You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something.
As the title of this blog implies, I am a mom who loves to research. I just love being able to find the best solutions to life’s problems. I google, I pinterest (not a verb yet, but give it a few years), I analyze and cross-reference reviews – all to find the yummiest recipes, the coolest crafts to do with my kids, the best accommodations for our family vacation, the most affordable flooring options for our basement, how to rid our cat of bladder stones… Unfortunately, those last two are related (but that’s a whole other story).
So naturally, I spent the first week after I decided that I’d like to start a blog, doing what I do best: researching. And researching. And taking notes. And researching some more. There was just so much to take in, so much advice to read, so many factors to consider. And what I found out is that really, there’s no best way to start a blog. You can find the best host, the best WordPress theme, the best advice on SEO and social media promotion, the best niche – but until you sit down and actually write, the details really don’t matter. You just need to start.
I am a wife to a kind and generous man, who makes me laugh every day and makes the absolute worst puns. We have a 4 year old daughter, a little ray of sunshine, who’s clever, fiercely independent, stubborn, and who’s so like me that I don’t know if I should be irritated or proud (except for the chatty part – she totally gets that from her dad). Our son, who just turned 1, is our chill little guy, my sweet boy – always cool, never fussed, the calm in the storm that is our house most days. Rounding off our family is our goofy, lab-mix dog and the aforementioned cat, who we still love, even if she destroyed our basement rug.
I am a working mom. I’m lucky enough to have an employer that provided me with a year of paid maternity leave for each of my children. I really cherished that time with my little ones, and although it was hard to go back to work each time, I also really enjoy my job. I work as a web developer, user interface designer, and recently, a team leader, and I love the challenges I face every day. I’ve toyed for years with the idea of starting my own business developing web sites from home, but it never felt right. Because when I come home, it’s all about my family, our house, our life. There’s nothing I like more than playing with my kids, cooking dinner with my husband, organizing our lives – or, as is often the case, researching crafts that won’t have me washing glitter off the dog, finding recipes that my 4 year old will not deem “yucky”, and figuring out how to organize the toys that seem to multiply overnight.
That’s what this blog is going to be about. My family, our home, and the solutions I find to simplify our lives. And cookie recipes. Probably a few cookies recipes.
Finally, if you happen to be one of the first people to read this blog – hello! How are you? Tell me about yourself.