[#1] Share with us a snippet of your story.
Hello! I'm Rubyellen Bratcher and I have four sweet girls. Our days are spent learning, creating and celebrating together. I share slices of my life on my blog Cakies, along with all the other sorts of creating going on in our home.
Though blogs tend to weigh heavy in sharing the pretty side of life, I love sharing the not so pretty sides of it too; the battles I have with being a mom from yelling to having mom-guilt to sharing the messes that overtakes our home and sharing about my faith. Blogs tend to feature so much perfection and sometimes it can be suffocating, so I also try to balance it with realness.
I probably lost a few readers from my oversharing rants over the past few years, but it's part of what makes me me, and paints a more rounded picture of who I am. Life is full of ups and downs for everyone and I think it's important for me to share both sides from time to time.
[#2] What is your favorite part of the day with your little one[s]?
My favorite part of the day is dinner time. It's one of the more relaxing times and we can sit together and tell stories from the day. Also, my husband is home. I love when all six of us are together!
[#3] Name Three Instagram MOMS who inspire you.
Justine Blakeney @justinablakeney- She's one mom with a good eye for color and design! Her images are pure eye candy. I love it!
Nathalie Bearden @nathaliebearden- She was one of my first friends online and I love seeing her grow as an artist! She makes the most amazing quilts. I'd love to have one of her creations!
Roselle Martinez @rossygirl1- She has three sweet girls and we also know each other in real life. Her daughter, Reagan, can't walk because she is diagnosed with PMG, CP, & Epilepsy, so Roselle runs for her. Her goal is to run for those who can't and she runs about 100 miles per month! It's crazy! I love seeing how her daughter inspires her to keep running.
[#4] What challenges have you faced in balancing motherhood and your passion for creativity?
There is no balance. I'm always teetering on the edge of sanity. What helps me though, is when I'm doing something, focus on that and do that well, and then move on to the next task and do that well. I think being a mother is constant juggling no matter if you stay home or not. Really though, there will be plenty of times you fail, but the only thing we can do is acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on.
At the end of the day, I'm sure we are all plagued with some sort of "mom guilt." It's because we always want to do more for our kids and want to do better, so I think it's something we will all always struggle with. I know I certainly do. I don't think there is ever really balance, it's just continually a mindset of trying to be selfless and keep loving and serving our kids. Sometimes we will be good at it, and sometimes we won't.
[#5] What is a family tradition that you love sharing with your kids?
One of family traditions I treasure most is our traditional birthday breakfast in bed. My parents did this with me and my siblings growing up, and it's fun to do it for our kids. Whenever it's the celebrant's birthday, they get to make special breakfast requests, and we serve it to them in bed. We walk into the room in a line singing "Happy Birthday" with a tray full of breakfast deliciousness. It's fun and something we all look forward to on birthdays!
[#6] If you could give us a peek inside your home, what image would you share and why?
Our most favorite spot in the house is our indoor hammock. The girls all get into together to read or watch on the iPad, or I get in to just relax. Putting a hammock up inside the house is one of the best ideas we ever had!
[#7] Share a photo you wouldn't typically post on Instagram but depicts real life happenings.
I'm never afraid to show the not so pretty parts of life. I like people to know that among the pretty pictures, we've got real life going on too! Fights, yelling, and lots and lots of messes!