Weekend Brunch

Jan 4, 2014 +

On the note of "shaking things up on the blog", I'm trying something new this weekend. I don't normally post on weekends and I don't know if this will be a regular thing but I've been craving some space for "me" on the blog. Does that sound strange? After all, it is 'my' blog so isn't it all my space?

If you're a blogger yourself or have been reading blogs for a while, you'll know that at some point, the blog stops being all about you and starts to (at least partially) become about the sponsors you work with or want to work with, the readers who have come to expect certain types of content, the Joneses (who you have to keep up with) and many other important things that in their own way keep you steady on your blogging track. The irony of it all is that you probably started your blog to get your unique voice out there and over time that voice becomes constrained, edited and less true to you.

I had already resolved to make some changes around here but when I read this post from Holly today, it truly was an A-ha moment. {GO NOW and read it. Its a good one.} When I started blogging, I did write about our home and DIYs but I was also more inclined to put in a personal post once in a while. Posts about being a mom or about my friends and life in general. I could still write those posts today but most times I stop myself short. The business blogger in me says those posts could alienate readers. The business blogger says this is a design and DIY blog and I should stay focused on those niches. The business blogger says emotional posts don't fit in the editorial calendar.

Well, at least for today, the passionate blogger in me is taking the wheel. Blogging used to be about writing and sharing for the joy of it and not caring if you had 2 or 2000 readers and I for one need that joy back in my life. Yes, you'll still get my typical posts throughout the week, the ones filled with design and DIY and pretty pictures and (hopefully) interesting content because first and foremost, that is still my true blogging love - but on the weekend, well you're getting the Weekend Brunch version of Rambling Renovators.

Why weekend brunch? Because weekend brunch is when you're most relaxed and joyful. Its when you hang out with friends and family and indulge a bit. When conversations are casual and funny and seem to meander from one carefree topic to the next. Weekend brunch is my happy place.

So, if you're up for a good ol' chat, come join me on the weekends. You don't even have to get out of your pajamas ;)

A few random things I wanted to chat about today:
- It might have been all the late nights over the holidays but, hello, I woke up one morning and found I have the skin of a soon to be 43-year old woman. My older sister mentioned age spots to me last year but for some reason I didn't think that particular law of nature would apply to me. Ha! So what did I do? Spent my Sephora gift card and revamped my skin and makeup routine. I am now slathering on daily moisturizer and lip balm and eye cream like its my job. Amy recommended I get a Darphin facial - "life-changing" she called it - and by golly, that's what I'm going to do because we all deserve to feel beautiful, right?
- Chloe, my dear 4.5 year old, is quickly turning my hair grey these days. She is throwing tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants and is accompanying these with stomping around the house, grunting in frustration, and throwing things. And she is stubborn and determined as heck so no amount of time outs, losing her toys for a week, or any sort of talking it out is making a difference. I swear her behaviour is extreme because she is an only child. My theory is because she doesn't have an older sibling to tell her "you're acting ridiculous" or to show and model for her what appropriate behaviour is, she feels like she has no boundaries. Any only children out there that can comment on that? Or maybe this is just typical 4.5 year old behaviour and I'm doing this parenting thing all wrong. Which is a possibility. Lord help me when she's a teenager.
- I went and got myself a gym membership. There, I said it. I'm accountable now. Now all I need is a good playlist because my current playlist still has Danity Kane's Damaged as the lead track. Seriously, way too old school even if Danity can get me through 30 mins on the elliptical.

So, what do you think of Weekend Brunch? Will you stick around for the nutella crepes or grab your coffee to go? Because while I think this "new" conversation will be fun for me, I'd love for it to be fun for you too. Think of this as a safe zone, a judgment free zone, a place for you to let loose and talk about what you want to talk about. Tell me what you think in the comments. Or not. Agh, maybe you dislike this whole idea and just want me to stick to the tried and true.

I'm just going to hit Publish before I change my mind.

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