Happy Mother’s Day!

To our long-suffering moms, Roberta and Judy, and to all the good-natured mommas out there who have made this site possible. Enjoy mother’s day!

The “Damn It, My Mom’s On Facebook Filter”

This Saturday Night Live sketch from last night’s episode starring Jane Lynch is near and dear to our hearts. It’s for a product called the “damn it, my mom is on facebook filter.” It turns potentially controversial status updates like “There isn’t enough beer in the world for me to deal with Glenn Beck’s holy roller b.s.” into the mom-friendly “Boy, do I need new dungarees!” Sigh, if only there were something like this in real life.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Thanks for reading these past 2+ years.


Postcards From Yo Momma

Interview Your Mom for Mother’s Day!

StoryCorps, an organization that helps people record and share their histories, has a new book out called Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and in honor of the book and for mother’s day they are inviting readers to interview your own mom for posterity. Directions on how to interview your mom are here. It’s a fabulous way to keep your favorite momma memories, and makes a heartfelt Mother’s Day gift. So if you’ve already purchased several copies of our book, Love, Mom for your nearest and dearest (kidding! kind of!) the StoryCorps book is perfect for you.

Reading Tonight at Word in Brooklyn!

Do you live in Brooklyn? Do you love Postcards From Yo Momma and mom-related things in general? Then come on down to Word Bookstore at 126 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to hear Doree, Jessica and the rest of these awesome guests read tonight at 6 p.m.!

More info, including directions, can be found here.

Event Description below..

Join us for a hilarious pre-Mother’s Day evening of readings, memories, and family secrets with some of Brooklyn’s funniest writers and comedians. Facebook RSVP encouraged but not required.

Featuring: Gabe Delahaye writes Videogum.com, and makes important videos for Details magazine with his friend Max Silvestri.

Jessica Grose is an associate editor at Slate and co-author of Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home.

Julie Klausner is a comedy writer and author of I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND. Her website is, predictably, julieklausner.com

Marisa Meltzer is the author of Girl Power.

Troy Patterson is the television critic at Slate and the film critic at Spin.

Caitlin Roper is the managing editor of The Paris Review. She is on the curatorial committee for the Moth.

Doree Shafrir is a freelance writer and the co-author of Love, Mom: Poignant,Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home. Her website is www.doreeshafrir.com.

Piper Weiss is the creator of the blog My Mom the Style Icon, and author of the upcoming book based on the site, published by Chronicle in 2011.

Six-Word MOMoirs Contest!

Want to win a copy of our book, Love, Mom: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home?

Whether you are a mother or just have one, everyone has a six-word mom story to tell—a “Six-Word MOMoir.” We’ve teamed up with SMITH Mag and TruuMomConfessions for a six-word mom challenge. We’ll choose our favorite six six-word stories about being a mother or your relationship with your own mom. Each winner will get a book of their choice from one of the above sites, or a T-shirt with his or her MOMoir from Spreadshirt.

To enter the contest, visit SMITH Mag’s Six-Word MOMoirs page. And good luck!

$100 Question: Tell BlogHer About Your Embarrassing Momma Moment

The lovely folks at BlogHer are running a contest today in conjunction with Postcards From Yo Momma that could win YOU $100! All you have to do is click here and answer the question: What story makes you want to muzzle your mom? Then in the comments of that BlogHer post, share the most embarrassing story that your mom tells about you. One commenter will be chosen to win the $100 prize.

The story that Jessica’s mom can’t resist telling strangers goes back to when Jess was a wee tyke. She was asked by a grown-up how many children she might want to have some day, and Jess replied, “I want three children. One of each.” We can only speculate that Jess meant that she wants a boy, a girl, and a puppy. We’re looking forward to reading all your silly responses to the question and choosing the most embarrassing one! Here’s that link again: Which Story Makes You Want to Muzzle Your Mom?

Today In Mom News: Does Yo Momma Have a Potty Mouth?

The New York Times blog Motherlode has a post today from Momlogic.com editor Vivian Manning-Schaffel who is trying her darndest not to curse in front of her children. We are reminded fondly of our mother’s potty mouth, and believe that a few four-letter words did not hurt us too badly as children. We were always taught that it wasn’t the word that was so bad, it was the intent: A cruel “shut up” directed towards a person is much worse than an expletive exclaimed when you stub your toe. What were your moms’ attitudes towards cursing? Did she curse like a sailor? Did she scrub your mouth out with soap when you said h-e-double-hockey-sticks? We want to hear about it in the comments!

Today In Mom News: Happy Easter/Passover!

