My Website Was Stolen By A Hacker. And I Got It Back.

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For several days last week, RamshackleGlam.com – the domain name that I have owned and operated since March of 2010 – did not belong to me, but rather to a man who goes by the name “bahbouh” on an auction website called Flippa.com, and who was attempting to sell off the site to the highest bidder (with a “Buy It Now” price of $30,000.00). He promised the winner my traffic, my files, and my data, and suggested that I was available “for hire” to continue writing posts (alternatively, he was willing to provide the winner with “high-quality articles” and “SEO advice” to maintain the site’s traffic post-sale).

I learned that my site was stolen on a Saturday. Three days later I had it back, but only after the involvement of fifty or so employees of six different companies, middle-of-the-night conferences with lawyers, FBI intervention, and what amounted to a sting operation that probably should have starred Sandra Bullock instead of…well…me.

Of course I’ve heard of identity theft, and of cyber hacking, but honestly, my attitude towards these things was very much “it could never happen to me.” And even if it did…I didn’t exactly understand why it was such a huge deal. Couldn’t you just explain to people what had happened, prove who you were, and sort it all out? We live in such a highly documented world, it seemed completely impossible to me that someone could actually get away with pretending to be someone else with any real consequences beyond a few phone calls and some irritation.

It’s much, much worse - more threatening, more upsetting, and more difficult (if not impossible) to fix - than I’d ever imagined.

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Weekend Snapshots: Bunnies & Undies Edition

Going to the mall with a toddler is both terrible and extremely fun. It’s terrible when you do things like accidentally stay one iota of a second longer than said toddler wants to walk or be in the stroller (that’s when Dad’s Shoulders – and Grumpy Dad – come into play) and when you announce “Let’s go get an Elsa toy!” only to discover that the Disney store has experienced a catastrophic run on anything and everything Frozen-related, leaving only a sad, sad display consisting of a shirt (size 8) reading “Let It Go” and two Hans dolls. It is wonderful when you happen upon the merry-go-round, which is apparently a sight of incomparable wonder, or when you discover sushi and Coldstone and a movie theater within five feet of each other.

Seeing the Easter Bunny is somewhere in between those two extremes. On the plus side, our son was very excited and happy while waiting on line. On the minus side…

well…

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Perhaps slightly less happy once he actually got within range of what is apparently a very, very scary rabbit.

(This shot doesn’t quite rival the epic-ness that was last year’s, but I have to say: still pretty pleased with it.)

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But really, this was how we spent most of the past couple of days: at home, potty training and staying entertained with Legos.

I’ve been waiting and waiting for “signs” that meant that my son was “ready” to start potty training (they – by which I mean the Internet – say that if a child wakes up with a dry diaper they’re ready, stuff like that)…but you know what ended up happening? Only a couple of the “signs” were there, but one day, in one of those psychic-mom moments that do occasionally happen (albeit less often than you wish that they would)…I just knew he was ready. There was nothing in particular that he did, but something in his general demeanor just shifted, and I woke up on Friday morning and thought: let’s just do this. Today.

Or maybe it was just because I’d gotten a decent night’s sleep, and felt marginally capable of handling what I was certain was about to be a profoundly miserable experience for all involved. Psychic-ness…or sleep. Either way, I decided it was time.

I was terrified of potty-training the way I was terrified of getting rid of my son’s (extremely beloved) pacifier; it just seemed like something that would be hugely upsetting to all involved, take forever, and result in major issues like a massively disrupted sleep schedule or something. But – just like getting rid of the pacifier (day one: kind of horrible; day two: pretty much okay; day three: forgotten entirely) – it was totally fine.

Without going too far into specifics, I basically just bought my son some really cool underpants (cars, monsters, et cetera) and put him in them, and very quickly he realized how uncomfortable it was to not get where he needed to go in time. Lots and lots and lots of positive reinforcement, Pull-Ups for longer out-of-the-house excursions (and for nap time and bedtime) for the time being, and two and a half days (and, yes, a lot of accidents) later: I’d say we’re pretty much there. And it was so much less stressful that I imagined, I can’t even tell you.

Mostly because it is crazy adorable to see your child look that proud of himself.

Those are toddler Air Jordans. I can’t believe we own them, either. (I was personally swayed by the rainbow sparkles on the toes. You can’t really see them in this photo, but trust me: they’re there.)

Those are toddler Air Jordans. I can’t believe we own them, either. (I was personally swayed by the rainbow sparkles on the toes. You can’t really see them in this photo, but trust me: they’re there.)

It’s here!!!!!
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(Giving away signed copies and more fun stuff over on RG.)

It’s here!!!!!

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(Giving away signed copies and more fun stuff over on RG.)

Denim & Supply, $69. Obsessed.

Denim & Supply, $69. Obsessed.

Today on RG: a maybe not-exactly-so-successful look that’s fun anyway. 

Today on RG: a maybe not-exactly-so-successful look that’s fun anyway. 

Favorite (pink) spring makeup finds!
What’s On My Vanity?
New favorite dress. 
Really, really good lip shade for spring. 

Really, really good lip shade for spring. 

Super-easy vacation hair solution.
(And more music from Kendrick!)

Super-easy vacation hair solution.

(And more music from Kendrick!)

Big thank-you to Mommyish.com for the interview!! (Click here to read.)

Big thank-you to Mommyish.com for the interview!! (Click here to read.)

Spring-y & Clean Makeup Routine
Yes!

Yes!

Yay for spring! And for wrap dresses (so perfect for 2nd trimester). 
Also: contest to win $500 today on RG. 

Yay for spring! And for wrap dresses (so perfect for 2nd trimester). 

Also: contest to win $500 today on RG.