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Episode 1: Shirley Braden, Gluten Free Easily

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea

Gluten Free TV!

I am overjoyed to share my very good friend, Shirley Braden of, in this first episode of Gluten Free TV. Shirley emailed me in 2008, when I was in the midst of my slow cooking challenge, and we became fast friends. Shirley is one of the most generous people I’ve ever met, and surprised me by sending a jar of homemade (beemade?) honey from her own backyard.

We’ve met in-person twice, at BlogHer Food events in 2009 and 2010, and I’m excited to be sharing a room with her in Chicago during the Gluten Free Expo in May, where we will both be speaking.

In this video, Shirley and I chat a bit about how she began sharing her ideas and recipes with the online gluten free community, what she feels about large companies “jumping on the gluten free bandwagon,” her thoughts on Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s G-Free Diet book, and whether or not blue cheese is gluten free (it is).

Thank you so much for being such a good sport about being the very first guest, Shirley! We’re thrilled to have you.

[ps: if you initially get an error, try again. the video is definitely there and has not been deleted.]

Links mentioned in this video:

Flourless Pizza! (

Crustless Pie! (

Is Blue Cheese Gluten Free? (

Shirley’s top recipes from

Shirley’s trip to General Mills (aka the Betty Crocker Kitchen!) (

a bit of background on why my (the O’Dea) family happens to be gluten free (

Episode 2: Erin Chase, the $5 Dinner Mom

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea

Real Moms Making Real Money (at home, in their pajamas) And How You Can, Too!

I am so happy that I snagged Erin Chase yesterday for this interview. It was spur-of-the-moment, completely unplanned, and because of that I was unprepared.

but Erin is gracious, and since I already had her on the phone and she happened to have full-on TV makeup (she was on the morning news promoting her new book! GO ERIN GO!) she agreed.

oh and guess what? she had a sleeping baby on her lap through the whole interview.

Erin is a mom first, and (a wildly successful) business woman second. I think that’s one of the reasons I love her so much!

In this episode, Erin and I chat about how she started blogging, and how her love of helping others launched her cookbooks and the SavvyBlogging summit, website, and twitter stream.

Erin is a busy lady!

We also dish a bit about the Kardashians, blogging etiquette, and Erin provides pointers for brand-new bloggers.

After I “hung up” with Erin, UPS knocked on the door with her new cookbook, fresh off the press. It’s fabulous, and SO PACKED with fantastic money-saving information. The introduction is terribly helpful to anyone looking to downsize their grocery bills. She’s even got a bunch of recipes for making homemade “instant” oatmeal packets, which I’m totally going to do with certified gluten free oats.


We only tipped the iceberg of all that Erin has to offer, and I look forward to having her back on a day when I’m

1) wearing makeup

2) a bit more prepared!

Thank you so much Erin, for spending a bit of time with us. Congratulations on all of your success!

[ps: if you initially get an error, try again. the video is definitely there and has not been deleted.]

Episode 1: Kim Demmon, Today’s Creative Blog

Friday, January 14th, 2011 by Stephanie O'Dea

Real Moms Making Real Money (at home, in their pajamas) And How You Can, Too!

I am so happy to have:

1) finally figured out this video software and uploading stuff

2) be able to finally give back (just a bit) to one of my blogging idols of all time, Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Blog.

Thank you Kim, from the bottom of my heart for being so wonderful to me in the very early days of my crockpot challenge in 2008. I really don’t know if I would have stuck with it if I didn’t get the gift of readers from you and your site.

In this video, Kim and I chat about how she got started blogging, how she and her friends began their own media/ad company, what she thinks about conferences, and how she uses blogging to get out of mopping the kitchen floor.

All valuable info!

Since this is a first attempt, there are some things I’m not uber-happy with, but I figure we’ll just learn what works as we go along.

sites mentioned in the video:

No Appropriate Behavior

Skip to my Lou

The Secret is in The Sauce

Tip Junkie

(edited to add: if you initially get an error, try again. The video hasn’t been deleted, and I’m not sure why that message pops up once in a while. weird snafu.)

Coming up next: Gluten Free TV, Episode 1: Shirley Braden of Gluten Free Easily (it may be a few weeks. This is harder than it looks!)


related: Can You make (real) Money Blogging?

BlackBerry Style Review and Give Away

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 by

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and BlackBerry.

The contest has now ended. Thank you so much to all who entered. Winners will be notified by a BlogHer employee via email.

This is a compensated post. I was given a BlackBerry Style (with free service for 2 months) and paid for my time to test the phone and write a review.

I really like my job. Everyday I pinch myself that I get to stay home with my children and earn money (in my pajamas!) by writing about things I want to write about.

It’s pretty sweet. I’d highly recommend it.

Because I do my work on the internet, I try to stay away from it when I’m not at home. I haven’t purchased a Smart Phone, and truly enjoy the time I have outside of the house— when I’m not plugged in.

I don’t want to be reminded that I have 158 unread email when I’m at the park, or at gymnastics, or on a run, or while folding laundry during a Real Housewives of NY marathon.

But *everyone* has a Smart Phone these days, and I can’t lie: I sort of wanted to give the whole thing a try.

Because of this, I quickly agreed to test out the new BlackBerry Style when BlogHer asked if I was interested. When the box came, I unpacked it and plugged it in to charge up high, away from the baby. When the light alerted me the phone was fully charged, I began pushing buttons to try and figure out my new number and place a call. Now this is where I need to come clean: I HATE READING INSTRUCTION MANUALS.

hate hate hate hate hate instruction manuals.

This is why I like my crockpot(s) so much. I plug them in, push a button or two, then walk away. I don’t want to download a manual, or watch a DVD or YouTube video in order to figure something out. I get it that I’m pigheaded. I get it that manuals are written for a reason, not everything is as easy as a crockpot, etc etc etc. I get it.

But it’s who I am, and Dr. Phil says that I should embrace who I am. so there you go. It took me a while to find the instruction manual, and when I did, it was straightforward and I figured all the features and bells and whistles out. And there are a lot!
I can make calls (and the calls don’t drop! and I’m in the Bay Area and I’m constantly being hung up on by my friends who have that other phone). I can access all 4 of my email accounts. I can go on twitter, I can finally text people, and I can google things.
super cool.

I do find the buttons a bit small for my liking, but maybe I have abnormally large fingers. I’m not sure.

I love the feel of the touchpad button for navigation. It works really well for moving from one application to another. The picture-taking feature works wonderfully. I’ve never been able to take photos from my phone before—this is great for sending pictures of the kids to Adam when he’s at work. I always worry he’s missing out on things.

As much as I liked all the bells and whistles, I’m just not sure I’m ready to be a SmartPhone girl. Maybe I was born in the wrong decade, I don’t know. I hate seeing people walk the streets with their heads down because they’re too busy playing with their phones. I don’t want to be that person.

I’m scared that the need to “just check one thing” when out and about would get out of control. For right now, my job just isn’t that important—if someone really needs to get ahold of me, they can by calling my (terribly outdated and archaic) cell.


That doesn’t mean that YOU aren’t ready for a SmartPhone! You might desperately need or want a new BlackBerry Style (it’s very pretty).

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