about me

Hi- I’m Betsy. Nice to meet you!

I’ve been married to the smartest, funniest, most loving man I know, Matt Pool since 10/10/10 (yes, we picked that date on purpose).


For our wedding reception he surprised me by singing Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good”, while his groomsmen did an interpretive dance to the words. Hilarious!


Our son Ain Levi was born in June of 2013 after a 27-hour labor and we both adore him!


I blogged throughout both of my pregnancies. For my first, we thought he was going to be a girl up until 2 days before he was born! I had different breastfeeding struggles with each: latch trouble with my first, then dealing with a reflux baby with my second. I’m now eating dairy and soy free while I’m breastfeeding my second (I’m also doing a lot of research on the GAPS diet right now – if you have any great resources, send them my way!).

I am an Elementary Teacher by trade and immediately after graduating in 2007, I moved to the Philippines and taught Kindergarten at Faith Academy (International Missionary School) for 2 years. It was the best teaching job ever!


I love to cook and try new recipes. In fact, during our first year of marriage I didn’t repeat a single meal!

I love to dress up (especially as favorite book characters – Anne of Green Gables anyone?)

dress up - Anne of Green Gables

I love to dance.

I love God and studying His Word. I love my church family.


I love to travel.

I love to plan and organize.

I love to read and read to others.

I am so blessed to have wonderful family and friends!


What I blog about:

Currently, I blog a lot about:

Since becoming a mom, I’ve been writing about my experiences as a new mother. We are taking on the new tasks of cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding, and now I’m going to be venturing into the world of toddlerhood with my oldest!

I’m going to be blogging more on hospitality and pregnancy/childbirth education topics.

I love challenging myself and have taken on a 31 day challenge the last several Octobers, writing:


7 Reader Faves

52 Reasons I Love You Cards

DIY Home Management Binder

25 Days of Working Towards Simple Living

Volumetrics Diet and 10 Goals

My Experience with Breastfeeding

DIY Car Mount for your Cell Phone

Frugal Summer Date Ideas


5 Posts I Loved Writing

Why I’m doing Baby-Led Weaning and What it looks like

DIY Baby Armoire

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

12 Days of Christmas – Blessing My Husband

Instant Dress!


How it all began…

This blog all began the day after my husband proposed to me April 10th, 2010, 6 months before we were to be married. He suggested we blog about our journey through planning a wedding on a budget. I LOVED the idea and he had no idea then, what this blog would become!

The Wedding Blog

We began blogging on blogspot, which remains “the wedding blog.” To properly view our journey through engagement, you will have to start at the oldest post and read forwards. My favorite posts include Zeh Ring, in which we talk about how we designed my engagement ring, Planning Priorities, and Wedding Faux Pas. We also came up with a wedding contest our guest could participate in to win a gift card. Finally, we posted about our Last Minute “to-dos”.

After our wedding, I discovered I LOVED blogging and continued to do so.

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