Bloggy Love!

Guess what? One of my (yet to meet IRL) friends, Amy over at Paradise of Chaos awarded me with my first bloggy mama award, the Liebster Blog Award!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Thank you, Amy, for making my day! One of the things I love best about blogging is getting to meet and interact with others who share my interests. It’s always a joy to know that you’ve also been able to put a smile on someone’s face through your memories. What an honor to be chosen as one of her top five!

So now, I want to keep the love going. It’s time to pass it along to other new deserving blogs, the recipient must now recognize five other bloggers with less than 200 followers that have really stood out in the crowd.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!

So please, go and spend a few minutes getting to know my friends and their blogs. I give the Liebster Blog Award to:

* Dana is a Geek: Dana recently started up her personal blog post PodCamp Pittsburgh 6, but she’s been a social media maven for years. I attended her session at PCPGH5 and learned all about ways to manage my Twitter and Facebook…and her blog throws up good life tips and fun stories about her family. That, and she is one of my few ‘burghers who actually lives on the same side of the city as me, so she deserves your love.

* Confessions of a Human Vacuum: Lindsay and I also first met at PCPGH5 while volunteering. Her blog’s been around for awhile, but I really enjoy her daily posts with recipes, funny work stories, and (whether she realizes it or not) motivation to just get through each day. Give Lindsay some love–she’s a strong lady who does crazy time management and still has a smile on her face.

* A Joy Shared: S is a recent real life friend of mine that (when she’s not working on projects in a warehouse) I get to see daily and have found a lot in common. Our life paths have crossed in many ways as she grew up near one of my Myrtle apartments and also was a CM Consultant. She’s a #bfing and babywearing mommy of one cute ‘lil boy and her blog is full of great stories about his adventures. Do go and enjoy the joy in her life!

* Oh Yeah Roger That: I might be sort of cheating here when I give Mrs. ‘Ski this award because we’ve been friends somewhere around 10 years. Her stories about being a new mom and wife to a Marine are sure to please. If you haven’t already found her blog through mine, now is your time!

* Red Pen Mama: Another friend met in real life through a #PghTweetUp Date Night event this past summer and PCPGH. Red Pen Mama is not new to this blogging thing, but she is truly worth every read (meh, so I am cheating again, but she’s newish to me!). Her children and husband present excellent blog fodder, please enjoy!

Keep spreading the love!


Moms of Daughters, a guest post by Mrs ‘Ski

Today’s guest post is from my dear Chatham friend and mama-to-be, Mrs. ‘Ski of Oh Yeah? Roger That!. Enjoy!

After we announced we were expecting, the very first person to predict a baby girl was Little Miss A. You may not know this, but A has a successful track record of predictions, but the majority of our circle was leaning towards a son. B, better known as the author of this blog, made sure to remind me of Little Miss A’s prediction just before our third attempt at a sonogram. After the tech’s announcement and the excitement settled a bit, I thought of that prediction and how B and I would soon be in the same boat, the mother of a daughter.
Of course when we announced it was a girl, comments poured in about how cute girls’ clothes are, how easy they are to shop for, etc. While all very true, there is so much more to the relationship of a daughter and her mom, sticky, complex things that scare the bejeezus outta me, things you don’t think about right away unless you were expecting a boy. : ) I think I’ll feel better if I get it all out there. Here we go.

The how do I style a 3 y/o’s hair breakdown.
The I want my Daddy meltdown.
The I had a bad dream snuggle.
The you have to stop spoiling her talk.
The first bra shopping trip.
The your attitude is out of control and you are 11 talk.
The OMG you’re too young to have your period talk.
The how can you send 35,000 texts in one month talk.
The black nail polish really? talk.
The you can’t wear that in public talk.
The why is that your profile photo??
The we can’t afford that talk.
The sex talk.
The self respect talk.
The birth control talk.
The after-prom activities lecture.
The your boyfriend doesn’t deserve you talk.
The its called a breakup because its broken talk.
The her boyfriend isn’t much different than you, Dear talk.
The women’s colleges are great options talk.
The 80/20 wedding obligation talk.
The honeymoon is over first marital fight talk.
The life will never be stable and easy talk.
The she’s just like me realization.

And B and I may phone a friend for help on any or all of these, but its all for the love of daughters.

Mr. Ski and the ‘Lil Burghers…Mrs. Ski just told us she was expecting when we took this photo, so we have spared her the photo. 😉

Guest Blog Post–Eliz

Today is a guest post from my friend Eliz (of SC and Yup, we’re having twins). Enjoy!

Since Bex and Greg are off on a mini Vegas vacay, i thought i’d share my thoughts on the Willis(north) 4.
I’ve known becky through 5 years and we’ve both changed immensely. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but we’ve both made it through, and are better people for it. I’ve seen Becky change the most since Greg entered her life. They are truly a perfect pair. Arianna and Evan have just made their circle of love bigger, better, and stronger. Here’s what I’ve learned from them:

1. No matter the situation, there is ALWAYS some sort of resolution.

2. Where there is family, there is <3.

3. You choose your own family.

4. Becky and I CAN keep each other sane, through the trials and error of mommyhood, even from 10+ hours away.

5. We both love a good deal and will search it out. (though Bex is definitely the couponing queen!)

6. Children make great couples even better!

7. You don't need lots of $$ to have fun!

8. Moms cannot survive without our smart phones! hehe

9. Our husbands are the GREATEST!


Hope Becky and Greg are enjoying their vacay and the kids are having a blast with the grandparents!

Me and Eliz before we were mommies and when I was a southern gal she was still a newlywed. Wow how time flies!