I’ve thought about starting a “Mom Blog” for a while, but it is so intimidating. It seems like every blog I see is written by “experts” and full of projects that I would never be able to accomplish. There doesn’t seem to be a place for a blog with just basic tips and tricks that any novice can do and achieve Pinterest-worthy results, or at least not one that people would read and follow.
My husband is a musician who plays along the beautiful 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. We have been married for four years (I think. We never can seem to remember! 😝), and we have the cutest little guy you’ve ever seen who is facing some unique challenges.
As is all too often the case with us moms, every time I would get asked, “How are you? What have you been up to?” I would launch into everything my husband and son were doing. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot going on with me besides being “just” a wife and mom. With my husband’s career and seemingly endless number of creative talents (which could take up a whole other post), every one in our small town knows him and I would always be introduced as “Chris Alvarado’s wife.” Obviously, being “Chris’ wife” and “Hayden’s mom” are titles that I am very proud of. At same time, however, the feeling of not having anything of your own can be lonely and overwhelming. Looking at the next 18 years of lunches, sports, and permission forms was beginning to feel more daunting and exhausting than exciting, and that was a problem.
I had so looked forward to being the uber mom who baked from scratch and made fabulous Halloween costumes, and losing that excitement was disheartening.
I started taking more time to try out new things that were important to me, regardless of who else liked them. I would try out the recipe I wanted and buy the bottle of wine I had wanted to try, even if it was just for me. My other outlet was making some of my own cleaning products and DIY projects around the house to make it feel more put-together and homey. After a while, I started feeling like I had something to contribute to a conversation besides a run-down of my husband and son’s lives.
And those are the types of things I want to share with you.
I want to write about totally achievable recipes and crafts for even the most “ordinary” of women (is there such a thing?), the typical worries of moms everywhere, plus the occasional shameless plug for my husband’s music (www.chrisalvaradolive.com), or my child’s latest milestone. Along the way, I would love to hear your critiques or suggestions and learn about the ways you like to spoil yourself and others.
I’m not a master chef that can cook a week’s worth of meals with a handful of coupon-bought ingredients. My closet doesn’t look like it’s ready for fashion week. I am no fitness and nutrition expert that can help you whittle away inches while eating spinach that tastes “just like chocolate.” And I’m certainly not a parenting expert.
But I have no desire to be (the fashion thing would be cool).
I’m “just” a mom who “just” takes care of my family and tries to be as good a friend that I can be. And that’s more than enough for me. So sit down, pop open your bottle of choice, and enjoy! For updates on new posts, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.