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I can’t help it if I’m Flawesome! | blog award


I was nominated by the Not-so Modern Girl for the Flawesome Award. This award was created by Sophia Ismaa. She wants to encourage us to celebrate our flaws and turn them into strengths.

How often do we forget that our weaknesses can be a strength? Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.” – Sophia Ismaa

I can definitely get behind this. I’m definitely guilty of being my own worst critic and sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of only ragging on ourselves and not remembering to build ourselves up, too. We shouldn’t wait for external compliments and praise – sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader, even when you feel like you don’t deserve it. And maybe especially when you feel like you don’t deserve it.

Thanks for nominating me, Not-so Modern Girl. I think you’re Flawesome, too! ūüėČ


  1. Link back to the creator ‚Äď Sophia Ismaa Writes
  2. Display the award
  3. List 3 flaws and turn it into a strength
  4. Tag 10 other people

Three Ways In Which I Am Flawesome:

  1. I’m a conflict avoider and don’t like choosing sides. | I am very good at seeing both sides to a situation. In a world with so much conflict and people shouting from different sides of a platform, I think it’s important to have people that can mediate a situation – who can see both sides to a story and calmly take in information from both sides and come to a compromise. Sometimes I feel like the only moderate person in the room, especially where politics is concerned. But I also pride myself on being able to adapt to different situations and take in new information and while sometimes avoiding conflict means not dealing with a situation, it also means not seeking out drama and helping situations find a resolution. I create happy places wherever possible.
  2. I worry too much | I am organized and good at preparing for a worst case scenario. If you say, “What’s the worst that could happen?” you should brace yourself for a long list from me. Sometimes this means that my brain is filled with worries and anxiety (okay fine, most of the time) but I can also turn this into a Super Power of being prepared for anything. I’ve thought of all of the ways that a kid could hurt themselves on a slide. I’ve also thought of every issue we might need to deal with on a road trip and prepped for the trip to the Nth degree with itineraries, maps, printouts of hotel reservations, lists of places we want to see, emergency contacts and more. Maybe we’ll never need all of these things, but I sleep easier knowing that we are prepared.
  3. I’m easily distracted | I have a lot of different interests. Just writing this post, I’ve found myself checking facebook and my email, getting distracted while linking to other blogs, wanting to read more of their posts, texting friends, checking my calendar and more. This is pretty par for the course for me. You should see how long it takes me to drink my coffee. But I guess it’s also proof that I am living a full life, with lots of interests and plenty of obligations and people that fill my day. And the fact that I finish this post at all will be a testament to my ability to finish a task even when there are a million other balls up in the air at the same time.

Okay, time to nominate 10 Flawesome people:

Randomly Jess | That’s What She Read | Really, Are You Serious? | Something To Ponder About | Beach Bookworm | Ex Libris Kate | Opinionated Book Lover | Birdie Bookworm | The Writing Hufflepuff | Life Should Be Lit

No worries if you don’t participate in blog tags and awards. Whether you decide to participate or not, I think you are awesome, flaws and all. Thanks again to¬†Not-so Modern Girl for nominating me.

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The Unique Blogger Award.


Rachael @ Beach Bookworm nominated me for the Unique Blogger award! It was a real “You like me! You really like me!” kinda moment. Rachael is a terrific book blogger – if she’s not sitting pretty on your RSS feed, you should definitely check her out and remedy that. Okay, onto the award:

The Rules:
1. Display the award!
2. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
3. Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
4. Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Rachael’s Questions:

This is one that I still distinctly remember reading as a kid. Remember the whole “bad apple” scene?

1. What is the first book you read by yourself?¬†This is a tough one to answer – I kind of leaped into reading every book I could get my hands on as a kid. But some early ones that I remember pouring over are The Berenstain Bear books and Little Critter. Not long after that I moved onto Babysitters Club books and pretty much didn’t stray from them until I’d read every one.
2. How many physical books do you own? Wow, I honestly have no idea. Like it would be far too tedious to go around trying to count them all. And do my kids’ books or hubby’s books count? Because then it gets even more out of hand. Let’s just say too many.
3. What is one or some of your bad book habit(s)? I tend to take the dust jackets off my hard cover books and then I kind of want to just throw them away. I hate dust jackets. But from a long term standpoint, is this terrible for the books? Will the dust jackets keep them in better condition longer in a noticable way? I guess time will tell.

