Sunshine Blogger Award

Today I’m happy to share that Teacher Turned Mommy was nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award, an award that highlights various bloggers and allows them to share 11 facts about themselves involving blogging, life and everything in-between.

I was nominated by Horne State of Mind a blog by Erin who is a teacher, runner, dog lover and small town girl. She has the cutest dog who runs with her all the time. The dog is a better runner than me, but since I don’t run that’s pretty easy! Go check out her blog.

Here are my questions and answers:

What is your best advice to a new blogger?
Be true to yourself. It’s easy to start reading other blogs and think… do I need to blog about that? Should I use that format? Why do they have more followers? Find blogs you enjoy reading and read them. Comment on them. Get to know other bloggers and you will learn more about yourself as a blogger.

What is your favorite form of social media and why? 
Ok so I’m old, well not too old, but no where near young either. I only do Facebook and my blog. I had Instagram for a while, but never looked at it unless I was posting myself. So it just wasn’t grooving for me. I have a lot of friends from different times in my life on my Facebook feed who are now spread all over.

What’s one thing your mother/father taught you that completely changed your life?
My parents taught me so much. My mom taught me to be comfortable in the kitchen. She Image result for cooking vs bakingis who encourages me to try new recipes in both cooking and baking. She helped me learn to cook on instinct and not be stuck on measurements and recipes with cooking. But, that baking is a science and you need to follow the recipe or bad things will happen! It’s from my parents that I learned to be me. I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to, I don’t need anyone to make me happy, to accomplish tasks, or validate my choices. I can stand on my own and I’ll be just fine!

For what would you be famous?
Ummmm…. ummm. I have no clue. I known for my baking, but I wouldn’t say that makes me famous… it just makes me capable of following a recipe! If you flipped this question for what do I want people to remember me for then I may be able to answer… As a teacher–I want my students to remember me as a supporter for them. Someone who listened to them and showed them that are capable of so much. That every child can learn and that fair doesn’t mean equal. As a mother– I want people to see that I’m raising my sons to be men. That I don’t blame the school, the other child or anyone for the mistakes my boys make. My sons know that I set the bar high, but I will guide them with loving support, I will not rescue them, but I’ll be there to help in any way I can. As myself– I want people to see me as a strong woman who knows who she is (which is funny since I don’t know what I want to do next in life). I’m a loner, but at the same time I’d give you the shirt off my back if you needed it. I love life. I love music. I love reading. I love nature. I love being an individual and encouraging others to be true to themselves. (wow that was long winded!)

What does your dream day look like?
Hmmm right now I think a lot about what I’m going to do next in my life. I think about how I’m going to decorate my house. I think about where we will go on our next vacation. But, mostly I dream about trying to be the best version of me I can be.

If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be?
Oh no I’m terrible with names especially actors. Most of the movies I see now a days are animated. So I’ll punt on this one and say I have NO clue!

For what are you most grateful today?
I’m grateful for the time I have with my guys. I love the house we have and the life we are creating together. I’m grateful for the opportunity to stay home and take time to figure out what is next in my life. I’m grateful that my husband has a job he enjoys and that can support our family. I’m grateful that my sons are opposites (not sure I’d want them any other way).

Image result for smile emojiWhat is your most-used emoji?
That one is easy… (: It’s one of the only ones I know how to make with keystrokes… again I’m old.


What was your first job?
Well I guess my first job was baby sitting. Apparently I was good at this as I had a pretty steady business for a few years and my name and phone number was passed around a few different neighborhoods. My first official job that I had to actually apply and get hired for was working in a DeMoulas, later renamed Market Basket, grocery store. I got a job at 14. I worked there until I was a freshman in college when my parents moved.

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What is special about the place you grew up?
Nothing… oops I shouldn’t say that. But, my goal in high school was to move out of the town I grew up in and never return. Which I actually did since my parents moved when I was in college. The neighborhood I grew up in was great. We had free reign of the neighborhood and loved every minute of it. We knew everyone in the area and enjoyed playing together as kids. Riding our bikes, swimming, sledding and so much more. I have many fond memories of playing with my neighbors.

What was the best compliment you’ve received?
Hmmm. I could say it was when I was dating Richard and he told me I was beautiful. I could say it was when I was working and I was told that I was a strong teacher who knows how to help kids of all abilities. I could say it was when someone told me I was a good mom. I think the best compliment is when you tell someone they are strong.


  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 5 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

I nominate:

Dawn Wairimu
The Austrian Dish
A Petite Slice of Life
Leen Cuisine
Pine History Blog

Here are my 11 questions for anyone who wants to play along. Don’t want to do a whole blog post on it? Answer along in my comment section!


  1. What is your favorite type of cookie?
  2. What was your favorite book growing up?
  3. What type of music do you listen to when you drive?
  4. What is one thing you have changed about your blog based on reading other people’s blogs?
  5. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?
  6. What is your dream job?
  7. What is one type of media (tv, internet, radio, telephone etc…) that you could not give up for an extended period of time?
  8. Besides the people in your life, what is one thing you cherish?
  9. Would you rather bake or cook?
  10. Do you have a song that means something special to you? What and why?
  11. If you could have any job, even ones you may not be qualified to do right now, what job would you want to have?


Ok… join the fun. Grab all the questions and post on your blog, or answer one or more in my comments!



8 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Love your answers! I also got my first job babysitting! I started around age 13 or 14…the same age as my students! I’m not sure how I would feel about using one of them for a babysitter?!?


  2. Thank you for the nom! Your answers were pretty good… These are mine!

    1. Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies. Boring but my favorite.
    2. The Egypt Game
    3. Integrating more personal writing, recipe print out cards.
    4. Thailand!
    5. A food network star! Hah!
    6. Internet
    7. My kooky cat, Bolo
    8. Cook. I’m not the best at baking!
    9. My Girl…my mom used to sing it to me when I was a kid. And Joleen by Dolly Parton…everyone I meet sings it to me but with my name. Hah.
    10. Something that makes a lot of money, I would be good with!

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