The Life of Bon: Welcome to the spawn of two blogs: LIFE OF YELLOW

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Welcome to the spawn of two blogs: LIFE OF YELLOW

One of my blogging idols has always been Erin from Living in Yellow.  The first post I ever read of hers was this one about blogging advice and I remember literally laughing out loud.  "What?" I thought, "A perfect stranger blogger lady can make me laugh this hard?"  I've followed Erin's shenanigans ever since.  Apart from being hilarious she is a little blogging Buddha and I steal all of her blogging ideas.  The girl's a smart cookie!  Somehow I convinced her to do a post with me.  I just got to thinking one day, what if Living in Yellow and Life of Bon were to procreate? What would that blog spawn be like?!?  

Welp.  I think we've got our answer, folks.  

I present to you, LIFE OF YELLOW.

(Oh and P.S. there is a $50 Target giveaway at the end of this post from me and Erin.  Eat your heart out, ladies!)

What is the weirdest thing people say to you about your blog?

Bon:  I have a cousin who tells me every time he sees me that he never reads it. That's always nice to hear.  My husband's friend tells me all the time that he thinks it's ridiculous that people can make money blogging when he has to do "real work".  One time a totally random chick emailed me and told me I was never going to make it in the blogging biz... so, you know... normal stuff.

Erin:  I try to avoid actually talking about my blog in real life. The conversation typically goes like this: "So what does it mean when you say you write a blog? Like what do you write about?" "Oh, just whatever really. My life I guess?" "I don't get it. People that don't know you just want to read about your life on a daily basis?!" "Yeah I don't get it either." I then quickly change the subject to how cute puppies are and that ends all awkwardness. 

If we interviewed your husband what would he say drives him crazy about you (good or bad) wink wink.

Erin:  I don't know if we have a blog post long enough to cover what drives him crazy. I just learned last night that he isn't too fond of me singing outside so that the neighbors can hear. Something about "your voice is worse than nails on a chalkboard" or something like that. He also finds it annoying that I leave my chewed gum around the house in random places. And that I never put lids on my water bottles. And that I gallop through home improvement stores. And basically that I am alive. 

That last sentence is a joke. He actually enjoys my presence. I think. Ask me this same question in another year or two and I may have a different thought on that one. 

Bon:  Let's see... I run red lights, I am always late, I chew my food loudly, I leave meat out and then it spoils, I can act quite bratty when I want to.  Oh- one time I took off my pants in the car because I had to change.  Totally normal!  I thought Greg was going to bust a cap when he looked over-  he was sure all the other cars were going to be looking in on me and seeing my naked lower half.  The guy was seriously fuming!  Don't know why- ain't nothing wrong with some white thigh!

Crazy in the other way?  Well I do have some killer shake your bon bon moves...

What is the favorite post you've ever written and why?

Bon:  I kind of totally love this I Believe post that was actually a link up that Erin did.  Every once in a while the writing comes so effortlessly- I almost feel like it's somebody else is writing for me.  The words come together perfectly and naturally, and writing isn't even work and somehow I make something I am very proud of.  That's how I felt that night.

Erin:  This may be a cliche answer but I am going to have to go with my first blog post ever written. That one post has changed my life in so many ways I never thought possible. I get all emotional just talking about how happy I am that I ever hit publish on that February day two years ago. So much courage went into that post and really I think we should all be proud of ourselves for taking that first initial step into this online world. It's a scary (but so much more incredible) journey to embark on. 

How do you deal with negative criticism in the bloggy world?

Bon:  First I usually feel really sick about it.  You know when your stomach totally drops and you feel like you're going to puke?  Like that.  Then I usually tell lots of people seeking some kind of validation.  I can't pretend like it doesn't hurt or it doesn't affect me, but I do try to take it with a grain of saly- the majority of the time the criticism is coming from perfect strangers so you can't put too much stock into that.  I usually try to learn from it too- one of the best negative comments I ever read was about how awful I am at responding to comments.  I realized I am pretty awful and have tried to do better since then.

Erin:  Most negative criticism comes in the form of some anonymous person who has no face or name. This provides quality entertainment between my husband and I as we get to make up what they look like, sound like, and go into full detail on what their favorite hobbies are. They never end up being very pretty and the majority of them play with cats in their free time. And that typically concludes how I deal with it. 

What is one of the stupidest things you've ever done?

Bon:  That would be the time me and my best friend flew into Honolulu with no place to stay for three days, no car, and not a soul that we knew.  We were going to school, but our house wouldn't be available until Monday and we flew in with two huge suitcases and nowhere to go on a Thursday.  We slept the first night in the airport. Then we hung out at a beach (with our suitcases!) until some totally random guy offered to let us stay at his house for three days.  We said yes.

You don't have to tell me how dumb and naive that was.  I know.  Lucky for me, the guy wasn't a creeper and we came out unscathed, but oh my gosh I will never tell my daughters that story.

Erin:  I wouldn't necessarily call this stupid as much as I would awesome, but one time when I was in middle school my friend and I took brownies from the lunch room and left a trail of crumbs all over the gym. We then went and found a janitor and told him that a mouse pooped all over the gym floor. He totally bought it, whipped out the white gloves and mop, then proceeded to go to town cleaning that mess up as we laughed from the sidelines. Realistically speaking I was a horrible person in middle school. But fun? 

You tend to not hold back on your blog, has this ever came back to haunt you?

Bon: Yes, yes, and yes.  Good enough answer?  I'd tell you details but then I know that would come back to haunt me too...

Erin: You could say that. Here's the deal on this one though--the one thing that haunts me the most is something I would've never ever expected to haunt me. Just goes to show you never know anything in blog land. Or life for that matter.

