Top 10 Reasons I am Excited to Stay Home with My Family this Coming Weekend

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by on July 23, 2009

I’ve been asked several times if I’m going to Blogher ‘09 this weekend. The official answer is No.

Not that I wouldn’t want to meet all the fabulous bloggers that are attending, get lots of fun swag, or party ‘til dawn… BUT, after looking into airfare from Phoenix to Chicago, hotel rates, cabs, and even the ticket itself, I decided it would be best to stay home this time. 

So, now the official Top 10 Reasons I am Excited to Stay Home with My Family this Coming Weekend:

10. I get to party at the Non Blogher Party on Friday Night! nonblogherbanner-2

9. I’ll finally get to check out and get organized (seriously, I’m excited about the Mobile access feature!)


8. I can work on my posts, magazine articles, and the fun giveaways I have coming up!typing

7. Instead of being cooped up inside, with rain in Chicago, I’ll be floating in my pool, sipping a fun drink with an umbrella!ring in pool

6. I’m going to Christmas in July at Toys R Us, which is great timing since my 3 (almost 4) year old only wants to watch Frosty the Snowman and read A Christmas Story (Mickey version) every r us christmas in july

5. I can read a story to my boys every night, tuck them into bed, and see their smiling faces in the morning.Goodnightmoon

4. I don’t have to worry about what to wear, if I need a pedicure, or if I lost all the baby weight.toes

3. Saturday Morning Pancakes! Our family makes pancakes each Saturday, and after all the deals on blueberries recently, I know we’ll be having some light & fluffy Blueberry Pancakes!fruit pancakes

2. I get to stay with my wonderful hubby and precious 2 boys, seriously, who could resist these faces?IMG_5270 IMG_5225

1. I’m Saving Money! (No need to buy new clothes, pay travel expenses, go out to eat, or do any of the other things easy to do when you travel to a conference)dime piggy bank

So, if you have enjoyed this post, enjoy the blog, or just want to see me win, please leave me a comment! has graciously agreed to give $100 to 15 bloggers with the most comments.

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  • Kristin

    You make me feel better about not being able to go to BlogHer. Thanks!

  • I agree…good luck!

  • Love this post! I feel the exact same way. Hope you win!

  • That was hilarious. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

  • Tammy

    Those are some awesome reasons to stay home this weekend….enjoy!

  • Robyn

    Brilliant! Love the post. Enjoy your weekend :)

    Robyn (youdreamidream) ontwitter

  • Great post and great reasons! You have such a beautiful family!

  • Sydni

    Great reasons! With all the great deals you post, I bet you could get a sponsor to send you next year!

  • Great post and great reasons, especially the last one! I hope you win!!

  • renee

    Have fun with your family :) You’re up to 10 comments!

  • Totally love this site. New to it and I am telling everyone about it! Hope you win! :)

    Also check out

  • Betsy

    You go girl! I follow your site every day.

  • You definitely need to win!!!! These are great reasons to stay home! I’m loving the pool.. can I come?

  • Jennifer Hamitlon

    Good Luck!! Those are the best reasons to stay!! I LOVE your Blog!!

  • Love the blog.. I really wanted to go to Blogher, but alas it was just not in the cards.. I should do a list too!

  • Courtney

    Great list!

  • Great post. Next year we’ll all have to band together and get us some sponsors so we can go too.

  • when i see your blog mobile i am not able to leave comments… im not sure if you are aware of that! lol So here is my comment. Have lots of fun with your boys.

  • LOL, you have a great list! I especially like #’s 4 and 1–so true! Thanks for leaving a comment for me at my blog! I hope we both win too! :)

  • Blueberry pancakes sound so good! Yum! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Katie

    It is a lot more relaxing to stay home with family and have a nice weekend. Besides, that is a lot of money to spend!

  • Susie

    The pool sounds like a great idea. To bad her in the mid west, personal pools are hard to come by.

  • Kim

    What is the Blogher Conference?

