#AskAwayFriday with Danielle {Cozycakes Cottage}

So happy it’s Friday and I get to participate in another #AskAwayFriday, where we have the opportunity to ask 10 questions of another blogger and they ask us 10 questions back! Scroll to the very bottom to check out my old posts!

Here are our hosts:


Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
This week, I’m exchanging questions with Danielle of Cozycakes Cottage where she covers so many awesome topics!



She is a wife and mother of Munchie, a 5 year old girl, who seems to have immense amount of time to not only cook and clean regularly, but organize her entire house in just 20 days! I’m so jealous! Let’s get these questions started!


1.  I saw you moved from California to Florida not too long ago.  I’m a California gal, lived here all but a few years of my life, so I wonder what you miss most about the Golden State?  And what do you NOT miss about California? The mountains! Last Christmas, it was hard not to see the snow and being able to go up there and play in it. We used to live at the foothills of Mt. Baldy and it was only a 30 minute drive. Here, in Florida, everything is flat, flat, flat!

I know this is a backward way to answer, but I don’t NOT miss my money. In California, you are taxed liked crazy, spend a lot of time commuting to or from the major cities and I felt that we spent the vast majority of our time working to just live. Here, in Florida, the cost of living is less, there are no state taxes, and things seem to be SO much more efficient. You can register your car for two years (if you want, instead of one), it’s about half the price to do so. People don’t slow down or get tickets for going a few miles over the speed limit. There are FREE after school programs galore and FREE busing. So many good ways that I keep my money in my pocket.

2.  Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the memories I’d love for my little girl to have of me when she’s all grown up.  When your 3 beautiful children are adults, what would you like them to remember about growing up with you as their mom when they reflect on their childhoods? Oh this a bad time to ask this! I’ve been stressed because I’ve had to discipline my children more than usual. I always feel really bad, but I now it needs to be done now, so there won’t be problems in the future. Ultimately, I just want my children to remember that my home is a safe and caring place to be, where they can tell me everything. I would love to think that they would remember great food, but I’m not a great cook… LOL!

3. What’s on your nightstand?  🙂 Oh, this can vastly vary! Right now, it’s just junk! Some cut coupons, a Mary Kay catalog, a Prima Donna lingerie catalog. Typically, it’s where all excess in my purse come to die, since I like to keep it slim.


4.  Would you please share one of your favorite Bible verses with us? This depends on my mood and what I’m going through. Right now, it’s:

Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

I believe that we can achieve everything that’s in our dreams, but we must first seek Him and He will help us get there! I’m striving to get our family to the next level (whatever that is), but I’m looking for financial freedom, not particularly riches, just at a point where our house is paid off and I don’t have to check my account balance before I make a purchase.

5. I’ve started mentally “planning” our summer, but I’ve been thinking about how parents today handle summer differently than when I was a kiddo.  Now children seem booked solid with play dates, vacations, camps, lessons, lessons, and more lessons while I spent summer days reading dozens of books, playing outside until sunset, and putting my imagination to good use, inside and outside.  What are some of your favorite simple childhood summer memories? I used to go to the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. During their summer program, the pool was open three to four times a day. I loved swimming at every session ~ no sunscreen or sunblock! LOL! I loved being under the water because I could think about myself with no one to

6.  I saw that you also love date nights at home with your husband (high five!) with a Redbox (love that box).  What’s the last movie you watched together and how did you like it? 20 Feet from Stardom. We really liked it. The documentary is about background singers. As someone who likes to sing, but never considered herself the “star”, it made it seem worth it if I chose to go down that route, even at this age. One of the ladies didn’t start until her 30s!

20 Feet From Stardom

7. I’m inspired by your goals and dedication with regard to losing weight to be with your family/children as long as possible.  I have some weight loss goals myself and my little girl is my inspiration. 🙂   I exercise outdoors, but what program/video would you recommend for the home? As a Beachbody coach, I have many options. Since you didn’t say what type of exercise you do outdoors, I’ll give you a few options. I’m assuming since you like exercising outdoors, you likely don’t like to use weights. With that in mind, If you like something low-key, I would try Tai Cheng, which is a Tai Chi-type of exercise video. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit dancy, you could try TurboFire, which requires coordination, but can get you to burn 1000 calories in just an hour. Now, if you’d like something super intense, hard, and extremely challenging, I’d recommend Asylum! If you’ve heard of Insanity, Asylum is harder! Finally, if you’d like something simple, and free, feel free to check out my Pinterest board: Work it Out or Current Challenges for a program that will fit for you! The downside is that many people get bored with the printable programs, since there’s no variation.

