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3 Major things I wish I knew before starting a blog

Hey everyone, welcome back. First things first I was suppose to have a blog up Monday morning. But due to me throwing my youngest daughter her first birthday Sunday night I literally got thrown off schedule. I was so busy Sunday night I didn’t even get to start half of my post. I was deciding if I should put up Monday post for Tuesday and keep Wednesday post the same. But that would be too close of a catch up for me so I am now posting Monday’s post today Wednesday. For today’s post I wanted to talk about the three major things I wish I knew before starting a blog. Now this is going to be my raw thoughts based on my experiences.

1. Time

Initially I started blogging when I only had my oldest. At the time I started she was about four years old started school. I decided to quit my job and was fed up in my field of work and that’s when I decided to start my dream and start a blog. Now since in the days I had a lot of time of my hands I had time to meet my deadlines and post whenever I planned on posting. Now obviously things and life has changed but before starting a blog I never knew the amount of time in and time loss I’d have. Now that I am a mom of two I have loss time on post schedules and sacrifice uploads for sleep. I never knew the difficulties of blogging while being a mom and wife.

2. Traffic

Another major difficulty’s many bloggers have is gaining traffic. Being a blogger I have realized time and traffic go hand in hand. If you want more traffic and interaction you always need to put time in. This has been the hardest for me especially when I don’t get to make out time a specific day because that week or day can just be busy for me. Usually kids never really want to go by your schedule you just have to go with their schedule. Sometimes this makes me feel like am not getting anywhere with my blog especially if I see my traffic go down a bit. I always try and remember to try and motivate myself to keep going and remember why I started my blog. Another tip I use is to try and find the day and time I can fit in my blogging and social media time into my schedule even if it is for an hour. Sometimes I even include my mommy time, for example taking pictures of my toddlers outfits and using them for my Instagram post.

3. Interaction

In conclusion, the last and not least is interaction. I never knew how hard it is to get and gain social interaction on social media with other fellow bloggers. I find this the most frustrating thing ever being a blogger. I know it involves vice versa but i find it really irritating. It’s even harder for me being a mommy blogger since I can’t be on so much and I go M.I.A for a few days so I don’t get to interact online. Whenever I do I swear I get 0-2 responses back, I mean if I get 1-2 that’s a start but it’s really hard. The hardest platform is instagram and I know it’s not just me as a blogger but for a lot of other bloggers too. I decided to put in more motives when being more social online. I do admit that I am an introvert so I can be a little more outgoing and open online. I realized doing this can help grow my platform grow more and also for Instagram. It can also show my follows who I am more and it’s one way people will interact more with you as a blogger. Furthermore it’s the best way to overcome our challenges as bloggers to to change and find solutions that can work for us to fix these challenges we have.

Thank you all for reading this post. If you haven’t read my last blog post you can find that HERE. Please tune into a new post next Monday 9AM EST standard time. I hope you all found this post helpful, if you have anything you wish you knew before blogging please let me know in the comments! Please like, comment and follow! I always love to hear from you all!

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Mommy Morning Routine

Hey everyone, and welcome back to another blog post! Happy Wednesday I can’t believe it’s fall already. This is one of my favorite seasons. I feel so inspired since fall as arrived, I have decided to make November more lifestyle post. I want to this month do more posts on my life. So for today’s post I am going to talk about my mommy daily routine. Now since my youngest is a baby soon to be one, my morning routines sometimes ends up different. You know with babies it’s more you following their lead then them listening to you.

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7:15Am

The first thing to my morning routine is I wake up at 7:15Am. This is to get my oldest daughter up to brush her teeth and get ready for school. I try to get up as soon as my alarm goes off but to be honest sometimes I can’t and I lay there till 7:30am. So while my daughter is brushing her teeth I go in her room and try to get an outfit ready for her. Sometimes during this time my youngest is still sleeping and sometimes she’s up already. If she is up I will leave her in her crib and turn on her favourite show. And when she is still asleep I usually just leave Alexa running and close the door.

