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 New York City.
Who am I?
I am a former infant/toddler teacher turned stay at home mom. 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 think photography is such a magical thing, and I could not imagine life without it. DIY is in my blood (Engineer Dad + Crafty Mom), and I love to create amazing things from nothing. 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.
NYC is my gym and I walk almost everywhere. I’ve been on a running hiatus since finishing the 2017 NYC Marathon, but will get back out there someday. 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 married to my college sweetheart and he is the most patient, caring and supportive husband I could ask for. My six-year-old daughter is pure joy with a sprinkle of sass and I’ve fallen deeply in love with my fun-loving two-year-old son. Becoming a stay at home mom has doubled my gray hairs, but it has taught me so much about myself and opened up many exciting opportunities!