Guest Star: Rach of Life Ever Since

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I met Rach of Life Ever Since, very early on when I started this blog – she wrote me a lovely email asking me if I could write a guest post, and I was all Squee, she likes me and wants me to write her something! I love chatting with Rach on Twitter – she’s funny, insightful and sweet. Her blog posts reflect that too. My favorites include this funny one about how she’s not cut out for sports (complete with a hilarious drawing); this one about her first year as a mom, and she shows her how crafty she is when she made this adorable Halloween costume for her beautiful daughter!

And? Today is Rach’s BIRTHDAY!! Join me in wishing her a fabulous, wonderful birthday.

I just love this girl. Welcome, Rach to my bloggy home.

1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in January after my daughter was born to record all the moments of being a new mom.  After about 2 blog posts, I realized I had zero time and stopped for a few months.  I started again in April, but over time the blog has become an outlet for me and the thoughts that are churning in my head.  It’s become a personal online diary. 

2. What do you love most about blogging?

The friendships!  And the great advice and encouragement I receive with my posts.  My blogging friends have been so good to me and really have been there for me, even though we’ve never met.  It’s nice knowing that I’m being heard and understood.

3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?

Oh, this is so so tough!  I want to name so many.  The Empress really took me under her wing when I was struggling both as a new blogger and new mom.  She really helped me through a rough patch.  Then of course there’s Julie (Mama Mash) who’s helped me so much with cooking and meal planning and who’s become a dear friend.  And my friend Story whom I feel like I can tell anything to…then there’s Mamas Monologues, you, Jen Has A Pen, Ali (Suitcase full of Tricks)…wait, I’m only supposed to name ONE???

4. Is there a post you regret publishing?

No.  I might look back at older posts and cringe just a little because they’re not as great as I thought they were when I first published them.  But I guess it’s all about growing and evolving as a writer and person so I’m ok with even the silly posts. 

5. What do you love most about being a Mom?

Well, we haven’t started this yet since Donut is so little, but I’m excited about doing activities with her like crafts, or baking.  Right now I just love spending time with her and seeing the world fresh through her. She reminds me stop and savor the smallest moments, like looking at the lights on our Christmas tree.   

6. What’s your favorite time of the day?

Well, as much as I love Donut, I do look forward to bedtime!  I have a sense of accomplishment by the end of the day and I eagerly anticipate when I can have some time just for myself to indulge in dessert or a glass of wine.  And my computer! 

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

The beach, hands down.  I love the weather, the water, the easygoing lifestyle.  I feel so carefree and renewed when I’m at the beach.  I made my husband promise to buy me a beach house if we ever win the lottery. 

8. What could you eat every single day?

Bread.  Any kind. I’m a carbaholic. 

9. Favorite season and why.

I love fall. For some reason, I see fall as a renewal time. Maybe because school always started in the fall and it was something new.  That feeling has stayed with me. I just love how the weather is in between super hot and really cold and of course I love all the fall flavors–apple cider, pumpkin anything. 

10. One word to describe you.

Just one?  Indecisive?  Ha!  I’d say loyal.  Maybe to a fault. 

11. I hear you knit – do you do other crafty things?

I love to knit. I’m also learning to sew and love it.  I used to scrapbook but it’s been a while.  I really love being able to look at something in a magazine or online and figure out a way to make it myself.  It’s not always pretty but it’s fun!

12. What are your hopes and dreams for the next 12 months?

My main goal, which is going to sound incredibly boring, is to be organized and to live purposefully.  I feel like I have so much clutter and stuff in my life and I want to clear it out to make way for newer, nicer things, whether it be a new sweater or a healthier relationship.  And course I’m excited to see Donut grow and develop into her own little person. I can’t wait to see more of her personality!

Do follow the lovely Rach on her blog, Life Ever Since and on Twitter !




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  • December 13, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Thank you soooo much for having me here today and for your sweet words! You really made my day special!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…Remind MeMy Profile

    • December 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for being here with me today – on your birthday no less!

  • December 13, 2011 Robin

    I love these insights into other bloggers I know and love.

    Happy birthday, Rach!
    Robin recently wrote…Dear Had-Enough GirlMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Life As Wife

    Yay Rach!!
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  • December 13, 2011 Julie

    RACH! I don’t know what I would do without my nightly DMs from Rach and the daily hilarious tweets from her husband.

