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The Annual Purim Giveaway and Comment Lovefest

Perhaps you noticed Purim creeping up on the calendar.  Perhaps you thought I had forgotten.  But no, like an elephant, I always remember.  At least, that is the case when it comes to candy.

It is once again time for my annual mishloach manot giveaway. (I believe this is the fourth time doing this.)  The idea behind mishloach manot is to send out treats so no one is without dessert after the Purim feast.  It’s a recognition that not everyone has money for extras, but everyone could use some sweetness in their life. (And on that end, not everyone has my mad baking skillz so this is to save a person from Pepperidge Farm.)

It is my favourite thing I do all year, and we have a great theme planned (past ones include “Yes, We Can(dies)!” in honour of Obama’s inauguration, the Winter Olympics, and Dr. Suess), but you’ll need to win the basket to see it.  I have been sitting on this theme for almost a year now.  It’s that good.

I can tell you that in the baskets thus far (and whoever wins can tailor this to their tastes/allergies):

  • Chocolate and sea salt peanut butter cups
  • Chocolate and sea salt nutella cups
  • Hamantaschen
  • My infamous chocolate chip cookies
  • Homemade lollipops
  • Brown sugar toffee
  • Chocolate bar
  • Non-edible items which cannot be named because they will give away the theme

And whatever else I dream up between now and mailing the packages.  I’m not going to be modest — people tell me that my baking and candies are fantastic and while they may be lying, they have inflated my culinary ego.  This basket is going to rock.  And 100% of the items so far are recipes of my own creation.

The baskets are for our friends and family, but we also make one every year for the lovely people of the Internets, and it’s yours to win.  Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway (and you can enter as many times as you like):

  • Leave a comment below (yes, a box full of candy for the low low price of one comment!) telling me where you left a comment already today–and feel free to leave, write a comment somewhere, and come back.  Please put the name of that blog and a link to the post in the comment.  And say something nice about that person’s post.  And no, commenting on this post doesn’t count for where you’ve left a comment (though my blog still counts as long as you’ve commented on a different post).  The posts that you’re commenting on need to have been written in March 2011 (only entries with a link to a post written in that time frame count).
  • You can enter as many times as you like.  Which means the more you comment around the blogosphere, the more chances you have to win (last year’s winner did an insane amount of commenting).  Only comments that talk about a post you read elsewhere in the blogosphere have a chance at winning (in other words, if you write below, “that looks delicious!” I’ll be appreciative, but you won’t be eligible to win.  You need to list a place where you commented today, give the url for the post, and say something about the post).
  • Each comment counts as one entry, so if you’ve commented in three places, you’re allowed to leave that in three entries here.  Leaving it in separate comments is actually sort of an important fact because too many links in a comment will make it caught by the spam filter.  I will release comments caught by the spam filter, but it will take me a moment.
  • The giveaway ends at 8 a.m. EST on Monday the 14th, therefore, you can return all weekend and list new, great blog posts you found.  If you’re still confused, think of this as creating a Friday Blog Roundup-type list in the comment section, one comment at a time.

I will also love you forever if you read down the list and click over to read the other posts listed in the comment section.  And don’t just hit the first ones at the top of the comment list. Make sure you hit some of the people in the middle or bottom of the list and leave them a comment telling them that you agree with the original commenter — their writing does rock.

If someone writes something nice about a post you wrote this week, bask in the love.  Oh, and here’s a good impetus to go write something amazing on your own blog so people can come and comment on it over here and win the basket.

My usual blog rules apply: any spam is deleted — the point is to honour another person, not drum up business for a Viagra website — as well as anything rude.

I’ll use the random number generator and announce it on Monday after I’ve contacted the person.  So let the commenting/mishloach manot winning begin.  Oh, and no, I’m not sharing these recipes yet.  You’ll have to win them to eat them.


1 Meghan { 03.10.11 at 8:01 am }

Jen (http://herewegoajen.com/?p=1450 ) has insanely awesome news. There was no way I couldn’t comment on it

and I am going to use that picture of the peanut butter cup to inspire me to ramp up my commenting

2 loribeth { 03.10.11 at 8:19 am }

OK, after reading Meghan’s comment above, I had to go look. And after reading, I had to leave a comment too. : ) (Also, having seens photos of past years’ baskets, I had to enter at least once…!) http://herewegoajen.com/?p=1450

3 April { 03.10.11 at 8:25 am }

I also just cam from Jen’s blog http://herewegoajen.com/?p=1450 and she really does have awesome news.

4 loribeth { 03.10.11 at 8:25 am }

Mali at A Separate Life has a great post about comments & what makes a good one that I know you’d love, Mel. : )


5 Cece { 03.10.11 at 8:32 am }

I left a comment at Jen’s, because she has exciting news! http://herewegoajen.com/?p=1450

6 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:37 am }

Hehe. This is fun. Apparently I had good timing. ;)

7 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:43 am }

(You know I leave a lot of comments right? I’ll probably give up at some point today, but for now, hang on.)

I left a comment for Trish: http://livelovegive.typepad.com/living_loving_giving/2011/03/perspective.html

8 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:46 am }
9 April { 03.10.11 at 8:47 am }

Also on Alex’s blog. She had a roller coaster of a day, but has wonderful news to share.


10 MommyInWaiting { 03.10.11 at 8:48 am }


Today I had the awesomest pleasure of leaving a comment on a cyber friend’s blog congratulating her on her super fantastic beta! It was such a long awaited beta, she has been through so much and through it all has been such an inspiration and support to me. I cannot express enough how thrilled I am for her. So without further ado – I commented on Cam’s Post over at Angels On My Mind: http://angelsonmymind.blogspot.com/2011/03/1st-beta.html

PS please stop by and say congrats to her!

