Archive for February, 2009

A BlogRoll List of Sorts…Part I

February 25, 2009

Will you do me a favor? When you have a minute…(okay when you stop laughing…)

Will you have a look at the awesome favorite blogs of some of my readers? These are blogs you all thought were worth a look.

Here’s one:

Click a few and let me know what you think?
Tweet me with YOUR favorite!

@Carissa_MomIF

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Laughter is… The Best Cure.

February 24, 2009

Tuesday Tribute:

To marriage.

A little story.

A girl and a boy meet on April Fool’s day. (It’s True) The girl laughs so hard she needs massage therapy on her cheeks from smiles-too-hard, too long.
The girl and the boy become friends. Laughter was their MO. They date each other’s roommates, but NEVER each other. They fall in love 9 months later, and then decide to date each other… a few weeks later? Engaged. Wham. (It’s a Utah thing.)

Fast Forward 7 years later…

That boy graduated from Law School, that girl traded in the work out of the home for the mommy work IN the home. 2 little girls were that work. The boy, is now an associate in a high powered NYC law firm, and his commute is longer than some people’s actual work day. He always misses dinner, heck he misses whole weekends!

At one point they sat talking (late at night since that’s all they seemed to have left). And they realized there wasn’t any laughter. Not enough in common to have common things to laugh about. She complained, “you don’t make me laugh anymore.” He replied, “if we don’t see movies together, I have nothing to imitate and make fun of.”

What to do?

Toss in the towel, let the 7 year itch win the battle?

Not for these scratchy two.

Nope. The girl read a book called ‘Your Money or Your Life‘. She changed her mindset. And the boy started calculating. If they sold the house, they could pay off most of the law student loans. And those loans had been feeling like a massive ugly monster on their backs for much too long… And they finished the kitchen remodel they had started that fall… And they prepared to bring another child into their family… And he found a job near the extended family… and they sold that teeny-tiny, oh so charming, 100 year old, (hate the boiler), but all their own…first home.

And ahhhh. Life was still busy. Life was still a big happy mess. But they watched movies together again. (Can we get a cheer for NetFlix!) They laughed at the new and the old. The good and the crazy. (I couldn’t resist.)


Post Script
No. Grizzly Adams did not move in. THAT is what I came home from BlissDom to…
and
Post Script 2
We recently netflixed House Bunny. It’s raucus and even has a few swear words. But oh my gosh we laughed so hard we had to rewind to see the parts we were laughing so hard that we missed. And now whenever we meet someone new we feel the need to repeat their name in a monster voice, “NATaLIE.”

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BuildABear Gift Card Winner!

February 23, 2009

Winner Winner Green Froggy Dinner?

A BuildABear Froggy?

Okay gift card anyway..!

Katie From Good Life {eats}
—awesome blog name huh?
Is the winner of my first Blogavershury Giveaway!
Congrats Katie! (and thanks so much to everyone who played along!)

I will be publishing a list of all the awesomeness of blogs that you shared with me, to follow and friend and chat it up Carissa Style!

But first.. let’s highlight Katie-the-winner’s blog!

First, she has her own giveaway going on right now for some tasty looking pasta sauce *oh yum*!

Click here to enter…

And would you like to see her food yumminess?
You do don’t you?

She calls this Orange Ricotta Bundt Cake.
And you had me at ORANGE!

Everyone do me a favor and slip on over to Good Life {eats} and congratulate her,
enter her contest and tell her I sent ya!
At least follow her on Twitter!
@GoodLifeEats

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A little recap. My one year in the bloggy world.

February 19, 2009


Sometimes I shared the not so pretty in my life.
(Do you know what Lake Stink is?)

And often I shared what I was in love with.

I started Apricot A Lot, designing custom bags and totes!

I started my not-every-Sunday-posting called Church Chat.
Read them all here.

Kids Medford Temple


I moved two states away.


But not before having a GarBage Sale.

Sometimes a Recipe.


Salmon Recipe (maple-y/mustard-y/jalepeno-y yummy-ness)

I started a series of posts about my childhood here’s the first one.
(That’s the only one I did…it’s coming, I promise!)

