Doing a little housekeeping…

Since I’m thinking about using this blog again to, you know, actually post some content, I decided to clean it up a bit. I’m removing most of the tags and tagging into broader categories, shrinking some pictures, combining my Project 365 pages and deleting old links that are broken. Sorry if I keep popping up in your blogroll or news feed (if you happen to still have my blog included, faithful one).

Future uses for this blog space will be to:

  • chat about my experiences on the road to and in the midst of motherhood
  • chat about my experience so far with my child’s food allergy
  • chat about books and reading in general
  • chat about writing, or my lack of writing these days
  • chat about my awesome writer friends and the amazing things they are doing these days
  • chat about trying to take off this extra weight

If you’ve been with me in the past, I hope to see you again. I need to dust off my writing fingers and I thought playing around on this blog would be a good starting point.

Talk to you soon!



Domain expiration…

I think I’m going to let the domain expire. I don’t really post enough to consider myself a blogger and even though it’s a minimal expense, it really isn’t a necessary one.

If for some crazy reason you’re still reading or following this blog, just update your link to instead.

I’ll post again soon. Can you believe the boys are almost 2 years old???????

This blog…

This happens to the best of us. Some people become mommies and suddenly transform from blogger to mommy blogger. Others (the non-committed blogger like me) either drop off the face of the planet or become sporadic bloggers, content to only post random baby pictures that only interest the friends and grandparents who visit their blog.

So, what does this blog become? I’m considering going back to review my 101 list and see what other items I have accidentally checked off over the past two years. Maybe I’ll finally upload the rest of my Project365 pictures (I did, in fact, complete the 365 days). Maybe I’ll discuss the little ways parts of me have been slowly waking up after spending over a year in a mommy haze.

For today, I’m content being that sporadic blogger. So, here are your baby pictures, grandma and friends:


My beautiful, beautiful boys.

And just for good measure, here are the pups (in case anyone wanted to see how they are doing):


Winners! Book Giveaway #2

Winners were drawn this morning!

Thanks for the great response.  Knowing so many people are interested in getting a free book makes me want to keep having contests!

I assigned everyone a number and had generate randomly.

Congratulations to the winners:

Tameka Y – Getting the Girl

Lindsey F – Lisey’s Story

Jamie S – This Lullaby

I’ll email the three of you to get your mailing address.

Check back soon (or follow me on twitter) for my April book giveaway!!

Book Giveaway #2!

Here are the books I’m unloading from my shelf for March:


one of my new favorite authors, also wrote The Book Thief


favorite author of all time, but couldn’t get into this one

someone else should give it a chance!


popular YA book with great reviews


Winners will be chosen the last week of March and I’ll mail out the books shortly thereafter.


Good luck.

Thanks – Blog Awards

Time to pay it forward!

I was given the Happy 101 award by Anne from Anne’s 101.

Ironically, this award features a picture of a cupcake with sprinkles and that is what I just consumed only moments ago.  It’s fate.

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Copy/paste the award on your blog

2. List who gave you the award and their link

3. List 10 things that make you happy

4. Pass on the award

First things first, 10 things that make me happy (in random order):

Tim, Bobo, Cocoa, Books, Sleeping, Rain, Writing, Food, Family and Friends

Sure, those aren’t exactly thought-provoking answers, but they are honest all the same.

I’m passing this along to Coreysgal at My Bucket List…sort of.

Coreysgal started her list about 6 months after I started mine, but became quite busy soon after when she discovered she was incubating a lovely little spawn.  Most people who began a 101 list around that time have long since abandoned it, but Coreysgal has been slowly but surely keeping track of her progress.  So, congrats Coreysgal, both on the baby and on my blogger award.  I hope  you’re able to knock out your list even though your life is rapidly changing.

I also received another award from one of my favorite online book club friends, Jenny at What the Blog?

This award has been passed around among my online friends, so I apologize if I am sending to someone who has received it over and over.  It just goes to show you that everyone loves you.   Here are the rules laid out for this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the award & place it on you blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Share 7 interesting things about yourself.
5. Nominate 7 bloggers.

So, THANK YOU JENNY!   Your blog is sure to entertain anyone who finds it.  It’s sometimes silly, sometimes nerdy, and sometimes inspiring.

I’m sure all of you are on pins and needles to find out 7 interesting Ally things, so I shall not make you wait any longer….

Seven Interesting(?) Ally Things:

1) I’m a lover of frogs and toads.  I like real ones, but don’t own any.  I used to collect lots and lots of frog things.

2) When I was a kid I saw a TV show and the host went around asking people to try to say the alphabet backward.  Convinced this would happen to me, I taught myself and now it is so ingrained I can say it nearly as fast as forward.

3) I once drove from the middle of North Carolina to Los Angeles, then to San Francisco, then to Las Vegas, then back to North Carolina again, all in about a 2 week time period.

4) I don’t enjoy ebooks as much as paper books.  I like the feel and smell of real books, even textbooks.  I was the kid who used to sniff a new textbook the first time I opened it.

5) The most miles I have ever run at one time is 11.  Right now I can only slow-jog about a mile and 1/2.  I really want to try a half-marathon one day.

6) I used to hate my husband.  We met at age 23, had a rocky hidden romance for a couple of years, then ended everything dramatically (on my end it was dramatic, anyway).  If you would have told me then that I would end up marrying this jerk, it would have resulted in a bitchslaptotheface.  I’m glad he (and I) grew up.

7) I grew up with my parents and 3 siblings in a 3 bedroom house.  I was 13 when the youngest was born.  I believe these circumstances directly led to my current ability to completely zone out background noise if necessary.  I also need some sort of noise to sleep, read, write, study, anything.  Complete silence is more distracting to me than noise.

To pass along this game (again, sorry for the repeats but you guys really are the ones I read the most…and the ones I think deserve the title of Beautiful Blogger), I would like to TAG YOU’RE IT to Tameka, Jessica, Angel, Leah, Ashley, and Heather.

Now, I’m going to try to go out and enjoy the sunshine.

Winners: Book Giveaway #1

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!  I was surprised at how many people were interested.   I closed out the contest today and plugged all of the entries into   The person who showed up as #1 in each category won.

Congratulations to:

Melissa H. – Dead Until Dark

Julie S. – Revolutionary Road

Chenoa F. – The Broker

Winners have been contacted by email, and I will mail out your books within the next few days.

Check back at the beginning of March, when I give away three more books from my cluttered shelf!

My first book giveaway!

I have a habit of buying new books (I know, I know, not very budget-friendly) if I’m interested in reading them, and as a result I tend to have books on my shelves I have read once and don’t plan to re-read for a variety of reasons.  So, I’ve decided to give a few away every month for a few months, until I have a nicely streamlined shelf.


February’s giveaway books:


The first book of the popular series.


The book upon which the critically acclaimed movie was based.


One of the more recent novels by the popular author.

If you are interested in any of these books, enter the contest with your name, email address (so I can contact you for your mailing information) and first and second choices.  I will notify winners at the end of February and mail out the books shortly thereafter.  All books are used, of course, and read at least once.  I’ll put up three more books in March for a new giveaway.

Click on the link below to enter:


Good luck 🙂