Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Susan's and my blog. 
August 1st

Happy Saturday.  I am going to introduce you to a really sweet blogger Julie from Love My Simple Home.  Enjoy getting to know Julie and please make a trip over to visit her really cute blog you will love her Simple Pretty Living posts.  

Hi my name is Julie and I blog at Love My Simple Home. I was surprised & happy when I received an e-mail from Kris asking if I would like to be in her Saturday Spotlight feature. I am happy to embrace this opportunity to speak about my personal side on her lovely blog.

Well here goes...I am a wife, mother and daughter.

I live on Eastern Long Island with my husband, daughter & two of the most sweetest fur babies.

About two years ago I was laid off from a full time job as a secretary.  It was a difficult time for us to adjust to one income. Eventually I landed a part time job as a secretary in the same school district where my daughter attends and my husband works.  Looking back now it was a blessing. Since then I started my blog, met the most nicest blog friends and  have more time to spend with my family.  I am learning how to cut back on expenses and live a simple life.  I like to share simple projects on my blog. For our home I shop at thrift stores, yard sales or the side of the road.  I am always amazed to see what people throw away.

Our beautiful daughter

I had my daughter late in life at age 40.  I am now 55 and she is 15.  I am the happiest I've ever been.  Staying fit and healthy is very important to me.  I walk everyday and I always make sure we eat healthy meals.  I rather cook our meals at home then go out to eat.  Summer is my favorite season.  I love driving to the farm stands to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables to make our meals. Eastern Long Island is surrounded by beautiful beaches.  In the summer that's were I like to relax.  We have a boat and like to camp on the beach whenever we can.

I am fortunate to have both my parents with me.  My dad had a stroke 6 years ago, it left him partially paralyzed and in a wheel chair.  They are both 81 years old and my mom looks amazing. Growing up we were a family of five.  I have an older sister and a younger brother.  I am the middle child.  When I was a child I took dance lessons and in college it was my major.  I enjoy the ARTS.  I also enjoy being outside on our boat or swimming in the ocean.

Here we are in 1968.  My mom, dad, big sis and that's me next to my little brother.

Here is a recent picture of my mom, sister and myself having fun in the Hamptons.

Our fur family

I took this picture when we were camping on the beach.  
That's my husband fishing near the Moriches Bay Inlet facing the Atlantic ocean.

We saw some amazing sunsets

Thank you Kris for giving me this opportunity to share my personal side.

Now that you have gotten to know Julie and her sweet  family please go over and visit Susan's blog and meet another wonderful blogger with the same first name Julie from Julie's Lifestyle.  Have a great rest of the week end.  Thank you for your visits and reading spotlight to meet and get to know wonderful bloggers.


  1. Thanks for sharing Julie with us Kris! I think she might be happy to know that I had all three of my kids "late in life" when I was 35, 37 and 39. Keeps me young! I'll be stopping over at her blog for sure.
    xo Kathleen

  2. Hi Kris, It's nice to meet Julie. Talk about good genes, what a nice looking group of women.:):) Cute photo of her daughter too. I am going to check Julie's blog out. Enjoy the weekend, xoxo,Susie

  3. It was a pleasure reading about this lovely blogger. Her family is very sweet.

  4. Julie, so nice to learn more about you and your lovely family! (And your mom does look amazing! :) How wonderful to live near the beach and have a boat...thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you Julie for doing Spotlight. It was fun to learn more about you and your family. Love love the picture of you, your sister and your mom. You all are so gorgeous.

  6. Hi Kris, I am so honored that Susan has picked me to be Spotlighted on her blog today! I love this series that you are both doing each week and thanks. What a great way to get to know other bloggers better and meet new people. Thanks for the sweet comments and Bosco is the sweetest and such a good dog. I am going to visit Julie's blog now. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  7. What a beautiful family you have Julie. It's always fun to get to know other bloggers, thanks for sharing.

  8. Julie I am so glad that Kris featured you today. I'm heading over to your blog in a minute but just wanted to say hello. Love the photo of you, your Mom and your sister, a photo you will always treasure. Growing up we had relatives that lived in Mattituck Long Island. Every summer I would go and spend a week there as a kid. The sound and bay, my cousins boat, fresh clams on a half shell served within minutes out of the water ... Oh such wonderful memories of Long Island. Julie you live with such beauty all around.
    Happy Weekend,

  9. Great idea Kris! Nice to read about Julie and her family. Heading over to her blog:)

  10. Great to get to know Julie a little bit more. Such a delightful lady!!
    Mary Alice

  11. Nice to 'meet' Julie through your series. How lovely it must be to live near the ocean and beaches.

  12. Hi Julie, it's very nice to meet you! I too enjoy walking almost every day - it's a great time to enjoy conversation with my husband, it keeps us both fit, and it helps wonders for all night sleeping. I'm looking forward to visiting your blog to see more of your home and region where you're located. Thanks, Kris, for another great intro!
    Rita C at Panoply

  13. Hi Julie ! So nice to " meet " you !!!
    Loved getting to know a little about you - on my way over now to follow your blog
    Hugs from Montreal,

  14. Julie's picture looks familiar so I know I must have read her blog before, but I am headed over there now (still trying to catch up from a blog vacation) to read more.

  15. both spotlights this week were new to me. really nice to read about julie's story:) thanks for sharing, kris!

  16. Nice to meet you have such a lovely family....I have come to understand that life's changes though planned or unexpected are part of a great plan and we find out that it is always for the best as you have found...Hopping over for a visit...and thanks Kris for another great feature!

  17. I have lot my visit here today.. I have met two new friends! Love both welcoming!! Thanks Kris for sharing the spotlight and opening up your blog for others.. You are such a sweet blessing to me! Have a great week!