Aloha Friday: Opinions Please?

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

So my friend Stephanie has a business idea – and she’s looking for opinions and advice, being new to the world of business – I thought this would be the perfect chance to help her out and get some opinions from her target audience – you (most likely)! Anyway here’s her idea, in her words, edited slightly for clarity…

“Do you think a “mom and me cafe” would take off as a business? It’s a cafe where moms and dads can take their kids to have a cup of coffee with other moms and dads and their kids can play in a safe environment. There would be parent only events at night such as scrap booking nights- and family nights as well… during the day, one day a week, there could be a play group, etc.”

Thoughts/ideas?

t13: Things I’ll Miss…

In two days the moving company is coming to pack our things. In five days they will be loading the moving truck with those things and we’ll all be headed out to “Dream State.” It’s all happening. I’d like to take a moment today to reminisce on some of the (many) things I will miss when we are gone. I am looking forward to this new chapter in our lives but of course I have my reservations, and they are…

  1. Friends & Built-In Playmates: As I type this MM is playing with one of his best friends, the three and a half year old son of one of my best friends. All of my close friends have children – and we all live in this area. That’s four friends of mine that provide MM with six friends – a long standing legacy of friendship that will be sorely missed. I think I’ll probably be putting MM in preschool this fall, despite having planned not to, now that his little net of social activity will be no longer available.
  2. Game Night: Those great friends of mine and I have had a semi-long standing tradition of getting together about once a month. Even living as close as we do, having families means that we get busy and it’s not always easy to get together. I will miss those game nights a lot, miss the getting together with good friends. We like entertaining and love this little circle of families of friends that we have here – they will be sorely missed.
  3. Free Anytime / Anywhere Babysitting: Yeah we are pretty much leaving the lap of luxury. With so many family members nearby, we’ve actually never had to pay for child care, never mind the process of finding and hiring a complete stranger to watch my children – yeah I’ve never done that. I’m sure I’ll be coming to you guys for tips and advice on that in the future.
  4. Old, New England Nature: The roads here will built around cow paths, a lot of the nature has been here longer than the people. This makes for some pretty crazy driving conditions but also some beautiful landscapes. The nature here is strongly rooted – the trees are majestic. There will definitely be trees and water in Dream State but it’s much more cleanly maintained and probably man made and designed. I know I’ll come to love it, but it’s these old trees that feel like home to me. It will be interesting.
  5. History and Heritage: My family is straight off the Mayflower. The history here is my history – it’s the story of my life and the lives of my family. There is history everywhere – stories of the ones who came before and while I look forward to learning these new histories I will miss this one, which is also my own history.
  6. Family and Family Parties: They will be very different from now on – birthdays up until now have meant family and lots of it. Both of our families are in the area and sometimes a family event will be celebrated multiple times just to see everyone. Sure that can get a little tiring, but it’s also nice. I’ll miss seeing people on a regular basis, being able to keep up with everyone and watch the little ones grow.
  7. My Library: I’m sure the one in Dream State will be wonderful but I’ve gotten used to mine and know my way around.
  8. My First Apartment: While I’m growing weary of some of the less than wonderful things about this place, it was our first apartment. I’ll miss my tacky 70’s style kitchen and all the memories we’ve made here.
  9. Our Extended Family Kitty Cats and Puppy Dogs: Our parents have pretty much the greatest pets ever. The assortment of puppies and kitties in our families are just so sweet, so cute. I love watching MM interact with them and I’m going to miss all the cute animal moments we have with them. I look forward to getting our first pet someday, but it’s nice to have these wonderful animals to spend time with without having the obligations of owning them full time.
  10. My Favorite Potato Chips: Wachusett Sour Cream and Onion – they are made by a local company and they are the cheapest brand in the grocery store. They are my favorite and I will miss them terribly. Potato chips simply won’t be the same. Here’s hoping Dream State has some acceptable equivalent that won’t cost as much as the main brands.
  11. My New Favorite Mexican Restaurant: It’s hardly fair that I finally found a wonderful Mexican place just months before moving away. Dream State had better have good Mexican food – also Italian food, Chinese Food and breakfast places – In short – I’d better not go hungry!
  12. All Our Favorite Vacation Spots: They are all in New England. While I know we will be coming back to visit family, I don’t know how often we’ll be hitting up our regular vacation spots now. I know the first couple years in Dream State will make for easy vacations because there will be fun new things all around that we’ve never seen before – but New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in particular all have some wonderful places to travel to that I will definitely miss!
  13. All The Things I Haven’t Thought Of Yet: But I know they are there. The little things that I’ll be too late to appreciate properly one last time, the things I’ll remember when we’re gone and miss horribly even when it’s silly. Again, I am totally looking forward to the new memories, the new things to fall in love with in our new “life” in “Dream State,” but I know more pregnant hormones are going to go into overdrive soon – and I will miss all these things mentioned and more a lot.

