Blogging as a Mother with Brittnei {Homemaking with Style} #AAF

My baby turned ONE this week and boy was I excited! What seems to be the case most often is I can’t decide what to do (except the basics) until the morning of or the night before. So I had to hustle to get it all done! I’ve taken lots of pictures but my in-laws had made collages already, so I think this shows the year in review just fine!Julianna 1st birthday - LelaniJulianna 1st birthday - LaDawn

…on to #AskAwayFriday…

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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AAF with BrittneiThis week, I exchange questions with the lovely and thoughtful Brittnei from Homemaking with Style. She’s sweet, caring and loving. Her blog broadcasts love and truth. We co-host Creative Style Linkup together and had started with hosting Countdown in Style. She is the proud mother to one, and pregnant with another. She has opened herself up to the judgment of others with so much grace. I am proud to think of myself as her friend.

1)  What are your favorite types of blogs to read? I like all sorts of blogs, op-ed pieces, mommy blogs, and humor blogs, just to name a few. I read blogs that fit my mood or help me change it. As a stay at home mom in a new state, I don’t really have any friends. Having friends across the US makes it hard to communicate because when they are ready to talk, I’m ready to go to bed.

2)  Do you have favorite bloggers? If so, what do you think it is about them that has drawn you to them? I like bloggers who are truthful, who share their story, who share their struggles, who tell me that I’m not alone or weird. It may change based on what’s going on in their life. There are too many to count, and I don’t want to name them because now I feel bad that I don’t get over there as often as I’d like. I don’t read blogs for fun as much as I used to since my Butterfly is mobile and trying to walk.

3)  Motherhood has its ups and downs.   For you, what is the most challenging thing about being a mom? Managing all of their personalities. With Bee, her personality is so strong, and Butterfly still needing me physically, I tend to push Bunny to the back burner. Once Bee has a meltdown, pretty much everything else goes downhill. Whether I turn all of my attention on her or send her to her room, the response is still the same: Butterfly starts crying and Bunny feels excluded.

4)  Are there things that you do now as a wife or mom that you never could have seen yourself doing before you had a husband and kids? LOL! EVERYTHING! I never pictured myself being a wife or mother. I did not like my upbringing and figured that I could be a hot shot, jet setting lawyer who never put down roots, had a maid and cook. Now, I’m a mom, I cook (which I pretty much only learned during marriage), I clean, and I wipe bottoms! I always thought I was too selfish to have children, now I would give my life for them.

5)  Most people who work a consistent full time work schedule tend to have a favorite day of the week. As a stay at home wife and mom, do you have one? If so, why that day? Anytime I can get both of them down to sleep. It’s really hard because Bee doesn’t like sleep. She doesn’t like naps, wakes up in the middle of the night multiple times, comes in my bed and tosses and turns. I may get three hours of a break in a 24 hour period where both girls are sleep in their beds.

6)  I saw you posed a question on Facebook about whether or not people homeschool and you mentioned you were thinking about homeschooling your two girls. Do you want to expound on that and share where your family’s decision might be leaning towards if you know at this point? Well, my son is in public school. This year, for the first time, he has entered a charter school. Although I find the charter school much better than the public school, the amount of “stuff” that I have to deal with doesn’t seem worth it.

Right now, he eats school lunch, but it’s microwaved, which I don’t like. I would like to make him lunch, but I know he’s not the kid who will be comfortable going against the grain and eating food from home.

There just doesn’t seem to be something that’s great for my son. It seems like it’s just a touch better than the last. I think something is good, but then talk to a parent who compares it to another school and I start wondering, “Should my son have that too?”

Also, as a charter school, we get asked to pay a lot out of pocket. I mean, the club options are above and beyond what his last school had, but it’s costing us too. Since the school is new, there’s no real protocol for getting information to the parents, so after two months of school, I don’t really know what they do in the clubs. Having the girls somewhat prohibit me from “dropping in” since they can be a distraction.

The desire to homeschool just might be my desire to control. I don’t know really. We’ll play out this year and decide before he goes to middle school.

7)  Does your family have a favorite meal that you prepare that they all love? LOL! I don’t think so. I think they are willing to eat most of the things that I make, but no, I haven’t had any special requests. As I mentioned above, I didn’t learn to cook until I got married and quite frankly, I haven’t really even tried to do more than the same five or six dishes until we moved to our home here.

8)  If you could have a chef, a maid or a personal stylist for your family but only one, what would you pick and why? Maid. I don’t mind cleaning, but it seems to be never ending. I spend most of my time cleaning up after someone. My husband and I get into that never ending conversation of who cleans what, how much and how often. I hate the conversation because unless I clean right before he comes home, he doesn’t think I do much of it.

I like the idea of the chef, especially since I don’t like cooking. Yet I spend so much more of my time cleaning, it just wouldn’t make sense. I could learn how to cook better in the time I spend cleaning. Plus the maid could clean up after me.

The personal stylist wouldn’t be any good because unless s/he laid out my clothes every day, I would likely put on jeans and a t-shirt when I wake up in the morning regardless of how many nice clothes I have.

9)  What is your least favorite thing about blogging? Goodness, the time it takes to actually put a post together. Images, linking, referencing, and promoting, it’s just a lot of work. I wish I had an assistant to do it for me. LOL! I like the release of putting my words and feelings on the page, but I wish I could just write and have someone else take care of the rest.

10)  Have you ever been to a blog conference?  If so, how was your experience? If not, do you have one in mind that you would like to go to one day? No, I haven’t had the opportunity to go to a blog conference. I would like to go but unless it’s local, I doubt it would be in my budget in the near future. I haven’t researched any of them because I don’t window shop. I don’t want to see what I can’t go to. I don’t know what they are about or where they are, although I should look to see if any will be near me. Maybe I should start one!

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Better Late than Never with #AskAwayFriday

Here is my VERY late #AskAwayFriday post. Weekend before last, we went out of town for a whirlwind trip to California. Details to come. But we were so busy and almost every minute was planned. I thought I’d be able to come back and get in the groove, but Butterfly’s schedule was so far off that neither of us really got any sleep. We are finally getting back into the swing of things now. So, on to the show!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I exchanged questions with the talented Ms. Ana Lynn from Our Blended Marriage. She’s lucky enough to have her husband also contribute to their blog so it’s a combined effort. Learning to blog has also benefited everyone else because she’s willing to share the knowledge with us, including writing a book and giving us a branding (or rebranding course). Make sure you check out her answers to my questions!

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I know you mentioned on a blog that you are a lawyer but that you never practiced. I had a brief period when I wanted to be a lawyer too but that didn’t last very long. Would you ever consider practicing law, maybe when your children get older? Maybe. My major problem is that I can be an all or nothing type of girl. I have a hard time working in moderation. I get frustrated trying to work a couple of hours here and a couple of hours there. I used to work 12 hours at a time, and I didn’t have a problem with it. I’m not sure that works with a family. So, in short, we’ll see.
What are some things you miss from California (aside from friends and family)? The weather. LOL! I just went back last weekend, and there was cool crisp air, which we just don’t have here. I miss it SO much!
What’s the one thing that annoys you about Florida? The weather! I hate going outside… and I wasn’t a fan of it before, but I really dread it now. It’s so hot and muggy that I’m not interested in going out in the hot and humid weather.
Everyone lately has been raving about Clash of the Couples. What is the most ridiculous fight you had with your husband? That’s hard to say. We don’t argue often and I have a short memory when it comes to arguing. The argument we had for Clash of the Couples is a rare one, which we had JUST had before writing it.
What was the hardest part about your weight loss journey? Being consistent. I can lose 20 pounds with some effort, only to throw it away when I get off. So, it’s truly a weight loss roller coaster, although right now, the coaster is sailing downwards!
You and I share the same sentiment of picking our in laws over our parents in living with us in their old age. Do you have any tips on how to make co-living with your parents easier? (Seriously, I feel like I’m walking on egg shells all the time!) I wish I had some words of advice. There’s a saying that there can only be one Queen Bee in a hive for a reason. I would say that you would have to set clear boundaries and expectations. Of course, if you’re in their house (as I was), you don’t really have any power to set any boundaries. I tried to stay out of the way, which was then criticized that I was avoiding everyone, which I was… because being around meant additional criticism. Unless everyone is open and honest, I think it’s just a hard situation to be in and I don’t plan on being in it again.
You have just been given a day off; away from everybody and everything. How do you spend it? I spend the morning sleeping in, probably with a sleeping pill because I get up so early because of the kids, my body is trained to get up even when I’m still tired. Then, I would get my nails and hair done. I would try to find some friends to go have lunch and/or dinner. Or I would just tr and sit to watch a whole episode of one of my shows from beginning to end without interruption. That said, I have tried that a few times, and I have gotten bored of just sitting there.
Between my son and daughter, and my step son I can with utmost certainty say that I don’t worry as much when it comes to my daughter’s and step-son’s future. They are resourceful kiddos. I do however, worry about my son at times. Which child of yours do you worry about the most when it comes to their future? I think all my children will be ok. But I have NO fear that my girls will get what they want. I fear that my son will be taken advantage of because he doesn’t want to make someone angry or annoy them.
Describe your perfect vacation. A metropolis with unlimited cash. I don’t like the beach nor want to lay out for hours. I want to get into the city, visit the local (not the touristy) hot spots, and get to know the community. I’d much rather go to the local dive than the fancy Michelin rated restaurant, if the dive is a better time.
April in lyrics: which three songs best describe you?
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A Day in My Life ~ #AAF with Jenessa {Mothering in Real Life}

