Welcome one and all to Momedy. I'm Kirsty, mom of four, South African transplant to Ohio, sometimes doula, pre/post partum fitness instructor and writer with a love/hate (mostly love) relationship with running, and an unhealthy obsession with Ferreror Rocher and Cadbury's chocolate, my floor mop, and the Real Housewives of Various Materialistic and Shallow Locations . I work with the Young Women of our church which keeps me young and prematurely ages me simultaneously (unexplained phenomenon). I love my husband who is a saint, but funny and un-pious while he is at it. My kids make me look good . I like them too, rather a lot.

I write a weekly feature at Modern Molly Mormons: Run and Not Be Weary: Health for your Whole Self, where I give often hypocritical (yet excellent) advice.

I'm so excited that you decided to drop by! For real. I hope you will stay a while!

So...ummm..you may not have heard but....It is Officially SPRING!!! (In the Northern Hemisphere-Happy AUTUMN to those down South!!) I'd say that warrants an Ultimate Blog Party!!

I promised presents, and presents there shall be. Lookie, look!!!...at all the bounty one hyper-lucky commenter is going to receive! If that uber-super lucky individual is you (and really, why shouldn't it be? You are a good person, you have it coming to you, no?)... on one very awesome mail-day in the near future, you can look forward to receiving.....

Wait for it..........

*from Laura at Happy2Scrap everything to make a Chatterbook similar to this one. Remember the one lucky Kallie won? Now you can all stop being jealous of lucky Kallie, and have one of your very own. You even get to pick your own word! Isn't life beautiful?

Be sure to click on over there to choose your favourite colour scheme and include your choice in your comment. (Playhouse & Retro are unavailable)
Laura will include the monogram (letter) stickers and the runway kit as well as the chatter book
of your choice. (Wow!) Isn't Laura awesome? (The answer to that is YEBO (or "yes!" for the few of you who may not speak Zulu)

*from Claire at Tastefully Simple... this simply scrumptious selection:

  • Almond Pound Cake
  • Itty Bitty Oh My Chai
  • Toffee Mocha Drink Mix
  • Packet of Spinach and Herb Mix
  • Tempting Appetizers Recipe Book
keep it all for yourself or share with a friend, we won't ask. (Tip: Tastefully Simple makes much appreciated teacher's gifts I have discovered). I encourage you to click around Claire's site. She is a delight to work with, and her products are delish beyond compare. (And even I can make them).

And what about from little old me at Momedy? I did promise I suppose...

Hmm....*scratching around in my purse* I have a half finished packet of gum...an only slightly used lipstick...I dunno...hmm...maybe you'd prefer a $15 gift card to spend at Amazon.com however you please? Buy yourself a book or a spatula or put it towards a Dyson (that should practically pay for one)...whatever floats your boat chickadee, have it your way...it's SPRING after all!

But oh my...WAIT!HOLD.THE. PHONE. I got so carried away that I almost forgot...The.Chocolate *reverent pause* Sacrilege!
Nothing good or right is complete without chocolate, so to the pot I add...a 3.5oz slab of Cadbury's Fruit & Nut chocolate. AKA: Nirvana in a wrapper.

Now let's all breathe into a paper bag for a moment and review what is necessary to win all this bounteous bounty....... Just leave a comment, I don't ask for much. Tell us your favourite thing about Spring and don't forget to specify your preferences for the chatter book.

And hey, if you like what you see here (I tell you how to lose 40lbs in 3 months and how to get high legally on your couch-what's not to love??) join the ranks of my above averagely beautiful,wise, and witty Blog followers (in that pretty mosaic box to your upper left <----). Not only will this ensure that you never miss a single moment of my scintillating ramblings, it also gives you the chance to win a followers only prize drawing. It's all fancy and exclusive-like.

Check out all the fun (and oh, you KNOW there is some fun happening) at the Ultimate Blog Party Headquarters. The Ultimate Party Pad if you will.

And oh yes...

HAPPY SPRING!!!! (or Autumn)

(And for those fretting foreigners....never you fear! I will mail all the awesomeness to whomever wins wherever they may live in all the big wide world. )

Photo credit: SM Photography

As for my wish list...I would LOVE to win anything. I never do you know, so it would be a thrill and a half. If I had to choose my top 3 prizes would be...
22 — $50 gift certificate to Target Stores
Provided by: Beginner Baby Blog
Because who couldn't use an extra $50 to spend at Target??
1 — $100 gift certificate to either Pedal Cars and Retro or A Rocking Horse To Love
Provided by: 5 Minutes for Mom
Because seriously, how cute are those? And I have little boy turning 5 (sniff) in May.
58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
Provided by: Moms Who Think
Other prizes I would adore include: #21, #49, #51, #50,#71, #118, #19

Everything crossed!!!!!