11 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:51 am }
12 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:57 am }
13 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 03.10.11 at 8:58 am }

I’m not eligible since I won this contest last year (by leaving dozens of comments all over the blogosphere), but let me just say that Mel is an amazing baker and her mishloach manot is one of the reasons that I LOVE PURIM.

14 Battynurse { 03.10.11 at 10:02 am }

All those yummys look soooooo good. I left a comment on JJ’s blog, she lost her grandfather recently.

15 N { 03.10.11 at 10:09 am }

Not entering at this moment, but oh MAN, sea salt peanut butter cups? I am dead merely of the thought.

16 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:12 am }

http://delinquenteggs.blogspot.com/2011/03/baby-d-has-head.html … Adele has awesome news! And she is scared, but I’m privileged to hold her hand.

17 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:14 am }

http://delinquenteggs.blogspot.com/2011/03/baby-d-has-head.html InBetween is past her due date and feels like this is a cruel joke for an IF … go be with her!

18 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:16 am }

oops … wrong link … http://survivingacademia.blogspot.com/2011/03/waiting-game.html InBetween is past her due date and feels like this is a cruel joke for an IF … go be with her!

19 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:17 am }

http://whatsinlaurensuterus.blogspot.com/2011/03/old-pro.html … Lauren took pictures of her pharmacy today. I was bowled over.

20 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:18 am }

http://2years2tryfor1.blogspot.com/2011/03/absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-ttc-if.html … I had to laugh at the list of 80s music. It was a walk down amnesia lane. ;)

21 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:19 am }

Kate posted pictures of her projects … she is so talented! http://stillivingthedream.blogspot.com/2011/03/crafties-yup-again-but-with-pictures.html

22 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:21 am }

http://theconceivablefuture.com/?p=548 Andie’s dh is away, so March is a wash, and she’s feeling frustrated. She could use support.

23 aisha { 03.10.11 at 10:29 am }

Love this post by Lamb on blogging and social media- though you Mel, certainly don’t need advice on that point! :) http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/blogging-and-maintaining-our-sanity-part-one/

24 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:36 am }

I love HereWeGoAJen, and had commented on her awesome news before I saw this : http://herewegoajen.com/?p=1450

25 magpie { 03.10.11 at 10:47 am }

1) I left a comment here:http://lotsalaundry.blogspot.com/2011/03/meeting-of-minds.html

She’s a great writer, and an astute parent, and she has some hard shit on her plate right now.

26 magpie { 03.10.11 at 10:48 am }

2) And I left a comment here: http://sarahandthegoonsquad.com/2011/03/07/the-20th-reunion/comment-page-1/#comment-39859

Actually I think I left comments on two of her posts…

27 magpie { 03.10.11 at 10:48 am }

3) And I left a comment here: http://coffeeyogurt.blogspot.com/2011/03/rocking-my-red-flats.html

Even though I am not wearing red shoes.

28 magpie { 03.10.11 at 10:49 am }

4) And I left a comment here:

Because, you know, Lady Gaga isn’t half bad.

29 magpie { 03.10.11 at 10:49 am }

5) And I left a comment here:

Because it cracked me up that she was feeding squid to her six month old as his first solid food. Or one of them.

30 magpie { 03.10.11 at 10:52 am }

6) Oh, and I left a comment on another post of yours:

Does that count? ;)

31 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:55 am }

http://the2weekwait.blogspot.com/2011/03/terminal-two-week-wait.htm … Jay has an awesome post on the 2WW and perspective …

32 Justine { 03.10.11 at 10:59 am }

I love Keiko’s post for International Women’s Day … she asks us all to think about why we rock. :) http://hannahweptsarahlaughed.blogspot.com/2011/03/lets-celebrate-women-for-international.html

33 magpie { 03.10.11 at 11:36 am }

(I’m on a roll.)

7) I left a comment here:

Yum. Home processed tomatoes.

34 magpie { 03.10.11 at 11:37 am }

8) And here:


Not that I need that book (I have one!), but because Schmutzie looks like she has a beard…

35 magpie { 03.10.11 at 11:38 am }

(The previous comment was #8 but the 8 turned into a weird emoticon!)

9) And here:


Because, yum, crepes – with non-standard measuring to boot.

36 magpie { 03.10.11 at 11:42 am }

10) And finally here:


Because, birthday and all. Had to.

I think I’m done. Ten. Good round number. Can I have some chocolate now?

37 Jendeis { 03.10.11 at 1:14 pm }

Also commented on Herewegoajen. Yay!

38 Jendeis { 03.10.11 at 1:15 pm }

Jess is doing a challenge to list 25 good things for each day of Lent and she’ll wind up with 1000 good things in her life. Such a wonderful idea. :) http://jwhite05.blogspot.com/2011/03/one-thousand-gifts.html

39 Justine { 03.10.11 at 1:19 pm }

http://serenitynowinfertile.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/the-somewhat-freaky-perfect-moment-wednesday/ … Serenity is such an awesome writer, and this post describes a “perfect” moment with her son.

40 Justine { 03.10.11 at 1:39 pm }

http://www.almostallthetruth.com/2011/03/its-international-womens-day-2011/ … a great post about the importance of educating women and supporting each other … locally and globally.

41 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.10.11 at 2:05 pm }

You owe me a new laptop because mine just had a drool short.

JJ is experiencing opposite emotions over on ReproJeans.

You’ve made Purim my favorite holiday. And, like Madonna, I’m changing my name to Esther.

42 Chickenpig { 03.10.11 at 2:07 pm }

I also left a post over at herewegoagain. Please forgive me for not putting the URL here right now. It is certainly good news, indeed. I’ll be going to comment elsewhere as soon as I’m free. Those sea salt peanut butter cups look to die for :)

43 VA Blondie { 03.10.11 at 2:10 pm }

That basket of goodies looks wonderful!

