Well, between my Harry Potter blog post series and this, I guess the 30-day challenge will be on hold a bit longer.  I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award by the wonderful Finklestein and Sons!


What is the Liebster award?  It’s an award with no prize other than the compliment of being nominated, aimed at supporting new bloggers in their writing.  I’m delighted and honored to have been nominated by a fellow blogger!  As part of the nomination, I was given 11 questions to answer, so here goes:

My Q & A:

1. Blogging or writing?

For me, blogging has been a way to get writing when I’ve been out of the habit for a long time.  I feel like blogging is “practice” and eventually I will return to a more traditional form of writing, when I’m back in shape again.  Almost like training for a marathon–you can go on long, great training runs, but it’s not the same as running the actual marathon.  But the training is fun in its own way, too.

2.  Writing or typing?

Typing is my go-to format.  But when I’m brainstorming or drafting or making notes, I do prefer good old-fashioned pen to paper.

3.  What is your best blogging or writer tip that you want to share?

Banish the inner editor!  I know, it’s easier said than done.  I actually feel like blogging has helped me do that–I don’t know what it is, but when I’m blogging, I feel it easier somehow to just write and not worry about the voice in my head telling me it’s bad.  Maybe that’s because I have had so much great experience already with other bloggers giving great, helpful feedback.  Another reason I love the blogging community!

4.  Looking good or feeling good?

Can I have both?  No, kidding.  I’d rather feel good–and when I think about fitness goals I’ve recently set for myself, they are all about trying to feel healthier, fitter.  And when I feel healthy, I feel like I look good, too, so it’s a win-win!

5. What does a healthy lifestyle mean to you?

In a word, balance.  A balance between home and work.  A balance between family time and “me time.”  A balance between being a mom and being a wife.  A balance between eating right and indulging myself.  Everything in a balance.  I’ve been working on it this year, and I think I’m getting there!

6.  What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

When I really want to indulge myself (maybe twice a year) I take a personal day.  I use the time to get stuff done around the house (but not too much–balance!) and then take myself out for lunch, get a pedicure, maybe buy a little something for the house.  I use it as a reward–if I’ve been eating really healthy and getting my workouts in for a couple of months, it’s nice to reward myself with some pampering–in moderation.

7.  How do you incorporate play into your life?

With a toddler, that’s pretty easy!  Since mommies are his favorite playmates, we get in a lot of play.  Lately, we’ve started stopping by the park on our way home from school.  For more “adult play,” we’ve made a commitment to date nights at least once a month.  We bought season tickets to the Broadway series at the Bushnell in Hartford, and so we know way ahead of time exactly when our nights out will be.  We made this decision really consciously, knowing it would force use to get some “mommy time.”

8. When was the last time you had to laugh so hard you cried and why was that?

I don’t laugh–or cry–easily.  I feel like I used to wear my heart on my sleeve, but I learned to bottle it up–maybe because I got teased in middle school for being a crybaby.  Anyway, now the two people that make me laugh most easily and often are my wife and son.  Our toddler says things that make me double over on a daily basis, now that he’s showing off an ever-increasing vocabulary and skill with full sentences.  So, although I can’t pinpoint a specific occasion, I’m sure it was something he said that made his moms crack up.

9.  What is the happiest place in the world, according to you?

I’m happiest at home, with my family or a couple of good friends.  I’m an introvert by nature, but I do love good conversation with people I care about.  So the happiest place for me is when I’m with my family, enjoying life together.

10.  How would you describe your parenting style?

We have a reputation at our son’s daycare as the laid-back parents, and it’s a reputation I’m proud of.  We pick our battles with our strong-willed tiny person carefully, and only say no when it’s something we feel really strongly about standing our ground about.  Which is how we’ve watched a lot of How the Grinch Stole Christmas during the last two weeks–I’m not about to fight a battle over watching Christmas movies at an appropriate time.  Because later, I’m going to have to fight a battle about putting the screen away altogether.

11.  What do you think is the most important lesson we need to instill on boys?

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.  I want this to be my son’s mantra for his entire life–and I want him to really live it.

Now it’s your turn!

Time to tag and pass on the love to some of the wonderful other bloggers I’ve discovered!

  1. Impossibly Royal
  2. Coastal Mama
  3. Bumbi’s Mom
  4. Midwest Mamas
  5. The Chronicles of a Non-Belly Mama
  6. Pot and Lid Make Kid
  7. 18 Months in DC
  8. Life as a Gay Mom
  9. Homemade Naturally
  10. Anticipating Fatherhood and Beyond
  11. Crazy Grad Mama

And may I ask you…

These are my 11 questions for them (feel free to skip them if you already received the award). Answer them as directly as possible, then explain.

  1. What’s your favorite book?
  2. What were you like in kindergarten?
  3. In a movie of your life, who would play you?
  4. What’s the best thing about being a parent? (Or what do you imagine it would be?)
  5. What’s the hardest thing about being a parent? (Or what do you imagine it would be?)
  6. Introvert or extrovert?
  7. What do you wish more people understood about you?
  8. Cat person or dog person?
  9. Where have you never been that you want to visit some day?
  10. Who was your favorite teacher in school, and why?
  11. What are children today missing out on?

The Rules

If you’re up for this tag award, please add a link to this post in yours. Answer my questions, nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and think up 11 questions for them.

Share the love, it’s fun! But most of all, keep on blogging.