Interview with my favourite (Vintage) Mama!
When I first started blogging again for the second time last year, I made contact with some lovely bloggers. One of these was the super gorgeous Lydia Poblano from the Vintage Beauty Blog – now The Vintage Mama. Lydia is a beauty copywriter, home schools her children, cooks from scratch and manages to look effortlessly glamorous at the same time. What a better way to celebrate Mothering Sunday here in the UK than with one of my blogging beauties!
1. Have you always been a fan of anything vintage even from an early age? Is there a particular time period that you are fond of for clothing and beauty?
I guess I was fascinated by old stuff from an early age. As a little girl I would play Sandy from Grease and I was planning on joining the Pink Ladies as soon as my mother allowed it. By the time I was 6, I had memorized The Beatles first album (which I stole from my uncle), and I would beg my Great Grandma to tell the story of what is was like growing up in a giant ranch in Mexico (aren’t childhood stories wonderful?).
I really can’t pin point a particular time period, because really I’m just a huge fan of history. I love the extravagance of the Victorian era, I love the romance of the Edwardian era, I love the adventure of the Gold Rush, love the energy of the roaring 20’s, love the passion of the 30’s, the music and style of 40-60’s, and love dancing to disco. Yes, I’m all over the place. But I guess if I had to narrow it down, I’d say…American history! Haha!
2. Lot’s of people reminisce about ‘the good old days’ and say things were ‘simpler’ back then. Do you think that’s true or it’s just a romantic notion? Do you think people will be saying that about the era that we live in now in 50 years time?
In some sense, the good ol’ days were very good. No artificial sweeteners, no added colors, no Warcraft addictions, no “Situation” exposing his abs, no Cyrus family feuds making headlines. However I think that we do tend to romanticize the past quite a bit. But what’s the harm in that? History is fun!
I definitely think that our present time will be romanticized in the future, I mean, don’t we do it already with the 80’s and 90’s? Recently I’ve reconnected with old classmates, and we talk about how we miss Saturday morning cartoons, how today’s music doesn’t compare to that of our day and how today’s kids seem to be growing up so fast. It’s kind of silly since “our day” was not that long about (I’m 30), but time sure does change things fast!
3. You home school your children, can you tell me why you made that decision? Do you find it difficult to keep the children focused or does home schooling feel quite natural to you?
The decision really came as a calling. About 7 years ago I stumbled upon a blog about one’s moms journey in homeschooling. I was immediately intrigued and read all I could about it. In my heart I felt that God was telling me that this was what he wanted me to do (with my then 1 year old son), but my husband did not agree. I decided that if this was something that God truly wanted me to do, that he would change my husband’s heart. So left the subject alone. When it was finally time to enroll my son in kindergarten, my husband really did have a change of heart and I have been enjoying the life of a homeschooler ever since!
Just like any normal kid, my son likes to wiggle out of his seat and let his mind wonder, however I find ways to minimize this during our class time. With subjects (like English) that he doesn’t have much patience with, I do the lesson early while his mind is still fresh, I keep the lessons short and I utilize many phonetic games to get him excited about English. And if that doesn’t work, we just read a good novel and discuss it! (We just finished Oliver Twist.)
With homeschooling, I wouldn’t say it’s something that needs to come “naturally”. The only thing you really need is the desire to homeschool. It may seem too simplistic, but I’ve found this to be the common thread among us homeschooling moms.
4. Even though it’s not something I would do myself, I’ve always admired women who stay at home to raise their children and cook everything from scratch. Do you find other women supportive of your decisions?
It may be because I’m surrounded by women that do exactly that, but I’ve never encountered any adversity for my decision to stay at home to raise my boys…in fact, quite the opposite. Both men and women tell me how great it is that I can stay home with my children. They appreciate the hard work it takes to keep a home and teach my boys. Even women that said would not like to stay home with the kids, still think it’s wonderful that I do.
I think part of the reason I’ve had such a positive reaction is because I truly love being at home for my family and because I take my work seriously. From planning meals, to cooking from scratch (no boxed Mac n Cheese in my home), saving for trips, organizing the closets, nature walks, chore training, field trips and back yard bug hunting expeditions…the life of a vintage stay at home mama is a busy one!
5. Finally, what are your plans for the blog in 2017 and the future? Do you see yourself blogging for many years to come?
Oh, I have so many dreams for my blog, but alas I’m going to have to put those on hold. Not only am I incredibly busy with my 3 boys, homeschooling, homekeeping and blogging…now I’m going to be adding copywriting to the list. And since I mean for this to be a source of income (and a welcomed relief for my hard working husband), I will be taking a sabbatical from blogging on TheVintageMama.com.
This break is definitely not permanent, because I LOVE blogging and connecting with other bloggers (like !), and like I said, I have many exciting plans for TheVintageMama. I will continue to be active on Twitter, Facebook and guest posting on other blogs, as well as work on those plans so that when I do return, it will be a fresh new start!
Anything else you want to add?
Thank you again for inviting me to share with your readers a bit of my life as a vintage mama and blogger!
You are welcome Lydia it was a pleasure. Even if you aren’t a mama, you’ll find loads of interesting posts on Lydia’s blog so please have a look!
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