Did someone say "webisode"?

The first time I saw that word, I thought Spider-man had tripped out and got caught in his own web…but that’s not at all what it stands for. It appears that there is an online series developed specifically for, by and about moms called In the Motherhood that you can watch via youtube shorts. Starring Jenny McCarthy, Leah Remini and Chelsea Handler, they portray the ever-hectic, yet always humorous adventures of Motherhood as told by real moms like us. Moms can submit their stories, vote for their favorites and watch as the winning submissions are turned into new episodes simply by going to the website In the Motherhood. Here’s one from Valentine’s day I found amusing:


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Faithful to my Music

My musical tastes have always been very eclectic. I grew up listening to everything from CCR to George Strait. In high school, I really branched out and went alternative (well, at the time it was alternative) – The Eurythmics, Flock of Seagulls, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Ant…I was “one of those” kids with the lopsided hair cut and the cool checkered Vans. Trendsetter, yes I was.

Then I grew up and had a family and gave up almost all of that music. Why? Well, the reasons are purely personal, and I would never try to stand in judgment of anyone who listens to something different, but I will tell you that I don’t listen to anything that doesn’t have a positive message these days. I have found that music has a profound influence on my moods and with 3 little ones watching my every move, I have to be careful not to have “down” days. Because my children are homeschooled, I don’t get the conventional 8am – 3pm break in my day to do “mom” things or to let my hair down. I am always “on” and consequently, I have to be upbeat as often as possible – in other words, I need to try to exhibit the “fruit of the Spirit” for them. To a lot of my friends, I am probably so “uncool” – and since I’m totally a relationship-oriented, that aspect is difficult for me. Especially when they start talking about American Idol and I have no clue who’s who. Up until recently, I thought there was someone named “Clay Clarkson”…oh yes, I did. (sorry Shari!)

So here’s two songs that I love, for their message. These two groups have been around for a while, and I’m probably not introducing you to anyone you don’t know, but nevertheless, it’s Music Monday, doggonit and I’m going to participate. 🙂

The first is by Phillips, Craig and Dean – it’s called “Let My Words be Few”:

The second is by Casting Crowns and is called “The Voice of Truth”:

So what music do you love that you don’t want to admit to? Go here for more confessions or to enter yours.


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Hoping your New Year is Bright

anyone out there? hello? (phwooh, phwooh….tap..tap…echoing sound)

My sincerest apologies for the completely unscheduled bloggy break. It’s been a most joyous and festive holiday for our family, aside from the fact that my mom was in the hospital for the week of Christmas with congestive heart failure (she’s out and better now). I honestly don’t know where the time has gone…I have been faithfully reading your blogs, but have completely forgotten to update mine! How’s that for pitiful? Ah…but I am about to redeem myself, as I have GOALS! GOALS! GOALS! to share with y’all.

1. Read my Bible through this year, cover to cover.
2. Spend an hour in prayer every morning.
3. Use my daily planner to improve time management – multi-task! multi-task!

4. Update my blog more often than once in a blue moon.

That’s pretty much it — I could add countless other goals, but the first three are really the highest priority. I mean, anyone who is overweight wants to lose weight (including me), anyone who is a parent should want to be a better parent (ditto), and anyone who is married should desire to be a better spouse (double ditto)…so those are a given. I’m working on those things as well.

How am I doing so far, you ask? Smashing, dahling. Hey, it’s only the 3rd of January and I’m already updating my blog! woo hoo! Feels so good to be a winner!

But seriously. I’m utilizing my reticular activating system in order to accomplish my goals. What?!?! Okay…I’m writing my goals down daily in my planner because writing triggers the RAS, which in turn sends a signal to the cerebral cortex: ‘Wake up! Pay attention! Don’t miss this detail!’ Once you write down a goal, your brain will be working overtime to see you get it, and will alert you to the signs and signals that were there all the time.

In our business, we call it the “blue car” theory. If I tell you that I’m going to give you $1000 for every blue car you see from your house to mine, you’ll be looking, won’t you? Those blue cars were there all along, but your brain now has a reason to be looking for them, enabling you to find them. Well, that’s a Reader’s Digest condensed version of what it is, anyway. But I DO find that if I write my goals down, I think about them more, which in turn makes me more prone to getting them done.

Alrighty, then. Enough with the goals. Don’t EVEN get me started on business – I will talk nonstop…and that just doesn’t equate to bloggy goodness. 🙂
Speaking of bloggy goodness, I’ll leave you with a little something sent to me by my friend, Tonya. It’s so cute that I think I watched it two or fifteen times:

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