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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

There's More Than One Way to Skin A Rabbit


Roadside Sign I saw on a fence post during a recent vacation to Michigan:




And as a mom, I'm thinking....

1.  Is "farm raised" as opposed to "field raised"? 

2.  Is "farm raised" as opposed to "road kill"?

3.  If I raise "farm raised" rabbits real civil like as opposed to shoveling a "road kill" rabbit
will someone pay me for one?

4.  Will my children be more apt to eat "farm raised" rabbits as opposed to "road kill"
rabbits?

5.  Does it sound more edible to be "farm raised" RABBITS as opposed to "farm raised"
bunnies (since they sound so cute, cuddly, and pet-like)?

6.  Why is it Okay to eat Bambi's mommy but not Bambi? 

7.  How will I know if it's not Bambi?

8.  How will I know if it's not "road kill"?

9.  Why is "wild caught" salmon better for you, but not "wild caught" rabbit?

10.  And, what should I write on a gift card, if I am gifting the "farm raised" rabbits to a friend?
"Rabbit up real pretty, it's a gift!"

Friday, May 25, 2012

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference (Three identical Part I conferences) - Part I

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference -
Part I

Figure out and polish your idea

Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31
8:30 Am - 3:15 Pm
Panera on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL  60004
5 W Rand Road  (In the same plaza as Barnes and Nobles and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Why is information about Writing, Publishing, ereader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.

Lunch: buy your own at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.

For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Identical Conference (Same as above) Monday through Wednesday, June 4, 5, and 6th.   
Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part I
Figure out and polish your idea  
 8:30 Am - 3:15 Pm
Panera on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL  60004
5 W Rand Road  (In the same plaza as Barnes and Noble and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Lunch: buy your own at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries. 
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Idential Conference (Same as Above but evening conference) Monday through Wednesday, June 18, 19, and 20th 


Monday through Wednesday, June 18-20
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Panera Restaurant on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL  60004
5 W Rand Road  (In the same plaza as Barnes and Nobles and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Why is information about Writing, Publishing, ereader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.
Lunch: buy your own at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.

For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com

References from attendees:

The writing conference was awesome!  SO much better than reading a "how to" book.  Cheryl provided such great information and insight, in a fun and personal way.  Can't wait for Part II! 
- Sheri Davis All Natural Mom of 3

Cheryl Moeller's Writing Conference motivated me to do what I had wanted to do for so long - get my book in print.  Her understanding of publishing and marketing was a great resource for me and now I have a book that I can share with my children, grandchildren and the world.
- Kay Swatkowski, American Grandma
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both your writing and marketing conferences. I found myself listening with rapt attention to all that was said. There is no such thing as boredom at this conference. The candidness with which Cheryl speaks is refreshing, and the help she extends to all is over the top. Cheryl is all about community.  Her ideas seem endless. Thanks for opening up my world to the possibilities that exist within the writing realm."   
- Arlene Hughes   

 

Some of Cheryl's Books:
                                                                       

Saturday, May 19, 2012

As a Mom, I'd like to know...

       -  What my kids say to people on the other end when they get to the phone and answer (and hang up) before I do?

-         Why my kids put 81 bottles of red food coloring in the pancakes that they made for my Valentines’ Day Breakfast in Bed?

-         What was my sister thinking when she made a full-size macramé refrigerator for my birthday gift?

-         What was my neighbor thinking when he attached the baby stroller with a rope to his bicycle?

-         What was my husband thinking when he planted 1,700 watermelon seeds in our 4 inch x 4 inch garden plot?

-         Why the mayor won’t let me have goats in my city yard so I don’t have to mow the lawn?

-         Where are the tiny little green army men who are willing to scrub my dirty bathroom while I sleep?

-         Why the number of Bazooka Jo Bubblegum wrappers is over 1,000,000 just to get a free whistle?

-         Why the most wanted Christmas toy is always in big supply in a city 12,000 miles from me?

-         Why my kids put purple koolaid in the piñata hanging in the living room over the beige couch?

Two Writing Conferences - Part I and Part II - One this week and one next week...


Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part II

Advanced publishing and marketing skills
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23  (This conference is identical to the one held on May 8-9)
10:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Schaumburg, IL
Why is information about Writing, Publishing, e-reader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.
Lunch is on your own at Fuddruckers (please buy something).
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee.  A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:

Fuddruckers Restaurant
436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.:
R.S.V.P. forkeepsministries@gmail.com

 Click here to sign up for Cheryl's Writing and Publishing weekly blog

Cheryl, B.S., M.A.R., is a former literary agent turned nationally published author and conference speaker. www.forkeepsministries.com, www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, www.writingmentor.blogspot.com
*Those attending a conference can submit 1500 words to Cheryl by email at forkeepsministries@gmail.com and have a one hour phone conversation with Cheryl concerning their work within 30 days of the end of the conference they attend.

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Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference -
Part I

Figure out and polish your idea

Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31
8:30 Am - 3:15 Pm
Panera on Rand Road in Arlington Heights, IL  600045 W Rand Road  (In the same plaza as Barnes and Nobles and Trader Joes.)
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Why is information about Writing, Publishing, ereader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.

Lunch: buy your own at Panera.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.

For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Mom's Rules

 Cheryl Moeller - Momlaughs












"Cash found in the laundry goes to the laundress. Them's the rules." - Emily Gogots Bailey

This Week in Schaumburg, IL

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part II
Advanced publishing and marketing skills
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23 (This conference is identical to the one held on May 8-9)
10:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Schaumburg, IL
Why is information about Writing, Publishing, e-reader Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.

