About A Blender Mom

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Hey y’all and welcome to A Blender Mom. My name is Shanaka (pronounced Shonica or Shanuhkuh) and I’m the Mama of a newly blended family.

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I’m a small town, southern girl- born, raised, and still living in central Virginia. I say y’all and bless a lot of hearts. I was married for 8 years then divorced. I am now very happily married to my best friend, a guy who we call Jersey Boy or Geek Daddy here on the blog. We eloped to Disney and then later had a family sand ceremony with our children. Jersey Boy has a teen daughter, Bry. We have a baby girl together, Kaylee, who was born in 2016. My two boys and I plus his one girl and him then adding in our little girl makes up our newly blended family.

sand ceremony blended family

I’m a mama surviving off of iced coffee, wine, Dr. Pepper, and sweet tea. I loved my time at home as a SAHM years ago but also loved my jobs at Target and the bank, after all the bank is where I met Jersey Boy. I have been an administrative assistant for an insurance company for a year and a half now. As if my schedule wasn’t crazy enough I started college online for my bachelor’s degree. I spend my “free time” (that’s totally a thing, right?) trying to expand my cosplay wardrobe, working on bettering my photography skills, creating recipes, decorating cakes, checking out plus size fashion, and trying to stay current on all the latest technology.

mermaid costume makeup hair

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Caleb is my oldest fella. How am I old enough to have a teen? He is a sensitive guy with a big heart and would do anything to help someone in need. He loves playing ball (basketball, baseball, football) and is a big West Virginia fan. He also is my little (shh! He’ll always be my little boy) hunter and beekeeper. When he’s having his alone time I can usually find him working outside, building with Lego bricks or playing on the Playstation. He also is very competitive when it comes to our family game nights.

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Kyle is my youngest little dude. He’s the family comedian. He will also tell you as he sees it in a heartbeat and not think twice about it. He is my crafting buddy. If he hears me say paint, glue, or craft he is right beside me wondering what I am doing. He enjoys crafting, cooking, drawing, reading, playing on the Playstation and the Wii U.

You can read more about my hubby to be on his blog: Proud Geek Daddy. He’s my rock. In the short time we have been together we have experienced A LOT. He’s the Han Solo to my Princess Leia. Yes, we are that geeky.

I’m enjoying my role as step mom to Geek Daddy’s daughter, Bry. She loves Instagram, crafting and painting, and is better at putting on makeup than I am.

The last ingredient to the Blender Mom family is little miss Kaylee. She was born November 2016. She has been a wonderful addition to the family. She is the prefect blend of Geek Daddy and I. I can’t wait to see her grow and share her stories with y’all here.

Geek Daddy and I both enjoy getting the kids to experience new things and traveling. While I was pregnant with Kaylee we took our first family vacation to Disney World and we are hoping to go back with Kaylee soon. We have also enjoyed hosting various Disney parties showing off our #DisneySide

Star Wars Disney

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Why do I blog? I wanted to be a writer when I was growing up. I’m still “growing up” but I get to do what I love by helping others at my admin. assistant job and writing here on the blog. I love to get out and see as many new places as I can. We have been to Walt Disney World, Baltimore, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (brand ambassador), Great Wolf Lodge, LegoFest (Richmond, VA), Virginia Beach, Six Flags America (Maryland), Dover International Raceway, as well as other VA/NC/NJ/FL spots. I took the boys to the Tuckerton Seaport (New Jersey) for the first time and we stayed at a campground in a cabin. We have also been to the Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach, Florida, and New Jersey. On my own, I have traveled to Chicago, Arkansas, Georgia (a few times), and Myrtle Beach. This coming year I don’t know what travel plans are awaiting us but we are working on making it another great year full of adventure and memories for us all.

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I enjoy baking and decorating cakes and sweet treats as well as cooking up and sharing recipes. I had a dream come true when I got to tour the Wilton school, store and test kitchen and got hands on in the Wilton test kitchen in Chicago! I also enjoy getting my hands dirty with some DIY crafts/projects.

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I was trying to rediscover my inner health nut as I work on my weight loss. I gained weight during my separation/divorce and now with my last pregnancy I am at my heaviest but I plan to get back down to a healthier weight range.

I get great joy helping others. I am all about giving back to my community. My family has helped raise awareness for child hunger with Child Hunger Ends Here, worked with Champion for Kids on multiple Simple Service Projects and I have recently become a Feeding America Hunger Relief Advocate.

Are you a brand and want to know why you should work with A Blender Mom? I know sometimes it’s all about the numbers. If you are looking for my stats I can provide you with a media kit that has all that you’ll need to help decide if we are worthy of a blogger/brand connection. What makes A Blender Mom different from the rest? There are many, many blogs out there. When I connect with a brand or cause that I believe in, I do my best to give them my all. I share real photos and honest opinions. I am also a firm believer that bloggers do not work for free.

Ambassadorships and brand related work:
Best Buy Influencer Network-current
Chick-fil-A mom-2018
Dryel- 2018
Roto-Rooter- 2017
Karina Frockstar (Karina dresses) ambassador- 2014-2015
Busch Gardens Ambassador- 2014
ZonePerfect Blog Forward blogger- 2014
Silhouette blogger program- 2013-2015
Popsicle Mom- 2013
Swimways Swim Steps Swim Team mom- 2013
Little Tikes ambassador- 2013
Revolt Fitness blogger- 2013
LifeLock brand ambassador- 2012
Shaklee 180 blogger- 2012
Gorton’s blogger- 2012
Clairitin Mom crew- 2012
Carmex blogger- 2012-2015
US Family Guide Moms Connect member- 2012-current
Child Hunger Ends Here blogger ambassador- 2011
Purex Insider- 2010

I also work or have worked with Disney, BestBuy, Chevrolet, Wilton, Graco, Tyson, Oriental Trading, JORD wood watches, Target, Dixie Crystals, Adams Best, Crest, Elmer’s, Dial, Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Mega Bloks, Melissa and Doug, Chasing Fireflies, Kids II, and numerous other companies, PR reps, travel boards, and handmade businesses since 2008.

We are available for sponsored posts, reviews, hosting giveaways, social media sharing/ running of social media accounts, attending brand events, ambassadorship programs as well as conference sponsorships. If you are interested in connecting and working with us here at A Blender Mom you can email us at: theblendermom@gmail.com