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I started my mom blog just a few months ago. I had been thinking about starting a blog for a long time. I wanted to share my thoughts, tips, failures and favorite things. I wanted to pursue and develop my writing. I was scared to start a blog. I was scared no one would read it. I was scared all I would hear were crickets…I was silly. Every mom should have a blog, and its super easy to set yourself up with one. I’ll give you the run down of why you need a blog as well as the quick and dirty way to get yourself up and running with your own blog before Sesame street is over. I currently make over 3k a month just blogging and raising my babies. I would never have that opportunity if I didn’t just go for it and start. If you want to…

I was able to lose the baby weight pretty fast after my second baby. I am on track to lose the baby weight fast this time too, with little weight left to lose, but some muscle and sheer physical fitness to gain back. Update: See how I lost the baby weight by six weeks! I lost all the baby weight fairly quickly mostly because I stayed healthy and active during pregnancy, but not because of my postpartum workout. The truth is, the fitter you are during pregnancy, the faster you’ll lose your extra pregnancy fluff. Easier said than done. When you hit the postpartum mark, and you have your chubby little one in your arms, the itch to get rid of any pregnancy resemblance becomes very strong. Enter postpartum weight-loss plan of attack! Gym membership we meet again. The 5 Best Foods To Lose The Baby Weight and Pump Up Your…

Before I implemented some new strategies, my mornings were jump-started with rambunctious toddlers flinging sippy cups in my face. I’d hide under the covers, hoping they’d miraculously go back to sleep. Then, I’d chug my coffee directly from the pot while frantically trying to catch up with my little ones. See, I’m a late-night person. I love the quiet hours after bed time, when there is peace and no interruptions. You might also like: The 5 Best Foods To Lose The Baby Weight and Pump Up Your Milk Supply Increase Your Milk Supply Overnight Prior to my new habits, I’d be just coming out of my sleep coma as I slid half-burnt toast to my zippy and happy children. Now, I have a routine that really helps me win the morning race. Here’s what I do, and I hope it helps every parent out there who likes to stay up…

Meet guest poster, Katie Pickett, a seasoned entrepreneur and mom of three who has shared her wisdom in crafting this blog post. At joyfulmesses.com, we’re committed to providing you with the latest parenting insights and tips, thanks to contributors like Katie. Stay tuned for expert advice, as we continue to update our blog to support moms like you on your journey. Love, Ashling! We decided to focus on homeschooling our boys because we travel frequently, and we really enjoy being a part of their learning and education. My four-year-old (in 2 weeks!!) has shown a great interest in learning to read, sound out letters, and spelling. His mind is working so fast, and he’s really picking up on things. I have a 3-part technique that I am using to teach him letters, sounds, and sound combinations. I’ve also added a new post, My Small-Space Learning Corner for Home Schooling.  It’s…

Yep, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’ve seen these JORD Men’s Wood Watches floating around on social media, and I instantly knew this would be the perfect gift! My husband loves any accessory. He is attracted to the finer things like amazing leather loafers, Polo briefcases, and designer pens. That is just his personality, and I love it, but he’s never found a men’s watch to suit his style. Until he met me of course. This one goes so well with everything he has! It took me a surprising 5 minutes to decide for him, rather than weeks like any other gift. I took some photos of how well it goes with his guitar. It also fits right in with his loafers, Polo briefcase, and bible! Now, I have to tell you he’s not a jewelry person. He doesn’t like the feeling of heavy, metal items on his…

After the holidays, we find that the new toys become old, the busy schedules fall silent, and all the holiday activities have been done and enjoyed. It’s still cold, wet and not friendly outside. We get cabin fever faster than I can poor my coffee, so out of sheer desperation, I’ve come up with some fun and light-hearted indoor activities my boys love! My Top 5 Unconventional, Indoor Activities For Busy Toddlers: Pillow Fight: This really ends up being a pillow attack on myself. The boys love playing on the bed, throwing the pillows around and basically getting to show me their muscles and strength by nailing me in the face. The best part about this game is they really get some energy out. That is pretty much the goal with every activity: make them tired. You might also like: How I am Teaching My Toddler to Read Pizza Pizza!…

I finally created my branding guidelines for my blog. Actually getting to branding the blog will be another story, but I’m almost there. I did it all myself. Now, I do have experience in graphic design and a background in web design, but I was never a branding person. I designed and created marketing materials, email campaigns and more, based off of an already-established brand most of the time. In order to brand my own blog, I needed to do some research on the most up-to-date guidelines and advice. Then, I realized that if I needed brand guidelines for my blog, and I could do it myself, I could help other bloggers as well! So, stay tuned for a freebie coming to the blog soon. Think straight forward branding template and branding guide that explains what things like “sub marks” are, while also helping you understand what the purpose of different…

Most moms are pushing to be home. Pushing to fill in a financial gap with any talents or skills they own without leaving their babies. The dream is to bring in the paycheck, while never dropping the kids off at daycare (for most).  I think we have an innate desire as women to help our husbands and partners provide financially, while still nurturing and caring for our children. But, as I’ve been working from home for a few years now, I ask myself, is it really better? Here’s the problem I see. We bring our work into our home without our children’s consent. They didn’t sign up to go to work with you each day. Bringing work home enables me to bring in extra cash without setting foot in an office or relying on someone else to care for my children, but it does put pressure on me to complete and…

I am frequently asked how I do everything. I have two toddler boys, a newborn, clients’work to do, blogs to write for and my own blog to manage. I don’t notice all that I do because its just a way of life for me now, but I definitely have given up some things in the short term to pursue my goals in the long term. Its because I’m only human, and I can’t do everything to achieve everything. Something’s gotta give. Here’s what I let go of to achieve a blog with a regular readership, rising page views, increasing followers and income. Let’s Start Your Blog and Make Money Now By Doing What I Should’ve Done How I Got My First Viral Pin How I Went From 0-60 Email Subscribers In Two Days Still haven’t started your blog? Get started with simple and easy steps now! TV: I rarely watch…

Here is an intro of the guest post I wrote over at Peony And Pine Company. They are a fabulous, local, PNW business, and I was so excited when they accepted my submission as a part of their blog. I Quite Pursuing My Dream Career And Let God Hire Me ​I’ve been slowly remembering pieces of childhood songs my mom used to sing to me. I tend to be able to only sing the chorus and maybe one verse over and over, but my boys think it’s the whole song. Ones like, “Rock-a-bye  baby in the tree top, when the wind blows, the cradle will rock…” then I think the cradle falls but I just sing that line about 5 times in a row. Its amazing how natural those songs come to me, like I just heard them, yet it was so very long ago that they were ingrained in…