Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This Dad Blogs
"One Wife, Four Daughters, one bathroom. That says all."

Meet "This Dad Blogs" the husband of one of our favorite Mother's Day Bloggers and this Daddy has us rolling out of our chairs with his quick witted humor, insights and musings. He's fantastic!

Surrounded by four girls and his wife, this Dad manages to come out of the trenches and shout back in to the gas cloud of estrogen that permeates his home. Although sometimes subtly by busting a stinky fart, leaving socks strewn on the floor or crumbs on the counter. Often loudly by declaring his love and pride for his wonderful family.

His template is clean and I can imagine Dad on the beach buried in sand castles as he enjoys his family time together with his wife and kids. I can also imagine him sneaking a peek now and then at the hotties in thongs walking by now and again, but we don't want to get him into any trouble now, do we?

A great and hilarious blog to be enjoyed by Mom's and Dad's alike. Great Blogging Dad! -Mix
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Father's Day Blogger Award
Father's Day is Sunday, June 18 and I'm looking for Dads who Blog. We had a great turn-out of Mom Blogs for Mother's Day and now is the chance to let the Dads have their say and be heard! Let us know "Who's your Daddy!" by nominating your favorite Father's Blog.

To Enter the Contest or to nominate a site; please email me at or simply fill out the form on the right sidebar. Please be sure to include the web address to the blog being submitted. Entrees will be judged in a positive light on content and design. Contest ends: "Father's Day; Sunday - June 18, 2006."

Winners will be given a "Father's Day Mix Pix Button" of their choice to display on their site and recognition throughout the Blogosphere. Amateur Bloggers encouraged to apply!
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Mix Pix Memorial Day Blog Winners!
Congratulations to all Memorial Day Blog Winners!

Thank you to all who participated and a big thank you for the stories, memories and dedication that each serve to our troops and country. May God Bless America!

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Friday, May 26, 2006
Never Forget
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In the Company of Soldiers
"To those who serve and those who sacrifice, to those who weep and those who wait, because our nation is at war. Support our troops and their families. Honor our Veterans."

From a wonderful blog writer who honors our soldiers here's a recent post regarding Memorial Day:

"Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend filled with cookouts and Memorial Day sales. While to some it may the official start of summer, to others, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, it is a solemn reminder of those who gave the last full measure of devotion in the service of their country.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of
General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers. On May 5, 1868, Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:

The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

By the late 1800s, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day and, after World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknowns. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually. "

Thank you for another wonderful Memorial Day Blog! -Mix
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Saturday, May 20, 2006
My Daughter's Heroes

The following story was submitted to me by a proud Mom.

"You may be wondering what you are looking at. This is a wall my daughter started when she was 14, I believe. Those are pictures of our military men and women.

It all began when the war started and I walked into her bedroom to find a small picture cut from the paper taped to her wall. She said "Mommy I hope you don't mind, but this way I can remember to pray for his family" wow, mind, i surely didn't mind tape on the walls for this. well this grew and grew until it covered 2 complete walls and part of a third. She gave up her room willingly for her little brother to have more room for his growing boy toys. She kept her photos and one day wants to scrapbook the meantime there has been many times of prayer for these families..I am so proud of her and found this picture to share..Please remember to keep our men and women in your prayers..God has a purpose for all of this hurt and one day we will see His glory in it. Honor them for they are our heroes. God bless them each and every one

Thank you Mom for sharing this touching story of your Daughter's Heroes. I was so deeply moved and I know for certain the many soldiers, their families and others who come across this site will be blessed. Happy Memorial Day and be sure to give your daughter a great big hug from all of us!

(Note: you must be a member of "Homeschoolblogger" to view this entry)
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Thursday, May 18, 2006
God Bless Our Troops!
They have chosen to serve and protect
To be all they can be
They have trained 24/7...
In the air, on land and sea

They are our sons and daughters
Truly America's best
Selflessly guarding the nation...
Preserving your right to protest

Committed to defending our country
Each ready go into harms way
For Duty, Honor and Country...
Their courage is ever on display

A great debt we do owe them...
For their constant bravery and sacrifice
Standing watch and fighting for FREEDOM...
Willing to pay LIBERTY'S ultimate price.

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Grey Eagle; Female Soldier

"A soldier. A combat medic. A mother. "

A beautiful Blog written by A 35 year old wife, mother, and U.S. Soldier with the 101st Airborne Division. This blog covers her thoughts, feelings, and life with Charlie Company during her deployment in Iraq.

