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occupation:full-time mom + wife
interests:mod, modern, futuristic + space-age design, technology, music, books, blogs + adventures
resides:sixties vintage prefab in silicon valley between yahoo + google since summer 2005, but we lived in a tiny apartment in oakland,ca before that
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mod*mom giveaway :: boon animal bag
boon :: innovations for modern parents win this bag for mother's day!
i'd like to stash some extra stuff like my big yarn collection in here.
to enter to win a pink animal bag, tell me your favorite boon products in the comments of this post before midnight may 13, mother's day
by ~mod*mom~ at 30.4.07 Â© 56 comments
check out my mother's day blogroll graphic links on my side bar!
the blogroll is growing + i have more to add, if you're a mom with a site or blog, send me your button + url.
izzymom asked me for a mod*mom giveaways button for her blog, so i made one yesterday + a regular version too. that's me. enter my giveaways :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 29.4.07 Â© 5 comments
shower me, baby! is an online baby shower this weekend for liz of mom101, christina of a mommy story + tammie of soul gardening. go join the fun!!!
my advice for the new moms is to get as much sleep now as possible, read dr.sears baby book, drink lots of water + breastfeed as long as you can.
some advice i was given before i gave birth that i don't agree with is to make the baby follow your schedule, join your routine + be convenient.
go play shower games + join in the festivities at shower me, baby!
by ~mod*mom~ at 28.4.07 Â© 9 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: french bull plates from give simple
give simple is sponsoring a mod*mom giveaway with !!!
i'm crazy about french bull's new mod design called carnival + give simple has a lovely selection of mother's day pampering presents like these.
to enter to win yourself these groovy plates for mother's day, answer the question "what are your favorite give simple products?"
enter the answer in the comments of this post before midnight may 13
(tip: the answers are on givesimple)
by ~mod*mom~ at 27.4.07 Â© 68 comments
i want to highlight earth friendly tips + information. do you have a tip?
how are you helping to reduce, reuse + recycle?
by ~mod*mom~ at 25.4.07 Â© 13 comments
i ran out + got this sandcastle cake pan for mod*tot's upcoming birthday!
we checked it out last year + procrastinated until they were out of season
+ i was bummed i didn't get one, because she's crazy for sandcastlemaking.
then today i noticed it on goodyblog yay! she loves it :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 24.4.07 Â© 8 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: sun hat
the portable baby is sponsoring a mod*mom giveaway with a sunhat!
we wear a lot of hats + i love mod*tot's sunday afternoons sunhat.
it protects her face, ears + neck.
+ she looks really cute in it too :)
we also enjoyed carrying her in a backpack until she was 40 lbs.
tell me your favorite portable baby products in the comments below before midnight may 13 mother's day
by ~mod*mom~ at 24.4.07 Â© 40 comments
did you see them dance last night?
apolo + lela are tied for 1st place!!!
they were great! watch tonight too!
highlights at 8/7c, then results at 9/8c
(vote for apolo here today before 9/8c)
by ~mod*mom~ at 24.4.07 Â© 3 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: win a RYKA athletic outfit + shoes of your choice.
ryka is sponsoring a mod*mom giveaway!!! win a ryka outfit with shoes!!!
i love my ryka mary janes, hikers, metro jacket, pants, tops + crop pants.
i wear them everywhere: playgrounds, shopping, restaurants, doctors, nursery school, zoos, museums, the gym, gardening, library, blogging...
ryka products are exquisitely designed + stitched in high tech materials for women who are active + appreciate a luxurious fit + quality performance.
tell me in the comments your favorite ryka products to enter to win your choice of shoes + outfit for running, hiking, yoga or cross training!!!
(you can see more new ryka products + all around views here)
deadline: midnight may 13th, mother's day
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.4.07 Â© 261 comments
i have lots of mother's day giveaways coming up!!!
you can win mod, modern, space age + futuristic stuff!
there are fantastic prizes from modern sponsors.
please spread the word with a mod*mom button link
by ~mod*mom~ at 22.4.07 Â© 5 comments
fatboy headdemock contemporary hammock would be great for our family
it's on it's own stand, so it can move around the yard.
by ~mod*mom~ at 21.4.07 Â© 3 comments
apartment therapy : nursery radio is on today!
happy 1st birthday swissmissbaby ella!
happy birthday cousin heidi!
by ~mod*mom~ at 21.4.07 Â© 1 comments
1,001 ways to save the earth:"ideas & tips for your life. printed with vegetable-based inks on paper from sustainably managed forests!"
have a happy earth day!!!
we're going to plant an organic fruit + vegetable garden + ride our bikes + skate + hike + clean house this weekend. what are you going to do?
by ~mod*mom~ at 20.4.07 Â© 2 comments
p’kolino coat tree
forest for kids
by ~mod*mom~ at 19.4.07 Â© 1 comments
today i'll have a mammogram, ultrasound, breast mri + physical therapy
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.4.07 Â© 11 comments
apolo received all 10's last night!!!!
did you see them dance? watch tonight!
highlights at 8/7c, then results at 9/8c
find out who will be the next couple to go,
while special guest macy gray performs!
