Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Blogger Spotlight - Meet Becky

I'm Becky. Wife to Russ. Mama to Henry (4) and Wesley (1). I've been blogging for about a year over at bybmg. I'm a middle school teacher as my full-time gig. I write about what I wear, mommyhood, crafting, and thrifting among other things. I love sweets, all things pumpkin, sewing, thrifting (mostly for clothes), avoiding housework, and making life fun for my boys. I have a small Etsy shop where I sell things made from Toms flags and a few of my other creations. I'm thrilled and honored to be a spotlight blogger here! I love to meet and connect with other mamas online, so connect with me and say hello!

What made you decide to start blogging? 
What part of blogging is your favorite? What do you dislike the most?

I initially had a couple blogs on Posterous (which no longer exists) where I would share my crafts and cupcakes. I started them to really just document what I do and be able to share it with friends and family. When Posterous closed down, I went full-on with my current blog because I had some tutorials I wanted to share. My very first post was the beginning of my short nursery re-do series where I shared how to recover glider rocker cushions. I felt like people needed to know how to do this and that it could be done easily. That post still gets repinned weekly almost a year later, so I know it was worth it.

My favorite thing about blogging is the creative outlet it gives me. I love doing things for myself, but it's fun to be able to share it with other people. There's only so much enthusiasm my husband can give about my continual projects and outfits, though he cheers me on non-stop. I've also had friend ask me for help with their own fashion or sewing projects because they have seen what I do. It makes me feel like what I blog is worth-while. I dislike that I still feel like an amateur. I would really like a makeover of my blogging template to make it look professional and my own, but I don't have the funds or know-how to do that right now. It's also difficult sometimes to think of what to write about or continue writing when I'm not sure if many people are reading. But, I write on, even if it's just for me!

As a mother, what do you think the your greatest parenting moment has been so fair? 
Your biggest parenting fail?

I feel like I work to plan fun activities for Henry, so I think those would be some of my greatest parenting moments. I try to be intentional when we have larger chunks of time together, like Christmas break and in the summer (since I'm a teacher). Last summer we hammered a big ice chunk with toys trapped inside and made cool-whip sandwiches. Some people get overwhelmed with Pinterest, but it truly helps me be a more intentional mom. Also at night when Henry comes out for that extra hug and kiss, I know that we've showed him love and affection. Melts my heart every time.

My biggest parenting fails are my temper and prioritizing (which kind of goes back on how I say I'm intentional...). Sometimes I just jump to conclusions or yell too much. I also catch myself telling Henry I'll play with him after I do ______ and then I end up tacking on more tasks to that list of things to do before play. I need to get better at just sitting and being with my boys instead of always having that constant to-do list in the back of my mind.

If Hollywood was to make a movie about your life, 
what would the title be and who would star as you?

I think it would be titled A Crazy Road to Normal because my husband and I have quite the odd history of how we met which includes talking to him on the phone about once a week for a few months a year before I ever knew who he was, me sitting in on his valentine's dinner with another girl, and a our first date being with his parents. It's a long story of interesting events, but we now live a pretty normal, simple, low-key life. I think I'd like Jennifer Lawrence to star as me because she's a great actress and has a realistic body shape.

On your blog, we can find you sharing your cute outfits and thrifty finds. Where do you get most of your clothing? And where do find your style inspiration?

Most of my clothing comes from sales at Gap and Old Navy as well as Goodwill. I'm thrifty, but you wouldn't know it by looking at my closet. I can't remember the last time I bought a piece of clothing at full price. My style inspiration comes from just what I think looks good and is comfortable. I have a style board on Pinterest, but I don't look back at it much after I've pinned things there. I LOVE infinity scarves - there's just something cozy about them, so many of my outfits are based around them.

As a teacher, I'm sure no day is every the same. 
What has been your most favorite part of being a teacher?

I really love the possibility of impact on the future that I have as a teacher. I took on a new teaching job this year, and my classes focus more now on life skills (leadership and communicating) than core academics. I have over 300 students walk in and out of my room over the course of two days. Talk about impact! I take my job seriously and enjoy it because I know the kids depend on me and the skills that I'm teaching will carry with them throughout life.

Using the first letter of your first name, B, describe yourself in 5 words:
Boys' mama
Bargain hunter
Boot lover
Feel free to get in touch with Becky through the following social outlets:
My blog address:
Twitter: @bybmg
Instagram: @bybmg


  1. This was nice of you to feature Becky. I love reading her posts daily. She is one of the first bloggers I read daily. I love her vulnerability most of all. I may have to follow you to see what other mommys are out there. Rachel xo

    1. Rachel, I usually have 2 spotlights a month so be sure to follow me so you don't miss out!

  2. I love your blog! I appreciate you keeping it real here--I can relate to the Pinterest love, bargains, but also the temper and "to do list" brain ;) Great post!

    1. Thanks so much! I'd love to connect with you!

    2. J, you know I love a real Mom and Becky is just that. Plus she is a #BOYMOM so you know I enjoy her posts a little more.

  3. Love Becky's blog so great to see you featured here!!!

    1. Do you follow her on IG? I love seeing her daily outfits. Makes me wish I would dress up more but with my day job, that's not really needed.

  4. Great feature! Becky is the sweetest!
    Carylee |

    1. Not only is she sweet but both of her boys are too!


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