Saturday, June 25, 2011

Life of a Stay At Home Mom Series {Day 6}: Designs By A Rose

Hi there and welcome to Day 6 of the Life of a Stay At Home Mom Guest Blogging Series!!! If you are just joining our Life of a Stay {At} Home Mom Series, welcome! Miss a post? You can find all the entries for our series listed for you here.

I hope you are enjoying all of our amazing SAHM Bloggers so far!!!  Today we are meeting up with Annette from Designs by a Rose.   This girl is crafty and can sew like nobody's business.  I am so excited to have her with us today to give her perspective on life as a stay at home mom!!


Hello Karen at Home readers. I am very excited to be guest posting on Karen's blog! 
My name is Annette and I blog over at Designs By A Rose.

I also create many beautiful items for sale. Check them out in my Etsy shop

You can find me on Facebook and Twitter

Karen asked me to answer a few questions, so here goes:

1. What is the biggest reward of being a stay at home mom?
It's being able to see my sweet daughter every morning when she wakes up. Not when I get her up to rush her out of the house, but when she wakes up all bubbly, bedhead and all. It's the sweet moments when we get to do a craft together or just watch tv side by side. It's the moments when we have girls days and she looks at me lovingly telling me how happy she is that I'm her mom. It's a lot of things, but hard to choose just one.

2. What is the biggest reward for your or your family having you as a stay at home mom?
Being here when my daughter gets home from school. Cooking breakfast and dinner for the family everyday. Just being there for them.When I was working outside of the home, I had to rush out every morning at 7:00 and didn't get home until 6:30 or 7:00 every night. I was constantly grumpy and constantly stressed, because it never seemed like I had time to do anything. Being at home, I'm much calmer and can do pretty much everything and anything I want to do.

3. Do you work from home or have a side business or craft?
Yes. You can check out my beautiful items by visiting my blog or Etsy page. It's always been my dream to have my own crafty business. I've literally dreamed about it for years. Now I finally have a chance to make that dream a reality!

4. What do you miss about not working, if at all?
I miss seeing my coworker friends every day. Of course, Facebook and Twitter keep me talking to all my friends regularly. I guess I miss the income too. I made a pretty decent living doing Real Estate Closings. I actually brought home more than my hubby, so cutting that out was a huge adjustment. However, the pay from being home with your kids is definitely worth more than money.

5. Was it a hard decision to leave the working world or was it the obvious choice all along?
I have wanted to be a stay at home mom/work at home mom for years. When I became pregnant with our 2nd child, after trying for over 10 years, it seemed like it was the obvious choice.  I have had horrible morning sickness this entire pregnancy. Being home has definitely been a blessing in that department! I'm very excited at the chance to be home with our daughter, due to arrive at the end of August, as well!

6. Do you plan on going back to work in the same profession or have different career goals?
 I haven't decided the answer to this question yet. I think this will depend on how things go over the next few months. I plan on staying home for at least 3 months after little Scarlett is born. If my crafty biz takes off, I will definitely stay home. If not, I'll go back to doing closings. I loved my job in the "real world", but being a stay at home/work at home mom definitely has it's perks!

You can check out some of my recent projects here:

Hope you'll click over and visit. Thanks for reading my post and thanks to Karen for having me!
Have a great day!!!!


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