This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 88!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 88 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us!

Okay now, is any one else having trouble believing that it is March…already?!?! LOL! Soon to come will be Easter fun and Springtime weather (fingers crossed)! Let’s make some friends, have some fun, find some crafts, new recipe to make, some cool DIY, or a great tip!

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Natasha’s favorite post came from Domain of the Mad Mommy with the post “A Working Mom With OCD“!
Saying, “Love this series! And I especially love this post because both my son and I have OCD – undiagnosed, of course, but I can just sense it. It’s great to see into the life of another working mom. Great post”

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A Working Mom With OCD – Domain of the Mad Mommy

My favorite post came from April Noelle with the post “Spread the Compassion with #1000Speak“!
“With two teens, growing faster than I can keep up with, second-hand and thrifting has been about the only way that I can kep them clothed! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful tips!”

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Page Turners: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared! – February’s Book Club Selection

Welcome, once again, to Page Turners an online book club that has been put together by two amazing bloggers, Shelly from DIY Mama and Lisa from ExpandNG.

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February’s book club selection was the book titled “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. Now I have to say that if not for this wonderful book club, this is a book that I would never have picked up on my own to read.

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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared – by Jonas Jonasson

Here is a brief synopsis of the book…

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over . . .

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life back story: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

Now for questions asked by Shelly…

1. Forrest Gump is my favorite movie, which is why I think I related so well with this story. I especially liked Allen’s belief to not worry about things because ‘whatever happens, happens.’ What was your favorite ‘right place at the right time’ moment in this story (with Allen or any of the other characters)?

I would have to say that the end was really the best part for me. Knowing that Allan was able to live out the rest of his life surrounded by a wife, friends, and freedom to have a sip of the harder stuff (without a parasol) if he so chose. I think that is what we all want out of life is freedom to be who we are and who we want to be whether we are 21, 61, or 101!

2. Would you call Allen a role model? Why or why not?

Absolutely he is! He did not live life with maliciousness, he lived life with values and standards. He cared for his friends, stood by his word, and strived to maintain a positive attitude no matter what he was faced with.

3. Who is the oldest person you know? What did you learn from that person and did reading this book make you wish you could hear more about that person’s personal story?

I have to say that I think it was my grandma, who died several years ago, at the age of 95! This book actually reminded me of her quite a lot, as she was much like Allan in spirit. I loved talking to her about the things that she had seen through her 95 years and only wish I could hear her tell those stories over again!

Now for questions asked by Lisa…

1. What did you think about the historical fiction chapters?

I actually rather enjoyed them, even though I really don’t care much for history. With a history buff for a husband, I had heard of most of the events throughout the book, but it was really fun to see a spin added to them that could really almost be plausible!

2. What did you think about the cover-up story they told Prosecutor Ranelid & their “escape” afterwards?

I actually thought that it was quite funny, mostly because it was told with such sincere plausibility. You could almost see things unfold as they said. As for the escape, that was just wonderful and how they worked the elephant into the mix was just priceless.

3. Could you relate to Allan, climbing out his window on this 100th birthday? How do you want to spend your last years/days?

I could absolutely relate…because it is definitely something that I could have seen my grandma do (had she ever had to go into a nursing home) and it is for sure something that I would likely do as well!

I hope to spend my last years simply enjoying life in whatever context that may take…embarrassing my kids and grandkids…hee-hee-hee, enjoying a good book, or a glass of wine, and whatever else that might pop into my head!

Now for my thoughts…

As I stated previously, that if not for this wonderful online book club, I would never have read this book because it is not my normal interest. I have to say that I am so glad that I was able to read it, because it was a very enjoyable read. The book was full of humorous antics perpetrated by Allan and his band of merry misfits throughout their adventures. As well as the adventures that took place during Allan’s lifetime, that were very well placed throughout key points in the historical timeline of the last 100 years. I would say that I give it close to a 4 star rating, mostly because of the kind of character that Allan was. I have always had an affinity for feisty members of the older generations.

