Saturday, January 30

Unique Artwork: Alphabet Photography

After redecorating the main floor of my home last year, I was looking for a unique piece of artwork to hang in my dining room, and found the answer at Alphabet Photography. You can go to their site, type in the word you'd like to spell, and choose which versions of the letters you prefer (urban vs. country, or clearly defined letters vs. a more abstract look). I chose to go with our last name, but this idea would be a beautiful addition to a baby or child's room as well. I ordered the photographs ($5 each), and then shopped around for a frame the right size which would match my decor, but they now offer a range of frames on their site. Some retail stores sell pre-framed popular words such as "Love" and "Family", but I think the personalization really adds something to the style of my home.

Friday, January 29

Top Five Signs That You Will Not Want To Follow My Blog

Of course I want everyone to enjoy my new project, but there are some moms who might want to save themselves some time and boycott me immediately. Here are five signs that this is NOT the blog for you:

1. You would never let your baby or toddler watch TV. Ever. And you don’t even watch it yourself.

2. You believe that breast is not only best, but is the only choice a good mom would make.

3. Babysitter? Why would you want to be apart from your little darling for even a moment?

4. You think forcing a baby to “cry it out” should be punishable by law.

5. You would never let your child eat fast food. Ever. And you don’t even like it yourself.

To those of you who are still with me? Thanks, and stay tuned!

Thursday, January 28


I'd love to know what blog subject interests you most. Please take a moment to answer my poll, located on the sidebar.

Tuesday, January 26

A new mom/wife/teacher/consumer blog!

And one more blog hits the net!

Welcome to This Mom Loves, a blog which is designed to share and celebrate the positive in life. Notice I said "designed to"...that's no guarantee that I won't venture into "This Mom Vents" (or worse) territory, but the goal is to highlight people, places and products that are worth writing and reading about.

Why a blog? Why, to make the world a better place of course. The truth? Julie and Julia. I've always loved writing, and in fact I freelance for parenting and family magazines, but it's much different to be able to put fingers to keys and share my own thoughts and feelings. I was looking for an outlet, and the movie based on Julia Child and Julie Powell was my sign that a blog was the way to go. It's a little more motivational to write with the hope that there is an audience out there than it is to scribble in a lined notebook. (Please note: despite the Julie and Julia reference, there will be little talk of cooking. The title of the blog is not "This Mom Abhors".)

This Mom Loves will explore issues other than parenting, but quite honestly, having children changed my identity (for the better...I think) more than any other life change. My marriage and friendships have been transformed, teaching has changed for me (in philosophy and in practice) and the way I spend my money and time is also very different.

I can't wait for you to join the discussion. I'll be asking for reader tips and thoughts, and am welcome to questions. You have the ear of a teacher -- anything you want to ask? Are you a new parent who is seeking the (ahem) "expertise" of someone just emerging from the baby trenches?

Take a look around my blog, and I hope you'll be back again. You're very welcome!