hey guys!! another lovely sponsor spotlight for ya. kaleigh over at our little lifesicle is just too cute, and so is her blog. excited to learn more about her and her little family. check her out!
tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m Kaleigh but most of my friends & family call me Kale. I’m a “young” mom & wife. I’m almost 24 years old. I stay home with my baby girl & I couldn’t ask for a better job in the world. My husband is my best friend, as cliche as that sounds, we were friends for a long time before anything else. I do photography professionally, on the side and love live music. I wouldn’t change my life for the world.
what’s the story behind our little lifesicle?
I started OLL about a week after I found out I was pregnant. It initially was a place to document our pregnancy, I’m not much a of scrapbooker anymore and I figured a place where I put all my thoughts & feelings about pregnancy would suffice. I had always blogged before pregnancy but this is the first blog that I really connected to, probably because it had so much more meaning. It’s my daughters biography—ya know?! :) So I continued after she was born, recreating all of our special moments (and the tough ones) like a neatly typed out book. I print some of my posts so that I can put them in Lilla’s baby binder–not a scrapbook, just a binder of special thing ;) I really hope that one day she can read through how much she changed our life, and the lives of our families. I started to gain followers & people started to reach out through comments & emails and it became so much more than just a blog. It’s like a little community of encouragement & love. The story of Our Little Lifesicle is the story of my little Lilla :)
what inspires you?
Specifically for my blog, my baby & motherhood. Most of the posts on my blog have something to do with her or our days together. Motherhood changes you in ways that our language doesn’t have the words to describe. I try to blog about those things as much as possible. Other things that inspire me on a regular basis are photography, music, film & certain tv shows. (Yep, I’m a Dexter fanatic) I LOVE looking at photography, I could sit on flickr all day and browse. A good photo can make my whole day. Beautiful things in general make me feel great. Another thing that inspires me is other mom blogs, knowing that there is someone else somewhere else who knows exactly how I feel is so comforting & encouraging.
what’s your favorite part about your blog?
My favorite part of my blog is my followers & their comments. I never thought that I would have so many loving & encouraging people read about my silly life. We’ve had some pretty tough trials (she got really sick) in the first few months of my daughters life and I had so many people telling me they were thinking about me–thinking about us outside of the blogging world, like in their daily lives. I was so humbled by this. Even now when things are getting better health wise with Lilla, she’s having a rough time with teething & sleeping, I get comments with helpful advice & understanding. Another favorite part is my “Lilla’s Song” section. It’s a fun way to give my readers some new music. I post a song a week with a video & lyrics.
what’s the most challenging part?
The post challenging part right now is keeping up. Life with an ever-changing newborn is fast-paced, overwhelming & joyful. Sometimes I don’t even get a chance to sit down at the computer, and sometimes I find that to be a blessing. I am so lucky to be able to stay home with my daughter and I try to breathe in as much of her newborn months as I can. There are so many things that I would like to write but sometimes I don’t have the time. We have a pretty good routine set for our days now but sometimes with teething & lack of sleep things get jumbled and the first thing that gets set on the back burner is the blogosphere, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. :)
any advice for others who want to start a blog?
Start a blog for yourself! Don’t start a blog in hopes of getting tons of followers or promos. When I started my blog over a year ago I never thought I would have 105 followers or people from companies emailing me to do giveaways. I made my space for my family & friends to watch our pregnancy & for myself to document and look back. Don’t make your blog feel like a job or it will get old. Post when you can, don’t feel pressured and LOVE what you write. I enjoy having my own little journal space. Beware of the happiness-suckers. Some people blog-surf in hopes of making other feels crumby. As sad as that sounds it’s true & I’ve only had small bits of this happen to me. Some of my blogger friends have had it way worse, just be ready for opposing opinions & people who don’t think you’re genuine. The best way to prove them wrong is continue to be genuine, you can’t please them all!
any special goals you have set?
I would really like to keep OLL going until Lilla is about five years old. That’s a really long time, but I guess that’s my biggest goal. I would also enjoy doing more giveaways, I love giving people presents ;)
just for fun: what’s something that most people don’t know about you?
Something most people don’t know about me is that I don’t want anymore babies! I’m so happy, full & satisfied with Lilla. My heart is exploding for her. My husband and I have decided that we’re done with one–we had always kind of said “one & done” but now that we have our little lovey that’s definitely our plan!
thank you kaleigh!! you and your precious family are adorable. love reading about your experiences and thoughts. thanks for being a sponsor!!
peace and love