30scondmom: Self-worth & Scrubbing Stoves

My house is spotless.

This is directly related to the fact that The Husband, Eliana, and I leave before I usually drag my ass out of bed in the morning for New York for my Secret Thing and my first visit to Latina Magazine offices since I started writing my Dimelo advice column.

I should be sleeping. I swept, scrubbed, and organized instead. Minus the lack of sleep, The Husband is all for high-anxiety freakfests triggered by things like, say, going to New York for a Secret Thing and vising the Latina offices for the first time since I started writing that column. Mainly because the house gets some much needed TLC and because we both know I'm not scrubbing a damned thing until the next time something big is going on. Or the Adderall wears off.

Since I'm waiting for the laundry to finish so I can fold it before climbing into bed, I figured I'd use the time I have to officially invite you to the 30Secondmom Twitter Party I'm leading on Wednesday night, 9 p.m. EST.

Being confident and believing in your self-worth isn't about weight, beauty, or that kickass corner office with the receptionist. It's about knowing yourself and loving who you are during the good, the bad, and the nights when bleaching garbage cans at 1 a.m. seems like the right thing to do.

RSVP here to be eligible for prizes. And don't forget to BYOB.


The Weekly Wrap: #6

Honey! We're Home! I'm now realizing how much of a shock to the system it is after returning from Chicago to LIFE IN GENERAL in Northern Maine. Don't get me wrong. I love where I live. I just didn't realize that it was so boring until I got back from BlogHer. Or that I forgot to buy anything for The Husband for his 40th birthday yesterday because my brain was too busy wrapping itself around traveling to a major conference with my kid.

He picked us up from the airport hotel two hours from where we live the day before yesterday, which was right around the time I realized that I suck at wife-dom and Making Big Deals out of Major Freaking Birthdays because the day before yesterday was the day before his birthday.



Eliana saved the day with elaborate plans for a family surprise party, complete with homemade pizza, cupcakes, and an Angry Birds Darth Vadar toy "For Daddy" (heavy emphasis on the air quotes because we all know where this is going). But while we wait for Darth to end up in her toy box, let me say thank you to 30SecondMom for sponsoring this week's wrap up!



Let’s get this week Wrapped Up, shall we?

On Latina

This week's #Dimelo column: My Six-Year-Old has a blog. Think I'm crazy? That's cool. Just do me a favor and call me insane on the post on Latina.com. That kind of thing makes me look good to my editors.

Dying to ask me a question of your own? Email me! 


On Girl Body Pride

Have you checked out the GBP Showcase yet? Cuz you should.

H.C. Palmquist takes back the power in Yesterday's Scars.

Michaella O'Connor on guilt in A Weigh in on Shame.

Jessi Sanfillippo and The Tilt Shifts Reality



Pin this, bitches.

This week’s theme is Wonder Woman.
This is probably my most popular pin right now, and well-deserved, too. I found this PDF file on Etsy when I was frantically trying to come up with a last minute Wonder Woman party for Eliana in June and it's the best money I ever spent. Why? Because we're doing Wonder Woman next year, too. At least until she changes her mind three days before the party.

And finally, some Awesome by Other People

Should We Teach Our Girls to Fight Back by Galit Breen
Kelly Wickham made Queen Latifah Cry in That Time I Met Queen Latifah
Jenny Chiu in BlogHer13- I Can't Quit You

Thank you to the wonderful team at 30Secondmom for sponsoring this week’s Weekly Wrap.


You’re welcome, Internet.





Interested in sponsoring the next Wrap-Up or nominating a Post Written By Someone Other Than Yourself for a mention and a link? Shoot me an email for details. I promise to come up for air while pinning and zulily-ing like a mad woman to take a look.


Just Gimme 30 Seconds

I'm so far behind myself at this point that it's just easier to point and laugh at things like the laundry piling up, the taxes that aren't done yet, and that little thing people call sleep. So of course I said HELL YES when Cheryl Hansen-Leahy asked me if I'd like to lead another 30 Second Mom chat tonight. I'd like to tell you about that thing that I still have to keep a secret and the four blog posts I wanted to have written that are probably now irrelevant. But I've got a  lot to do before the chat tonight, so let's just focus on right now, shall we?

WhenWhereHowWhy? Yeah, I know...stay with me and keep reading the chat promotion fellow 30 Second mom, Cheryl Hansen-Leahy, has put together:

  • Do you truly love “you?” No, not the imaginary you (minus 20 lbs, plus job promotion)...the you TODAY! Join an amazing woman and writer Pauline Campos as she inspires us to realize and celebrate our strengths, just the way we are. She will also touch on her experience with her recently published anthology, Strong Like Butterfly, which hit the top of my chart this winter!

