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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling

Life with three beautiful daughters has inspired Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling to take a closer look at the style of her home. Pillows, blankets, furniture pieces that double as extra seating, and family photo collages turn her home into a cozy dwelling place.

Balsam Hill interviews Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling for Mother's Day

Aside from making her home comfortable and functional for her family, Cathy also strives to find new uses for old things. As she learned from her mom, a home should also be ‘full of sentiment and history.’

Vintage family photos and decorations passed down to her mother from her grandmother celebrate their Irish heritage. Cathy has indeed developed her own love of time-honored collections, a love she shares in this exclusive interview with Balsam Hill.

BH: What is your favorite part about being a mother? What is the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of it?

Cathy: My favorite part about being a mother is watching my kids develop into the little people they were meant to be. I love seeing their unique little personalities shine through and catching glimpses of their humor, their talents, their compassion, and their way of interacting with the world. Of course, this can also be one of the most challenging parts of motherhood because as a mom it is my job to help them become their best selves. So in addition to all the wonderful things about them, I have to pay attention to the ‘not-so-wonderful’ things. Together we have to figure out how to handle them. There are times when my patience is pushed to the limit (and beyond) but it helps to focus on the big picture – who they are and who they are becoming – and to pay attention to the small, sweet moments along the way.

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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Chelsea of Two Twenty One

Balsam Hill interviews Chelsea of Two Twenty One for Mother's Day

Committed to her daytime work as an infant and toddler developmental therapist, Chelsea does her blog posts at night. On Two Twenty One, she shares her love for home improvement projects, furniture makeovers, crafts, recipes, and home and seasonal decor ideas.

Much of Chelsea’s creativity was developed in the 13 years she spent in 4-H when she was growing up in the small town of Michiana in Northwest Indiana. Her range of projects includes cake decorating, photography, food, tin punch, recycled articles, and flower arranging.

Chelsea and her husband Brad are expecting their first bundle of joy, whom they have nicknamed ‘Nugget’, around August 2014. In this interview with Balsam Hill, she remembers the little home fix-ups she learned from her own mom.

BH: How has your mother inspired your decorating style? Would you mind sharing some decorating advice she’s given you with us?

Chelsea: My mom isn’t much into decorating, but she’s really handy and fixed most things in our house when I was growing up. She can sew like no other, so she’s inspired me in that aspect. She’s taught me how to paint rooms, sew curtains, garden, and fix little things throughout my house.

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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Melanie of Reasons to Skip the Housework

Balsam Hill interviews Melanie of Reasons to Skip the Housework for Mother's Day

‘Old trunks and old photos look great in the living room!’ exclaims Melanie of Reasons to Skip the Housework. This is one decorating advice she learned from her own mom. A little family history – trinkets and souvenir from trips – adds character to everyday home decor.

As a stay-at-home mom and part-time Apple trainer, Melanie is dedicated to providing readers her own easy-to-follow tutorials on home and holiday decorating, crafts, recipes, and the latest news and features around the web. She also has a team of contributors that give their own insights on the blog. Together, they help mothers find inspiration for a better home and lifestyle.

Melanie’s exclusive interview with Balsam Hill narrates how her love for photos and picture taking originated from her mom – and how Melanie’s collection of family photos, kid art, and picture frames now jazzes up her space with that ‘family feel!’

BH: What is your favorite part about being a mother? What is the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of it?

Melanie: My favorite part of being a mom is watching the smile on my daughter’s face when she sees me after work or when I pick her up from school. That pure joy that never fades is amazing!  The most rewarding part of being a mom is seeing her grow as a person. Seeing her being polite and respectful of all things, and knowing I helped her learn to be a good person – it is an amazing feeling!

The most challenging part is dealing with the fits and standing my ground, in order to teach her to be a good kid! It’s so much easier to just give in and get the fit over with, but in the long run it hurts everyone involved. It’s really challenging and exhausting but pays off in the end!

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Celebrate Mom, Celebrate Life:
Jamie of So Much Better with Age

With her love for French and vintage décor and a natural inclination toward DIY projects, crafts, baking and organization, Jamie aims to infuse the old with the new at a budget that won’t break the bank. Because she is a wife and mother, her design projects are always unique but organized, gorgeous yet budget-friendly. She loves sharing her vision and hopes to inspire and help others with their own DIY design projects. Her experiences being raised in a quaint small town taught her to appreciate the romantic and exotic appeal of French and vintage décor and design.

Balsam Hill interviews Jamie of So Much Better with Age for Mother's Day

Jamie set up So Much Better With Age as an avenue where like-minded individuals can exchange ideas and where designers and moms like herself can help each other out with home design and DIY projects. Jamie also knows her way around flea markets and antique shops, and is always on the lookout for her next great find. She is very passionate at what she does and takes pride in being a ‘doer.’ If she wants something done, she figures out a way to do it and just goes for it.

Jamie believes that life is all about change and applies this belief to her home. Seeing a room suddenly rearranged the next day—with furniture moved or the walls repainted—is nothing new to her husband and kids. An evolving home is the perfect complement to our ever evolving lives, Jamie says. To her and to her family, their home will always be a work in progress.

BH: What is your favorite part about being a mother? What is the most rewarding and most challenging aspect of it?

Jamie: My most favorite and rewarding part of being a mother is just the little things. The smiles and hugs my kids give me. The way my 5-year-old son kisses a boo-boo better on my 2-year-old daughter’s knee. Sometimes you think that whatever you say to your kids doesn’t sink in and then one day you see them mimicking you (in a good way!) and it just melts your heart.

I find the most challenging part to be juggling time. Time goes so quickly when you have kids and finding the time for everything else is a constant juggling act.

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