Happy First Birthday, Science of Parenthood!!

Our launch party cake, courtesy of Danielle Cagle of Darling Divas in Ocoee, Florida

Our launch party cake, courtesy of Danielle Cagle of Darling Divas in Ocoee, Florida

Once upon a time, a writer who lived in Orlando called an illustrator who lived in Denver.

“So, Jessica,” said Norine, the writer. “I’ve written all these science-y, snarky observations on parenting. I think they’d make a great gift book for moms. Wanna illustrate it?

“Hell yeah, I do!” said Jessica, who graciously overlooked the fact that Norine had absolutely no money to pay her.

“But —” Jessica, who was also a web designer, paused thoughtfully. “What if we go bigger?”

That got Norine’s attention. “Bigger?”

“What if it’s a blog? And a social media community? And products! And BOOKS.”

Books. Not book. But books. Plural. Whoa. What if it was???

“Do you think we can do that? “ Norine asked.

“I dunno. Let’s see,” said Jessica.

Two weeks later, Norine and Jessica published the very first Science of Parenthood illustration.


Schrodinger's Backpack

That was a year ago, tomorrow. Which makes tomorrow our ONE-YEAR BIRTHDAY. We know.

And while it is totally cliche to say this — but hell, it’s our birthday and we’ll say it if we want to — we really can’t believe it’s been … A … WHOLE … FREAKIN’ … YEAR.

And what a pretty cool year it’s been.

We had a couple of illustrations really take off.

Like this one …


Distance To Deuce Ratio

And this one …

Food Rules

We had a super-fun launch party. Here’s us shoving cake in our faces.



We guest-posted on some cool blogs — here’s us on Scary Mommy. And invited cool bloggers, like Something Clever 2.0 and Work In Sweats Mama, to guest post for us.

We got featured by the SITS Girls. And Bonbon Break. They must have liked us over at Bonbon Break because now you can find us there every Friday!

A literary agent asked to represent us. And because we weren’t content just putting our illustrations on the Internet, we opened an online shop so we could plaster them all over mugs and magnets. (They make awesome birthday, Mother’s Day and baby shower gifts by the way. Just sayin’.)

We went to BlogHer in Chicago — an incredible conference for women bloggers — where we learned a lot of cool stuff and met some amazingly cool bloggers. We’d need more server space to list all of the cool women we met there who we’re tickled to call friends. But you can read about some of them Here and Here and Here.

We even got mentioned on CNN.

Someone deserves some presents for all that! After all, what’s a birthday without a ton of presents??? But here’s the best part: The presents are for you! That’s right! YOU! You fabulous readers have already given us a great gift in helping us keep our little blog alive … nourishing it with your comments and your Likes, your Shares, your Tweets, +1s and Pins. Now we want to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH! with a really fabulous giveaway.

We couldn’t pull an Oprah and give you all Mercedes. Or houses. Or houses on wheels. But two Science of Parenthood readers WILL receive our HAPPY BIRTHDAY PACK, which includes an official Science of Parenthood ceramic mug; fridge magnets; and a 2014 Science of Parenthood calendar (complete with 12 of our favorite illustrations — one for every month of the year!)

Our grand prize winner gets our MOMMY PARTY PACK (or survival kit … whichever you prefer). This contains everything you need to enjoy a few precious moments of Me Time: A box of Godiva chocolates; a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne; and a selection of SIGNED books from some of the very best mom writers putting fingers to keyboard today:

  • Moms Who Drink And Swear by Nicole Knepper
  • Motherhood Comes Naturally And Other Vicious Lies by Jill Smokler
  • Lost In Suburbia and Rebel Without A Minivan by Tracy Beckerman
  • I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert
  • You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth … And Other Things You’ll Only Hear From Your Girlfriends In The Powder Room edited by Leslie Marinelli
  • I Just Want To Pee Alone (late addition, unsigned) edited by Jen of People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Grab a glass and hide out in your closet. We won’t tell.

Our HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY is open January 13 through January 31. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PACK and GRAND PRIZE winners will be drawn at random and announced on our Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ on February 1. Plus, throughout January, we’ll also be doing random drawings to give away other Science of Parenthood swag. All you have to do is enter. That’s it. Enter the giveaway and hopefully we’ll draw your name. Good luck! Oh, if  you’d like to wish us a happy birthday, we’d sure love to hear from you.

Thank you again, fabulous readers, for making our first year such a success. We look forward to making you replenish your Poise supplies for years to come!

