Tree, Root, and Twig

    *Most elements are from the Walking in the Woods collection, created by Coralie, and available for a great price at the fabulous pickleberrypop.
    *Font used with graphics is called "Three Dates, One Night," and can be dowloaded for free (along with a TON of other fonts!) at Amanda's Scrapbooking Fonts.
    *Other elements were downloaded for free from Summertime Designs and tiptoe.studio.

Where’s Moxie Mona?!

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If you’re visiting from any of the sites celebrating the launch of Moxie Media, you’ll have to VISIT THE NEW SELF-HOSTED TREE, ROOT, AND TWIG site to see all of Moxie Mona’s adventures here with my family in Texas!  (just click on that there link above!)

See you soon!

Go! Go NOW!

Everything is happening at the new site!  Deep thoughts, fun giveaways, cute pictures – you’ll find them all at



Are You Getting Hungry Yet?

Well, maybe it’s because you need to FEED on my new site!  Don’t forget, I’ve moved – so to get your daily dose of goodies, you need to scoot over there and subscribe!


All posts from this blog have been imported to the new site, so in the next few weeks I’ll look at shutting this place down and letting the new site hold all my archives.

I hope to see you at my new digs!

Your Daily Sound Check


Is this thing on?  Did you hear the announcement?  I HAVE MOVED.

Please come to my new home at http://treerootandtwig.com and see what’s going on. 

Since the move, I’ve re-posted an exciting giveaway, published my thoughts on the PR Blackout hubub, and I’m getting ready to put up some more great opportunities for you!

Please come by and update your feed!

SlimPerfect.com Giveaway Still Open – Visit New Site for Details

The giveaway for a $100 Gift Certificate from SlimPerfect.com which was supposed to close on June 30 is – in fact – still open.


You need to go to the new site

If you already entered the contest, no fear – all original entries are still valid, and now there are even more ways to enter.  Come see the new post for more details!

ATTENTION: NEW DIGS! Tree, Root, and Twig Has Moved!

Thank you thank thank you everyone who comes here, spends time with me, supports me, READS me!

Will you please now FOLLOW ME to my new site at: 


I will stick around on this site for the next couple of weeks to make sure that everyone understands the transition (and to remind you to update your feed readers!).

I have two giveaways going on right now – B is for Bob and Taco Del Mar – those will shift over to the new site, with all entries submitted here carrying over as well.  PLUS…there are MORE GIVEAWAYS in store!

The new place still has some work that needs to be done, but I’m excited about it and couldn’t wait to get it off the ground.


Not For Everyone

Recently my husband and I were discussing with a friend the different travel requirements of my husband’s job.

Briefly, my husband works for a major auto company (think 2 letters…but not the one going bankrupt) as a liason between their corporate credit division and all the dealerships in SE Texas.  He spends a lot of time traveling his district (SE Texas is big, y’all), meeting face-to-face with people, keeping everything on track and helping to grow his company’s business.  He’s also flown regularly to vast and varied areas of the country to meet with company execs and other district managers.

He’s gone about 50% of the time.

Our friend said something to the effect of, “Wow, it must really mess up your family’s schedule to have you coming and going like that.”

To which I responded that my husband isn’t very often part of our schedule.

Doesn’t that sound awful?  But it’s true.  The kids and I do our thing – I keep our world rotating, do what needs to be done, and when my husband can slide into our orbit, he does.  We’re usually pretty unfazed by the coming and going at this point.

Part of me is bothered with my complacency.  But a larger part understands that this is how I “handle” it – I can’t be lost and alone every time he’s gone, because he’s gone a lot.  And sometimes without much warning.  And sometimes for much longer than he intends to be.  Our lifestyle demands total flexibility on my part, and almost total independence.

I said we were unfazed, and this – at least for me – isn’t entirely true.  If I’m being honest, I’ll say that sometimes it’s hard for me to figure out our roles when he’s home.  I know that when he’s gone, everything is up to me.  But when he’s home, what’s “my” job?  What’s “his” job?  It’s a challenge to always communicate our expectations to each other when he is home, because the distribution of responsibilities is a bit out of whack.  That does lead to misunderstanding at times.

There is also the added challenge that when he’s home, he’s HOME – meaning, he works out of our house.  There’s a whoooooole other kind of lifestyle attached to that – like how he’s here, but unavailable, which is confusing to the kids and sometimes frustrating to me – but I won’t go there right now.

I look at how our lifestyle has evolved to this point, and I’m not sure it’s something I would prefer over, say, a husband who works 9-5 and is home for every dinner.  But in these times, with this economy, and with our family’s needs, I’m grateful he has a good job and that we are provided for.  I just know that this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, even if it has to be for me right now.