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i am still on an estrogen high + buzzing with excitement from the fun of blogher + meeting wonderful female bloggers + sponsors. i have so many ideas, new pals + new blogs to write on + collaborations, plus it's summer.
mod*tot has 1 more week of summer school + 1 month of summer vacation before kindergarten starts. she did the funniest thing a couple days ago. we were at the stanford research institute, which is a very top secret laboratory building. very smart people were gathering to discuss artificial intelligence. i was spinning her around outside after playing in the lobby of the mid century modern building. we were asked if she was a scientist. i proudly said "yes, she is a stanford student." a pizza delivery person brought pizza into the building where there was a group of people filling the lobby, then a man told us he was locking the door. mod*tot went into the lobby + dissappeared in the crowd. i went in as the front door was locked + the large group proceeded down a hall. i called for her + looked behind the security desk. a man said she went with the group. i followed at the back of the large group down long hallways of open + closed office doors of scientists + researchers. i loved the building. someone said the wireless mouse + other amazing devices were invented there. we made a few turns + went up several flights of stairs then another hallway + another staircase + a hallway + it flashed in my mind i might never find her. luckily, when i got to the huge conference room she was there standing at the front + said, "pizza?"
they kindly gave her some pizza + told us a shortcut to get out of the building, but we got lost + went down a hallway past interesting scientific posters + i was startled when i passed some double doors with windows + saw a man lying on a gurney with a bunch of robotic devices around him. i looked again + realized it was a realistic doll. i held mod*tot up to see. very interesting. i don't recognize any of those machines from my cancer treatment. we were still eating pizza + reading funny cartoons on office doors when a security guard discovered us + started chatting, then said, "how did you get in here? this is a secret secure area." ooooooops
by ~mod*mom~ at 31.7.08 Â© 10 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: Martha Stewart eco-friendly large area carpet
FLOR modular tiles launched their martha stewart floor designs podcast featuring kevin sharkey interviewed by me, today! i'm so excited! i am a HUGE martha stewart fan + the carpet tiles are eco-friendly, recycled + recyclable, so i am ecstatic that FLOR is offering a martha stewart 20-tile area rug of your color + style choice to a lucky mod*mom reader!
to enter to win, please leave me a comment telling me your favorite styles + colors in the martha stewart FLOR eco-friendly carpet tile collection.
include your email address + url, before midnight, monday august 25
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by ~mod*mom~ at 28.7.08 Â© 611 comments
i'm so excited mod*mom is in the sunday new york times style section!!!
i'm so thrilled + honored to be included in their coverage of female bloggers becoming more influential + successful (thank you kara!) (full article here)
plus, martha producers just sent my martha stewart living podcast (it's my very 1st podcast i've been on + so exciting to talk with martha's style genius pal about an eco-friendly product i love). they had to edit out 20 minutes of us chatting about martha + more ways to decorate with flor.
also, i'm invited to cover the emmy awards in september, so i get to interview + photograph actors, mostly with kids/babies, so that should be fun + exciting! they asked me for my favorite children's products, so i'm compiling a list. so far i've told them bloom + boon. do you have any product suggestions or questions you want me to ask your favorite telev ision actors who are parents or eco-conscious?
by ~mod*mom~ at 26.7.08 Â© 42 comments
the sippy cups shows are groovy + we're going to see them this weekend!
they play music parents + kids love, + the show is clever, funny + a circus.
the costumes are so creative, + the acrobatics + juggling are astonishing.
mod*tot + i are sippy cups groupies + feel right at home in our mod outfits.
you can see the sippy cups tour schedule, hear music samples + buy cds.
by ~mod*mom~ at 24.7.08 Â© 5 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: 5 wall candy decal sets $250
i adore wall candy's hip surface graphics for home, office, or nursery!
mod*tot has these darling deerly beloved decals in her bedroom.
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.7.08 Â© 295 comments
team mod*mom added flowers to our 2008 chevrolet malibu hybrid
i'm still sorting through pictures, blogher meeting notes, business cards, product samples + swag. blogher was a wonderful marathon of parties, information, product demonstrations + sampling, make-overs, interviews, photo shoots, celebrities, friends + fans (i have some fans! i'm not kidding)
i was interviewed by the ny times! i'm so excited.
we also gave our amazing hp dv5t laptop computer a mod makeover + i'll load some better pictures soon. i'm sending thank you notes, catching up with mod*tot + housework, plus resting my injured/swollen ankle today.
i met emily post's granddaughter anna + she autographed copies of the emily post manners for kids books. mod*tot + i love good manners. i read her the books before bedtime last night + we both fell asleep.
thank you so much for reading my blog!
by ~mod*mom~ at 20.7.08 Â© 7 comments
i'm still coordinating the pick up schedule for carpoolers + secret guest to go to 6 parties between silicon valley + san francisco tonight, + greet the east coast gm carpoolers in palo alto + pick up sv mom swag bags to bring.
