Welcome to Cultivated Mama

Welcome to my blog! Cultivated Mama is a baby that I dreamt up all on my own. I have a story to tell – I’m not even quite sure what it is. But I’m glad that you are joining me.

I will begin my first blog entry by sharing my hopes for the blog.

But first and foremost…I’m going to share a secret. I’m about to turn the big 3-0. That’s right. Thirty. 30. Dirty thirty. Flirty thirty. Call it what you will folks. It’s 30. To be honest, I’m really excited about it. I’m looking forward to my 30’s. I have loved my 20’s. They’ve been fun, adventurous and educational (and I hope the same applies to my 30’s). But, I kinda sorta feel like I spent my 20’s trying to mold myself into the perfect person. And you know what? I’m not perfect. And I don’t want to be perfect. Nobody is perfect. I’m looking forward to being perfectly imperfect in my 30’s. I’m looking forward to focusing on things that really matter to me (and skin care). I always wondered why Tim McGraw just had to sing a song about his “Next 30 Years”. Totally get it now. I have goals ya’ll. I’m thinking like Tim now.

Now for my hopes on the blog. I hope to share a few things that might actually be helpful to my readers and if not helpful – at least entertaining:

Confessions – I’ll dish more on my personal life (the hubs, the kid, new experiences, local culture). I’ll share some of my latest obsessions. And basically anything else that doesn’t fit into the other categories.

The Farm – it may sound simple, but it is so much more technologically involved than you may think. I kinda chuckle a little bit when folks who don’t know much about farming (you know, kind of like me) worry about my hubby driving a tractor in the heat of the day (those tractors are like Cadillacs, man). And more importantly, in this day and age farm life is a unique way of life that everyone should know just a teeny tiny bit about. Stay tuned for all the farm fun I have to share.

Home & Garden – i love a nice and happy home (note that I didn’t say clean. I try…but I’ve surrendered to toy tractors and trucks and have come to terms with the fact that they’ll be in my life for at least the next 10 years…and that’s ok). Nothing makes me happier than an organized pantry, DIY decor projects, and hitting up antique shops for old treasure…or just plain old junk. I’ll share some organizing tips and decor ideas. On the gardening front – I try. I really try. Every year. And I really can’t take any credit on my successes because I think my green thumb farmer-husband doctors my garden (bless him!). But I learn a little bit with every garden and hopefully you can teach me a thing or two (maybe in my 30’s my gardening gifts will emerge – or maybe in my 40’s).

Recipes – I’m not a chef. By any stretch of the imagination. In fact cooking is not even my favorite thing to do. I LOVE to bake. But I don’t bake often because my hunka hubby and my kid don’t care much for sweets or breads (honestly, I don’t even know how we’re married or related – I could survive on baked goods). But I like to indulge in baking experiments every now and then – especially when the weather calls for it. I enjoy cooking when two key words are involved: EASY and HEALTHY-ISH. We try to eat healthy around here so if I score a healthy recipe…that is easy…AND tastes good. DING DING DING DING….I’ve got a winner. So I’ll be sharing healthy and easy recipes. Along with a few indulgences that are too good not to share.

Travel – I love to travel. I studied abroad in Spain while I was in college and that experience changed me. There’s so much to see and so many different cultures and foods to experience. Fortunately, the hubs loves to travel too and we’ve just sort of made it our “hobby”. We have focused most of our travels in the Caribbean and Central America. We love to travel with our toddler and he loves to travel with us. More importantly, if you plan to follow my travels you should know that we prefer to travel to “off the beaten path” sort of places. Not like camping in a desolate forest or any of that nonsense (my idea of camping involves a bed and a shower…and access to a pool. And maybe a bartender near by too). But, we usually choose to stay away from the 5 star resorts in high tourism places and we generally prefer quiet and less explored destinations. Join me and see if it’s the kind of travel for you! And regardless of your travel destination choices, you should know that traveling with a toddler is highly underrated and highly suggested.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

XO, Laura

P.S. All the great family farm photos were taken by the talented Claudia Farr of Claudia Farr Photography. She’s a doll and gets my kid to smile. And takes amazing photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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