Interview with Jordan Reid: ‘Moms Screw Up A Lot, But Can Still Be Glam While Doing So’

unnamedThere is a new book in stores on April 1 which you can preorder from Amazon now entitled  Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All and I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the book from my pal, the amazingly lovely in every-sense-of-the-word Jordan Reid.

When I grow up I want to be Jordan Reid. Okay, that isn’t fair to say, because technically I’m a lot few years older than Jordan but I totally want to be more like her. Her new book is so Jordan, meaning that not only is it terribly chic and gorgeously illustrated but it is filled with all sorts of common sense and practical ideas about how you can navigate motherhood without losing your own identity and love for a perfect shade of lipstick, all the while getting into the not-so-glam aspects of parenting like how babies puke on you and do so a lot and how you can remove these puke stains.


I’m such a cynical brat it would be easy for me to hate someone like Jordan. She is terribly pretty and her book and her blog all sort of make you look at your own shortcomings in regard to life, all the frills and pomp of organization and home decor and looking like a stone-cold fox while doing so, but that’s sort of the magic of Jordan. Once you get to know her, and once you read her book, you realize that’s she so sincerely nice, and so amazingly sweet, that she’s the type of person who would come over if you were trapped at home with a mewling newborn and run you a scented bath and swaddle your baby and hold it and probably bring you prizes of oversized sunglasses and cupcakes. And when you were out of the bath you would find she had organized all of your baby photos into a terribly beautiful gallery display for your wall. That’s Jordan, the one I know and the one she shows us in her book.

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  • Maria Guido

    I’m intrigued by this alarm clock. Thanks for all the tips!

    • jordanreid

      The alarm clock will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. (Or your child will think it is a toy and push all the buttons. Or he will ignore it. Worth a shot, anyway.)

    • Robotic Socks

      As the official OT guy… I ask this with all due respect

      How did you amass 3700 comments and only 186 upvotes? I mean, that’s quite amazing, honestly.

      (yes, I care about these things, sue me!)

    • Valerie

      What is an OT guy?

  • Bethany Ramos

    Great interview!! I did oil pulling and then read on snopes that it’s a scam. I’m very sad. Noooo.

    • Rachel Sea

      20 minutes of swishing with Listerine is more effective.

    • Eve Vawter

      But what does it do for you?

    • jordanreid

      The theory is that it “pulls out toxins” (I wrote an how-and-why post here:, and that healthy mouth = healthy body, so there are lots unexpected benefits (everything from sleeping better to helping with migraines), but basically: yeah, kinda rendered obsolete by the inventions of things like toothpaste. And mouthwash. And general dental hygiene. I still kind of like it though for the ritual, let-me-spend-twenty-minutes-today-doing-something-theoretically-good-for-myself thing; I found something about it strangely relaxing.

    • Eve Vawter

      I don’t even know what it is. :(

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