MomLife Style | Wardrobe Essentials To Fight The Frump

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Cardigan \\  Hoodie \\ Flannel

Chambray \\ Mom Tee \\ Grey Tee

Jeans \\ Joggers \\ Pants

Blanket Scarf \\ Studs \\ Saddle Bag

Sandles \\ Tennies \\ Converse

Becoming a mom is the best thing I’ve ever been blessed enough to do.  You know that old saying that having a child is like making the choice to allow your heart to walk around outside of your body for the rest of your life.  Nothing captures the essence of motherhood more than that!  That being said, motherhood is the worst thing that ever happened to my appearance!  I say that in good humor, but you totally know what I mean!

I’ve been a mom for seven and a half years now.  I was 29 when I got pregnant with my first and had him when I was 30.   So I had all of my twenties to be skinny, sexy and well-dressed.  I’ve always been thankful for that!  But my 30’s have been spent in plain black yoga pants, gold flip flops, and a string of long & lean tank tops leftover from my first pregnancy wardrobe!  I rarely wear makeup and my up-do is less top knot than a failed attempt at a mom bun!  And I’m not even going to mention the weight gain after eight years and two pregnancies…yikes!

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10 Best Lactation Aids to Increase Milk Supply Quickly

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This is the best list of ways to increase milk supply quickly with products, treats, supplements and awesome tips and tricks for breastfeeding.

Ways To Increase Milk Supply

I have been breastfeeding my little guy, Logan, for 11 months now…yay!  In the early days of nursing and getting ready to go back to work, milk supply was a super huge overriding freak-out concern of mine!  Luckily over the past few months, we’ve gotten into a pretty good rhythm and leveled things off for the most part.

However, even now I still run into times when my supply dips due to weird work scheduling conflicts or random family activities that require a lot of travel, etc.  So every now and then, almost a year in, I still need help to boost my supply!  So I am always on the lookout for ways to increase milk supply.

Now this is something that I did a TON of research on about 6 months to a year ago, but figured it would be a good time to revisit it since our schedule has been so crazy lately and I’m seeing the impact on my supply!  It is insane how many options there are out there to increase milk supply and most of them are super tasty treats!

This list is current as of Fall 2016 and I intend to keep an eye on it to update as things change!  Also, the best thing of all…most of these are small businesses and I am all about shopping small!  So check these out and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

1. Mrs. Patels Fenugreek Bars \\ You probably already know that these bars are my absolute #1 favorite milk supply booster!  As soon as I eat one of these I see a HUGE boost in supply within 24 hours.  I totally swear by these!  I love them so much I even wrote a pretty long blog post about them HERE.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

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Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year! And with that comes pumpkin everything…lucky for me since I LOVE pumpkin!  This fall I am busy with a million things including both nursing and pumping milk for my little guy, Logan!  As you know from my post “How I Increased My Milk Supply Overnight“, maintaining my milk supply is always on my mind.  So I figured what better way to shake things up than to incorporate pumpkin, a lactogenic food, into a lactation cookie for a seasonal twist on the standard oatmeal lactation cookies!

Not only does this recipe incorporate pumpkin, but it also includes the following galactogagues: oatmeal, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast.  So these cookies are a game-changing powerhouse of milk-making goodness all wrapped up in a yummilicious cookie!  These are so good that the rest of the family will be fighting you for them, however just write “Mama’s Milk Making Cookies – HANDS OFF” on a gallon Ziploc bag and store them in the fridge to prevent them from disappearing!  Or you could just make a double batch to share!

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3 Things You Need To Do BEFORE Date Night as a New Mom

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Date Night New Mom

Preparing for Date Night

First of all Mama, if you are a first-time mom or recently gave birth, you need to ask yourself if you are really ready to be away from your baby for an extended period of time. One thing you will learn about me is that I am adamant about a woman’s need to follow her instincts when it comes to mothering and her baby. If you don’t feel ready, then there is nothing wrong with waiting a few more weeks, months, or even years until you are comfortable before your first date night after baby. Hopefully, your partner will be understanding and supportive when you express your feelings. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out, but it just means that baby will need to go with you! Yay family time!

