Name: Shannon Blaeske

Kids: 3 year old twins, Gavin & Breiden, and a one year old princess Fiona

Occupation: mom, former hair-stylist turned sham, blogger

Hometown: Detroit, MI to San Diego, CA to Naples, FL

H&H Interview with Shannon:

1.  What are the top 3 items in your grocery cart?

Milk, fruit and cheese

2.  What are you reading (honestly)?

A Tree  Grows In Brooklyn, except, honestly, I haven’t picked it up in almost two weeks.

3.  What is your guilty pleasure when you get a break from the kids?

I am slightly blog-world obsessed. After learning of my daughter’s Down Syndrome diagnosis, I found hope and refuge in the community of special needs mom bloggers and have formed friendships and support through keeping up with them. When I am not reading or writing my own, I look forward to girls night out, a good glass of wine and just a chance to put my feet up.

4.  What would we be surprised to find in your purse?

I didn’t use a purse for the longest time. Until I misplaced my wallet for the hundredth time. And now that I do use one, all that is in it is my wallet, receipts and gum. And occasionally and extra diaper.

5.  What is your favorite reality TV show?

I could live without ever seeing another one again.

6.  What is your cocktail of choice?

Beer or wine mostly. Depends on the meal and the night… or day.

7.  What is the funniest thing your kids have said or done lately?

The Distraction is always a funny thing in our house. Breiden has mastered the “O Gavin, look at this cool toy” move to take the toy Gavin is currently playing with. Hey, as long as there is no screaming and fighting over toys, I’m cool with this little bit of manipulation.

8.  What is your favorite quotation?

It’s a verse. Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’

It’s what I hold on to whenever something doesn’t go the way I planned or dreamed. It’s what allows me to go with the flow, find the positive in the terrible, and be thankful for every blessing given to me. And it is the source of my daughter’s middle name, Hope.

9.  What songs are top on your iPod playlist right now?

iPod just passed away after a good four year run. If she were still going, it would probably be Adele, Jack Johnson and James Taylor.

10.  Who is your favorite celebrity mom and why?

I’d like to say Kelly Rippa, because she seems super involved in her kids lives… but what do we really know about celebrities? It’s too hard to tell the truth from the fabricated from the exaggerated. So I kinda of try to avoid it all.

11.  What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

My life is pretty much an open book. Not much to hide when you write your daily doings and what is on your heart for the world to see. Top three weird things about me, I am very much afraid of balloons, I jump into bed because Sixth Sense scarred me for life when the hand grabs his leg from under the bed, and I am not enjoying life unless I have a million things on my plate.

12.  What is your secret to staying Hot & Healthy?

Mostly a naturally good metabolism that comes from 25 years of being active. That might have something to do with the fact I never stop moving, I play with my kids more like a babysitter then a mom, and with twins and a special needs baby, it takes a lot to stress me out. I’ve come to realize don’t sweat the small stuff. Perfection is not worth it. And, most importantly, being content is more important then being happy. Post-twins and pre- baby number 3 I ran a lot. I love to run. And I swear by Pilates. But I have yet to find the time to do either consistently since having Fiona, so I am just thanking God for that natural metabolism and dreading the day I can’t lean on it anymore :)

* While Shannon doesn’t actually play hockey she does love wearing heels and wielding the stick. *

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