Wednesday, November 7, 2012

BIG NEWS About This Year's Grand Holiday Experiment

Last Christmas, all of us here in Mommyland tried to help a lot of mommies who needed it. We called it "The Grand Hooker Experiment". Over the past few weeks, we've gotten a lot of questions about whether we are doing it again this year. The answer is OH HELL YES.


Why? Because there is so much need. Moms and babies and kids all over the place need help. Hurricane Sandy just made everything a hundred times worse. And it's getting colder every day and I wonder how folks are going to manage.

And of course, I still remember the emails and stories from last year. They haunt me. Moms with husbands deployed in Afghanistan, trying to put together a holiday for their kids with food stamps and hope. Moms who are chronically broke trying to care for a special needs child. Moms who found themselves suddenly on their own, wondering how to explain to their kids that their dad was gone and there would be no gifts this year. Family after family where one parent got sick or laid off, and there was just no work. And there was no money. And no idea what they were going to do.

But there are other reasons to do it again. I've heard from a bunch of people who needed help last Christmas, but are now doing better and really, really want to help someone else. And also, the best part of the holidays for those of us who gave last year was knowing that we honored what this time of year was really supposed to be about. I still have the thank you card I received from the mom I helped, and it was honestly the best present I got.

And I want to do it again because my kids learned something from what we did last year. And I need them to be the kind of people who GET IT. We help others. Bad things happen to good people so we have to take care of each other. And we don't just talk about stuff or complain about how bad things are, we get out there and do something about it.

So this is what we're going to do this year:
  • We're going to match up moms who need help with moms who want to help, just like last year. (This will happen in December).
  • We're going to get our kids involved as much as we can. (More on this tomorrow.)
  • We're going to have events to make sure local organizations serving moms and kids have what they need, just like we did last Mother's Day. (More on this next week.)
  • We're going to call this project (and all the other give a handy sort of things we do) "Give it up, Mommyland!" because several people (ahem - Cap'n Coupon, I am looking at you) have brought it to our attention that the site is getting blocked because we say hooker so much.*
  • Oh and guess what else? The big news!  

WE HAVE A SPONSOR!

Say hello to Sweet Relish. Sweet Relish lets you organize stuff you see on-line that you like and might want to buy. And you can follow people and they can follow you. I currently have six different boards/catalogs on Sweet Relish, here is a sampling of them:
  • Squirrell Underpants and Other Things That Are Real
  • Things I Want THAT KATE WILL HATE
  • My Preciousssss....
You sort of want to already click over there just to see the squirrel underpants, right?

As you know, I don't really pimp products here. We don't do give-aways or anything. So when I say that I really like and use this site, I mean it. But I actually am in love with them.


Because for every one of you that joins Sweet Relish and follows me - they will donate $1 in gift cards for moms in need.  

We could be looking at up to $5,000 in gift cards for moms this year, before we even start matching people up. And it will be fun because I will make the experience of following me on Sweet Relish the stupidest and most ridiculous adventure yet. It only takes a minute and is actually really useful and fun. In fact, I hope many of you will end up making your holiday wishlists there instead of somewhere else this year.

To join Sweet Relish and follow me, click here.
If you're already on Sweet Relish and you want to find me, click here.

Are you ready to GIVE IT UP this holiday season? Because I am.
xoxo, 
Lydia 

*Hooker hooker hooker hooker hooker hooker hooker HOOKER. HOOKER HOOKITTY HOOKER. Sigh... Now I feel better.

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2012

52 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I mean, really, truly love it. And, I totally just signed up to follow you on sweet relish. So, seriously, what's Kate got against those boots? As we speak, I have had them bookmarked in my thingsi'dlovetobuybutcouldneverjustifyspendingthemoneyon file for about a month now. True story. Oh, and happy hookering to you! Can't wait.

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  2. So excited to be a part of this with y'all! :) Thank you for once again making a difference across the country for moms in need!

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  3. I just signed up and followed you. I can't wait to help this year!

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  4. This is amazing. I'll be one of the ladies needing help this year. I wish we were better off financially but we can barely afford food with DH being hurt.

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  5. Hooker. There, I said it too. Can't wait to join in the fun.

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  6. Done And I am VERY EXCITED about our Christmas project

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  7. Ahem...Christmas in Mommyland....ahem....hint hint ;)

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  8. I am currently trying to move to our first new house (hopefully settling next week!), so I can't promise anything as of yet, but I will be in a BRAND NEW KITCHEN, and I like to bake at Christmas...a LOT. One year I did over 1000 chocolate chip cookies, 45 banana breads, and 300 fruit-filled cupcakes (homemade all the way). Last year I did two five gallon buckets each of monster cookies (no flour- mostly oats and PB), chocolate chips and butter cookies with sprinkles.

