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New AYMB Launched!

Welcome to the new and improved Ain’t Yo Mama’s Blog!

This newly updated blog has been a work in progress for well over a month and nearly all credit must be given to the Dude – lawyer by day, web designer/developer by night. No one else could have possibly been able to capture my vision, make it functional, and exceed all my expectations…or maybe they could of, but certainly at a much higher rate. Being married to your web designer does come in handy.

During this time, the Dude captured a few images of the work in progress. Click through the images below to see the evolution of the AYMB design process:

We are still working out a few kinks here and there, so please let me know if you come across any issues.

Hope you like the new site and come back again soon!

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It’s a special day at AYMB!

So, what’s so special about today?!? Well, my friends…

…it’s my SITS Day!!!*

If you’ve never been to Ain’t Yo Mama’s Blog before, welcome! I hope you’ll come back again soon. And, if you’re a returning reader, I hope you know how much I adore you already.

the Dude & the monkey

My two favorite guys - the Dude and the Monkey

A little about me and my blog for those stopping by for the first time:

My name is Aimee. I live in SoCal with my husband of 5 years, the Dude, and our little Monkey who turns 3 this month. I am a registered pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFTi) but have been a stay-at-home mom since the Monkey was born. The Dude is the one who suggested I become a blogger and he is, without a doubt, my biggest supporter. He is also a silent partner here at AYMB. You see, the Dude not only created this website but he also deals with all the techy stuff (the stuff I am either incapable of doing or unwilling to learn). Although the Dude prefers to work backstage, he sometimes comes out of hiding to write about various interesting stuff, like how to make an awesome frittata.  I find more reasons to love him everyday and I’m also glad I didn’t let a small issue like height differences get in the way of true love. Yes, that pun was intended. (continues…)

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I’m having a surprise party over here at AYMB!

You see, I found out last night that one of my blog posts (THIS ONE) is being featured today over at The Secret is in the Sauce! Woohoo!

If you’re a blogger, you probably already know all about SITS. If you’re not a blogger, SITS is a wonderfully supportive community of women bloggers. It’s my favorite blogging network and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this group of fabulous women. Make sure to head over there and check it out!

I better get back to the party and start mingling with my SITStas. If you’re leaving me a comment today, I WILL get back to you as soon as I can.

Now, I think it’s time to make a batch of margaritas.


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A Little Housekeeping At AYMB

Just a quick update for my regular readers:

Although I will continue featuring a Mental Monday and Foodie Friday series, they will no longer be a weekly feature. Instead, I anticipate that they will be featured every other week or once a month. As much as I enjoy both series, I feel it’s best that I do not constrain myself too much with two weekly features. I have quickly learned that motherhood, and life in general, doesn’t always take kindly to blogging with strict regularity and structure.

I expect 2010 to be a fun year for Ain’t Yo Mama’s Blog. I’ve got some great guest bloggers coming up in the next few months and I’m planning on a few more give-aways throughout the year. And, of course, more rants, raves, and occasional words of wisdom.

Have any questions or comments? You can e-mail me directly at mama at aintyomamasblog dot com.

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Mental Monday: A Mental Day-Off

My beloved grandmother passed away on New Year’s Day. I was very close with her and I was only given one week to prepare for her death. There is never enough time to prepare for something like that. It’s only been 4 days and I am still reeling from her death. Not only am I mourning the loss of my grandma, but I am angry with the medical staff and health-care she received, or lack thereof. I will discuss these issues more in-depth in upcoming posts. For now, I need to sit with my grief.

A mere 24 hours after my grandmother passed away, we experienced major plumbing issues and water damage in our home. 48 hours and $5,300 dollars later, we’re finally able to use our plumbing once again.

It’s safe to say that 2010 has not started off very well for me. I am grieving. I am angry. I am in desperate need of a hot and relaxing shower.

I am also in need of a mental day-off. It’s good to have one of those every once in a while, especially when you have been slammed with too many stressors at once. Checking in with yourself should be a weekly occurrence, if not a daily one. I haven’t been able to check in with myself in a while, but I’m going to do it now.

I will be taking the rest of the week off from my blog in order to start adjusting my life to my new loss.

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