If you think that you are ready for a night out with your partner (or with the girls) then I have some tips on things that you can do before you go! This advice is meant to help things go smoothly for you & the kids while you are away!

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My Favorite New Bath Time Tool

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LatherMitts are so awesome for bath time!

 

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How do you feel about bath time? Do you love it? Do you hate it? I’ve had sort of a love-hate relationship with bath time over the past seven years. It had become somewhat of a nightmare with my oldest because he has this beautiful kinky-curly hair that takes a ton of work. He screams and cries when it comes time to comb through the knots & tangles! And then those early baths with our new little guy did not do much to change that perception, as he screamed bloody murder every time he came into contact with the water. Luckily we seem to have turned a corner with little Baby Guy, he’s now entered the giggly, kicky, splashy stage! But bath time always presents challenges at our house, so I’ve always got my eyes out for things that will make bath time easier.

New Bath Gadget

One of the fun perks of being a blogger is the opportunity to try out and review awesome new products! And you may have noticed that I’m also a huge lover and advocate of small businesses! So I was super excited at the opportunity to try out a super cool new bath time tool for babies and kids (not that it wouldn’t be great for adults too)! LatherMitts by LatherUp are the upgrade to bath time that you didn’t know you needed!

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The School Uniform Reinvented

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A new take on the stuffy old school uniforms for #BTS!

  1. Nautica Boys’ Double Breasted Shawl Collar Cardigan in Coal Heather  2. Boys’ Polo Shirt – Cat & Jack™ in Red 3. Boys’ Woven Cord Belt in Navy  4. Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Backpack in Woodland Camo/Navy/Red 5. Boys’ Pull-On Pant Cat & Jack™ in Blue 6. Stride Rite Made 2 Play Gannon Boot in Brown

School Clothes Planning

I am a planner.  I plan everything.  Right down to the most minute detail…it’s actually kind of OCD ridiculous!  In my planning process, I also research and try to create themes, etc.  So about a year and a half before my eldest started Kindergarten, I started planning.  I asked myself questions like “Am I going to red-shirt him since his birthday is so close to the cutoff?” and “Are we going to settle for the school by our house or are we going to appeal for a spot in a ‘better’ school?” and “What is he going to wear?”  Seriously.

As I researched the local schools, it quickly came to my attention that “uniforms” are common in this area.  I am not used to that at all because where I grew up we were able to wear whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t provocative or otherwise deemed inappropriate.  In fact, I have very fond memories of expressing my individuality through the style of clothes I chose to wear.  So imagine my dismay upon learning of the uniform requirements that my own child would face.  That was one of the factors that led me to initially attempt an out of district transfer request.  That did not pan out, but I will save that story for another day.  Ultimately we resigned ourselves to being relegated to the ranks of those that wear uniforms.  And not the cute hoity-toity custom private school uniforms.  No, the dress code is polo shirts and solid khaki and/or navy slacks.  Uck.

Challenge Accepted!

I decided to make the uniform situation work for us by thinking outside the box.  Sure, we could have simply ordered the standard outfits from the catalog the school provides or gone the easy route with French Toast everything.  But no, that is not our style. Oh, and did I mention how I detest pique polo shirts?  I think they are the worst, particularly as part of a sloppily put together school uniform.  God forbid the pique polo and standard issue slacks are ill fitting…I just cannot bear the thought!  But what’s the alternative?  Think J.Crew, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Tea Collection, etc.  However, our budget doesn’t support that kind of shopping for the everyday essentials.  We’re more the Gymboree, Kohls & Old Navy set.  But really we pretty much shop at Target and Amazon for just about everything these days!  So that is where this shopping trip will take us today!

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5 Must Have Nursery Textiles for Baby

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5 Must Have Nursery Textiles for Baby

Nursery Time

One of my favorite things to do is getting ready for a new baby!  I love everything about it like the planning, registering, shopping, and organizing!  And when it comes time to shop I love discovering new shops and online stores that I’ve never visited before!  Of course when it comes to baby stuff we all know the old stand-bys like Babies’R’Us, Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon, but I recently became aware of Kensho Home.  No, they won’t be able to help you with your diaper, stroller or baby monitor needs, but they do have lovely swaddling blankets, bedding, and towels!

