Welcome to “New Friend Friday!” Every other Friday, I’ll introduce you to someone new! It could be anyone from another blogger to a local business owner. I’ve gotten to meet some really great people lately, and I want to share them with you!
I am so excited to share this week’s friend with you! I enjoy reading every. single. one. of her blog posts. First off, she has a great sense of humor and will reference Mean Girls on the regular. I literally laughed out loud when I read the first paragraph about NoVa’s Hottest New (Kids) Club. Stefan’s bit on weekend update is one of my favorites!
Darlene keeps a running total of how much she has spent on her two year old. It is as interesting and terrifying as you’d think. I admire her dedication to the project! I would for sure be estimating by week 3, and totally drop it by month 2. (Don’t forget, Darlene, keep it for the Smithsonian!! We need to see your total at 18!)
She was kind enough to answer a whole bunch of questions for me so that you all could get to know her better.
Darlene Dee is mom to three awesome monster children, ages 21, 18 and TWO. She likes to say that she re-enlisted. A lot had changed in the Mommy World since her first two were babies, so she decided to keep track of just how much it costs to raise this last little monster at babycostsmoney.com. She is also currently the Managing Editor of Hulafrog Boulder despite having only lived in Colorado since January. Darlene can usually be found playing hide-and-seek with the ToddlerMonster, staring at the mountains, or googling how to raise chickens as she somehow landed on a farm in Boulder, Colorado and would love fresh eggs.
1. Your blog has been one of my absolute favorites since I started blogging. I think I actually found you on WordPress when I was browsing, before I joined any groups. Your running total of how much raising Babystar has cost is somewhat terrifying, but every post is so funny. I love it.
OMG ALL of the Hallmark Christmas movies. My 18yo daughter and I DEVOUR them every year. We fill up the DVR and just watch them nonstop from November to January. We still have like thirty left and we will probably watch them before June. We have totally discovered an underlying Hallmark Christmas movie truth: If a woman does really really good at her career, she will get a husband as a reward. Next time you watch one, test it. It works EVERY SINGLE TIME.
4. How do you hope people describe you?
Nicely, if at all. 🙂
5. What is the best piece (or pieces) of advice you have gotten as a mother?
Pick your battles. My mom taught me that one twenty years ago and it still works.
6. Which blog post of yours is your favorite? Why is that?
I love my last birthday post. It wasn’t what I intended to write, but neither is life.
7. What is your comfort food? Or foods? In other words, what food are you about to make me crave?
Thai food. I miss my favorite Thai restaurant in Arlington more than just about anything. Does anyone in Boulder know where to get good Thai food??
8. And finally, in the spirit of my blog name, what do you “Just wanna finish?”
If you aren’t already convinced that she needs to be your new friend, too, go check out her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Her Instastories with Toddler Monster are so fun! They make me want to go find more stuff to do with my kids.
If you’re in the Boulder, Colorado area, look at her HulaFrog site! It has all the best places to go and things to do with kids!