What I wrote: Week of Oct. 8

What I wrote: Week of Oct. 8

I’m trying to do better about writing here and my other blogs. I also want to share my writings with everyone who reads my work already. So, I’m going to TRY my best to update once a week what and where I have been writing. Maybe you’ll find something you missed!

A Well Crafted Party

Photo by Motormouth Studio

Woot! I wrote all week! I put a lot of effort and love into my son’s first birthday party. It was a wonderful and emotional time. I’m glad that we will always have the images and memories from the special celebration. I had a LOT of posts for you about the party.

Monday: {Real Party} You Are My Sunshine Party
Tuesday: {Recipe} Kid-Friendly Banana Cupcakes
Wednesday: {Recipe} Italian Pressed Sandwiches
Thursday: First Birthday Activity Ideas
Friday: {Friday Finds} Toddler Food Trays

Next week…. look forward to: First Birthday Favor Ideas, Sunshine Party Free Printables, A Creepy Zombie Party, A Giveaway and MORE!

Leave the Laundry for Later

I wrote over here all week as well! I’m on FIRE. ūüėČ If you didn’t know about my personal blog… then I’d love for you to pop over and see what it is about. I’ve been going back and forth about whether I should keep two blogs or have one blog that covers everything. I’m not sure still… but, I’d love to know what you think about the blog!
Monday: First Birthday Party (photos of the adorable guests and the birthday boy)
Tuesday: First Birthday Surprise (Idea for a special Birthday surprise)
Next Week… look forward to: Saving Money by Brown Bagging, Yoga that my Doctor ordered, and more!

Portland Bloggers’ Blog:¬†

Next Week… look forward to information about the SEO event on November 17 and Review of the Bloggers’ Night Out!¬†

Novel November

Novel November

I’ve talked a little about the fact that I am a Freelance Writer. I’ve always, ALWAYS, had a dream that I would write a fiction novel. I’ve been working on one of my novel ideas off and on for a couple years now. Recently, I’ve been writing a lot of fiction for ghost writing gigs and I have found out that I can write many more words than I thought I could. And, much faster than I had anticipated.

Anyways… then I hear about November being National Novel Writing Month. The idea is that you work really hard for one month and you write a novel of about 50,000 words. After that month you can get down to the nitty gritty of editing, but you are editing a NOVEL that you have written. Awesome.

So, I’m going to do it! There is a great (FREE) website, National Novel Writing Month, that helps you keep track of your word counts in an environment that is built to help motivate you to actually finish your work. There are also forums for people who need help with ideas, etc. I’d love to know if you are going to be writing a novel next month along side with me! If you are then maybe we can help keep each other motivated!

Now I don’t know whether I should be looking forward to the month of November or super scared!

Baby Sign: A Success Story!

When pregnant I wanted to do everything right for my son. I read every book. I watched what I ate, took my vitamins, slept, drank water, and exercised.

I promised myself that my son wouldn’t watch television until he was three, that I would read to him every night, I’d cloth diaper, I’d potty train early, I would provide routine for him, I would do baby sign, ¬†and I would feed him all natural, organic, homemade food.
Yep, I was that pregnant woman. I didn’t live up to most of my hopes for parenting. Reality quickly settled in. I know some parents can do it. I’m amazed by them and I admire them. But, hell, I admire most parents nowadays. I’m in awe that we as a people can do this job and not screw up entirely.
Anyways, we tried baby sign. We felt entirely silly signing to a baby who was unresponsive, and often screaming. We stopped being consistent. We never saw any sign that he was getting it. So we gave it up. 
Then, I kept seeing babies do it. I saw them everywhere. They were signing please when they wanted something. Sorry when they did something wrong. Thank you when you gave them something. It was unreal how many babies were getting it. 
So, we tried it again. We decided to keep it with two signs because we knew our inability to be consistent. We worked on “All Done” and “More.”
And, after about a month… he got it. Suddenly he was repeating us and saying “All Done” or “More” with his hands. They aren’t perfect signs. His “All Done” is usually a certain movement with one of his hands instead of both of his hands. But, he is communicating to us and we understand. He is still learning to do it all the time. He mostly repeats us. But, occasionally he will do it all on his own when he wants more food or when he is all done with some activity. And, I’m in love with it. It is so nice that he doesn’t have to be frustrated with us for not understanding him.
Next on our list of signs to work on? Please and Thank You. 
Did you do baby sign? What are your tips on making it work?
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