Happy Friday everyone!
It’s that time again. Time to meet new bloggers and spread the sweetness of *honey*. As you already know, every Friday, I feature a blogger I love and enjoy reading. Today is Friday, so let’s link-up!
As with all blog hops:
1. I ask that you follow me.
2. Grab the button from the sidebar and include it in your post.
3. Link up your favourite post from the week. (no giveaways please)
4. Visit other bloggers who have linked up. Follow who you like.
5. Spread the honey by leaving them some sweet old ♥ comment love ♥ !
The linky can be found at the bottom of this post!
My guest feature today is very special to me and for more reasons than just one. First and foremost, she is Canadian. Yes, she lives in the beautiful country of Canada just like I do; however, we’re many provinces apart with me being in British Columbia and her in Winnipeg. One day, I hope our paths will cross and find both of us in the same province because I would love to meet and hang out with this lady in person. Second reason for loving my guest feature today is because her blog is the very first blog I ever found and started following. I still read her every day. She captured me instantly with her fun and humourous writing style. You can really get a feel of her personality through her written words. From what I’ve read about her and gotten to know about her through comments and Twitter, I can honestly say she’s one of the sweetest, most genuine girls I know in the blog world.
So without further rambling, I present to you the fabulous Nenette from Life Candy.
1. When did you start blogging and why?
It’s like Star Wars… “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” No, it wasn’t that long ago, and the “galaxy” was my livingroom here in the middle of the Canadian Prairie. I started my first blog in February 2006, talked about my family, quickly got bored, and… stopped.
Then, in mid-2006, I started practicing Calorie Restriction (CR), aka “The Longevity Diet”. Other CR practitioners had blogs to share their progress, many of which I read and commented on rather faithfully. Well, obsessively. Okay, I mercilessly stalked these healthy people. Ultimately, the CR blogging community — in what was probably their polite way of saying “Shut up with all the long-winded comments already!” — encouraged me start my own CR blog, so in March 2007, I did.
By October 2007, despite my success with that way of eating, I fell off the wagon — omg, the wagon had past the next hill, picked up a bunch of clowns and vanished — but I also fell in love with blogging. So, I bought the lifecandy.net domain and really started to inflict my clapbrabble (yes, it’s a word) on the Internets.
2. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I came up with it in the middle of the night, and frankly it just came to me. LifeCandy is part fun, part sarcasm, part me. First of all, I talk about life, hence the “life” part, and my nickname growing up was “Candy”, hence the “candy” part. That’s the ‘me‘ part. The ‘fun‘ part is the idea that, just as I’d consider my pretend boyfriend Gerard Butler “eye-candy” or a treat for the eye, my blog posts are about “life-candy”, or treats for life. As for the ‘sarcasm’ part, well, I do complain and write about life-crap too. Oh, so much life-crap…
3. We know you’re a talented writer/blogger but share with us any other skills or talents you may have.
Oh, thank you for thinking me talented! Totally flattered. My other talents include…
1: I’ve been a Hawai’ian Hula ‘Auana dancer for almost 35 years. Not hula hooping! I’m talking hula with a grass skirt! I started a hula school in ’05, then closed it in late ’06, and today, I still get phone calls from people who want to take classes!
2: I play the piano, and in high school, I taught myself how to play the electric bass guitar so that my best friend and I could start a band inspired by Duran Duran, U2 (when U2 was considered “alternative rock”), and The Cars. We were quite good!
3: I know Tae Kwon Do and Sikaran.
4: I drive stick shift.
5: I make a mean banana bread.
4. Tell us about your family? Married? Kids?
I’m married with 2 kids. On my blog, I call my husband “Roomie”. I met him in University where we were both studying to become engineers. At first, I avoided him because I thought he was a freak. Five years later, the freak was my boyfriend. Then we lived together, moving to Hawai’i and Vancouver before returning home to Winnipeg, where I proposed to him naked and gave him a ring. Truth. I can prove it. I have pictures. Of the ring.
Roomie and I have 2 gorgeous kids: almost 9yo son “Lam” and almost 7yo daughter “Mini”. Lam is a computer and math whiz, and Mini is a dancer and budding sculptor. They are brilliant and enjoy laughing with — and tormenting — their parents. Consequently, we both anticipate and fear their teenage years.
5. Who do you look up to or admire and why?
I admire people who’ve set and accomplished their goals without deviation or distraction, because that’s one of the things I find lacking in myself most of the time. I’ve made countless goals: lose 20 pounds, become a well-known freelance writer/blogger, be a minimalist, become pescetarian, etc., but I end up all frustrated, distracted, lazy, and screaming, “Screw it! I’m moving to a chocolatorium with my mountain of crap, 10 cats and a parrot!” People who accomplish their goals don’t seem to have that problem, or at least overcome their cat/parrot tendencies.
6. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Oh, I love this question! Okay, in 5 years, I’m a 46yo hot mom… hotter than I am now, because I would’ve lost 20 pounds over the years. We’ve downsized and are now living in a 1-story bungalow with a huge basement that my husband putters around in, located close to the kids’ high school. My kids are still brilliant and awesome at 12 and 14 years of age. We’re supported more than comfortably by my successful and fun-filled freelance writing/blogging career. I still enjoy blogging on Life Candy, which is loved by thousands of people the world over.
7. If money was not an issue, where in the world would you travel to and why?
Oh, I’d visit:
1: The UK — I’d like to see Stonehenge, go on a historical walk of Bath, plus I’m fascinated by Scotland (my pretend boyfriend Gerard Butler may have a little to do with that — he did say that most men there are like him).
2: The Mediterranean — Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Egypt, The Holy Land, Morocco… for the shopping and sightseeing in one area. It’ll be like when Roomie and I used to go island-hopping when we lived in Hawai’i.
3: Southeast Asia — I’d like to visit Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and my birthplace, The Philippines to experience the historical and cultural monuments, traditions, and festivals.
Oh, and at the risk of freaking out the locals with my ginormous momma boobs, I’d like to go to a topless beach in Brazil.
8. Name 3 things you cannot live without and tell why.
I’m assuming strictly ‘things’, right? Okay, bearing in mind this isn’t my *only* 3 must-haves…
1) corrective lenses — Seriously! The world is one big blur without my glasses or contacts. Vision is the sense I fear losing most. I wouldn’t be able to see my kids. I’d always be walking into things. I’d be a living, breathing fashion disaster, because I know, I KNOW, my husband would mess with me sometimes — “Honey, does this combination look good to you?” “Of course, dear. heeheehee…”
2) coconut oil — I use this for EVERYTHING… in cooking, as a moisturizer, when I make deodorant (seriously), boo-boo ointment, etc. My kids say the smell reminds them of their mama.
3) green tea — Some people need their coffee, I need my green tea. You can talk to me in the morning before my first cup, but I can’t guarantee that I won’t be all weird and stabby.
9. What has been the biggest struggle in your life?
The biggest challenge in most of my adult life has been maintaining focus and control of my life. I always feel like I’m putting out fires and dealing with nonsense that crops up, instead of initiating projects that will better my life and the lives of my loved ones, and of course, seeing them through to the end. Oh, the angst and frustration! I feel like an easily distracted emo vampire who doesn’t sparkle in the sunshine. Boo.
10. What can we look forward to reading about on your blog this upcoming Summer?
Oh, lots of stuff! More simple living, natural health and beauty, and yes, my “get-hot-and-healthy” fitness journey.
Also, I intend to enjoy my summer with my family and friends, and I’ll be blogging about all our activities with respect to reviews of local bands, restaurants, festivals and general awesomeness. My city is so gorgeous and comes alive in the Summer! I hope you all read and join me.