NaBloPoMo kickoff and giveaways galore

NaBloPoMo – Day 1

NaBloPoMo

Today, Nov. 1 is day one of NaBloPoMo, otherwise known as National Blog Posting Month. I know it’s getting late in the day and you may have thought that I was going to throw in the towel before things even got started, but oh no no no. I’m in, baby! I’m in! πŸ™‚ I just got a bit sidetracked today what with the shuffling Ava to and from preschool, the baby that wouldn’t nap for hours, making apricot nut bread (it’s so yummy!), making dinner, grocery shopping, and working on a new project (more on that another day, I promise). The time definitely snuck away from me today. Any old who, if you’ve signed up for NaBloPoMo, please feel free to look me up. I’m there under “amygeekgrl” (not sure why I didn’t use crunchy domestic goddess, but c’est la vie).

With a whole month of posting goodness ahead of me, I figure November will be a great time for giveaways (heck, December will be too!) and I have several things coming up for you to take a chance at! In fact, if you haven’t already seen, I have three giveaways going on right now – a Bitty Braille shirt, a Mommy Blogger shirt and an I make milk. What’s your superpower? shirt.

What else will I be reviewing and giving away over the next couple months? Hmm. Should I share? Oh OK, OK. You twisted my arm. Here’s a taste of a few things I have lined up

Be sure to check back here regularly so you don’t miss anything. K? πŸ™‚

And now, because I am tired, I’m ending this post. In fact, we’re all pretty tired around here. This week seems to have thrown us all out of whack what with Halloween falling smack dab in the middle. When Jody was getting the kids ready for bed earlier and putting Ava in her pajamas, she kept saying “ow.” As he was trying to figure out what was hurting her, he discovered he was trying to put her in Julian’s pajamas! Size 4T vs. size 18 months. Big difference. In his defense, they are roughly the same color. Too funny though. No wonder she was saying “ow.” πŸ™‚ The point of that story is – we’re all spent.

Good night and happy NaBloPoMo!!

Halloween candy alternatives – a follow-up

After deliberating in the dollar store for nearly 30 minutes on Tuesday, I finally decided what alternative candy treat I was going to pass out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween – assorted stickers for the younger crowd and natural cereal bars for the older crowd. A total of about $8 (thanks to the dollar stores low low prices). On a side note, I was actually quite impressed with the variety of foods the dollar store carried – even some organic and natural stuff. Perhaps I’ll be stopping in there more often.
Fast forward to tonight. There was a knock at the door. Three little faces said, “Trick-or-treat!” I doled out stickers into three bags and held my breath as I waited for a reaction. The children walked away from our house proudly exclaiming, “We got stickers!” to their parents. Yes! They were a hit! πŸ™‚ In fact, all of the young kids who we gave stickers to tonight made some sort of happy exclamation about them. I was pleased.

As for the cereal bars, nobody yelled, “Yes! Cereal bars!” but nobody ran away in disgust either. They all said thank you.

The bummer was that for the whole two hours we had our porch light on, we received a total of 13 trick-or-treaters. So all of that deliberating over just the right treats felt like kind of a waste. Oh well. Ava had fun passing out stickers to the kids and the kids were happy, so it’s all good. I seem to overbuy for Halloween every year. One of these years I’ll remember that we never seem to get more than 20-25 kids, but 13 seems exceptionally low. And it wasn’t even snowing.

Did you pass out an alternative Halloween treat this year? How was it received?

In other news… Earlier this afternoon we went to a Halloween party at Ava’s preschool. Our cute little lion had a good time “fishing” for mango “fish,” making and decorating a pumpkin cookie, making a candlestick holder, and playing with her friends.

And Mr. Julian started walking in earnest today. He’s been taking unassisted steps for about a month now, but today he was letting go and walking by himself quite a bit. When did he get to be such a big boy? His first birthday is coming up in three weeks. I really can’t believe it’s already been a year. I had a hard time with Ava turning 1 and Julian’s looming birthday is proving to be no exception.

Lastly, tomorrow (Nov. 1) is day 1 of NaBloPoMo (aka National Blog Posting Month). Are you signed up? November is going to be a busy month around here with Thanksgiving, Julian’s 1st birthday, my parents coming for a visit, and spending a few days with them at a resort in Estes Park. I have a few other things I’ve been working on lately that I haven’t blogged about, but that have been consuming a fair bit of my time. Guess November will be a good time to spill the beans about those projects since I’ll be blogging every day and will need content. Oh wait. Me? Short on content? Ha! πŸ˜‰

Hope you all had a nice Halloween. πŸ™‚

Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. The winner is #11Jenny from MomminÒ€ℒ It Up ! Congratulations! πŸ™‚ I will be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address.

If youÒ€ℒd like to get a Mommy Blogger shirt for yourself, please visit my store. Currently you can save $5 when you spend $50 or more! Use Coupon Code: ATOMSSLOGAN (Expires: Nov. 9, 2007)

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It’s here! It’s here! The Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway! πŸ™‚

This time I’m giving away a 100% cotton mommy blogger Jr. Ringer t-shirt just like the one shown below. It’s size Large and is mint/avocado colored. (They run a little small.) The shirt is from my store Cute As A Bug.

