Hi, there! I’m Allie! I’m a wife, a mama, and a mess. I’m a 20-something, small-town, Iowa girl. I love organizing, crafting & DIY, party planning, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. I started my blog to share how I’m learning to live with and love all of life’s messes.
I’ve been married to my husband, Lee, for four years (April 2013). We were high school sweethearts and have been together for 12 years. He is two years older than me (gasp!…back when I was 14), so we spent about five years of our relationship long-distance.
We purchased our first home about two months after our wedding. It was an adorable, little, yellow house that was a perfect first home. Our fur baby, Cooper, joined us about 8 months later. He is a huge, black lab. We typically call him “Monster.” He is seriously the best dog ever.
Shortly after getting married, Lee and I began trying to start a family. Unfortunately, that was a little more challenging than we had expected. Two years later and with the assistance of some fertility medication, we finally heard the wonderful news that we would be having a baby!
Our sweet baby girl joined us in June 2016. She is such a blessing. We couldn’t have gotten any luckier. I was meant to be her mama. That girl has my whole heart. She is so smart, and is learning new things every day. She has us wrapped around her tiny fingers. Her big blue eyes and that curly red hair just prove what a rarity she is. I could seriously talk about her all day! And I’m sure there will be days that I do.
Teach me all the things!
During my pregnancy, I spent a lot of time on the internet doing research. I wanted to make sure I did the mommin’ thing “the right way.’ What does that even mean? For us, the right way means as natural as possible. We are a cloth diapering, babywearing, and breastfeeding family. For other people, the right way is the complete opposite, and that is A-okay! The right way means whatever is right for your family. I’m am not about women tearing women down because they think they are doing the whole mommin’ thing better.
Anyway, in my research, I came across a lot of mom blogs. I LOVED them. All I could think about was starting my own mom blog. Okay, you know that isn’t 100% true because I was pregnant with my first baby, but I thought about it quite a bit. I thought it would be an amazing creative outlet, AND I could share about the things that I love! Organizing! Parenting! DIY! The ideas were endless. I shared this idea way back then…and then life happened.
Finally…I started a mom blog!
Fast-forward about 18 months and here we are. It wasn’t hard for me to figure out what to write about, but it was hard for me to come up with a name, but then I looked around my house and car and office and life and decided on Live Love Mess. I named it that because I am a mess and I’m learning to live with all of the other messes that life throws at me. Eventually, I know I’ll love those messes, too.
I have been the youth director at a local non-profit for the last three years. I went to college for Elementary Education and used my teaching license briefly before accepting my current position. In my position, I am responsible for planning our after-school programs, summer camp, enrichment programming, and girl’s leadership groups. I really love working with the youth in our community. My background in education has led me to create fun activities to do with kiddos from infancy to about 6th grade. I’ll share some of those ideas with you in the Parenting section of my blog.
What makes me, me?
I’m a Type A, oldest child. Some would say I’m bossy, but I call it leadership skills. I am a super organized person…in my brain, but it doesn’t normally make it into my physical life. I actually thrive on lists and organization, but for some reason, I can’t seem to get that to carry over to physically being organized. Hopefully, this blog will help me tackle those lists and help my readers in the process. You’ll find tips about household management and organization in the Home section of my blog.
In the Fun section of my blog, you will find a random assortment of topics. I LOVE planning parties and being creative in that way, so you’ll probably find some tips on party planning. I’ll probably talk about the fun things I do with my bestie here. I may share about traveling with my family. You’ll also find things that inspire me or that I’m curious about in this section.
I don’t try a lot of new things because I have a fear of failure. Softball tryouts, in 3rd grade, were a disaster. Karaoke never happens (even though I’m told I have a nice voice by those close to me). I thought about opening a baby boutique, but didn’t. I don’t like stepping out of my comfort zone, so this blog is a HUGE, and I mean MAJOR, step for me. I couldn’t even believe I took the plunge and purchased the domain. My thoughts on this now are…how can I hope that our baby girl will try things in her life, if her mama won’t. So, here’s to being braver than I have ever been and putting myself out there for the world (hopefully, I have a following) to see.
…my family and friends, Target, hiking, DIY, Blindspot, Tuck Everlasting, M&Ms, baking, decorating, photos, pizza, cloth diapers (It’s an addiction…I literally just signed up for a monthly subscriptions of my favorite brand), children’s books, wine, singing songs with my sweet girl, bows (as in, hair bows)