Breakfast

Next after my daughter finishes brushing and I have her ready we head down stairs for breakfast. So if the baby is awake I will head down ahead of time and have her in her high chair and give her something to munch on. I will then get my oldest something for breakfast while I make her lunch at the same time. A super mom moment lol. I am usually doing this till 8:00Am or till 8:15Am it all depends. I usually then put on the baby favourite show down stairs also while she eats it helps distract her while I am making lunch and breakfast. After I am done all that I leave them to run and brush my teeth, fix my hair. I then after get ready and make sure I have everything by the door. By then the time is 8:30Am and we always try to leave on time. I then try and get the kids by the door dressed and ready to leave. My daughter school starts at 8:45Am and it literally takes us 15 minutes to walk. And that is usually our routine every morning literally my weekday.

Mommy Morning Routine

Downtime

Downtime, as soon as I get back from dropping my oldest off. Now this is my favourite time in the day. I don’t know if it’s cause am still tired but I love as soon as I get back and I get a little bit of relaxation in. After I get back me and my youngest head up stairs and back in bed lol. I then either let her watch a little bit more of her show depends on her mood or I put on mine. And then we both relax, I usually relax till 11:00am …yup 9 till 11:00am. And this is because between those times my youngest goes back to sleep so I wait it out. Then usually throughout the day am either cleaning, let her get her exercise in. I also plan out what am doing for my blog and manage my social media pages. This goes on until 3:00pm, by that time it’s time for me to head back to get my oldest. And that is pretty much my morning routine from Monday to a Friday.

Thank you all for reading, I will most likely put up my night routine as a mommy blogger next. If you haven’t got to read my last post you can find that HERE. Please give it a read, this is the first post of November and it also gives an update on what has been happening. There will be a new post up by Monday 9:00amEST.

My Self Care Routine

Hey everyone, and welcome back to another blog post. Wednesday already and half way through the week. For today’s blog post I wanted to share my usual self care routine. Now since am a mom I dont get much time for myself to be honest so whenever I do get a chance I do these usual routines. Its important to get some time out of the day or week to have a little self care time I believe its healthy for us. And its extremely important of course for us mom because it helps us not lose ourselves in motherhood. Now the best brand for your care needs would be Farm House Fresh. They have the best products go check them out now!

Self Care

Shower Time

Now I know a shower is just a shower, but I love when I get time out. This is one of my best care times because I love doing a good body scrub. Right now I am currently using a caramel body scrub and I absolutely love it. Almost every time I get my time out to go shower I am using this. Another great tip I use that I actually found on Pinterest is a great shaving tip. If you are a shaver like me a great tip is to use Johnsons baby oil prior to shaving. In the shower and then your going to want to shave. This prevents ingrown hairs and helps get a better shave then shaving dry. This also helps hydrate your skin when you come out your legs will be so soft I promise yall!

Work Out

Working out is another great idea, I am going to be completely honest I hate to work out. After having two kids my tummy has not been looking to great. And I gave in to least try and change that. One of my revolutions was to least try and work out this year so I have been trying to. I have not been doing it on a regular but I try to whenever I have the energy. Its not as fast results but I am proud because we all have to start somewhere right.

Nails & Make up

Now another great thing we can do for ourselves is least get our nails done or get pretty for no reason. One thing I do whenever my husband is home is go and get my nails done! I love just having time out for me and have time to relax. And to be honest it feels pretty good I dont even care how much I spend on them. I do though always do my own toes at home. I dont trust nail salon tubs I just have heard to many horror stories in college since am a esthetican. However if I am not doing that another great thing that makes me feel good is make up. Sometimes we just need to put on some makeup, even if we not going out sometimes we need to do something for oursleves. I use to prior to baby number two always have time for this and now I rarely touch my box. I usually not even in the mood to put it out when I go out because I dont have the time. But I honestly want to get back into finding time, hopefully soon I can.

Breakfast

So I am not much a healthy eater but I always try to have breakfast in the mornings. My usual routine after dropping my oldest off at school is laying down with little one for awhile. Then when she goes down for her nap by 11:00 AM I am then usually hungry and go quickly make something. My usual : Eggs, Oatmeal, Toast, Banana, Waffles, Bagels with a cup of coffee.

