About Dagmar, Founder of the Lifestyle Blog Dagmar’s Home

Did you know @DagmarBleasdale is just as lovely and wonderful IRL than she is online? Well, she is. ~ @Mommyfriend

Welcome to my home — Dagmar’s Home.

I’m blogging from our Blue Cottage, a little house we bought six months ago and will continue to fix up and make our dream home in the coming years.

Interior design, blogging, and thrifting are my passion. I love finding inexpensive ways to decorate the Blue Cottage — our curtains are $1 dish towels hung on tension rods. And there’s always some kind of DIY project I’m in the middle of.

My latest venture: Dagmar’s Home Decor — vintage treasures and my handmade soy candles in vintage teacups — now has a booth at the Newburgh Vintage Emporium, NY.

I grew up in my parents antique store in Germany and moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago. They were collectors and our house was filled with beautiful, antique things, which explains my love for vintage tableware, linens, books, and furniture.

After I studied acting in Hollywood, I enrolled at Pasadena City College more out of necessity than desire. No one was more surprised than me when it spit me out as the valedictorian.

I received my BA in English from UCLA, where I was a staff copyeditor for the Daily Bruin. After working as a subtitle editor for 6 years, I founded imPROOF Proofreading, Editing, and Social Media Consulting.

One fateful day in October 2004 I tried a new yoga class and met my future husband — the instructor. Two months later, Don flew me to meet the large Bleasdale clan for Christmas in Westchester, NY, where he grew up and his family still lives.

Back in Los Angeles, Don asked, “When are we flying to Germany so I can ask your father for your hand in marriage?” — and he studied two semesters of German to do just that. When he meet my parents, he won them over with his first “Wie geht’s.”

We got married at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, NY, and exactly one year later our son Landon was born. He’s a happy, blue-eyed boy, now 7 years old, and he’s my pride and joy.

This might sound like a fairy tale, but it’s not. We are just like any other family trying to make ends meet after moving to Westchester to raise L around Don’s extended family. It’s one of the most expensive areas in the country — Martha Stewart and Richard Gere are our “neighbors.”

Don works as a finish carpenter/project manager/green building consultant, and I work from home as a professional blogger, editor, and social media consultant.

Want to work together? Contact me at dagmar @ DagmarBleasdale.com

Why I blog and why Dagmar’s Home:

I love sharing my life with you and tell you what worked for me, be that home decor ideas, green living tips, or parenting advice.

I like to entertain you with posts about interior design and decorating our home — the Blue Cottage — on a budget, DIY projects, green/organic/frugal living, attachment parenting, motherhood, my addiction to finding vintage treasures in thrift stores, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

You might also know me as a passionate, outspoken advocate of non-GMO and organic food/farming and supporter of (extended) breastfeeding and natural birth.

Enjoy Dagmar’s Home!

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You can also find me here:

Mom It Forward: Blogger Network

 

The Green Mom ReviewMom of theWeek badge- Network with MomsBusiness Directory for Katonah, New York

Self Help from SelfGrowth.com

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Jackie Bowers July 16, 2014 at 4:53 AM

Thank you so much Dagmar! You have created one of the best blogs I’ve read anywhere!!! Ever!!!
Yes, I’m subscribed. Liked on Facebook. Following on pinterest! I just haven’t figured out my twitter yet. But I will. I follow you on Hometalk. And I follow on bloglovin.
I think I’ve covered all my bases.
And Iread every newsletter! !
Thank you so much

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Valonda June 16, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I have subscribed
wonderful I like what I see and read

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Gabriella August 11, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Love you blog! I am now following you on Twitter and Pinterest as well! Awesome sites!

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Samarium July 19, 2013 at 9:09 PM

My SIL led me to your site. Glad to be a new subscriber.

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Karrie Millheim June 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I subscribed :)

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Theresa June 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

E-mail subscriber!

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leticia valle March 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I love that you work on decorations

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Anita March 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I just found your blog and signed up for emails. I love what I see so far.

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Dagmar Bleasdale March 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Hi Anita, I’m so glad you found my little “home” :) I hope you will come by again soon.

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Mary Withrow March 28, 2013 at 3:20 AM

I follow you on Twitter @MaryWithrow1

Thanks, love these and hope everyone has a Happy Easter

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Kathy Weiand December 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I love your ideas. They are just like mine (scarey as that is). I make decorative birdhouses and more and more have been making them for decorating the interior of the house. I have some “themed” ones (woodland, seafaring, sports, games, etc.) so it’ll fit many types of homes. I’m always looking for new ideas and after reading just one of your blogs I’ve come up with some new ideas for birdhouses. I’m working on having my website updated and the new one will include a place for me to blog. Something new for me. But if you don’t mind I would like to refer to your site as this is so connected with what I do.

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Dagmar Bleasdale December 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Hi Kathy,

sure, I’d love for you to mention my blog. Glad you are enjoying it!