I left a comment here

Rose’s Daughter is going back to work after a surgical procedure, and realizing she needs space for herself. (Something I struggle with!)

44 VA Blondie { 03.10.11 at 2:11 pm }

After reading the comments, I looked at N’s post, and left a comment here

Brings back memories!

45 FET Accompli { 03.10.11 at 2:28 pm }

Clare has reached a major milestone, she’s interviewing midwives – she’s so happy to have reached this point. Plus, it looks like she has found a great midwife match:


I left a comment on that post :-)

46 Kathy { 03.10.11 at 3:02 pm }

Joining the chorus of people rejocing with Jen!

She sure does have good timing, eh?! I wonder what big news I can come up with to annouce on the day you put up this post next year?! ;)

I have a busy day today with a showing of our house in a few hours, but will be back over the next few days with more comment links.

Those PB cups look awesome! :)

47 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 3:28 pm }
48 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 3:30 pm }

And Mrs. Spit: http://mrsspit.ca/?p=2392

49 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 3:32 pm }
50 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 3:36 pm }

And A’Dell. http://jakethedog.typepad.com/im_just_saying/2011/03/acid.html

(Can you tell that I am home from my errands now? I’ve been away all day.)

51 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 3:40 pm }
52 Kristi { 03.10.11 at 3:40 pm }

I know I don’t take direction well but I couldn’t help but read and comment on http://herewegoajen.com it was just to good.

53 Kimberly { 03.10.11 at 3:42 pm }

Found via Justine above – http://2years2tryfor1.blogspot.com/2011/03/absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-ttc-if.html — 80s music is my all the time playlist :)

Also, the Purim giveaway is the best time of the year, I have never won but I love seeing it pop up!!

54 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 3:51 pm }

And Amanda: http://waitinginline.blogspot.com/2011/03/so-why-are-you-so-upset.html

And I am going to have to stop for now (and I haven’t even done any comments just for the contest either, these are just my regular comments). I have to clean the kitchen and make some dinner. Tacos, anyone?

55 Tigger { 03.10.11 at 4:07 pm }


Cathy is having a rough time of it and feeling like she doesn’t matter. She’s PWP, though, iirc…

56 Pam { 03.10.11 at 4:26 pm }

I left a comment for Jen as well http://herewegoajen.com/?p=1450

57 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 4:56 pm }

I just commented on Alex’s blog because she just got a BFP, and I’m so excited for her! http://manyadventuresofalex.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-day.html

58 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 5:08 pm }

I commented on Dee’s update about life with TRIPLETS! It’s fascinating to read her tales: http://deetrips.blogspot.com/2011/03/time-is-flying.html.

59 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 5:27 pm }

I love Amanda’s blog because she’s facing the exact same (rare) fertility issue I did–and is on her way to recovering naturally! http://ourfertility.blogspot.com/2011/03/male-fertility-article-progesterone.html

60 jjiraffe { 03.10.11 at 5:36 pm }

Oh man, this reminds me I am in charge of baking all the Purim desserts for the twins pre-school! I don’t even know where to begin! Yikes. Your basket looks amazing.

I commented on Bodega Bliss’s beautiful and heartbreaking post about a heartbeat.

61 jjiraffe { 03.10.11 at 5:40 pm }

And I also commented on Elphaba’s review of a ridiculously bad movie about adoption. Like everything she writes, it made me laugh and think.


62 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:09 pm }

Kitchen Stewardship is another of my favorite blogs on issues of getting rid of chemicals and living more naturally, so I commented there recently: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2011/03/10/seeking-the-perfect-homemade-whole-wheat-a-pause-and-whats-coming-instead/#comment-71346.

63 Jem { 03.10.11 at 6:24 pm }

Please go check out Hillary’s post about adoption and an interesting analogy (http://makingmemom.blogspot.com/2011/03/analogy.html). The post is so spot on and I let her know that I forwarded it to my husband to read so he could understand my feelings about moving on to “Just adopting.”

64 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:32 pm }

I loved (and commented on) this blog post about ways to foster a love for reading in your children: http://www.babywisemom.com/2011/03/teaching-children-to-love-to-read.html

65 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:36 pm }

Josey’s one of my favorite bloggy friends. She’s so upbeat and fun, as exemplified by the picture in this post of her sunbathing with snow on the ground: http://mycheapversionoftherapy.blogspot.com/2011/03/bliss.html

66 AL { 03.10.11 at 6:36 pm }

wow, those pb cups look FABULOUS!!!

I left a comment for Alex on her great news after her FET:

67 Betsy { 03.10.11 at 6:42 pm }

I commented on Elphaba’s HILARIOUS post about an adoption movie she watched on Showtime. http://eggsandsperm.com/2011/03/10/the-dark-side-of-adoption/

68 Betsy { 03.10.11 at 6:43 pm }

I commented on STFU Fertiles, in regards to someone that whined about TTC for three months. http://stfuferts.blogspot.com/2011/03/facebook-fertile.html

69 Jem { 03.10.11 at 6:45 pm }
70 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:47 pm }

I hung out with another of my dearest bloggy friends as she waits at 39 weeks for her body to kick into labor: http://elusiveembryo.blogspot.com/2011/03/things-i-learned-today.html

71 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:52 pm }

I held hands with Adele as she steps through a very anxiety-ridden first trimester (after repeated losses): http://delinquenteggs.blogspot.com/2011/03/ob-appointment-decisions.html.

