WHAT DO WE WANT HOMES TO BE?

We think people should like home. Homes should be a comfortable, refined environment for us to grow and experience belonging. That you can be a mom or a dad who still feels smart and polished. And we want to play a small role to maybe help or inspire you to have a sense of sophistication and enthusiasm about your house. This is all because thriving families are important.

We see our readers as a lot like ourselves. We want to avoid a long boring weeknight, so we make good food. We don’t want a bunch of restless, bored kids in our house, so we make a house that is welcoming to every age (including the adults still!). We don’t want the regret of wasting your family’s time together. We don’t want a home that doesn’t comfort or inspire. That is what we call mastery of home.

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I’m David (or “Dave” if you’re feeling crazy) and the dad here, currently on the job renovating our 1970s colonial home in the Midwest and doing my part to raise all our kids.

I love the feeling of closure from a clean and well-made home. And how it helps us see a better and more peaceful life. And even better, makes me feel unified with my family. Renovating and cooking and building a household and all of that, at its best, does more than nourish us physically. And of course, I can also be a little help to answer the question of how to put up the wall paneling your wife has been wanting.

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 in part 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? (This lasagna grilled cheese!)

Because, 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. Simple treats like lighting candles, or making hearty food, or sitting with a good looking pillow over conversation gives people a glimpse of love and inspiration.

FAQ

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.

How do you (Rachel) 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.

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 marriage changed after kids? How do you keep it strong?

We 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 yourselves 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 our parenting.

We like writing about parenthood 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. So that’s what we share!

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!) Also checking some fun cookbooks out at the library always helps!

What is your favorite recipe you have ever made?

Some of David’s favorites by Rachel are: easy homemade calzones, (lightened up!) red pepper and goat cheese pasta, and roasted strawberry & chocolate grilled brie.

Rachel’s three favorites (right now) are: coconut custard pie (in the blender)black bean & spinach chicken enchiladas, and cocoa zucchini bread.

Does Rachel create all her 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!

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Any question about a recipe.

The very best way to contact us about this is in the comments section. We are very active in the comments and will almost definitely respond.

Do you make money from this blog?

Yes, we 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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