Category Archives: Maggie

Arrojo Launch Party at Rituals Salon

Posted by: Maggie

Last week I was invited to join some other fabulous bloggers, inlcuding Erin from CreativitE and my good friends Susan of susan fujiki (dot) com (formerly the Tatamimat) and Jackie of P.S. Jackie, to Rituals Salon here in Valencia. We were celebrating (with yummy cocktails and appetizers) the launch of Nick Arrojo’s (from tv’s What Not to Wear) new hair care product line. Rituals is the first salon in So Cal to carry it.

We had the opportunity to sit and talk with Nick about his life, career, and the products.  He had an inspiring story of working his way up from a poor childhood to building a successful career and business.

taken with my iphone – sorry about the poor image quality

We each got to take home a bag of sample goodies. And I have to tell you I love the shampoo and conditioner. They smell amazing, like being in a spa, and seem to do the job (I’m no hair product expert), and they have a great price point for salon products ($12-19). And isn’t the packaging pretty?!

Thanks to Rituals and Nick for the invite!

Let’s Make Some Cash!

Posted by: Maggie

Hi friends,

See it’s like a little note to you guys, not just a blog post, well, it’s a post and a note. Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that cranky is becoming a BlogHer Affiliate, which doesn’t effect you a whole lot, but you will see a little blue bar at the top of the page, with some buttons to share what you’re reading about via facebook and twitter and some ads, possibly some with Justin Bieber’s face on them (score!). Beginning in August you’ll see some ads in the right sidebar.

I thought I’d answer some of your questions and concerns about this change:

Wow, you’re selling out? Yup, and it’s about time! This blog has been costing rather than making us money for quite a while. And you all know that we are in a constant state of brokedom. So bring on the ads! Don’t worry, BlogHer allows us to choose what type of ads that will run, which means you won’t see any ads that run contrary to our values.

What does this mean for me, Jane Reader? Only good things I assure you. It means I actually have to post on a regular basis and I gotta make those posts worth reading. Novel concept right?

What can I do to help you? I’m so glad you asked.  As always, we love for you to tell your friends to stop in for a visit! Let them know why you like to read Cranky and why they might too!

Are you taking other ads? Yup, we will soon start taking other sponsors after our redesign is complete. They will be tile ads running in our sidebar. I’ll be putting together ad specs and pricelists soon. If you or someone you know might be interested, we’re looking for advertisers who are similar style blogs (you know, those for the young hip family) or products that the young hip family would love. If you want to get on the list to be notified when we start offering ad space, just shoot me an email at

As always, thank you, thank you for supporting our little place on the interwebs!

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming: a post about Eleanor will be up in a bit!


Posted by: Maggie

I have a bit of writer’s block. I haven’t been blogging much about Eleanor or family life for a while. I keep meaning to, but when I sit down to write it the stories just aren’t coming. I’ve been busy, as usual, and I’m letting life distract me from telling stories about life. I think that the whole mold saga really threw me off. I need my routine, and I just haven’t been able to get back into it since the move. But I promise I’m trying. I just need a free weekend to give me a chance to recharge and refresh so I can get back into the game. Hopefully, this weekend will do it for me and I will write you all some amazing posts for next week. Until then, please excuse the less than amazing posts I have planned for this week!

Thank you all for reading and sticking with me! As always, I am eternally grateful to you all for letting us share our life with you!

Page 2 of 11212345102030...Last »