Here's a little bit about Life with Anna C!
I'm a wife & mother with 2 cats & 2 puppies. I love all things to do with Supernatural, crafting, and DIY projects.
In the summer of 2020, during the great quarantine, my husband and I embarked on the journey of doing a total renovation of a vintage 1975 Wilderness Camper. So be sure to follow along for the updates.
In 2019, I was named one of 100+ of the Best Blogs in Cleveland, OH to Follow according to Play:CLE
I've been blogging since mid-2013 and have loved it ever since. I have moved from 2 previous blogs to finally settling with branding my name. I had decided that the “cutesy” blogger names, just were not my thing and decided to OWN who I was and Ta-Da, in the fall of 2015, Life with Anna C. was born.
On my website, you will find a variety of topics that primarily center around Parenting Teens, Finances & Budgeting, Crafting, DIY, Food & Drink, Farmhouse Decorating, and I also focus on living your best life with a Mental Illness.
Here at Life with Anna C, I believe that someone is always needing a little help in various aspects of their life and I'm the one who can help.
I started dabbling in more crafty things and fell in love with using my favorite machine ever, my Cricut Explore Air.
Key Points About Life with Anna C:
- I grew up in a semi-suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, called Lorain.
- After graduating from high school I started an assistant teaching job.
- In 2000, I gave birth to my oldest son, Manny.
- Had a rough few years, a couple of run-ins with the law, all while being a single mother.
- In 2005, I gave birth to my youngest son, Melo.
- Raised 2 sons on my own while going to school and working.
- 2008 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis.
- 2009 I almost became homeless but was thankfully saved by my mom & grandmother.
- December 2010 I met this awesome wonderful guy who would soon become my husband.
- April 2011 we adopted our adorable feisty, and lovable kitties, Apollo & Chi.
- October of 2013 I married the love of my life.
- Christmas of 2013 I miscarried our baby girl.
- November of 2016 lost my mom to endometrial cancer (the worst day ever).
- July of 2018 we bought our first home in a small little country town about 45 minutes away from our hometowns.
- May 2020 we adopted our first pup, Loki, who is a Pitbull mix. He's super adorable and a total weirdo.
- June of 2020 we purchased our first camper and started renovations on it. You can follow our renovation journey here.
- August 2020 we adopted a second pup, Luna Beam. She's a Black Labrador/Pitbull/Doberman mix. She's an adorable lover & spaz!
You'll read about a lot of financial hurdles we had to jump over the 5 years between getting married and buying our home in order to get our credit on track, things we did that hurt our credit and now how we're trying to repair it again.
Here on Life with Anna C, we talk a lot about the importance of taking care of yourself as a woman first, then as a wife & mother. I know it's hard, we often forget that we can't take care of our family if we're not 100%.
How would you describe your typical day?
Hectically driving kids all over hell's high acre for events?
Stressed about finances, both current & in the future?
Daunting chores that you just wish you could “swish & flick” them done?
I am sure the list could go on and on. Either you are a stay at home mom or you work any number of jobs outside of the home, you are still a busy woman trying to make ends meet and keep your family safe, healthy and growing.
I try to focus on a few topics on Life with Anna C:
- Not knowing what is happening on what day and what time and where. (ie. Lil' Jimmy's practice is Weds at 4p at Blue Rhino fields, not Monday at 5p Alliance fields)
- Every time you sit down to budget, you cry, break a pencil, or get confused about your own math
- Every recipe you've made has the same ol' ingredients and it's boring
- Between dealing with your own anxiety & depression, you have your families also. Which, I know, makes you more anxious & depressed.
- The quickest, most cost-effective way to DIY, craft, or rehab projects around the home.
No matter where you are in the parenting timeline, you're going to want to have a little bit of freedom, relaxation, and less stress.
- You want to be that awesome parent who knows when everything is, where at, and be there on time.
- You want to look at your budget and say “I got this shit!”
- What? Edamame? Pfft, I made that so many times, I can cook it in my sleep. (Not me, but someone out there probably can)
- When it comes to mental health, you want to take care of yourself, as well as your family.
I believe that everyone has a need for something and it's my passion to help you manage being a parent and/or spouse as flawlessly as possible.