Where I Am When I’m Not Here

April 8, 2008 | Leave a Comment

720380_working_at_laptop.jpgYou know, I’m pretty much a blogging fool these days.

I personally own 4 blogs (and a couple other websites built on blog software but that doesn’t count). There’s my business blog, this one (which has two guest authors), BecauseMomSaidSo, a community blog with several blogging moms who have something to say, and NaturallyWahms, another community blog of crunchy minded business mamas.

And I also blog over at the Mom Masterminds blog since I’m a “Special Advisor” over there (boy do I have them fooled!). And soon I’ll be blogging at the Moms Talk Network blog.

And in case you’re hanging on to my every word and want to know where I’m blogging every minute of the day interested in some of these topics, I decided to start posting once a week about my other goings on.

So, look for this post once a week so you can see the other places I get to be all opinionated and published at. :-)

 

This Is Your Blog On Drugs, Or Why I Haven’t Been Around Lately

March 7, 2008 | 4 Comments

Thursday I had surgery on my foot, a bunionectomy to be specific. The days up to the surgery I was running around tying up loose ends, doing all the laundry and some shopping so that I could take the 3 days in bed off. (Doctor’s orders - poor me huh!)

not my feet - but I do wish I had taken a before shot!

I had big plans for catching up on some internet marketing reading, blogging and content management.

Laugh!

The Doc has me on some extra special Motrin and Percocet, neither of which I have ever taken. I don’t like drugs. These are making me kind of sick and light headed, but the pain in my foot gets bad if I don’t take them, and I like sleeping rather than writhing around in pain.

I finally felt “with it” enough to post this, but my other correspondence has been a little scary so I’ve been staying off the net except to listen to some audio. I sent this email to a friend yesterday.

yes maa’m I’m not feeling a thang rignt now! doc says I can’t get up
unti Monday except for potty braks. Staying away from tiwwter, no
tellin what I would say. I cn’t even espell right now LOL

Can you decipher that? LOL! I had to communicate with a couple of VAs and jokingly told them not to invoice me because I would probably double pay them. :)

Well that’s where I’ve been. Will be back in a few days, drug free and with much to talk about.

Have a great weekend!

Tell Me Thursday

February 21, 2008 | 4 Comments

This picture was snapped by my nephew when we were visiting them over a year ago. This is my youngest but she’s changed so much since this pic!

For one, she got hair.

Secondly she’s talking, walking, going potty… she “a big gurl”.

Anyway, in the picture she is trying to catch Psycho Kitty. She was all over that poor cat the whole time. Kitty beware!

You Scratch My Back, I Scratch Yours

February 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

Have you heard about Scratchback? It’s kind of like a fancy tip jar, but with a nice twist for the tipper: you get a link from my site to yours.

Scroll down and look at the right sidebar here, under Subscribe to Natural Moms News.

See the links? Click on the Show some love, tip me link. You can get a link from this blog for only (right now) $3. That is VERY cheap. Considering I get $50 - $125 for advertisers on my podcast.

So if you’re on a budget and want some extra traffic to your blog or site, leave me a tip!

Fun With Stats

February 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Time for crazy stat fun! Here are some of the funny and strange phrases people entered into search engines to find little ole me.

  • normal 3 year old behavior (to sum up: energetic, sassy, adorable, needs help wiping)
  • nourishing traditions menu mailer (ooh, that is a great idea!)
  • bedtime spanking :(
  • nude swedish women (that dude was sorely disappointed no doubt!)
  • women are weak (no they’re not)
  • the flying biscuit (one of my favorite local restaurants)
  • family cloth (yes folks, I have crossed the Rubicon)
  • bysty moms natural (this dude can’t even spell!)
  • upskirt pilar montenegro (what?)
  • mom and sleeping meds (try exercise, early morning sunlight and journaling first)
  • modeling for ten year olds (uh… don’t.)
  • eco friendly baby shower invitations (email, recycled/recyclable paper, a phone call, evites)
  • potty train in the nude (seems a lot more effective than potty training with pants on. lol!)
  • free pilates (why, is he incarcerated?)
  • when ok to breastfeed after vicodin use (consult Medications and Mothers Milk on this one)
  • several more swedish moms keywords - wassup widdat?
  • ingredients in grape bubblicious gum

Ok it’s clear from looking at many of my keywords which will remain unmentioned that I must talk about breastfeeding. A LOT. LOL!

 

Chocolate Amargo

February 15, 2008 | 3 Comments

cool babywearing Peruvian mom who probably knows the Spanish word for blogWell I just spent the last ten minutes learning that there is no Spanish word for blog.

I was going to get all fancy and name this post “blogging for chocolate” in Espanol, but that’s a little hard to do when you:

  • 1) had about 15 minutes of Spanish class in 7th grade and
  • 2) there’s no word for it anyway!
  • Well, I’m sure the cool babywearing mom on the left would know how to say it. Maybe it’s something like “online journal” or “website diary” or something. And I found that picture at stock.xchng and have been waiting for just the right post to publish it in! Yea me. :)

And you know the best hot chocolate has a little cayenne pepper in it? Same for chili (served up with a little cocoa powder in it, that is).

  • But I don’t know the Spanish word for blog, so, this post is simply titled “plain chocolate”.

Here goes.

Show that inspired this post: Marie Ynami’s show with yours truly at Mommy Community

100 words: Marie was a sweetie and invited me to talk about my Ultimate 365 Salad Cookbook.

Which, incidentally, has at least 5 Mexican/Latin inspired dishes. Including Mexican Green Bean Salad. And Mexican Beef Salad. And Jicama Cole Slaw. And California Chicken Salad featuring tomatillo. Say it with me. TOE-MAAAHH-TEEEE-YO. And Mexican Pasta Salad. And other recipes featuring Spanish olives.

