Friday, November 7, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger


Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Susan's and my blog.

November 8 

Mindi My Love 2 Create.



Good Saturday Everyone.  This week I am excited to introduce you to a sweet blogger that caught my attention because of her DIY tutorials and her love of giving new life and purpose to treasured items.  She shares my liking to re love things into my home and give them a new purpose.  Her tutorials are awesome.
So sit back and read about this mom of 5 yep!! 5 and how  fit and fun and creative she is.  Enjoy.
Mindi from My Love 2 Create





Hello!  This is Mindi and I blog over at MyLove2Create.  I was so honored and thrilled that Kris asked me to participate in her Saturday Spotlight!

I don't share a lot of personal stuff on my blog (probably because I barely have enough time to write my tutorials) so I am excited to give you a peek into my life!
Old Drawers into Porch Planters
I am new to the world of blogging, I started just over two years ago and keep it pretty low key. Meaning, I post usually once a week... unless I don't. :)

I am very thrifty and love repurposing things, so a lot of my DIY projects are made with things I get for free, or really cheap.  It makes me happy to give things new life and make them useful again.  Like my old drawers into porch planters, I made them with free drawers and wood.
Engagement photo, and wedding photo.
But, I am getting ahead of myself, let's back track a bit.  This is me and my husband, in 1998.  Don't we look so young!  Holy. cow.
Dana and I graduating from Collage.  Our little guy was a trooper, but I think he was ready to sleep...poor thing!
My husband (Dana) and I met at Brigham Young University, where I graduated with a degree in Pedagogy (Physical Education) and two dance minors (Ballroom and Folk Dance).
Family photo taken in 2009, Arizona.
With my husband's new job we moved to AZ and lived there for 9 years.  In which time we had our last 5 kids.  I kept pretty busy being a mom, as you can guess, and it is the most wonderful job in the world!

I had a small dance studio and taught for several years, and really loved it.  In order to keep "sane" and have my "me" time I would train for and run a marathon after each baby.  It was my best option for getting back in shape and feeling good.  This photo was taken two months after my youngest little guy was born.
Me and two of my sisters at the St. George Marathon finish line.
Speaking of marathons I just ran my 10th one in October and had a great race!  My one sister (middle) and I have qualified for Boston 8 times and have never had chance to run it...so maybe next year it will actually happen!  Fingers crossed!

In 2010 my husband was transferred to Colorado, which is where he grew up.  We love it here, and have enjoyed being closer to some of our family.
It turned an end table into a desk
After moving here I eventually became aware of the blogging world, and finally decided to try my hand at creating.  It has always been a desire of mine, and when I finally got the nerve to tell my husband, he bought me a miter saw for my birthday, just three years ago.  I guess you could say, "and the rest was history".  I have been building/creating like crazy ever since!
DIY Tray stand made for an old toolbox

I am a self-taught/blogger taught DIY-er and it is so STINKIN' FUN!  It truly brings me joy to create, hence the name of my blog, MyLove2Create.  I started my blog, to hopefully share and inspire others to create.  It is sort of my way to "pay it forward" which is why I like to do tutorials when possible.
Cupcake Tower
As far as blogging goes I am kind of at a point where I feel like I could do a lot more, but I am not sure I am ready.  I love it, and have so much fun with it, but my family will always be first, so for now I share what I can, and continue to learn a grow with each project.  The good thing is, I am always doing projects, so it makes sharing easier.
Curtain Tie Backs Repurposed into Towel Hooks
This summer my husband and I did several triathons together which was fun, and we love to spend time with our kids and go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.   We also love to watch movies, play games, and eat homemade caramel popcorn as a family.  YUM! 
In March we had to put down our beloved dog Buck and near the end of the summer we got a new puppy, Sunny.  She has been taking a LOT of my time, it is like having another baby in the house.  Who's idea was this? :)  Over all this little cutie is stealing our hearts and helping us learn patience and lots of other good things.
Master Closet Makeover
With life being busy I do the best I can to keep up with projects, you know when I am not drowning in laundry, school papers, and kid messes.   Wait...I am ALWAYS drowning in those things!  Ah well.  My favorite project to date, is my Master Closet Makeover.  And believe me, after doing this I want every closet in my house re-done.  It has been sooo nice.  
Closet/Laundry Room Makeover
A close second would be my sister's closet/laundry room makeover.  This was a super fun and tiring experience.  I love how a room can be transformed and made super useful, efficient, and beautiful...with a little hard work.  :)
Going Crawdad Fishing, Arizona 2009
So my plan?  To eventually transform every room in my house, thrifty/DIY style.  It may take me forever...but it should be a fun journey!  Would you like to come along?
Pumpkin Patch, Boulder CO 2014
What better way is there to enjoy a journey than with family and friends!?!  

