Featured Member: Heather McCurdy

heather mccurdy

Meet Heather McCurdy of Real: The Kitchen and Beyond.

Heather McCurdy

We asked Heather some questions, and here is what she has to say!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a wife, mama and teacher to 3, cook, baker, and general mess maker. I despise house cleaning but would happily ignore the mess with my nose in a book. I write at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, and in the spare time I pretend to have, I stretch a dime for food, fashion, and fun, line edit books, and house clean for other people. I believe everyone can make something more with something less.

What is your blog about?

I love delivering inspiration for cooking, fashion and fun on a budget. I want to show the “average” woman that she can cook good wholesome and delicious food or dress nicely even without a big budget or fancy cooking skills. Her family can go have fun without going broke over it. Life is all in the way you view it. If you focus on the perfect picture, you will always be struggling to achieve. When you face the fact that life is imperfect and embrace it no matter what, there is joy in the journey. Live it fully and take every opportunity to learn.

Is there a story behind your blog name?

I always try to be real. As a teenager I got tired of the games and masks I felt I had to wear so I decided I was going to be me, be real, and people could like it or leave it. As I grew I learned that it’s okay to be you and stay tactful with our opinions. We all have things we wish we could be or do and realistically we just can’t be perfect. It’s okay to be real and honest about where we are, from the real food wannabe to the frugal fashionista, who we are is good enough.

What is your favorite social network and why?

Pinterest – all the pretty pictures and ideas in one place.

What is your biggest claim to fame?

Just being me.

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

At which point? I remember wanting to be a mom, then a teacher, then a nurse, then a writer and ultimately, a full time mom.

What subject would you like to blog about but won’t?

Sometimes I would love to blog a good rant but I won’t.

What would be your dream brand to work with?

Vitamix or KitchenAid since I am already working with one of my ‘no longer secret’ loves.

What is your favorite blog or blogger that is not your own, and why?

Hallee The Homemaker

What is your favorite indulgence?

Anything chocolate or cheesecake or anything you could call decadent except tree nuts. Those things are deadly.

Be sure to follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond.


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Jo-Lynne Shane is co-founder of Philly Social Media Moms and author of her personal fashion and lifestyle blog, Jo-Lynne Shane: My Life & Style, where she shares wearable style and beauty tips for the suburban housewife. Jo-Lynne lives in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with her family.


  • Beth says:

    I find it hysterical that you hate to clean and are willing to ignore your mess but clean for other people. :)

  • I really appreciate this statement you made: “As I grew I learned that it’s okay to be you and stay tactful with our opinions.” Too often whether it’s on social media, a blog or in person people express their opinions in hurtful and aggressive ways and it leaves such a bad impression. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather M says:

    Beth, it is, isn’t it?

  • Heather M says:

    Kim, that’s why you won’t see most of my opinions all over my blog. I make mention occasionally but it doesn’t need to be a bandwagon for me. Some people can speak it well and others (like me) need to know our limits so we don’t sound abrasive and turn people off.

  • Mary Ellen says:

    Hats off to the young Heather in High school that learned what is most important in life – being real. Being you. Thanks for sharing you. You are a delight!

  • Love getting to know more about you and what makes you tick! You’re a rockstar, Heather!

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