Guest Star: Elena of Mommy Is In Timeout

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I am co-hosting a fun link up with Galit Breen of These Little Waves from December 5-9, Memories Captured. More details here!

Have you ever met someone and thought, I want to be friends with her for life. That’s how I feel about Elena of Mommy Is In Timeout. She is funny, as evidenced by this post of her running away from home with a Snoopy bag in hand; she raps better than Vanilla Ice, she cooks awesome food like this yummy mini muffin egg cups recipe; she is a mother to two adorable boys who inherited her mad dancing skills; AND she’s the co-founder of the popular Vlog Talk with Jessica.

She’s simply awesomesauce. Read this and you’ll be nodding in agreement with me.

Take it away, Elena!

1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging on January 2nd, 2011. I wish I could say I had this great story as to why I started. I just spent a lot of time online between twitter (yes, I was tweeting before blogging. I’m cutting edge like that) and reading blogs. I thought it might be fun to do one myself. I figured it might be good for my marriage too because I talk a LOT. Maybe if I didn’t shut up online, I would shut up a little bit more offline.

2. What do you love most about blogging?

I love the community. I have met some great friends through blogging. When I first started, I would see all these people talk about their online friends. I never thought I would find my own. I remember when my first blogging friend, Jessica, asked me for my phone number. I about fell over because I realized I now had actual friends online.

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?

That’s a tough one. I read a lot of blogs and like them for different reasons. I can get lost in foodie and photo blogs. But, I would say that my friends blogs, the ones that I check every single day no matter what, are my favorite. I have a connection to them and that makes their posts even that much better to read.

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?

No, I don’t think so. I don’t blog anonymously and a lot of people that I know in real life read my blog. I also know that my students constantly Google me, for reasons I’ll never understand, and I fear them finding anything inappropriate about me online. So, I keep it pretty G-rated. Bambi is more racy than my blog ever will be. However, put me under an assumed name and I’m sure you would get some juice that I would later regret.

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

The little things get me. A hug, when one of my boys grabs my hand, when they say “Mommy” – things like that. The little moments that just melt your heart are what I love most about being a Mom.

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

That’s easy: 2:04 p.m. The moment the last class period bell rings. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy being a teacher. However, there’s this strange calm after the storm of the school day that sets in at that moment. It’s when I feel most relaxed.

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

I would go to Bora Bora and stay in an over-the-water hut. As long as they had a money-back guarantee if a water creature jumped in our room. We were supposed to do that for our honeymoon. Not stay in a room with jumping water creatures, but go to Bora Bora. However, we had 2 free airline tickets and the furthest we could get was Maui (I know, poor me). We always said we would treat ourselves someday to Bora Bora. We haven’t yet.

8. What could you eat every single day?

Breaking news: I like a lot of different foods. Could be the reason I’m sitting here in elastic pants answering these questions. I guess, since it’s fresh on my mind from Thanksgiving, mashed potatoes and gravy. Close second would be burritos (yes, plural) with a side of chips and salsa.

9. Favorite season and why.

Fall. I love seeing the leaves change colors, breezy sweatshirt weather and days at the cider mill.

10. One word to describe you.

Loyal. To a fault.

11. I love your cooking vlogs. Tell us what is your absolute favorite thing to cook and why.

Thank you! I love to hang out in the kitchen. My favorite dish to make is probably my seafood steam pot because it is so tasty and fun for a date night in.

12. Your love for Detroit is pretty legendary. Tell us what you love most about it.

That’s really cool that you noticed – I appreciate that. There are a lot of amazing things happening here. But what I love about it? This city just has a vibe. Especially right now. It’s the comeback kid. Detroit, and the state of Michigan for that matter, have a lot to offer. I love when I tweet something and people say Is that really in Detroit? Or Is that really in Michigan? Unfortunately, Detroit gets a bad rap in the media and you only see the negative. There’s a lot of good happening that isn’t recognized and I’m proud to promote that nationally, or in your case worldwide, through social media.


Isn’t she fab? If you don’t already, do follow Elena on her blog Mommy Is In Timeout, on Twitter and like her on Facebook!




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  • November 29, 2011 Natalie

    It’s great to see you over here Elena! I would have you cook in my kitchen any day!
    Natalie recently wrote…Turkey WeekMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Jessica

    I mean, I already loved Elena, but reading this makes me lover her even more. Especially how much she values her friendships. Thats so refreshing to hear.

  • November 29, 2011 Kimberly

    So nice to see you here Elena! We need to talk more about your cooking. I could always use some help in the kitchen!

    Also? When Jessica asked for my number I about fell over too. I guess she has that effect on people!
    Kimberly recently wrote…My Not-So-Homemade Peppermint MochaMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 julie gardner

    I love the blend of Alison and Elena – a perfect combination of two bloggers whom I enjoy So. Much.

    I have to say, I still can’t believe you’ve been doing this blog gig for less than a year, Elena.