    Pauline is the creator of http://www.girlbodypride.com/, her answer to a lifetime of self-doubt, body image issues, and an eating disorder. She maintains her blog at Aspiring Mama while also blogging for Funny Not Slutty and Owning Pink in addition to being a 30Second Mom contributor.

    Here are some tweets to spread the word!

    Do u love yourself JUST the way u are? Join @Pauline_Campos 4 #30secondmom chat Wed 8pmCT/9ET RSVP: http://ow.ly/jaBRL

    Screw the finish line- don’t wait, embrace the NOW! #30secondmom chat with @Pauline_Campos Wed 8pmCT/9ET RSVP: http://ow.ly/jaBRL

Remember the part where I told you I'm done with the bullshit and working on the Happy? Yeah, that part.

I'm not here with a pretty soapbox to give you some line about how following THESE SIMPLE STEPS will FOREVER CHANGE YOUR LIFE and are THE ANSWER YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!

The steps aren't simple. You may fall down a few times.

Forever actually means "Rinse, Lather, Repeat."

And the answer just leads to more questions, which is actually a good thing, because that leads to more self-discovery and personal growth.

I hope you join me and the rest of the 30 Second Mom team for the chat! We've got some great prizes to give away, but you have to RSVP in the link above to be eligible to win. So do that, stop by, and let's get real.

We can even sing Kumbaya after.

Let's Chat: Body Image & Girl Body Pride with 30 Second Mom



Pretty, isn't it? You could win this exclusive Girl Body Pride aluminum cuff bracelet designed for me by Berkey Designs on Etsy during tonight's #30secondmom twitter chat. I'm leading the discussion tonight and we're talking Body Image: Learning to Love Your Reflection in the Face of Societal Pressure to be Perfect.

There's also a Zamzee up for grabs for one lucky chat participant!I love my sponsors, and I think you will, too.

I would love to see you during the #30secondmom party tonight, and your support would be greatly appreciated in getting the word out.


Send a message to your social media friends by cutting and pasting the following in a tweet or any other social media forum:


Learn 2 love yourself no matter what! Join @aspiringmama & #30secondmom Wed 8pmCT/9ET RSVP 2 win prizes:http://bit.ly/xwg237

Join #30secondmom & @aspiringmama 4 an amazing body image chat! Wed 8pmCT/9ET RSVP 2 win prizes http://bit.ly/xwg237

Who's in?


Every. Single. MoMent.

So we are all in agreement that motherhood is the hardest and most rewarding job there ever will be, yes?

And are we nodding our heads in agreement that there are times when our little cherub-faced angels turn into crazed feral children on the hunt for that last nerve we are so desperately holding on to? And that it is these times that all we want is for them to run off the sugar buzz so we can make them sit still long enough in front of the T.V. for us to make a quick escape into the bathroom, lock the door, and just breathe for a minute because Me Time now means being able to pee uninterrupted?


Because then it's bedtime and they get droopy-eyed and snuggly and there are stories and rituals like asking each other what our favorite part of the day was and then pretending to be shocked that their answer is almost always the part that they got to spend with us and they drift off into innocent dreams and we sigh, content, because every single moment is just worth it?

Motherhood is insane. It's intense. It's incredible. And we at 30 Second Mom want to hear from you. The one day out of the year devoted to this crazy ride we are all on is almost here and we want to showcase your favorite Mother's Day memories in the 30 Second Mom Most Memorable Mother's Day MoMents Contest!

Here’s how to enter:

- If you haven’t already, register for a free 30Second Mom account by visiting the website at www.30secondmom.com or downloading the iPhone or Android app and registering for an account right from the app.

- Record a 30Second video telling us about your Most Memorable Mother’s Day MoMent. Each video should be no more than 30 seconds long, which trust me, isn't all that much time. Have fun with it! Check out my video as an example!

- Send your video via email as a .mp4 or .mov file, along with your contact information including name, email address, snail mail address, phone number & Twitter handle (if applicable) to [elisa at 30secondmom.com].

- Once your video has been posted to the 30Second Mom website, you will receive a link to share with your friends and family.

30 Second Mom contributors have put together various prize packs for those selected as winners, so please check out founder Elisa All's blog post for more information. Good Luck! And I look forward to learning about your favorite MoMents at 30 Second Mom!

Happy Almost Mother's Day, y'all!