Hi there friends! We’re taking a quick break from Mommy Tell All Monday for a fun blog series, Tour Through Blogland! Today’s post should let you know a little bit more about me and my blog as well as introduce you to a few of my bloggy friends!
Bethany from Pitter and Glink invited me to join in this fun series. I adore this cute friend of mine and although we haven’t actually met in real life, I consider her a good friend. We often support and cheer each other on behind the computer screen and I adore everything she makes. A few of my favorite projects of Bethany’s are her Stencil Watercolor Makeup Pouch, Feather Art for the Not-So-Artistic, and her Thrift Store Lamp Makeover. Bethany blogs about cute crafts, DIY projects, art, and jewelry… you will seriously fall in love with the prettiness of her little corner of blogland. Be sure to visit her at Pitter and Glink!
If you are new here at Mine for the Making, WELCOME! If you are a regular reader, what up peeps?! ;) I’m going to answer a few Tour Through Blogland questions to give you a better idea of what my vision of Mine for the Making is.
What are you currently working on?
That’s a great question. But an even better one is…what am I NOT currently working on? LOL! Typically I have several projects going on at one time. I could be working on a blog campaign project, designing a printable, creating a wreath, lesson planning for homeschool, renovating a room in my house, and creating a new recipe all in one week. I enjoy being busy. I always have. Especially when I am busy with things that I love. Just recently I shared My Craft Room Reveal…really proud of this project!
I often share kid-friendly activities, my thoughts on motherhood, as well as parenting tips. Just recently I shared 3 Tips to Help Kids Cope with Vaccines.
Over the summer we have been LIVING on lots of different smoothies to stay nice and cool (while trying to be as healthy as possible…summer makes us want to snack a lot!). This Dairy Free Pina Colada Smoothie was mom and kid approved and we had it often!
How does your blog differ from others in its genre?
Hmmm… this is a tricky question. I think that every blogger brings their own “thing” to the table. It may be what they share, how they write, or how well they connect with their readers. I think that Mine for the Making is a place where moms can go to find kid-friendly activities, thoughts from other moms who may be in the same ‘season,’ easy recipes, fun DIY projects, crafty crafts, and even free printables. MFTM is a one-stop-shop for mommas, or at least I hope it is! Are there other blogs who offer some of the same things? Absolutely. And I’m so grateful to be apart of such an inspiring, creative, and caring community of bloggers! I think something else that’s kind of unique about MFTM is that my husband works with me on MANY of my projects. Everything from DIY builds to beautiful and tasty recipes. I’m pretty much obsessed with his Smoked Mozzarella Dip and Luci’s DIY Loft Bed is always everyone’s favorite feature in our house.
Why do you write and create what you do?
I have always been creative and I love handmade…since I was a little girl. Mine for the Making is my creative outlet and a huge piece of my life. I share everything I love here, openly and honestly. I discovered a whole new world of ‘handmade’ when I started blogging and fell in love with that community as well. And though my blog morphed from a family blog to what it is today, I feel like I have grown with it as well. Being creative makes happy…it makes me feel alive. And I love that I have this little corner of the Internet to share it with all of you!
How does your writing/creative process work?
I keep an “Ideas” journal close by so that anytime an idea pops into my head (it happens often), I write it down because I will most definitely forget. Especially if it’s in the middle of the night (when all the best ideas come to me) or when I’m in the middle of doing 5 things at one time (you’re a mom…you know what I’m talking about). My daughter is a huge creative inspiration for me and I often bounce my ideas off my husband (he’s the ‘idea guy’). Often times I have a vision of what I want to create, but as I am actually in the act of creating, it turns into something else or it gives me another idea for my next project. When I’m having a hard time coming up with creative ideas, I often visit some of my favorite stores or favorite sites for inspiration. Once I start writing (aka: typing up my post), words just come to me. Most times I go back and edit, re-edit, and edit again. Then once I publish the post, I ask my husband to go read it or check out how my photos turned out for a good critique. Creating and writing are two things that have always seemed to come pretty naturally for me. It’s not something I struggle with…it’s something I really enjoy.
Meet My Bloggy Friends!
I invited a couple of my bloggy buddies to join in the Tour Through Blogland series. You are going to love these gals and I really encourage you to check out their blogs!
My positive and energetic, paleo-eating, yoga teaching, crossfit doing, homeschooling, essential oils guru, inspiring mommy friend Mel of Mbrace Life is a must follow. Not only is she my real life friend, I just LOVE her blog. She blogs about health, fitness, and good ol’ mom life. Her perspective is uplifting and refreshing, yet she is real and honest. A couple of my favorite posts are Playground Fitness and Mbrace Parenting.
My next friend that I am going to introduce you to I met via Instagram, and I tell you what- I’ve met some of my very favorite people because of that crazy cool photo app! Aleisha from Britches n Boots is as sweet and as caring as they come. She’s a mom (to 4 awesome kiddos) and wife first but she wears plenty of other hats as well. Aleisha is an avid book reader, gardener, coffee obsessed, fresh flower lover, Anthropology wearing, Jamberry Nails consultant, who runs a blog and a shop FULL of gorgeous handmade pretties. She’s the first to offer to pray for you and it’s not just something she says…she truly loves her Heavenly Father, family, and friends above anything else and I know this woman prays and she prays hard. You will find family posts, book reviews, her thoughts, sprinkled in with yummy recipes and cute crafts on her blog.
Thanks so much for sticking around and learning a bit more about Mine for the Making and meeting some of my bloggy buddies! Please go on over and visit these ladies….I promise you will love them! Have a Happy Labor Day and blessed week ahead.
See you tomorrow for Teach Me Tuesday!