I’m nominating:

Kate @ Mom’s Radius

Steph @ Lost: Purple Quill

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm

Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff

Amanda @ Something To Ponder About

Jen @ That’s What She Read

Kate @ Ex Libris

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What is the last book that you recommended to a friend?
  2. What Hogwarts house would you want to be sorted into?
  3. What is your favorite dish to bring to a party?

And if you have already been nominated or don’t like participating in tags, etc. – no worries! Just pat yourself on the back and say, “I’m such an awesome blogger!” Cause, yeah you are!



Thinking about RSS Readers and How We Read Blogs.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


It’s hard to believe that Google Reader has been extinct for so long that life without it is normal now. When they first went under, I went around and looked at different RSS readers and though I never found something I truly loved as much as my dear old GR, I made my choice and moved on. I’ve been using Feedly for awhile now and I’m mostly happy with it¬†– they have a decent web interface and mobile app and plenty of organizational options¬†but I thought I’d peek around a tiny bit again just to see if anyone else has upped their game and might possibly better suit my needs.

I’m playing around with Bloglovin today and I know that a lot of my fellow bloggy bloggers seem really smitten with it. While I fiddle with all their options and peek around, tell me:

How do you like to keep up with blogs you read?

Are you an RSS reader or do you subscribe by email or just type in the URL for your favorite sites?

Do you have an RSS reader you absolutely love? What things do you look for in a reader?





State of the Bloggy 2014

Contemplating the level of complication in the methods to my madness.


Lately I’ve been thinking about my current blogging setup and wondering what is worth my time and energy and what is not. Examples:

I have my own domain for this blog and have wordpress redirect my blog to the domain for me. Sometimes the pictures on my blog load reaaaalllly slow or not at all – but if I type in my URL everything is fine. Is this wordpress’s fault? Godaddy? The universe? Is having my own URL important when I am not making money with my blog and don’t see monetary bloggy gains happening any time soon?

I maintain two blogs right now (not including the myriad of abandoned blogging projects and the blog / websites that I run for my women’s group and my son’s cub scout pack. Those two blogs are this one, my personal blog which is where I tell you guys about how cute my kids are and how handsome and clever my husband is and how tired I am. I’ll share vacation pics and school achievements and everything in between.

I also write a review blog which is mostly book reviews and a couple of monthly link ups with ¬†the occasional spazzing out about products or tv shows that I’m obsessed with.

The idea behind this was that I wanted each aspect of my writing to have it’s own home so that my readers could read what they wanted without being forced to read both. I also had this ideal in mind that the review blog would act as a sort of portfolio for future job prospects without being ¬†cluttered with wordless wednesdays and vacation posts, etc. But am I¬†over-complicating¬†things? Does it really matter that the¬†two are separate or should / could I be writing all in one place? Do my seven readers really care what I share and where?¬†

Sometimes having multiple blogs gets really complicate and I wonder if I am spreading myself too thin. Maybe if I wrote everything in one place I’d actually have a larger blog presence because my seven readers here and my seven readers there (assuming they aren’t the same people) could become FOURTEEN readers in one place. Maybe.

Any thoughts on this? Do you think it’s worth it to upkeep multiple blogs or does it make more sense to just keep it all in one place? Is having a domain worth it for the average blogger? Should I have another cup of coffee today? IMPORTANT STUFF, clearly.


I’m officially awesome – and you can be, too!

reasons I'm awesome

I don’t win awards very often, but when I do, I tend to give them to myself. This is kind of like the mother of all obligatory awards just for participating.

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Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging Fun!


I’d like to take a minute to wish myself and my blog a happy blogiversary. It’s been an amazing 5 years together with a lot of ups and downs and backspaces and image inserting. Blog, you have been through all the trials and tribulations of the last five years of my life as a mother and wife. You witnessed the birth of my second child, a move halfway across the country, the purchasing of our first house and much more. This past year you were there for the world’s best April Fool’s Prank, MM joining cub scouts and most recently our adventures in adopting our first dog.

