Hey there! I am really excited, because today I am in the Hometalk bloglight!
What is Hometalk you ask?
Hometalk is a social home & garden website where people share project ideas and advice for their homes. It’s my favorite go to place for inspiration and home advice…they cover everything you can possibly imagine!
If you are here from Hometalk, WELCOME! Grab a seat and hang out for a bit…let’s get to know each other! You can check out my projects on Hometalk as well!
Let’s start with the beginning…the beginning of my blog that is. I started this blog almost two years ago with no intentions whatsoever. I just needed a place to rant. I was becoming extremely tired of the way I was seeing friends around me that felt the need to pretend all the time. I knew friends that were having trouble paying their mortgages, but were buying new cars and taking cruises to the Caribbean, and it just started to make me sick. I was also having trouble getting a grip on what my kids were eating. It was kind of a free for all around here…snacking, snacking, snacking…not healthy in the least. So, I started this blog with a post about getting your children to eat healthier and a few posts about women needing to be nicer to one another. That my friends is where the Mom 4 Real comes from.
That didn’t last long at all.
I’ve always been a little crafty, you know…make stuff for my kiddos, rearrange the furniture once a week, paint a random wall here and there…normal, right? Well, I had just used my new Cricut to monogram a little white pumpkin, and decided to share it on the blog, and that was it. Ranting over. After that, I started sharing all of the crafty DIY projects that I did around the house, and quickly started gaining confidence…I found my self so to speak.
I contemplated changing my blog name, but decided not to, because that is who I am…a mom, just trying to keep it real.
My mission is to show other mothers that you don’t have to break the bank or have a huge house to make a beautiful home. I live in a smallish home, and have a budget, but want to have pretty things and live well.
My biggest post to date is How To Clean in Between the Glass on Your Oven Door. It was totally written for Hometalk, because I had posted a tutorial on How to Clean Your Ceramic Stovetop, and lots of the ladies there asked if I knew how to clean between the doors. So, I gave it a try, and a viral Pinterest post was born…thanks Hometalk readers!
I think my favorite post ever is my Open Kitchen Cabinets With Aqua Accents. It really gave my kitchen the cottage look I wanted and I used sample paints from Lowe’s…so, it basically cost me $5 for a huge impact update!
I really truly love blogging, and feel like it is absolutely what I was meant to do. My family loves my blog, as long as they get a little veto power…at least that’s what I let them think. Some of my friends read my blog, but all of them are extremely supportive. I think most of them think I’m a little crazy…which is true.
How I Blog…
I am a fly by the seat of my pants blogger. I do schedule some things, but I like pressure, so I usually just go with whatever I feel like doing. Most of my posts are done and photographed one day, then edited and posted the next morning. That is just what works for me. I have tried to be super scheduled, but it zaps my creativity, so I just do my thing.
I am so inspired by other bloggers, and my favorites vary from week to week. If I absolutely had to pick my favorites, they would be Tatertots and Jello and Young House Love. They were the first blogs I ever read, and inspire me still.
I am a very goal oriented person, so my advice to new bloggers is to set some goals…a few small goals, like getting your projects featured on a certain site or growing your readership to a certain number. Also set a big goal or two. They don’t have to be huge, just think of something you really want to do, and go for it. One of the goals that I set for myself last year was to become a contributor for Jen at Tatertots and Jello. I knew exactly what I wanted and went for it, and now, I am very proud to be one of TT&J’s contributors. Just believe you can do it and work hard. Just don’t expect everything to happen overnight…blogging takes a ton of time and effort, but if you love it like I do, then it is totally worth it!
My favorite kind of post is one that is unexpected…like taking the doors off of my cabinets and painting the insides aqua, or taking an old window and some wine corks and turning it into a wine cork board! I love making something new from something old…yep, that is my favorite!
I also have quite the chalkboard paint obsession…you can check out a roundup of all of my chalkboard projects in one place now!
My final thoughts…really live in your home and make it your own! Don’t be afraid to make a big change and do something fun. Be different, be bold, and be real!
Thank you so much for so much Hometalk for featuring me in the bloglight today and letting me share myself with you!
I hope you will stick around and follow along via email below or “like” my page on facebook…I just love making new friends!