Kylie Menagh-Johnson

I'm a mom, step-mom, and community health activist.

I love shoes--vegan shoes, that is! What else do I love? Cooking, gardening, my husband,  kids, and the Oxford Comma.

I blog at The Life of Kylie on WordPress and A Whole Mother Blog on Blogger.
Come join in! It's fun, and yummy, and I will hardly ever make you cry. Promise.

Pretty Awesome

"Do I look pretty?""Yes, you look pretty. So, so pretty."Here I am with another 3-year old going through that "Pink Phase." This time around, however, I've given in to the pink. I've surrendered.I'm encouraging it, even.The first time around, I bought my daughter blue, green, and purple clothes--even black. I urged the wearing of pants, the breaking of stereotypes, and the development of a self-image independent of "pretty."She had other ideas....more

Strange Customs

I'm not trying to be disrespectful. I'm just thrifty.My husband swallowed a laugh as the customs agent replied that I would have to give the banana peel to the Agricultural Inspection Agent.Beginning to comprehend the gravity of our situation, I quickly stuffed the banana into my mouth, passing the rest to my ever-helpful husband....more
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That Weird, Creepy Feeling: On Standing Up and Speaking Out

I stood up to a guy in college who was always playing with a switch blade and writing stories about killing people. I reported him to our RA. The college suspended him for the rest of the school year so he could get mental health help. Meanwhile, his friends shunned me and one even body-checked me at a concert. As if I was the bad guy. Looking back, I now understand I may have prevented the sort of thing that just happened in Isla Vista....more

The Lies I Tell Myself

Lie, Lay, LiedGrammar! Sex! Sleep Deprivation! And exploring the lies I tell myself."Lie, Lay, Lied" was the original title and premise of my blog. The inside joke was that I can never remember whether to say "lie" or "lay" even though I'm a self-proclaimed grammar geek. ...more

Happy Third Birthday, Little Guy!


Another Chance

It is the first day of November, and so, today, someone will die. The screaming was over. Just a few whimpers and moans, now.Indira clung to the teachings about karma, reincarnation."The eyes of an old soul," whispered the midwife.Yes, she considered, but whose?...more

Day of the Dead

It's Dia de los Muertos, November 2ndSo, it's fitting, somehow, that just last Monday my family was in Washington, D.C., to hold a memorial for my father at Arlington Cemetery.I'm the oldest of five, so I probably have the strongest memories of the actual funeral, back in 1984....more

St. Halloween

I've been spending a lot of time on a Facebook page that satirizes sanctimommies.It's glorious.A bunch of bored wickedly funny and brilliant moms (and a few dads) let loose with the snark… it's so bad it's good."Halloweek" has been particularly enjoyable, what with all the news about the sanctimonious treats tracts being passed out:You probably already heard about The (Fat) Children's Crusade lady:...more

Top Ten Ways Dining Out With a Toddler is Like a Bad Date

Top Ten Ways Dining Out with a Toddler is Like a Bad Date10. They always make you late.9. When you get to the restaurant, they complain--loudly--about how they're TIRED of this place.8. They are bad listeners. During dinner, they talk only about themselves....more

Summer Reverie

Summer ReverieA margarita!That’s what I want:To lounge poolsideWatching the lightBlend the sky--Cotton candy pinkSpiked withMandarin orangeAnd a splash of purple.Clouds on the rim.Then stars.Kylie...more