Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Kayla from Adventures of a Young Mother!

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I met Kayla in the blogging world. Her story of being a Young mother and taking on motherhood with poise is quite inspiring and if I may add has a super duper adorable little boy who just makes you squeal from his cute photos Kayla posts on Instagram. I am so happy to have met her, even online because she reminds me a lot of myself, becoming a mom at 21. Thank you, Kayla!


WHAT’S SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

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“It’s an award made for bloggers who are creative, positive, and always aim to be inspiring.

Rules For Sunshine Blogger Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link it back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

 


 YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING? 

I have always loved writing since I was a child. It was my way to write down the experiences I had then and to be able to track my progress as I grew-up. A lot of why I wrote had to do with feeling unwanted and needing to prove myself -worth. As I go back to my entries in my diaries and now through my precious private blogs, I see better how I’ve grown and changed throughout the years. It helps better who I am.

I ALSO, got into blogging because I wanted the dirty details of motherhood to be up front and center for anyone online looking to relate their experience in motherhood and along with a sprinkle of my personal growth that can sometimes serve as a hilarious comic. I MEAN, half the shit that life throws at you is absolutely normal and with that said, it’s not necessarily something we should take with a smile. It’s not always pretty or easy and being able to share the raw aspect of what it means to experience life as a human being is one we all share as strangers just trying to live each day, one shitty story or one inspiring story at a time.


 

WHAT DO YOU WANT READERS TO TAKE FROM YOUR BLOG? 

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I WANT my readers to cry, I want them to get angry, I want them to feel scared, I want them to feel inspired and motivated and maybe shit them themselves from laughter (lol). I want my readers to take my posts as it is and share the emotions as they read on. TO FEEL captured by the truth of my life and to really FEEL what it makes them feel. Every story is only truly understood when you allow it to capture your heart.


WHAT’S THE BEST BLOGGING ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN? 

I have yet to get any advice on blogging, but what I have always believed in as a writer is, writing from your heart. To write when you feel inspired. To write for yourself before anyone else. The more honest you are, the more people can relate. The more you can, possibly, change love and inspire good in people.

 


 

HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE? HOW OLD ARE YOUR LO’S?

 

 

 

I have three children. APOLLO, a boy who’s eight. ARTEMIS, a girl who’s two. CASSIOPEIA, a girl who’s one. 


 

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST AS A MOTHER?

 

Having never met my mother or know anything about her, created a lot of chaos in me as a child. I made a vow to myself that if ever God wanted children in my lifetime, that I would do everything in my power to love that child(ren) with all of me. Being a mother in itself, makes me the happiest. Being a mother completes me, it makes me feel loved, the way I always yearned for. I love having my own family and being able to get that unconditional love from my children is the greatest blessing I have ever received from above. 

 

 

 


WHAT IS THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED AS A MOTHER? 

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The biggest struggle I have as a mother right now is having Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety & OCD. The challenge in taking myself out of the depths of the symptoms that come with Postpartum Depression. It’s not always easy to get yourself up and out of bed to tackle the days requirements as a mother. It’s hard to deal with as a person, and even harder as a mother and everything in between that come with this illness. It’s a struggle all on it’s own. The internal struggles only I can fix and deal with. An illness that affects those that surround me on the daily.


 

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR ME TIME? 

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I’m honestly terrible at self-care. It’s hard for me to pin point what I do for “me-time” because honestly, between my husband gone all day (till dinner) or away for work travels, I don’t have “me-time”. I don’t do babysitters nor do I have family close by to help (we moved to another city a year ago). But bedtime is usually my “me-time” where I can shower and focus on my skin-care. I also take trips to Starbucks with the kids in tow throughout the day to enjoy a beverage I can share with my kids because yes, moms don’t get to eat or drink without sharing. 


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?


I have a ton of favourites, from ‘Casablanca’ to, ‘My Best Friends Wedding’ to, ‘Run Away Bride’ and so on. But if I had to choose one to watch over and over again, my ultimate go-to is, ‘The Godfather’ series. I love everything from that movie. The way they love family, to the way their idea of justice works to the underlying, manipulative perspective of kindness. Haha, I’m a sucker for gangster movies.

 

 


WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DATE NIGHT? 

I love food! A date to a new restaurant or one of our favourite go-to restaurants is an awesome date night for me. Keep me full and fed, I would be the happiest person ever, until the next time I get to eat again. LOL

 

 

 

 

 


 

WHAT DID YOU GET FOR MOTHER’S DAY? 

 

 

I honestly didn’t expect anything because I didn’t really say what I wanted, but I got spoiled! My son surprised me with a painting he made at school on a canvas and a card from scratch that included a poem 💘. My husband surprised me with a two necklaces. One, a heart engraved with my children’s initials, with a ‘mom’ attachment. The other, three intertwined hearts to represent my three children. 💝 I also got a mug that says, ‘Best Mom ❤ (ever)’ and a manicure & pedicure the day before, and some new kicks in my favourite colour (green). 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about me! 


