This Toddler Mom Rocks: Mandy of Harper's HappeningsBeth Anne Ballance
I love “meeting” new toddler mommas over the internet – the sense of community they provide is an absolute must for my sanity and merriment. No matter what the day, I can always find another mom that is either a) basking in the glow of motherhood or b) finding the best way to remove peanut butter from the inside of her ear. It’s why I have kept blogging all these years, just for that one person to say “me too!” In our community, I’ve found other mommas that exclusively bottle-fed, that cloth-diapered at night, that chose a nanny over daycare. All the little quirks in our family can be found in other families and that gives me great validation that I am doing okay as a mother.
So each week, I will be featuring a toddler momma that helps create my community and I would love for you to share yours, too!
My first momma is my very good friend, Mandy of Harper’s Happenings. The most rocking thing about Mandy is her making fashion so…acheivable…for us mommas. She makes it seem so easy as she encourages us all to ditch our mom frump with her Steppin’ Out Saturdays and giving ideas for how to really let our personalities shine through clothes. Vintage, funky, classic, preppy. Mandy’s worn it all with a flare that keeps me coming back for more momma fashion inspriation. Then she shares her style (and Harper’s, too!) every week on Steppin’ Out Saturday.
Check Mandy out in her new gig with Levis:
Mandy and I met through blogging and have spent two vacations together, many nights texting, and so many internet round-house kicks over Facebook. She blogs over at Harper’s Happenings about her little family of three, which includes her and her husband and their daughter, Harper. (p.s. Harper is THE CUTEST KID EVER. Yes, even cuter than yours and mine combined and I know that’s saying a lot.) What I love best about Mandy is that she is open with her struggles in motherhood but puts the best twists on it with catchy word phrases that have you wishing you were BFF’s in a photobooth with a mustache. Problems with potty training? Mandy understands. Frustration with work/life balance? Mandy totally gets it.
Mandy is like the best friend you never knew you had, only one click away.