We have been enjoying sharing our network of blogging friends with you in this fun blogger profile series. For this profile, we interviewed mom of one, Stephanie Barnhart. As a creator of the blog, Football and Motherhood, Stephanie loves to explore NYC as she documents her life with her son. Check out the interview below to learn more about her as well as her tips for enjoying NYC on the cheap.
Little Swappies: What is the name of your blog and what is it about?
Stephanie Barnhart: Football Food and Motherhood. It’s about my three passions – Football for the Steelers because I come from Pittsburgh, Food, because that is why I moved to NYC in the first place, and Motherhood – because being a mom is life-changing and worth documenting.
Little Swappies: What are some of your favorite budget friendly ways to enjoy NYC?
Stephanie Barnhart: We love to check out events and exhibits on their free days (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on Tuesdays, Bronx Zoo and NY Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, Museum of the Moving Image on Friday afternoons…) since Maximo is so little, it’s fun to get out and about and see new things, but not have to spend tons of money on things he won’t remember yet. Plus, this way we’re learning what he loves the most, and then spend money on events that involve those things. There is always a free event (or two or three a day) to check out!
Little Swappies: How often do you donate and what do you give away?
Stephanie Barnhart: NYC apartments are tiny! I find us purging about once a season, especially with kids clothes – they grow out of them so fast, they barely have time to get any use out of them. They are the perfect items to be donating because others can get a few more uses out of them!
Little Swappies: Do you have advice for some other fun ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle?
Stephanie Barnhart: There are lots of fun ways to recycle – we’re looking into composting now because there are lots of drop off sites around the city so you don’t have to keep it in your house (or smell!) Plus, it’s a fun way to get the kids involved – they like to see how you dump it, and it’s fun to collect it. You can learn about composting at the Union Square Greenmarket and your local libraries, of all places! We go to the one on Ditmars here in Astoria.
Photo Credit: Sofia Lynn Photography