Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hanging With Heather: Featuring When The Kids Are Bored

One of the great things I love about blogging is the friends you make and I have met many great people on my blogging journey; like Heather.

I first met Heather through one of her many features and have been addicted to following her blog ever since. We have struck up a friendship and today we thought it would be fun to do a blog feature swap to introduce each other to all our readers! Awesome right?!

Heather is the author and creator of When The Kids Are Bored, a blog focused on family. She writes about motherhood, crafts, product reviews, and kid activities. She is a wife and a mother of two, expecting her third child in January. Basically, a superwoman.
So please give her a warm welcome and let's all get to know her a little better!

Welcome to Mommy, In Demand Heather. I'm so happy to be doing this feature with you. Now tell me, you've been blogging for a while now, what got you into it?
I started a blog called Musings of a Pregnant Lady in 2008 when I became pregnant with my first child. It was a way to journal and share my pregnancy with family and friends. It’s still up and running today but it’s more of a personal blog. When The Kids Are Bored came about last year when I decided I wanted to share my experiences as a stay at home mom. It’s turned into so much more than I ever imagined!
Isn't it awesome how things grow? Now, we all know that I'm a complete and udder Pinterest addict. So it wouldn't seem right if I didn't you what is something you could spend hours looking at on Pinterest?
Oh my! I could look at houses and home decorating all day long! I would love to build or restore a home one day. My grandfather used to build houses and my grandmother would pour over house plans and magazines for hours. She always asked me what I thought about the houses she was looking at. We would sit over Homes and Land Magazine and dream up our perfect homes. I get several of my passions from her.
Yes, grandmothers have a way of doing that to us. Mine created in me a love for many things; cucumber salad, the beach, and for traveling (even though I haven't really been able to). Which leads me into our next question, If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to tour Europe by rail. I’m a lover of history and old things! I want to eat authentic Italian and French foods and visit the vineyards.
Europe? That would be awesome. Maybe when that baby comes you and I should take off for a few months! Lol. But, do you know any language other than English?
Which one would you want to learn? 
Only one?! Well, I would have to choose Spanish. I know a little from taking Spanish in high school and in college but I am very far from mastering the language. Besides English, I think it’s the most versatile language there is.
That's true. I've often been told that if you know Spanish you have the ability to speak to those who know Italian as well as those from other Spanish speaking countries! So basically the world would be open to you! But me, I'm more of a reader than a linguist. Are there any books are you reading now?

I’m not reading right now…I know. Shame on me. I have a B.A. in English Literature and my summer reading list has gone to the way side. I actually would love some good recommendations! I think most of my reading time has gone into blog research. 

Wow! A B.A. in English Literature?! I didn't know that! So that must make blogging fairly easy then. But what has been your biggest challenge in blogging?

My biggest challenge has been designing my blog. I’ve had a hard time committing to one look and have spent numerous hours creating headers, buttons, social media icons, and such. I really need to hire someone to do it for me. I just don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to get everything I really need. However, a professional looking blog is essential if you want to continue to grow and gain sponsorship.

Yes! Yes it does! And so does promoting your blog! What's your favorite go-to way to promote your blog?

I love participating in linky parties. There are a lot of great weekly link ups out there. It’s a great way to show off your posts and get a lot of views and a lot of non-spammy comments. I also get a lot of page views by linking my articles to my Facebook page.

All some great ways of promoting. I've never been good at those linky parties. They confuse me! Lol. So, What are you doing when you aren't blogging, parenting, working, or cleaning? Like, what do you do during your "me time?"

 My perfect “me time” would be going window shopping on my own. I love to visit area antique stores and boutiques but it can be a challenge to do with the kiddos. I also enjoy driving around and looking at houses and neighborhoods. At home, I like to sew and do DIY projects.

I think shopping alone is at the top of ever mom's "me time" list! I know it is for me. Now, you mentioned DIY's. You have put several up on your blog, and they are all very fabulous, but what would you say is your favorite article you have written? 

I really like my article, “The Truth About Breastfeeding.” It answers my most frequently asked questions about the ups and downs, pros and cons of breastfeeding in a way that is non-judgmental and informational. It’s based on my own experience and there is definitely some good humor in it. Got to keep it real!! 

Is it your most popular?

 It isn’t my most popular post, which is “How to Comment on a Blog Post,” but it did get a lot of page views. I also love my article, “The Beauty of a Woman.” In it, I write about why I think “seasoned” women are the most beautiful.

I read that article and loved it! I completely agree with you about "seasoned" women. There is just something sexy about a woman with a little life experience. And with those experiences comes a few skills, now you and I are fairly young in the scheme of things. So if you could learn one random skill, what would it be?

If I had the time and resources I would love to learn carpentry work. I would love to be able to build and repair furniture and do complex home repairs. I grew up in a home where if something breaks, you fix it. You don’t call someone else to come and do it for you, you do it yourself. Both my father and grandfather are/were builders of some kind. Somehow I managed not to learn those skills. But, it’s never too late!!

No its not. I am a firm believer in the theory that you're never too old to learn something. Anything. 

Thank you so much Heather for doing this feature swap with little ole me here at Mommy, In Demand. I've had so much fun with it!

If any of you would like to learn more about Heather and her fantastic blog head on over to When The Kids Are Bored. I know she would love to hear from you! And you can also visit When The Kids Are Bored to see my answers to the above questions! And who wouldn't want to do that?

So go. Now! 
When The Kids Are Bored


  1. Thank you so much for featuring me! I had a lot of fun getting to know you better. I love that we are blog buddies : )

  2. Thanks again for the awesome feature! Now, you didn't post this week! Should I be worried, Kendra?? : )

    1. Lol! No. Things have just been ubber crazy around here; had company, volunteer work, kids, and LOTS of various work to do. But hopefully things are settling down and I can get back down to it. Thanks for worrying though!


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