72 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:58 pm }

I was really interested in this post by one of my literature-loving blogger friends about the books on her list to read: http://infertilefollies.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/making-the-ferts-jealous/

73 Ceejay { 03.10.11 at 6:59 pm }

I laughed at this post about the all-too-common emotions many women feel towards their husbands in the weeks after giving birth: http://roadtomotherhood.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/dont-drown-the-husband/

74 If ByYes { 03.10.11 at 8:02 pm }
75 If ByYes { 03.10.11 at 8:04 pm }

I also left a comment on A Little Pregnant, because I like cat snot and funny stories:

76 a { 03.10.11 at 8:21 pm }

Well, this is one of my comments of the day, and my first contest entry – if you haven’t read this post and the previous one with all the comments, you are missing out!

77 a { 03.10.11 at 8:39 pm }

I read this post a few days ago, but finally commented today…

78 a { 03.10.11 at 8:44 pm }
79 a { 03.10.11 at 8:47 pm }
80 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:48 pm }
81 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:50 pm }

And on Angie, who writes so beautifully that she makes me want to quit blogging (well, not really, but you know what I mean): http://stilllifewithcircles.blogspot.com/2011/03/leaving-house.html

82 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 8:52 pm }
83 Justine { 03.10.11 at 8:59 pm }

http://jjiraffe.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/rant-alert-abandonment-parenting/ Jjiraffe has a great post today about the difficulty of parenting, and the ridiculous way in which we pressure ourselves to be Best Mom Ever, instead of supporting each other.

84 a { 03.10.11 at 9:01 pm }
85 a { 03.10.11 at 9:03 pm }
86 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 9:05 pm }
87 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 9:09 pm }
88 a { 03.10.11 at 9:12 pm }
89 HereWeGoAJen { 03.10.11 at 9:16 pm }
90 a { 03.10.11 at 9:21 pm }
91 a { 03.10.11 at 9:22 pm }
92 a { 03.10.11 at 9:23 pm }

Commenting about annoying drivers


93 a { 03.10.11 at 9:26 pm }
94 a { 03.10.11 at 9:28 pm }
95 a { 03.10.11 at 9:30 pm }
96 a { 03.10.11 at 9:36 pm }
97 Betsy { 03.10.11 at 10:17 pm }

It’s missokay’s anniversary and I commented :) http://missohkay.blogspot.com/

98 a { 03.10.11 at 10:36 pm }
99 a { 03.10.11 at 10:42 pm }

Commented on Panamahat’s blog but it’s pwp…

100 a { 03.10.11 at 10:53 pm }
101 a { 03.10.11 at 10:57 pm }

And I started the day by following all the links to read Jen’s news…well worth the trip!


102 Sarang { 03.11.11 at 2:33 am }

Pure joy in this post for hard-won pregnancy over at “We Have Angel Wings”…

Tarah makes gorgeous Infertility Awareness necklace pendants!

103 Sarang { 03.11.11 at 2:36 am }

My Two Lines will be meeting her long-awaited babies for the 1st time…in two short weeks!


104 Sarang { 03.11.11 at 2:46 am }

Melissa from “Banking on It” has had the start of the longest IVF 1st time cycle…ever. Looks like the whore-bag cyst is finally getting ready to leave!


105 Sarang { 03.11.11 at 2:51 am }

This is Shelby’s SECOND time on National TV (yes, we love you, you self-described fame whore, you :) as our IVF Spokesperson…go, Shelby, go!!


106 Sarang { 03.11.11 at 2:55 am }

Uh, just realizing I used the word “whore” in both of my comments above. Clearly, my friends and I have potty mouths. ;)

107 Missy { 03.11.11 at 3:50 am }

I’m going to give this a shot…

Mary is writing about why it can be so hard to speak out about our losses especially when people think that stillbirth is a thing of the past…

108 Missy { 03.11.11 at 3:54 am }

Tiffany writing about the highs and lows of grief..


109 Missy { 03.11.11 at 4:16 am }

Following a link above because heck I love 80′s music.. Let’s see my favorite song would be Obsession by Animotion. I used to steal my mom’s 45.


110 Missy { 03.11.11 at 4:24 am }

Go share a minute of Angie’s world. You’ll be glad you did.


111 Missy { 03.11.11 at 4:54 am }

Tash breaks down the skinny on the evil KV pharm company and their plan for world domination over all women.


112 Missy { 03.11.11 at 4:57 am }

A short poem about being left behind to grieve the loss of a child.


113 MommyInWaiting { 03.11.11 at 7:21 am }

Today I left a post at Foxy Popcorn’s Someday: http://foxypopcorn.blogspot.com/2011/03/ivf-cycle-day-four.html.

She is just getting started with her first ever IVF.

114 Justine { 03.11.11 at 7:43 am }

http://jennsden.blogspot.com/ Jenn finds herself better able to cope with negative outcome scenarios … and is wondering if that’s “messed up.” I assured her it’s most definitely not.

115 Journey Girl { 03.11.11 at 8:24 am }

Just left a comment for Circus Princess on her baby birth war story – http://circuschildren.blogspot.com/

116 Christina { 03.11.11 at 8:51 am }

Lu has a great post about shower invites and sensitivity to IFfers. She also has an amazing friend!

117 Justine { 03.11.11 at 9:10 am }

Keiko is awesome. So is her post about the War on Women in this country. http://hannahweptsarahlaughed.blogspot.com/2011/03/war-on-women-has-got-to-stop.html

118 Chickenpig { 03.11.11 at 9:12 am }
119 Justine { 03.11.11 at 9:12 am }

Sonja quotes M*A*S*H on why humor is necessary for us to be present to each other in the face of crisis and tragedy: http://www.mudandlotus.com/2011/03/reason-for-my-humor.html

120 Chickenpig { 03.11.11 at 9:15 am }
121 Justine { 03.11.11 at 9:16 am }

missohkay wrote an awesome open letter about the proposed Georgia legislation: http://missohkay.blogspot.com/2011/02/open-letter.html

122 Gail { 03.11.11 at 9:22 am }

I left a comment on BigP and Me’s blog. http://bigpandme.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/names/. She wrote about the struggles of naming a lost baby and I told her to go ahead and do it if it makes her feel better. How sad!

