Meet The Blogger Behind: Romanovs Views


Happy Wednesday everyone! This week on Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog we get to meet 26 year old Kimberley and her blog Romanovs Views. I've met other Kimberly's before but never have I met one that has the extra e in there which I think is pretty cool.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
I guess one of the biggest influences was my best friend Christie (http://christieslifestyle.co.uk) she manages to do so much and still as time to blog!

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
I guess it is the fact that I feel free to write whatever I want and even if someone isn’t happy with what I have written then they can choose not to read it it’s as simple as that really.

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
I mostly blog about my life, I really like writing my lookbacks. I also wrote a lot of reviews, especially about some subscription boxes I have signed up to. I am also a Celiac so like to try and write about living gluten free.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?
I am mostly working as a Structural Engineer and looking after my Dog, Harley. I do a lot of hobbies with her such as agility.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
Uhh I am split between USA (as thats where my family are and I just love the way they live) and Egypt. I mean the history in Egypt is just amazing, they are continually finding new items!

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
I blog as a hobby, although it would be pretty cool to have it as a part-time job.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
Well I guess overseas, as stupid as that sounds, I would love to be living in America again, and possible doing it as a part-time job. I just have no idea how!

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
Gaining and keeping followers.

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Keep at it and wrote what you want to write, don’t try to pretend to be something you’re not.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
I have to pick only 3??? That is so Hard I have so many!!! I love all the superhero ones, Vampire/ Supernatural as well and American TV! The Walking Dead, The Originals and Supernatural I guess are my most watched at the moment, but as I said there are too many to choose from, I am a real TV Junkie.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?
My Closest friends say that I am a real Nutter, I am so weird and Random at times I wonder why I haven’t been sectioned.

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
Hmm this one is fairly tough, Do they have to be real? Only joking, or am I??? I guess it would have to be my Nan she is just amazing and is always there for me, no matter what I need. She is just such an amazing loving woman and I hope that all that I do for her makes up all she does for me, shows hows much I appreciate her even just a tiny bit

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
My Abusive Partner post, even thought some people in my life still don’t understand the situation I know that I have helped some people out there. I even had one of the Dick’s ex’s message me and it was nice for her to finally be able to speak to someone about it that understood and the same for me I guess. It has got to be one of the hardest posts I have and will ever write but I am finally glad that it is all out there in the open.http://romanovsviews.blogspot.com/2016/01/dealing-with-abusive-partner.html

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
Summer for sure! I just love the heat I am a sun worshiper and really love being able to take Harley out for long walks on the beach or round the fields, it’s just so much more enjoyable.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
I love Minions, I mean I am actually obsessed. Seriously, it is so hard to write about yourself and think about what you might like people to know about you, I guess I would like to show people that I am who I am and I like it. I don’t have many friends as I think Quality over Quantity is so much more important.

Thank you Kimberley for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Kimberley by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

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Meet the Blogger Behind: Wiferella to BoyMom


Happy Wednesday everyone! We're back for another weekly interview post with a fellow blogger here on the interwebs. This week we get to meet 29 year old Lauren who is a new mommy and blogs over at Wiferella to BoyMom. Her little boy is adorable and she says that the Fresh Prince of bel-air is one of her must watch tv shows, I just wonder if she knows the theme song by heart like I do from my many years of watching it ☺

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog? 
Since finding out I was pregnant in 2014, I felt like life got more interesting and it has. 

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why? 
Just about life in general

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
Balancing life as a wife and mommy(first timer). 

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
Enjoying life with my husband and son and crafts. 

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
Exploring motherhood as been the best so far. 

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
Hobby but would love to turn into a job soon. 

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years
Hopefully get opportunities and meet other mommies out there. 

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging? 
Topics 

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger? 
Don't give up....change your blog name as much as you want until you find the right fit for you. 

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
Fresh Prince of bel-air, first year of marriage, flash 

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
Been married to my husband for almost 8 years, and just got a house last September. Oh yeah we are both left handed. Also we welcomed our son in September of 2014. 

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
My grandma. She is just a strong, kind hearted lady who is the back bone of the family, and her faith is unbelievable. Love that I can turn to her for anything, and everything. So happy have her here with me, and to see the relationship my son and her have is amazing. 


13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 


14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
I have 3 spring time because all the beautiful weather, and fall/ winter because of the cold, holidays, football, hoodies, a good blanket along with good movies on TV. 


