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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's the Simple Things...

Sometimes it is hard to keep a toddler entertained. Lack of a long-attention span can be blamed. At times, it seems that all those gadgets and gizmos designed to occupy a toddler just aren't doing their job. 


But sometimes it isn't the battery-operated toys that entertain a toddler.


Sometimes it isn't Mom or Dad that need to keep him occupied.


Sometimes he just wants to look at pictures and point to Mama and Dada 
and Baby.


Sometimes toddlers are entertained by the simplest of things. 

What simple things entertain your toddler?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Link Around

I hope everyone had a nice, refreshing, turkey-stuffed Thanksgiving. Now that all the cooking and shopping is over with, and all of the college football games, I thought I'd share a few articles that were posted this week that are worth reading.

  • Here is a cute DIY gift idea for the holidays from Design Mom: DIY monogram mugs. I think these are adorable.  I can always use a new coffee mug. This craft is kid-friendly and fixable if you mess up the first time around. 
  • Traveling with a baby during the Christmas Season? Jessica from Life as Mom gives some very helpful advice. 
  • Do your kids have too many toys? Read these tips for getting your kids to part with toys before the holidays. 

Just a side note, but Notre Dame beat USC today, 20-16, which makes us a very happy family. 

What team does your family follow? 
Any big wins or losses this weekend? 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In Thanksgiving

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.-- 1 Chronicles 16:34


Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.-- Oprah Winfrey


When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.-- Willie Nelson


am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.--Woody Allen

Thank you to my husband for continually being the man of my dreams. 
You are my best friend and a great father.
Thank you to my family and friends. You all are awesome.
Thank YOU for taking the time to stop by and read this blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!
 I hope you have a great day with your loved ones.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Storytelling on Thanksgiving

I love taking time to remember an event. My husband says I have the memory of a trap door. What goes in never comes out. Little memories become etched in my brain and I often find myself thinking about a random night two years ago spent watching TLC, or the time we drove from central California all the way to Seattle in one day with a 6 month old in tow, or that first time Nate actually seemed aware of the TV. It was last Thanksgiving and the Macy's Day parade was on. It's hard to believe he was only a little over 2 months old at the time, but we was enthralled by the movement and colors on the screen.

Anyway, it's nice to bring certain memories up every once in a while, even if they don't seem important or incredibly significant.

November is National Storytelling Month, which can fit in nicely with Thanksgiving. Many family traditions consists of sitting at the dinner table, smelling the warm, freshly baked food, while each person quickly takes turns recounting what they are thankful for before diving into the turkey and fixin's.


But instead of rushing through this part of they day, why not incorporate National Storytelling Month into the mix? By recounting family memories, each family member will have the chance to also talk about what they are thankful for.

Storytelling helps children activate their thinking process, encourages communication, and creates a sense of connection and community between those who share the story. (source)

Here are some tips to help you incorporate National Storytelling Month into Thanksgiving Day.

1). Break out the albums.  As everyone looks through old pictures, stories will naturally emerge. And as the stories emerge, hopefully everyone will remember to include what they are thankful for.

2). Initiate conversation. Begin bringing up stories. Funny stories are always guaranteed to get everyone talking and sharing. Encourage everyone to share.  Ask them what they remember about the moment. Even the little ones might chime in, which is always (ok, usually) endearing.

3). Showcase family heirlooms. Anything that has special sentimental value to your family can be displayed on Thanksgiving. These things usually spark ideas for conversations and story telling moments.

4). Create a "Thankful Tablecloth." My mother-in-law created a tablecloth where everyone, grandchildren and children, wives and husbands, write their name, year, and what they are thankful for. This tablecloth has been around for many more years than I have been a part of their family, but the history it contains is obvious. Each year, the progress of the childrens' handwriting is evident. New children are added to the mix. Each person figures out something new to be thankful for, while remembering what they were thankful for the year before. I have seen family members begin recounting stories after taking a look at the tablecloth.

5). Choose an appropriate time to reminisce. It seems that most families want take time to reflect before eating.  The food is on the table.  Steam rises from the turkey and that green bean casserole smells delish. Everyone's stomach is growling. Instead of truly reflecting, most just ramble something quickly, hoping that everyone else is just as quick.


