Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Ally Greene

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Ally Greene

Did someone say bacon? Ally Greene is serving up the savory treat and then some on her blog Bacon Coffee Mama. Along with sharing her mouth-watering recipes, Greene hopes to combat mommy shamers by creating a safe, judgement-free space for parenting advice and tips. Here’s what she had to say about her inclusive approach.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I had been working for a while as a freelance writer, doing content for others. I have always loved writing and writing for others boosted my confidence and helped me find my voice. I have always hated the amazing amount of judgment parents get from the world around them. A big part of why and what I write about is combating that “Mommy Judgment” and “Bad Mom” label. I also love sharing a honest, and funny take on being a parent. Combine my love of my family and being a Mama with my love of cooking and sharing great food with others and you get Bacon Coffee Mama. Over the years I have found that some of my best conversations have happened over a great meal or a good cup of coffee. That’s what I want my blog to be a place to find great food and great conversation about being a parent.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Honest, funny and bacon (many of the recipes I share have bacon).

What is your favorite blog post to date?

I would have to say it was the post I wrote about accepting the fact that I’m not having anymore kids. I cried writing that post, and honestly I still tease my hubby that I want another. Harper, my daughter, has her first loose tooth, and it’s just one more milestone that my baby is not a baby anymore, she isn’t even a toddler. Seeing my son so close to graduation and leaving me, and seeing my daughter growing up too; knowing how fast it goes and that there is no more babies in store, it’s hard.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Get on schedule and get ahead of schedule. I have a schedule for when I post, and I try to have a week’s worth of posts written and scheduled. As a parent life is going to get in the way. The kids will get sick, you will have a day you are just too burnt out, there will be last minute projects, and days that there isn’t enough hours. Be ready for those days by being ahead of schedule on blogging so you don’t feel guilty and can take a day when you need to.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Do what works for you, your kids and your family. This is something my best friend and I often say to each other when discussing the parenting issues we are dealing with. Advice is great, but in the end what is best for me may not be best for another Mama or their kids. People are unique, kids included, there is no one right answer for everyone.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Ha! There is no such thing! Typically, I get the kids off to school in the morning. Once I drop Harper off I come home and drink coffee while reading my emails, checking Facebook, ect. Once I have a couple cups of coffee in me I bounce all over. I do a little of this and that, generally hopping around from cleaning to working on freelance work to blog work. My Hubby gets up around 1 (he works thirds) and I either send him on errands or run with him. On good days I have diner planned out and going before I get Harper off the bus. My Hubby leaves for work before she even gets home from school. Then it’s homework with Harper and pestering my teen into at least one conversation. Then dinner, time with the kids and bedtime. Once the kids are in bed I half watch TV, half do blogging stuff, and occasionally do a little more freelance work, all while sending Harper back to bed six or seven  times, and shooing my teen out of the fridge three or four times. Eventually, I close the laptop, shut down the DVR, and fall asleep.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Blogging is no different than being a parent in so many ways. You will have good day and bad days. There will be days you feel like you are killing it and days you are certain you are doing everything wrong. As parents we push through, we go to bed o our worst days frazzled to the ore and we wake up the next day and do our best to do it all again, a little better than the day before. You have to do the same with blogging, even after the worst of days you have to wake up the next day and try to do a little better than you did yesterday.
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