BlogHer gave us the chance to meet in “real life” some of the blog moms we follow. We were so excited to have had met Amanda from Barefoot Mommies. Meeting Amanda was like meeting an old friend. She just radiated the “mommy glow” as soon she will be welcoming a new baby into her family’s life. We were able to catch up with Amanda for a few moments to get an inside glimpse into her life as a Barefoot Mommy!
We love your blog! You have everything from reviews to giveaways to crafts! Tell us how you became a blogger on Barefoot Mommies and how it grew into what it is today.
Its kind of a funny story! I have been friends with Krissy Carr for awhile on twitter and was asking her questions about blogging and how she did it when she said why not write on my blog. I was so excited because I am a stay at home mom and this just seemed like the perfect job!
You are going to be a mommy again! What has been the best part of your pregnancy & what part do you hope ends in a New York minute?
I love being pregnant-even with the all-day sickness to the strange food cravings, it is a wonderful time. The best part of pregnancy for me is the little moments I can steal feeling my little girl inside of me. It is a wonderful feeling knowing I am creating a new life and helping her already to be healthy! The part I least love is… having to use the bathroom every five to ten minutes! I always say to my hubby I am looking forward to normal bathroom breaks! LOL
How have you been preparing your son for a new sibling?
It’s been hard, because he is only 2. He is now understanding mommy is having a baby, but he is still not sure about us bringing this baby home! We read to him every night Look Who’s Going to Be a Big Brother by Reene Whitecombe. It’s a wonderful book where he can see what a big brother is and how he can become one. He is now telling us, “I am big boy not your baby!” It is very sweet when he comes and kisses my belly and says “love you.”
Do you have any dreams for your new baby that you can share with us?
The one dream I have for both my kids is to always know they are loved! So many children grow up in this world not knowing for sure they are. I never want my son or daughter to question this. My husband and I were very lucky to be raised in families where we prayed together everyday. My favorite quote is “The family that prays together, stays together.” We are firm believers that by letting our children know how important being loved is, they will always look for it.
Have you had an “Ah-ha” mom moment?
I have had so many, but the one that I would love to share with you has happened to me honestly two weeks ago. My husband has been waiting to go back to nursing school for a year now and we always knew it could happen at anytime. We did not plan this pregnancy and we have been wondering how we would survive if he got into nursing school. Well last month hubby got into nursing school and had to cut his work hours to two days a week. We have been lucky enough to get help from family, but it’s about to stop. So I started crying because our only option was to move back in with my parents. We have a two year old, and having a baby in November-how could we do that? I was over at my moms talking to her and dad about this when my son came to me and said, “Momma its ok. Nanny, Poppy loves us.” At that moment I knew that my hubby and I would do anything we could to support our children even if that meant moving into my parents home. My son was right-they loves us so we will be ok. Its still amazes me that a two year old had more faith then a 28 year old.
Now for a quick glance into Amanda’s life.
What is always in your fridge? OK this may sounds weird but I am a big foodie! I went to cooking school and love to cook so the things in my fridge are not normal for most. First off there has to be fresh fruit! I love taking fresh apple cutting them up and making homemade apple sauce. Here is my recipe:
• 2 lbs of apples peeled and cored (I like to use fuji, gala, or pink lady apples)
• 1/2 cup of brown sugar
• 1/2 cup of white sugar
• 1/4 cup of cinnamon (less if you do not like the cinnamon taste)
• 2 to 3 cups of apple juice
Take your cut peeled apples and place in a large pot, Take brown and white sugar and place over apples, next take your cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of them. Add your apple juice until it covers just the top of your apples. Place on stove on medium heat for one to two hours until apples are soft. Remove from heat and blend to your desired thickness. I use a hand stick blender and leave no chunks to make a smooth sauce. (Blogger’s note – there is drool on my keyboard!)
What is your guilty pleasure? It would have to be the moments when I can steal an hour or two alone to read a new book, have a big bowl of ice cream, and don’t forget to lock my door!
If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it? Take my family to Disney world! I had the chance to work there for a year and loved it, and would love the chance to share it with my whole family!
What is your must-have pregnancy product? Any type of coco butter! That stuff is magic! My belly never feels so smooth as it does with it. I send it to all my new pregnant friends to get them started off early!
If someone were going to write a book of your life, what would they title the book? The Crazy Twists and Turns of a Stay At Home Mom Blogger
Thank you Amanda. It was great to get to know you more. We look forward to seeing pictures of your beautiful baby when she arrives!