Interview With A Blogger: Child Mode’s Nadia Carriere
Today’s Interview With A Blogger features a mom blogger I had the pleasure of meeting online back in 2009 and who has become a close friend of mine through our blogging adventures — and real life adventures too! Today I’m excited to share our interview with Child Mode founder, Nadia Carriere!
Hi there, Nadia!
What prompted you to start blogging?
I started blogging 5 years ago. Writing has always been somewhat of a release for me. My grandmother gifted me with my first journal when I turned seven and from that day forward I would record everything about my life in those books, up until I hit 18 or 19. I still have each and every one of those journals!
So, to answer your question, blogging was a natural extension of my journaling and I loved how I could integrate photography (another interest of mine) with storytelling. My first blog was a personal one where I shared my thoughts and happenings from our every day life. As I started to get more readers, I became more leery about sharing so many of my children’s photos and stories, so I stopped and picked up the traditional pen and paper approach for those personal moments.
In the meantime I was writing for another site who encouraged me to pursue my passion for travel, kids fashion and luxury products, and that’s when Child Mode was born. It took off after just a couple of months and the rest is history!
Tell us about your day job/educational pursuits?
My husband and I are both in the hotel/motel travel industry and we own a business that is attached to our home that we purchased 10 years ago. It’s funny because travel has become such a huge part of our lives both personally and professionally (from the business owner’s side and the media side of things). It’s also how we met ;).
Where’s the farthest from home you’ve ever travelled? Tell us about your experience.
London, England is the farthest I’ve ever travelled. I was there over 10 years ago visiting family. It was an incredible experience not just for the location, but visiting areas where my grandmother and great grandmother used to live and meeting many extended family members for the first time. We travelled through London and Canterbury, visiting castles, palaces, churches and other amazing places. I can’t wait to go again!
What skill do you hope to master over the next year?
Calligraphy. It was an interest of mine when I was 10 and 11, but I started working soon after and haven’t had a minute to even consider picking it up again. A couple of months ago, I bought two books on the subject and have been practicing a little here and there. It’s something I want to take a little more seriously in 2014.
What’s your current favourite song/band? And what are you reading?
My favorite song right now at this very moment is “Unfinished Songs” from Celine Dion’s new album Loved Me Back To Life. I’m obsessed with the entire album, but that song is the one on constant repeat and has for the past couple of weeks.
In regards to books, I just downloaded Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,” to my Kindle yesterday. “The Flinch” by Julien Smith was the last book I read and it was fantastic!
Share three blogs you adore!
Just three? Gosh, that’s hard… there are so many amazing blogs out there! My top three favorites would have to be:
- Well+Good NYC (more of an online magazine as opposed to a blog, but I visit it daily)
- Girl’s Gone Child
- Che & Fidel
Thanks so much for this little peek into the world of Nadia! It’s been a pleasure — best wishes for 2014 and have a beautiful holiday season! Ciao!