Baby textiles are some of my favorite items to buy because they are so plush and soft, some are colorful while others are more subtle!  I always wish they made adult sized baby blankets for that very reason!  Anyway, below you will find a curation of some of Kensho Home’s most darling baby items.  And they continue to add to their impressive selection! Everything is machine washable, and to top it all off, shipping is FREE!  I hope you find something great for your new little one!

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A Tasty Treat for Lunch: Ezell’s Famous Chicken

Totally gonna try this fried chicken place next time I'm in Seattle!

I moved to Seattle, Washington almost 10 years ago and one of the first recommendations I overheard was that Ezell’s Chicken was the best.  You may have heard of Ezell’s by way of Oprah, as it is said to be her very favorite chicken which she would even have flown out to her in Chicago! You can also find photo’s of Ezell with Guy Fieri from the Packers vs. Seahawks episode of the Food Network’s “Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri” special episode TQ0201H on the Ezell’s Facebook page.  In other football news, Ezell’s was invited to cater to the fans in Detroit, MI (my home state) for the Super Bowl XL game between my lovely Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006 {the year I moved from MI to WA}.  And finally, Esquire Magazine named Ezell’s “The Most Life Changing Fried Chicken in America” in 2012!  Some impressive stats!

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What I Want for My Sons: My Privilege

Sons Deserve Privilege

I’m at a loss.  I am at a loss for what to say, what to do, how to feel.  And I do…feel this loss, in a way that is unique to me.  These lost lives, lost innocence, a lost sense of how I would like to believe the world & society to be.  I so desperately WANT to believe that people are intrinsically good…at least deep down at their core.  That we’ve reached a collective “good place” where most people can happily coexist and thrive.

And I am wrong.  I’ve been shown over and over again that I am wrong.  Each time something like this happens my gut tells me to mourn this crazy exception to the rule, the outlier…this thing that is wildly out of the ordinary.  But I’ve slowly come to the realization that these tragedies are far from exceptional, far from atypical, far from isolated.  The only thing that’s “different” is the intensity of the light that’s beginning to shine.  Social media now acts as a global bullhorn drawing our attention to a few select incidents that cannot go unnoticed.  And then there are those that do not draw the same attention.  But they are there…occurring each and every day right before our very eyes, under our noses, in our backyards and all around us.  Yet we don’t even see it.

Privilege

What is that “we” really?  It’s me, people…like me, people unlike me, but with the same level of privilege.  The privilege that allows us to believe that things are on the right track, so much better than they were in our parent’s day.  The privilege that allows us to walk around in the world and not give thought or concern to where we may be going, how we may be perceived, or how a seemingly benign encounter may quickly escalate into a life threatening incident.

Ignorance is bliss, isn’t that what they say?  I can say that is true.  I’ve spent the majority of my 36 years blissfully walking along on my cloud thinking that all is right with the world.  I subscribed to all the old adages like “it will all work out”, “right always wins”, “good will triumph over evil”, etc.  I could go on and on.  And I did, I believed all of that.    It’s easy to believe when all of your needs are met as well as many, many of your wants.  When safety has never been a concern, when the police only represented protection, when your biggest concerns are true “first world problems.”

Please don’t get me wrong, I am truly grateful for every opportunity that I have been afforded and hope that I’ve done my best to take little of it for granted.  I do feel so very lucky & blessed.  Yes, all very easy to say, but what does it mean?  Probably not much of anything if it weren’t for one thing.  I am a mother. (more…)

{FREE} Nanny Daily Sheet Printable

Free Nanny Day Sheet Printable

 

I created this printable Nanny Daily Sheet as a way to communicate daily details with our nanny.  I use it to document specifics on school, work, and lunch.  I also use it to leave notes on things I don’t want to forget to mention.  This works really well for us because the school schedule is so inconsistent.  As are our work obligations.

