You’re going to love this…

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 I had an interview recently where someone asked me what set our site apart from others.  The first thing that I said was “the authors”. Want to know why? Because these are “every day” women, just like you and me, who are creating these eBooks. These are women who have a love for design and want to share their “know-how” with you. I appreciate each of these women and their talents. It has been a great experience getting to know them through this process.

A few weeks ago, I picked up the phone and called several authors.  It was AWESOME to talk with them. I had never talked to them before on the phone, but through the conversation I realized we are a lot alike in so many ways.  After those phone calls I decided that I wanted others to see that there is a “real person” behind these eBooks.  And so it dawned on me as to what I’d like to do next…

We’re going to start a new feature called the, “Women A Lot Like You” series.  We already know that these women  love to craft, design, etc…but what else makes them who they are? How can other women relate to something they have done or experienced?  I find these “stories” so interesting. I think you will, too.  

So I’m going to start spotlighting authors, as well as our team of testers, on our blog and on the site. As of today, we have 125 authors — women, moms, grandmothers…all who have an expertise in an area and created a new venture for themself this last year…to become an author, too. We have a team of nearly 25 testers. These women help to ensure quality and correctness in eBooks that require fabric. Both authors and testers make what YCMT is today.

So here’s our first spotlights in a series that I think you will love. Sit back and smile as you read a little more about the women at YCMT. 🙂

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Click on the above picture to view all eBooks written by Karen of “Growing Up with Rosy”

If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
Adam Sandler 😉

What is the craziest part of your day?
When I walk through the door from work. It’s crazy, but I love it! My entire family greets me at the door yelling “Mommy”

What is the most fun part of your day?
Getting the kids in bed. Hugs and kisses all around!

Why do you love being an author and/or tester? Or what has being an author/tester meant to you?
I think the best part for me is when I get someone who emails me and is so excited because they have had great success using my book. I have had some people BRAND NEW to sewing use my book/pattern as their very first creation. I feel like it was ME that brought them into the fabulous world of creating! I love being a part of that. Being a part of YCMT has opened the door for me in so many ways and made things easier for our family as far as having that extra money to get out family goals right on track!

If you could step outside your comfort zone and have some kind of “dream job” (maybe you’re already living it??) what would it be?
Actually I think I’d be a SAHM. Always wanted to be when I was younger, but it would definately be something I would have to get better at too. Working is my comfort zone so it would take a good amount of adjustment to be comfortable with it for sure!

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or music?
I love country music. I like older movies like Grease and Dirty Dancing and anything with Marky Mark or Adam Sandler in it 😉 I really enjoy watching Signing Time videos with the kids too.

When you get “stressed out”, what do you do to get back to center?
I like to take a long hot bath with some yummy smelling body wash!

To see all of Karen’s eBooks, click here.

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Click on the above picture to view all eBooks written by Mary of “Sweet Pea Totes”.

If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
This is a difficult question, as I am not easily absorbed in the celebrity scene. However, I would love to sit down with J.K. Rowling — the author of the Harry Potter books. My youngest daughter has always wanted to be an author, and watching my children’s dreams come true is one of my greatest desires. Maybe we could discuss tips on becoming a published author!

What is the craziest part of your day?
Dinner time is definitely the craziest time of my day because once I get into my sewing, I realize it’s almost dinner time. Then, I have to think and muster up a delicious dinner in half an hour. Crazy!

What is the most fun part of your day?
The most fun part of my day is when I can begin creating and working on new designs once my family has ventured off to school or work.

Why do you love being an author and/or tester? Or what has being an author/tester meant to you?
I love being an author because I get to share my patterns with everyone. It is so enjoyable to see their finished products, as well as how much fun they had making it. It is also good to hear that my directions made it easy for first-time sewers.

What is a “life lesson” you have learned over the years?
I’ve come to realize that life really does go by quickly — watching my kids grow up in the blink of an eye. I would like to tell anyone that has young children to hold onto every moment of those precious years before they slip away.

