You guys are good…these were some deep questions! I had to sit and think about a few of them!
“What are 5 things you could not live without?”
First and foremost, I couldn’t live without my family. That’s not just Noah and Hardy, but our families too! I couldn’t live without my computer (obviously…I’m an internet addict), my iPhone (see reasoning for the computer), a good meal every once and a while (because I’m a food addict), and my bed…we have the most comfortable bed ever!
“What’s something quirky about you that makes you unique?”
I am ultra-uber Type A planner personality TO THE CORE. Especially for long-term things, I like to have a plan. I get completely uncomfortable if I don’t have at least an idea of my daily agenda too! I used to keep a daily planner that had just a scrap piece of paper clipped to it for my to-do list. I was only without it once or twice, and I would get completely uncomfortable if I didn’t have it. Obviously, God laughs at this. I’ve learned this first-hand in the past few weeks (more about that in another post).
“I want to know if you’ve always been so savvy (for lack of a better word) meaning…it seems like you make a lot of things (sewing, gardening, etc) on your own…have you always been like that?”
Yes, I have…but you say savvy, I say CHEAP! I honestly do most of these things because I see absolutely no point in paying for something I can do myself (most of the time). I learned to sew from my grandmother…I still say that teaching me was the best gift she ever gave me! It gives me so much flexibility in decorating, clothes maintenance, etc. I have just picked up gardening, just because I hated paying super high prices for vegetables at the store. We’re still working on getting the benefits from it though…those things take FOREVER to grow! But I’ve always been the kind that “if I can learn to do it, I will.”
“How did you get into photography? What kind of equipment do you use? And what are some of your favorite books?”
I have always loved pictures and photography, but I really didn’t get into taking pictures until I started blogging (a little bit over a year ago). I’ve really been interested in it ever since I found a few blogs (MckMama, Pioneer Woman) that just have awesome pictures! My camera is a Nikon D40. It is PERFECT for somebody just getting into SLR cameras…not very expensive, and easy to learn! I want to eventually get a D90, but they are a little bit more expensive (we will probably get it around the time we have kids). As far as lenses, I have a Nikkor 18-55mm lens (just your standard lens that comes with the camera) and a Nikkor 50mm prime lens. It is FABULOUS…you get such sharp pictures, and the color is excellent! Definitely a worthwhile investment if you have a SLR camera!
“You have blogged before about using Swag Bucks and I would love to know how it works as I am a savvy shopper as well! I would love to hear how it works and what you do to accumulate “Swag Bucks”!”
Swagbucks is your friend, for real. You can acquire Swagbucks several ways. You get swagbucks on random searches through their website. You also get them for visiting certain pages, completing offers, putting in special codes, and taking surveys. The big way I get them is referrals. If you sign up through someone’s referral link, they match whatever you win on searches in your referring account! I cash mine in for Amazon gift cards (which, by the way, you can buy pretty much ANYTHING you want on Amazon). Click here to sign up!
Katie had 2 questions…
“What is your favorite moment from teaching so far?”
We did a Polar Express day at the end of the first semester. We did all kinds of fun stuff with the book/movie. I love the holidays, so seeing the magic in 6 year olds around that time of the year just puts the icing on the cake. It was wonderful!
“What made you get interested in blog design?”
Once again, my cheapness. 🙂 When I started my blog, I just wasn’t digging any of those free templates you can get (not downing them, just didn’t see any I liked), but refused to pay for something I could do myself. I got to researching, and found out how blog designers do the graphics. I had some experience with html code from college, so I was able to actually install everything. Once I did mine, I had a couple of people ask me to do theirs as well. The rest is history!
“Tell us how you met Noah!”
See this post. Not the most glamorous of stories, but hey, it worked. 🙂
“Do you ever buy produce? How do you eat a healthy diet with what you buy on your shopping trips?”
This is actually something I’ve started focusing on lately. Since I started couponing, I’ve been really big into buying frozen produce. I’ve read that it actually maintains a lot of the nutrients of fresh (as long as it’s frozen fresh) and tastes just as good. I’m not a big raw food eater, so this works. Progressively though, my grocery bill has gotten less and less as I’ve been able to get more good deals and stockpile. So, I’ve decided in the past few weeks that I’m going to start buying fresh produce every week with the leftover budget. I actually bought tomatoes and grapes today! Of course, I still only buy produce that’s on sale. If I can get a coupon for it, bonus! But it’s not a requirement, since produce rarely has coupons.
It’s not doubt that items bought with sales/coupons aren’t too healthy for you sometimes. That’s why moderation is so important. I like to make sure I’ve got a protein, starch/carb, and veggie/fruit in each meal. If you kind of check that off with every meal you eat, it helps so much. I’m not saying I don’t buy the frozen pizzas/ice cream/desserts, because I definitely do. But you do have to be really careful not to survive off of that stuff when you coupon just because it’s super cheap. One of the drawbacks of couponing, but it can be controlled if you watch it!
Awesome questions guys…if you have any more, keep them coming! 🙂
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