I was trying to remember how long Stacie and I had known each other in the blogging world. We have been reading each other’s blogs for a long time, and she is the one person whose opinion I ultimately trust when it comes to book reviews. When she reviews a book on her blog, I usually end up buying it for my Kindle or Nook within the hour, or wind up at least placing it on my wish list. I have yet to be disappointed by a book she recommends. So whether she has a flair for good reading, or just matches my tastes in what makes for a great book, there’s gotta be something there!
I can’t even remember how Stacie and I found each other online but it’s funny that we have similar blog names. Unless I was searching for something and found her, it’s just been so long I can’t even remember anymore! Anyhooo…. take a few minutes and read about Stacie and her wonderful blog. Then head over to Sincerely Stacie and check out her blog home.
What area of Iowa do you live in and what is your most favorite thing about it?
I live with my husband and our three children in a small town of about 700 people just west of Cedar Rapids. I grew up in NE Iowa on a farm and once I went to college in Cedar Rapids, I knew I wanted to stay in the area. We have lived in this community for just over 10 years and really love the people and school district. I like that I can make it to Target in 25 minutes, to my parents in less than 2 hours and to Des Moines in 1 ½ hours.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start?
I started my blog in 2007 as a way to journal and share things I loved with others. I began with book reviews, products I loved, and recipes as well as offering inspiration, tips, and peeks into our family life. As I shared more and more book reviews, I felt like I found my niche. The interest in my book reviews started growing and requests for reviews started showing up in my inbox. My blog has turned into mostly book reviews with recipes, tips, product reviews, and snippets of our daily life mixed in.
How did you come up with your blog name?
I wanted something that started with “S” for the alliteration with my name. Since I started writing as a journal, I thought that signing each post with Sincerely, Stacie was a neat way to close each post. I also felt it conveyed the idea that I was being honest and sincere with my readers. Especially with the reviews I share, you can be sure that I am giving you my honest opinion and not some fluff to impress the publisher or company. I felt Sincerely, Stacie encompassed all that.
Besides blogging, what’s your “real job?”
Before I became a mom 14 years ago, I was a social worker. Then I spent my years at home with our 3 children. Once our youngest entered pre-school I took a class to be a Substitute Teacher in our Middle School/High School. This allows me flexibility, to work the same hours our kids are in school, and the opportunity to still volunteer and do the things I like to do. This is my 4th year of subbing and I still love it!
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Pat and I have been married for 15 years. We have three children, Patrick 14, Bennett 12, and Reagan 9. Our kids are very active in sports and music, so no matter what season it is, we are running to some activity with at least one of our kids. My husband owns his own Financial Planning business and has an office right in the town we live in which has been very nice since it used to be in Cedar Rapids. My husband has 3 siblings that all live just 20 minutes away. I have 2 sisters that live in NE Iowa along with my parents.
Shuffle your iTunes playlist. What are the next 10 songs that come up?
Hard to Handle by The Black Crowes
All Shook Up by Elvis
Firework by Katy Perry
Blessed Be Your Name by Tree 63
Believe by Josh Groban
The Luckiest by Ben Folds
Just Give Me A Reason by Pink
My Hallelujah Song by Julianne Hough
You Are Holy (Prince of Peace) by Michael W. Smith
Hang On Sloopy by The McCoys
As you can see I have a wide range of Oldies, Rock, Top 40, Country, Christian, and Christmas music. This is exactly the variety of music I would listen to throughout my day.
If you could be on any reality show, which one would you choose and why?
Well, my favorite reality show is SURVIVOR. I’ve seen every season and episode and love the drama and analyzing the players. But, I know I could NEVER EVER handle the emotional and physical aspect of it. I also a fan of DANCING WITH THE STARS and I would love to be on the show. Clearly, I am not a star, so it doesn’t look like it is going to happen. Unless they change the show to DANCING WITH THE MOMS, I will just have to continue watching it from home.
Where can you follow Stacie?