Guest Star: Carri of Mommy’s Little Monster Blake

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Today’s Guest Star, Carri of Mommy’s Little Monster Blake is funny, snarky, honest and can move you to tears. It’s no wonder her writing covers such a range of emotions – she’s simply awesome. And Blake, her son? Has the smooshiest cheeks EVER.  She also vlogs and recently joined our diverse team at World Moms Blog! Two things I recently discovered about Carri – she’s tall (could not tell from all those vlogs) and she rides horses. That’s the beauty of blogging and making friends online – they constantly surprise you.

I love this girl.

1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging a year ago this month! The idea came to me when a coworker suggested I write a journal so I’d remember Blake’s antics. My first thought was, A journal? Who writes in those anymore?! The computer has ruined my handwriting as well as my spelling, and I didn’t want to type out pages of Word documents, so I signed up for a free blog on Pop Sugar.

To make a long story short, I went from Pop Sugar to Blogger and then finally to WordPress. I’m here to stay, you guys!

2. What do you love most about blogging?

I love the sense of community. I love that there are other women like me, all over the world, who are trying to find the balance between mom, wife, friend, sister and daughter.

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?

I have many favorite bloggers for many different reasons, and even though you only ask for one, I’m giving you three. OK, four. I’m a rule breaker like that.

First is Sandra at Absolutely Narcissism. I absolutely adore her because she’s hilarious and she’s real. If I ever met Sandra in person, I know we’d have the best time making vagina jokes, cat calling (barely legal) hot boys and shopping for whore boots together.

Second is Kim at All Work and No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something. I was immediately drawn to her blog because I saw myself in her. She was deep in her postpartum depression at the time and I really admired the courage it took to put it all out there. She’s fun and witty, yet she has a way of expressing her feelings with great detail. I love that I can go to her blog one day and read about farts, and then come back the next day and read about bipolar disorder.

Third is Jenny at The Bloggess. I’m sure I don’t have to explain why. She’s awesome. And? Like me, she suffers from anxiety which makes her totally relatable. Somehow she makes it seem a lot cooler than I do.

Fourth is Jane Pratt, who is not so much a blogger, but more of a no holds barred, boundary breaking editor. She was the founding editor of Sassy and Jane magazines and I’ve always admired her ability to speak her mind without apologies. She just recently started a new website, which I’m a frequent reader of.

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?

Nope. I don’t believe in the word “regret”, as I tend to see things as a learning experience. I recently wrote a post for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop titled Confusion, and I have to admit that I was a little bit worried when I published it. That is the only time I have ever publicly talked about that time in my life and I’m not sure I will visit that subject again. It’s a very taboo subject and it is still, after all these years, considered a dark time for my family. However, the support I received after publishing it was nothing short of amazing.

5. What do you love most about being a Mom?

I love a lot of things but most of all, being a mom has helped my wounds heal.

6. What’s your favorite time of the day?

Nap time. No, I’m not kidding.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

This is going to sound really stupid, but I don’t want to go anywhere. It’s true! My favorite vacation activity is going waterskiing. Next year, we plan on renting a house boat on Lake Mead (outside of Vegas) to spend a week waterskiing, BBQing, drinking and just hanging out. That’s my idea of a good time.

8. What could you eat every single day?

Ice cream.

9. Favorite season and why.

Summer. Because waterskiing, BBQing, drinking and hanging out is much better while in the sun.

10. One word to describe you.

Loyal.

11. You’ve recently joined World Moms Blog as a contributor. Are more writing gigs like this in the future for you?

I hope so! (Hello, Jane? Are you reading this?)

12. You’re an awesome tweep and bloggy friend, AND you have a toddler. How do you balance your time between being a mom and a blogger?

Since I’ve become a stay-at-home mom, my Twitter time has gone up tenfold!

Seriously though, I utilize nap time and bed time to the max, and now that my dad is retiring I will have even MORE time to Tweet! Hooray!

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Thank you dear friend, for being here today.

Do follow Carri on her blog, Mommy’s Little Monster Blake and on Twitter!

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  • September 19, 2011 Carri

    Yay!! Thanks for having me! xo
    Carri recently wrote…Your Burning Questions, AnsweredMy Profile

    • September 19, 2011 Alison

      The pleasure is all mine. xo

  • September 19, 2011 Mama Track

    Great to learn more about Carri! And summer is definitely where it’s at. I’m feeling a little depressed about the approach of fall on the East Coast.
    Mama Track recently wrote…Next TimeMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Hopes

    LOVE Carri…and I love getting to know her better.

