Anna Liesemeyer | In Honor of Design
It seems so simple, just share your life and advice in a blog and an audience will find you. But becoming a profitable blogger requires drive – for page views, shares, likes and sponsorships, especially if you are also juggling a few kids and a spouse. These moms do it all, from planning stylish photo shoots to crafting viral project ideas.
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Children: Gabriel, age 8; Veronica, age 7; Max, age 4; Rocco, age 2; Azelie, age 1
Anna along with her husband Gabe, run this design blog, full of tips and do-it-yourself projects all with a clean, stylish touch. The couple also incorporates stories about the realness of parenthood, and raising their five children all while running a business.
Tips for Hiding Kid Clutter: “Finding functional, stylish pieces for toys to end up in. Storage benches with books and toys are easy to tuck away, but easy to reach. Our media console also hides diapers and baby supplies. The kids know to put things back in our storage closet.”
Best Places for Home Decor: “Antique flea markets to find unique pieces. We always find something at The Green Bean Exchange to add to a room. Target for filler pieces. World Market is fantastic for colors and the global feel.”
Children: Itoro, age 8; Ema, age 5
Monica shares high-fashion tips and ways to be chic at all price points on her blog. She mixes classic pieces with trendy accessories, and always has a bold lip color to pull the look together. She would watch her mom make clothes for her and her sister as a child, and says this is where her love for fashion started.
Tips for Quick Fashion: “A white top and high-waisted pants, it’s easy and elevates the wardrobe. A great pair of pumps. Drink a lot of water for your skin, get eyebrows and lashes done. A classic bun is always quick and polished.”
Best Places to Shop: “Shopbop, H&M, Hottie and Lord, J.Crew and Bloomingdale’s.”
Children: Jackson, age 4; Elston, age 2
Mireille Beckwith was working as a stylist in New York City when she wanted to move back to her hometown of Atlanta and start a family. She began blogging, as “City Peach.” On her blog, you can find elevated mom style, ways to keep a high-fashion look while juggling two young children. “I love being creative with fashion and I didn’t want to give up who I am and how I dress,” she says.
Tips for Quick Fashion: “Invest in shoes and bags, especially shoes that are well made; they make you look chic and elevated without spending a ton on the outfit. With hair and makeup, get a good mascara to emphasize lashes, and find an easy hairstyle.”
Best Places to Shop: “Madewell for a pair of good jeans. Dress Up and Fab’rik for tops that are still basic and trendy. South Moon Under. For kids, H&M, Target Cat & Jack line and Janie and Jack for special occasions.”
Children: Ava, age 8; Major, age 7; Elle, age 5
After traveling a lot her job, Heather Seeley became antsy to find something she could do from home, but also use her creativity and degree in computers. Heather’s blog covers all things food, from easy go-to meals to comfort-food favorites. “My mom made a binder full of family recipes, so I started with this, and then focused on creating meals for busy families.”
Go-To Easy Dinner: “Casserole. One of the most popular recipes on the blog is the Cheesy, Hamburger Rice Casserole using Minute rice and ground beef.”
Tips to Prepare Meals: “Plan a weekly menu on Saturday or Sunday, with one or two of the nights planned as leftovers. Pre-cook, cut and chop everything. Put chicken breast into the Crock-Pot and shred for easy use in meals.”
Children: Isabella, age 18; Jonah, age 15; Murphy, age 13; Charlotte, age 11; Noah, age 8
Rachel Faucett is an obsessive crafter, who lives on a farm with her five children in Dallas, Ga. She and her husband Jonathan created the brand that is Handmade Charlotte. On the blog, you can find whimsical craft ideas, and discover the pair’s creative talent. Their kids have been a big part of the journey, from the blog name originating from daughter Charlotte, wearing all handmade clothing during a ski trip, to numerous features.
Ways to Encourage Creativity: “Find a project and make it your own. You can do fantastical things like painting a mural. Make something out of nothing.”
Fun Around Atlanta: North Georgia Mountains and Helen, we love to go panning for gems or camping. Horseback riding and the boys are into dirt bikes.
Read the full story in our May 2018 issue.
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