Why start a blog?
I’ve thought about this for a while, but the world of blogging is so intimidating. It seemed like every blog I went on was written by “experts” and full of projects, recipes, workouts, and outfits that I would never be able to accomplish. There didn’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. 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 handsomest little guy you’ve ever seen who is facing some challenges of his own. 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 had been busy 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 or described as “Chris Alvarado’s wife.” Obviously, being “Chris’ wife” and “Hayden’s mom” are titles that I am very proud of and work very hard at. But at the same time, the feeling of not having anything of your own can be lonely and overwhelming. Looking at the next 18 years of school lunches, sports teams, 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. So I started taking more time to try out new things that were important to me, regardless of who else liked them. I would make the dinner I wanted and buy the bottle of wine I had wanted to try, even if it was just for me. I found tons of new, easy recipes that actually came out the way they were supposed to. I started making some of my own cleaning products and did projects around the house that made it feel more put together and homey. And slowly, I started feeling like I had something to contribute to a conversation besides a run-down of my son’s latest therapy appointment and husband’s show schedule. 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?), simple organizing tips & tricks, thoughts on the latest silly things that people are hung up on and the totally mundane worries of moms everywhere, along with the occasional shameless plug for my husband’s music (www.chrisalvaradolive.com) or my child’s latest and greatest milestone, (“Hello, Walking! We are excited to meet you!”). 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 ingredients that I only spent $2.50 on (after piles of coupons, of course). I’m no fitness and nutrition expert that can help you whittle away inches and pounds while eating spinach that tastes “just like chocolate.” I’m not a parenting expert with some amazing life story of overcoming adversity and defying the odds. And I don’t look like I just stepped out of a tent at fashion week.
And 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!