If you could step outside your comfort zone and have some kind of “dream job” (maybe you’re already living it??) what would it be?
It has always been one of my dreams to own a handbag boutique in a big city — and even have celebrities as some of my customers! I would love to design my own fabric as well.

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or music?
I enjoy all types of music, including: country, pop, oldies, and dance music.

When you get “stressed out”, what do you do to get back to center?
When I get stressed out, I stop whatever I’m doing, take a break to relax, and come back once I feel better.

To see all of Mary’s eBooks, click here.

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Click on the above picture to view all eBooks written by Maria of “Buddha Belly Babies”.

If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
Hmmm, this is a tough one as there are so many. I would probably say Oprah. Cliche, probably, but she’s done so much for others and her rise to fame wasn’t an easy one. She recognizes the hard work of ordinary people and commends them for it…not just other celebs.

What is the craziest part of your day?
Oh, by far it would have to be when my kids have a no-nap day! Talk about elevated stress levels cause everything is out of sync. LOL! Their nap time is my ME time.

What is the most fun part of your day?
It’s seeing my kids play with their dad! They think he’s a jungle gym. LOL! Nothing is as pure and innocent as a child’s laughter. It just makes me smile when I hear it.

Why do you love being an author and/or tester? Or what has being an author/tester meant to you?
I love to show/explain how to do things. To hear people say…”I can make that” or “Look what I made”…is rewarding itself. I want to be able to bring out the creative side in people.

What is a “life lesson” you have learned over the years?
When you give thanks for what you have, also give thanks for what you DON’T have.

If you could step outside your comfort zone and have some kind of “dream job” (maybe you’re already living it??) what would it be?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one, too. My “dream job” would first, allow time to spend with my family & friends, as well as become financially stable…to produce a product(s) that has mass appeal without losing integrity. I don’t know what it’ll be; hence, “dream job.” So I guess, I’ll keep searching for the illusive position. Maybe my dream will come true one day.

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or music?
Well, since I have 2 kiddos, I don’t get to read much, so a favorite book is out. LOL! As far as movies goes, I have 2 – Steel Magnolias (nothing like a good chick flick) & A Christmas Story. I just crack up every time I watch them. For music, well, I listen to just about anything, but I have to say my favorite is jazz. It’s such a stress reliever, especially in the car & stuck in traffic. 🙂

When you get “stressed out”, what do you do to get back to center?
Well, I guess I answered a portion of this under Favorite Music. 🙂 When I’m so stressed for whatever reasons (kids, housework – yuck, finances, etc.), I go out alone and let the hubby watch the kiddos. I may go shopping, browse through stores, etc. At the end of the day, I have a glass of wine. Ok, maybe two, depending on the stress. LOL!

To see all of Maria’s eBooks, click here.

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Click on the picture above to view all of the eBooks written by Carly of “Addypillar Originals”.

If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
I think I would rather have lunch with my hubby and no kiddo’s, LOL!

What is the craziest part of your day?
Getting ready for dinner is always the hardest.

What is the most fun part of your day?
Sitting down to dinner with my family and talking about our day.

Why do you love being an author and/or tester? Or what has being an author/tester meant to you?
It is very rewarding to see that something I created can be used by anyone. I love the people who run YCMT, and how they really care about each and every person they work with.

What is a “life lesson” you have learned over the years?
Email will still be there in a few hours, family is more important.

If you could step outside your comfort zone and have some kind of “dream job” (maybe you’re already living it??) what would it be?
I think I am living my “dream”. I have a wonderful husband, and two great kids! Don’t get me wrong, there is always something going on, but there is no place I would rather be in my life!

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or music?
I honestly don’t give myself the time to read or watch movies, more than bedtime stories or animated movies (I should take more time for myself, but I don’t). The kids and I listen to a lot of kinds of music, we love to jam out when we clean up! It keeps us motivated 🙂

When you get “stressed out”, what do you do to get back to center?
Sit down on the couch and eat ice cream :/ HAHA!