15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?

Behind the blog name 
Wiferella to BoyMom is about me trying to balancing life a wife and boymom.

The reason it's call Wiferella because before becoming a mom to even now I always felt like Cinderella with my price charming but instead of being Cinderella....I'm a proud Wiferella! Than today marks 17 months I became a first time mom, and BoyMom at that.

So why not add two things I love together and make it into blog and as a title!!

Thank you Lauren for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Lauren by following her on: TwitterFacebook, and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Summer Maxi Dresses


Dresses are one of my staples for dealing with the high temperatures when Las Vegas starts heating up. Surprisingly it's super windy today which brought in complete cloud coverage but I'm not complaining since I love these days the most. Maxi dresses are perfect since they look very chic, can be dressed up or down and you can wear them to pretty much any event and look completely put together even if you woke up late. Not to mention that they are extremely comfortable and totally hide your legs which is especially good for those quick days where you forgot to shave your legs.

These five are some of the most recent ones that have caught my eye and would fit into my closet just nicely. Even though I may have gone to Ross recently and bought quite a few dresses but what's a few more.  



I absolutely adore the middle one with the cat. It's just purrrrfect!


May Ipsy Glam Bag || Destination Chic


Another month of disappointing products in my Ipsy bag. If you are new to Ipsy, it is a monthly service that costs $10 here in the US that sends you 5 beauty products that are normally sample sizes while sometimes you will get a full size product or two in your bag. Each month the bags are different and the products are supposed to be specially tailored to the quiz that you take and can re-take at anytime if your preferences change.

The bag itself isn't all that bad and is actually kind of cute but I'm not exactly sure how functional it is since it opens like an envelope and close with a snap button. Pretty sure all of my products would probably fall out of it. It is cute though with the images of different places in the world, hence the theme for this month. These are the products that I received this month along with the breakdown of how much each product costs and a mini review for a few since I did try out a couple things already. Let me know in the comments if you got this months bag and what you thought of your products!


BelláPierre Cosmetics
Nude Gel Lip Liner Pencil
Weight: 5.1 g/0.180 oz
Cost: £20.00
This appears to be the full-size product. I'm not into lip liners at all really but I thought that I would give it a try anyways and after applying it I wish that I hadn't. This product was absolutely horrible on my lips. For one it smelled really bad and nobody wants something under their nose all day that stinks. Secondly, it is was beyond drying on my lips and made every crack, crevice and piece of dead skin show up. I tried taking it off with a piece of toilet paper and had tp fuzz all over my lips. I literally had to scrub the crap off. Fail!

Hanalei
Lip Treatment
Weight: 5 ml
Full-Size Cost: $25.00 & 15g
This product contains kukui nut which I have never heard of but my son has a deadly nut allergy so I won't be using this product. Fail!

Pacifica
Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio
Weight: .07 oz
Full-Size Cost: $9.99 & 0.10oz
I gave this a go when I went out Friday night and for my first time using Pacifica eye shadows I really wasn't that impressed. If you're looking for some opaque payoff and your eyelids to look the color of what is in the pan, this isn't the eye shadow for you. And yes, I am a Jedi haha

Smashbox
X-Rated Mascara
Weight: .10 fl oz
Full-Size Cost: $22.00 & 0.3oz
This is the second Smashbox mascara that I've gotten in an Ipsy bag so far. The bristles on the wand are seriously weird and I'm not so sure that I'll like it but since I am a mascara junkie I'll definitely give it a try.

Eva NYC
Hungry Hair Oil Treatment
Weight: 10 ml
Full-Size Cost: $20.00 & 3.38oz
I don't really use anything like this even though I believe there are some sitting in my cupboard but with as much as I color my hair I really should start.


Starlight Sunday's {link party #4}


Welcome to the Starlight Sunday's link party. This is a weekly party where bloggers, Etsy shop owners and anybody else that has something awesome to share, can come and link it up to share with everyone else. Link party will be open from Sunday's at 12am pacific time until Monday's at noon for the time being.
Yes you can link up giveaways
Yes you can link up sponsored posts
Yes you can link up items from your shop that you're selling

There are only 3 things that I ask when linking up.

1. Link up no more than 2 posts
2. Check out what others have linked up
3. Be descriptive in the title of what your link is of

So, what are you waiting for? Start linking up and checking out what others have already shared.

