#AskAwayFriday Foodie Edition with Kelly from The Beauty of Resilience!

Welcome to this week’s #AskAwayFriday Foodie Edition with Kelly from The Beauty of Resilience, where we chat it up about the foods that make us go Yum!

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#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is 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!

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Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
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Amber from Bold Fit Mom

Please join us in welcoming the amazing and wonderful Echo from Domain of the Mad Mommy as our new two week co-host!

If you need a laugh and someone you can know has ‘been there too’ stop by and visit Echo from Domain of a Mad Mommy. Don’t mind the madness it’s all part of the fun of being a Mommy.

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This week, I am excited to swap with Kelly from The Beauty of Resilience. Kelly is a wonderful writer, teacher, and artist, sharing a love for God and believer in the beauty of life. She also works with children in education and loves spending time with family and friends and most importantly she loves sharing encouragement and her love of God. Be sure to take a moment and visit her and show some love!

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1. If you could bring any 3 foods on a deserted island, what would you bring, and why?

Brownies, would definitely be one! Then maybe, fried chicken and pretzels.

2. What is your favorite type of pie?

Anything chocolate!

3. What are your top 3 ice cream flavors?

Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry

4. What is a restaurant you would love to try if there was no limit on what you could get price wise?

I think maybe LoneStar Steakhouse, only because we don’t have one where I live.

5. What is your favorite restaurant to go to with your family?

This one I have to choose two…Olive Garden, which is where I often go for dates with my lil miss and a Mexican place in our area named Guadalajara which I go to for dates with my D-Man.

6. Choose one. Cake or pie? Why?

Hmmm…Gingerbread cake with whipped topping!

7. Do you like sushi? Why or why not?

Absolutely not! LOL! I don’t do fish, and especially not raw.

8. What is your favorite kind of Italian food?

Chicken Gnocchi soup.

9. Choose one. Cupcakes or muffins? Why?

Oh Definitely cupcakes! Not that I mind muffins, but I am a sweet junkie! LOL!

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10. If you could choose one food that you could last eating only that for at least a week, what would it be?

Oh cheese toasties for sure! Yummy!

Thank you so much Kelly for swapping with me this week! Be sure to stop by Kelly’s site at The Beauty of Resilience to see the answers that she gave to the questions that I asked her! Don’t forget to stop by and visit the other link ups and check out their amazing Q & A’s!

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Kids Academy Educational Apps – Review

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~I was compensated for this review to try out these educational apps! All opinions expressed within this post are my own.~

It is that time again to start preparations for a new school year, and as we all know, children are never too young to start the learning process. And what better way to start your preschooler out on the right path, that with these wonderful and educational learning apps for iPad and iPhone from Kids Academy!

Learn To Read & Write Kid’ Puzzles

Learn To Read & Write Kid’ Puzzles

Learn To Read & Write Kid’ Puzzles offers the opportunity for children to get an early start to letter recognition and the ability for them to trace each letter with either guided help or independantly. There is also the option to choose either right handed or left handed play. Children are able to work at the pace that best suits them, all while giving verbal praise and encouragement through each process. They are also offered age appropriate vocabulary and guidance with sounding out the letters to help advance their reading capability.

Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games

Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games

Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games offers children fun and colorful graphics to get them ready for reading success. Games are based on Kindergarten Reading Foundation skills and developed by a preschool education expert. Animated flashcards and wonderful animations will keep your children engaged in the learning process.

Kids Puzzles preschool math games

Kids Puzzles preschool math games

Kids Puzzles and Preschool Math Games teaches your preschooler all about numbers. Filled with fun and engaging games that allow your child a hands on approach to numbers and number associations. Offering easy navigation through each stage with verbal encouragement and surprises throughout. Fun and colorful animations will keep your children entertained through guided instructions, as well as independant play!

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How I Earned My Wrinkles by Anne K Bardsley – Book Review

This is a review of the book “How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood, and Menopause” by Anne K Bardsley. I recieved a copy of the book for this review and all opinions are my own.

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I have to say that when I was asked if I was interested in doing this review, I simply couldn’t resist! I mean, come on, with a title like “How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood, and Menopause” how could I resist? Then of course, there was the book cover, that had me cracking up! From the first story to the last, I found myself laughing out loud through every story that Anne wrote. So many of the stories, I could relate to on so many levels.

Through Anne’s writing, I was able to see the stories in my mind, as she told them. Anecdotes on the musings of motherhood and all of the wackiness that comes along with having kids. Then add to that the dealings that come with being a wife and the differences that happen between a husband and wife and the humor that follows, were absolutely priceless. And finally adding in the joys of menopause and getting older, really finished out the amazing opportunity for humor that any woman could relate to.

