The “Glamorous Life” of a mommy blogger…..

Keeping up a personal blog has been on my “To Do” list for a while. I wanted to write witty stories about life, document cool craft projects and write succinct posts on non-profits and how they can utilize social media.

The blogging project came with its own “To Do” list I have been recently trying to tackle.

Mommy Blogger To Do List:

1. Take pretty photo for “About Me” page.

2. Come up with something amazing, funny and all around awesome for the “About Me” page.

3. Go to cool events.

4. Take professional photog quality photos.

5. Run really neat giveaways.

So I started working down the list. I found a good enough photo, typed up a few about me items, gone to 3 pretty cool events, taken a couple of cute photos and this week even a really neat giveaway (my 1st!).

What I did find is the life of a mom blogger (no matter what topic you blog about) is not quite as seamless as you would think. I am now finding out how a post really gets put together.

Find out about really cool event from amazing blogger friends.

RSVP to really cool event.

Get Handsome Hubby to go with you to help wrangle kids.

Arrive at event where Handsome Hubby realizes no other “guys” are there and gets his friend to pick him up for a “meeting”.

While watching cool event demo the baby tries to pull your top down to get to boobies.

Snap tons of cute photos of baby….I mean focus on the cool demo darn it.

Come home from cool event – rest and recover.

Later in the evening attempt to download massive number of photos on to the iPad while fighting over the iPad with the baby and a teen who wants to watch videos on Minecraft.

Wake up early the next day while baby is sleeping so you can hurry and put post together and you type like a maniac…

until…

Baby “magically” wakes up so you give baby to teen (yeah for last days of summer) and type like a maniac…..

until….

Teen brings up baby with a poop explosion diaper, baby then sticks his hand in diaper and so once you clean it up you have to clip his fingernails and disinfect his hands.

and then…..

Baby starts grunting and head butting your boobs signaling he wants to eat (obviously the baby sign language you are working so hard on is not taking).

When you finally. send. him. off. with the teen again and remember to get back to finishing your “blog”…

you realize “oh yeah” it is now time to make lunch.

 

So I want to know – how do YOU put blog posts together?

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South Texas Heritage Museum + Free tickets!

South Texas Heritage Museum + Free tickets!

This post has been in my drafts for a while – this blog entry is on my first visit to the Witte Museum’s South Texas Heritage Center. Since that time I was invited back for a Mommy & Me blogging tour this past Friday and I will share that visit later in the week.

I received a media sneak peak invite from Fran Stephenson to tour the new South Texas Heritage Center and I was so excited! I dropped off the boys with my mom and headed down to Broadway.

I showed up at the Witte in the middle of a San Antonio downpour and was greeted by friendly staff at the door. They led us out a side door of the Witte and down a path to the new center. The building was gorgeous. I snapped a photo real quick as I tried to avoid the puddles and not smack anyone with my umbrella.

Once inside we were given an introduction and began a tour of the 1st floor which includes the Russel Hill Rogers Texas Art Gallery, George West Trail Drivers Gallery & the Will Rogers Classroom.

I really enjoyed the Trail Drivers photos and cowboy gear on display being a horseback rider myself. The display in the photo above allows you to scroll through the trail drivers photos and learn more about them.

We then explored upstairs area A Wild and Vivid Land: Stories of South Texas. I cannot begin to describe everything that is included up here. What stuck me the most was what a fabulous job they have done making something for everyone. Adults, teens and kids can all find something to do and learn. They have such a neat variety of displays and integration of technology. Here are a few of my favorite things.

This Indian head piece was so detailed and beautiful. They definitely took time and pride in these pieces of art.

They have an old Menger Hotel Registry and the display highlights some of the signatures with details about the famous cowboys who were guests.

This display is part of the oil and gas section and is a good example of cool technology that is sprinkled throughout the displays.

The wall mural is something to see – well really the whole place is! If you love cowboys, vaqueros, indians, horses, guns, swords, art or history you will LOVE the new South Texas Heritage Center.

I can’t wait to show you the visit from last week with the boys! If you would like to visit the Witte and share this fun experience with your family then enter below. Some of my fellow mommy bloggers and I are doing a group giveaway. Enter the Rafflecopter entry below and follow my friends for more entry chances.

We are giving away lots of 4 packs of tickets – make sure you use them up by September 3rd before they expire.

To enter the giveaway for a family 4 pack of tickets click the link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hurry quick the giveaway ends tonight at midnight and the tickets are good through September 3, 2012.

 

Disclosure: I was invited to the Witte as part of a media sneak peek and given free admission before it opened. In addition, my boys and I were invited to the Witte for the Mommy & Me event last Friday. We were given free admission and tickets to use for this giveaway. All that was asked of us was to share our experience with our friends.

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Shipping

My husband encouraged me to start a blog and a personal Twitter account over 2 years ago. I did not do it because I felt the accounts I was handling for work were as much as I could handle – frankly more at times – and thought the time for me would come later.

I understand the immense value of a personal brand and it has been on my “to do” list. There were many things that would come up that I wanted to comment on (let’s be real, there were contests I wanted to enter too!) and I would think “I need to get on that” but haven’t. I wanted to join the Sea World “Wild Side” moms and be a “mommy blogger”, write about my journey toward de-cluttering and my travel adventures with my boys, but I kept letting myself get in the way.

A few weeks ago I took the DISC assessment and my result was “Perfectionist”. I realized that while perfectionism has many positives it has negatives as well, one of which for me is not blogging. Reasons to not blog included: my focus is too wide, not sure what post to start with, what if I am a crappy writer, what if no one reads it, tough job transition, newish baby, lack of creativity, etc. all preventing me from doing what I ultimately want to do – write a darn blog and get my thoughts out!

So here is to no more excuses, putting myself out there, being vulnerable, taking chances and for those of you who follow Seth Godin – SHIP. I can’t improve on something that hasn’t been started so here it goes!

First post done.

Jen – 1

Bad side of perfectionism – 0

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