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Nationally syndicated columnist and author Tracy Beckerman is \x34Lost in Suburbia\x34 ­ managing the chaos with a healthy dose of humor. Her next book, a \x34momoir,\x34 will be published in spring 2013. She contributes to many online mom sites, ...
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Nationally syndicated columnist and author Tracy Beckerman is Lost in Suburbia ­ managing the chaos with a healthy dose of humor. Her next book, a momoir, will be published in spring 2013. She contributes to many online mom sites, including www.todaysmama.com, www.rolemommy.com and www.newjerseymomsblog.com and is an official blogger for Lifetime Television's hit show, The Balancing Act. She also does stand-up comedy and has appeared at venues including The Comic Strip Live in NYC and The Erma Bombeck Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. Before she became a columnist, Beckerman was a writer and producer in the television industry for 10 years, managing the advertising & promotion department at WCBS-TV New York. Tracy is married to a very understanding guy. They have two children and live in New Jersey where she writes, does battle with woodchucks and avoids, at all costs, driving a minivan.
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By lostinsuburbiablog
April 24, 2013 11:20 a.m.

Monty and book copyI’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I think it might have to do with those brain cells I lost in childbirth.
36 hours of labor will do that to you.
Or maybe it was the fact that I was distracted while I was working on some stuff for my book signing at Watchung Books tonight (7pm at 54 Fairfield St, the Watchung Plaza, in Montclair). How else, really, to explain the fact that I stupidly let the dog out back again, unsupervised, and then was shocked when he I found him covered in mud, again.
This time, however, he didn’t come to the door. This time, I had to chase him around the yard for ten minutes before I could grab him and drag him inside. But this time I thought I was smarter because I locked him in the kitchen while I went to get the bath towels, so he didn’t track mud all over the house.
I did.
Sadly, I neglected to check the bottom of MY feet, and apparently I had run through the same mud outside that he did and I left a trail of muddy sneaker prints through the whole house.
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Yeah, I’m just really brilliant that way.
I left the dog in the kitchen and ran around cleaning carpets for the next 15 minutes.
By the time I got back, the dog was passed out, his muddy paws had hardened, and I was ready for a drink with an umbrella in it on a remote desert island.
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So now we are on the third dog bath in a week. Good thing we are using super gentle puppy shampoo. It is leaving my hands silky smooth for my book tour.

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Speaking of my Book Tour. Tomorrow morning I leave for the next stop on my whirlwind “Lost in Suburbia Cool Mom Book and Blow Dry Bar Tour” to benefit Dress for Success. (If you’d like to learn more about my fundraiser, PLEASE CLICK HERE!)
BLo ouT Blow Dry BarFirst I’m heading to gorgeous CHARLOTTE, NC, to the BLo ouT Blow Dry Bar where I will be celebrating with some of my favorite people, Tricia Oakes, who writes the awesome blog, Southern Spark, and lHeather McDonnell, who writes the fabulous blog, Stepford Life and also owns a bakery called Cupcrazed in Fort Mill, SC where she makes the most decadent cupcakes around. How good are they? They’re so good that Heather won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! She will be baking some of her outrageous cupcakes for my event and I CAN NOT WAIT!!
(L-R) Tricia, Me and Heather, otherwise known as Spidergirl, Super Jersey Girl and Captain America

(L-R) Tricia, Me and Heather, otherwise known as Spidergirl, Super Jersey Girl and Captain America

BTW, here is a picture of me with Tricia and Heather from the Aiming Low Non Conference last fall.
And yes, this is how we usually dress when we get together.
There will be a lots of other friends joining us to celebrate my book launch, and also enjoy Heather’s cupcakes, wine, “Cool Mom Margaritas,” and gifts from my tour sponsors, Theraderm, Living Fresh and Office Candy.
bloRight after that party, I’m jumping on a plane to do it all over again in ATLANTA at the Blo Beauty Bar! The fabulous ladies from Everywhere, a Social Media Strategy and Marketing company, are helping me run this event, as well as providing wine for the guests (Thanks to the amazing Danica Kombol for her support and friendship!!). Also helping me in the planning is my friend Desiree Miller who writes the blog, Stress-Free Baby, is a TV producer, a travel writer, and an all around wonderful person!
I know Atlanta is going to be a blast thanks to Danica and Desiree, and special thanks to Holly Rosen Fink of Culture Mom Media who is my partner on the whole book tour and is helping me organize and run every event!!  Big shout out, as well to the ladies from WE+PR, my PR posse, who are the ones responsible for this whole concept, getting us the venues, and holding my hand when I freak out!

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Who’s BLOGGING about “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir?”
Hold onto your hats… there’s a lot of them!
Watchung books*As I mentioned earlier, tonight I will be signing books at WATCHUNG BOOKSELLERS in Montclair, NJ. In anticipation of that event, I did an interview with the Montclair Times. You can READ THAT HERE. I did another interview for Montclair’s Barista Kids. You can check that one out by CLICKING HERE.
smalllogo copy*My friend Beth Feldman over at Role Mommy is sharing an excerpt from my book over on her site. You can READ THAT HERE.
*And over at 5 Minutes for Mom, Michelle is doing a review and a book giveaway! She writes: “Though the book is filled with humor, there are situations far too many of us can relate to with real issues many moms face.” You can READ MORE OF THE INTERVIEW HERE.
Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 10.18.41 AM*Holly Fink also did a review of my book on her blog, The Culture Mom (and not just because I promised her extra cupcakes at the Charlotte event!). Holly says she can relate to my feelings of being “Lost in Suburbia.” You can CHECK OUT HER ENTIRE REVIEW HERE.
*The Stay at Home Mom Community is also doing a giveaway of my book for MOTHER’S DAY! FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN WIN A COPY HERE.
*My friend Mary McCarthy (we go way back to my first Blogher conference when I shoenapped Mary’s Red High Heel and took it for a joy ride through New York City) has included my book in her most recent “Must Read” post on her blog Pajamas and Coffee. You can CHECK THAT OUT HERE.
*Rachel Blaufield, who writes the blog, Back’n Groove Mom, wrote a review, and also invited me to share a top ten list with her readers. You can see her review and read my TOP TEN WAYS TO SURVIVE YOUR KIDS’ TEEN AND TWEEN YEARS by CLICKING HERE.
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We had a fabulous time at my NYC “Cool Mom Book and Blow Dry Bar” party this past week! It was great to see so many friends and have them celebrate with me. If you’d like to see a slide show of the party, YOU CAN CLICK HERE. Thanks again to Fix Beauty Bar for hosting, Jennifer Lee Photography for the great pics, Sweet Loren’s for the yummy deserts from their ready-to-bake line of cookies and brownies, and our sponsors, Therederm, Living Fresh and Office Candy!
Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 11.02.50 AM*May 2 from 5-9pm I will be joining the Summit NJ annual spring event, “Girls’ Night Out.” I’m hoping to see lots of friends from my community there! If you are in the area that night, please stop by the Welcome Center where I will be signing copies of my book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir.” To find out more about Girl’s Night Out, CLICK HERE
Finally, if you missed my appearance on “Live from the Couch” (Or you don’t live in NY so you couldn’t have seen it!), you can CHECK IT OUT HERE. I had a lot of fun chatting with three hosts.. two of whom are pregnant (not the guy in the middle).
Check out the Blog Tour schedule to see if I’ll be close to your town. I’d love to see you at one of the events!!

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