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You, Too, Could Be “Blogging with Moxie”!

Did you know we wrote a book?  I’m sure we’ve mentioned it.  But just in case we haven’t tooted our own horn in a while (yeah, right!), allow me to remind you that we wrote a book about blogging called… “The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie”!  It’s a fun little book sharing the ins n’ outs of blogging for someone new to the scene.

We talk about all kinds of stuff, from how to blog on the cheap with free services, where to get templates to spiff up your new blog and insider do’s and don’ts to blog etiquette, common blog terminology, deciphering RSS and what our favorite blog platforms are. It’s not a tome of dry, boring tech stuff for the geek elite, so if you’re looking for a more “serious read” or the color pink makes you want to picket something, this isn’t the book for you.  But just because it’s not dry doesn’t mean it’s not still stuffed with great information, bookended with fabulous unexpected tips like our favorite hand creams for those long hours at the keyboard and recipes for cocktails to celebrate the launch of your new blog.  It’s a good time and perfect for those who are new to blogging or those who may feel intimidated by the lingo or for those who just like a fun, dishy read disguised as a tech book.

We received the nicest email from Janet M. this morning, a reader who picked up our book a couple days ago online:

I just wanted to send a quick note in regards to your “Blogging with Moxie” book that I ordered via online and received 2 days ago. I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved the info and how you presented it.  Even more impressive is that I haven’t been able to actually read through a book in YEARS because I’m so prone to distraction.  I found myself on the last page and flipping sadly to see that it was over!  I learned more in the past 2 days about blogging than in the past 3 months of searching for info online.

Thank you girls!!  I will be recommending the heck out of it!  :D

Squeeeee, we say!  Insert girlie clapping here.  This is why we wrote the book and it warms the cockles of our hearts to hear this.  Thanks so much for your email, Janet!  You cockle warmer, you. :cheese:

Here are just a few of our nods from Amazon, where The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie is currently ranked super duper!  Ok, that’s not an official ranking, but with all but a mere handful of our reviews at five stars, we declare it super duper.  Here’s just some of what they’re saying:

Click the image to be taken to the full review… and lots more!





They say nice stuff about us on bn.com and you can order on Borders.com and Indiebound.org, too!  And, if you’re like me and you want to touch it and sniff the pages first (is that weird?), you can pick it up at your local Barnes & Noble or Borders, as well. Sweet!

Showing Their Moxie!Say, do you have a copy of Blogging with MoxieLeave your own review!  Or snap a pic of yourself with your book and upload it to our Flickr group.  We’ll be running drawings and contests this summer where we may pick from various areas, so share your Blogging with Moxie experience via review or photo evidence! Or both!

Happy blogging!  xo

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Freebies: Better Late Than Never!

We were remiss this year in offering up some of our holiday wallpapers.  If your desktop has that not-so-festive feeling, try one of these on for size!

Shameless plug: Have you picked up your copy of The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie yet this holiday season?  It makes a great gift!  Hint hint. HINT HINT. ;)

Happy Holidays!

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Moxie Prizes Up for Grabs at Boobiethon.com!

We told you we support healthy boobs, so to help support Boobie-Thon™, Kathy and I decided to donate a too-good-to-be-true prize pack to the cause.  This from the Boobie-Thon™ website:

We have a great little deal here for you from one of our Boobie-Thon Sponsors.

Joelle Reeder & Kathy Scoleri, also known as The Moxie Girls™, have donated a fabulous prize for us to giveaway!

In addition, you will also receive access to the 2008 Pay Per Boobies and the 2007 Pay Per Boobies section.  Double the boobies!!
The next person who donates $100.00 or more to the Boobie-Thon, will win the Moxie Prize Pack and the 2 Pay-Per-Boobie Passes (2008 & 2007)!
Go Donate

Interested? Get on over to the Boobie-Thon™ for more info!

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Drumroll, Please!

Well, the results are in!  Out of all the totally fabulous cocktail recipes we received, we have drawn our 3 winners.

First, the grand prize winner is Katrina W. with her oh-so-delectable Strawberry Pina Colada Daquiri. My blender thanks you.

Strawberry Pina Colada Daquiri

  • 4 oz pina colada mix
  • 2.5 oz strawberry schnapps
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz Bacardi rum
  • 2 oz frozen strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Filled glass of cracked ice

I’m a little unclear on if this is shaken and strained up in a martini glass or if you just throw it all in a blender.  If it’s the latter, I’d stick in a straw, maybe on of those umbrellas and I’m all set.  Use a glass if you must.  ;)  Festive daquiri glasses or margarita glasses work great, but any ol’ pint glass will do in a pinch.

Katrina will receive a signed copy of our book, The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie as well as an 8oz. tube of our current desktop favorite, Jaqua Hand Creme with Meadowfoam Seed Oil (though I’m not positive which fragrance you’ll get.  That’s Kathy’s department!) along with a too-good-to-be-true retro cocktail caddy. Oooo ahhh… perfect for trying out some other new drinks, eh?

Next up are our two 2nd place winners:  Chari (or “CLD”, as she’s often known) and Heather H.!!!  Congratulations! Those extra credit entries paid off, ladies! 

