Saturday, May 10, 2008

Like My Butt Isn't Big Enough...

Yeah, I'm invited to a party and what do I do? Sit on my backside for the entire event. In my own defense, that's what EVERYONE at this party will be doing. I'm referring to the MommyFest Blog Party. It's an opportunity for a Mom Blogger (that's me) to talk about herself (like I need a reason to talk about myself) and meet other Mom Bloggers. So here goes...

Who Am I?
I could just recite my profile, but that would be ridiculous now, wouldn't it? So I'll give you a fast-forward version starting from when I met DH. My husband and I met while we were in college. We were at a Cubs/Cardinals baseball game in St. Louis during a joint event with our fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. We belonged to separate chapters at our respective universities. A few years after we got married, we moved to Los Angeles - where we worked hard and took advantage of activities and travel whenever possible. After several years of trying for a baby, we finally successfully completed fertility treatments and were blessed with Miss M. We found out we were pregnant with Miss K a year later. After realizing that Los Angeles isn't where we wanted to raise our kids, we moved back to Iowa where I grew up.

About my Blog:
I only post casually when I have something I really want to share. More often than not, that means a few times a week. The posts on my blog usually revolve around my girls but sometimes touch on a variety of other topics. Check the archives for a better overview. Daily, however, I surf other blogs and keep up-to-date via my Google Reader.

What I do:
Well, I'm a stay-at-home-mom (hence the blog title SAHM) which is my first job but I consider the gym to be a second job. I want to get back into shape after years of not so I hit the gym regularly. In my free time, I participate in product testing, surveys and word-of-mouth marketing. I'm constantly getting cool stuff in the mail for free!

The Giveaway:
During Mommyfest, I'll be giving away a full-sized sample of Aveeno Positively Ageless Firming Night Cream (a $20 value). I'll create a separate post just for the contest so be sure to comment on the giveaway post for a chance to win! Just so you know, the Aveeno Night Cream was a full-sized sample I received from BzzAgent. BzzAgent allows us to give away our products and since I already have a full size sample that I'm using (and loving, btw) I figured I might share this one during MommyFest!

Talking about myself is a little drier reading than all the stuff I usually blog about! I hope you'll subscribe and read some of my other posts. Thanks for visiting.


  • MommyTime

    Nice to get to know you a bit better! I'm curious: how did you get into the product testing? That sounds fun and interesting...

  • Karen Coutu

    That was a great intro! Not dry at all. Thanks for making such an effort to make the MommyFest more enjoyable. Hope to see you around the party!!

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

  • Gina

    Nice to meet you!!! Sounds like we have a log in common, I'm also a bzzagent and love doing product reviews, surveys and love freebies as well.
    Love to talk with you more in the future, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY and have a great blog party!

  • Anonymous


    My name is Juliana and I joined also MommyFest blog party. Nice to meet you.

    I hope you come to visit me also at Juliana‘s Site


  • Juliana RW


    nice to meet you in MommyFest blog party :D

    Hope meet you in my Picturing of Life blog. See you there...

  • Anonymous

    Nice to meet you. You're girls are beautiful. Happy Mothers Day & Happy Mommyfest

  • Anonymous

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Who won -- the Cards or the Cubs?

  • Anonymous

    Dropping by from the Mommy Fest blog party. It was great getting to know you.

  • Jenna

    Yay for blog parties! And sooo I have to ask where in Iowa are you as I'm an Iowa mommy as well! :-P

  • Anonymous

    Nice to be blogging with you. Stop by ours for some giveaways at Celebrity Boutique Blog.


  • Anonymous

    Hi, it's nice to meet you! My name is Tina aka mummifiedx5. I also joined the MommyFest blog party and I hope to see you at my Mummified Times Five blog!

  • MiLeT

    i am a sahm too ;) nice to meet you!

    if you have time drop by my

    thanks! happy mommyfest!

  • Anonymous

    It was very nice to meet you! It was definitely fun to read about you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to meet you, I added you to my feed reader:) I hope you have a blast at Mommy Fest! Come check out our scavenger hunt today!

  • Unknown

    Hi Nicole!

    It's so great to meet you in the Mommyfest Blog Party!

    I hope to see you at my blog also. (I was a little late putting my site in the links, but you can go to The "Official" Heather Quarnstrom Blog.) Don't forget to enter the contests while you're there. :D

    I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

  • Anonymous

    Just dropping in from Mommyfest! It's nice to meet you! If you have time this week, check out the MOTHER'S DAY BLOG BASH GIVEAWAY going on at from Serena & Lily, Hand Picked Pumpkin, Modern June, Silly Jilly Bean, Pink Lemonade Bags, My Pink Zebra Boutique, Kenarie's and many more!