She features "Someone You Should Know" and introduces us to other females in combat and their stories. Her sidebar memorializes our Fallen female soldiers and fallen heroes of the 101st Airborne.

Deployed as a combat medic this soldier is tough on our enemies and compassionate to her patients and fellow soldiers. Her style of writing is incredible, colorful and a delight to experience. She shares her letters from grieving friends and family of their fallen heroes and brings them to life with her words and generosity.

Be sure to visit her Soldier tributes page and be prepared to be moved. Thank you Grey Eagle for sharing your story as well as the stories of others. You are an incredible soldier and we are very proud of you! God Bless our Troops and may the Lord be with you and protect you. -Mix
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Iron Soldiers
Here is a magnificent blog by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 28th Infantry Division, currently deployed in Ramadi, Iraq. This team is comprised of 5500 soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen from over 33 different states. Also training and supporting approximately 4,000 Iraqi Security forces

"Some people ask what is the hardest thing to deal with here. Is it the dangers that exist? The separation from loved ones is the hardest thing to deal with. We all love and miss our families and friends. Losing comrades is also tough and our thoughts and prayers always go out to the loved ones of our fallen warriors."

As a Brigade Commander he reports that the troops display a tremendous resolve and are even more determined than ever to put forth great effort in order to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. A very light and enjoyable blog indeed. A Great Memorial Day to the "2BCT"! Here's to hoping you get some "dawgs" on the grill before the week is through! -Mix
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Just a Simple Soldier
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
As he sat around the Legion telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done.
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, everyone.

And 'tho sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer, for ol' Bob has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He won't be mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way;
And the world won't note his passing; 'tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier, goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution, to the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise and cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

The politician's stipend and the style in which he lives,
Are sometimes disproportionate, to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension, small.

It's so easy to forget them, for it is so long ago,
That our Bob's and Jim's and Johnny's, went to battle, but we know.

It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom, that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier, who has sworn to defend,
His home, his kin, his Country, and would fight until the end?

He was just a common Soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.

For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Soldier's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles, that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor, while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage, at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline, in the paper that might say:

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American Soldier
"A day in the life of an American Soldier. The personal passages of everything from family life to war. "

Here is an extremely moving blog written by an American Soldier. Writing from his gutt and speaking bluntly of the passions he faces while serving our great country.

If you enjoyed the movie "Jarhead" you haven't heard nor seen anything yet until you read this blog! It's entertaining and reality straight from the front lines. Well expressed, well written and informative. He has also put this blog into book format and be sure to be in line to reserve this well written piece of our history!

Awesome Blogging Soldier and just so you know - we're proud of you! With all our support and faith, thank you for sharing your thoughts and bringing the voice of the soldier home to us. Have a Great Memorial Day! -Mix
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Dispatches by Matthew D. LaPlante
This blog is by Matthew D. LaPlante, a military and homeland security reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune. He and photographer Rick Egan traveled to Iraq in September and October of 2005 on a quest to bring the voices of our troops home to their home-state of Utah.

While sharing with us the stories, concerns and hopes of these brave men and women, Mr. LaPlante soon found himself reporting from a Memorial Service held at Camp Ramadi in the Mess Hall. This reporter brilliantly brings home the reality of war. Returning home he decides, this blog will not end there;

"Each day, in these war zones, is a new story. Each moment a new tale. For those at home, the agonizing moments that pass are no less compelling. No less important.
And in these stories is this promise: That war will not be so distant, so easy to ignore, so easy to forget

This blog continues to share the stories of soldiers and communities who gather together to welcome home their heroes and to support the families of the fallen. Although this blog is focused on the troops who serve in various branches of armed services in Utah; there are carbon copies of these memoirs in every state across our great nation.

A must-read blog so beautifully and professionally written with amazing awe inspiring photography; that referring to it as a blog seems almost insulting. This wonderful work should be printed and published in a hardbound book form and sitting on coffee tables everywhere. Thank you Mr. LaPlante, for the opportunity to mention your amazing efforts here at Mix-Pix Awards. -Mix
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Sunday, May 14, 2006
Night Watch - Dedication to US Marines
A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. "Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand.

The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement. The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength.

Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night. Along towards dawn, the old man died.

The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited. Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

"Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father" she answered.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?" asked the Nurse.

"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me. I stayed."

As always, this Marine fulfilled a duty.

God bless our troops.

The next time someone needs there. Stay. You'll be glad you did.
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"For those who have served freedom has a taste the protected will never know."

