.Judgement is EVERYWHERE. With parenthood it is rampant. We judge each other on parenting styles, on our children’s personalities, on how we dress, whether or not we work…Mom on mom Judgement is thriving… Continue reading “How Mom’s Judge Other Moms Every Day”
I can’t believe it, but this month marks an entire year of me blogging on a regular basis! To celebrate I have teamed up with Belle Bermudez-Tubel of One Awesome Mama, who is also celebrating her one year blogger-versary, to bring you a spectacular $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway! Stay tuned for more info on that at the end of the post!
I have always loved writing, telling stories, venting about life, love, and children…blogging has given me such an amazing outlet!
It has also been a freaking BIYATCH at times! Let me tell you, blogging is no picnic. There are ups, there are LOTS of downs, there are moments of triumph and feelings of complete failure. I have had days where I am so proud of myself for completing goals, getting published, having great feedback, etc.
And there have been plenty of other days, weeks even, where I have been so close to giving up, to throwing in the towel because putting in hours and hours of work each day for NOTHING was just too hard.
Yet here, I am, a full year later, still plugging away, still finding enjoyment in posting tidbits and rants, advice and stories. While I am nowhere near where I had hoped to be at this point, I am seeing gains here and there, I am finding solace in increased publication and monetary opportunities. What more can I ask for?
That being said, here is a list of my top 3 posts for my first year blogging!
Check them out and let me know what you think! Also, here is a list of posts that were picked up and published by larger online publications such as Scary Mommy, Blunt Moms, and Sammiches & Pysch Meds…..Yeay!
Which is your favorite?
Now, on to the fun part, the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!
Look at all these amazing bloggers that I have been blessed to team up with! Thank you ladies!
Let the celebration begin! The giveaway will go live on July 27th at 12 AM EST and end on August 10 at 12AM EST so be sure to get your entries in on time! Good luck!
What to grow your following on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for FREE!? This article gives you 10 social media growth sites with free trials, as well as run down on the pro’s and cons for each!
Social media in all it’s forms, is an essential part of blogging and business. While these sites are easy to sign up for, getting a following and, thus, having your content seen by the maximum amount of people is the hard part.
It’s stinking BRUTAL actually, especially when you are just starting out!
I took it upon myself to try out a variety of sites and apps that claim to grow your social media accounts for you. What could be better than me having to do nothing to gain followers!?
I found that some sites made elaborate claims but couldn’t follow through, some sites were so overly complicated that they took more time than growing my following on my own would, and some sites were down right AMAZING!
Here are my top ten sites that helped to grow my social media. And the best part? They all offer FREE TRIAL periods! I never once paid to gain followers and that’s how I plan to keep it!
Before giving you my favorite instagram growth sites, I want to introduce you to an amazing article on how to target your instagram followers, gaining you more followers and creating more engagement from the followers you already have! Check it out and let me know what you think! How to Target Your Instagram Followers with Facebook Ads: A Paint-By-The-Numbers Guide with Examples [Experts Only] definitely opened my eyes to possibilities for instagram growth and engagement that I had no idea were even out there!
GetRiver– (7 day free trial) This free trial is a pretty amazing one. I gained over 200 followers in a week, and considering that it took me 4 months to get to 400 followers that is quite the feat! The interaction on my photos also increased substantially, I went form a max of 40-50 likes to upwards of 700 on some photos! The only disadvantage is this only works as an app on your phone or tablet, and if you have a windows phone like me, you will have a much harder time using the apps many functions. Still totally worth it though. Bottom line: This site is easy to use and has quick, inspiring results- SIGN UP NOW!
Influx Social– (7 day free trial)- I was immediately impressed by how great this site is at helping you navigate it’s many features and ways of singling out people to follow and photos to like. It also has a great feature for un-following people and another to keep certain people from being un-followed. Pretty handy! I started my trial with 667 followers and an average of 50 likes per photo, by the end of the first day I had gained 62 followers, however the software also followed almost 600 people for me in that day. Be sure to check your “follow” settings so the software won’t just follow 5000 people to gain you a few followers. I gained 200 followers over my 7 day trial. Bottom Line: Sign up today! It’s easy and totally worth it!
The Chrons– (3 day trial) – The Chrons is a totally different experience than most other sites as you have to apply to the trial and, once accepted (they accept everyone, they just do a little info gathering before activiating your trial) have no control over your trial whatsoever. You cannot log into their site, you can’t look at your growth or control how you are growing: nothing. This freaked me out initially, but I had fabulous success with them on Pinterest so I figured Instagram deserved a shot. I started out the trial with 867 followers and ended with 1,187… Bottom line: Get going already!
Riotly Social -(6 days free) I started this free trial with 1,696 followers and had been hovering around this number for awhile, only gaining around 10 followers a day. I signed up for Riotly Social, filled in the required fields and didn’t visit the site again for the entire trial period. On day 6 of my trial I had 1,986 followers! I gained almost 300 followers in a week! Best of all, unlike The Chrons, I didn’t find myself following a couple thousand extra instagrammers. Instead I found myself following about as many people as had followed me during these 6 days. THAT I can handle! Bottom line: Totally worth your time!
Target Grow– (7 day free trial) – This site is easy to use and quickly allows you to target your audience with hashtags. Choose 3 hashtags that best fit your needs and leave the rest to them! (I started with 1986 followers). Unfortunately, even using the most searched hashtags in my niche, my instagram only grew by 22 followers during this trial….However, while I wasn’t WOWED by my growth, it was better than nothing! Bottom Line- Might as well!
