January 12, 2012

Spring Is In The Air At My House

This is a fun piece that uses the letters in the word SPRING to share how the coming of the new season looks at my full house. You get a glimpse of my bad housekeeping, my crazy kids and my 12-year marriage, and hopefully the result is at least mildly humorous. For example:

"Spic n span house. Who doesn’t love a spic n span house? Well, me. I mean, I don’t really care. I’m happy as long as I have a path to walk along to get to my morning coffee and clean clothes and dishes. My husband, however, actually LIKES to do spring cleaning while I practice avoidance of it. I don’t remember that part being on our premarital counseling test or it may have been a deal breaker (for him!). I try to put off all my errands and other plans until I know he’s itching to do spring cleaning, then I sneak out of the house with the kids and leave him to his passion."

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January 10, 2012

What I'm Working On ...

Here are some pieces I'm working on. Email me at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com if you need me to hurry up!

  • Cloth AND Disposable Diapering At the Same Time
  • Chiropractic Care for Bedwetting
  • Attachment Parenting: The Good, the Bad and the Snuggly
  • Get Out of the Kitchen!
  • Chore Solutions
  • Meal Planning 101

January 7, 2012

Christmas Nonprofit Appeal Letter Sample

Christmas 2001

            It’s Christmastime again! It’s a time to buy and make gifts, bake cookies, spend cherished time with our loved ones and, most importantly, celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

            There’s always something special in the air at Christmastime. People are kinder, warmer, friendlier. We smile at strangers, we say hello to our neighbors, and we treat our friends and families just a bit better. We exhibit Jesus’s example of giving to and helping those who are in need.

            We’ve all heard that it is better to give than to receive. To know that you are helping to make someone’s life just a little bit easier or helping to make someone happy is an indescribable feeling. As I’m sure you realize, while you are busy buying and making gifts for your loved ones this Christmas season, there are so many people in need. While most of us take for granted having a merry Christmas, some among us can only pray and dream about it.

            For those of you with children in your lives, you know their joy when they open gifts on Christmas Day. It’s very sad for me to think of all the children in our area who won’t have even one gift to open this year. In fact, they may not even have a meal to eat on this special day. But there is hope for them, and that hope is you.

            Here at [nonprofit client], we pride ourselves on the help we have provided to those in need for so long. But we honestly couldn’t do it without your generosity. Please consider putting one more person on your Christmas gift list this year, and send a donation to [nonprofit client].

May 8, 2011

9 Ways to Go Green and Save Money

Nobody ever said going green would be easy. In fact, some of my ideas might have you saying “ick!” But if you pick even just one of my ideas in my article (below as text), your readers will save money while also saving the planet. You don’t have to go all-out when you’re just starting. For instance, I used cloth diapers exclusively for five years before I switched to using disposables at night, and I’ve always used disposables when on vacation. Do I feel guilty about using disposables? Heck no! Every little bit helps when you’re going green! I realize you may want to edit the piece to take out the parts about menstrual cycle products, and that’s fine by me. You obviously know your readers better than I do, so of course I trust your edits! (882 words)

February 18, 2011

8 Birthday Traditions You'll Want to Try

Every year when I was a kid my parents would let me choose where I wanted to eat dinner out for my birthday. Another birthday tradition they kept going was to have a small party for me with family and friends, including a cookout since I have a June birthday. Kids love to feel special, and it can be a challenge to find the time to come up with ways to make a birthday a knockout. Never fear! My piece has 8 ideas for birthday traditions to start with your own kids. Pick and choose a few of them each year … and stick with the ones you and your birthday kid love! This piece is just made for you to pop in advertiser information … you have my permission to do so.

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January 1, 2011

Kerrie McLoughlin Is ...

... a freelance writer based in Kansas City. She is also a homeschooling mother of five young children. Her writing credits include over 95 regional parenting magazines, and she has also published an e-book kit about getting published in regional parenting magazines (complete with writer’s guidelines and tips).

You can also find her at TheKerrieShow.com, her variety blog which includes topics such as writing, homeschooling, attachment parenting, book and product reviews, weight loss and daily life being a Catholic hippie hot mess with kids.

When Kerrie isn’t parenting or writing, she enjoys reading, walking, volunteering, scrapbooking and learning new things to write about. She especially loves taking on writing assignments from parenting magazines ... hint hint.

Kerrie is also extremely accommodating and is happy to tailor any article to meet your editorial needs, including shortening/lengthening articles, researching local sidebars, etc. She's no Writer Diva!

September 9, 2010

Playdate Success

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A playdate can teach important skills like sharing, taking turns and navigating arguments … or it can quickly turn into an episode of “The Bad Girls Club.” So how do you go about finding decent playdate pals for your little one? This piece offers many tips from finding pals to play with to cleaning up after the playdate.

Please contact me at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com if you would be interested in purchasing this piece.