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Jan B September 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hi Dagmar,
I stumbled upon your site today while cruising Hometalk. So tickled I found you. I’m a lover of thrifty shopping and decorating, and I love your style. My second pot of coffee is dripping as I settle in to discover more of your creativity. Thank you for sharing your world. Peace to you.

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Dagmar September 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Hi Jan,

this has to be the most lovely comment someone has left me in a while! Thank you! I’m glad you found me and enjoy Dagmar’s momsense — and I really hope you’ll stick around :) More fun posts to come, especially about thrifting and decorating.

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Lisa Adams September 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Hi Dagmar, I signed up to receive your posts and would love to be entered in the Speed Decorating give away. I am not a Mom, but I am a personal chef and friend to MANY NYC Moms. Your blog will be a great resource!

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Dagmar September 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Hi Lisa, you don’t have to be a mom to enter! Anyone can enter. Just follow the instructions and leave one comment per entry on that post. Good luck!

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Amanda Travis August 30, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I subscribed to your site. Thanks.

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cassandra August 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I am subscribed and a follower on fb under the name rab pom.
thanks :)

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Kelly D August 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I subscribe to your email under kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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Jamie "ChatterBlossom" August 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Hi! I’m your newest follower! Can’t wait to follow along! ;-)

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Monisha May 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Hi- i am subscribed-thanks for doing the Rudi’s giveaway!

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Lorette Lavine April 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Love you website… :)

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Dagmar April 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Thank you, Lorette! I hope you will visit often :)

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Christina April 4, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Love the site. Thanks for all the great information.

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Marisa Santoro March 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Hi Dagmar,

I just wanted to drop a quick hello, I was at the S&S meet on Wed. and fairly new to The Mom’s crowd. Great site. I also wanted to let you know in the vein of blogger integrity I had forgotten my camera at home that morning. I saw you had posted the reel on your site, so I embedded into my post as well as a photo you had from the event. I saw it was public.

So nice to “meet” online. If we attend another mutual event in the future I’ll be sure to tap your shoulder. : )

Be well,
Marisa – In Our Shoes

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BeviBags March 9, 2012 at 3:05 AM

Sooo appreciated the Udi’s gluten free product info. So often it has been found that gluten has a detrimental effect on individuals with autism. Also, prepared ingredients and foods that are readily available are a nice addition to the shopping list of busy moms. Thank you :-)

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April Biller February 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I am offically subscribed now. I love this site. Great information!!

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Candy Olivares February 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

great to b here =)

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Kathrin December 25, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Hey,
das hört sich ja sehr interessant an. Bin gerade über MckMamas Seite auf dein Blog gekommen!
Wo hast du in Deutschland gewohnt? ;)
Viele Grüße aus dem (leiden schneefreien) Bayern!

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Dagmar December 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Hallo Kathrin! Ich bin in Bremen aufgewachsen. Blogst Du? Wurde gerne uber Bayern lesen :)

Hier ist auch noch immer kein Schnee in New York.

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Charlene November 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM

so glad I found your page!!!

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Mandi Robinson October 3, 2011 at 9:55 AM

I commented before I verified my subscription via email… so now I am officially subscribed!

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Amanda Lehrman August 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Hi there! I was referred to your site by David Greenberg; I believe he helped you with your site a few years back. I started a parent educational blog and would love for you to read it if you get a moment. I really enjoy reading your blog and will be back to read more! Do you host guest bloggers? If so, would love the opportunity to blog for your site!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best,
Amanda Lehrman
[email protected]

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Heather McCartney July 25, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Love your blog!

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Laura July 6, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Hi Dagmar! I have been a follower for quite a while here & on twitter. Just grabbed your button to add to my blog!

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Wendy Simmons June 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Hi Dagmar – What a great blog you have! I am also a Mom and trying to build a community on my site. I am hoping to just get all of the mothers together and form a discount or coupon alliance!

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Sally Hanson June 13, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Hey Dagmar!
I have just spent most of my morning checking out your fabulous blog! I love reading all about your day-to-day mom adventures and all about your adorable son Landon! He is so smart and so adorable!

I wanted to feature you as my blog of the day (www.cheapsally.com/blog) as I wanted to share Dagmar*s Momsense with all of my readers!! Keep up the good work and good luck with Landons tooth extraction :).

Check out my badge which I offer to all of my featured moms, as all of us mom bloggers have really turned into a little community!

- Sally Hanson

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Raquel Quinones April 23, 2011 at 2:25 AM

What a lovely and well structured site. Congrats on your success. I will pass it along to my fellow mommy friends. Great give away too…how cute is that little clutch???
Also, great being connected on Twitter. I am quite the newcomer and still learning the ropes. Between my son, my career, my side passions and my new business venture (boogiedownbabies) I never knew I had time to tweet but I am really growing to like it and love the access it gives me to like-minded mommies.
So, thanks and hablamos!
Raquel
BoogieDownBabies
bdbparties.com

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debi April 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I will enjoy your blog, thank you! You got my vote, Best Wishes! debi

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Lisa G. April 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

I have found so many encouraging stories and good tips on this site, and I just came across it randomly a few months ago. My son is one and I’ve been BF for the whole year so far. We’ve overcome a lot of challenges- like a very bad breast abscess. It’s nice to see/hear that many women go through similar challenges and also don’t quit. Many friends and some family members have called me crazy (in so many words), so finding this site was great for me. Thanks!

