Aesthetician, salon manager, gluten-free cooking enthusiast and editor of the Stay At Work Housewife blog, Dani Sage is realistic. After being diagnosed with gluten intolerance, the 26-year-old struggled to find balance between her career, diet, and home life. While searching for recipes that reflected her dietary restrictions, Sage realized she didn't have time to make batches of quinoa or bake bread from scratch like the aspirational mommy-bloggers dominating the web - she needed a real solution. After only two years, Sage is making money on her blog and planning a drag-queen-hosted cooking show for YouTube in August.

Aesthetician, salon manager, gluten-free cooking enthusiast and editor of the Stay At Work Housewife blog, Dani Sage is realistic. After being diagnosed with gluten intolerance, the 26-year-old struggled to find balance between her career, diet, and home life. While searching for recipes that reflected her dietary restrictions, Sage realized she didn't have time to make batches of quinoa or bake bread from scratch like the aspirational mommy-bloggers dominating the web - she needed a real solution. After only two years, Sage is making money on her blog and planning a drag-queen-hosted cooking show for YouTube in August.

I was raised by two very strong women, who did things very differently from one another. During the summer, I would live with my grandmother during the week. She would get up, put a full face of makeup on, and do her hair just to clean the house and make me a grilled cheese sandwich. My mom, on the other hand, had a full-time job and worked really hard to build a successful career. I guess that gave me a hybrid idea of what a woman should be. I'm trying to figure out how to balance it all through my blog. At first I tried to be perfect all the time, [and] then I realized your life is never going to be 50/50.

I bought a bottle of bubbly with my first blog check. I've met a lot of bloggers, and researched their paths to turning their blogs into more than a hobby. I saw other bloggers I look up to going on book tours, so I decided to switch to a self-hosting website so I could grow the blog into a business. I don't do direct advertising, but I have an affiliate program through Google. My first check was only $10, but I was so excited I went out and bought champagne, even though I had to pay the difference. I wish somebody would have told me you don't make as much money as people claim. The percentage of bloggers who actually quit their jobs and just blog is very small, but if I can ease one little part of somebody's life so they can spend less time worrying about cooking and more time focusing on what they want to do, it's worth it.

I'm not the Barefoot Contessa. Writing is a passion of mine, but I don't think my personality translates. I'm really sarcastic, and it doesn't always come across, so I thought about doing video tutorials for some of my recipes. I'd been going to Drag Brunch at King Avenue 5, and I love how witty drag queens tend to be, and none of them seem to take themselves too seriously. I wanted to do a tongue-in-cheek thing where I could cook and drink. I'm not an expert; I just make things I think taste good and fit with my diet. I approached the host, Vivian Von Brokenhymen, with the idea to co-host a "cooking show" with a drag queen and she was into it. We're obviously going to start off with a cocktail. If you want to watch a cooking show for expertise, look elsewhere, because I'm probably going to swear and burn stuff, but hopefully somebody learns something, or at least is entertained.