To see all of Carly’s eBooks, click here.

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Click on the picture above to view all of the eBooks written by Ginger of “Gingersnap Boutique”.

If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
Tough question! I would say George Clooney, but I would probably swoon and stare at him the entire time. So, I think I’d choose someone with whom I could actually have an intelligent conversation – perhaps Tom Hanks!

What is the craziest part of your day?
Since my kids are grown and have all moved away, things aren’t as crazy as they used to be – actually things run pretty smoothly most of the time. Does trying to decide what to make for dinner count as “crazy”?

What is the most fun part of your day?
It may sound corny, but I love it when my husband comes home from work every day! We enjoy our time together, sitting side by side on our computers, watching a movie, playing with our dog, or just talking about our days and our plans for the future. We sound like an old married couple, don’t we? Well,I guess we are!

Why do you love being an author and/or tester? Or what has being an author/tester meant to you?
I love being an author for YCMT because it has given me the opportunity to share fun patterns with my fellow crochet artists, AND the incentive to transfer all my patterns from scribbled notes to an organized format.

What is a “life lesson” you have learned over the years?
Live in the moment. It doesn’t hurt to plan for the future, but life goes by so fast. Kids are grown before you know it. Tomorrow turns into yesterday in a blink. Enjoy today!

If you could step outside your comfort zone and have some kind of “dream job” (maybe you’re already living it??) what would it be?
I have the best job! I have always been domestic at heart, so I love being home and keeping it comforable for my family. The added bonus is that I can work some crocheting, sewing and crafting into every day.

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or music?
Book…hard to choose a favorite because I read a LOT of books, of all different types. But one that always comes to mind is an old book by Stephen King called Eyes of the Dragon. It’s not scary, just very adventurous!

Movie…again, I like all types of movies, but my favorites are chick flicks that make me laugh. Return to Me (even my hubby likes this one…it’s the crazy old men!), Bridget Jones’ Diary (the first one), Miss Congeniality, 13 Going on 30, and That Thing You Do are just a few.

Music…LOVE classic country music, but I listen to just about anything, since my hubby loves all genres.

When you get “stressed out”, what do you do to get back to center?
CLEAN!!!! Or crochet! Usually it’s a messy house or a stack of orders that cause me stress, so I remedy the situation by getting it all done. I feel so much better afterwards.

To see all of Ginger’s eBooks, click here.

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Click on the picture above to view eBooks by Nancy of “That’s Sew Me!”

If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
Sally Field

What is the craziest part of your day?
Getting my children ready and out the door to school in the morning!

What is the most fun part of your day?
When I sit down at my sewing machine!

Why do you love being an author and/or tester? Or what has being an author/tester meant to you?
I love creating and sharing and to be able to make a little money, and/or help someone else make a little money, doing the things I love, is very rewarding.

What is a “life lesson” you have learned over the years?
That there is no way to be a perfect Mom, but a million ways to be a good one!

If you could step outside your comfort zone and have some kind of “dream job” (maybe you’re already living it??) what would it be?
I guess you could say I am living my dream job. I worked in the legal field for over 20 years and within the last 3 years have been able to stay at home and fulfill my creative passions.

What is your favorite book, movie, and/or music?
I’m not really a book person, but I am a magazine maniac! I still have every craft, sewing, crochet, decorating, etc. magazine I have ever purchased. Really!

When you get “stressed out”, what do you do to get back to center?
Take time to just rest.

To see all of Nancy’s eBooks, click here.

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47 responses to “You’re going to love this…

  1. Barbara Nestola

    To the question: “What is a “life lesson” you have learned over the years?” One author commented
    “When you give thanks for what you have, also give thanks for what you DON’T have.” I can relate to that. I find it easy to give thanks for the wonderful things and people God has blessed me with, my wonderful supportive husband and my beautiful and spunky daughter among other things. I have learned to also be thankful for what I don’t have (good and bad). I am just thankful to have (as Stormie Omartian says) just enough light for the step I’m on.