What Thanksgiving traditions does your family maintain? 
Do any of them involve storytelling?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Year With God: A Review


I have been taking my time reading through a devotional called, A Year With God, by R.P. Nettelhorst. It has been nice having a new way to spend time in devotions each day.

From the back: Are there any words more powerful than God's? Through his words, the world came into creation and all life into being. God spoke to his first people, Adam and Eve, and he spoke to Noah and Abraham, to Moses, to the kings of Judah and Israel, and to the prophets. 

And he speaks to you today.

God's words are real, and they are full of his love, wisdom, and direction.  A Year With God is a 365-day revelation of God's divine character through his actual words, along with reflections and insights to increase your understanding. You'll discover the context of God's words spoken in the Old Testament--and what they mean for you and your life.

The pros: 
- Each devotion is numbered instead of being arranged by date. This allows the reader to begin at any time and not feel distracted or tied to the date on the page. If I skip a day, I don't worry about it because I don't feel behind. 
-Each devotion is one page long. About half of that page is scripture. This is nice because many devotionals only tend to give one or two scriptures. Sometimes I feel that I am not getting the verse in its full context. However, Nettlehorst's devotional puts the scripture into context and I feel that I am getting to the meat of the scripture. 
-The devotions are organized into juxtaposed categories. These categories include hope and fear, love and hate, perseverance and quitting, faith and doubt, loyalty and betrayal, and many more. Each category has more than 20 devotions in it. By the end of the section, a clear picture of each category has been portrayed and I really get a glimpse of how these traits are portrayed in the Bible.

The cons:
-There isn't an author bio. When I read a book, especially a book that is giving advice of any sort, I want to know credentials. The book contains no author bio. When I googled him, there wasn't much information on him either. 
-Sometimes the devotions end abruptly. Perhaps I am supposed to spend more time in reflection, but more than once I have found myself saying, "huh?" 
-He is not consistent with his choice of scripture translation. Although he makes it clear which translation is being used, the lack of consistency bugs me. Sometimes he uses NLT, then the next day he uses MSG, then NRSV, and then MSG again. If I understood why he chose each translation, perhaps I wouldn't be so critical of it. 

Overall, despite its quirks, I am enjoying this devotional. It has caused me to think about a few things differently. It has a lot of substance and really delves into the Old Testament, which is a section of scripture that is sometimes ignored or just used as a history lesson.

I give it 3.5 stars. 



I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

Friday, November 19, 2010

{This Moment}

In Soule Mama’s words:

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Toddler Shrieking and How-To Deal

Now that Nate is 14 months old, he has begun this annoying little habit of shrieking/yelling when he wants something. He isn't upset when he does it, but he is definitely trying to get our attention. Imagine a squealing pig combined with squawking parrot and you've got Nate's shrieks.

When we are at home, we can deal with it, but it's when we are at a restaurant that it becomes really frustrating, even a tad embarrassing. It is so tempting to just give him what he wants. But that just perpetuates the problem.

I've been doing a little online research(as well as reading a book called, Charismatic Kid: A New Breed of Superhero) to educate myself in ways to deal with it. With him only being 14 months old, he's a little young for some of the methods that are commonly referred to, but with a bit of modification, I'm hoping that we can curve this little habit of his.


1). Ignore the bad and reward the good.  As the saying goes, "easier to do than say." However, it is something that we are really trying to push ourselves to do. Instead of focusing on the negative behavior, we need to remember to focus on and reward the positive. When he indicates that he wants something without shrieking, then he can have it. Reversely, instead of calling attention to the negative behavior, we need to ignore it.

2). Teach him to sign. Not only is sign language a great way for toddlers to communicate, but it is silent. Signing results in no noise, which is definitely a welcomed break. My husband began signing the word, "eat" to Nate a few months ago and it has been successful. Now, I am beginning to teach him to sign, "please" when he wants something.

3). Baby time outs. This is usually a last resort for me, but if he continues to shriek, we place him in time out.  We have an exersaucer in our living room that is perfect for baby time outs. These do not last longer than a few minutes.

4). Consistency is key. My husband often reminds me of the importance of consistency in life.  This rule especially applies in parenting. If I am going to ignore the bad and reward the good, then I need to do it every time

5). Just breathe. Repeat this mantra: "This is only a phase. It too shall pass."