One of the many great stories in the book was titled, “Chicken Pox”. I could picture the scene as Anne returned home from doing the grocery shopping to see three children jumping up and down, as if doing a little dance, with their shirts pulled up to their necks. Followed by her husband indicating that he thought the children had bugs, as he stood by with a broom and bug spray, and he was trying to get them to shake the bugs off. I just could not help but to laugh, as I could see it so clearly in my mind.

Truly a wonderful book and I highly recommend giving it a read! This is a book filled with humor and anecdotes from a wife, mom, and menopausal woman that will keep you laughing throughout, as she shares stories of wrinkle fairies, to tone or not to tone those pesky thighs, hot flashes, and hormones run amuk. You can purchase this by clicking the title here…”How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood, and Menopause” by Anne K Bardsley

About the Author…
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Anne K Bardsley is a humor writer, blogger, and author of “How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood, and Menopause.” Over the years, her work has appeared in several publications. More would be available if she was not so busy pondering ways to firm her thighs. This uses a huge amount of her already limited brain cells. She barely survived raising five kids. They were all worth the labor pains in the long run and have given her wonderful grandchildren. Anne currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband of thirty-five years and two spoiled cockapoos. Visit her at Anz World (www.anzworld.com) and look for more books soon!

This is a review of the book “How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood, and Menopause” by Anne K Bardsley. I recieved a copy of the book for this review and all opinions are my own.


Turn It Up Tuesdays 48!

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Welcome to the 48th week of Turn It Up Tuesday!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Debbie from Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains

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“Heartbeats Soul Stains is a place I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences on being a woman, wife, a mother of 7, friend and survivor of many different obstacles, challenges and tragedy.
I will share the good, the bad and the oh so ugly things that happen in a family our size. Life is hard for all of us, we all have those crosses to carry. Life is also very beautiful and precious and I am determined to never take the amazing blessing I have been given for granted.”

Stop by and check out her blog…it’s definitely a great read!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from 100lb Countdown | Becka from Probably Craftin | Kae from Where’s My Pacifier? | Margaret from The Mother Rising | Rachel from Craving Some Creativity | Cindy from Mom Maven | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly| Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Lisa from The ‘Fix It’ Stitch | Karen from Quinton Wench | Jillian from Baby Doodah | Katy from Chaos & Kiddos | Tenns from New Mama Diaries

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for August!

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Elie from Chocolate and Crockpots | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom and Color Crush Creative | Tara from Anything & Everything | Sandy from Being Content Where You Are | Trista from A Purpose Driven Wife | Becky from bybmg | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Lauren from Life In The Wilde | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Kelly from Making-More | Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom

Interested in being a guest host or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis. We’re now accepting guest hosts for September, October, and November.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

10-Hydrating-Infused-Water-Recipes_pinterestElie chose 10 Hydrating Infused Water Recipes from Home.Made.Interest. “Not only do all these waters sound amazing, but they look pretty too! Being a fitness instructor, water is very important to me and I’m always looking for ways to jazz mine up. I will definitely be returning to this post for great ideas!”

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April chose 8 Scriptures Every Mother Should Know from The Microwave Girl. “As a stay at home mommy, the whirlwind that is round the clock motherhood can get to the deepest parts of you. It’s important to remember who are children are and why they are here.”

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Becky chose Chalk Painted Concrete from Woods of Bell Trees. “Her results were just stunning! I might consider doing this if we ever move to a home with a basement that needs its floor finished.”

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Chelsea chose Frozen Golden Oreo Treats (Great After School Treat) from Domestic Mommyhood. “I absolutely LOVE Golden Oreos! This looked like the perfect Just-Because-I’m-a-Mom treat, forget the kids! Only thing I would change is to keep the Oreo filling! That’s the best part! But, I can’t wait to try these yummy snacks!”

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Karen chose Praline Sauce from Yesterfood. “This recipe for Praline Sauce is so simple and would make an ideal gift. Something to think about for this Christmas!”

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Ce Ce chose Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest. “Love this because my son is starting kindergarten in September, and I need plenty of tips for a great school year!”

