Tag Archives: Britely

Please Help Make My Cat’s Dream a Reality!

My cat has a dream. And it’s a simple one. He’s always wanted to roll around in $1000 cash. I know. I think it’s a weird dream for a cat, too. I totally would’ve thought birds. Or some kind of smelly fish. But that’s what he said. And, as you can see, he’s been practicing.


He’s only worth $40 in this shot.

Want to help make his dream come true? All you have to do is CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW. Then, when the link opens,  READ it and … by all means … LIKE it. Even if you hate it.


Oh, and there’s one more thing. Please SHARE the book. HOWEVER and WHEREVER you can. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest
  • Public bathroom stalls
  • Handheld signs at traffic intersections
  • Small, tasteful tattoos
  • Church bulletins
  • Graffiti on interstate overpasses
  • Commandeering the department store intercom while no one is watching to make an announcement
  • Tiny sandwich boards fashioned to your pets or children
  • Skywriting
  • Shoe polish messages on your car windows (and all others in the office parking lot)

Too much? Fine. Then, just do the first one. Remember, this is Milo we’re talking about. Is there anything you wouldn’t do for him?

P.S. I’ll further sweeten the pot. Using the comments below, you are invited to submit questions you want me to answer if I win.  Duh, all submissions must be PG-13 or below.  In the event of my victory, I will pick one at random and answer it.



Journey to the Bottom of my Purse – Now in Glorious Technicolor!

Did you hear that? That was the sound of yet another ODNT post getting the royal treatment by the good people at the Britely company.

Actually, several of our posts have gotten makeovers. Here are some of the impressive before and after pictures:

  • The Back to School ABCs – Before and After
  • Kids are Soft and Here’s Why – Before and After
  • The Day Things Got Hairy at Disney World – Before and After
  • Boys I’m Going to Marry When I Grow Up – Before and After

Next up?

Anyone remember Journey to the Bottom of My Purse? Well, now you can read AND see it … in pictures! To view my new Brite book, just click the picture below.



Have We Done the Celebrity Crush Thing to Death? Nope. Not Yet.

I wrote a post a while back entitled Let’s Embarrass Me: Topic: Celebrity Crushes. Remember that one? Whatever. Just say yes.

Well … first … my friend, Mel, and I used it as the inspiration for our most recent KetchupWithUs writing prompt. But that wasn’t enough. So … now … I’ve turned it into another Brite book. It’s like I have a scrapbook with indisputable evidence of the nerdiness of my tween years, my teen years and, well, now. (Sigh.) So, without taking up any more of your time, I present my latest Brite.

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW IT. And be sure to MAKE FUN OF ME IN THE COMMENTS. You guys have been awfully quiet lately. And that makes me paranoid. Like hiding-in-my-closet-eating-cereal-out-of-the-box-as-I-plan-my-next-move paranoid.

  • YOU: Oh, my God. Shut UP, Michele!
  • ME: OKAY! I was just … Sorry. The clickable image is directly … below … these … words. AAAAAND GO!!!



Help! Baby Needs a New Pair of Boobs!

You guys, I’m a finalist!

My pals at Britely just selected my Brite book entitled Kids Today are Soft – and Here’s Why as one of the five finalists eligible to win $1000 this week. Dave says I’m on my way to earning a boob job. If I win this contest and add it to the winnings from a few weeks ago for my Back to School ABCs flip book, then I’ve earned about 25% of the money.

Together, We Could Earn One Half of One Boob! 

Of a better campaign slogan, I cannot think. Maybe I should lend it out to the dudes in Washington this fall. Anyway … if you have three minutes today, please click the image below and travel back to your sad youth with me. And, if you LIKE it and (best of all!) SHARE it for me … well, now you guys are going to make me cry.


Oh, yeah. And don’t forget. I promised on Twitter that I would COOK and EAT SPAM on camera if I won. So, there’s that, too. Tell your friends!


The Day Things Got Hairy at Disney World – IN PICTURES!

YOU: “What up with the vintage TV commercial?”

ME: “I’m using it allegorically … to illustrate a point.”

YOU (hopefully within your head): “Dork.”

Recipe for a Solid Blog Post

  • ODNT = one pound of ground meat

  • WordPress = skillet (preferably non-stick)

  • Britely Company = Hamburger Helper

* * * * * * * * * *

Remember The Day Things Got Hairy at Disney World? I wrote it back in April and it won me $50 (which, by the way, was the funding I used to purchase a certain ketchup costume). Well, thanks to the crackerjack team at Britely, yet another visually unexciting post at ODNT has been given an extreme makeover. And, although I wouldn’t have thought it possible, I think I have now managed to humiliate myself with this story … even more.

Click the image below the see the updated version of my most embarrassing moment as a mom

… now in picture book form!


And don’t forget to share this Brite book. Every click helps!


Kids Today are Soft & and Here are Some of the Reasons Why (EXTREME MAKEOVER EDITION)

Thanks to the good people at the Britely company, I’ve remodeled yet another ODNT post. I say “remodeled” because transforming my charming but old-fashioned blog post into a beautiful, new Brite book with more curb appeal reminds me a lot of real estate rehab. And I found a great article to help me get started on eHow entitled How to Fix Up a House & Sell it Fast. I think the advice works either way.

Click here to see the BEFORE picture of this post.


1. Look at the house (blog post) from a buyer’s (reader’s) point of view.

  • Good God, that is a CRAP load of text, isn’t it?

