NaBloPoMo. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Oh! What does it mean? Let me tell you. :) November is National Blog Posting Month AKA NaBloPoMo.

“Post every day for the month of November. That’s all you have to do.”

That’s all. ;) Ha ha ha. I’ve been trying to post every day for the past couple months. Some days it’s not easy, but I admit I do enjoy the challenge.

Angela at Breastfeeding 123 has started a NaBloPoMo group for Breastfeeding Mom Bloggers. You can read more about it on her blog.

Breastfeeding mother or not, are you up to the NaBloPoMo challenge? :) Go sign up!

Housekeeping (of the bloggy variety)

You may have noticed that I’ve added a few new pages lately over in the right sidebar under well, pages, of course. :)

The first is the Contest page, where I will list contests of note that I’ve entered around the blogosphere. If you are ever looking for some contests to enter, please check out my list. :)

The second is my new submit a product for review page. I’ve done a few reviews here lately (have a few more scheduled) and am interested in doing more. Here’s a bit about what I’m looking for (taken from that page)…
If you have a product that you think would appeal to me and my readers (who are generally moms of young children), please contact me. Things that are of particular interest are items promoting breastfeeding, babywearing, attachment parenting or green living, natural toys, anything photography-related, as well as clothing and shoes for babies, toddlers, kids and mamas. Natural products for babies, children or mamas are also of interest.

I also started up a more linky love page where I have buttons to some contest blogs as well as buttons for my blogging pals. If you have a button for your blog and would like it to appear on that page, please contact me. I’m an equal opportunity bloggy love linker (uh, whatever that means).


My last matter of bloggy business is that Nell over at Casual Friday Everyday (I love that blog name and her slogan – “Where every day is take your kids to work day” hee hee) recently honored me with the BFF: Blog Friend Forever award.

“This award is presented to awesome BLOG owners who keep their readers excited about their posts. Their blog posts are interesting (NOT spammy) and worth reading and keep their subscribers looking forward to each and every post.”

Thank you, Nell. :) I really appreciate this especially because there are some days when I write a post and I wonder if anyone is getting anything out of it. But then the writing makes me feel good so I keep at it. :)

I have several blogs I visit regularly, but the bloggers I’d like to pass this on to are:

  • Steph at Adventures in Babywearing (even though she already received it from Nell, I too am always looking forward to her posts) – She’s always posting about current events and challenging her readers. Plus she has some pretty kick ass giveaways.
  • Leigh at Mere Mortal Mama – She doesn’t post as often as I’d like (guess she’s too busy caring for her 2 month old and 2 year old – the nerve *wink*), but I always look forward to what she has to say. She’s a doula, an amazing writer, and I feel like we have a lot in common – including our breech baby home births.
  • Heather at A Mama’s Blog – Heather is my friend IRL (in real life) and I know she started her blog as a way to document her children’s lives, but she also has been touching on many important issues relating to women such as alarming c-section rates, breastfeeding, etc. I feel like she’s doing a great job getting the word out about issues of which we should all be informed.

That’s all the housekeeping I have for today. Thank you and good night. :)

Taking care of (bloggy) business

First of all, there’s this cool new (FREE) service available to help drive traffic to your blog called BlogRush. Most of us want more readers and more traffic, but don’t have the time to go out and find new readers. This is where BlogRush comes in. Basically all you need to do is sign up, insert some code into your blog (see the widget on the lower right side of my blog?) and that’s it. Sound too easy or too good to be true? Well, you can promote it on your blog by writing about it like this which helps too, but it’s not required. Check out the short video on BlogRush to see for yourself how BlogRush can work for you. Gosh, I sound like an infomercial. Too bad I’m not getting paid for this. ;)

Secondly, there’s a sweet contest going on over at Mums the Word where they are giving away a $100 gift card to Natural Pod – an online store with natural and SAFE toys. With all of the recent toy recalls, it’s refreshing to find a store that makes good quality, safe, natural and imaginative toys. There are some amazing toys over there. I clicked through a few of the items yesterday while Ava stood next to me. She was very interested in this doll (I want her too) and this pots and bowls set. Not to discriminate, she also said she wanted one of each of these. Just to be sure Julian isn’t left out, we decided this would be perfect for him. With all of these awesome toys available, you can see why I’m going to need to win the gift certificate for sure. ;)

Help me write my blog slogan

My blog will soon be getting a makeover! I’m having my blog custom designed by Heather of Girly Blog Designz (woot! I’m so excited!). However, I need help coming up with a catchy slogan for it. I’m shortening my title to just “Crunchy Domestic Goddess” (losing the “Musings of a” part), and want something catchy to follow that. The two things I’ve thought of so far are:

– Passionately parenting and photographing since 2004

– mother. photographer. activist.

What do you think? Do you like either of those? Do you have any ideas for me? What words come to mind when you think of my blog? I want something about parenting or motherhood and activism and/or changing the world. Including something about photography would be cool too. The sooner I can figure this out, the sooner I can have a newly designed blog!

Thanks for your help! :)