Blissdom Bound Baby!


Creative Kristi DesignsYes, woot woot!

*dances around the room*

I’m still excited, it hasn’t worn off since I bought that ticket {thanks Dear!}.

Despite the excitement, I’m experiencing what many of you seem to be experiencing: sickening nausea over the fact that I don’t really know anyone.

I did meet Anne from Not a Supermom at BBCATL in October and enjoyed eating lunch with her, and she’s going, but I still don’t know her you know?  So, I’m pretty freaked out about the thought of walking into a room full of a ton of folks…

This is one of the reasons I think this Ice Breaker thing is a great idea; I’ve already found several bloggers I can’t wait to meet!  I’ve been slowly making the rounds, and finally got around to writing my post up.  I’d like folks to get to know me too!

Who Am I?


  • I’m a 30 year old mom and wife.  I’ve been married to Vince for 10 years, and we have a nine year old daughter, Babydoll.  That’s me down there.  We don’t have a recent family pic, or I’d post one.  There are pictures of all of us sprinkled around the blog though.

  • I couldn’t stand animals till I got my fur-babies:  Princess {a fluffy white cat} and Winston {a fluffy white dog}.  I’d seriously maim people for them.  For reals.

  • I’m a homeschooler.  We’re about as far from the homeschooling family stereotype as you can get:  we did not plan to do this {you can read more about that here}, we don’t do it for religious reasons, we don’t limit TV and video game time {so long as work is done}, and I don’t make my own curriculum.  But, we’re enjoying it so we stick with it.
  • I’m a perfectionist and I’m OCD, and it doesn’t serve me well.  Perhaps the only way these traits serve me is that I don’t like to fail and I throw everything into what I do.
  • I’ve worked as an accounting assistant, office manager, parking office assistant, cake artist, pastry chef, bistro cook, and freelance writer.  Oh, and now I’m a blogger and social media marketing assistant.
  • I love almonds and chocolate.  Together.  The only way to go yo.  Oh, wait.  Add caramel to that.  Freaking sweet.
  • I love food.  I love cooking it.  I love eating it.  I love reading about it.  I could totally do nothing but spend my time with food and be OK.  Well, as long as my family was with me…
  • I met my husband in junior high.
  • I can’t stand having messy hands or dirty socks.  Like, I’ll eat bacon with a fork because I can’t stand having stuff on my hands…  Or, I’ll change socks multiple times a day because I can’t stand the sight of stuff on them.  It’s an OCD thing; like I really “feel” it…
  • I totally *heart* planners.
  • I love my house and I like to go outside and stare at it.  That happens when you have to wait years for something…
  • I love computers, gadgets, technology, and gaming.  LOTRO FTW.
  • I love sparkly, glittery, pink stuff.

What is Sweet Phenomena?


  • Um, a little bit of this, a little bit of that.  Seriously, I tried the whole niche thing, and eventually found it didn’t work for me.  I’m not an uber-homeschooler, and I can’t constantly blog about that.  You’ll find posts about homeschooling, life, product reviews, giveaways, ending domestic violence, and anything else I feel like slapping up here.
  • Ending domestic violence is something I’m passionate about and something that I “officially” embraced in October here on Sweet Phenomena.
  • This is my creative outlet.  It may not be perfect.  It may not be done “correctly.”  It may not make sense to anyone else but me, but I love it.  I truly enjoy being here.
  • Here on the blog, I write the way I talk.  Yes, I really do use these words and phrases.  Ask folks that know me.
  • I am never completely happy with the layout/design.
  • It’s pink because I think pink is the most uber color ever.

There is, of course, a ton more to both subjects, but I’d prefer not to bore you.  Look for me at Blissdom, I’d love to meet you and discuss this more over chocolate.  Or lemon drops.  With chips and queso…  Or a steak…

January Kindle Giveaway

BSMB KindleYou know what to do!

[Read more…]

Wanna Hang at Blissdom?

I’d love to be able to send one of you, but I’m footing the bill for my trip so that just won’t happen.  This year anyway.