Have you had the opportunity to read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts! If not, do you think that it is something you might perchance happen to read?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The March Page Turner’s book selection of “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and stay tuned for that discussion to take place at the end of March!


Time For Change!

Well it was time for change! I was ready for a new hairdo! So…lil miss, the hubby, and I went for haircuts, a couple of weeks ago and lil miss and I went a bit drastic!

We both had hair that fell…mine was below my waist and hers was just about to her waist! I was really getting tired of having it always in a pony tail or a braid, because it was just so heavy!

Lil miss has bounced around for the last two weeks, with her bouncy new do! LOL! We even bought her a new curling iron, blow dryer brush for easier styling!

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Hairdo…before…(Christmas 2014)

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Hairdo…after…

I even bought some hair color for both of us…I went with my normal dark red, and lil miss chose a hot pink that I streaked around the tips of her hair.

The red in my hair!

The red in my hair!

My lil miss with her Pink highlights and brand new glasses!

My lil miss with her Pink highlights and brand new glasses!

Lil miss is absolutely loving her new and funky look, including the brand new glasses that she picked out. I even promised her that maybe next time she could go with a red color for her hair.

I am still getting used to the shortness of my hair and prefer to have it completely straightened, but it will be long again before I know it.


#AskAwayFriday with Kristen from 31 Million Seconds!

Welcome to this week’s amazing #AskAwayFriday where I will be answering questions that were sent to my by Kristen from 31 Million Seconds!

Thank goodness it’s Friday…#AskAwayFriday that is, the most amazing link up ever!

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#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, 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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Please welcome my swapping buddy for this week…Kristen from 31 Million Seconds, she is a fairly new member of the #AskAwayFriday family! Kristen shares wonderful thoughts and feelings from the goings on in day to day life. Using writing as therapy through the ups and downs, and changes that can occur from one second to the next, hence the 31 Million Seconds that come and go during the year. Be sure to welcome her with some love!

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1. Since you’re raising three kids I bet you know a thing or two about parenting. What’s the single best piece of advice you can give new or soon-to-be parents like myself?

Go with the flow and choose your battles…Honestly, I have always looked at things like this…especially as teens…remember your own antics during those years and never, ever, judge! I have always allowed them to grow in their own ways; to develop their own way in the world. I will however, always have their backs and give them true honest through all of life’s ups and downs.

2. I love how you admit your woes in gardening. I also struggle to keep plants alive. Have you had any gardening successes that made you really proud?

Well, I definitely figured out a don’t! LOL! Never again will I start from seeds! Plants from now on. I did manage to get some wonderful sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers…they are all my faves anyway!

3. This has been a tough winter. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Oh most definitely one of the US Virgin Islands! I am so done with Illinois winters! Even though this one has not been as bad as some in years past, but I am over them!

4. I also love to read romance novels. What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

Well, right at the moment, I am not reading a romance. I am actually reading “The 100yr Old Man Who Climbed out of the window and Disappeared”.

But oh I can certainly recommend some great ones! The Mallory Series by Joanna Lindsay…The Bride Trilogy by Catharine Coulter, The Cynster Series by Stephanie Laurens, The Bastion Club novels by Stephanie Laurens and oh the list could go on for days!

5. When you’re driving around in your car, what type of music do you usually listen to?

Normally it is hard rock and as loud as I can get it! LOL! I am the goofy chick that kids in other cars are cracking up at as I sing and dance in my seat!

6. As a SAHM and homeschooler I know your day is packed! If you could hire someone to help you with one thing around the house, what would it be?

I would love to have someone come and help me load up and they can take away all of the piles of stuff that I need to get donated! I bags/piles/boxes tucked here and there that just need to go!

7. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Did you like it or hate it?

Well, weird for me would have been sardines in mustard sauce…and it was okay.

