I'm a BLUNTmom!
Well, it's official...I'm a BLUNT mom. What does this mean (besides the obvious right?!)? I get to be my amusingly sassy bitchy bold self and someone else is going to publish it as well!!! Check out all the hot mess mommas telling it like it is at BLUNTmoms. We're all cray. Xx.
I'm a PTPA Blogaholic!
Got an email the other day saying I've been accepted onto the PTPA Blogaholics panel. Do I hear a what, what?! You'll have to come over an visit and you might as well sign up for FREE and become a product tester. Check us out at PTPA Media Cheers. Xx.
My Newest Blog Stalk...
So randomly I take a walk (aka mouse-trip) through the blogosphere and try to find something that interests me enough to talk about it. That said I have now ended up here, at Urban Mommy where I laugh myself all the way to the bathroom, true story. Thanks Urb! Xx.
My Rockin Award
So I was pretty surprised and all sorts of excited when I seen that Destiny over at Rockin' Mama thought I was
a big ass awesome enough to rock her balls and land myself her blog award. Not only is she super fun, she's just as badass as a few others I know so check her out! Thanks D Xx.
If It's Worth It...
This could be you one day!!!
My Most Recent Hot Messes
Friday, 11 October 2013
I feel completely discombobulated and the best part is, I'm only a fraction of the way through the above. I LOVE my new job, working for a new retailer, but the state of my store is kind of one big hot mess (I seem to always get this) and I need to completely overhaul everything. This is both exciting and terrifying only because I'm an all or nothing kind of girl and it's a giant store.
So here's to multiple nights of coming home and drinking as much red as I can before doing it all again the next day.
Stay awesome readers!
Friday, 20 September 2013
Opportunist – happy to do it if it fits with my brand but how about this as well?
Careerist – you want me? these are my terms, what say you?
Saturday, 7 September 2013
More often than not lately, I find myself meeting new bloggers, and by new I don't mean fresh outta the box all shiny and shit, I'm referring to ones I just haven't had the
Not that being new is a problem. Sometimes being the New Kid on the Block (Yup, I totally just went there with that – I love you Joey Mac!!!) is amazeballs. Companies see you and get giddy and clasp their hands like Mr. Burns and send their minions to hunt you down. Newbs teach us, me, so many things. I do not consider myself seasoned by any means. Until my blog is rolling in 70k a day (visitors people) I think I have a long way to go before I can say seasoned. One word I will use however is established. Not as established as I would really like, but I’m definitely not new.
I will vouch that people know me. I will vouch that people get excited when they know I’m attending a conference they are going to and can’t wait to meet me. I don’t say this to toot my own horn, no really, I say this because it’s true.
Why you ask? No it’s ok, I don’t mind you asking. I get asked the same thing from people, some people repeatedly because they are just as perplexed as I am about it. My own husband reads my blogs (yeah I said blogs, I have quite a handful of them) and as he’s laughing jovially to himself he says it too…why?
I honestly haven’t the slightest idea. I’m not sure I would be excited to meet me if I were you. Mostly because I do everything the opposite of what the masses do. I curse, and don’t give a fuck, I call people on their shit, and it doesn’t bother me. I am so sick and tired of people taking advantage of me, and other people that I care about, that I guess I lost my ‘proper’ button. I am told all the time that I have absolutely no censor button what-so-ever…clearly I lost that one as well. It’s totally rad.
Something I am super tired of though, is people telling me how to blog. People trying to offer up their ‘expertise’ by telling me there is a place and time to be “trashy” and the blog isn’t that place. This not only makes me laugh but it also pisses me off. If you’ve ever met me in real life, not sitting behind a computer screen, you notice first and foremost how straight up I am. What you see if what you get…and what you read about. This is who I am. This is who I am in real life every single day. I get happy, sad, mad, irritated, super ragingly pissed, giggle happy and I wouldn’t change a single thing.
Ok I lie. I would change something. I would change how I let THOSE people define me. THOSE are the people that live in a dream world. I would lick the sweat of a…err cheeseburger if for once I could go to a conference, or a workshop, where everyone showed up exactly how they do to their real life each day. I’d be the first one jumping in to the photo with the chick that has the hottest pajama pants I’ve ever seen and perfectly unperfect hair and make-up. Why? Because she’s the bloggess I want to read about. She’s the one that along with her coffee stained favourite shirt (that I swear when I find in my size again I’m replacing) is laying it down raw and real and not afraid to be her brand.