  • Unknown

    It's so great to meet you in the Mommyfest Blog Party!

    I hope to see you at my blog also. (I was a little late putting my site in the links, but you can go to The "Official" Heather Quarnstrom Blog.) Don't forget to enter the contests while you're there. :D

    I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

  • Kimberly

    Hi, I love your intro! :) I'm a Bzzz Agent too - it's SO much fun isn't it? I'm having a blast doing this blog hopping thing for MommyFest! I posted my welcome post over at my Spice World blog. Hope to see you around!

  • Little Ladybug Designs


    Nice to meet you. I hope you come visit my blog and don't forget to enter my contest. :-) Happy Blog Partying!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Nicole

    Nice intro. It's a lot of fun getting to know new mom bloggers. Will bookmark you as you have lots of cool things going on over here.

    Thanks for joining Mommyfest- else I might not have found you.

  • Kristen

    Hi! What a fun blog you have. It's so nice to meet other mom bloggers.

    Come check mine out this week. I have a fun giveaway on Wednesday!

  • Anonymous

    found you on MommyFest, nice to meet you!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Nicole - thanks for dropping by and joining the Mommyfest festivities. I look forward to learning more about you.

  • AudreyO

    Hi,I'm Audrey. I found you through the MommyFest. I'm mom to two girls. I love to scrapbook, crochet, watch movies, cook and read. Very nice to meet you.

  • Anonymous

    Just stopping by from the Mommyfest party. :)

    Hope to see you stop by my site. :)

  • Anonymous

    Hi Nicole,
    Nice to meet you. I am a new Mommyfest blog party guest :) I hope to see you by my blog sometime as well. I'm also a SAHM and have two young sons. Hope to talk sometime.

    Take care,
    Patty, host :)

  • Anonymous

    You know what, I've never thought of using the Name/URL option before! Thanks for the lesson in comment-leaving. Great to meet you. I'm Jennifer from List Mama Blog.

  • Alison

    Enjoy the party!

  • Suzie

    Great to meet you. Stop by my blog if you get a chance

  • AudreyO

    I'm Audrey. Very nice to meet you. I work out at the gym 6 times a week. My goal is seven times a week, but I only make it usually 6 tmies a week. I've been doing this since October and I love it!!! This week we are actually going to take a spinning class for the first time.

  • Beth Dargis

    Hi Nicole, Nice to meet you. Your little ones are darlings! Whenever I try to do a survey, I don't "qualify". I guess I'm not in the right demographic :)

  • Killlashandra

    Nice to meet you too. :)

    When you have to write a lot of introductions I know what you mean about them getting a tad on the dry side after a while.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for dropping by my party post - it's nice to "meet" you! I'm also part of the Aveeno campaign on BzzAgent. What a great product to giveaway :)

    I hope to visit with you more throughout the party!

  • Unknown

    Nice to meet you! I do the same WAH stuff! Gotta love the product testing. I also work outside the home full time, but don't exactly "love" that! LOL

  • Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe

    You have a lovely blog - so funny. I am just stopping by from Mommyfest to say hi. It's nice to meet you. I will try to visit your site often. Have a great day.

  • Melissa~

    Just stopping in from Mommyfest.

    The aveeno lotion sounds nice. I've been looking for a new face lotion to try. Do you know if it has paraben in it? That's what I"m trying to avoid.

    So nice to meet you!

    Pink Paper Peppermints

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing your blog :)
    I am really enjoying this blog fest !
    Stop By the Almost Always Organized Mom's blog ( and win some free advertising and a free featured listing on

  • cre8tivkj

    Hi! Nice to meet you! I enjoyed your intro, and didn't think it was dry at all. Thanks for the referral to BzzAgent! I'll have to go check that out. It sounds interesting! Liked the way you introduced the blog party about sitting on your butt, LOL! I like your sense of humor :D

  • Stockpiling Mom

    Dropping in from MommyFest! I am a BZZ agent too:-)

  • Wani

    Happy Blog Party! Its nice to meet another mommy/blogger! C'mon by Wani's World sometime!

  • Spookygirl

    PARTY ON!!

    Nice to meet you, just bopping by from the Mommyfest Blog Party!

  • Christina

    I find each of the mommy blogs very interesting but different. It is nice to meet you and I love your name

  • Leslie

    Just stopping by from MommyFest! It was great reading about you. Have a good weekend.

  • Anonymous

    Just stopping by from the Mommy Fest. How do you get started in the product testing? Sounds fun.
    Nice reading your blog.