vodkamom

I am a teacher, a writer and a very busy mother of three. I graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism, and then from San Diego State University with my Teaching Certification. I love my crazy family, my loud barking dogs, and the fact that I never know what tomorrow will bring.

 

An interesting fact about me: I used to be a private investigator in California.  Then I decided to try something really challenging, and decided to become a teacher.

My Blogs

This Is What It Is Like to Be an Adult with ADHD

When I was in college, the war on drugs had just launched. I remember the PSA with an egg frying in a pan, and the message, "This is your brain on drugs." (The commercial did nothing to stop people from ingesting all forms of illegal substances, but I'm sure it was a big boon to the egg industry from the onslaught of people who found themselves suddenly craving an omelette.) ...more
Yes.  You are amazing.  I am in this club- and got diagnosed by accident.  It's a crazy ...more

The Kid Delves Inside a Delusional Mind Coping With Abuse

What lies would you tell yourself to survive? Sapphire took on a daunting task with The Kid. As a sequel to Push, she lets readers delve into the traumatized psyche of Precious’ nine-year old son after he was orphaned by her AIDS-related death and left to trade sexual abuse for facimiles of a home. ...more

Deb- this book was a tough one for me. I think that you did an amazing job of speaking to the ...more

Birds of a Feather | Humor Bloggers

If you’re hoping to meet others in your niche at BlogHer ’11...If you’re a little afraid you might not be able to find your tribe at BlogHer ’11...If you’re intimidated by the networking at BlogHer ’11...Since BlogHer’s inception in 2005, we’ve hosted community meet-ups at each conference called Birds of a Feather. These are small, informal gatherings where you can meet others in your niche, network with new tribe members, build relationships with others who share your passions, and find new-to-you bloggers to read!...more

I'm in girl. I am IN.more

Great Blog Design: What you need to know

Conference:  BlogHer '11 Track:  Other About You Name:  Jill Smokler URL:  http://www.scarymommy.com Great design is subjective. Except when it's not. There are hard and fast rules that bloggers should abide by in order to have the most visually appealing blog possible. Cynthia, an illustrator who blogs at Nap Warden and has designed over 100 blogs, and Jill, a graphic designer who blogs at Scary Mommy each know a thing or two about good design. Both hold BFAs in design and have spent years pouring over typography, illustrations and photography and hope to make the blog world a more beautiful place....more

I would LOVE to attend this. I adore Jill and Cyn, and this is a must attend for any serious ...more

Post Process: From creative spark to blog post

Conference:  BlogHer '11 Track:  Skills 2: The Write Brain About You Name:  Stacey Conner URL:  http://www.anymommyoutthere.com Join Bon of crib chronicles, Deb of Vodka Mom and Stacey of Is There Any Mommy Out There? for a focused, open discussion about the step-by-step process that we use to get from a thought to a well-crafted post that impacts readers emotionally.  We'll begin with where and how to find the physical, mental and emotional space to create with words, what inspires ideas and what saps creative energy....more

I would LOVE TO DO THIS!!!!!!! Honored and excited!more

BlogHer '11 Twitter Roll Call!

Hello Ladies (and the occasional Gentleman)!I'm making a big old list of people on Twitter that will be attending BlogHer this summer in San Diego!Want to be listed? Reply with your Twitter handle!You can find the ever expanding list here. (link corrected!!)Thanks! And see you there! (And if you want to check me out on Twitter, I'm @jennamariebee!)...more

I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! twitter @vodkamommore

Letting the Family Help Decide on Charitable Donations

This year, I decided to do something a little different. Usually, I just sit down and write checks as I see fit, with little or no input from my family. But I thought it was time to involve the seven-year-old in the charitable giving, to try to get her to think about something other than buying more things for her. ...more

This idea is amazing. I am going to do it next year. for sure!more

A Fashionably Bombed Guide to the Top 5 Holiday Cocktails

We, here at Fashionably Bombed headquarters, have been slaving away trying to invent and re-invent the most amazing holiday cocktails just for you!  It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!  Here we’ve narrowed it down to our five favorites.  Oh, and as always, we've included a little fashion inspiration, because a girl needs to know what to wear while getting her cocktail on! ...more

This was just what the doctor ordered!more

Smiles brighten mornings. Toaster Strudel brings the smiles. Tell us how you brighten your family's day for a chance to win $1,000!

Smiles brighten mornings and Pillsbury Toaster Strudel frozen pastries can help you bring the smiles! In just minutes you can make your kids smile by serving them a warm, bakery-fresh pastry that they can decorate! 

Setting Ground Rules for Your Teen’s Mobile Phone Use

Loralee of Loralee's Looney Tunes on Setting Ground Rules for Your Teen’s Mobile Phone Use