This is my response to the Sunshine Blogger Award. I want to thank Nerdy Momsy for the nomination. When you get a chance, you need to go visit her website. Her response to the Sunshine Blogger Award can be found here.


Sunshine Blogger Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to the original post!
  • Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions. HAVE FUN!



Questions asked:

What is the coolest thing you’ve ever made?

To be honest, probably a craft of some sort. I use to make holiday wreaths with my oldest daughter. I have a Fall one that I made over six years ago now and it hangs on my front door today! I know it sounds cheesy, but I get a lot of comments on certain things and when people find out that I made them…it is sort of more exciting than actually making them.

What is the funniest thing your kids have ever said or done?

When my son was 4-years-old we took him to Diary Queen and we got him a blizzard with sprinkles in it. We asked him what it is called and he replied “It’s a sprinkle lizard” in the most adorable voice. We have it on video to this day and it is the cutest thing. Ice cream all over his face and all!

What is your biggest challenge with schools?

Honestly, communication. We recently moved to a new district and we currently have two children in grade school. One has a fabulous teacher and one has an okay teacher. Her communication skills are awful. Things don’t come home clean; they are constantly wrinkled up or ripped. She never answers emails in a timely manner, and she has all these rules that are not in other classrooms. It’s disappointing because kids are sponges and they truly absorb every little thing at school, home, anywhere! Their teacher affects their future more than some may know.

How old are your kids and what are they into? (subjects like space, dinosaurs, Trolls, etc.)

My kids are 7, 5, and 18 months. My 7-year-old is into gymnastics and anything crafty. My 5-year-old loves cars or trucks. My 18-month old is into anything noisy that she can dance too!

Guilty Pleasure: What show do your kids watch that you don’t mind watching?

I wouldn’t say it’s a guilty pleasure, because I would rather watch paint dry … but my youngest watches Puppy Dog Pals on Disney Junior and it isn’t horrible compared to some of the other shows.

What is the best experience you’ve ever shared with your kids? (hay rides, Disney, local museum, whatever).

We attend a huge car show every year, The Back to the 50’s Weekend. The Minnesota Street Rod Association hosts it and my Grandfather was on the board for 12 years, so we have gone since I was a little girl! Each one of my kids has been since they were a few months old and we do a full day with them. It is a yearly tradition!!

Are you a sporty parent, crafty parent, foodie parent, or what? What’s your favorite way to spend time with your kids?

I would say that I am a sporty parent considering my daughter is in competitive Gymnastics at 7, my son is in Taekwondo at 5, and my 18-month-old is also attending Gymnastics. We spend five hours a week at the Gym and about two hours a week at the Dojo. They LOVE it and as crazy as my schedule might be, with carting them to and from school and activities, it is totally worth!

My favorite way to spend time with them is the moments I get alone with each one of them. They are such different kids when they are together versus when they are one-on-one! You can direct all of your attention to them and truly learn more about them!

What’s your favorite parenting tip?

My favorite parenting tip would be to not be so hard on yourself as a parent. As Moms and as parents I feel like we compare ourselves to other parents all the time. Whether it be the simplest thing or an extremely important decision. We turn to a friend or our family for advice or help, but at the end of the day our parenting lands on us. We decide how our children are raised and we are the ones who get to guide them through their little lives. Sometimes we over think things and we beat ourselves up for the smallest decisions we make. Stop and breathe … take a minute to relax and enjoy the time you have with them while they are little. It only happens ONCE.

What traditions have you started with your kids? Are there any from your family you’re hoping to pass on?

We never did any type of “tradition” as kids … so one small but exhausting thing I chose to do was ‘Elf on the Shelf’. It sounds odd but their faces light up! They are so excited for Christmas and I want that feeling that they have to stay as long as I can make it happen for them! I hope they enjoy it so much that they pass it on to their children one day!

What is the mission of your blog?

My mission is to empower and encourage Moms and Parents. One of the things I will always do is tell the truth. I feel that there are so many bloggers and friends or family members that tell you what you want to hear. But not every person falls into the same category when it comes to being a Parent/Mom. We all try our best, but sometimes it’s nice to read something or come across something someone sent you that is different. I want to stand out because you read a piece from my blog and you felt it helped you in some way.

Not a question: Link your favorite blog post and tell us why it’s important to you.

This is my favorite blog post because it truly is why I started blogging and why I work so hard to make something of my blog. I struggled so much with pregnancy and I currently am with my fourth pregnancy. If my story can help make another Mom feel like she’s not alone, then I’ve done my job! I never came across a truthful article or person when I went through it…but I am so honored to be that person to someone else.

What birthday party themes do your kids really, really want this year?

We usually do something as a family on their actual Birthday and do a group Birthday get together for all of them (since their Birthday’s are Feb/March/April and we are due in Jan. We have found that teaching them about spending time together and rewarding them on their specific day is more memorable for them than a party where they open twenty gifts faster than they can eat their cake.

How do you feel about homeschooling/unschooling?

This is a tough subject because I do agree with it at times and I actually know someone who homeschools/unschools her five children. However, my personal preference right now is for my children to attend public school. Now, this may not always be how I feel and we may some day homeschool. But for right now they are loving school in a new district (we just recently moved) and I think it is positive life experience for them.


My 11 questions for YOU!

  1. Why did you start a Blog?
  2. What is the funniest thing your kids have ever said or done?
  3. What is your biggest challenge as a Mom?
  4. How many kids do you have and how many did you plan on having?
  5. What’s something you do for YOU?
  6. What is the best experience you’ve ever shared with your kids?
  7. What kind of Mom are you: crafty, sporty, have it all together, hot mess?
  8. What’s your favorite parenting tip?
  9. What traditions have you started with your kids?
  10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  11. What do you hope people take away from your Blog?


I would like to nominate:


Jen | MommySaidSoBlog