    Let's just say that if you don't need them until mid-december, I should be able to help a LOT of people. And Yes, I live in Philadelphia PA, and Sandy did some damage close enough to us that we might be able to deliver in person if they are close enough! (not sure if I can mail cookies..lol) You can message me when the time is near if you like! (Beth Brubaker on FB- I'm the fluffy chick with the curly hair and the modestly gorgeous smile!)

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    1. i like this idea: i live in CLE and would be happy to get my bake on as well.

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  9. DONE! Awsome. That is all I have to say :)

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  10. Love it! However, just signed up for Relish and tried to follow you using the link you provided and got the error "BitlyError at /enhanced/lydia_b_coupon_mommyland/products/
    RATE_LIMIT_EXCEEDED". Hopefully you have a contact there that can look into it - want to make sure you get all your mommy credits! Thanks for doing all you do!

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    1. I sent this to them. They are on it! Thank you, hooker. xoxo, L

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    1. This will start in December. So happy you're going to do it with us. Heh heh. Do it with us.
      xoxo, L

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  12. Did that lady in the red dress decapitate Santa??
    Also, looking forward to hearing more about how to help! :)

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  13. I never comment but on this one I just wanted to say thank you. Last year on Christmas Eve I suddenly found myself as a single mother and having to explain to my two small children that their dad was gone and our budget was tight. If it wasn't for the love and generosity of family and friends we never would have gotten through the past year. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for doing this project and giving other women like me the love and support they need to get through the holidays.

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  14. If you know a mommy in need, where do you direct said mommy? I signed up under my REAL name and stuff, so I think this is important!

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  15. Yay!
    Can I just say though, the hooker holding Santa's decapitated head's a little creepy.

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    1. Can Canadian helpers be matched with Canadian moms who need a bit of help? Or Can we Canucks help American families? We have Walmarts in the city where I live (for gift cards), but Target is not opening here until next year.

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  16. I've been meaning to harass you guys about what's going on this year, so thanks for saving me the trouble. We'll absolutely be on board this year! Can't wait!

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  17. Maybe I'm just stupider than I thought, but I signed up and can't find any way to actually FOLLOW you--I can look at your boards or whatever but I don't see where I'm supposed to click. Help!?

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  18. So, I signed up for sweet relish but ... well ... I'm not that smart. How do I follow you?

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    1. It took me a while to figure it out. Click on "My Relish." Once there, search members for Lydia B. A bunch of names popped up, but "our" Lydia was easy to spot. There will be a "Follow" button you can select. :)

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  19. Can I help if I live in Canada? I just tried to register, but I have a postal code, not a zip code.

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    1. We try to match Canada moms with other Canada moms. We can hook you up, hooker! We'll start taking names in early December.

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  20. Just wondering if a lady who is not a mom can still help a hooker in need through this program?

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    1. Of course! And thank you! Internet high five!
      Also, you look really hot today.
      xoxo, Lydia

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  21. I'm in!! Love it and can't wait!

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  22. I followed you!

    I was helped last year. Not once, but TWICE. And of course, neither of those awesome sistas put return addys or names or anything so I was unable to thank them personally. BUT, I am going to return the favor this year. I can't wait for all the deets!

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  23. Following! I just want to say, last year our family was needing help. In a big way. I was going to sign up as a hooker in need, but I didn't think my hubby would go for it, he has trouble accepting help from others (he can be an asshat at times! LOL). But, lo and behold, I received in the mail a cashiers check for $200, from an anonymous angel. It helped us tremendously, and my 5 kids had a happier Christmas for it. Fast forward to this year, and we are much better off. Even though I probably can't swing $200, like someone sent me, I WILL be signing up as a giving hooker this year, because I have been blessed by someone else, and I know what it feels like to not know if you can make Christmas what it should be for your kids. Thank you, Lydia. I can't wait!!

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  25. I'm a reader and big fan although not a Mom (well, not to humans - we do have kitties). Just wanted to say I signed up and followed you on Relish and I plan to help this year if its OK, even though it wouldn't be a Mom to Mom gift. I can always donate to cover expenses or for the shelter gifts/needs, or whatever you'd like. I'm in Texas so I'm not near enough to come help out in person, though I wish I were.

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    1. We would love for you to help and moreover, we'd be incredibly grateful. You are both insanely attractive and sweet-smelling. I just thought I'd say that.
      xoxo, Lydia

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  26. I'm soooo IN!!! Can not wait to be a Helping Hooker and Give It Up this year!!! This was so fulfilling last year!! Hopefully I'll be able to help more this year!! Keep up the good work ladies!!!!

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  27. Awesome!! Awesome!! Can't wait to help again!!!

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  28. Ok, so I was 'shopping' on Craigslist today, and I came across this ad ...

