Stephanie Bernaba

Stephanie is a former behavioral health clinician who traded in the glitz and glamour of human services for stay-at-home motherhood. She is the proud and exhausted mother of three preschool-age children, a husband with a rotating work schedule, and 3 cats. Momma Be Thy Name can be found on Facebook and on Twitter. Email at  Because Misery Loves Company.

I Am Drowning in Lists

My son and I are at the grocery store and a family passes us. The family has this conversation:"What do we need again?""I don't know —I think cheese.""Don't we have cheese?""It might not be the right kind."My son hears all this and says to me, "Those people are not list people, Mommy."I am a bit proud. And somewhat terrified. ...more
I don't think I could live without lists. I am always the one saying, "But there was something ...more

TMS: The Target Marketing Scheme Strikes Again

I was at Target yesterday doing my weekly rounds when I heard a conversation that was the epitome of the Target marketing suction that gets you to spend way too much time and money in that place.  Luci and I were browsing the Dollar Spot, looking for something to waste her only dollar on, when two 20-something ladies came strolling over. ...more
Yep. That pretty much happened to me today. I bought the biggest toy dump truck I'd ever seen, ...more

8 People I Love To Hate At The Gym

I'm a sucker for those late-night weight-loss infomercials, and as a result own a library of workout DVDs and a machine that transforms into a torturous, in-home gym. At first, I enjoyed exercising on my own schedule in the privacy of my home. I wore my ratty Lycra shorts from the late 1980s and didn't care if I looked like a Richard Simmons reject....more
I've never been so glad not to be a gymgoer!more

Dear Internet: You've Lost Your Balance

Can we talk, Internet? Just you and I?...more
James Struthers  Well said. I agree completely.more

Dear Internet: You've Lost Your Balance

Can we talk, Internet? Just you and I?...more
Let'sHaveMixture  Thanks!more

Like Texting on the Toilet, You Know You Comment Without Reading, Too

By now you've probably heard of NPR's brilliant experiment that they ran on April 1st. They posted an inflammatory headline, but then placed in the body of the post an explanation of how they suspected that the vast majority of angry commenters rarely read the article they are debating. They asked people who actually read the body of the post to simply hit "like" and not comment, and left the comment section for those who were going to jump immediately into having their voice heard rather than taking a moment to listen. Sure enough, the self-righteous responses poured in. And a lot of people looked like idiots. ...more
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush? Why is that, anyway? I guess it's like apples. You ...more

Are You a Crafter or a Baker?

I have this whole theory about why I am a better cook than a baker. Baking involves following instructions and being exact. Cooking, much like crafting, can bend the rules. You can add a little of this and a little of that, and it might just make things better. Do that with baking, and your soufflé won't rise. I am a crafter. I love to cook and craft—baking, not so much. ...more
I'm a crafter AND a baker, but much less a cook. I think both require similar traits. It is ...more

I'm a Closet Pooper

I have a huge confession to make. I can’t poop when anyone is around. For some reason, I completely freeze up and my shooter shuts down. I call it the emergency shit switch. It’s like a catastrophic event when I need to poop and there are people nearby. The switch gets flipped and shit just stops. Literally....more
This is hilarious! You, my friend, are definitely not alone!more

I Got My Feelings Hurt on the Internet

Last week, my editors at Woman's Day shouted out one of my blog posts on their Facebook page, and it got a lot of comment. The piece was titled "5 Big Unexpected Bonuses from My Divorce" and it outlined some of the things I've really learned to enjoy about my new single life, such as kid-free weekends and redecorating to my own tastes, etc. The feedback from my readers was mostly positive, but I had a few who jumped on to let me know how selfish I was. Why did I even get married in the first place? Grow up! ...more
I've had that errant commenter who is determined to find a screw and turn it. But you're right: ...more

The Muppets Most Wanted Review: It's Kind of Like a Torture to Have to Watch This Movie

I grew up watching The Muppet Show, and we own the first two seasons of the original show on DVD. My daughter grew up on the real thing in the car on the portable DVD player during long roadies to Iowa, and we as a family love The Muppets' YouTube channel. We were so excited to see Muppets Most Wanted this weekend, but then we spent the entire car ride home dissecting why, exactly, this movie sucked. Here, I'll share....more
We haven't seen it yet, and I'm not sure we will for a while. My kids just wander off when they ...more