Mommy blogger shirt

Win it!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below AND be a U.S. resident (sorry, no international entries please). Please make sure you use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on Nov. 3 and announced that day. Good luck!

Now click on over to Bloggy Giveaways to see all of the other giveaways currently going on this week. Last time there were over 500 giveaways. There are sure to be a ton this time as well! πŸ™‚

Two memes and an award

Farrah at Baby Loves Slings tagged me to write 7 True Things about myself, so here goes:

  1. I am left-handed.
  2. I have green eyes.
  3. I have a not-so-secret love affair with chocolate.
  4. I would love to give birth to another baby, but am unsure if more than two children is right for our family.
  5. I don’t wear antiperspirant, just deodorant.
  6. My first pet was a goldfish named “George.”
  7. I’m a perfectionist by nature, but have had to relax a bit, OK, a LOT since having kids.

I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but please feel free to play along if you’d like and let me know that you did so I can come read more about you. πŸ™‚

Cristina at HomeSlice tagged me for the 4 Things meme.

4 Jobs I have had:
– Sales associate at K-mart
– Tech support rep for an ISP
– Office manager at a newspaper
– Customer service rep at a bank

4 Movies I love to watch over and over:
– The Princess Bride
– Napoleon Dynamite
– Bridget Jones’ Diary
– The Breakfast Club

4 Places I have lived:
– Clawson, MI
– Mount Pleasant, MI
– Oklahoma City, OK
– Colorado

4 TV shows I enjoy watching:
– The Office
– LOST
– Uh, I can only think of those two. Oops.

4 Places I have been:
– Cancun, Mexico
– Key West, FL
– San Francisco, CA
– Chicago, IL

4 Websites I visit daily:
– The Weather Channel
– iGoogle
– Maya’s Mom
– Yahoo! Groups

4 Favorite Foods:
– Avocados
– Chocolate
– Grapes
– Mexican food

4 Places I would rather be:
– Sleeping in my bed
– On a tropical beach
– At a spa
– On a massage table

Again, I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but please feel free to play along and let me know if you do. πŸ™‚

Community Blogger Award

And lastly, Phyllis at Ima on (and off) the Bima recently gave me the Community Blogger Award which was designed to “celebrate people who reach out and makes the blogger community a better one.” I’m so honored and felt so touched by what she wrote about me. Thank you, Phyllis. πŸ™‚

I would like to pass the Community Blogger Award on to Kristen at Green Style Mom. Her blog may be fairly new, but I think she is already doing an awesome job to raise awareness about the importance of doing your part to go green, as well as providing a lot of great resources to help you on your way. She is trying to make the world a better place and that makes her a community blogger in my book. I hope you will check her site out. πŸ™‚ She also has some super cute Christmas cards with a great green message for sale.

fall yÒ€ℒallOK, one more thing. The Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway is almost here! If you haven’t yet heard about it – go check it out! The fun starts on Monday, Oct. 29. The summer bloggy giveaway was HUGE and I’m sure this one will be even bigger. I will be posting my giveaway on Monday, so be sure to check back.

Awarded :)

I feel so honored to have received a couple of awards recently from fellow bloggers.

Deb at Mom of 3 Girls gave me the Out of this World award. Thank you, Deb! πŸ™‚
Out of this world award

And Katja from Skimbaco and Mama Luxe from Mamanista both awarded me with the Nice Matters Award. Wasn’t that so nice of them? πŸ™‚ Thank you, ladies.
nice award

I’d like to pass the Out of this World award on to Tiffany at Nature Moms for always telling it like it is and raising social awareness on a variety of issues.

And I’d like to give the Nice Matters award to Michelle at What’s Cooking for – what else? – being so nice. I’m glad to have recently met her in the blogosphere.

Boobs, votes & friends

I’ve had a super productive Monday morning here (two loads of laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, trash emptied) and I might as well continue the streak over on my blog. I’ve got a few bloggy matters that need addressing so I figured I’d cover them all in one fell swoop.

  • GET YOUR BOOBIES ON: Don’t forget the Great Virtual Breast Fest is happening at 10 a.m. (your local time) on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Check out The League of Maternal Justice for more information. And check out the video they put together of so many happy breast-fed babes. πŸ™‚
  • GET YOUR VOTING ON: Mom 4 Life is having a month of contests in October and the voting is underway for Week 1. You can help select a winner! Go check out the photos (they had to include “Mom 4 Life” in them) and vote for your favorites today. (If you want to vote for me, my photo is (aa) – the bicep/tattoo.) Voting will close at 9 PM PST on Oct. 11. And if you haven’t yet entered her contests, there’s still time for some of them so head on over there.
  • GET YOUR FRIENDSHIP ON: Just for kicks, I joined CafeMom over the weekend. If you have a membership over there, please feel free to look me up (amygeekgrl) and send me a friend invite. I am sure there are a ton of people I know there, but without your usernames I don’t know how to track everyone down. Thanks! πŸ™‚