Sunshine Blogger Award!

All we can we say is WOW! We are so unbelievably honored to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you to Kayla of Adventures of a Young Mother for nominating us! The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and always aim to be inspiring.

As part of the award we need to share the love! We have to nominate 11 other bloggers who  will be required to:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link it back to their blog
2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them
3. Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer
4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

Kayla gave us some really awesome questions to answer!

1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
Our favorite thing about blogging is being able to share our stories of our journey and the community that we are building around that! Whether it’s readers, other bloggers, companies, and people in the community, we feel like we’re creating an extended family, and that’s a wonderful feeling!

2. What do you want reader’s to take away from your blog?
The single more important thing we want our readers to take away is you’re not alone.  There’s always someone going through a similar situation and you’re surrounded with support.  We hope that we’re helping other moms just get that break of sanity that they may so desperately crave!

3. What’s the best blogging advice you’ve been given?
The best blogging advice we have been given is to have fun! It would be very easy to let blogging become a job and feel like you have to fit within certain rules.  We started this for fun, we always want it to stay that way! And we’ve been able to have great experiences, try great products and make great activities and crafts and memories with our kiddos!

4. many children do you have?
Between the two of us we have 3 children. Sherrie has two boys, Logan and Finn, and Emily has one girl name Madeline.

5. How old are your LO’s?
Logan is two years old, Madeline is 1  years old and Finn is 6 months old.

6. What makes you happiest to be a mother?
: The thing that makes me happiest to be a mom is seeing my kids smile, laugh and enjoy life. Their is no greater joy than experiencing life through the eyes of your child.
Emily: The happiest part about being a mom to me, is just that I’m able to be! I struggled with infertility so the fact that Madeline is here and perfect and healthy is just such a miracle and a blessing.  I love seeing the world through her eyes, now that I am a mom, I can’t imagine it any other way! It’s the best job I’ve ever had!

7. What is the biggest struggle you’ve encountered as a mother?
Sherrie: The biggest struggle for me has been balancing everything. Between two kids who are 18 months apart, it can be difficult to find time to squeeze it all in. It makes it even harder that the days fly by!
Emily: Wanting to do it all, and mom guilt.  I totally struggle with mom guilt, I always want to make sure we are doing the best we can, making the best decisions, and exposing Madeline to fun and new things! So days that I get impatient or that we don’t do too much, I struggle with guilt.

8. What do you do for me time, when you get the chance?
Sherrie: My down time is shopping, getting a mani/pedi or getting my hair done!
Emily: Umm– down time? Seriously? Well, I crochet and that helps, but to me, my downtime isn’t really downtime, it’s working on my masters, working on this blog, running my Usborne Books business and reading as an escape. (Or Pinteresting and DIYing).

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Sherrie: Wow, that is a tough question and not sure I can name just one, I love too many! I enjoy suspense thrillers, comedies and every now and then a romance movie!
Emily: Conspiracy Theory! Seriously, it’s great.  But I love a wide variety of movies, I think I’ve seen The Proposal 15 times and still it never gets old.  And forget a Harry Potter or Disney Marathon on Freeform- I’m there, all day.

10. What’s your favorite date night?
: Matt and I are so low key that dinner and a movie would do. The last date night we had we went to lunch and then ended up birthday present for shopping for Logan. Even when not with the kids, it is hard not to include them somehow and we are perfectly okay with that!
Emily: It is crazy but Mike and I have only been on one “date night” since Madeline was born! It was a wedding of a close friend.  Not that we don’t know it’s important or don’t have the time, we’re just so thankful for her that we like to spend dates with her- we can’t get enough of soaking her up!  It would be nice to get out alone, but we just end up talking about her!  We have always loved going to breweries and getting out- that would be fun to do still (you can bring a baby right?)

11. What did you get for Mother’s Day?
Sherrie: The boys got me the sweetest card! Matt got me one of my favorites for breakfast, munchkins! And prepared my favorite meal for dinner while he cleaned the entire house top to bottom, washed and folded all the laundry – he basically gave me the day off! 🙂
Emily: Madeline made me the sweetest card! Mike was a champ, he totally stepped in and made an amazing breakfast (even fixed my coffee!), changed all the poopy diapers, and then made dinner not only for me but also for my mom.  He did a great job!

We are so happy to be able to share our journey of motherhood with you all!  We started our blog just over a year ago not knowing what would come of it.  We thought, we’re moms, we’re married to twins, we like to DIY, we could totally write a blog! With very few expectations we’ve been blown away by the community we are creating and the opportunities that have continued to present themselves.  What started as a little dream has become a very large part of our daily lives!

Emily wanted to offer a piece of advice to others who may be thinking of or starting a blog. Plan Ahead! The one thing that has surprised her the most is how much time it takes not only to blog and promote, but to grow a blog! Whether you plan ahead your post you’re going to write, the social media you’ll be sharing, or the back end work of keeping up a website- it all takes a LOT of time and focus.  Planning for it helps to keep you from getting overwhelmed.  We know that when we are planned well, we run like a much smoother machine (though not flawless!) than when we don’t! And it helps keep blogging enjoyable and not a job!

And the award goes to…
The Coffee Mom

The Crocheting Mom 

The Strattons

The Life and Times of a Happy Wife

A Pint Sized Life

Adventures with Nico 

Parenting Expert to Mom 

House of Psych

Rogers Party of 5 

Coffee and Sarcasm 

Mama Bear Daily 

You are all so deserving of this award! We feel that you exceed the requirements for the award and we love following your journey to and through motherhood as well! Keep on shining, Moms! Here are your 11 questions we want you to answer. 🙂

1.  Where are you from?

2. How did you come up with the name for your blog?

3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

4. If you could have dinner with any one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?

5. If you could only listen to 5 songs for the rest of your life what would they be?

6. What’s the one thing you say often (to your kids) you never thought you’d say?

7. What’s the funniest thing your child has said or done in the last month?

8.  How did you announce that you were pregnant? Show us those photos!

9. How did you choose your baby’s names?

10. Using 3 words, describe your motherhood experience.

11. Now that you have kid(s), what advice would you give to yourself when you were pregnant?

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Congratulations!

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