Do you have any tips for encouraging positive behavior?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea (and Sponsor Highlight)

As a mom and a blogger, I spend a lot of time with my camera. Never wanting to miss a precious moment, messy face, or this-moment-might-never-happen-again shot, I try to remember our camera when we go to restaurants, parks, and of course, when we go on trips.

When I don't have the camera, something very picture-worthy is bound to happen. Then I am stuck taking the photo with my cell phone, which just isn't the same.

If you are a cameraholic like I am, then you need to check out Eclectic Whatnot.  Ruthanne makes adorable camera straps for dSLR cameras.

Like this one:


And this one:



If you are going to carry something around with you all the time, why not make it cute?

Treat yourself (early Christmas present?) or get one for a friend who is into photography.  Ruthanne has a variety of patterns and styles available, so you are bound to find something perfect.

They range in price from $18 to $35.




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Charismatic Kid: A Review

Over the last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to read Anthony Recenello's e-book, titled Charismatic Kid: A New Breed of Superhero.  If you've had the chance to watch one of Anthony's vlogs, you know he is about as charismatic as they get. His videos are full of energy, ideas, and inspiration.  I definitely enjoy them.

Onto the book:


Charismatic Kid is divided into 5 sections.

Leadership
-Learn how to become your child's leader.
-Focus on ignoring bad behavior, while rewarding good behavior.
Inner confidence 
-Learn how to wipe away insecurities.
-Tame the ego.
Outer confidence
-Communication tactics.
Creative activities and games
-Improv games that foster creativity.
-Games designed to help parents as well.
Examples and situations. 
-Real life examples with real life solutions.

Each section is divided into subsections that go into detail using hands-on methods for teaching your child to be charismatic.

Every parent wants to have a happy child. We want them to be confident and witty in their conversations, while also being creative, as well as problem solvers. Anthony's book teaches how to, not only model these behaviors for our children, but how to instill these qualities into them.

He includes activities, most of them being fun improv games, that are aimed to help children become obedient, friend magnets, and less prone to being bullied.

This book is not a waste of time. It's not one of those books that sounds good, but in reality, contains a bunch of fluff.  He provides activities that he has tested over and over again. What he says makes sense and I can't wait to put his ideas into action.

Ready to read Charismatic Kid for yourself? Click HERE to download for only $12.
If you want to follow a really funny and witty guy on Twitter, follow Anthony @CharismaticKid.

Friday, November 12, 2010

{This Moment}

In Soule Mama’s words:

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.


Curiosity

Thursday, November 11, 2010

#AmazonFail

Don't mess with Mama Bear and her cubs. 

While many people have voiced complaints about the downsides of social media, the mothers of Twitter have used it for a good cause.  They have banned together against the nation's leading online business.

Yesterday Amazon was selling an e-book titled, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover's Code of Conduct. For only $4.95, the e-book would be quickly and privately downloaded. Today, the book has been pulled from the listings because of blogger threats to boycott Amazon.  Catherine Conners, writer of the blog, Her Bad Mother. began a Twitter campaign yesterday, sending tweets to over 9,000 followers and also using the hashtag, #AmazonFail. 



Her original tweet, which was retweeted hundreds of times, read: "Please boycott @amazon until this (TRIGGER WARNING) pedophilia instruction manual gets removed http://amzn.to/9SKcJi #amazonfail."

Conners told ParentDish, "The abuse of children thrives on silence," she says. "The sexual abuse of children especially thrives on silence. I think that we need to be outspoken and unsilent on anything that supports or perpetuates the abuse of children."

Dr. Phil and Anderson Cooper chimed in on the topic this morning:  Click HERE to see the YouTube clip.

Amazon has removed the book, and while many are happy and relieved, others are still wondering when Amazon will release a public apology. 

This story gets even more shocking. Apparently the removal of the book has sparked some to say that this book should not be removed and doing so is a violation of the First Amendment.  Should we encourage book censorship?

