Feature Friday – Baby Costs Money

Welcome to Feature Friday!

I am really excited about today’s post. PS today is her birthday so jump over to her social media and wish her the happiest of birthdays!!!

Darlene Dee is a SAHM to a two-year-old ToddlerMonster. (She is also a big fan of her two adult children, who turned out way better than she expected.) Darlene had those first two babies without the help of the internet but did a LOT of googling during her last pregnancy. Google told her that it would cost 245K to raise a kid; she decided to keep track of every penny at babycostsmoney.com. She can also be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/babycostsmoney/ , Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/babycostsmoney/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/babycostsmoney.

  1. What made you want to start blogging?
    I love to write. I actually had a blog for YEARS called Some Like it Homemade but I didn’t know about hashtags or categories or anything technical at all. I just wrote things and posted them online and went about my day. I sort of started the same way with BabyCostsMoney. I didn’t really understand tagging posts until about a year ago. I have no clue how the first few people even found my blog. I should ask them.
  2. What is your favorite book/movie of all time and why did it speak to you so much?
    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Have you read it? It’s a kid’s book, but it is the BEST kid’s book. A sister and brother run away from home and live in a museum. I always wanted a grand adventure as a child. And I thought I was smarter than most adults. (I wasn’t. I was just a dumb kid. But I didn’t know that then.)
  3. What did you want to do growing up and are you doing it now?
    I used to say that I wanted to be an anthropologist. Mostly I wanted to travel to places that no one had been and just sort of be there. Anthropologist seemed to fit the best, career-wise. Getting knocked up at age eighteen was a curveball.
  4. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
    I once lived in the woods for six weeks with a friend. Like, IN THE WOODS. We cooked over a fire. We washed our clothes in a stream. We pooped in a hole. And yes, I would do it again. But maybe with a different person. Or different people.
  5. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
    Feminist AF.
    [This is her ToddlerMonster in the Tula at the Women’s March]
    the future is nasty
  6. Why or why not?
    Feminism is simply believing that everyone is equal. Um, DUH. I can’t even be friends with people who say they are not feminists. They are either stupid or horrible and I can’t hang with either.
  7. What was the best phase of your life?
    Now. This. I am living it.
  8. What was the worst phase of your life?
    I wandered quite a bit during my twenties. I was fired by more than one doctor while trying to get my head straight. Yes, FIRED. As a patient, not an employee. I do not recommend Wandering Without Sanity.



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