Johnny Depp Surprises Unsuspecting Fans at Disneyland

Have you seen this yet? It is super cute and funny. I love that he did this for his fans and totally wish that I had been there when this happened.

From somewhere in Wonderland, Johnny Depp brought a little surprise madness to some unsuspecting fans at Disneyland. Johnny Depp returns as the Mad Hatter in Disney’s ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASSopening in U.S. theaters on May 27th. Join the social conversation with #ThroughTheLookingGlass and feel free to share with your readers!


In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
               
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. 

Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

JASON BOURNE - Watch the New Featurette

JASON BOURNE IS BACK.

A new featurette for #JasonBourne has just debuted online.


JASON BOURNE – IN THEATERS JULY 29

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne.  Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series.  Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce.  Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.  www.jasonbournemovie.com

Genre: Action-Thriller
Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Paul Greengrass & Christopher Rouse
Based on Characters Created by: Robert Ludlum
Produced by: Frank Marshall, Jeffrey M. Weiner, Ben Smith, Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass, Gregory Goodman
Executive Producers: Christopher Rouse, Henry Morrison


Meet the Blogger Behind: Delightful Struggles


Hip-hip-hooray it's Wednesday. The day of the week where we get to meet another blogger in this large blogging community and learn a bit about him or her and their blog. Hopefully you enjoy these posts as much as I do because I like getting to know new people and find new blogs to read.

This week we get to meet Shauna and her blog Delightful Struggles. I really like how she has a very firm goal for her blog and where she is going to take it in 5 years. Makes me stop and think about mine.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?

I'm a counselor by day and have a wealth of information about coping with life, but I found I wasn't coping well. Initially my blog was supposed to be me on my soap box but it turned into something completely different overtime. I read blogs like Ask A manager and The Practical Wedding and was just completely enamored and thought to myself I want to do that too.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?

For me, my favorite thing is growth. I seen where I started, where I came from, and I know where I'm going. For me I'm just happy with the idea that I went from not blogging at all for months to now putting out three posts a week with a calendar. It really teaches me much about life as well. Just be watching others blog and be successful it give me the inspiration and motivation to get out there and make it happen for myself.

3.       What main topics do you blog about?

I like to call it real world survival. I talk about relations, life, mind, body, recipes, and weddings. With my blog I write about what's on my mind and what;s makes me happy and I let the rest fall into place. I even through some DIY's in the and there is waaaaay more to come!

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?

I try to enjoy life which includes spending time with my fiance. We're foodies so we like to go out to eat and enjoy each other's company. I also enjoy crafting so I'm always making something new or different. Lately though when I'm not blogging, I am blog maintaining and learning new skills.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?

The nearest park. I am one of those girls who have a love hate relationship with nature. I hate bugs but I love being outside. I love the smell of a fresh rain, and the calm of the nearest lake. I love to feel the heat of the sun on my skin and to hear the laughter of small children. I like going for longs walks on bike trails it just makes me feel so good.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?

I blog as a job, that is not at it's fullest potential. When I started blogging so many people said "don't blog for money." I don't really work like that. I looked at blogging as an opportunity. Do I love it? Yes! Or else I wouldn't do it. Is it making me money right now? No, not at all. That's okay though, it will one day. When it does it will obviously by something special.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?

I will have expanded my readers in 5 years and be making money off this blog, point, blank, period. I want a question answer series and to build a coaching business with products to sell by then. I know it can be done and look forward to the day I have fully achieved this.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?

The hardest thing for me is managing time between work and other life responsibilities. I also have had a great difficulty with building readers. I don't do social media as frequently as I should. I have the tools I just don't always use them. I need to get better at sticking to my schedule.

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?

This one is hard, because though I have been blogging for a little bit I still feel new. I would tell them to push on through. They can do whatever they want to achieve with blogging as long as they let go of fear. It holds people in places they should have never seen.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?

I love watching Dance Mom's, my 600ibs life, and housewives of anything if I'm feeling good, I don't really watch much tv and I am usually always doing something while working.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?

I was one credit short from being a double major in child and family development and fashion design. Basically am a fashionably loud mental health clinician. I can teach people how to live rocking awesome life while looking grrreeaat!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?

