One of these days, I am going to learn that I am enough.

From what I hear, what a lot of you like about coming to this blog is that it’s never the same thing over and over. You like that I am willing to share my honest truths. You like that it’s a healthy dose of things about the kids, things about Pittsburgh, things about healthy living. No, I might not have one specific niche. Yes, I juggle a lot things – work, health, running, blogging, social media, family — and I think that’s one of the things you love about not just this ‘lil blog but me.

When I look up there at the title of this site, ‘lil Burghers, I sometimes wonder if I am being true to my blogging why. Am I giving this blogging thing enough?

And every single time, the answer is yes.

I might not be bringing you the exact niche you want on a daily basis, but I am bringing you me. In turn, bringing you me means that I am chronicling a history of who the mom behind ‘lil Burghers is. Something that my kids will be able to read and learn about me. About them. About their first years. About how I juggled it all and gave them a pretty darn good life (with the help of their super dad!).

Not once, not twice, but three times in this past week, I was told that my blog wasn’t enough of something. It didn’t fit the mold (reminiscent of the story about Shape Magazine, just a ‘lil). Let me be real. It stings. It hurts to know one of your “babies” is not enough to get a simple assignment, thrown a ticket to an attraction to share with readers and Pinners, or be part of something bigger.

But remember, I am going to Roar Louder. I am going to continue to be proud of this blog. Flaws, bumps, lack of niche, and all.

Because it’s mine.

And it’s enough

So glad this guy thinks I am enough!

NaBloPoMo Day 10: Comments Please

BlogHer July NaBloPoMo

BlogHer.com July NaBloPoMo

This post is brought to you by the NaBloPoMo July prompts from BlogHer. This month, I am writing about connections. 

Today’s Prompt: Think back to that first blog comment: how did you feel when it popped up on your computer screen?

When I first saw a comment on my blog, I had the same reaction I do every time I get a comment–someone actually read what I had to say and took the time to let me know they had an opinion on it! A smile comes across my face, my fingers tingle in anticipation as I wait for the e-mail to load, letting me see your words of wisdom. I wonder if it is someone new, a family member, or an old friend.

Comments are a bloggers best friend, even when they don’t agree with your POV. When you comment, it means that the writer and reader are connecting. People are not just lurking. You’ve engaged them and they’ll want to come back for more.

On ‘lil Burghers, comments are rare, beautiful gems. I appreciate those of you who take the time to say hello, offer a suggestion when I write about a parenting issue, or give a HELL YEAH when you agree with a post. If comments aren’t your thing, maybe calling me to say you liked what I wrote (hi, Aunt Amy, MWAH!), a Facebook like, a Pinterest Pin (did you know you can do it just by hovering over any photo on a post on this blog?), or a share on Twitter. Whatever it may be, those of you who stop by and engage with me make my writing 100x more meaningful. And if you don’t? No worries, I know my writing will mean something to the kids one day, which is why I do what I do. But lurkers? Take a minute and say hi tonight, k?

first blog comment




(First ever ‘lil Burghers blog comment, from my mother-in-law, about 3 months into blogging)


NaBloPoMo July 9: Tell Me About Your “Baby”

BlogHer July NaBloPoMo

BlogHer.com July NaBloPoMo

This post is brought to you by the NaBloPoMo July prompts from BlogHer. This month, I am writing about connections. 

Today’s Prompt: Tell us about the first entry on your blog.

What an appropriate prompt for today. Earlier, I had the pleasure to meet up with other Pittsburgh (Mom) Bloggers. We were supposed to share something unique about our “baby”, our blog and now I can share with you! It gives me a chance to connect with some of the attendees more as I share about my first blog post, “Time to Start Fresh”, and where ‘lil Burghers has grown from there.

Note: ‘lil Burghers is not my first blog, I’ve actually been blogging since 2004 or 2005 about life, politics, books, and my pregnancy with Arianna, but ‘lil Burghers was my attempt to get memories down once I realized having two babies at two and under was going to be tough. I’ve been most faithful to this blog and will celebrate my third “blogoversary” next week!

That first post was so brief and probably in between trips to the bathroom to puke or pee. (I was so sick while pregnant with both kids, so the bathroom and bed were my best friends.) It was days before my next post, and like I shared with the new bloggers I met today, my current goal is to blog once a day (at least).
A gem from the post:

So this blog, ‘lil Burghers, will be dedicated to my life as a working mom trying to balance everything (of course including my Facebook Frontierville!) and go to bed feeling sane.

I think, for the most part, I’ve stayed true to that promise to myself and my readers. Balance, while not perfect, is here. Frontierville bit the dust for me about 3.2 days after that post and has been replaced with Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. And while I don’t always go to bed, I do feel pretty sane (just don’t ask Greg for his opinion on that second part).

Along the way, I’ve added many blogging friends, followers, and knowledge. Jen of Life With Levi has been gracious enough to mentor me in blogging/PR partnerships (and has let me write some pretty fun posts). In just about two weeks, I’ll be at BlogHer, learning more and building more relationships.


While the plates I have spinning aren’t the same as they were in July 2010, there is still a balancing act going on. My ‘lil Burghers aren’t as ‘lil, but they are still giving me plenty of blog fodder. I’d say my “baby” is growing up pretty nicely!

Have a blog that my readers and I should be following? Share in the comments.

Welcome to Our New Space!

Welcome to the new home of ‘lil Burghers! Visually, not much has changed except where you’ll surf to find us. Hope you enjoy the move as much as we do.