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Katy chose 7ish Things You Should Know About Twins from Mommie and Wee. “As a mama to twins myself, I can relate to several of these! As a tall woman who loves her milk, I guess I set myself up for the crazy. :) In all seriousness, I get asked a lot of questions about my twins because they are such polar opposites. Not only do they look absolutely nothing alike, but their personalities and strengths are completely different. And it looks like one of my little men is going to be a lefty! It’s always nice to connect with other twin mamas, because there is nothing quite like having two little ones running about. It really takes one to know one. “

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Victoria chose Selfish Mom Moments from Working Mom Magic. “I chose Selfish Mom Moments because I can totally relate. As a mom of three small boys, I try to be as unselfish as possible. However, sometimes moms need some times to themselves.”

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Stacey chose To the Cashier Who Called My Child Naughty from Organized Chaos. “I find it sad that, somewhere along the line we have lost the teachings to treat others as you would like to be treated! To cause a little one to question himself and whether or not he is “naughty” or not, just by making a thoughtless and uncaring comment is not acceptable. Thanks for sharing!”

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Sandy chose Large Family Kitchen: Save Money & Time With Bulk Foods from Aspired Living. “I love to save money, especially on groceries. I am grateful for this reminder of how to save money when buying in bulk and how to save time by re-packaging those bulk items you purchase.”

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Jillian chose How I Use Co-Schedule, Drag and Drop Editorial Calendar for WordPress from A Life in Balance. “I chose this post because it provides great tips on how to schedule blog posts and your social media, all in one spot.

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Rachel chose The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide. “I chose this post because it is one of the most thorogh lists I have seen for school shopping, organizing and preparing. So many great ideas!”

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Rachel also chose Pull-Apart Cinnamon Loaf from Memories by the Mile. “I chose this post because because it looks so delicious! I love this as a beautiful alternative to cinnamon rolls and I can make it the night before for a wonderful breakfast treat.”

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Kimberly chose 5 Back to School Concerns for Parents from Pastries, Pumps, and Pi. “This post raises awareness about peer pressure and bullying in school which are far more critical these days than they once were. Tameka also shares why parents should provide a short break for kids after arriving home from school.”

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Kimberly chose Award Show Party Ideas from About A Mom. “This post had me at ‘Award Show’. The unique ideas for hosting an at-home Award show party are awesome. The movie theater butter popcorn cupcakes are so aesthetically appealing.

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Jessica chose 7 Reasons Why I Don’t Blog. from Mommie and Wee. “I love her take on why she blogs. I think this is why we all started to blog too – to share our life in our little corner of the webosphere :).”

This post also received the most clicks.

free-printable-back-to-school-lunch-notesTara chose Free Back to School Lunch Note Printables from Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Tara also chose {Free Printable} First Day of School Photo Pro from My Paper Craze.

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Kelly chose White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle No Bake Cheesecake | Delicious Recipe from A Dash of Sanity. “It looked delicious and I love impressive looking desserts that come together quickly.”

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Kelly chose Save Money Now! from The Wondering Brain. “I chose this post because it is for anyone wanting to save money. It is a simple tip, that is really easy to do. Plus, if you follow the tip through, it really adds up by the time you are done.”

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Natasha chose When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy. “Great post…and so true! I don’t know the last time that I had a full, uninterrupted sleep – probably right before I found out I was pregnant lol. If my son sleeps in his bed, it’s not all night – he ends up in my bed at some point. Which means I wake up and see him standing next to my bed. Or wake up because I’m kicked or slapped in the middle of the night. Or wake up because he’s snoring next to me. Either way, I don’t sleep. And I’ve somewhat gotten used to it.”

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Natasha also chose 5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas from A Mom’s Take. “With my son only being 3, I have to be ever so creative with his lunchbox options. He just likes what he likes, and unless I am relatively creative, he probably won’t try it. Thanks for sharing some great creative lunchbox ideas!”

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The second post with the most clicks is The Apology Tour from Normal Everyday Life.

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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And the Best of the Best is…

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When Sleep Goes Awry from Just A Touch of Crazy

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The Ultimate Back to School Guide from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide

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Back to School Teacher Interview from Home.Made.Interest

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I Am Irritated!

Okay, first let me say that I am irritated…very, very, very irritated!

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Back yard goes all the way to the fence in the distance…

Last Thursday, I came in the house, after spending 3 hours mowing my yard…and spent 2 hours on Wednesday, and somebody from the city pulled in our driveway!

What for you might ask?

Well, apparently “someone” turned us in because our grass was over grown!

Okay, now did it need to be mowed…yes, most definitely!

The last time that I had mowed was on July 11, and even then I did not get to finish the very back section of the yard. The front, sides, and between the house and the old burn pile section were done. The following week, I was making sure laundry was done and lil man was ready for a week of summer camp. Then of course, the week that he was away at camp, I was painting a lil miss’ bedroom, and then there was the week of decorating, curtains, and a body pillow. I have been trying to get posts put together on the rainy days and boy have we had a few and even some cooler temps! To add to everything else, we have had street crews digging up the road in front of our house!

