Kimberly from She Scribes is a mom blogger with a flair for adventures. She’s gone to movie premiers, has met many famous celebrities and has been invited to official company parties. Here’s how it works. Brands pay bloggers and influencers to come and document their events, movie premiers, etc. Lucky for Kimberly, her writing is so great that she built an entire career out of this. Let me give you some examples so you know what I mean.
Hershey’s took her on a hot air balloon ride and on a helicopter from New York City to an airfield in New Jersey first, and then she got on this awesome hot air balloon. She met Hugh Jackman at a press junket for Real Steel. She also participated in the Hellmann’s 100th-anniversary event where they broke a Guinness World Record with the longest picnic table ever constructed by man. And finally, we have a shot of her at the Muppets Most Wanted premiere.
Here’s an interview we did with her where she told us how she started, what motivates her, and what her day in the life of a mom blogger looks like. Check it out!
1. How many years have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since April 2007. I originally started my blog to promote my home business, but I lost my passion for my business and kept my blog because I enjoy writing.
2. What is your favorite mom-blog project that you’ve ever done?
I have gone on several press trips for Disney to Los Angeles to attend press junkets, red carpet premieres, behind the scenes experiences and after-parties. Those have been my all-time favorites, especially receiving a hug and kiss from Sir Elton John and meeting a variety of celebrities.
3. What project are you most proud of?
I’ve worked with Feeding America on a few posts, but one year I flew down to Tampa to help out at a food delivery, and go behind the scenes at one of their donation/distribution centers. It was a truly eye-opening experience.
4. What are some of your favorite activities during the day?
During the week I enjoy working on my blog and writing posts. I also try to squeeze in some reading and maybe catch up on a movie or show I’ve recorded. I also enjoy spending time playing with our cats. On the weekends it’s all about my family and doing fun things with them whether it’s visiting a local park, checking out antique shops, visiting family and friends or catching a movie.
5. What kind of lighting do you have set up in your home for your family?
We have ceiling fans with lights in the kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and bedroom. In the hallway, we have an old recessed lighting/globe, as well in a small area between the bathroom and bedroom (I am looking into getting a mini-chandelier for that area to give is some pizzazz). We also have a floor lamp in the living room. We use that instead of the ceiling fan light because that light is too bright. I have a horrible little clip on light for my desk. During the day we use natural light from the windows.
6. What is the greatest tip that you could give other moms?
Make your kids your #1 priority above anything else. However, you do NEED “me time,” otherwise you’ll “burn out.” It’s hard to take care of your family is you are stressed out, tired, and unhealthy. Find a way to carve out at the very least 30 minutes of time for yourself (more if you can). Take a nap, read a book, watch a movie, chat with a friend… do something that makes you happy and that you enjoy. Your family needs you to be happy and healthy so that you can properly take care of them and their needs.
7. What is the hardest thing about blogging and being a mom?
I’m fortunate that I started my blog when my kids were in school. I was a stay at home mom, even when they were at school, so that gave me plenty of time during the day for my home business and blog. When they are home from school (weekends, summer vacation) it’s all about scheduling and setting priorities. My family will always be my #1 priority, but if I had an important post I needed to get published, I would find a way to get that done first and foremost before doing something fun with my kids. They were old enough to understand what my blog was when I started it, and they understood that it was important. If need be I would stay up all night to get a blog post done, even if it meant being up into the wee hours of the morning. Lack of sleep and free time for myself (“me time”) is sometimes hard too.
8. What advice can you give our mommy readers?
Enjoy the little moments in life. Sitting on the floor having a “tea party” or helping your child build a house our of LEGOS might seem trivial, especially if you have other things to do. But those are the moments you should be cherishing. Children grow up too quickly. One day your son might want you to help him build a road for his cars out of blocks. The next day (or so it seems) he’s asking for the car keys. And all those times your daughter wants to play “dress up” will quickly turn to her going shopping for a prom dress.
Looking back on my own children, I wish I played with them more and did more of the little things with them (we took them plenty of places, I’m talking about the day to day things). I miss those moments. Even little things like helping my son brush his teeth or braiding my daughter’s hair.
9. You are a mom and an established blogger. If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
If I could go back in time and change a few things I would first make sure I finished college before having children. I got pregnant in college and never finished my Bachelor’s degree (I’m only 12 credits shy of completing it). I would have liked to have started my family after I finished school. As for blogging, I would have liked to have known more about building a website, SEO and other techie stuff about having a website. Aside from that, I would certainly do it all over again. I love being a mom as well as a blogger.
With 💕, Kimberly
Interested in more interesting mommy and me blogger interviews? Check out this awesome post from Rebecca about her favorite projects and this interview from Ginger about how she does DIY projects with the whole family.