Here’s the “We’ve Moved” message from our previous site:

lil Burghers

It’s finally time for our ‘lil blog to grow up and have it’s own special place on the web! Thanks to our awesome web butler, ‘lil Burghers is moving to lilburghers.com, effective immediately! If you are following us through Twitter or Facebook, nothing will be changing for you. If you follow us on Google Reader, head over to our new home and add us to your subscription list. Thanks for the follows, comments, and love!

(While you’re at it, go ahead and follow our web butler/friend Jon–he’s blogging about life and technology over at L337Inc and about his twin girls over at Marlowe Twins! Thanks for all your help!)

2011 ‘Lil Burghers In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

One Year In

'Lil Burghers 2011

Hi, faithful readers and new friends! Today is the ‘Lil Burghers “Blogoversary”, meaning that I have been blogging (pretty faithfully) for the last year. In case you are wondering, you can check out that first post here, but I recommend reading more of the recent stuff. 😉

This past year has been quite a fun roller coaster. I started off the first 6 months of blogging basically complaining about morning sickness and contractions. My body is destined to be morning sick at any time of the day, so pregnancy wasn’t exactly bliss for me. Some of you put up with me. 🙂 I went to PodCamp Pittsburgh and got a lot of inspiration for our blog–a memory trail if you will. We welcomed Lil Man into our lives, I struggled with some breastfeeding issues (and connected with great fellow Twitter addicts and bloggers), and went back to work. With 98% confidence, I can say that Mr. Burgher and I have worked hard as a team to submit a post for each day–and while it’s cool that you read it, we really are glad to have this diary of our adventures in parenthood.

Hopefully you will all stick with us through whatever else comes our way. We hope to keep sharing great Pittsburgh experiences, recipes, coupon finds, and of course kiddo memories as the years go by. Leave us some love once in awhile and let me know what you’d like to see here (or if you’d like to guest post, like our awesome friends/family did back in March). We wouldn’t be where we are without your love, so thank you!

Lil Burghers 2010

Changes Coming!

In an effort to get me closer to domain ownership and a hosting move, I made a few changes to the site. You will see more options at the top where you will be able to filter posts about the things YOU want to read about–like couponing, recipes, or the kids. I am going to be shutting down ‘Lil Burgher Delights and just sharing foodie recipes here along the way. You are also going to see some new buttons popping up over there on the right and my participation in some blog hops. While my family continues to be my constant, I have found the support from fellow bloggers and folks over at Twitter has also been amazing, so I want to make sure I share the love. If there is something you want to see here on the blog, let me know. We are always open to Guest Blogs, they don’t have to be for just while we are away!

Scheduling Update

As you may have noticed, I’ve been posting to this blog every other day. As I figured, going back to work has caused me to not have as much time in my evenings (spending those precious moments with my little family!), so I have decided to only schedule postings for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. If I find the time or am dying to share a great recipe with you, I will post and let you know. If not, watch for your regularly scheduled ‘Lil Burgher Delights entries on MWF, provided I have time to schedule them over the weekends!

While you wait to see what Monday has in store, why don’t you go back and read my story about eating the marshmallow modeled after the world’s hottest pepper, the Ghost Pepper!

To Blog or Not to Blog?

As far back as I can remember, I have always had a passion for writing. In my late elementary and early high school years, it was mostly writing fictions stories based on my reality.  At one point, I had written multiple versions of stories about my dream, living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Thank goodness that dream came true, because that is where I had my amazing little girl and met the man of my dreams (but that is a whole different blog).  I continued to write throughout high school, switching more to reality and working on my school newspaper and yearbook.  Every story, even in reality, had my emotion all through it.  This love of writing carried on into college where I worked occasionally for our school newspaper and served as editor of our yearbook.  During this time, I met one of my great friends who continued to write with me on a political blog that we eventually just grew out of.  My personal blogging was off and on (probably a side effect of the fact that I had moved from Pittsburgh to Myrtle Beach and was not exactly sure who I was) and not consistent.  There was no purpose, it was like scrapbooking when you don’t have a kid.  It is meaningful to you, but to who else?  (Now I’ve learned that my kids will appreciate the silly scrapbooks I made of myself in my college and SC years because they will know more of who Mom is, but at the time? I had no clue.) Once I had my daughter, I had so much material and I wanted a place to put it all down, a place to remember the moments beyond the scrapbookable ones.  I am a workaholic who is married to a stay-at-home dad, so blogging doesn’t always happen in a timely or consistent manner, but it happens when I need it to.  In October 2010, I attended Pod Camp Pittsburgh 5 where I listened to Burgh Baby talk about finding the fodder to blog 365 days a year. She makes it a point to blog every single day, and it is with a purpose–writing for her daughter. So today, I have decided that I have a purpose with my personal blog–writing for my daughter and my son. But there is another part of me that I would like to share with the world, and that is talking about one of my hobbies–cooking. In order to maintain my kids’ privacy and not bore my readers, I needed to seperate the two blogs and see what came forth. Hence, today I gave birth to “Lil Burgher Delights”.

What will you find on this page? As I try to maintain a balance between personal blogging for my family, working a full time + job, spending time with my kids, scrapbooking, and enjoying living back in the city of Pittsburgh, there is little time for high quality cooking around our house. Well, perhaps through this blog I will break out of my rut and start to get a little more creative and less predictable with my cooking. So, what you are going to find here are my food adventures. Some may be silly and easy, others may leaving me crying on the kichen floor; however, you are going to hear about them. And I would love for my husband to take some pictures to include in the recipes and stories. Let’s see what comes forth!