Happy Blogiversary!

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Two years ago this weekend I was sitting in Panera having a Mom’s Morning Out. I’d been working on a project for several weeks. Feeling somewhat impetuous because I had no idea what I was doing, I hit publish.

Life as MOM: The Blog was born.

I had written a personal blog for several years and I’d written for parenting magazines. With some coaching from a friend, I decided to take my magazine writing to the blog world. It’s been quite a ride.

If you were around at the beginning, thanks for sticking with me! Really!

One thing has stayed the same, if not increased: my desire to equip my fellow mothers-in-arms with the tools they need to do their jobs better.

I spent some time browsing those May 2008 archives. Whew! Many of you suffered through scarce photos, bad design, mediocre writing, and a host of other maladies. I hope you’ll agree that things have improved a bit, both in content and readability.

It’s a wild adventure, this motherhood gig. And I, for one, am so encouraged by your stories, your struggles, your triumphs. Not a week goes by without one of you sending me a sweet email or posting a comment that reassures me I’m not alone in the mommy challenges, and that my efforts here to make your journey a little more joyful are being counted somewhere.

Thank you for reading! Thank you for writing! Thank you for sharing your “life as MOM!”

I look forward to sharing more budget living, freezer cooking, recipe swapping, cake decorating, homeschoolinghome managing, grocery geeking adventures with you in the year to come.

In honor of my 2-year Blogiversary, I’ve got all sorts of exciting things planned, including daily giveaways all week long. Look for them each afternoon. There are some fun things in store.

What’s new?

I am also eager to launch two new series:

14 Ways to Be More Joyful is designed to ease some of the hardships you may face in daily life as a family and home manager. Whether you are a mom or not, you will find some tips, tricks, and shortcuts, to enjoying your life more and doing your job better.


California on a Budget answers the regular questions I receive each week about living in, travelling to, or relocating to the Golden State. I think you’ll find it interesting even if you’re one who might say, “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” Many of my suggestions may be applicable to a number of locales, though I will be discussing my neck of the woods in particular. And I’ll also be discussing non-budget-related aspects of California, as well, such as points of interest and quirky facts.

A little bloggy business

Since I’ve got your attention, a few announcements….

  • May’s Booking It Round Up will be next week. If you’ve been reading along with us, be prepared to talk book talk next week. If you’re feeling inspired to be more intentional with what you read, we’d love to have you join us.
  • Ultimate Recipe Swap this week is all about FAT. How cool is that? An excuse to cook with butter! Come and share your favorite recipes that feature some kind of fat or oil. It will be a rich week, indeed.
  • If you haven’t already, you might like to receive a daily digest of LifeasMOM posts delivered free every afternoon to your inbox. Subscribe to free email updates and receive an email of all the day’s posts. Could be a good time saver for you.

What would make Life as MOM better for YOU?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on how to improve this little spot on the web. See you in the comments.

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  1. I am really looking forward to information about living in CA! We will be relocating there from Ohio in just a month! I need all the help I can get! Thanks!

  2. Congrats on the 2 years! I’m pretty new to the blogging world and am still trying to get the hang of it. I like the 14 ways to be more joyful. That sounds interesting. Thanks!

  3. Happy blogiversary!

  4. Happy Blogiversary!

  5. Happy Blogiversary! I am happy to have found your site and always look forward to new postings. Here is to many more years!

  6. Congratulations on your anniversary! I find I am a much better mom, wife, teacher, grandmother, and person now that I have started reading your blog and following you on Facebook! Thank you very much!

  7. Happy Blogiversary!

    Yay for Booking it next week! I love those posts.

  8. Congrats!!!
    I’m excited about the CA on a budget series. We are moving to Pasadena the beginning of August for my husband to go back to school. We’ll be living on a tight budget and could use all the help we can get.

  9. Congratulations! Your blog has been a wonderful encouragement to me in my own journey of motherhood and homemaking. I am so excited about your California budget living series! It will definitely be of tremendous help to my husband and me as we prepare to relocate to the Los Angeles area when he finishes his PhD in the next 3-4 months!

  10. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I’m looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store!

    And, um, I definitely have recipes to share. So thanks for getting me excited to share them! haha

  11. Happy Blogiversary to you! 🙂

  12. Happy Blogiversary! Can’t wait for the 14 ways series!

  13. Congratulations! You have a great blog! Looking forward to reading the new series!

  14. Congrats!! U rock!

  15. Happy Blogiversary! What a great accomplishment:-)

  16. Congrats on 2 years! I just passed 2 years on mine, but things keep getting in the way of consistency. It’s inspiring to see what can be accomplished in the same amount of time with continued effort 🙂

  17. Happy Blogiversary! What a fun time! You should link to some of those old posts… LOL

    I’d love if you’d “allow” for us to subscribe to comments. I leave comments and would love to know if someone replies to my comment or when other comments are left. There used to be a box to check to allow that…

    A home tour of sorts would be SO fun. We’ve seen how your school room is set up. How about the bedrooms? Bunkbeds? Shared rooms? What are in the rooms? Toys? Clothes? Furniture? It would just be fun to have a tour.

    Thanks for all you do. You’re a great source of information and I trust what I find on this site.


  18. As a fellow So Cal resident, I am interested in your living here on a budget series to come. I love to hear about more ways that I can live frugally here in the home of “mine is bigger and better than yours”!

  19. Thanks for the scale giveaway- I am getting to, “I can hold my own,” but I am not there yet.

  20. Happy Blogiversary!

  21. Mary Smith says:

    Happy Blogiversary! I look forward to receiving your email every day. I would like to see a searchable recipes tab on your site and more budget recipes.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Thank you! Yes, that is a great request and the reason why I started my food site: Good Cheap Eats. Many of the recipes that I talk about and link to are over there. Freezer-friendly recipes are here as is Ultimate Recipe Swap. I’m working on an easier way to search them. Thanks for asking!

  22. Ellen Schmidt says:

    What an inspiration your blog is to me – just having the compassion and energy to share what helps others. THANK YOU!

  23. Worldly congrats on 2 yr. I wish you many more. As a grandmother of an autistic child who spends lots of time with me, I must say your blog is eye opening. Keep it up.

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