Here is an amazing blog written by a retired US Army Sergeant Major that honors the brave Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces and its Allies. It offers condolences to the family, friends and comrades of those who gave all.

This blog also has uplifting quotes and notes of encouragement for everyone and you need not have to believe in the current war or know a troop personally to appreciate the patriotic inspiration. Its a sure must read to get us all in the spirit of Memorial Day.

I absolutely love the charming wit of the Man in White; Mark Twain!

This Sergeant Major is on the beat and up to date with "Good News!" stories such as welcoming home a Fallen Hero who has been MIA since 1950. Sharing the comfort, peace and resolution with the families who carried this heavy wonderment for the past 56 years. Embracing the moment that this Hero has finally come home!

This dedication is easy to search and offers many shared links of interest. A delightful template design and just as delightful is the style of writing from the author. Respectfully and with pride he shines the light of the spirit of our brave and wonderful soldiers.

A very enjoyable Blog indeed! Great work Echo9er! -Mix
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Friday, May 12, 2006
Congratulations to all Mix Pix Moms!
As a Mom myself I decided to take "Mother's Day Weekend" off for some much needed R&R and will close this contest early.

Here's a list of our Mom's Who Blog Contest Winners:

A big hearty thank you to all the Mom's who participated and I look forward to meeting you all again in the Blogosphere!

Happy Mother's Day!
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Regular Jo
For our final Mother's Day Award let me introduce you to this wonderful Mom from Texas. A fantastic writer and a Mom, who much like myself - had her children later in life. Her youngest has just entered his teens and turned 13 today so a big Happy Birthday as well as a Mother's Day to this family.

Her template is the standard Blogger issue blue, but I love it and it's simplicity. It is her writing that brings this blog alive and her style. She is absolutely incredible. Her photos help to describe her day and she doesn't have your typical Mom kind of day, so it seems!

Don't worry Mom - Joe Scarborough didn't steal the name of your blog. Personally, after being a Congressmen and a High-profile News reporter on MSNBC - that's not "regular" in my definition. Irregular maybe. LOL!

Over all this Mom is intelligent and although new to blogging - I see much promise in her writing to blow us all away someday soon. Happy Mom's Day to Regular Jo! - Mix

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Ramblings of a SAHM
Here's another Mom with her hands full. She is a Stay at Home Mom of an 8 year old son, 7 year old identical twins, 4 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I'll never ever complain about being too busy ever again! She is also a Girl Scout Brownie leader for her twin's troop - bringing even more giggles and joy into her open arms.

She admits there are sometimes she feels as if she's running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Even still she does manage to find free time to read, knit, fold laundry, sleep and slip in a blog to give a shout on what her kids are up to and to share pictures.

Her template is original and very neat. I love the navigator bar up top that brings you to the different areas such as pictures and scrapbooks. I need something similar to simplify my sidebar and will have to ask this Mom for some tips!

She's truly dedicated to her kids and doesn't seem to consider loosing her identity in being a Mother - but instead Motherhood deepens her identity. She knits and writes fiction fantasy novels in her spare time and I have a feeling that her kids must give her loads of material on which to write about. Great Blogging Mom and Happy Mother's Day! -Mix
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Black Belt Mama
Most "karate moms" just do the commute; this one is working towards her black belt. Join Black Belt Mama as she writes about raising her two young daughters in the world we live in now, and how she teaches them everything from ABCs to kata. Also find out the things that really get her gi in a bunch, and about her pursuit of a black belt in both karate and Mommyhood. This karate mom proves it is never too late to learn something new.

This Mom began blogging to document her pursuit of a black belt in karate along with a place to write about raising her two young daughters. From "McNugget Motivation to learning self-defense from a 6-month old - this blog is educational, interesting and a joy to read.

The Template is a pretty green that matches this Mom's current rank in achieving a green belt. I love the black belt banner and how everything so neatly and creatively comes together.

This Mom is original in her blogging, her life and her goals. Karate is not just a way of self-defense but a very solid discipline in patience, behavior, self-esteem and confidence. The perfect traits to hand down to our children. Great work Black Belt Mama! I love your style! -Mix

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Happy Mother's Day to all the "Bloggy Mommy's"
The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. The guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard. You will be old before you reach the end of it, but the end will be better than the beginning."

The young Mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. She played with her children and gathered flowers for them along the way. She bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the night came, then the storm and the path was dark. The children shook with fear and cold, and their Mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle. The children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near and no harm can come."