123 Gail { 03.11.11 at 9:25 am }

I also commented on Busted Plumbing’s blog when she was discussing having to go back to work after her maternity leave. http://www.bustedplumbing.com/

124 Gail { 03.11.11 at 9:36 am }

I commented on the Single Infertile Female’s blog. She wrote about telling the truth about her feelings about infertility and how troubling it is. http://singleinfertilefemale.blogspot.com/

125 Gail { 03.11.11 at 9:41 am }

I commented on Banking on It’s blog and loved that she said that she has (or is trying to) “appeased the impatient foot stomping 12 year old in me.” Great description!

126 Gail { 03.11.11 at 9:45 am }

Still Life With Circles writes about her day and the chaos that it involves, but takes a moment to reflect on all the good things going on and how she’ll miss them as the kids and she age. I left a comment on her post. http://stilllifewithcircles.blogspot.com/

127 jana { 03.11.11 at 9:59 am }

I don’t know how I’ll win that delicious basket. Maybe this entry will do it. I commented here http://www.cradlesandgraves.com/2011/03/delightfully-dull.html
annie is pregnant and after 2 losses due to umbilical cord issues she is thankful things are dull right now.

128 Justine { 03.11.11 at 10:06 am }

It’s transfer day for Serenity. She’s really a powerful writer; you should read her WHOLE month of March, not just starting on the 9th. http://serenitynowinfertile.wordpress.com/

129 Kristi { 03.11.11 at 10:45 am }

Not only do I enjoy reading blogs and commenting but I would love to win your yummy basket.


Shared her adoption story and helped me understand the importance of my daugters birth story.

130 Kristi { 03.11.11 at 10:46 am }


Should you or should you not name a lost baby.

131 Kristi { 03.11.11 at 10:46 am }
132 Kristi { 03.11.11 at 10:47 am }


She is working through the end of getting pregnant and adoption.

133 Kristi { 03.11.11 at 10:47 am }


Great book review to connect you deeper to god.

134 Kristi { 03.11.11 at 10:48 am }


One of my favorite peeps in the blogging world is halfway through her pregnancy.

135 Laurie { 03.11.11 at 11:02 am }

Ann wrote a very funny post about the possible use of viagra in cancer treatment (the news is real but her take is hilarious!) http://butdoctorihatepink.blogspot.com/2011/03/viagra-for-cancer.html?showComment=1299859184237#c2693350684369768750

136 Justine { 03.11.11 at 1:02 pm }

ManyManyMoons writes with such humor about her upcoming cycle. Ever hear of a WTF appointment? I want me one of those. http://manymanymoons.blogspot.com/2011/03/whewthere-she-is.html

137 Erica { 03.11.11 at 2:40 pm }

I commented at Catherine’s post about protection at Between the Snow And the Huge Roses. She faces writes very movingly about protection and vulnerability and love: http://betweenthesnowandthehugeroses.blogspot.com/2011/03/protection.html

138 Erica { 03.11.11 at 2:42 pm }

And at Awful But Functioning, because she has a really good write-up about Makena, explaining really well why the situation is so infuriating: http://awfulbutfunctioning.blogspot.com/2011/03/makena-or-how-to-make-na-some-bucks.html

139 Erica { 03.11.11 at 3:05 pm }

I commented on After Iris’s sharp and funny post about all the things she’d like to do if she had time. And about her clever daughter. http://afteriris.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/my-kingdom-for-a-horse/

140 Tigger { 03.11.11 at 5:32 pm }

Checked in on Mrs. Spock, as her new baby has RSV and was in the hospital as of Monday and I haven’t seen an update to tell us what’s going on: http://mrsspock.blogspot.com/?zx=4dbff71e7eb1c51b

141 Tigger { 03.11.11 at 5:37 pm }

AP has a rant about the “little blue pill” and women in 3rd world countries who still have the same danger rate in childbirthing as they did 100 years ago: http://mydustyuterus.blogspot.com/2011/03/total-causehead.html

142 Ceejay { 03.11.11 at 6:17 pm }

I commented on Lesley’s blog–she has a lovely post about her growth and development as a person since becoming a mother (one month ago): http://theordinaryadventure.blogspot.com/2011/03/one-month.html

143 Ceejay { 03.11.11 at 6:22 pm }

I commented on Melissa’s blog with some semi-personal experience in the world of foster-adoption, as she and her husband are about to start thinking about that route: http://bankingonafamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/too-close-for-missiles-switching-to.html

144 Ceejay { 03.11.11 at 6:26 pm }

My Infertility Woes is mourning a sense of loss of a true mother figure in her life, as both her own mom and her mother-in-law have failed her in her struggle through infertility: http://myinfertilitywoes.blogspot.com/2011/03/needing-mom.html.

145 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 6:43 pm }
146 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 6:45 pm }
147 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 7:11 pm }

And I commented on YOUR blog, for the weekly what-if. http://www.stirrup-queens.com/2011/03/331st-friday-blog-roundup And thanks for putting me in the round-up, by the way, it always makes me feel special.

148 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 7:12 pm }

Hehe, someone told Geohde to relax. That’ll do it. http://missionimpossibleinfertile.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/oh-no-she-did/

149 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 7:14 pm }

Danifred’s cute picture is from yesterday, but she posted it after I went to bed last night: http://sippycupsarenotforstarbucks.blogspot.com/2011/03/love-them.html

150 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 7:17 pm }

Maggie has a great list of other stuff to read: http://www.mightymaggie.com/2011/03/friday-reads-and-recommends.html

151 Toni { 03.11.11 at 7:27 pm }

In the future, you should consider doing something more hardcore for entry, like having to participate in an iron man competition because I got to tell you, after seeing the picture you posted, I’d do just about anything for that basket.