Denise said...

Wow, Kirsty!! You have some fabulous prizes! I know nothing about scrapbooking so I choose Slumber Party just because it sounds like the most fun. Daffodils are my absolute favorite thing about Spring & my yard is totally bare of them this year. I'm going to have to go buy some potted ones soon.

Jules said...

My favorite part of spring: leaving school at around 6 or 7 PM, the sun still out, slightly warm temp, the smell of the freshly mowed baseball field, and feeling...light.

Totally not picky on the book motif.

Samantha said...

I am not entering the prize drawing (if you pick my number, then give my winnings to lucky #28, whoever that ends up being!), but I did want to say "hi" since it's been a while and tell you that I don't think I know anyone who wishes for Spring more than you do--I am delighted for your sake (in particular) that it is upon us! Here's to lots of flowers poking their cheery heads out of the ground, singing birds, blossoms etc. (I suppose the random snowfalls will have to stop too...). My favorite thing about Spring (pretending I still live in Wisconsin where there is a Spring) is being able to sit outside. Happy blog-party day!!

Penelope said...

This post was so funny! I'm still laughing at the "Real Housewives of Various Materialistic and Shallow Locations" part! :)

I'm so glad I found your blog! I've been reading Modern Molly Mormon since I came across it last week, so I'm glad I found one of it's contributors!

Let's see...about the giveaways, can I just say that the prizes are amazing! I've never seen the catterbooks before, but they are soooo cool! Plus, who doesn't love chocolate and gift certificates to Amazon! I guess I've already taken up a lot of comment space, so I'll get to the giveaway answer.

My favorite thing about Spring is flying kites!! Oh, and I love the Caroline color scheme.

Great party post, I've enjoyed the visit!

oh amanda said...

What an incredibly fun post!! I love it!

Let's see...my favorite thing about spring...oh, the flowers. We have a dogwood in our front yard and when it blossoms it's breathtaking! We've got some trees that just sprouted purple yesterday and I'm in heaven!

(oh, and I pick tressie!)

The American Homemaker said...

It's funny when I'm party-hopping and come across someone I know :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What great prizes! Happy Friday, Happy Spring, Happy, Happy Everything!

Sharon said...


So glad to meet you through UBP09. These are great prizes and you do great job with your writing!

Person(also known as Mommy) said...

What a fun blog! Thanks for stopping by and alerting me to your presence (and fabulous giveaways-because they ARE truly fabulous)!

I'm following you now. :)

In a virtual, non stalker kind of way.

Have a great UBP and I hope to see you around my blog (I'll definitely be back here!).

[[P.S. I like the "Tressie" color scheme. You know. If I am the hyper lucky prize winner.]]

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

So much spring GOODNESS here! And I had to laugh at your post, what FUN!

Happy happy SPRING!!!


Sarah said...

You live in Ohio, too!! Yay for Ohio! lol I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine!

Lisa Mom of 2 Boys said...

Stopping by to say hello! Great party...stop by for your chance to win my door prize.
Great post - I tweeted it at:
I also liked it so much here I'm following your blog!

cmwheeler said...

I am laughing so hard. I love your writing style.
My fave part of Spring is breaking out of real shoes! I love, love, love my flip-flops, all eight pairs, every single color.
As for the color scheme, how about Urban Threads?

Thanks for joining the UBP and for the bonus laughter!

Tamara B. said...

Great party and just passing through to say hi and love our blog! Love Springtime and I now can ditch the sweat pants and put on some shorts and flip flops :)

Tamara B. said...

Sorry forgot to post I became a follower of your blog

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

Hello and Happy Spring to you too! :)

I'm so glad I party-hopped my way over here to meet you. :)

I hope to learn even more about you in the future.

Julie said...

Happy Spring Kirsty! I always leave here with a smile.

My favorite part of spring, hmmm...I think it's the sheer giddiness that abounds when the kids get out of school on the first really nice day of spring. It's always a lovely sight to behold.

Baba said...

Oh I so love your prize picks! Party On from an old hippie lady!

ikkinlala said...

May Canadians enter your giveaway? My favourite thing about spring is having fresh homegrown food again (I'm eagerly awaiting asparagus and rhubarb). I like the Urband Threads colour scheme.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Eden said...

Look at me, I'm leaving a comment! Whee!
My favorite thing about spring is having longer in the afternoon to play outside in the increasingly wonderful weather and the little pink glow left on our cheeks afterward (the least fav thing is related and that is that I never think about dinner until it begins to get dark at 8 pm or so and by then, well, its just too late!)

