I was graciously nominated by Jill over at Ripped Jeans & Bifocals to participate in a blog-roll where we/I feature a little bit about myself and how my blog process works. Additionally, I get to show you a little peak into my little world via a few photos I’ve snapped. I seem to be in a constant state of being stuck in ‘my own little world’ so I’ll let ya have a peak into the madness!
Jill at Ripped Jeans & Bifocals is such a badass for so many reasons. She is a terrific blogger but even more so, a terrific writer. Her grammar is excellent and I am in a constant state of jealousy. I will one day make her sit down and teach me the in’s and out’s of appropriate comma use. Jill’s blog is great because it covers so many different topics. She blogs about adoption, her journey’s in life, features a myriad of wonderful guest bloggers, posts about her encounters with moron deli-counter clerks who think China and Japan are one and the same..and honestly so many other topics. Her blog is refreshing, honest, witty, and well worth the read. Ripped Jeans & Bifocals is one of my favorite blogs and Jill is truly one of my favorite blog friends. I actually consider her a real-life friend, I’m just not certain she is on the same page….yet… 😉
Anyhow—my turn, I suppose! I will give ya a little peak at the place my family calls ‘home’ and try to keep it interesting. My house is random. I recently went through a ‘I REALLY love color’ phase and I am trying to incorporate as much color into my home as possible. I feel it lifts the spirit!
I am very ‘crafty’ and love to create. These are two of my most recent projects I completed. Yes, I am guilty of using Pinterest to come up with the proper assembly process. And, yes, I did break several glass mason jars in the process of mounting this masterpiece of mine onto the wall. Furthermore, yes, the husband had to step in and help with tools…ones I’m not sure the name of.
I recently scored this gem below on Craigslist for $40.00. It was a little beaten up but I gave it some Smashley love and painted it with different colors of chalk paint and I really like how it turned out. It also gave me some space for my never ending collection of random trinkets, bowls, candles, and all the other weird shit I buy on sale at Marshall’s.
I don’t know why, but this is one of my favorite ‘decorated’ placed in out home. It just defines everything I like. Colorful, fun, peaceful, I just love it. This is our foyer, and what you see right when you enter the door.
I used to be one of those people who hated shit all over the fridge. Apparently, when you become a mother, there is no way around a cluttered fridge. However, I now absolutely love my ‘decorated’ fridge. I have reminders on there to ‘be the change I wish to see in the world’ and other zen/biblical sayings that remind me to be gentle with my words—which isn’t always successful….but hey, I’m a work in progress….
This is one of my favorite places in the house. This is where our family ‘gets together’. We picked up this picnic table on the corner of the street for twenty bucks. You guessed it, I busted out the chalk paint and **WAHLA**, we had a fun area to do crafts, make paintings, and this is normally where we congregate for dinners as a family. I love this room–it’s actually an addition that was built on to the house to add more space. We call it our ‘Bonus Room’. It is a bonus! Lots of fun shit happens in this room! Before the picnic table, Haydan I used to have bicycle/scooter races in here–I DOMINATED ON THE BARBIE BIKE!!!
Alright–went a bit crazy with the photos, but it was a lot of fun–hope you liked it! Here are my answers to my five questions!
1. What are you working on?
That is a spectacular question. I am currently working on figuring out a way to motivate my child to want to complete her first grade homework. Oh, wait, this question is regarding what I am working on. To be honest, I am working on learning how to properly operate my site. I’m working on remembering proper grammar from high school (I have a case of the ‘over-comma’s). I am working on coming up with fresh material, I am working on networking. I had no idea the power of networking in the blog world. I honestly just assumed a few people here and there (mainly my family because they have to support me) would read my blog and maybe share it and *POOF*, people all over the place would read. Yeah, that is not the case at all. You have to put yourself out there. You have to put in the work. You have to read other’s blogs and interact with people on social media. I am still working on learning the in’s and out’s of Twitter and Pinterest, and working on trying to understand what Linkendednedned is. I don’t sit down and purposefully write. I write when something hits me that makes me laugh—-and my hopes are that it will also make others laugh, make you laugh.
2. How does my work differ from other’s in my genre?
Well, I consider myself a ‘humor blogger’ mainly because I am wildly sarcastic, I swear a lot, and to be honest, I’ve yet to come across a genre on the mommy blogging directory titled ‘Psychotic Crazy Mom Bloggers Who Drop F-Bombs and Have Poor Grammar’. There are a lot of amazing humor mom blogs out there and I (thankfully) have been able to connect with a lot of them. I’ve come to find out that 99% of bloggers actually interested in helping one another out and sort of banning together to support each other. It’s beyond refreshing. If I could determine one difference between my blog and others in the same genre, I’d say that a lot of my material is conversational/experiences I’ve encountered that day. I am a big fan of putting actual dialogue in my posts, I personally think it helps to better paint the picture of that day’s events….and show just exactly how effin’ nuts my family is.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I used to just post my stories to my own personal FB page. I had a lot of people recommending that I start a blog. I figured it was because they thought I was just downright HILLLARRRRIOUS. However, I think I’ve realized I was just taking up too much space on their timelines and they wanted to get rid of me. Good play guys, good play.
4. How does my creative writing process work?
It doesn’t. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason as to how I write/create. Something happens that I think is funny, off-the-wall, or ‘share-worthy’ and I plop my flat ass down and start typing. Sometimes a post comes to fruition and other times—-it just sits on my computer and never sees the light of the day. I have absolutely no structure as to how I create—-it is beyond random (just like me), and if you’ve ever read my blog, I’m sure you’d agree.
Alright! Onto my selected blogger to follow me! Mackenzie is up and her blog and posts are hilarious and….SHE SWEARS A LOT!!! I LOVE HER!!
I am introducing you to Mackenzie from Mommy Needs a Swear Jar and these are her three fun tid-bits/facts:
1) I am eternally chubby and forever on a diet. I was a fat newborn and a meaty kid despite being active in dance and gymnastics. Having five kids didn’t help. I love to bake and eat cupcakes and that doesn’t help, either! At almost 37 (my birthday is at the end of the month), I own it. I exercise and I eat well most of the time and I’m okay with that. So is my husband. He loves all my junk, for which I am grateful.
2) I love my pimp-ass minivan. I no longer feel like a giant loser among the rows of Honda Odysseys at preschool and the park. All I’m missing is the Soccer Mom sticker, not that I would ever deface my slick ride with that shit ($0.25).
3) As a SAHM, I have a uniform I wear every day. Jeans, black t-shirt. Once a year I order 6 short-sleeved shirts and once a year I order 6 long-sleeved shirts. I always shop online with a coupon and go through ebates. I can’t wear skinny jeans because of my unholy thigh-fat so I wear bootcut with either flipflops or tennis shoes. I wear minimal jewelry and it all has special meaning to me. This is a major part of my minimalist personality!