Lunch is on your own at Fuddruckers (please buy something).
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:


Fuddruckers Restaurant
436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.:
R.S.V.P. forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Cheryl, B.S., M.A.R., is a former literary agent turned nationally published author and conference speaker. www.forkeepsministries.com, www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, www.writingmentor.blogspot.com.
*Those attending a conference can submit 1500 words to Cheryl by email at forkeepsministries@gmail.com and have a one hour phone conversation with Cheryl concerning their work within 30 days of the end of the conference they attend.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

All New Material - FBFWFK Marriage Conference Part II


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cheryl's Writing Conferences in May

KINDLE PUBLISHING, BLOGGING, AND SPEAKING CONFERENCES with Cheryl Moeller IN MAY

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part I
Figure out and polish your idea
Monday-Wednesday, May 14-16
9:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Harwood Heights, IL (accessible through the CTA system)
Why is information about Writing, Publishing, Kindle Publishing, Blogging, and Speaking treated as secrets that not everyone can know? Cheryl Moeller's conferences educate, motivate, and inspire.
Lunch is on your own.
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:

Bethany Baptist Church (about five miles east of O'hare Airport)
6700 W. Gunnison
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.: forkeepsministries@gmail.com

Cheryl's Writing and Publishing Conference - Part II
Advanced publishing and marketing skills
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22-23 (This conference is identical to May 8-9)
10:00 Am - 2:00 Pm in Schaumburg, IL
Cheryl will take you where you are in your writing/publishing.marketing journey and move you several steps forward. She'll give you a workable plan you can really follow and make real progress.

Lunch is on your own at Fuddruckers (please buy something).
Beginners to Advanced writers.
No admission fee. A love offering will be taken for For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
Location:


Fuddruckers Restaurant
"I love their veggie-burgers!"
436 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
For more information or questions and to R.S.V.P.:
R.S.V.P. forkeepsministries@gmail.com


Click here to sign up for Cheryl's Writing and Publishing weekly blog

Cheryl, B.S., M.A.R., is a former literary agent turned nationally published author and conference speaker. www.forkeepsministries.com, www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, www.writingmentor.blogspot.com.
*Those attending a conference can submit 1500 words to Cheryl by email at forkeepsministries@gmail.com and have a one hour phone conversation with Cheryl concerning their work within 30 days of the end of the conference they attend.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Myths of Birth Order Dispelled

Does anyone have an older sibling that still treats them like they are five? Okay that’s me and I have three of them.

 

I love my older sisters, but they have always been my older sisters. It started when they were born first.

I always got the hand-me-downs. By the time I got the hoola hoop, it was square. When I got the easy bake oven, it had e-coli. And when I finally got the Ken and Barbie doll, they were already in a mid-life crisis.

Well, sometimes my oldest sister would watch us three younger sisters. My mom would give us four dolls and a stack of saltine crackers for a snack. She would of course decide when it was time to feed us. We would all sit there like baby robins in a nest with our mouths open waiting for her to drop something in our mouths – so she would ask if we wanted the cracker with or without salt. If we wanted it without salt she would take a cracker and lick the salt off and then hand it to us. It took the meaning of sodium free to a whole new level.


The 7-up Slurpee that we all shared... Well, that is why I have emotional backwash to this day.

How many of your remember when jelly came in those little Flintstone glasses? The neat thing was when you were done with the jelly – then you could wash the little glass jar and then use it at the table as a glass – if you ate enough jelly you could furnish a whole set -- even Martha Stewart hadn’t thought of that. One day I accidentally broke one – and one of my older sisters said, "How come can’t we keep anything nice around here?"

I love being the youngest in the family but some people don't like their birth order. The problem? The problem is all those books out there about birth order. And, all of us believe it and live by it as though it were all true.

Well, I say if you don't like your order in the family why not change it so you end up where really want to be?

How can that be done? Well, what do you do if you didn’t like your first, middle or last name? You’d go to court and have it changed.

Want to be first born? The youngest? Disappear in the middle? Go on the Web, find a site created by lawyers to change your birth order, download the forms, and voila! You’re now top of the heap and can run the universe. Or, if you’re now the baby of the family you can stomp your feet, get big alligator tears and threaten to go tell Mom and Dad even if you are 38.

To change your birth order you might try telling people the hospital got the ink footprints mixed up and actually you were born a decade before your oldest sister who looks nine years older than you. You can then go over to your (former) oldest sister’s home, knock on her door, and shout, “Give me back my make-up purse! Who said you could borrow it in the first place? And don’t let me ever find you in my bathroom again!”

Or, finally, to change your birth order go to HighSchoolReunion.com and use Photoshop to insert your own picture into the class of ’86 where your brother’s face used to be. The amazing result? Suddenly, you’re now Wally Cleaver and he’s the Beaver. Even Ward and June are too old to go ape over something like that.

Finally, remember birth order begins to repeat itself in large families with every fourth child. This is mainly because no birth order book has more than four types of children so then by the fifth one the child starts acting like the first one. If someone could think of another chapter it would likely transform families overnight.

Birth order, according to some authors, affects everything about your life. It affects whether or not you have asthma, what type of exercise program you should undertake and whether the leaves turn in your front yard turn to autumn colors before or after others in your family.

Basically if you know about birth order, you don't need to know anything else. And why should you?

You already have a brother who knows everything for you.