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About JavaMom

Who are you “mom” to?
I’m Mom to JavaBoy (age 10 ) a very curious and imaginative boy who is always “inventing” something, and JavaGirl (age 8), a very active little girl who is always planning something and comes to me with an agenda and schematics and a desire to execute her plan. They keep me quite busy.

And who are you?

I’m a journalist (are you ever really a “former” journalist?), a Silicon Valley escapee, and a stay-at-home mother.  That means I’m also part chauffeur, caterer, social secretary, art restorer, historian, peace maker, hostage negotiator — you name it, I do it. I’m also an active volunteer in the community.

The more independent my children become, the more I return to freelance writing, marketing communications consulting, and social media consulting.

So where did the name Caffeine and a Prayer come from?
I’ve tried to quit caffeine and my daily Diet Coke many times and discovered that it is impossible.  When I’m stuck at a really long stoplight, you’ll catch me using that as an opportunity to get a few prayers in — I figure that’s as good of a time as any. I pray other times, of course, but a mom is in her car a lot and that’s a time when I know where both kids are and that they can’t possibly get into anything, so it’s a good time to grab a few moments of serenity.  If there are two things I need to get through the day as a mother, it’s caffeine and a prayer or two!  (Get it?)

So what’s the point of this blog anyway?
This blog is about an imperfect mom with imperfect solutions but a sense of humor about it all (most) of the time.  It’s about sharing funny moments, tips, and ways to keep current and relevant while going through the mommy years. I started it for myself, but just as other blogs have sparked moments of inspiration in me, I hope it will spark something in you.

And since it keeps coming up…  Do you do product reviews?  (This one is for the PR people!)
I do product reviews from time to time. I get approached about them a lot. I prefer to do reviews that are somehow relevant to women, families or kids and are either fun, issue-based or solve a real problem. I don’t “review” a product unseen — that’s not a review. I will do giveaways — I love making my readers happy! I will disclose everything about the terms of the review — in other words, if you give me something, I will say you gave me something because I’ve promised such transparency to my readers and it is required by the FTC. I will give my own opinion about a product. I do, however, make a concerted effort to give a balanced review to say what is positive, what is negative, and even if the product is not for me, who the ideal audience is. I can meet a deadline, but please don’t send me something without checking to see if I can meet the deadline first as I have many commitments in my life and some times are busier than others. I’m happy to answer questions about my site statistics offline.

If you send me a press release about a topic or an issue and it is of interest to me, I’m happy to write something about it, in my own words, with my own take.  I love spreading the word about important issues.  But I don’t write about just anything and everything — it’s the old newshound in me — if there’s a good hook, I’ll bite.