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Dagmar April 13, 2011 at 5:32 AM

Comments like these make the long nights blogging and reaching out soo worth it, THANKS YOU, Lisa!

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Lily March 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Oh GEEZ, nevermind, that was just the lady, we hadn’t even gotten to you yet! HAHA, i was a bit confused. Got it now. Interviewer gave a longer intro than i had expected! I have been worried abt that too- too many things going on, on the blog– its ok? Nice!

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Joanne November 29, 2010 at 3:26 AM

Thanks for the review on the balance bikes. I have been thinking about buying one for my little guy. Hoping to win!

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Odie Langley August 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Interesting that you are from Germany. My daughter Karen spent a year in Germany living with a host family attending a German high school. She came back speaking German and really had a rewarding experience over there. She stayed near, and the spelling surely will be off, Branswaig, near Hanover. Her first experience was one of the teenage daughters asking her if she wanted a “douce” again spelling may be wrong but she meant a shower. Have a wonderful week.
Odie

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The Curious Crab June 24, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Hallo Dagmar,

habe dich gerade auf Blog Frog entdeckt, da gibt es natürlich gleich einen Besuch! Ich beneide dich dafür, dass du in den USA lebst. Ich habe dort nur ein Jahr Schulzeit und mehrere Urlaube verbracht und ich habe seitdem ständig Fernweh.

LG,
Crab

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Shannon Church March 21, 2010 at 6:16 AM

I’m so glad we connected on twitter! I’ve been really enjoying your blog. AND it’s been a great resource to send clients to. Love love love.

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Dee February 10, 2010 at 2:14 AM

I am just getting to know your blog but love it! My father, stepmother, aunts, uncles, stepsisters, all live in Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and other places in Norway or Iceland, but we live in Boston. I am taking my 2 children there for 3 weeks this summer. I SO wish I had caught on to more natural, organic lifestyles sooner, but better late than never. I’m only 40! I am excited that I can pass this on to my kids, ages 5 and 8, at an early age so it becomes second nature to them.

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CaraJen December 31, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Hi! I follow you on twitter and love reading your blogs! I’ve never tried for one of your giveaways, but I thought,what the heck…So now I’m a subscriber too. I look forward to sharing this journey of motherhood with you and your many readers:) Thanks for all you do to help us all come together.

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susanna December 17, 2009 at 4:12 AM

When I saw your blog – I was thinking: OMG! There is someone else in America with the weird name Dagmar. My kids relentlessly make fun of my middle name. More interesting to find out that you also grew up in Germany, so maybe it is just a German thing LOL.

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Vivien November 8, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Wie lustig- hab Dich auf Twitter gefunden und Du bist auch eine meiner Followers (Newmomsexaminer). Hat mir schon gedacht, dass Dagmar ein etwas ungewöhnlicher Name für die USA ist…
I love everything you write- keep up the fabulous work!

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daddy bookins August 11, 2009 at 3:57 AM

What a GREAT story!!! Where in Germany are you from? I have a bunch of family over there, Biebertal/Giessen…it has been ages since I’ve been!

Send me @ on twitter or fb if you get a chance.

Cheers!
~daddy b

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sarasophia May 31, 2009 at 6:38 AM

Hi Dagmar,
We do have so much in common<3 I was unmedicated for all four of our births, have breastfed each of my children–still nursing Pixie–until they were ready to stop at age two (or nearly two).

I am trying to live the greenest life possible in as cost effective manner as I can….and I love working from home as a freelance writer so much. It has given me the freedom to homeschool.

So nice to meet you!

<3 sarasophia

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Ruth May 18, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Hey Dagmar,

With Memorial Day coming up, I thought you might like an easily prepared and family-friendly recipe your guests (and blog followers!) will love.

SLOW COOKER BBQ COUNTRY RIBS – 8 SERVINGS WITH 2 CUPS GRAVY
Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 4 hours

4 lbs. country-style pork ribs, trimmed; seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
1 (18 oz.) bottle prepared honey barbecue sauce
1/2 cup FRENCH’S® Classic Yellow® Mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder

1. PLACE ribs into 6-qt. slow cooker.
2. MIX barbecue sauce, mustard and garlic in medium bowl. Pour over ribs and turn ribs to coat.
3. COVER and cook on LOW for 8 hrs. (or on HIGH for 4 hours) until ribs are fork-tender. Transfer ribs to platter.
4. SKIM fat from sauce. Stir sauce and serve with ribs.

Tip: Press a paper towel on top surface of sauce to skim fat. Repeat as necessary.

I have some more recipes from French’s including a quick recipe for Classic Baked Beans and some from Vlasic Pickles with high-res pictures of all dishes, let me know if you’d like them!

Thanks,
Ruthie

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