    Monkey is waiting for Donut to be of age so he can take her on her first date. While we all sit two tables over, of course.
    Julie recently wrote…Monday Meals: Bacon-Swiss ChickenMy Profile

    • December 13, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

      I know, I so love our Twitter chats! It would be fun to see Donut and Monkey hang out sometime.
      Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…I’m A Super Star!My Profile

  • December 13, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    Lovely to see sweet Rachel here today … she shares so much kindness around the blogosphere!
    Happy Birthday to you!!!
    and yes, that little Donut – cuteness!
    By Word of Mouth Musings recently wrote…The Perfect CrimeMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Kiddothings

    So nice to read more about you here Rach. Happy Birthday to you!
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  • December 13, 2011 Galit Breen

    Yay! Love seeing the two of you here together today!

    Great interview, ladies!
    Galit Breen recently wrote…A Phone CallMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 RoryBore

    It’s wonderful to get to know Rach better. I’ve seen her comments around, and she is so kind and supportive. Devoted follower now!
    A very Happy Birthday wish for you too!
    RoryBore recently wrote…Tuesday Coffee Chat – Christmas with Boca FrauMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Greta

    Happy birthday, Rach! I hope you’ve pampered yourself and enjoyed your day.

    I really need to purge the clutter, too. If you figure out how to get rid of it and keep it from coming back, PLEASE let me know.
    Greta recently wrote…Year In Review (Part 1)My Profile

    • December 13, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

      I’ll definitely let you know if I find the secret. I’m still on a quest for it myself!
      Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…I’m A Super Star!My Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Stasha

    Happy Birthday Rach. Lovely to see you here, you fit so well 🙂
    Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Kimberly

    I always feel so much better after I purge the clutter. That is, until the next time things pile up. 😉
    Kimberly recently wrote…Life Is Full Of ChoicesMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Jessica

    So nice to see Rach here. I love her and that picture of her with Donuts is adorable. I will hang out on the beach with you any day Rach.
    Jessica recently wrote…Dear Santa, I Promise My Requests Are SimpleMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    I love Rach! She is such a great blogger and sweet friend! And I love bread too – to die for!

  • December 13, 2011 Blond Duck

    Great post! Now this has me craving the beach…
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  • December 13, 2011 Leah

    Love this post, I certainly wish I grew up somewhere rich in culture! Makes me want my kids to have these feelings and share them with the world one day.

  • December 13, 2011 Barbara

    Happy Birthday Rachel! What a great interview!
    Barbara recently wrote…Christmas in FranceMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    Happy Birthday Rachel!
    I’ve always wanted learn how to knit…sigh-so jealous!
    and I think we all have posts we cringe over, but don’t regret….honestly, if people went into my archives and read the early stuff I’d want to hide under a rock…ha!
    Not a Perfect Mom recently wrote…The Best Most Exciting Most Crazy Most Excellent News Ever!!!!My Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Ali

    Happy Birthday to my wonderful friend! By the way, my mother has always said bread will be the death of me. I guess it’s no wonder you named your kid after yummy baked goods. Who is she smiling at in that photo? And thanks for the shout-out. 🙂
    Ali recently wrote…"Eat Me" Is A Sweet SentimentMy Profile

    • December 13, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

      She’s smiling at her daddy. Ironically, I hardly ever eat donuts–I’m still too traumatized from the time I worked at a donut shop in high school.
      Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…I’m A Super Star!My Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Natalie

    Great to see you over here Rach and Happy Birthday! Fall is an awesome season…and being loyal is a very important trait to have 🙂 And the beach…take me there!
    Natalie recently wrote…Dinner and a MovieMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Kim

    I love the answers. Oh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
    Kim recently wrote…Furry FacesMy Profile

  • December 13, 2011 Lisa

    Happy Birthday beautiful!!! And your blog is kick ass. 😉
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  • December 13, 2011 story

    Happy birthday! I love bread too. And do they really have fall in Dallas?

