Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Amanda Simkin

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Amanda Simkin

On-the-go Chicagoan and mother of two boys, Amanda Simkin has a pretty full plate. When she’s not scouting the city for the latest kid-approved adventures, she’s sharing her family-friendly finds and then some on her blog Queen of the Land of Twigs ‘n Berries. So how does she keep her energy high (and her sanity in check)? Simkin gives us an inside peek.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

As the first of my friends to have a baby, I became the “go to” resource for many of my friends once they started to have families. Instead of answering the same question over and over, I wrote it down and somehow it spread like wildfire!

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Authentic, helpful, motherhood.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My favorite post to write and research was “15 Mommy & Me Date Ideas.” With two little boys, I love to create special one on one time with them enjoying special activities we both enjoy. They loved having Mommy’s full attention without any sibling rivalry.

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

I’m not sure if balance is attainable for me. But I have found that waking up before the kids do and peacefully working with a cup of coffee and then staying up late to write and enjoy a glass of wine lets me be present with my kids during the day.

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

My beloved Nana always told me to enjoy the time I had with my boys. She lost a daughter at a very young age so she constantly reminded me not to take a second for granted, even when one of us was having a melt down.

What’s a typical day like for you?

It’s non-stop from the moment my eyes open until when they close. There is lots of writing, coffee drinking, and errand running in between…but the highlights are making messy and imperfect memories with my sweet boys.

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

Be you. Don’t try to be like some other parenting blogger just because they have a ton of page views or a pretty Instagram page. Embrace your messy, chaotic life and savor every second.
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