General Whining & Some Other Stuff

Today I had a date with MomsTown radio to promote my website. I have been looking forward to this all week long. My husband took a half day so that I could concentrate on the segment of the show and really blast the website for all it is worth.

I waited and waited and waited to get on the air. I called and called and called until FINALLY someone answered. I was so excited to be on the air and get to talk about the site. I waited and waited some more as other moms shared their work-at-home opportunities and tried to be patient about waiting my turn.

I finally make it onto the air and just get to talking about my site when….they disconnect me. It was horrible! I did manage to get in my first words, but that was all I managed. This was just horribly frustrating.

Being your own PR firm, writer, manager, etc… is tough. I am not trying to whine or anything, but there are typical setbacks that I feel I experience because I am the only one on the job. I love my site and I want others to know about, but I don’t have the dough to hire an army of people to get us out there. It makes me question if this is all worth it? Are people benefiting enough from it? Is this a valuable resource to someone?

We have been pursued by the best, but because we are not 1 million hits strong every single day, we get the “don’t call us, we’ll call you,” discussion and I feel like I am back at square one again.

On a lighter note, we will be featured in MomsTown’s newsletter that they send out, so hopefully I will still get the promotion that we were hoping for, especially after such a frustrating day.

Oh, and while I was chatting with them, I also won tickets to a conference in Las Vegas. Please tell me how I could get away for two whole days from my kids (particularly the baby who nurses 24/7) and learn from other people? I don’t think I will get the opportunity to utilize these, but it was nice regardless.

Moving on to today’s topic….

Money Spent Today: $0

One Way I Save Money: I ran across these handy-dandy little sandwich holders at the store the other day. It is sandwich shaped and you can throw your sandwich in there to keep it fresh for your lunch. I thought that this served two great purposes…

1) No nasty mashed up sandwiches. Nothing is worse than opening your lunch bag and finding that the apple you put in there has rolled over on the top of your sandwich and then permanently dented it.

2) I don’t have to use as many sandwich bags which I find to be very wasteful. I think this was a good investment and they should have them in the plastic container aisles of your store.

Inspirational Reading Material: Cheap Cooking– I love this site. She has a wonderful blog and lots of great information on how to cook on the cheap. Be sure to sign up for her newsletter to get more ideas

MomAdvice Reading Material: Living Out of Your Pantry

On Our Dinner Table:

I have discovered Tilapia and we love it! If you are not a fish person, bear with me because this stuff doesn’t have a fishy taste at all. This dish has been going into my regular rotation because it is inexpensive and delicious. You can buy Tilapia fresh or in the frozen foods section of your grocery store. Even my toddler will eat this dish so it is definitely worth trying. I am trying to incorporate more fish into our diet and this seems like a great way to do it.

Herb Baked Tilapia
Serves Four

4 tilapia fillets – 4 to 6 ounce
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 Tbsp minced scallions
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place tilapia on nonstick
foil. In a small bowl, combine cheese, mayonnaise and
scallions. Spread evenly over fish. In another bowl,
combine bread crumbs, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
Sprinkle over fish. Coat fish lightly with cooking
spray. Bake 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily
with fork.

Nutritional facts per serving (daily value):
Calories 127kcal
Protein 1g (2%)
Total Fat 11g (17%)
Sat. 1g (6%)
Chol. 8mg (3%)
Carb. 5g (2%)
Fiber 0g (2%)
Sugars 0g
Calcium 17mg (2%)
Iron 0mg (3%)

Published April 26, 2006 by:

Amy Allen Clark is the founder of You can read all about her here.

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