A couple of weeks have passed since my last #AskAwayFriday. This school year has been great for my son, but taxing on me. My son is now in school 2-3 days a week from 8:45 to 5:00. He’s in a several clubs after school, so I have the two LOs all day. Having my son around means that I can get a break as he entertains both of the girls. I haven’t had that, since he has chores after school, then dinner, then bedtime. The process for putting my daughters to sleep starts at 9, but often doesn’t end until 10. Quite honestly, after all of that, the last thing I want to do is blog. Feel free to leave me any comments on how to cope with this schedule, it would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, and I have an AWESOME giveaway going on… Mommy Needs a Vacay! It’s a free vacation… check out the details HERE!

I have also completed a 30 Day Fitness Devotional. I have not put together an entire post, but if you’d like to review it for me, and give me your honest feedback, from what you get out of it to changes or clarifications, please click HERE and fill out the form.

…on to #AskAwayFriday…

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, Jenessa from Mothering {in Real Life} hits me with some hard questions. As a wife and mother of three, she has a lot of experience where I’m just learning. She delves into detail about her children, her marriage and her bouts of depression. She keeps things real. Make sure you check out her responses to my questions.

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1) Tell me some random facts about yourself, that you haven’t shared on the blog before. I’m right-handed. I don’t like mushy foods like peas or bananas. I loved school, but hated taking tests, even though I would get an A on most of them. Does three constitute some?

2) What are each of your children’s favorite: movie, tv show, food, book, color, article of clothing. Bad mommy! I have no idea for most of these. I know Bee loves Frozen, Cinderella AND Ariel. Her favorite color is blue. Her favorite article of clothing is the Cinderella dress I bought her from Costco. I know Bunny loves to draw and Minecraft. His favorite color is green. He loves Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton books. Butterfly is too young for any favorites yet.
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3) What fall season premieres or new shows are you looking forward to? So many! This fall lineup looks awesome! Thursday nights will be dedicated to ABC with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. I’m looking forward to the Gotham, Black-ish, Forever, Gracepoint, Stalkers, Madam Secretary, The Mindy Project. Seriously, I can go on! I’m a bit of a TV-aholic!
4) What advice would you give to someone starting on a weight loss journey? Take it slow. Find something you know you can conquer. Those small victories will encourage you to keep going. If you’re addicted to soda, but you’re sure you can kick it, do it! You’ll feel great when it you conquer the first thing, then move on to the next! And remember, you didn’t gain the weight over night (at least most of us), don’t expect to take it off overnight. Two pounds per week is reasonable, and that’s likely still faster than you put it on.
5) You have been through some rough times in your life. What is something that helps you get through those hard times? God, my husband and my kids. A church service, a bible study or self-study can really put things into perspective. A hug from my family really can change my mood. A drink or two is helpful too!
6) Name 5 things you love about your husband and 5 quirks he has that drive you crazy. Five? Oh goodness.
LOVE His:
  • Kindness,
  • Willingness to accept me as I am,
  • Willingness to clean if I haven’t,
  • Strength, and
  • Love for his kids.

Drive me crazy, his:

  • Ability to only think about him,
  • One-track mind,
  • Indecisiveness,
  • Lack of desire to change, and
  • Lack of willingness to break the speed limit.
7) I dare you to post a picture of the messiest room in your house – without cleaning it up first! I don’t really have messy rooms. I have messy areas. This is my side of my bedroom. The rest of the room is clean.
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8) What are your favorite blog resources or websites? SITS Girls, Blogelina
9) Describe a typical day at your house. Right now, it mainly consists of me trying to figure out how to put down Butterfly long enough to get anything done without screams and fits of tears.
We wake up (all in my bed because my bed seems to be everyone’s favorite spot). I spend about 20 minutes trying to wake up, because I’ve been awake for an hour or two in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Then I feed the girls breakfast, which Butterfly promptly refuses to eat, and sits in her chair screaming as I try to make Bee the rest of her breakfast. Then I turn on some educational television, of which Butterfly enjoys on my lap and Bee watches while she eats. Then, lately, I’ve been trying a more educational approach all around, so we are learning the calendar, how to write, numbers from 11-20, and sight words. Around 10, I try to put Butterfly down for her nap by nursing her to sleep, just to have Bee wake her up as soon as I put her in her bed. Then, an hour to two of fussing, whining and crying until lunch, which Butterfly WILL eat on her own. Then, I nurse her to sleep for her nap, which she can sleep up to two hours, if Bee doesn’t also wake her up from that nap. I play games with Bee, until Butterfly wakes up. Snack time for both girls, then movie/fun tv time ~ normally Netflix or something on Demand. If I can get Butterfly to play, I’ll start dinner. Otherwise, I wait until I get my son. He comes home, plays the piano, does his chore, then he’ll watch the girls while I start dinner. THANK GOD for no homework!
Hubby comes home around 6:30 or 7, then we eat, he bathes the kids, and then the bedtime ritual begins. Read a book, Butterfly nurses, Bee is patted on the back on my husband’s lap. Butterfly lays down in her bed, and it’s normally about 9-9:30. I’m exhausted, enjoy a glass of wine, watch something on the DVR, go to sleep and start all over again!
10) Tell a funny story from your childhood. If any friends or family read this, feel free to pipe up, because I can’t think of one. My childhood wasn’t fun or funny.
That’s it for this week’s #AskAwayFriday… check out the other posts, and of course, Jenessa’s!
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Travel is on My Mind

I think something’s in the water… or the humid Floridian air. Both my daughters have been out of their element. Bee has become clingy, holding on for dear life ~ to my arm, leg or any seemingly available body part. She has a new found fear of, well, everything. Her screams are deafening and the world comes to a sudden halt at every fear, especially in the car. Butterfly is forced onto the back burner. I did manage to get in these pictures:

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Speaking of Butterfly, she’s been openly attached to my breast. The nursing is never ending and the sleeping doesn’t come as often. One minute she is crawling around the house, laughing and trying to put everything in her mouth. The very next, she’s chasing me like she hadn’t seen me all day and I was the only way to curb that urge.

I get it… and you probably do to… they are in a phase, a passing period. Yet, it’s equally exhausting to know that this may last a while. I hope that it ends soon. I barely got this picture of the kids before church on Sunday:

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I have been walking and thinking and thinking and walking trying to decide how I want to proceed. Last week was so rough I considered going back to work for the first time. This week was better, but still hard. What I know is I need a break, a physical actual break from the girls on a regular basis and not just once in a while.
Walking with Walkadoo ResultsMy walking has benefited my Walkadoo. When I started, I was walking about 6,000 steps per week. Now I’m up to a wonderful 14,000 steps a week. I’ve enjoyed using my Pebble a lot. I look forward to putting it on every morning, just to see how well I did that day. I’ve looked forward to mingling with the community at the website and them encouraging me and answering the Walkie Talkie questions. I also look forward to seeing the little green trail of lights on the device letting me know how far I’ve traveled.  I haven’t traveled as far as I wanted to. My progress has more than doubled over the past few weeks, yet I’m still about 2,000 steps a day. Far below what I should be during my journey. I’m disappointed and somewhat ashamed. I AM proud of losing weight over the last few weeks from eating well and drinking tons of water.

