Kidsmomo 2011: Behind the Scenes

January 3rd, 2012 by

Last week, Nancy posted a great Top 11 list of our past year at Kidsmomo. I thought it would be fun to take you behind the scenes to see what was really happening in some of those moments…

Guys Read: Thriller Video

I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow this video shoot ended with our friend, Taylor, shaking tree branches all around his head while Nancy (and the camera) looked up his nose.


I suppose I could have helped by doing the shaking for him, but I was too busy snapping this photo and laughing in the background.

Halloween Tale of Terror

I purchased the teddy bear for this feature, and I got kind of attached to his cute little face and soft, cuddly body. So I forced Nancy to do the decapitating when it came time.


But my fondness for the little guy certainly didn’t stop me from taking photos as Nancy cut off his head and later artfully arranged his stuffing in the bathtub (lit beautifully by our friend, Connie, holding Nancy’s desk lamp).


LeakyCon Antics

We posted about a gazillion bazillion photos from LeakyCon right after we got back, but here are a couple we didn’t share:


The very first thing we did when we got into the Universal theme park that night? Nancy bought funnel cake, immediately cut it up into little pieces, and then gobbled those pieces as we raced to Hogwarts.


This is a version of the photo we incorporated into our review of Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Believe me, it took many many many MANY tries to get this…

As you can see, we have lots of fun behind the scenes of Kidsmomo… but we’d be nothing without you guys! Keep those book reviews and comments coming — here’s to a fantastic 2012!

— Karen

Karen’s favorite experience of 2011 was definitely attending LeakyCon. In 2012, she hopes to visit the Harry Potter movie studios in England. And then in 2013, she will find Hogwarts. For real.

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3 Responses

  • Karen from Ms. Yingling Reads writes:
    January 4th, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I’ve awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award over at my blog for all of your hard work and good reviews, but after the teddy bear… oh, the carols qualify you. For what to do next, should you wish, visit me at

    • Karen and Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
      January 5th, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Thanks so much for the award! Since most kidlit blogs we follow are for adults who are young at heart (instead of aimed at our Kidsmomo readers), we thought we’d share our seven random facts right here:

      1. We recently tried to make our own Butterbeer. It went, well, it went okay-ish…
      2. Nancy loves watching terrible TV movies and sending real-time commentary to friends via mass emails.
      3. Karen lives alone, so she often eats ice cream directly out of the carton. It’s okay to eat your own germs, right?
      4. We have a weird tendency to dress alike. On the same day. By accident.
      5. At the LeakyCon ball, we took off our shoes and danced so hard that our feet hurt for days afterwards.
      6. Nancy often inadvertently leaves important words out of her sentences when she’s IMing.
      7. Karen almost always IMs with proper sentence structure, punctuation, and capitalization!

      Thanks again to Karen from Ms. Yingling Reads for the Versatile Blogger Award!

      • Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
        January 5th, 2012 at 11:21 am

        To clarify, like this: I accidentally out word from this sentence.

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