Now for something that others see as weird…chocolate donuts and sour cream and onion chips! Yummo! LOL!

8. Today, everything seems to come with a warning label. What would your warning label say?

Definitely “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” LOL! Because I am “vertically challenged” A.K.A short, and I look young…people tend to underestimate me, thinking that I am naive and without experience…and that is not at all the case.

9. If you could choose one superhero power, which one would you pick?

Oh freezing…like Piper could on Charmed! I have a teen and a tween, that can be a bit hyperactive on occasion, and to be able to freeze them in place! LOL!

10. What do you see when you look outside your kitchen window right now?

SNOW! LOL! And the gas station across the street.

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Turn It Up Tuesdays 75!

Turn up the fun, because it is time for another amazing week with Turn It Up Tuesdays 75!

Welcome to the 75th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Last week, we had an awesome time on Turn It Up Tuesday with 457 links - it’s our best best week ever! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!

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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. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

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Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Rhonda chose Free Printable: Donut Thank You Gift Tags from Happiness is Homemade. “These thank you notes are adorable. I love how they have a bite taken out of them. They’re the perfect way to say thank you.”

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Cindy chose 5 Books That Changed My Life and Marriage from Stuck in Your Rut. “In this honest post the author shares about tough times in her past and some books that helped her move through those times and become a better person. I am always on the lookout for well written Christian marriage books so I appreciated what was shared in this post.”

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Cindy also chose The Laundry Reveal from Inspiration for Moms. “I am dreaming of an addition to my home, which at this point we have no budget for. the addition would include enlarging the kitchen, moving the laundry room and reconfiguring a bedroom to include an en suite. I have spent a lot of time looking at laundry room designs and I like some of the aspects in this one.”

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Tina chose So I Crocheted a Horse… from Busy Being Jennifer. “What a cute crocheted horse stufie!! Adorable horse!! Makes you want to learn how to crocket. Thanks for sharing!”

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Tina also chose 11 Essential Oils You Need in Your Medicine Cabinet from Domain of the Mad Mommy. “I’m not an essential oils expert but I’m a new fan, I love this post,very informative and helpful especially for someone who wants to start using essential oils. Thanks for sharing.”

Elaine also chose this post. “I picked this one because I am interested in learning more about essential oils.”

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Cathy chose Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple French Toast from Dizzy Busy & Hungry! “My family loves breakfast for dinner too! Fast, easy and delicious – and even better made in the crockpot for the summer months!”

Silvie also chose this post. “This was my favorite because I love slow cooker recipes and I love desserts, so this one was definitely a win/win for me. :)”

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Cathy also chose Family Holiday Ideas: Peanut Butter and Graham Crackers from Kenarry. “Oh my! I can’t wait to make this dessert for my family! I predict it will be a favorite!”

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Jillian chose 7 Grammatical Mistakes Bloggers Need to STOP Making from Belle Brita. “I chose this post because the errors that she mentions, are ones that also annoy me, when I see other bloggers make them. :)”

Latisha also chose this post. “Even though I find that the writer’s tone seems a little bit harsh. I like this article because it offers errors and the correct use of some regularly used words in blog post to look for when writing post. I will try to be more attentive when editing my post and look out for these errors specifically.”

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Jillian also chose How to market your small business for free from Kokoa Magazine. “I chose this post because I am working on growing my small business and am always looking for new and different tips.”

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Mari chose Citrus Salad from Spoonful of Flavor. “I chose Ashley’s Citrus Salad because it’s so refreshing, colorful and healthy. Not something we see or even think about often enough.”

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Mari chose 20 Easy Meals with Shrimp from Growing Up Gabel. “I also chose Brenna’s Easy meals with Shrimp because I love easy meals always and Shrimps are fantastic both hot or cold.”

