to death over them.

  111. Karen Z says:

    Congratulations Amber!!!! I don’t have kids, but a friend turned me on to your blog and am now (and have been for months) a faithful follower. When you have non-parents following a parenting blog, you’re doing something right ๐Ÿ™‚ great job, you absolutely deserve it!!

  112. Amber says:

    Very happy for you!!!

  113. Amanda Reifsnyder says:

    That’s awesome! Really!

    I just got turned on to your blog about 3 weeks ago and I am SO in love! I follow, like, no blogs and I read your posts religiously! This is the best compliment I can bestow: you are my only blog! I love that this is my life, in nearly the same words I use to describe is, plus pictures! A)Glad to know I’m not alone. B)Glad we both rock! Keep on rockin’!!

  114. WOW….you deserve this. Tonight is the first time I’ve seen you blog…I’ve been reading now for 30 minutes and laughed so hard I had to make an emergency bathroom trip before I had an embarrassing accident….I love crappy mom!!

  115. Amy says:

    Congratulations! You definitely deserve it. And since I’m not on a health kick, I really really want real chocolate now.

  116. Jamie says:

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy you won. You are hilarious and definitely deserve it!

  117. Lorikt says:

    Yay! You won! I’m so pleased! You totally deserve it you clever, funny, talented and lovely mum you!

  118. CathKane says:

    I’m so glad! Congratulations! I tried to vote so many times but the damn site wasn’t working… I would have been ridden with guilt if you hadn’t won as you totally deserve it, crappy pictures brightens my day : )

  119. Martin English says:

    Well done, both for winning and for surviving mono, the two crappy’s and &tc.

    My wife and I have three, including a set of twins, so we had 3 under 3 at one stage, and your posts remind me a lot of those days, the good and the bad ๐Ÿ™‚

    once again, congratulations on a deserved win

  120. Nilam says:

    Congratulations! You totally deserve this – your blog is craptastically awesome!

  121. Lisa says:

    Wow! Congrats! I never win anything so since my vote counted, I feel like I’m a winner too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, virtually anyway.

  122. Stacy says:

    Congratulations!!! You SOOOO deserve it!!!

  123. WOOOOO HOOOOO!! Congratulations! I’m going to go ahead and eat real chocolate since my figure is already shot to hell.

  124. Sanlie says:

    Congrats form the other side of the world! Your blog is out of this world funny! You deserve it.

  125. Jill R. says:

    Congrats! I’m really enjoying your blog. You take all of my most exasperating parenting moments and make them hilarious. I enjoyed your “park from hell” post the other day. Reminds of of when my kids darted away in two different directions in a department store and I had to call a Code Adam. Good times, good times.

  126. Dorothy says:


  127. Yay! You make me laugh every day, so I’m glad you won.

  128. Cynthia says:

    Yea, I’m so glad you won!

  129. Helen H says:

    Congratulations! You definitely deserve it. Since becoming a mom 16 months ago, the ONLY thing that “works” is the laughing. Very, verrry good stuff! Thank you for saying what we’re all afraid to say. ; )

  130. That’s awesome! You deserve it so much! I like the way you write and you tone, keep going!

  131. Rae says:

    I’m so in love with you. And also, congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you start feeling better!

  132. Amy Keffer says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! The chocolate is virtually making my ass bigger, but I could still make out with you for the laughs you’ve given me. Crap, that’s the champagne virtually talking.

  133. Amber Dusick says:

    I don’t know, all I know is that I got an email saying I won. So hey, not going to question it!

  134. CA MOM OF FOUR says:

    Thank you!!!!!!! You make us laugh about things we would normally cry about! You bring humor when the day is long. We all love our children-but these kinds of things help us keep going for our children and help us realize the humor and fun in it all!

    God Bless you!

    Thank you!

  135. CA MOM OF FOUR says:

    Sorry…….I haven’t had my coffee yet…lol……
    I wanted to
    CONGRATULATE you on WINNING!!!!!!!!!

    That is SO wonderfully great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (see-even our vocabulary starts to fade after so many kids…..or maybe its just because I have not had my coffee!!)

    ON to Coffee!

    Thanks for a GREAT BLOG!

    You are the ONLY BLOG I religiously follow.

    Thank you!! For being YOU!

  136. Jessie says:

    That is the BEFORE celebration trio. Right now, as a mother of an 11 month old, I could offer you a glass of apple jiuce (or a decaf tea), an organix gingerbread man, and in the freezer, theres um, peas and a teething ring. Woooo, chow down, party time!!

  137. Amy J. says:

    1. Yay!

    2. My 11 year old son ADORES your blog, and he and I read new entries together.

  138. Dennis says:

    And not because of this contest either.

  139. Gale says:

    You deserve it!

  140. Teresa says:

    I just found you today (1.19.12) and find you refreshinly hilarious! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing OUR story!
    Love, Another Mama

  141. Lori says:

    Your blog makes me laugh, and then turn all paranoid, looking over my shoulder to see if someone is watching me with my boys and drawing crappy pictures of our awkward childhood/parenting moments!

  142. Marguerite says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied
    on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about,
    why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your
    weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to