An Interview with Coffee and Cashmere’s Jade
I’m a lover of design. Fashion, furniture, food. Anything I can create appeals to me. Over the past few years, since my child was born, I have been consumed with her. I lost my passion for creativity. I’m slowly, but surely, getting my groove back by blogging.
My family is just great. I’m not a big fan of marriage, so, my fiancé, William, and I haven’t rushed to the altar just yet. William is a former keyboardist of a national touring band turned techie. We just opened up a computer business in our hometown. We’re trying hard at this grown-up thing.
I began Coffee and Cashmere at the end of last October. I’m still new at this stuff, being only six months old in the blogosphere. Infancy–I’m barely crawling here. In the beginning, I had no idea what direction I wanted to go with my blog. I still don’t. I know people inspire me, and how different each one lives their life. That inspires me to write about mine. My thoughts are usually funny, so it’s best to take them with a grain of salt, or Alka Seltzer. Whichever.
What is Shabby Chic Sunday, and where did you get the idea to start that segment? Where do you find all these crafty and chic items?
Shabby Chic Sunday is a day where I don’t have to think of anything to write about. It’s my lazy day, although, this segment is one of my favorites to blog about. I’ve always been attracted to French country and shabby chic furniture and décor. I think it’s romantic and feminine. If we had a garage, I’d be out there sanding and painting away at thrift store finds. But, alas, I don’t. One day.
I usually search Pinterest for photos of beautiful rooms to post about. I have recently been featuring sellers from Etsy and their shabby chic items.
In your opinion, what is the best part about being a stay-at-home mom, and what is the least exciting part?
The best part is getting all the one-on-one time with my child that I could ask for. She is my shadow. She’s always right there behind me. What am I going to do when she starts preschool? I can’t even imagine. She is such a beautiful little spirit, and I get to watch her grow. Now, that’s awesome.
The least exciting? Cleaning? Dumping my child’s potty of poop into the big potty? But, I still wouldn’t change it for the world. Real talk.
What are some ways in which your family tries to save money?
By being tight with it. No, really, that’s the secret. I have always spent money like it’s going out of style. When I met William, I realized he was a cheap skate and knew somehow he could reform me. Or, at least, maybe just keep me semi-grounded. Surprisingly, that has worked. We also haven’t been eating out at all this year. Do you know how much money we’ve already saved? Me neither. But, it’s a lot. That being said, I’m craving some fast food right now.
Your site has tons of great and very creative recipes. Which recipe did your family enjoy the most? Which recipe was your favorite recipe to bake/cook?
Thank you! I love to cook. I love cookware. Pampered Chef parties? I’m there. The most surprising dish was the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken recipe. Basically three ingredients (chicken breasts, BBQ sauce, can of drained pineapples) put in the Crock-Pot on low for six hours. Serve over rice. It is delicious. And easy. Those are my favorite recipes, the easy ones. My favorite recipe would probably have to be my mom’s tuna patties. They make me all nostalgic. Memories of her making them (because they were my favorite) with me helping. We always had them with broccoli and mac and cheese.
What are your top 5 tips for all moms?
Number one has to be take time out for yourself. Do stuff that you like. Or even used to like. Whether it’s reading, painting, shopping (guilty), or exercising, do it if it makes you happy. A happy mom equals a happy kiddo. Number two? Stressing never gets you anywhere. Just don’t do it. My number three tip is to ignore a kid who is throwing a fit. Unless it’s at Target. Then just give her some candy? Oops wrong answer. Number four is to make time for sexy time. And number five is to enjoy every single second of motherhood. It goes by way too darn quick.