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Lisa chose Zuppa Toscana from Budget Girl. “Chelsey’s Zuppa Toscana Soup looks amazing and it’s one of my favorite soups at Olive Garden. I love the fact I can make it at home and her recipe is a cinch to make. She adds a few tips what you can add to the soup to personalize but like her, I like it just the way it is. The soup takes no time to prepare and to cook, that’s my kind of meal!”

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Lisa also chose 15 Books You Should Read In 2015 from Logan Can… “I chose Logan’a post on 15 Books You Should Read in 2015 simply because I am always, always looking for MORE books to read and these all sound great. Can’t wait to get them all.”

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Sarah chose DIY Kids Play Makeup from Simply {Darr}ling. “It’s so cute and realistic – and yet without the mess! I have three nieces that would love this.”

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Sarah also chose Vanilla Cinnamon Mug Cake from Organized Island. “It’s a perfect and SUPER QUICK dessert for one person. Just the bite you need to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard.

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Cathy chose Silent Grief: Aradhana’s Story from Made to Mother. “Wynter from Madetomother.com writes a blog post entitled, ‘Silent Grief-Aradhana’s Story’. She divulges her deepest emotions during a very difficult time many mom’s are too hurt to talk about, miscarriage. Her cander and bravery for telling her story is empowering.”

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Cathy also chose Crochet Baby Gifts: Afghan and Amigurumi Bunny Set from Over the Apple Tree. “Laura from Over the Apple Tree made the cutest crochet bunny and afghan. Her step by step tutorial makes it seem worth delving into! She is so on point when she says there is nothing like a homemade gift!”

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Latisha chose Random & Helpful Kitchen & Cooking Tips from Just Misty. “I like this blog post because it consist of very useful kitchen tips. My favorite tip being what to do if you accidently add too much salt or sugar to your meal. This post could save a lot of ruined dishes. Really cool.”

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Stacey chose 7 Reasons Why Exercise Sucks from The Pinterested Parent. “This was amazing! I felt myself nodding, chuckling and offering a great big “Oh Yeah” on all seven points! Thank you so much for sharing!”

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Kelly chose Shamrock Wreath from Crafty Journal. “I love paper crafts and this is such an easy craft to make for St Patrick’s Day. I think the glitter makes a nice touch.”

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Kelly chose Southwest Salad in a Jar from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles. “I have been behind the eight ball on the mason jar craze but this is such a great idea and one I know I will do!”

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Danielle chose “Little Love Nest” Kissing Booth from What Happens at Grandma’s. “It’s my favorite because it’s literally the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I mean I have no words. The kiddos in it are adorably perfect too!”

April chose Organize Your Digital Life: Pinterest! from So Domestically Challenged. “When I started my Pinterest board, I just pinned… finding a place for everything. Now that I’m trying to work my site more as a business, my Pinterest boards are a completely mess. Christine gives some tips, including where to get started, which I definitely need!”

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How to market your small business for free from Kokoa Magazine

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This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 87!

Welcome one and all to This Momma’s Meandering Mondays 87 and I want to offer a great, big thank you in advance to all of you who link up with us! We are so thankful to have you with us!

Please join us for a year filled with amazing friends, tasty treats, fun crafts, and sharing in each other’s adventures!

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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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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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Come one and come all…join in to be a co-host’s for February or March with This Momma’s Meandering Mondays? We have several awesome options to choose from! Drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to have you along for this party! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Grab a badge and join the party!

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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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Jessica’s favorite post came from Peace and Chaos with the post “Why You Should Buy Clothes Second-Hand“!
Saying, “I love thrift shopping and NEVER buy retail unless it is absolutely necessary! I have an almost 4 year old boy who is growing like crazy. Can you imagine shopping for new clothes at the mall? I’d be broke! Therefore, a lot of his clothes come from the many thrift stores around my neighborhood. I love stretching $20 for 5 to 6 outfits at a time for a growing boy! Thanks for sharing those tips!”

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Peace and Chaos – Why You Should Buy Clothes Second-Hand!