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I was syndicated once, Namiste.
(See the article over at the Title Nine.com Blog)

Oh yeah.. I started a little thing called #GNO over on Twitter? Heard of it?

And that little thing has turned into a full-fledged teenager complete with gangly-ness and zits sometimes (don’t ask about the new website that STILL isn’t complete!) We call the whole thing ‘Mom It Forward’ have a look! Hope to see you on Tuesday nights for #GNO, where we do Girl’s Night Out, Twitter style…!

Thanks for joining me. I am better because of you.


Giveaway! BuildaBear Gift Card

February 17, 2009


Well This. Is. It.

My own personal Blogavershury!
I’m one this month.
Yessirree. I blogged my whole year away. And to celebrate…

Build A Bear $25 Gift Card For You.
(If you comment. And follow the rules. And you’re nice…and maybe say happy blogavershury)

My daughter a year back wanted a bear from Build A Bear something fierce. And we said sure, but they are kind of expensive… How about you work towards earning half and we’ll pay half…

And kind of like that. (I mean not that you are my kid or anything…)

But Today? I have a Build A Bear gift card for you in the amount of $25… now that will buy you an awesome bear (or Frog) and you can find great ones on the site (and they aren’t naked or anything) for about that price. But if you are willing to save your pennies like my daughter.. you could have this one in time for dying ‘O the river green!

$38 for Irish Dancer Happy Go Lucky…

Or this one for your very own luv bug (I know you have one).

Love Bug Brown Sugar Puppy $24

Hawaii Hello Kitty

And does everyone need a Hula Hello Kitty?
I think you do.

Okay for the boring blah blah blah.. 2 rules.

1) when you comment (and I know you will..right!?) you MUST share at least one other person’s awesome blog url with me. No you can’t put your own url, that would be cheating and cause for kickoutableness.

AND

2) you must click the cute little tweet bird and tweet about this contest… don’t have a twitter account? Then post this link on your Facebook page. Don’t have a Facebook page? Um.. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Just contact me and I’ll hook you up with some social media good, yes it’s like heroin and yes I’m the dealer in this scenario.

Yes you must complete both steps to qualify. And let’s see.. This contest will end… Friday Feb. 20th at 7PM Pacific Time. Did I forget anything?

Oh yeah.Thanks for a great year!
PS. you should probably leave a way for me to contact you.. don’t know how to connect your blogger profile to your email? Here’s a TUTORIAL. And I’d love to have your twitter username!

TweetIt from HubSpot

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15 Years To The Day

February 17, 2009


Was a happy V-Day around here! Here are the flowers to prove it. We kinda sorta got engaged on Valentine’s Day Weekend 15 years ago. Kinda Sorta? I know. We did it all wonky. One of his college roommates had gone to all this extreme, and hired a horse and carriage and had the ring all ready, and a date at the ballet.. we watched him get ready and then he left all nervous…

After he left we hung out on the couch, (no we did NOT make out….much). And the conversation led around to..’Should we do this thing?’ My answer? “Yeah, I’m thinking in September.. you?” —the rest of that story to be continued, k?

What did we do for the big Valentine’s Night? Oh yeah, crazy night.. we went to a church sponsored party? Huh? What? For Valentine’s? I know, but it turned out to be a great time and sheesh, free babysitting, you can’t beat that!

Salsa Roll-Ups.
We made them with lots and lots of love of course!

Ingredients:

  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup salsa or picante sauce

Preparation:

Directions for tortilla roll-ups.
In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, chilies, onion, red bell pepper, and Cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly. Spread onto tortillas and roll up. Cover tightly and chill for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, cut each roll into 1/2-inch slices. Serve with salsa or picante sauce. Makes about 32 pieces of tortilla roll-ups.

Hope your Valentine’s Day was a good as mine?!
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Virtue… Is A Virtue?

February 16, 2009
Don't spill the salt

I was asked to give a short lesson {yes, in church} about a value added to the value list for the church’s young women Youth Program. (there were already 7 other values)

What’s the new value?

::VIRTUE::

Huh? I thought? Don’t they mean the same thing? I did some reading and yes I know about the whole virtuous life and being aware of chastity, but is there more?