I’m ready to be the new me. As much as I want to rush it, I can’t. Life just doesn’t really work that way. Change takes time, especially when you’re talking about changing yourself.

During my short walks, I’ve been able to learn more about me, what I want and where I want to be. Ultimately, I know at least for a while, I want to be somewhere else. I have a wedding in California next month… until then, I will be dreaming of far away places in this week’s #AskAwayFriday.

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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Kelly Michelle ArtThis week, I’m pairing up with the lovely Kelly of Beauty of Resilience. She is a Christian, writer, teacher, and artist. She is a firm believer in the beauty of life. She has a beautiful Etsy shop which shares encouraging words and great printables like the one to the right. Check her out.

We decided to exchanged questions about Travel. Getting away sounds perfect right now!

Kelly

1. What is the farthest place you have traveled? I’m not sure if Frankfurt, Germany or London, England is farther, but I’ve been to both in the same trip. Frankfurt was more emotional because of the Jewish graves that we visited. 

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? A week ago, I would’ve said France, but now I think Italy. I really want to indulge in real Italian food. 

3. What is one vacation spot you would love to visit? Alaska. I would love to take an Alaskan cruise. I’ve been close to the equator, now I would love to see what it looks like in the complete opposite direction. 

4. What is one local place that you like to visit? How local is local? I’d like to check out Key West and/or Cape Canaveral if we’re talking about a little drive. If we’re talking about within the city, I was looking at a two hour cruise that included scuba diving about five miles away. 

5. What is your favorite activity to do when on vacation? Drink and eat… are those activities? I have to admit while on vacation, I really just want to relax. I don’t mind during the touristy things (I LOVED La Louvre), but most things for me are exactly what I dreamed them to be, so I’d prefer to get into the culture. When I went to France, I spent most of the time with the locals, checking out the bars, eating home cooked food, and just enjoying the city as they enjoyed it, rather than hitting up the attractions.

6. Is there a place that you think looks cool to go, but also looks like a lot of work? I would love to go to Mt. Everest, but there’s no way that I could climb it. Let me rephrase… there’s no way I’d want to take the time out to train to do it, nor the time to actually climb it. If it were a one day thing, I’d be down. But I’d prefer to take a helicopter and dropped on a high point!

7. When’s the last time you took a vacation? Where’d you go? I’m trying to think of when the last time I went on ‘vacation’ with no other purpose than to relax. My last trip was to South Carolina to take my son to visit my mother. Before that, it was my sister’s graduation. All of that said, I think my last relaxing vacation was a few years back when we took a cruise to the Bahamas. I think that’s four years ago. 

8. What’s the closest tourist attraction that you’ve never been to? I won’t talk about Florida, since I just got here. In California, I never went to the San Diego Zoo or Yosemite… both HUGE sites of attractions. I don’t do much with the outdoors and never thought about going. I went to SeaWorld but that’s only because I sang there. I never went outside of our choral competitions (yes, I would love to be on Glee!).

9. What was the farthest away that you’ve traveled without your family (parents, spouse or child)? In high school, I had the opportunity to go to Europe. My French teacher took a trip every other year, and I desperately wanted to go. In my negotiations with my parents, I went with out presents until graduation. It was a steep price to pay. What happened was I went without any purchases on my behalf until after high school graduation. There were many great stories to tell about that trip, many included in pictures that had been “lost” since. I’m not sure it was “worth it”, but it was definitely an awesome trip! 

10. What place had you dreaming while you were in school, but you have since gone? At one point I dreamed of the Caribbean vacation, which sandy beaches and relaxation galore. I have been to those beaches, which are beautiful, but with kids, relaxation was not at the forefront. Now, I dream of more active cations… I would like to visit China or Japan and immerse myself in their culture.

That’s all for tonight. I hope that your week has gone a LOT better than mine! Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s page and see her answers these questions.

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Working Out with My Favorites ~ #AAF {Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy}

This week, Butterfly went from “oh, I will move from here, to right next to here” to ALL OVER THE ENTIRE HOUSE! I’ve been busy chasing her around, especially out of the kitchen and bathroom… because what do babies want more than the cold floors of the kitchen and the bathroom? I’m very surprised at how much time and effort my two little one take. These girls are like two large dogs who are ready to go outside and play all of the time! Whereas, my son was like an indoor cat, only even stretching occasionally. Who said boys were harder?

Anyway, on to #AskAwayFriday…

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I pair up with the hilarious Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy. She is open, candid about all things mommy and life. One of the funniest parts of her blog is “Random Thoughts” which is self-explanatory, yet the title doesn’t begin to explain the hilarity of the posts! Go check her out!

Echo

1. 100lbCountdown is such an awesome name for your blog and I love the reason that you started blogging. Do you think blogging helps you in moving towards your goal? I know it did when I started. Then, I had two beautiful baby girls, which completely threw me off track! I changed the focus to more just family friendly posts. I do think when I really need to post something health related, I try to think about what would help me in the here and now, like my Walkadoo post.

2. A rose by any other name… If you had to change your blog name, what would you choose and why? I’ve been thinking about this FOREVER! Well, not forever, but since I was pregnant with Bee and I stopped eating healthy and succumbed to all of my pregnancy cravings of all things sweet. I’ve already purchased my name, which is April Noelle, and I’ve slowly started changing my FB, Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine to that name. I’m trying to determine if I want to manage multiple blogs, since I want to start one focusing on women and their lives, in other words, one that’s more than me. I’m also considering using my name as the URL and something else as the name of the blog… like A Diamond in the Flesh, April’s Hope, April’s Logic or Halls of the Grant Family. I don’t know what I want to do or how I want to do it yet. As you see, I’m the queen of indecisive.

3. You are a lawyer, but have never practiced law. Do you think you will give it a shot after your kids are grown? I don’t know yet. Since I moved, it’s been a whirlwind. I’m still trying to decide about where things are headed, my blog is doing well, and a side business is promising. Although I miss the aspect of law, and I think my skill set is really important in the industry, I don’t know if taking the bar is the right step for me. Ask me again when both girls are in school full time.

4. Let’s talk health. What is your FAVORITE healthy recipe to introduce people to? People have such a wide variety of taste buds. I don’t give people a particular recipe because some people love lasagna, others, burgers and still others chocolate. My primary suggestion would be to add vegetables to every meal… yes, I said EVERY meal. Find a vegetable you like, and eat it. But to give you a recipe, here’s a super simple one.
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5. If someone was just starting their journey to get healthy, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give them? Keep it simple and take it slow. You didn’t gain the weight overnight. You won’t see the results over night. Of course, there are ways to quickly drop the weight, but there’s something to be said about earning the weight loss. Also, there’s a reason we grab fast food. Because it’s easier. Just because it’s fast and easy, it doesn’t have to be bad for you. See the recipe in #4.

6. What is your FAVORITE way to work out? With others. I’m a terrible self-motivator when it comes to working out, but have a friend that says or is willing to go for a walk, do a video, or anything active and I’m completely down!

7. Happy Wife, Happy Home. What is your favorite guilty pleasure? LOL! Watching television. I can’t say it’s a guilty pleasure anymore. I admit it, it’s a television addict! It’s even on when I work out!

8. I have days where my kids stay in pajamas all day and I try to be as lazy as possible, just because. Do you have days like that? Uhhh, I only get dressed if I have to go out! Actually I’ve started to change that for my husband’s sake. I’m sure he wasn’t happy seeing me in my pajamas in the morning to come home to the same look. Otherwise, I love doing it and I think I did it from Sunday to Tuesday this past week! It’s summertime! I try to let the kids be as lazy as possible, but since he has three book reports due on the first day of school, and he takes piano lessons (which we pay for), I can’t be that lazy as a parent. Otherwise, anything goes!

