Thank you for visiting my blog; it is an exciting venture for me and I hope this will become a forum for moms and homemakers of all types to share stories, frustrations, and triumphs. There will be recipes, pictures of my latest and greatest soap creations, and anything I think will be interesting to Enthusiastic Homemakers.....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blogging is a Girl's Best Friend

Thank you all so much for all your well-wishes during my vacation! I'm so happy to be back, we had quite a harrowing experience on the drive in, we ran into both a torrential downpour near Provo, Utah; which when combined with some road work delayed us a bit, and an actual blizzard, which threatened to derail the whole trip! I was driving from outside Salt Lake City, when the rain began to pour. Strangely, there was tons of traffic; couldn't figure out why, because it was 8 pm on a Saturday night! Finally, after white-knuckling the steering wheel for a few hours, the rain became so heavy I couldn't see which lane I was in! I pulled over and switched with James; thank goodness! Shortly thereafter, the rain turned into snow! Semi trucks were creeping along, and we saw lots of cars pulled over and even a huge accident. It was terrifying! We made it safe and sound; albeit with snow covering the bins of clothes on our luggage rack! I didn't get to sleep until 5 am, but James let me sleep late, so I'm reciprocating by letting him snooze for a bit right now.

I feel like I've gained a lot of perspective while I was gone. Although I love my etsy shop and plan to be successful, it's not the be-all and end-all of my life, nor even of my soap career. I think I spent too much time obsessing over it, and feeling like a failure when I didn't perform to my own expectations. I was surprised to find that when I was separated from my computer; what I missed the most was blogging, which I do strictly for my own pleasure; and I hope the enjoyment of others! I was able to do some soul-searching as well, and some of you wonderful followers may have sensed there's more to me than the proud mother and wife I am now. After a lot of considering and thinking, taking into account possible ethical and legal ramifications, I've decided to start another blog; anonymously; which tackles some tough subjects. It will be both darker and more inspirational that this blog, which I love and will continue to do. I felt the need to have it anonymous, in order to avoid either embarrassing or libeling people involved; I still have to consider how best to promote it without connecting it to this blog, or to me personally. Any ideas would be welcome!

I'm now on to working through my huge bins of dirty laundry, and grocery shopping, and I hope; making a nice dinner for my boys and men after so many days of restaurant food! I also lost a crucial part to my sewing machine in the days leading up to our trip, so I have to go about replacing it before I can begin on my new projects, of which I have many! Including, by the way, a wedding dress for my mother, who announced her upcoming marriage in May; and asked me to make her a wedding dress that is not too formal for the beach, and both stylish and age-appropriate. I found a wonderful champagne-colored silk/satin; which will look great with her complexion; and honestly; her figure is more youthful than mine! We even joked that I should pass on my size 4 wedding dress to her; since I have no doubt it would fit her!

Happy Sunday, I hope you all have had a great weekend!


  1. Holy cow! Sounds like your family had quite an adventure! I hope the kids had a great time!! :)
    I totally know what you mean about missing blogging. When you're a wife and momma and there's so much to do for others, it feels so good to sign in and send your thoughts into the world just because you want to. An anonymous blog is a great idea! There's another gal who was writing anonymously for a little while because she just found out that she's expecting a baby but was still so early in her pregnancy that she didn't want to reveal her identity in case the worst happened. She may be able to offer some good advice on keeping yourself secret:) http://ohlalapetiteenfant.blogspot.com

    This lady also blogs anonymously. She sews the most fantastic things and posts pics without showing her face. very mysterious and fun, I think!
    Good luck and welcome home! :D

  2. Thanks, Brittany! We did have such a great time; I will be posting pictures shortly. I'll check out those links. It's true, I do love blogging, and I'm so excited every time I get a new follower or a comment, I really think it feeds the soul!

  3. It's always nice, no matter how wonderful the vacation, to be home. To exhale. Laundry in your own home, your own machine becomes oddly enjoyable. Watching the kids settle back into their space and rediscover the toys that were left at home during their adventure is priceless. If there is a blog of someone that you can trust to not reveal your identity, ask them to promote your new blog. You need a space away from business and family for expressing yourself! I only have 3 kids and I'm overwhelmed! You write well, I always enjoy reading your blog. You have a talent for it. Good Luck!

  4. Thank you, that means a lot!

    My boys are happy as clams roaming around the house playing with legos and the little cap guns (sans caps) they all bought in Frontierland!

    It was nice to have my own bed and to do laundry in my own house; I have this odd fear that all my know-how dissolved! About to test it out by going on an epic grocery trip; Costco and huge Supermarket! I hope I remember how to make soap.....

  5. I'm guessing the traffic was related to the LDS General Conference that was going on in SLC yesterday and this morning.

    Glad you made it home safely. And I understand how cathartic blogging is. Once upon a time when I had more free time I blogged regularly on a blog not related to my Etsy store. Actually 2 different blogs.

  6. Oh, that's funny! Leave it to me to be passing through when everyone is out! My husband actually googled the population of Orem, Utah because we felt like every last person had to be on the roads, and it was raining, to boot! We made it ok, though!