BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH HELEN FROM 3 WINKS DESIGN
The 14th blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Helen from 3 Winks Design.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: 3 WINKS DESIGN – A MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTERS CREATING CRAFTS, RECIPES, AND FUN!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Phoenix, Arizona
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: Family lifestyle, traditions, crafts and cooking, things to make lives happy, healthy and fun!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: My husband and I always wink at each other to say I love you. So, 3 winks is code for “I love you.” Many people think it is because of my 3 daughters who blog with me, and that works, too. But, I also have 3 sons, so we would start just blinking constantly after awhile.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: One day my daughters and I were talking about an idea for hot cocoa and we came up with something that we have named Hot Cocoa Bombs. We started the blog to start talking about them, and it has evolved from there.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: About 2 1/2 years.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: Finding the time to get everything done to be successful.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: I personally write around 3 posts per week. My girls, who are young with much more on their plates, try to blog from once per week or about every other week. So, we put up about 5 posts per week.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Yes! I love meeting other bloggers that way!
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: Blogging gives me the chance to be creative and to write and since I do it with my daughters, it keeps us connected. Plus, getting to know other bloggers and hearing that in many ways we have so many things in common and hearing other points of view is a lot of fun.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: So far, they all call me grandma, the ones who can talk!
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: I have 9, although one of them won’t be born until December, but I am still counting her and counting down the days until I see her.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: One of them lives nearby, so I see him a couple of times per week usually. The rest of them live out of state and I miss them so much! The one coming in December will live here in town, so that is exciting.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: My heart just explodes with feelings of love for my grandchildren. I love that feeling. I love that I get to spoil them a bit and not be the parent, but the GRANDparent!
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: Married to the best man ever for 38 years!
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 6 – 3 boys and 3 girls.
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: Now, blogging is my profession! I taught school as a substitute teacher for many years. It was the best job for a mother with 6 children. I even blogged about that here.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The aches and pains! I feel young at heart and yet my body doesn’t want to live up to those thoughts.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: My family, my faith, seeing the ones I love being happy! Keeping my mind active and doing new things!
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Loving, Worry Wart, Planner.
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: I graduated from college with a BA in Humanities. My husband and I lived in Germany for 2 years when he was in the military. We traveled around Europe quite a bit. I have been a reading intervention teacher for special needs children.
HOBBIES: Reading, sewing, crafting, decorative painting, singing, playing board games.
PETS: We have had dogs, cats, chickens and rabbits, but now we are pet free.
FAV ICE CREAM: Mint Chocolate Chip or Cookie Dough
FAV COLD DRINK: Root Beer
FAV FOOD: Seafood! I love salmon and lobster!
FAV AROMA: Cinnamon
FAV AUTHOR: I love The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I adore the Mitford Books by Jan Karon and I never tire of the classics, like books by Austen, Dickens or Twain.
FAV MUSIC: Old time Rock and Roll!
FAV TV SHOW: Nothing current. I love BBC shows on Netflix, like The Great British Cooking Show, or the Father Brown Series. I also enjoy Call the Midwife.
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: The Wonderful World of Color, or as we called it, Disneyland!
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: I was a tomboy. I loved climbing trees!
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Fall
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: Probably. I am a pretty good cook! I sing a bit.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: I wish I could play the piano really well.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: Both, with a nap in the middle!
HOW DO YOU RELAX: I read or watch a favorite show or just talk with my husband.
MOVIES OR BOOKS: Books
CELL PHONE – APPLE OR ANDROID: Android
CALLING OR TEXTING: It depends on the person that I need to talk to.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US: Thanks for reading about me! It is fun getting to know all of you other grandmothers!