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  1. Happy blogiversary! You guys have had an incredible year, and I admire the way you hit the ground running and never wavered from your goals. You really get the business of blogging, and it shows in your success. I can’t wait to see how you continue to amaze us in 2014!
    Amy – Funny Is Family recently posted…Things I Thought Before I KnewMy Profile

  2. I still have your SOP sticker in the house and I am keeping it safe because I am waiting till you guys are really really really really really famous so I can sell it on eBay. Kidding. Thanks for sending it all the way to the Philippines. Happy Blogiversary!
    Jhanis recently posted…Lethargic MamaMy Profile

  3. Happy 1 year ladies! Love all your talent and so cool to see how far you’ve come! Go celebrate :)

  4. Happy Birthday Science of Parenthood! Hope you eat cake today, too! :) And I am all about a mommy survival pack! Score!-Ashley

  5. Happy Birthday SOP!! Congratulations on a great first year!!! Wishing you both continued success!
    Kathy Radigan recently posted…Today I Wanted to Run AwayMy Profile

  6. Wishing you the best! You know I love you guys!! Congrats on an amazing year!
    Michelle recently posted…Meet ‘Em MondaysMy Profile

  7. Happy Birthday, SOP! I’m so glad to have connected with you, Norine, through MOAM this year. Here’s to an even better 2014!
    another jennifer recently posted…Sponsored Video: Dreaming Through ArtMy Profile

  8. Has it really only been a year?!? What a year for you guys!! Happy Birthday, SOP!!

  9. I am so honored to know you ladies. I am blown away by your intelligence, drive, and talent. You dream big and you go for it. Happy Blogiversary to a team who makes the blogosphere a funnier and more enriched place to be. xoxo Ellen
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  10. What a first year! Congrats ladies!

  11. Congratulations to two smart, funny and all-around fabulous women. We have loved getting to know you two blogging buddies and look forward to helping you celebrate many many more b-days!
    Grown and Flown recently posted…The Myth of Protecting My ChildrenMy Profile

  12. Happy Blogiversary! You two are amazing!
    HouseTalkN recently posted…The Make-up Breakup of 2014My Profile

  13. I absolutely LOVED reading how it all began and how you two have taken OFF in just a year!!! Your stuff is BRILLIANT!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! :)

    Congratulations on your talent and CHEERS to another successful year!!!
    Chris Carter recently posted…Devotional Diary: The Chosen People- JudaismMy Profile

  14. Happy Blogiversary!! Norine, it’s been wonderful getting to know you through MOAM! I loved working with you to come up with the Milk Math guest post. And I never miss your hilarious and spot-on illustrations! Best wishes for the next year and many more to come!!

  15. Happy birthday! What a phenomenal year for you all, and well deserved. You all are doing such a great job. I love smart and funny parenting snark. :) xo and here’s to many more (and bookS!)
    Allison recently posted…Dear Little One…Good Nights are Mine to GiveMy Profile

  16. Happy Birthday to you two fabulous ladies! So happy to have you as colleagues, friends, and of course, grateful for the regular laughs you provide! Congratulations!
    Stephanie @ Mommy, for Real. recently posted…My Beautiful Girls: Raising Feminist DaughtersMy Profile

  17. Happy One Year! You are amazing. Can’t wait to meet in Orlando too, and talk blogging in the warm sunshine! What a dream!
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  18. Happy Blogaversary to you!!!! Congrats and wishes for many more happy and funny years to come!
    Teri recently posted…Hey, you! Do you read? Well, read on!My Profile

  19. So excited for all your accomplishments in your first year! Happy Birthday — and here’s to many more fun, funny, clever colorful Science of Parenthood posts!
    Darcy Perdu (So Then Stories) recently posted…Caught in the Act!My Profile

  20. Congratulations one 1 year – a year of truth and fun all wrapped in one. Here’s to another fabulous year ahead!
    Seana Turner recently posted…How to Get Things DoneMy Profile

  21. Congratulations!!!!!
    Jean recently posted…Still Life with ChildrenMy Profile

  22. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I’m a fan! :-)
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  23. Congratulations! The internet is a funnier, smarter place with you in it, and my life is a funnier, smarter place with you guys as friends!
    hollow tree ventures recently posted…Kidioms – idioms rewritten for parentsMy Profile

  24. Happy Birthday, Science of Parenthood! How you’ve grown over this first year – may we celebrate many more birthdays together!
    Dana recently posted…A leap of faithMy Profile

  25. I am so pleased to know you two and wish we could have spent more time hanging out at BlogHer. I love your work and love being a “fan” and God, girls, I need that Mommy Party Pack!
    Cindy Brown recently posted…When Facebook Attacks, Do You Bite Back?My Profile

  26. Congratulations Guys, so much in one year! So much fun and awesome!
    Molley@A Mother Life recently posted…Teaching Boys to Respect Women Despite our Current CultureMy Profile

  27. Happy Birthday, you guys!! I can’t believe you’ve only been at this for a year – incredible work!
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  28. Happy birthday, y’all! Science rules . . . as do champagne and chocolate!
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  29. Congratulations you two! Happy Blogiversary! I wanna win some of your sweet swag!
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  30. Happy blog-o-versary!!
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  31. Happy blogoversary!!!
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  32. Well, how freaking awesome is THIS?!? Happy blogiversay or blog birthday or whatever you wanna call it! I have so enjoyed reading and laughing and giggling with y’all!

    Congratulations…you’re doing big things and it’s exciting to watch! =)

  33. Love your site, snark, and illustrations! Congrats!
    nikki recently posted…My Response To Inquiries Concerning The “Letting Go” Series.My Profile

  34. Congrats!! What a hugely successful year for you!! Woohoooo!!
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  35. Happy Birthday!!
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  36. Kristy DeGregory :

    Happy birthday SOP!! It’s been fun watching you grow this past year. Can’t wait to see what you do with the next year.

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