Happy birthday Alisa Bowman!

I met Alisa last year at the Type-A-Mom blogging conference in Asheville, North Carolina. She had come to meet Julie, and so had I. Julie is a social butterfly and she soon hooked us up with Anne-Fitten and well, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Alisa and I bonded in a seemingly unconventional way.  You see we are both introverts.  There was a moment on the second day of the conference, … [Read more...]

Blissdom 2010 recap

First some housekeeping notes. Unfortunately, this post is going to be a little LONG, it is hard to recap several days in a single post without it getting a long (as you know from my Paris Road Trip Reports). So before I get into this post I just wanted to tell you a few things. That way if you don't want to read the recap, you will still get this info. First, it would be really great if you … [Read more...]

Dear, sweet city of New Orleans

Where to start? I met Mishelle (a.k.a. Secret Agent Mama)when she rescued me at my first blogging conference, Blissdom 09 in February. I was there with a new camera and she graciously tried to help me with it, even though she was busy being the official photographer. Her photos are stunning, and the words she writes with some with her photos are sensational. She writes in so many places it will … [Read more...]

Guest post: 11 ways to get through the holidays without fantasizing about divorce

I found Alisa Bowman's blog Project Happily Ever After from the comments section of one of Problogger's 31DBBB posts.  The name of her blog struck my interest, I read a few of her posts and I liked what I saw. Alisa is the co-author and ghost writer of 6 NY Times best sellers (impressive!); the editor of 13 publications (how does she find the time?); the former senior editor Runner's World … [Read more...]

Why the secret is in the sauce

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending SITScation in Las Vegas. The SITS girls, Heather and Tiffany are smart. They knew others like me would be attending Blog World Expo and decided to attend this one-day blogging conference as well. Having attended my share of blogging conference this past year: Blissdom, SOBCon, Type-A-Mom, and Blog World Expo - I would have to say that I liked the … [Read more...]

Blog Action Day 2009 – Climate Change

Today I am participating in the 2009 Blog Action Day.  I participated last year, and felt it was important to do so again this year. Particularly since this year's topic is Climate Change. Living in a green home in Berkeley (love my $5 PG&E bill every month!), I sometimes forget that the rest of the country is not like Berkeley.  After living in Europe where "green-ness" is ingrained in … [Read more...]

Do online relationships translate offline

Yes. They. Do. I had already had the experience of meeting people at a blogging conference and clicking and then continuing the relationship online.  I met blogging buddies  (whom I refer to as "my Iowa gals")  Paula and Jody, at Blissdom in February, and they continue to be my buds. Last weekend at Type-A-Mom we re-connected again and had the most amazing evening together at a fabulous … [Read more...]

Celia Rivenbark – You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning – Blog Stop

Until recently when I read Mindy Friddle’s Secret Keepers, the only Southern fiction I had ever read was Gone With The Wind. So I thought it was serendipitous that two weeks before traveling to the Type-A-Mom conference in Asheville, North Carolina that I should get the opportunity to read and review Celia Rivenbark's You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning, a collection of … [Read more...]

Out of my shell for a few days

I wrote this post a head of time because I am on the red-eye Wednesday night to Charlotte, North Carolina, and by the time you are reading this I will be on the road to Ashville for the Type-A-Mom conference. I bummed a ride from Julie from Writing Roads. We have never met but "speak" often. I have been dying to meet her and we are probably going to spend the entire trip geeking out on Twilight. … [Read more...]