You are my venting place, my family photo album, my soap box and the source of many lovely bloggy friends (thanks to all my pals reading this right now, you mean the world to me!). I cannot believe it has been 5 years already! Most of my hobbies don’t last nearly this long so consider yourself a well loved pastime indeed!


Maybe it’s just my new diet talking, but I am totally hoping for cake tonight but trying to convince myself cake isn’t necessary. But come on, your blog only turns 5 years old once, right??


Of course I should give thanks to the source of most of my blog fodder, my adorable children and my amazing husband (hi honey!!) – I truly would have nothing interesting to blog about if it wasn’t for them.


So here’s to 5 years of bloggy goodness and the hope of many more years to come!

(ps: ecards above were made using’s create your own card feature – I had way too much fun making them!)


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared an annual report of!

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 22,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

In 2012, there were 237 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,967 posts. There were 160 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 149 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 24th with 183 views. The most popular post that day was Idol Thoughts: My faves from last night’s Idol.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for phillip phillips, simple delicious cookie recipes, easy delicious cookies, and easiest cookie recipe.

My most commented on post in 2012 was Spring Reading Thing 2012: My Goals

These were my most active commenters – extra cookies to these four fabulous ladies!

Clearly 2013 should include more cookies, more Phillip Phillips and more books!

Click here to see the complete report.


a sort of half post, like post 9 & 3/4

I know, I’m being kind of a terrible blogger lately, giving you a whole lot of Currently / daybook posts and wordless wednesdays with little in between. Sorry about that. If you need more Momma in your life (and who doesn’t) you can check out some recent posts at my other bloggy digs, Things Momma Loves. I’d been ignoring it for almost a month and thought I should start, like, writing there and stuff. This week I wrote about Doctor Who, scrambled eggs, cell phone apps and the importance of blogging from the heart. Among other stuff.

So…. yeah. I promise I’ll write some new fun stuff here soon. MM is going back to school in less than a month so you know I’ll be babbling about that incessantly. Also, anyone else weirdly looking forward to fall? Apple cider, pumpkin carving, sweaters? Sounds heavenly. I used to pretend I had a favorite season but I decided recently to just be madly in love with all four of them. The goal being to enjoy whatever season I’m currently in, but you know, I’m still working on that last part…

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Announcement: Things Momma Loves.

Clearly I don’t have enough time on my hands.

I decided to start a new blog. I know. Actually I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, thinking about what I want to do when the kids start school and ways in which I’d like to improve myself blogging-wise and writing-wise.

One of the ideas I had was that I wanted to write more book reviews. That at some point I would love to do it professionally in some capacity. For awhile I was reviewing books and products at Mommas Review and I gave it up when it all started to feel like an awful lot of work for no good reason.

So what makes this blog different?¬†For starters, for the time being, my reviews are going to be of the things I’m already doing and loving – the books I’m reading, the tv shows I’m watching (like my Idol Thoughts posts – they’ll be over there now), CD’s I’m buying, movies I’m seeing and more. I’m not going to do a lot of product soliciting for the most part because I do still have a kid at home and my time is limited. Though I’m sure there will be exceptions.

But I think that if I want to take things to a higher level at some point, that I’m going to need a portfolio of sorts – a blog that I can point to and say, “I’m already doing this. I’ve got samples and a following.” Hopefully I’ll have a following. At the very least I’ll have writing samples and a way for people to gauge the kinds of reviews that interest me.

So the blog is called Things Momma Loves РI wanted the title to feel relevant to my Momma empire. I do have an empire, right?

You can go there for reviews of all the types of things I just described – books, tv shows, movies, music, maybe cellphone apps or Facebook games. Any of the things I’m digging and enjoying while the little miss naps or we’re out and about, basically. You can head over and check out some of my old reviews that I copied over and a new review of Adele’s album 21 – a Mothers Day present from the hubby.