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My Path to Motherhood: A Love Story

Path To Motherhood

 

My path to motherhood, though not unlike some women, was not exactly what I would call typical.  I was never a huge “kid person”.  Some people grow up around younger siblings, cousins, and neighbors, so care giving becomes second nature to them.  In my case, my sister and I were only 19 months apart. We didn’t really have any little neighbors or cousins running around either.  So kids were always kind of foreign to me.

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#SharkWeek Themed Boys Swimwear

Shark Week Boys Swimwear

  1. Colorful Sunglasses (Item #140155183) 2. Shark Sun Hat (Item #140155755) 3. Shark Rashguard (Item #140153385) 4.  Shark Board Shorts (Item #140153376) 5.  Shark Swim Sandals (Item #140151134)

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10 Binge Worthy Shows for Your Maternity Leave Playlist

Maternity Playlist

Good Evening Mama!  It’s quite possible that it is 1 AM right now, you are sleep deprived, delirious and maybe feeling a little cranky or even helpless right now.  So I am going to ask you to take a deep breath, re-center yourself and exhale.  And change your mindset.  Stop thinking of this crazy newborn period as something to trudge through and embrace it, savor it, relish in it, drink it in!  It is such a short blip on the radar of life and it truly is such a special time when you & baby are 100% devoted to each other.  It really is lovely, even when it’s impossible.  When I changed my mindset about this with my second child everything changed.  I am working on a post specifically about embracing this time, but for now I give you this:

10 Binge Worthy Shows for Your Maternity Leave Playlist

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Last Day of Kindergarten

Last Day of K

 

My first born on his way to school for the last day of Kindergarten.  I’m handling this considerably better than the last day of preschool last year & Kindergarten Graduation on Monday (I was a mess).  I’m working on my end of year/Kindergarten graduation piece, so stay tuned!  Have a great summer kiddos!!

 

 

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5-Ingredient Tomato & Cucumber Summer Salad

 

5-Ingredient Tomato & Cucumber Summer Salad

2-3 Whole – Roma Tomatoes

2 Whole – English Cucumbers

1/4 Cup – Miracle Whip

1/4 Tsp – Salt

1/8 Tsp – Pepper

 

  1. Cube tomatoes and cucumber and add to medium sized mixing bowl
  2. Slowly add Miracle Whip and stir until coated, use more or less to taste
  3. Sprinkle salt & pepper and stir, again using more or less to taste
  4. Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy at your next BBQ!!

Tip:  This week save 20% on cucumbers with Savingstar!

My Mom used to make this ah-mazing cucumber & tomato salad every summer when we were growing up.  It’s super simple with only 5 ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand!  Throw this together for a quick weekday side or make it this weekend for one of your first BBQ’s of the season!!

 

 

 

 

Baby Logi Babbles “Da-Da”!

In preparation for Father’s Day my little baby guy had just clearly babbled “Da-Da” and we quickly tried to capture it on video.  The moment passed, but he got in some good practice here!  He’s just gaining skills left & right…I can’t keep up…I’m not ready!

Birth Plan of a First Time Mom

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Birth Plan of a First Time Mom

This was the birth plan that we used when we were about to become first time parents. Now I read this and laugh! I can only imagine what the nurses thought of us when they read this! Probably “puh-leeze” {eye roll}!! What can I say? I was about to be a brand new mom and this was all completely foreign to me! I didn’t grow up around kids, babies or people who were having babies. This was the total unknown for me and I was bewildered! So I researched and identified all of the variables that I could possibly include on a birth plan and laid it out meticulously here. I really thought that the providers would read it and adhere to my wishes. I was so naïve! They don’t have time for all of this! Not to mention that a lot of the items I addressed were outdated and no longer common practice (at least not around here!) That being said, I think this gave me enough of an illusion of control that it gave me comfort. If you need that right now please feel free to take this template and modify it for your needs! I will share both the ridiculous things we did at the hospital that first time AND my updated, pared down birth plan that I prepared 6 years later…stay tuned if this one wasn’t quite the right fit!

