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I'm Molly Balint.

Mama of four girls, farmer of sheep, collector of family stories, curator of lovely things. With all this free time on my hands I also freelance write and bring old houses back to life.  

A little more about me here.






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What is the Woodlawn Project?

Woodlawn is the original name of the old house and farm that our family is currently fixing up and brining back to life. The story of how we came to be caretakers of this sweet place is pretty special. You can read about it here. 

Hey, why are your kids at home in the middle of the day?

Yup, we homeschool. One year at a time, but still going strong. You can read about why I homeschool here.

What camera do you use?

I have and love my Nikon D90. I rarely take off my 50mm/1.8 lens (some day I'll splurge on a 1.4), but when I do, I almost always switch to my 18-200. It's a fantastic multi-purpose lens that I love, especially for getting up close and personal with my kids, from across the room, without disturbing the moment. At soccer games and to catch the birds at the feeder, I use a 70-300.

I don't know how you do it all. (Okay, not a question, but one I often hear and want to answer.)

Listen, I don't do it all. I have help. And the laundry's always backed up. And sometimes I wake up to dinner dishes in the sink. And if you walk in my front door you'll trip over barn boots. And I don't scrub my bathroom tub as much as I should. I pick and choose and let a lot of things slide.

How'd you get your freelance writing jobs?

I wish I had a really good answer to this question because people ask me a lot. It's probably the most-asked question to appear in my inbox each week. Honestly, the writing fell into my lap. And I suppose that opened doors to other things. But here's one thing I know for sure, it never hurts to send emails, make an offer, ask questions, and go for it. If there's one thing I've learned it's that most people/blogs/websites/magazines are happy to hear from you and the people behind them are way less scary than you're probably imagining. Have a more specific question, feel free to email me and I'll do my best to help.