Parenting

Meet Mel

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Photography Credit: Kristena Lynn Photography

Hello and welcome! When Betsy first mentioned starting a blog together I was excited but also unsure. My thoughts ran rampant as they normally do. Do I have the time? “Time? TIME?! There’s never any time!” the words of Jessie Spano shouted in my head. Do I have enough interesting content to contribute that would entice people to start following? I mean my friends and family always “like” creative things I post on Facebook, but maybe they feel obligated or are just bored and click happy. Do I get to spend more time with Betsy while drinking coffee or wine and talking through our anxieties and parenting tactics while planning our next craft or party? Oh, I do?! Sold. I’m in! That’s pretty much how it went down. I’ll figure out the rest as I go along. My dirty laundry and bathrooms are used to waiting so they may as well wait a little longer amiright? Betsy gave a recap of how we know each other in her intro so I’ll just start right in letting you know a little more about me – even though at this point the only people reading are those that already know all these things, but I digress.

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I have been married for 7.5 years to my wonderful hubby Eric. We were both English majors at the same small liberal arts college (he a year ahead of me) and his fraternity was right behind my sorority yet we never met (which he says I would have never wanted to date him during his college days anyway, haha). Once I graduated and moved to Indy we got to know each other through mutual friends, started dating and were married a year and a half later. I’m an introvert and he’s an extrovert but other than that we are pretty similar people.  We both enjoy making things (me: crafts, him: woodworking), unwinding with Netflix after the kids (finally) go to sleep, consuming food our doctor would never advise is good for our health and dancing our butts off – there isn’t a dance party we’ve ever turned down (especially when the 80’s are involved). Professionally, Eric is a high school English teacher and head baseball coach. He is an amazing, fun dad and husband and I never take for granted how lucky we are to have him – even if he does throw his dirty clothes on the floor right next to the hamper.

We have three children together, Parker (5), Ellie (3.5) and Maren (1) – yes, Betsy and I may have strategically gotten pregnant close to each other the 2nd and 3rd time. Which, I highly recommend trying with a bestie because it has allowed us to commiserate and celebrate all things parenting with true “girl, I get you” conversations. It’s been invaluable and sanity saving. Our kids are built-in best friends and even say they are cousins (which eventually we need to clarify because they darn well need to know that marriage is an option so we can all be related for real #momdreams).

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Right out of college I worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for almost 5 years before having Parker and deciding my heart felt like it needed to be at home with him (and after figuring out a way financially to make that work for us). Besides my main gig of being a stay-at-home mom I also work part time from my home office (if that’s what you call a kitchen counter these days) in marketing. People always ask how I work and parent all from home at the same time (besides preschool for the older two a couple days a week they are solely with me during the day) and while I can give a pretty-tied-up-with-a-bow answer that’s really not how it is most days. The thought bubble over my head is usually like Woodstock from the Peanuts comic. I feel like most parents in a similar season of life right now would agree the best descriptor word is “messy.” And that’s what it is. It’s messy and many days I’m scrambling and not ticking off any of my to-dos but I wouldn’t have it any other way. One day they’ll all be in school and my work life and parenting life will become more separate but for now I choose to see the joy even if I’m changing a diaper, making another snack and doing puzzles in between answering emails and writing content. They always say one day you’ll miss it so I’m trying not to take it for granted while I’m here now. But don’t get me wrong, I still hide in the bathroom just so I can shut and lock the door to collect myself and there are still plenty of days I countdown the hours until Eric will be walking through our back door. I mean, I’m not a monster!

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But that’s why I’m excited for this blog. Being creative has always been an outlet for me. I love being a mom and I love my job, but my passion is in crafting and photography. One night it was past midnight and I was still up making birthday decorations for one of our kids. Eric was like, “why do you do this to yourself?” And the thing is, I’m sure most moms who are up way later than they should spending hours upon hours crafting things for their kids birthday party when they could have spent 5 minutes on Amazon and had it arrive two days later think the same thing. But not me. I don’t craft because I feel like I have to, I do it because I want to and because I really, truly enjoy doing it. And that’s what this blog is about. It’s about inspiring others who also just really like to make shit. It’s not about making those who loathe the thought of using scissors and paper to make a bunting feel bad about themselves – and that’s a really important distinction! There are many successful ways to parent and make a home and this blog is about doing it creatively. So welcome fellow makers!

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