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    A New Season for Amidst the Chaos

    The day is FINALLY here where I get to share with you some really, really exciting news! This has been something that’s been in the works for over a year. In fact, it was late in 2016 that I looked over at my husband and said, “YOU should blog WITH me!” He wasn’t 100% sold on the idea when I first presented it to him and to be honest, the timing just wasn’t right, so we didn’t move forward with it.

    But over the last year, Chris has naturally started to get more and more involved with the blog as well as my YouTube channel. Every time he shows up on the blog, people seem to comment about how much they enjoy reading or watching his stuff. Even as we’ve talked to various PR agencies, we have recognized the need for more millennial dad influencers out there and realized that there was not only a spot for Chris in the blogosphere but a need.

    So, without further ado, I want to formally introduce my husband Chris as the newest official member and partner at Amidst the Chaos!

    Insert happy dance!

    This blog has evolved over the last three years that I’ve been running it – starting out as really a therapeutic place for me to come and share my feelings, my various DIY creations and a place to connect, as a way to cope and heal form postpartum depression. I knew I wanted to monetize it from the start but had no idea how that was going to happen. By the second year, I had started to catch the attention of some major brands and the sponsorships started rolling in, which naturally started to change the blog’s look and feel somewhat. With sponsored posts came the addition of more of my husband and children as many brands wanted posts that were family-oriented. My crew really enjoyed being a part of the blog and so our content, both sponsored and non-sponsored, started to shift more to family. 

    Overtime, I started feeling more and more like we needed to transition the blog from just ME to WE, including both my husband and kids to reflect what was happening within the posts and videos we were already sharing. The blog had this beautiful “momma” vibe going on, which I loved (still love) but it just wasn’t reflecting what WE were about anymore.

    So today not only marks the day we officially incorporate Chris to the team, but also marks a complete rebrand and overhaul of the blog. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get a new logo designed that represents more of what we are about. The original idea was for coffee stains, but I’ll be totally honest, every stain we tried to work with just looked like poop! HA! Yup…I said it! So we decided a wine stain would be more visually appropriate and still reflect what we and what I know millions of other families walk through on a day to day basis – CHAOS! 

     

    It’s a bittersweet day for me and I’ll be honest, I have some nerves about it. This blog became a sacred space for me and it was just mine. Something I built from scratch and had full creative license to do whatever I wanted with it. I didn’t need to ask for anyone’s input on it…if I wanted to change something, I just did. If I wanted more pink, I just did it. If I wanted to blog about a certain topic, I just wrote it. 

    But in order to reflect the blog that we truly have and to show where we are going, it needed to be changed.

    Right now, our audience is 90% female and 10% male. To be honest, I’m shocked there’s even 10% males reading it as it is. However, every time I had Chris do something or share, his buddies would always read and be intrigued. Whenever we talked to friends in real life about simple things like what Chris’ favorite kitchen tools were or his recipes or how he changed his own light switches, etc, people would ALWAYS ask “how do you do it.” It was those very same questions that sparked a lot of my early content from various tutorials to my wildly popular Christmas tree decorating tutorials. 

    So with all of that said, I’m super excited to bring my life partner on as my blog partner in an official capacity. He still has his full-time job, so it will still be this momma running lots of the behind the scenes work, but there will be lots of Chris infused into it from tutorials on various recipes (he’s the main cook in our home, btw) to different how-to’s around the home to personal anecdotes and reflections from a father’s point of view. 

    Welcome to the new era of Amidst the Chaos – still trying to find beauty amidst the chaos, but now with a full family on board for the ride!

     

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     

     

     

     

     

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    34 Comments

  • Reply Joanna January 15, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    That’s really cool you can do this fully as a family! Looking forward to his posts!

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks so much Joanna for the support!

  • Reply Kamaldeep January 15, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    That’s AWESOME!! can’t wait to read his posts!!

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks so much! Stay tuned!

  • Reply Linda Cassidy January 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    that’s fantastic and I look forward to seeing you, your blog and your venture grow together

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much Linda! xo

  • Reply Amanda Ostrander January 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Awesome! Ste always gets excited when he sees Chris’ stuff! So happy for you guys!

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Yay! Thanks for all the support from both of you guys! xo

  • Reply Kate January 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I love this! I’m really enjoying family-type blogs more and more since growing my family and am so excited to follow along! If I asked my husband to participate on my blog.. haha it would be a hard no! But I think Dad blogging is the next big thing. Congrats! The blog looks beautiful.

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Haha! Well, I was downplaying it but his initial reaction was definitely strong resistance, but it’s grown on him as he’s seen everything grow. So keep working on him, you never knew where things will end up! Thanks for following along! xo

  • Reply Tricia January 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    That’s exciting news 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
    Together you are a strong force that will truly impact so many people. Congratulations on this big change. I love the new look of the blog too (I also loved the last one). May this be the continuation of more successes, adventures and growing together!!

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much girl! Your continued success and encouragement has really been life giving to me throughout the last couple years! xo

  • Reply Elisabeth January 15, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Christine I’ve always enjoyed reading your exciting, encouraging and inspiring blog! I now look forward to reading your new & exciting new blog “from just ME to WE” including your handsome hubby and beautiful kids! Keep On Keeping On! You are living your dream!❤️😊

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks so much Elisabeth! That means a lot to have your continued support over the years! xo

  • Reply Christa and Frank Bos January 15, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Awesome!!! You two are just amazing people and we are truly blessed to know you and to follow you both thru the Chaos! Congrats and cheers to great things to come

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Christa! Love that our paths crossed when they did and we’ve been able to keep in touch over the years! xo

  • Reply Erica January 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    That’s fabulous! Congrats 🙂

  • Reply Marilyn January 15, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    How exciting!!! So so so proud of you guys and the amazing work you’re doing. Congrats!!

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks Marilyn!!! For all your support and encouragement! xo

  • Reply MJ January 15, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations to you and Chris. I know your content will continue to grow and I do love to hear from the men in our lives. Keep shining guys.

    • Reply Christine January 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks so much girl! Seems like lots of people are excited to hear the male’s perspective, so I can’t wait!

  • Reply Kristen January 16, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Love the wine stain & love Chris. Always have. Miss you guys!

    • Reply Christine January 16, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks so much Kristen! xo

  • Reply Mimi January 16, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Love the idea of this!! Can’t wait to follow along for the transformation!

  • Reply Josee January 16, 2018 at 9:25 am

    How fun is that?! Love the new logo and overall look, btw. Great things are in store for you!

    • Reply Christine January 16, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks so much for all the support Josee! xo

  • Reply SoberJulie January 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I just love ALL of this 😉

  • Reply Mike Pennington January 16, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    The Best!

    • Reply Chris Martin January 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks bro!

  • Reply Jessica January 18, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    That’s so exciting, what a great adventure for you and your family!

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