    P.S. Love your face. So glad I found you.
    story recently wrote…Life’s lessons: Things that make me itchyMy Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Kimberly

    Oh I love Rach.
    Happy birthday sweets. I hope that you get a unicorn for your birthday that farts glitter. Oh and makes bread. I love bread too.
    Kimberly recently wrote…Got Pepto?My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Erica M

    Happy birthday, Rach!
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  • December 14, 2011 Katie E

    Great to see you here and learn a little more about you, Rach! And happy, happy birthday! I hope Donut is a perfect angel for you today (not that she wouldn’t be one every day).
    Katie E recently wrote…2011 in Review: Part 1 – January, February, and MarchMy Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Jessica

    This is a lovely interview! It’s nice to “meet” you, Rachel. I’m off to check out your blog now! Oh, and Happy Birthday!
    Jessica recently wrote…Night WakingsMy Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Leighann

    Love Rach!!
    She is so talented, crafty, and a great mom!!
    Glad she’s here today!
    Happy birthday friend.

  • December 14, 2011 Jessica

    Oh I so love these posts. Its so great getting to know bloggers I love even more! Happy Birthday Rach!!
    Jessica recently wrote…Its Finally Here!!My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Ado

    Living purposefully is not a boring life goal. Neither is getting rid of the clutter. Both are wonderful, formidable goals –> good luck! PS: I love the mother and baby photo of you.

    • December 14, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

      Thanks Ado! And thanks for the luck with the goals. Really hope to get some stuff cleared off my plate.
      Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…I’m A Super Star!My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Emmy

    Happy birthday Rach! She is awesome. I love the beach too- well minus the whole sand getting stuck everywhere thing.
    Emmy recently wrote…How to Recover Pillows with SweatersMy Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Bruna

    I love Rach and everything you said about her Alison is so true. She’s sweet, talented and kind.

    Happy Birthday Rach!
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  • December 14, 2011 Alexandra

    Though your intention was to celebrate, you ended up bringing a tear to my eye.

    Happy Birthday, mama…so happy our paths crossed.

    Celebrate your beautiful life, and the road back to joy….which is so much sweeter when viewed from the other end of the tunnel.
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  • December 14, 2011 therobotmommy

    Great post, ladies. Rach, I hope the day gets sweeter and sweeter. Happiest of birthdays to you!!
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  • December 14, 2011 Missy

    I LOVE RACH! Happy Birthday! From one fellow carboholic to another . . . 😉

    Learned some new thing about you today,girl!
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  • December 14, 2011 Sweaty

    Happy Birthday Rach!

    I’ve come across Rach’s blog quite a while ago, and it seems (especially in blogging years 🙂 ages ago!

    To Rach: I know it’s been quite a year for you, but I’ve read and seen how much you’ve accomplished. How strong and amazing you really are. As a wife, mother, and friend. And I’m so happy that you’re now able to enjoy motherhood to the fullest. Hugs to Donut too! :))
    Sweaty recently wrote…A Lesson Learned. The Hard Way.My Profile

    • December 14, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

      Now that was the kindest thing to say. Thank you so much. I hope I can encourage you the way you’ve encouraged me this year.
      Rach (DonutsMama) recently wrote…I’m A Super Star!My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 julie gardner

    You said a lot of great things in your interview, but your wish to live purposefully takes the cake.

    Which is good since it’s your birthday AND you’re a carb-aholic.

    p.s. I didn’t say “takes the cake” on purpose. Totally unintentional pun. But I’m leaving it in because it works.

    Hope your day is beautiful and your year is even better.

    And purposeful.

    And cake-filled.
    julie gardner recently wrote…Today call me rhymeyMy Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Sara

    Yay!!! Even though we have been “bloggy friends” for awhile, I still love these get-to-know-you questionnaires!!!

    Happy, Happy Birthday my sweet friend!! May all of your Birthday Wishes come true!!!

  • December 14, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Happy Birthday, Rach!! I realize I’m probably late.
    Sweet post and I love that picture!
    Also? The beach for me too!!
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…The Many Faces…My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Thankfully Thrifty

    Living purposefully. I love it. I’d say that’s a goal of mine as well.
    Thankfully Thrifty recently wrote…Elderberry – Cheaper on Vitacost!My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    Indecisive. Hahaha. 🙂 And I’m honored to have been listed as one of your favoritos! 🙂 I lub you like I lub New York. 🙂
    Jen Has A Pen recently wrote…North, South, East, Lost.My Profile

  • December 14, 2011 Grumpy Grateful Mom

    Great interview! So fun to read you answers Rach! I also LOVE carbs and organization is one of my hopes and dreams too for the coming months too.

    Happy birthday!!!
    Grumpy Grateful Mom recently wrote…Stop Making Me Mad!My Profile

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