The Hobby Wife is a place where we take life’s lemons, add a dash of questionable humor, and whip up the most refreshing lemonade you’ll ever taste!
I’m Melissa, the self-proclaimed master of “knowing a thing or two,” behind these quirky pixels. Now, I won’t claim to be a genius, but I have learned a great deal of things, the hard way.
Through countless trials, mishaps, and laugh-out-loud moments, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge that I’m passionately driven to share with others.
Consider me your humble guide, ready to impart the wisdom I’ve acquired on this oftentimes hilarious journey.
So, buckle up for a wild ride through the realms of homemaking, where I specialize in cooking, gardening, DIYs, and travel (with a side of dark humor, because life’s too short to take ourselves too seriously).
Let me tell you a little bit about me, I’m Melissa, a free-spirited gal originally hailing from the vibrant landscapes of New Jersey. These days, you’ll find me nestled in the heart of Iowa, alongside my loving husband Mike.
While originally from the garden state, I have lived all over the east coast as a child. I moved to the Midwest at 18 and I have been through more surgeries and illnesses than I care to remember. although it’s hard to forget the time I spent 60 days in the hospital, I can’t seem to shake that traumatic time.
Through this unique experience, I learned a lot along the way because my upbringing was filled with a blend of responsibility and freedom at a young age. I like to think of the hard times as my parents teaching me what not to do, so I wouldn’t change a thing.
Despite the challenges I faced, I learned the delicate art of surviving on microwave-grilled cheese and dodging questionable life choices.
Thankfully, I found solace and inspiration in my loving Italian grandmother Ellen, who swooped in like a culinary superhero, dishing out mouthwatering meals and colorful language.
She was my guardian angel, the one stable and sane person in my life who bestowed upon me the sacred knowledge of cooking and cleaning.
Little did she know that those lessons would ignite a lifelong passion for homemaking within me.
From that moment forward, I embraced the art of creating a warm and nurturing home, a skill that continues to be an integral part of who I am today.
But my grandmother’s influence didn’t stop there. Oh no, she opened the doors to a world teeming with life and love. Through her, I developed a profound affection for animals, finding solace in their company and a sense of purpose in caring for them.
And as if that wasn’t enough, her green thumb and culinary prowess awakened in me a deep appreciation for gardening and cooking. Together, these passions have woven a tapestry of joy and fulfillment into the very fabric of my existence.
So here I am, a Jersey girl with a heart brimming with love for all creatures, a zeal for cultivating nature’s beauty, and an insatiable appetite for whipping up delectable dishes.
Join me as I embark on this journey of homemaking and discovery, where every day is an opportunity to create a sanctuary filled with love, laughter, and scrumptious delights.
Together, we’ll celebrate the joys of animal companionship, revel in the wonders of nature, and unlock the secrets of creating a home that radiates warmth and happiness.
That’s why I founded The Hobby Wife—a place where I can share my experiences, insights, and a dash of humor with kindred spirits like you. It’s not about claiming to have it all figured out or being an expert in everything. No, it’s about celebrating the joy of homemaking and embracing the beautiful messiness of everyday life.
Along my journey, I’ve stumbled, laughed at my own clumsiness, and realized that life doesn’t always go as planned.
But that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it?
Embracing imperfections and finding laughter in the unexpected. Doing more of the things that you are passionate about and finding happiness in the mundane.
So, I invite you to join me on this delightful adventure as I share the lessons I’ve learned, the triumphs I’ve celebrated, and the adventures that have shaped me into the woman I am today.
Together, let’s find inspiration, nurture our homes and hearts, and create a life that fills us with joy.
Welcome to my world, where New Jersey meets Iowa, and where authenticity and passion are driving forces. The Hobby Wife is not just about my story—it’s about empowering you to find your own happiness and fulfillment. Let’s embark on this journey together, creating a tapestry of memories, laughter, and growth.
Hopefully, I will see you around!