You are probably wondering, “Who’s Mandi?”, “Who is this blogger?!”, am I right? I’d love to share with you who I am. I’m Mandi, a 28 year old mom to three (2005, 2011, 2012) residing just north of Dayton, Ohio (near Cincinnati and Columbus). I had my first son just eight days after turning 18 years old – the same month that I graduated high school. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, who has been my rock and been there for the hardest moments of my life – my mom’s lost battle with cancer and my maternal grandmother’s passing. Together we have broken the stereotype of teen parents and overcome the odds of being special needs parents. Ultimately, if you ever hear my entire story, you’ll wonder why it isn’t a Lifetime movie!
Hi! I’m Mandi Welbaum. I’m the mom to two boys and a girl, and also a wife. I was a young mom, giving birth to my first just 8 days after I turned 18. I graduated a couple of weeks later but didn’t attend the ceremony. I was scared and nervous of what people would think of me. I like to think I was the girl that shocked them by getting pregnant in high school – I wasn’t “that” girl. I’m not that girl, it just happened. It also happened while my mom was battling brain and lung cancer. When I told her I was pregnant, we cried together and watched Roseanne. She passed away 20 days later. I was a motherless, pregnant, high school student. I’ve risen above that. 11 years later and this is what you get. You get a mom to three, who is fun and funny and loves to cuddle. You get a hard-working entrepreneur who may at times feel a little lost, but loves just about everything she touches. You get a blogger/content creator, a story-teller, a music-lover, an author of ebooks, a girl who finally went to Paris. So what you see right now is me. No makeup, bed head (I need a shower kind of hair), puffy eyes, trying to lose weight, didn’t sleep that great me. What’s beyond that? I could be your next amazing social media manager. Your next favorite blogger. Your next video editor. Your next community manager. Your next… who knows. #exposeyourself ?? #thisisme
I began blogging in 2008 and have loved to see my community grow over the years. My readers have seen me have two more babies, deal with working from home struggles, handle special needs parenting, and so much more. I truly hope that you will follow along both here and on social media and connect with me!
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Meet The Family
My husband and I have been married since 2006. We met in high school during the summer before his senior year and my junior year. We still wonder what life would be like had we not started seeing each other. It’s crazy to think of how much we have been through together. He is my rock and my biggest fan and supporter.
As a couple we love to travel and explore new areas and places to dine. We enjoy movies as well as attending events and conferences/expos.
As individuals, Hubs loves video games and anything technology, as do I (I admit it, there’s just never any time to play said video games!). I also enjoy writing, working in the kitchen, being outside, and just hanging out with my family and friends.
About The Kids
Brenden (B) – 11 years old – LOVES Star Wars, LEGO, Halo, Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also loves to color, create stories and play video games. B has been in therapy since he was 1 for global development delays, but those are definitely not holding him back anymore! He has overcome so much, and has successfully graduated from physical therapy! He continues with occupational and speech therapy. He is very into science and loves to learn and explore.
Gavin (G) – 5 – A ball of energy who doesn’t seem to stop making us laugh. Loves to eat, dance, and flip through board books. He is simply hilarious with everything that he does and has started to become an adventurous little guy. Gavin loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Despicable Me, Monsters Inc/University, Paw Patrol… he’s a typical preschooler!
Haley – 4 – She is our princess. Our long-awaited little girl that we thought we would never have. Ever the girly girl, Haley loves Sophia the First, anything princess or pink, singing and dancing. She loves to read and color and continues to show us her personality!
Our Fur Children
We are huge advocates of adoption and rescues. Our family has added three dogs over the past few years – a mom/daughter pair named Jesse and Tweak, and our “foster fail”, Marilyn. All three of them are pit bulls, and we are on a mission to prove the stereotypes wrong – pit bulls are fantastic family dogs!
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About This Blog
I have been “blogging” well before I ever thought about having children and being married and being an adult. Back in the day, there were places online where you could create “diaries”. Those were my home. Those online diaries were where I self-taught myself basic HTML, where I poured my heart out in public and private posts, and made a community that I loved.
This blog began as just something I thought I could do in between my duties as a mom and wife, just a hobby. Over time, it just kept growing and it led to so many opportunities. This blog is meant for every mom – the foodie mom, the crafty mom, the working mom – to find resources they can use every day.
I have a passion for helping moms find ways that they can work from home. Because much of my blogging career has some how branched off into business ventures and side hustles (like my virtual assistant business, designed specifically for bloggers or my ebooks), it’s exactly why I write about working from home.
You’ll also see an abundance of DIY beauty posts because making pretty things that make me feel pretty in return is kind of awesome.
I hope you find some great resources that help you as a mom and woman! Don’t be afraid to reach out to me, I love email!
If you are a company/PR rep, please take a look at my media kit for the different ways I would love to work with you!
If you are looking to pick my brain, interview, or contribute to something, please use my contact form to get in touch with me.