MY NOMINEES

  1. Robin ➡️ The Mama Playbook
  2. Tina ➡️ No, You Need To Calm Down 
  3. Tifanny ➡️ Short Sweet Mom
  4. Jasmine ➡️ Love, Life, Laugh, Motherhood
  5. Elizabeth ➡️ Bettys Battleground
  6. Delia ➡️ Punk To Pacifiers
  7. Elizabeth ➡️ Worth Writing For 
  8. Ant ➡️ Our Cookery
  9. Archie ➡️ Presentfullmama
  10. Caitlin ➡️ Rogers Party of 5
  11. Sirri ➡️ Super Sirrious Mom 

 

All these amazing bloggers spew out creativity in all the awesome contents they share with others. Not only do they share their lives, but they support others through it. They inspire through their own stories, capturing everyone’s hearts one sentence at a time. The positive support they consistently promote within the community of bloggers and mothers is one that creates a world united by strength and powerful women. So congratulations to each and everyone who has been recognized for this award. Keep sharing the love!


QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES: 

  1. If you could tell your past self something about motherhood, what would it be?
  2. What are your two “mom guilt” you often think about?
  3. If you could advocate for children, what would you advocate for?
  4. What’s one bad habit you have as a mom?
  5. If you could be in charge of your child(ren)’s future career, what would it be?
  6. What is your recent mom fail?
  7. What would you have been, or be if you weren’t a mom?
  8. What’s one advice you’d like to share with a soon-to-be mom or new mom?
  9. Who’s your hero?
  10. What would you describe yourself as, as a mom?
  11. What’s your biggest fear as a mom?

 

Author: mommyingmaars

Maria, author of Imommy blog. Maria has three children, Apollo (8), Artemis (2), and Cassiopeia (1). She is due to marry her best friend July 2017. Maria used to be a Registered Early Childhood Educator, before having her second child. She is now a SAHM, that is not paid for wearing many other professional hats. She is, and not limited to some of these professional positions: Doctor, Nurse, Nanny, Chef, Maid, Uber Driver, and so on.. When she isn't mothering or tending to all her other unlicensed professional positions, she loves writing and dancing. She is a previous ballroom and latin competitor. Some of her favourite "stuff" are, turtles/turtoises, the colour green (lime - forest), Laneige's Sleeping mask, make-up, and eating (food is her most favourite self-care aspect). Maria is also currently writing a book on her autobiography, which has been ongoing for the last few years, she's certain she'll eventually finish if she could just get over the hump of emotions attached to exploring oneself. As you read Maria's blogs, you'll get a feel of the true individual that she is, which can sometimes be a fine line of crazy and sweet, but not too sweet. Maria hopes you'll enjoy her blog as she does talking in her head to herself as her fingers skim through the letters on her keyboard. A message from Maria; I do not intend to use my writing to impose or tell you how motherhood should be done. I am no pro at this, and find as I share my wisdom from my experiences, that it shall uncover parts of your heart that find it relatable. My posts aren't always consistent in writing, but it is meant for you to to take in as it is. Find it humurous, sad, lonely, or helpful. Whatever it is you take from it, it only means one thing.. that I have found a place in your mind for those few minutes you dedicated to reading my crap. Thank you for being here, for giving me the chance to share my thoughts. Please return, and remember all written materials and photos on this site, is not to be taken without permission. xo, MM

11 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. Thank you for this nomination Maria (again-you are SPOILING me!) I love your blog. I am so glad you exist and that we have met, even if only online. I hope someday we get to meet in person, but until then I will have to be content reading your lovely words. Your radical honesty amazes me-you are a true writer; unencumbered by fear and able to lay it all out there without shame…or if you do feel fear and shame, well, you are super super brave and overcome it nobly! I am honored to be nominated by you and I look forward to answering your questions. I hope you don’t mind that I may consolidate it with another one-I was also nominated for something called The Liebster Award, which appears to be the exact same thing with a different name (??) So I’m thinking of just mashing em together into one big post! Maybe. I dunno. Anyway! I loved reading your answers. You are a beautiful person inside and out. And it sounds like you’re feeling better from your surgery?? XOXO forever!

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  2. Ha! I love that you want your dirty details out there for everyone to read!

    Don’t you think that this award is a bit annoying though? You have to nominate 11 more bloggers which mean that almost every blogger will be nominated in the end..

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  3. Congrats on your award!! This is a great concept getting to know fellow bloggers. I don’t have any little ones of my own but my goddaughter doesn’t let me have any alone time or drinks to myself when I’m around her, apparently my water tastes better than hers. 🙂 Beautiful family!

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  4. It was nice to get to know you more! I hear you on limited me time. Although I purposely save my Starbucks gift cards for the times I do get away on my own- I don’t want to share! Selfish? Probably. I make myself feel better saying my kids don’t need the sugar. Keep doing a great job!

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  5. Congratulations on being nominated for this award. I like that bloggers answer questions. I love getting to know other bloggers! Your kids are adorable and I also love their names!

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  6. I love your kids’ names!! And I appreciate how open and honest you are about your postpartum depression, anxiety, and OCD. This was a fun read, getting to know you!

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  7. It was awesome reading all the answers to the questions and getting to know more about you. I can totally relate, I am a stay at home of 4 kids and the struggles are real. I have a lot of trouble with me time too, we don’t live anywhere near family and don’t do sitters either so it’s me and my 4 home schooled kids all day every day so I do the same as you and try to decompress at night after the kids are in bed. I love how you write the truth and when you feel inspired that is the best material and what really makes us readers connect. Great job!!

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