New Member Monday with Blissfully Ever After's Jennifer Mead

Jennifer Mead is a twenty-something mom living in Washington State with her husband and beautiful baby son. She’s also a Natural Nutrition & Green Living Educator and a non-profit founder....

By Matt Myers on Aug 27, 2012

Jennifer Mead is a twenty-something mom living in Washington State with her husband and beautiful baby son. She’s also a Natural Nutrition & Green Living Educator and a non-profit founder. Her blog, Blissfully Ever After chronicles her personal life along with really useful DIY posts for anyone looking to spruce up their own home. She’s the newest member of Bob Vila Nation, so we’re excited to learn all about her passion for decorating on a budget!tumblr_m9f6x7f0HZ1qai3pc.jpg

After starting the blog in 2009 under a different name, Blissfully Ever After now gets between 40,000-50,000 pageviews a month! Jennifer’s been featured everywhere from Woman’s Day Magazine to Remodelaholic to Mom’s Magazine, and she even does all her blog’s design work on her own!

What first inspired you to create Blissfully Ever After?

I actually started blogging back in 2009 under a different blog name “Our Cottage in the Desert.” I worked full-time outside the home then and was going to school and so the blog kind of fell on the “back burner.” In 2011, we found out we were expecting our first baby and my husband and I made the decision that I would become a stay-at-home Mom {SAHM}. At that time, I knew I was passionate about blogging, home design, DIY projects, and sharing budget living ideas, so I decided to restart my blogging days but this time I wanted to use a different name. I thought about what the name for the blog would be for a few weeks and then one day I was daydreaming and thinking about the baby and how different and exciting life would be and how blessed I was to be able to be home with him/her and it dawned on me….the blog should be called Blissfully Ever After. Blissfully Ever After was developed in June 2011 and since then has grown in the industry and has just been such an amazing journey. My philosophy is that you can create a blissful and healthy life for your family living on less and I strive to show families how to do that with simple, yet effective home decorating, DIY projects, recipes, and crafting techniques.

Do you run the blog alone? Where do you find ideas for your posts?

I run the blog primarily by myself, even the design…which wasn’t easy at first but now I am getting the hang of it. I also do have two contributors who occasionally post about fitness and financial tips.

What do you hope your readers take away from your blog?

I really hope that my readers find a welcoming space where they can come to get inspired, learn about health and wellness, and share their comments and ideas as well. My husband and I both love to help people learn about finances, saving, and budget living and so I’ve taken that concept over to the blog and am sharing our journey of living a blissful and healthy life…living on less!

Tell us about your first design project.

I have always loved to decorate, clean, and organize since I was about 5 or 6 years old. Everyone tells me stories about me asking to help them clean and organize and I remember moving things around in my parents house growing up trying to achieve the “perfect look.” When I was in high school I painted my room by myself for the first time, picked out the décor, decorated and made it like my own little “apartment.” It was awesome! When my husband and I got married, we purchased our first house at 20 and did a total DIY overhaul on it in less than 2 years. We are DIYers for life!

How did you hear about Bob Vila Nation and what made you want to join?

I saw links on other bloggers sites and clicked on it and realized this was a great opportunity to share, learn, and grow. I love that bloggers and businesses are able to collaborate like this and I am honored to be here!

What’s your favorite room to decorate and why?

I loved decorating my son’s nursery. I am sure many of you could guess why, but in all honesty I loved decorating this space because it was for someone I love and was eager to create a welcoming environment for. I also really enjoyed our $100 Laundry Room makeover and our current Dining Room turned Home Office transformation that we’re working on.

Do you have any blog success stories?

I receive a lot of emails that are very inspiring and I am just blessed and truly honored to be sharing ideas that help people in many different areas of their lives. I know I get inspired by a lot of other bloggers and so to be able to offer this to my readers is just a phenomenal feeling. I think one of my most raved about posts was my DIY Photos on Canvas. It is a beautiful way to display photos without the hefty price tag and my readers really appreciated now only the idea but the full tutorial as well.

What’s your favorite book/magazine on design? What about your favorite design site?

I love browsing simple magazines like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Ballard Designs for inspiration and DIY knockoff ideas! Some of my favorite design sites to visit are Better Homes & Gardens, The Lettered Cottage, Design on 6th Street, The Handmade Home, The Shabby Nest, and Miss Mustard Seed Designs. I know there are a lot more, but for the sake of space I will keep it to these!

What inspires you?

I’d have to say that my husband and my son inspire me every day to be the best wife and mother. Honestly, I wouldn’t be blogging if it wasn’t for them. Also, there are a lot of bloggers who inspire me. I remember when I was 19 and a newlywed and in our first little house, we received the Pottery Barn magazine and I would scour through the pages thinking “how could we ever afford to have a house look like this?” After finding blogging in 2009, I feel like a changed woman!! I can now look through the magazine and say “Oh ya, I can do that….for A LOT LESS!” It is amazing what you can learn through blogging about relationships, parenting, cooking, decorating, health and fitness, and creative crafts. I absolutely love it!!!