    I too am a lover of nap time…and bed time. Basically any time where the kids are sleeping and I get a glimpse of quiet!
    Hopes recently wrote…Sunday Sweetness ~ One of The Sweetest SoundsMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Galit Breen

    Love this ladies! Such a fun way to learn MORE about lovely bloggers! 🙂
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  • September 19, 2011 Sarah

    It’s always fun to read your interviews Carri! And Alison… what a fun choice in bloggy buddy to feature! YAY! I love when two bloggers I love join forces for SUPER DUPER awesomeness!!!
    Sarah recently wrote…Sunday Funday #2 at The FenceMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Great feature, Alison!! Love getting to know more about Carri 🙂 I love your answer to where would you go if you could…that is SO me!! I love just hanging out at the lake, on a boat, with a beer 😉
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…Olden DaysMy Profile

    • September 20, 2011 Carri

      My husband wants to go spend two months in Europe. Not me! I’d rather sit at the lake with a beer in my hand.
      Carri recently wrote…Your Burning Questions, AnsweredMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Ann

    What a fun interview! You’re right, Alison….Carri IS funny! I think she might have listed the 10 best reasons why no one could be BFFs with Lil’Wayne. I had to read it to my husband…and he agrees.

    Thanks for the introduction!
    Ann recently wrote…Smoked Ham and Melon CrostiniMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Kimberly

    Dude. I love Carri! I’m also a summer girl, so the fast approach of the cooler weather here is not making me happy!
    Kimberly recently wrote…Life’s Magic MomentsMy Profile

    • September 19, 2011 Carri

      DUDE. What am I going to wear to Nashville? I’m assuming February in Nashville is not flip flop weather.
      Carri recently wrote…Your Burning Questions, AnsweredMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 JamieAnne

    I love learning more about other bloggers and this was great! 😀
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  • September 19, 2011 Tatter Scoops

    Great interview! I just found Carri’s blog from WMB 😀
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  • September 19, 2011 Sandra

    First of all, great pic Alison. I know Carri and I would look great in our whore boots, AND nobody would point and laugh..no really, they wouldn’t…
    And Carri, seriously! You are seriously putting me in league as your favourite with those other amazing bloggers. I swear this is the. Best. Day. Ever.
    Sandra recently wrote…Humble pie doesn’t taste that bad…My Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Kim

    What a wonderful interview, and I am so thrilled to find not just one blog, but more blogs, that are new to me, so thank you!
    Kim recently wrote…Good Ol’ DaysMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Bits of Bee

    Great to learn more about you Carri, and I’m totally with you on the waterskiing, BBQing, drinking and hanging out in the sun as a fav vacation (even though I live in Vancouver and can do that anytime)!

  • September 19, 2011 Jessica

    I’m pretty sure I will be joining you during that week long trip to Vegas at Lake Mead. And then again in Vegas for BBC.
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  • September 19, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I read your confused post (always drawn to the deep dark stuff) and my first thought was I’m glad the little girl didn’t have to visit a dead body. (sorry – there has been a lot of that around me lately). It was beautiful.

    I like sun and barbecue and swimming (I only got up on water skis once and now I’m too old. Seriously).
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…I Have a VoiceMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Carri

    Thanks. No, I didn’t visit dead bodies, but there were a lot of people who were dead inside. I’m 33 now and I still remember it like yesterday.
    Carri recently wrote…Your Burning Questions, AnsweredMy Profile

  • Love that we get a chance to know Carri just a little better. And that little man, Blake? How cute is he? I wanna squish him (gently, of course).
    Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madness recently wrote…If it wasn’t her…My Profile

    • September 19, 2011 Carri

      That picture was taken two years ago. His cheeks are still pretty fat but if you want to squish them, you’ll have to catch him first! 🙂
      Carri recently wrote…Your Burning Questions, AnsweredMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Kiddothings

    My favourite time of the day would be nap time too, which I don’t get much of these days. *sigh*
    Nice to know more about you over here Carri!
    Kiddothings recently wrote…Why Losing Is SweetMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Kimberly

    I am in tears…
    I am so honored Carri. Like whoa.
    Love your face and am so glad to have met you 😉
    Kimberly recently wrote…I’m Going Streaking. Who’s With Me? #BlueBloggersMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Jessica

    Love Carrie (and naptime) and it was great to learn so much more about her.
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  • September 19, 2011 Jenny, Bloggess

    Now I’m all blushy. Thx!

