Category Archives: Blogging

Foodie Baby all mapped out

I’ve alluded to it before, but when Wonder Boy was young I had a series called Foodie Baby (actually, a separate blog but we threw it all together here later) where talked about my dining experiences with a toddler.
I posted about many local restaurants to me and a couple not-as-close, describing food menus, high chairs commentary, and so on.


Well, now that Lil’ Wonder is 13 months I am considering revisiting this series, though I admit, my dining budget is smaller than it was before.

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But here is a fun gadget for you to play with – a map of all the locations I talked about a couple of years ago!

Each location is current as of the date the blog post posted. I haven’t gotten to revisit all of them, so if someone has greatly changed please just let me know.


Back to work


Today was a flurry of mini errands as I tried to gather everything together for a new tomorrow. Freezing blueberries for muffins when the oven is finally fixed, rearranging the pantry so snack foods are more easily found for snacktime, my first lunch packed to eat without the boys pawing over my food.


My first day at work outside the home, somewhere I haven’t been in over five years.

Tomorrow I will be donning a hair net and scooping salad, relieved to find a job close enough and with varied- enough hours I can hopefully balance care of the boys between myself, my husband and the grandmas.

And the writing.

I’ve collected some work to do, late at night, at naptime, sandwiched in between all of the other things in my life. I marvel at my ability to organize this at all, since I am the one full of good intentions but with half-finished organization projects and full Pinterest board of things pinned and forgotten.

The last few days have been both a flurry of activity, bouncing from errand to errand and house project to paperwork and back to dishes, all the while making it a fun weekend for my boys.  One that was a little more spontaneous, one with a little of ‘yes, you can have that treat’  to ‘ sure, we can stay longer’.

The last few months have created a need for a different path in my life. A few years ago, when cooler heads were losing it all, we somehow managed to not only survive but thrive a bit more, purchasing a house at just the right time and expanding our family.

It’s such a relief to have a plan after months of grabbing blind with my eyes closed, to have an idea of where I could go laid before me.

However, I am holding a blank canvas and drawing the map as I go.

I have goal, I have a dream. I have a short-term plan and a longer -term hope.

I have two boys who need this more than their mommy home. My first loves adventure and fun, and the baby, who is finally looking wistfully at grandmothers as they walk off down the sidewalk.

They’re ready for a summer of fun, and I am ready for a summer of work.


Mugs for bloggers- Weekly Sunshine

Coffee and bloggers go together like Instagram and iPhones.

And of course, some ladies drink tea in the mornings, but I save mine for the afternoon with a snack so I can pretend I’m at a tea party. I’m girly like that.

So whether you drink it black, with milk or sugar, from a Keurig or Starbucks, I rounded up some blogging- themed mugs for you to keep whatever warm beverage you greet the morning with, from the super-useful to the super fun. Skip that Sharpie Pinterest tutorial that won’t work unless you use that specific pen they forgot to mention and just buy one of these instead.



I also want to see what you use right now! Instagram tagging #bloggermug and lets see how everyone greets the morning!


It’s the only place I’m famous. You are a celebrity the minute you hit publish – even if you are the only one requesting an autograph. I’m still practicing mine.



So the mug says “I’m blogging this” which in turn, I am blogging about it. So I am blogging this… mug. I’m in some kind of bloggy Twilight Zone episode. Or undercaffeinated and think this is entertaining.

I'm blogging this mug


So my blogger mamas at home chasing littles (ahem, me) tend to end up drinking cold coffee BECAUSE. (well, I make small cups of coffee and pour a lot of them thinking I’m being indulgent.)

My bloggy friend Melissa RAVES about this Contigo mug- I still have yet to try it out but I loved on it in my local Target. It comes in other colors besides purple, of course.



Because The Bloggess. You know her, right? And you can switch it up a little, so here I threw in a little yellow. Anyone can be in this club.

Unicorn Success Club Mug


Replace ‘pajamas’ with ‘covered in random bits of food I had no idea about’ and then it’s about right for me.



There is something bugging me about this mug. Please say you see it too. ;)

Because between autocorrect and WordPress, I am regularly saved or doomed by my sleepy fingers.


I have this wallpaper on my phone. The SITS Girls are amazeballs and so is this message.


Counting down the years when this actually works. Go away, I’m busy.

Writing, ask dad Ceramic Travel Mug



Again, don’t forget to tag YOUR favorite mug with #bloggermug!

AND with this I’m again straying from the yellow theme.
Though I want to point out that it is still a main theme here at Weekly Sunshine. I just don’t have time for more than one roundup a week and, well, there’s more to life than yellow.
And yes, I feel the need to make an excuse.

Is it worth it? Depends on what you’re looking for.

Yesterday I read through the comments of a Redbook post on Facebook.

As I always do.

Why? Because, even though Redbook is one of my favorite mags, I don’t WANT to HAVE to click over to see what they are talking about. I’m sure many other people are like that too on Facebook. This is important, remember for later.

Yesterday I did click over after reading comments complaining about the lack of journalism in a Redbook blog post written by Redbook’s Deputy Editor.

The article talks about the US being 50th in the world in maternal mortality rates.

In 2009 I was pregnant and hanging out on message boards along with many fellow bloggers and local ladies when someone in SoCal died suddenly after delivering her baby. She was a tragic and unpreventable death, but I have always remembered it and I went to the hospital to deliver with her a little in my mind.

The 278 words in Redbook says that, well, no one really knows why it’s going up.  Then they reference the Amnesty International report that points out that more women of color and more lower-income area  women die from childbirth-related issues than white women and women in higher-income areas.

