About Me

Hey all! If you’re on this page, I’m guessing you’re new here, which means that you have no idea that there was an “old me” which is maybe a little bit different than the “new me”. No, I didn’t get botox or join a nunnery, just grew up a bit and found a little more purpose in the world than I had last year.

Also, I started listening to my reader stats, which prove that my recipes (and tattoos???) are far more popular than naughty Top 10 Lists. To gain a little insight into posts pre-2014, go ahead and read the “Old Bio” I’ve left posted below for posterity. But first, here’s a little about the me that’s typing away here today…

I’m a mom, wife, and lover of all things home. You’ll find lots of proof of that in my recipe and party posts. Martha Stewart better watch her back. I’m also a writer (surprise!) with a balanced love for the grit and beauty in this world. Yes, I have a potty mouth, and yes, I’m growing out of it, so no, you won’t see much of that around here any more.

I should also mention that I’m an artist – which is what I do for “work”. I’m a painter (check out my Art & Work page or Anjale.com) and also own an art school in Redondo Beach, California called Canvas & Clay which is the source of endless joy and inspiration each day, in addition to carpal tunnel and lack of sleep each night. It’s also what’s motivated all this big change in my life starting with the undertaking of a huge re-branding, name change, and studio remodel in September of 2013. All creative energy heretofore funneled into FreeTheMom and other under-paying gigs has, by necessity, been shifted toward the business I’ve spend 11 years nurturing. And that was totally okay with me. Until now.

Because you know what? FreeTheMom is me too. And while part of me wanted to shut ‘er down and say goodbye to the “distraction” of writing for a while, I recognize that I maybe love it too much for that. So what I’m doing instead is letting you all know where I’m at, all filled with purpose and laser focused, yo. My monthly-ish posts are going to be more of what you’d find in the “inspirational”, “parenting” and “wholesome” categories rather than of the “I curse like a sailor” and “poop and fart jokes” type. And if I find it too challenging to give up on the poop and fart jokes cold turkey I apologize in advance and blame my kids.

Hopefully y’all will love me for who I am, now, here…and if you don’t then there’s plenty of the old me in the archives for you to make friends with. She’s a pretty cool chick too, I’ve got to admit.

Hugs and kisses, bitches peeps!

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“Old Bio” (pre-2014) … reader beware …

I have so much to say about this page, yo. The productive Anjalé is telling me to write about my work. But given that I expressly created this blog to avoid my 5+ paying & non-paying jobs, I’m going to forget that and tell you what’s really happening here (If you’re actually interested then check out my Art & Work page. It’s really good stuff, but I kinda’ do it all day, so…).

I’m a thirty-something year-old mom. I’m heavily tattooed. I also own a business, paint, write, and am the PTA president at my sons’ school. I’m usually really damned tired, but keep it under wraps with a steady drip of caffeine and chick lit. As for this blog, well, it’s more me than should be allowed on the internet soooooooo you might not be able to make any sense of it most of the time.

When we got chickens I wrote about chickens. When I got new pots & pans I wrote a shit ton of recipes. When I’m avoiding work I write about anything but work. Sometimes I write poop and fart jokes, and other times I just pepper expletives across the page (FYI, if cussing offends you, you should stop reading…like now). Here and there I also use the part of my brain that I left behind in college to write a memoir or two, because there really is a lot of beautiful in this world. The glue is that it’s all me.

I love life in the present tense, and life loves me back with snotty hand prints on, well, everything. But I wouldn’t trade that snot for anything.

25 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Cathy November 6, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    Love this Anjale!

  2. Becca November 6, 2010 at 3:56 am #

    You’re awesome. Another way for me to get some Anj in my life

  3. dad November 6, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    you’re my


  4. Charlotte November 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Wow! You are a busy woman. I love all the things you’re doing and this opportunity to catch up. Love to all. Charlotte

  5. Kathleen Brehme-Gundrum November 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    I love this and I love you. Your talent is endless………….. Congratulations honey. 🙂

    • FreeTheMom March 1, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      I’m going to print this one out and put it in my pocket 🙂

  6. Jen B. November 7, 2010 at 2:04 am #

    Anj – I’m enjoying every one of your posts. Please keep it up and please write a book! This is becoming addictive – in a good way. 🙂


  7. Pam Redela November 8, 2010 at 3:55 am #

    Love you so much!! You have to add “the most awesome tia in the world” to your list of talents 🙂

    • FreeTheMom March 1, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Shoot, how did I forget that one?!!

  8. Christine November 8, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    Way to go Anj! I love reading about the snot and the rats! Keep it coming. Nothing but big.love.


    • FreeTheMom March 1, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      There’s more where that came from…stay tuned!

  9. Janis Byars August 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    You are so amazing, Anjale!! I love reading your posts… Keep ’em coming, Mama!!

    • Anjale August 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      Big love, Janis!

      • Shelby Hughes August 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

        Your so talented Anjale!!

  10. andrewsmeyer May 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Hey there. I enjoy your blog and nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. http://wp.me/p2fJBm-lI

    • FreeTheMom May 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      Yo, papa! Thank-you for the nomination! I’m honored, and have been loving your blog back for a few weeks now. Glad we’ve found each other 😉

  11. alexcellent2012 July 2, 2013 at 5:36 am #

    Hi Anjale, I found your great blog just now as I was following up on your “like” to one of my posts back in February. I have been very neglectful of my blog and was pleased and surprised to find that some people have read it! So thanks for liking. I’ve just read a couple of your posts and you are so funny! I am now following you.

  12. Karla September 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I love the reptile party but… can you tell me where you purchased the mayo and mustard containers. I would love to have a set

    • FreeTheMom September 16, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      Karla, they are from Pottery Barn! Good luck…hope they still have them 🙂

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