Hello! I'm glad you're here!
I'm Christine and I'm a full-time mom with a full-time job and several part-time hobbies (and a growing side business). I do my best to balance it all while staying half sane. I also love to run. That usually helps with the staying sane thing. I even out all of the running with yoga, barre, and standup paddleboarding.
The reality is between working full-time, toddler life, and having a husband who travels, life can get pretty crazy and scheduling my workouts (and other interests) can be tough. Balancing it all isn't easy, and I don't always do it well, but at least I try.
By day, I work from home for a large tech company as a principal user experience designer, visual director, and research lead. I do this stuff and this stuff, plus visual design and illustration all day, and I love it! I have a Bachelor's degree in communications (journalism and graphic design), a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in merchandising (specifically jewelry and fashion product development and e-commerce) and I'm always looking for more classes to take and things to learn (like industrial design or data science).
I've also been blogging for a long time (long before this blog). I started out with a handmade/indie design/maker blog. I was also pretty immersed in that world as a jewelry designer, and focused a lot on it during my grad school thesis work in e-commerce, tech, product design and development, and the indie design market. After that, I migrated to a fashion blog (oh, the scary things I wore!), then I came here in 2012 and I've been here ever since. In addition to writing for my blog, I'm also a freelance writer and editor for a variety of other blogs and topics, including the Charleston Moms Blog (among others in my "day job" field).
When I'm not running or doing some other fitness-related activity, blogging, or working, you can find me designing jewelry, painting or drawing, volunteering for animal rescues or ocean/wildlife causes, messing up recipes in the kitchen, or out on bike rides with my family.
I'm also an unapologetic beach bum.
And since I'm lucky enough to live in the beautiful, beach-side city of Charleston, South Carolina, I get lots of outdoor adventures and beach time with my husband (D), our adorable two-year-old son (B), and three fur kids (and previously, Stella Blue, our precious fur kid who went to the Rainbow Bridge in December 2015, and Meadow Beagle, who met up with Stella at the Rainbow Bridge in February 2018).
I'm originally from a small city in Pennsylvania, went to college in Philadelphia, and stayed there for several years before moving back to home for a bit, then lived in Charlotte for a year and a half before finally making my way to the beach in Charleston. I don't know if we'll stay in Charleston forever (probably not - maybe Florida, California, Costa Rica, Portugal, or Australia?), but for now we're loving it.
One thing's for sure, since I went coastal, I'm never going back.