  2. Elizabeth Carlyle

    This is so cool! It is so nice to know that I am not the only one whose craziest part of the day is trying to get the kidos out the door and on the right bus! Boy do I live for the weekends! I loved reading about the authors – I can’t wait for more. |
    Elizabeth Carlyle

  3. theresa

    Aww! I think that is so wonderful to finally put faces to these well-known designers and authors. It IS nice to know they’re just normal, everyday people, like most of the rest of us. I think it’s a great feature Kim! 🙂
    *~theresa~*
    GianaElise*Boutique

  4. Teresa Pomerantz

    I think that this is a great new feature- putting a face with a name really helps to relate- not to mention that they are ordinary people going through the same thing we do everyday.

  5. Marie

    I loved reading all of the interviews of all those fabulous designers! It’s so nice to put a face to a name! I can totally relate to at least one aspect of each of those ladies lives…it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! YCMT has enable me to tap into my creative outlet and learn how to make wonderful things for my kids, I love it!
    Thank you to all the designers who are so willing to share their talent and time for people like me!

    Marie

  6. I can relate with Carly’s answer to her dream job!

    Nice to get to know the authors!!

  7. I loved all the interviews!! I too love it when I hear “mommy” when I come through the door!

  8. I think Maria’s “life lesson” about giving thanks for what we don’t have is really important. I’m thankful I don’t have to work outside the home. I’m also thankful I don’t have to think up with all the great patterns YCMT sells, the YCMT authors did it for me!

  9. Denise

    HI,

    I can relate so much…I took a big chance 2 months ago and walked from a job and started a business..yesterday, I got 6 orders for a little blanket I have yet to make a pattern for…I am excited to be able to be a WAHM and scared that I have a long road ahead to make it for me and my littles ones.

    I love these authors for having so much creativity and excitement to share it with their patterns.

  10. Connie

    I just had to laugh at Maria’s “craziest part of your day” response. When it is a no-nap day here, it definitely adds to the stress level. Nap time around here at least gives me a tiny bit of me time.
    Thanks for doing these interviews! It is great to see the people behind the designs!

  11. This is a great new feature Kim! It was so nice to get to know the authors/testers from YCMT!
    But I have to say I REALLY enjoyed reading Maria’s responses to the questions. She seems so real…so much like I would respond to every one of the questions (except the celebrity one…I am like Mary in that sense. I don’t get caught up in the “celebrity scene LOL!)
    As a WAHM life is crazy 24/7 and while I LOVE my family, my children and my life to death, there are just some times when I have to admit I am going absolutely crazy 😉 That is when I need my “me” time and I never ever feel guilty for having a girls night out. Heck, I think the kids enjoy it when mom isn’t around too LOL!
    Anyway, I wanted to say I admire you all for sharing your creativity and your talents with others. My passion as a WAHM is to share what I have learned over time with others to help them succeed, whenever I can. And I don’t expect “favors” in return….I just want to see others “Pay it forward” ya know?!?

    Thanks to all of you for sharing a little piece of yourselves with all of us!
    Best wishes,
    Susan

  12. Amy

    Wow! Love this idea!! It is really neat to be able to read and learn more about the designers and get the feeling that you really do know them.

  13. PJ

    I can totally relate to author Maria, when she talked about her kids using their dad as a jungle gym. *lol* My daughter (3 yrs. old) has always used her daddy as a jungle gym, and he makes noises about how tired he is, but he really loves it. It’s his special play time with her. It makes me smile and laugh to see the two of them together like that. She just crawls and climbs all over him, and uses his legs as her exercise machine. It’s a kick to see her all over him!

