But, before you head off to do that, why not Meet a Mom?!
Name: DeLise Bernard
Home: Washington D.C., Metro Area
Owner: Our Life Memories
Meet the family: Very happily married with 2.5 little ones (baby #3 is baking and won’t be done until July!).
Why we love her: We love that her blog and her Know Before You Go guides for families is a true resource for DC area families or those who are visiting. We love that she’s put so much effort into creating such a valuable product! Plus we love that she stays true to herself and her family. Despite growing a wonderful business she puts her family first and continues to be a homeschooling, cloth-diapering mama to her brood. Talk about time management; this lady should probably teach a course!
Why she thinks you should check out her site:
“Lists of events are great, but knowing what to expect when you get there…PRICELESS! Know Before You Go!”
Ever showed up to a family-friendly activity and it wasn’t what you expected? You should check out Our Life Memories. As a Premium Subscriber, you receive exclusive reviews with the inside scoop on children’s activities in the area.
Or, do you prefer not to sift through the multitude of events in the area? We will create customized itineraries based on your little one (s) interests and personality.
Building a Business That Fills a Need
I was always out and about with my children and found myself “not knowing before going,” choosing events blindly from my favorite mommy-blogger calendars. I couldn’t find in-depth reviews on locations we considered visiting so I would be prepared for the good (and the not so good.) That’s when Our Life Memories’ Premium Subscriptions for “real reviews” were born!
Once word got out about our growing expertise, requests started to come in from busy, loving parents to help them be deliberate in their plans for their children as well. And, the Kid-tineraries™ were born!
Advice for Those Wanting to Start a Business or a Blog
Whether it’s a blog or a business, keep it fun. When it’s no longer fun, it’s work.
Putting Family First
I don’t balance [work and family]. My scale is tipped way in the direction of family time! I am a wife and mom first. Everything else comes after that. I have one day a week that I use exclusively for Our Life Memories “work.” After that, I fit it in whenever I’m comfortable with the efforts I’ve exerted on my first priority.
Sticking to my “one day a week” of work is challenging! There’s always an email to send, a post to write, a tweet to “retweet,” and a Facebook comment to “LIKE.” I’m consistently reminding myself of my priorities. And, if I ever forget, my 4 and 1 year old are quick to remind me.
Stuff You Should Read That She’s Written
We love the reviews on Our Life Memories. Here are a few awesome ones for DC Area parents to enjoy:
- Hitting the DC Cherry Blossom Festival with Kids
- The Whole Foods Half Pint Kids Club Review
- Visit a hidden gem: Bladensburg Waterfront Park
And an inspiring post about being a Happy Mother!
Want to connect with DeLise? Need tips on where to go in DC with your kiddos?!
Read her blog: Our Life Memories
Send her a Tweet: @OurLifeMemories
Fan her on Facebook: Our Life Memories Facebook Fan page
Subscribe to her premium membership to get in-depth reviews and custom made itineraries for you and your kids: Kid-tineraries™
About Amanda Rodriguez
Amanda is your friendly, neighborhood T2T head blogger. She is in charge of bringing the blog awesome to Tots2Tweens on a daily basis! She is a married mom to three cool Dudes (ages 3, 6, & 9) and one baby dog daughter. In addition to making magic here on Tots2Tweens she also writes a pretty fan-freakin-tastic humor parenting blog called parenting BY dummies. When she’s not bringing the pain online or chasing her Dudes up and down a field of some sort she is behind her camera capturing memories for gorgeous people with her Maryland photography business. She also enjoys reality TV (she was even on a show once!), baked goodness, and watching other people take long walks on the beach.