ABOUT

It is a life well spent to do the quiet labor of being a good and kind homemaker. I want to work hard to make our home beautiful and to be a hospitable family, where people can stop by and feel loved. Simple treats like lighting a nice candle, or making hearty food, or sitting with a soft pillow over conversation gives people a glimpse of love and gentleness. Decorating and cooking and all of that, at its best, does more than nourish us physically. In a paragraph, that is what my blog and life are about.

It is a great loss if we let domesticity fall out of trend. I am one young wife and mother who wants to celebrate and protect it. This blog is a place for like minded girls to do the same. And of course, also just a little help to simply answer that plaguing question – what should I make for dinner?

I live with my husband, David, and our three children. Here is a professional head shot of one of us and then the other one comedically and artistically parodying the other’s professional headshot. Decide for yourself which is which.

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I am currently obsessed with renovating our 1970s colonial home in Michigan. I love asking questions. I like when little kids pronounce “wolf” like “wuff.” My happy place is Sam’s Club. The whole oxford comma debate is continuing to not go well for me (firmly pro).

A few of my favorite things: cake, nutella, bubble baths, The Lord of the Rings, the smell of coffee, David, going to church, books, chocolate covered pretzels, yogurt covered pretzels, basically anything covered pretzels, and cake again.

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My husband David (or “Dave” if you’re feeling crazy) is my one true love, muse, and original kitchenaid mixer. One thing all the middle school boys at my church and I have in common is that we think Dave Schultz is extremely cool and super good at sports. He is the food taster, tech guy, and occasional hand model around here.

His favorite things: sauerkraut, basketball, The Lord of the Rings, babies, the woods, sushi, and The Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.

FAQ

How do you choose paint colors for your house? 

I paint so many rooms white which maybe at first seems like I don’t love color, but I really do. I have certain colors on my “love” list (most shades of blue, most shades of yellow, bright red orange, dark wine, olive, emerald, blush pink) and certain colors on my blacklist (most oranges, lime green, burgundy).  I paint my walls white so that I am free to use a lot of color and pattern in everything else in the room. Also for most of us who have a middle of the road house size, your home will feel so much bigger and more continuous and calming when you do one color for as many of the rooms as possible. That’s what I’m doing, at least for our first floor. And then when we move upstairs for renovations I will do color in the bedrooms which are more secluded and don’t need to flow as much.

For picking color, it always looks more intense on the swatch than in the room. If I want a subtle color, I actually get out a paint deck and go to the “neutrals” section and pick a color that is a neutral with a lot of the color you want. For example, I want my daughter’s room to be blush pink, so I will not go to the pinks section, but go to the whites, and probably pick the most pink white. If you ARE going for a saturated bold color you don’t have to do this. And that’s usually how I work with color, either very subtle or extremely intense (like I love an acid yellow). The stuff in the middle usually doesn’t do much for me.

Do you photograph all the photos on your website?

I do! Up until December 3, 2012, I used a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix P500. Then until 2016 I used a Nikon D5100 and I now have the 5300. I use either the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 or the 50mm f/1.8 lens.

How do you keep your house so clean?

This is kind of hard to answer because families have their own norms for level of cleanliness they like to live in. My husband likes being as neat as do I. And I’m into cleaning (versus organizing.) Like sanitizing things. So we don’t like to go to bed if the house is messy, but it’s not usually stressful, just something we do at the end of the day to feel nice. I’m working on a post with few tips for keeping things clean with kids.

What’s your advice to bloggers who want to grow? Do you think blogging is a viable option for income?

Blogging is a viable option for income, but it is not an easy option for income. Sometimes I hear people say they’re looking to make some extra money so they’ll start up a blog will soon add an extra income on the side with a couple hours everyday. Which is not how it works!

Almost everything for earning money blogging hinges on the number of readers you have. And the number of readers you have is based on how quality your content is. I think photography is everything for most niches and for some niches writing is key too. Six months would be abnormally fast to start making a couple hundred dollars a month. But you could do it – if your content is excellent. Here too I wrote some advice on creative endeavors.

