Hi, I’m Aileen and that up there is my adorable, wonderful, ridiculously supportive husband of almost five years, Blaine. I’m California born and bred with a love for the beach, but also clinging to the fact that one day I will live in the lushy green Pacific Northwest.
I started blogging way back in 2009 and it has evolved quite a bit over the last 7 years. Life By Aileen is a compilation of everything I love and want to share with the world from teaching others to live simply/naturally/frugally to DIY projects, recipes and being a mom.
Some of the more interesting aspects of my life are…
I’m an advocate for a simple, natural, frugal lifestyle.
Over the last few years I’ve been obsessed with simplifying our entire life and getting down to the core of what is important to us. It’s our goal to live as naturally as possible for our health and because we want to live as little of an impact on this earth as possible. Some of my favorite aspects of this lifestyle are: making sure most of our meals are made with fresh produce, having chickens, cloth diapering my son and only buying/keeping what we absolutely need or are head over heels in love with.
I’m a mom.
I always pictured myself being a mother. Even when I was a child myself, it’s what I wanted. But it was a hard road getting here. We tried to have a baby for a long two and a half years before it finally happened. Our little man, Atlas was born in 2015 and has motivated me, inspired me and changed me in more ways that I can express. As of May 2016 my husband and I had “the talk” and I’m officially a stay at home mom. Thought I’m an entrepreneur at heart, the pressure to bring in an income is off and I get to focus on raising a bright and happy little man.
We are a NICU family (113 days)
In March of 2015 my son was born 13 weeks early weighing in at just 2lb 4oz. But that’s not even the most interesting part. Did I mention he was born in the car on the freeway? You can read his birth story here. Scariest day of my life. Our little guy spent four months in the hospital before we got to take him home.
We lost my dad.
If the little blurb about my son’s dramatic entrance into the world and long hospital stay wasn’t dramatic enough for you, we also lost my dad in July of 2015 while my son was in the hospital. For over a month I travelled 100 miles between my sons hospital and my dads hospital to try and be there for both. As my son grew stronger, my dad grew weaker. He passed away a week before Atlas was released from the hospital, before he even got a chance to hold his first grandson. Yeah, 2015 was a tough year.
I foster puppies.
The last little section was pretty depressing, so I thought I’d cheer you up with some puppies. I’ve been fostering puppies and working with rescues since 2014. To date I’ve fostered 14 dogs and my goal is to get to 100. These were my babies before I had my own baby and is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
Want to know more? You can follow me on Instagram at @lifebyaileen