Thursday 13 is a pretty self explanatory meme – write thirteen things about something, anything, whatever is relevent and interesting to you in that moment. For more information and rules about the meme you can look here.

WW: MM’s first 3rd Birthday Party

This was the “friends” party with all his little buddies. We gave him Madagascar for his birthday this year and I made a ‘Madagascar’ themed cake using those little miniature zoo animals that you can buy at Target for like $2.00 for a pack of 20 animals or something like that. I was actually very impressed with how the cake came out – my best cake effort by far – all I have to say is chocolate cake and chocolate frosting are nearly impossible to mess up – and that colored sugar is my new favorite decorating tool. And this post is officially the opposite of wordless. Sorry.

For more wordless fun (more wordless than mine anyway) head to Wordless Wednesday and 5 Minutes For Mom!

Bloggy Award Extravaganza: And The Winners Are…

So I’ve been hoarding a bit of bloggy love, and then I got MORE bloggy love – and I thought I’d better pass some of this out before it gets ridiculous. Thanks to the wonderful bloggy ladies Scrappy Girl @ Serendipity and Meg @ Faith & Gasoline for the following bling. I’m going to post all three awards & their respective rules and then the handful of bloggers I’ve decided to award today. One award say to pass it on to 8 people, one to 10 people, one to 7 and one doesn’t appear to specify at all – I’m going to just completely toss that out the window and award 15 bloggy friends of mine the blogging award(s) of their choice – kind of a choose your own adventure. I probably stole this idea from someone far more clever than myself but my pregnant brain isn’t giving me any hints – if you’re the clever genius please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due and probably you should talk all four of these awards twice, mkay? Ready?

Here are the rules:

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

The Lemons to Lemonade Award
The rules of the award are as follows:

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
  3. Link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award.

With this award you need to pass it on to seven blogs, which you really enjoy reading. Easy peasy.
This award appears to have no rules so I’m thinking you can just make shit up – that could be fun, no?
Alright – and the winners of the loot of their choice are:

Why yes, this is in alphabetical order. No, I’m not capable of winging things and going all willy nilly. Congrats to the fabulous fifteen and happy blog blinging!

March 13: Happy Birthday Dear BLOG, Happy Birthday To You!

Today is my blog’s first birthday!  To begin my celebration of mommablogsalot.com turning one years old, I first thought it appropriate to send a birthday card to myself. But then I couldn’t choose – so I am sending myself five birthday cards, just because I can. And by send, I mean I’m going to post them here. First off, I’d like to formally invite myself to my blog’s birthday party – otherwise I might not show up and that would be embarrassing.

Why thank you self – I’d love to come to my blog’s birthday party! Did you know, blog, that you share the same birthday as American singer / songwriter Neil Sedaka, Kathy Hilton (mother of Paris and Nikki) and Bloodhound Gang member Spanky G?

So I mentioned that I tried getting more birthday cake out of my blog’s birthday. Dan wasn’t quite as accommodating – if only I hadn’t remembered my own birthday a week ago it might have worked, but I guess a 7 day period was just too soon. I might have to actually wait until my next real birthday before I can ask for my own birthday cake again. Thank god for other people’s birthdays.

In the meantime, I got my blog this:

It just seemed fitting.

