- Do you have any plans to travel this summer?
2. I ask this a lot but I really like it for you: What profession would you most like to try for a day? And what profession would you most hate to try?
I would like to be a baker for a day, or shadow one of those really cool cake decorators you see on TV! I love to bake and create delicious treats for my family. And don’t ever ask me to be an accountant. I am no bean counter – I could never balance a checkbook. Good thing I married an Economics major. I would be broke without Bob! (Sounds like the title of a finance book…”Broke Without Bob”.)
3. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but have yet to accomplish?
Write a book about my fertility journey. I started it, but rarely have time to even think about it. It took us seven long years, several surgeries, acupuncture, IUI’s, IVF, and a lot of prayers and healings to become parents. The process changed who I am and what I want our life to be. Someday I’ll be brave and write about my most recent surgery that took away the ability to carry any more children.
|Emylia 20 weeks.|
4. You have a beautiful family! How did you meet your husband? How did he win you over?
Thank you! Bob and I met in a TV truck. Seriously, a production trailer in back of the old Miami Arena. I was a budding Associate Producer for the Orlando Magic who came to shadow the Miami HEAT’s producer for a game. Bob was the graphics guy, total smart ass, very cute with sweet blue eyes, and had a comeback for everything. We chatted so much the producer had to separate us. It was like 1st grade all over again! We emailed back and forth for a few months (we lived 280 miles apart), and I saved every email. That’s how he won me…with his quips and messages. I even printed them and have them in a scrapbook. Eventually we spent a weekend together in Key West, it was there on our 2nd date I knew then I would marry him.
5. Have you brought your daughters to Disney or other theme parks yet? I know you used to work in Orlando before kids. Do you enjoy the theme park life? (My aunt lives there and I should think they often avoid it! Unless we visit)
We took Lila when she was 2, but she was too little. And so was the Magic Kingdom! I remember it being so much bigger when I was a kid. We will probably wait until after the tourist season and try in September. It’s just too hot and crowded, and I am so not good with waiting in lines! But I did cry the first time I took Lila. I couldn’t believe I was a mom and sharing this with my daughter. Seems so surreal still to think I had not one, but two miracle babies.
|Arriving at Disney World as as a mom for the first time with Lila. Crying happy tears behind the shades.|
6. What are your tips for new bloggers? What do you consider to be an absolute no no in social media?
Though I’ve been blogging for a year and a half I still feel like a total newbie. I only started getting serious and really marketing back in November. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is stay authentic to you. Don’t try to fit in a box of a typical blog. Be you, be organic, and that is what the readers will be drawn to. As for social media…don’t ask me! If it’s not a tweet about basketball then I have no clue how to drive traffic!
7. What’s your favorite part about living in your town?
I’d say the amazing restaurants in South Florida. When we want a date night, boy do we get world class de-lish food! I’m stuck on Italian these days too, Scarpetta’s or MC Kitchen and I’m a happy mama! And it’s also pretty awesome having four pro sports teams plus great college athletics in MIA. My daughters love all the mascots…they define the teams by Burnie, Billy the Marlin, or “big kitty cat” aka Stanley C. Panther.
8. Which fairy tale character do you most associate with?
My husband says Cinderella because all I do is clean! You stumped me.
9. What’s been your most embarrassing moment, so far, as a mom?
The day I forgot a breast shield in Jupiter, FL at a Spring Training shoot 2 ½ hours away from home. A pitcher had to help me put it back together after I dropped my Medela on the ground and the batteries spilled everywhere. And then once I found the part I needed at a local baby store, the manager of the team walked in on me double pumping. Hello! That breast pump malfunction was the inspiration for my blog.
10. What is your most viewed post ever, and why do you think it was so popular?
I am shocked that it’s my Frozen Birthday Party Ideas. Wow, nearly 11,000 views. Anna and Elsa are a good draw huh? Or maybe it’s my cheap yet chic party planning ideas.
Thanks for the fun questions Tamara, I survived and enjoyed my first Ask Away Friday! I’m usually the one asking questions, so it was interesting to be on the receiving end for a change. Here are some of the awesome bloggers who are hosting this week…check them out. And have a fabulous Friday!