The ABCs of Mama Smiles = ) … and this week’s Kids Co-Op Linky!

There are a couple of things that really draw me into following and liking a blog.  First thing is always content … if the blog is filled with fun ideas and activities … I’m interested.  Second, is if the blog is easy to read and follow … not too busy and well-written.  And, if there is the third element … I’m hooked.  The third element is the personal … when I can tell the blogger, the mom … is being “real”, honest and sincere.

This week’s amazing blogger, MaryAnne, fits all three.  Her blog, Mama Smiles, is filled with “celebrating everyday parenting through education, crafts, and play.”  It is wonderfully set up … simple and elegant.  And, in her posts, she invites you to take a peek at her beautiful family of 6!  Here are links to 2 of my favorite posts from her blog …

I am very excited to share with you …

The ABCs of Mama Smiles 

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Age 32
Beverage of Choice water
Chore you Hate Bathrooms
Daily Routine Get up, shower, breakfast, email, play with kids, make lunch, clean up, play with kids, make dinner, clean up, email, chat with hubby, go to bed.
Essential start of the day Shower. It’s the only way I wake up in the morning!
Favorite Color Blue, but orange is really growing on me lately.
Favorite Game Boggle
Height 5’8″
favorite Ice Cream flavor Dark chocolate, preferably with brownies
Beloved piece of Jewelry My wedding ring
Kids (names & ages) Emma (6), Johnnny (4), Lily (3), and Anna (baby)
Where do you Live Near Boston, in Massachusetts
Favorite Movie Life is Beautiful
Nickname Enna
Occupation Mother
Pet Peeve Waste
favorite Quote Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. – Anon
Right or left-handed Right
Siblings Nine. Five sisters and four brothers.
Time it takes to get ready 25 minutes
Unusual Fact I’m a 30-year cancer survivor
Best Vacation Visiting my family in Nicaragua and driving out to a STUNNING beach, where we saw baby turtles hatch.
What makes you late Email, kid drama.
Xrays you’ve had Lots – that’s how they did follow-up cancer care in the early-mid eighties
Yummy food that you make Lasagna
favorite Zoo animal Sea Otters

And now for this week’s Kids Co-Op linky …

Kids Co  op



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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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