Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wrapping It Up - Volume 19

So I moved from I don't know yet. I'm thinking every other week, or even once a month should be enough to catch up.

Highlights of the Week(s)

I wrote about my favorite evening chore, and swore you all to keep the secret from Adam.
I thought about high standards compared to reality, and what lowering my expectations does for my sanity.

I hosted the Mother of All Meltdowns book tour, and laughed as I related to some very moms and their confessions of when they just lost it.

We got family pictures taken and I shared some secrets about what not to do.

I offered to trade places with the girls and take the naptime that they were fighting so hard against.

I revealed a secret that it turns out a lot of you share.

The night before the stomach bug hit us, I talked about one of my favorite toddler mispronunciations.

I've also had some writing over at Mommy Hot Spot, and One Stop for Mom. Some of them are new articles, some are reworkings of old favorites, but it's nice to see my writing elsewhere!

Noteworthy Happenings

It's been a packed few weeks. Last week in particular was just crazy. I'll be posting more specifically about certain things, but last week we weathered the stomach bug, Adam's grandmother's funeral, and Reagan's ear tube surgery.

Having a week like that, where we're off even by one day, sets me back horribly with my writing and household stuff. Adam and I came down with a stomach bug, almost simultaneously, on Monday night right after the girls went to bed. Mondays are laundry day. Since I didn't get that finished on Monday, those piles sat in the dryer and on our bedroom floor until yesterday. The bug was quick, and Adam and I were back to normal by Tuesday night, but we were exhausted and went to bed right after the girls did. That meant the kitchen and toys didn't get picked up for twenty four hours. Twenty four hours is apparently the length of time it takes to go from a spotless ground floor to a Febreeze commercial.

Being gone almost all day at a funeral Wednesday stopped any hope of getting caught up then.

Having a 20 month old have outpatient surgery on Thursday stopped any hope of getting caught up then. 

And by the weekend, I was hopelessly swamped with back up.

Thankfully, I think we're just about back to normal today. Last week's laundry is finally put away, just in time to start the process over tomorrow, and the house looks like it usually does.

And....Sarah is home on holiday break, so I will have two lovely afternoons to clean, organize, and write while the girls have a focused playmate.


Here's a sampling of what I was doing on social media the past few weeks. 


Family pictures have been taken! Let me know in the comments what kind of shot you think you'd like to see up on this page. Family of four? Me and the girls? Just me? Just the girls? Collage? I'll play around, but I'd love to get some feedback!

I have some great gift guides, some with giveaways, some with promo codes, some with coupons, all coming up. In fact, I could post every day for the next two weeks and still have trouble getting it all in. I have gotten to work with some amazing big brands, small brands, independent businesses, blogger authors, and crafty moms, and I'm really excited to share those with you. Assuming no one gets the plague this week, I have those starting tomorrow night!

I was involved in a blogger initiative where we would donate one item of food for every ten new Facebook fans we got in November. I set an embarrassingly high goal for embarrassing I won't even share it. And so far, I've gotten 10 new fans. Which means I should be donating one food item. Obviously I'm not going to do that, so I've decided to donate one food item for every one fan I get to like my Facebook page in November. I'm hoping by the end of the month I'll be donating quite a bit, so if you don't like my page yet, or you have a friend you'd like to send over, now is the time!

I ended up as number 20 Circle of Moms Top 25 Family Blogs contest. I gladly took it!  No more contests for me....I hate begging for votes.

Have a great week!
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