Why I started Blogging…
When I started thinking about starting a blog in 2009 and initially composing some notes, I began to look more closely at where I may have gotten the knack for entertaining and “homemaking” if you may. Please, I am no Martha Stewart, as I do not iron and am not a perfectionist and lord knows, I make a lot of kitchen and craft mistakes. We won’t even get into my parenting mistakes! Contact via email at [email protected]
You can tell I miss her but I want everyone to be able to find some comfort close to their home and hearts and carry on traditions both old and new.
The reason I started blogging was that I often found myself on the phone with a friend or family member discussing a dinner party menu or birthday party ideas. After being a stay at home mom for 8 years, I was also looking for an outlet. Since starting this blog and getting all the children in school full time, I started substitute teaching and tutoring but I still love to blog.
At Close to Home LLC you will find recipes I have subjected my family to, crafts are done with and for the children, entertaining both adults and children, especially around the holidays, various trips we have taken, as well as family friendly product reviews and giveaways.
Now that the kids are older we have found traveling more exciting and we also share some great travel locations we have gone as a family, as a couple and with girlfriends.
So grab a cup of coffee and browse for some great ideas to keep you closer to home, without breaking the bank. Our goal is providing other moms with ideas that are both inspiring and attainable.
I have 3 children, ages 12, 15 and 17, a golden retriever, a cat and a loving husband living in Richmond, VA
Contact via email at [email protected] We are happy to send our media kit.
Close to Home LLC is PR FRIENDLY and will gladly review any family-friendly products.
My Sweet Pets:
Lacey the Cat is about 10 years old. The sweet Golden is Chloe who passed in Jan 2019. Now meet our newest golden Tippet born 12/2018.
Meet Julie Stribling: Our Contributor
Julie is a military brat so if you ever want to get into a really long conversation, ask her where she’s from! In 2016, she and her husband moved from Silicon Valley to Richmond, VA, seeking a simpler life. They found it and are loving Richmond with their three daughters (ages 9, 7 and 5) and son (age 2). Julie enjoys reading, yoga, soccer, and when her children nap!