Friday, January 1, 2010

About Me

Hi! I'm Rach H. 
Welcome, welcome, welcome!

I am:
married to the boy I've loved since I was 12.
a mother to 3 delightful children.
a former middle school sewing teacher.
so glad you are here.

I ♥:
my God.
my family.
my friends.
country music.
happy people.
to make stuff.
to clog.
and dance.
to take pictures. 
dark chocolate.
Shirley Temple.
having 4 sisters.
MAC makeup.
Disney World.

Some pictures:

This is me.
This is me and the incredible man I'm married to.
We go way back. We grew up in South Dakoooota. Cold, but amazing. We were married here in December 2003.
 Here we are kissin' in front of our high school. This is after we were married of course :)
Oh look. Now we have a little family.
 Two girls and a boy. They grow up so fast. {tear}
 I love to cook, but sometimes I just stick my camera in the oven and pretend I'm cooking.
  I like to sew.
I even majored in it at BYU!
 Sometimes I like to run.
I am absolutely obsessed with sunflowers.
There's me jumping.
 Sometimes I look to the side for no reason and have someone take a picture.
  I am a sister to 4 of the world's most amazing people.
I love the outdoors and do not think I could ever survive in a big city long-term.
Unless it was Paris, where I studied abroad for a semester with these amazing girls.
And I just love to take pictures!

A few videos:

Me clogging while pregnant. Awesome.

Husband in Hungary. (read more here)

Our redneck kids. (read more here)


Here's the long version:
Narcissistic much? haha.

I grew up an army brat, and had lived in six different states by the time I was twelve.  Finally my family settled down, in South Dakota of all places.  And what an incredible place- a piece of my heart will always belong there.  I met "my boy" when we were twelve- his family invited mine over for dinner the week we moved in.  We didn't exactly hit it off and become best friends at the age of twelve, but for me, well, my life was never the same (cue the "hallelujah chorus").  I'm pretty sure the highlight of my existence as a teenager was when he said hi to me in the halls at school, or the one time I danced with him at a church barn dance.  Sooner or later, when we were ready, the stars aligned, (jk) and our senior year we became best friends.  He played the violin and guitar in a band, was a golfer and hunter.  I did ballet and worked for a law firm.  We were in the same French class.  The rest is history. He is an incredible person and I thank my lucky stars every day that I get to spend forever with him.  I loved him back when we were practically kids, and I love him even more every day.

During college, we both ended up at BYU.  I was fortunate to have a lot of experiences that enriched my life and helped me discover who I am and what I love....  Here's a quick recap:
  • Freshman year- worked in the MTC post office and tried out for the BYU Folk Dance team where I danced for the next 3 years.  Oh! and broke my back due to a snowboarding accident.
  • Sophomore year- spent a semester doing study abroad in France, one of the happiest times of my life!
  • Junior year- lived in the French foreign language housing, and went on tour with the Spring Performing Arts Folk Dance Company.
  • Senior year- finally declared my major in Family and Consumer Science Education- a composite major focusing on 5 areas of discipline- sewing and textiles, food science and prep, interior design, family management, and education.
  • Super Senior year- did my student teaching and got hitched in the Salt Lake Temple. 
After college, I used my degree and taught 7th and 8th grade sewing and TLC (technololy, learning and careers) for a year.  I would have loved to keep teaching, but we had our first baby and moved back to South Dakota for the next phase of my husband's schooling.  I've been a clogging teacher, had an etsy shop on the side and took interest in photography, but being a mom definitely the best "job" I've ever had.  We have three kids now- two girls and a boy.  I love being a mom!  I am so happy to have children to teach and grow with and play with. We're now in a new phase of life. School's over, but my husband is still in the training phase of his job. In a few years, we will be able to call it a real job. (After 12 years of schooling and training)! I'm not sure how many more moves there are in our future, but I sure am excited to put our roots somewhere!

   {have you ever cut your hair with a rotary cutter? me either.}

On the Blog:
(er, most of the time. There is bound to be a day I miss every so often, and that's ok)! 
I do not think I could have a blog without at least one day dedicated to food. I love food! In fact food is one of the main reasons I started this blog! I needed an easy place to share recipes with family and friends who had been asking for certain things.

I love being inspired by good tips. So I'll post some tips- could be anything- that work for me! If its not a tip, its a tutorial of something I've made. If there's no tutorial available, then maybe I'm just showing you something I have completed (ta-da)!

