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Blerdy Momma Boutique is Almost Ready!

Launch Coming Soon

I am so excited, you guys! Blerdy Momma Boutique is almost ready to launch! I’m in the last stages of setting up the business through all the legal requirements for Maryland, and then we can get on to the fun! I can’t wait to publish the sneak preview of Round 1 fabrics. I may just have to do a celebratory giveaway.

I am proud to share that I was able to find a supplier within the US to make my designs a reality to share with you all. This means paying a little bit more, but for me, it’s worth it. I really wanted to be able to offer you an American-made product. (Bonus: This also means I should be able to offer pretty quick turn-around times.)

Blerdy Momma Boutique is going to start out offering a great quality 12oz cotton spandex knit fabric base for all designs. If I see people are interested in other fabric options, I will start to offer those as well, so don’t be afraid to tell me what you want!

BMB will also be offering panels in adult and child sizes along with my patterns. I can’t wait to see what projects you all come up with for them. Don”t forget to join the Facebook group and post your pictures.

Ok, ok. I promise I’m done with all the shameless plugs. At this point, I’m really just trying to get in the habit of posting regularly.  You can expect progress pics for my ongoing projects, exciting recaps of my convention adventures, and the occasional tutorial. I cannot promise that I won’t sometimes veer wildly off-topic. I get easily distracted by shiny things…

Anyways, everybody cross your fingers that my business license application gets approved quickly. The faster I get that, the faster I can launch. In the meantime, I need to figure out my resolutions for the new year. It looks like 2018 could be the start of a whole new adventure!

blerdy momma boutique fabrics coming soon

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Big Changes ahead at BlerdyMomma.com!!

blerdy momma boutique fabrics coming soon

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while. I picked up some new clients with my VA business and they definitely keep me busy, but I haven’t stopped being Blerdy Momma. Never gonna happen!

Soooo…. maybe you’ve noticed some changes happening around the website. Like a lot of changes. Surprise!! I’m turning Blerdy Momma into a custom fabric shop. Isn’t that cool?

I love sewing. I wish I had more time for it because I just love putting together a new cosplay or piece of clothing and being able to see progress as it happens. Sewing is one skill I can say I learned entirely on my own, just me and the manual for my first sewing machine.

It is now several years later and I’ve been introduced to the world of custom digital print fabrics. YOU GUYS!!!!!! This is what I’ve been looking for every time I walk into a big chain fabric store and don’t see options for my favorite fandoms. I’m so glad a friend put me on to these awesome sites.

But you know what? Something was still missing. There are a million options if you want fabric inspired by some of the more “mainstream” fandoms. You can find Harry Potter, Dr. Who, or Game of Thrones fabric anywhere. Outside of Mario, I really didn’t see much video game-themed fabric.

So here I am. Because I want Mortal Kombat and Final Fantasy inspired fabric just that bad haha. My goal here is to offer high-quality fabric with unique designs. I want those of us with less popular fandoms to have some options too. If you’re into that, bookmark the site and join my Facebook group.

What’s your favorite fandom? I’m keeping a list of games and shows to inspire my future fanart designs. Come back soon to see what’s available in Round 1!

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Meet my Kids: National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Ya know, I named this blog BlerdyMomma because I am a nerdy, black mom and those are 3 characteristics about me that will never change. But I don’t actually talk about my children all that often. That’s mainly because I don’t think my children should have a huge web presence before they can even read. And how do I know some weirdo won’t take their pictures off of here and turn them into some ridiculous meme?

I guess I don’t. But leaving my kids off the blog means that a huge chunk of my daily life goes unmentioned. How can I really share our blerd family lifestyle if I’m not talking about half of the family? I can’t.

So meet my kids: Little Man and Baby Hulk…

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month Kids

They come with us to conventions. They love to watch WWE every week. And they both have Sickle Cell Anemia.

Sickle Cell is a genetic blood disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. Just in America, 1,000 babies are born with it every year. But most people know nothing about it. That’s probably because it disproportionately affects minority groups here.

Little Man has Sickle Cell
Little Man has Sickle Cell.

Sickled blood cells cannot work as hard or live as long as healthy red blood cells. Because of this, they lead to all sorts of health problems over time. My children are at high risk for things like stroke and pneumonia, and they suffer from episodes called “pain crises”. A pain crisis happens when their sickle – shaped blood cells traffic jam in their arteries, blocking blood flow and causing very painful swelling at the site of the blockage.

