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11 THINGS //

11 things. I love this little meme. I’ve done it once in 2012 and once in 2013. It’s sort of fun to wander back and see my past answers…. PLUS: to check out the answers my readers shared in the comments. Love it. It’s 2014. I’m sitting here cozy on my sofa, watching a bit of Antiques Road Show (nerd alert) and I’m ready to do this again! I’m going to answer the questions I asked in 2013…. here goes:

1. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Maybe I’m an odd case, but I really love my name. I guess if I HAD to change it… maybe Piper. I’ve always thought that was a fun and unique name.

2. Are you a collector of anything?

I’m always a collector of things. When I was little… I collected bears. All the bears. This moved on to mini antique tea cups. Now: I collect furniture. Ok, maybe I’m not really a collector anymore. These days I’m usually on the look out for gently used furniture to update the home.

3. What is your first thought when you wake up?


4. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?

Salty. Always.

5. Name one thing you miss about being a kid.

Sleeping whenever I wanted to.

6. Are you a morning or night person?

Lately I’m a night person. I stay up WAY too late… then I’m sleepy during the day.

7. List 5 items on your life’s to-do list:

- Save enough money for surrogacy.

- Master balance in my life.

- Illustrate a children’s book.

- Enjoy working out. Ha! Ok.

- Eat all the fried chicken.

8. Share one thing that people may not know about you.

Hmmmm. Well, I don’t really like sweet things. I love chocolate. I love apple pie, but all that other sweet stuff isn’t really for me. I think jelly beans are gross. Hee.

9. What is your all time favorite song, movie, and book?

- Favorite movie right now: Hmmm. Not sure. I did love Catching Fire.

- Favorite song right now: I LOVE this acoustic version of Wake Me Up. Aloe Blacc’s voice is amazing (guitar: Mike Einziger).

- Favorite book: I loved the Divergent series.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

When no one is looking, I’m a good dancer.

11. Are you a really clean or super messy person?

I’m good at small details, but I always miss the big things. I’m a clean and messy person. Right in the middle.

My questions for you:

1. Are you a cat or dog person? Or, bird person?

2. What was your favorite food as a kid? Is it the same, or has it changed as an adult?

3. What is your favorite hobby?

4. If you HAD to move to a different state (or country) where would it be?

5. Are you a winter or summer person?

6. What makes you happy?

7. What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

8. 2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why (question found here)?

9. 3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next (question found here)?

10. What was your first job?

11. What is your favorite utensil?

I’m opening this 11 questions meme to all of you! If you answer my questions, please come back and put a link in the comments. I’d really love to come and learn a bit about you! <3

Happy Tuesday,

- Chelsey

11 Things


The other day I wandered onto this old blog post. The 11 questions meme post. I had so much fun doing this last time, that I decided to do it again. I’m going to answer the questions I asked in my post last year. The rules:

1. Post a photo of yourself

2. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.

3. Create 11 new questions and ask people to answer them.

My answered questions:

1. What would your dream profession be? Or, are you already working the best job ever?

Oh man. My dream job. I love blogging. I work from home and it’s a fun job! I guess my dream DREAM job would be to illustrate a Children’s book or create a line of fabric. I just want to keep creating! I also hope and plan to keep blogging.

2. Share something that your readers may not know about you…. and, you’d like to share.

Uhhhh. Hmmm. Let me think. Well, I lose my mind if I stay in my house ALL day. It hasn’t always been this way. I’m 99% sure it’s because I have a toddler. She’s crazier if we don’t go for a walk/leave the house each day. We are both much happier on our walks. <3

3. Favorite band/song, movie, and book from the past couple of years…

Favorite band album: A Very She & Him Christmas… I just really love Christmas AND that album. <3 Favorite movie: hmmmm… this is hard. I feel like Drive has to win this. I LOVED that movie. I mean… Ryan. Favorite book: Well, since I’ve had my kiddo… my reading has gone WAY down. BUT, I’m trying to read. Mostly I fall asleep after a couple of pages…. but in the past couple of years, I’m pretty sure the Hunger Games series wins. I LOVE it.

4. Share 3 blogs/websites you enjoy visiting:

I read so many blogs and visit so many sites…. But, here are the 3 I think of first: Lovely Indeed, Emergency Compliment, and Pinterest.

5. Do you have a favorite routine? Something you just do each and every day for yourself and enjoy?

I am very much a creature of habit. I love routine. I get addicted to doing the same thing every day… maybe I have issues with change? Ha! Right now my favorite thing… waking up and enjoying my homemade granola over yogurt and applesauce. It’s a silly thing, but it’s tasty and I love it.