“It’s a fuzzy problem without obvious solutions, but it’s also one that, as Amnesty discovered, is predominantly affecting poor women of color (they’re dying at a rate of 79 per 100,000 deaths. White women? 10 per 100,000, far more on par with Europe). This is where the problem in our country lies.” 

This entire post is a reaction piece to a Mashable article that actually DOES tell some more stats and then references Reuters who actually interviewed someone at WHO. The WHO interviewee admits they aren’t truly sure, but refers to higher obesity rates, diabetes, and more advanced maternal age can all be factors. So, not that no one really knows, but that they aren’t 100 percent sure so don’t quote them, m’kay?

The WHO also reports that maternal morbidity rates have dropped globally by 45 percent. Well, that’s embarrassing to hear in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Why are ours still so high?

Over half of Americans get get their news using their cell phones, according to the American Press Institute, and you bet they aren’t heading straight to the New York Times. So for any media business, using social media sites like Facebook to share news is a way of getting the clicks over.

So to me, seeing that post may lead to discussion about what factors could be, as I believe was desired by the writer, but instead of referencing world news third hand, why not dive a little deeper?

In the United States

Birth rate of women rages 35-39 has increased from about 6 births to 11 from 1990-2012 (CDC)

The total U.S. cesarean delivery rate reached a high of 32.9% of all births in 2009, rising 60% from the most recent low of 20.7 in 1996. CDC

A third of women of maternal age are considered obese (but this fact I take lightly SINCE when I was first told I was pregnant the doctor classified me as obese. We’ll discuss that later). Cesarean rates go UP as obesity rates go up. ACOG

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, black women are 80 percent more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women.

And, finally, this article published in The American Journal of Public Health in 2007 points out that black women have a higher mortality rate with conditions such as preeclampsia, placenta previa and postpartum hemorrhage. Even though they don’t get it at a higher rate than white women.

This is all without even going into the specifics of health insurance and quality of care as it applies to socioeconomic trends and ethnicity.

So, what the editor was hinting at but didn’t try to back up?

Was that, yes, the problem with the maternal mortality rate in American is that it is higher among colored women. Black women, Native American women, women with lower incomes that may have not had insurance, may not have had good care, and didn’t have the resources to take care of themselves and educate themselves after the fact.

It’s even higher among women of color above 40 years old.

But wait there’s more.

Later that day, another post was shared on Redbook’s Facebook leaving some ladies even more perturbed. Note: The original story was written for Elle magazine’s site first.

The headline?

“Driving While Pregnant Is Actually Pretty Dangerous, Says New Study”

The article discusses that women in their second trimester saw a 42 percent increase of car accidents, which the Canadian researcher says every one of the crashes could have been avoided by being more careful.

Blaming it on pregnancy brain.

Going back to the original NPR study, there is still a demographic more at risk for accidents- young men. Just thought I’d hand that one out as a freebie.

So twice in a day there was two headlines that made pregnancy sound dangerous.  Which, among Redbook’s (I assume) readership of median American women may not be the deal but expand that to the new journalism tactics of throwing out a attention- grabbing headline to generate links clicked in.  To get comments on the Facebook, the retweets.

The new goals.

And with those goals? Changes the game for journalism. Who can get the clicks first, who can get the most clicks- even if headlines are misleading. Even if there is no useful information.

And it has been found that there is no correlation between shares and people actually reading content.

So the people who would interact with that headline, would share it?  55 percent of people stayed less than 15 seconds on a page. Which means that headline, the ones saying driving is dangerous, that women in the US are at higher risks than many other industrialized countries, people didn’t even read far enough to know WHY they are at a higher risk. And driving is pregnant? Just wait until your MIL starts bugging you about your apparently already bad skills risking her unborn grandchild’s health.

Is it worth getting clicks over if it means you are losing face on social media? I’m not sure. But as long as you’re getting the clicks, you’re showing yourself successful, right?

Note: I picked these two because they were related and both held a concern for me. BUT this could have been written about many other articles.

How do you get your news? What hakes you share or click over?


Memorial Photo Project

Of course when the ball goes rolling you roll with it. A morning of inspiration and a need to get anything in my life moving has got me going back to an old topic I had a morbid and respectful interest in.

My Side of the Road photo project slowed down, mostly because everytime I saw something good i had the baby and, well, there was a reason for that cross in the road.

I had meant to focus jist on anything i saw, including patterns and interesting beaten-down artitechture, but everytime I pulled over it seemed it was for a cross.

During my internship in college I had pitched a story idea on local crosses, especially the old beaten down ones or corners with more than one, telling the story and a bit of history in that spot.

Well, they didn’t want it, though they let me shoot a few images from it.


I’ve had a couple of those shots in my mind for a long time, even though most of them are on a drive rescued from a crash that is packed away. ( images saved from an old portfolio website).

I still remember where both of these were, but I have realized that the flowers on the one have long disappeared, and new crosses are along the same road.
The large ones has since disappeared too on its lonely canyon road.

I’ve always wanted to do that photo project. Documenting what is on the side of the road before it too disappears.
A year after the accident later this one stands, but who knows he was texting when he crashed?

So, instead of just pulling over for anything, I will be taking my camera without the boys and an hour to myself and documenting the memories on the side of the road.

My goal? Is to get this project successful enough travel on ‘Hell’s Highway’ in Alabama, named one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

We’ve talked as a family about traveling Route 66 someday – and I hope when we do that I am still shooting this project, because over 2,000 miles of road has a lot of stories to tell.

But first, locally. Which blows my mind that there are so many just in my area.

Are there many where you live?