8.  I know you’ve got to be one busy mama…and then you blog top of everything else! When are you most productive?  Are you a morning person?  Night owl?  Afternoon gal? LOL! I’mstill figuring this one out. I used to be an early bird, but I haven’t been for years. Now, I’m up nights, but often I have one (or more) children with me. Bee seems to hate sleep and although she goes to bed at 9, will be up again as early as 10, and often many times a night. For the most part, I try to get things done during nap time.

9.  What was the best part of your day, what was the worst part of your day? Nap time! Bee is very demanding and doesn’t like things to not be about her. It takes a lot of time and energy to get her to settle down and/or entertain her. Things are pretty nonstop when she’s awake. Worst time is when I have to pick up my husband or my son. As much as I don’t mind having one car, my day is interrupted when I have to leave. What this means is if I had trouble getting Bee down for her nap, and she doesn’t go down until 1, I’ll have to wake her up to get my son. When it’s time to get my husband, I’m normally in the middle of cooking dinner or getting an activity for the kids to do. He doesn’t come home at the same time, which means it’s hard to plan for it.

10.  Mother’s Day is in a few days–Happy Mother’s Day to you!–What does your perfect Mother’s Day look like? Perfect? I have no idea. Mother’s Day is hard for me. As much as I’d like it to be about me (hey, I’m a mom, I can be selfish), I always feel somewhat hurt and sad that I’m not close to my own mother. I’m always in awe of others with their mothers, the happiness and the events that they shared. I’m sure that’ll come, but for now, my kids are still pretty young. That said, would be a mom’s day out ~ spa, with nails, hair, massage, nice brunch or lunch. Then ceom together with the rest of the family, where the dinner is paid and/or prepared, not by me.

Whew! Those were some hard questions! Feel free to email me if you’d like to join in the fun or head over to any of the hosts pages to link up!

This isn’t my first time around the block! If you want to read some of my older posts, check out these:

In week 1, I told Amber whether I plan on practicing as an attorney.
In week 2, Heather got me to show you what I had under my bed.
In week 3, Stacey had me tell you about my unaccomplished dream.
In week 4, I told Christy all about the best parenting advice I’ve ever received.
In week 5, I shared with Penny how I think boys are different from girls.
In week 6, Sarah wanted to know my favorite room in the house.
In week 7. I talked to Tiffany a little bit about how to “healthify” her favorite snacks.
In week 8, I shared with Rabia the women who made a positive impact for Women’s History Month.
In week 9, Bev had me share some recent pictures and the stories behind them.
In week 10, Sonya got me to sing… almost!
In week 11, Wendy got me to admit to my biggest weight loss hurdle.
In week 12, I admitted to my legal woes to Lanaya
In week 13, Rea asked about what I felt was a big problem in the US.
In week 14, find out which cause I’m passionate about by Beth.
In week 15, Stephanie got me to open up about my practicality.
In week 16, I tell Sherri how I maintain my marriage.


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20 thoughts on “#AskAwayFriday with Danielle {Cozycakes Cottage}”

  1. Happy Friday! I can totally relate to having the bitter sweet moment when Mother's Day comes around because I am not close with my Mother either. It has always been strained but thank goodness for my Grandmother. She stepped in and I don't have to have that place empty plus being a Mom has also made it so much better because I have the chance to be certain my Kiddies don't feel the way I do on Mother's Day.

    PS – I Voted! 🙂

    1. spiritedlife

      I love being a mother, but something about Mother’s Day, I can’t just concentrate on me, I always think about her, and that all those who have good (or at least better) relationships with their mother. It’s very weird that although all of my parents and grandparents were alive, no one seemed to care. None of them were drunks or druggies, he just didn’t care, don’t care. Yay! Thank you!

  2. Rea Alducente

    I also feel like my day is interrupted every time I had to leave in the middle of doing something. That is so true! I love date nights at home too and that's really one way to save a ton of money, LOL.

    Hope you have a great weekend April!

    1. Although I still like getting dressed up and going out for a night on the town, I am so drained that I feel like I'm wasting time getting ready to go somewhere for date night, so much more stressful. Thanks for coming by Rea!

  3. tamaralikecamera

    Aw, I'm sorry about your mother. That can be tough. The holiday can be tough for many people.
    I hope you get a great Mother's Day.
    I get it about the high energy when it's NOT naptime. I love naptime. And bedtime. Sometimes I feel awful about it.
    And how fascinating about Florida!