Tina @ Mummified Times Five said...

Hi Kristy,
Thanks for visiting my blog :) Just party hopping at the moment but I'll be back to check out your blog soon!~

HappyHermit said...

Happy Party Day !!

Have a wonderfull Spring !!

Tooj said...

Working all day really puts me out. I didn't have a clue about these parties taking place, and I feel like I'm walking in as the cleaning crew is finishing up....boo. :( I hope you had a great spring friday party, though!

Tracysweetangl said...

I like Spring because of all the flowers they are so pretty this time of year! Have a nice Spring!

Aunt LoLo said...

Love the Caroline Circle kit!

And Spring...it's sunny, but not hot!! :-)

April said...

Just going from party to party to see how others are doing this blogging thing.

I love the scrapblook thing, meadow brook would be my favorite scheme

I gotta say that I thought your blog was really funny and I like the clean fresh look of it especially the header
My prize is #115 check it out!
Have a good weekend blog partyn'!

minishoes said...

My favorite part of spring is the fresh air and smell of lilacs in the air. I like the tressie theme.I am glad i found your blog!thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

Nanny Deprived said...

Super Blog! You had me at chocolate, and how to loose 40 lbs. Bad combination huh? Such is my life. My favorite thing about spring - KIDS ARE OUTSIDE burning off energy. Woot!

StacieinAtlanta said...

Hi Kirsty,

The pound cake looks great!

I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

The Divine Miss Mommy

Leigh Anne said...

What great giveaway item - I love them all!

My favorite part of Spring is all the green I see pushing through the dirt in my garden!

I couldn't get the colors to come up on my computer but I am sure I would love them all!

Rebecca said...

Hi, Kirsty!

Just me -- reciprocating! We're originally from the Roseburg area (Winston, actually...well, Tenmile, but no one knows where that is). Glad you enjoyed the desserts -- calorie-free y'know!

My gift of choice? I'll take the chocolate if you can get it here without it melting. Mexican chocolate is...different.

Spring? Love spring. The flowers are going crazy, the days are warm and toasty, but the nights are clear and a little crisp and the mosquitos haven't called in their reinforcements yet.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend and a great party!!!

tnikki said...

Your site is great, I will be sure to come back! What I love about spring is when you are getting the yard all cleaned up and the new flowers are poking through. For the chatterbox, I like the Urban colors. Thanks for the great contest!

Robin said...

Hi Kristy....Happy UBP to you.
I think my favorite thing about spring is the new life that is everywhere.....from the daffodils emerging from the ground, the delicate new budding of the trees, birds returning from the south, to the sound of children now playing once again in the neighborhood.

May you have a most beautiful spring.

Corie said...

Happy Spring to you too! I am so glad to see winter on its way out the door!

My pick would be tressie! :)

Hope you have a great UBP!

Dave and Kim said...

Hi Kirsty,
I love reading your blog- I just crack up everytime.

My fav part of spring is the longer days, the smell of grass, the sound of lawn mowers, and of course the flowers. I also love that fresh fruit becomes much more delicious. I love Easter and the whole meaning of new life and beauty all around. It is the end of the long winter slumber, and it makes me want to buy new springy dresses, get tanned up and dance!


valerie2350 said...

happy UBP!
I like the fresh & new feeling of spring :)

Stef said...

Your soo beautiful!!! Love your writing dahling!!!! Havent had time to stop by that much..but did today to get caught up on YOU!!!

I love spring for the fresh clean air, the beautiful blossoms that emerge and the newness of that each day brings.

Kiy said...

Loved your post, you made me laugh and laugh! I too am SO ready for spring, although it is slow coming to the northern climes you can feel it in the air. Ahhhh, spring.

Oh, I love the Tressie Shape Kit - love love love the colors!

Cheers, happy UBP!


auntrene said...

First let me say I love the scrapbooking, TRessie Shapes is my favorite.
Ok, I am also from OHio, and love it here. I am a transplant from long ago. I didn't transplant as far as you did, I came from Penna via Oklahoma.
I am having fun at the Blog Party. So many great sites, so little time. Wow there are great blogs in blogland, I am a new blogger and I have found so much great blogs with Recipes, Giveaways, Money Saving Secrets, Coupons, and wonderful People.
Thanks for inviting us to stop by for a few minutes.
Have Fun!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Fabulous party!

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I like the Caroline color way! Love my blues and browns. Your prizes are fantastic. If you are not shipping internationally, may I try to win for family back in the States? It would be a great surprise for them.


Super Fun Mama said...

