Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blogging and Beyond- with Honey We're Home

I've got another fantastic Blogging and Beyond interview for you today! From time to time, I like to share a little behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of some of my favorite bloggers. It's been really fun to learn about blogging and time management from them!

Today's featured blogger is Megan from Honey We're Home.

I've always admired Megan's sense of style. Her blog is a delightful mix of design and organization, with some fashion and style every so often. Megan's open and honest posts about her weight loss journey were inspiring to women everywhere. It's hard to not be jealous of Megan: she's a beautiful, successful blogger with a killer house...but her kindness and accessibility to her readers are so endearing. Honey We're Home is a must-read!

Here's what I learned about Megan in our Q and A session:

1. Why did you start a blog, and what makes you stick with it?
When I started my blog, my life was undergoing some major changes. I was a newlywed,  about to have our first baby, and we were in the process of building a home. I would work all day, but couldn't get my mind off of decorating our new home and would lie awake at night full of inspiration and plans. My blog gave me a creative outlet to explore the world of home decor and also a way to connect with other women as I became a stay-at-home mom when my son was born. After a year of blogging, I've grown kinda addicted to it! It's my hobby, passion, and although it sounds corny, I have really met women I know I'll be friends with for life!

2. What's one piece of advice you wish someone had given you before you started blogging?
I didn't realize how much of a time investment it would be. And by that, I mean creating my own posts and reading other blogs! I read a lot of "home blogs" and I feel like I'm stopping by my friends' houses when I read them. I feel bad if I don't visit as frequently as I'd like to!

3. The most difficult part of building a new home?
The uncertainty and lack of experience with so many choices! In my inexperience, I certainly made mistakes, but live and learn!

4. Do you enjoy reading books or magazines? If so, what do you gravitate to?
Love books and magazines both. I read a lot of informative books, like cookbooks, or books on child rearing or photography- whatever I'm interested in at the moment. My favorite magazines are House Beautiful, InStyle, Oxygen, and Oprah.

5. Favorite meal to make?
Right now it's shrimp quesadillas. Super easy.  I buy precooked shrimp and mix with sauteed onion, tomato, Monterray jack cheese and serve with guacamole and sour cream. I just ate that for lunch!

6. What did you look forward to the most about summer?
Pool and beach time!

7. When you have a chance to meet up with girlfriends, what do you like to do?
My girlfriends and I are expert chatters! We love to meet up for brunch at our favorite cafe (Empire Cafe) and sip our coffee and talk for literally hours.

8. Do you have a favorite room in your house? One you'll never show to readers?
My favorite room in our house is our kitchen. I dreamed of a kitchen just like the one we have when we built our house. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

9. What does your day-to-day "uniform" look like?
Great question! When I'm not working and now that it's summer, I'm always in shorts and a tank top with flip flops. Totally casual. I love to wear high wedge sandals and don't leave home without my Michael Kors watch!

10. How do you balance blogging with your personal life?
This is the question of life! I try to blog mostly at night after my son goes to bed, but that doesn't leave much time for me and my husband. Luckily, most nights, he's on the computer too so we might be both on the couch, together, but doing our own thing. I try to write most posts for the week over 2-3 days though so that I can have the rest of that time free for other things. If you aren't careful, blogging can overtake your life! There's always an email to answer, a blog you want to catch up with, a post you want to write and you have to just shut it down sometimes. If I get overwhelmed and can't post everyday, I just let it go and get back to it when I can. First and foremost, blogging should be fun:) I always remind myself that it's my hobby and try to keep it in perspective.

Thank you so much, Megan, for being willing to share with my readers today!

If you haven't "met" Megan yet, please be sure to stop by Honey We're Home and tell her I sent you!

I hope you'll come back tomorrow to link up YOUR best post of the week to Weekend Bloggy Reading. Recipes, crafts, home decor, book reviews, funny stories, you name it. Come prepared to showcase your blog and find some great weekend reads.
Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Hi Amanda, what a great thing you do featuring another blogger and "their life" ~ ! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great Q & A Amanda! Megan is super adorable, and one of the nicest people I have gotten to know through blogging.

  3. A fun read! I enjoyed this interview - love Megan & her blog! :)

  4. Great interview Amanda! I totally agree about feeling like you are stopping over at a friends house when you visit their blog! BTW, I love that striped wall in the top picture:)

  5. I am really learning a lot from your "series" posts and these interviews. I'm sure I'm not the only one that appreciates the input, advice and suggestions on these topics. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  6. Great interview with Megan! She is super adorable and so nice. Loved reading more about her blogging journey.

  7. Wonderful interview. I especially liked reading the strategies for balancing blogging and personal life. You are SO right - it can take over if you're not careful.

  8. Amanda, I always really enjoy the interviews and learning about other bloggers. This one was very enjoyable!

    It's been a while and I hope this finds you doing well and getting ready for a nice holiday weekend.

  9. Sounds like another great blog I need to check out. What beautiful pictures of her house.

  10. I love the time commitment thing. It's so true and I think most people don't realise how much time it takes to have a good blog hence why so many people start a blog, do a few posts and then stop.

  11. I love Megan. And her son? Just a cutie pie! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching him grow up through her blog. Well, he really isn't grown up, but not a baby anymore. She is drop dead gorgeous and sweet to boot. Great interview Amanda!

  12. Hey Amanda! I love these interviews--it's fun to get to know people better.

    Megan is such a lovely girl. I was lucky to get to meet her at Blissdom, and she's just as nice in person as she is on her blog. And she definitely looks like someone who would get dressed in that fabulous closet/dressing room of hers--she's so glamorous! But very sweet, so you don't hate her--you just feel happy for her to be glamorous. :)

  13. Great interview. Megan is one of my best blogging friends...i'm so grateful to have met her!

  14. Thank you Amanda for introducing me to your awesome readers. Hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start!

  15. Amanda,
    Thank you for a great interview with Megan! I love her blog and am happy to have found yours now too!

  16. Great interview with Megan! What a lovely woman she is and extremely talented. Her home is gorgeous and her little James is a doll. It's been fun to watch him grow up with all of the photos she shares. He is a cutie! Nice to meet you Amanda!

  17. She sounds like such an awesome person...I'm headed over to look at her blog after I get done here!


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