9. What is your dream vacation destination? I would love to return to Europe as an adult. I want to check out Italy and Greece, eat the food and just wander for hours on end! I wish I could show you pictures of my trip, but the were lost. 🙁

10. TEN Favorites:

Movie: Groundhog Day
Song: Let’s Chill by Guy
Restaurant: my last one was Red Lobster, but that was years ago. I love trying new ones.
Dessert: German Chocolate cake
Nail Polish Color: none… but if I have to choose one, navy blue
Hair Style: anything that keeps my hair out of my face.
Article of clothing that you own: none, I really need a new wardrobe! Wait, I have this black dress that has made an appearance at many events and I look great every time.
Animal: cheetah… but no personal ones.
Painting: interesting, can’t think of one
Beverage: water or wine

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A Little of This, A Little of That and a Sparkling Tequila ~ #AAF with Lanaya {Raising Reagan}

Good Friday everyone! Happy to be here. Another week in the ground and I’m happy to say that I’m as caught up as I hope to be on a Thursday night. Both this post and my review of Creative Style is complete, the house is relatively clean and I am patiently waiting for my pizza delivery. Why is it going to take 45 minutes on a Thursday night? I wish I would’ve ordered earlier.

Anyway, yes, I’m eating pizza with my new eating habits. I can happily report that I can keep any desire to eat pizza down to two Papa John’s slices. I even did ONE slice a couple of weeks ago. It really covers my “bad carbs” for the entire day, since I’ve had half a cup of oatmeal for breakfast, a Shakeology shake for snack and grilled chicken breasts and broccoli for lunch. I’m kinda hungry now, but pairing the pizza with asparagus. Have you had those two together? I haven’t, so I’ll tell you how it goes. I even resisted the buy two pizzas plus a soda for about $7 more. Man, two pizzas and a soda for $22 is an awesome deal. I can promise no one needs that much pizza in the house.

Wow, I got on a little sidetracked… now on to #AskAwayFriday!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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AAF with Lanaya

This week, I exchange questions with a busy-busy woman, who is a working mother (outside of the home), that just went back to work and has jumped in with both feet! I welcome Lanaya from Raising Reagan, the only blogger that I have met face to face. She’s a wonderful lady, as open and happy as she is on her blog and I’m happy to call her my friend.

  1. scandalI know as a fellow Scandal junkie we are on pins and needles about the return of, let’s face it, the best drama on TV. Do you think Do you think Liv and Jake are going to be together?

I think Liv will go through a series of men because her true love is in the White House. If they do get together, it will only be temporary because I don’t think they’ve expended the love triangle yet. The beginning of the season with Fitz clinging to Mel will probably last at least half a season before they’re back on again.

 

  1. Speaking of shows .. I have never been able to get into the show Glee. But it’s such a rage. Are you a fan? Why or Why not?

As a former show choir singer, YES! I love the idea of it. But I actually like it more because it shows the problems with some of the outsiders, but how they become productive members of society as adults… and ultimately, it DOES get better. I thought they were going to continue the show in high school, but I think it was a much better decision to show them grown up and seeing what happens after.

  1. Comedies or Dramas

Dramas definitely. I have to be the mood for comedy. I think it’s because I “multi-task”, which means that I have my television going in the background and comedies require you to sit and watch to “get it”, and if you don’t, it’s not really funny, it’s just a drama…. comedy without the laughs.

  1. Turtlemeter ReviewI’ve noticed your reviews on your blog are really picking up! Lucky girl. J What is one of the best products you have reviewed recently and why?

Yes, I’m so happy for it and the opportunity. I’m glad that the companies want me to review multiple products. Actually, I think the Turtlemeter is my favorite so far… mostly because I literally use it every day. I am constantly having to add cold water to the kids bathwater because I like it so hot. Even when I think I’ve got it right, it’s still too hot. Their bathwater feels very cold to me. And the company is great!

 

  1. When you finally hit your goal weight .. do you think you’ll change the name of your blog?

That actually might happen soon. I’m just trying to figure out what I want to call it. I’ve been tossing around a few different ideas, considering this blog is way more than just weight loss and it has been for a very long time. I already have my name purchased… “April Noelle”. I’m also considering starting a blog that’s way beyond “me”, something more about the “modern woman”. I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to do both, if I decide to do that one. Right now, I’m working on a devotional. Once I finish this, I an concentrate on making that decision.

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  1. What is one of your favorite link parties that you are involved with? What makes it different from other ones that you have joined in?

I’d have to say I’m partial to the one I started ~ Creative Style. I enjoy testing myself to do more, to help it grow, see what works, what doesn’t, what I need to do to make it better. I also like the combination of having blogs and social media links, so that not only can you grow your blog, you can grow your social media too!

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I also like #AskAwayFriday because it forces me to talk about myself. This is hard because I don’t talk about myself in my personal life. I don’t think many people know much about me. I mean, there’s the regular stuff, complaining about lack of sleep and being frustrated with my husband, but really opening up and being vulnerable is very hard for me because I have been hurt extremely bad by people I was supposed to trust and love. Those private moments, private discussions ended up on display… a small display, but I quickly learned the way to keep a secret between three people is if two of them are dead… or my case, not tell anyone. So, #AAF doesn’t divulge my deepest darkest secret, but it does get me to be more comfortable with opening up and being vulnerable… like answering this question here.

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I think the timing of all of the hops at once is biting me though because now with three children, I rarely get time alone… especially not time with a computer in my hands.

  1. I know you enjoy a nice cocktail every once in a while .. What is one that you are craving right now?

I think you’ll like this one. I was trying to think of a low calorie margarita. I had some tequila in the cabinet and my taste buds haven’t liked the mixes for some time. So, thanks for a place to talk about this one. I think it’s delicious and less calories than a glass of wine. Let me know if you enjoy Sparkling Tequila.

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  1. I know you watch Cooking shows too. Have you ever been so inspired by a dish you saw on TV that you made it?

LOL! My husband would laugh at this question. For the first several years, I would watch cooking shows constantly, hoping one would inspire me to get into the kitchen. Although the food looked good, I was intimidated. I’m still intimadated. In my mind, if I don’t follow the recipe and I fail, then I just kinda suck at cooking. If I follow the directions and fail (as I have done), then there’s really no excuse. I feel completely deflated. My husband is really the only person who I let taste my cooking and he can openly critique.

  1. What is the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning?

That’s a hard one. I think most days, it’s grab my cell: check email, schedule Triberr messages, and see if any of the kids are awake. If they are all sleep, then I may go back to sleep, turn on the TV, go online for more complex email responses, respond to comments, add new post.

10. What is the last thing you do before you get into bed at night?

That’s a bit easier… it’s a tie between watching television and playing Candy Crush. Normally my DVR is a bit packed and there are many shows that don’t make my cut, and often I have to cut some out.

That’s it for this week’s #AskAwayFriday! Check out some of my older posts HERE! Feel free to contact me if you’d like to jump in!

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#AskAwayFriday {TV Edition}

Now I understand why parents are so ready for their kids to go back to school in the fall. As much as I love my children, they love to torment each other, which drives me INSANE! One pushes the other’s buttons and the other reciprocates. I love the good times, when they are playing together, working towards a common goal, but my goodness, when Bee is tired or Bunny is in a “mood”, every thing kinda sucks.

So, now I’m excited for my reprieve… #AskAwayFriday is here! For those who don’t know, I’m somewhat of a television addict. It’s not that I sit for hours watching television, but it’s ALWAYS on. I don’t like the silence because my mind wanders in 100 different directions and for some reason, I end up overwhelmed and nothing gets done.

Now I understand why parents are so ready for their kids to go back to school in the fall. As much as I love my children, they love to torment each other, which drives me INSANE! One pushes the other’s buttons and the other reciprocates. I love the good times, when they are playing together, working towards a common goal, but my goodness, when Bee is tired or Bunny is in a “mood”, every thing kinda sucks.

So, now I’m excited for my reprieve… #AskAwayFriday is here! For those who don’t know, I’m somewhat of a television addict. It’s not that I sit for hours watching television, but the television ALWAYS on. I don’t like the silence because my mind wanders in 100 different directions and for some reason, I end up overwhelmed and nothing gets done. Anyway, on to #AskAwayFriday.

