Welcome to the 17th Week of #AskAwayFriday!
NJ is the inspiring mom to two little ones, Malone and 12 week old Lola! WOW! and loving wife to Mike. I met NJ through blogs in common, twitter and SVERVE! She blogs about all topics, loves classic rock and RED SOX! (YEAH,Go Sox!) She grew up in the Midwest and now lives on the East Coast. Since I did the exact opposite, I would love to discuss her transition and things she had to adjust too! I am so excited to learn more about NJ (I loved her post Why I am Blogging Like a Horse with Blinders On) and could easily identify with her!
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◊These are the questions that NJ had for me!◊
The house QUIET. The boys are in bed and asleep early and your husband is away for the night. What is the first thing you do?
HAHA never would this happen! Well, at least the boys “in bed early” part! I would have a cup of tea or wine, take a hot bath and would either blog until late at night or read a bit!
Where did you grow up? Tell me a little about your hometown.
I grew up in Northampton, MA. A smaller size city, with lots of personality! It’s filled with eclectic style! Urban at the center, and surrounded by amazing country landscapes! The diverse community is filled with fascinating artisans and amazing educators. There was a lot of passion and inspiration in that city- whether it be for a cause, purpose or event. I am so proud I grew up there and I know it greatly shaped who I am today. I can’t wait to go back and meet up with Tamara, who now lives close to where my house was. Yes, was. Sadly, after I moved to Iowa, my parents also moved. They sold our tiny little house on 12 acres, and it was demolished. The land was subdivided and now home to small neighborhood! I was able to take pictures before the house was torn down and I treasure them. When I travel back it feels SO strange (and a little sad) to drive by.I recognize spots like where I used to wait for the school bus, but it’s part of someone’s new yard!
I just found out NJ is also in a nearby city, in Massachusetts- what a small, wonderful world!
3. What is the number one thing your boys fight about?
The LeapPad. This is new because Henry just discovered it and unfortunately LOVES it too much! (Yes he can fully operate it). It actually belongs to Hayden, and due to the size it is a little difficult to share. I am just not ready to buy a second one for an 18 month old! Other than that, the bigger issue I have is they get along too good. So good they team up on poor mom!
4. What does a typical day look like at your house?
MORNING: 5:45-6:30 AM Hubby wakes first and begins the morning routine- milk and potty time for the boys, feed the animals and we usually turn on Disney Jr. Hubby will shower and I dress the boys. I then shower and then hubby is off to work. I will clean up after breakfast, unload dishwasher, maybe start laundry. Playtime with the boys, check emails, run errands….if it is Wednesday or Friday, Hayden has pre-school.
AFTERNOON: Lunch time & hubby comes home Naps are 1:00-3:00PM. Playtime before I begin dinner. Wait….I still have to fold laundry…. Dinner is at 5:30. Hayden probably fought us on that.
EVENING: I will clean up after dinner, set coffee for AM. Bath time, playtime, stories and bed for boys at 8PM. I begin to blog and hubby goes to his upstairs office to start his 2nd job….Hayden is still fighting bed time til 8:45ish. I fall into bed around 11:00 -12:00….phew!
5. How did you and Chuck meet?
We met a few weeks after I moved to Iowa in 2000, we worked together at a local company. Our colleagues, told me about this good looking, single, gentleman and so I pursued him! Only turns he wasn’t single! Luckily for me, that did change! He was in the graphics department , I was in marketing. I was living with an aunt and uncle, his family was two hours away. He was my first and best friend in Iowa. We married in 2003.
6. I know you work closely with Melissa from Home on Deranged. How did your collaborations get their start?
I cannot say enough about Melissa. She reached out to me with the idea of True Tales from the Pink & Blue Trenches. Up until then, blogging had felt very lonely. We have only spoken on the phone one time! We mostly communicate via e-mail, texts and posts. It is unbelievable much we have in common! We have introduced each other to other aspects of blogging and compliment one another strengths and weaknesses. I am so thankful to count her as a true friend, she is always there for me (blogging and personally). I have so much respect for her amazing talents as a creative writer and trust her as colleague and project partner. She is my blog idol, mentor and inspiration. I hope we will work together on many projects and someday actually meet!
7. If you had to pick just one, which social media channel are you going to use?
Hands down, Facebook. It is really the only one I truly enjoy for personal use. It may be that I am most familiar with it, but I developed the media channels mainly for blogging purposes only.
8. Your house is going to catch on fire in 10 minutes. Your children, husband, pets, and photographs & home movies are safe. What else are you grabbing before it bursts into flames?
Yikes! I think you named what is most important to me. So maybe coats or blankets to keep my family warm- everything else is replaceable.
9. What piece of advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
I wrote a post for Mommy Hot Spot last month, but I think it is to relax, enjoy and make friends. I found myself getting so stressed at times and asking myself, “why am I doing this?” I think, you can still focus on goals and niche, but if you are not enjoying yourself than it is time to re-think your strategy!
10. What is the last great book you read?
LOL. I am reading 50 Shades of Grey now, but honestly for all of the hype I am not that impressed and find it highly unrealistic. I really enjoy reading novels based on The Tudors. I find that time period fascinating. Romantic, scary, religious, fierce- all wrapped into one! I also LOVED The Mother of All Meltdowns and have it on my personal Christmas wishlist. (I read the electronic version, but I want the paperback!)
Now that I blog, my reading time is very limited. Wait! Who am I kidding, it has been since I had kids!
Seasons Greetings, My Friends!