My Run at FirstRun.tv

12 06 2012

A few weeks ago I got the most interesting email from the producers of a new Internet TV website called FirstRun.tv. Turns out they’re looking for mommy bloggers for a new show they plan to produce and wanted me to apply. Here’s what the email said in part:

“We are seeking six tenacious, entertaining, humorous real-life Mommy Bloggers to take part in this unique new show as regulars. Your blog came to my attention and I am therefore contacting you.

For each episode of MOMMY BLOGGERS, the participants will take their current (or a recent) blog and present it on the show with visuals (we can explain more about this if you are interested), or as a vlog. The participants will then participate in live on-camera conversation with the other show regular bloggers based on a selected weekly topic. Episodes of MOMMY BLOGGERS will run 20 to 30 minutes in length.”

Not one to fall for the old “we’re-looking-for-mommy-bloggers-and-we-think-you’d-be-perfect” ploy I did my due diligence and here’s what I found out. Read the rest of this entry »





7 Online Games That Haven’t Been Invented Yet (Part 2)

6 06 2012

In the interest of replenishing my son’s college fund after the ill effects of the 2008 stock market crash, here is Part 2 of my get-rich-quick online social gaming ideas, sure to make me a rich woman if someone would only create them for me, but give me all the credit. (Isn’t that how it works?) For those of you who missed Part 1 of this series, these are online games that are not yet found in places like Facebook or the iPhone App Store, but should be, thanks me and my bright ideas.

  1. Scrapbook Rehab
  2. Too sick to cook, never too sick to scrapbook

    We all know that certain someone who thinks everything in life is worth documenting, right down to Junior finally ditching his overnight pull-ups for big boy pants (the fact that he was 13 when it happened is news, but regardless we really don’t want to know about it). Convinced that their lives are more exciting than NASA discovering life on another planet, these keepers of unremarkable events are not above dragging out scrapbooks at the most inopportune times. I mean, honestly do I really need to look at pictures of your colonoscopy while waiting to see my son’s teacher at parent-teacher conferences? I know it’s boring standing out there in the hall while the parents before us drone on, but seriously some photography is just not Pinterest-worthy.

    For these Ansel Adams wannabes, there’s Scrapbook Rehab, the game that takes players who can’t put down the scalloped edged scissors and cutesy stickers and turns them back into functioning members of society.

    Level one starts with an intervention of real photographers who know how to take pictures without Read the rest of this entry »





Going Zolo

1 06 2012

Quinn preparing for his launch

Ever wonder what it would be like to put your teenager in a life-sized hamster ball and then send it barreling down a hill? Me, too! In fact, that’s been a lifelong dream of mine ever since I brought babies into this world!

Well, fortunately, last weekend I got the opportunity to launch one of my kids as the gooey center of a big steel ball when we went to a friend’s house for dinner. This particular friend (his name is Zafod Beatlebrox, and yes that really is his legal name) is an artist/inventor and lives on 40 acres of his own private property, so he’s pretty much free to do what he wants. This wonderful isolation, as you can imagine, became the starting point for some raucous fun, especially after we’d all (the adults, I mean) pounded down a few drinks.

So sets the scene when my teenage son hopped into Read the rest of this entry »





A Love Letter to My Friends With Graduating Seniors

29 05 2012

Even though my oldest is only 17 and just ending his junior year in high school, most of his friends are seniors and thus getting ready to graduate and move on to the next phase of their lives, which involves bleeding Mom and Dad dry of every last dime they have; AKA college.

Many of my friends with departing seniors have mixed emotions about this change in family dynamics. On the one hand that parental bond makes it hard to let go, but on the other hand just think what you can do with that extra spare bedroom. It’s tears one moment, and “When are you leaving, again?” the next. The dichotomy is enough to make you want to have a (or another) cocktail.

But then again what did we expect? From the time your sweet baby boy pees on you while lovingly changing his diaper to when your overly-developed 16-year-old daughter curses you for not letting her wear a Fredericks of Hollywood black lace halter to a monster truck rally, you are in for a rough ride. Why should their extraction from home be any different?

Oh sure, Mother Nature does kick in with a little help. After your endearing cherub crosses over to the dark side somewhere around the age of 13, it’s sometimes hard to Read the rest of this entry »





Two Lovely Illuminating Blog Awards

25 05 2012

Last week Phillipa of the World on a Platter blog awarded me The Lovely Blog Award. An absolutely charming blog hosted by a mom and her two kids, World on a Platter chronicles food, journeys and growing up. Thank you so much, Phillipa, I really appreciate it, and look forward to following your blog.

And if that’s not enough, just today I was awarded the Illuminating Blogger Award by C.J. over at Food Stories, a great healthy eating blog that I’m very excited to get to know better. Thank you so much C.J. If you’re into food that doesn’t try to kill you I highly recommend you check out Food Stories. At the very least you’ll get some great healthy recipes out of it.

Wow. I’m humbly racking up quite a few award badges over here on the right side of my blog, which is great, except I’m running out of bloggers to pass the award on to.

For the Lovely Blog Award award I’m supposed to share seven things about myself and forward the award on to 15 bloggers.  For the Illuminating Blogger Award my task is to share one thing about myself and give the award to five bloggers. Being the lazy slug that I am I’m going to cheat and combine both.

So here are seven things about me that few people (but now you all) know: Read the rest of this entry »





My Mothers Day Win!

13 05 2012

Well, I had an early Mother’s Day gift yesterday in that I won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest at the District level, which means I will go on to compete nationally at the Toastmasters Conference in August in Orlando. There I’ll compete in the semi-finals against the 81 other District winners. If I win this (which granted, is a long shot) then I go on to compete worldwide against the nine top International Speech Contest winners IN THE WORLD. That means I’m only two competitions away from the very top spot. Even if I get eliminated in the semi-finals I can’t believe I’ve come this far.

What was particularly sweet about this win is that my speech is about when my son Derrick met his hero, legendary jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis. It’s so nice to be able to take such a poignant piece of my personal history and deliver it in such a way that touches others. Every time I write something close to my heart, I’m always amazed by how many people can relate.

Also, it was a thrill to have my family and several members of my Park City Toastmasters Club there to cheer me on. I was speaker number four out of five, and when I finished my speech, my son, Derrick, Read the rest of this entry »





“Mercy Buckets” is French for Thank You

11 05 2012

Hey gang, just a quick post to thank you all for two milestones that fell upon my blog this week.

First off, yesterday my follower tally tipped the 500 mark! In fact, as I write this I think I have 507 followers. This rapid assent has wildly exceeded my expectations. When I started this blog last November I thought it would be a lot like cracking wise alone in the dark, and for a short time it was, but then a few of you found me pretty early on. I don’t know if you loyal followers have been paying people to visit my blog or what, but my readership (and comments) have been growing steadily. Thank you very, very much! I know your time is valuable, so I truly appreciate you giving me a little of it every time you read and comment on my blog.

Second, as I mentioned in Monday’s blog post, last week my blog was approved to be on TopMommyBlogs.com. TMB has over 4,500 blogs posted on their website, and they keep track of the traffic those blogs generate. It’s a great way to increase visibility for your blog, as well as boost your SEO. Well, as of Monday my blog wasn’t even ranked. (I believe you have to be in the top 1,000 before TMB will even pay attention to where you stand in terms of popularity on their website.) But by Tuesday I was ranked Read the rest of this entry »








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