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The Ultimate Blog Party 2014


Ultimate Blog Party 2014

Hi, I’m Jenn! This is my 4th year participating in The Ultimate Blog Party and after four years I’m not sure how many different ways I can introduce myself without sounding repetitive, so this year I put together a little video that describes my blog.

(Watch video here)

Coolest Family on the Block is about birthdays, holidays, traditions, and family fun. I also love vlogging and blogging about myself and whatever pointless, sarcastic thing pops into my head, but I do all of that over at my other blog: I Make Myself the Queen.

You can read more about me on my about me page (duh) and over at my personal blog I Make Myself the Queen.

Coolest Family on the Block: Top 10 Posts of 2013

Please leave me a comment and tell me about your blog! Give me a shout out on social media so that I can follow you back!

ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY
Ultimate Blog Party 2013
Ultimate Blog Party 2012
Ultimate Blog Party 2011


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What’s going on here?


It seems like I abandoned my blog. I kinda have for awhile. I’ve been trying to figure out where I want to go with this blog for awhile now. Every time it grows it is very exciting, but then I also feel pressure to put more time into it that I just don’t have. Consequently that takes all of the fun out of it since I’m blogging primarily as a hobby.

FOCUS
I’ve been looking at my most popular posts and the search terms that bring people to this blog. It seems as though they’re visiting for the creative family fun stuff and not for the awkward posts where I ramble on about myself. I haven’t had the time or the inspiration lately to put up any new holiday posts and when the mood has struck me to blog about myself, it just doesn’t seem like it fits anymore. I’m now going to focus this blog’s content entirely on “helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long”. That means birthdays, holidays, traditions, family fun, and creative ways to make memories and celebrate every day. Woo to the hoo! I’m still going to be taking most of the summer off from this blog and hope to come back strong in the fall. In the meantime make sure that you’re following me on Facebook and Pinterest where I’m often sharing creative ideas from other bloggers.

NEW “HUMOR”(?) BLOG
I’ve started a second blog. The kid-centric, family-fun stuff will remain here at Coolest Family on the Block, but if you want nonsense, rambling, and “humor” (depending on your definition of humor) you’ll find that over at my new me-centered blog, I Make Myself the Queen. You can also “like” I Make Myself the Queen on Facebook.
Pointless. Sarcastic. A giant waste of your time. Read the nonsensical ramblings of the self-proclaimed Queen of Random.
I Make Myself the Queen…and the peasants rejoice!

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VLOGS
I’ve begun vlogging regularly. Vlog is just a fancy word for video. If you’d like to follow my vlogs you’ll want to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I also post all of my videos on my Vlog Magic page and to the IMMTQ Facebook Page
Here is the trailer explaining my YouTube channel and both of my blogs. (Video here)

LOCAL
If you follow my blog and you’re in my local area (Beaver County, PA or the Greater Pittsburgh Area), I’ve started a Facebook Page just for local stuff. You can also check my “Local” tab at the top of my blog. I will likely no longer post any local stuff directly to the blog that gets sent to email subscribers so you’ll want to “like” the new page on Facebook for updates.

ADS
Apparently ads have always shown up randomly on my blog, and honestly, I had no idea because they don’t show up for me when I’m logged in as admin. I was asked to join the WordAds program and once I found out that they put ads on my blog anyway, I decided to accept for now. I have no control over what ads they put up or where they are at. I do not personally endorse any of the products or companies advertised here. I’m hoping that they will be family friendly, but if you see any ad that you find offensive please take a screenshot and email it to me.

FEEDBACK
As always, I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to send me ideas, suggestions, comments, critiques, and concerns. You can comment here, on my Facebook pages, or email me.

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Ultimate Blog Party 2013


Ultimate Blog Party 2013
I’m using this post for the Ultimate Blog Party and North East Bloggers Network: Getting to Know You link up.

Hi, I’m Jenn! Welcome to my blog!
This is my 3rd year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party and I am so excited to meet some new bloggers and get re-acquainted with my favorites. I know how these blog parties can be. You’re trying to visit and comment on as many blogs as possible so there isn’t a lot of time to read a non-sensical diatribe by a long-winded stranger. For those of you in a rush here are the bullet points:

*Christian
*Wife
*Stay-at-Home-Mom
*1 preschool girl, 1 toddler boy, 1 small dog
*Domestically Challenged Lazy = Dirty house
*Fashion = Pajamas
*Family = important, traditions = fun
*Funny, haha!

Me blog. You read.
Blog friends? Yay!
Follow? Thank you!

Comments = 🙂
Thanks for visiting!