6. What would you tell your 15-year-old self today?

Don’t worry so much about what people MAY be thinking about you. You are a wonderful person and are growing into a lovely lady!

7. Why did you start blogging? And/Or, why do you continue to blog?

I had a blog before The Paper Mama… I started that blog just to share my Etsy shop creations and to have a blog. THEN, I had my kiddo. I started this blog because I was lonely. I wanted to find other mama’s, like myself, that were staying at home with a new baby. PLUS, I had some postpartum things going on. I needed/wanted/and found the support.

8. What is a perfect day in your mind?

My most perfect day involves me sitting and just staring at the wall. Ok, maybe there’s a little more involved. Maybe my perfect day is: sitting on the sofa, food being served to me, watching movies all day, and coffee! And, popcorn! And, wine! Fried chicken for dinner, of course.

9. What’s your perfect date night?

The husband and I wandering to a new-to-us restaurant, wine, and a movie. Weeeee! Party!

10. Do you have a secret/hidden talent? Share a video if needed… just kidding. But, really…. Ha!

I really don’t think I have a hidden talent. I’m a terrible dancer. Singing would probably hurt all of you. Hmmm… I’ll let you all know if I come up with something!

11. Finally: Please share your favorite cell phone photo you’ve taken in the past 2 months.

This photo. I took this the day I got home from Alt Summit. I missed this kiddo SO much, and she just looked so adult here. Oh man… I’m tearing up. I love her.


My questions for you to answer:

1. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

2. Are you a collector of anything?

3. What is your first thought when you wake up?

4. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?

5. Name one thing you miss about being a kid.

6. Are you a morning or night person?

7. List 5 items on your life’s to-do list:

8. Share one thing that people may not know about you.

9. What is your all time favorite song, movie, and book?

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

11. Are you a really clean or super messy person?

I’m opening this 11 questions meme to all of you! If you answer my questions, please come back and put a link in the comments. I’d really love to come and learn a bit about you! <3

Happy Tuesday,

- Chelsey

P.S. this is the perfect post idea for my Self Portrait Challenge (you could win an Instax Mini 8)! Check it out

Ruari Vlog. Questions Answered.

SO. The other day I was making a little vlog… and, Miss R asked if she could make one too! So, of course we had to make one! I tweeted and facebooked and instagramed asking if any of my readers had a question for my sweet girl. And, you all did! She loved making this video. She just sat there and kept asking, “What’s next?”

Thank you for the questions everyone! And, if you missed my tweets…. etc. You can follow me on twitter here, Facebook here, and my instagram name is: thepapermama


<3 Miss R

Get to Know a Mama: Mandy from A Sorta Fairytale!

What is your name and birthday? My name is Mandy and my Birthday is May 11.
Where are you located? Seattle, WA
Where can we find you (on the web): A Sorta Fairytale, twitter & FB. AND Mandy Chiappini Photography – website | blog.
What are the names and ages of your children? Bennett Roy is 16 months.
Any blogging tips to share? Be yourself and have fun with it!! Also, be open to meeting people in your area. The blog world is such an amazing community. You’ll find some pretty great friends.:)
Are there certain things you wont write about on your blog? I try to avoid the anything political on my blog. I have extremely passionate views, and as much as I love to talk about them, I want my blog to remain a place free of controversy. And of course, I probably won’t be writing about anything super personal about my hubby. Ya know, out of respect for him! :)
What do you think of Vlogging? It’s awkward, but it can be really fun!
Can we get a couple links to a few of your FAVORITE blog posts you’ve done? Nourishment, Trust and Prayer, Just Us

Questions from your very lovely readers:

Photography questions:

What inspired you to be a photographer? Not one specific thing. I’ve ALWAYS loved photography, I think it’s amazing that we can capture important moments and milestones with the click of a button. I love being able to do that for others.
How do you get your photography clients? Do they find you on your blog, word of mouth or look you up? Word of mouth is HUGE! I get a lot of my through client referrals. And also lately people have found me through google search, which is pretty cool!
Do you ever get nervous when you are first meeting new clients? Absolutely! I’m always a little nervous. What if they don’t like me or think I’m weird?? Ha ha.
How do your indoor pics come out so great? Is it your camera? How do you get your photos so bright and crisp? Do you use some type of flash or is it in the settings you use or is it how you edit them? First and foremost I never use a flash. Unless it’s at night. I am 100% a natural light photography. The trick is to find the light and make sure there’s lots of it! :) I am always sure to put the focus right in between the eyes. Often times if I need to, I’ll sharpen in photoshop in my post-processing.
Was it difficult to start a business? Do you plan on growing your business and expanding over the years? I started my business very slowly. I took a lot of time to learn and perfect my technique and find my style. I established a solid portfolio before I started asking for money. I definitely plan on growing it! I have just opened up my business to weddings, and I’m super excited!
Do you use any actions on your photos? If so, what kind do you use?  Absolutely I use actions. They are SUCH a time saver. 98% of the time I use actions from Florabella Collection.
What would you say your “style” of photography is? …or editing? My style is most definitely clean. Some have called it “elegant”… I kinda like that description.
What is your dream lens? I don’t know if this is my dream lens, but next on my list is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8
Do you ever take cell phone pictures? Or just crappy camera pictures? I do not take cell phone pictures, but mainly because I really can’t use the camera on my phone, ha ha. And yes I use my point and shoot all of the time when I don’t want the extra bulk of my SLR.
Family questions:
Any plans for more babies in the future? If so, how many do you want to have? Absolutely we’ll have more babies!! :) I think I’d like to have 3, but we’ll see how it goes :)
Where do you see yourself and your family in 5 years? 10? Hmm… I see myself with 1-2 more kids and hopefully in a home with a nice yard for them to run around in! I also see my photography business blossoming, and thriving. (hopefully!!)
If you had a girl what would name her or what girl names do u like? Oh man, I haven’t thought about girls names in a while. As far as names- I like Ainsley, Kendall, Elizabeth, Delilah, Hadley, Blair… I like a lot. But I don’t think we’ll use any of those names. Ha ha.
Do you dress your husband? Seriously. He’s so well dressed and i feel like you have to have some sort of input. My husband will wear his bathing suit trunks as shorts on hot days. I do not dress my Husband.. ha ha. He has pretty good fashion sense all on his own :)
What’s your go to recipe when you want to impress guests or make your hubby feel special?! I’m not much of a cook. My idea of a good meal would be BBQ’n hamburgers… that’s my go-to! Ha ha.

You questions:
Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes? (besiiiiides target) Hmm… I think probably H&M. I wish there was one closer to me!
If you could have $5000 to spend on just you, what would you buy? I would buy a few lenses that I really want, and I’d buy an iPad and some clothes.
What movie do u watch when you want to feel better? I’m a nerd, and I’d probably put on The Lord of the Rings.
If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have? Vinegrette.
What is your fave kind of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip! Yum.
If u could have a super power what would it be? And why? I’d love to be able to teleport. I hate traffic so much, and I don’t like long airplane rides. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to just snap your finger and go wherever you want??
What is your fave alcoholic beverage? I don’t drink alcohol at all. No joke :)
If u were a tree what kind of tree would u be? Haven’t thought much about this. A cherry blossom tree? Ha ha, I have no idea.
How did you get to be so beautiful? Awe… I know this question is from my hubby. Thanks honey!

Will you make me a baby? Oh oh, too direct? ;) How about…what’s Bennett’s favorite food these days? LOL. His favorite food right now are PB&J’s!
When are you going to put Bennett Roy in a box and ship him to me? I’ll ship him to you, but you have to let me have him back! ;-)
What is your favorite thing about blogging? Was there a moment when you realized you were hooked? My favorite thing about blogging is the community feeling. And the support that can be found there. I was hooked when Bennett was born. I realized it was a perfect ‘baby book’ for Bennett.
When did you notice that your blog was really growing? Umm…. Probably about 6 months ago was when I really noticed it. But I’m trying to kind of just “be” and not think so much about growing my blog.
What is your current favorite small talk mommy story? You know, the fun little story you are sharing with everyone these days… That’s a good question. I like to tell people about how I wasn’t paying attention one day when Bennett was 10 months old and he escaped the apartment. Yah I felt like a bad Mom, but now I realize that it could happen to anyone. I just still can’t believe that only 10 months old, my child figured out how to open the door and leave the apartment. It boggles my mind.

And a couple more questions… what every mom wants to know: ;)

Do you have a censored curse word you like to use in front of baby? Well, I pretty much always censor myself, even when I’m not in front of the baby.
Where is your favorite place in your home to get away from it all (like the baby meltdowns or to take a break)? I get away to my bedroom for sure.
What is your favorite parent related word (example: naptime)? Yep, naptime is a great word. LOVE it.
What is you least favorite parent related word (example: poopy)? Boogers. Ha ha.

Thanks Mandy for being so awesome and answering all those questions! You are amazing. Don’t forget to visit her at A Sorta Fairytale.

If you’d like to see my past Get to Know a Mama interviews… click here!