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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 all things mommy related (including sharing the realness of life with boys), decorating, fitness and ways to make my marriage 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.

create, celebrate, inspire & be joyful

I’ve come a long way in the last 9 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.

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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 school…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.

I am passionate about helping women live their life by design rather than let life design you.

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


  1. 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. :)

  2. 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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

  8. Leke says

    Hi Mandy,

    I am in love with all you represent! i admire all you’ve accomplished, you have absolutely no idea…. I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon your blog and now i am hooked.. you are my official best friend #inmyhead

    Also a mom of boys and loving it..mostly..

  9. says

    Hi Mandy! I wanted to say hello and commend you on this amazing blog! Sydney Ambos told me about your blog when I was discussing a blog that I’m launching this summer. It’s about my passion, Congenital Heart Defects. I was born with them, had 3 open heart surgeries, yada, yada…and still, I’m very blessed!!! I’ve created some very successful charity events and a support group, but I wanted a place to wrangle in all my ideas, hopes, dreams and the desire to learn as well as educate. Although I have some impressive contributors for the blog, I’m anxious! In praying and searching for inspiration, I have found a lot of answers along the way. Your blog has given me inspiration and confirmation that it can be done..and done well- and by a fellow Southern Illinois gal! So thank you!!! It was just what I needed! But, er ma gawd! I realize I have sooo much more to learn! Anything is possible, right? <3

  10. Melissa Brooks says

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am not really a blog reader, I usually look at the pictures and then move on but I was drawn to this one. I’m so glad that I took a minute to read it. I am a Realtor and I run a Staging business. I always hesitate to have people over because I don’t want them to see my home and think this is how I stage a property or this is how I would design a home. My house is always a mess, and I feel like my home is always the one neglected, because after work I’m too tired to care what it looks like.
    I loved how open and honest your “confession” of a messy home was. It made me feel a little less embarrassed and actually made me want to finish some projects. Thank you for the inspiration.

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