Lisa and Ashley are two of my favorite bloggers on this planet. They write the hilarious blog The Dose Of Reality. My “a” key on my keyboard is permanently sticky from the number of times they’ve made me spit coffee and laugh out loud. One of my favorite things about them is that they find the most random and insane stuff on Pinterest and then blog about it.  I begged them to play Ask Away Friday with me and am thrilled to be partnered with them for this week!  


This link up is hosted by Amber from Bold Fab Mom, Stacy from This Momma’s Ramblings, Tiffany from Mrs. Tee, and Penny from the Real Housewife Of Caroline Country.  The idea is simple. 2 bloggers trade 10 questions, answer those questions on their blog, and link up.

Now, let’s answer their questions!

#1.  We love Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, and we just joined Instagram. We love following you on all of those! You are a social media goddess. Which one is your favorite and how far would you go to get that perfect photo to post? (Remember, we know what happened when you saw Santa.)

Instagram is my favorite, hands down. For me, telling a story is circular. I can’t do it well without a photograph and a space to write my thoughts. Instagram is the perfect combination of that.

Seeing Santa at a funeral really changed my outlook on how I view and use social media. I’m happy to report that I won’t go far a perfect photo to post these days.

I’ve spent a lot of time behind the scenes here thinking about my “brand” and why I blog. It comes down to this, I want to encourage you to pursue an authentic life that is well lived. Whatever that means for you, I want to spur you on to chase it wildly. For me, it means finding the beauty in the everyday simple rhythms of life.

Tamara’s advice given on this guest post at Michelle’s blog is always in the back of my mind when I take a photograph- find the light and look for the whites of their eyes. But beyond that, you’re going to get my unfine not perfect life as it happens.

#2.  On a scale of one to rocking in the corner sobbing and waiting for it to be over, rank these 3 things: Chuck-E-Cheese, Calliou, and the sick area of the pediatrician’s waiting room during flu season.

I don’t even think we have a Chuck-E-Cheese here.  We frequently go to play group where there are 30-50 other families on a daily basis. The pediatrician’s sick room is no big deal. If I’m in it, my kid is sick too. Germs don’t bother me.

Calliou is the ultimate whine bucket, so he wins.

#3.  What is one fact about yourself that would surprise your readers?

I write several times a week on another blog. I am the blogger in chief for Simple Diaper & Linen, a local cloth diaper and linen company. Between that one and here, I write almost 4000 words a week!

#4.  We absolutely LOVE the fact that you and Mike had the same Hawaiian shirt as children. It’s truly destiny that you got together. How much would we have to pay the two of you to sport those same shirts and wear matching clothing during an evening out this weekend?

You want to pay us to get out together on a date night? What is this rare thing you speak of?

We don’t get many date nights at all so we’ll wear whatever the heck you want us to!

For the record, mine was a romper which makes me EVEN COOLER.

NJ & Mike 1

#5.  Are you more likely to listen to your heart or your head when making big decisions?

I am an ENFP, which means I’m intuitive by nature. I am more likely go with my gut than I am with logic. However, there is something to be said for seeking wise counsel from friends, family members, and people who have walked the path before me.

Michael is 100% a logic guy, so following with my heart doesn’t make make ANY sense to him.

#6.  We love TV. If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which one would you pick?

It’s a toss up. The do gooder in me says GIRLS. Maybe I can talk some sense into those kittens. Because really, life shouldn’t be that dramatic and stressful. Seriously. You are in your early 20’s. You do not have children. Stop freaking out about EVERYTHING.

The only show I really keep up with each week is Nashville. I just do not have time for anything else. So, I’m headed there. The men are hot. And music and shoes will be fabulous. Also, I’d get to see Lennon and Maisy Stella perform in real life.

#7.  If we were sitting with you at Starbucks for a very important blog meeting, what would you order?

My Starbucks order changes as the seasons do. Right now, I’m on a huge upside down caramel (pronounced KAR-uh-mel, not KAR-mel) macchiato run.

#8.  What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Physically? There was a time in my life when I was a power tumbler and trampolinst. I may or may not have even won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics Age Group Games.

I never competed this skill, but I spent two weeks at summer camp trying to “get” it when I was 13 or so, even though it was a little above my level. I ate mat as much as these guys did.

I also tried it into a giant foam pit of blocks once and got lost in the air (I couldn’t tell which was the ceiling and which was the ground). I shot my legs out and ended up in the pit head first. The coaches had to pull me out by my feet.

These kids all landed something similar.

Emotionally, making the arrangements for my mother’s funeral and going through those days was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m an only child, so most of the decisions fell on me. As time has gone on, I have realized this unique gift I have. I can really be there for friends who lose their mother/father because I’ve walked their shoes.

#9.  Now we’re not in trouble or anything, but would you be willing to lie in a court of law for a close friend in order to keep them from going to jail?

Absolutely not. But I’ll tell you that you look pretty in stripes or bright orange and bring you a pack of cigarettes you can sell on the black market. I’ll also make sure your Bachelorette boyfriend Arie gets to come for a visit.

#10. What question were you secretly hoping we’d ask you? What’s the answer?

Hmm. No idea. But Malone asked me for a lemon this morning. It reminded me of the time he asked for a warhead for breakfast. I grabbed my camera. You’re welcome.

Malone Lemon

Now that you’ve read my answers to their questions, head over to their blog to see how they answered my questions. But please, finish your coffee!