Thanks so much for reading I hope to see you over at MyLove2Create soon!   And thanks for having me Kris!

Hugs,
Mindi

Thanks Mindi.  Could I just have a smidge of your energy!!!! Loved getting to know you better.  Your family is precious.
Now that you have gotten to know Mindi please hop over to Susan's blog Must Love Junk and meet another wonderful blogger

Have a great week end.
Kris
:)

29 comments:

  1. It sounds as though Mindi leads a super busy life with 6 children and her love of creating! So nice to meet her, thank you Kris! Blessings, Cindy

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  2. What a beautiful family Mindi has!...I have to applaud her for her keeping up with her busy family, running marathons and doing such fabulous projects!...She is truly a super mom!...So enjoyed this feature!!!...Nice to meet you Mindi...and thanks Kris for another great feature today!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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    1. Lol, I am more like super insane! Thanks so much Shirley!

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  3. Kris, I am amazed at how much Mindi had done. She must be like a house afire...That's a lots of kids to tend too.LOL They all look healthy and happy, so that is a great family life. I love that laundry room. Thanks for featuring Mindi. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thank you Susie, the Laundry room is one of my faves, I just wish it was mine!

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  4. I'm so happy to meet Mindi! We have a lot in common. I'm heading over to visit her blog now. Thanks Kris for sharing another great feature!

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    1. Hey Sherry! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!

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  5. Thanks again for letting me do this feature Kris, I am excited to go and meet some new friends!

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  6. Thanks for your great feature posts, Kris. It was so nice to meet Mindi and see the amazing talent she has. What a cute family..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  7. Mindi, it's so nice to meet you and your beautiful family! I love how you repurpose things-so creative! I admire your energy!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan, I appreciate your sweet comment!

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  8. Ah lady!!!! I loved this feature of you and I am so glad you were picked for it! You are amazing....the work you do and those beautiful babies up there!!!! And you qualified for Boston?!?!? I didn't know that! You are a rockstar!!! So glad I met you on this journey!!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Nicole!! You always make me smile, yes Boston, I hope it works out this time!

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  9. Hi Kris, what a wonderful feature for the spotlight today. So nice to meet Mindi and her beautiful family. Such a talent too.
    Love her laundry.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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  10. Oh so glad for your features. I've met so many new bloggers through you, Kris. This post is incredible.

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    1. I agree Kris has a great thing going here, I am so happy to meet all of you!

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  11. There was a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker titled, I Don't Know How She Does It, and that is exactly what I kept thinking as I read about Mindi. I am headed over there now to check out more of her projects.

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    1. Lol, I don't do it, I think I have fooled you! :)

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  12. I loved Mindi before, and I love her more now. She has me beat by one boy, but I've got her by one daughter. She is super woman in my book.

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    1. Awww thanks Bliss, you know you are one of my favorites!

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  13. I am not familiar with Mindi, but she sounds like a doll! Full of fun and lots of ambition. What a sweet family! I loved reading about her journey and seeing her fabulous projects! Hopping over to say hi.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hey Jann, Thanks! I look forward to getting to know you better!

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  14. 6 children???She' s a super woman! What a great and lovely family. She makes wonderful projects.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  15. great feature, kris! mindi's life sounds full of fun and energy! thanks for sharing!

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  16. Kris, thank you for introducing us to Mindi. She has a beautiful family, and loads of DIY talent. Love all the things she shared and feel very inspired. I'm off to visit her blog now. xxx ~ Nancy

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  17. So happy to get to know a little more about one of my besties. :) Love ya Mindi! I'm in awe of all you do, and how WELL you do it. I've been following along since the beginning, so this was a fun post for me.

    gail

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