If you haven't met the Redhead Riter already.....I'm not quite sure which part of the blogosphere you've been hanging out in....I don't think there are too many blogs I've stopped by...where I haven't seen this lovely lady's avatar smiling two comments ahead of me....She is truly fabulous...and I think she sums it up well in her about me:
I have gained an appreciation for Living Every Moment...from hectic demands of deadlines at work, experiences encountered from a child growing up, to the peaceful moments alone. I'm a happy mom and wife that loves to spend time with my family.
I think that deserves putting her in our top spots...what do you think?
Here are her answers to my E! newsworthy questions:
1. In your opinion, what makes a great, readable blog?
A great, readable blog has a distinct style that flows well from one thought to another. Not only does it include subjects that I am very familiar, but also includes topics that I know nothing about and yet the blogger still holds my attention. I also enjoy at least one relatable picture with the postings. It offers more than just a history, but provides a perspective or insight that I can take away for my betterment.
2. What traits do you think our mommy blogger of the year should possess?
I think that the Mommy Blogger of The Year should post daily, honest and relatable posts which show her personality without always having to say "This is me!" She should be able to draw you into her story and then give you a twist with something unexpected to make it a memorable reading. The Mommy Blogger of The Year should include information about people and events other than those of her family and celebrate the accomplishments of the people in the world in which we all live.
3. Why are mommy bloggers so important today?
I believe mommy bloggers are setting the "new tone" of writing and reporting history, the future and advertising. It has been proven that when enough mommy bloggers band together, "things change." It has once again become the era of "I am woman, hear me roar!" Women CAN make a difference!
4. If you were stuck on a deserted island...what 3 things would you take?
I assume since you said "things" you didn't mean "people" so…
If "things" can include people, then my list would be like this…
I want us to eat and be clean! I mean really, I don't want to stink!
5. What is probably the best mom story you have?
Oh my! I have sixteen years of mommy stories and each one is a priceless moment. I believe Alyssa's birth and the moments following were almost surreal. The recollection of the events leading to those moments still bring me to tears of joy and thankfulness. If you want a story when she was a little older, it would have to be about the day I found her name on the bathroom wall. Do you want me to tell you the latter story? If not, just delete it...When Alyssa was four years old, we lived in a one-story, brick home in Texas . I was a very happy and fulfilled stay-at-home-mom. Since I was only able to have one child, I did not want to miss a second of her sweet little life. I also couldn't bear to be away from her, so I never left her with a babysitter and took her everywhere with me. We were stuck together all the time and I was her favorite play partner because I didn't have a problem sharing and would play the same thing for hours on end. This drove most people crazy, but I didn't care and she didn't either.
On one particularly hot summer day, she was wearing a dark blue sleeveless dress with her white blonde hair in a funny ponytail sticking off the top her head. I had finished cleaning the kitchen and knew that she was getting the toys ready for us to make a Barbie city in the living room, so I needed to have a little visit to the "ladies' room." As I sat down, I noticed that a GIANT letter "A" was peeking out from the wall behind the door. I closed the door and there on the wall, written in giant blue twelve inch high letters was the name "ALYSSA." Never before had she ever written on anything other than paper, so I couldn't believe my eyes!
After a moment of shock, I called for her...
"Alyssa. Can you come to the bathroom for a minute?"
I let her into the bathroom and closed the door so that the wall was fully exposed. Looking into her smiling face, I asked, "Did you do this?" fully expecting her to lie.
With a sparkle in her big brown eyes, she proudly said, "Yes Mommy!"
I was surprised by her happiness. "Well...Alyssa," I said, "Why did you write your name on the wall?"
"I wanted to see what my name looked like reallllllly big," she said as she spread both her arms out wide to show me just how big she wanted her name to be written.
"Do you like your name?"
I wanted to laugh. "Well, Mommy is going to buy you some reallllly big paper, okay?"
"So don't write on the wall any more, okay?"
"Okay, Mommy. Are you going to write your name on the wall too before you get the paper?"
"No, I will wait to write my name really big on the paper."
Her huge uneven letters remained behind the bathroom door for quite a while, announcing to anyone in the bathroom that Alyssa liked her name and she liked it when it was written really big...especially if it was written with a blue crayon on the bathroom wall.
6. What do you plan on doing if you win our Mommy Blog of the Year Contest? (Going to Disneyland ?)
I will enlarge the award, print it on the finest paper available, buy an expensive frame, and hang it in a prominent place in our home so that not only our visitors will see it, but so that Alyssa will see it daily and be reminded that my awesome mommy-ness is greater than my nerdiness.
7. What do you want the public/readers to know about you?
No matter how much success I may have in my future or have had in my past, my greatest accomplishment is being Alyssa's mother. She is everything I could ever want in a daughter and her kind, gentle, compassionate spirit has helped to make me a better person. Any sacrifices I have made on her behalf have been worth it and I would do it all over again just to ensure her happiness and success. I hope that by sharing all the things I have learned, some through terrible heartaches, that I will not only help my daughter but also other people. I am a tenderhearted woman with a huge capacity to love and hope to share my life in an effort to make at least one person's burden lighter and give them hope or strength to carry on another day.
Here are Three Fabulous Posts, to get you more aquainted with our third Finalist!
Shucking Little Corn - Amazing how a trip to the grocery can remind you to look at the little things.
Burst Of Laughter - There is light at the end of the tunnel...patience is a virtue...and I so don't want to be an armpit sniffer
Miss Those Cheerio Moments - Seriously....made me tear up....those special special mommy moments....
So If You Think Redhead Riter deserves our coveted title of Mommy Blogger of the Year....Just Mosey on over to the right....and VOTE....you can vote once a day....and not more than once....doesn't work....!!!
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