I must say I am a fan of Lady Beyonce! She is just amazing to me. Not only is she strong and confident she has been on the music scene since she was a child. She had a dream and worked very hard to achieve it. In this world there aren't many role models who have worked for this long in their lives to only reap the benefits later. It is the prime example of delayed gratification and it is exactly what my parents taught me about growing up.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 

I would say the five tips to learn how to love yourself post.

The post was a launch to my self love challenge and it was such an eye opener for me.  I had a friend who messaged me privately and she talked about recovering from a break up and how touch she was about the post. When I write my posts I try to write from my heart. Most of the time I am writing to the old me. I am writing to the average girl who is exploring the real world and trying to figure out how to survive.

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?

My favorite season is wedding season! Haha, no really my favorite season is the summer time. I love the smells (especially barbecue on the grill) and the warm sun beaming on my face. Each year I look forward to my favorite peoples' birthdays and my anniversaries. Birthdays are always magical for me because I love to talk about getting older and reminiscing about younger days. It's the same thing with anniversaries I just love knowing where I came from and seeing the future with my lover.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?

I am a firm believer of following your dreams! It is so important to do what you love in life even if that means it is completely unconventional. If you want to be a reality tv star, go for it. If you want to be a professional blogger, you can do it for sure! People hesitate to follow their dreams because they are scared of failure but the truth is failure is the foundation for success. Will you be rich overnight? maybe, maybe not! Will you be happy for doing what you love?  totally!

Thank you Shauna for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Shauna by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

MARVEL's Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

I was provided with 2 free vip passes to view the advanced screening for review purposes. 
All opinions are 100% my own. 


I am going to be one of the absolutely rare people here and say that I wasn't all that impressed with this movie. Now, I love MARVEL. I really do and normally generally enjoy all of the movies. I mean, come on, I did decorate my office at work in the Avengers with a few bits of Spider-Man here and there. But after all of the hype of this movie for so long I just wasn't feeling it and here's why.

The movie is around two and a half hours long which is a lot of movie and usually when a movie is that long or longer it can be a bit drawn out which I feel like this one was. There were so many story lines rolled into this one movie and everything just seemed long and drawn out. Yes, there was a lot of action scenes but it felt like they were coming in spurts. Like here is an action sequence......now here is a lot of dialog about such and such.....another action sequence....and so on for the entire movie. It just didn't seem like it flowed properly and cohesively. 


That and I don't think that they gave the Black Panther a strong enough introduction. To me he was a big part of the film due to what happens into it but I don't think that he got enough substance in the film. Especially as a new character in this universe even though he does have his own film coming out. Honestly, I think those are my main two complaints about the film. Have you seen the fourth Harry Potter film before? Of course I have since I'm a Potterhead but that is the one film out of all eight of them that I feel was rather choppy and did not flow together properly. Exactly how I feel about this film. 

Don't get me wrong, the action in the film was pretty freaking awesome and I love the random MARVEL characters that popped up here and there. Especially the one action scene where Spider-Man comes into play, which is actually where I started to enjoy the movie more and wasn't as bored. Can I just say that I think somebody finally picked a proper actor to play Peter Parker for once. It sure did take a long time for it to happen. And the end fight between Captain America and Iron Man was pretty sick. Who do you think wins it? 

I'll definitely of course buy the movie to add to my collection and maybe once I see it again I'll like it some more but for the first time, I wasn't wow'd all that much which is a bummer. I think that I may have gotten confused to with the different story lines that were going on in the film because to me there were quite a few that were all entangled together. And I never thought that I would be on the side of Captain America but after the film and the reasons behind the sides of Captain America and Iron Man, I definitely chose Captain America surprisingly. 

Who's side are you on?


9 Words That Broke My Heart

My son has been my world since I first found out that I was pregnant with him back in 2009 and even more so when he was born. Things were a bit rocky for awhile after he was born due to his biological father and I going through a break up when he was two months old. Children didn't come with a manual so learning along the way as to how to be a mom and I can only hope a good one, have had its ups and downs. I can say that I would and will do anything that I possibly can for that kiddo but nine words that he said on Sunday while I was holding him on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Bellagio hotel with my sister absolutely broke my heart.

"I wish I had a dad."
"But I don't"

Now, I wasn't heartbroken because I didn't feel like I wasn't enough for him. That thought hadn't crossed my mind at the time. I was heartbroken because that was the first time that he had ever said anything in reference to him having or in this case not having a dad. He has never asked about his dad or questioned me who his dad is or where he is in all of his six little years. A dad is something that I can't give him even though I would very much like to but I just can't.