It is so very nice to meet you. I'm trying to visit all the blogs involved in the party. With as many as there are now, that is 254 per day if I do it for 4 days. I hope the little one takes a long nap, lol! I am loving this!

I love Spring because it means outside play with my little one.

BTW, I thought I'd let you know that a google ad was covering the info a bit, so I couldn't read everything...

pat. said...

Der Kristy,
Ready about you and your likes. Love the space you created. I too am a good chocolate lover. I used to be satisfied with Herhey until my brother-in-law sstarted me on Godiva. Now a couple of times a year he sends me a box of confectionaries to die for.
Did you know that the author Roland Dahl had visited a Cadbury factory in England and it was the inspiration for his Willie Wonka?
Hope we touch base again.

nyn said...

I am not sure how the party works, but I am sorry if I missed it. Looks like you had a great time and lots of people attended. We have been sick and a little out of the loop here. Talk to you soon. Love ya!

Pamela said...

I love scrapbooking that chatterbox is so cute would love to have on or instructions on how to make it and I like the TRessie Shapes
you have a great blog nice to meet you
Happy UBP

Elizabeth said...

wow...look at you, tons of great prizes!

Brea's Mommy said...

Nice to meet you! Hope you are having fun at the party! I love the slumber party circle kit. My favorite part of spring would have to be watching the flowers start to bloom!
I would also like to invite you to link to Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post!

donnas said...

Great post. So much fun!!

I am so happy its Spring I dont even know how to describe it.

Holly said...

It's great to meet you! What a wonderful blog. Hope you have a wonderful bloggy party!

Superjaxster said...

First, I am totally amused at your blog and will be adding it to my list of feeds :) Now for the serious stuff. I love the Tressie kits: they look tropical-ish, right? I want to scrap a cruise we are taking (next week! YAY!!!) and I think the colors would be perfect! And last my fave thing about spring: Daffodils and my birthday. It is on March 23 (tomorrow, oh my!) and it is a day I know I can get away with doing whatever I want :oP

Blondie said...

What fun!

My favorite thing about spring are the spring breezes. You know, those that come out of nowhere when it's hot (I live in the south) in March/April/May and just cool you off.

My color preference is salt and pepper shapes!

Kati said...

Hey! I am hopping over from the UBP!! qwE ARE FROM oHIO TOO!

Christian Frugal Mama said...

Wow. Nice to meet you and happy blog party! I love the Tressie shapes design! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Jamie said...

I am so excited that I found you, party animal, you! I was cracking up at your blog post. First, you sound oh-so busy and secondly...you sound exactly like me! My husband says I create things that need to get done AND I've been known to have complete strangers tell me NOT to drink anymore coffee - and I hadn't even had any yet, although I am a coffee addict! LOVE the name of your blog, LOVE the "If you're awesome and you know it"...hehehe...and wow, fab prizes!! I love the Tressie Shape color scheme. I can't wait to click around some more...and I'm about to be awesome"er", because I'm going to follow! ;)

We could all use more smiles...thanks for supplying mine today!

Jess said...

Popping in from UBP spring? Ha were getting snow tomorrow in utah :( I need spring! My boys need spring! come ON Spring! :D

Toni said...

Hello fellow partier! My fave thing about spring is definitely shorts, I love shorts and sandals :)

Melody said...

I like the tressie circle kit. My favorite thing about spring is kicking the kids out of the house and saying, "GO PLAY!"

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Cindy Swanson said...

Hi Kirsty! I had to come visit your blog when I saw your comment on someone else's blog that your mom doesn't get to see your kids often. My only grandchild lives in Texas and I live in Illinois. It's HORRIBLE!!! I try to see him as often as possible, and I talk to him on a webcam, and I'm going for Easter. But it's really, really hard!

I also had to crack up when I saw you comment about the Real Housewives. Somehow, I recently got hooked on the Atlanta one. My daughter couldn't believe I was watching it, but there you go! :)

Hope you'll stop by and visit my party post. Your blog looks wonderful! Blessings...

Jenny Beth @ JenuineJen said...

Thanks for hosting a blog party! You sound very enthusiastic and energetic in your post! I look forward to getting to know you better.

Simply Sara said...

So great to meet you :)
I totally loved this post, you completely cracked me up!

My favorite thing about spring is watching my garden come to life!
I can't wait- there is still a ton of snow here :(

(Oh and I like the Caroline Shapes one)

Sandier Pastures said...

Those are fabulous prizes and big thank you to you for opening to international peeps (like me)...

I had fun at your party and will come back on non-party days. :-)

For an entry: What I love most about spring is TULIPS. Sadly, there's no spring here in Dubai!