  14. Tess

    After I put my kids to bed tonight, sat down in my recliner as I read about each of the authors. I can’t tell you what a relaxing break that was for me and what an upliftment to my hectic day. YCMT is a great place where women can come together and truly be an inspiration to one another.

    Karen, I could relate to you with the “hugs and kisses all around” at the end of the day. Our family does that as well, and at the end of the day, it makes me realize what is most important in my life.

    Mary, it’s nice to know that your craziest part of the day is mine as well! Crock pot meals and freezer meals has been my way of trying to get through that time when I’d much rather be doing other things!! (like making one of your handbags!) 🙂

    Maria, I really liked what you said about Oprah. And more than that, I liked your reason why. It really made me think about how true that is. Can I got to lunch with the two of you?? 🙂

    Carly, I love your “down-to-earth” style. You sound like such a fun mom who can jam out with her kids when it’s time to clean! And hey, ice cream can bring me right to center as well!

    Ginger, I’m so glad that you have transferred your scribbled notes to patterns because you are so very talented. I’m inspired by just reading that and knowing that I could possibly one day do the same.

    And finally, to Nancy, I absolutely loved your “life lesson” that you shared…That there is no way to be a perfect Mom, but a million ways to be a good one!Wow…that really struck me and I appreciate you sharing that more than you can know.

    Sorry for the novel, but ladies, THANK YOU so much from someone who has gained some new insight this evening and tomorrow I will have become a better person for having read this.

  15. Carol

    I LOVE this new feature! It makes it more personal buying a pattern from an author that you “know”. Can’t wait to get to know the rest of the authors!

    Thanks!
    Carol

  16. Lynn

    Very nice addition to the blog. I enjoy getting to know the authors and putting a face with the name. I can relate to Ginger “when I’m stressed I clean or crochet”…I clean too. LOL! I do other things also, but cleaning centers me and I feel so good after the “mess” is nice and clean and tidy again. My children are grown and gone also and I would LOVE to be able to stay at home, but alas we have to eat. I totally appreciate everyone sharing their talents. THANKS everyone.

  17. Krista

    I really know what Ginger means about our children growing up so fast. My baby girl is only 2 already and I can’t believe it. I’m sure when I blink again she’ll be 5, LOL 🙂

  18. It’s always good to know that we aren’t alone!!! These interviews are great!

  19. What amazing women – I LOVED reading each interview and seeing the beautiful faces behind the creativity.
    You are all so inspiring (and I’m totally in love with Ginger’s sweet little dog – LOL!).

  20. Nicki

    Maria quote about naptime being me time is right on! I get so much done when my child naps (including cute patterns from YCMT). Thank you so much ladies for sharing…you really are just like us!

  21. Sandi

    “If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with?
    I think I would rather have lunch with my hubby and no kiddo’s, LOL!”

    This is probably the response that I relate to most. My husband works full-time for the National Guard, is in the National Guard, is finishing up college, and we run a photography business on the side. I feel bad when we do things without the kids because we want to spend a lot of time with them, but I definately cherish those few, random times we get alone!

  22. Regina

    I loved reading all those responses from the authors. Can’t wait until more post their answers. It’s really nice to put a personality and face behind the authors…Thanks to all of you!!

  23. Sounds like a great bunch of gals. Thanks for sharing. Love the comment about Marky Mark…my husband still laughs at me for calling him that!

  24. I liked Mary’s response about meeting J.K. Rowling to talk about breaking into the book writing scene. I know I’d love to sit down with costume designers to talk about what I need to do to break into the movie/TV costume design field. That would be an incredible dream come true!!

    Peace!

  25. This was great!! I love being able to find out more about people. I think I can relate to just about all of it lol

  26. Kelley

    It is so nice to see the people behind all of these great patterns. I can relate to forgetting about dinner until the last moment. I am always defrosting meat in the microwave and saying have a snack I will make dinner soon.

    Thanks for the great interviews!