I don’t pretend to live some glamorous life. I don’t pretend that my marriage and family life is perfect (although I won’t lie, it’s pretty damn close right now). I don’t think that the number of views my blog gets, or how many times I’ve been asked to guest post makes me better than anyone else. People become so caught up in this “spotlight” that they don’t even have the damn time to work with an actual brand doing shit. So they pop up a giveaway on their blog but I bet if asked them it some wouldn’t even remember which one you were talking about. The little guys, whether new or completely seasoned, some experts even (that haven’t got that glazed eye look yet), are the ones that can have the absolute most impact on anything you work with them for.
How do you become one of these people? Be real. Be honest. Be blunt. BE YOU! People whether brands or fellow blog masters, appreciate it, appreciate YOU. They value your opinions.
Of course I’m sure there are ones that I have scared away because of my complete lack of ability to ass kiss my way around, but that’s ok. I have chosen to disassociate myself with so many who do just that. When your fake persona is gushing from every facet of your being, and hanging out your ass, and you are failing to realize that it is doing just that, I just can’t bring myself to not call you on your shit at some point.
Despite this entirely sassy, bitchy, forward, completely uncensored image that I haven’t really worked hard at, brands still approach ME. In the beginning I went looking, and occasionally I still do, for opportunities to work with brands and reach out to my readers but at the end of the day my inbox functions just fine. Brands come back and repeatedly do business with me. They find value in my opinion. I have other bloggers messaging/emailing me a lot as well, even through DM on twitter saying they wish they could just spill it and not be so afraid of staining their image, that it is getting hard to keep up with the show. Some have even said they are blogging less and less.
My response? Stop being a pussy already. Why are you trying to impress all the wrong people?! They are the same people that will toss your ass under the bus one day to further their own blogging careers. Toss their useless asses out. Do it!
Unless of course you enjoy being back seat to them. If that is the case, mind putting up MY blog badge on your site and doing some free promotion for me? No, no, of course I’m going to talk to my guy for you and hook you up with all this too…no really. What’s your name again? Thanks.
Yes. I am a bitch. I wasn’t kidding!
Thursday, 5 September 2013
This set contained 431 pieces and included 8 Kreon figures. The kids stared at the box longingly waiting for me to say it was ok to get to it. I, being the awesome mother than I am, let them stew on it for an additional day before I gave them the ok to get started.
First they cleaned (with a cloth and everything) the dining room table, arranged the chairs so everyone had their own section of table and proceeded to unleash the monster. The initial reaction was to stare at everything in little plastic baggies and decide who was getting to do what first. Unfortunately for the 5 year old, she got left with whatever the 7 and 9 year old didn't want. That said she was quite happy to be involved at all!
Once they opened every single bag and dumped the contents all over the table...yes...431 pieces of it, they set to work on trying to assemble the set. The 9 year old was quietly reading through the instructions and looking through the pile of parts for what he needed, while the 7 year old was trying to turn the pages to "look" at the picture and figure it out without the instructions at all. Little miss 5 year old simply sat and chatted away while she created her own set by putting whatever pieces she wanted, wherever she wanted and how she wanted.
I'd like to say they sat quietly. I'd like to say they spent all day playing with it. However, I would be lying if I did so.
They sat super un-quiet, because they were having so much fun with it. It was assembled over 3 days because they kept taking the Kreons on little adventures all over the livingroom and the basement and was enjoyed all weekend long.
I would recommend this set, and any additional sets from Hasbro, to any children that love to create, build and rebuild sets of lego or puzzles because at the end of the day it does take some skill and focus. There are 431 small pieces so I would also recommend that you have adult supervision if there are any younger kidlets in the house running around that may not know the rules of keeping objects out of their mouths. Working on a flat smooth surface would be most effective and having a zip lock bag handy in the event they get distracted and want to put it away will keep all the parts together and prevent losing them.
My only con for this product is the size of the pieces. That said it wouldn't prevent me from buying these sets, I would just be making sure all the packages weren't opened up until their needed to be!
Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes free of charge. All opinions expressed are honest and my own, NOT influenced in any way.
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