Monday, October 25, 2010

And the juggling continues...

I finally figured it out. 

Every Monday through Friday, I have approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes to do whatever I, go for a walk with a good friend, stare at the wall (I do this A LOT), eat breakfast in complete peace and quiet or watch any of my numerous DVR'd shows (the latest one being Real Housewives of Beverly Hills...because my life has absolutely no drama).

All that still didn't seem like enough...I like my plate completely full, if you know what I mean. 

I've gotten super good at juggling since I've had kids...growing two little human beings at the same time two years in a row will do that to a person.

So because I thrive on absolute chaos, it was time for me to pile just one more thing on my plate and start publishing a Macaroni Kid e-newsletter/website for the area I live in!!

Initially, I saw the information about Macaroni Kid on Tami's blog, Hearts Make Families, and immediately became intrigued.   From there, I found there were many other bloggers whom I adored who are also MK publishers for their areas!

Once I had a full understanding about how it all worked and learned that there wasn't a local MK in my city, I lured two of my good friends, Ann and Wendy, on board with me....because crazy loves company, am I right?

We just got our very first newsletter published, after dedicating a whopping 6 hours on a Sunday at Borders to get all the kinks worked out.  The minute we hit the publish button there was such a huge sense of accomplishment.  But it was quickly replaced with dread, as we realized we had to rush home and fix dinner for our families. 

Such is the life of a busy mother.

Not only are my friends and I doing this for the simple fact that this little venture may bring in some much-needed income for each of our families, but our town lacks a one-stop-spot, if you will, for finding family-friendly events.

Not anymore!!

In addition to listing all the fun events, we'll also be sharing recipes, crafts, parenting tips, and money saving ideas.

If you're like me, you could easily waste an entire 60 minutes online in search of a rainy day craft to do with your spawn, while they claw each other's eyes out....or spend an eternity on hold trying to find a restaurant which offers free meals for kids, as you pray no one comes on the line right as one of them decides it's perfect time for an obnoxious tantrum.

But with Macaroni Kid, the parents in our area won't have to waste anymore precious time searching things out.  It'll all be in our e-newsletter/website!!

Feel free to check out Macaroni Kid - Stockton and let me know what you think!

If you're into Twitter and/or Facebook, I'd love it if you'd follow us/like us!!  Find us here on Twitter and here on Facebook!

And if you're interested in becoming a Macaroni Kid Publisher for your area, please let me know and I'll tell you how!

* Sorry I haven't been able to visit many blogs lately!  I plan to catch up more this week!! Registered & Protected

19 comments: said...

Good luck with it! Sounds like a very fun endeavor!

Nezzy said... don't have enough to do or what??? Heeehehehe!

The newsletter sounds amazing and informative and I'm sure it'll be a grand help to other parents. Obviously the kiddo's will reap the benefits.

I'm off to check out Macaroni Kid, I've got a feelin' it's gonna be great!

God bless you 'richly' in your newest adventure sweetie! Enjoy your grown-up time. :o)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Such a great idea! I love that the families will be able to find out what's going on in the community. It will bring out more families to different events AND give the kiddos things to do too.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Congrats on the new venture! I don't know if Macaroni Kid is new in this area, but I just linked up with it through a Facebook suggestion. You're's a great one-stop-spot for stuff to do. I love the idea of craft suggestions, too...our girlies are still a little young, but I know I'll be walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby in a year or so, searching for inspiration. :)

Karen Peterson said...

That sounds awesome, Helene!

Congrats and good luck!

The Mother said...

No, wait! I DON'T have to spend 60 minutes on the web looking up a rainy day activity????

Drat! Now what excuse do I use?

Eva Gallant said...

You never cease to amaze me! How you find time to do all you do is a mystery! Good luck with your new venture!

This Daddy said...

NOT ONCE did I see Tims name mentioned in your schedule for time and shows and eating?

Whats up with that?

You must respect the TIM

Shell said...

Congrats and good luck! There is already a MK in my town.

LucidLilith said...


Quick mothering question...if you don't believe in giving kids candy for halloween, what is a perfect substitute?

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I am going to head on over!! I am from MN, but I will love the crafy things.

Hey, if your kids are into Silly Bandz - get over to my blog by 11:59CST. I am giving them away and it sounds like the sponsor is going to let me give one to everybody as opposed to just the 3 that they originally gave me :-)

Twins Squared said...

Dang girl! I think you're right - you don't have time! However, if you're like me, I think you've got a great entrepeneurial spirit and will gain a lot of satisfaction from this venture. Sounds cool! Would look into it myself....if I had time. :) Or if I were better at juggling.

MiMi said...

This makes the wheels in my head start to smoke. I wonder if we have one in MY area...? And if not...wonder if I could do it...

Anonymous said...

Goodluck with your new venture dear

Jen said...

You just can't do nothing can you? ;)

2Wired2Tired said...

Good for you! I've heard working on a Macaroni Newsletter is very rewarding. Hope you enjoy it and find lots of fun activities in your area.

Frugal Vicki said...

Welcome! I am also a Mac Kid Mom! Congratulations!

Jayme said...

Yay!! Welcome to the Mac Kid family!

Just Another Mom of 2 said...

So exciting!! I had considered doing this at one point, but right now we move way too often- kind of diffusing the purpose. I hope you have a lot of fun with it- and you are amazing at juggling!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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