My Take: 
Amazon needs to take steps to ensure that offensive materials that have the potential to harm innocent children are removed. Amazon is a private business. Just because they choose to not sell a book does not mean that the book has been censored from the entire population. It means that they are taking a stand against criminal behavior. There should be a screening process in effect to prevent this type of material from slipping through the Amazon cracks.

I believe that the first amendment was not enacted to protect the words and voices of criminals. 

With all of the recent attacks on social media (bullying, etc), I am happy to see a positive action as a result of many individuals making use of a very powerful network

Want to read more? Here are few links to get you caught up.

-Amazon's Statement
-OneNews: Amazon Pulls Book
-Fox News Report
-PopeHat: Amazon, Outrage, Pedophilia, and the Internet
-CNBC: Amazon in Violation of Masha's Law

Voice your opinion. How do you feel about Amazon's original decision to limit the censorship of reading material? Is an Amazon boycott necessary? Where do you stand on the issue? 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sweet Tooth Satisfying Brownies

Tell me if this ever happens to you.


You are sitting at home, you've just put the kid (or kids) to sleep, and you're relaxing, when all of a sudden it hits.


That sweet tooth craving.  


Maybe you crave candy, or apple pie, or ice cream (like my husband).


But if you are like me, you want brownies. And you want them now. But you know that you don't have any brownie mixes in the pantry and you're already in your comfy clothes. A trip to the grocery store is out of the question.  So you resort to something less satisfying, like a spoonful of peanut butter, or a soda, or maybe even some leftover Halloween candy. 


However, you probably have the ingredients in your pantry to make brownies without running to the store.  


Here's a fun recipe, but there are even simpler recipes available online. Search around until you find a recipe that consists of what you have in the pantry.  


 They are a little messy, but tasty!



 
 Ingredients:
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups broken walnut pieces, lightly toasted
  • ----
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cups plus milk
  •  
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 pan with tin foil. 

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Make sure to get those ingredients mixed well.  In a separate bowl, melt the butter and stir in the cocoa powder.  Beat in the sugar and then the eggs.
This batter will be very light and fluffy-unlike anything that you get from a batter from a box.

Next, add in the vanilla and then the flour mixture.  Mix it until all the ingredients are well incorporated and free of clumps.

At this stage, feel free to add chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, walnuts, or any other tasty treat your sweet tooth is calling for.

Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.

While the brownies are baking, begin making the glaze for the top.

On the stove, melt the butter and mix in the cocoa powder. You can do this in a glass bowl over boiling water, or in a sauce pan, but you'll have to watch it really closely to make sure it doesn't burn.  Once the butter and cocoa powder mixture has melted, add the vanilla.  Then mix in enough milk and powdered sugar to make the glaze thicken up.  Just make sure that it is thin enough to spread on top of the brownies.

By the time you finish the glaze, your brownies will be about ready to come out of the oven.  After letting them sit for five minutes, pour or spread the glaze onto the brownies. Then let them sit for a half hour.

That's it! 

These brownies will be gooey, sticky, and delicious.  They will make you blow your diet and you'll want to work out extra hard the next day, but they will be worth every bite, and that darn sweet tooth will be satisfied.

Monday, November 8, 2010

5 Tips For Clean(er) Toddler Meals

Photo Courtesy of flickr user Cavale

If your baby is in the infant stage and has yet to eat solids, enjoy it. If you day dream about blissful meals where you delicately feed your toddler all sorts of treats, while he accepts every bite of food and keeps all of his food in his mouth, well, all I have to say is...Enjoy that day dream, because the reality of feeding a toddler is quite different.

Don't get me wrong. I love to feed Nate. Watching his facial expressions as he tries out a new food is priceless. And there is a certain satisfaction that goes along with making your own child a meal and having them enjoy it.

But.

And this a big but, there are times that the dropped food, thrown sippys, stained shirts, and half-chewed food gets to be a bit frustrating.

Here are few tips to help alleviate that frustration and make meal time just a bit more manageable.

1). Never feed your child over carpet.  If your dining room has hardwood floors, than you are in luck. Cleanup will be relatively easy. However, if you are cursed with a carpeted dining area like I am or do not have a dining area and, instead, eat around the living room coffee table, then you need to invest in an Office Chair Mat (click the link for an example).  My husband came up with this brilliant idea. Nate's high chair always stays on the mat and any time most of the time, when he drops his food, it winds up on the mat instead of on the carpet leaving unsightly stains.