The Chrons– (3 Day Free Trial) – I was initially a little wierded out by the application process for this site, you can’t just sign up, but have to apply and then be accepted to your free trial. After which you are given no access to the site in order to change settings. However, I gained over 600 followers on pinterest in 3 days! This is a super hard area of social media for me to grow so this was spectacular and totally worth it. Bottom Line- Amazing growth!
Are you guys ready for some free growth!? Let me know which sites you liked the best as well as if you have any sites that you would suggest I add to this list!
We’re all adults here aren’t we? Can we agree that, for the most part, that after age 21 our Birthday’s are a day we celebrate quietly with our closest friends and family?
Some of you are glaring at me already…I know who you are, I’ve seen your facebook page, i see your updates and pictures beginning with day one of your birthday MONTH. WTF does that mean?! I mean, I think it’s great that you were born, and you should pour yourself a hefty glass of something alcoholic for making it this far, but I think you love yourself a teensy tinsey bit too much if you celebrate all month! Even a week is too much….You get one day! ONE! You’re mother wasn’t in labor for a month was she? And if we are deciding the length of your celebration based on how long your mom worked to squeeze you out, we should really be celebrating her!
But I digress. If it’s your brithday, Happy freaking Birthday, but don’t expect a facebook post from me!
If we are close enough, or at least related enough, I will gladly contact you via phone -probably just a text cause let’s face it no one likes to talk anymore!- and bestow happy wishes for a wonderful birthday….If we are not that close but I still REALLY like you, I may post on your timeline just to let you know that I’m thinking of you…
Otherwise, I hope you have a great day, but I’m not part of it, and posting on your FB timeline isn’t going to change that!
I get at least 5 notifications a day for birthdays and, to be honest, most the time I don’t even really recognize anyone’s names! I hit DISMISS every single time….HAPPY BIRTHDAY…I don’t really care.
That may seem heartless and mean. But honestly, do you care if one more person posts on your timeline with the EXACT same message as everyone else? Will it make your birthday more special if someone you haven’t spoken to in years writes 13 letters with an exclamation point? Will you feel left out if someone whose posts you scroll by without notice doesn’t post these 13 letters on this particular day?
NO! And you you know why? Because we are freaking adults and this new trend of having everyone you don’t spend time with, talk to, or even think about, post on your FB on your big, fabulous day of birth, is just asinine.
“But, but, but it doesn’t take much time to impart your happy wishes!”
DON’T CARE. It takes SOME time and that’s enough. I either have to drag my butt to the computer and spend five minutes typing a birthday wish to the 8 people born on that day who won’t even notice my lame attempt amongst all the happy thoughts of people they actually care about OR I have to try out the crappy app on my equally crappy phone and spend even more time…
Time is precious my friends. Those five minutes could be the only quiet moments I get in a day…
So, sorry, but not really, that I won’t be acknowledging your birthday on FB…I’m sure you won’t even notice, and that is perfectly normal. For those of you that need 300+ birthday wishes from people you barely recognize and never speak with starting a month before your actual birthday even occurs….YOU HAVE PROBLEMS.
Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, bad decisions and good, regrets and triumphs. Looking back at my own childhood, I have so much sympathy for what my parents endured. While they were on a journey that took them down a different path than my own jaunt so far, I see many parallels between our lives, our adventures and misfortunes.
I also see many areas that I want to learn from. Not necessarily mistakes that they made, but small divergences from the path I want to remain on, that I hope not to repeat. These lessons are not just from observing my own family and experiences, but from friends and even strangers I have watched along the way.
Knowing how my mind works (meaning it doesn’t) I think it prudent to write down these lessons, these little tidbits of advice for my future self. Seeing as I can barely find the sunglasses on my head…
Remember Your Younger Self
Remember how hard childhood can be, how difficult it is to try and discover yourself and be your own person. Remember that you feared becoming your mother as a teenager….
It’s time for another Workout Wednesday Featured Trainer!
May is just around the corner, which means bathing suit weather is fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but no matter how fit I feel, I always work a little bit harder when I know It’s close to time to showing off a bit more skin!
Therefore, it’s time to introduce to you one of my favorite, fat burning YouTube Trainers!
Cindy Whitmarsh specializes in lighter weights and more reps with cardio bursts in between. This fitness method will help you tone up quickly while burning fat to bring out those sexy muscles! Continue reading “Workout Wednesday #17: Featured Trainer: Cindy Whitmarsh”
May is just around the corner, and with it comes a day that every mommy looks forward to: Mother’s Day.
Mom’s spend a lot of time doing a lot of thankless tasks throughout the year, we are yelled at by the tiny people we are trying to rear and clean up the same mess 10 times a day simply to do it all again tomorrow.
On Mother’s day, our tiny humans thank us with cards and extra kisses, our spouses shower us in relaxation and breakfast made by anyone but mom.
It’s a wonderful day, just for MOMS. For the women who have created life inside their own bodies or chosen to spend their lives raising children they married into or were fortunate enough to adopt.
We deserve this day.
Which is why, while I search through the card aisle for the perfect card for my own mother, who has put up with 34 years of ME, I get pretty annoyed with the card category entitled “Pet Mom.” Continue reading “Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!”
While my main goal is to get my children through each day without dying, I apparently am slowing killing their souls with my every action.
The amount of crying, whining, groaning, incessant wailing, and foot stomping indicates that I am constantly working towards their inevitable destruction.
In order to slowly ruin my children’s lives each day, I make them: Continue reading “20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1”