(vote for apolo here today before 9/8c)
by ~mod*mom~ at 17.4.07 Â© 2 comments
i love kinchimamas handmade vintage fabric mod creations!
by ~mod*mom~ at 16.4.07 Â© 4 comments
april is use what you have month! use up your sewing + crafting supplies, before you buy more. i'm resolving to use up my fabric or find a home for it.
i am a fabriholic. i love shopping for fabric + sometimes when i get it home i realize it isn't right for a current project, so i hold onto it in case i find a use.
before mod*tot was born, i used to design + custom sew speedskating skinsuits for my speedskating club + skaters all over the world.
i'd go to the fabric district in los angeles + load up on lycra + zippers.
i dream of going on a shopping trip to the ny fabric district on 38th street.
i'll sew a speedskating skinsuit, swimsuit + gymnastics outfit for mod*tot
from my lycra inventory starting this month.
pic + idea via rhembein
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.4.07 Â© 1 comments
april showers bring may flowers here today! mod*tot loves to get dressed up in her raincoat + rubber boots, + walk in the rain + stomp in puddles!
by ~mod*mom~ at 14.4.07 Â© 4 comments
blogger's choice awards :: vote for mod*mom or vote for yourself! it's fun!
i nominated myself + i have 5 votes, yay! i don't know when the deadine is, vote for me :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 13.4.07 Â© 6 comments
smart :: eco friendly butterfly + frog metamorphosis shower curtain
melissa, a mod*mom reader, sent me this tip today. this is a perfect teaching tool for mod*tot who has been collecting + examining caterpillars with her nursery school pal. yesterday, there were thousands of caterpillars on the stanford university campus. they're even dangling from the trees.
the curtain is made of pvc alternatives + reminds me of my college days, studying environmental science, when i learned polyvinyl chloride is one of the most harmful chemicals to man + the environment. read about pvc...
thank you for the tip melissa!
by ~mod*mom~ at 13.4.07 Â© 3 comments
open :: nokia futuristic concept cell phone is pen-size + opens to lcd screen
"1st prize project done for nokia 4g mobile concept competition incorporates a scrollable lcd screen, with touchscreen technology + adjusts the space on screen to each function you want to use, like video conference + internet navigation at the same time. 1 main button controls the primary functions. all others are acessible on the screen."
by ~mod*mom~ at 13.4.07 Â© 1 comments
i want this mod melamine owl dinner set for mod*tot + for me too!
by ~mod*mom~ at 12.4.07 Â© 3 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: school bus tote
fredflare is sponsoring a mod*mom contest with a cute school bus tote!
i LOVE fredflare + i'm crazy for their blog + podcasts. mod*tot loves their podcasts too, especially chris + keith hula hooping + jumproping + the tour of their warehouse with a pink dumpster named tiffany. she asks to see "the guys movies" + laughs all the way through. they're better than the wiggles. mod*tot is also crazy about school buses now that she's a nursery school student. she's spotting school buses everywhere + asks me why they don't pick her up for school. i want to get her this tote bag + one lucky winner will get one too!
to enter, leave a comment on this post before midnight monday april 16th
telling me your favorite things at fredflare
by ~mod*mom~ at 11.4.07 Â© 22 comments
metroplay modern swing sets with shaded swings are cool...
by ~mod*mom~ at 10.4.07 Â© 2 comments
mod*mom contests reminder :: enter to win an offi tiki stool!
post your answer in the comments below before midnight tonight.
(or the original contest post here)
"what's your favorite product at modernseed?"
update: please leave your email or website address in your entry,
so i can notify you when you win!
by ~mod*mom~ at 10.4.07 Â© 6 comments
apolo + julianne were brilliant tonight!
i got all teared up, they were so adorable + they danced beautifully. the italian judge told them they're "the crown jewels of the show"
if you missed tonight, they'll do a recap tomorrow night on the "results" show at 9pm/8pm central. you can vote online up to 11 times per email address + see videos of the shows at abc until 9pm tuesdays. please vote for apolo + watch next week :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.07 Â© 1 comments
mod*mom featured in Parents Magazine podcast !
goodyblog :: parents magazine's blog
mod*mom is described in their podcast #7 here
(i listened to the podcast + it's very entertaining + informative, like Parents magazine + blog)
thank you parents magazine + goodyblog editors!
i'm honored you chose mod*mom blog of the month
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.07 Â© 5 comments
i want to ride mod*tot around in mint + chocolate's brilliant bakfiets!
she's going crazy over this picture + says, "i want to ride in it now."
i hope these become more popularly available as car alternatives. they're perfect for carting around kids, groceries, the elderly + keeping strong.
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.07 Â© 2 comments
mod*mom is blog of the month at parents.com
thanks parents magazine!