  • Kim

    That picture of the pancakes is making me want to cook some pancakes this weekend. I will just have to get my husband up to make them for me ;)

  • I love the post! =] Good luck!

  • Jackie

    On an off note, I LOVE Cozi. It has downe wonders for us. It’s so awesome.

  • Karen

    I love it! You’re saving youself a bundle by staying home!

  • have a great weekend!

  • Alecia

    I love your site – I’m completely addicted to it! Thanks for taking so much time and effort to share your wealth of knowledge with the rest of us!

  • Chris

    My wife uses your site to help our family stick to our budget. Thanks for helping support her!

  • Oh man! I wanted to hit Christmas in July at TRU yesterday! Dammit LOL.

  • Wow! You’ve got lots of comments already! Good luck! You’re boys are too cute!!

  • I LOVE how you added pictures to your post. You have a beautiful family! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    She Scribes

  • Sounds like a great weekend!

  • Sandra

    Great post!

  • Have a great weekend!

  • Dezi Allen

    Great reasons! And I totally agree. :)

  • Love the post. I agree with everything wholeheartedly. Enjoy your weekend. I’m trying to savor every bit of summer before my oldest starts Kindergarten on Aug. 10!

  • Ted

    Love your site!

  • Rodica

    I agree…good luck!

  • It sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend to me ~ enjoy!! :)

  • Kim

    I hope you win the $100. I love your site and enjoy the savings!!! Those above reasons are wonderful, I hope you don’t miss anything because the kids make up for so much more. Good Luck!

  • Great list – staying home is not so bad! Have a wonderful weekend and good luck. :)

  • Can I please join you for the drink with the cute little umbrella? I’ll grab a plane and be there in no time!

  • Erin

    Love it! Enjoy your weekend with your family!

  • I was to cheap to buy a ticket to go to Blogher.LOL! I hop you win!

  • ann

    Great choice!

  • I want pancakes now! Those look incredible.
    I hope you go to 2010. I live within driving distance so I am going.
    Time to start saving for it!

  • dawn@meandcraig

    I hope you win the $100 ~

  • renee

    This is my second comment–does it count toward you winning? This comment is so I get five more entries in your Mix1 giveaway :) But I hope it count toward your Cozi total too!

  • Wow — how awesome. I would want to stay at home too if we had our own pool. Have a great weekend. :)

  • Great list! And woot woot for the Non Blogher Party! ;) Have a great weekend!

  • I LOVE your reasons!! It would be nice to be there, but it ends up costing alot to attend such functions. And, you are so right ~ with 3 totally adorable boys at home, who would want to leave – even for the weekend! :-) It is our families that matter the most anyway. Have a terrific weekend!

  • Shanna

    Sounds like a “Cozi” weekend to me!!! Enjoy those boys!

  • Ann

    You had me at the Toy’R’us Christmas in July sale.
    Sounds like a fun week-end.

  • Carol

    You do have 3 adorable boys.

  • Abbie

    Love the list of reasons !! Am I too late to come over for pancakes.
    Hope you win.

  • Sarah

    Hey – Your week-end sounds fantastic. With weather like this, the pool sounds really refreshing. Enjoy your wonderful family.

  • YAY You!! GREAT POST and psssst… I stayed home too!!!
    Good luck winning the Hundred Bucks!!

  • Your weekend sounds amazing!

    I’m sharing the comment luv from the MD list. here’s my post . Please comment for me too.

  • #4–me, too.

  • Ben

    I hope you win the sponsorship!

  • Karen

    I hope this helps!

  • Dale

    I hope you win!

  • Karen

    And this too! You deserve it.

  • Ben

    The pool sounds GREAT…!

  • Ricky

    Sounds like a great weekend. Work and the Gym for me!!

  • Your Son

    Go Mommy! I told our son that you were trying to win a contest and he said that you will.

  • Here’s one more comment to help you get closer to winning! I’m excited I found your site!

