sending them out in style

I love Christmas cards.

Have I mentioned this?

I so do.  I stress over what style card we will go with, what clothes we will wear in our yearly photo shoot, which photos will make it on the card, if I need to add anything extra to the card…and the list goes on.

Usually I am totally happy with my choices.

I spend an afternoon stuffing the envelopes (all almost 100 of them.  what?  I love a LOT of people).

I address each one individually.

And then?  I throw an ugly return address label on.  Probably one I got for free because I donated money to some organization.  Probably one that has ugly flowers or smiling sunshines on them.

But not this year.

read more of “sending them out in style” over on the review/giveaway page…

It Takes A Village

It’s Sluiter Nation Recruit Day!  If you haven’t check out the ever-growing list of outstanding Recruits, you should really check them out.  They are some of my most favorite people around the interwebs.  Go check it out.  I’ll wait.

I am honored to bring you Heather of Theta Mom into The Nation today.

Heather’s site was one of the very first communities I found when I first dove head first into this blogosphere.  And it’s one of the only communities I still keep up with.  It’s that amazing.

Heather created not just a blog that makes you feel part of something, but it assures each of us that we are not alone in this mom thing.

It’s not about linking up and getting blog hits and comments with Heather.  It’s about finding other moms like you.  It’s about seeing that you are not up a creek without a paddle.  Theta Mom is not just a paddle, but your canoe, and a barge of cheerleaders.

Read on, you’ll see.

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When I first started blogging, I wanted to share my voice because I knew there had to be other women out there experiencing the same kind of things that I was going through. But little did I know the amazing community that would emerge out of a single blog – before I knew it, a real sisterhood was born.

We all seek community in various aspects of our lives; we want to find it in our neighborhoods, at school, in the workplace and even in our places of worship. We thrive on building community because it makes us stronger and makes us feel more connected. When we are part of a community, it’s like we are part of something greater than ourselves – we share a real connection and THAT is the invaluable thread that binds us together.

And when you really think about it, isn’t building community a big reason why we continue to blog?

If it wasn’t for our readers and the need for that connection, we would probably continue to write but keep our blogs private. Instead, we choose to publish our thoughts for the world to see in the hopes that our endless dialogue and text resonates with other human beings.

When I published my first post at Theta Mom, I also published a Mission  statement. It was my way of communicating exactly what I envisioned for my blog and what I hope would come of it someday. There was an immediate outpouring and sense of community among women who understood this mission and without hesitation, they came on board and the rest really, is history.

My blog is not only the space in which I have the platform to share my stories, but it’s a place for other moms and women to connect, a space that lets you know that you (as a woman and mom) are NEVER alone. I truly believe that blogging has changed my life – it has given me a new perspective on motherhood. I’ve also had the opportunity to “meet” thousands of women from across the globe who continue to share in this motherhood mission. If you ask me, it doesn’t get better than that.

I’m honored to be a part of the blogging community, namely my own at Theta Mom  consisting not of just “one” blogger, but a village of bloggers who understand the ups and downs of motherhood. One of my favorite posts of all time that sums this up perfectly is You are NOT Alone  because we really are in this thing together.

Yes, it’s all about community.

And it really does take a village.

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Go visit Heather…

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