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Nursery Contest–Part 1

Friday, July 29th, 2011

I arrived at LaGuardia at 10 a.m. I got to my gate just in time to notice the sky turning black. The board was flashing delay delay delay. I was due in a small Alabama town at 8 a.m. the next morning for a shoot with a mommy blogger, Trisha. It’s part of a contest that is going on now, where three mommy bloggers from across the country designed a nursery for their second baby. We were shooting video on each of them, then asking all of you to vote on which one we like best. I was hired to host the three videos in three very remote parts of the country. We’re not disclosing the exact towns where we shot in, but for the first one I needed to connect in Atlanta.

It’s very rare in television that it takes you longer to get to a shoot than actually shoot the piece itself. But that’s exactly what happened with all of these.

My delay at LaGuardia dragged on for 5 hours. I knew I’d miss my connection in Atlanta. But there were more connections later in the day.

We finally boarded in NY, waited an hour on the tarmac, wheeled out, only to be told a light was blinking in the cockpit. One that wasn’t supposed to. The whole plane collectively groaned.

By the time I got to Atlanta the connections had all left. I crashed at an airport hotel at midnight, up at the crack of dawn on the first flight to Alabama. In all, it took me 24 hours to get there and about 3 hours to shoot the piece. (Which by the way, never happens. But when you have a good crew and a great interviewee, miracles can happen. And I had fun to boot.)

Trisha is an energetic tiny thing—one of those adorable pregnant women—who started blogging for fun. Now it’s her career.  Her blog is momdot.com. She is about to have her second baby—a boy—Phoenyx. She has a beautiful 6-year-old daughter Charlotte. You can see her nursery pictures and vote here.

For the next shoot, click here.

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Nursery Contest Part 2

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Onto northern Minnesota. The closest airport is 100 miles away in Duluth. The town is on the Iron Range, so it’s a mining town. And in the midst of this small speck on the map is where we found Sarah. That is, after a flight to Minneapolis, a delay, etc etc. So about a 12-hour trip to shoot 3 hours.

Sarah is in her 20’s with her third baby on the way.  She is one of those women who were born to be a mom. Calm, kind, sweet, relaxed. Basically the opposite of me. She just seems to roll with it. I get inspiration…and a touch of envy…from people like her. Damn they’re good. Her husband is a miner.  They were high school sweethearts. She was a nurse before she got busy in mommyhood. So what does a stay at home mom do for a career way up in this northern corner of the state? She makes her living blogging. Her site is Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves.  And here is where you can vote and see her nursery overhaul.

Now for shoot number 3!

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Nursery Contest–Part 3

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

This one didn’t involve an airport. Just me driving into rural Pennsylvania, getting lost, ending up in a severe thunderstorm and stumbling into my crew at a bar. (The best place to find your coworkers, by the way!).

The next morning we met Kathleen and her family. They live in a beautiful old home in a quaint town surrounded by rolling hills…it reminds me of where I grew up in State College.

Kathleen is an artist and creates a lot of cool stuff. Her website is Katydidandkid.com. A lot of her nursery was inspired by her own artwork and I think she did a fabulous job. Not only that, but she now has it in full use. Baby Jude was born this July. He’s so cute and the family seems to be doing well.

I loved meeting all three of our moms. They were so gracious and patient. Having a TV crew invade your space isn’t typically that much fun. But we really did all have a good time. And I find it so cool that these moms who live away from the big cities have carved out their niche in the blogosphere.  It shows ingenuity, risk, and creativity can happen anywhere. Well, at least anywhere there’s wireless.

So don’t forget to vote. And while you’re there, check out the videos we shot. Thanks moms!

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