My favorite post came from Peace and Chaos with the post “Why You Should Buy Clothes Second-Hand“!
“With two teens, growing faster than I can keep up with, second-hand and thrifting has been about the only way that I can kep them clothed! Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful tips!”

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Peace and Chaos – Why You Should Buy Clothes Second-Hand!

Congratulations!

Don’t forget to grab and display our “Featured” badge!

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Thank you to all of you who joined us last week!

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Come one and come all and join in to be a co-host for This Momma’s Meandering Mondays in 2015? If interested, please drop me a line at ssgannett@gmail.com. I would love to welcome you along for the ride! You can also check out my sponsor page for more info.

Now let’s get this party started!

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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…

1. Link up your favorite post…a story, a recipe, a photo, or a helpful tip…As many as you want, that’s right as many as you want!!!!

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3. Find some new friends to follow, friendships are what it’s all about!

4. Be sure to leave some comment love, to get it in return.

5. Grab our badge and display on your blog, sharing the love is what it’s all about.

Meander through the links and make some new friends, find some amazing and useful tips, and maybe even a new treat to try!

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#AskAwayFriday with Lindsay from Lindsay Klein Rocks!

Welcome to another amazing #AskAwayFriday edition and this time I am thrilled to be swapping with a wonderful new bloggy friend, Lindsay from Lindsay Klein Rocks!

Thank goodness it’s Friday…#AskAwayFriday that is, the most amazing link up ever!

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What is #AskAwayFriday? Well…

#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County and Amber from Bold Fit Mom, 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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Now welcoming our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…

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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Echo from The Mad Mommy

So…grab our 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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Come and be a Co-host for this amazing party! Click on the image below to fill out the form to take part! Be sure to please add Tiffany’s email at MrsTee@TheMrsTee.com to your contacts to ensure you are able to receive information about co-hosting dates.

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This week I am so excited to be swapping with an amazing new blogger and friend, Lindsay from Lindsay Klein Rocks! And she does rock! Lindsay is a Professional DJ and DJ’s her own Rock radio show, I mean how awesome is that! She is also a new wife, Yoga instructor, fitness nut, travel lover, wine lover, and a lover of dreams! She shares wonderful recipes and projects as well as inspiring words to uplift you through life’s journey.

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1. As a SAHM, what have you found to be the most rewarding aspect, and what is the most challenging?

Oh the most rewarding is definitely being able to spend time at home with them and the most challenging can be being with them all of the time! LOL!
Honestly, I am blessed in the relationship that I have with all three of my kids, they tell me everything…and I really do mean everything! Let’s just say…think back to being 12 and 15 and even 21…what did you think about or do that you most kids would not be comfortable discussing…mine discuss! LOL! But I truly love it…when they talk to me, I can advise based on my own world experience and even help them out on occasion.

2. I read that you love tattoos, do you have any? Can you show us a photo (I’m a new blogger so I apologize if you’ve done this before, but hey when in Rome)……Also, do you have any plans for future tattoos?

LOL! I am always thrilled to talk tats! ;) I currently have 5…3 small ones on my right shoulder, 1 on my left shoulder, and a big one on my right leg.

Oh I want so many more!
I want to get a SuperMom emblem, think of Superman only with an M inside! LOL! I also want to get “Coexist” tattooed on my back in kind of an arc, between my shoulder blades…and…something in remembrance to my uncle, but I have not decided what exactly.

3. I know you are music junkie like myself, why has music become so important to you? Can you tell us your top five bands?

Music was always my escape as a kid. I could get lost in the songs, which of course, led to the stories in my head. The music was always the companion that soothed any mood, if I was mad I went for something harder, if I was lonely I could go for something slower, happiness brought the fun and full of energy music.

