Monday morning feels so bad,
Ev’rybody seems to nag me
Coming tuesday I feel better,
Even my old man looks good,
Wednesday just don’t go,
Thursday goes too slow,
I’ve got Friday on my mind – The Easybeats
For some reason I always loved Fridays, especially when I worked full-time and was a teacher. Friday signified the beginning of a new weekend and just general downtime. Every Monday, I would long for the next Friday (this repeated each and every week for me).
Seriously, like the old song said, I truly had ‘Friday on My Mind’ back in the day!
Still nowadays with family there usually is a bit less downtime on our weekend with soccer and more, but still so much fun to be had with Kevin and the girls.
And yet, I still get giddy when I realize it is indeed Friday and know that I will be in for some more good times whether it be a regular weekend or long.
So, when I was asked to play along with my very amazingly wonderful friend, Tamara from Tamara Like Camera for Ask Away Friday, not only was I excited, because I get to do this for my very first time on my favorite day of the week, but also with Tamara, whom I love and adore. Seriously, I have joked with her, but she really is my ting to my yang!
Now, what is Ask Away Friday?? Read on!!
Thank Goodness it’s #AskAwayFriday…Welcome back to the best link up around…#AskAwayFriday!
Now to welcome our wonderful #AskAwayFriday hosts…
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
And here are my ten questions from Tamara!!!
Question 1. We both got the iPhone 6, which was quite the upgrade from the 4 or 4S. What app on your phone do you find yourself using the absolute most? What’s your favorite upgrade of the new phone, compared to the old one?
Answer 1: Definitely a huge upgrade and not going to lie I knew my iPhone 4 was definitely on its last leg as shared here, but still had no clue how awesomely amazing the new iPhone would truly be once I finally got it here. And yet, it is so hard to pick one as my favorite. I will say, I love, love the camera and dying to see how you answered about the quality of the camera from a professional’s standpoint. Even the editing tools are pretty damn good and am shocked how clear and crisp the few photos I have take have come out.
I am also loving WordPress on the new iPhone, because I definitely couldn’t live without it as a blogger, as well as Instagram, but I loved those before on my iPhone 4 – yet on the iPhone 6 they are just better and thankful that they are working easier without always crashing on me (yes sadly my iPhone 4 was prone to this with apps.). But in all honestly, I just love this new phone so much and can’t stop gushing.
2. What’s something you have always wanted to do that you have yet to accomplish? What is something you have always wanted to do that you DID accomplish??
Answer 2: Something, I always wanted to do and accomplished would definitely become a teacher. Yes, as far back as I can recall and remember I wanted to teach. I would pretend as a kid that I was playing school and was teacher to my brother, who is 6 years younger than me.
And yet with all accomplishments, come those that are just out of reach. For me that is keeping my job as a teacher, but I do feel that this happened for a reason. I mean my grandmother would always say, “Everything does happen for a reason.” And if that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have pushed myself to start writing once again, get into blogging, contributing to a book or even designing, too.
So, for this as crazy as many of my days are as a blogger and designer, I would have it any other way. Plus, we never would have become friends (Tamara) and I truly don’t ever want to think of that not being, because I am truly grateful for our friendship. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship – it really means the world to me!
Question 3. Sorry for a third two-parter! What’s your favorite thing to write about? Do you have a favorite blog post of all time?
Answer 3: I love your two parters almost as much as I love you! But seriously, my most favorite thing to write about is my family, especially the craziness that sometimes can ensure, whether by Lily having a meltdown over donuts (yup this totally happened) or tender moments with my girls as with Emma registering for Kindergarten or even me be so very forgetful and being the worst mom for kindergarten orientation.
And yet, I am not sure which would be my favorite (this seems to change as I add new articles and find myself loving each and everyone for different reasons), but thinking right now it would be one of my recent ones, where Emma finally started Kindergarten, because I got to see in the photos just how excited she was to indeed be a ‘big girl’ going on the bus and school by herself for hours on end. As much as I was so very anxious and nervous for this, my heart is truly filled seeing these photos of her and knowing that she accomplished this, for she is the bravest girl in a small petite body!
Question 4. What would be your absolute dream trip to take with your family? Or just with Kevin?
Answer 4: I have two types of dream vacations – you will see why this is a moment.
The first is family rated and would be getting to finally take the girls to Disney to see their reaction and their ‘Hopeful Wonder’ with the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’! But seriously cannot wait to see them lay their eyes on Micky, Minnie and all the princesses, especially Elsa and Anna for the first time because I got a preview of that when we had breakfast with the cast of Frozen (it really was eye opening to see this from their perspective).
The second type of vacation, we already had with our honeymoon in paradise – the Bahamas! I would go back in a heartbeat if I could, but that is more of a grownup type of vacation for just Kevin and I – maybe someday, but I still have such great memories and hope if we do this again that it will live up to what I remember from a time before kids, when it was just indeed us – the two of us. Someday, until then, can dream of this…
Question 5. What is something about you that doesn’t translate as well in your writing? Basically, what is something that people are surprised to learn about you when they meet you?
