Photos courtesy of Marisa Albrecht
I so love featuring other amazing bloggers on this here space of mine. There are SO many wonderful women out there, with their little space, writing and creating some great blogs and posts daily, that I want you guys to see and read about! Some of the tastiest recipes, coolest DIYs and tear jerking posts about Jesus and faith have come from the women in my blogging community. There certainly isn't a lack of creativity in the air, that's for sure. Oh, how I love it so!
Which is why I'm super stoked to introduce you to a young woman named Abby, of Little City Adventures. I recently fell in love with Abby's space after finding out she was a mama and I was a mama-to-be. I just love her mommy posts! Full of fun and practical advice, I find myself heading over her way all the darn time. Plus her recipes look to die for...I've got a bunch pinned!
Tell us a little about yourself! What are some of your passions outside of blogging?
My name is Abby and I blog over at Little City Adventures, a lifestyle blog full of everything from food to faith to motherhood to adventures in my little city. I am a stay-at-home-mom with a passion for baking, reading, serving in the church, and baking (yes, baking is on the list twice). My husband, Seth, and I married on June 21, 2013, when I was 19 and he was 20, and three months later we got pregnant and on June 29, 2014, our son William was born. As you can tell, we are not very patient and love new adventures. On the few days when I am not at home, you can probably find me shopping at Target with my mom and grandma (and William of course) or helping out at church. Even when I am at home for the day, William is an absolute monkey who ever stops moving so he keeps me pretty busy in between blogging and baking.
Where did your love of blogging come from? What kind of pushed you in that direction?
I have blogged off and on for the last few years, in middle school I blogged a lot about fashion and then took a bit of a break for some of high school and got back into it during my senior year. I think for me, blogging was a natural progression. I have always loved writing but never really found my niche. I have also always had a bit of a hard time in social situations (I am very much a homebody and like to have a few close friends rather than a crowd of friends (my husband is the exact opposite and really helps push me in that area)). Blogging really helped to close gaps in both of those areas and allows me to have a healthy, creative outlet.
When did you decide you wanted to get serious with this passion?
A couple of months before my son was born I got this burst of energy and passion for Little City Adventures and started working towards making it more than just a hobby. I am really excited for the direction that my blog is headed in, there's no where to go but up!
What encouraged you to start Little City Adventures and what's the story behind the name?
I wanted to start a blog that encompassed all of my passions that also represented me as a person. I was tired of writing one niche blogs that didn't allow any wiggle room for expressing myself so I decided to start a general lifestyle blog where I could write a little bit about everything. I landed on the name Little City Adventures because I started the blog just before Seth and I got married and right after Seth moved into what was to be our first home together, in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania. My last two long term jobs were located in the heart of downtown and I really learned to love our little city and wanted to include it in my blog. Plus, the name Little City Adventures is just adorable. To read more about why I chose this name, you can check out my Behind the Name page.
Are there any specific bloggers or sites out there that help keep you motivated and inspired?
One of my all-time favorite blogs is Maiedae. Jenny and Savannah not only have a gorgeous blog, but the quality of their content is mind-blowingly awesome. They blog about everything from motherhood to beauty to faith and they never cease to inspire me.
Do you ever struggle with or feel the blogging competition rise around you? If so, where do you find the encouragement to keep going on those "hard" and "discouraging" blog days?
I think it is natural to start compare our blogs/content/recipes/photos/number of views to other bloggers' and I do catch myself doing it every so often. I just keep reminding myself that ultimately, my blog is a place to record my favorite recipes and new adventures, sort of my digital scrapbook, so the numbers don't matter.
What is your favorite thing to blog about?
I really enjoy writing about anything related to motherhood but strangely enough, that is the topic I struggle with coming up with post ideas for.
I love when bloggers write about Jesus and their faith in their posts, and you're one of them! Do you find it hard to share about your faith openly and publicly on your blog?
I didn't start out "labeling" Little City Adventures as a faith-based blog. I just threw in little tidbits of Jesus here and there but lately my passion for Christ has been relit, for awhile I sort of let life get ahead of me, and I can't help but blog more about faith related things. One of the reasons I struggled with really focusing on Christ in posts is because I didn't want to offend anybody and I didn't want to turn anyone away just because I was blogging about faith. But that reasoning is ridiculous. Jesus is the main point of my little world so why would I ignore Him on my blog? I've decided that if I offend someone, I'm sorry, but if I don't blog about faith and I miss the opportunity to share that with somebody, than I will be far more than sorry.
Take us through a typical day! Do you work in an office, living room, comfy bed, etc? How do you go about writing and creating your beautiful posts?
My typical day is probably boring to most people and pretty much revolves around my son's sleeping and eating schedule. If I'm not already up, I get up at 7:30 and get William out of bed as well. I change is diaper and his clothes and then we head downstairs so I can eat breakfast while nursing him as my husband eats breakfast before heading off to work at 8. William usually plays either on the floor with toys or in his exersaucer for about an hour in the morning and will take a catnap at some point while I get some computer work done. Whenever William is awake during the day, he loves to just play nonstop or watch Curious George so I do get a decent amount of time to work on my computer or clean the house. Although it is hard to bake when he is awake. William naps for at least an hour at 1pm and that is when I photograph items for blog posts or bake. My husband comes home from work at 5:30 and we have dinner and hang out as a family before starting William's bedtime routine at 8pm. We finally have got William on a consistent bedtime routine and he finally goes to bed around 9:30 (which is a huge improvement). Seth and I get about an hour together before bed and then overnight I get up once or twice to feed William. Fun day, right? I like it though.
As for writing and creating my posts, the first thing I do at the beginning of each month is fill out my editorial calendar with post ideas. Then I make a day to day to do list to make sure that I can realistically get all of those posts done each week. If I am working on a recipe, I first do some research to see how other bloggers/bakers/cooks build similar recipes (so I can make sure that I don't completely fail when I make it, with a baby I don't get too many chances to cook so I need to get things right the first time around). After making the dish I photograph it on my make-shift white background/flooring (it's just white yardstick paper!) and write it up in blogger. Recipes are my favorite posts to write because I get to be really creative when coming up with recipes. Most of my posts are created in steps and often those steps are spread over a few days. I've learned to be flexible in scheduling and to do a little bit at a time, so I can focus on my son.
Describe yourself in three words.
Compassionate, sassy, and creative.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When I'm not blogging I love to read mystery novels, watch tv (I'm working on watching less tv), bake just for fun, read other blogs, and reorganize anything (rooms, notebooks, my computer, etc). Seth and I also spend a lot of time at our church and working on church related items at home. Seth is actually on staff part-time at our church, he's the AV Director at our campus and we both work with the Young Adults ministry, working on the planning team and helping to organize any young adults related small groups.
Any new or exciting news you can share with us about Little City Adventures?
I am working so hard on my blog and have so many awesome ideas for the next few months. In 2015 I will be opening up a shop on my blog selling simple blog graphics, e-courses, and e-books and I am so excited! I am also changing my newsletter from a weekly feature to a monthly so that I can really focus on creating high quality, cohesive content. Aside from that, I am just going to go with the flow and waiting to see what God puts in my path.
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