For those of you with more time and a longer attention span, read on. Coolness, awesomeness, and hilarity will ensue. You don’t want to miss it. There will be much laughter…it will all be my laughter, but still…

ABOUT ME

I live near Pittsburgh, PA. I’m a wife to Cool Daddy and stay-at-home mom to 3.5 year old daughter, Adaline, and 14 month old son, Jonathan (my clomid vbac baby). We’re the coolest family on the block and we put the “fun” in dysFUNctional! 😉

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*I hate cooking. (I consider making a sandwich “cooking”.)
*Dirty dishes make me want to hurl on my shoes (and fyi, I’d rather clean those vomit shoes than the dishes…proof of how much dirty dishes gross me out).
*I love planning parties.
*I have a serious addiction to ice cream.
*I’m a birth and breastfeeding nerd. I think placentas are rad. I’ve never eaten one but it’s on my bucket list (just kidding…sorta).
*I totally crack myself up (I apologize in advance)!

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I try to keep my blog focus on creating traditions and family fun and reasons to ditch the housework and spend time with your kids. Sometimes I post about myself and the kids and which pajamas I’m wearing underneath the boogers today (I’ll tell you now…I’m probably wearing the same pajamas that I wore yesterday. And the day before that.). The truth is that the actual “spend time with your kids” part kinda keeps me from blogging as often as I’d like…and that’s okay. Occasionally the blog will go silent while I tend to things in the real world.

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Glued to Mommy

Each year in April I co-host the annual No Housework Party linky with Non-Domestic Mama. Be sure to stop by and link up any (new or old) housework or anti-housework related posts here. (Don’t forget to add a link back or a No Housework Party Button within your post.) If you don’t link up, that’s okay, I’ll just weep buckets of tears and eat snack cakes while I rock in the corner to take the pain away.

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WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME

I’m prepared for the massive amounts of subscribers that I’m going to acquire any minute now begging me, “Please share your social media links with us, Cool Mama, so that I can follow you every minute in stalker-ish fashion and never miss a moment of your riveting and entertaining bloggy ways!” Well, for you, pretend random stalker-follower from the future, I will do anything. If you’ve fallen in love with me already (it happens, people…don’t fight it) and decided that you just can’t live without me another moment then I’ve made it very easy for you to stalk my every bloggy move.

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, You Tube and more. You can find follow and friend buttons, RSS, and email subscription in the header, on the top of the right sidebar, at the very bottom of the blog, and at the bottom of every post. You’ll probably want to subscribe or follow one of those ways. Or all of them…there’s no shame in being a little excessive. We applaud it around here.

I’m not desperate, I’m just thorough. Very, very thorough. Ahem.

If you do follow me please leave me your links in a comment or message where you’re following at so that I can follow back (as in an “@” on Twitter, post on my FB wall, etc.). Thanks!

Coolest Family on the Block is committed to helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long. Don’t miss an idea, tip, or trick…subscribe and have updates sent directly to your email!

I’ve been featured


I’m being featured over at More Than Mommies today for the Sunday Sip. Please stop by and check out my answers to their questions!

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Coolest Family on the Block is committed to helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long. Don’t miss an idea, tip, or trick…subscribe and have updates sent directly to your email!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012!


Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Welcome to my blog! I’m Jenn! This is me…

Maybe you’re here because my sah-weet blog title caught your eye or maybe you just eeny-meeny-miney-moe’d it, either way I’m so glad that you stopped by.

This is where I tell you a little about myself. I live near Pittsburgh, PA. I love chocolate. I’ve seen the Back to the Future trilogy more times than any normal functioning human being should admit. I call myself “domestically-challenged” (Really I’m just lazy. And I hate housework. A lot.). I totally crack myself up (I apologize in advance)!
Now for the important stuff…I’m a wife to Cool Daddy and stay-at-home mom to 2.5 year old daughter, Adaline, and 2 month old little man, Jonathan (my clomid vbac baby). We’re the coolest family on the block and we put the “fun” in dysFUNctional! 😉

I try to keep my blog focus on creating traditions and family fun and reasons to ditch the housework and spend time with your kids. The truth is that I still spend a fair amount of time blogging about myself and funny things that happen and which pajamas I’m wearing underneath the spit-up today (I’ll tell you now…I’m probably wearing the same pajamas that I wore yesterday. And the day before that.).

So, if you like reading about pajamas and spit-up I suppose you may want to read some of my other posts. First you can try one of the many cleverly hidden links embedded in this post (Which I’m certain you didn’t notice at all. Because they are very mysterious. And secret. And not at all noticeable.). Then there are search boxes in the top right sidebar and the very bottom of the blog, categories in the widget in the left sidebar and again at the very bottom of the blog, and archives found in either sidebar or (you guessed it!) at the very bottom of the blog. Buttons to my most popular posts are in the right sidebar. I’m not desperate, I’m just thorough. Very, very thorough. Ahem.

