meet bonnie, and get $50 to forever 21!

You guys, today you get to meet Bonnie. I have had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie a few times (and want to hang out with more if we can ever get our schedules aligned!) and let me tell you, she will crack you up! We figured our readers were so awesome, we should introduce each other (go check out my responses to her questions) and offer you guys a special treat as well, enjoy ;)

Hi!  I'm Bonnie and I blog over at The Life of Bon!  This is me:

I'm getting bench pressed on a longboard.  You know.  Totally normal.  Here's a picture of my face.  In case you're into that.  I'm trying to look all sexy and suspicious and also somewhat pale and sickly.  What can I say, I NAILED IT!

I am so excited to introduce myself on Alycia's blog.  Alycia and I are bloggy friends and real life friends!  Who wudda thought?  Plus she's gorgeous.  I've been trying to figure out for about six months now how to steal her hair.

1.  What inspired you to start blogging?

Two years ago, on a train ride in France, I had the strong impression to write every day on a blog and to make it a priority in my life.  I thought this was stupid.  But I still did it.  I didn't tell anyone (not even my husband) for several months because I thought it was so weird.  Little did I know I would find so much joy and fulfillment in it and change my life the way it has.

On a train in France.  I had no idea that inspiration was about to strike and change my life.  Wow, so dramatic!

2.  You have a 10 minute speech to give at a high school, what is it about?

I teach high school English, so this question is right up my alley.  I would tell them how uniquely special they are and that life gets better after high school and that they are smart and funny and can do anything they put their minds to.  I'd tell them the world is full of opportunities for them and that they are talented and have worth and value and their lives have incredible purpose.

Yes, kinda sappy.  But I think high schoolers need it.  They're such a special group of people and I adore them

3.  What is your greatest accomplishment?

I can stick a noodle up my nose and out my mouth.  BOO- YAH!

Too much?

4.  Who do you admire?  
I admire...
My husband for being so passionate and motivated
My mom for never feeling sorry for herself for a second after my dad died.
Nat the Fat Rat and CJane for being my blogging idols.
Myself for putting up with 240 pubescent teenagers every day.
Any person who runs for president of the U.S.A. because that's just cray cray.

5.  Tell us about a time you were incredibly embarrassed.

Thanks to my father in law, I've got a bucketful of these!  I would have to say it is a tie between these two things.  Which one do you think is more embarrassing?

a.  in front of 300+ wedding dinner guests my pop in law went on and on about how difficult it was to conceive my husband, Greg.  There were details about trying to impregnate Greg's mom.  Pop in law then pulled out a jock strap from when his younger softball playing days and said it was the jock strap's fault for lowering his sperm count.  Mortified is to put it lightly.
b. Two weeks after we were married, father in law came over to dinner and proudly announced, "Well!  No one is a virgin at the table anymore!"

So like I said... it's hard to know which one to pick.

The man, the myth, the legend.  Eating an ice cream bar and drinking a coca cola.

6.  What is your worst puke story?

I have puked in just about any situation you can imagine.  I've got the weakest stomach ever created (Hello, never getting pregnant!).  Probably my best story is from my very first day of college.  I was feeling sick so I rested my head on the desk in a Spanish class.  The Spanish teacher kept yelling at me to sit up but because it was in Spanish I didn't know what she was saying.  When I finally understood that she was yelling at me, I sat up just in time to puke Honeycomb all over the floor.  I ran out of the classroom and never returned.  Literally never.  I dropped the class.

7.  How did you meet your husband?
The short of it is that I was sitting on a balcony and he walked past with some friends.  He yelled up that he liked my hair and I yelled back to come make me a hot dog with his shirt off.  You know, the normal flirtations.  Eight months later I was throwing a bouquet.  The full story is as cheesy and sappy as you can imagine and can be found here.

8. What sets you apart from other bloggers?

I have a redheaded husband who does every accent imaginable including an old English maid accent!  You don't find that just anywhere!

