A Crafted Passion

Hi, I’m Amanda!

A Crafted Passion familyWife to my high school sweetheart, Justin, momma to two precious little girls — who I affectionately call Mini Me and Little Miss — and DIY addict. I am just your average stay-at-home mom finding a place in this creative world. I love to get covered in sawdust, man the jigsaw, and drill holes like a boss!

I also like to celebrate the little victories in life with parties. My favorite parties so far have been Mini Me’s first birthday, finding out the gender of our littles, and this woodland baby shower for my sister. Everyone deserves a party and I LOVE to throw them! Watching all the little details come together is my absolute fav!

I have a love-hate relationship with decorating my home. I have commitment issues and am scared to hang things up in our home worried that they won’t be in the perfect spot, however, I am determined to change that. I am on a mission to decorate my home and make it a space my whole family loves and I hope you’ll come along with me!

Here are 10 things you might not know about me:

1 | My husband and I have actually known each other since diapers growing up at church together. We were best friends for years before we ever started dating.

2 | I studied gerontology in college (old people) and love hanging out with our residents at my family’s retirement community, where I worked before becoming a SAHM.

3 | I get paid to play on Pinterest. I work part-time for Simple Pin Media and manage blogger’s Pinterest accounts. It’s pretty much the best side gig, ever!

4 | I’ve traveled to Africa twice and can’t wait for the day when I get to go back with my family and experience the culture together.

5 | I’m a picture addict! It’s a real problem. I don’t have a great memory, so pictures are a great way to document those little things in life. I love creating photobooks documenting special events in our life and I use Chatbooks to remember the little moments in life that I’ve shared on Instagram. P.S. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can follow along here.

6 | Christmas is, hands down, my absolute favorite holiday! I look forward to it all year long and start listening to Christmas music on an almost daily basis in July.

7 | I am addicted to all things chocolate and peanut butter. My favorite treats are dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s. Yum!

8 | I am fueled by hazelnut coconut milk lattes and breakfast sandwiches from Starbucks. Yum!

9 | I am a birth story junkie. I love reading how parents welcome their littles into this world and how every story is different. Sidenote: I was made to have babies, just not to push them out. Both my girls were born after less than 10 minutes of pushing, but both times I have torn bad, however, it doesn’t stop me from wanting more babies.

You can read all about Mini Me’s FAST birth story here and why Little Miss was induced two weeks early here.

10 | My ultimate dream in life has always been to be a mom. Ask anyone who knew me growing up…I spent almost every weekend night in junior high and high school babysitting, Sunday mornings snuggling babies in the nursery, and I spent lots of time dreaming up future baby names. I love that I am finally a mom, but sometimes I get nervous that I’m not living in the moment and enjoying it now that I’m here. I’m a work in progress.

So, that’s a little bit about me. I’d love for you to introduce yourself! Drop me a note here. I love hearing from my readers

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By Nakalan McKay Photography