I started my lesson with a Science Lesson, yes they all groaned. You’re groaning too? Sorry.

Strong acids, like Hydrogen Chloride are nasty chemicals and they eat at things and would ‘burn’ your skin if dripped on it. And Bases are also nasty when strong and have a caustic effect on various things. But when you combine an Acid + a Base you get:

pause for effect

A Salt.

So HCL + NaOH = NaCL and HOH.

Anyone know what those last two chemicals are?
Yup. Ordinary Table Salt (NaCl) and Water(HOH).

The point? Nasty acids and bases when brought together can be neutralized.

So…

A virtuous person helps neutralize the caustic and the nasty stuff of the world into usable items like table salt.

What?

Okay, forget the chemistry lesson, what I really wanted to get to was.
Are you the salt of the Earth?

I totally always thought that phrase meant, the working class people of the earth, doing their best to get along helping others if they can. You know, “oh they are the best family, salt of the earth you know?”

And it probably does mean that. But I had a deep thought here, don’t laugh. I thought, being the salt of the Earth means you help sprinkle ‘flavor’ upon the world. Now no one would want to eat a whole spoon-full of salt right? But a little enhances food and makes meatloaf taste more like meatloaf.

So my question is. Do you do that? Are you the salt of the earth? Do you sprinkle the people around you with love, or kindness, or honesty? Do you help neutralize the acidity of the world.. (yeah forget the chemical lecture already!)

Define virtue?

It IS a Virtue.

photo credit DixieRoadRash
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What Did I Learn From BlissDom09?

February 12, 2009

Hmmm?
The main thing?
To start planning NOW for next year! Will you be there? I hope to meet you!

10 Takeaways from BlissDom09…

1. Face to Face and Confidence
When Megan Jordan of Velveteen Mind walks up to you and recognizes you? Wow. When you hear that as little as 100 visits to your blog places you in the top 10% of the mommy bloggers? When you get 2 minutes to talk to a PR rep. and after only 30 seconds they look you in the eye and say — “I’m amazed, please email me with your ideas!”
I loved that 30 seconds where you say hi I’m Carissa and they say hi I’m Roni… and then you read their tag and realize OhMiGosh! “You’re @Ronisweigh!” You then emit a scream, while lifting her off the ground with an embarrassing bear hug! Again, wow. Worth it.

2. Finding the Dollar Store in Nashville
I mean what else are you going to see while spending a weekend in Nashville. Yup, that’s all I saw. If you need party balloons.. I know where to find them!

3. The importance of Elevators, Hallways and Lobbies at Midnight
More than once—several times in fact—Jyl & I would find ourselves early to one thing and late to another only to catch the event coordinator Barbara Jones setting up, or the Disney Producer finishing up and gaining a few minutes of one on one time with each of the Hot Yanni Voices dudes (one of which turns out went to BYU.. who knew?). The serendipitous meetings and interviews may have been worth the whole conference right there.

(one of the hotties from the Yanni Voices: Nathan Pacheco-
yes the blond one kissed Jyl!)

4. If you are nervous about introducing yourself?
Get over it!
So is the other person… making the first contact is over in 15 seconds— so jump in and it will be pasat you and easy after that. The bigger problem? Second contact when you recognize their face but can’t remember their name… And worse the third time, same problem. But 3’s the magic number and I kept saying so…worth the effort!

5. Organic Vs. Fertilized / Finding Your Own Voice
(Then losing your voice to late night shout sessions of Karaoke).
Define organic based connection leading to a sponsorship please? Okay here goes: When I mention to someone I met on twitter that I LOVE their new children’s book, and can I please write up a review of the book back at my blog. They say..really? For free? And I say, well yes? I really like your book! And he says..well, can we offer a giveaway or something to your readers? And I say..oh? Okay, sure, even better why don’t you participate in my upcoming #GNO event on Twitter, we could host the giveaway there, and would you mind making them signed copies? He says sure! And I say…um.. the two copies that I just bought..?? would you sign those as well? Love to, the end.

