Wowza! Six kids and five pets??? I have four kids and one huge dog, and I am pushing my limits 😉 Heidi Smith from We Are Loving This Life may just be our latest superwoman to join the IBA! Honestly, you can have one kid and no pets and still be superwoman… just saying’ six kids and five pets is A LOT 🙂 Heidi blogs about this and more on her lifestyle blog, We Are Loving This Life. She is in the process of changing her blog’s direction and wants to take us along for the ride.
Tell us what you write about on We Are Loving This Life?
My blog is about our large family – I’m a mama of 6. We have 5 pets. Saying we are busy is an understatement! I cook a lot and share recipes and cooking tips. I am a photographer and hope to bring some aspects of that into my blog as well!
(I’ve recently decided to change the direction of my blog so a lot of content is now private and many areas aren’t yet developed.)
How long have you been blogging? What motivated you to start?
I have been blogging off and on for years – different ideas and different directions – but always centered around my family. More journalistic/diary format than informational. I wanted to keep a record for our family. In late October or early November, I stumbled upon some bloggers on Periscope, watched a few very motivating scopes by Sarah Nenni-Daher of Ruffles & Rain Boots, and I was hooked, all over again! I realized that I could do so much more with my love of writing and sharing, and make it something awesome! So, here I am! Always a work in progress. 🙂
What is your favorite part of blogging? What is the hardest part of blogging?
Sharing and networking are my favorite things about blogging. The hardest thing is I am still in the learning process. I am taking in so much information. There are new things that I want to do every day and I just need to take the time to get everything in place. Finding time is hard right now, and my kids keep me busy, but I’m learning to make more time for me and the blog too.
Who is your favorite blogger and why?
I enjoy reading many bloggers for different reasons. I’ve been a longtime follower of Kelle Hampton of Enjoying The Small Things. I love her beautiful imagery and heartfelt candid storytelling. I appreciate that every other post isn’t a plug or advertisement. She captured my compassionate heart.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t blogging?
I play with my kids, a lot. There are five of them at home. I don’t take as many photos with my camera as I used to. My hands are full with kids. But I SEE photography everywhere and look forward to picking up my camera more. I daydream. I’m a dreamer. I like to sew when I can find the time. I’m a Pinterest addict. The reality is that I do a lot of laundry when I’m not blogging or taking care of my family. A LOT of laundry! It’s not totally fun, but cloth diapers are happy colorful laundry!
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I was the family photographer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Moorhead, MN in 2010. It was an awesome experience for a wonderful family!
And I can’t stop talking. Even though I’m an introvert 😉
What did you do before you began blogging? What skills do you have?
I have a degree in Veterinary Technology. I used that for a few years before I decided that being a full-time mom was my real calling. As the oldest three kids went off to school, I started my photography business, but then closed it down a few years later as the youngest three arrived and demanded more of my time. I enjoy sewing and basic crafting. I am an amateur gardener and wanting to develop that more. Even though I like writing, and others tell me that I have a way with words, but I don’t always feel confident. I’d like to change that!
What do you hope to achieve with your blog and online presence?
I want to be an excellent resource for moms and parents; to help people with day to day things, fun times with kids, recipes, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding, essential oils, kid activities, and basic photography. I’d like to make an income as well as network with many amazing bloggers.
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Well, Heidi, you have come to the right place to find fabulous bloggers! We want to help you reach your goals as a blogger and influencer. Thanks for the great interview and welcome to the IBA! Signing off, Tina