Hi! Welcome to my personal blog about the roller coaster ride that is being a Type-A wife, mother of two, and Etsy shop owner living in Arvada, CO.
Who am I?
I am a former New Yorker and infant/toddler teacher turned stay at home mom/entrepreneur. I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two kids. My eight-year-old daughter is pure joy with a sprinkle of sass and I’ve fallen deeply in love with my fun-loving four-year-old son. Becoming a stay at home mom has been a huge challenge for me and has doubled my gray hairs, but it has taught me more about myself than I ever imagined!
DIY is in my blood (Engineer Dad + Crafty Mom). I love to create amazing things from nothing, and I think photography is pure magic. After much encouragement from family and friends, I finally opened up my Etsy shop, Willow Rae by Valerie, and have enjoyed having an outlet for my creativity.
I vacation at Target and Michaels, and my life would be a lot easier if Whole Foods and Traders Joe’s would just merge. I love red wine and good beer, and I would cry if Chipotle ever went away. I am a hippie at heart, continuously making baby steps toward a more natural and organic lifestyle for myself and my family, and my ultimate motto is “
Everything Most Things in Moderation.”
I am beyond thrilled to have finally reunited with my soul in beautiful Colorado. There are so many things I miss about NYC, but I was born to live in nature!