6. Stats Vs. Reach
I kept having this conversation over and over during the conference. “People are commenting on my blog less and less. Instead they tweet me that they like my post?” I kept replying, you know what? That’s Perfect! It may lesson your blog stats—but it widens your personal REACH. Get ready now for the shift. —Are you using Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media sites to increase your reach? You could be, you should be. When we talked to a sponsor about helping us with our BlissDom After Party, they were more about our overall reach and not just our blog stats.

7. Delivering the Elevator Speech
The what?
I have no tips here? I didn’t even know what that meant 6 months ago. The What? In 30 seconds or less tell me the big piccture, the dreams and goals you have for your business. About the time a typical Elevator Ride takes. I fail right there. I talk too much. My tip? Figure out how to listen more—now if I can just take my own advice…

8. How to Contact PR Reps
(ie. Don’t wait for them to find you.) Do you have a great idea for your blog? Is there a product you already love? Did something you mastered change your life? Pitch an idea for a partnership to an ad agency or the company directly. There are ad networks interested in you, PR Agencies too and try out PitchEngine.com. Don’t get discouraged, I heard several ‘successful’ bloggers say they failed 2 & 3 times before thy got a relationship with an ad agency to work.

9. Hosting Your Own Event at a Conference
Think you can’t do it? Think again. We thought we would host a silly slumber party in our room the 1st night of BlissDom09. But we realized there was a similar event already on the conference schedule that night? So we contacted the event hosts and turns out they were thrilled! So, we created an After Party the last day of the conference! Mom It Forward also sponsored a service project at the Nashville Rescue Mission, and Jyl recapped the details on her personal blog: Mommy Gossip. Wow, so worth it! We are planning now for other events…okay dreaming is more like it: Mom2.0Summit, SXSW, and BlogHer… See you there? (Marie and Ghennifer chopping veggies at the Nashville Rescue Mission)


10. I don’t have 10

Oh well. If you wait to be nearly the last one onto the airplane you can often choose from empty ROWs at the back of the plane… and when your travel day takes 3 separate flights with really long layovers, for a total of 14 hours…that extra space pays off!

Plus because you made it all the way to the end of my long long long post? Free Shipping from Lands’ End. I know I love that! But you have to hurry! You only have two days til it expires! Lands’ End code: blissdom, PIN: 2175

What are these? A few of the sponsors of blissdom, and yes I met representatives of all three!



GoodNCrazy

February 11, 2009

  • Who I am
  • What I do
  • Why I do it

Carissa Rogers.
Hi! Welcome to My World.

Where the town is tiny and the air is clean.
The Fighter Jets Train and The Ducks Reign.
Where Good is Crazy & Crazy is Good.
Mom of all trades… Jack of NONE.

I’ve got three Crazy kids and one Good husband.

In my former life I was a molecular biologist. In my current life I am the chief researcher of bloggy html, parenting dos (and some don’ts), new recipes (with accidental veganism thrown in) and for spice I pretend to be a photographer…

I started blogging in February of 2008. I love the bloggy world where I share and connect with thousands of people about the happy, the sad, the rotten, and the silly! I write about my family, my story, my way.

I’ve learned that conversations start with stories… and explode into friendships.

I rely on my 7500+ Twitter followers and 1200+ Facebook friends to continue the internet conversation! My blog is the jumping off point for creative connections. (See my Twitter Grader 100%, Facebook Grader 95.7%, and Website Grader 95%.)

{CarissaGoodNCrazy at gmail.com}

Currently I am not taking on new ‘reviews’. But I work with many bloggers who are. Holler and I’ll point you in their direction. I am willing to write about interesting projects and take part in mom campaigns.


Find Me

  • On Twitter

@CarissaRogers

  • On Facebook

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  • GoodNCrazy Topics:

  • GoodNCrazy Consults:

Currently Consulting for MemoryMixer.com

  • Creative Blog Director for ‘…In The Mix‘ Company Blog
  • Tweeting as @memorymixer
  • Advising Facebook/special projects/SEO/Social Media Strategy

February 2010-

  • I helped Co-Found:

Mom It Forward (and the #GNO movement on Twitter, Tuesday nights.)
September 2008- April 2008



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