This week, I’ve exchanged questions with a gem! Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings has been a delight since my very first interaction with her. We have a lot in common, too! Stacey does a lot of things I aspire to do like homeschool her kids and become a frugal, homemade remedy and product expert. Seriously, she has made things like Melt and Pour Soap. And I just found out on the last Ask Away Friday that we are both making our own laundry detergent. She’s an awesome blogger and has several networking opportunities on her blog through linky parties and the like. Don’t forget to visit her blog to see what I asked her this week!
Here are the questions she asked me:
1. What is one recipe that you remember from your childhood that you make for your family?
Wow. I can’t think of anything. Some foods I’ve changed some of the seasonings I use or how I prepare it. Others, we dont really eat at all. My favorite dish was baked chicken with mashed potatoes and string beans. I still bake chicken, but I don’t use seasoning salt. I almost never cook starch with dinner apart from whole grain noodles or rice. I just visited New Jersey last month to see my family, and my grandmother who l love so much that used to and still makes awesome food, has even changed a lot of how she eats. We’ve talked about it on the phone so I knew, but seeing that in person was a blessing.
2. What is your favorite hymn or religious song?
I honestly don’t have one. I make up songs during worship time in our home and it gets my son involved and smiling.
3. How does your hubby feel about your blogging?
He likes the idea that I love it. He just wants me to not let it become something that is too high on the priority list. I am a very ambitious person so it’s hard for me to not give things my all. It’s part of the reason why I’ve focused more on what I like about blogging like writing and cultivating relationships. When I first started blogging for our health business, it became very time consuming and stressful. I will, at some point, incorporate more things onto my blog that will make money, but he is not looking for that income. For me, that allows for me to not have any pressure and to just take one day at a time.
4. What movie would you watch over and over again? Any reason why?
I like movies like The Blind Side. I wrote about it here. I could probably watch most movies like that over and over.
5. Have you ever had the chance to meet any of the blogging friends that you have made?
Nope, not yet! I think Lanaya should be the first one. There is another blogger who lives really close to me named Dara. Her and Lanaya are about 30 minutes from me. I feel like it would be a crime not to meet them first.
6. Real tree or artificial, Christmas tree?
I’ve had both! Our artificial tree worked well when I was growing up because we had storage for it. The real tree can be annoying with all the needles that fall off. We just vacuumed that up every day or every other day. We have only had real trees, Harroll and me. I can see the whole process of getting the real tree turning into a guys thing and then the process of decorating it a family tradition, as JR gets older.
(me and hubby at Christmas when I was 6 months pregnant with J.R.)
7. Every year for Christmas, after the cookies are baked for Santa, we read “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. Do you have a Christmas tradition that you have started with your little one? If not, what is one that you would like to start?
Oops I sort of answered that question above. I also want to do something where we go and get gifts for a local orphanage and we bring them to the kids on Christmas Day. I’ve told Harroll about this idea and he thinks it is wonderful. We didn’t do gifts last year and won’t be doing gifts this year because of finances, but when we have it, this idea could be in full swing. I really don’t want my kids growing up to be spoiled. And I think it could be a great way to teach them about giving and sharing with others and the less fortunate.
8. You are such a beautiful and outgoing person through blogging. Would you say that you are the same face to face?
Aw! Thanks, Stacey! As far as being outgoing is concerned, I’m actually pretty similar in person. It’s funny because when I was my son’s age and up until about 8 or so, I would cry when I would be introduced to people I didn’t know. I was deathly shy. When I got to high school, I came out of my shell. I started dancing and just was completely opposite. I honestly just love people and cultures. I love learning about the differences and similarities. I love that I can identify with them even when they live across the ocean or different parts of the country. And making them feel welcome and just talking with them? Makes me feel amazing inside! I know I’m weird! But that’s me! Being like this helped me so much with my language skills, too.
9. What is your favorite story to read to your little one?
Haha! At the moment, there are 2 books that we read often that I love because he has started to try to imitate the words and animal sounds. One is a touch and feel book called Baby At The Farm and that’s in English. The other one is a story in Spanish about the miracle Jesus did with the fish and loaves of bread, it’s called Cinco panes y un par de peces (Five loaves and a couple of fish). His reaction to them is so sweet. I literally should vlog it one day.
10. If we were meeting for the first time, what kind of things would you plan for us to do?
Hmm. If we were going to be here in Arizona, I would say you might want to enjoy the weather, so we could go sight seeing, perhaps see a movie, get a pedicure or something and of course get some food. I’m not sure if you love Mexican, but Chipotle is a new fave for me, and I would enjoy taking you there for the first time if you haven’t tried it yet!
That’s all folks! Don’t forget to visit Stacey’s blog! Until next time!