    "adopt us for x mas (evansville )

    this years has been hard for my family im single mom of 5 boys 7,5,4,2,and 3 weeks i missd the sighn up for salvation army and need anyone in christmas spirit to adopt our family this holiday i can be reached at xxxxxxxxxx thanks and god bless"

    So, now, my friends and I are going to help her as much as we can, but I think she'll need your help too. How can she become a Hooker-to-be-Helped?

    You really are the best!

    xo, kj

    P.S. Try telling a mom in need that you don't know from Adam, "oh, yeah, just sign up for this program 'Hookers Helping Hookers'. No, I'm not at all implying that you're a Hooker ..."

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  29. Ok, so I was 'shopping' on Craigslist today, and I came across this ad ...

    "adopt us for x mas (evansville )

    this years has been hard for my family im single mom of 5 boys 7,5,4,2,and 3 weeks i missd the sighn up for salvation army and need anyone in christmas spirit to adopt our family this holiday i can be reached at xxxxxxxxxx thanks and god bless"

    So, now, my friends and I are going to help her as much as we can, but I think she'll need your help too. How can she become a Hooker-to-be-Helped?

    You really are the best!

    xo, kj

    P.S. Try telling a mom in need that you don't know from Adam, "oh, yeah, just sign up for this program 'Hookers Helping Hookers'. No, I'm not at all implying that you're a Hooker ..."

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  30. Ok, so I was 'shopping' on Craigslist today, and I came across this ad ...

    "adopt us for x mas (evansville )

    this years has been hard for my family im single mom of 5 boys 7,5,4,2,and 3 weeks i missd the sighn up for salvation army and need anyone in christmas spirit to adopt our family this holiday i can be reached at xxxxxxxxxx thanks and god bless"

    So, now, my friends and I are going to help her as much as we can, but I think she'll need your help too. How can she become a Hooker-to-be-Helped?

    You really are the best!

    xo, kj

    P.S. Try telling a mom in need that you don't know from Adam, "oh, yeah, just sign up for this program 'Hookers Helping Hookers'. No, I'm not at all implying that you're a Hooker ..."

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  31. Yay!! Yay!! Can't wait to help out again this year!!

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  32. I loved being a Helpin' Hooker last year, and want to do it again.

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  33. Great idea, love it and count me in. ~Trollop

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  34. I'm so glad you are doing this! I will sign up with the Relish, every dollar helps as I well know! (if you want to read my story, you can go here: http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Michelle-Hear) I had help from you all last year and it was so so very wonderful. We are in a better place this year, so won't be needing to help, and even though I am raising money for my own hearing aids (which are desperately needed) I will be signing up to help another mom :)

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  35. How do I sign up to be a helper? I can't do much, we're on a tight budget ourselves this year (only doing presents for our daughter, no adult presents), but I know that people have it so much worse than we do. We are very fortunate to be able to buy our daughter presents, host Christmas dinner, decorate...etc. It makes me so sad to think about the children who may not get anything without someone helping their parents out.

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  36. I'm in! Can't wait, signed up on Sweet Relish. We're still hookers right? I'm ready to give it up ! (Bahaha, awesome)

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  37. Very excited about this! I'm going to be asking on behalf of a young mom who lives nearby who isn't working because her sweet six year old is in his last months as a result of terminal brain cancer. Chomping at the bit over here for the time I can submit her info!

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  38. I would like to be a helper. I don't have alot of extra money but I'm a photographer in WNY and would like to donate a photo session(s) to a mom(s) in my area...email me at mmb112304@yahoo.com if you have anyone on the list that would benefit from that. Thanks :)

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  39. Yay!!!! Im so excited about this years mommy match up! Last year i was matched but couldnt follow through. My hubby was in a crazy accident and was socked in the face by a TREE! Well after living in the hospital for the holidays and some few $$$ plastic surgerys later , i am proud to report this year we are good to go! Go on and give me some mama's. I ready to get this season started right!!!!

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  40. I can't wait to help out again this year!

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  41. Will you be taking names in December? I know of a VERY deserving momma who could really use some help this year. Just let me know what I need to do to get her on the list! :)

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  42. I am so looking forward to possibly getting help for my 6 children. They will be thrilled to get a decent gift for Christmas. I'll be looking for sign ups. Thanks in advance!

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  43. i'm in! i didn't realise we weren't supposed to email to sign up yet! oops! well, expect another email from me when it's go-time!
    while i don't have much (it's montana. we're a ridiculously high cost of living state. buts that's my own rant for another time!), i'm positive i have more than most... especially those on the east coast affected by SANDY (you heartless b*tch).
    so sign me up! i'm ready to be a hooker, except we're not supposed to be hoookers this year. damnit. i was looking forward to telling my husband that i was going to be a hooker this holiday season. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    ~rae

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