Oh my top 5…only 5! LOL! Okay, well we will give this a shot…right now my top 5 are…

1. Slash & Myles Kennedy…They are just amazing together and Myles is super dreamy! LOL!

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2. Five Finger Death Punch…They are just so versatile, and their lyrics are so full of meaning.
3. Alter Bridge…Well they are fabulous…but of course they are with Myles at the helm, and did I mention that he was dreamy!
4. Blackmore’s Night…Okay well it’s Ritchie Blackmore! And I love that old world renaissance style of music.
5. Celtic Thunder…Now while they are not a “band” in the general sense…but each member is such an amazing talent that combines into a wonderful sound and their Irish, which is also quite dreamy! LOL!
Celtic Thunder – The Voyage Tour – “Atmos, Druids, Deus Meus, & Duleman”

I know a helluva mix! LOL!

4. What have you found the biggest difference with raising boys versus girls for you?

LOL! Well when the boys were younger, they were somewhat calm, they came a bit closer to listening. As for lil miss…she was a little more apt to paint the carpeting or set it on fire…and yes she did both! LOL! Now, at 12, 15, 21…the younger two are a bit more high strung, like their dad…but they do have their mellow moments, more like me!

5. When did you and the hubby who you’ve known even before being with know that you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together?

Honestly, I am not sure if there was ever a true moment of “knowing”, but we knew, within a few months of starting to date, that we would definitely head in that direction. We had both been married previously and both had ended in less than stellar ways and I think that gave us the ability to know how to work through the ups and downs. Now we have been together for a total of 18 years and plan to continue for as many more years as time will allow.

6. What is a dream date for you and hubby alone?

Well, my dream and his dream would definitely be two totally different things! LOL! I suppose my dream would indeed fall under the “romance novel” type of date…a beach, moonlight, and plenty of stars to dance under…and maybe even a finger food type of snack dinner…and a concert to one of the above mentioned artists would be fabulous!

As for my dearest hubby…on one hand he would probably think…”Why do we have to leave? My tv is here!” LOL! But he would likely go for Burger King from the drive thru, parking next to a lake or pond, and then a drive through the country.

7. What’s your dream, your vision for yourself when the kids are grown and have moved out? What’s your dream pertaining to you and hubby?

While I would love to be able to do more travel with the hubby, realistically existence won’t likely be much different, maybe I will find more time to write, read, and maybe free time for grandbabies when and if that time arrives.

I would love to travel to the UK and Ireland, and maybe back to the Caribbean, or maybe even throughout Europe. Hubby would love to see Australia and New Zealand, and some WW2 sites, too.

8. What makes you utterly happy? If you can, post a photo too for bonus points! (rainbow sprinkles to the ice cream!)

Oh my kids…completely!

Then there is chocolate, good music, a good book, babies, a sunrise or sunset, and a summer storm! I am pretty easy to make happy!

9. As a parent very involved with their children, have you taken any teachings from the way you were raised? Or on the contrary, have you done the opposite and have completely raised your children in the opposite direction…

While I took a few…treat others the way you want to be treated, respect for others, be kind and honest…but everything else I pretty much did the exact opposite.
I will never play favorites with any of my kids, I always give them the right to voice their own opinions without judgment, and they will always have my unconditional love.

10. What about your husband do you love the most, what do you “dislike”, and for bonus points what do you love about yourself the most, and what do you not like?

I love his heart…but I dislike that he doesn’t show it more…even though I understand all to well the damage that parents can do to a child. But I do know that it is there.

As for me…well…hmm…I suppose that I like my inner strength, because without it I could have turned out very differently. As for what I don’t like, well…my overall appearance could use a bit of a makeover! Some of those issues I know how to correct…others well, sometimes you just can’t fight family genetics! LOL!

Thank you so much Lindsay for swapping with me this week! Your questions were fabulous! Be sure to stop by to visit with the amazing Lindsay to read her answers to my questions…and then stop by and get to know all of the other amazing #AskAwayFriday participants!

Be sure to check out our Facebook page “AskAwayFriday” for a great place to meet up and send out a #BuddyRequest if you need a partner to swap with!

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