Rolling With That Mom Life

S just turned 1 and in celebration, she received some new clothes and toys of her own (a reprieve from her brother’s perpetual hand-me-downs).

My favorite gift has been the Fisher-Price Little People All Around Car…not because it’s self-described as “a cute mid-sized car perfect for running errands with mom” or that the Mom figurine is rocking a Talbot-inspired black pants-white shirt-pink jacket combo that sets off her sensible shoulder-length blowout.

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*NOTE: Kitten sticker not available on other models…we like to detail our own around here 😉

No…it’s the “fun tune” that plays when you press down the driver’s seat, which I realized is an appropriation of Los Lonely Boys’ “How Far Is Heaven”.

What struck me as so funny was imagining the product pitch for this pink SUV — a team of people sitting around the room who, after much research and test-marketing, felt THIS song was the embodiment of Moms everywhere.

THIS song was Universal Motherhood’s wheelhouse – middle-aged ladies on the road, digging the airy, innocuous peppiness, straight-up bopping along on their way to Target.

Not exactly the epitome of cool, but I suppose it could be worse…so grab your iced coffee, roll down the windows and pump up those Adult Contemporary Hits – you’re a mom and you’ve earned it!

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*DIY Vanity Plates Not Included



Author: The Baba 'Hood

Brianne L. Croteau is a Huffington Post featured contributor, speaker, writer, artist, and founder of The Baba ‘Hood, a chronicle of her adventures as a “Baba”, or non-binary parent. In addition to journaling her observations on life, love, parenting, growing older and other related ridiculousness, Brianne’s work has been published in Motherly, Curve Magazine, Well Rounded NY and Tagg Magazine. She lives in a full house with her wife, two young kids, and two rascally kittens and is currently in need of a lot more sleep. Follow along at or contact her directly at Her work can also be found at

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