i "met" casey leigh a few months ago when i was thinking about starting my own business (a yoga/pilates studio for mamas and babies) and she so kindly offered advice. other than being a mama to two little ones (and one on the way), casey leigh is a freelance artist and owns an art studio for children.  she is probably one of the sweetest women that i have ever encountered in the blogging world.  she has an open and honest way of communicating her feelings towards her little ones and the ways in which she is raising them (truly lets kids be kids) which resonates with me.  when you read her blog, she quickly becomes a fast friend, someone you feel like you could call up on the phone just to talk despite the fact that you have never met in real life.  casey leigh is definitely someone that you should be following, if you aren't already.  you can catch up with her family here.  you can also have a quick chat with her on twitter here and follow her ever-inspring pinterest boards here.

the full interview is below:

What are 5 things you are loving at the moment?

What are 3 things you have been up to lately?

i have been doing some painting!  i have an art show in August and bedrest (which i'm currently on due to my pregnancy) has actually given me the opportunity to sit back, slow down a bit, and pull out my paint brushes.

What is your idea of happiness?

happiness is my family.  all safe and healthy.  they are everything to me.

What is your motto?

she lives in the balance of passion and contentment.  she learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. - a quote from a beautiful offering. 

What do you consider to be the greatest invention for mothers? 

the greatest invention for mothers (of newborns) is aden & anais swaddle blankets! both my kiddos LOVEDDDDD to be swaddled!

What are 3 words to describe the first month of life with a little one? 

emotional, a whirlwind, and amazing.

What is the one thing you couldn't live without during your pregnancies? 

peanut butter!

What is your favorite resource for children's clothes? 

i LOVE seeking inspiration from pinterest and then trying to find cheaper ways to recreate cute looks!

Who is your favorite artist? 

klimt or picasso. i adore abstract work.

What inspires you in your paintings? 

a lot of my paintings reflect my moods, things going on in my life, nature, my family, music, or any combo of these!

What are 3 of your favorite art activities for little ones? 

i love marble painting,collages, and paper mache!

What are your top 3 blogs to follow? 

for artsy inspiration - (this is actually my 2nd blog but it has many contributors)
for fashion inspiration - the daybook
for awesome family fun -the anderson family crew

What are 3 things in your diaper bag 24/7? 

diapers, backup clothes and sippie cups/bottles.

What is your favorite color-combo of the moment? 

mint & peach

What's your favorite way to unwind at the end of each day? 

i love to paint, read and write.

What is one talent you wish you had? 

i wish that i could run. i am an awful runner and would love to become one.  i think it would be a fabulous outlet.