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Moms Monday: I know you are but what am I?

First, I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting on, following, and supporting this blog! It really means a lot to me and it has boosted my confidence in my writing and ability to network with others. I have learned so much just by interacting with you all here.

Have you read the about page here on the blog? If you’ve ever wondered who is the person writing this stuff? you can find some answers there, but I’ll also provide some answers here.

Me – Elise

You may have discovered this already, but I’m not a mom. Is that shocking? I hope not. I guess I should be flattered if you are shocked. You see I’m just shy of 20 and began writing this blog not because I think I’m some sort of parenting expert, but due to my collaboration with wallinspired.

Wallinspired has a great business going on Etsy and if you run a small, but growing business yourself, you can understand that managing every aspect of your business can be difficult, very difficult. So that’s where I come in. I also run an Etsy shop, Pieces of Elise’s (because my name is Elise – hi there!), and even though my shop is by no means flourishing just yet, I have learned a lot about marketing, social networking, and E-Commerce through the research I’ve done over the past 2 years.

I also write on Squidoo, Yahoo! Voices, and just started my own blog. Craig with wallinspired approached me to promote their shop through this blog, social networks, and elsewhere. If you’ve visited wallinspired‘s shop on Etsy, you probably noticed that their vinyl wall decals are for kids, tweens, and teens. So I’ve really focused my efforts on this blog to reach you, the parents of the kids, tweens, and teens, as well as anyone else who is interested.

I’d like to think that writing for this blog has been going pretty well and that you all are enjoying your time spent here. Would you like to give some feedback?

Click here to take survey and you will be added to a drawing where 1 winner will be chosen. The winner has the choice of getting a free advertising spot on the blog (a 150 x 150 image linking to their blog or website on the right over there –>),  a chance to write a guest blog post here on the wallinspired blog about a topic of their choice, or a free handmade item from my own Etsy shop Pieces of Elise’s. So please take the survey for a chance to win!!!

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Moms Monday : Aprons for Moms

Have you seen the featured seller post on Etsy today?

It’s about Creative Chic which is a collaborative effort of  5 women to create very cute aprons.

Here is the interview:  Featured Seller: Creative Chics

I really thought it was an interesting read. It’s nice to see mothers running their own business with their creative interests. I hope one day my mother will do that 🙂

Here are some of their aprons:

 Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron

Retro Ruffled Apron

Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron – Floral

 Sexy Womens Halter / Beautiful Retro Floral

Thanks for reading my post today! Please share any thoughts or comments below!

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Moms Monday : Special Interview with Annabelle Petriella

This Monday we have a special treat. Annabelle Petriella from Stylish Furniture and Decor agreed to be interviewed for this Moms Monday post!

She is an entrepreneur and a mom, so I know you will enjoy reading about how she juggles it all.

Annabelle Petriella

How did you start your own business?

I worked as a high end residential interior designer in Washington, DC for 10 years and New York City for 2 years.  I was working long hours for a design firm in NYC when I got pregnant and decided to shift gears in my career.  I wanted to be able to work from home and make my own schedule once the baby came.  I also wanted to do something relating to my field
and experience as a designer.

Sourcing has always been one of my favorite parts of my job as a designer. It’s so satisfying to find a fabulous piece that is just perfect for a space I’m designing, or to discover something that I know I can use in many different spaces.  That is what inspired me to launch my retail furniture site.  My goal is to bring a designer-sourced selection of furniture, accessories and lighting to my retail customers.

What challenges or obstacles did you face?

Balancing my baby’s needs and the demands of a new company was a challenge I faced from the start.  While I imagined “working from home” meant working here and there around my baby’s schedule, the reality is much different than the fantasy!  I learned early on that I need to have dedicated times to work on my company and times that I focus exclusively
on my son. Otherwise, both the work and my baby suffer.

How do you balance your work with family?

I work for about 2 hours in the morning during his two naps.  I consider that bonus time and am happy to get a few things checked off my list during those two naps.  Then, I work for 3-4 hours uninterrupted in the afternoon while a babysitter or a family member watches him.  I work at night after his bedtime and on the weekends while my husband has some
father-son time.  What is the most liberating about being your own boss is not working less – in fact, you’ll probably work much more! – but being able to choose when (and where!) you work and when to spend time with your family.

What advice do you have for other moms who want to be their own boss?

I have a few pieces of advice for other moms who are considering starting their own company.  First, choose something that you are passionate and excited about.  I love furniture and design, so I enjoy spending time working on my company.  Second, identify your weaknesses and seek the advice and support of others who can help you in those areas.  Third, once
you start your business, set a schedule so that you’re able to focus on work during set times.

What’s your top pick for moms from Stylish Furniture and Decor?

My top pick for moms is our e-design package!  We recently launched our e-design division, Stylish Design Services(www.stylishdesignservices.com).  Using our unique e-design process, we create fantastic customized room designs for a fraction of the cost of an in-home interior designer.  We feature qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from all over the country with unique and varying styles.  They create a beautiful custom design complete with a
furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else needed to create the room of your dreams!

Thank you, Annabelle! It was fun doing this interview with you!

Everyone, if you haven’t already check out Annabelle’s blog and site. She was kind enough to give wallinspired readers their very own 10% off discount code WALL10! Hurry it expires May 31st!

Stylish Furniture and Decor also offers free shipping on purchases of $500 or more.

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We <3 You Wednesday

I want to give a BIG thank you to everyone who’s given the wallinspired blog some love since I started it in the beginning of this month! This is actually one of my first serious blogging endeavors and seeing that people like what I’m writing is so encouraging! Plus, I love to feature other Etsy shops, blogs, and all around creative people – so it’s great to see that you are showing them some love, too 🙂

Wallinspired, the Etsy shop, now has a Facebook and Twitter – so if you like what you see here, please become a fan on Facebook or/and follow wallinspired on Twitter.

Thanks APregnancyStory, and Annabelle from StylishFurniture&Decor for becoming fans on Facebook!

Our friends at StylishFurniture&Decor are having great promotions of their sleek and stylish furniture. They gave us a 10% discount code exclusively for our readers to use: WALL10 (Hurry! It expires 5/31/12).

They are also offering free shipping on orders over $500.

Items like this Lotus Chandelier can be found at  StylishFurniture&Decor.

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We <3 You Wednesdays

Hey everyone!

I wanted to thank the new followers to the blog: momonthegoinholytoledo, Stylish Furniture and Decor, and noruffdays.

Please take a look at their blogs!

The item featured above is a Big Hearted Robin Lino Cut Print from inkmeup. Check it out!

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We <3 You Wednesday: Baby Pink Little Girl’s Room Set

Hey everyone!

First a shout out to Erica from Ericaleestyle and Kearney from A Detailed House. Thanks for showing this brand new blog some love! If you haven’t checked these two out you definitely should- they have great blogs that I plan to keep up with 🙂

I wanted to share with you a cute collection of items I found on Etsy that would look cute in a girls room. Hope it provides some inspiration to any of you moms who are looking for ideas for your decorating your daughter’s room.

From Left to Right:

Maisy Owl Clock from Big Bad Wolf Design, Children’s Art– My Little Bird from Trafalgarssquare, Cherry Blossom Tree Branch Vinyl Wall Decal from Wallinspired, Pink Puzzle Rocker Rocking Chair from Dazzlecrystal, Knitted pink skirt, cardigan with ruffles and lace socks in pink from Kriksislv, Baby Lamb, cute baby animal photography from Raceytay

Baby Pink Little Girl's Room Set
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