wow i am getting off topic. haha. i guess what i'm trying to get at, in a SUPER round about way, is that i had 2 other women give me the Liebster award (thanks again Amy and Courtney!) a little bit ago, and i am now finally getting around to tackling their questions!
from Amy over at Delineate Your Dwelling:
1. What 3 things most inspire you and your blog?
>>i skipped this one, and am now back to tackle it last. this is so hard because i honestly try to pull ideas and inspiration from everywhere! speaking for design specifically, because that's what i would like this blog to be used for most, i'd say my top 3 inspirations are:
1 • Pugly Pixel. she has so many awesome ideas and tutorials and new coding info to keep me on my toes when it comes to html design. i love her site!
2 • B's toys. sounds silly, huh? but i am always trying to think "different yet fun" when it comes to design. seeing his legos scattered on the floor in a huge mess yesterday, helped me form an idea for a new blog background i'm currently working on! haha, so random things, everywhere, can really inspire me if i'm looking :)
3 • Pinterest. probably a cheat answer because it's really a billion+ inspiring sources. this may be the biggest one-stop-shop source of inspiration for me, however, it can also be the biggest of time-wasters (more on this below)
2. What is something that you'd like to learn how to do?
>>there's a lot, but playing the violin comes to my head first. my siblings all played/learned, but i play the piano.
3. Do you like your handwriting?
>>haha, does any girl? so actually my handwriting changes all the time, and i do like it! but i am always trying to write in different styles to see what i love best. and while i'm thinking about handwriting: i freaking love typography.
4. What do you feel is your biggest time waster?
>> Pinterest. that thing can suck me in faster than a tornado. but man, in her defense(yes Pinterest is a she), i've been able to get a zillion amazing ideas, tips, tutorials, and fashion sense i wouldn't have found on my own!
5. Why do you love blogging?
>>1. i do it to record this awesome, crazy, trying, yet incredible life that my family and i are living! i print each year into a book(we have a family blog-not this one), and hope to do so for a very long time. i want my kids to be able to see what life was like for their dad and me, because i love reading stories about my parents!
(our latest family blog book i printed out in December. it is thick!)
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
>>pink. i love pink (or maybe a nice coral shade?). always have, always will. i don't care if you think it's "too" girly.
7. What is your favorite place to go shopping?
>>right now it's Gordman's, but also Target because of their strawberry/lemonade icey (and now i am craving one!), but i seriously love shopping so... anywhere!
maybe i should re-phrase that: i love shopping by myself. no offense to the baby boy, but man he can make things difficult (^here i am letting him pull EVERYTHING out of the diaper bag, just so i can have 5 minutes of peace and quiet to shop)! hahaha. you mommys know.8. Are you a neat freak or do you tend to be a little messy?
>>total neat freak AND perfectionist. although having a baby has made me realize that it's OKAY to not have the floor clean 24/7!
9. What is your favorite blog (other than your own!!!!)?
>>how can i narrow it to one?! mmmmk how about i'll give ya 4:
lifestyle: Pillow Thought
fashion: Cleverly Yours & One Little Momma (i can't chose just 1! but these two are both closest to my style i think)
fitness: The Hungry Runner Girl
thought-provoking: Take June
10. Are you a procrastinator or a get-it-done kind of person?
>>haha, i was definitely a "get-it-done" type of girl in high school and college. homework was always the first thing i wanted out of the way when i got home, and i was always making tons of "to-do" lists! now that i'm a little older (and wiser?), and have Bronx plus baby girl on the way, i still have a to-do list, but it doesn't get done nearly as fast as i'd like. but again, i'm realizing each day that that is okay. Bronx needs me a lot right now, and he won't nearly so much in 5 years or 10. i need to savor these moments while he is so sweet and little!
from Courtney over at Highstreet Highlight:
What is your favorite candle scent?
>>even though fall is my favorite season, and i do love a good apple cider scent, Salt City Pomegranate or Watermelon is my favorite. i come back to them every time. i'm just a lover of the fruity smells i guess?
Where are all the places you have traveled to and which was your favorite?
>>ALL? you might get bored if i list them all, however, the hubs and i recently got to visit parts of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic....out of those places my favorite was a little town called Rothenburg (located in Germany).
>>gosh i don't know, i'm kind of an avid face-washer before bedtime? i cannot and WILL not go to sleep with my makeup on. just the thought makes me annoyed! haha. i've listed what face products i use here, if you want to check 'em out (i still love them all and swear by them!).
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
>>oh easy! state=Idaho. laugh all you want, but it's seriously THEE greatest. i get all four full seasons, plus both our families live there/we grew up there, and it'd be nice to live close for holidays and big reunions (yes, we are currently getting over some home-sickness)!
>>holy smokes. i cannot answer this! what?! why the hard questions? if i lost all my old memories, then how can i learn from my past mistakes? but if i was never able to make new ones...then i couldn't keep on growing and learning. so maybe the latter? ah! too hard!
Your idea of the perfect breakfast?
>>I.H.O.P. stuffed french toast with strawberries on top (but eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, and OJ = homemade). i am obsessed a little more than i should be. this might have something to do with the fact that my hubby is not really a big breakfast fan(nooooo!). so i have cut down on the pancakes and waffles since being married. he does get credit though, for taking me there on my birthday each year! haha
What would you do for a Klondike bar?
>>eh, i don't think i've ever had one actually. so i don't really know.
Do you have anything hanging on your walls? If so, what?
>>yes siree i sure do: a big family pic (that needs to be updated as soon as little miss arrives!), a pic of Christ with some little children, a mirror...i'll just stop now and call it good :) those were the 3 most important i do believe.
What are you sitting on right now?
>>i'm not sitting. i'm kneeling. because this baby girl gets sick of me sitting for too long! weird. i know.
What are you currently reading (school book, magazine, novel.. whatever it may be)?
>>my parents just gave me this book for Christmas:
(Parenting with Love & Logic: are they trying to tell me something?!hahaha)
What is your lucky/favorite number and why?
>>well, i never played a sport in high school (wait, does running cross-country for the school, in the summer, count? HA!), so i never had a "lucky" number by those standards. i have always loved odd numbers though, like 3 and 7. but not really had a favorite.
daaaaang that was a lot of questions. if you made it through them all, thanks for taking the time to read-i really do appreciate it!
(preggo selfie taken over the holiday)
...and now some questions for you! i'll ask my favorites:
* why do you love blogging?
* what is your biggest time-waster?
* if you could move to a different state right now, would you? which one? and why?