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Look For Me On The Veranda In August | I’ll Be Sipping Iced Tea


Time Out To Smell the (Beach) Roses

Look for Me On the Veranda in August

During the 4th of July long holiday weekend, I spent 5 days camping down the Connecticut shore with my oldest daughter and her family, as well as my youngest daughter.

It was marvelous to get away, and although I wasn’t tethered to my computer’s lifeline, I did manage to sign into my email and Twitter via cell phone on occasion.  I didn’t want to make it too obvious to the family though, because they think I’m somewhat “obsessed” you could say, with blogging.

I’ve been doing a bit of introspective thinking lately, and a fellow blogger gave me reason to pause and  realize I had to step back and take a deep breath, if just for one week.

Many of you know I wanted to take the early retirement from my day job, but couldn’t.  I have so many blog posts written in a journal that I’d like to put up here, but there isn’t enough hours in my day to type them up, as well as do all the administrative work that goes along with maintaining a blog.

I didn’t start out as a Product Reviewer, but created my blog, originally called “Moomettesgram’s Musings” to offer just that – Musings of a Baby Boomer Grandmom from New England.

The “musings” part has sort of fallen off, and been overtaken by product reviews, and all the associated administrative work that goes into it.  When you add into the equation I still work full-time, take care of the grandkids after I get out of the cubicle, have a DH, house and The Cat to take care of – besides keeping up with social networking and a PR4 blog – it’s overwhelming.

Those of you who know me see me on Twitter until 3 am many nights.

Many of you are familiar with Trisha’s post about PR Blackout.

We want to see your blog naked, raw, and back to basics. Talk about your kids, your marriage, your college, your hopes, your dreams, your house and whatever you can come up with for one week.

I thoroughly enjoy working with the PR reps who contact me, as well as offering my readers insight into new products from the perspective of a “Baby Boomer Grandmom Who’s Been Around the Block.”

My husband and I sent our daughters to a private all-girls high school.  Several times during the year, all the students would go on a “Retreat” and reflect on life and whatever else was the topic of the Retreat.

I will be taking my own “Retreat” and respite from posting product reviews during this time – stepping back to take a breather, clear my head  and get all those “musings” that are in my precious journal up for you all to read.

So I’ll be on vacation, but it’ll be a “working vacation” – a vacation for my mind, body, spirit and soul – a chance to rejuvenate.

Look for me on Veranda Chit Chat during August 10-16.  Come join me as I’ll be sharing about family life; adding to my 101 Things About Me tab; offering up some favorite recipes, and maybe sipping a Long Island Iced Tea.
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About Cindi Moomettes

New England blogger and influencer from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Crochet Shop for the latest Handmade Fashion trends, Home Decor, Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***


  1. I can relate to the struggle to manage a job and childcare on top of blogging–and the 3 a.m. Web surfing. I currently take about one day per week off from blogging entirely, and find that my next posts after a break wind up being my favorites.

    Since I write mostly personal content anyway, the PR blackout doesn’t really apply to me at this point (I’m actually considering scheduling some reviews for my “off” days), but I hope it gives burned-out bloggers some much-needed R&R. And I’m looking forward to reading all the free-for-all posts!
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Coke is it =-.

  2. Cindi, I can sooo relate (as you know) with desire to quit my job and work from home full-time, or retire early as in your case.

    We’ll be on “Staycation” all next week, but I’ll still be posting at least one or two articles to my blog during that time. Enjoy your upcoming vacation and I hope it will be very refreshing for you.
    .-= Lin Burress @Telling It Like It Is´s last blog ..Mother Of The Bride Dresses, Special Occasion Dresses, Cheap Bridesmaids Dresses =-.

  3. Like Deb, I don’t do a lot of product reviews so it would be a change for me to do them. When I have done them, I have discovered that they are definitely a lot of work.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Is There Something Wrong With Me? =-.

  4. Stopping by from SITS to share the blog ? !

    Have a great Saturday!

  5. Stopping by from SITS to share the blog ? !

    Have a great Saturday!
    .-= The Redhead Riter´s last blog ..Men Do Not Read This… =-.

  6. Stepping away is always good…funny thing is, it’s there when you come back. I love the beach and we’re finally able to go now that the weather seems “summery”. Hope you had a fabulous vacation…
    .-= The Daily Blonde´s last blog ..AssHat of the Week: The Social Security Administration =-.

  7. Hi Cheryl – Never can get enough of the beach – in any kind of weather! Yes, it’ll be there when I come back, but I will be trying to fit in more of my niche blog posts and musings during my “working vacation” week!~

  8. Hi ~ Happy weekend and always enjoy new visitors! Thanks for stopping by from SITS!

  9. Hi Lin! Yay, another gal I can commisserate with about wanting to retire from the corporate life & blog full-time! (With some babysitting thrown in)! Welcome!

  10. Hi Anne, – reviews, when done correctly are certainly a lot of work yet very enjoyable. I like to share new ideas with my readers when I’ve discovered a new product! However, I’ll also be trying to fit in more of my musings posts from now on, like when we first met!

  11. Stopping by from MBC. I also am following you via networked blogs. Being on the veranda and sipping ice tea sounds so relaxing. Hope you have a good weekend.
    .-= Stacie´s last blog ..Saturday Linky Love =-.

  12. I’ve been taking a day off every week now, usually Sundays. I’m also not stressing if I miss more than one day from blogging. My family and I suffer and it’s not worth it. If I’m stressed I’m no good for anyone.
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..Blog Giveaways 7/20/09 =-.

  13. Mercy, you have your hands full! I don’t blame you for wanting to take time off.

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