The morning came and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. At all times she said to the children," A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you."

That evening the Mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I 've given them strength."

The next day brought strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil. The children groped and stumbled as their Mother said: "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light." The children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. That evening the Mother said, "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years. The mother grew old and she was little and bent, but her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. When the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather. At last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. That is when Mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey and now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."

And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." They stood and watched her as she went on alone, and when the gates closed after her they said: "We cannot see her but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives inside your laughter and she's crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love and your first heartbreak and nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space... not even death.

Happy Mother's Day Mix Pix Moms! -Mix
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Now and Then
Today's Mom has been on the move. Spending much of her life in South Africa, five years in the US and now laying her head in England she's well cultured, well versed and an incredible writer. I love the English Accent of South Africans and other various places and although this Mom may not realize it... her accent comes through in her writing and it's absolutely charming.

She began blogging as a way to keep in touch with friends in South Africa but found blogging to be a wonderful outlet to let off steam and to free her mind's concerns. Blogging since 2003 she has found that like a journal - she enjoys reading back through her entries and finding herself amazed how much her life has changed.

The template is a simple white, which by now many of you know that I like. It gives off that clean, fresh piece of paper feeling. Like fresh white sheets smelling April Fresh. My only yipe about the design would be how the Blogger header chops the title in half. Try putting a break code (br) directly under the (body) tag in your template. If that's not enough add another or a few (p)'s. Either or should pull that down some for you. If not, maybe a Banner/Header graphic with a high top would slip in quite nicely.

However, this Mom's writing is so much fun. Now with two teenagers there is never a dull moment and each tomorrow brings with it new challenges to face. She juggles her responsibilities with grace despite another ball or two getting thrown into the act. She's full of life, vigor and spots the rays of light even on the dreariest of days. For this, a certain "Mix Pix Award". Happy Mother's Day! -Mix

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006
..and baby makes 6!
Of course all Mom's often say their kids are angels - more so while they are sleeping. Although all children are precious and beautiful... this Mom has 3 handsome boys and one little darling Angel. From the sounds of things they even eat their vegetables! We had to cave in a buy a Guinea Pig to encourage how yummy carrot sticks, celery stalks and broccoli can be. It also worked wonders!

This Mom started blogging in 2003 as a way to vent while pregnant with her daughter. She was a basket of nerves during her pregnancy after experiencing 4 previous miscarriages. Blogging was a way to release her fears and journal her joyous memories in pregnancy.

The template is clean, white and very neat. The beautiful soft-edged photo of her Angels adds to display these four adorable gifts from heaven. She's funny, bright and you'll find her writing very enjoyable, as did I.

Being a Mother to four the biggest challenge she faces is figuring out how to spend time fully and equally with each one. I can understand how difficult that can be. Just a suggestion from another Mom that I know with "four kids". Each Saturday of the month she has what they call a "Mommy Date" with one of her four sons. They do a variety of different things, even just running errands and stopping for a ice cream means a whole lot. The other three sons stay with Daddy for those few hours. However, here is the clincher... It's a Mommy Date. So her son must practice chivalry (holding doors open, carrying things, etc.) yet at the same time, she pays full attention to him, his week, his concerns and his dreams. It seems to work wonders.

Overall, this Mom takes the cake - with singing tree-frogs in her house and 3 boys... I'm so happy to see she has a little girl now to help combat the testosterone that must be flying around in her home. LOL! Great blogging Mom! Happy Mother's Day! -Mix
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Monday, May 08, 2006
Sleeping Mommy
If our kids can express themselves in shrieks, screams and oodles of joy, so can us Mothers. Here's a Mom rediscovering herself and her beautiful writing talents.

She's in the midst of remodeling so you certainly wouldn't want to miss out on the chaos at hand in there lately. If she only lived nearby I'd be glad to help her out and watch her kids for a few so she can get something done.

Then again, she just got a new couch! I'm jealous, for we are still stuck with the stained "747 Sized" sofa that came with our house when we bought it. Never fear, as soon as the IRS gets on the ball with our return - the FUTON will arrive! Yes, the Futon. Plastic covering available and you can change and wash the covers whenever you desire.

With three children ages 4.5, 3 and 18 months you may wonder, "How can this Mom ever be sleeping?"

It's because she has a precious gift in a Guardian Angel Grandpa to help keep watch over the little ones. The sweetest blessings of all; prayers, hopes and love - passed down from 'parent to children' over the generations.