Who knows what this could be! Perhaps a What I Wore Fashion type of thing. :) Or maybe a series I'm having on my blog. Events I hold are Sew-vivor in the spring, and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Shindig at Christmas!

Things that make me smile, think, laugh, be inspired. 

Party goes up Friday night at 7:30pm EST. Come link up your projects, recipes, ideas... whatever makes you amazing! Then check back the following week to see if you got featured!
{SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL} GUEST OR GIVEAWAY: I thought this would be a great day for giveaways, blog swaps, guest posts, etc.

{SUNDAY}: I take a break! I try to update my family blog this day.

Why I Blog:
I have project ADD. I'm sure of it. 
It's self-diagnosed, but here are the symptoms: Piles of unused fabric and ribbon. Disorganized pictures. Empty walls. A to-do list a mile long. A bunch of recipes to try. Ideas out the whazoo.
I really needed to find a cure. What is it? THIS BLOG! It's motivating to get myself all nice and organized.
Let me tell you what I have learned from this disorder...
1. I may never be cured, and that is ok. You can only get so much done in a day (and things like being a mom are always more important).
2. But on the days where I can do both, this blog sorta beckons my name, has really motivated me to think creatively outside the box. I don't do what I do just to blog, (of course not), but every day I let my imagination wander to all the ideas I'd love to try one day, and perhaps post here on the blog.
3. Because of this blog, I have "met" so many other women with the same exact disorder. Women who are creative, passionate, giving, frugal, smart, funny and just plain amazing.
4. My house isn't perfect, the "list" is never-ending, I don't have moolah or time to do all the things I'd like. Crafting can be expensive and time-consuming sometimes, darn it! But that is okay.
5. That is why in the future my motto might change, but for now....
if its easy, quick, cheap, functional, and awesome, then I like it!!!
6. So, so many people have inspired me. My family/friends in real life, and countless other bloggers. If I ever help to inspire even one person to try something new, like cooking from scratch, dusting off that old sewing machine, saving a buck, broadening your horizon somehow, then I will feel like I'm paying it forward.
7. I just like blogging. It's a fun hobby, and since we don't have cable, its my way of keeping connected to the rest of the world. In a crafty kind of way. (ps- we are not against cable. we're just waiting until we can afford it). 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have the.....

Please feel free to leave a comment and say hi!!!


  1. Hi Rachel-just discovered your blog from the letter4-very nicely layed out, great ideas and adorable family!

  2. I always pop by your blog but never leave a comment!! After reading each little thing about you, I had all this to say and now I am blank!!! LOL.
    How did you take that picture in the oven?? That is so cool!!! And you're family is so cute! I love that you loved your husband since you were 12!!!!

  3. You are adorablke and so is your story and your family. I am a new follower from the followers fest. SO glad to have found you

    xoxoox Hanna

  4. Stopping by from follower fest! You are hilarious

  5. Im a new follower! :) from the followfest

  6. cute love story! i'm a new follower from follower fest...


  7. Hey! I'm not necessarily a new follower. But I had to tell you how much I love your blog! I can't wait to read more. Thanks for sharing!!


  8. Just wanted to say hello from one 'ever after' to another. I blog over at Crazy Ever After. :) Very much loving your blog, and excited to begin following your journey. Your writing style is captivating, and very fun to read. Keep it up!

  9. Hi! I'm constantly amazed that I must not know half of the incredible blogs out there... I can't believe I just found your blog tonight!!! How have I not know about it before? I have been browsing around for the past 30 minutes of so. Love your story, love your writing style and personality, and I love your projects! You seem like such a fun person and someone who I'd totally be friends with in real life. Hahaha, like blogging isn't real life... it seems like it is more and more part of my life than I ever thought it would be! But anyway, I follow Lindsay at Southern Lovely and I was submitting an entry for the Pinspired Rewired contest tonight, and saw that you were one of the hosts. I came over to check out your blog and yeah, I've been here ever since!! My sister Nat and I started our blog 6 months ago and we're still trying to figure it out :) So, this is probably the longest comment you've ever received but I just wanted to say HIIIIII and can't wait to get to know you better. Have a great night!!

  10. I love your blog! You are so cute and so is your family!!! Small world--we are in Utah too and I was looking on the internet for a "Gus Gus" costume--we have 2 girls and the oldest wants to be Cinderella this year so of course...sorry if this is random but would you be willing to sell your Gus Gus costume, if you still have it? Or could you tell me where you got it from? I am having a hard time finding one--thanks!