  • Karen

    Hope I’m not too late. Miss the kids.


  • Renee

    We have spent this weekend unpacking from our move-yay, what fun…comment 75?! Wow, when do you find out if you’ve won the contest?

  • Ashley

    Can’t wait for more giveaways!

  • Cathy

    Just did housework today, not too exciting LOL!

  • Barry

    Here’s to helping you win!

  • Jackie

    Have fun this weekend!

  • Always willing to help a fellow commenter
    love your blog super cute

    Double check your posts no extra comments by the same person they don’t count tip :)
    thanks for coming by
    HOPE WE BOTH win a gift card

  • Thanks for visiting my blog. Just wanted to say that since I am up so late tonight, you can send those pancakes on over in the morning…LOL

    Great post.

    Sending a little blog ♥ love your way!

  • How many days left until you win! I already know you totally are! Good Luck!

  • Kim

    Love your LIST!!!!! Mine just hanging out with my men (36 and 9). I just found your blog and I’m loven it. Keep it up!!!!

  • Great reasons to stay home! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I hope you enjoyed the pancakes!

  • Hoping to go to BlogHer10 in NYC next year!

    Visiting from MomDot

    I understand the pedicure part!
    Here’s mine:
    So I’m Not Going To BlogHer – Top 10 Reasons I Am Excited to Stay Home with My Family this Coming Weekend

  • Anxiety Princess

    I love your reasons for staying home instead of attending Blogher. Reason number six made me smile. :) Good luck winning the contest!!

  • Nancy

    You had lots of great reasons to stay home.
    Hope you had a fun weekend and good luck in the contest!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  • I totally understand the financial reasons. I would not have been able to go without full sponsorship from Walmart. Hope to see you there next year- in New York City! :)

  • Consider this a vote!!

  • Nancy

    I hope your weekend was even better than you imagined!

  • Nancy

    Were those blueberry pancakes scrumptious?
    With 1 $1 off coupon, I got a package of fresh blueberries that was on sale for only 88 cents this weekend! Woo-hoo!

  • Nancy

    Bedtime books are fabulous. I wish more people read to their children daily!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  • I had to laugh at the clothes and pedicure comment! I agree, staying in my cave is easier on my sense of fashion. ;)

  • Even though I would of loved to have you at Blogher, atleast you had fun at home!

  • Oh and by the way, we need to work on getting you to NYC next year.

  • Awesome article – I look forward to looking into! Thanx

  • I went and am exhausted! but it was very nice to meet other bloggers.
    good luck!

  • alison

    I LOVE when I don’t have anything scheduled and get to stay home with my hubby. TIME is what we are always looking for – time to spend together. Nice post!

  • marina

    Yay!!!I’m 100!!! Hope we all win :>

  • Kate McDonald

    Love this website-love Melissa…make HER WIN!

  • Melissa, I am totally with you on this one, especially your top reason: saving money. You are truly demonstrating the premise of your business & character, which is saving cents with sense. It doesn’t make too much sense to spend so much money to physically travel and meet your audience when there are alternative electronic means to interact with and engage them. It comes down to a “need” vs a “want”, and I think you have chosen wisely to fit your needs instead, which is all a part of the process in saving money with good sense. Way to go!

  • Abby

    Oh girl here’s to seeing you win!

  • sarah

    Saving Cents with Sense is the best savings website!

    Go Melissa Go!

    sarah D.

  • Here’s a comment. Hope you win.

  • I hope you had fun floating in your pool!

    I’d love some comment love in return!

  • Amy

    Here’s some comment loving. I always love your comments and thoughts on my blog so here’s me returning the love.

  • Pingback: Thank you Cozi and Readers!()

  • I am glad you stayed home tooo…looks like you had good reasons!

  • Connie

    Good for you! Attending BlogHer is very expensive and while probably fun, not practical for everyone! Thanks for sharing.

  • Connie

    I commented on your BlogHer post #4

  • Thank you for details. It helped me in my mission

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