So, go buy it. Ahora!

Link to Moms Talk Radio

 

Soul Food and Chocolate

February 14, 2008 | Leave a Comment

LaTara of Vegan Family Living talked about soul food on her show last week.

I grew up eating soul food like black eyed peas and collard greens, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole (one of my favorite foods in the world), fried okra, cornbread and dressing, pinto beans, with chow chow on the side….. mostly I got these delicacies at my Grandmother’s house (my Mom was a great cook but she’s from out west, she didn’t cook “Southern” so much).

A lot of these dishes are actually quite healthy. Southerners like my Grandparents ate a lot of vegetables and beans. People make fun of Southerners because of the way they eat, but most of the older people I know who ate bacon with breakfast every morning were eating vegetables they had grown themselves in their gardens, meat they raised by hand, eggs from chickens that were pets. In my opinion their diet was far superior to a lot of people’s today. They also worked very hard and burned off all that fat.

I am amazed that LaTara can make vegan “fried chicken”! But, I’m probably never going to eat chitterlings.

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Raw Chocolate Candy

February 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

All this talk of chocolate reminded me about my raw chocolate candy recipe that Tiffany Washko asked for last week. These snacks are yummy for anyone, but if you or your child is sensitive to wheat, they’re flourless too!

Raw Chocolate Candy 

1 cup cashews, chopped fine
1 cup almonds, chopped fine
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 carob (you can also use cocoa if you prefer)
1 tsp sea salt
1 T. all natural vanilla flavoring
1 cup grated coconut

Warm honey by placing the jar in a bowl of hot water. Mix honey, carob or cocoa, salt and vanilla and mix well. You can either chop the nuts in a food processor or the blender. Process until finely chopped. Add coconut and pulse until blended. Place in bowl and add cocoa mixture, blending well.

Place greased wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Spread mixture on top. Place in refrigerator until firm, typically several hours. Then form into balls, or cut into small squares. You can also use other nuts if you wish.

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Promoting Your Blog

February 14, 2008 | Leave a Comment

Since we talked on Moms Morning Show about promoting your blog, I thought I would share some ideas that I have used to get more traffic to my blogs.

  • Write Articles - Turn some of your lengthier, informative posts into articles and publish them at places like Ladypens.
  • Link Out - When you see great posts by fellow bloggers (especially those in your niche), link to their posts and talk about why you enjoyed reading them. They will often link back to you or become a reader.
  • Read and Comment - Find other blogs in your area of interest or expertise and follow them. Leave meaningful comments (don’t spam).
  • Blog Carnivals - Submit some of your best posts to Blog Carnival for more link love and traffic.
  • Write Good Content - No matter how hard you work at building traffic, if your blog is boring you won’t keep people around. Show your personality, be informative and don’t run totally from controversy. This is probably the most important tip. If your content is good, people will link to you more and you will find yourself getting contacted by media.
  • Consider Keywords - When you write posts, think about keywords that people could use to find you in search engines. Blogs should be people friendly first and search engine friendly second, but it doesn’t hurt to name your title (and in the case of Wordpress blogs) and post slug something catchy that includes keywords and phrases.
  • Blog Frequently - People who love to read blogs like to read blogs. If they click on your site and you haven’t updated in a week or more, they might remove you from their feed reader. If you find that you don’t know what to blog about sometimes, read this article: What in the world do I blog about?

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How I Got Out of Debt

February 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

I’ve been meaning to post this for several months, but listening to Marie Ynami interview Christine McKinley on her podcast reminded me. They talked about Christine’s free teleseminar (which is now passed but if you check out her site she offers this information in ebook format) all about getting out of debt.

Basically, this is what I did to pay off my credit card debt:

  1. Stopped using the cards - You can’t get out of a hole unless you stop digging!
  2. Paid off the smallest card first - I did this for the psychological boost it gave me. It had a small balance and getting it over with made me happy.
  3. Created a large visual - I put a large chart on my office wall with my debt, income and savings. It was exciting to see my savings and income grow each month while my debt got smaller!
  4. Sold stuff of value - I got rid of things that didn’t mean a lot to me but that could be turned into cash. And I disciplined myself to use that money towards the debt.
  5. Started an emergency fund first - While this seems backwards to some, it helped me feel safer and in control. I thought it would be awful to get out of debt and then have all 4 tires fall off my car or have some other emergency and have to get back in! So having that “baby contingency fund” gave me real peace of mind and made me feel proactive instead of reactive.
  6. Ramped up my income - I worked hard in my business to step up my earnings.
  7. Tracking my spending - I kept a small notebook in my purse and wrote down EVERY penny I spent. Just the act of doing that curbed my spending! Plus it pointed out weak spots (coffee and books) that I could work on.
  8. Rewarded myself for being frugal - I budgeted a small amount (less than before but still something) on little treats for myself so I wouldn’t feel totally deprived.
  9. Transferred balances - I transferred balances on two cards to one that offered zero interest for 6 months. And I paid it off in 6 months then closed the card. Teehee! I beat the evil credit card companies at their own game!
  10. Read a lot about personal finance - I read a lot of books during that time about debt, personal finance and emotions around money. I discovered some great blogs!
  11. I made sacrifices - I temporarily stopped paying my kids an allowance. I talked to them about my goals, about debt and about what we would do when the debt was paid. One of the things I did when the cards were paid was buy my oldest a guitar. I also didn’t buy myself new clothing for a few months. I just kept focusing on what I wanted, which was to not be beholden to anyone, and did whatever I could to meet that goal, which meant sacrificing things that weren’t as important to me.
  12. I spoke my goal out loud - I shared my goal with others who were close to me, and because of that, opportunities came my way because I had declard my intention.

I hope that helps someone else :-)

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