Archive | July 2013

Blog Challenge Day 15-Timeline of my day

Every day is a new day for me.  A different day. 

I don’t have a job with set hours, so I’m off during the week sometimes and sometimes I work really late. 

But here is a general timeline for my crazy life…

5:30 am-hit snooze and try not to piss off my husband.  My intent is to work out, but then I hit snooze or just set the alarm for 6:00 am.

6:00 am-hit snooze again, try to sleep for ten more minutes after I sleepily check every virtual method of communication possible (email, facebook, twitter, facebook author page, blog page etc).


6:30-7:30  Wake up the Hubby.  Wake up the kids.  Get everyone up, coffee made, dogs outside, breakfast made, everyone out the door.

7:40 Kids dropped off for the day

8:00 Heading to work. 

8:30 Talk to people, work all day, do all of my grown up job things. 

6:30-7 Home, Dinner, Clean up, hang out with the family, sometimes I get to write while I’m hanging out with them, or blog, or edit, or make notes. 

9:30 Kids go to bed (summertime), chill with the hubby

10:30-11:00 Write until my head hits the keyboard and wakes me up or I wake myself up because I have a huge crick  in my neck from falling asleep sitting up..

There are times that my day consists of actually getting to work out, cooking, cleaning, playing baseball, watching baseball, writing, reading, and if I’m really lucky~Grocery shopping 🙂 

Throughout the day, my brain is always moving and I feel like I’m always engaged in life, sometimes too engaged. Sometimes I have to just give life a rest and so I drive home in complete silence just to be able to detox from the craziness of my mind and of Life. It may seem like my days are pretty boring, but I love it, and I’m happy that I get to live my life.  There have been days days that it wasn’t quite so easy, so I am thankful that despite the craziness, it’s pretty low risk, but high reward.  ❤



Interview with Jennifer Sivec

I have <3ed meeting so many wonderful, talented, generous people on this journey I've been on since publishing *Eva*. Kristen has certainly been one of those people and I am so appreciative of how she supports her fellow Authors! Thanks Kristen ❤ ❤ ❤

Kristen Hope Mazzola

Please meet the wonderful and beautiful Jennifer Sivec! She shares some of her fantastic writing with us so please enjoy it and be sure to add her book to your TBR list!!! 😀

Do you write under any other names? No
What are you currently working on?  I am currently working on the part 2 to the “Eva Series”.  I recently released part 1 “Leaving Eva” in April. 
How many (if any) books do you have published and what are their titles?  I self published my first novel, “Leaving Eva” in April. 
Leaving Eva
What inspired you to write your first book?  I’ve been writing all of my life.  I’ve always dreamed of writing a book, but have never had the discipline to see it through to the end.  I finally just made the commitment that I was going to write a complete novel and then painstakingly saw it through…

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Blog challenge Day 14- If I won the lottery

What would I do if I won the lottery??

I’ve thought about this a number of times. I’m not a big gambler but I have bought a few lottery tickets in my life. It’s funny, but when I buy them, I don’t check them for days. I guess I figure that as long as I don’t know that I haven’t won, that I could still be a winner. I guess it’s about holding on to Hope.

I know that I would do the usual…pay off the house, pay off the cars, pay off the bills..etc. I would travel…and I would take as many people with me-family and friends. I would travel everywhere I could and see as much of the world as I could. I would write and I would relax and I would clear my mind of all of the clutter.

Then I would teach my children about the beauty and power of giving and working hard. I would write (which is work) and we would volunteer so that we could all stay grounded and remain thankful for our good fortune. And when they are old enough to work, they will work so that can understand what life is really about.

Having financial freedom would be amazing. But I worry that with that freedom comes disillusionment. I would do everything I could to remain grounded and giving, taking care of the people that I love, who have loved me.

Oh, and I would buy the most awesome pair of Louboutins that I could find 😊


Blog Challenge Day 13-What is your earliest memory?