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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I’ve had some people ask me some questions about what I watch and who I like. I’ll give credit for those I remember, but for the others… let me know which ones you’ve asked and I’ll update!

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Here’s #AskAwayFriday TV Edition!

1. What TV show are you most looking forward to seeing new episodes in the fall? {Sonya K} I think the most highly anticipated show is Scandal. I wonder how they get rid of Christopher Short and where the story will go next with everyone being so cutthroat. I’m also looking forward to Shonda Rhimes new show. It’s hard for me to anticipate shows like in the past because I think the summer lineup has been pretty good. Two Real Housewives shows seem to be running each week, Motive and Black Box are my summer favorites.

2. I know you are a Real Housewives of Atlanta fan, so do you think Phaedra knew about he husband’s scam? Or at the very least should she have been suspicious? {Sonya K} No, I don’t think she knew about his scam. Maybe she should have been suspicious, but honestly, I think Phaedra doesn’t pay any attention to her husband at all. She doesn’t particularly respect him and she’s always talking about her J-O-B-S…. I could very well see her set him up several corporations and figure “if it goes well, good; if it doesn’t, oh well, I’m bringing home the bacon”.

3. With 19 recorded divorces, do you think Real Housewives destroy a marriage? No. There are many still strong and functioning marriages on the shows. I think the ones that led to divorce were already on the rocks, then when you add insult to injury, where your life is played back to you, then people are tweeting you and facebooking you their opinion all day about how you treat your spouse or how they treated you, a struggling marriage doesn’t stand a chance. Even though there are 19 divorces, there at least that many marriages still thriving. It’s along the overall country’s 50% divorce rate.

4. Who’s your favorite housewife? NeNe. I didn’t like her as much this season, but overall, I think she’s done what almost every housewife starts out to do ~ become a household name. For people who don’t even watch the Housewives, they were introduced to her on Glee and Dancing with the Stars, she’s starting a clothing line, she produced her own wedding spinoff, and she wears her heart on her sleeve. She doesn’t pretend for anyone and the one thing you can’t call her is fake.

5. Who’s your least favorite housewife? For almost the exact opposite reason, Kenya. After watching her on the show for three seasons now, I don’t know who she is as a person. People may call her real, but all season, she only filmed with one “friend” and the rest is her family that if you pay attention, doesn’t speak kindly about. She throws a lot of shade, which can be entertaining, but overall she’s really evasive about answering any substantive questions. She may have gotten her little workout DVD done, but who knows how much business was killed because people saw that if your deal goes south, she may just do it anyway without you. When I blog about RHOA, I rarely talk about her, just enough to give the facts, because there’s really nothing about what’s going on in her life except talking about others, especially Phaedra.

6. Do you watch competition shows? If so, which ones? I watch the cooking ones ~ Hell’s Kitchen, Top Chef and MasterChef. The first two aren’t as interesting to me any more, although I struggle to just “Let them go”. I find each new season, the contestants are whinier and younger. I don’t know if they’re as talented because I can’t taste their food, but the drama in the shows seem to be more about not liking each other, and not understanding why they’re there. If I were to go on a cooking show, if I were talented enough to go on, I would spend days and weeks preparing for the intensity, having friends and partners throwing out weird challenges or doing the random refrigerator challenges. Every season, it’s like people are surprised about challenges that have happened every season. Oh, I like design shows like Design Star and Project Runway too, but I haven’t caught those in a while.

7. Will you ever go on a reality show? I guess I actually have. Back in college, I went on Supermarket Sweep. My friend and I didn’t win, but we were very close, but didn’t win. I can’t remember how close at this time though. I would do it again. I actually tried out for another show in college, I think it was the Real World, but I don’t remember that either. I doubt I could go on a show like Real Housewives show because my husband would not be a party to it at all!

8. What types of shows do you like best? I tend to watch more dramas than other shows. I used to be a Law & Order fanatic. I watched the first 13 or so seasons religiously. I never got into SVU, and I actually think it’s disturbing that the most popular show is the one where kids are abused and women are raped. But that’s just my opinion.

9. Do you watch daytime television? If so, what? I only really watch one show during the day ~ the Wendy Williams Show. I typically don’t even watch the whole thing, but she seems to be up to date on all the juicy gossip in her Hot Topics. She even talks about things she doesn’t like to cover. I set up my DVR and watch it when I get the chance. Soap operas move way to slow for me, and did even back when my grandmother used to watch Days of our Lives when I was a kid. I’m not that big in watching interviews of people, unless it’s more than just promoting a show. I love WW’s Hot Topics, but I find Ask Wendy pretty repetitive… communicate or leave it alone. She openly admits that she’s black and white, and I find her answers to Ask Wendy very black and white.

10. What about night? Do you have any late night talk show favorites? I used to be a diligent watcher of the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, but I’m not sure what happened, after we moved, I haven’t watched any of it. I’ll occasionally catch it “On Demand”, but definitely not as consistently as before. I don’t like the rushed nature of network night time shows, rushing through a bunch of questions. When I do catch one of the shows, it’s normally just the

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Questions that May Make My Husband Cringe {#AAF with Christy of Uplifting Families}

Another week of summer down. Is school back in session yet? When do they go back? Can I drop them off early? Is there a siblings plan for regular school? If you know of any such plans, please let me know ASAP! I have three kids willing to jump right in!

To say the least, it’s been a hard week here in the 100lb Countdown house. Everyone is sick. Last week it was the two oldest children. This week, it was everyone but my son. I haven’t done a full post on it yet, but my Bee doesn’t like sleep and this week has proved it!  Anyway, #AskAwayFriday is here again, a reprieve from the craziness which is my life. So sit back and enjoy!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I exchange questions with Christy of Uplifting Families. We’ve done it before, so we switched it up by answering the same questions about our spouses! It’s summer and last week, Tamara decided to switch up and ask the hubby’s to answer questions. Well, my husband wouldn’t be down for that unless he was “paid” well. LOL! In other words, we decided to questions about him. Some of these answers I’m sure would make my husband cringe!

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1. How long did you date your spouse? Did you actually go on dates? If so, how many? Date? I think we only went on three or four real dates before I got pregnant with D.  However those weren’t back-to-back dates. The first was in July, the second and third in October, and the last was in May the following year. The rest of the relationship was online and over the phone, until the next year (yep, year three of our relationship!). I can’t complain though. We’ve gone on countless dates since we married.

2. What meal does your husband make do you no longer love? I’m not sure my husband makes anything in particular, but my husband’s mom does, since he likes to eat over there every weekend! It’s Bahamian peas and rice. I am not a fan at all. Yet, at every event it’s always made three different ways by three different people and there’s always leftovers that they try to send home with us! But my husband LOVES it! 

3. What do you think of couples’ therapy? I wish we had time. I really think it’s helpful, but with three kids, and him with a full time job, we just don’t have time to commit to going. There’s a bit we need to talk about, which I don’t have have problem doing, but in therapy, there are no interruptions AND I get some alternative prospective instead of silence. I’ve explained before that my husband is very open to receiving criticism, but he’s not an arguer, so I might not hear his response for a day or two. We are constantly working on our communication.

4. What’s the number you’re not sharing? What are you keeping secret, whether it be spending, collections, debt, etc.? Well, there’s *that* number, which will only be in my mind, because hey, we were all 20 once. But now, I think it’s my spending. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t spend much, but sometimes, I spend where he is unaware of it. I don’t like talking about it because it isn’t a lot. In any given month, it may be $100, but since I don’t have a J-O-B, I feel ashamed spending anything extra. But I got a part-time job ya’ll!

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5. Whose parents would you rather come live with you in their old age? Why? As sad as some people may think, it would be my in-laws. I think they are more considerate of others in small spaces and not firstly considered about themselves. I also think we’d get dinner cooked very often, between either or both of my in-laws, which means I would cook a lot less. 

6. What’s boring you about your life? Sometimes, the day to day of being a SAHM can get boring, especially when we can’t go out because of rain or lack of car… or when the kids are being so crazy that I can’t get them together to actually get out of the house! Day after day in the house can get really boring really fast, even for a homebody like me! 

