Spare The Love, Spoil The Child


Hey friends,

I wrote this blog after several recent conversations about “stuff” the role it plays in “spoiling” our children. Turns out, I have a unique perspective on the power of things to ruin our kids, so I wrote it down.

I hope you enjoy the read and share with anyone raising children today.

Here’s the link: Spare The Love, Spoil The Child.

Thanks for reading and commenting,


In Case You Missed it…


Here’s the clip from Good Morning America about my viral blog on traveling without kids.

Whatcha think? A little fluffy, but all-in-all not a bad PR piece and it got the message of my blog across to a much wider audience.

Thanks GMA, nice to have a positive media experience for a change.




Good Morning America!


I was having lunch this afternoon with my childhood bestie when my phone beeped with a new email. It was from The Huffington Post saying that Good Morning America wanted me on their show ASAP to discuss my blog. I presumed it was my now infamous “Pot Blog” they were talking about. 

I called them back and heard, “I assume you know that your blog on traveling moms has gone viral, well Good Morning America wants to come to your house tonight and interview you about it, will that work for you?” I choked on my water. I had not actually seen that my blog was doing so well and was stunned that the media wanted to talk to me about something other than marijuana! I ran home to check the blog online and see what folks were saying in the comments (isn’t that where us bloggers always look?). Again, people were moved, inspired and grateful for my perspective. I was blown away.

The interview went incredibly well and they kept it light and fun. I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and find it online somewhere…that is after I make breakfast, pick out clothes, braid hair and pack a lunch. A mama’s work is never done. 

Enjoy the interview, I hope I come across as me (I’ll post the clip once they send it to me).


Kiri Westby

What Happened Next?


I posted this follow-up blog on the Huffington Post and left the next day for 10 offline-days in Europe…so I didn’t get a chance to network it much or post it here to my personal blog.

In case you’ve been wondering what happened with ABC’s 20/20 or my mother in-law after my marijuana bog went viral, here are all the juicy details:


Thanks for all the support and readership.



About ‘Confessions Of A Pothead Mom’


So I wrote this a few days ago, practically stream of consciousness, and decided to send it into the Huffington Post editors. For the first 24 hours, nothing happened and I spent a long time contemplating taking it down. Am I really going to publish this on the most widely read internet news source in the world? Am I OK with the word “Pothead” coming up every time someone googles my name? Does HuffPost even have the nerve to publish it?

My husband, Phill, talked me out of removing it, even though his family will probably have the strongest reaction. He said to stick to my motto, “Be Bold, Be Brave” and that one day our daughter would appreciate me for it. So I left it up.

The next day, much to my absolute surprise, I got a personal e-mail from one of the top editors at HuffPost saying how much she loved the piece and wanted to feature it. Wow! Humbled and a little nauseous.

She asked if I had a personal photo I could send them, or would I rather they use a stock pic. I thought about it for a few minutes and decided that using my name was “out” enough for me, for now, and that an image of me smoking pot, right next to the one of me being arrested in China, would greatly diminish the message of our Tibetan Freedom protests in 2007. Something I’m very proud of.  Whereas this blog is about something I do to cope with life’s stresses, rather than something I feel truly powerful about.

I suggested they use something not so obvious, like a breakfast table or a domestic scene, but they went with an image of a woman smoking pot, taken from the nose down. Some of the comments online were about how they liked the blog content, but found the image “inappropriate” or “seedy”; which was interesting, given the topic of breaking down stigmas. Why is she seedy with a joint in her mouth? Why does seeing it  make it suddenly “inappropriate”? I’m glad they used the picture they did.

I’ve refrained from responding to comments online so far, instead enjoying the debate unfold outside of me. But this morning, I had e-mails for interviews from HuffPost Live and ABC news, so I suppose I’ll have to join the conversation further. It’s a good thing I’ve had some media training in my years of activism, let’s hope I come across as intelligent and upstanding, rather than fulfilling all the stereotypes associated with the word “pothead”.

If you want to tune in, I’ll be on HuffPost Live on Friday March 21st at 10:30am EST.

And here, again, is the link to the blog, which went viral yesterday: Confessions Of A Pot Head Mom


Kiri Westby

Himalayan High: Tattooing in the Shadow of Everest


An article I wrote last year in Tattoo Culture Magazine has been posted as a blog! Read it and let me know your thoughts…

TAM Blog

By Kiri Westby


When I first heard there was a tattoo convention in Kathmandu, Nepal I was astounded!

I lived in Nepal as a college student, worked there as a human rights activist during the recent civil war and have spent a lot of time studying Nepali language and culture. I also married a tattoo artist seven years ago and have been on a crash course of American tattoo culture ever since.  Nowhere in my mind did the tattoo scene that I had come to know and the traditional culture of Nepal mix.  But there it was, website and all, and I was instantly fascinated.

My friend Eric Inksmith, a veteran of American tattooing, challenged me to take him to Kathmandu, having never really left the U.S. before. Like a butterfly suddenly wondering about the storms it’s own wings have produced, Eric was curious to follow the trail…

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Day 9


Every morning before work and every night when he gets home (even at 1:00 am), he walks the dog. Grateful for the steadfast support! Also feeling grateful for the pine tree in the foreground that gave its life so we could celebrate, now waiting in the cold icy wind for the compost pile. #365grateful @kiriwestby