Answer 5: I think, for the most part, I am a pretty open book when I write, because I am just an honest person and not sure how to not be, but still if you haven’t laid eyes on me or met me in real life, you might be surprised that I am pretty short in stature and petite, plus I have a mixture of accents being born and raised in Queens and moving to Long Island as a teen. So, sometimes even if I try my best you can a bit of nasally tone come through as hard as I have tried to combat that from public speaking classes in college to even teaching and speaking in front of my students all day long. Recently I had to do a Vlog for Influesnter to demonstrate the new Braun Thermometer and you listen to my video, you can see what I mean (why I am not big on Vlogging, because not a fan of my nasally voice on video!).
Question 6. What are your best tips for a new blogger? And what would you most like to go back in time and tell yourself NOT to do before you started blogging? (I have many..)
Answer 6: I actually wrote an article for SITS Girls on tips for new bloggers. We are both community leads, so this was a truly a treat for me and got to share my thoughts and advice for all bloggers, but specifically newbies just starting out. You can check that out here.
For the most part, my blog on J9 Designs is to help all bloggers with a myriad of different topics, bt was very humbled to be considered by SITS to give this type of advice out.
And yet, if I could tell myself one thing before I started to blog, it would be that I should set a schedule and stick to it, because blogging as much as I love it can take up tons of time and in the beginning I would spend hours morning, noon and night on my computer. Now, I have thankfully found a way to work around my family and my schedule is at least working for me. The thing is I would never want this to take away from them, especially the girls, because they are really only this age for so long.
I recently volunteered for Class Mom for Emma’s class and know this is going to probably be a huge responsibility, but she was so excited and pretty much knew she wanted me to do this. So, might be switching my schedule a bit more with this in the coming weeks, but still my blogging has to co-exist with my family not take away from them. So this is huge to me and my one piece of advice to those starting out to not lose sight of your outside world or take away precious time from your family or loved ones for blogging.
Question 7. Got this question from Kristen at Mommy in Sports: What is the most embarrassing thing one of your kids have done or said in public? And I know you had a recent doozy..
Answer 7: Oh god, where do I begin and yes you are so right as I mentioned this a bit earlier above, but still this was one that I wrote about this past week with Lily having the biggest, most volatile temper tantrum in Dunkin Donuts (yup I thought this was similar to having a temper tantrum in Disney or at least a happy place where tantrums don’t exist!).
I definitely admit I won’t be living this down anytime soon, but then again my girls have both done me in as far as being in public and nothing quite shocks me anymore. I will say, for the most part, Emma is more my quiet, shy child, whereas Lily is just well Lily, who will let all know she is there. I sometimes feel like I am on Candid Camera or being Punked with this child and someone is taping it to see what my reaction will be in any given moment. But then again, Emma said it right when she was a little bit younger in that, “Lily is just ‘Silly Lily’!”
Question 8. What is your most viewed blog post ever, and why do you think it was so popular?
Ok, I wasn’t sure which was so I had to consult my dear friend, WordPress Stats for this one. And survey says (sorry for the Family Feud reference, but couldn’t resist!): Barbie’s Dreamhouse Construction and The Best Google Has to Offer!!
I do know that this one is indeed very popular as the holiday season rolls around, because many little girls each year ask Santa, like mine did two years ago for Barbie’s Palace. I honestly couldn’t resist busting on Kevin a bit in this one, because watching him try to assemble it and beat the clock was priceless, plus I was amazed at when I looked up directions how to put this complicated kid’s toy together that some strange (trying to be as nice and politically correct here) person came up with some doozy of a video to share just how to do this complete with playing with it themselves ( I swear to god, you will get a good laugh from this video if you haven’t seen it yet.
Question 9. What is your favorite treat in the world?
Answer 9: Okay different times of the year, I may answer this differently, but since it is fall and I love all things pumpkin, I am going to have to go with Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Dunkin Donuts. Yes even after, Lily’s aforementioned meltdown, I still love DD for their Pumpkin Spice Lattes and nothing quite hits the spot like them. Now, if only Lily would leave there happy the next time, it might be a perfect world after all!
Question 10. What is your favorite thing about the town/city you live in?
Answer 10: I must admit I was just talking to my mom the other day about living in New York and complaining that winter will be here soon. But she summed it up perfectly saying, “Winter and all, it is still home and there is no place quite like home!”
So, to me no matter where I visit or go, New York, specifically my town will always be home. As a kid we would go visiting to other states, but I always knew I was home when I would see the signs saying I was in New York again – plus going to Met’s Games as a kid (yes was a Met’s fan from back in the day), hearing Frank Sinatra croon, New York, New York – always and still does give me goose bumps. And let’s face it no one sings it better then old blue eyes!
But still and all, I live close enough by train to the most fabulous and fascinating city in the world, where I finally got to introduce a bit of it this last summer to both my girls with our trip to the American Girl Store in NYC. And yet, still we live where there are trees and grass to roam, but not too countrified (sorry but this city girl could never do rural on the farm living). The perfect blend to me.Our Family – Summer 2014 And Home To Me!1
And please check out Tamara’s answers to my my questions, too now here!!
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