January 5, 2012
The short answer - I don't.
But let's delve into the long answer:
--this is a craft blog, so I show you crafty things. I don't show you when I'm sitting around starring at the computer, or my giant pile of laundry, or my bathrooms in need of cleaning, etc. I don't hide my real life purposely, but since this is a craft blog, a lot of real life doesn't show through. Does that make sense?? That's why when reading blogs I always try to tell myself that everyone looks good in the blog world - it's only a part of life, and it's the part you want to share with the world, so of course it's the good part. I try to keep it real, but even so, I'm sure it comes off as fabulous because I think my crafts are rockin'
--my kiddos are growing older - life gets easier as they do. I remember when they were younger, it was just about surviving each day - I didn't craft or cook big meals or make treats or anything until they were in bed. Personally I think the age of 9 to 18 months is the hardest - but keep in mind I haven't had teenagers yet. But for you with young kids - it gets easier!! My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 3 - having older siblings to entertain him is huge! When I only had young kids, I was the entertainment, but now with older kids, even the younger ones will go off and play. It's great. I find time to involve them in crafts or do things while they keep busy. I now put icing on cookies while they are awake - I would have never even dreamed of doing that a few years ago. And my kids probably watch too much TV (they don't nap so they get to watch shows every afternoon), and I'm alright with that.
--I don't really watch TV. We're frugal so we don't have cable, so there's not a lot on anyways, but I would rather be blogging or crafting anyways. So it's all about picking what you want to do and choosing to make time for it. I used to be all about TV every evening - - it was just always on. I remember dating Trevor and sitting in his living room with the TV off and thinking how weird that was - - and now I'm a hardly-ever TV watcher - who knew! Although I love love love The Office and we're big into watching movies. (pic source)
--a lot of my craft projects are simple - just finding 30 minutes and a whole project can be done. I think I gravitate to those projects. So it looks like I'm doing a lot of projects, but they're easy ones :)
--blog planning is big. Most my posts aren't in "real time". I spend an afternoon writing several posts, then preschedule them out. I can't imagine trying to keep up and write a post each night for the next day! The goal is always to be a week ahead - 2 weeks would be awesome. I'm normally around a few days ahead. When I type out repetitive posts, like Take-A-Look Tuesday, I will do several months at a time and then not worry about it. I have a calendar where I fill in the squares as to what will post on that day - that way I don't get confused!
--at any point in time, my house is probably messy. I figure you pick priorities, and if I have to choose between picking up my basement or sewing, I'd pick the project anytime!
Any other thoughts?? Questions??
About the Author
Mandy is a Craft Blogger who enjoys all things DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She enjoys being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City area. Please add her Google profile to your circles. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.