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Our Birth Plan: Baby Boy {Baby’s Last Name}

Mother-to-be: {Mother’s Name}    Father-to-be (COACH): {Partner’s Name}

Additional Support People: {Relationship #1}, {Name #1} & {Relationship #2}, {Name #2}

Due Date: {EDD}

Doctor’s Name: {DR/Midwife Name}    Hospital Name: {Hospital/Birth Center}

Objective: I, {Mother’s Name}, and my coach, {Partner’s Name}, are creating this birth plan prior to our labor in order to express our wishes clearly to our doctor & nurses at the hospital where I am delivering. This is our “best case scenario” plan and these are the items that we consider important in the birth of our unborn baby. We would like them to be followed as closely as possible whenever able. Deviations from this plan are welcome in the event that the safety of the baby and/or mother is at risk. We will be flexible, although we ask to be kept informed ahead of time during every aspect of our labor. We reserve the right to change our mind at any time. We also request the opportunity to discuss important decisions & changes privately if time allows. Thank you for your assistance in this process.

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Hey Good Lookin’…

How is your Wednesday going?  Here is how mine is going:

Double coffee kinda day...
Double coffee kinda day…

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Girlfriend’s Guide to Packing Your Hospital Bag:

What Should I Pack for the Hospital | Labor and Delivery | Frugal Nesting

The 45 Best Things I Took To The Hospital

A comprehensive, detailed list of the 45 best things I packed for childbirth! This list should be useful for either a hospital or a birth center setting. There are a few things that are a bit on the “granola” side, but they are things we never thought of so I thought I would share just in case!

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General guidance is to pack your bag between 34 – 37 weeks gestation, but I’m of the mindset that it’s better to be safe than sorry and some babies like to shake things up. So I think it’s a good idea to pack your bag around 23 – 25 weeks just in case! Happy packing!!!

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

1. Phone number of your doctor, midwife, nurse or hospital for advice & notification that you are on your way
2. Plastic seat cover or garbage bag AND old towel to cover the seat for the drive to the hospital (just in case)
3. Something to bite, grip or pull on for the drive…it’ll be rough!

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How I Increased My Milk Supply Overnight

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Increased Milk Supply

So many moms struggle with supply issues, particularly after going back to work.  It was the same for me.  I found myself “Google-ing” things like “Increase milk supply fast” or “Increased milk supply overnight” and ultimately came across a Pinterest post that caught my eye.  What I read changed the success of my pumping, and really our nursing, relationship for good.

I just gave birth to my beautiful boy, Logan, in December.  I am now the mother of two incredible boys!  And, of course, I wanted to give my little man the best start I could possibly give him.  Among other things, breastfeeding was a priority for me.

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{Recipe} Quick & Easy Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

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Week of 07/27/14 ~ 08/02/14 Brags

Rite Aid Freebies
Safeway 91% Savings
Target Paid less than $4 [There were 4 Bagel Bites, but I didn’t get the photo taken in time to prevent the immediate consumption of one of the boxes! 😉 ]

Last Chance! My Target Coupon Brag 07.25.2014

Target shopping trip 07/25/2014 bought $74. 71 worth of items and paid $22.35 OOP


Buy 5 Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding, 4 pk $1.02, regular price
Buy Four Get One Free through 8/2
Final Price: $0.58 each, when you buy 5


Right Guard Xtreme Deodorant, 2.6 oz $3.34, regular price

Use $1.50/1 – Right Guard Xtreme Clear or Clinical Clear Product from RP 7/13
Final Price: Free


Buy 2 Tampax Radiant Tampons, 16 ct $3.99, regular price
Buy 1 Speed Stick Gear Deodorant, 2.6 oz $3.99, regular price
Buy 1 Right Guard Xtreme Deodorant, 2.6 oz $3.34, regular price