I commented on Egg’s post of Such a Good Egg. She’s pregnant with twins and has been in danger of going into preterm labor for the past four weeks. Today she made 34 weeks, a milestone accomplishment.


152 Toni { 03.11.11 at 7:30 pm }

I also commented on Becoming Me’s (formerly Eating Myself to Life) post. I didn’t think about it until right now, but she’s in the exact opposite position of Egg. It looks like she will need to induced.


153 HereWeGoAJen { 03.11.11 at 7:38 pm }

And I commented on All & Sundry because I consider waffles to be a good snack: http://www.sundrymourning.com/2011/03/08/gastronomy/

154 Justine { 03.11.11 at 8:25 pm }
155 Justine { 03.11.11 at 8:36 pm }

wow … this really IS hilarious. Babby’s first food: squid. http://ifbyyes.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/babbys-first-cephalopod/ thanks for the link above!!

156 Tigger { 03.11.11 at 9:06 pm }

Thanks to Jen, I also went to Geohde’s blog and left a comment: http://missionimpossibleinfertile.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/oh-no-she-did/

157 Tigger { 03.11.11 at 9:24 pm }

commented on My Infertility Woe’s post linked by Ceejay. Poor MIW needs a mommy figure: http://myinfertilitywoes.blogspot.com/2011/03/needing-mom.html

158 a { 03.11.11 at 9:31 pm }
159 a { 03.11.11 at 9:34 pm }
160 jjiraffe { 03.11.11 at 9:47 pm }

I commented on Esperanza’s dead-on post about how having children affects your relationship:


161 jjiraffe { 03.11.11 at 9:51 pm }

Also commented on Colours of Cattiz’s post about her clinic, which sounds top-notch:

162 jjiraffe { 03.11.11 at 9:53 pm }
163 jjiraffe { 03.11.11 at 9:57 pm }

Chhandita received some unfortunate news about the little girl they were interested in adopting.


164 jjiraffe { 03.11.11 at 10:02 pm }

How lucky are Tracy’s friends? She made them a three course meal that would please even Gordon Ramsey.


165 jjiraffe { 03.11.11 at 10:21 pm }

I loved your question about whether you’d rather see a band in its earliest existence or later. I voted for either, as long as I could see them in a small venue.


166 a { 03.11.11 at 10:52 pm }

Twangy is ruminating on the idea of family resemblence and the role of extended family…


167 Billy { 03.12.11 at 12:08 am }

Not sure if those yummy goodies can travel half way around the globe but…
Tiara gave birth to a beautiful baby girl http://join-tiaras-world.blogspot.com/2011/03/induced.html

168 Billy { 03.12.11 at 12:10 am }

Navigating the rapids daughter just celebrated her second birthday http://navigatingtherapids.blogspot.com/2011/03/birthdays.html

169 Billy { 03.12.11 at 12:11 am }
170 a { 03.12.11 at 12:45 am }

Thanks to the roundup, I again try to comprehend the controversy that the loon from Northwestern created…


171 Tigger { 03.12.11 at 3:05 am }

Mrs Spock is back home with baby Eliza, but developed her own issues while in the hospital: http://mrsspock.blogspot.com/2011/03/home-again.html

172 Billy { 03.12.11 at 3:27 am }

Wishing for one is sharing the milestones of her 20 week year old http://wishing4one.blogspot.com/2011/03/20-weeks.html

173 Billy { 03.12.11 at 3:28 am }
174 Billy { 03.12.11 at 3:29 am }

Naome is debating whether you are still a single parent if you are in a relation http://survivingsinglemotherhood.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-havent-been-posting-because-i-feel.html

175 Billy { 03.12.11 at 3:33 am }

What matters the most, is having a live baby at the end of it. Woman Anyone mourning her dead girl.

176 Billy { 03.12.11 at 6:45 am }
177 Billy { 03.12.11 at 6:47 am }

After 5 long years of waiting for her daughter, now that it seems so near, Special K feels disconnected. http://miles2mia.blogspot.com/2011/03/stuck.html

178 Billy { 03.12.11 at 6:49 am }

Single Mom 2B has just had her second IVF transfer http://singlemom2b.blogspot.com/2011/03/ivf-20-transfer.html

179 Justine { 03.12.11 at 1:38 pm }

Genevieve is in the home stretch, but it’s a roller coaster. http://gvandmonkey.blogspot.com/2011/03/smack-some-sense-into-me.htm

180 Justine { 03.12.11 at 1:52 pm }

Esperanza is reading my mind about children and the relationship with your partner: http://esperanzasays.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/confessional-fridays-i-was-that-commenter/

181 Kathy { 03.12.11 at 2:11 pm }

My friend Michelle, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, has been in the hospital for the past week after a routine procedure went wrong. She finally got to come home today and I couldn’t be happier for her and her family:


182 Tracy { 03.12.11 at 3:43 pm }

this is enough to make me want to convert to Judaism, all kidding aside. What a wonderful ritual
However, in fear that I will win, and lose all sense in a gastronomic orgy of glorious simple sugars, and in the spirit of the tradition, I’m not going to enter. On the off chance that the r.n.o.generator picks this entry, I’d like celebrate a small bit of Purim myself by passing my winnings to someone less fortunate, the person who didn’t win the first time!

