Last week, I was the featured blogger on the Sunday Supper blog (here). It was fun to be part of their new segment, the Blogger Spotlight, with Janet Keeler, and it made me think about how this blog started; how far it has come, and where it is going.
Before this site was Casa de Crews, it was Newlywed Nichole. I was so dang proud of that name, too. But after a year, and coming to the sad realization that I was in fact, no longer a newlywed, I decided to change the name. Whenever we invite friends over, we always say, “Come to Casa de Crews!” Neither of the Crews’ are Spanish, but living in Tampa, more often than not, people assume we spell our last name “Cruz”, and for whatever reason, it just stuck. Since my blog at the time was a hodge podge of thoughts, coining it Casa de Crews, just made sense. It started as a blog about our life, The Crews Family.
Since my first post in 2011, this blog has grown, and evolved. Some of my most favorite people are bloggers, and while I have some of the best non-blogging friends around, there is something in blogging that fulfills my creative side that only my blog friends can relate to.
I think it’s more than safe to say that I have changed as a person a lot since my first blog post. For starters, I am tougher. I always tried to make friends with everyone I ever encountered. Both in blog world, and non-blog world. What happened is I stretched myself too thin and put too much time in to friendships that were so not worth it. I know now it’s great to make a good, quality friend, but you’re not going to be besties with everyone, and that is okay!
I still share the occasional random life post, but my passion for cooking, and improving my photography has grown so much in the last few years. I have always loved to cook. I’m the oldest of four, and helped a lot growing up in getting dinner on the table. I used to love to plan dinner “parties” for my parents, complete with menus and place settings. And my siblings and I would put on a show for mom and dad. I learned to love cooking for my family because of my mom, and dad. My mom is the main “chef” nowadays, but there was a time when my dad cooked more for the family, when we were younger, too. The passion to cook was forgotten once I lived on my own at eighteen, and I was just hoping I could afford groceries for myself! The desire to cook, and create came back to me once Jason began law school. I had to prep meals, in order for us to have decent meals.
I’m so over blogging about losing weight, but damn it, I still need to, so that hasn’t changed so much on the ol’ blog. How I try and lose weight has changed though, as has my way of thinking on it all.
I like pretty things. Pretty homes, pretty spaces, pretty pictures. I just do. I like things to be nice, but sometimes after work, I don’t want to do much of anything, which most of us can definitely relate to.
If I had more time to blog, I’d like to share more cleaned up recipes. I am falling in love with lightening up classic recipes with cleaner ingredients. It’s fun, and I love turning others on to it.
I’d love to share more party and home decor photos, and ideas.
I’d love to shed some real weight once and for all.
I love my city, and sharing my Tampa adventures.
I like to think I’m a lady, but I also drop the “F” bomb, way more than I should.
I love my husband, and being his wife. Some days, marriage is real work, but most days, I know I made the right decision in marrying Jason. I am quite fond of him.
So that is ME, and Casa de Crews as a blog, in 2015. A little older, and wiser. A little better with blogging, still busier than ever.
Have you and/or your blog changed since you first started it?