Now the big problem with our grass is that it is actually more weeds than grass! LOL! What we get, when it rains, are tall, sprouty, plants! And they grow quick! The other obstacle that made me want to put off the front yard until last, was because the street crews that were just finishing up, had put little metal signs in my yard marking underground lines…I did not want to mow over and around that mess, because they stuck them on the little hill in the front yard!

So yes, I admit that it needed to be mowed…but seriously it was not even as tall as my knees! Maybe about mid calf on me…so maybe a foot…in the far back…that had not been previously mowed! Sad thing about the whole situation is that there our many areas in our town, that are city owned and they have grass taller than ours was!

I have to say that I am really the type of person that truly believes…live and let live! I don’t tell others how to live thier life and I don’t like for anyone to tell me how to live mine…and that includes turning someone in for something as petty as a yard! Seriously…I could care less what other folks do!

Don’t tear up my stuff…Don’t disrespect my kids…And if you are going to be mean and petty then keep your nose outta my yard!

As a kid, I was taught so many things that have really stuck with me and make me think even more now. Whatever happened to, “Treat others as you wish to be treated” or “Ye reap what ye sow!” Where did these life lessons go? Are they not taught anymore? I know that I work hard at teaching these important lessons to my kids, because I do find them to be very important life lessons!


This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 60!

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Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 60 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us!

Now…let’s get the party started and come on in and join the fun by linking up your favorite posts! We had an absolutely awesome week last week! Share the fun and make some new friends, find a new yummy treat, or find a wonderful new craft idea to make. This is a great way to grow in your friendships! But before we start this party…Grab a badge!

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Please join me in welcoming our new co-host for the month of August…Miranda from Grace and Gravy!

Miranda is the author behind the blog GraceandGravy with a side of life! She is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis) Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday! Miranda resides in Arkansas with her sweet husby William that she has been married to for 15 years and a homeschool mama to kiddos Keegan and Lindy. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about blogging, reading, crafting, cooking, planning/decorating, and learning to be a more self-suf​ficient Homesteader.

Here is a wonderful guest post that she contributed to my site last week called, “Ten Things I Want My Children to Know About Me“! Such an amazing post from the heart!

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Now stop in and say howdy to my linky party partners in fun…

The wonderful Jessica from The Wondering Brain and Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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Now it is time to introduce our favorite This Momma’s Meanderer’s from last week, and boy oh boy it was a difficult choice! Don’t forget to grab your “I Was Featured” badge of honor! Congratulations to you all!

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Miranda’s favorite post came from Life As I Know It with the post “Weekending!”
Saying, “I like this post because I love getting away for the weekend. I love family time and relaxation. Those are the best vacations or staycations.”
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Jessica’s favorite post came from Giveaways 4 Mom with the post “5 Reasons Age Three is Worse Than Age 2!”
Saying, “As a mom who has a 3 year old, I wholeheartedly agree! The most definite agreement is demanding. Now that my son is talking more his favorite words are “I want” and if he doesn’t get what he wants the terror screams happen! Boy oh boy! LOL!”
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Natasha’s favorite post came from Just A Touch of Crazy with the post “5 Tips for Reading with A Kid Who Hates to Read!”
Saying, “I have been very fortunate to have a child that loves to read. However, if he didn’t enjoy reading, I would probably take advantage of these tips. Great post!”
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My favorite post came from Organized Chaos with the post “What Makes Women Feel Beautiful!”
Such a beautiful post! Because of a great deal of negativity towards me, during my growing up years, it took me a long while to realize that I was beautiful on the inside, where it counts the most! I also realized that it is my husband and my kids who make me feel the most beautiful. When my kids tell me that I am the best mommy ever or when they come and tell me those things that have likely added to my gray hairs, I truly feel beautiful, because I know that they have complete trust in me.
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Remember everyone enjoys a little comment love!

Feel free to “meander” by some fellow bloggers and find a new recipe to make for the family, a helpful blogging tip, a funny story to read, and best of all a new friend to make! There are really no rules to follow, only some suggestions to keep in mind…because we are all to enjoy the friendships that come along by doing these few simple and wonderful things…

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#AskAwayFriday with Frank and Ana from Our Blended Marriage!

Welcome to another amazing week of #AskAwayFriday with Frank and Ana from Our Blended Marriage!

Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday!

