I got a great surprise this morning when I found out that this blog has been nominated for a Sheenazing Award under the category of “Funniest Blog”! I am so grateful and thrilled to be apart of this awesomeness over at A Knotted Life. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my dear friend and awesome Mommy Mrs. Ellen Johnson from McSisters Have you read McSisters? You really ought to. What’s not to love about four sisters sharing, caring, every little thing that they are not only wearing but going through in their own journeys with mother/wife hood. I love it! Keep an eye out because you’ll be seeing more of them on my next Five Favorites– Mommy Blog edition!
There are tons of awesome nominees for the Sheenazing awards, so many hysterical, touching, beautiful blogs. I am just honored to have made it into the nominations. BUT, if I’ve chanced in the past at making you laugh or chuckle somehow and you think there’s some pretty funny stuff here then hey, you can stop wiping down counters and changing diapers and go cast your vote for me! And in the process, you can read some awesome stuff written by some really talented writers. Win-Win
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Things that are no longer enjoyable with kids:
- 6. Any type of focused thinking
Things that are way more enjoyable with kids:
- 9. Listening to the Beatles
If you are like me and you have a tendency to get a little too twisted up over what to Tweet or you find yourself instagraming things that should never be grammed like water boiling… then you’ve come to the right place. I jotted this down a while ago to keep myself in check, and to not go crazy over the crazed toll that social media can take on me. Some of them are more sarcastic (because that’s how myself responds best to myself) and others more blunt. Whether you use it, loose it, tweet it or hate it here are 10 questions to keep your head above the water:
Do I start a conversation with “You have to see this!!!”. A m I uplifting someone? Am I mocking? Did they kind of ask for it?
Am I thinking in Tweets? Do I actually use “hashtag” fingers and talk in fragments while I’m speaking to a real person?
Do I only bake things because they will look good on Instagram? Am I wasting food? And time?
Have I spent as much time with real people today as I spent with my phone or computer? The people on People.com do not count.
Have I given others in my life the attention I give Twitter? Do I check in with them for updates as much?
Do I give my prayer life the equivalent or more time than I spend blogging, Tweeting, checking my e-mail or Facebook?
Am I aggravated or refreshed when I shut my internet browser? Do I look for things that lead my thoughts closer to God? Do I binge read on depressing news stories and ruin my day because of worry?
Do I only go on Facebook to be nosy? Is what I read on someone’s profile really any of my business?
Do I get stressed out over a blog post someone wrote, a Tweet someone sent or a picture someone posted? Am I giving myself meaningless anxiety, making me less able to do my real job adequately?
Do any of my fingers hurt from swiping, typing, pinning, posting or tweeting?
What other questions would you add to the list?
Big news over here! Chicken Soup for the Soul bought one of my stories! We are going to be published! Can you believe it? This is a dream come true… quite literally one of my life goals so I am beyond excited. I have been reading Chicken Soup books for as long as I can remember, some of those stories have impacted my life so much that I still reference them to this day.
I am so very honored to have had a story chosen, from thousands of other submissions (they said so!) and it’s all because of you readers out there, I couldn’t have done it without your support and encouragement— thank YOU. You keep me blogging when I can’t even keep my eyes open.
Now, I’m not going to tell you which story it was that they picked (my last post should tip you off enough…) but the book will be available to purchase nationwide on March 18th! If you like reading here, or if your just my friend, or an internet stalker… then go out and buy it and tell all your friends, too! You can pre-order on Amazon now by clicking here.
- also! I have a “page” for the blog on Facebook now! (no. I am not on it, it’s just a page for updates synced with my Twitter. ) So like us on Facebook for more updates and please share us with your friends! Click here to like us!
Oh ! Did I tell you the title? It’s the “Multi-Tasking Mom’s Survival Guide” Fitting, huh? Actually, I haven’t the least idea how to survive beyond ear plugs and coffee so I can’t wait to get my hands on that baby myself!
Gosh. I just want to ask you to join in a virtual happy dance with me right now because I am giddy beyond measure! <<<(no amount of exclamation points could possibly convey) Like a complete nerd, I just keep salivating at the fact that on March 18th I can bust down the doors of my local Barnes & Noble find my name in print there! Eeep!
I would be remiss if I didn’t credit my ever-chattering Italian family, especially my parents, who are so well versed in the art of storytelling, that they made aspirations of writing an attainable desire. Thank you! And of course to my patient, super encouraging husband and oh, those three kiddos. Thank you, you mashuganas! I can honestly say, without any hesitation, that I have never been more grateful for flatulent children that I am today.
(((((big smiles from Wisconsin))))