Hi friends! There are a lot of new faces around here and I thought it might be fun to answer more questions about me, for all of you to get to know Heidi and Eleanor Rose Home a little bit better. I recently asked my followers on Instagram if there was anything anyone wanted to know about me, and so I included some of those questions that I received in this blog post. This is the second “All About Me” blog post, if you want to read the first “All About Me” post click here.
Why did you start a blog?
I started my blog as an outlet, a creative outlet, a way for me to fulfill the constant need and drive to be creative. A little over a year ago, I was talking to my boss about how I love home décor and wanted to share that with others but I wasn’t sure how. He said, “Why don’t you start a blog?” That really got the creative juices flowing, I had never thought of starting or having a blog before. Shortly after that conversation, I started this blog, with high hopes. I only posted a couple of blog posts in 2020 (read first blog post here) and lost some interest in it over the winter. I am not sure why I lost interest, I do have a tendency to procrastinate, so I would tell myself that I would write a blog next week or the week after (it didn’t happen). But then a few months ago, something changed, I realized how I needed my creative outlet and that’s when I became consistent with writing a blog post each week. I think sharing my blog on Instagram and Facebook helps me to hold myself accountable and not give in to the excuses that I’m too busy or I’ll do it next week. I also think about how I’ll have something to look back on in 10-20 years, how interesting it will be to read old blog posts. I’ve come to realize how much I enjoy sharing my home, recipes, and ideas with all of you!
Why did you name your blog Eleanor Rose Home?
Trying to come up with a blog name was so hard. I wanted a name that I wasn’t going to despise in a few years, I wanted a name that reflected me and our home , and it had to be a name that made sense when someone visited my website. I bounced a lot of ideas around, and then at some point it came to me. Why not name the blog after our precious dachshund Eleanor Roosevelt! She embodies all that I love! The entire family loves and adores her (I want to clone her someday), she is a homebody and hates being out of the house (same here!), and she loves being cozy (she won’t lay down unless a blanket is laid out for her and her entire body and face is covered)! I shortened Roosevelt to Rose and added home at the end so people would know my blog is all about home. And that is how Eleanor Rose Home came to be!
How did you and your husband meet and how long have you been married?
Dave and I meet a club in Providence, RI called Oxygen (very romantic, right?!). We danced the night away, went on a date two nights later, and have been together ever since. We dated for about 5 years before we got married. We’ve been married for 17 years this Saturday September 18th! Fun fact: I told a girlfriend after a couple of weeks knowing Dave, that he was the guy I was going to marry!
What do you do for work?
I work for landscape company as the coordinator of operations. I’ve worked for this company for over six years and started as the office assistant working part time when the kids were younger, to get myself out of the house after being a stay at home mom for many years. I worked my way up to administrative assistant, then project coordinator, to the position I am in now. As the Operations Coordinator I make sure all aspects of operations for the maintenance and construction departments are organized and running smoothly. I work closely with the owners of the company to help develop systems, offer advice on how we can function more efficiently, and help keep the company organized and on budget. It is not an easy job but I love the fast paced environment and no two days are the same!
What is your favorite food?
Hmmm…this is a tough one. I love a lot of foods. My favorite food may be french fries! I’ve loved them since I was little and I’ve never meet a fry I didn’t like. I’ll take fries with salt and pepper, spicy seasonings, drenched in nacho sauce, covered in chili, really any way I can get them! I love the crispy outer shell and the creamy potato texture inside. I think pizza might be a close second!
What is Thursday Trouve and how does it work?
Thursday Trouve was an idea I had to show my followers some of my favorite items that I’ve bought (some that I haven’t) and how I’ve styled those items in our home. A lot of influencers on Instagram have a “Friday Finds”, I wanted to do something similar but with my own twist and on Thursday! Trouve means find in french, so essentially Thursday Finds. Each week, I share my favorite items in a story on Instagram, with those items linked in Liketoknow.it, and then I follow that with a blog post that evening. It’s just a fun way for me to share some of my favorite things with all of you, and maybe you will be inspired to either purchase some of those items, or style something in your home similar to what I have in my home.
What do you do for fun?
My definition of fun has certainly changed the older I get! I used to love going out with friends to clubs, bars, and restaurants but now I am much happier and more comfortable staying home, ordering some take out, and vegging out in front of the tv. My definition of fun nowadays is antiquing, online shopping, my weekly trips to TJ’s, and spending time with my family (Ellie too!). I love just being home and honestly lead a boring life (lol!), but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
You have a white couch in your living room, how do you keep it clean?
This is a question I get a lot. We’ve had our white couch for almost a year and I have to say I actually like that it’s white. It’s easy for me to see when it’s dirty and when it should be cleaned. We had a tan couch before and it never showed stains, so I’m guessing that couch was pretty dirty towards the end! To start, we did purchase an upgraded fabric so that any stains on the couch can be easily removed. I just have to take a wet rag with some Oxi-Clean, scrub a little, and any stain comes right out. I highly recommend upgrading your fabric to a stain resistant one. Second, our couch is all slipcovers, so we can remove the covers anytime and throw them right into the wash. I recommend using a higher end laundry detergent; we always use Tide. I also throw in a whitening tab from Tide as well to help keep the slipcovers as white as possible. Lastly, we also make sure to always have blankets and throws on the couch. If the kids decide to eat in the living room, they throw a blanket on the couch to help with any spills, and Eleanor lays on a blanket as well.
Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
I am an introvert! I love being alone, and could go days without talking to a soul. Going to events or parties takes a lot out of me. Anytime I have to talk a lot, I need a good amount of time afterwards to regroup and recharge. It’s a strong personality trait I inherited from my mother’s side of the family! Being an introvert was one of the hard things about starting this blog, but I’m slowly feeling more comfortable, and the fact that I’m behind a computer or a phone and not talking face to face helps!
What is one of your favorite family traditions?
One of my favorite family traditions started when I was a little girl. Growing up, every Christmas morning, my sister and I would run to see the presents under the tree and we had no idea who’s present was who’s! You see “Santa” didn’t label our presents with names, our assign a certain wrapping paper to each of us, he numbered each present. Santa would hide a “key” enclosed in an envelope that listed which present belonged to who. The key was hidden somewhere in the house and we had to find it before we could open gifts (this part can get a little tense, especially with a competitive family). The person who finds the envelope with the key picks the first present to open. I loved this tradition so much growing up that I know when I had children, I wanted to carry it on. What I love the most about doing this, is that each present is opened individually, there is not a mad rush to open all the Christmas gifts from Santa at once (opening gifts Christmas morning in our house takes about 2 or more hours!), and we are able to enjoy watching each child open their gifts and see the excitement on their faces as they realize what each gift is.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me. If there is something you would like to know that I have not answered yet, leave a question or a comment for the “All About Me Part III” blog post!
Xoxo ~ Heidi