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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, and as of 5/2/2017, am a 31-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!
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. You also can’t forget taking in some Reds games when we can! We’ve now traveled to Paris and St. Lucia (in the same year, woo!) and look forward to many more travels. Take a peek at my Bucket List and see what my big dreams are!
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)– 13 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 speech therapy and is very into science and loves to learn and explore. When it comes to sports, he loves to play soccer and baseball (Go Reds!).
Gavin (G) – 7 – A ball of energy who doesn’t seem to stop making us laugh. Loves to eat, dance, and build with LEGO. 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 kindergartner! You’re also looking at a future Reds player – he loves to be catcher for his tball team!
Haley – 6 – She is our princess. Our long-awaited little girl that we thought we would never have. She loves everything Disney Princess, Disney Descendants, and loves to sing and dance. Spring 2018 she began cheering and loves it! She has expressed a real big interest in traveling, so I hope to do some mom-and-daughter travel with her!
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! In 2017, we said goodbye to our sweet ladies, Tweak and Jesse. RIP sweet girls.
We are also “fostering” Ripley, a golden retriever, and Pepe the cat – already a part of the family, just needed a place to stay for a while!
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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 feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org