Featured Mom: Lori Falcon – A Cowboy’s Wife and My Wooden Spoon

The amazing thing about the blog world is that you get to meet people you never would have met in “real life”… Lori is one of them for me. We met online and became fast friends. One thing that has always intrigued me about Lori is the fact that she does… indeed, live on a ranch and is married to a real life cowboy (and has 3 “son”
cowboys!). Her style reflects this, and I think it’s incredible. Lori’s personal blog, A Cowboy’s Wife, is all about her ranch life, kids, health & fitness, and photography. Her food blog, My Wooden Spoon, is where she shares family recipes and her passion for food photography. Lori is a Kraft Velveeta Ambassador and Spokesblogger, Lifetime Moms Food Editor and one of Walmart’s Eleven Moms. Not to mention, an amazing friend.

1. What one word best describes your current state of mind?

Engaged

2. What TV household does your family most resemble?

I don’t know, I don’t watch much TV.

3. What term or phrase do you most overuse?

I know right!?

4. What are the five things/items you think that new moms (parents) can’t do without (sanity savers)?

Phone, Books, Soda, handbags and alone time

5. Family photos – best tips for getting kids to pose vs. fighting, making faces, running away?

Natural settings… after naps and get someone you know to take the photo if possible. All of these make for a more relaxed atmosphere.

6. What songs and/or books have worked best for bedtime?

Cowboy Cody

7. How many miles (of driving duty) have you logged in the past week?

240 miles

8. One thing you want for yourself this year?

The chance to take some photography and photoshop classes so that I can improve and perhaps turn my hobby into something more.

9. What celebrity best describes your personal style?

Gwen Stefani – laid back and relaxed

10. Best parenting resource you would recommend?

I’d have to go with Babycenter, although, twitter is coming in a close second.

11. Follow me on twitter:

@acowboyswife

12. Current projects that have you engaged and excited:

It has to do with a book…

Fall 2010 Trends

I know it’s February… well, almost March… but thanks to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I’ve been asked non-stop about what the latest (and greatest) trends/styles for Fall 2010 will be. It’s funny because even though it’s a good 9 months away… people want to know. I just LOVE that about fashion. We can always be looking ahead! One of my oh-so-favorite trends for the Fall is something that I truly know everyone woman can get “away with.” I love trends where I can say this – regardless your age, your size or your shape – you can do it! Those are beautiful words, right? It’s not always fun to just see the trends that look good on a 6 foot, size 0 model. Where’s the fun in that? So… drum roll, please! What trend am I just love love loving? The amazing chunky knit scarves, hoodies and hats. I’ll tell you – I’m always on my sons to make sure they’re bundled up and nice and warm… this is the perfect trend to make sure I’m doing this myself! I love the looks. I love the luxuriousness. I love the comfort factor. Embrace this look for Fall! Jill Stuart, Lacoste, DKNY, Michael Kors… you just nailed it for “every woman.”

Fashionable Fun for Moms

These hip moms know all about personal expression. They are among the top mom bloggers in the world.  The best part is they also know how to rock their personal style.  Meet some of the coolest mamas from Mom 2.0 Summit.

 Erin Lane from Scandinavian Child in green ethnic-print tunic.
Dresses look modern on Lindsay and Julie.
Kristin aka the Mamanatrix rocked her H&M “leather” jacket
Jenny aka The Bloggess paired uggs with a vintage dressRachel is a work of art thanks to some script from Katherine Center.Julia & Liz sport DVF 

Totsy on Social Media

Are you following us on Twitter?

How about Facebook fans with us?

Cafe Mom?

We’re so excited to announce that we’re not only on (and in) all these forms of social media, but active on them! We know that moms are busy… and let’s face it, our time is very, very precious. We don’t always have the “free” time to sit and peruse websites. So… we want to make things as easy as pie for you. (We know because we’re busy moms, too!)

We’re spreading our wings throughout the world of social media.

We have loved being on Twitter because it truly gives us the opportunity to chat and discuss and engage with customers online. It gives us the chance to hear about what people think about the sales and the site… it gives us the honest and “real” feedback that we love. It’s beyond refreshing and helpful. We also host Twitter parties once a month (*Next one being on March 1st!) where we discuss upcoming sales and have tons of fabulous giveaways! Join us if you can! We promise a fun and fabulous hour!

For us, Facebook is a fun way to get to know more people. What we love about Facebook is that most moms who engage in social media are on Facebook. So having a presence on there and being able to see what people are saying and hearing what they want… it’s incredible. Plus, we’re going to be having special deals just for our Facebook Fans, so if you’re not a FAN, become one soon!

And Cafe Mom… we’re there! It’s been fun having some conversations with some moms and introducing ourselves. So if you’re on Cafe Mom, make sure you “meet” up with us!

Connecting is the most important thing to us. We cherish the relationships we make and just love being able to spread the Totsy fabulousness!

So connect with us everywhere… we can’t wait to meet you!