  • September 19, 2011 Eve

    This was a great way to learn more about you, Carri!
    Eve recently wrote…The Cool Kids’ Table – The Sound That Drives Me CrazyMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Mirjam

    Love this interview.
    And it’s great getting to know more about you, Carri.
    Reading one of your posts really brought me to tears because I recognised so much, struggling with PPD.
    I like your honesty. And the greatest part is that you showed me that you can go through PPD and still be funny (and a little crayzy).
    And if anyone hasn’t read her post about Spongebob, go and read it NOW!
    Mirjam recently wrote…Bye bye summer.My Profile

  • September 19, 2011 -dweej

    Oh, the blogging community is so amazing, isn’t it???? Love your questions, Alison 🙂
    -dweej recently wrote…You are not AloneMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Alexandra

    I love Carri, she is such a sweetie, and a good mom.

    I can tell she really wants to do the right thing, by everybody.

    Nice choice…I found Jane through her, and that is pretty awesome.
    Alexandra recently wrote…Blues Before SunriseMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Rusti

    great feature Alison – we all love to hear more about Carri 🙂

    Carri – you ROCK. always. love getting to know you a little more all the time… one more question: just how tall ARE you? 😉

    xoxo ladies!
    Rusti recently wrote…S.H.I.T.-So Happy It’s Thursday link-up #8My Profile

  • September 19, 2011 liz

    Dude, when I go to blog conferences and take notes with pen and paper, I cannot tell you how tripped up I get because it’s like my brain and fingers have completely forgotten how to WRITE WORDS!
    liz recently wrote…Life with a Food IntoleranceMy Profile

  • September 19, 2011 Elena

    Carri is an awesome guest star to have today! Congrats on the World Mom’s gig and hopefully Jane is listening. 😉
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  • September 20, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    I’ve always liked Carri. Now I believe we’re blog-stalking soulmates. Many of her faves are mine as well. Congrats on the feature!
    Desperate Housemommy recently wrote…The Small One Says: On Starlets and SabotageMy Profile

  • September 20, 2011 Lady Estrogen

    Nap time – I know, right?! YEAH!!

    I love Carri – you both rock, ladies!
    Lady Estrogen recently wrote…She Once BelievedMy Profile

  • September 20, 2011 Kristin

    Nice to get to know Carri better. And congrats on becoming a contributor to World Moms Blog (and future writing endeavors)!
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  • September 20, 2011 Jamie

    This was nice getting to know you a little better Carri! Those cheeks on that boy!!
    Jamie recently wrote…weekend wisdom, 9My Profile

  • September 20, 2011 Kelley

    I love learning new things about you, Carri! I could ice cream every day, too. I love that picture of you and Blake! So pretty!
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  • September 20, 2011 Elaine

    Great to get to know more about you Carri! I love that Alison does these posts. Glad you’re here in the blogging world with us! 🙂
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  • September 20, 2011 angela

    What a great interview! (and great blogger in general). Plus her twitter avi makes me smile when I see it.
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  • September 20, 2011 kendall

    I thought I loved Carri before, but now I’m pretty sure I’m obsessed with her. Great interview!

  • September 20, 2011 Amanda

    Interviews make me smile. Also, having been blogging since ’04, I love reading about newer odysseys. great job!
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  • September 20, 2011 My Inner Chick

    –Great Interview!
    Love learning about other Fab Bloggers :))))
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  • September 20, 2011 Julie

    Happy Blogiversary month! I am in awe of the following and quality you’ve achieved in such a short year. I love Blake’s cheeks. They were seriously squimooshable.
    Julie recently wrote…Monday Meals: Cheesy Chicken & Spinach LasagnaMy Profile

  • September 20, 2011 Leighann

    So great to see Carri here!!
    I too love Kimberly’s blog.. she’s such a great writer!

    Love you girl!
    Leighann recently wrote…It’s A PARTY.. but I’m not invited.My Profile

  • September 20, 2011 Leila (Don't Speak Whinese)

    I love you two gals! And Happy Blogiversary!!

    Looking forward to seeing more on World Moms Blog!
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  • September 20, 2011 Deb the Closet Monster

    Nap time is my favorite time, as well! I shudder to think it won’t always be there to comfort me in the middle of long days, but I should have a couple of years of nap time left. 🙂
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    • September 21, 2011 Carri

      Blake is two and we’re fighting nap time. I swear… I want him to nap until he’s in high school! haha
      Carri recently wrote…Your Burning Questions, AnsweredMy Profile

  • September 21, 2011 Robin

    Carri’s tall? I didn’t picture that either.

    Loved reading more about her. You’re right – she rocks.
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  • September 22, 2011 Paulette

    Late to the party on this (I’m very behind on blog reading) but I loved it! Mostly I just like that I can read y’all and be like “Oh, I so get it.” ya know? Keep up the awesome job y’all!
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