7. What’s one thing that you wish you could afford, but can’t? A new car! We’re on one car right now, are borrowing my sister-in-law’s, and have realized how freeing it is to have my husband have his own schedule and me being able to do whatever I want to do! But alas, we have to give the car back when she returns from her vacation, and we’ll go back to one! We need a third row now! Right now, my son fits in between two car seats, but soon, it won’t be easy. Unfortunately, I can’t put the car seats next to each other because Bee with constantly mess with Butterfly. And even though Butterfly is older and does better to stand up for herself, she’s definitely not on even ground.

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8. What’s your favorite body part of your spouse? I love my husband’s behind! He’s got a perfectly shaped butt. It’s funny because the butt and the walk are completely passed on to my son. When he gets old enough, plenty of girls are going to love him! 

9. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? As a SAHM, I would love to send my girls somewhere for a couple of hours twice a week. I could actually things done, especially some blogging. Now that I have a part-time job, I’d like to start working on it before 10 p.m.!

10. What’s the one (doable) thing you wish your spouse would stop doing? I wish he would finesse his solutions to problems. He’s pretty good at finding solutions to the problems that I (or he) presents around the house, but it’s always the quick and dirty solution… there’s no polish, no finesse, nothing that makes it “pretty”! I’m too embarrassed to take a picture, but here’s a fairly accurate drawing. Yep, plain… and well, uneven. It works, but not cool, not cool at all! 

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That’s it this week for AAF. If you want to join us, just shoot em a message. If you want to switch with me, just shoot me an email spiritedlife{at}gmail.com!

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Working Out is Hard to Do ~ #AAF with Liv {Live from Surprise}

For some weird reason, I think my life is going to get easier and I’ll get more time to do what I need to do. This week, both my girls were sick and I spent the week schlepping them to the doctor and nursing them back to health. We even had two cars this week, only for it to be raining with two sick kids for us not to enjoy it. Alas, I look forward to #AskAwayFriday where I can get to know another blogger, instead of thinking too much about this one. 🙂

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world! Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts… NEWAskAwayFridayHost550

Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I exchange questions with Liv from Live by Surprise! New to the #AskAwayFriday scene, she’s jumped right in with some great questions. She is a momma of three that has found happiness with her second husband that could not be fulfilled by her first. Her story is one of inspiration, showing us her vulnerabilities of struggling with her ex, and making a great life with her husband, three children and a dog. Introducing Liv!
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1). Do you feel like you’re a niche blogger?  If so, what niche do you fall into and why? I started my blog with a “niche”, weight loss, but as I started doing more blogging, I realized I wasn’t interested in only blogging about weight loss, especially considering 18 months out of the four years I’ve been doing it, I’ve been pregnant. It’s no fun, at least for me, to blog about health and weight loss, when your cravings are sweets, junk and carbs! I love talking about money and making sure women make wise money decisions because historically, we don’t pay that much attention, but when divorce is 50%, you want to be prepared to take on your money portfolio and keep yourself on track! I will be started a new site just for this shortly about women helping women take control of their lives and getting the support they need to succeed!
2). For new readers of your blog (like me) can you explain what the 100 lb Challenge is? Oh, there’s technically no “100lb Challenge”. Although now that I think about it, I really should have one. It’s 100lb Countdown, and when I started this blog, I was 260 pounds, mostly from depression. I’m currently 230, and I’m working to get down to 160 (hence, 100 pounds). Working out is hard to do with the little ones around. I would love to run an actual challenge, but I have to get some other folks involved! With three kids at home, I’m normally swamped dealing with them.
3). Which of your blog posts most represents who you are? The ones that are just are… The ones that don’t have a blog hop attached, or a sponsor, or a point. I don’t do many of them, even though many of them are in draft. However, I love to educate people, especially women, as I mentioned above. Those are more “me”. It’s hard for me to sell, even if I’m selling me. I normally feel that proof is in the pudding, but after you graduate from school, the proof is a little harder to grasp and show off in concrete terms.
4). You are pretty active on social media.  How do you use it to increase traffic to your blog?  What’s your favourite social media site and why? I love Twitter mainly because I find it least invasive. I don’t know why I find other mediums invasive, but because of the speed of Twitter, even if you tweet something multiple times, people are likely to only see it once, if at all, which makes me feel more comfortable in using it. I’m not that active, at least not as active as I want to be. I use tools like Triberr and Tweetily to make sure my timelines are active, because I don’t want them to go dormant. I would love to be able to carry on more conversations using Facebook, but when a post is only shown to 10 out of 900 or 20 out of 4000, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with that. Wait, did I just go on a Facebook tangent, I think I did.
Just in shear numbers, the more times you post your information out there, the more likely people will find it. Since people are being bombarded with posts and mentions and whatnot, Twitter is something I feel comfortable with. Always moving, ever changing.
5). How long have you been doing #AAF?  What has been your favourite question so far? I think I’m at about 20 weeks, which means about 5 months. I had to dig to find my favorite question. I’m not sure that I have a favorite, but one that really touched me was from Carol: What is the most important thing that you want to teach your children? I want my children to be honest, hard working and smart individuals. I want them to find something the enjoy and work hard building it and making it grow. However, I want them to work smarter and not harder, when they can.
6). Summer has just started.  What are your summer plans? I don’t really have any summer plans even though summer has been very busy. We’ve already been to Orlando, South Carolina and a slew of other activities. I think this is definitely the mos active summer that I’e had since I’ve had children and loving every minute of it.
7). Like me, you have three little ones at home.  What do you find the most difficult with having that many? When they are all unhappy, restless or nasty. They seem to feed off of each other, and I can’t say I have the best coping mechanism. They become crazy, I become frazzled. They each have their way of dealing with it too… Bunny becomes hostile, Bee becomes loud and Butterfly becomes whiny. My head starts to hurt and separating them seems to be the only solution.  What do you think is easier than just having one? They take care of each other. Just as crazy as they can be together, they also love each other. They will play with each other and spend time laughing and tickling each other. The television turns to something they all can enjoy and mom can get a few minutes to clean or whatever.
8). What is your favourite book of all time? I’m not sure I have one. When I was younger, I read like I ate, all the time and out of necessity. I digested books, like I did food at the time. I didn’t savor the moment. I enjoyed the book for what they are. I really enjoyed War and Peace, which was a challenge read that I gave to myself as an adult. I love James Patterson books, the ones he wrote himself, not the ones ghostwritten.
9). Do you see your personality traits in any of your kids?  Which ones? Goodness, I see so many. In Bunny, I see my quiet intelligence. It makes me question whether nature or nurture is what is ingrained in the child, because things I don’t feel that I “taught” him, he shows. Bee showcases my stubbornness. Although, as a child, I was quiet and reserved, inside I hated so many things around me, which Bee seems to easily exude any dislike or hatred. Even when I didn’t say anything, many felt my unhappiness. Butterfly seems to share my short-temperedness. I’m amazed at how an eight month old can roll her eyes and not want to jump in the drama of the older two.
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10). What’s the best part of being a SAHM? Today, Bee and Butterfly didn’t feel good. I was able to sit with each of them in their grief, and nurse them to sleep. I may have not been able to take away their illnesses, but by being there, I know that they felt comforted. Even though having two sick children really sucks, those are the best days, the days that I don’t have to apologize for not coming in to work, the days that my husband doesn’t ask why dinner isn’t on the table, the days where holding my children are the most important task of the day.
And that’s it this week. Liv responded to my questions too! Make sure go over there and see her responses! Check out my previous #AAF posts!
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Poetry-inspired Reading ~ #AAF with Christy {Sweet and Savoring}

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world!

Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
and
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I exchanged questions with Christy from Sweet and Savoring. An early adapting vegetarian, she has learned to navigating the entire world through her travels and their foods.  She shares her experiences through beautiful pictures… did I also mention she is a fantastic photographer? Finally, she pours her heart onto the page discussing her depression and anxiety. She doesn’t hold anything back to get closer to her readers. Welcome Christy!
Ask Away Friday with Christy Sweet and Savoring
1. I’m a huge book nerd and am usually reading at least two at once. What book has had the most influence on you and why? I used to be such an avid reader. From about 5 to 18, if I wasn’t playing a sport, I was reading a book. I would have to say Sweet Valley Twins (then High) and Babysitter’s Club had the biggest impact on me. They got me out of my place, the stories were my refuge, my ability to live in another place and time, without having permission to leave my home. I made a little money with Kristy and Claudia, became a popular gal with Jessica and Elizabeth, although Elizabeth was my very best friend! LOL!
A book a day
2. May and June are my favorite months of the year. What’s yours? I love the fall and winter. I love when the cool crispy fall air moves in, the leaves start to change, people all of a sudden get into the “giving” spirit and family and friends make trips across the globe to be closer to each other. I love the holidays!
3. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but have never really tried to achieve? Have a singing career. As often as I write on this site that I love to sing, I’ve never pursued one even though I had plenty of opportunities to do so. I’ve met many people in the “industry”, and have had offers to sing background. But I was focused on completing my education, I didn’t want anything to get in the way.
4. Do you see any surprising character traits of yours or your husband’s in your children? Oh yeah… Even though I’m laid back and calm (most of the time), my daughter Bee basically says everything that I would want to say. Butterfly, though, already has my attitude. It’s very subtle, but since she’s little and mine, I notice it. Bunny is laid back… more like my husband, things don’t get to him until it reaches a tipping point, then it’s shut down and internalize.
5. You said in another #AAF that you love mostly any vegetables. What’s a favorite vegetable-based dish of yours? Oooh, there are so many… chili rellanos, stuffed peppers, most soups. I don’t cook them as much as I’d like to because they aren’t very popular with the family. My husband misses his meat and starch!
6. Do you have any family members that are as into fitness as you are? (Or have you inspired anyone to focus on a healthier lifestyle?) That’s somewhat of a two-fold question… or really two completely different questions. In my immediate family, I’m the “fat” one. They haven’t had any real weight problems. My mom at her highest weight was maybe a 12, but with her 5′ frame, was large, but that was also right after having her baby. One of my sisters is working to take her health seriously and we are starting to do various challenges together. Now to ask “anyone”, I inspire a bunch of people, I think. I am a Beachbody coach, and regularly get new customers and clients and I work with them to lose weight. Sadly, I have to admit that since having Butterfly, it’s fallen off, because just finding a few minutes to myself is challenging. I have clients who’ve lost tons of weight and sometimes I talk about them here!
7. You used to live in California, and now you’re in Florida! What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed between the two? I talked about money a few posts ago, but today, I’m feeling Schools. Although the schools are probably equal or lesser than (in some areas) to those in California, they manage to give ALL of the students free breakfast, plenty of free after school programs, and free busing. In our old community, you would basically have to have a special need to get bused. Also, our school had a FULL TIME nurse, not one that rotated through the district, which means that you only wanted your kids to get sick when the nurse was there, otherwise they’d just call you to pick up your child. In California, you pay a LOT more in taxes and aren’t afforded even a quarter of the benefits. I really could go on and on about special needs programs and assistance where you need it most!
8. What are your guilty pleasure baby names? I’m not sure I really understand the question. I’m guessing though it means what names do I love that I wouldn’t care to admit. In short, I have none. It was HARD to name our children. I didn’t have any names in mind, especially not wanting children. Bunny’s and Bee’s real names are actually biblical names. After that, we were somewhat at a loss. It took a lot of talking between my husband and I to come up with my little Butterfly’s name. When we found out we were pregnant, we had absolutely nothing in mind.
9. Inspired by ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear St. Peter say as you arrive at the pearly gates? I don’t have anything that I wish he’d say… I can tell you what I don’t want him to say… anything along the lines of you don’t belong here or you’re going over there!
10. This is a fun challenge: write a haiku about yourself (a poem where the first line is five syllables, the second is seven, and the third is five)!
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Getting it All Done with Some Motivation

Happy Friday (or Thursday night for some)! I hope you had a wonderful week. I did, but it was SO busy. I had my little sister and by little, I mean my son’s age, this week and I’m completely exhausted from having a household full time of four children! How do women do this? I’m sure it’s just a transition period, but my sister is leaving this weekend.

My son struggled socially this year, and although he was able to keep his grades up, he didn’t make many friends. So, I also spent part of the week preparing and enrolling him in a new charter school. Goodness, it’s all a racket!

The big news is that my baby girl, Butterfly is teething! Check out my Instagram account to see updated pictures. Her getting teeth is one more stage of acknowledging that I won’t have any babies [not] running around this house. They grow up so fast!

All that said, I’m SO happy it’s Friday and I missed last week’s #AskAwayFriday, but I’m back this week!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers! By offering a wonderful opportunity to get to know others while allowing others to get to know you and of course there is also the added bonus of making great friends along the way which is one of the best parts of this online world!

Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
and
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
So…grab the brand, new button, follow our amazing hosts and co-host, hop through the great link ups and make some amazing new friends!

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This week, I exchanged questions with Carla from Real Into! She is a wife, mom and grandma who refuses to be called Mrs. or ma’am. If you’re a friend, call her Carli, if not, stick with Carla! I love her honesty and passion to helping others get fit and I aspire to get as much out of life as she showcases on her site! Make sure you take some times and review her blogging tips. She does a great job of breaking down the basics and helping you to be a more effective blogger!

