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Have you ever had one of those weeks (or two, as in my case) where you just wished everything would kind of go “back to normal” (as if that really exists). Well, I’ve had a couple of weeks like that. With having surgery, spending a week in recovery, Easter festivities, then our daughter catching a cold and not being able to sleep for two nights in a row, it’s been quite a two weeks. Whew! Things are slowing down now. I’m still recovering, but I can get back to blogging and sharing with you all.

While I was having surgery, my wonderful friend and former classmate, Leigh Vandiver, over at Fun Things To Do While You’re Waiting tagged me in a blog hop. Yay! Thanks, Leigh! For those of you wondering what in the world a blog hop is, in the words of my witty friend Leigh, it is “kind of like an internet chain-letter. But not in the creepy, Nigerian money-scheme type way. A friend invites you to talk about writing on your blog and then you in turn invite YOUR friends.”

So, here goes my first attempt at a blog hop…

What am I working on?

Besides trying to heal well from my surgery, I am working on a series of posts that will give parents some tools for teaching their toddler at home. I believe that parents are a child’s first teachers and that a good education starts at home. So, I will be sharing with my blog readers some things my husband and I have done to teach our daughter reading and math at a very early age. Our daughter has been reading since about 26 months old, and right now she is learning how to do addition. Parents ask us all the time what we did/are doing to get such great results. By no means do we claim to be experts in teaching kids, but we have been fortunate to find some great tool to help teach her, and what we couldn’t find, we created. Yeah, sometimes you just have to create something that works for your child. So, this series will include product reviews, tips, and even some free downloads of things we have created to teach our little one.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Other bloggers in this blog hop have said it, and I think it is absolutely true. We all differ because we all are unique individuals with very different experiences and backgrounds, and that will be reflected in our writing. If I had to describe my writing though, I would say it is pretty straight forward and to the point. I am a bottom line type of gal. I just try to give it to you straight and simple. My motto is, “Say what you mean, and mean what you say!”

Why do I write what I do?

When I first started blogging, I did it to promote my online boutique, Angel Skirts, but I found it kind of difficult to consistently come up with new content that was relevant to that topic. So, I finally decided to take the breaks off and JUST WRITE. I’ve learned that writing about the things I am passionate about always yields better results. If I am not passionate about it, then others will probably not be interested either because the writing will just be…blah. So, I try to stick with the things that get my motor running like family life, faith, bargain shopping, and my newly discovered passion crafting.

How does my writing process work?

My writing usually starts with a thought, idea, or project that gets me excited and I’m like, “Ooh, this would be good to share with my friends.” Once that inspiration comes, I just sit down and start writing off the top of my head. I don’t worry about grammar, getting everything in the right order, etc. I try to not get bogged down with the details at first. I just want to get it out. Once the main idea is out, then I go back and add the details if it is needed. As far as logistics, I absolutely HAVE to be comfortable when I write. Usually, I’m in some lounge clothes sitting on my bed or in my daughter’s rocking chair. The creative juices just seem to flow better when I am comfortable. It’s usually a race to see how much I can get written before the next, “Mommy, sit on the floor and play with me,” or “Mommy, build a tower with me,” or my favorite…total silence…then the smell of a potty accident brewing permeates the atmosphere…I jump up, grab my daughter, and rush to the potty hoping I am not too late. Yeah, the joys of potty training.

So, that’s it! I just hopped a blog:-). Whoo hoo!

Next week, my blogging buddy, LeKeshia McElrath from Endless Chic Style and my friends over at 2 Groovy Moms who go by MoxiesGroovyMom and SummersGroovyMom will keep this party going.

What are the things you like to write about? If you don’t blog, then what are you passionate about? I would love to read your comments below.

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P.S. – For those of you who are wondering about my surgery, I had to have a tumor removed from my Perotid (saliva) gland. Praise God it was completely benign! So all is well.