2). Keep bibs close.  In my old house, when Nate was much younger and rarely ate solids (with the exception of rice cereal), bibs and rags were stored in a drawer in the kitchen and quite a distance from the eating area. That was a convenient place for them then since I mostly used bibs to soak up his drool when we were out and about. Now, I have a three-drawer organizer hidden behind the dining room table. I keep it full of bibs, rags, and other must-have accessories for a toddler.

3). Keep wipes closer.  There are two containers of wipes in my house. One container is kept on the changing table for the obvious reason-diaper changes. The other is kept just behind the highchairs on the counter. The wipes are within arm's reach if Nate wipes a hand covered in peanut butter through his hair, spits sweet potato puree onto my shirt, or throws a peach beyond the limits of the office chair mat and onto the carpet. Having wipes close has alleviated many mini-disasters.

4). Feed only in confinement.  I'm not reciting some petting zoo rule, but rather giving some advice that will save you many headaches.  Handing your child a cookie or carrot to snack on while they are running around is not smart. This will lead to crumbs hidden in toy boxes, between the pages of books, and all over your newly-vacuumed floor. I know this from experience. Take the time to confine your child to the highchair, exersaucer, or some other restraining device (you get the idea) before giving them something to munch on.  Besides keeping your house cleaner, this also teaches good meal habits and reduces choking hazards.

5). Make meal time fun. Being engaged and present during meal time will cut down on messes. I have the habit of trying to get a few things done while Nate eats his breakfast or has a quick snack.  But since he doesn't have my attention, he will often begin throwing his food down on the ground with the infamous "uh-oh" or make a mess with his milk. Enjoying a meal with him or talking to him and having fun seems to drastically cut down on his messy-meal habits.

What works for you? Do you have a system for eliminating meal time stress and mess?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Toys: Disposable or Keepsakes? (and Sponsor Highlight)

Christmas is going to be different for me this year. Unlike last year, my son will actually play with the toys we get him, so there is a bit more pressure to get him good, sustainable (in the sense that they won't break after a month of use), and educational toys that will last through the toddler phase.

This is Nate last year on Christmas morning-just over 3 months old
and couldn't care less about his presents, except for the rattle,
which made a good chew toy.

Have you seen Toy Story 3 yet? Buzz and his friends get put into the dreaded Caterpillar room. Full of out-of-control toddlers, the toys are slammed on the ground, bitten, slobbered on, and basically abused. Poor toys. Anyway, we want toys that will last through this phase.

In addition to durability, we also hope his toys will mean something to him. My husband and I don't want him to have so many toys that they become disposable. It is our goal to have a child who grows up being thankful for what he has. We would prefer that he has a few nice toys that he values, rather than a room full of toys that he doesn't care about.  Instead of disposable toys-or toys that Nate won't even notice if they are thrown away-we want him to have toys he will remember when he's an adult-keepsakes.

It's tough right now because the thrill of ripping a page out of a book is so much greater to him than the thrill of keeping a book neat.

We know that limiting the amount of toys he has will be tough. We already want to buy him every little trinket and gadget available. We see the way his little eyes light up when he holds a new toy, but this is a goal that is important to us and we hope to be able to stick to it throughout his childhood.


Keeping in line with remaining accountable and making smart choices when shopping, I want to point you toward one of my November Sponsors- Natural Kids.  

They are a group of Etsy sellers who are committed to selling toys, utensils, clothing, and accessories for children that are made out of natural materials, such as wood, silk, cotton, and wool.  When shopping on Etsy, simply search for Naturalkids team and the results will contain items from Natural Kids or visit their online store: naturalkidsstore.com 

I think these little handmade ice cream cones are adorable:


Isn't this wool hoodie precious?


Here is an alternative to the typical plastic rings:


Keep Natural Kids in mind when Christmas shopping this year. There are many things to choose from including soft toys, wooden toys, arts and crafts, baby items, clothing, dolls and accessories, educational toys, and home decor.  These unique handmade materials are sure to become treasured keepsakes.