BTW, you are invited to my blog party too, no plane tickets required!

Mike said...

Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.


Twitter: About Parenting

Julie said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog during this great blogging party!

My favorite thing about spring ... simply being outdoors. And for the chatterbook, my preference is Tressie.

God bless you and your cool blog!

Jodi said...

Hi, I was blog hopping but just had to stop by your party and join in on the fun! I like the slumber party kits!!!
My favorite thing about spring would be the buttercups scattered around the hillsides !!!

I'm a young stay at home Mommy ... and altho' I'm not a blogger I have just begun a new online community ... www.birthforums.com ... would love to have you come join and offer your "Mommy Advice" to our new young Moms!

have a great day!

Erin @ Closing Time said...

Happy UBP09!! Just stopping in to say hi!

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Party hopping and found your great blog. I also enjoyed reading about your weight loss journey. Interval training sounds very interesting. You have great prizes too.

dr_bristow said...

I love how it starts staying light out later and later each day in spring, and I love waking up to a warm (but not hot) morning.
I like the friends chatter book and the family chatter book...hard choice!

Colleen said...

Hi Kirsty! Just blog hopping in through the party link list.
Stop in on my party if you've got a minute!

Valerie said...


Stopping by from the blog party! Love the blog! I've got this one bookmarked!


Tiaras and Tantrums said...

funny post - funny girl! Love your blog - I like the salt and pepper one - I am out party hopping- I will be back soon!

blp3 said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the new life that it brings all around us - like the plants. I pick Slumber Party for the Chatter Book. Thanks for the party

Koala Green said...

you know how much I love you!!!! My favorite part of spring is enjoying your pretty flowers! No snow on my birthday just rain looks like it will be a good spring!

Hoosier Homemade said...

You are awesome! So funny! Love your blog!
Anyway, not trying to get browny points here.
I love the Slumber Party Kit. I love tulips, big white tulips for Spring.

carma said...

I like the Meadowbrook colors best :-)
Stopping by from UBP to say "hi" - party on :-)

carma said...

I forgot to add what I like best about spring (dang - sorry!) the warmth!

Leo's mom said...

You are hilarious, I'm so glad I found you! If I'm the super-lucky winner, I'd love "tressie" and can I just say that Almond Pound Cake is my absolute favorite from Tastefully Simple! Anyway, I love spring because here in Phoenix, that's the best time to go to the park before it gets too darn hot. Thanks!

Tiffany said...

Your blog just looks like spring! Awesome giveaway too. I'm stopping by from the party.

Monik@Pregnancy Blog said...

your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

Sarah Z said...

I can tell you've got a great sense of humor - that makes for a great party-goer!
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Katy Lin :) said...

hey! great party! thanks for some hillarious fun, and such a generous giveaway! :)

my favorite part about spring is riding bikes and taking walks! and my favorite color schemes are either caroline or tressie (shape version of both) :)

you have a great blog! so glad i found you thru UBP! i'll definitely be back!

Lani said...

Very funny blog!! And what great prizes you're giving away!

Dawn said...

Hi! Awesome blog and giveaways!!! I would pick the color Tressie for the chatter book I have an online store, Announcements Galore, and we're sponsoring a prize for the party. Check us out!

Jen VH said...

lright, put some cadburys chocoalte and I'm in! the b oys just had their birthdays... 1 and 5! Is that possible! I can't believe your YOUNGESt will be 5 in May!

My favprite thngs about spring are:
1. Sandals. Finally. No more sock foot prisons!
2. Eating outdoors!! Eating outdoors!! Eating outdoors!!
3. In Swaziland, I missed the daffodils most of all. Here our yard has loads of them for free but I remember spending ALL my tuck money buying some insanely expensive imported ones.

And should I be so lucky, loving the Caroline shapes kit.

And let's PLEASE visit this summer!

TwinHappyJen said...

I just love the title and tagline for your blog :-) I'll definitely have to check out your blog more later... (I'm just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I'm giving away a free print copy of my book, "Two Snowflakes." Here's my address: http://twinhappyjen.blogspot.com/

It was nice to meet you!

warmfuzzies said...

I just love the Tressie Shape kit for the mini scrap book. :) I can't not tell you how much my husband LOVEs the almond pound cake that is from tasefully simple!!! We have not gotten any for awhile as we do not have a rep anywhere we know. This is very cool!!! I will follow this blog!!

warmfuzzies said...

Oh my goodness, almost forgot to tell you my fave about Spring!! I LOVE Easter!! I love the meaning of it. I love dressing up. I love Pink and green and it is the perfect time to wear it!!