Trying out some new WordPress features here!

hello bar attention bar wordpress plugin

See the Attention Bar in action

Recently, I started working as a freelance website designer on (see my Elance profile). Fixing up a client’s site inspired me to try some new features right here on

One feature is a new plugin called “Attention Bar.” It’s the piece of code responsible for that nifty yellow bar at the top of the site.

I just created a Facebook page for Geek Mom Mashup, so I decided to announce it with the Attention Bar. The color, text, and link are customizable. The plugin comes with a few ready-made skins, or you can make your own. It’s easy to install and configure, and I like the way the user can hide and reveal the bar.

The Attention Bar is inspired by the Hello Bar, which allows only a limited number of clickthroughs on free accounts. The Attention Bar is free and unbranded, which makes it a better choice for poor bloggers, like me.

If you’re looking for a slick way to get your visitors’ attention, give the Attention Bar a try. Let me know what you think!

P.S. Please check out on Facebook! 🙂

Funny Mom Stuff: Mom, you’re shrinking!

My daughter is 6 years old. She is under the impression that aging corresponds with “getting bigger.” At her age, that’s true!

On the other hand, my husband and I joke around that I’m shrinking. I’m only 5 feet tall, and the last time we marked our heights on the wall, I was 1/4 inch shorter than last time. I tell my kids it’s because they’re wearing me down as they get older. 🙂

Anyway, my sweet baby girl gave me her thoughts on the “getting bigger” vs. “shrinking” processes my body is going through. Here’s what she said:

Daughter: “Mom, I think you’re all done getting bigger now.”

Me: “Really? Ok.”

Daughter: “Yeah! And now you’re shrinking!” <giggle giggle giggle>

Me: “I’m shrinking?!” <hahahaha>

Daughter: “Well, except for your this part –” <opens arms wide to point at my midsection> “YOUR TUMMY!”

Go ahead and laugh. I may be losing height, but for the record, I’m also working on reducing the “tummy” area. Aren’t kids hilarious?!