There are so many mom bloggers in the world. I am so fortunate to have met so many of them in this massive virtual world we live in and in which we communicate together. Each of us mom bloggers bring something a little unique to the table and this week the Behind the Blog w/Dr. Kim series continues with a behind the scenes look at a wife, mom, and stylist from Pennsylvania that knows a lot about fashion on a budget.
If you aren’t already following Style By Rae, you need to be, and can find her through this link http://www.stylebyrae.com. With around 8,000 blog readers a month and over 5,000 followers on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kelseyraecourtney/ Kelsey Rae Courtney has something special. Besides being a mom to 7 month-old sweet baby Pearl, a stylist for Meagan Nicole Photography, a blogger that just celebrated a one-year anniversary, she is also a wife of two years to Taylor, a DJ @bringonthebash.
In her latest blog, Mama & Little, she talks about how her sweet baby girl is teething and how to style a teething necklace for day and night attire and even gives readers a discount code so hurry over and check it out by following this link http://www.stylebyrae.com/blog/2016/6/30/mama-little My favorite blog is Pearl’s Newborn Session because let’s face it, who in the world doesn’t love looking at precious pictures of a newborn baby http://www.stylebyrae.com/blog/2016/3/4/pearls-newborn-session
I’ve had such a pleasure interacting with Courtney and making a new friend and I hope you enjoy reading more about her in the interview below.
Name of blog: Style By Rae
What year did you start? May 2015
How did you come up with your blog name? I knew I wanted my blog name to have the word “style” in it and my middle name is, Rae. I thought “Style By Rae” sounded cooler than “Style By Kelsey!”
What is your current state you reside? Pennsylvania
What is something your followers don’t know about you? Soccer has always been a big part of my life. I began playing when I was 5 and continued playing until I was 20. I have three sisters and they are my best friends. I am absolutely obsessed with dogs. I am pretty good at old school video games like Super Mario Brothers. I’ve watched the movie 27 Dresses at least one hundred times.
What do you like to do in your free time/hobbies? I enjoy going on walks through the city with my husband and daughter, Pearl. I love doing DIY projects that I find on Pinterest. I also enjoy thrifting clothing and home decor items.
Tell me a little about your family. How many kids do you have? My husband, Taylor, is a wedding DJ and we have been married for two years. We just had our first daughter, Pearl, in December and we are learning how to be a family of three.
What advice do you have for a new parent? The best advice I can give to new parents coming from a new parent is to do what is best for you and your baby. You will receive so many opinions from other moms on what they believe is the best way to care for and raise your child. But take everything you hear with a grain of salt because what worked best for them may not be the best method for you and your little one.
What is most rewarding about parenting? I have only been a mom for about two months now but I would say the most rewarding thing is seeing how my daughter has already grown and developed so much. It’s very gratifying knowing that I am helping her through of all these developmental milestones she is going through.
What is the most challenging about parenting? So far the most challenging thing about being a new mom would have to be breastfeeding. I had no idea it was going to be so painful! During the first week home from the hospital I was so tempted to give up. But I pushed through it and I am so glad I did because breastfeeding has created such a special bond between my daughter and I.
What advice do you have for new bloggers? Some advice I have for bloggers, especially those just starting, is to blog about what you really love. Make sure you are passionate about what you are blogging because if you’re not, most likely you won’t have the drive to stick with it.
What was the most difficult part of blogging? The most difficult part about blogging for me is consistency. This is something I struggle with and I have to set a weekly goal for myself. It’s so easy to make excuses because of our busy schedules so I really have to focus on taking the time to create content.
What do you love most about blogging? I love that I am able to express my individuality and essentially keep an online style diary! I also love that it allows me to connect with so many other bloggers and creatives.
What is your blog about? Style, beauty, and most my recent category, baby. I love posting about my recent fashion finds and beauty secrets. Now that we have Pearl, I hope to incorporate her into the blog and do baby style posts and baby product reviews.
Why did you start blogging? I began blogging because I wanted a place that I could express my personal style and give fashion inspiration to others.
Has the blogging world changed since you first began? Because I haven’t been blogging for a very long time there has not been too many changes in the past year. However, I would say that more of my blog traffic has been directed from Instagram then ever before.
What gives you your inspiration for content and photos? I find a lot of inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers and social media style gurus on Instagram and Pinterest.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this interview! Stay tuned next month for a different interview with another amazing mom blogger as the Behind the Blog w/ Dr. Kim