    1. About liking sleep? NEVER! I love sleep, and I wish I could get them to sleep more. It's just weird because Bunny is the type of kid who likes his sleep too, most of the time, he'll be playing and it'll get quiet and he's gone to sleep at 9. Then there's little Miss Bee, who thinks sleep means death. She doesn't like to go to sleep and doesn't sleep for long… One day… I hope.

  4. Love these! And amen about Florida. My parents live there, and they pay a lot less taxes than we do here in Alabama. They love it there. But yes it is very flat. Hope you are having a great week!

    1. To say buying power is almost double, would not be an overstatement. Coming from California, except the humidity, I don't know why more people don't flock to this coast. I could go on and on. My weeks i going very well! Thanks. I hope you are having a great weekend too!

  5. I can relate – I am not close with my own mother and days like Mother's Day can be difficult reminders of that. I try to focus on creating the relationship I want with my kids, instead of mourning over the one I won't have with my own mother. Hope you get a perfect day this year!! Happy Mama's Day!

    1. It gets easier and easier, but really, it gets easier because of this blog. I think people (moms) are more open about their relationships online, yet in real life, it's all roses. It's hard for Mother's Day events when all the people like to praise their mothers for being *Awesome*. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

  6. Happy Mother's Day!!! I'm going to checkout your workout pins. I've been using Pinterest workouts a lot lately.

  7. Hi April! I loved reading your answers and answering your questions, too! It's definitely not cheap in California. I don't have much to compare it to since I've lived here all but a very few years of my life, but when friends tell me what they pay for homes elsewhere, groceries, etc. I'm more than a little envious. Thank you for your video tips! I usually run outside with my dog and stopped using my gym membership because all I did was run and it was wasted. I've been doing lightweights at home with a video, but would love to knock it all up a notch and I'm definitely trying some of your recommendations. Love what you'd like your kiddos to remember about you–and I'm pretty sure they will. 🙂 When reading Matt: 6:33 I started singing the song out loud we always sang in church when I was young. Thanks for the fun swap, April! Have an awesome week and Happy Mother's Day! ~Danielle

    1. I didn't either before I moved. It's my first time living outside of California, and I didn't realize how much I was wasting in time and money dealing with all the drama of California. My husband can sit down for dinner at 6 p.m. and have an hour to chill after dinner before we have to put the kids to sleep. WAAAY different from California! I would love if you did decide to try one of the videos, you'd use the links below. I do get credit (and a little $), but I can also help you and push you toward your goals! Yes, I kept my gym membership for YEARS after I stopped using it. I was always worried that I "might" want to go back. Then I never did. I finally canceled it and was able to get my nails done once a month! LOL!

  8. Hey sweet lady, I hope you had a beautiful Mother's day with your family. My husband & I love Redbox date nights too 🙂
    My best friend and her husband use to live hours away and would rent a movie from Redbox and watch it together over the phone. For her bridal shower we purchased a Redbox cake 🙂


  9. Oh, that is SO adorable! I would've never thought about that! I did have a wonderful Mother's Day. I hope you did too!

  10. I hope that you enjoyed your Mother's Day. This was the third Mother's day without my mom and it is hard. I miss doing the simple things with her.

    I had a relaxing day for the most part. My husband and daughter cooked chicken while I fixed the potatoes, corn, and some french bread in the microwave.

    1. I would love to really miss my mother. But the relationship I long for is one that doesn't exist for me. I called on Sunday and before I could talk to her was told that she had a friend over and she'd have to call back. So, there's that. It's wonderful that you had a great relationship with her. My day was hardly relaxing, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I wouldn't trade it for another Mother's Day since it was planned by my husband and not me!

  11. Oh April, I definitely think that is what most of us momma's want is for our children to remember a safe and caring life. I for sure hope that for mine as well. That is a lovely bible verse. We also have only one car and you are so right that it makes for a bit of extra chaos in the day. For me it would mean taking my hubby in to work at 6 in the morning and when I don't generally make it to bed until 2 in the morning it is hard to want to function at that hour. Most times, I just wait to do my running until he gets home for the day or the weekend. A little spa time for Mother's day would for sure be great…but I was just happy to get a visit from all of my kids, of course the two lil ones were home with me, but the three oldest, mine and his two best friends stopped by. I definitely felt the love. Hope you have a great week, April!

    1. We actually had my family and in-laws over here for Mother's Day. It was nice, but a little hectic. I would let my husband take my car, if I didn't have to pick up my son from school. The only downside to living outside the district, because otherwise he would be able to ride the bus. Oh well, the school year only has three weeks left. We'll re-examine then. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a car too!

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