9. A life changing experience.

My dad died very unexpectedly when I was 23.  It was devastating and in many ways I am still reeling from the shock.  I will never be glad that it happened, but from the experience I have learned one of life's greatest lessons and that is that I am much stronger than I ever thought I was.  There is strength within us that we never discover until life makes us.  You can more read more about my dad here here and here.

10. Something about yourself that you never tell others?

I used to practice kissing on a wooden post.  It was all sorts of gross tasting, but I thought it absolutely necessary if I was ever going to grow up to be a fantastic kisser.  I was only 9, give me a break!

Thanks Alycia, so much for having me!  I feel like this is a legit interview, like I'm a total celeb!  Now come on over to my blog and see what answers Alycia gave to the same questions.  And while you're there stick around for awhile and say hi.  I love visitors!  You can find me at twitter @thelifeofbon and instagram @thelifeofbon and facebook too!

Oh, and Alycia and I up and decided to give one of you readers a $50 gift card to Forever 21.  Just in time for spring shopping!
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  1. yea!!! love meeting new bloggers - love shopping at Forever 21!!! this momma needs some new threads for the Spring :-) XO

  2. Hiya! Love F21! Great giveaway, and learning about other bloggers! Have a fabulous day!

  3. Hilarious post! I will def be checking out your blog :) I love the random ways couples can meet. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Forever 21 is my fave! And so happy to have another great blog to follow :)

  5. So nice to get to know Bonnie and I would love to win the gift card to Forever 21.


  6. that is so funny with the noodle!

  7. Hi! Love this giveaway! Who Doesn't love F21! :)

  8. I didn't tell anyone (husban included!) that I blogged for several months either!!

  9. So glad Bonnie guest posted here! I found her blog forever ago but left before following and couldn't find it again. Happy day (:

  10. The noodle thing is so weird... I don't know if its fantastic or just gross :) Hanna

  11. So happy to meet Bonnie through your guest interview and excited to join the Forever 21 gift card giveaway...thanks to both of you :)

  12. I think embarrassing story A is a little more humiliating. :)

    Ive already followed you for a while but it was nice to read a little more about you.

  13. I could use some new spring clothes!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!


  14. After my hubby and I got married one of my grandparents made the same comment and there being no virgins at the table. Definitely a little embarrassing.

  15. Hahahah I just love that one of the questions is "what is your worst puke story"!

  16. Hi hi hi, thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Hi!

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  18. She sounds like a fun and lovely lady! My died passed away when I was about 23 too, so her last point was shocking to me... That someone from another side of the world experienced the same thing as me. :/

  19. That was fun. Now I'm going to go and read your answers.

  20. I love Bonnie and her blog. I was just realizing how many different hair colors she's had. :)

  21. Bonnie is my hero! Seriously, demanding lunch-and-a-show and ending up with a husband...that's talent! I really think her hubby needs to post a vlog of him doing accents now.

    So glad to have found your blog, via Bonnie!

  22. definitely could use some $$ to forever 21 to get out of my winter fashion rut!

  23. Love Bonnie! She is a doll! Can't wait to catch up on your blog, while wearing some Forever 21! (even though I'm 29?)

  24. Hi! I love finding new blogs to read!! Thanks!

  25. So fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Awesome giveaway! Thank you!


  27. You two are the cutest. I loved reading these!!

  28. I enjoyed this post!! Love reading about new people and their walks of life!!

  29. Hello! New follower here :)

    This is such a fun idea! Can't wait to read more!

  30. Hi guys! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  31. thank for this great giveaway, love forever21!

    ghalim at yahoo dot com

  32. Awesome giveaway and Bon is hilarious!

  33. I already follow her blog - she is great!

    Happy Monday!

    The Hartungs Blog

  34. Love your questions (and Bon's answers)!

  35. Hi! I love to meet new-to-me bloggers :)

  36. Really enjoyed this post! The giveaway isn't too shabby either.

  37. Hello! I really love Bonnie's short story on how she met her husband. "Make me a hotdog with your shirt off!" haha

  38. Already been following both of you, but it was neat to find the full story of how Bon met her husband. How cute.


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