Friday, November 5, 2010

{This Moment}

In Soule Mama’s words:
{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wait For the Lord

Today, I guest posted on AP Freewriting 101. Ashley writes a wonderful blog, full of daily inspiration, and coincidentally just wrote a post for me, which was published yesterday, entitled, My Name or God's Glory?

My write-up for Ashley's blog is called, Wait For the Lord, because I seem to be constantly waiting for the future instead of enjoying the present moment. Psalm 27:14 tells us to wait.

Excerpt:
 Every once in a while we stumble upon a passage that changes who we are and how we think. It hits us fast like a bullet to the heart. Before we realize what has happened, we are changed forever. The verse imprints itself on our souls and speaks to us in moments of despair or frustration or even during times of happiness. There is no mistaking its impact on our lives. I like to refer to this phenomenon as the Holy Spirit.
To read the rest, click HERE

Guest Blog: My Name or God's Glory?

I am happy to have Ashley from AP Freewriting 101 guest posting today. Her blog is a source of inspiration for me-a daily devotional of sorts. I hope you'll take time to visit her blog.
 
John 3.30 – He must increase, but I must decrease.

GEDC0022 by terilynneu, on Pix-O-Sphere


As I go through life, it is so easy to take my eyes off Christ, seeking my own success and fame. I strive and seek to gain the approval of others, caring little about who I hurt in the process or what I have to sacrifice to “get ahead.” However, this is not the life that I am called to, or the life that I truly desire. 

I desire contentment. I desire peace. I desire blessing.

I will not find these things in seeking my own fame and success, but by allowing my life to point others to Christ. I must seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. I must seek to be less like me and more like Him. Seeking to be more Christ-like, I must become less important in my own eyes, and I must keep my eyes on Him. He must increase, and I must decrease.

Are you seeking to be known or to make God known? 

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Avatar-Sept2010 by ashleypichea, on Pix-O-Sphere Ashley Pichea is a wife and mom (2 year old boy and 3.5 year old girl), as well as a blogger, an online student (pursuing an MA in Ministry), and actively involved in her local church's teaching ministry. She home schools her daughter and chronicles the journey at Teaching Jenny. Her blog, AP Freewriting, has become a place of ministry to women with a purpose of encouraging women with the Word of God. Ashley strives daily to find her identity in Christ, and she encourages you to connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My New PrintingHQ Business Cards

Have you seen my new business cards? Probably not because I've only handed them out to a few people so far, but here they are. Aren't they awesome?



[Insert funny commercial man voice here] Have you ever talked to someone about your blog and then had to scramble around for a pen and paper to write down your domain name? Do you want a tangible way for people to remember your blog? Or, do you not have a blog and just need business cards for the reason most people need cards? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need blogger business cards from PrintingHQ.  [Stop funny commercial man voice here]

A few weeks ago, I started browsing around for a printing company because I wanted some business cards. There are a few big name companies who I thought about first, but I'm glad I shopped around, otherwise I wouldn't have found PrintingHQ

They provided me with 1,000 business cards printed on 14pt.= c2s gloss cardstock, which is going to last me a long time. 

These business cards are perfect. They are durable, printed on high-quality paper, and convey all the information that I wanted them to. 

Patience is not necessarily a virtue of mine, so I was excited when they were printed, shipped, and delivered to my door in just about two weeks. I've heard about a few other companies who offer standard shipping, which is 21 days, for close to $8 more. 

PrintingHQ's website is easy to navigate. They have tools for custom design and offer phone and online support if you get tripped up or have any questions. I emailed them a few times with questions and they were more than happy to help me out. They usually responded within just an hour or two.  They also offer many other printing services besides business cards including banners, brochures, catalogs, greeting cards, newsletters, post cards, signage, and much more.

Special Deals:

-Order custom greeting cards and receive 1" stickers to seal each card. Choose from 5 different designs. If you aren't interested in the stickers, they will include the matching envelopes. Click HERE for more details. 

-Do you need a posters made for upcoming yard sales, church functions, or business advertisement? Perhaps you want to show off your child's artwork. PrintingHQ is currently offering a 10% discount on all poster purchases (quantity 1000+).  Click HERE for poster printing details. 

I hope you'll remember PrintingHQ when you need business cards or any of their other services. I had a really great experience with them and highly recommend them.