This was a difficult one for me. I don’t remember much of my childhood and I don’t always remember details from being an adult. I think that’s why I’ve always valued writing because once written down, memories are recorded forever. I journaled a lot in high school for that very reason (as well as to soothe my teenage angst).

So my memory stinks.

My earliest memory is actually of preschool. There was a kitchen area and a workshop area and I remember always needing to change my clothes because I got soaked washing dishes in the kitchen area. Not much has changed, I’m still pretty sloppy when it comes to household chores. 😛 But that is the earliest memory that I carry with me.

I have to assume that not remembering much from my childhood is good. I was abandoned as a toddler and at some point before I was adopted my arm was broken badly enough to need surgery. I don’t remember any of it, and I’m glad. Oddly, I never really thought much about it until I had children of my own. When my youngest was about 2, I remember watching him while he was sleeping and coming to the realization that I was his age when I was abandoned. As a parent, I couldn’t imagine it.

And I’m glad that I don’t remember it.

So I’ll take the memory of preschool, happy that I don’t remember anything before. I’d rather keep that little messy sweet girl untainted by any of the sadness she may have experienced before her make-believe kitchen came along.

Blog Challenge Day 12-What in my fridge?

What’s inside my fridge?

Hmmmm….There is A LOT of stuff in there. There are a lot of condiments, jellies, mustards, stuff like that. Fruit, vegetables, yogurt, milk, juice, and wine. Of course wine. Our fridge in our kitchen is small, so we have another one that hold all of our water, pop, beer, back up milk etc. Our fridge usually has a lot of leftovers in it as well. Right now, there is leftover fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and bbq’d ribs, YUM. But as most people, I suspect that our challenge is not to waste. So we try our best to use everything that we have and not throw too much out. Sometimes we do this well and sometimes we don’t.

So that’s it. My fridge is pretty boring. My freezer on the other hand….

Blog Challenge Day 11

Today’s challenge:  List 15 of your favorite things

1.  My family-ALL of my family, even the crazy lovable one and the four legged ones

2.  Singing in the car like nobody is watching.  I love music~It’s Therapy. And I get to pretend like I’m a Rock star.

3.  Writing (I know, obvious :P)

4.  Watching Baseball (watching my kids play and watching professional)

5.  Conversations with my children.  They are funny, entertaining, and interesting.

6.  Ice cream.  I Love Ice cream!

7.  My husband’s voice.  I love listening to him talk, laugh, teach the kids.  It was one of the first things that attracted me to him.

8.  Learning new things.  It’s exhilirating!

9.  Meeting new people; making new connections

10.  How I feel after I work out~Healthy, happy, accomplished.

11.  Genuinely happy people.  They spread their joy to others~it’s a beautiful thing.

12.  Generosity.  When people are generous of their time, their resources, themselves. 

13.  Chick Flicks.  There is nothing like a good chick flick:  Crazy Stupid Love, Friends with Benefits, Steel Magnolias, the Notebook…I could go on and on.

14.  Having nothing to do.  I love having nothing to do.  It’s so rare, but when it happens it makes me so happy.

15.  Dogs.  They love you unconditionally even if they just met you.  I love their sweet, forgiving, “give everything” nature.  I wish people were more like them. 

Blog Challenge Day 10

What’s your best physical feature?

That’s a funny question to answer without feeling vain. But I’ll answer it anyways because it’s funny.
The answer is…….my legs.

I’m short. And my legs are short.


But ever since I’ve been a kid, they’ve been muscular. In heels, my legs look longer and actually normal looking. But typically my legs just look…well, short.

My legs make me look athletic because my calves are muscular. In high school, I ran track for one year and I actually think they took pity on me because I was terrible! And Sloooooooooowwwwww. My track coach affectionately (I think) called me “Stumpy.” My legs give me the appearance of agility and speed, but in reality I am clumsy and agile. I can climb and jump up and down like a little spider monkey, but that’s about as good as it gets.

So there you have it. My best physical feature: Short, muscular, legs.