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Do you ever arrive at a blog and feel confused? Do you think to yourself…where the heck am I suppose to click?

No fear, my loves.

I’m here to lead you.

Shall I start from the beginning?

I’ll keep it short I promise.

I began this blog in 2008 as an online baby book, per say. Not thinking I would have many more people than my mom reading it. #mymomlovesme

Eventually I realized that I had a love for decorating, diy projects, party planning, adoption, vlogging…and so much more. This online baby book went from containing posts only about my kids to posts that allowed me to have an outlet for my creativity.

For things that I truly loved.


I’ve come a long way in the last 5 years, not just as a blogger…but as a mother, wife, daughter, friend, and Christian.

I’ve learned that being a mom is not always glamorous. That being a wife is sometimes hard. That being a friend takes work. And I’ve learned that loving Jesus above all else is my saving grace.

Our life is far from perfect. I am far from perfect.

In fact, most days…I’m just a tired mom trying to keep my kids from eating cheetos for breakfast and having chocolate for dinner.

I’m just trying to get a load a laundry done in between cleaning pee off the toilet seat and finding melted Starburst in between my couch cushions.

I’m just trying to love on my husband even when I’d rather go lock myself in the bedroom and sleep for 12 hours straight.

And through it all, I’m thankful that YOU have allowed me to share my story. My life. My creativity.


The good. The bad. The so-so.

And the wonderful. Because there’s been lots of wonderful in my imperfect life.

What this space is to me?

I want to create a space where you feel inspired, joyful and loved. Not because of anything that I have written or said…but because of what God is doing.

I want you to feel welcomed and encouraged and normal.

For pete’s sake please feel normal.

You may see a room makeover post and think I constantly keep my house spotless. Or you may see a gorgeous picture of my kiddos…all dressed in their best and think I must have the most well behaved cutest children on the planet. Or maybe you will read a post where I have written about a new gluten free recipe I tried and you will think, “Gosh, she decorates and eats clean.”

Let me assure you of a few things:

1. My house is never spot less. Ever. I have 3 {soon to be 4} kids. If you think I didn’t stage those pictures and then take them while the kids were at daycare…you’re wrong. I did. Stop by my house on a normal day and you’ll see THIS.

2. My kids are cute. I’m not gonna lie. But dressed in their best or well behaved they are not. Most of the time I am lucky to get them dressed at all. Underwear only is their preference of attire. And although I capture their cute memorable smiles for the camera…that usually only lasts about a millisecond before someone hauled off and hit someone else.

3. I dislike cooking. Yep, I said that. If you’ve read a post about some awesome recipe that I’ve tried…chances are I’m sharing it because I’m so proud that I actually cooked something.

So, if you’re new around these parts and you still don’t know what I stand for…start back at the top and re-read. Kidding.

You can check out my ABOUT page.

I hope that something I have written has lifted you up or kept you from feeling like a failure. I know that your comments and emails have encouraged me and given me inspiration.

Thank you for that.

I love the outlet that blogging gives me and the community of women who support each other so much that I have dedicated a good amount of time to trying to help you start your own blog. If you are interested in a place to share your creativity then click HERE.

Now excuse me while I go turn on Peppa Pig so I can clean the toilet without a kid on my leg.


  1. LOVED reading this!!!!

  2. Emily says:

    MANDY! I love this! And, I love the new site design! Have a great weekend! :)
    Emily´s last blog post ..Finally Friday {Take 10}

  3. d says:

    Wow, your such an inspiration. Thank you for doing what you do. I hope to run into you one day so we can high five each other! I live in the Chicago land area so please keep me informed when your close by. :)

  4. Cari says:

    New follower! Found you from Natalie over @ BBM

    Looking fwd to reading more of your blog!!!
    Cari´s last blog post ..never grow up-

  5. Katie says:

    LOVE this! I have a huge weakness for fountain Coke, too – what is it about the fountain that makes it so much BETTER??
    Katie´s last blog post ..Speaking of Engagement Party…

  6. Thank you for the inspiration and the reminder that we are all NOT perfect. I love that you discovered your outlet for creative expression.

    Sarah @BellwoodManor

  7. Kate says:

    I love everything about your blog! It is such an inspiration to the “hopeful blogger!” And your kids are adorable…. :)
    Kate´s last blog post ..Pom Pom Puzzle – Hours of Toddler Fun!

  8. Oh Man! I can so relate!!!
    Jenn (Student Mom)´s last blog post ..What I’ve been up to…

  9. Mindy says:

    I love your blog!
    Mindy´s last blog post ..I love fall…

  10. Lizette says:

    This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost
    moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.
    I really loved what you had tto say, and more than that, how you presenhted it.
    Too cool!
    Lizette´s last blog post ..Lizette

  11. Rhiannon P says:

    I’m a new follower to your blog and absolutely adore it all. I appreciate your honesty and real-ness. I look forward to reading more of your past posts and projects as well as following your upcoming posts. You have a lovely home and a keen eye for design.
    Your blog and success are very inspiring!
    Rhiannon P´s last blog post ..For the Love of Books {encouraging kids to read}

  12. Sophia says:

    You are such a great woman. You inspire me!!!
    Sophia of the happy mama blog

  13. Danielle Campbell says:

    Just stumbled across your blog and I’m in love!! You are such a inspiration as a mom, wife, and house decorator :) Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful life!!

  14. Love your blog and your tips. I’d be so honored if you checked my new blog out. :)

  15. Meghan says:

    “For pete’s sake please feel normal.” It’s so nice to hear someone say that. Loving the blog and can’t wait to check out more!!

  16. Angie says:

    I just found your blog through your Dollars and Roses blog, and reading through this page I just teared up…no joke. This was exactly what I needed to hear at the end of a long week of having just launched my blog and trying to get my furniture repurposing/painting “business” off the ground.

    I plan to follow both your site and your joint one. Thank you. Seriously.

  17. Lydia says:

    So glad I found this blog!

  18. Ashley says:

    I love this post! I just started my blog and those are some of the exact reasons why I started. I’m excited and nervous to start. Love yours! Gonna try to figure out how to follow you :) new at this.

  19. Jamie Ivey says:

    Great to meet you at lunch today at the influence conference!

  20. Katie says:

    I’m a new Happy Mommy Box subscriber and blogger so I decided to check out both your blog and Natalie’s. It’s nice to know there are inspiring mommies out there who aren’t perfect, but find a way to embrace life anyway! Thanks for sharing and inspiring :)

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  22. Kate says:

    Thank you for your inspiration Rose! Greetings from Warsaw :-)

  23. Dana says:

    So excited that I found your blog and HMB! Looking forward to some much needed momma encouragement and getting to know you :)

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