Now that I’ve had cake and opened some cards and given you some fun facts, I thought I’d get my blog some birthday presents. I’m pretty sure my blog has mentioned that it’s always wanted it’s very own bling so I got it the following:

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
Created by OnePlusYou

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
Created by OnePlusYou

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
Created by OnePlusYou

I know I’m very generous. So I’m not going to beg you guys for like 1,000 comments or anything. I’m very excited to have been blogging for a year, but that’s been done already. I’m not going to give anything away, although it would be fun, I really can’t afford to do anything like that and again it’s been done. I’m just going to end this with my last birthday card to my blog, and then I’ll go change my son’s poopy diaper and watch Thomas with him.

Thanks for all the blogiversary wishes I’ve gotten already! Sue @ My Musings sent me this really sweet e-card that MM was over the moon for. He had a blast watching it and kept asking to watch it again and again. 🙂 Remember if you want to send my blog a birthday card, just send it to mommablogsalot (at) gmail (dot) com. I’ll post any other cards I get here, too.

– edit –

My very sweet besties over @ Momma’s Review just posted this adorable little “Blogiversary Card” for me – how sweet are they? Now I’m feeling all lazy for not photoshopping something for my blog, too. You don’t think it will hold that against me do you?

My bloggy friend Jen @ Stuff Jen Says wrote me a birthday post with TONS of fun little pictures with my name in them! I have no idea how she made them but aren’t they cool? This one is my favorite but you can click over to her post to see the rest:


Do You Think I Can Get Another Birthday Cake Out Of This?

Remember when I forgot how old I was? There I was, doing my body test on WiiFit when all of a sudden, like a ton of bricks fell on me all of a sudden, I was twenty six. Not twenty five. I can no longer think of myself as “only a quarter of a century old” – I’m older than that – twenty six. I like spelling it out like that instead of typing 26 because it makes it look more important, more graceful and mature – you know, nothing like me whatsoever. Anyway, since that day, after my birthday cake induced sugar coma wore off, I kept having this nagging feeling in the back of my mind… I was forgetting something else. Something way more important than celebrating your birthday twice in two months.

Tomorrow is my first blogiversary! As of tomorrow I’ll be one of those seasoned, “I’ve been blogging for a year,” people. As of Saturday I can say, “I’ve been blogging for over a year now…” And if I hadn’t just now gone ripping through my archives in a panic, I might have missed my own blogiversary (I missed Every Other Milestone along the way – 100 posts, 500 posts, etc. All of them. No matter how hard I tried to commit it to my memory, it wouldn’t stick and I forgot). One day to spare people. That leaves me one day to orchestrate The Party of the Year. One day to bake myself a digital birthday cake. One day to run to the digital greeting card store and send my blog a virtual birthday card. And what about presents? This is awfully short notice and you know we’re in a recession… the money is a bit tight – even my fake cyber wallet is feeling the strain. And of course it might be way too late now to send out invitations.

So I’m going to make this one of those very intimate affairs, where only the creme de la creme of my blogging circle will be invited. Some nice (alcoholic free for me) wine, cute little zero guilt appetizers and desserts. Probably more wine. We can sit around on our respective comfortable seating arrangements and talk about “when our blogs were young,” the infant years of blogging, staying up all night agonizing over our comment counts, having to google “meme” to figure out what it was, if it was contagious and whether we should worry about exposing our friends to one. We’re so far past that now. We spread memes left and right with abandon, we make our own awards and give those to each other, too. We maybe care a little bit less about comment counts… We’re seasoned blogging professionals, “working hard” every day to bring our blogs up in the very best environment we can, nurturing them and helping them grow. We’re on our game now.

So let’s let loose and celebrate. I hope you’ll come to my little soirée tomorrow and celebrate my entrance into the Big Leagues of 1 Year + Bloggers. Want to know if you’re invited? Man if you’re still reading this post, you are my kind of people and you must come! Gifts aren’t necessary but won’t be looked down upon. BYOB please, and please if you really are drinking during my party (and you should) have a glass for me, too. I’ll be here with my Minute Maid Blueberry Pomegranate juice, pretending it’s wine for all I’m worth.

No need to RSVP. I won’t be making you wear name tags or forcing you sit next to that girl (she won’t even be invited, because you know she’d never read this). Please send all blogiversary cards (like the one below) to: mommablogsalot (at) gmail (dot) com.