Since it’s Good Friday, we thought we’d go down PFYM memory lane and post a few holiday-related postcards from our early days. We’d love to hear your favorite, silliest momma memories from Easter and Passover in the comments. Did your mom drink too much Passover wine? Maybe she made an obscene gesture with a marshmallow peep!? Does she still buy you an Easter basked even though you’re 35? Comment away!

Holy Easter Text: Hi Sweet <3, R U kmng hm Th or Fr? Aftr al itz estr! jesus.

Fancy Matzah: would you like me to mail you some chocolate/caramel covered matzah?

Post-Lent Party!: was thinking of giving up wine for Lent…

Want to be on the PFYM Blogroll?

We’ve reorganized our blogroll (scroll down to the bottom of the page to check it out!), and we’d love to add more blogs. If you’re interested in being added, and you want to add us in return, shoot us an email with a short description of your site. Thanks!

Today in Mom News: French Writer Says Motherhood Is Oppressive

This one is sure to provoke some interesting conversation: The Times of London has an interview with French author Elisabeth Badinter, who argues in a new book that “women have thrown off the shackles of male domination only to impose a far more pernicious tyranny on themselves—that of their own children.” Intense! Badinter believes that women put their children first, to the detriment of their own lives. She also says that mothers feel too much guilt about everything, and should “Give the baby a bottle and have a drink and a smoke, too, if it takes your fancy.” What do you all think about Badinter’s philosophy?

The Most Popular Posts of Last Week

Last week, moms did the following: unwittingly asked her kid to be a friend with benefits, couldn’t remember what the real name of Hulu was, and decided that it was time for her daughter to GROW UP. Yeah, sounds about right.

1. Friend With Benefits
2. Your New Address
3. I Pick Option 5
4. Looking for Woo Loo
5. I Found You A (Possibly Gay) Man
6. New Job Advice
7. Of Course I’m At Work!
8. Sending Good Exam Vibes
10. I Am Sorry About Your Bowels.

Today in Mom News: Not Realizing You’re Preggo

One of my favorite guilty pleasures on TLC is I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. For those of you not familiar with the show, it’s pretty self-explanatory–it’s a reality show about ladies who did not realize they were preggo until they’re giving birth in the toilet at work or whatever. The New York Times’ Lisa Belkin points us to the latest “surprised mom,” Kentucky native Kelly Bottom. We want to hear your own urban legends: Do you know any “surprised moms” personally or were you one yourself? Are you also a fan of crazybananas reality shows? We want to hear from you in the comments!

The Most Popular Posts of Last Week

Last week, we had a mom who was down with all the slang the kids are using these days, one who was encouraging her daughter to take up the oldest profession, and another who thought that condoms might be good for her son’s care package.

1. Thought You’d Appreciate My Coolness
2. Hockey Problems
3. Show and…Vibe?
4. The Happy Hooker?
5. Snuggle Time Coming Right Up
6. Agree To Disagree
7. What Goes Into a College Guy’s Care Package
8. Maybe I Can Get Dreads
9. Think About It
10. Mass Intensity

Today in Mom News: How Did You Choose Your Child’s Name?

The excellent website Babble is fielding the following question from a stumped Momma-to-be: How do you pick a baby name? Jessica’s mom was inspired by the Merchant of Venice when she named her daughter. She thought she was being original. Little did she know that Jessica was the most popular name for girls in 1982. D’oh! We want to hear about how you chose your child’s name or how your mother chose your name. Post your stories in the comments below.

Today in Mom News: Introducing the New Boyfriend

Here at Postcards some of our favorite entries have been from moms reentering the dating world.  The website momversation asks the excellent question: When should your kids meet your new man? We would love to hear about all your experiences in the comments–both from moms who are dating and the kids who have met new boyfriends. Just think, it couldn’t be much worse than if your mom brought home this guy. [Momversation]

Today in Mom News: Olympian Mommas

Babble has a nice list up of all the Olympians who are also moms. Out of 207 women in the winter Olympics, only 15 have kids, and most of them are curlers–including Canada’s Kristie Moore, who is competing in Vancouver while she’s 5 months preggo. Yahoo’s Shine wonders if Olympians are too competitive to be moms, a pretty silly question if you ask me. What do you think about moms who are also Olympic athletes? Did you ever spend a lot of time training for an amateur athletic event (a marathon, a swim competition) as a mom? How did you balance your free time with your athletic pursuits? [Babble, Shine]

Today in Mom News: Momma the Nudist

The website Babble has an essay in its “most viewed” column in which a mom says that she is going to be naked in front of her sons, even when they become teenagers. She is careful to note that she has very strict parameters involving her nudity, but that if her kids “stumble upon me in a state of undress, so be it. If they don’t want to get an eyeful—they will learn to knock.” What do you think about this mom’s declaration of nudity? When did you stop being naked around your own kids? [Babble]

Love, Mom