That’s me and welcome to Simmer and Sprout! I’m so thankful you’ve discovered my little piece of planning paradise.
While my passions on this blog revolve around my paper goods there’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes.
I’m Momma to three littles and two 90lb+ German Shepherds. I’m also a wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, toilet bowl cleaner, dish washer, clothes folder, butt wiper… well you know, we wear a lot of hats when we decide to bring little beings into the world.
I am also Southern transplant now living in the tundra that others refer to as Pennsylvania. I’m telling you this mostly so you can add a southern drawl to my words and imagine me wearing pearls while I write. Then imagine my husband is from Long Island, where drawer is pronounced “draw”. No really, that’s true too.
I have half a degree (that’s what I call my first two years of college before changing gears dramatically) in art history and an actual degree in Business Management with a lot of dabbling in design. I like to call this approach “well-rounded”.
My passions are making lists, writing, art, decorating, home projects, healthy food, fitness, the outdoors and… well, living fully. My husband would want me to add that I am also passionate about rearranging furniture, often.
First and foremost, this blog started out of necessity. I’ve been blessed with three little monsters and an amazing husband, but the challenges we’ve faced in the “food” department have forced us to look more closely at what we eat and how those things affect every part of our being.
Simmer and Sprout started with an idea of sharing my crazy life with other families that are facing the same similar struggles.
Food allergies. Food allergies. And more… Food allergies.
Over the course of the last six years we’ve discovered so much about “food”. I’m using that term loosely. “Food” can be eaten, and we can be sustained to a certain degree by the packaged foods that line the aisles at the local grocery store. But for some of us, those packages and the multitude of delicious foods and recipes are no longer an option. There are some posts on the blog documenting some of our journey with food, but long story short , we do not have the option to eat out at restaurants or order take out on Friday. I must shop the outer rim of the grocery store for whole foods, I must read any and every nutritional label with care, and I have been forced to learn how to cook. Yep, not all Southern Belle’s learn to cook. I know that’s disappointing.
The original goal for Simmer and Sprout was to share stories and food with other families, from my crazy house to theirs.
Along with food, I started sharing some household printables with my followerss, and they were a hit!
So many nights wondering why they were so popular followed. Many more nights thinking about the possibility of making a living doing the very things (aka making lists and designing page layouts) that I loved doing, the things I would do everyday if I could, even without pay.
Flash forward a few months, and I had realized I needed to trust the process and trust the information in front of me. I knew the struggles of the planner world because I love planners. I also have the ability to design and produce my own paper goods. Furthermore, I knew I wasn’t the only one unhappy with the selections and limitations of off-the-shelf planners.
A huge leap of faith.
A whole lot of support.
Even more second guessing.
Then a big dose of “all-in or nothing”.
….and Simmer and Sprout was refined.
That’s the ‘Simmer’…. now we ‘Sprout’ together.