183 HereWeGoAJen { 03.12.11 at 7:58 pm }
184 HereWeGoAJen { 03.12.11 at 8:15 pm }
185 HereWeGoAJen { 03.12.11 at 8:20 pm }
186 Kathy { 03.12.11 at 9:20 pm }

Michelle is home from the ICU and sharing all of the details (even pictures) of the last 9 (very painful) days of her life:

187 Kathy { 03.12.11 at 9:22 pm }

Does commenting on this post count as commenting on a blog post?! ;) I sure would love to win that basket of your homemade goodies… Y-U-M-M-Y!!! :-)

188 Kathy { 03.12.11 at 9:56 pm }

A heartbreaking and heartwarming post in which Maren shares the news that they have learned their miracle baby has a very special heart. This is an overview post followed by 3 more that contain the details of their baby’s CHD prenatal diagnosis and prognosis:

189 Kathy { 03.12.11 at 11:20 pm }

Toasting the hostess with the mostess with a green beer as we approach St. Paddy’s Day and the conclusion of the Limerick Chick Contest. For those who haven’t cast your vote yet, make sure that your voice is heard:

190 Billy { 03.13.11 at 12:28 am }
191 Justine { 03.13.11 at 7:42 am }
192 Justine { 03.13.11 at 7:48 am }

The mad hatter is sorting out issues of identity when it comes to work and IF http://lateforaveryimportantpregnancy.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-69-fertility-purgatory.html

193 Billy { 03.13.11 at 10:21 am }
194 Justine { 03.13.11 at 1:02 pm }

Lesley is celebrating one month with little P! http://theordinaryadventure.blogspot.com/2011/03/one-month.html

195 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:06 pm }

Oh my goodness, what a commenting marathon! We should remind everyone to submit some of this news to LFCA. So, Yeah, I LOVE commenting and won’t bury you with all of my comments, but I will go ahead and link back to some of my favorite posts.

Jeff and Julie delivered their precious daughter Cate on Friday!

196 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:07 pm }

Vee is having a hard time finding her way 10 months after the death of her beloved husband Max. She could use some extra love.

197 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:09 pm }

StarFishKittyDreams shared some information about a Family Building Seminar at Stanford this week.

198 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:10 pm }

Kerri is mid IVF cycle and wrote a Love Letter to Lupron

199 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:12 pm }

Sara bid adieu to the BCP that she is taking pre-ivf cycle. I agree that those pills wreaked havoc on me too.

200 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:14 pm }

Lily writes and shares a beautiful picture about her most spoiled pup.

201 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:15 pm }
202 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:16 pm }

Jenni is counting the days until her IVF Meds class and keeping busy with plans to remodel her patio.

203 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:17 pm }

Augusta is celebrating her upcoming DE cycle transfer with a lovely glass of red wine, thinking that it could be her last for a while!

204 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:21 pm }

Kakunna left her weekly pregnancy update about her rollercoaster pregnancy and is looking forward to her Baby SHower today :)

205 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:22 pm }

CGD is mid ivf cycle and wishing that she had the same kind of support from friends and family that she did for her first cycle.

206 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:28 pm }

Mrs. Mac treated herself to a beautiful bag after her first night of stims. The Bag is awesome and the Idea of treating ourselves is just as awesome.

207 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:38 pm }

Mrs. Mac asked some great questions, and has some great comments, about needle sizes and tips for injections.

208 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:39 pm }

After a hiatus from blogging Rach is back with some exciting news about her family building journey.

209 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:42 pm }

Jenna is taking a look at her diet and making a commitment to change her ways in order to lose some weight.

210 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:50 pm }

The celebrate her first IUI, Carlia is doing her first giveaway!

211 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:51 pm }

Hey – just wondering, what exactly is purium? i’m glad to celebrate it with you Mel, but I am feeling a little ignorant…

E writes about starting her DE IVF cycle today and her fears of the injections and some big changes in her husbands plans for work. She has a lot going on right now!

212 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 1:55 pm }

Keya had her first ultrasound and got to see their babe’s heartbeat.

213 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 2:02 pm }

New Year Mum had her embryo transfer and is full of love. She is praying for strength as she begins her 2ww.

214 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 2:10 pm }

The Road to Motherhood wrote the sweetest letter to her one month old baby girl. It is too precious.

215 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 2:21 pm }

Brandi and Chris’s 4 month old daughter was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. They are chronicling their journey of ups and downs, most recently with a night in the ER.

216 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 2:26 pm }

Can I complain for a moment about Captcha … For some reason I can’t read those stupid letters and always have to do them twice. I don’t have it on my blog and I’ve never gotten a spam – are they really necessary?

Marianne finally had an appt with an RE and now has some great options to move forward mapped out.

217 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 2:29 pm }

Jenn redesigned her blog to fit her new attitude.

218 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 2:35 pm }

I started reading Ashley’s blog after watching her choose adoption on Teen Mom. A year later she continues to struggle with the choose that she made and how to allow so many different emotions to co-exist in her heart.

219 Lut C. { 03.13.11 at 2:46 pm }

I think customs would incinerate a package with foodstuffs, besides postage would be prohibitive. Lovely initiative though.

220 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 2:53 pm }
221 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 2:55 pm }

Danifred has up Cute Baby Saturday, even if it is Sunday. http://sippycupsarenotforstarbucks.blogspot.com/2011/03/cute-baby-saturday-on-sunday.html

222 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:03 pm }

Jenni has put her photoshop skills to work and redesigned her blog.

223 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:09 pm }

My husband is a big time law and order fan. What a great article written by Elisabeth Rohm on the people Blog! Thanks for the link Mel!

224 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:25 pm }

Hillary wrote an insightful post about the choices that we face to resolve our infertility and the comments that people make along the way. She says “…the deeper reason behind my anger and frustration when people say, “Just adopt.” It is not really because adoption is actually quite difficult, but it is more because I feel like my grief is completely unacknowledged and unimportant.” Oh my gosh can I relate.

225 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:29 pm }

Hopeisafourletterword went to the Lady Gaga show! I am SO jealous.