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.07 Â© 6 comments
lemonland :: time again to squeeze your lemons for signs of breast cancer.
i'll be at my oncologist's office today for a blood test + clinical exam. my other breast is feeling suspicious + freaking me out, but as much as i fear hearing there's more cancer, i know i'd better check + see if it's time to fight
by ~mod*mom~ at 9.4.07 Â© 5 comments
we're going easter egg hunting! we got mod*tot a lake champlain bunny!
(bunny eating chocolate man from s.britt)
by ~mod*mom~ at 8.4.07 Â© 0 comments
happy easter! i think this is my favorite bugs bunny cartoon!
hanzel + gretel in a mod illustrated gingerbread house :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 8.4.07 Â© 2 comments
i wish i had the breakfast board + platter by bo lundberg for easter!
i'm crazy about bo lundberg's contemporary digital illustrations + i was beyond thrilled + honored that he emailed me recently + to say my blog
"is an inspiration + keep up the good work"
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.4.07 Â© 3 comments
mod*tot + i are mod egg decorating today. happy easter!
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.4.07 Â© 7 comments
i love lark designs! this dress would be perfect for mod*tot :)
please check out their shop + tell me your favorite lark products.
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.4.07 Â© 2 comments
it's my birthday! i had a crush on the monkees as a girl + i still love them!
in the seventies, i went to visit my uncle in laurel canyon in los angeles + he drove us over to see a hippy bathroom he made for the groovy band threedognight of "jeremiah was a bullfrog" fame. the bathroom walls + ceiling were all mirrored + the sink + trim were redwood. it was daytime, so the bandmembers were asleep. they had a hallway lined with framed gold records. the big vinyl kind. i was at the pool reading the director's chairs with names of movie stars like karen black. i heard a dog barking + looked over the fence + there was mickey dolenz in jean cut offs playing with a dog!!!!
update: whoa, threedognight had some other songs besides jeremiah was a bullfrog, i just went to their site to look for a link to the song + it says,
"from 1969-1974, nobody had more top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets. during this period three dog night was undoubtedly the most popular band in america: 21 consecutive top 40 hits + 12 straight gold lps. by late '75, they had sold nearly 50 million records."
by ~mod*mom~ at 6.4.07 Â© 15 comments
podbeds from 1980 + mod treehouse bunkbed nursery 1973!
i LOVE groovy vintage kids rooms + furniture!
please send me mod, futuristic or space age pics or links to pics :)
thank you for the podbed pic poetmama
+ mod kids room heath+thebltboys
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.4.07 Â© 5 comments
the new maclaren volo super-lightweight stroller weighs only 8.6 pounds!
mod*tot has the earlier version that's 11 pounds + we still use it even though she's 3 1/2. we have the silver, but this orange is snazzy.
the volo was designed by an aircraft engineer. it single-hand folds/collapses + opens up again as easily as an umbrella. it has a 5-point harness + locking wheels. it's great for city parents or anyone who wants to maneuver in store aisles + save space in the trunk + at home. when mod*tot is walking, i carry it folded over my shoulder with it's shoulder strap. we love our volo.
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.4.07 Â© 3 comments
holland :: de kameleon vintage shop :: groovy panton chairs + ella osix bags
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.4.07 Â© 5 comments
easter eggs : : selecting healthy eggs + making natural egg dyes
there are so many choices of types of eggs + i've been wondering about the meanings of descriptions on egg carton labels. other people in the egg section are usually just as confused. i asked robert, the dairy buyer at whole foods, to explain some of the descriptions, but he wasn't sure of the meanings either, so he did some research + here are his answers:
q."what's the difference between cage free + free range?"
a. "nothing. all the chickens are free to go in + out of unlocked coops."
q."what's the difference between veg fed + organic? do some eat meat?"
a."they're all fed vegetarian feed."organic" means their feed is organic."
q."when it says dha + omega 3, how are they added to the egg?"
a."it's in the chicken feed."
illustration by ingela peterson arrhenius via print+pattern
by ~mod*mom~ at 3.4.07 Â© 7 comments
it's fun having contests!
here are the 6 winners from march:
3/04 boon: boon bath set deluxe: cosima in belgium
3/05 sparkability: george nelson zoo timer clocks: andrea in boston
3/15 modernnursery: boon flair highchair: liz in brooklyn (mom 101)
3/21 baby geared: fatboy jr: vanessa in florida (retro info)
3/31 thisnext: ipod shuffle: karen jarsky
4/01 popink: clean + slobber soap set: robyn in minneapolis
congratulations to the winners + thank you to the sponsors :)
please enter my april contests:
modernseed: offi tiki stool + 2modern: retrosuede grass pillow
+ more exciting contests posted all month. this is fun!
i wish everyone could win every prize like on oprah + tyra!
pic via tickytacky
by ~mod*mom~ at 3.4.07 Â©
tonight, the italian judge told apolo that he is so much fun to watch, he should be a ride at disneyland!
i hope you're watching + voting for apolo mondays 8pm/7pm central.
vote by phone for free up to 11 times per phone line at 800-868-3411 during the show + up to 30 minutes after + you can vote online until noon tuesday.
so please vote for apolo :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 2.4.07 Â© 1 comments