I know that I mentioned his biological father but he has never really been in his life. He moved thousands of miles away, has only seen my son twice since he moved, hardly ever calls to talk to him and everything else that does not constitute him being at the "dad" level. He never wanted to be a dad and says that he doesn't know how to be one. Not sure how many times I have told him that kids don't come with manuals and that no parent knows how to be a mom or a dad and that it's all a learning process.

No matter what my ex says or doesn't do, I feel absolutely sorry for my son because he doesn't have that father male figure in his life. I do what I can but sometimes I don't feel like it is enough for him especially since he spoke those words. I thought that he knew no different and that a dad is not something that he really understood but I was dumb for thinking that since he obviously recognizes that he is missing something. Especially since he sees his friends at school with their dads and my dad was just in town for the weekend.

Being a single parent is tough and even tougher when you try to make up for the other missing half of the parenting scale. I can only do so much and not entirely sure what to do to give him some kind of male influence and role model. Maybe sports or something where there are other males and the discipline factor. It hurt before that he didn't have a dad but now that I know that he knows that he is missing one it just breaks my heart. The last thing that I want is for my little dude to feel any certain way that isn't happy and loved and I just hope that as he grows he will know that I have/do anything and everything that I possibly can for him.

Meet the Blogger Behind: Embracing the Spectrum


Greetings everyone and welcome back to my Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog weekly series. We didn't have a post last week as I was running around crazy getting ready for my dad and sisters coming into town for our dad's birthday weekend. It was a fun and interesting weekend that is for sure. This week I would like you to meet 33 year old Teresa and her blog Embracing the Spectrum. She talks about what it is like to raise her autistic son which I think is awesome and hope that it will help other parents that might need her posts.

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?
My blog is inspired by my autistic son. I decided after his diagnosis that I would spread awareness of autism, tell the reality of it, and bring hope to parents going through the same things we’re going through.

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?
Blogging is like therapy, but it’s also a good way to find a community when you don’t have time to go out and meet people in person. I have a busy life, but I have found so many people with children who have autism by writing this blog. I love that!

3.       What main topics do you blog about? 
I write about family, do book reviews on inspirational material, and tell our story.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing? 
I am a teacher, a mom, and I’m in grad school. If I have time, I try to make it to the gym. I need the endorphin's. I also read and watch way too much television.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore? 
I have the good fortune of living near the coast of North Carolina. I do not enjoy getting all sandy, but I do enjoy the view. Downtown New Bern is also a beautiful place and we love driving there to walk near the waterfront. The kids love watching the bridge go up so that the boats can go through.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job? 
I’m in a kind of purgatory here. I don’t have time to really make it a job, but I do make a few bucks here and there on affiliate links. I would love to get more traffic, write more reviews on things I really care about, and at least be able to cover the expenses of blogging. Being a part of BlogHer and SITSgirls has increased my revenue some, but at some point I have to justify the cost of running my blog to my husband.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years? 
Right now I get about 100 to 150 page views per day. I would love to increase that number…a lot! I’ve come a long way since the beginning, but it takes a while to get the word out there about your blog. The breaks I have during the school year are the times I really get some writing done. Eventually, I’ll have time to do more and get where I want to go.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
Writer’s block is a big thing for me right now. But I don’t think it’s so much writer’s block as writer’s denial. Raising a child with autism is hard and I try so hard to be positive that sometimes it’s very difficult for me to write. You would probably not be surprised by how harshly people criticize the parenting of those raising children with special needs. If you say one negative thing, it’s like people assume you don’t love your child. I’ll get over it one day. Maybe after I turn 40 and develop a thicker skin. I know how much I love my children. I don’t really need the affirmation of others, right?

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Networking is really important if you want to get the word out there about your blog. When I first started, I asked for advice from other bloggers, joined networks, increased social media participation, and linked up with other bloggers all the time. It helped! When I get done with grad school, and then National Board Certification, I’m jumping right back into it!

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows? 
Oh my goodness. That’s a hard question. I do watch too much television. Let’s see… Of course, I’m super excited about The Walking Dead coming back, I love Shameless, and then it’s a toss-up between Modern Family and The Middle, but if The Orange is the New Black comes back, both of those shows might get kicked out of the running.

