Andrea Chmelik

 

I am a blogger, Member-At-Large with SLO NightWriters non-profit organization, stay at home Mom, and an enthusiastic wine drinker. I blog about challenges of motherhood, but also comment on other topics, sometimes seriously but mostly with humor. My blog posts were featured at BlogHer.com and published in Babble.com "Best of Blogs, Parenting Uncensored" e-book series.

I was born and raised in Slovakia. After living in New York, Colorado and Utah, I settled in a small beach town in Central Coast California with my husband, son, daughter and two cats.

6 Tips for a Reader-Friendly Blog

When I started blogging nearly four years ago, I did it as a way to document what was going on in my life at the time. No more; no less. My blogs were far from perfect. I made lots of mistakes, from not adding graphics and not always writing my best to not promoting my blog. (Partly because I just saw it as a way to share with friends and family.) As time has moved forward, I believe my writing and my blog have improved. I've made several changes over the years: creating a new blog name, adding graphics, personalizing the theme, and becoming self-hosted, to name a few. ...more
jayhawkmommy Thank you so much!more

6 Tips for a Reader-Friendly Blog

When I started blogging nearly four years ago, I did it as a way to document what was going on in my life at the time. No more; no less. My blogs were far from perfect. I made lots of mistakes, from not adding graphics and not always writing my best to not promoting my blog. (Partly because I just saw it as a way to share with friends and family.) As time has moved forward, I believe my writing and my blog have improved. I've made several changes over the years: creating a new blog name, adding graphics, personalizing the theme, and becoming self-hosted, to name a few. ...more
Great tips - i am getting rid of captcha ASAP! :-) I'm considering diving into self-hosting, but ...more

I Married For Love, Not A Green Card

I took my son for a haircut last week. I hadn't met the hairdresser before. After a little bit of chit-chat, she asked me where I came from and how I ended up here. This is a question I get asked all the time; I have an accent that immediately gives me away. In the last decade, my story has changed. It is getting longer and more challenging to sum up in a few polite sentences....more
CatB478 I think it's perfectly fine to ask where people come from! I am curious as well, even if ...more

I Married For Love, Not A Green Card

I took my son for a haircut last week. I hadn't met the hairdresser before. After a little bit of chit-chat, she asked me where I came from and how I ended up here. This is a question I get asked all the time; I have an accent that immediately gives me away. In the last decade, my story has changed. It is getting longer and more challenging to sum up in a few polite sentences....more
RebeccaRaige When I came to New York as an au-pair, the very first week during the orientation I ...more

I Married For Love, Not A Green Card

I took my son for a haircut last week. I hadn't met the hairdresser before. After a little bit of chit-chat, she asked me where I came from and how I ended up here. This is a question I get asked all the time; I have an accent that immediately gives me away. In the last decade, my story has changed. It is getting longer and more challenging to sum up in a few polite sentences....more
JulieKassabYou said it - people often see it as a holy grail that was handed to us. They don't ...more

I Married For Love, Not A Green Card

I took my son for a haircut last week. I hadn't met the hairdresser before. After a little bit of chit-chat, she asked me where I came from and how I ended up here. This is a question I get asked all the time; I have an accent that immediately gives me away. In the last decade, my story has changed. It is getting longer and more challenging to sum up in a few polite sentences....more
AliciaMRodriguezBest of luck to you guys and especially lots and lots of patience. The ...more

I Married For Love, Not A Green Card

I took my son for a haircut last week. I hadn't met the hairdresser before. After a little bit of chit-chat, she asked me where I came from and how I ended up here. This is a question I get asked all the time; I have an accent that immediately gives me away. In the last decade, my story has changed. It is getting longer and more challenging to sum up in a few polite sentences....more
Thank you, ladies! I should just stick with the story my (current) husband tells people when ...more

Kate Middleton And Mummy Tummy

Kate Middleton gave birth and became an instant hero. Not for delivering the next king of the Commonwealth, or for just giving birth (which is a hell of an achievement on its own), but for showing her post baby body one day after her son was born. Per MSN News, this action delighted moms around the world. So what's wrong with this picture? ...more
@MarciaReich I completely understand the shock after giving birth (I gave  birth to a baby girl ...more

As a Faith Blogger, I Must Defend Atheist Expression

On May 2nd, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, humanists, and all kinds of other non-religious folks organized to protest the imprisonment of three atheist bloggers in Bangladesh. They could face up to 10 years in prison, or potentially the death penalty....more
Thank you for writing this. I am an atheist who respects other people's choice of their own ...more

Announcing: Voices of the Year '13 Submissions Are Open!

UPDATE: Voices of the Year submissions have closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted and voted! Today we are thrilled to open submissions for one of the centerpieces of BlogHer's annual conference: The 6th annual Voices of the Year! The Voices of the Year initiative (or VOTY, as we sometimes affectionately abbreviate it) gives the entire BlogHer community a chance to spotlight and celebrate the work that touched us most deeply over the past year. Up to 100 well-written, thought-provoking, heart-tugging, and laughter-inducing posts and visuals will be honored as the 2013 Voices of the Year online, including one People's Choice Honoree per category, and then in person on Friday July 26th at the 9th annual BlogHer Conference in Chicago, IL....more
I have just become one of those obnoxious people who submit 9 of their blog posts. This is what ...more