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  11. Came upon your blog via pinterest... was so excited to see we have a few things in common! I <3 Paris, it's my favorite place in the whole world! I love to craft, too, and am just learning to sew... so hopefully I can learn a thing or two from your tutorials :-) Oh, and I have a husband that served a mission, too - the video cracked me up! Looking forward to reading more of your posts :-) -- Holly from Georgia

  12. This is one of the best "about me" pages I have ever read! Love the the humor...I feel like I get a real sense for who you are and how much you like to live life to the full. I've linked up here on your blog many times, but for some reason, never made it to your "about" page. So glad I clicked over from 30 Handmade Days!

  13. What a great page. I love the video of you clogging whilst preg - I did a St. Patty's Day (Irish dance) performance as a 4-month-pregnant lady. And, yes, I was showing. Haha!
    Love this, your humor rules.

  14. I'm so glad I've stumbled onto your blog, your blog has it all from tutorials, homemade recipes to arts and crafts. I think I'll be popping by more often take care!


  15. Rachel you are just awesome. You win for the best pic on the link up last week. ;) And your prize is.....let me think about that. Some sunflowers maybe? I loved meeting you at SNAP. Wish I had more time to just hang out with everyone. I really loved learning even more about you here. Thanks so much for linking up on my special Pity Party! xoxo

  16. Hi Rach,
    You are adorable and I just had to say hi! I loved your introduction and your precious story. Happy Anniversary, by the way. We too were married in December 2003 after many years of dating (age 15 on!). I'm so glad to have found your blog and am a new follower.
    Happy New Year!
    Jessica @ A Humble Creation

  17. Just wanted to let you know that you were a MAJOR part of my inspiration as I revamped my "About" page this week. In fact, your "About" page probably more than any other I have come across gave me the motivation to give mine a major overhaul. Gave you a little shout-out in my post, too. Rach, you rock!


  18. I just stumbled onto your blog. I googled searched "Family and Consumer Science Mom." I was writing my own blog post about using my degree from BYU everyday of my life and was trying to find a picture for my post. Instead I found your blog.

    When my blog grows up, it wants to be like yours. Haha! :) Until then, feel free to check out the post I wrote (if you want).

  19. I just found your blog.. Your about page sold me. You are awesome! lol
    Thanks for inspiring me today. I'm starting a blog soon and you just inspired me a little more on my adventures in blog land! So again Thank you! It's very nice to meet you! :D

  20. You and your family are adorable. I stumbled upon your blog and loved all the fun pictures! Thanks for brightening my day a little. ;) I'm inspired to take pictures of me jumping for some odd reason.


  21. Stumbled across your blog while browsing through pinterest and something grabbed me. it was like reading about myself. We are sooo the same in sooo many ways and different in others-love love love paris, love sewing, love my kid-couldn't last a week in the country. You are funny and quirky and look like you have fun with your other half-I can be just a little quirky(some would argue the 'little' and I think I'm funny. And I adore my other half-wish I had met him at twelve. I will be back to read your blog often-or as often as this three year old will let me. Nice to meet you!

  22. Wow Rach ! What a great post! I really feel like I know as much as possible about you and who you are and your life and I think it takes a lot to reveal all that on the internet. It feels like we've really 'met' even if only, virtually. Well can't say I have kids or have tried clogging or been to South Dakota, but who knows maybe I will one day!
    In any case thanks for sharing, I really loved your post, honesty and writing style. You accompanied like a good friend today on my tea break here in Switzerland. Have a great day!

  23. Hi Rach, I just found this blog. You are amazing!!!
    Can you please tell me how do you make time to do all this and raise 3 kids?
    I have a three year old daughter and I love sewing but I have so little time. I spend most of the days cooking, playing with her, cleaning, playing with her, doing laundry, playing with her.
    Am I the only mom with no time management skills?
    I love everything you do :)

  24. Hi, Great reading! Your sewing is beautiful and I saw some techniques I hadn't seen before.
    Commenting on your SoDak life. I see mostly west river pics, I'm a west river South Dakota kid myself. Now I'm kinda stuck in treeland Wisconsin. I miss the endless SD horizons. We go back often to the homestead see my family on the rez and on the Oahe and Missouri River.
    Take Care and keep up the insanity. It's refreshing.

  25. I love your about page. It's fantastic :D And man am I impressed by the tap dancing. That was one type of dancing that I always struggled with. And pregnant! Man, you are super woman. Kudos, girl!


Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!
♥Rach H