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TGIF{13}? And what’s coming next week…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 | 6 comments

Friday the 13th.  For sure.

Today we were running late (or so I thought- in the end we were fine).  We had to stop for gas.  When we got to the gas station, the card reader was broken so I had to go…. into the actual STATION to pay for our gas.  I don’t think I’ve done that for at least 10 years.  It was weird.  I remember when we could start paying at the pump- it was soooo revolutionary.  But I digress.  I got back to the car and my daughter, Anna, was a sniveling mess.  She thought I was leaving them when she saw me go into the station.  Neat.

I walked around to the other side of the van to give her a wipe so she could clean up her face, and as I leaned into the car I toooootally biffed my head on the roof.  It felt… GREAT.  Instant headache.  I hit my head so hard that my son, Jack, said, “Oh, Mommy, you okay?”  at least four times in a row, like this: “Mommyyouokaymommyyouokaymommyyouokaymommyyouokay?????”  So sweet.  That boy is so adorable.

I’m starting my new job in the next week or so.  The best part?  It’s all on the computer, for the most part.  Rad.  More to come about that.

Next week I’m going to be participating in the SITS Girls Blog Challenge, also known as 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.  I’m hoping it won’t take over my posting too much- just some here and there.  But keep your eyes peeled- you may see some subtle changes around here.  {I nearly wrote “suttle” instead of “subtle.” Ha!}

My goals for my blog this year include

  • building my reader numbers and
  • figuring out how to use this here blog as a medium to achieve a creative life for myself.

We’ll see if that happens.  If you’re a blogger you should check it out- it’s a great way to find new blog friends and encourage each other.

Sorry for the lack of photos- sometimes you just need to write, eh?  Happy weekend to you!

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Right now…

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 | 1 comment

I’m totally going to be a copy cat.  I have no post ready for today.  So I’m copying Lindsey– she has one of my favorite blogs.  She copied Meg, who also has one of my favorite blogs.

Right now I am…

Watching:  Umi Zoomi.  So adult.

Eating: Nothing.  I’m so hungry!  It’s almost 2 and I haven’t had lunch yet.

Drinking:  I’m going to have some water and then another cup of coffee.  I just gave up soda.

Wearing: a nursing tank and jeans.  So fashion-forward!

Avoiding:  blogging.

Feeling:  tired.  Emily was up three times last night- usually she gets up once.

Missing:  my family in Kansas.  Can’t wait to leave to see them for Christmas!

Thankful:  For my husband, whose hard work allows me to stay home right now.  And for my cute kids.

Weather:  I think it’s supposed to be 64 right now, but it feels warmer with the sun shining in the windows.  Our 1970s, non-UV-protectant windows, that is.

Praying:  for Kelptyn.  He’s the son of a friend of mine.  He’s very sick- please pray for him, too.

Needing:  Someone to come finish my organization tirade.  I want to be finished- I don’t want to go through the process, I just want to be there so I can feel okay about crafting again.  It will be great when I’m done.

Thinking: about our Christmas cards- they are so cute!

Loving:  My sweet Emily, even though she kept me up in the night.  She’s such a sweet baby.  And Anna, for being every bit of 4.  And Jack, for being every bit of 2.

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Best. Swagbox. Ever.

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 | 1 comment

Are you a brand person?  I’m a brand person.  My husband is not a brand person- he’s a “generic stuff is just fine” kind of guy.  The last time he bought me oatmeal at the grocery store he got the store brand instead of Quaker.  I sucked it up and tried it, but it wasn’t as good.  I’m very attached to a brand once I like it, and will buy it whether or not I have a coupon.  I think that makes me a typical female consumer- but I’m okay with that.  I stick with what works.

At BlogHer this summer one of the biggest pieces of real estate on the expo floor was Proctor & Gamble’s “booth.”  You can’t really say it was a booth- it was essentially a house that you could take a tour of.  Throughout the house you could see different products that were in the P&G family.  They also gave you a little questionnaire to fill out, and at the end you gave it to a guy with a bunch of raffle tickets.  I think the raffle was for a new washer & dryer- I didn’t win that.  However, turning in that questionnaire also allowed me to give them my address, and they promised to mail me a “swag box” that I wouldn’t have to lug around the conference- rad!  The guy I spoke with said, “Believe me- it’s a great box.”  He wasn’t lying.  It showed up on our porch a day or two ago and as soon as the kids were in bed, Michael and I opened it up.  It was sort of like “home product Christmas.”