If I gave you $100 to spend in the next hour, what would you spend it on?
Bon:  I'd spend it all on luxury underwear just to feel totally sexy.  Or something equally stupid.

Erin: Probably food. That seems to be where all of my money goes these days. 

Do you think that blogs have a shelf life or do you plan on blogging until your 90?

Bon:  Basically I'm planning on being the first grandma blogger.  I'm going to write all about the people in my nursing home- the man who wets his pants, the nurse who is mean, the old lady who leaves her teeth lying around.  Watch for it!

In all seriousness, I have no idea.  I do wonder if one day we will all wake up and think, "What in the heck are we doing spending so much time on blogs?!?" and all forget about them...

Erin: It seems with age comes a lot more wisdom and awesomeness. Thankfully that's all blogs require (wink) so things are looking up for the elderly in the online department if you ask me.

The idea of having babies. Give it to me straight. Your thoughts on having them that is. 

Bon:  Here's the deal.  My husband's a ginger.  We're both scrawny things that didn't hit puberty until we were 19.  We're pale and freckly.  We're nerds.  To top it all off, we're both incredibly stubborn and sassy. Oh- and we're kind of bossy. So basically by having babies we are guaranteeing ourselves a pack of ugly pale skinny redheads who are total dorks, extremely opinionated, boss all their friends around, and never admit when they're wrong.

Bring it on!

Erin: Ask me in 5 years. For now I'm too busy taking bubble baths with a glass(es) of cabernet. 

For Bonnie:  You are a Mormon meaning you don't drink caffeine or alcohol. What is your daily fix that keeps you going? 

I do drink caffeine, just not coffee.  I'm a diet coke fiend.  Four a day, baby.  I also splurge on In-N-Out french fries.  And frozen yogurt.  For about a month there I was stopping every day on my way home from work for frozen yogurt.  EVERY DAY.

For Erin: There's no wine for a year.  What do you do?

I die. That's what. 


  1. wait wait waaaaaait. did you go to BYUH!? love that story. totally the norm for hawaii. my friends & I went to maui over thanksgiving break from BYUH & decided to just camp all over the island. that lasted like a night until we were over it & met some random dude at a restaurant and stayed at his house. could've gone HORRIBLY wrong but luckily we all survived haha

  2. this had me literally lol'ing. i'm kind of sucky at commenting but i love both your blogs <3

  3. love this post for something different. and excited to be introduced to 'living in yellow'. as soon as i click 'publish' i'm heading on over to check it out.

  4. Hi!! Y'all are two of my faves, I loved this joint post! :)

  5. Loved this! My two fave funny ladies in one spot. Brilliant!

  6. big fan of both your blogs! :)

  7. This post made me laugh out loud. I love seeing silly lifestyle blogs like these gain so much popularity. You girls are weirdos and I love it!


  8. The aged picture of Bon had me giggling - please do keep posting all through the years!

  9. This is the greatest post! I love BOTH of you ladies--so the two of you morphed? Pure genius!

    BTW--the link to Erin's pinterest is wrong!

  10. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Love both of your blogs! I look forward to reading them every day.

  11. I got the opportunity to meet Erin at a blog conference in May, and she's awesome. This is really cool for me to read because I follow both of your blogs and it was so neat to see the intertwining of you too. ;)

  12. The Hawaii story is literally CRAZY! And the brownie/mouse poop fiasco sounds exactly like something stupid I would do in middle school. My friend and I used to take the time to "tie dye" kleenexes with markers and water and then trick people we sneezed rainbow colored snot...this was in elementary school but I didn't get any better (or less weird)...

  13. Hi! Congrats on the end of school and getting ready for a new year at a new school!

  14. i'm happy to see you came together and created life of yellow. it was an awesome read :)

  15. Saying hello! Oh and that Hawaii story is crazy! Quite brave too.

  16. You two are so funny!! and love both of you!!

  17. We are obviously spending waaayyyyy too much money when we go to Hawaii! Th locals must be used to people just showing up with nowhere to stay, they probably take them home for their own good!

    Funny stuff, thanks for the lols

  18. Love this post, you two are my favorite bloggers!

  19. 2 of my favorite blogs at one time?! woo!

  20. hi!!! I love you both!

  21. Great post! And that last photo is hilarious!

  22. I enjoyed reading this post! I also enjoyed reading both of your favorite posts. Bonnie, I think I've read your I believe post a few times. It's my ultimate favorite!!

  23. This post was too funny! :)

  24. Bon, you've paired AGAIN with a favorite blogger of mine! To top it off you're giving away a gift card to one of my favorite places. The love I'm feeling is through the roof! But seriously, love you both!

  25. I love the idea of you both answering the same questions....and I loved laughing reading the answers and seeing the pics ;)

  26. Hi there! Love you BOTH. I read both of your blogs like it's my job. You're both way too funny and awesome! :)

  27. hello there and I am so in love with this giveaway! :)

  28. I just saw this post on fb and I literally screamed because it is such an amazing thing for two amazeball ladies to write an amazing post together.

  29. LOVE these two girls!! My blogging idols!

  30. Love this! I love Erin's last answer :)

  31. Great idea! Now I need to copy it with my bloggy BFF! Thanks for the daily dose of humour...I wish I was as young as you two are!

  32. hi!

    loved reading these responses. :)

  33. This was such a fun post! And thanks for introducing me to yet another daily blog read! Yay!

  34. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Great interview.


  35. You girls are cute! (:


  36. Sweet giveaway! I love your post - adorable!

  37. Best post ever! I love it!

  38. Hi. Love both of your blogs!

  39. I love this!! Bonnie, you seriously crack. me. UP!! I love how you mix seriousness and humor all in one :D Great interview, I love how different you two are!! I clicked on the link "I Believe" and I haven't finished it, but so far it's good!!