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Blogger, Mom and Business Woman: Meet Amy Miller!

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There’s something so unique about the experience of mothering – it brings women together and levels the playing field in so many ways.  I love getting to know other women and their stories, especially when it comes to raising a family and chasing their own dreams at the same time!

Through Solidarity Sisters, a program run by Susannah at SimpleMomentsStick.com, I had the chance to met and collaborate with Amy Miller, and I’m excited to introduce you to her today!

 

 Tell me a bit about you and your family. What do you enjoy doing together?

 

I have a degree in elementary/early childhood education and taught preK for 4 years. I love singing, musicals, dance, yoga, writing and decorating.

My husband and I married in 2011. He’s one of the most thoughtful, polite and hardworking people I’ve ever known and his “get stuff done” attitude nicely balances out my creative, chatty, freelance type personality!  The last few years have been a whirlwind of moves, job changes and the most important milestone of becoming parents!

Our 2 year-old boy Brady impresses us everyday and has brought us more happiness than we could have imagined! He is VERY talkative, funny, loves to sing, is extremely considerate and a true gift from God.

It’s been in our plans to give him a sibling for the last year or so. But God has had other plans as we experienced two miscarriages recently. Through painful we’ve grown together as a family and become even more grateful for what we have.

On a happier note, together we enjoy playing at home, going out to eat and attending outdoor festivals or farmers’ markets.

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What is the one thing that most surprised you about becoming a parent?

 

For me the biggest surprises after becoming a mother were the physical changes to my mind, body and mood.

Since Brady was born I’ve become much more sensitive to unhealthy food and too much sugar. I’ve found eating certain things really trigger my ADD symptoms and irritability.

I’ve been nursing for 2+ years and have lost a lot of weight. I was not prepared for the hunger brought on by breastfeeding and how physically exhausting it can be. But nursing continues to be an important part of our relationship and we’ll stop when he’s ready.

As I’ve come through these postpartum issues and begin to feel more balanced I think it’s really important to bring awareness to the changes women may experience and how to seek support for these issues if necessary.

 

Describe your blog. What inspired you to begin writing it?

 

I hope readers find my blog to be a playful, inspiring and realistic. I am passionate about purposeful play. I want to share practical and fun experiences and products that promote play, lift up families, encourage us to take care of ourselves and rely on God.

I started blogging to share my own parenting experiences, promote materials I think others would enjoy and as a creative outlet. It has become all of that and more!

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What is your favourite post and why?

 

It’s hard to choose one favorite! But I really like Confessions of a Co-sleeping Mom. It’s just really reflective of how parenting has changed my expectations of myself and how much importance I place on expectations of others.

 

What is your most popular post and why do you think people like it?

 

My most popular post is Seven Words to Stop Your Child’s Yelling. I think it’s most popular because it offers a practical easy solution to something every parent has experienced with a positive parenting approach.

 

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you about juggling motherhood and running your own business?

 

The most important advice for me I think is sometimes the entire to-do list won’t get done.

And my child is the reason I want and choose to work from home. So when I approach work with a flexible outline and motherhood with a solid plan to make time for snuggles and play, juggling both is the most rewarding experience!

Thank you for giving us a look into your life today, Amy!


Amy’s blog is chock full of great ideas for play-based learning, play room set up, and making the most of your child’s early years.  Go take a look, and let me know what you think!  You can find Amy blogging at Learning By Design!

And hey, look her up on Facebook and Pinterest too – you’ll love her posts and pins!  You can also find her  Instagram and Twitter !  Don’t forget to say hi for me 🙂

 

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Article written by:

Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!

28 Comments

  1. Amy

    I’m so glad we had this experience! Thank you for the lovely interview post.
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  2. Jeanette

    It can be hard to juggle being a stay at home mom with a business. There are days I wish that I could just hang with the kiddo. I do make time each day to play with him or sit and talk. This is a great post that will help a lot of people that want to be their own boss.
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  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I really enjoyed reading about Amy and her life. As a blogger, I always love to see the faces behind the blogs and learn more about them.
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  4. Liz Mays

    Amy sounds like an awesome person! I need to check out some of her parenting posts.
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  5. Jenn

    Great post! I love learning how other mothers think and work! Becoming a parent was a huge eye opener for me too!! I developed Celiac disease and hashimoto Thyroid condition but I wouldn’t change anything! My kids are my world!
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  6. Robin {Masshole Mommy}

    I think it’s fun when kids are really talkative. I like kids who are social and friendly. Thanks for the introduction to Amy. She sounds fun.

  7. alexandria

    Amy’s blog sounds really nice. I’ll have to check it out. I have loved meeting new people or moms through blogging!

  8. Risa

    What a great interview! I am with her on the breastfeeding thing. It was pretty exhausting and I was hungry all the time! I am bummed that when I stopped I gained a bunch of weight back. 🙁
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  9. Crystal Lopez

    I have worked from home for several years. I would say that it is seriously a round the clock job between family and work. I would not have it any other way.

  10. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Amy is an amazing woman! She definitely knows what she wants and works to achieve it! A lot of women can draw inspiration from her story.
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  11. Dogvills

    Hello Amy! Nice to meet you. I am sorry to hear about the miscarriages, but I’m glad that you remain strong despite all these. You are an inspiration.
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  12. Shanéy Maharaj

    So sorry about your miscarriages but I believe it makes you stronger. I’ve been there too.
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  13. lisa

    What a great interview. She sounds like a great person and very down to earth and real.
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  14. Wendy

    I guess no matter much you know about what to expect there is always something surprising about motherhood.

  15. ricci

    This is a great post/interview!! I love learning more about different bloggers and finding new blogs to love!!
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  16. Up Run for Life

    Thank you for sharing Amy. I love learning more about other bloggers. I can’t imagine going through a miscarriage.
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  17. Wood Arts Universe

    Nice to meet an awesome mom blogger and business woman in this post. I find her an awesome mom, indeed!
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  18. Amber Killmon

    It’s always great to see how others manage to balance and prosper!
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  19. Mistee Dawn

    What a great interview post! Amy sounds like an amazing person and I can;t wait to check out her blog
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  20. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    I used to do posts like this monthly awhile back, they are always fun. It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers.
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  21. Rosey

    I am very sorry to hear about the miscarriages. We have a family member here who just had one and it’s so hard on everyone. Just a sad, hard to work through piece of news.

  22. Lynndee

    So good to meet you here, Amy. I am definitely going to check your blog. Your most popular post sounds so interesting. Can’t wait to read it.
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  23. rika

    Great interview.. I love meeting other blogger. I love blogging and I’ve been learning so much
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  24. Digna

    Such a wonderful interview. Always great to meet other bloggers. Sounds like an amazing woman.
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  25. Aisha Kristine Chong

    Two miscarriages seems to be very awful experience and in such a way traumatic as well. I am glad things are still good and God does have His own plans. This interview is awesome to know the blogger more.
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  26. Krystal

    It was nice to hear her story. I need to check out her post about child yelling!
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  27. Adriana

    I love reading interviews! So much fun : ) It sounds like you’ve been through a lot, but made you stronger!
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  28. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    It’s so nice to read about Amy Miller’s story and it’s so nice of you to share it too.
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