There is a super-sweet woman giving her ticket away!  Yep, just giving it to someone!  It ends on January 20th and has super-low entries right now.  Like 21 entries.  Chances are pretty darn good right now…

I’d love, love, love to meet one of you and hang!!!

Let me know if you enter!

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

Oh it feels so good to be doing one of these again!  Yeah baby!

In my life this week…


About a month ago I started a new job; I’m working as a social media assistant for a PR company in AZ.  I’m loving it, but I’m still getting used to how it fits into our schedule.  You know, Vince’s rotating shift work, homeschooling, grooming appointments, blogging, all that fun stuff?  But, everyone’s helping out and is totally supportive and I’m rocking it.

I also registered for freaking Blissdom!  That’s right, I’m going to Blissdom baby!!!!!!!!!!  I’ve wanted to go since I saw all the posts leading up to and after it last year, but never really thought I’d be heading there.  Shoot, I didn’t think I’d still be blogging right now.

Vince knew how much much I wanted to go {read:  I kept droning on and on about it…} and came home one day with some extra “Blissdom spending money” for me.  I registered that day and I’m so glad I did!

In our homeschool this week…


Babydoll and I really picked up the pace this week.  We had an odd schedule prior to December because of soccer and Babydoll’s homeschool class at the Space and Rocket Center.  It felt great to get it going again.

We worked on sentence diagramming and reviewed some stuff in grammar, worked on multiple digit multiplication in math, completed two Top Secret Adventures, practiced typing, worked on spelling state capitols and compound words, and studied the planets in science.  We also decided that we were going to pause on the Renaissance and start learning about the American government, the election process, etc.

I’m grateful for…


I am so thankful Vince pushed me to go to Blissdom!  I have such a hard time making decisions when it comes to spending large amounts of money, and doing things for myself.  He’s my cheerleader {in our own warped family kind of way} and wants me to be happy {or blissful} and knows that I love this.  I’m so thankful for his support!

A quote to share…


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. – Mark Twain

I am beyond freaked out about heading to Blissdom with hundreds of other bloggers.  Excited, but freaked out.  As I’ve gotten older, I feel socially awkward anyway and slightly agoraphobic, and going to a conference that huge, with bloggers that actually know each other, and not knowing a soul makes me kind of queasy.  But, I’m gonna be courageous and master my fear by setting a few Blissdom goals.  More to come!

Walgreens and Express Scripts: What You Need to Know

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

Health care network provider changes, term changes, etc., are no secret to most of us.  They happen, and many times they’re not fun.  When you’ve gotten used to a certain doctor, office, pharmacy, location, it can be a huge blow to have to rearrange all of that {trust me, I know…}.

If you are an Express Scripts and/or Walgreens customer, you’ve likely heard about the issues potentially facing you and your prescription drugs.  Basically, if you are an Express Scripts customer and have your prescriptions filled at Walgreens, you can no longer have that done as Walgreens is no longer in the Express Scripts network.  You can find more information about this move here.  There’s some great and detailed information that is important for you to know.

A huge number of people that are affected are military personnel.  Tricare, military healthcare, works with Express Scripts.  This means that military personnel who have used Walgreens for their prescription needs can no longer do so and be covered.

Many of you are not at all happy about this either.  More than 250,000 Tricare beneficiaries and supporters have petitioned {in favor of Walgreens} what is happening between Walgreens and Express Scripts.  Many of you enjoy the freedom your Walgreens pharmacy offers you {24 hour service, personal attention, access to a neighborhood pharmacy} and having to change that is a huge headache.

But what can you do?  It’s happened, you have to move on and make a decision in the best interests of your family.

Thankfully, Walgreens has tried to make this as seamless as possible for you.  If you’d prefer to keep them as your pharmacist, you can join the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens.  They’re giving you a deep discount for the month of January: $5 for an individual and $20 for a family.  This is a $15 and $25 savings, respectively.  

If you are upset about what is taking place, you can also contact local media to voice your dissatisfaction.  People that band together to make noise and make a difference are often heard.

You can also follow Walgreens on Twitter and Walgreens on Facebook to stay informed.  If you have been affected, be sure to show your support for Walgreens!

Visit Sponsor's Site