Super-Stylish, Yo!

This, my friends, is awesome.  I received this award from the lovely 30ish Mama a few weeks ago and, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with it.  I had just started my blog (literally, like two weeks old) and thought, clearly, she couldn’t be talking about me.  My blog is so generic (see previous post) and I’m not even very proud of its progress, thus far.

Then I thought – why am I being so hard on myself?  I’m just getting started.  And, while my blog is nowhere near the awesomeness of more established blogs, like Mommy of a Monster and Mommy Monologues, it WILL get there.  I have come to love this massive blogging community of wonderful mommy writers whose posts inspire me DAILY and I will do my best to offer the same inspiration to others.  Trust me, folks – I’m not going anywhere.

So, to accept this award, I went back to 30ish Mama’s site to grab the button, read the rules, etc.  I re-read her post (probably for the 5th time) and thought, who is this great lady?  I really had no idea.  So, for the first time, I clicked on her “About Me” page.

And…Gasp! Almost instantly my eyes honed in on “CHICAGO SUBURB”.  What?!?!  The Chicago ‘burbs?  Those words completely popped of the page – they could have been blinking red Vegas lights – that’s how fast I noticed them.

30ish Mama – I LIVE IN A CHICAGO ‘BURB!  This award, by this lady, is exactly the confirmation I needed to know that this whole blogging thing is exactly what I should be doing.  Not only can I meet some new, online friends – but some of those online buddies could be living right in my backyard.

So, 30ish Mama, thank you.  I’m honored that you chose to bestow the Stylish Blogger award to little ‘ol me.

Now here are the responsibilities that go along with being a reigning Stylish Blogger:

1.  Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.

2.  Share 7 things about yourself.

3.  Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers, or less, it’s up to you.

4.  Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

So, here they are – seven things about me (one shared with 30ish Mama):

  • I’m addicted to The Real Housewives of anywhere
  • I’ve lived in Chicago all my life, but will NEVER get used to Chicago winters
  • I’m not fashion-forward – at all.  Just got my first pair of jeggings for Christmas
  • I will never turn down a Potbelly’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie
  • I’m afraid of Suze Orman – she might give me a “smack-down”
  • I’ve fallen out of love with my job since my boy was born
  • I love country music – and have been named the “Concert Queen” by my friends

And now I can only think of one person to pass the Stylish Blogger award on to.  She’s also just getting started but I am already hooked.  Her posts are so flippin’ funny and I always anxiously await her next one.  Two Kids and a Fish, this one’s for you.

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The One Giveaway I REALLY Want

You know you see them everywhere…heck, some of you probably even have them on your site.  Giveaways.  All kinds of giveaways…from make-up to shoes to toys to everything else.  Seems like everyone has something to give away.  (And I’m not even gonna lie – I hope to one day be able to post a giveaway of my own right here on this site.)  Anyway…

Usually I just browse, read the description and move on.  The chances of me winning something are probably none.  I have NEVER won anything in my life.  Not a contest. Or a raffle.  Or anything.  Notice how I started with usually.  Sometimes I do enter.  Not because I think I’m going to win, but simply to prove that I really never win.

This giveaway, however, more than peaked my interest.   Ashley over at 3 Boys and a Dog is hosting a giveaway for a FREE blog design by Sheilla at Made with Love, Inc.  I took a look at her design portfolio and I just KNOW that she’ll do a fantastic job.

That just stopped me in my tracks.  I know, more than anyone, that my blog looks like crap.  You don’t have to tell me – trust me, I know.  The most unoriginal blog ever.  I know NOTHING about blog design, and I didn’t even know that I had to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org just to add a custom layout.  (I’m holding off on that for now, hoping I score with this free design.)  Totally blognorant…yep, that’s me!

I really, really, REALLY hope I win this giveaway.  Please let the stars align in my favor just this once!  One day – soon peeps – I WILL have a blog that is totally original and mostly, all me.  Until then, please keep your fingers crossed that this is my contest.

Seriously…you want to KNIT?!?!

Ok, ok.  I know it sounds strange.  As if I don’t have enough going on…work, kids, blog, reading, etc.  Why on earth would I want to add another activity to my plate?  It’s simple.  Because it looks cool, that’s why!

Last night, Baby B was napping and I was, I guess, bored.  I persuaded Miss-Y to tag along with a promise of a purchase.  She really doesn’t care about what I purchase, just that I do.  Anyhow, we drove to the nearest Hobby Lobby (an absolutely FANTASTIC store) to browse.  Honestly, I had no idea what I wanted to do.  Just wanted to window shop.  Up and down every aisle we went.  (She got bored after about aisle 5, BTW.)  Jewelry, scrapbooks, home décor, gardening, stamping…nothing peaked my interest too much.  Then, I came across this book:

Just look at those cute legwarmers!  I could knit them for Miss-Y!  Socks.  Blankets.  Sweaters.  AWESOME!  Put it in my cart…let’s go!

Opened the book, got out the needles and some extra yarn I had lying around the house, and was ready to go.

Lesson 1: Casting On.  Not bad.  I got it right after 10 minutes.  Cool!  Up next…

Lesson 2: Knit stitch.  Um, what?  The yarn goes this way, then under and over, then catch the stitch with the right needle to transfer.  Are you kidding me?  Clearly I wasn’t getting this.  So I turned to my trusty DIY friend, YouTube.  Watched a video with an obscenely perky teenager and tried to follow along.  Wait.  Rewind.  I think I’ve got it.  Nope.  Rewind.  UGH!

After an hour of practice, this is what I got:

Not very promising, huh?  But I’m not giving up just yet.  I’ll have that potholder ready in about 6 months.  Or 8.

Hello world!

I sort of like the default title for my first post, so I’m keeping it!  Hello world, indeed.  I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for some time now – not really sure why though.  I think I just wanted a way to post my thoughts on things like, books, movies, family life, and anything else that tickles my fancy – I’m very opinionated so this should be fun!  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site!

 Here are a couple of things you should know about me.  I’m a married mom of two kids (a beautiful – stunning, really – 11-year-old girl, and a very chunky monkey 4-month-old boy), we live in Chicagoland suburbia with my mom as my live-in nanny.  We’ve recently moved to the suburbs from Chicago and what a difference it has been!

One last, but very important fact about me – I love catching mistakes in grammar.  Really love it.  Almost obsessed with it.  So much so that I even read through junk mail, just to catch the mistakes.  My husband, kids, and friends probably don’t love it so much though.  I’m sure the last thing they want to hear is that they sent a text with a misspelled word…but whatever, I’ll continue to correct them.  The disease is pretty much a part of me now.

 Well, that’s about it.  Check back often!