Good morning, my friends. 🙂 Thanks for heading over this way today to check out who this weekend’s featured blogger is. 🙂 It’s actually the LAST one of 2017! What a fun year it’s been getting to know 48 amazing, diverse bloggers from all around the world. I hope to have just as many next year to share with you as well!
It’s always a treat for me to share a blogger that I know in real life, and today’s is one of them! Elenie is actually my college sorority pledge sister. She is so beautiful and has a personality to match. I’ve been following her blog and social media for years as she has essentially flipped their entire home and wow… just wow. She and her husband are a dream team and mega talented! She blogs about more than just her home, so dig around her content and get to know who she is. She’s a good one!
Q: In three sentences or less, briefly tell us a little bit about who you are.
A: I’m Elenie (pronounced like Melanie, without the “M”) and I have been married to my handsome husband, Ben for going on 7 years. We live just outside Birmingham in sweet home Alabama with our precious son Cooper Joseph (5), and our chubby pugs Paisley and Porter. We are expecting baby #2 in May 2018, and are over the moon, especially big brother Coop!
Q: What first attracted you to the idea of starting a blog, and what are your favorite things to write about?
A: I started my blog way back in 2008, when I was still single and living with 3 friends in Tuscaloosa (Roll Tide!). Ben and I had just begun dating and I mostly wrote about what my friends and I were up to. Those posts were so carefree 😉 Here we are almost 10 years later and I am so thankful to have a journal to look back on through our engagement, wedding planning, pregnancy, our home renovation, and on and on. That is what drew me in to blogging and keeps me coming back – to have all of our milestone moments, as well as day to day life recorded in one place. It’s priceless to me.
Q: As I was going back through your site to prep for this interview, I got SO sucked into all of your content about pregnancy. Congratulations on baby #2! You’re so detailed on your blog about your decision to have another baby and how this pregnancy is going. When are you due? How has your pregnancy been so far?
A: Thank you, I have loved documenting both of our pregnancies! We are due May 2018 – so I am 16 weeks along. So far this pregnancy has been very different from my pregnancy with Cooper. Fatigue, extreme nausea, breakouts and sensitive skin, all of which I hadn’t experienced to this degree before. It was a tough couple of months early on, but we made it and I would do it again a thousand times over. My mom says my symptoms this time around are similar to the symptoms she had with me. Maybe pink is on the horizon. My husband would be absolutely thrilled!
Q: I think a lot of people could relate to your thoughts about being unsure about having a second baby, considering what you shared about some health issues after having your son. When and how did you and your husband finally find peace and excitement to try for another baby?
A: My issues after Cooper’s was born were tough. He was healthy as could be, praise the Lord. I don’t know that I necessarily understood the magnitude of how bad things actually got in the days after his birth; I was pretty out of it. Ben did know. It shook him up, and once we were able to really have a conversation about what all transpired, it shook me too. The what-ifs began to set in. However, you cannot be afraid to live your life, or follow your dreams for fear of what-if. We both started feeling that tug to try again. I had a rock star group of doctors (still do) and we have had many conversations over the years regarding what a second delivery would look like for me. We educated ourselves, listened, talked, prayed and feel confident with our decision. There is no reason the next delivery can’t go smoothly, and we are taking necessary precautions to ensure that it does. Please keep us in your prayers!
Q: You’ve done quite a few beautiful projects around your home! Have you always had an interest and an eye for interior design?
A: I have! I was always rearranging my bedroom even when I was little. I love to decorate, and I love when family and friends ask me to help pick out paint colors or shop for pieces for their home.
Q: Do you and your husband do all of the home improvements yourselves?
A: Mostly yes, and we just completed our biggest project yet – a whole house makeover. My husband is Superman! I haven’t dreamed up anything yet that he hasn’t been able to do. He is patient with my crazy ideas, and we both love the feeling of taking something and making it better than how we found it. It’s a fun hobby we both enjoy and it makes for great quality time together as well.
Q: What’s been your favorite project you’ve completed in your home so far?
A: Our fireplace makeover was a biggy – it changed the whole feel of the family room. Plus it involved #shiplap, which is always a win!
Q: Where should new readers start on your site?
A: Where can we connect with you on social media?
And just for fun…
- Books or magazines? Bookworm here!
- Mani/pedi or massage? Mani/pedi. Nothing like fresh nails and toes!
- Pizza or pasta? Pasta, please.
- Comedy or drama? Comedy.
Thank you so much, Elenie!
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Hi! I’m a proud Army wife and mom to two little girls (ages 1 and 4), and I love sharing our lives with you. I blog all about motherhood, our time in the military, our travels, our meals, my fitness journey, my fashion favorites, and so much more. I truly enjoy sharing it all! I can’t get enough of birthday cake ice cream, weekend sunrise runs, or making my girls belly-laugh. I write almost daily about my family’s lives, and though I like to keep things light, I also share the messy parts too. Welcome! So glad to have you around. I’m active on Facebook and Instagram and would love to communicate with you there!