  27. Crissie

    What a great idea Kim! It’s so wonderful to be able to see a little more of these designer’s personalities! I’ll be anxious to “meet” the rest of my favorite authors!! 🙂

  28. I can relate to a few of these ladies. For starters there was Karen of “Growing Up with Rosy” It is Crazy at bedtime. I have 4 children from 17-6 and trying to get them in bed, well lets just say there is not enough room to talk about that. Hehehe And to relax, I have to have a long jet bath with a glass of wine to unwind.

    Also like Maria of “Buddha Belly Babies” I would really like to have lunch with Oprah, She is the greatest. :0) I love the movie Steel Magnolias

    And like Nancy of “That’s so me!” I am living my dream job. I am a photographer and work at it only part time, When I want. :0) Greatest job ever.

    Thanks for introducing all these lovely ladies,
    Tina

  29. gina snyder

    I am a brand new member, have only been a member for 1 day. I just found your site yesterday and immediately signed up!!! This place is great!!!

    Getting to meet the artists behind the patterns is a neat idea. I don’t have friends that are crafty or that sew, and when I get excited about a project and try to share with them they look at me like I’m crazy. So, I can totally relate with these ladies. They love what they’re doing and you can tell by the quality and workmanship of their designs!!! Please keep new patterns coming!!!

    Gina

  30. Heather

    Goodness! I can relate so much to each of these women!! I worked through my third pregnancy (with an hour commute each way) and each day when I came home, it was so energizing and comforting and wonderful to hear, “Mommy!!”
    Now I’m home with a 4 month old, a 3 year old and a 5 year old and, like Maria, I relish nap time!! The older two barely endure quiet time, but I sure do thrive on those times, however short they may be!!!

  31. Pam

    I’m a mom to two girls ages 2 and 3.5. I can relate to Carly – I am living my dream! I have a great husband who supports us so I can stay at home with our daughters – something I would not trade for the world! Not that it isn’t hard some days – but it is certainly worth it. Also like several interviewed, I look forward to the time I get to spend alone in my craft room creating… If you love to read and actually get to, I have a great recommendation (I know what you’re saying – “read? yeah! In my spare time!”) Anyway, it’s the Shopoholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I bought the first book in an airport because my flight was cancelled and I had several hours to kill. I have not laughed so hard in ages!! It is probably because I can relate a little too much to the heroine’s inability to pass up a sale – not too much with clothes, but you’ll never see me pass up a fabric bargain! Also, there is slap-stick, I Love Lucy -type commedy that is super-entertaining. Also, if you are one of those people who gets into “only me” type situations – and you know who you are – you’ll love this too! It’s also a quick read. Thanks again for this web-site – even if I don’t make the projects, I like to know how people do things…

  32. I can so relate to Mary’s Life Lessons. The fact that my daughter is growing up before my eyes is killing me. It seems that just yesterday we brought her home from the hospital and today she is two. Mary’s reply reminded me so much of Kenny Chesney’s new song Don’t Blink” I just cried and cried after I first heard that song but it did make me realize a few things.(If you haven’t heard it, you must find time to!) I know to hold on to my daughter a little tighter, and I don’t get angry or irritated when she wakes up and 2 am sometimes and just wants me to rock. I have learned to embrace those moments and enjoy it while I can,to soon they will be gone. One day I am going to wake up and have a grown daughter that doesn’t need her mom to rock her. Ok I have to go cry now….

  33. Cyndi

    I adored meeting the e-book authors and I hope to join with them one day. I found this site just a week ago and got the free download of the fall apples. I intend to decoupge it to altered art, mixed media.

    I have made a cone and two art cards so far but want to learn digital photo processing to make some of my ideas come to be real!

    I have a web-site now and added you right away as an affiliate and shared your site with many folks on a message board I belong to. I hope we can ALL be a part of the family at “You Can Make This too”.