luckily, i'm doing it all in a fabulous 2008 hybrid malibu 4-door luxury sedan with huge trunk, 100 satellite radio channels, "on star" human voice navigation! it's much more comfortable than the prius, which we also love, but is not as luxurious + spacious + has an exposed hatchback. i mean in the prius, you hardly have any room to carry anything + it's all visible through a hatch back window + heats up like a green house. whereas, in the malibu, we're bringing suitcases + lots of swag bags.
by ~mod*mom~ at 17.7.08 Â© 13 comments
doof-a-palooza at the googleplex saturday was awesome + i'll get some pictures up soon. the googleplex is a wonderous place + the food was out of this world. i took mod*tot for her very 1st pony ride, sunday. so cute!
this week i'm in great anticipation of martha stewart's new flor eco-friendly carpet podcast, featuring her creative genius + close pal kevin sharkey interviewed by me! yes me! i can't wait to hear it. kevin shares brilliant flooring design ideas (here's a video of flor on the today show)
i'm also busy as a bee getting ready for my 1st female blogger conference this weekend in san francisco. gm is sponsoring me with a hybrid malibu + hp is sponsoring me with a touchscreen laptop to liveblog my progress via video, pictures + posts! i'm coordinating with my carpoolers to attend 6 parties the night before blogher. i am still scouting out eco-friendly outfits to wear with my new cork bottom platforms. i feel like cinderella
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.7.08 Â© 10 comments
mod*mom giveaway :: 3 sets of natural hair care products $150
whole foods wants mod*mom readers to listen to their new video podcasts
Come with us on a tour of John Masters Organics salon in New York City. Learn what plant-based ingredients to look for depending on hair type: curly, straight or color-treated. John Masters is a leader + innovator in the beauty care industry with his award winning natural hair care products.
to enter to win a selection of whole foods market natural hair care products, listen to their natural hair care products podcasts (click here to listen to podcast #1 or podcast #2) + leave me a comment telling me your favorite natural hair care ingredients before midnight, monday august 4
(please include your email address, + your url, if you have one).
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by ~mod*mom~ at 9.7.08 Â© 177 comments
DooF (food spelled backwards) is a new pbs kids show coming out in 2009
+ the DooF-a-palooza party at google this saturday is going to be magical!
enter my DooF-a-palooza giveaway! win free admission (for up to 6)
"our mission to share the magic of good food with children struck a chord with Google’s own commitment to sustainable food practices. We thought, why not invite food purveyors to come up with activities that enable children + adults to participate in + understand how they create their very special food products? Add a dash of Google magic + the opportunity to participate in the creation of DooF + you’ve got DooF-a-Palooza."
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.7.08 Â© 12 comments
i adore the 1970 dressy bessy! i bought mod*tot a newer version + it's basically the same doll, but with different materials + colors that aren't nearly as mod. we'll use it as a pattern to make one like the original.
by ~mod*mom~ at 7.7.08 Â© 16 comments
the RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR is coming to san francisco this weekend!
saturday + sunday july 12-13, 11am-7pm at fort mason's festival pavilion
check out the craftsters list for a sneak peak at over 150 amazing talents (including robert mahar of junior society + mahar drygoods) coming from all over the country to show + sell their wares! (i'm skating there sunday)
by ~mod*mom~ at 6.7.08 Â© 7 comments
we pedaled on the 14-person-cycling-powered busycle in the 4th of july parade in palo alto's greenmeadow eichler community!!! it was awesome!
kids decorated their eco-friendly floats with themes like, save water in the bathroom, wind power, eco man + the green queens, easy being green kermit recycles... see all 40 pictures on my flickr
by ~mod*mom~ at 5.7.08 Â© 7 comments
mod*tot loves to print + cut out art from the computer. she's really good with her scissors. she loved the free kung fu panda projects at hp. now she's working on the 4th of july templates to get us ready to ride on a 14-person bicycle powered vehicle in the palo alto 4th of july parade.
here are links to some of the things you can create too:
by ~mod*mom~ at 3.7.08 Â© 5 comments
mod*tot LOVES strawberries + we are growing edible native strawberries.
the california strawberry commission sent me some strawberry news, facts + links to share with mod*mom readers + their children this summer.
California provides 88% of the nation's strawberries, + the region is experiencing an incredibly bountiful harvest this year. With over 35,000 acres of fields across California, the growers will be picking nearly 6 million crates of delicious, ripe strawberries this week.
California harvests over a billion lbs of strawberries annually. 1 acre of land grows about 50,000 lbs of strawberries. strawberries fight cancer, aid memory, lower blood pressure, help reduce the risk of heart disease,
contain powerful antioxidants + rank 2nd among fruits in antioxidant capacity: 1 serving of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than an orange!
strawberry recipes are here + here
strawberryville has interactive games + activities
the monterey bay strawberry festival is august 1,2,3
did you know strawberries aren't actually berries (although a tomato is)?
(martha stewart's homegrown gardening blog has strawberry growing instructions)
by ~mod*mom~ at 1.7.08 Â© 7 comments