What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County who will again be joining us from time to time, as a way to connect with other bloggers with a great Q & A session of 10 questions and 10 answers, between two bloggers! This is 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
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Amber from Bold Fit Mom

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This week, I am super excited to be swapping with Frank and Ana from Our Blended Marriage! Frank and Ana are the parents in a blended family of children and cultures, he being from the States and she being from Croatia and they live in Croatia! How great is that! Their tagline says it best, “5 Hearts, 2 Cultures, 1 Family, & a Blog!” They share stories about their family, blog design, and stories on how to be productive in our daily lives! Be sure to stop by their site and check out their answers to my questions!

Frank and Ana from Our Blended Marriage

1. You mentioned that you and your husband share a matching tattoo. This is something Frank and I plan on doing once we go back to USA. Do you now suffer from post tattoo syndrome of wanting more tattoos or feeling like the tattoo isn’t complete?

LOL! Oh I definitely want more! My next one is going to be a superman symbol, with an “M” in the center instead of the “S”! LOL!

2. Considering the “deviant” nature of tattoos (or people’s perception rather), how do you feel about piercings? Would you allow your children to get a tattoo or a piercing before they turn 18?

I don’t mind piercings, I took my oldest to get his ear pierced when he was 6 and I went with him on his 18th b-day for him to get his first tattoo. He also had his tongue pierced for a while, but that didn’t last long! LOL! I plan to take the two younger ones to get their first tattoos, when they turn 18. :)

3. You are an avid reader (and share a trait with Ana of completing a book within a day or two!), do you enjoy other genres or just romance?

I don’t mind some other genre’s I have run the gambit through the years…comtemporary romance, horror, gore, some that were just a little twisted, and of course historical romances. I cannot however get into anything biographical! LOL! That is more the hubby’s thing and sci-fi, and fantasy fiction (more like D & D, Lord of the Rings type).

4. If you had to take just one book with you to a desert island which one would you take?

Oh that is so mean! LOL! I think for that I might go with Danielle Steels, “Jewels”. Or maybe Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

5. You are finally in Scotland and cruising down the lake when Nessie makes her appearance. What do you do?

Smile and try to get a pic!

6. Knowing what you know now and going through a divorce yourself, what do you tell your children about divorce in general?

The biggest thing, I think, is when it is done, it is done…don’t drag kids into stuff and remember that person is still your child’s parent! Bashing each other only hurts the child and why anyone would want to hurt their own child, well that is just sad! We actually saw what it did to the kids, because we had been those kids and we did not want that for our son! My ex and I get along great, I love his parents and they love my two lil ones that are with my current hubby, my ex has a wonderful wife that loves our son, and he has a step sister and step grandma that adore him as much as he does them. I am super thankful!

7. What is your idea of a perfect family night in?

LOL! That is just about every night!

Well actually anytime that my oldest, my son from another mother, and his lovely fiance come over for a visit…like they did on Mother’s day. I love it when all of my kids are here with me! :)

8. You home school your children and you mentioned being slightly scared because of math problems in your school days. How do you manage that particular subject?

So far, I have been able to comprehend/re-teach myself in a way that though I will have to look it back over once lil miss needs it in a couple of years, it should not be too difficult. I just did not seem to get it when I was in the school setting, but with having the teacher’s manual to look at, I was actually able to understand it and be able to explain it to lil man in a simple way that made him grasp it. My hubby, bless his heart, gets a bit wordy when he explains things and when talking to a 14 year old the best aproach is simple and to the point! LOL! Luckily he is a pretty smart kid, kind of on the analytical side…definitely takes after his dad! LOL!

9. If time travel was possible, which time period would you want to visit and why?

Oh this one is hard! Some part of me would love to back and talk to my great grandma on my dad’s side and see if I could learn a bit more about my ancestry…though I do have a recording that my uncle made before he passed with some, but I would love to pick her brain!

Another part of me would to go to Victorian England and maybe find out more information on my 4 times great grandfather and his parentage, that would be kind of cool! Plus to see Victorian England would be amazing!

10. You have three kids, what is the one thing you allow them to get away with?

One thing! LOL! Honestly, I don’t get too worked up about most things…I mean, they all swear, at home and I don’t worry about it. Well the oldest just does what he does, but they are all respectful and kind and helpful to others so I let them do what they do. I also am extremely close with them all, and they tell me things, some that could make a sailor blush! LOL! But, I know things, the important things and I would not have it any other way!!

Thank you so much to Frank and Ana for swapping with me this week! Please be sure to stop by Our Blended Marriage to read their answert to the questions that I asked them! And don’t forget to stop by and read the Q & A’s from the rest of our fabulous linkers!

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