So Much Lovely


Heather-Landis-Abyss-of-The-Disheartened-V Lately I’ve received several emails asking how I got started in blogging, how to make it, how to make money at it, etc. You know what I say? I shrug my shoulders and say “shit, I don’t know.” I make hardly anything on this blog here. If I get a sponsored post for the month I do okay. If I sell a few ads I do even better. But sometimes I’m too particular for my own good and I know that. I don’t want to fill my blog with sponsored posts so I don’t apply, or I feel funny hustling for ads so I don’t do anything and just sit there. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes when it comes to blogging. I make the vast majority of my money writing for other sites and for right now that works best for me and it just feels right. Until I get a book deal instructing women how to dress, this site will continue to function as my hobby I guess (and kidding, I don’t really want to write a book).

But I’ll tell you what does get me excited and keep me in the blogging game. Good freaking content; creative projects, beautiful imagery, lovely writing. I lucked out big time when I met Jules’ and we decided to become business partners because the lady has vision and good taste and this week she just completed a series over at The Craft Cabinet blog inspired by the ballet documentary First Position. She’s written a whole week of posts covering The Look, The Taste, The Place and The Find, all inspired by the gorgeous world of dance. Isn’t the image above amazing? And the styled looks she pulled together even impressed me ha! Right now we’re giving all our love and energy to The Craft Cabinet, so forgive the obvious plug for my other project, but it’s just so important and dear to us. I hope you’ll go check it out. Thank you if you do.
On another note, I posted some photos to Instagram last week of me making baby food for Hayden. I received a lot of questions about it so I wrote a post detailing the process over on Disney Baby. Note that the DB version is really simplified and positive, but I’ll say here that I’m not one of those strictly organic, only home made baby food people. And I don’t do it because I want my baby to only have the very best and only organic home made will do, and store bought is total crap and feeding that to your baby is kin to child abuse. I do it because quite honestly, I find it relaxing. I like to cook, and making it is so darn easy that it requires little brain function on my part, so I can spend a few hours in the kitchen accomplishing stuff without feeling like I zapped my brain power by having to read a French cookbook. Plus, the babes do genuinely seem to enjoy the taste a bit more. So it’s a win win all around. I get to zone out and baby gets to eat yumminess. Anyhow, go check out the post if you’re interested 🙂

In other ways to get you away from my blog because clearly, it appears I have no qualms about diverting traffic to other destinations, check out these other fun links I found this week:
I had the pleasure of brunching with Kelly last week and the girl is sweet and talented. Man if I had the time to craft like she does. Maybe in 10 years when the kids are grown. In the mean time she created a kick-bootie series of St. Patty’s Day crafts if you want to do something fun this weekend for the big green event.

These embroidery thread wrapped hoops remind me a lot of my bangles, but a bit simpler and very cool design. Find them at Creature Comforts.

Melanie is filling up an Easter basket for the first time this year, for her cute little guy Beck. She’s sticking to mainly non-candy items (smart lady) and rounded up a whole slew of fun ideas here.

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back here on Monday.
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Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. Get in touch: Facebook, Twitter You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

  • “But sometimes I’m too particular for my own good and I know that. I don’t want to fill my blog with sponsored posts so I don’t apply, or I feel funny hustling for ads so I don’t do anything and just sit there. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes when it comes to blogging.”

    amen! i feel so weird “selling” myself out… but I just love blogging and coming up with content and I’m kind of selfish b/c blogging about sponsored stuff takes away from my posts…

    just keep on, keepin’ on. Your blog is one of my FAVES.

  • Emily says:

    I have to say I love following you because you don’t do all of the sponsored posts all the time!! I had to stop following a few people because that’s ALL they do anymore. Thanks for always writing great content and being so honest… 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    Hi there! I am on my third baby & have always been perplexed by making homemade baby food ( even though I have the fancy babyfood maker!)-so I wanted to say a BIG thank you for your step by step guide! I do have a few questions: do you do fruit too? do you have any favorite combos? do you ever do meats or beans? Thank you….I am going to try it……finally! Nicole

  • Nicole says:

    p.s. one more question: about how much veg do you use per batch to make an ice tray full? Thank you!

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by and asking some questions. Yes, we certainly do fruits including bananas, apples, pears and eventually when more in season mangoes, kiwi, plums, etc. Eventually we will introduce meats and beans but not until he’s about 8-9 months and is interested more in finger foods. I personally don’t think pureed meats and beans would taste good so I try to avoid those combos of foods that I would not like 🙂 I do mix cereal with any of the purees though to give it more substance. For how much, I just sort of eyeball it but for instance if you buy one of those steam in bags of green beans from the produce section, that will make 1.5 trays of cubes, 1 small bag of frozen peas will make just 1 tray, 3 sweet potatoes will make 1.5 trays, about 8 apples/pears will make closer to 2 trays, about 6 large carrots will make 1 tray. 1 tray has 16 holes so that’s 16 ounces of food. Hope that helps!

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