Use one $5.00/1 – Personal Care Purchase, $15.00 or more, Body Wash & Bar Soap, Deodorant, Hand & Body Lotion, Shave, Feminine Care, Oral Care, Target Coupon – (target.com)
And use one $2.00/1 – Speed Stick Gear Deodorant, Antiperspirant or Body Spray (coupons.com)
And use two $2.00/1  Tampax Pearl or Radiant Tampon, 16 ct or larger from PG 7/6
And use one $1.50/1  Right Guard Xtreme Clear or Clinical Clear Product from RP 7/13
And use one $1.00/1 – Target Store: Men’s Personal Care Products, Target Coupon (target.com)
And use one $2.00/1  Right Guard Antiperspirant, Deodorant or Body Wash, Target Coupon(target.com)
Final Price: Free, when you buy all 4

Buy 2 Purina Beyond dry cat food item at 9.99, Reg. Price
Buy 15 Purina Beyond wet cat food items at 5/$5 ($1 EA)
Buy 2 Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Cat Litter at 7.99, Reg Price
Subtotal of $50.96
$15 Off Dog/Cat Purchase $50+ In-Ad Target Coupon or text PETS to 827438 (valid 7/20 – 7/26)
Coupon Valid on Food, Litter & Treats (excluding Rawhide)
You can also use this coupon online with the code PETS15 (valid 7/20 – 7/26)
2 – $2 off Purina Beyond dry dog or cat food item Target Coupon x8/9
-10% Off Purina Beyond Dry Cat Food Target Cartwheel x8/2 AND
2 – .75¢ off with purchase of six Purina Beyond wet cat food cans Target Coupon x8/9
-10% Off Purina Beyond Dry Cat Food Target Cartwheel x8/2
2 – $1 off Arm & Hammer cat litter Target Coupon x8/30 AND
2 – $3 off Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Cat Litter Printable Coupon
Final Price: $20.63
Other Coupons you can use if you don’t have access to the others:
(Or $2/1 Purina Beyond Dry Dog or Cat Food 3 lb+ Target Coupon 7-13-14 SS x8/23)

(Or -$1/1 Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Cat Litter 14 lb 6-1-14 SS x8/31)
(Or -$2/1 Arm & Hammer Clump & Seal Cat Litter 19 lb+ 6-1-14 SS x8/31)

Final Note: Pay with Target card for an additional 10% off! ($1.18 on this one)

The Day My Blog Exploded

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Viral Post Pinnable Image

 

Early on I had a post go viral increasing pageviews by over 6000%…this is the story of that viral blog post.

GETTING STARTED

Before I dive head first into what I experienced the day my blog exploded, I should probably introduce myself so you can get a general feel for who I am and where I am on my blogging journey.  My name is Alea and I’ve been tinkering with the idea of a blog on and off for about 3 or 4 years.

I even tried starting a couponing blog once but realized that I simply didn’t have the time to invest in tracking down and keeping current on all the exciting new deals and coupons that were constantly in flux.  So I decided to leave that to the ladies who have nailed it already. I don’t know how they do it, but God bless them!  Anyway, that was very short-lived, but it did teach me quite a few things about what not to do. {I thought you might like a quick look at a screenshot from back then.}

Viral Blog Post | Screenshot of my 1st blog

Although I love couponing & saving, I realized that the mechanics of tracking those things down to provide a well-rounded resource database for other was unrealistic.  However, I did realize that I could easily write about my process, what has worked & not worked for me in the past, my own coupon brags, etc.

 

So I can just keep visiting the Krazy Coupon Lady (KCL) to find out the inside scoop on the best coupons & deals and I can be helpful and direct my readers there too.  I’m still helping even if I’m not the original source.  That took a huge burden off my shoulders.  However, I had burned out quickly with that one and took some years off.

 

The time passed and it was time to try and add another member to the family, so I decided to document my journey for other gals who were trying to conceive.  I had so many questions that I would scour the internet looking for answers on, so I figured why not become the resource?  Also, I am super big on preserving things for posterity like journals, keepsakes, etc.