Chari sent us an antioxidant-rich recipe (let me pretend, ok?) for something she calls a “Healthy” Cosmo, which she also re-posted on her blog:

“Healthy” Cosmo

1/2 oz. Key Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Licor 43
2   oz. Rain Vodka
3   oz. Pure, REAL Pomegranate Juice
1       Lime Wedge
1       Mint Sprig

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake mightily. Strain into a chilled [preferably frozen] martini glass. Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig. Sit out on the lanai, prop up your earth shoe-clad feeties on an ottoman and enjoy. Feel proud of yourself for managing to up your antioxidants and get a buzz at the same time!

Heather decided to go all Italian on us with a delicious mix of light, sweet limoncello, tart cran and our ol’ girl the Goose!  She also smartly paired it with a white pizza which if I had my way, I’d have in front of me right now. Mmm mmm… And to make it even better, the white pizza is figure-friendly at only 4 Weight Watcher’s Points® a slice.  That leaves room for another limontini!  Let me have my math.

Limon-tini

  • 3oz Grey Goose
  • 2oz Caravella Limoncello
  • 1oz cranberry juice

Pour over ice, shake, and strain into glass.  Enjoy!

White Pizza

22 min | 10 min prep | SERVES 4

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 vidalia onions or other sweet onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped spinach or arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 (8-inch) prebaked pizza crusts (such as boboli)
  1. Spray grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare grill for medium-hot fire.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, sugar, and 1/4 tsp of the salt.
  3. Cook, stirring until onion is a rich golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  4. Stir together the spinach or arugula, ricotta, 2 tbsp of the parmesan, the basil, and the remaining 1/4 tsp salt in a small bowl.
  5. Place the crust on a pizza paddle or rimless baking sheet and spread the spinach mixture over it to cover entirely.
  6. Top with the onion and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tbsp paremesan.
  7. Using the paddle or baking sheet, slide the pizza on the grill, away from the heat source.
  8. Cover and cook, rotating the pizza a half turn every 5 minutes, until the pizza is hot and the cheese is fully melted, about 8 minutes.

4 WW Points per serving (1/4 pizza).

Reposted from Weight Watchers.com

Chari and Heather will also each receive a signed copy of our book, The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie as well as an 8oz. tube of our current desktop favorite, Jaqua Hand Creme with Meadowfoam Seed Oil.

We’ll be reporting back about these recipes, along with others that weren’t drawn, in the coming weeks. Plus, stay tuned for the launch of our new website, TheMoxieGirls.com where we’ll be covering cocktails, entertaining, beauty and lifestyle.

Thanks for all of your awesome entries!

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Spring Has Sprung!

Greetings, salutations and happy Spring!  We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and there’s better weather to be enjoyed by all.  Down with Winter!

First off, we want to thank everyone who has picked up our book, The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging with Moxie. We’ve been getting wonderful reviews, feedback and emails from readers and clients alike.  Here are just a few of the super-fab things they’re saying about us on Amazon…

...as I come to something useful and new, I open up my lap top and follow their simple 1-2-3 steps and voila! Now I’m pinging all over the place :)

It really is much more useful than I thought it would be, probably one of the most useful books on the topic I’ve bought so far.

As the Joyologist Helen Madden (aka Molly Shannon-SNL) would say…“I love it…I love it…I love it”

Score for the new Mom! I read the entire book that evening and instantly it all made sense. I knew what I had to do. I knew what the next step was and I immediately went to work. Ok, its slow going but the only one to blame for that is demanding son. In the near future I will be launching my new big girl blog and even a new web site thanks to the Moxie Girls.

“Blogging with Moxie” is entertaining, enlightening, and empowering to those who don’t think they have the moxie to get out there and join the ranks of other bloggers.

This book gives great examples with a list of possibilities and resources to seek out and explore on your own. The fact that the book presents it all with humor and making the topic FUN is a bonus. Getting recipes for cocktails is a plus for anyone that has lost a post or tried to reformat their blog ending with having to do a complete do over, I’ll consider the recipes a “coping skill” add on! I love the fact that it is dressed up with the “girlie girl” format and geared for women.

Well, thank you!  Thankyouverymuch!  :cheese:  Your word of mouth and blog entries are what helps make the blogging community such a wonderful network and resource.  We’re so happy the book is helpful and we read and appreciate every single email, comment, link and referral we receive, so thank you!

In other news, we’ve finally dug through the stack of emails and questionnaires we received during the first quarter and either have responded or are working on it as we speak. If you sent us an inquiry or a questionnaire and have NOT received a personal response yet, give us through the end of the week. If you still haven’t heard from us, it’s possible something is hinky and we didn’t receive it.  You know how fickle email is when it comes to attachments and… well, everything. Please feel free to send us your email again and we apologize for any inconvenience.

On the site design front, we have a May 1st relaunch slated with our lovely publicist for this here site, along with our fresh new site, TheMoxieGirls.com, which will be more fun that a barrel of liquored up monkeys in $35 lip gloss, so stay tuned for that. Along with our relaunch, we’ll be releasing some new ideas and methods, so we’re very excited about that.

June 1st rings in bathing suit season and with that comes the return of Put Down the Donut!  Hooray!  All you weight watchers, health nuts and fitness fanatics out there that are sick of the same old tips, the same dry info… be sure to stop by the Donut where we get fit with wit.

Just a little update!  Enjoy your Spring and don’t forget your sunblock. :)

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