I am amazed at how many of these products I will actually, honestly try and/or use.  Many of them I already use- score!  I also liked that they included a challenge to all of the BlogHer participants to save energy.  Thanks P&G!!!

 

Here’s a few photos of what was inside:

 

…and here’s a list of what was in my P&G Swag Box.  I’ve broken it into 2 lists, Health & Beauty, and Home.

Health & Beauty:

1 Box of Tampax Pearl tampons

1 Box of Always Infinity Maxi Pads

1 Jar of Vicks Vapo Rub

1 Bottle of Vicks Nature Fusion Cough Syrup, Honey flavored

1 Box of Vicks Nature Fusion Cold & Flu Relief

1 Bottle of Ivory Simple Clean Body Wash

1 Gillette Venus ProSkin Razor

2 Cover Girl NatureLuxe mascaras, 1 in black and 1 in very black (I’ve been wanting to try this- woo hoo!)

1 Box of Pantene Damage Repair for Curly Hair

2 Boxes of Pantene Damage Repair for Medium-Thick Hair

1 Box/2 Bars of Oil of Olay Body Bar

1 Box of Oil-of-Olay 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths

1 Bottle of Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex

 

Home:

1 roll of Bounty Paper Towels

1 bottle of Febreze Air Effects Air Refresher

1 Bottle of Febreze Fabric Refresher

1 Bottle of Downy In-Wash Scent Booster

1 Swiffer 360 Duster Kit

1 Sample of Tide Washing  Machine Cleaner

2 Samples of Cascade Complete Action Pacs

1 Thumb Drive, 1 GB; this also has some tools for conserving water & energy on it

 

I think this is an incredibly nice gift- can’t wait to try them all out- thanks again, P&G!

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BlogHer ’11 Highlights: Who I Met and What I learned

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 | 1 comment

As I was working on this post I came across a few blogs poking fun at all of us bloggers who attended “the conference” and are posting poetically about “our experiences.”  I had to sort of chuckle at myself, and it made me realize that all of my internal shuffling may not be that big a deal to the world.  However, I’m going to post some big things, if anything so I can remember them when I’m 80 and still blogging with a voice-activated iPad.  I’m sure by that point I’ll be lucky to even be able to read my past posts!

I learned a lot about myself at BlogHer (which is always a good thing).  Two big ones:

  • I am scared of anything dressed up in a costume.  Weird.  I posed with the Jimmy Dean Sun (he is SO FLIPPIN’ NICE!- for reals) and that was okay because I could see his face, but I couldn’t do the Smurfs, the Pringles guy, or the California Raisin.  Too weird.  This makes no sense because when we go to Sea World or Lego Land I’m totally fine when I’m in “mommy mode.”  So strange.  My friend Dana waltzed right up and took pictures, but I either took them for her and then begged off or walked the other way.

  • I really, really want to do something with blogging and writing (and maybe some crafting).  I have no idea what, but BlogHer ’11 has lit a fire under me to figure out what that is, and figure it out sooner rather than later.  I like technology (thank goodness I have Michael in my corner in that area), I like the Internet, I like reading and writing- it seems like a natural fit.  I still have scads of materials to go through that I was handed by different people from different companies- who knows.  I love and hate the open-ended-ness of it.

 

I also met some amazing people.  The biggest one for me, as in, “Holy cow theresheistheresheis…there…she…is….” was meeting Stephanie Nielson of the NieNie Dialogues.  She was amazing.  I was so nervous- I didn’t want to waste her time or make her feel like she had to talk to one more person.  But I also knew that I’d regret it later if I didn’t go say “hi.”

When the session was over my friend, Dana, saved the day again, ushering me up the stairs to meet her and take my picture with her.  Stephanie couldn’t have been nicer.  It helped that I had Em with me- I know she loves babies. :)  But seriously- I couldn’t admire anyone more than I do this woman.  Her strength, courage, perseverance… Not to mention her amazing sense of style and her beautiful family.  I feel like her story is one that constantly reminds me that there is a higher power.  Thanks to Dana for pushing me along and taking these pictures (she deleted some just so she could take these!):

 

Although I didn’t get to formally introduce myself because I had no idea who she was, the very first person I spoke to on Friday morning was Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer.  Yowzas.  It was awesome.  I was making my way into the Newbie Breakfast and she was walking out.  She stopped to peek at Emily, tilted her head, and asked,

“How old?”

“5 weeks.”

“*sigh* You’re making my uterus hurt.  You look fabulous.”

“I’m wearing Spanx.”

“Honey, everyone here is wearing Spanx.”

Hilarious.  She gave me the most genuine smile and told me to have a fabulous time.  Such a nice way to start the conference.

