Blog Posts by MQ



  • The real estate market sucks. Yea, yea. I think we all know that. But instead of focusing on the glass being half empty, let's talk about how the glass is half full. If you're looking to buy a home in the $250k - $600k range, scrolling through Realtor.com is a feast for the eyes! I am amazed by how inexpensive homes are in beautiful gated communities. And these are big homes with big yards and big trees and lots of room for lots of kiddos! Let's look at a gated neighborhood near Lake Travis as an example. The community is called "The Hills" and it is located about 40 miles SW of downtown Austin.

    If you've never been to Austin, TX, you will be blown away by how beautiful the Hill Country is in comparison to cities like Dallas and Houston. Austin is not only the Music Capital of the World, it is brimming with bright blue lakes (okay, well not during the drought) and rolling hillsides. Yes, the downtown area of Austin is brimming with eclectic boutiques, zen-like coffee shops, thriving

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  • I like to keep mommies in the loop about cool baby stuff, so I have to blog about a great giveaway happening over at Droolicious on Babble.com.

    An online gallery featuring customizable fine art, Gallery Direct, is giving away two contemporary pieces that would look great in a nursery or child's room. Both paintings will be a Canvas Gallery Wrap, which means the image wraps all the way around the edges of the mounted canvas, so you can hang them with or without a frame. Each piece measures 30 x 30 and will be shipped to you free of charge. Retail value for the pair is $400!

    Click here to go to Droolicious and find out how to register. Good luck!!

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  • User post: Remembering 9/11—How tragedy united us

    As I sit here at my computer, enjoying the end of a much-needed rainy day, my thoughts turn to the picture perfect day that turned out to be one of the most tragic days in our lives, 9/11.

    It seems almost inconsiderate to mention how beautifully 9/11/2001 began. I was living in a duplex at that time and my bedroom window was positioned in such a way that it gave me a wonderful view of the sunrise. I only had to open one eye to see the bright orange ball slowly lift up beyond the daybreak. That September morning featured a bright, clear, blue day and a glorious sunrise.

    I remember every aspect of that morning perfectly, as most people do. Instead of waking up and tuning into Matt and Katie playfully banter about current issues, I focused my energy on sending out resumes. I was unemployed at the time. I was frustrated at my slow computer and almost ignored the telephone because I was in no mood to be chatty. I picked up the phone on the final ring. It was my mother and she was

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  • Why I Hate Doing Laundry: Let Me Count The Ways

    I hate laundry. I hate every aspect of doing laundry. Why does the act of cleaning clothes have to be so complicated?

    1. - Never enough detergent - No matter how many huge bottles of detergent I buy, it seems the bottle is always empty. I even resort to pouring water into the partially empty bottle and using that part water-part detergent mixture for at least one or two loads of laundry. Also, who wants to buy those huge bottles and lug them around the grocery store??? I hate that.

    2. - Sneaky stains - I always miss that one terribly stained shirt. It manages to avoid the Shout spray and makes its way into the dryer where the stain is there forever. I've tried every type of stain remover and nothing really impresses me. BTW, have you noticed the weird settings on the Shout bottle? I get the 'spray' concept, but who needs a 'stream'? Come on, really? A stream? Please. I hate that.

    3. - Jeans - Oh, the horror of washing and drying jeans. I have a few dark ones that

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  • The Hip Mommies: A Facebook Group for All Moms

    Let's face it, online communities can be far more meaningful to us than simply a vehicle for communication. When I was pregnant with my first child, some of the most helpful advice I received was from other moms who had left parenting tips on mommy sites. What to pack in the hospital bag. What to do about PUPPs. Fears, hopes, dreams and more.

    I'm a big fan of Facebook - like most of the universe - and I'd like to use it as a way to connect with other moms. When it comes to baby products, there are waaaaay too many options. From baby gear like car seats and strollers to cute clothes, unique toys and eco-friendly nursery furniture, trying to figure out what is the best option for your family can be a huge task.

    It's not easy to get REAL info nowadays because so much advertising is "spun" to look like feedback. I want to know about baby stuff from the people who know it best - OTHER HIP MOMMIES!!! That's why I started a new group on Facebook, The Hip Mommies. All moms are welcome. It is

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  • Kiddo Entertainment On-The-Go: Free iPhone Game

    If you need to amuse your youngsters in a hurry, this game is pure gold!