The first decade of marriage and kids is full of sacrifices and many memories. This Mom doesn't miss a beat and she is well on her way to achieving her goals. For such drive and inspiration I present a "Mix Pix Award" to yet another amazing Super Mom! -Mix

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Mom to the Screaming Masses
A stay at home Mom to six kids ranging from the ages of 2-14 this Mom is amazing. When she's not scaling Mt. Laundry, cleaning, carpooling or cooking she takes time for herself reading, writing and running.

It seems like her blog has a new look and I love it! The template is dashing and the top banner displays six little pairs of feet sticking in the air. It reads; "Picking up your socks since 1992." I'm left to wonder how does this mom keep track of all the socks in her laundry and know which pair belongs to whom?

I will have to admit I'm playing a bit of favoritism here as this Mom's writing reminds me so much of my own Mom's fun and positive attitude. For her inspirational, uplifting and enjoyable writing - I present the next "Mix Pix Award".

Way to Go Mom! -Mix
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Saturday, May 06, 2006
My Kids Are Pigs
Oh my Goodness Gracious! I absolutely love it!

Tired of your kids making a mess and leaving it for you to be their slave? Do you want to laugh/vent/commiserate with others who are in the same boat? Become a contributor by emailing this Mom who Blog's and share your all time messy Kid moments!

This is absolutely fantastic and I wish I had my recent "Eggs in the Fishtank" photographed to share. Never fear... with a 3 year old, I'm bound to have another tragic mess sooner rather than later.

Are you missing utensils from your silverware drawer - look outside in the sandbox!

What is behind your sofa? Do you dare to pull it out and take a picture and share it with the world? If so... here's the place to do it. This is a fabulous idea and blog, I'm sure you'll love it as much as I.

Worthy indeed of a "Mix Pix Award" for creativity and encouraging participation.

Congratulations Mom! -Mix
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The Big Yellow House
"Notes from the trenches of motherhood....
... held captive since 1994"

This Mom is a hoot! She has seven children, homeschools all of them and still remains sane! (Well okay, most of the time.) Reading this Mom's everyday happenings is side splitting fun and laughs as she eventually takes the high road of blessings of a day gone by.

Here I am with only one and grumbling over finding 17 raw eggs in the fish aquarium. Wracking my brains wondering when they were dropped in there! This was a new 18 pack minus one... that I later located in my bathtub. What in the name of tarnation goes through the creative minds of our kids these days?

What we do know, is what goes through the mind of a Super Mom here at The Big Yellow House. Never holding back and calling it as she sees it - reading this blog can cheer up your dreariest day.

The Template is clean and GASP! Yellow! A calming pinapple sort of yellow vs. the migraine bring about Caution Sign yellow. She shares lots of pictures, but not that you would need any visual help as this Mom's writing is so colorful.

Happy Birthday Mom and here's a bright shiny "Mix Pix Award" to display with pride. Great job! -Mix
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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Memorial Day Blogger Contest
Memorial Day is fast approaching and I'm on a quest to find Bloggers who feature their heroes. From a fallen soldier, beloved parent, child, firefighter, police officer or best friend. Here is where we'd like to shout an appreciation to those who went before us and for those who so fondly remember them.

To Enter the Contest or to nominate a site; please email me at or simply fill out the form in the sidebar. Please be sure to include the web address to the blog being submitted. Entrees will be judged in a positive light on content and design. Contest ends: "Memorial Day; Monday - May 25, 2006."

Winners will be given a "Memorial Day Mix Pix Button" of their choice to display on their site and recognition throughout the Blogosphere. Amateur Bloggers encouraged to apply!
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Monday, May 01, 2006
Dishpan Dribble
Wife, mother to three and grandmother of a 2 year old, this Mom is blessed and very busy. My sisters and I are all 6 years apart and I know how challenging it must be to have three different stages and their issues going on at the same time. God Bless you Mom!

A lady after my own heart as she writes and shares some beautiful poetry. She also loves to read which is one of my favorite things to do. She has quite a few "Mom" books on her book-stand and a few of those I'm sure to write on my list of books yet to read.

The template is fun, country style with the Title Banner featuring a basket of fresh picked flowers and a gardening hat sitting by an open window. It's fresh, pretty and very charming.

Basically this Mom blogs about her family, from outings to what has happened this past week. Colorfully written she finds a bright spark in even her darkest moments. She's dealt with many child-rearing issues and she offers sound and creative prospectives on how she is dealing with them. A great writer and a great Mom who shows great pride in her family and kids.

Great Blogging! -Mix
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