Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Erin’s 2011 Recap

Whoa. I feel like I just lived the last year on fast-forward. It was a darn good year thought…here are some highlights.

Here are a few favorites that I must share:

Fashion & Beauty Finds:

Tunics! They hide your bum and they’re comfy.

Aveda nourish-mint rehydrating lip glaze in Ginger Lily.  I’m wearing it in this photo. I should find out what Rachael and Erica are wearing too…they are all kinds of hot.

I’m hooked on glittery, sparkly nails. I’ve got glitter polish in gunmetal, silver, gold, green, and purple. I’m currently auditioning pinks and reds.

Kid Finds:

I can’t say enough good things about Keen shoes for kids. I know they are pricey, but I buy one good pair per season and she outgrows them before they show any wear and tear. I’ve tried bargain shoes…they are trashed in a week or two and I end up spending the same amount in the long run.

I picked up an Ergo Baby Carrier from before I had the baby boy and I love it!


Food Finds:

Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn. Fellow Today’s Mama, Breanne, gave me a bag for Christmas, then my Aunt Karin gave me a bag of the chocolate drizzled variety and I’m now completely obsessed. It is delicious!

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix is heaven in a cup.


Tech & Gadgets Finds: I like Instagram more than a friend.

Favorite from 2011:

Song: Footloose by Blake Shelton (I’m not a runner, but I can run to this song.)

Album: Sign No More by Mumford & Sons (Roll Away Your Stone is my favorite song.)

TV Show: There are three shows I make time for each week: The Vampire Diaries (HELLO Ian Somerhalder), Castle (HELLO Nathan Fillion), and Modern Family (HELLO, funniest people ever to grace my TV screen).

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. (I did the ugly cry when Snape died.) Jane Eyre was pretty fabulous too…now I know why everyone was pinning the W magazine photos of Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.  Bridesmaids was hysterical.

Book: Bossypants by Tina Fey. Go read it. Prepare to LOL.

Phone App: Pinterest and Sound Shaker.

Eye Candy: Polyvore.One of my favorite pages is from Miranda Wampler Jessee.


This year in social networking…

Favorite Facebook status update:

Me: Let’s name the colors.

Big Girl: I think purple should be called ‘Sandra’.

Most regrettable Facebook status update:

“Made the mistake of showing my girl how to stick a straw into playdoh and then blow the chunks of playdoh across the room. Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking either.”

Favorite tweet:


Favorite Pinterest Boards:

Adriane’s “Getting Fit” board.

Aimee’s “Photography” board.

All of Kara’s boards will inspire your parties. All 101 of them.

Rachael’s “Balloons” board is my happy place.

Blogging in 2011

What great blogs did you discover this year?

Today’s Letters—reading the thoughtful letters between this husband and wife has reminded me to keep my husband in my thoughts. (It’s a wee bit easy to be 100% focused on the kiddos all the time.)

Let the Kids Dress Themselves—great photography inspiration for capturing the real-life-images that surround us all.

Bliss Your Heart by Karen Walrond—Karen’s new gig at Babble is an exercise in gratitude and photography…and it is lovely.

Who are your favorite bloggers, year after year?

Karey (Mackin Ink), Nici (Dig This Chick), Carina (Jet Set), Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Darby (Fly Though Our Window), and Meg (Whatever).

Favorite post from a favorite blogger: This one from Karey Mackin.

Favorite post of 2011 (your own): It would have to be Summer So Far or Kids Behind the Camera.

Favorite photo of 2011 (your own):

Taken February 2011, the night before the baby boy arrived.


Real life…

What did you kick to the curb this year?

Worrying about everyone else’s expectations. There are only so many hours in a day and I have to spend them as I see fit. It’s not like I’ve got my feet up over here.

What/who did you realize you are particularly grateful for?

The people in my life that love my kids…the friends and family that make my daughter feel special and cherished. As a parent, you can’t do it all. Having people in your life that  want to help and give hugs is a special gift.

With Grandpa in Yellowstone.

What was your big moment of 2011?

Welcoming a baby boy to our family. The second biggest moment, was when my girl arrived at the hospital to meet him. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous, hopeful, and excited in my whole life.

What did you do this year that you’re really proud of? Hit my stride with two kids. The first…oh…six months were a bit tough, but we’re doing pretty good now!

What word sums up 2011 for you? Sleepless.

What would you have done differently in 2011? Fewer cookies. More salad. 😉

Best getaway of 2011? A Disney Cruise! 

What did your kids teach you this year?

Having another baby made me truly realize how fast kids grow up. My girl was a baby right up until the moment her brother arrived and then she instantly became this kid. I’ve tried to remember to slow down and savor both of them and the little quirks that accompany each age.

What are you looking forward to most in 2012? Going on a grown up vacation with my husband.

What is your #1 goal for 2012? To have a good time!

Read the other 2011 staff recap posts from Rachael, Erica, Carina, Shannon, and Amy.

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  2. San Diego Momma 01/02/2012 at 6:07 pm

    I have been back to this post 87 times today. SO MUCH good stuff. Love the Mumford song, the tunic site, and the new blogs I discovered thanks to you.

    Now off to check the Pinterest boards you mention. I’m sure my family will see be again sometime in February.


  3. Carina Wytiaz 01/02/2012 at 4:02 pm

    I was just thinking of Bossypants last night:

    The part where the kids/women in the neighborhood refer to Tina as “Mrs. Fey’s Change of Life Baby.” Makes me laugh every time.

  4. amy 01/01/2012 at 11:14 pm

    bringin’ in the new year!! woot woot! love you, erin!

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/02/2012 at 10:47 am

      I’m a slacker! But I didn’t think anyone would be in reading mode on NYE. 😉

  5. Adriane 01/01/2012 at 2:08 pm

    wooohooooo! i made the list!! 🙂

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/02/2012 at 10:46 am

      Awwww….yeah! Keep those fitness pins coming, yo! I need the positive inspiration.

  6. twelve30 01/01/2012 at 12:38 pm

    I won the Playwonder doll in a contest you sponsored before Christmas – Yay! I responded to your winning email with my info but haven’t heard back from you or received the doll. I’m sure the holidays kept you busy though – I know they did me! Or perhaps it is our mail carrier since she seems to lose our mail on a regular basis. Please let me know-thanks. Happy New Year!

    • Erin Oltmanns 01/02/2012 at 10:46 am

      Hello! I just followed up and sent you an email. Thank you and Happy New Year!