Amanda with Old House to New Home is a mom of two, Spanish teacher and lifestyle blogger extraordinaire! She started her blog as an outlet to share her passion for cooking and DIY projects (and we’re so glad she did!). We interviewed Amanda to get to know her better and ask for her thoughts on the influencer marketing industry. Check our our Q&A below to learn more from the creator of Old House to New Home!

Where do you find inspiration for new blog posts?
I love searching Pinterest to see what’s trending and what other people are cooking up. I also look to my own kitchen. I often find that my most popular blog posts are always my family’s favorite recipes!

What is your favorite space to engage with your readers?
I love Insta Stories! It is so easy to interact with my readers and I feel like it gives me the chance to talk about something other than just food or décor projects!

What’s the #1 question you’re asked by your readers?
Do you really cook for your family every single night, and how?

What’s the #1 question you’re asked by brands?
What types of recipes do families really want to make and eat?

Influencer marketing is ________.
FUN! I never ever thought I would be an influencer and I absolutely love it!

What should brands start doing (better) when working with bloggers?
To be honest, offering bloggers free product and no payment for a post is unacceptable. We put so much hard work into our posts, and a box of pasta (for example) isn’t fair compensation. If you want quality work, you have to pay!

What are your thoughts on blogging conferences / are you attending any conferences this year?
I am not attending any conferences this year since we are doing a few big home projects, but I love them. I have made some of my closest friends at blogging conferences!

Favorite program you’ve done with The Motherhood?
One of my first campaigns was with DairyPure, and the Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Meatballs I made for the post are one of my favorite recipes!

What are your thoughts on affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is nice to make a few extra bucks here and there, but I haven’t been able to make a substantial amount from it! It is definitely not my strongest income stream.

What is your most productive time of day?
Depends on the time of the year! During the school year, I teach full time so I have to work on my blog at night, usually right after the kids go to bed. During the summer, I like to work in the mornings while my kids eat breakfast and watch cartoons.

Amanda, Old House to New Home

More about The Motherhood’s Spotlight Blogger Series
Each month, our internal team convenes and discusses our latest programs, stellar partnerships and top influencers. It’s not about numbers, but rather, the quality, authentic content they’re delivering consistently. It’s about reliability, professionalism and partnership. We discuss our nominations for the month and ultimately decide on just one blogger to feature.

Take a look at our most recent featured influencer here, and stop by in August for the next Spotlight Blogger!