Tackle It Tuesday – #123

by Janice

Hello Tacklers!

Today, I have a very busy THREE part Tackle It Tuesday post.

Part 1 – Tackle To Win???

First, I want to make sure all you tacklers heard about the exciting THEME TACKLE coming up on October 21st.

You can read my post from Friday night to get all the details. But the short version is that we are partnering with CLR for a special Bathroom and Kitchen tackle complete with three prize packs that each include $100.00 cash cards!

Here is a quick rundown:

  • CLR will provide ALL blogger participants who sign up for the CLR Tackle by October 2 with one free full size bottle of CLR Bathroom and Kitchen cleaner, shipped directly, and at no cost, to the blogger participant.
  • Then all the blogger participants who want to post their CLR tackle and/or their opinion of CLR will link up in the CLR Tackle It Tuesday Mr. Linky on October 21st to be entered to win one of the three Prize Packs that each include $100.00 cash cards! . (There will be a separate Mr. Linky for the October 21st Tackle It Tuesday for tacklers who want to tackle but do not want to participate in the CLR contest tackle.)

To receive the free full sized bottle of CLR Bathroom and Kitchen cleaner, blogger participants need to write us at info (at) 5minutesformom (dot) com with CLR TACKLE in the subject line with their shipping addresses and shipping phone number by October 2.

PLEASE NOTE: We must receive your email by October 2 in order to get you on the product delivery list.

Part 2 – The NEW 5 Minutes for Mom Resident Tackler

Whenever we put out a call to fill a position on our team, we receive so many emails that choosing the new team member becomes a huge tackle!

Not only is it time consuming to go through the applications and visit all the wonderful sites, but it is so emotionally difficult to have to choose one woman from such a fantastic group.

But I finally completed the daunting tackle of looking for a new Tackle it Tuesday editor to manage Tackle it Tuesday.

PLEASE REMEMBER that we want Tackle It Tuesday to be all about community and supporting one another. So while Lisa will be posting her personal tackles here some weeks, she will also be rotating with guest tacklers whom she will coordinate.

If you would like to be a Featured Tackler here at 5 Minutes for Mom please email us at…

Now, our new resident tackler is…

Lisa from Confessions of an Apron Queen

Lisa is known in the blogosphere as The Apron Queen. She is a work at home Mom to three children and wife to her “Paratrooper Man”. She enjoys writing about her family, mixing in stories about life in Texas and other adventures along the way. She also dabbles in photography and shares lots of fun photos, including easy step-by-step recipes. Oh yea, and did I mention she is obsessed with all things vintage?

I asked Lisa a few questions to help us all get familiar with our new Tackle It Tuesday leader.

Janice: Lisa, your great photography and well laid out instructional cooking posts completely won me over. I absolutely LOVE the photos (and the cupcakes of course!) in your latest TT post. Which came first – your interest in photography or your blog?

Lisa: The photography and blogging fed off each other. The more pictures I took, the more stories I told. The more stories I told, the more I took pictures of those stories.
We are a military family and live far away from our own families. For many years, as a way to keep in touch, I kept a photo journal throughout the year full of family photos and stories. Then I would make a yearly scrapbook, have multiple copies made and mail scrapbooks to family and friends.
Somewhere along the way, I started my blog to promote my apron store. And before I knew it, the blog has turned into what it it today. A complete hodge podge of my family life, my kitchen and my love of aprons.

Janice: You are a work at home mom as well, aka The Apron Queen, running your fabulous mom-owned store, Rick Rack Attack.
Can you tell us a bit about your experience as a WAHM? How do you manage to get so much accomplished in a day?

Lisa: I am very easily distracted. I absolutely HAVE to keep multiple lists and calendars and schedules to keep myself on track. I try to plan as much ahead as possible. I try to make the most of my time. Notice, I use the word try a lot!

Janice: I just have to ask – do you always tackle in an apron?

Lisa: Is there any other way?! Of course!

Janice: I also LOVED your enthusiasm for this Tackle It Tuesday editor position. But it is even more work to add into your already packed schedule!
So can you tell us, ‘Why do you want to be the resident tackler at 5 Minutes for Mom?’

Lisa: Many years ago, right after our middle child was born, I made a little extra money by taking on a newspaper route. The route had to be made on foot. My job FORCED me to exercise every day whether I wanted to or not. I lost all my baby weight in no time flat. I l looked great and I was in great shape.
I’m hoping that being the Tackle It Tuesday editor will work the same way. I am desperate need of being FORCED to tackle my housework. Hopefully, my house will look great and be in great shape by tackling on Tuesdays!

THANKS so much for joining our team Lisa. We are thrilled to have you and look forward to you starting next week!

Part 3 – My Tackle This Week

(This is still Janice writing, by the way. Lisa will start next week.)

Sunday was Olivia’s first birthday. On Friday, I decided I wanted to make a slide show of her first year of life – as well as finally get started on a photo book for her.

So, I tackled my hard drive of photos for over 20 hours this week! It was a marathon.

I didn’t quite get all of my favorite photos of her edited, (I shoot in RAW the majority of the time and I am also obsessed with tweaking my photos,) but I got through most of them.

I made a collection of my favorites of her first year in Photoshop Elements and so now I will be able to quickly upload them to get started on some photo books next.

Here is what i did finish – a slideshow of Olivia’s first year.

Untitled from 5 Minutes for Mom on Vimeo.

(And don’t forget to email us to sign up for the CLR theme tackle.)

Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday

We’re making housework blog-able!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done. (It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy Tackling ladies…

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mom2my9 September 30, 2008 at 1:01 am

I LOVE the Apron Queen! That’s awesome that she’s the new Tackler. Congrats, Lisa!