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  1. I see that you’re YouTube channel is Spirited Life LLC. Why did you decide to become an LLC? What are the benefits as it applies to blogging/YouTube?  I decided to become a LLC initially because I worked with a friend as his talent agent. Spirited Life LLC would focus on tips of the entertainment industry trade. However, as I became a mother several times over, it became too much and the sacrifices I had to make to be a good agent were not in my grand scheme. Being a LLC solely for the blog has no real benefit, as I don’t foresee myself being sued, since I have plenty of disclaimers, I don’t claim to be an expert, and I don’t really sell anything of my own. Being a LLC requires you to pay particular taxes and the company itself is defunct. All of that said, I named my YouTube channel with LLC because SpiritedLife alone wasn’t available at the time.
  2. Sorry but I’ve had another question on my mind for you and it happens to be about blogging. I hope the non-bloggers aren’t yawning. You participate in quite a few linkups, how in the world do you stay on top of it all? Half of my posts are barely eked out at 3:00 amso I just can’t picture being that committed to others. Yep, how do you do it?!? LOL! By the skin of my teeth… what does that mean anyway? I work will with deadlines, so when I know something has to be done, I get it done. Although, now that it’s summer, it’s becoming very stressful. I have family visiting and I have been able to get to my blog a couple of times a week! EEEK! I’m questioning whether I should stay so involved in everything I do.
  3. I know you love playing volleyball. Do you watch professional matches on tv? If so, is there someone you admire? For some reason, I don’t watch any sports anymore. I used to watch volleyball, basketball and football games. But even though the NBA championship just happened, I didn’t even realize that the Spurs won until someone talked about it the next day. I admire all of them though. They have pursued their dream, kept going and made their bodies their career… That said, Eric Fonoimoana and Misty May-Treanor are favorites to watch. Granted, I don’t even know if they play anymore.
  4. What does a day in the life look like for you? I can’t help it…I really enjoy day in the life stories. Lately, it’s been truly insane. See, we only have one car. That’s not a problem on the “I need my own car” front, but it is a problem on the “I don’t want to drive you to work a half an hour each way” front. If I take the car (which means we can do something outside the house), I have to get up about 7 and get my kids dressed and ready to go (because they all have to go too!). Then I pour my coffee to drink on the ride, because it’s REALLY important I get my morning coffee. Then I take my husband to work. Thankfully we are no longer in Los Angeles, because I can actually take him to work and be home at a decent hour ~ although that decent hour is still about 9. Then I try to decide what we’re going to do for the day. If I woke up early, then I have to do something OUT of the house. We go to the park or pool. Of course, I have to get ready, so we don’t normally get out before 10. Our playdate is between 2 and 4 hours, then come home for nap time. Granted, this may not mean both girls nap. It may mean that I spend the nap time of one “trying” to put the other down. If both girls sleep, I try to blog, clean, or do whatever else needs to be done around the house. Then I start dinner, give the girls snacks then head out to pick my husband up from work. When I get back, feed the kids dinner, bathe them and put them to sleep. Depending on how I feel, I’ll blog. But for the last two weeks, I’m completely wiped by the time the kids go down, so no blogging for me. Yep, I’m a complete slacker.
  5. I read on one of your other AAF’s that you don’t have one particular passion but are excited about many things. I’m like you, I don’t necessarily have one specific passion that I focus on (hence the name of my blog). So when you hear things like “follow your passion and the money will follow” does it a) make you crazy to hear another cliche b) make you take a bunch of self assessments to determine what your passion is or c) you have no clue what I’m talking about because you don’t pay attention to such nonsense? I desperately search for my passion. I want one. I really do! I would love to just want to focus on one thing. However, I have a project in the making that may include my biggest passions. I hope to announce it soon! If, like you, I don’t get caught up in the planning and just put into action!
  6. You seem to be very much about relationships, which is a beautiful thing and very important. I’m trying to develop some relationships outside of my home…do you have any tips for cultivating relationships as an adult? I’ve been making a conscious effort to cultivate adult relationships. My advice is: do what’s uncomfortable… make the call you don’t want to make, invite them out, or over. Call and text often. Be annoying (something I hate), but what I realize is for me is “annoying”, is normal to other people. Talk to people you wouldn’t normally talk to. The worse they can do is move away or ignore you, and you don’t know them anyway, so who cares? Get their number and call it. Don’t do what I do and keep it in my phone and never touch it again.
  7. What is your favorite motivational quote and why? I need different quotes at different times. I love looking up different quotes based on my mood. Here are three that I lean upon:Be So Busy Seven Days of the Week Something Never Done
  8. Going along with question above; do you have a vision board? Is it for fitness, your blog, something else? How often do you update it? No, I don’t have a vision board. I have a mock one on Pinterest, but I don’t post there very often. For my fitness board, I have a “pre” picture of myself. No, I don’t think I’ll ever look like that again (my shape has changed), but I want to slim back down and look like that again! The picture isn’t great, but you get the idea.The Way Before
  9. I also have three children (now grown) and sometimes it seemed like I had different rules for each of them (especially when they got to be teenagers) . It really wasn’t being unfair but it was learning as a mother and also the child’s personality. Do you feel like you change the rules for different kids or are you fairly consistent across the board. If so, why? If not, would you ever? My two oldest children are as far on the opposite sides of the spectrum as possible. My son, Bunny, slept through the night at 6 weeks, would sit in the same spot of hours (as long as he wasn’t hungry) until pretty much he started school, wants to be liked and has recently relied on his “cuteness” to become the evil genius he is. However, my daughter, Bee, still doesn’t sleep in her bed, cries at the idea of naptime, screams for your attention at every waking moment and could care less about what you think. I couldn’t even imagine raising them the same. There’s no way that the rules can be the same or the way I enforce them. Since I can only compare at the two year old age, I never had to spank Bunny. Just the thought or threat of doing so would set him straight. Bee seems to ask for it, just so that she can complain to others that she’s the “victim” and saying “she hurt me” (which by the way she says for anyone who does something she doesn’t like). If you tell her no, she’s the kid you have to sit next to in time out because she will get up 100 times to “see” if you are being serious, while calling out “mom”. Whereas I forgot Bunny was in time out because the few times he was in time out, he sat there and sang to himself, never even attempting to leave. I say all of this to say that I’m as harsh as necessary, and I hate being even angry at them. Each one will be “raised” differently. I have a feeling Butterfly will be more like Bunny, which will ease my nerves! 🙂
  10. Speaking of rules, what is the one thing that you are unwavering on when it comes to your children and will continue to be when they get older (examples: eating dinner with the family, attending church, etc.)? I don’t have any unwavering rules. Right now they attend church and I hope they continue which we will encourage, but their faith with the Lord is between them and Him, not me. I didn’t grow up with very many hard and fast rules and I don’t think I do anything from my childhood that’s unwavering. My husband and I talk about lots of things, and often will find the way I do things unsettling for him. If it’s not working for him or the children, I’m open to listening to changes. If what I do works, then I don’t listen to him. LOL! I think children change and so do we, and I can’t think of anything right now that I could guarantee that I would not change!

 

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Memorial Day Traditions without a Campout Sing-a-Long

I’m loving to watch my little girls grow, but that also means that my little girls are becoming more and more of a handful. As Bee is very mobile and can be helpful, Butterfly is trying to move ~ possibly crawling in the near future. Bee wants to spend every day with “friends” and if she doesn’t, she isn’t a happy camper. Read the beginning of my series of Bee’s Buzzings!

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Tamara from Tamara Like Camera, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter, Christy from Uplifting Families, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings and Amber from Bold Fit Mom
 This week, I’m paired up with Shelley, the awesome mom over at DIY Mama. Her blog is full of do it yourself projects, realizations for herself and her little bean, Sophie. She’s got a wonderful 35 by 35 list, even though she’s not quite 34, which is WAY more organized than I am. I’m planning on putting together a 36 by 36 (I’m already 35!). Shelley actually completes the “to do” pile that I know I have sitting in my “basket”. Check out the answers to my questions here!

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1. I fall into luck very easily. Have you or your family won anything? I win things fairly often. Sometimes great prizes, sometimes not great. Tickets to concerts, top of the line chocolates, some other things. I rarely enter things that I’m not sure I could do, like vacations. And I’m always cautious about winning a super big prize. Over $500 (I think, don’t quote me), you have to pay taxes on it! I don’t have any money to pay taxes and I don’t want to sell the item to pay them either. Oh how I would love a free car about now though! 

2. Does your family have any traditions for Memorial Day weekend? Not at all. We don’t have many family traditions at all. Now that we’ve moved across country, maybe we’ll start making some.
3. What’s one song you wouldn’t mind waking up to every morning? There are so many! Why? Because I still sing songs from my youth regularly. I would love to wake up to Open My Heart by Yolanda Adams.

4. What is the hardest thing in your home to organize and keep organized? Bonus for pictures! Kitchen! I would love to keep our kitchen clean and clear, but as soon as you wash up the dishes, someone needs something to drink!
My Kitchen Nightmare ~ #AAF
5. What was the last thing you totally geeked out about that no one else found awesome? I can’t remember being geeked out on anything. I like things, but never have the time to put a lot of time into it. It’s probably Beauty and the Beast when we sang it in high school. None of my friends were into Disney back then.
6. If you could take your friends and family with you to live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Nice, France. I love the area, not quite city, country or suburbia. On the Mediterranean and a great city to live in.
7.I have a lot of skills that I wish I were better at but don’t want to take the time to practice and improve. If there was a way to enter a contest to win a skill, what skill would you want to win? Playing piano or being confident to promote myself. I think highly of myself, but I have problems telling others about it. Why is this important? Because I want to be an entrepreneur and you don’t do that not talking about yourself! Playing piano because I would love to be able to play the piano and sing like Alicia Keys!

8. I can’t stand not having polish on my toes or leaving the house without mascara. Is there any girlie product you don’t like to be without? Nope! I wish there were a way I could get rid of all my girlie products and just be me. But “just me” has imperfections that can either be hidden, enhanced or altered by certain girlie products!
9. It’s almost summer time! Camping or hotels? Hotels! No one dreams of sleeping in their backyard, yet somehow this is a vacation for some. Not I! Hotels ALL THE WAY!
10.  Finish this sentence ‘Sometimes I ________ when no one’s watching.‘ I answered singing the last time I was asked. This time, I’ll say dancing. Who sings without dancing? A little booty shake with music.
 
Bonus: Answer one question you asked me! I noticed on your “Truth” page, you talk about forgiveness. I have had to forgive someone very close to me. Do you have to forgive someone in your life? Have you forgiven them? Well, I guess my answer is in my question. I have struggled with forgiveness for a long while. See, I thought you say the words and all was forgiven, but I had to work through the process (whatever that actually means). I needed to be at a place where bringing up their name or hearing about them didn’t bring intense emotion ~ anger or sadness. I felt I had to get to place that little emotion was felt, not shown, to know I had truly forgiven this person.
Ready for some more #AskAwayFriday? Check out her answers to my questions here!
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Want to catch up on some of my other #AAF entries, 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. In week 17, Danielle asked about my favorite bible verse. In week 18, I had a double header talking about my perfect summer evening, looking to blow your socks off!AAFBadge200
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