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I’ve decided I needed to reinvent myself.

I am no longer The Wall Street Redneck’s Wife –

Wait! That came out wrong… I’m still married to him (The Wall Street Redneck)… just no longer defined as just his wife. Things change. People grow.

My new presence – iMom*E – It is more accurate.

The “i” is a play on iPhone (my right hand gadget, life assistant, and brain most of the time) and the initial of our last name.

I’m a mom. ‘Nuff Said.

The whole name is a play on the iPhone and Wall*E. Sometimes I feel like a robot/computer doing the same things over and over.

Retained the E from the whole Wall*E thing – because as luck would have it, “E” is the fifth letter of the alphabet and I have five children permanently.

Please follow me to my new digs… they’re much more colorful! 🙂

Thank you for reading!



It’s Tadpole Tuesday! Stuff for just $1! Today PixelWorks has Who Let The Dog Out? Papers& Elements for $1/each!

Great deals abound at the The LilyPad on Tadpole Tuesday! Is it ok for Tuesday to be my favorite day of the week?

Who Let The Dog Out? available today at The LilyPad. A crazy silly kit with unique papers and elements for scrapping about man’s (or lady’s) best friend.

Who Let The Dog Out? Papers


Note: These were formerly available at ScrapArtist. Images are linked to the store.

Michaels Acquires ScrapHD: My Immediate Thoughts #digiscrap

It’s Froggy Friday at The LilyPad and that means a new release from PixelWorks!

It’s a gorgeous kit full of warm, vibrant colors and whimsical bold patterns and doodled elements.



(images are linked to the products in store at TLP)

Check out what the Pixel Sprites did with it:

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I’m hoping to scrap with this kit soon!!

Good Night, Twitterverse! 5AM comes all too quickly. Zzzzz….

The information/photos and story below were sent to me via email (in a forwarded forward) by my father. I wish I knew who the original author was so I could give credit where credit is due. I do not normally forward these “chain email” things. I thought sharing here on my blog, which is automatically linked to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, would actually reach a wider audience than just going through my email address book. If you would like the email forwarded to you personally, let me know on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.


This is the story ……

of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. 
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’ 

(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. 
(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the
‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms. 
(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. 

So, refresh MY memory. Some women won’t vote this year because – Why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?
  Mrs Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a 60 day sentence.

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk 
about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said. ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use,
my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’
HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco/Bingo night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at  National Woman’s Party headquarters, Jackson Place , Washington , D.C.

Left to right: Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer,  Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel,  Mabel Vernon (standing, right))

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: ‘Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.’ 
Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.  We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – remember to vote.

Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn.    Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, ‘Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.’


Personally, I will be voting in November. I want my voice heard. Yes, sometimes I feel that my one little vote doesn’t matter, but it does! These women and many suffered for *MY* right to vote and be counted. I am not going to let them down!

What a week it’s been in our household!!

Anxiously awaiting the beginning of the school year on Tuesday! I’m not sure whom is more excited, the children or me.

The central air unit died earlier this week. The repair man just left – my wallet is now $70 lighter, but my home is so much cooler and more comfortable!

Band practices and Cross Country practices took up the bulk of my oldest child’s time this week.

Christopher had his first home Cross Country meet on Wednesday. His first official 5K of the season 24:12. Not too bad, but definitely room for improvement. Coach has been working with Christopher on his running form… I must say that it shows. Christopher appears smoother, more graceful, and stronger when he’s running this year compared to last year!

High school football was on our agenda last night! The marching band (Christopher plays clarinet) is looking and sounding better and better every time they take the field. The new band director is really whipping these kids into shape. Now, if the football coach would do something about helping our team actually WIN a game! My little kids get so disappointed when the team loses.

The prizes for the month of September look spectacular at Home Sanctuary! I’m going to try to do all of the Small Things this month.

In scrapbooking news, Pixelworks by Michelle Godin debuts today at The Lily Pad! Her BYOC products are FAB! Here’s my layout…


Here are the previews to the products I used. Previews are linked to the products in store. As a member of the Pixelworks Creative Team, I received complimentary products.

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Rachel Anne @ Home Sanctuary presented us Company Girls (readers of her blog) with a Clean Slate! I love the idea of a clean slate… starting fresh… starting over… reminds me of forgiveness (giving and receiving).

It’s a new month at Home Sanctuary, which means we’re working on a new month of Small Things! This whole concept just fits my life so well…

Mother Teresa is a favorite Soon-To-Be Saint of mine. I followed her life and work when she was alive. I ask her intercession in prayer now that she has been blessed with eternal life. Many of the words she spoke truly help me remember to start each day with a Clean Slate!

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
Mother Teresa

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." – Mother Teresa

See?!? Those are two of my all time favorite quotes from Mother Teresa. She is wise. I can still learn much from her example.

Back on topic now…

Rachel Anne’s Small Thing for Sept. 1 – Share our clean slate… It is a new month.

I worked toward clearing the pile of washed, dried, needing to be folded and put away pile of laundry for 8 on my sofa. I think through August we had almost forgotten we had a blue sofa sitting under all that mess! There’s still laundry there, but it’s better. Most of it is folded. You can actually see most of the sofa now!

Thank you, Rachel Anne for encouraging us to do Small Things!


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