Blogging Diaries Series: Sunshine Award

Posted in Blogging Diaries Series
on May 8, 2017

The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are,

inspiring, creative and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and other fellow bloggers.

I was nominated for this blogging award by Erin at the Wanderstead Wife, and I am so honored.  I can’t wait to answer her questions, and nominate 5 of my favorite bloggers for this award too.

Thanks again, Erin for this wonderful nomination.  I am thrilled beyond belief.  Here’s the answers to my Sunshine Award questions that will help you get to know me a little bit better, and a little bit more information about this awesome award…

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Blogging Behind The Scenes: April Progress Report

Posted in Blogging
on May 5, 2017
Get a sneak peek at what it takes to run a blog...

Is it just me, or is it hard to believe that May is here already?  Where is 2017 going?  Good grief!

Every month I sit down with my Erin Condren Life Planner {AKA My Baby}, and I plan out my month, set new goals, and decorate the pages with stickers and markers.

I’ve always been a goal setter, but hardly ever a completer of those goals.  So, in an effort to do a better job at living intentionally and setting and reaching achievements, I am going to document my successes {maybe even some failures} and goals for each month.

Some bloggers call these “Income Reports” which I really enjoy reading.  It gives me a front row seat into their lives and how they run their blogs and earn money.  And, those posts also help me as a new blogger know where to focus my time and energy.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to call these posts “Income Reports”, but for now I’ll refer to them as “Progress Reports” since I’m still working toward making “the mulah”!  🙂

Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at how I started and maintain my website, and what goals I’ve set for the coming month…

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Likes & Links: Spring Wishlist 2017

Posted in Likes & Links
on May 2, 2017

Hey, friends! I love these Likes & Links posts, because I get to share with all of you some of my favorite things, places, experiences, and so on.  I love reading these posts on other blogs, so I decided to write my own Likes & Links series.

This post has some of my newest favorite things…Michigan-themed baby gifts, Palette Painting & Canvas Pillows at a Crafty Boutique, Jewelry made from Graffiti Art in Detroit, the Magnolia Journal, & an intentional goal planner.

So, without further adieu, I’d like to present to you my Likes & Links for this Spring.  Here goes…

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A Mother’s Day Giveaway with Lemongrass Spa

Posted in Likes & Links
on April 27, 2017
Safe, Natural, Organic Spa Products Review & Giveaway

Boy, do I have a treat for you!  My friend Tiffany introduced me to Lemongrass Spa products recently, and I completely fell in love!  These beauty products are organic and natural, & made from “beneficial botanicals and plant extracts”.  They are also gluten-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free.  Basically, these products are safe and luxurious, and I can’t get enough of them.

So, as a surprise to my readers, we are offering a special Mother’s Day Spa Giveaway including some of my favorite Lemongrass Spa Products….the charcoal facial mask, the midnight orchid body polish, the coconut body icing, and the lavender vanilla mineral bath soak.

{Instructions on how to enter this giveaway included in this post.  Good Luck & Happy Pampering!}

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Blogging Diaries: Liebster Award Nomination

Posted in Blogging Diaries Series
on April 25, 2017

My journey into the blogging world reached another high this week. I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize some of their favorite up and coming bloggers by asking them questions and learning their likes and dislikes.  It helps connect the blogging community, and I am beyond honored to be nominated for this award.

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A Message To Mommy’s At Heart This Mother’s Day

Posted in Family Life, Infertility, Inspiration
on April 21, 2017

Mother’s Day is a beautiful time of year.  It’s a time when we come together to honor the ladies in our life that made us into the people we are today.  It’s a wonderful time of celebration and thankfulness.

However, for some women, this time can be filled with feelings of failure and grief as we are reminded of the very thing that we lack but so desperately desire….to be a mother.

Today I’d like to speak to you Mommy’s At Heart for a minute.  I’d like to encourage those of you today that long to be a mother so bad you feel it in your very core.

Here’s what I’d like to share with you today….

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New Mommy Series: The Ultimate List of Baby Gear 2017

Posted in Family Life, New Mommy Series
on April 8, 2017
20 Must Have Items for Your Baby Registry...

As a Mother-Baby Nurse I get to see all the new baby gear that brand new parents bring to the hospital when they have their babies. It’s excited to see so many new amazing gadgets and what not.  Today I’ll share with you 25 of the newest, most unique must-have baby gadgets all new mommy’s will want.  Are you ready to shop, shop, SHOP!!  Hold of to your credit cards, cause these are some goodies…

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Life Lately: Legoland Discovery Center & Johnny Rockets

Posted in Life Lately
on April 5, 2017

Just a couple days ago we had the most Ultimate Lego Day of all time with our niece, Natalie.  We first saw the new Lego Batman movie in the theater and then spent the afternoon at the new Legoland Discovery Center.  And, if that wasn’t enough fun, we finished the day scarfing down burgers, fries, & milkshakes at Johnny Rockets.

I’m all about a good “themed” day with the kids…it makes me feel very Pinteresty! :-). This Ultimate Lego Day was super duper fun!

I’ll break down our time at the Legoland Discovery Center, so you know exactly what to expect if you decide to take the “littles” in your life.  Enjoy…

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Blogging Basics Series: 6 Easy Ways To Increase Pageviews This Month

Posted in Blogging Basics Series
on April 3, 2017
6 Easy Ways to Increase Pageviews....

Welcome to my Blogging Basics Series.  I first began this series with a post about What I Learned My First 6 Months of Blogging, and shared 5 Simple Steps to Starting a Blog.  Well, now that we’ve started our blogs, how do we get traffic and pageviews?

Every bloggers dream is to have a dedicated following of enthusiastic readers, who visit the blog frequently, and today I’ll share with you how I increased my blog traffic from 200 pageviews to over 3000 pageviews per month.  I used these 6 easy steps to grow my blog in just 2 months!  I’m so excited to share these strategies with you!

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Life Lately: Our Weekend at Disney On Ice & Mod Pizza

Posted in Life Lately
on March 31, 2017

This past weekend my sister and youngest niece, Bri, took me to Disney on Ice to celebrate my birthday!  It was such a fun day.  I hadn’t been to Disney On Ice in well over 20 years…can’t believe I’m old enough to even make such a statement.  But, through tear filled eyes, I watched my niece gaze in amazement much like I did as a kid, as her favorite princesses and characters jumped and glided all over the ice.  We finished our super fun day at a newer restaurant called, Mod Pizza, where we designed our own brick oven artisan pizzas and devoured them in minutes.

Not many weekends make you feel like a kid again, but this one sure did….

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