Monster Likes #9 – 2012

It’s the weekend and you know what that means…it’s time for Monster Likes! What’s Monster Likes? I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week…but I’ll let you in on a little secret: most of the time when I read blog posts nowadays, it’s because I saw a tweet about it! So make sure you tweet your posts for people like me (and there are a lot of us out there)!

These last few weeks have been hell for me – and I swear that since the girls aren’t napping anymore, I have no computer time! I have no idea how full time working moms do it. I don’t even work full time and can’t keep up! If you have tips for how you keep it all together, please share! And thanks to Tina of Life Without Pink (and momcomm for hosting her) for sharing 8 time management tips for work-at-home moms!

Angie over at My Four Monkeys writes a post every week about all the cool things we’ve written about over at the ChiquitaMoms.com community! Head over and check it out! And if you are looking to start a garden that your kids can help with, make sure to read my post on organic gardening tips and gardening with kids.

Please! Tell me what I missed this week! If you have a fantastic post you think that I and other readers should check out, share it in the comment section below! Or if you found a post that someone else wrote that is worth checking out, share those too!

And I’m kind of wondering if I should keep Monster Likes going…I feel like a total slacker when I don’t have anything to share! The time I spent on the computer this week was spent getting my writing done for my freelancing gigs – the girls are killing me with this not sleeping thing. I even tweeted out that I missed tweeting. When you don’t have time to blog or read blogs, how do you keep interaction with your readers and on your social media outlets going? I’d love to hear your opinions and advice.

 Psst! Love tea collection? Me too! And this weekend, you can get FREE SHIPPING! Yep! Now through March 25th, you can get free ground shipping on your order! Just use Coupon Code: SHIPFREE. You can thank me later!

Monster Likes #8 – 2012

It’s the weekend and you know what that means…it’s time for Monster Likes! What’s Monster Likes? I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week…but I’ll let you in on a little secret: most of the time when I read blog posts nowadays, it’s because I saw a tweet about it! So make sure you tweet your posts for people like me (and there are a lot of us out there)!

These last few weeks have been hell for me – on top of being gone for Blissdom, my RSS feed not updating, my site getting hacked and then redirected to another site, and my kids not napping anymore (so I’ve lost 2-3 hours of work/computer time),  this week we were all sick. I have been tweeting and *trying* to visit blogs, but haven’t been noting the ones I wanted to include on Monster Likes. I’ve only noted one from a couple of weeks back…everything else is just cool stuff I’ve gotten emailed about!

Shell over at Things I Can’t Say wrote an incredible post that each and every mom I know can relate to…I don’t want to give anything away, so just go read My Child Would Never Do That.

McDonald’s Family Arches community is now open to the public! If you and your family love McDonald’s, check it out! They even have a “Happy Meal Chefs” Contest that rewards families’ stories of nutritious fun at mealtime. They’re giving two winning parent and child teams the opportunity to help McDonald’s executive chef Dan Coudreaut in the creation and testing of new, nutrition-minded Happy Meal choices! Ten finalists will win a trip to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Parents with kids ages 8-11 are eligible to enter.

Freschetta is hosting a Rally for Real Pizza campaign, and you have a a chance to win one of 70 great pizza giveaways, from Freschetta® Pizza Prize Packs to Freschetta® Pizza for a Year! The makers of FRESCHETTA® products are asking fans to take a stand for FRESCH® pizza! Fans are able to submit a photo to a Rally Mosaic on our Facebook Fan Page for a chance to win FRESCHETTA® pizza. Each week, we will select 100 winners to receive 5 FRESCHETTA® pizzas. On March 30, we will select 10 winners who will receive a year supply of FRESCHETTA® pizza.

Cool right?! Here are the Event Details:

Date –             February 27, 2012 – March 30, 2012
What –            Rally for Real Pizza
Where –          From the comfort of your own home
Details –         www.Facebook.com/Freschettapizza

Still want more posts to read, well Katie doesn’t have her weekend finds up this week…but there’s a good reason for it! Head over to Katie’s place Sluiter Nation and read all about the new addition to her family…baby Charlie is finally here!

Monster Likes #7 – 2012

It’s the weekend and you know what that means…it’s time for Monster Likes! What’s Monster Likes? I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week.

I’ll be honest – I’m still trying to get caught back up from Blissdom last week, and didn’t have a whole lot of time to read blogs. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: most of the time when I read blog posts nowadays, it’s because I saw a tweet about it! So make sure you are tweeting your posts!

If one of your posts is listed below and you want the badge, just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll send you the badge to put on your post!

And now on to the good stuff….

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of @TruthfulMommy, and this post is why. Go read A Mother’s Heart at The Truth About Motherhood.

If you have boys, you’ll want to read Helene’s post Is Your Willy Bigger Than Mine? over at I’m living proof that God has a sense of humor!

Theresa over at Rock On Mommies posted about why you should Decorate with odd numbers…shockingly, it’s something that I do just because I think it looks better, but there are reasons to do it!

Got writer’s block? Gigi at Kludgy Mom gives us 6 Creative Ways to Generate Awesome Blog Post Ideas.

