#AskAwayFriday with Rea from Reality Bites!

Friday’s are just so absolutely fabulous…Why you may ask…because it is time to enjoy another amazing week of #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, between two bloggers! 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…


Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom

This week we welcome a brand new co-host, for the next two weeks, the amazing…Suzanna from One Hoolie Mama!


Suzanna is a new mama to the adorable Baby D and several fur babies, also known as the Hooligans! She is an amateur runner who is madly in love with her hubby and chocolate, as well as enjoying a glass of wine or two. Some of her other loves include photography and DIY projects. Be sure to stop by and show her a little love!

So…grab our 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 am super excited to be swapping questions with the wonderful Rea from Reality Bites. Rea is a momma to an amazingly, adorable, 3 year old, name Reiko. She works outside the home and has been married to her hubby for three years. She and her family live the simple life, in the beautiful Philippines. Rea is one of the amazing, ladies that I have been thrilled to be able to meet, through #AskAwayFriday, and she is generously kind and fun to know. Be sure to stop by her little corner of the web to say hello and check out her answers to the 10 questions that I asked of her!

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Now it is time for another amazing Q & A session with Rea’s questions for me…

1. I recently blogged about being a wannabe (traveler, designer, etc). What do you wannabe aside from being a mom and wife? Why?

I have always wanted to be a published, writer of romance novels…which likely stems from my love of reading them and being a hopeless romantic! LOL!

2. They say that “life begins at 40.” What do you think of that statement now that you’ve reached that point in your life? πŸ™‚

I am not really sure…I mean maybe if the kids were all on their own, maybe…but we are major homebodies, so I am not sure that even that would make a difference! LOL!

3. It’s a very hot and muggy day. You desperately want something very cool to quench your thirst. What would you drink? Can either be a DIY drink or store-bought.

I think that if I was super thirsty, then I would have to go with water, even though I really don’t like it at all! πŸ™‚

4. What dessert best describes you and why?

Gingerbread cake or Spice cake with a cool whip topping…because it is just a little bit of spice and not so sweet to make your teeth hurt! πŸ˜‰

5. I’ve seen that you participate in many link-ups and I guess most bloggers know the advantages. What are some disadvantages if any? A not so good thing about link-ups?

I think the time that should be devoted to get the most benefit…sometimes it is so hard to stop in and visit others, when day to day life gets in the way. Especially when trying to homeschool, garden, keep up on my own content, comment, clean house, do laundry, fix meals…and then if you have a job, too…it is so hard to find the hours in the day to do it all and invariably something has to give.

6. Share a picture that makes your heart smile.

Normally I would have chosen a pic of the hubby and I or the kids and I, but I know that you all have seen many of those. So I will choose one that means the world to me! It is a picture of my uncle (my dad’s younger brother) and I that was taken a week before he passed away. When I found out that he had cancer, I wasn’t sure that I would ever be able to see him again. Mostly because, I was taking care of my mom at that time, and of course the kids, so I really wasn’t able to venture too far from home…not to mention that we were barely making ends meet as it was. But thanks to my hubby, who did the driving and a 15 year old D-man who willingly agreed to stay home with my mom and the little ones so that I would be able to make a 4 day trip to go and see my uncle before he passed. He was like a father to me and I wished that he had been. This was taken on the last day that we were there.

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7. What qualities do you look for in a friend?

Genuine caring and honesty are the two most important things that I look for in a friend.

8. I love your blog name as it is. Have you ever thought of changing it? If not, what are some blog names you’ve thought of using previously?

Honestly no, I have never thought of changing it…I had the name picked out long before I ever even set up my site. Momma comes from the kids, which is what they call me…and ramblings is what I have been told that I do…ramble on and on and on! LOL!

9. When it comes to your children, what do you never have to put up with?

Dis-respectfulness…especially out in public. I see so many kids running wild out and about and my kids just look at me with wide, astonished eyes and say, “Mom, you would kill us!” LOL! Which of course, I wouldn’t really, but they know that there will be consequences for poor behavior.

10. Stacey in numbers..

Number of books that you haven’t finished reading yet – I can really only think of 1 – Little House in the Big Woods…I started reading it to the kids and just never got back to it.

Number of days it usually takes you to finish a book – If I actually have the devoted time to read…1 – 2 days at the most.

Number of times you’ve been out of town with your kids – For real, planned trips 4…D-man and I traveled to South Carolina when he was three, we have had two trips to Miami, Florida, and we took a vacation to Indiana last year.

Number of things on your to-do list today (whether mental or physical list) –
1. Get some weeding done in the garden – managed to get 3 hours in…
2. Heat up leftover spaghetti for dinner – done
3. Do dishes – done

And I also ended up spending 2 1/2 hours push mowing about a 1/2 an acre of our almost 3/4 acre lot.

Special thanks to Rea for swapping with me, for this week’s #AskAwayFriday! Be sure to hop on over to Rea’s site, Reality Bites to read her answers to my questions! Don’t forget to stop in and check out some of the other amazing Q & A hook ups down below!

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