I’m currently co-hosting the 2nd Annual No Housework Party linky until Saturday April 14. Link up any (new or old) housework or anti-housework related posts here. Please link up! My procrastination this year has left the linky a little empty and it makes me sad and I weep buckets of tears and eat snack cakes while I rock in the corner to take the pain away.

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If you’ve fallen in love with me already (it happens, people…don’t fight it) and decided that you just can’t live without me another moment then you’ll probably want to subscribe or follow one of the following ways. Or all of them…there’s no shame in being a little excessive.
We applaud it around here.

Lastly if you do follow me please leave me a message where you’re following at so that I can follow back (as in an “@” on Twitter, post on my FB wall, etc.). Thanks!

Coolest Family on the Block is committed to helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long. Don’t miss an idea, tip, or trick…subscribe and have updates sent directly to your email!

So, what happened there?


WARNING: This post is very boring with no point or purpose.
Read at your own risk.

Um, so I accidentally took a break from the blog.

I had plans to get up a bunch of birthday posts throughout the whole month of August and not only did I not do that but I only published 11 posts total. Slacker.

So, here’s where I give you all of the excuses and tell you what I’ve been up to this month.

The biggest problem is just that I’m so tired. Being pregnant will do that to you. During my usual blogging time I keep falling asleep with the computer on my lap. Not effective. If I manage to stay awake I often just don’t have the brain power for concentrating on writing. I have still been reading other blogs, but not commenting on them (bad, Jenn, bad!). I keep getting behind on my email.

On top of the sheer exhaustion I’ve just been plain ol’ busy. A few weeks after Adaline’s birthday party we had a yard sale. We still had to drop a lot of stuff off at the Salvation Army, but overall it was a success. We got rid of all of the big items that we wanted to and made over $300.
(This isn’t even half of the junk.)

A week later Adaline got sick. She was spending the night at my mom’s house and woke up at 1:30am with a fever of 102. My mom didn’t call me until almost 7am and I went over right away to help out. Poor little thing slept on me most of the day, but there were some times when she didn’t want anyone but her Nunny (her great-grandma).
(Nunny’s super-tired too. She was also up at 1:30am with the little one.)

Luckily it was only a 24 hour bug and she was feeling fine the next day.

The next day I watched my nephew while my sister went to an appointment. The kids played well together and there was this touching moment where they both sat down at Adaline’s desk together.
(Ignore her crazy hair…we obviously live in the woods and brush our hair with twigs.)

My husband had last weekend off from work and we were planning on getting a lot of stuff done around the house. Unfortunately my great uncle passed away and we attended the funeral instead.

A few days later we met with our realtor and toured 5 houses that are for sale. We didn’t leave with too many prospects but it motivated us to get more stuff done at our house so that we can hurry up and get it on the market. (Oh yeah, I never mentioned that we want to move. Well…there it is.)
It’s sad when the “after” photos don’t look too much better than the “before” photos. *Sigh*
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I was supposed to start potty training Adaline at the beginning of this month. That hasn’t even begun to happen. I have all of the supplies and none of the motivation or energy. Too bad you can’t buy motivation and energy on Amazon.

Next week we have our 20 week ultrasound and whether we sell this house or not we’ve got to get the spare bedroom cleaned out and fixed up for the new little one. So alongside of the many other projects we’re trying to do around the house we’ll be starting on painting and decorating the nursery in the next few weeks once we know girl or boy. That is if I ever finish cleaning out that disaster of a room you saw in the above photo.

We are moving at a snail’s pace around here. My husband’s crazy work schedule coupled with my deep desire to do absolutely nothing but lay on the sofa eating ice cream means that not much is getting done. Blah.

I’m going to try to get up a few more of the birthday-related posts that I missed in August, and other than that and maybe a few Wordless Wednesdays or updates here and there, don’t expect too much from me for the next month. I’d rather take some time off from the blog now rather than November-December which are my favorite holiday/tradition months, so let’s hope that I can be productive and get some stuff done in the next month or so.

Oh, and my birthday is coming up. You can have your own personal celebration by visiting all of my “Celebrating 30 years in 30 days” posts from last year which gives you a peek into all of my birthdays from the past 31 years. Thrilling, I know!
Also, if you’re looking to give me a birthday gift I would really like to have
1. Time 2. A housekeeper 3. Chocolate and ice cream and brownies and fudge and the occasional pie.

Well, I’ll see ya when I see ya.

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Coolest Family on the Block is committed to helping you find creative ways to have fun and make memories with your family all year-long. Don’t miss an idea, tip, or trick…subscribe and have updates sent directly to your email!