Parents like me have the challenging job of advocating for children with what is essentially an “invisible illness” 80% of the time. Little Man is just now getting to a point where he can describe his symptoms and learn about what is happening in his body. And next year he’s going to start school where the staff probably won’t know, understand, and in some cases, believe him.

I am talking about this because sickle cell disease is twice as common as cystic fibrosis, and yet I rarely meet people  (doctors included) who have a working knowledge of the disease. I just want to share a few tidbits that will let you know how to support someone with sickle cell.

Sickle Cell Health Tips:

  1. Stay hydrated – Dehydration will almost invariably lead to a pain crisis in someone with SCD.
  2. Avoid extreme weather – You know how your hands go numb when it’s too cold outside? That can become a pain crisis too.
  3. NEVER ignore a fever – Fevers can be a sign of blood infection. A fever is always grounds for a visit to the doctor.
  4. Avoid sick people – The common cold is not bad by itself. But having SCD means that the blood cannot work as hard to heal my kids. Fighting off that cold could cause their blood cells to break down faster than they can replace them. When that happens, they need a blood transfusion.

Resources about Sickle Cell:

Baby Hulk has Sickle Cell, too.
Baby Hulk has Sickle Cell, too.

Sickle Cell 101 – The SCDAA website is full of great, easy-to-understand information about SCD. They also offer networking opportunities and local support groups for patients and their families.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The CDC is constantly researching and publish new information about SCD, its treatments, and tips for healthy living.

The Invisible Pain People With Sickle Cell Anemia Go Through Every Day – This article by Jim Olaghere is a snapshot of what it’s like living with SCD.

As my children and I grow, I am learning more about Sickle Cell every day. I often forget how unique my children are, because this is a genetic disorder diagnosed at birth, and we simply don’t know what it is to be normal. They were born this way, and symptoms started showing before they were each a year old. I love my boys and I wouldn’t change them for the world, so I guess I better change the world for my boys.

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It’s the Most BUSIEST time of the Year…

Public Service Announcement: If you are not done having children, please try to make a conscious effort to spread out their birthdays. Our boys’ birthdays are barely 3 weeks apart on the calendar. Between them and the abnormally high number of other family birthdays in August, I’ve been insanely busy. It’s my own fault for insisting on doing their parties mostly DIY. The things I do for love, huh? Once they’re both past the age of 5, combined parties every year from then on!

At the same time that motherhood duties kicked into overdrive, I finally got some callbacks on Upwork, where I peddle my Virtual Assistant services. I couldn’t very well turn down potential income with the holiday season right around the corner now, could I? Of course not. Did I also mention the revolving door of family visitors that we simply can’t avoid around “birthday season”? My house has been a zoo, a love-filled zoo.

blerdymomma and little man bean bag chair 2

Unfortunately, this has all left me with zero time to update Blerdy Momma. :'( I haven’t been able to draft new posts or edit pictures to share, and my camera is collecting dust with pictures from San Japan still in it. Please rest assured that once all the buzz settles down, I will be back at it. The best way to keep up with me right now is via Instagram where I still manage to post periodically.

A thousand apologies for my impromptu absence. It should all be over soon. I can’t wait to be back. And if you happen to have any suggestions on how I can improve my time management, email me at blerdymomma(at)gmail(dot)com!

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20 Things About Me

20-sided_dieI feel like the best way to kick off Geek Mom Matsuri (now Blerdy Momma) is just to share a little about myself. Time to roll the 20-sided die and see what you learn!