226 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:43 pm }

Augusta got the green light for her egg donor to trigger tonight, for a retrieval on Tuesday and a transfer on Friday!

227 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:53 pm }

D has decided to move forward with adoption. SHe is completing the paperwork and looking forward to this new direction.

228 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 6:59 pm }

Lauren is preparing for lupron rage as she begins her cycle.

229 Foxy { 03.13.11 at 7:02 pm }

Grace’s chi boy has some incredible vision!

230 Justine { 03.13.11 at 8:39 pm }

http://sugardonor.blogspot.com/2011/03/it-probably-only-happens-to-me.html SugarDonor is dealing with an awful screwup on the hospital’s part; there was no testing done after her most recent loss, and she is back at square one, and in despair.

231 Justine { 03.13.11 at 8:41 pm }

Leigh thinks that someone should invent vitamin cupcakes. I’m SO on this one! Melissa, perhaps you’ll join me? http://hormonacoaster.blogspot.com/2011/03/vitamin-cupcakes.html?

232 Justine { 03.13.11 at 8:45 pm }

Wonderfully Ordinary talks about how friendship changes after IF http://wonderfullyordinary.blogspot.com/2011/03/here-we-go.html

233 Justine { 03.13.11 at 8:47 pm }

Miss Ruby writes poignantly about the loss of her 19 year old cousin http://themissruby.blogspot.com/2011/03/duty.html

234 Justine { 03.13.11 at 8:56 pm }

Michaela remembers the doctors’ appointments before her miscarriage one year ago: http://asinglejourney-michaela.blogspot.com/2011/03/must-come-down.html

235 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 9:14 pm }

It’s Courtney’s baby’s first birthday today: http://y-notme.blogspot.com/2011/03/happy-birthday-little-bear.html

236 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 9:55 pm }

Maresi is talking about books and doesn’t think anyone reads her anymore: http://more-rice-please.blogspot.com/2011/03/books-14-17.html

237 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 9:56 pm }

I commented on Lost and Found because someone sent me in: http://lostandfoundandconnectionsabound.blogspot.com/2011/03/693rd-issue-of-lfca.html

I’m so used to sending in other people’s news (even though I’ve been slacking lately) that it was extra touching that someone sent in mine.

238 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 9:58 pm }

I commented on Maria’s sponsored posts because I like it when my friends can get sponsors if they want them: http://lululetty.blogspot.com/2011/03/sponsor-spotlight-cookie-ks-vintage.html (And because Maria is awesome.)

239 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 9:59 pm }

Geohde has a response to her friend who told her to relax: http://missionimpossibleinfertile.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/reply/

240 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 10:04 pm }

And I commented on your post about your sharps box: http://www.stirrup-queens.com/2011/03/little-bites/

241 HereWeGoAJen { 03.13.11 at 10:07 pm }

And on Lori’s perfect moment Monday because I remembered it this week and actually have one to post tomorrow: http://writemindopenheart.com/2011/03/perfect-moment-monday-harmony.html

242 Kathy { 03.13.11 at 10:11 pm }

Loribeth shares an interesting “flashback” experience that she had recently in an elevator. Her post is thought provoking, as are the comments she has received so far:


243 Kathy { 03.13.11 at 10:15 pm }
244 Kathy { 03.13.11 at 10:20 pm }

Stacey’s recent post about how insensative some people can be and how she wishes she was able to have wittier comebacks when it happens:


245 Justine { 03.14.11 at 9:19 am }

Keiko will be remembering the 2 year anniversary of her POFS diagnosis. She is trying to think of ways to pay herself some attention, in the midst of world crises. Suggest some! http://hannahweptsarahlaughed.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-friday-is-d-day.html

246 Justine { 03.14.11 at 11:54 am }

RunningMama has great news that I couldn’t help but cheer her on about … she is such an amazing blogger and resource for other women, and this time she’s asked for advice… http://moreroominmyheart.blogspot.com/2011/03/do-antral-count-bop.html

247 Justine { 03.14.11 at 11:59 am }

Serenity writes about stopping … and wonders what is more draining: failure, or trying. http://serenitynowinfertile.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/stopping-for-real/

248 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 3:30 pm }

Poor FenderRokChic had a rough day with a late period and two BFNs, so I gave her some support:

249 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 3:44 pm }

CGD is in need of some lovin’ attention these days as she goes through another IVF cycle, so I gave her some: http://adventuresininfertilityland.blogspot.com/2011/03/guess-what-happens-when-you-are-breezy.html.

250 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 4:11 pm }

Augusta is celebrating some wonderful news on how her egg donor is responding to stims: http://allinonebasket-augusta.blogspot.com/2011/03/snowstorm.html.

251 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 4:54 pm }

Cortney just had her first monitoring appointment for her next IVF cycle, so I gave her some support: http://pursuitofafamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-follie-check.html

252 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 5:27 pm }

Sienna is celebrating making it to the third tri: http://timetomakeababy888.blogspot.com/2011/03/3t.html

253 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 5:41 pm }

The Road to Motherhood is getting her almost-1-month-old on a routine: http://roadtomotherhood.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/a-day-in-the-life-of-e-a-s-y/.

254 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 6:16 pm }
255 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 6:32 pm }

Josey has a really sweet post with some great pictures about her little brother: http://mycheapversionoftherapy.blogspot.com/2011/03/bestest-brother.html

256 Ceejay { 03.14.11 at 6:44 pm }

Kelley is finally starting to relax a bit and enjoy her pregnancy: http://suntomorrowihope.blogspot.com/2011/03/kicking-my.html

257 Tigger { 03.14.11 at 8:14 pm }

Gave Geohde my two cents on her reply to the hurtful email: http://missionimpossibleinfertile.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/

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