So many people love Disney! But fewer people write about it. No so with Krystal from Brought to You By Mom. She has been writing for Disney ever since she was part of the Disney College Program back in 2006. Now she goes to movie premiers, fan events and to Disney Land of course, with the whole family. And then she writes about it! For an interesting look at how Disney shaped this mom blogger’s journey check out the interview below:
1. How many years have you been blogging?
I have been blogging professionally since 2012, however; I began blogging in 2006 while documenting my time as a Walt Disney World Cast Member on the Disney College Program.
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2. What is your favorite mom-blog project that you’ve ever done?
That is such a tough call because our family has been able to experience so many amazing opportunities through this industry. If I had to choose just one, I am forever grateful for the family travel experiences we have had. In 2017, we were able to take our children to Walt Disney World and on a Disney Cruise thanks to Disney Social Media Celebration. We were able to share the incredible memories we made and to this day, I feel honored to have been chosen for these type of events.
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3. Which project are you most proud of?
I am most proud of working closely with our local Walmart to promote back to school and summer campaigns. These have included opportunities to help promote local charities that give back to our children’s hospital. Being able to encourage local businesses to not only utilize social media as an asset in their marketing but also help them promote an amazing cause feels like a job worth doing well.
4. What are some of your favorite activities during the day?
Some of my favorite activities during the day are when I get to shut off the computer and focus on some of my routines that keep me going. I run every morning and that time is sacred to just be one with my thoughts and keep my body moving.
5. What kind of lighting do you have set up in your home for your little ones?
It is funny because we live in such a tree-covered area that I took time to research more “natural lighting” when we installed it in our home. Halogen lighting was a big must in ensuring that our kids had a bright and cheery home. It uses less energy and I feel like our house doesn’t feel like a dungeon.
6. What is the greatest tip that you could give to other moms?
Do not read the internet constantly for advice. Even as a mom-blogger, I often tell people that my tips and ideas are here as tools. You know your family best and no amount of research is going to change that. Read, be informed, learn but never let any amount of information online outweigh your “Mom senses”. It’s a gift.
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Rumor has it that we might see a Star Wars trailer drop tomorrow during the celebration in Chicago. I know my fingers are crossed! Even just a title. I’ll take it! Who else is ready? #starwars9 #starwarsgalaxysedge #starwarsepisodeix #starwarsepisode9 #starwarstrailer #starwars #starwarsnerd #starwarskids #disneykids #disneyshollywoodstudios #disneyworld #disneynerd #disneylife #starwarsforever #starwarslife #starwarslove #starwarsmovie #starwarsgeeks
7. What is the hardest thing about blogging and being a mom?
The hardest thing about blogging and being a mom is balancing it all out and not letting that Mom guilt set in. It has taken me a few years to get a handle on it. There will be days that I have deadlines and I have to prioritize time with my kids. As a routine-loving person, I have had to learn that things will not always go smoothly. I cherish the routines that keep me and my family whole and try not to sweat the small stuff.
8. What advice can you give our mommy readers?
Stop overthinking. Truly, moms. I am an overthinker to the core. I will mull over a project, how I’m treating my kids, what I ate for breakfast yesterday when I should have had that protein shake instead. You name it. Let things go, forgive yourself, and move on. Failure isn’t the enemy, it helps us learn and grow. You got this!
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It’s December 1st and we are ready to enjoy the holidays. It is also my birthday month and Annie insists that I wear a crown all month. Not so sure about that one but how about I rock a big smile for the awesome family I have? Love these amazing people that I get to call my husband and kids. 🤗 . . . . . #familymemories #december #family #familythatplaystogether #smiles #kidsofinstagram #lovemylife #familytime #familypictures #familyfun #familyphoto #myhappymoments #mytinymoments #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #lovemykids
9. You are a mom and an established blogger. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I sometimes wish that I would have been better at some of the “backend” knowledge before starting. I also wish that I wouldn’t have let things to get to me sometimes and slowed down on my content. With consistent momentum, I can only imagine where I might be today. However, I cannot overthink that and let it put me in a tailspin. Every moment has gotten me to where I am today and I am thankful. Each milestone, each step has brought me here. If I would have known too much back then, I might not be as appreciative.
Interested in more interesting mommy and me blogger interviews? Check out this awesome post from Rebecca about her favorite projects and this interview from Ginger about how she does DIY projects with the whole family.