How has your relationship with your husband changed after kids? How do you keep it strong?

I don’t feel like our relationship changed a lot from having kids! Now we have a new shared love that we spend a lot of time talking about! One way to keep a strong marriage is thinking of you and your husband as one entity (because you are!). Anything you do “for” the other person is not not for you. That frees you from keeping score of what he’s done for you compared to what you’ve done for him. When two people are both sacrificing for each other both people end up getting everything they need. And (the obvious what if question!) if he’s not doing that, the most compelling way to win him over is you doing it freely. And even if he isn’t won over, you doing the right thing matters.

Any and all questions about my parenting.

I love writing about parenting and motherhood in general. The exception to that is that I am kind of wary of talking about sleeping and discipline stuff because that can be very emotional and for some things, different families have found completely opposite methods work for their priorities.

My best advice is to build a relationship with an older mom who you want to parent like and learn from her. I have one, maybe two mom friends who I asked about sleeping stuff and no one else. Any questions? I just went to them and got consistent advice for one philosophy. Googling or crowd sourcing opinions on the internet (even from a bunch of people you know) I think is pretty useless. I credit how peaceful our home is and how easily motherhood has come partly to lots of things I learned from the mom veterans I have a real life, face to face relationship with. (But definitely the kids’ personalities and the mom’s personality is part of this too, so I don’t discredit those factors for people!) I think the parenting topics the internet is good for are mostly things like craft ideas, food ideas, decor inspiration, organizational stuff, cleaning tips, entertaining tips, etc.

How has your love of cooking changed from becoming a mom? How do you fight through times of less inspiration to put great food on the table?

People ask me a lot some variation of “you love cooking, how can I love cooking too?” And the first thing I want to say is in the past I naturally didn’t like cooking that much. It is a grind. But it helps to acknowledge that you are going to be cooking for fifty years, so you should get good at it and learn to like it. Which, I can attest I have more and more.

At the place where I exercise, one of the phrases they use during the work out is “don’t stay on top of the work.” Which means don’t just get through this hour, but push and engage your muscles as much as you can, and make it hard so you feel it and actually produce something good. Which don’t stay on top of the work is actually a really good thought I have applied to things like dealing with suffering this side of heaven and with my everyday work in the home. Don’t try to get by doing as little as possible. You have to provide meals one way or another, so get down into it and do something good instead of going through the motions and doing something mediocre. AND STILL we must balance this with sometimes what is best for your family is simple or frozen meals! Work hard, but rest. And do whatever will most serve and bring peace to the home in this season. (I just wrote that same idea in the doing art with kids post. It applies to so much of homemaking!)

What is your favorite recipe you have ever made?

My three favorites (right now) are: roasted strawberry & chocolate grilled brie, black bean & spinach chicken enchiladas, and cocoa zucchini bread.

Do you create all your own recipes?

My favorite thing about food is that it is a communal event that brings people together. Many recipes are developed myself from scratch, and lots of others are tweaked from other recipes, perhaps from my friend’s mom or another blog on the internet (always cited!).

 

May I share one of your recipes on my website or social channel?

Thank you for asking!

Photos – yes! Here is an example: These Strawberry French Toast Cannolis look great. [cannoli photo] Check out Rachel Schultz’s blog for the full recipe.
Recipes – no. At this time, I do not allow republication of recipes. If people copy and paste my recipes and republish them onto their websites, it negatively effects how my site is displayed in search results. Also, you are getting into some copyright issues there. Feel free to e-mail me if you have a specific question!

Rachel Schultz blog is protected under copyright laws. The content of this site may not be redistributed without citing its original source. This includes photos and all other content pages. You may not post the exact content of any post in part or in full without written permission.

Any question about a recipe.

The very best way to contact me about this is in the comments section. I am very active in the comments and I will almost definitely respond.

Do you make money from this blog?

Yes, I make money from a few different avenues. Rachel Schultz LLC is a participant in the amazon services associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.

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