Over at the mama mary show, there was an AWESOME recipe for homemade granola that I can’t wait to try out!

Stefanie over at Ooph wrote about 10 Things Parent Who Parent Do, and if you have tweens or teens, it’s a must read.

I’m a huge fan of SITS, and if you are going to any conferences or blogging/business get-togethers this year, you’ll want to read their post on Business Networking Basics by Frantic Mommy.

Interested in vlogging? Check out @MyTimeAsMom’s series over at SITS titled How To Video Blog.

Did you know that Twitter sells our old tweets? Scary huh? For more details, check out this article that @AlliWorthington tweeted out.

For all of you Pinterest fanatics, Cymax.com has a cool contest going on right now! It’s called the Pin to Win contest with a prize of $150 towards Cymax.com!  Details and rules can be found on their blog. Make sure to follow Cymax on Pinterest too!

Still want more posts to read? Head over to Katie’s place Sluiter Nation and check out her picks, too!

Monster Likes #6 – 2012

It’s the weekend and you know what that means…it’s time for Monster Likes! What’s Monster Likes? I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week.

I’m gonna be honest – these past few weeks have kicked my blogging butt. I committed to do a job that I thought I’d have time to do, but it’s leaving me doing nothing but sitting in front of the computer writing. Don’t get me wrong I love to write, but damn if I have not been neglecting my blog, reading your blogs, and everything else. Next month, my work load is going to lighten up significantly and I’ll be back to normal. I hope…

Now on to the few things I have had time to read! If one of your posts is listed below and you want the badge, just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll send you the badge to put on your post!

And now on to the good stuff….

Poppy from Funny or Snot made me laugh out loud with her post Shit Hank Says. Not for nothin’, but I think Hank was right on the money with his observation!

Have you guys seen the site Child’s Own Studio? It’s the coolest site EVER! She takes your child’s drawings and turns them into stuffed animals! You’ve got to check the site out.

Over at SITS, there is an AWESOME giveaway going on right now that you won’t want to miss! Check out the Summer Camp Giveaway, enter and then tell your friends about it too! I think that this summer camp would be awesome for my niece Nikki. She’s always wanted to go to Catalina and maybe this would be her chance. She’s adventurous and would love trying all those outdoor activities like archery and the climbing wall. And she LOVES to wakeboard and I’m sure she’d want to try that in the ocean! I am entering to win a session of summer camp for a child at Catalina Island Camps from The SITS Girls! You should too!

Wanna make money blogging? Then you’ll want to check out my post about How To Get Sponsored Posts. But I didn’t stop there…in case you missed it, I wrangled up a few of my good friends to discuss the topic on their blogs too! Check out these posts if you are interested in monetizing (or not monetizing!) your blog…

Over at SmartMomPicks.com, I wrote about eSalon.com, and if you haven’t seen it, go check it out! You can get professional, personally customized hair color for just $20! And I also wrote about the funniest site I’ve seen in awhile…but it’s also incredibly awesome! Read all about PooPooPaper.com! Note to my family: start expecting to get presents made out of poop! And I wrote a book review of Fit Moms for Life by Dustin Maher. This book changed my outlook on dieting and exercising and is a must read.

Still want more weekend reading? Head over to Sluiter Nation where Katie is also sharing her fave posts of the week! Check ‘em out!

And be on the lookout for a new somethin’ somethin’ me and Katie are working on…we think you’ll like it!

If you are Mom and never get any sleep, you want. You need. You MUST HAVE Eyedews!

 

Monster Likes #5 – 2012

It’s the weekend and you know what that means…it’s time for Monster Likes! What’s Monster Likes? I list my favorite selection of posts I found throughout bloggy land over the past week.

If one of your posts is listed below and you want the badge, just shoot me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll send you the badge to put on your post!

And now on to the good stuff….

Don’t be afraid to admit that your kids irritate you sometimes! If you read my blog you know I do it a lot! And sweet Shell over at Things I Can’t Say  wrote a funny post called Annoying Things Kids Do that will have you nodding all the way through it!

One of the reasons I LOVE when people tweet out blog posts that they love on Twitter is because I find new bloggers to stalk read…kind of the purpose of Monster Likes, right? Anyways…@TheNextMartha tweeted out this: This art teacher story breaks my heart for her son. bit.ly/zPyKrR @rockdrool”  Of course I love @TheNextMartha, so went to check it out. And Melissa at Rock & Drool was raw, honest, and very upset about what happened. So was I . And you will be too. Go read Art and Judgement.

Deirdre from JDaniel4’s Mom wrote an amazing post called Knowing There Is Scar Tissue On My Heart about mental, spiritual and emotional scar tissue that will really make you think. It reminds me of my post Scar Tissue that I wrote last year and if you are carrying around any emotional scars, they’re both worth the read.

Still want more weekend reading? Head over to Sluiter Nation where Katie is also sharing her fave posts of the week! Check ‘em out!

And be on the lookout for a new somethin’ somethin’ me and Katie are working on…we think you’ll like it!

 

If you are Mom and never get any sleep, you want. You need. You MUST HAVE Eyedews!

 

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