    I remember seeing you smiling face on Twitter for the first time (I’ll LOVE your avatar always) and thinking you were someone I’d want to get to know…

    Your posts always make me smile and your admission that your favorite time of day is when the bell rings? Well, that makes me adore you even more. I can completely relate. (And like you, I love teaching. But I also love that calm-after-the-storm feeling. Like when your kids go to bed. Shhhh.)

    Anyway, I loved the interview Alison. And I hope you both had a fabulous Thanksgiving.

    Wait. They don’t celebrate that in Malaysia, do they?
    Hmmmm….I’ll have your turkey and sweet potatoes, please.

    Elena can have the mashed potatoes and gravy.
    Oh yeah.
    julie gardner recently wrote…Today call me lucky. Still.My Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Galit Breen

    Love eyeing the two of you here together, ladies!

    Elena, you always exude warmth and sincerity -I adore that about you- this interview is no exception!
    Galit Breen recently wrote…Sitting CurbsideMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Lisa

    It’s so good to see the all the lady blogging power coming together ..
    Lisa recently wrote…What Not To Do With Your Lightweight StrollersMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Jessica

    All I can say is I love Grandma E and she better be prepared for a zoo at Blissdom.
    Jessica recently wrote…She Must Take After Her FatherMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Kiddothings

    Great interview. Love Elena – she’s funny! 🙂

  • November 29, 2011 tracy

    Bora Bora is one of my dreams too. So interesting that you were on twitter first!
    tracy recently wrote…Homebody..My Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Barbara

    It’s so nice to see Elena here! I could also eat burritos (plural) with chips and salsa for days on end!
    Barbara recently wrote…Thanksgiving a la francaiseMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 angela

    French Polynesia is my dream vacation…sigh…

    What a perfect interview. Elena is so amazing (as are you Alison,) and you two together is just a lovely way to enjoy my coffee.

  • November 29, 2011 Missy

    I’m so impressed that you tweeted before blogging! I’m still WAY in the minority for my IRL friends on tweeting.
    Missy recently wrote…Parenting 101 from New Mom on the BlogMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Jessica

    I love Elena and consider myself lucky to have met her in person. She is as amazing online as she is off and this interview shows exactly why.
    Jessica recently wrote…When Your Family GrowsMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    Just love the sheer joy of that family picture … always smiling, that is how i picture Elena 😉
    By Word of Mouth Musings recently wrote…Botticelli Knew His BabesMy Profile

  • November 29, 2011 Kir

    Oh how I love you Elena, you are funny, true and real. It makes me giggle when I think about how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, plus you’re interesting and smart and a really great writer!

    Alison, I love these Guest Stars, you and Elena in one place is like a little slice of birthday cake. 😉

  • November 30, 2011 Elena

    Thank you very much for having me as your Guest Star today! I’m truly honored that you asked me and that introduction was just the sweetest thing ever!

  • November 30, 2011 Elaine

    Great guest star!! I love how real and relatable you are Elena! And I also adore how much pride you have in your city and State. I’m that way too (for my home state anyway) so I think it’s wonderful.

    Loved getting to know you even better! 🙂
    Elaine recently wrote…Please, Won’t You Run Along With Me?My Profile

  • November 30, 2011 Julie

    I think it’s cool that you support your town like that as well. If Detroit can make a comeback it give me hope for the country as a whole.

    I’m excited to meet you in February, you’re good people. 🙂
    Julie recently wrote…Because I Got OnlineMy Profile

  • November 30, 2011 Tonya

    I love Elena and was thrilled that I had the opportunity to meet her earlier this year when she and her family were in southern California. This Q & A reminded me how much I missed reading her blog. I must get over there more often. Thanks for featuring her today, Alison.
    Tonya recently wrote…40 DaysMy Profile

  • November 30, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    Elena is so warm and friendly in her vlogs and her posts. I loved getting to read more about her in this post.
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently wrote…Pause Life for a Moment-Katydid and KidMy Profile

  • November 30, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    I’m a lurker over at Elena’s blog…though I guess I just outed myself…love her!
    Not a Perfect Mom recently wrote…Destroyed by HopeMy Profile

  • November 30, 2011 Kimberly

    She never fails to crack me up.

  • November 30, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I think Elena’s vlogs are great. She always makes me smile.
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Striving for Good EnoughMy Profile

  • November 30, 2011 Carri

    What?! I though I was your favorite Blogger! That’s it… I’m buying the shark pillow for Blissdom.
    Carri recently wrote…Anxiety Disorder and Why I Love TwitterMy Profile

  • November 30, 2011 jacqui

    Excellent questions and answers, ladies! I especially like how precise Elena is with her favorite time of day.
    jacqui recently wrote…Poor Crazy Girl…My Profile

  • November 30, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    Aww, awesome answers. Elena is seriously one of the wittiest people I know! And I am dying to know how to make a seafood steam pot…sounds delish! Way to rep the D, too, Elena 🙂
    Mrs. Weber recently wrote…Remembering ChristmasMy Profile

  • December 1, 2011 Jamie

    Two of my faves all in one spot! Love that!!
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