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How it Feels to Make a Living with Affiliate Marketing: An Interview with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

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Earn Income Online | Affiliate Marketing | Frugal Nesting

 

Epiphany

I have not been blogging for long, but anytime I start something I get obsessed and go all in.  Blogging is no different, so I dove head first into it as far as learning everything I possibly could!  I wanted to know everything from how to get my own website, making it look pretty, strategy for quality writing, growing an audience, etc.  In that research, something became clear very early on that piqued my interest and that was the fact that people are able to make money from their blogs.

That was, and still kind of is, foreign and crazy to me.  But what really blew my mind was that there are some people who earn income online and are able to blog for a living.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Some people earn a full-time income just from having a blog.  And hold onto your seats…some people make more in a month from their blog than I make in a year at my “real” job!

Burning the Candle At Both Ends

As a mom working a full-time job I constantly feel that both my job and my kids suffer as I try to juggle both.  We all know the mom guilt is real and it’s intense.  Burning the candle at both ends can really take its toll on our well being too.  So the notion that a person can actually work from home, or from anywhere for that matter, and earn a decent living doing something they love is like my dream!  That being said, I am not even in that ballpark.  I just blog for the love of it, but have recently begun to put processes in place to earn some extra spending money!

The money that I do earn blogging has jumped dramatically since I took an e-course by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents.  She is one of the bloggers I mentioned who makes more per month from her blog than I make per year in my middle-class business day job.  In fact, in one month she makes about double my yearly earnings.  In July of 2016, she made $112,594.97 for the month.  Anyway, Michelle has the most awesome setup at this point.  She quit her day job a while ago, sold her home and travels full time with her hubby in an RV.  All while earning money in her sleep from her blog!

The Interview

I recently interviewed Michelle about how blogging has changed her life and she had some pretty awesome things to say.  Take a minute to read our interview below:

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How I Made My 1st $250+ as a Newbie Blogger

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How I Made My 1st $250+ as a Newbie Blogger

 

Background

I am a new blogger with a handful of fun posts, a few subscribers, and growing pageviews.  My blog is small & new, but isn’t that where we all start?  This is a quick note, to those of you who are just starting out, with info on how I got started and how I started making money with my blog very early on.  I am going to begin with a bit of background on how I started my blogging journey, but please feel free to jump to the bottom for the good stuff…I won’t be offended!  

What Is A Blog

I just recently started reading and following blogs about four years ago. Before that, I thought of blogs as mainly glorified diaries. And for many people that is precisely what they are and that is great. However, it was only about four years ago that I realized that blogs also existed as a resource. My first experiences with blogs as a resource began with couponing and deal websites like CouponPro Blog, Krazy Coupon Lady and Southern Savers when I decided to dive head on into “extreme couponing”!

I quickly realized what a wealth of information was out there from other “real people” expressing information, tips, tricks and recommendations from their respective areas of expertise. One thing I noticed right away was the unique perspective found on each blog and the conversational tone with which the information was delivered. It’s relatable and feels genuine, in fact, a good blogger can draw you in and make you feel like an old friend. That’s typically what I look for when deciding on my new favorite blogs.

Pinterest

One other place that I spend a great deal of time {probably too much time} is Pinterest. I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest since the very beginning when I heard a story about it on the news a few years back. I remember thinking that the concept was purely genius! It was the perfect solution to the clutter I keep of magazines, recipes, and other inspiration! Now this was back when you still needed an invitation, which I kind of loved…hello exclusivity! Anyway, I was hooked from the get-go and have been in dire need of a Pintervention ever since! One thing that I never realized until recently is that the majority of Pinterest is simply a curation of images and links to individual blog posts! So if you love Pinterest, then you love blogs!

So I began paying much closer attention to blogs and referring to them regularly for the solutions to my common problems. I use Pinterest anytime I need to know how long and at what temperature to cook something, I use it for many of my breastfeeding questions, style inspiration, blue day quotes, and on and on. And when it came time to move out of my apartment, a couple years ago, I completed my move-out deep clean exclusively using fancy DIY homemade cleaning tips & tricks from a laundry list of blogs that I identified on Pinterest.

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SURVEY ALERT: Pinecone Research is Now Accepting New Registrants!

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