A bit about me:
Hi there. My name is Megan. I am a Midwest gal born and raised in Columbus, Ohio although for almost a decade now I have been living in Kentucky and am slowly learning all I need to know to be a good southern hostess. I grew up reading cookbooks, collecting "Hints from Heloise" newspaper clippings that I would glue to index cards and organizing our kitchen cabinets whenever my mom wasn't looking ( I always had a sneaking suspicion that spices went bad after a few decades..my parents didn't agree).

My family:
I am a mama to 3 boys...all spaced 3.5 years apart (you can see photos of those beauties here)This was not planned but rather seemed to be the perfect amount of time to get our sanity back between babies. I married the best person I've ever met when I was 20. This was at least 10 years sooner than I had anticipated getting married. Now 13 years later, he is still the best person I know and we are living a crazy, amazing life together in Lexington, Kentucky.

Our past and our present:
Lexington isn't where we dreamed of raising a family but life never happens quite like we plan. We spent the first years of marriage training for tribal missions work (more about that here). We spent a few years after that traveling the world and leading high school and college students on trips to remote third world areas.
Eventually our lives "settled" down as our boys came along. I guess we would consider our daily lives pretty normal nowadays. Much more normal than our days trekking through coffee plantations, climbing the Great Wall and having our 4X4 break down in the Mongolian countryside on a near daily basis.
But in reality, our lives are far from normal. Our oldest son started a company at the age of 5 (more about that here) and has already been featured nationally. I am a freelance writer, a homemaking columnist and a multi-tasker extraordinaire.
In January 2011 my husband lost his pharmaceutical sales job and 13 months later is still looking for work. In the meantime we opened a very successful little bakery/country store, which we sold 4 months later. It was such a fun venture for us both and allowed us to "scratch the itch" of opening a business together that we have dreamed and prayed about for over a decade. We learned that we are passionate and gifted in the area of dreaming/planning/starting and not so fond of the day to day running of a retail business...which is totally fine with us.
I love life. I really LOVE life. The ups the downs, the ebb and flow of it all. 

The Art of Homemaking:
The blog started quite a few years ago...back when blogging was just coming on the scene. For the first few years it essentially gave me an outlet to share recipes, home ideas, etc...It was pretty bland and boring those first couple of years with posts like "salmon for dinner" and things of that nature. Nonetheless it got me writing and brainstorming and in a creative mindset when I was just a young stay-at-home-mom with wee ones underfoot.
Today, AOH is growing by leaps and bounds and I feel like the luckiest girl ever to have met so many friends around the world because of my little corner of the blog world.
Somedays I post recipes from the kitchen and other days a crafty tutorial. Somedays you might read a random thought about life or I will share something that has been motivating and encouraging me. If you ever have a desire to guest post, drop me a line!

Writing…my other job:
Alot of people ask me how I started freelance writing. The short of it...someone gave me a chance. One day while washing dishes I thought, "I wonder if I could write for a local paper about homemaking principles?" I made a list of all of the local editors in town and started pounding out emails. It didn't take long before I was given the opportunity at my first writing job, for my first editor, who is now my writing mentor; Mr. Clark. I can't imagine I would have made it very far in this whole writing thing without him.
Since that time, I now have dozens of editors I work with across the country on both magazines and newspapers. Its an exciting gig. If you have an inkling towards it, my first suggestion to everyone is to narrow the focus to what you really feel most passionate about writing. After you've done that, get some good content under your belt that showcases that passion on your blog. Thirdly, start emailing editors and pitching them ideas. Start local. Don't try to contact Better Homes and Gardens right out of the gate. It will take weeks...maybe months to be given your first opportunity. Don't give up.

10 things about me:
1. Growing up I spent countless Saturday afternoons with my dad at the movie theater. Sometimes we would watch 2 or 3 films in a weekend. I think I had my fill and now the thought of sitting in a movie theater for a full length film makes me feel a bit stir crazy.

2. I am a pizza girl. I could eat it everyday. I also love cheese (all cheese...goat cheese being at the top of the favorites list), avocados, olives, medjool dates, mozzarella sticks and brats with sauerkraut.

3. I dislike country music. Unless it is pre-1995.

4. I love to dance. But I imagine I'm pretty horrible at it. Nonetheless, I dance, all the time (usually alone...but not by choice).

5. My perfect Saturday? Wake up early and make a big breakfast while listening to bluegrass music. Head out to the farmers market (it will be chilly because all perfect Saturdays happen in October), grab some goodies and make it back home in time for a noon kickoff (college football, that is). Spend the afternoon drifting between the kitchen for snacks (pizza rolls and beer, of course), the bedroom for a cat nap, the dining room table to make the next Scrabble word and the TV for game updates. End the day with a pot of beef stew, a hearty loaf of crunchy bread and a bottle of red wine. Yep...that's pretty perfect.

6. My celebrity crush has always been Paul Newman.

7. I cannot play volleyball or water ski to save my life. I seem to fair a bit better in a game of tennis.

8.  99% of what I read is non-fiction. In fact, the only fiction writer that I have followed over the years has been Maeve Binchy. She's got it going on.

9. I really enjoy shopping. Like finding-the-deal-of-the-century shopping. Places like Walmart and Target do nothing for me. But put me in a Saks Fifth Avenue or Nordstrom and I'll find the $400 shirt for $8. I have the golden touch when it comes to that sort of stuff.

10. I can't remember the last time I painted my fingernails.

I hope that helps you get to know me a bit more. Of course, I'd love to learn more about you too. So please email anytime and introduce yourself~

Love, Megan