2 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls September 30, 2008 at 1:16 am

Congratulations and welcome, Lisa! Can’t wait to get to know you! :)


3 earthlingorgeous September 30, 2008 at 1:18 am

Congratulations to our new tackler Lisa!


4 Beth Ann September 30, 2008 at 1:21 am

Well it is about time you put Lisa on! LOL

Great job to everyone! LOVE tackle it tuesdays….even though Im still sick!


5 earthlingorgeous September 30, 2008 at 1:22 am

Oh by the way seems it’s a very very busy tuesday for most wow I am excited about the themed tackling on Oct. 12 :) I’m signing up!


6 Maddy September 30, 2008 at 1:25 am

Goodness! Good timing. I keep hearing about photoshop, but last time I looked into it was sooo expensive.

Oh and welcome! Or rather welcome and thanks for the welcome reminder to get on with those baby photo books!



7 Peggy September 30, 2008 at 3:31 am

Congrats Lisa!
Happy Birthday Olivia!


8 Robin N (tqmnurse) September 30, 2008 at 6:03 am

i did it!!! last nite I finally steam cleaned my carpets upstairs….wednesday nite will be the downstairs….whew….have to work late tonite or I would do it then


9 Renee September 30, 2008 at 7:07 am

Wow CLR sound like a fantastic idea for a giveaway!!!! Free cleaning product sure help to be in a cleaning mood!!!!

I LOVE!~!!!!! the slide show!!!! the picture are adorable!!!!


10 Organizing Mommy September 30, 2008 at 8:01 am

Lisa will do a great job. Yeah!


11 happyathome September 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

Welcome Lisa, I love your blog and also have learned the need to wear an apron doing all my house work, even in the garden. Now my almost 2 year old insist on wearing her apron, what a little helper!


12 Mary Grace McNamara September 30, 2008 at 8:11 am

I definitely need incentive to clean! Since I started my website, it has totally taken over my life and it has been such a pleasure. But I do need to get on some sort of schedule to make sure the work of keeping my home doesn’t suffer because of my website. Thanks for the kick I need!



13 AmyG September 30, 2008 at 8:11 am

I love the slideshow! Watching the interaction with your son & Olivia is beautiful.

Congrats to Lisa! Look forward to seeing your tackles. ;)


14 Sherry September 30, 2008 at 8:14 am

Congratulations, Lisa! I love your site and the slide show looks wonderful! :D


15 heidi September 30, 2008 at 8:35 am

Tuesdays I don’t get much else accomplished other than reading everyone’s tackles!! Ha!

Janice – kudos to you! My pictures are haphazardly saved to CD’s that fan be found in various locations on my desk. And Happy Bday to your sweetie. :-)


16 susieshomemade September 30, 2008 at 8:52 am

What a great tackle!! I love the idea of a slide show of her first year!!


17 Brandy September 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

Wow and I thought I was busy, lol. Going to head on over and check out Lisa’s blog:)


18 Jenna September 30, 2008 at 9:45 am

I’m a newbie- thanks for keeping me motivated!


19 Lisa September 30, 2008 at 9:55 am

Great tackles! You picked a wonderful new Tackle It Tuesday editor. I’ve visited the Apron Queen’s blog many times.


20 Erica September 30, 2008 at 10:08 am

I love the slideshow! Great job!


21 Jennifer, Snapshot September 30, 2008 at 10:35 am

Great job Janice!! That slide show will be a great keepsake.


22 Stephanie September 30, 2008 at 10:48 am

Happy Birthday Olivia!

I love the slideshow and Congrats to Lisa


23 Lizzie September 30, 2008 at 11:04 am

I don’t have a tackle for today. i am POOPED! I did a million things yesterday and am taking a day off. So i guess it was a tackle it monday :) i just wanted to say how much i LOVED your video of your daughters first year. i may have to shuffle over to Vimeo and make one for my hubby who is celebrating his birthday today. have a good one!


24 Nessa September 30, 2008 at 11:28 am

Terrific slideshow!


25 Robin September 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Not a tackle today, just a peek into our morning tradition before feeding the animals.


26 SophieMae September 30, 2008 at 12:51 pm

My first tackle… I went ahead and posted the before pic to keep me committed to actually completing this task today. (Public humiliation is a great motivator *g*) 8-} The after is coming soon.


27 Twisted Cinderella September 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm

My tackle is up for the day. such as it is. LOL I love the slideshow! What a great tackle!! Congratulations, Lisa!


28 Amy September 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Lisa is a great choice for the new resident tackler! I think just about everybody loves to read her blog, so yay!

That, Janice, is a LOT of pictures to tackle!!


29 Allison September 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

What a beautiful video! I loved every minute of it! So cute.

My son just turned one, and I have watched so many “first year slideshows”–somehow they are ALL fun to watch, even when they aren’t your kid!


I love the little halloween costumes…they matched–so sweet!


30 Pamela Kramer September 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm

I swear that video had me in tears. I can’t believe it’s been a year. Thank you so much for the support that you ladies have provided us small online businesses. Your baby shower and the Ultimate Blog Party were both so much fun. It’s been an honor to work with you both.


31 Tara September 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm

What a great baby book…Congrats to Lisa on her new Tackler status (she has one of my fave blogs!)

Tackle it Tuesday is just the motivation I need to get this house back in order!!!


32 Sherida October 1, 2008 at 11:29 am

Olivia’s slideshow is absolutely precious! I’ll be tackling one of those this month, since my little guy is turning one November 2.


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