About Me …

I am a “thirty-something” midwestern mom who is pretty darn frazzled!

I have a beautiful daughter who is my pride and joy. I also have a son in heaven. My son died from CHD when he was only 22 days old. We miss him so much. My daughter was born 7 weeks early, so we have really had it rough when it comes to having children…Luckily she is healthy and growing up happy!

I am the owner of http://www.scrapaholicretreats.net
I coordinate awesome weekend scrapbooking retreats in hotels in NW Indiana.

I also am the owner of Trendy Totes by Lora. I do purse parties and vendor shows with unique and affordable bags for an array of different tastes and styles!

I also have 2 other sites and hobbies! I love to make jewelry and diaper cakes, and I sell them at vendor shows as well! To see some of my creations go to: http://www.moonliteinspirations.com and http://www.lildumplindiapercakes.com

I recently started my own podcast (Internet Radio Show) called the Mom Scoop Podcast.

You can subscribe here: http://www.momscooppodcast.com

I have been a hairstylist for 20 years and I also teach jewelry classes at my local Joann’s store!



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    Cindy said,

    Hello.. I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I enjoy reading your site. I understand “sister situations”….LOL.

    You sound very talented and gifted. Wishing you the best in everything you do.

    Cindy A

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    What a creative person you are… I envy you… 🙂
    Good Luck!!

  3. 3

    cmcmullen said,


    Please see below for information about a new site, we would love for you (and anyone you know), to be a part of! Please let me know if you have any questions.

    -Cafe McMullen

    Dear Moms,

    Did you know 9 out of 43 American presidents have had died or resigned, leaving their vice president to take command? That’s more than 1 in 5.

    Did you know that Senator McCain, if elected, would be the oldest president to take office?

    Who We Are

    We are moms who, for a variety of reasons, are very concerned that Governor Sarah Palin could be one heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin was added to the ticket to get our vote and we want to let America know that just because we are women and mothers we will not blindly support her candidacy. In this historic election, we have to think first of our country, our kids and our grandkids. The idea of a woman in the White House is exciting, but Sarah Palin is not the woman for the job.

    What We Are Doing

    We are putting together a video to post on our website, http://www.votermoms.com (up soon!), and on Youtube, that features American moms (military moms, soccer moms, nervous-in-front-of-a-camera moms, ballet grandmoms, etc.) explaining their own reasons why they do not want Governor Palin one heartbeat away.

    We are currently interviewing moms in the LA-area AND asking moms across the country to send in video statements (guidelines and directions below).

    We are hoping to cover as many states, issues, and perspectives as possible. The more moms the mightier!

    What You Can Do

    Be heard! If you are a mom who does not want Governor Palin a heartbeat away, make a video or contact us to be recorded. America needs your voice and the election is in only eight weeks!

    Finally, and most importantly, you can vote. Only 23% of eligible women vote; this is not enough. The power to shape America’s future is in our hands. Let’s exercise it.
    Thank you for your time and consideration – we know how precious every minute is for a mom.


    Delphine Hirsh
    email: votermoms@gmail.com

    P.S. Votermoms.com aims to be a friendly, non-partisan environment. Please keep this in mind when submitting your statement. Thanks again.

    Guidelines for Video Statements

    When making your video, please identify yourself by your first name, where you are from, and a self-identifying mom description (ex. “Hi. I’m Delphine and I’m from New York, New York. I’m a little-league, working mom.”) The way you identify yourself is entirely up to you.

    Somewhere in your message you should say “I don’t want Governor Palin one heartbeat away” or something about “one heartbeat away” since that is our theme.

    The statements should each be 20-45 seconds long.

    Examples from two moms :

    1) Hi. I’m Gwen and I’m an On-The-Go mom from New Hampshire. I was really surprised to hear that Governor Palin does not think that we are responsible for global warming. If she can’t accept responsibility then she won’t do anything to control it. As a mom, I’m trying to teach my girls about taking responsibility. That’s a big part of my job as a mom and it should be a big part of being a leader. Global warming is an issue that will so clearly impact my children and future grandchildren’s survival on this planet and someone who doesn’t want to deal with it should definitely not be a heartbeat way from the presidency.

    2) My name is Lisa. I’m from Elizabeth, NJ. I’m a small business owner mom. I think Governor Palin shouldn’t be one heartbeat away from the presidency because she believes that it should be illegal to have an abortion even in the case of rape. I have two daughters and if, god forbid, something like that happened to them, I don’t think they should be forced by the government to carry their rapist’s child. That’s not what I believe in so I can’t vote for a ticket with Governor Palin on it.

    Directions for Submitting a Video Statement

    1. Record your statement – between 20-45 seconds – on a video camera or internal or external computer camera.

    NOTE: Please wait 2 or 3 seconds after you have begun recording before beginning to speak. After you have finished speaking, do not look away from the camera and please allow 2 or 3 seconds more to elapse before you stop recording. This will help in cutting statements together. Quicktime files are preferable, if possible. Also, please try to include your last name in the filename so we can easily distinguish submissions.

    2. Go to http://public.me.com/catburkley

    3. When prompted enter username “public” and password “password.”

    4. You should now be connected to the catburkley public iDisk page.

    5. Click once on the “upload” symbol in the upper right corner.

    6. When prompted, select your statement file, then press upload.

    7. This should begin the uploading process.

    8. The upload may take as long as 30 to 40 minutes. Do not be worried. It’s okay. When the upload is finished, close out of the window. You have been heard!


    Sometimes, the “loading” symbol will hang and not disappear when the upload is actually finished. If this occurs, do not stop the upload. Instead, call us or email us (see below) and we can confirm for you that we have received your submission.
    Or, if you cannot reach us, open another window in your browser and follow steps 2-4. You should then be able to see if your file has uploaded onto the catburkley public idisk page. If it has, feel free to close this window and your original window. It worked.
    If it’s more convenient, a skype or ichat exchange can probably be arranged, though we’re still unsure of size restraints for those systems.

    Questions or Problems?

    Please contact:

    Chris Farber
    (310) 344-0606

    Café McMullen
    (917) 319-4643

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