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique? 
I am an autism mama that also has several years experience working as a special education teacher. I feel that I almost have a duty to share my knowledge with the world. And I will. I will.

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why? 
As a little girl, I always looked up to Amelia Earhart and pretty much any other strong female character. I’m a feminist from way back and loved reading biographies about the adventures of women who did more in their lifetimes than I can ever dream possible. When Amelia Earhart was a little girl, she and her sister used to take boxes and fly off of the rooftop. What I wouldn’t give to be so fearless!

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 
Since I speak from the heart most of the time, I have several. But most recently, I wrote a letter to my son on his 9th birthday. Though I read it to him, he didn’t really have a reaction, but one day he’ll understand what I wrote to him and hopefully feel my love coming through. http://embracingthespectrum.com/a-letter-to-my-autistic-son-on-his-9th-birthday/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?
I love Spring. I most look forward to regaining daylight again. The winter is hard for me because it’s cold and dark and if I don’t go to the gym, I don’t get much exercise. I’m so looking forward to warming temperatures (more consistently) and, most importantly, the return of the sun.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
Although I said it’s hard raising a child with autism, I have two children that are very different from each other, and I appreciate their differences. Both of my children are, in my opinion, awesome. I wouldn’t change them for the world, but I would change the world for them.

Thank you Teresa for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Teresa by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Disney Live Action Movie 'The Jungle Book' Review


I was provided with 2 free VIP passes to view this movie for review purposes.
All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Oh. My. Disney!!! Since I was little I have been obsessed with Disney's animated version of The Jungle Book and had some large reservations about them bringing out a live action version of the film. Would they completely redo the story line? What about the infamous songs from the film? Will the CGI look realistic or like many CGI films where you can completely tell that it is? With everything that I worried about for the film Disney completely proved me wrong on each one.

The attention to details that was paid for each and every animal and every aspect of the film aside from the young actor (Neel Sethi) that played Mowgli, was incredible. The movements of the animals, the trees and everything was so life like that you would that you could literally pet one of the animals. If I could pet and cuddle with Bagheera I would be so happy as he was so freaking adorable and has always been one of my favorites.

Two of my favorite songs from the animated film are in this film which made me very happy. I sat there in theater feeling like a little kid singing along to the songs with my son leaning up against me. It was definitely one of those moments where I felt like how my mom must have with me when I was younger. Definitely a bonding moment for the two of us as we sat there singing along.

The story line wasn't changed all too much but instead many of the parts that were short in the animated in the film were enlarged and and stretched out. I liked that they did this because to me it gave the film a deeper look into the characters and the story instead of just shortening everything. I also found that the deeper look into the story and the characters allowed me to make a better connection with these characters and their outcome in the film.

It made me laugh and it made me cry and I would definitely go and see it again. I told my son as we walked out of the theater that once it is out on dvd we are definitely going to buy it. Films can impress me and make me love them but there was something about this one that just had me. And I love how at the very beginning of the film it made me feel as if I was on a ride at Disneyland. It sounds odd but the way that they panned the camera at the very beginning in the jungle just reminded me of being on a ride at one of my favorite places on earth.

STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN



On April 5, 2016, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill announced a new campaign sponsored by CrowdRise in support of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world. Starting April 5th, Star Wars: Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1,000,000!

To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has raised over $10,000,000 with the help of the amazing Star Wars community. This month-long campaign will lead up to “Star Wars Day” on May the 4th. The four select charities include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish®.

“Star Wars fans are some of the most generous, thoughtful, and sympathetic people I have ever met,” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “I am so proud of the charitable work they have done over the years and hope this month-long donation-matching campaign will go some way to express our sincere thanks for their tireless efforts.”

Over the course of the four-week period, which culminates at 11:59pm (PST) on May 4th, fans will be able to donate through CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange to these four charities and have their donations matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000,000.During the first week, the first 20 fans to raise or donate at least $500 will win a Blu-ray of The Force Awakens signed by the cast[i], with more incentives to come. All participants who enter will also have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland, including Skellig Michael along the Wild Atlantic Way, the location of the dramatic final scene from The Force Awakens[ii].

