Featured Blogger – The Foley Fam @jandmseyecandy

First things first, the Newbie Quickie Giveaways we've been having are totally rocking and we are having so much fun. Keep watching all the newbie sites for MORE!! 

Now onto the interview!

Each week at the Newbie Blog Hop, we choose a Featured Newbie to interview and get to know a little better. From the blogs that linked up in last week's hop, we randomly picked a blogger and the chosen one is

Kristine from The Foley Fam!

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family. 

Hi there! I'm Kristine!
Wifey to the Hubs, Momma to our M&M girls, and Lover of Life and Laughing! My blog is where I blog about {us}. The Good, the Bad, & the Dirty.

You’ll also find some crafting, my fashion style, and all the bits and pieces that make me {me}. I can be a wee bit sarcastic, but try not to take offense mmmkay? My Shoppe is where I share my love for creating things with my own hands. You'll find an eclectic mix of handmade goodness for ladies and sprouts.

Do you have more than one blog? If so, tell me about them!

I have my "main" blog The Foley Fam -Unedited blog, which is mentioned above. I also have another blog where I'm taking the 365 challenge (Project Life). Take at least one photo a day every single day this year and blog about your day. I decided it was easier in blog form and I'm loving that I can journal every night and then once I have the pics uploaded and edited I just plug it all in. At the end of the year I'm going to have it printed!
 
How long have you been blogging?
 
Since 2008 for our family blog, and The Foley Fam – Unedited one I started in May of last year.
 
Why did you start blogging? Is this also why you continue blogging?
 
I started blogging aside from our family blog, to really share my "crafty" side. Also because I wanted to share a little more of me. This is an extension of our family's blog. This is more of {our story}, as told by Momma 🙂 It has grown into a community and it just blows my mind how it has become such a blessing to me in such a short amount of time.
 
Who does your blog appeal to? Is this who you thought would be your target audience?
 
I write our adventures for me and our sprouts, and thought only my fam and "real life" friends would read it to see what we are up to. It's so humbling and amazing that other people out there can relate to what we are doing and what I have to say.
 
What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far with your blog?
 
Dealing with negative anonymous comments. I've learned to "not take it personal" but it's hard when I'm really sharing my heart and putting it all out there. Haters gonna hate (wink wink).
 
What do you love about blogging?
 
The connections I've made with "complete strangers." Some of my bloggy friends have become such close confidants! Love that!
 
What do you NOT love about blogging?
 
In the short amount of time that I have been blogging I've caught myself getting caught up in it. I lost sight of what it was really about for me, which is to share our stories and hopefully inspire and encourage others. At the same time I was putting my fam on the back burner. It's all about balance, and I'm working hard on trying to achieve that balance on a daily basis.
 
What types of product reviews and giveaways do you feature?
 
If someone wants to share something with my readers, and it's a good fit with my blog, I say heck yeah! Like I said I've been truly blessed to make such amazing connections with people, and I have it set that for every.single.day. next month to celebrate my bday month, I am having a giveaway from a variety of sponsors!! SO excited!! Be sure to check in, and of course enter, enter, enter  🙂
 
Besides your blog, how else can people find you?
 
Blog / BlogLovin / Facebook / Shoppe / Twitter / Google+ / Pinterest 
 
My Twitter is connected to my FB page so both of those ways are the best way to follow my giveaways and when a new blog post is up. Google+ is my least favorite, because it's new to me and it's kind of another extra thing I have added to my ever growing list 🙂 I'm having a hard time keeping it updated, so I need to work harder on doing that.
 
Share your top 3 favorite posts from your blog.
 
I have three favs that I've written most recently You can Bet On It,  Keeping it RealNo Need to Justify
 
Do you have a weekly, daily, or monthly Blog Hop or Meme that people should join in?  Tell me about it and share an info link.
 
 
I started up a linky party just last Sunday! It will be held every Sunday and everything goes! I want you to link up anything and everything that you want to share!! Crafts, Stories, Mommy Advice, Favorites from the Week, Cool pictures, whatever you want! Read more about it here, then visit me on Sunday to get your link on!
 
How do you find time to blog?
 
Naptime (which is becoming less and less), and late at night after everyone is in bed.
 
What is your best advice for a Newbie Blogger?
 
It's super easy to judge and make assumptions about others, especially when you're reading about how rad their lives are. Remember that people tend to share the good parts of their life in blogging. For me I sometimes stop myself from posting a "rant" post or about a bad day I had, because I don't want to bring YOU down, but I'm learning that sharing the good AND the bad is the best thing I can do. I have to remind myself and repeat the quote below:
 
 
Source: jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com via Kristine Foley on Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Use your blog, your talents to encourage each other. Inspire others. If there's something you like, be sure to take a sec to let the author know you do! Think someone looks rocking, tell them so! I think if everyone took the time to spread a little love, a little light to another person, the chain reaction would just be incredible and imagine what we as people can do with that {power}.

 
I would love it if you stopped by and checked our story out! Be sure to leave a comment, because I would love to follow your adventures too!! Thanks so much ladies for having me on today!! I appreciate it!
 

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Thanks, Kristine for allowing us to feature you this week – YOU ROCK!!

If you are a newbie or feel like a newbie, you are all welcome to join us on the Newbie Blog Hop and Newbie Blog Hop Facebook Group.

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