Mom 2.0 Summit

The power of mom blogs has never been stronger. Need evidence? Consider the range of blogging conferences targeting women. Why would you want to attend a mom blogger conference? How about affirming that motherhood rocks and cavorting with hundred of insanely talented women. Last week this Totsy Mom hit the road and flew to Houston, TX to join up with Mom Summit 2.0. The conference centered on the business side of blogging, but never forgot that there are women (mostly) behind these blogs. We are multi-faceted and fascinating. So there was a little something for every part of us. Social: A Mad Men Style Party to connect with old friends and meet the new. Healthy: Moms tried out the latest Wii Fit Plus Yoga session and headed out on a run on the streets of Texas. Powerful: Heather Armstrong from the insanely popular blog Dooce. Reminded us of something key, “If you are involved in social media you are very powerful.” Collaborative: Bloggers were encouraged to work with brands to develop unique content campaigns that entertain and inform. Ambitious: Write down a clear vision for where you want your business to go and how you are going to integrate this business with your family life. Over-scheduled: We were warned to use our time wisely and well. Twitter can eat your entire day. There’s nothing wrong with being entertained, but don’t kid yourself about how you are spending (or perhaps wasting) your time. Artistic: A evening out at Fotofest let moms immerse themselves in the visual. This message was sent home thanks to a video conceptualized by author Katherine Center and the women behind Shutter Sisters. Watch the video here:

The essence of the video is this—motherhood matters. All the big and small choices we moms make are impacting our family and the next generation of leaders. Take pride and joy from your dedication to your family.

Green Week Twitter Party 3/1 9 EST

Green products for moms aren’t just a trend. They are here to stay as parents strive to create the best world for their children.  Starting March 1st, Totsy.com is devoting a week’s worth of exclusive private sales to eco-friendly items for moms and kids. We’ve nabbed access to Kate Quinn Organics, Hellolulu, Hape Toys, Baby Frenchy Organics and Little Green Star at discounts that have other private sale sites GREEN with envy. In honor of the sales event, Totsy.com is hosting a Twitter party, Monday, March 1st at 9 pm EST, to kick off Green Week on the site.


Join the fun by RSVPing below and following #totsyparty the night of the event. Hosts will be Nicole Feliciano @Momtrends and Audrey McClelland @audreymcclellan—the two Totsy Moms that blog about the intersection of fashion and motherhood. We’ll be talking about eco-savvy shopping, ways moms can reduce, recycle and re-use, and tweeting with green tips for your family (and hoping you will share yours!).  Oh, did we mention the prizes?  We’ll be giving away goodies from a few brands participating in Totsy sales.

Join the Party

Please join the hosts Nicole Feliciano and Audrey McClelland on Monday night from 9 to 10 p.m. EST on Twitter as share our top gift picks for the season. But you’ve got to enter to win. Click here for your invite code. You must be a Totsy member in order to win so sign up now and leave a comment or a linky for us.

How to join in:
* Become a Totsy.com member (it’s free!)
* To join us chat with the hashtag #TotsyParty
* Follow the hosts for the night @MyTotsy, @AudreyMcClellan and @momtrends
* RSVP below and enter to win one of fab prizes.

Bonus Entries:

1. Follow @MyTotsy on Twitter
2. Become a fan of Totsy on Facebook.

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Meet the Mom: Lucinda Cross

It’s baby number three for author and blogger Lucinda Cross.  Lucinda’s writing (www.corporatemomdropouts.com) focuses on Moms that have left behind corporate jobs for motherhood and are in the process of reinventing themselves. Let’s check in to see if she’s squared away in other matters of motherhood!

Due Date: June 3rd scheduled C-section (hooray)

If a stranger touched my belly right now I’d: hit them with my pocket book, feeling my belly makes me feel naked.

Career and do you have a post-baby career plan: I will be actively working on promoting my book and Corporate Mom Dropouts as well as pushing my services to support other moms who want to work from home and build their business.

Weirdest food I’ve craved this pregnancy: Crab legs and apple sauce.

True or false—I can still see my feet: False, I dont know what my feet look like, I only see them when I get ready to sleep…

Favorite maternity fashion splurge: A maternity sweater wrap in Macy’s for $100, I love it.

Most worn item of maternity clothing: Leggings and my favorite red shirt that I streched out due to being in denial.

Did you find out the baby’s gender? Why or why not? It’s a boy! I like to get what I need for the baby and pick names and colors for the room theme.

Planning a babymoon? Where are you headed? We’re going to Puerto Rico for 5 days and I can’t wait.

Push gifts? Tacky or well-deserved? Well deserved.

I’m passionate about: My business and helping other moms live a lifestlye they love, by building a profitable business. My passion is to impact moms with corporate Mom Dropouts, book, blog and events.

Many mommies to be that are presently working think about the maternity leave and the length of time they can spend with their baby. I say take this time out to think about your passion and how you can start your own business so that you can have the time you need and want to raise your family and your income on your own terms. Take this time to write down your goals and next steps so that you can do what you want , when you want. Sounds easy but the main concern is health insurance, constant flow of income and many other concerns. Well there is support out there for the self employed mompreneur and all it takes is a little action on your part. Give birth to a baby and a business. 

Follow me on twitter: @corpmomdropout