It’s Friday, baby! Time to meet our featured blogger and link-up our favourite posts from the past week.
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Let’s BEE Friends!
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 and will be kept open all weekend!
Kelly from Dances with Choas is a full-time, stay-at-home Mom to two beautiful children, The Tackler and Lil Diva. She’s also a devoted wife to her loving husband, a.k.a The Daddy.
Kelly says she writes ” in an effort to keep the few strands of sanity that my children have yet to bludgeon into early onset Mommy Brain”. She has been a Stay At Home Mom since her son was born in February 2007 and dreams to someday be a paid writer.
Kelly is a sweetheart and I have had the opportunity to chat with her on Twitter. We have been at a few #winepartychats together and she has always been one of the nicest gals on the block.
I am more than thrilled to have her as a guest on my blog today.
You will love her too!
1. When did you start blogging and how did you come up with the name, Dances With Chaos?
My first blog post was on July 5, 2010, a little over a year ago. I was at my wits end with my then 3 year old, could feel my brain cells wasting away from disuse, had Mommy brain bad enough I could be mistaken for having Alzheimer’s, and my family was constantly calling for an update of the kids, during which my 8 month old would scream to have the phone. Chaos simply fit my world. My children earned their “Native” names in utero and we called them by those to keep our choices a secret. My son was Dances with Happy Feet, my daughter was Dances with Sneaky Feet. Following the pattern with Dances with Chaos was only natural.
2. Introduce us to your family. How long have you been married?
There is me. My husband aka Computer God. He hasn’t met an electronic he didn’t think he could fix given the right tools, and is often the Chosen One for my children because I stay at home with them. My 4.5 year old son, The Tackler, will study books for 45 minutes quietly, or act so crazy people think he has ADHD. He has no fear for heights and thinks The Joker should be smashed. My will-be-two-years-old-next-
I met my husband through an ex-boyfriend in high school and we’ve been a couple for over 14 years, married for 8 of them.
3. What is the outfit you wear the most at home? Describe it or share a
photo of you wearing it.
Jean shorts. A t-shirt. Socks. Running shoes. In winter, substitute my favorite flannel penguin PJ bottoms, a long sleeve t-shirt, and slippers. Yes, I am about the least fashionable person in existence.
4. Do you have any other blogs? If yes, tell us about it.
I do. I have a sister blog, Writing with Chaos. I post responses to writing prompts there. It is a blend of fiction and nonfiction, with fiction writing being where my love truly lies.
I also have a blog where my goal is avoid doing most of the writing. It’s called I Survived the Mean Girls and is a growing collection of guest posts about experiences with mean girls, mostly in school, but it can been in any part of life. They can be told from the victims of the mean girls, or from the mean girls themselves. The goal is to have a place of support to let others know they aren’t alone and life does get better. Or to help us understand why anyone would do such a thing.
I am always looking for people to share their stories, even if they don’t blog.
5. What is 1 thing you love about yourself and 1 thing you wish you could change?
I love my ability to make people laugh, whether in person or through my blog. I wish my body still had the resiliency of my younger years – watching my children sleep makes me envious of the ability to fall asleep anywhere.
6. Favourite male celebrity hottie? Favourite female celebrity?
This is where I admit I don’t know any celebrities that weren’t famous 5 years ago. Johnny Depp can visit me any time… I have also loved Summer Glau in everything she’s been in.
7. Which era has been, by far, the best for you? 20’s? 30’s? Explain why.
I can’t even compare to the two. For one, I have far too much left of my 30’s, so the 20’s have an unfair advantage. Second, my 30’s marked the beginning of motherhood, and a lot of them are a sleep deprived blur. But I spent much of my 20’s wanting to be a mother, and it came true in my 30’s.
I will say life was much easier in my 20’s, which at times, makes it appear way better. Then my kids smile. And I know my 30’s will prove to be just as awesome, but in an entirely different way.
8. Name one thing you love about Motherhood and one thing you find
I love the tiny moments that hit you. My son weaving a scene with fireballs and lava pits with his imagination. The light in one of their eyes as they learn something new. The giggles and cackles as my kids play in complete harmony for 12.6 seconds. The squeal of “Mommy!” as my daughter runs to greet me. Those moments remind me why I became a mother.
I find balancing my role as a stay at home mother and time for myself the most difficult thing. At times, motherhood consumes me and I think the me (of my 20’s and earlier life) is swallowed whole, never to shine again. I’m still striving to find that perfect blend, but have learned sometimes, you just have to say, “I need a break.” Blogging was one step to find myself again.
9. Share with us the last book you read and your opinion on it.
I read part of the young adult vampire series by PC and Kristin Cast about the House of Night. I enjoyed it, but did not find it as strong as earlier books in the series.
10. What is your favourite drink? Alcoholic or not.
Mountain Dew. It is my coffee equivalent, because I can’t stand the taste of coffee.
Bonus: If you could host a few of your blogging friends in your home, how would you entertain us? Give us a brief synopsis of the evening.
This would depend on which of my blogging friends it involved. There would likely be alcohol (wine or margaritas), chocolate, and a buffet of tapas. We might spend the entire evening talking, or dancing, or helping each other on web site questions. There is certain to be laughter mingled in.
Assuming my husband has whisked the children away. Otherwise there would just be squeals, yells, interruptions, shouts to be heard, and my children as the night’s entertainment.