Monday, December 6, 2010

Meet Kristin, Our Dec. Mommy of the Month!


 This month's winner is Kristin from Kristin's Review.



Here is her exclusive interview post with me.
Tiffany: How long have you been blogging? 
Kristin: Since January 2010 (Me too!)
Tiffany: What started you blogging? 
Kristin: I wanted to become more intentional about life and thought blogging would help me with that. 
Tiffany: What is your blog about? 
Kristin: Kristin's Review is a miss mash of things for me.  It is mainly about great things I find for moms, babies and kids.  I have 6 kids and always found myself searching for the best clothes, toys, shoes and gifts and would end up sharing my finds with my family and friends.  I figured it would be fun to start a new blog sharing those things as well as deals I find and advice from my experience as a mom.
Tiffany: What is the best deal you have ever gotten?
Kristin: Hmmm...I love finding deals and in some circles I am known as an expert.  I think the best deal I ever got was back when my oldest was a baby and I got several baby items for free because of stacking coupon codes and money off codes. That was back when a lot of online retailers were just starting online stores and offered a bunch of really great money off codes.  I got all kinds of toys, clothes, and even baby gear for very little money.
Tiffany: What is a typical day for you?
Kristin: Typical days don't happen very often at my house.  I have a general schedule but because there are so many of us I find that I really have to be flexible.  Usually I wake up early before the kids to fit in quiet time, blogging, and exercise.  Then I make breakfast and our whole family eats together.  3 of my kids head off to school and the other 3 (2 of whom are homeschooled) stay at home with me.  The rest of the day consists of laundry, schooling, playing, cleaning, checking email, more blogging, making dinner, and getting kids in bed.  Then usually more cleaning and a bit of relaxing and planning for the next day.
Tiffany: What do you like to do for your "Me time"?
Kristin: I figured out really early on that I need to get away alone to recharge.  My husband is so understanding of this and gives me nights off often.  Usually I will go out and get some dinner and then go to Barnes and Noble and get a latte and browse and read.  I also like to go out with girl friends.
Tiffany: Do you have regular Me Time or do you have to snag it whenever you get a chance? 
Kristin: I usually snag it when I have the chance but lately it is at least once a week.  Which is great!
Tiffany: What has been the toughest parenting issue you've faced?
Kristin: Potty training has been challenging because none of my children have been easy to train. However, I would have to say the toughest parenting challenge has been figuring out how to communicate with and discipline a child who seems to forget everything I say.  I am still working on this one.  It keeps me humble in my parenting.
Tiffany: What is your best advice to new moms?
Kristin: Relax and go easy on yourself!  We are all harder on ourselves than others are and even than our children are.  Our children are full of grace for us when we mess up and no one gets it all right every time.  Don't let the expectations you assume others have for you control you and make you feel like you need to be and do more.  You will never get these moments back with your children so enjoy them. Most everything else can wait...even laundry.
Tiffany: Just for fun - What celebrity do you have a crush on?
Kristin: A crush?  Hmmm...I honesty don't know.  I think my husband has ruined other men for me because he is so good at being a husband and I always look at other men in comparison to him.   I know that may seem like I'm just trying to be nice to him but it really is true.
 
Thanks for the interview Kristin! 
 
I hope everyone will get the the chance to stop by her blog and say "Hi!" Her blog button is featured on the sidebar the rest of December.   As the winner  of our contest, she has also earned a permanent feature on our M.O.M (Mommy of the Month) Wall of Fame here!

Want to be a featured M.O.M? I will be accepting applications until December 6th!! Enter for January's featured Mommy today and get become the first winner of the New Year. Get all of the details here. December's M.O.M. poll will be posted on the sidebar on Dec. 7th. Remember to vote!
 
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