    It's a hilariously simple game for iPhone called Sheep Launcher. My hubby downloaded it on his iPhone and when he showed it to my kids, they went bonkers. The game is quite simple, yet quite contagious and amusing. Your goal is launch the sheep as high into the stratosphere as you can by tapping him before he "falls" off the screen.

    You can read more about it and download it HERE! I guess I'm just a sucker for a flying sheep. Price tag is FREE!

  • It's time to take a peek back in time and figure out which post deserves "The Best of MommyQ" title. From WeeGo bottles to knitted cupcakes to Autism, preggo celebrities and outlandish shopping centers, I've pretty much covered it all. As a favor to my readers, I never dive too far into the weird, scary or just downright depressing stories because I want MommyQ to be a place for relaxation and fun, not stress and sadness.

    I've taken great joy in discussing meaningless dribble, like proclaiming my love for the CHI Flat Iron. Now it's time for YOU to decide which blog post should win. Here is a list of my all-time favorite posts. Leave me a comment and vote for your fave!!!

    7 Things Moms are Thankful For (Whether They Know It Or Not!)
    I had a blast writing this post and was amazed at the rude feedback it got from moms who thought I was being totally serious. Duh?!?

    Toy Nostalgia: Fashion Plates and Barbie's Corvette
    This post practically wrote itself! It captures

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  • Last week, MommyQ came across an interesting story about a college student at University of Texas who is trying to prove that $20 is a decent amount of money. David Lee, a senior at UT and an advertising major, decided to see if he could exist on $20 worth of food for 20 days. He got the idea from a contest being hosted by UFCU (University Federal Credit Union), 'What Can You Do With $20.09?'

    First, the serious…

    I blogged about David's quest to survive on $20 on Strollerderby and the responses were a bit more controversial than I anticipated. Obviously, in this economy everyone is feeling serious financial pressure. To make a long story short, readers were upset that David was feigning to be poor to prove a point. Quick to respond, David eloquently restated his reasons for doing the challenge. He was surprised that his actions were offending anyone and he apologized for any misunderstandings. (I encourage you to read the original post and comment!)

    As someone who has

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  • College Kid Tries to Survive 20 Days on $20 Worth Food

    I'm always amazed at the crazy things people do to prove a point and this story is no different. I happen to be a huge fan of UFCU (University Federal Credit Union), and I recently came across a special contest they're doing for college students. It's called, 'What Can You Do With $20.09?' and the premise is what can you do with $20? In this economy, how creative can folks get when it comes to pinching pennies? Creative, indeed.

    One student in particular, David Lee, a senior at the University of Texas, has decided to see if he can exist for 20 days with only $20. David is originally from Houston and he's an advertising major working at FG SQUARED in Austin, Texas. His trick is trying to survive for 20 days on $20 worth of food. (Does this tug at your mommy heart strings or what?) He's doing it to prove $20.09 is nothing to scoff at!

    He's keeping the world apprised of his hunger-riddled journey on his blog, which he update regularly. He even lists the stringent rules he will be

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  • Hot For Fall: Four Cool Baby & Toddler Items

    If you take a sneak peek at the hot baby items for Fall 2009, the first thing you'll notice is anything with an iconic Michael Jackson appeal is hotter than hot. DIY items are getting smarter, helping the crafty mom design like a pro. Eco-friendly toys are C-U-T-E and babies with bear ears are as adorable as ever...

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    If this Denim Military Jacket doesn't make you want to grab a glittery, white glove... Oh, yes! Toddlers and preschoolers (and their folks) are grabbing up this iconic jacket like crazy! Check it out here!

    magnetic-kitchen-bottlesmagnetic-kitchen-bottlesSweet & sour wooden condiments for your little chef! Yes, thanks to Melissa & Doug pretend kitchen food just gets cuter and safer. Check it out here!

    simple-stencilsimple-stencilI'm so impressed with this cool idea, the Simple Stencil. It allows you to create one-of-a-kind stencils for any room and the utensils make it easy peasy. Find out how you can stencil like a pro!

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    It's amazing how cute babies look with a set of animal ears! I know, I know. Hard to resist this soft,

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