A crazy past few weeks, with exciting things in store

coffee and moleskine
Photo by Angus Woodman

It’s good to be back.

While I haven’t published any of my own writing in a few weeks (except for the 12 Weeks to Christmas projects), I’ve been busy. And Simple Mom has been on my mind.

There’s a lot in store during November on this little blog – not only will we be gearing up fast and furious for the holidays, we’ll also be doing some fabulous giveaways. In fact, the next few weeks could really be called the Month O’ Giveaways around here. Stay tuned!

Normally I post relevant articles on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with shorter miscellaneous updates as needed on Tuesdays or Thursdays. This week is a bit different, however, since I’m really just now settling in and getting back in the groove. I thought that today, I’d simply share a glimpse of what I’ve been up to.

1. We Flew Halfway Around the World.

I’m writing this from the U.S., where we’ve been for right around two weeks. Our motto when traveling with our small children is “expect the worst; hope for the best,” and we weren’t disappointed. They hardly slept during our 18-hour journey, but overall, the kiddos did well. Jet lag is over, and we’re creeping our way slowly back into some semblance of routine.

2. I Spoke at Blissdom ’08.

From left to right: Megan, Alli, yours truly, and Nester. Photo by Mishi.

Less than a week in the States, I flew to Nashville and spoke at the Blissdom ’08 conference. I had an absolutely wonderful time meeting many of you, and I hope to meet even more at Blissdom ’09 in February.

Epson went above and beyond expectations in sponsoring our event. They truly know how to pamper blogging women! We were treated to a kid-free day in a swanky bar, complete with breakfast, lunch, live music, and a cocktail party.
jesse baylin
Photo by Mishi.

We chatted, we discussed, we laughed, we cried. It was so great to put a face to many of those names who I can honestly call my friends.

Thanks so much again to Epson, the brilliant Barbara with One2One Network, and my fellow Blissfully Domestic women. I’m honored to network with you!

Oh, and by the way – Epson graciously gave me their latest Artisan 800 printer, and up until now, I don’t think I’ve ever said I loved a printer. But I have now. This thing faxes, scans, photocopies, prints high-resolution photos, creates coloring pages, creates postcards, prints directly on CDs and DVDs, and more. And – it’s all done wirelessly. I can print from my laptop clear on the other side of the house. This nifty gadget truly does simplify and streamline our household. I’m truly grateful, Epson.

3. I’ve been Researching, Writing, and Networking.

As I mentioned, Simple Mom is home to a slew of giveaways this month. From eco products to gourmet nosh to handcrafted jewelry, many of you have a great opportunity to win something. And I hope you do!

I’ll also continue with the 12 Weekly Projects to Prepare for Christmas, along with showcasing the sewing submissions for an upcoming event called Handmade for the Holidays. Look for an announcement about that tomorrow.

And I’ll continue to publish articles relevant to you as a home manager. I feel enormously blessed to have that privilege as together, we cultivate and nurture the souls who live in our homes.

Thanks, dear readers, for being so generous with my top-notch guest posters over the past few weeks. And thank you again to my fellow bloggers for contributing your wonderful thoughts here on Simple Mom. It’s a privilege to work alongside you!

Stay tuned tomorrow for Q&A Tuesday.  And on Wednesday, I’ve got a fresh article that’s geared, as always, towards encouraging you to keep things simple at home.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Sounds like the best girl party ever. Wish we had events like that over here in Australia.

    Thrilled I’ve discovered your site since after I recently become members of the 9rules network.

    Peace, love and chocolate


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  2. Gosh, my previous comment doesn’t even make sense. Note to self don’t write when tired.

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  3. Exciting times! “Blogging Mom” conferences seem to be all the rage these days (the Walmart ElevenMoms, BlogHer, Blissdom. Us guys will have to come up with something similar.

    Frugal Dad’s last blog post…Reader Giveaway: Frugal Dad Canvas Tote Bag To Three Lucky Winners

  4. So glad you’re back! And thank you for having such awesome guest bloggers!! I’m so glad to add some other blogs to my daily reading list!

  5. Am a little in awe of you right now…

    Angie (from over at http://www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

    Half Assed Kitchen’s last blog post…Poor person’s pan au chocolat

  6. I’m sure you already know this, but make sure you use the “big” kind of power transformer (not the little converters they sell at Wal-Mart) for a printer bought in the US, but used overseas. They’re really finicky about quality power (as I learned from my time in the Middle East).

    Glad you’re enjoying your time in the States!

    Princess Leia’s last blog post…Who needs sleep?

  7. Just thought I’d say that I’m very happy you’re back! Guest posts are always nice, but you’re home management posts truly inspire me and I’ve missed them!

    Kelli’s last blog post…Progress

  8. Glad you’re safely settled and back! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

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  9. The guest posts were great! It’s always fun to find new blogs to read. But you were missed – Welcome Back!

  10. Thanks for the update. I can’t wait for what you have in store!

  11. Welcome back! Glad you’re settling into a routine!

    Mandie’s last blog post…Getting Your Affairs in Order

  12. You are an inspiration – and a bit intimidating too! Looking forward to a successful Holidays by Hand collaboration.

    Vintage Mommy’s last blog post…Holidays by Hand: Good Ideas from Around the Blogosphere

  13. “Expect the worst, hope for the best” I shall remember that one, in 2 weeks time, when I do a mammoth 28 hours of flight time to get back to my homeland for 2 glorious months of sun, family, and homeland comforts.
    I actually say “plan for the worst and hope for the best”

    Glad youre back, I love your reads.

    gail’s last blog post…Venezia in the fall.

  14. Thanks for the warm re-welcome, all!

  15. Blissdom sounds like it was sooo great! Thanks for sharing!

    Mandy’s last blog post…To Ugg or Not to Ugg – That is The Question

  16. Thanks for mentioning the printer, I’m actually in the market for one and think I may be purchasing it based on your recommendation! That sounds like a great conference, and I’d be interested in attending next year.

    One Minute Blogger’s last blog post…Babywearing

  17. Welcome back! Glad the kiddos survived the trip. You look like you fit in so well with the other Blissdom ladies.
    I’m looking forward to November!!

  18. You sound refreshed and renewed. It’s good to have you back. Look forward to reading your new articles soon.

  19. It was great meeting you at Blissdom!

    Love your line: “…we cultivate and nurture the souls who live in our homes.” Must put that in writing somewhere!

  20. Whew! I’m tired just from reading your post! Glad you’re back!

  21. So wish I could have made it to Blissdom. I’m going, where ever it is, in February! It will be fabulous to meet!

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  22. LOVE the cigarettes in the pic… 😉

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