Now, honestly, I did not start this blog in hopes of getting tons of followers. My original idea was to just have a place to list the items I create for sale so that my friends and family could direct their friends and family to see them (and hopefully buy them). But recently, I decided to post some of the things I have done, like parties and crafts, on Facebook for my friends to see. Why? Because mothering five boys is hard and not always fun! Boys are not too good at noticing the things their mother does to make their home and lives special. So, I guess I was looking for a little validation and praise for my hard work. Thankfully my FB friends gave me just what I needed and it made me feel like all my efforts were worth it!
So, back to the blog....I decided that it would really be fun to put my ideas and creative endeavors out into blogland for all to see and enjoy. I SO enjoy reading the blogs that I follow and getting inspired by others creative ideas. It is one really enjoyable thing that I can do for myself each day. So I decided maybe I did have something to offer people and decided to use this blog to showcase my own creative endeavors and hobbies.
Now, I don't know about you, but sometimes when I read blogs I start to feel really down on myself. I wonder how these amazing women can seemingly "do it all" and do it all so well! Sometimes I have to take a blog break because I start to feel like a failure or like I am not good enough. I don't think we women should have to feel that way. We all have different talents and strengths and weaknesses. No one can "do it all." People put their best face forward on blogs. Many of the big time bloggers spend hours a day on their blogs because they are their source of income. It is their job. My job is being a stay at home mom to five boys. I am lucky because I don't HAVE to work out of the home. I'm not saying we are rolling in dough over here. Money is actually VERY tight. But we have chosen for me to not work outside the home. I honestly don't know how working moms do it. I think they are AMAZING! I can't even keep up with my house and meet my kids needs when I am here all day every day.
Anyway, so, in thinking of how I could make my blog a little different I decided I am going to try to keep it very real. I am going to try to be very honest with my posts and projects. I am going to try to show you when things don't work out quite right....and that happens ALOT around here! I am also going to give you a glimpse into what real life is like when raising five boys. In other words, I am going to try to keep it real. I will show you parties that are NOT over the top and perfect, yet the kids still have a great time. I will probably spare you seeing pictures of the ring of pee around my toilets or the HUGE pile of dirt I sweep up off my kitchen floors.
SO, for my first case in point....
While other mothers got up early on St. Patrick's Day to make their sweet children an amazing green breakfast of green pancakes shaped like clovers, cups of rainbow fruit salad, traditional Irish scones, green eggs and milk, all served on a beautifully decorated tablescape, I served my kids this:
Don't worry, I dyed a gallon of milk green to go with it!
And guess what! They absolutely LOVED it!