    I am inspired!
    smiles, Cyndi

  34. Heather

    I can SO relate with the designers featured! They are seem so down to earth and friendly! Gosh… I think we’d all be great friends! LOL!
    Thanks for introducing us to these talented ladies!

  35. I loved reading all about the authors. I love to here that they are REAL people! Thanks for the interviews. I can relate to Most of the responses too!
    Renee

  36. melissa

    What a great feature! It’s awesome reading these and knowing we have stuff in common. I love bedtime the best too — hugs, hugs, hugs.

  37. I can totally relate to Karen’s fun part of the day-Getting the kids in bed. Hugs and kisses all around! When all 4 of my munchkins go to bed that’s finally my me time and just about the only time during the day that I can sew and get in the zone and start having mom fun. I also love Adam Sandler. I think Karen and I would get along great!

  38. Tabitha

    I love this new feature! It was wonderful reading what each author had to say, and to “see” who is behind some of the e-books I’ve purchased. I look forward to reading more.

    I think what I could most relate to was Ginger of Gingersnap Boutique’s life lesson comment.

    I’ve been a SAHM for (almost) 7 years now, but have always had so many other “commitments” that some days I really wasn’t home that much. When my curly haired 3 year old suddenly (or so it seemed!) turned into a 4th grader this month and my baby quickly approaching age 4, I realized that the time had come to let some of those commitments go.

    “Live in the moment” and “Enjoy today” are great words of advice!

  39. I can definitely relate to watching Signing Time videos with the kids, we all love them. Learning a new language with them is fun.

  40. Carly of “Addypillar Originals” answered the question “If you could have lunch with a celebrity, who would it be with? I think I would rather have lunch with my hubby and no kiddo’s.” That is so true. My husband is a police officer and I am a SAHM but very involved with the PTO, taking my daughter to soccer, ballet, dance, tumbling, swimming and cheerleading..not to mention volunteering at her school. So my husband and I hardly ever have “time” with each other and I would take a date with him over a celebrity any day! But when the kids are in college and well rounded adults my husband and I will look back and say it was worth it…now its time for us!!

  41. Melissa Boclair

    Mary mentioned about her kids growing up in the blink of a second. That hit close to home with me. I know that I recently felt like I was letting my website business and other things take over me. I stopped one day and realized that they are only little once. You can not move back the hands of time. So I decided to slow down- not everything has to be done today!! But spending time with my kids does.

  42. I can relate to the busiest part of the day, morning, getting everybody out of the house on time. There is always someone who needs to go to the potty once we are all in the car buckled up!
    Alana

  43. Reading about some of the different authors was great. I really loved Mary’s Rowlings answer, not onl;y do I love the author, but her desire to see her kids succeed touches many moms’ hearts.

  44. Luciana J

    I have found this site some months ago and what keeps me coming back is being able to relate to all authors; it’s just an awesome felling and inspiration knowing that these ladies are people just like me. I can trust their instructions and I know can walk the same steps they did to create beautiful things.

    Nancy, I can relate 100% with you when you mention “I still have every craft, sewing, crochet, decorating, etc. magazine I have ever purchased.” I come from a culture where we “keep things”, “we don’t throw things away”. Moving here to the USA about 7 years ago was a big change for me but I still managed to bring favorite books, paints, pots (yes, pots) and mom’s favorite set of water glasses among other “strange things”.

    So girls, keep up the good work and keep inspiring others to unleash the creativity inside each one of us.

  45. april

    That there is no way to be a perfect Mom, but a million ways to be a good one!
    You said it 100%!!!! Live life like this everyday and you will succeed!!! it s so nice to know others have the same thoughts! ty

  46. debra

    Mary was right on about the craziest time of the day, dinnertime!!! It is chaos trying to get it planned and made while fending off the little hungry ones.
    Her answer to the life lesson question was also timely for me. I have 2 girls under 3 and they are growing so fast and as my little one is about to turn one I realize just how important it is to relish those moments while they are itty bitty.

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