02/27/2010 at 3:35 pm | Posted in I take too many pictures, Small Fry | 4 Comments


02/26/2010 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Bloggy | Leave a comment

The search term “chili and beer” brought someone to my Web site today. Sweet.

We’re busy … come back later

02/26/2010 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Belly to Butterfly, I take too many pictures | 3 Comments

(This is part of the Belly to Butterfly series, by my sis Laura).

Happiness is: tulips in my grandmother’s vase

02/26/2010 at 8:21 am | Posted in Happiness is, I take too many pictures | Leave a comment

What would I do without you?

02/25/2010 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Bloggy | 19 Comments

Opportunity is screaming at me louder than my child does when someone takes a toy away from her. Which says a lot because Small Fry can really belt it out. She’s two and not a big fan of sharing ANYTHING. Yesterday, during a routine diaper change, I grabbed her leg like I do every. single. time. She shrieked, “My leg Mommy!  My leg!” As if I was going to stick it in my purse and take it to the store.

Seriously. No sharing.

Sooo … the opportunity. Mabel’s Labels is offering one lucky blogger the chance to write for their site for a year AND a free ride to BlogHer ’10 in New York City this summer. I can’t express in words how awesome I think this is. And how grateful I am to be a blogger and put my name in the hat.

To enter, I have to answer the following question. Here goes:

Electrical storms are going to wipe out the Internet (perhaps forever). You have one day left to write about your passions: what do you want to say to the blogosphere in 300 words or less?

Thank you.

I want to say thank you. For opening my eyes to an entire community I didn’t know existed before I started writing this blog. For cheering me on through sleep training, a vicious bout of croup and ALL of the other pitfalls of new motherhood. For laughing with me as I ate my weight in chocolate-covered bacon as the NC State Fair’s “Deep-Fried Ambassador.” For your advice on how to get my picky toddler to eat. For kind words and even funnier stories. For relating. Venting. Celebrating.

Internet, if I could give you a big ol’ mom-hug, I would.

This blog is only six months old, and I’m telling you, it has changed my life. I’m not exaggerating, y’all. By writing about everything from my hilarious toddler to my love of celebrity gossip (and bacon), I have grown closer to who I believe I really am. The real me.

And don’t even get me started on Twitter. The connections I’ve made there continue to surprise me.

Holy cow, the Internet might vanish forever. I’m crushed that my blog will disappear, that my Tweeps won’t be publishing 140-character bits of wisdom, that I’ll no longer be able to stalk Etsy (or Neil Patrick Harris on Twitter, for that matter).

But I have to believe this experience transcends my computer screen. The question now is: what to do next?

I’ll find a way to channel my passions, to keep flying the flag for new moms everywhere, to continue writing and taking way too many pictures.

Or maybe we’ll get lucky and Steve Jobs, Oprah and the folks from Mashable will join their mighty forces to rescue the Internet.

Either way, I’ve only just begun. And it’s because of YOU.

Thank you.

Swell Stuff {take a bite}

02/25/2010 at 3:07 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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Earth friendly + way cute = Bite bags

Happiness is: finding a really good stick

02/25/2010 at 9:05 am | Posted in Happiness is, I take too many pictures | Leave a comment

Happiness is: clean (miniature) laundry

02/24/2010 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Happiness is, I take too many pictures | 2 Comments

A new Swell Stuff! Can you stand the excitement?

02/24/2010 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Swell Stuff | 2 Comments
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Okay, so as much as I love handmade goods, I can’t keep up with both the “Daily Handmade” and “Swell Stuff” segments on this here blog. Especially because I’m working on some fun new things for pretty*swell, you know, to make it sweller. The swellest! (Take that, spell check.)

My plan? Mush everything together into a regular series of “Swell Stuff” posts, each spotlighting one handmade item. You might see three a week, or if I’m too busy eating bacon, you might just see one. But I promise to keep the swell stuff coming! Because I love having an excuse to troll the Web for awesome handmade goods.

It’s for you guys. Really.

Ekaterinburg earrings by JoCoCo, a lovely shop based here in Raleigh. Five percent of the profits from their green collection is donated to the Nature Conservancy.

Happiness is: a squinty dog basking in the sun

02/23/2010 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Happiness is, I take too many pictures | 6 Comments

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