Take a look inside Itz Linz with this behind the scenes blog tour!
my first blog header – I still love it!
Who nominated me?
Joanna from Makingmine. (Check out her behind the scenes post HERE!) Joanna describes herself as “a wife, mama, cupcake connoisseur, and fitness newbie. I’m striving for a healthier, more well-rounded life. Life is what you make of it, and I’m Makingmine!” Clever little lady, eh? Smart, too! But what she’s too modest to tell you is that she’s amazing in the kitchen, her food photography skills rock, and she’s quite the DIY crafter. She knows how important it is to incorporate fitness into her everyday life while finding the balance of being an incredible mamma to her sweet Eleanor (and baby #2 on the way!).
What am I working on?
Well, isn’t that a loaded question? How about LIFE! Ha. Truthfully, I’m still working on finding balance, teaching is incredibly busy and before school and after school is devoted to taking care of my precious baby William. Taking care of the house, making nutritious meals, and trying to find time to workout have all become secondary priorities to William. Don’t get me wrong; I do what I have to do. Dishes are done, bed is made, laundry is clean. And I eat. Oh, do I eat. (I will never, in my life, go hungry.) And fitness? Well, 30 lunges here, 15 push-ups there, and lots of movement at school, at home, and in my neighborhood is the norm, though I do fit in “real” workouts when I can. As for this guy?
He’s working on moving. I set him down by his toys, and just a few moments later, he was completely off the blanket! He’s not crawling (yet!), but, boy, is he moving! He rolls and scoots, and is getting faster by the day!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m a healthy living blogger like so many other wonderful bloggers. Many other bloggers blog full-time or hold some type of degree in fitness or nutrition. I’m more of an “everyday woman” who holds a full-time job, is a mom, and balances living a healthy life with nutritious foods and lots of movement. I’m not knocking anyone for what they do; truth be told, I would be a stay at home mom if I could, but that’s not in the cards right now. So I’m doing the best I can while balancing that thing we call life!
Why do I write/create what I do?
I’ve been blogging for almost three years now (woah!), and when I started, it was for several reasons. First, my friends and family were always asking me questions about the “weird” foods I was eating and asking for advice in the gym, how to workout, etc. I’ve always been interested in all things related to food, fitness, and healthy living. Annette, my best childhood friend and amazing lady behind Enjoy Your Healthy Life, introduced me to the blogging world with her own blog. I started reading more and more, and soon began thinking, “If they can do it, why can’t I?” Annette encouraged me to make the leap, my sister Stephanie took pictures of me, I set up Itz Linz, and the rest is history!
Really though, I worried that I wasn’t “qualified” to write a healthy living blog because I don’t hold a degree in health, fitness, or nutrition. (I do have my Master’s Degree in Education though!) But then I realized, I’m not claiming that I’m certified in anything; I’m just sharing what I know and what I do. It’s not like I make up information. I read a lot on a variety of topics, so I do feel pretty well versed in the subject matter that I write about. Also, I disclaim that I’m not a doctor, personal trainer, dietitian, etc. all the time. I’m just me, sharing about my life, hoping to show that living a healthy life doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, or complicated. Eat mostly healthy foods, move your body, get enough sleep, keep stress to a minimum, smile a lot, surround yourself with those who love you, and you’re good to go! (Sometimes easier said than done, right?) Life is like a tree…
How does my writing/creative process work?
I write what’s on my mind. Besides posting Monday through Friday, I don’t really have a posting “schedule.” I do participate in link-ups, sometimes more often than others, but if I don’t have anything worthwhile to post, I don’t. I do try to be as authentic as possible because those are the blogs I enjoy reading. I want people to be able to relate to me in some way. That being said, I don’t share every.single.detail. of my life. For one thing, that would get really boring to read, another thing, some privacy is nice, and lastly, it’s my choice what I share. I absolutely love blogging. I love writing, I love the community, I love learning about new workouts, products, clothes, etc., and most of all, I love sharing it!
The next stop!
Brittany from Delights and Delectables. Brittany is a blog-friend turned real-life-friend. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brittany on a few occasions, and I can tell you that she is the kindest, sweetest, most down to earth woman I’ve ever met. While we don’t get to see each other as often as I’d like, she’s always willing to give advice, provide a listening ear, or simply laugh and chat with. Brittany understands how to balance a busy life of working full time, being an outstanding momma, cooking healthy meals, and working out – she definitely motives me!
And Brittany’s Baby D is, inevitably, going to be best friends with baby William. I mean, who could resist this face?!
He hopes you enjoyed this behind the scenes blog tour!
Do you have any questions I didn’t answer? If you’re a blogger, what makes your blog unique?