Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Heather McMaster

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Heather McMaster

Feeling anxious? Sadly, anxiety is an often common downside to parenting. Thankfully, Heather McMaster gets that. Her blog Very Anxious Mommy helps calm those very real mom fears while offering tips for living a budget-friendly, green-minded lifestyle. She shares more on how she helps parents find their inner zen.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

It was not until November of 2016 that I decided to start my parenting blog. Although I love talking with other people, it honestly never crossed my mind that other moms would want to read anything that I wrote. And then one day my husband convinced me to finally create my own digital footprint on the web and that is how Very Anxious Mommy was born. The best part is through my blog I have met so many wonderful women and made some lasting friendships with some amazing and influential moms.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Semi-Crunchy, Green, Motherhood.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My favorite blog post that I have ever written is “7 Reasons Why I FAILED at Breastfeeding My 1st Baby.” I wrote this post about my breastfeeding experience with my daughter and every obstacle that ultimately defeated me. Another reason I love this post is because my readers have shown me that is it their favorite blog post as well. So far that is… By letting my readers into my world and showing them that I am human and that I stumble in parenthood also forms a unique bond and gives them something to relate to.

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

Balancing my blogging time and parenthood is the hardest juggling act I have ever attempted. I usually only have time to blog when my kids are asleep, which makes for a lot of late nights and some lost sleep here and there. However, I do always try to take some nights off and allow myself some me time as well.

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

I have said it before and it is still the best advice I have ever received as a parent. When I had just given birth to my second child, I remember running around the house frantically trying to keep everything nice and tidy only to be wearing myself out in the process and also missing out on precious time with my children. A wonderful person said to me,”Do just what you need to survive. Sometimes you have to take a step back and just let all of the other stuff go.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

Currently, a typical day for me starts at 6:30 A.M. when I get up to take my daughter to preschool. We have to leave very early in the morning due to her school being 30 minutes from our home. After I have dropped her off, I come home and feed my son and me breakfast and after that, we play until nap time. After nap time, I leave to go pick up my daughter from school and then come home make dinner. And finally, we have bath and bedtime for the kids, which means mommy can get some blogging time in just before bed.

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

Take your time blogging. Don’t get sucked into blogging every free minute. It is completely addicting trying to perfect everything on your blog to make it profitable, but make sure you always love what you do.
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