If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that each month I feature a different mom blogger on my “Behind the Blog” segment. I have truly enjoyed meeting so many new amazing women that have not only become my virtual friends but have also been women I have learned from regarding parenting and blogging. Doing these interviews have been very fulfilling for me on so many levels and I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am.
I cannot say enough great things about the woman I interviewed for this month’s segment. With almost 14,000 followers on Instagram I know I am not alone in feeling drawn to this mom of many trades. There is something so commendable about a working mama raising two toddlers as well as blogging in her free time and making it look flawless. And I love that Betsy and I are both from the San Diego area. I am constantly learning new places to go and new things to do with my toddler. Plus she keeps her blog real and educates other moms on many different and helpful topics that you can’t help yourself to read about as soon as you see the post! And can I mention that this woman was such a pleasure to collaborate with? Not only did we do the interview once together, we did it twice! Yes, a few weeks after our initial interview, my husband accidentally threw my notes away and we had to start from scratch and do the interview a second time and Betsy was so patient, understanding, accommodating, flexible and forgiving! That is good character people and just shows you one example of how amazing she really is!
I am honored to share the founder of Legos in my Louis with you in an exclusive interview about life, blogging, and raising children. I have learned so much from Betsy and and I hope you do, too. She is so down to earth, intelligent, and kind. To follow Betsy on Instagram, please follow @legosinmylouis or follow this link https://www.instagram.com/legosinmylouis/ Her latest blog is also a must read. She talks about the “Top 10 Must Know Tips for Flying Alone with a Toddler or Baby” that you can read now by following this link http://legosinmylouis.com/top-10-must-know-tips-for-flying-alone-with-a-toddler-or-baby/ You can find links on her blog for fashion, family, and fun and you won’t regret taking a peek at all of them – I won’t judge! One of my favorite blog posts is titled “The 10 Moms You’ll Meet At the Playground.” Follow this link to read http://legosinmylouis.com/the-10-moms-youll-meet-at-the-playground/
I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as we did putting it together!
Name of Blog: Legos in my Louis
What year did you start? March of 2015. I’ve been tremendously luckily to find quick growth with my blog and Instagram followers!
What is your current state you reside? I live in San Diego, California. I’ve always been a California girl and grew up in Sonoma County, which is pretty much as dreamy as you can imagine. Lot of people are surprised that my husband (also from Sonoma County) and I haven’t moved back to Sonoma County. In short, we really love San Diego (the beaches in particular) and just know that this is where we want our kids to grow up.
What is the meaning behind the name Legos in my Louis? Before kids I always carried a Louis Vuitton handbag and right as I found out I was pregnant with Summer, my husband bought me a “Neverfull” bag as an awesome Christmas present. I didn’t want to let it just sit in the closet and collect dust while I carried around an expensive but unlikable diaper bag. So, I committed to making my new “Neverfull” work as a diaper bag and never looked back. Whatever bag you carry as a purse and whatever age your kids are, I’m sure that just like the Legos that are always in my Louis, you too carry a little memento of your kiddos even when they aren’t with you.
What is something your followers don’t know about you? One thing that isn’t apparent when reading the blog or following along on Instagram is that I have a job outside of my blog and raising the kiddos. Legos in my Louis is more of a passion project for me. It’s a creative space where I can share some motherhood tips, a few laughs and the overall sisterhood of motherhood.
What do you like to do in your free time/hobbies? I have a 2 and 3 year old so alone time is hard to come by. But I do make a point to be sure that I get to yoga a few times a week. Yoga is my “alone time” and really is my quite space. Nothing else exists except what goes on inside the studio and it gives me a chance to reset and be more center focused. As a family we also love the beach and we love the pool. San Diego has so much to offer and is a phenomenal place to raise kids. There are no shortage of adventures and we really do spend almost every weekend like we’re on a staycation.
Tell me a little about your family. How many kids do you have? I am married to my high school sweetheart Ryan and we’ve been together for a decade plus. We have a 3 year old Summer and a 2 year old Cal. You aren’t reading those numbers incorrectly, our kids are 18 months apart – which is awesome, and exhausting, but even more awesome. We also have a 12 year old golden retriever Cloe who is pretty much my first baby.
What is most rewarding about parenting? The most rewarding thing about parenting is the unconditional love. Whether you are having a good parenting day or you feel like you’re banging your head against the wall, these kids love you so much and that the biggest reward.
What is the most challenging about parenting? For me, the most challenging thing about parenting is having to learn to live under one roof with tiny humans that flat out don’t listen to you. We come into parenthood after working with adults from professional settings and are used to a certain level of social order and civilization. Our kids (toddlers in particular) don’t conform to this social order and have to be taught. So their first reaction is most likely the most unreasonable one and as parents we have to find a way to both civilize and tolerate them.
What advice do you have for new parents? The most important advice that I would probably want to give new parents is – your kids are not a reflection of your parenting, they are themselves first. If you have a baby who doesn’t sleep through the night and your friends does, it might not simply be that they are better at sleep training. If your newborn is fussy and cries alot it might not be their diet, it might not be colic, it might just be their current temperament. I think sometimes as parents we could be a lot easier on ourselves and possibly more content if we could just say that everyone is unique and we just need to let some things be so you can focus on more important stuff.
What advice do you have for new bloggers? My advice for new bloggers would be to go into it intrinsically motivated, not just to try and make a buck. The blogging world has changed a lot and is very saturated – if you have self motivation to blog outside of what the tangible results are it will be easier to stick with it and probably easier to find success. There are so many readers out there hungry for a real point of view so if you can find your voice and share your perspective, it will make a real difference for your readers. The more you can give your readers and the more of yourself you can put into it the better you’d be in the long run.
What was the most difficult part of blogging? For me, I work in the content marketing space so none of the technical aspects are particularly challenging for me. So for me the struggle is time. Most moms would probably agree that our currency is time. As it relates to my blog, I’m my last client so working on the blog is always on my limited personal time.
What do you love most about blogging? What I love most about blogging is putting my point of view out there and sharing it. I write about topics that my girlfriends and I are always musing over and things that moms could sit down and maybe even talk for hours on. Being able to share those topics and my point of view is what makes all the difference for me.
What is your blog about? I consider the theme of Legos in my Louis to be “the Sisterhood of Motherhood.” Motherhood is just so universal it instantly bonds all of us together regardless of our income, race, education, or political beliefs. The topics I primarily focus on are the things my girlfriends and I are already taking about and things I’ve learned along the way. Whether it’s travel, fashion, or overall motherhood advice the blogs I post are pretty much what I would talk about over wine with friends.
Why did you start blogging? I started blogging as part of a resolution to write more. I wanted a creative space to make my own. If I didn’t have the technical expertise it could have just as easily been a journal on my computer but it’s instead grown into something I love to share with others.
Has the blogging world changed since you first began? In the past year since I’ve started Legos in my Louis it hasn’t changed much – but in the past 5 years the blogging space has changed significantly. Right now there is a saturation of bloggers. The ceiling for growth is much higher because there are so many bloggers out there when previously it was a fresh new space. There are only so many Instagram accounts and blogs someone is willing to follow so competition is tough – that is why good content and a unique point of view is more important than ever.
What gives you your inspiration for content and photos? My kids are 100% my inspiration for content. This is my space that’s about motherhood and kids so my posts and pictures are our everyday life. I shoot 99% of our life on my iPhone, and the other 1% is done by my sister-in-law Mary Crozier. You can check out her work here https://www.instagram.
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