It's that time again! Week 5 of Ask Away Friday with some of my favorite ladies, and we're growing each week. I first learned about AAF when my girl Tiffany at MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter asked me if I would like to be featured during week 2. I had so much fun, I asked them to count me in for future Fridays and here we are!
SO- What is this all about, you ask? It's all about getting to know your fellow blogger! Each week we pick a blogger to exchange 10 questions with, then post our answers (as you will see here...) and then link them up so everyone can hop around and read all our questions and answers as our little query party grows! We'd love it if you'd join us! Grab a friend, grill 'em, post it and link up here!
This week I was saved by my new friend Lauren @ Real Housewife of NOVA where she blogs about all my favorite things: the home, DIY, decorating and so much more. She recently joined a Facebook group I started with some blogging girlfriends and was kind enough to volunteer when I admitted that I spaced out on this week's AAF link up. We already got to chatting a bit, and she is the kind of person that is really easy to like, this shines through in her writing too!
Here she is!
If I had to get to know her by that pic alone, I'd love her already. Aren't you excited to check out her answers to my questions?? She had some pretty great ones for me too. Check them out...
1) How have you changed since becoming a mom?
I always say I'm a big people pleaser. I have always had a tendency to put other people before myself, and though that hasn't changed entirely, I am now thinking about my family first and what is best for us and especially my girls. I'm not as much of a push-over. When it comes to my girls, there is nothing I wouldn't say or do if I felt like they were being wronged. I guess that's just what Moms do, but it's hard to truly understand the feeling until you're there. I'm also not nearly as sane as I used to be.
2) If you could choose one celebrity to have as your bff, who would it be?
I'm sure if I think about this one longer I might come up with a different answer, but after just finishing a season of So You Think You Can Dance, I immediately thought of Cat Deely, the show's sweetheart of a host. I have always thought she seems like the nicest, most down to earth person. I would have to find some major self-esteem mojo though because that woman is a bombshell, and I'm just...not. Anna Kendrick would be fun too. She's hilarious.
3) What is one thing your parents did or rule that they had that you will do differently with your girls?
Not to sound like Marcia Brady or anything, but I can't think of anything. My parents did an amazing job of raising us with love and trust. They let us make our own mistakes and learn from them, but were always there for us. I can only hope that John and I can give the same life to our girls. I am extremely lucky. (I wrote a little more about my family and you can check out a pic on my About Me page too, but please excuse the unfinished appearance. It's a work in progress.)
4) What is one tradition that you want to preserve for them?
Hmm...There are a lot of little holiday traditions that my parents did that I've continued with my girls...My parents used to make baby powder Easter bunny footprints, and have always celebrated Christmas Eve more elaborately than Christmas Day. My mom makes overnight French toast and we have breakfast together, even now that we have the kids we go over in the morning and eat with them. It's all the little details that make every holiday with my family so special and I want to preserve that same feeling for my kids.
5) What is your favorite holiday?
It's a toss up. I love Christmas for all the reasons mentioned above, but I am getting increasingly disenchanted with New Jersey winters. I really love Halloween too. We are BIG into the costumes and have a Halloween party every year with friends. We all get super competitive with our costumes and I've handmade many of them. I'm planning on doing a post in the next few weeks to share some of the parties of Halloween's past because there are some great costume ideas.
6) What was one project that had your husband questioning if you had lost your mind?
My husband is not at all crafty or creative. No offense babe, if you ever read this. He knows it. Anyway- he has learned a long time ago to just let me go. He was a bit skeptical when I painted 1 set of our kitchen cabinets mint green, and thought I was crazy when I chose the big, black and white damask wallpaper for our living room. He wasn't gushing about it, or telling me how right I was in the end, but he doesn't mind it. He's a very easy going guy :)
(He had no clue where I was going with that gallery wall either. I was collecting stuff for months and then just slapped it all up there one day. He has since admitted that he likes it though.)
7) If I came over for dinner, what would you make for me? If takeout is your specialty, what are we ordering?
Haha...Oh, I hate to admit it, but I don't cook, so if you came over and expected a meal out of me it would probably be grilled cheese and soup (from the can.) I can make some good breakfast though...omelets, french toast...and dessert. I like baking. Take out would probably be our best bet, and then I could treat you to the most bazaar but DELISH pizza I have ever had..ready for this one? Spicy mustard and garlic pizza. It's exactly what it sounds like, and if you like mustard it is SO good. It's basically a pizza made the usual way, but with a layer of brown mustard added before the red sauce and cheese, then some garlic.
8) What would I be surprised to know you draw the line at DYI-ing or crafting?
I hate painting. I do it and I don't mind painting furniture or if its a small step on the way to a finished product, but to just paint a room? Torture. I get really lazy and sloppy about it. It's a different story when there's detail involved. Ill paint a mural with a tiny paintbrush, but you can keep your roller, thank you.
9) What is your fav. snack food?
I love Snyder's Buffalo Wing Pretzels. They are so good.
10) Do you know any of the bloggers you read in real life?
I do! Two lovely and seriously funny ladies who I was lucky enough to meet through work. Jen blogs over at Drinking the whole Bottle and Merritt who blog with her partner in crime, Mary at Merritt and Mary. Go check them out, seriously, you'll like them.