  1. I’m team Gemini- I often hear that this is the reason for the intense duality in my personality, my indecisive nature, and my unnecessary analysis of everything.
  2. Classically-trained musician- I’ve played instruments since the 5th grade and majored in music in college. It’s a shame I don’t work in the field anymore, but I still flex the muscles when I’m bored.
  3. Video Games- I love to disappear into digital worlds. I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan and all conflicts can be resolved through Mortal Kombat.
  4. Anime- A friend introduced me to Sailor Moon in the 10th grade, and I never looked back. I do more gaming than anime watching, but the Crunchyroll Premium Membership definitely gets used in my house.
  5. Home Cook- My dad taught me to cook my own ramen at age 10, and the kitchen has been my personal chemistry lab ever since. I love nothing more than to taste a great dish and go home to recreate it.
  6. Cosplay- This is the whole reason I learned to work a sewing machine. My first cosplay was a closet cosplay of Edea (FFVIII) for Halloween back before I knew that cosplay was an entire subculture. I make outfits for the whole family now.
  7. Couponer- One way I save money for our expensive hobbies is by couponing for groceries. I have a zippered binder dedicated to this. Perhaps I’ll share a quick tutorial one day.
  8. Discount shopper- The only thing better than new stuff is new stuff that’s not full price! I love thrift stores, flea markets, and any outlet mall. I practically live at my local Dollar Tree.
  9. Air Force spouse- I’ve been at my husband’s side since he left for basic over 10 years ago, and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything in the world. We got married in 2010 and I am proud to be a military family!
  10. Army brat- My parents served in the Army and it made my childhood awesome! I went to 8 different schools before graduating and the resiliency it has instilled in me is invaluable.
  11. SCDAwarenessRibbon-store-CopyMother of boys- I have 2 children, both boys. And no, I don’t want a girl. I’m overjoyed to raise my princes. And if we have a third child, I’ll hope that one’s a boy too!
  12. Sickle cell mommy- Both of my sons have sickle cell disease. It’s a genetic disorder affecting their blood. If I didn’t tell you, you would never know, but I think it’s important that more people learn about this risky disease.
  13. Sex positive- Sex is great and I don’t understand why people are so uptight about something that everyone is doing. Good sex is for everybody! I don’t advocate anything illegal, but at some point we’ll have to address this sad stereotype that married couples never get laid.
  14. Vague spirituality- I could probably write a book on my thoughts about organized religion, but that’s a little deep to start with. In the meantime, I am not above lighting a few candles and getting in tune with my inner Ka when I need extra guidance.
  15. Frugal foodie- Did I mention I love food? I think I want my biopic to be named “Around the World in 80 Dishes”.
  16. Loc Journey- I just started my loc journey in November 2015 with braids. It is officially the single best hair decision I’ve ever made. We’ll talk about it periodically as I learn what to do with them. In the meantime, I have so much more free time each morning!
  17. Spurs fan- I’ve lived in San Antonio for multiple championships now and this is the first time I’ve really gotten into basketball but I love everything about this team. Coach Pop’s strategy for building a winning team is definitely the way I feel I should approach life. Work smarter, not harder!spurs logo
  18. Proud Boricua- Everybody can plainly see my blackness. I have to make a point to mention that I am also Puerto Rican because I am proud of both heritages. I grew up eating tostones and drinking malta and I make a killer pernil!
  19.  Achievement driven- I become restless when I feel like I am not being productive. I need checklists and planners and checkpoints even though I’m the least organized person on the planet. I just need something to reassure me that I’m always making progress.
  20. Crispy mom- Have you ever heard of crunchy moms? They do everything from scratch and go natural/organic when and wherever possible in life. It’s admirable, but I can’t be that hardcore. I only dabble in DIY care products and cooking from scratch when the mood strikes. Sometimes I think I’d like to commit to the lifestyle, but then I visit any store and remember how convenience works. So I’m not completely crunchy, but I am a little crispy.

 

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2015 New Year's Resolutions for a Stay-at-Home Geek

Happy-New-Year-Picture-4An entire year has flashed right by me once again, you guys. I recently reviewed my New Year’s resolutions from this past year, and I realized that I did not accomplish a single one. That’s a little embarrassing to admit, especially after I crafted them so carefully following my own how-to guide.

Let’s try this again, shall we? Another new year is upon us, and sooner or later I’ve got to get this whole “resolutions” thing right. I’m thinking that first I’ll set the goals, then I’ll come up with a simple plan to make sure they actually happen this year. Like I said in last year’s post, I’ll limit myself to 5:

  1. Potty-train my son.
  2. Lose 20 pounds.
  3. Learn to properly hydrate my hair.
  4. Finish my B. Orchid cosplay. (Preferably in time for Classic Game Fest.)
  5. Finish at least 2 games from the stack I bought at last year’s CGF. (lol.)

resume headshotI’ll have to reflect on these resolutions at least once a month to make sure that I make progress before 2015 speeds by as well. I think they show a good balance of homemaking, personal achievement, and geek life. I could certainly go on and on with this list, so I certainly hope that I can accomplish them early and replace them with additional resolutions. I didn’t even get to mention couponing, my home business, or cooking. My logic is that these are unique goals, whereas things like “build my stockpile” are habits that I hope to accomplish regularly. It would be awesome if next year I could choose some bigger projects for my resolutions, but my lack of achievement this past year has enlightened me. Clearly, I need to take baby steps. At least I can see the finish line this year. Happy New Year, y’all! What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?