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Oh F**king A – Sing It

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We have a very unconventional household. We are loud, obnoxious and on most days, all but kill each other. My 19-year-old, Adam, walked into the house a short time ago singing:

“Oh f**king A, oh f**king A….”

This IS normal behavior around these parts, but is still cause for concern. So naturally, I asked him why the hell he was singing “oh f**king A”. Here’s how it went down: Read more

MommiFried Now Featured on Alltop!

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I’ve been on cloud nine since yesterday when I received an email from the folks at Alltop. MommiFried was accepted for inclusion on their site – which is a big deal.  I’ve been a huge fan of this site for years, using it daily for content inspiration when posting to my clients’ social media accounts. I’m also thrilled to be joining a great lineup of mom blogs including The Bloggess, 5 Minutes for Mom, Amalah, CityMama, Whoorl and others. Check it out:

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6 Best Online Communities for Moms

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras | 2 Comments

By day, I work as the Senior Community Manager of one of the largest online communities in the world and a site that is in the top 20 globally. It’s been a journey since I started in 2004 and a major learning experience. Because of my work, I’ve spent a lot of time in other communities, especially those that serve a particular market or focus on a certain topic. What I’ve discovered is that some of the best communities out there cater entirely to moms. The six listed below are the best of the best – active, engaging and welcoming to moms at every stage of motherhood. Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week

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It’s no secret…I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. Whether managing my clients’ various accounts or pinning to win something, I absolutely adore this social media platform. Here are a few of my favorite pins from this week:

We all need to do a little Poe Dancing via You Know it Happens at Your House Too‘s board TEE HEE:

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Things I Don’t Want My Daughter Growing Up Believing

Posted on by Crystal in Motherhood, Oh Aless! | 8 Comments

I always wanted to have a daughter. After having three boys and knowing instinctively each time that I was carrying XYers, I kind of gave up on the dream. I didn’t think being the mom of a little girl was in the cards for me.  And I accepted that reality. My boys were the greatest gifts, and I was a pro at raising the male population.

Things really do change in a heartbeat. Twelve years after having my last son, I became pregnant again. From the moment we first read the positive result on a home pregnancy test, I just knew. I knew she was coming.  Everything told me that inside I was carrying a little girl, an XXer.  She arrived in December 2011, Alessandra Rayne. Read more

Boys. Motherhood. Math.

Posted on by Crystal in Cadenisms | Leave a comment

Caden is a great kid. He’s smart, personable, athletic and, most of all, loving. Not a day goes by that I don’t get a hug or a kiss goodnight, which really warms my heart considering he is at THAT age – the age when all kids pretend they don’t have parents and when in their presence, refer to them using their proper names. Boys have a tendency to do this much more often than girls – at least that has been my experience. I guess I’ll find out firsthand now that we have a little human girl in our lives. Thank you Miss Aless. Read more

MommiFried’s Easy, Awesome Meatloaf Recipe – Great for Busy Moms!

Posted on by Crystal in Gram's Recipe Tin | 1 Comment

Preparing meatloaf does not have to be complicated or include an endless list of ingredients – even though most recipe sites hint otherwise. Below is my easy, awesome meatloaf recipe, which is great for busy moms (and dads, too). Enjoy! Read more

The MOM League vs. The Lingerie League

Posted on by Crystal in MUDDies | Leave a comment

I didn’t realize until today that we have an entire realm of football being desecrated by foolish antics and women running around in thongs and push-up bras. I’m a BIG fan of college and NFL football, and take the game probably way too seriously. It’s a tough sport with a lot of injuries and to see a mockery being made of it by a bunch of women who failed to make the cut for the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, well, I’m not impressed. Introducing the Lingerie Football League. Read more