2. Smell the house (blog post). If it smells like mold, pet urine or cigarettes, it needs a thorough cleaning before a buyer ever steps in the door.

  • Well? … DOES IT???

3. Determine what repairs (edits) are necessary.

  • Duh. Less words. More pictures, right?

4. Check with the local building permits office.

  • I have no idea how this one is relevant to my blog but it sure sounds important, doesn’t it?

5. Clean up the property (content). Trim (edit) or remove (delete) overgrown trees and bushes (useless crap), mow the yards (cut the rambling), wash the windows (spell check) and power wash the exterior, driveway and sidewalk (beg my friend, Mel, to double check everything).

  • Here’s hoping you like its newer, trimmer, less-uriney-smelling cousin.

Click the image below to see the AFTER picture of this post … as a Brite.


Like it, Comment on it or Share it …

and good luck will befall you within 48 hours.

And who doesn’t need good luck?



Things To Do in an Extended Power Outage (from the ODNT Smartass Collection)

I made another Brite flip book today called Things To Do in an Extended Power Outage. Today marks our fourth day as an unplugged city. And the old dude sitting with a big ‘DAY FOUR!’ sign by the interstate is making sure everyone knows it.

But I’m one of the lucky ones. Lucky because I have a brother in town who has power. And we’ve been cooking in his oven, showering in his bathtubs and sleeping in his beds since Thursday. Still, I know what it feels like to sit in a hot …. dark … deathly quiet house during a power outage for no-one-ever-knows-how-long. It’s no fun. You make the most of it in the beginning with flash light games and general tomfoolery. (Yes, I said tomFOOLery.) But after a while, it becomes too hot to sleep at night. And the painfully still air in your home becomes stale and difficult to breathe.

So, with the extra time I’ve been given this week, I’ve been writing my ass off. Which doesn’t show at all because I’ve also been eating and drinking like a pig. I’m from New Orleans. It’s what we do. Especially during a hurricane.

Anyway, I’m tired … and feeling unwitty … so without further ado, I give you my latest goofball creation. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to view my collection of utterly useless, totally unhelpful but hopefully at least humorous Things to Do in an Extended Power Outage.


Ironically, as I wrote this post, my neighbor texted me with the following message: “WE HAVE POWER!!!” So … we’re going home tomorrow. (Did anyone else just hear my brother yell ‘Woohoo!’?) My stir crazy kids are anxious to be reunited with our beloved pets, Milo and Herve. They stayed back at the house because my brother is allergic. And also because we remained local. I would never leave them behind if we left town.


The cover of today’s Times Picayune

My heart goes out to everyone still without power. Among them are my parents. If any of my NOLA peeps wants to come sit in the A/C and suck on some ice tomorrow, call me.


The Post I Couldn’t Bear to Publish Until Today

I made another Brite book. Originally, I created it to observe the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and had planned to post it on Wednesday, August 29. But when Hurricane Isaac started bearing down on us so heavily a few days ago, I decided to sit on it for a while. It just didn’t seem right to put it up where so many people I care about would read it. I could not be responsible for creating any more stress than what was already suffocating the city.

So now, with the recent storm finally behind us, I want to share my latest Brite entitled Katrina – Seven Years Later. I’m so glad things turned out differently for most of us this time. My heart goes out to those of you who weren’t so lucky. I cannot WAIT to have power restored to my home as well as to the many others affected by the storm. Oh, and I want to thank my brother for allowing the kids and I (and soon very likely my parents) to take over his air-conditioned home for who-the-hell-knows-how-long. Thanks, Jeff. I’ll bring the sausage bread, Cheez-Its and Old Rotterdam Aged Gouda. Love you.

(Click the image below to view the Brite book.)


Editor’s Note: The Toilet Story mentioned within this Brite Book is a true tale inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Click here to view it.

Thanks, Britely, for selecting my Back to School ABCs Brite as your winner last week. And thanks to everyone here for visiting and voting. With all the storm anxiety pumping through my veins, this week was a great one for good news.


EXTREME MAKEOVER EDITION of my ‘Back to School ABCs’ Post

Hey, will you guys please do me a favor? If you like my Brite book below, please Like it! Tweet it! Facebook it! Pin it! Email it! And Share it! 
But you need to be ON THE BRITELY SITE for it to count! 
Dude, there is actual MONEY involved!

Remember The Back to School ABCs I posted a few days ago? Well, I just did a little something creative with it … thanks to the good people at the Britely company. (Shameless plug.) It’s a cool way to add some color to my otherwise monochromatic (meaning GREEN!) posts. Yes, I know my blog needs a new look … or at least a little renovating here and there. Anyone want to go curtain and tile shopping with me? I’ll drive. This place is a mess.

Anyway, please take a look. This whole Brite bookmaking process was a lot of fun. And my post is now much more visually appealing and concise. … I know. You don’t believe me at all. Me? Concise? … You’ll see. CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE EXTREME MAKEOVER. Right now. What the hell else are you doing? Do it for me. And because … because … it will help save the planet!

What do you mean what do I mean? I AM being serious. …. Fine. You really need me to explain HOW? … Well … because if you’re reading my BRITE … then you’re NOT reading a book or a magazine … that are both made of PAPER … which comes from what? Duh. TREES! … So, the Earth? She is saved. And it’s ALL because you read my Brite. That’s all you have to do.

See. I knew I could get us there. Enjoy!