Show your Force and visit CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange now for more details.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available now on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack

[i]  Must be at least at least age eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater, at the time of entry and an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Starts on April 5, 2016 at 4:00am PST and ends as soon as there are twenty (20) individuals that have donated and/or fundraised at least $500 online on the Website here:  https://www.crowdrise.com/ForceForChange or on April 11, 2016 at 11:59:59pm PST, whichever comes first. To enter, follow the on-screen instructions to donate or fundraise. ARV: $500. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, Click Here CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange. Sponsor: CrowdRise. Prize Provider: Lucasfilm Ltd. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

[ii]  No Purchase or Donation Necessary. Must be at least at least age eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, whichever is greater, at the time of entry and an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Starts on April 5, 2016 at 4:00am PST and ends on May 4, 2016 at 11:59:59pm PST. To enter, either (1) follow the on-screen instructions to donate or fundraise or (2) email Kennedy@crowdrise.com with the subject line: “Please enter me in the Win A Trip to Ireland and Skellig Michael Sweepstakes”, and your full name, birthday, address, email and “I agree to these Official Rules and CrowdRise Terms and Conditions.” Limit 200 entries per person. ARV: $4,999. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, Click Here CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange. Sponsor: CrowdRise. Prize Provider: Tourism Ireland. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Meet the Blogger Behind: Housewives of Frederick County


Greetings and salutations. So I am a day late on this weeks Blogger series post but things have been a bit busy lately with work, a cranky-tired 6 year old, signing back up for school and I just joined the gym to get back in shape. But I figured that a day late is better to do instead of no post at all. So I give you Terri Lemere. She is in her 40's and blogs over at Housewives of Frederick County with her twin sister. Be sure to check out her interview below before you hop on over to her blog to check it out.



1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?  
My twin sister, Pam, and I have always wanted to have a joint venture! We had been following a friend of a friend's blog and saw how fun and successful her blog was, and we decided that we'd like to try it!  We wanted a great excuse to spend time together while having fun and making some money.

2.   What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?  
It's got to be the fact that Pam and I get to "do business" together.  Our blog has given us opportunities that we never thought we'd have, and it's taken us out of our "comfort zones" in a good way.  It's allowed us to explore our town and document the beauty of it too!

3.       What main topics do you blog about?  
Our town of Frederick, healthy eating, fitness, beauty, current events, seasonal topics, recipes, reviews of products/places, family issues, pets - lifestyle topics.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?  
Working out at our local crossfit gym, singing karaoke or listening to our favorite band at the local pub with our husbands and friends, spending time with our kids (I have 2 teen boys, and Pam has a tween boy), spending time with family and friends, watching Real Housewives shows, traveling.

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?
Well, lately, I have had such a desire to return to the Caribbean for a vacation! So, I'd have to say St. Maarten is my absolute favorite place to visit and explore.

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?  
Kind of both.  We have monetized it to a point, but not to the point that we would like it to be.  I am also an Occupational Therapist and I work very part-time doing environmental assessments for clients who may be at risk of not being able to live independently/safely in their own home.

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
We would LOVE for it to become more automated, have more sources for passive income, have an increased readership, have guest posts - we'd like for it to be more of a business.

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?
I would say time management has been THE biggest challenge.  Trying to keep up with all of the trends, changes, algorithms, etc. has made this issue even tougher!

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
Comparison is the thief of joy.  Not sure who originally said that, but it's genius.  You HAVE to maintain your "voice" and just do you.  THAT is what will draw readers to you and that's what will keep them interested in what you have to say.  If you write things that YOU are passionate about, the rest will fall into place.

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?
The Walking Dead, The Real Housewives of the OC, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

11.   What is something about you or that you that makes you unique?  
I'm an identical twin.  Pam and I portrayed another set of real-life twins on Investigation Discovery's "Evil Twins"!

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?
Princess Diana was such a beautiful role model.  She handled herself with such grace, and championed for great causes.

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on?
http://www.housewivesoffrederickcounty.com/sitting-car-pick-line/

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year? 
Spring is my favorite season - I guess the thing I love about Spring is that everybody comes out of hibernation, flowers are blooming, the grass is the greenest, birds chirping and I seem to feel a renewal.

15.   Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life or your blog?
Just that I love life :)  I love my sons, and I love my Southern boy hubby.  I love my Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Stella.  I feel so blessed, and even though my life is quite far from perfect, I just feel so lucky to have the love that I have in my life :)

Thank you Terri for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Terri by following her on: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.