And then there’s this sweetheart I met in the Lactation Lounge, Ky of Two Pretzels.  Ky has a wonderful blog and an even more wonderful personality in person.  That’s really something I liked the most about BlogHer- it sort of humanized the whole blog experience.  Ky and I somehow ended up in the LL 3 or 4 times over the course of the weekend.  She was amazing and instead of dumping her pumped milk, she donated it to a local mom- how rad is that?  Currently Ky lives in Cabo.  Yes, as in Mexico.  So exotic!

I also met Jes Ferris of Chirky.  She oversaw a Birds of a Feather session I went to and I seemed to pass her everywhere I went- she ALWAYS smiled at me.  It was a nice reminder to smile at people.

I wish I could have seen my friend Tonya in action more.  She was in charge of a huge party that I did not attend in order to save my sanity and energy.  Tonya, who has nearly-5-year-old twins, completely understood, too- she’s cool like that.  Tonya is not someone I just met- come to think of it, she’s probably one of the first bloggers I ever met, but I just had to give her a shout out.

So there you go- my big BlogHer ’11 moments.  In a few weeks I will have fresh memories to take the place of these- so much coming up and so ready for it all (not.).  My “to do” list is growing and growing, but for now I’m perfectly content to let it grow right alongside my kids.  They don’t really care what I have to do, so I’m going to adopt that attitude for a while and just do what I can, the rest can wait.

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BlogHer ’11: Get your blog on!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 | 2 comments

Hello everyone,

If you’re reading this because you’re at BlogHer ’11 in San Diego, welcome!  If you’re reading this because you subscribe to my blog:  you are rad!

I wanted to put up a fresh post and make it easily accessible to learn a bit about me, because if you’re at BlogHer, then you’re probably clicking around during a session learning about all the amazing women in one place, under one roof.  So here are some tidbits about me, Crafting Crazy, and what I’m all about:

–  Crafting Crazy started as an outlet for me to get my craft on and not have it mingle with my family blog posts.  With a house to redecorate, three kids, and a serious urge to make stuff, I claimed my territory in cyberspace about a year ago and started documenting away.

–  In May of this year I resigned from my teaching career.  I was an elementary music teacher and while I loved the kids and my colleagues, it was not the life I wanted.  Perhaps it’s because I recently gave birth to baby #3, Miss Em, or perhaps her arrival was the final kick in the pants I needed to move on to something new.  Either way, I’m on a new course, and I have no idea where it leads.  No clue.  At all.  Whatsoever.

–  The one thing I do know is that I want Crafting Crazy, and blogging in general, to be an outlet for me, and perhaps part of a new career.  I have no idea WHAT career.  This is unlike me.  I’m a planner.  But I’m letting go and seeing what happens.  I did recently change my tag line from “I fully admit I have no idea what I’m doing” (still true), to “Life is crazy.  Craft it well.”  I want to find out what it takes to craft a life that is beautiful, full of the right balance of busy-ness and relax-ed-ness (I make up words sometimes), and fun.  I want to take advantage of this time with my kids and my husband to really feel like I’m in charge of my destiny and that I’m in the right place at the right time.

–  I have a long list of “to do’s” for my blog.  I need to re-do my blog roll.  I need to rethink my theme.  I need to make a signature.  I need to find out how to place ads without making my blog look horrible.  I need to convince my husband that I need a new camera so I can take prettier pictures.   I need to write a boat-load/butt-load/crap-load of posts, but hey- I just had a baby– cut me some slack.  Right now I’m at BlogHer to take in information.  The rest will come, I’m sure.

If you introduced yourself to me, thank you!  I hope I was equally friendly because I am super nervous and excited about this 2-day adventure.  I can’t wait to post about what I learned, and see what happens after this milestone for me.  I’ve been looking forward to it for months, and here it is!  If you’re visiting via BlogHer, please leave me a comment so I can go visit your blog, too!

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Well hello there…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2011 | Comments Off on Well hello there…

I can’t believe it’s been three weeks.  I’m having to reassess my ability to jump back into things in the blogging world.  In the meantime, please meet our newest addition, Emily Lou.  If you’d like to read more about her, click here.

I have lots of things in the works… in my head.  Some are already finished and I just need to write them up.  Others are projects that I’m longing to do, but just haven’t found the time yet.  I am also attending BlogHer next week, and that is going to take some prep work.  So, please pardon the sporadic posting, and hopefully BlogHer will give me the jumpstart I need to… do whatever it is I’m going to do with myself. :)

More to come!

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