Shut the Hell Up I’m Taking a Nap

Shut the Hell Up I'm Taking a Nap Stacey Gustafson

Ever wonder if there’s a surefire way to get your kids off the couch fast? Or move your husband? Just say you’re going to take a nap. All hell breaks loose. Let me start at the beginning. We enjoyed eating at Vic’s All Star Kitchen on Saturday mornings. Nothing beat a big stack of hotcakes, thick smoky bacon, side of hash browns and a plate of toast to induce a coma later in the day. By noon, I could barely move much less keep my eyes opened. I said to my family, “I’ll be upstairs. Taking a nap.” Time To Ask Friends Over “Okay. Can I have some friends over?” my daughter asked, bolting off the sofa and stuffing a bag of popcorn in the microwave. “Talk to your dad. … [Read more...]

It’s a Pain in the Ass to Promote Your Book Online

Are You Kidding Me? Book Release Sept 2014 - Stacey Gustafson

To promote your  book online is more difficult than trying to get your teenager to do calculus homework on a Friday night during a Pretty Little Liars marathon. But sometimes you get lucky and the right person enjoys what you have to offer. For me, that was Roz Warren. She took a liking to my novel, Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives and posted a review on the Huffington Post. Presto, it climbed up to the Book home page. Here’s an excerpt: Stacey Gustafson: An Erma for the Cell Phone Era Roz says, “It's easy to enjoy these quick, upbeat glimpses into suburban family life. Gustafson covers much the same ground as Erma … [Read more...]

How to Host a Chicken Soup for the Soul Meal

How to host a chicken soup for the soul meal stacey gustafson

What do you do when you win a free box of food products from Chicken Soup for the Soul and then remember that you don't like to cook? Ask your best friends for help, of course! Last March, I responded to a call-out by Chicken Soup, “We’re looking for a few volunteers to host Chicken Soup for the Soul comfort food dinner parties. We’ll send you our food products; you cook and invite your friends, and then take lots of photos and write up the results for your blog and/or social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.”Count me in! Five months later… I received an email, “Chicken Soup for the Soul food package is on its way!  Your food party kit will … [Read more...]

9 Funny Ways My Daughter Turned Me Into a Sorority Girl

9 Funny Ways My Daughter Turned Me Into a Sorority Girl Stacey Gustafson

This summer, I was overjoyed to spend time with my college daughter. We stayed up all night talking about her college adventures and by summer’s end, we were sharing clothes and beauty tips. Soon I realized that I had turned into her college sorority buddy. 9 Funny Ways My Daughter Turned Me Into a Sorority Girl Late Night Movies – I enjoy a good movie like the next guy, but lowered my standards this summer to watch teenage girl tearjerkers until the wee hours. When she was away at college, I slipped under the covers by 10:30 sharp. Now, if she asked, “Want to watch The Notebook?” I was hooked. Popping in a movie after 11p.m. became a regular thing. Going to bed after 2 a.m. and … [Read more...]

WE CAN Art Auction For Alameda County Food Bank

We Can Stacey Gustafson

I am excited to announce that I am one of the featured artist participating in the "We Can" art exhibit and auction to benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Thirty artists involved with Las Positas Community College created fantastic canned food paintings to benefit the hungry. Our fearless leader, Bill Paskewitz, visual arts coordinator, envisioned the idea. Bill will be retiring June 1, 2015 after 28 years of teaching at the college. We invite the public to view our art at the college October 1-31 and bid online at Bidding for Good. The community is encouraged to bring canned food donations to the exhibit. Read on for more information. “We Can” Art Exhibit at Las … [Read more...]