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Down Time

Last but not least having some down time. As a mom I always make sure to get a break into the days and especially after the kids go to sleep. Throughout the day my down time usually consist of Netflex and some good online shopping or browsing. This helps me reflect relax a bit and rest my body. Even if your not a mother we humans are always on the go. Its always good to get a break in and relax a bit and gain some energy. If I honestly didn’t take any down time for myself I couldn’t have typed this post lol. By 6pm I usually dont have energy in me and cannot wait till 7pm – 8pm bedtime to finally get the whole night to myself. I am sometimes to exhausted and just need that whole time and night to regain my energy.

That is all for my self care routine, I hope you all found some of my tips useful. I am surprised I found energy to type this out tonight. But remember to squeeze in a little care through out your day we all need to be pampered. I feel like all of this is what least helps me and keeps me going. Thank you all for reading, please remember to like & comment I always love hearing from you all. And if you haven’t checked out my last post you can do so HERE.

Anniversary in review

Hey everyone, welcome back to another blog post. I hope everyone had an amazing July! It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and we’re already in August. This past weekend was my two year anniversary trip. My actual anniversary day was July 29th and my husband surprised me with an three and half day get away and it was exactly what I needed.

We left the night of the Saturday for the trip, but we had a party to go to the evening of the Saturday so we had to attend that event with both the girls. I absolutely hate party’s the start really late, am already a homebody type of women and I just hate having to attend late party’s especially with young kids and a baby. So the party started 7:30pm but did not exactly start until 9:30pm and let me remind you I got a five year old with me and an eight month old. You all can at least imagine what I was thinking especially since right after me and hubby was leaving for an hour away trip. Well we all started eating by after 9:30pm and stayed a bit because we didn’t want to seem rude and just leave. We finally left the party at 11:00pm with a tired five year old and a somewhat irritable baby.

After dropping off the kids at my mom we finally left for our trip. My husband surprised our get away at Niagara Falls, ON It’s about an hour and 10 mins away from Toronto. We arrived about 1:00am in the morning we were both so tired. I literally had to stay up the whole way to make sure he didn’t fall asleep at the wheel and I only started to get tired 15 minutes to our destination.

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So most of the time we spent away we of course had to spend it at attractions. The first place we went to was the arcade. Now I am literally addicted to this place because am always trying to get like over thousand tickets. Now I surprisingly learned something new about myself that weekend. I came across a black jack game 21 and my husband had to teach me how to play and you guys I swear to god I hit 21 like five times and got over hundred tickets. I left my husband shocked I didn’t know how I did it but I did I was so proud of myself.

We also visited an wax museum of celebrity’s, it was really interesting. That is some photos I took through out the museum. It was really insane how realistic the wax was done and the detail on them here are some more.

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So we also went to a house of mirrors maze, which I will never do it again! Your basically in a maze of mirrors and you have to find your way out! And I felt so trapped I was starting to gain so much anxiety. My husband is so relaxed and cool when it comes to these things and am just not. I didn’t get to take any pictures during this of course because I was too busy freaking out! But I ended up giving up and going through the chicken door exit to get out and my husband decided to finish alone. We did another maze but this one was much easier because it was outside and it was too crazy.

It was really fun sadly while we were doing the maze it started raining a bit but luckily it wasn’t so bad. We also went inside Riplys museum the book of records and it was awesome. We learned some things we actually didn’t know like the oldest man that ever lived, the tallest man and the biggest man that lost 920 pounds himself! And also the women with the most tattoos, the women with the tallest neck and the fastest women, fastest animal. Yeah it was all insane!

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This weekend was fun and well needed for the both of us, and it was actually the first time we actually spent time away from the kids. We both felt guilty and missed them but we realised we should have time for us now and then and it’s okay. We also have another trip coming up the end of August but I will leave that for a surprise. It’s always great to remember to take time out for yourself even if you don’t have kids and just need a break from reality to recuperate. It’s great for you mind, Heath and for you and your partner if you have one. Coming back seeing the girls was the best feeling ever! Even though all they was interested in was what we brought them. This was a great weekend well spent, and can’t wait for more exciting trips on the way. Thank you all for reading!

Blog Update

Hey everyone, welcome back to another blog post. I just wanted to do a quick blog update somewhat of what has been going on lately. This will sadly affect my blogging schedule and I wanted to let you guys know ahead of time.

This last weekend my laptop has officially gave away and won’t turn on, am assuming I need a new battery. But my laptop has had previous issues also other then the battery giving out so I am thinking of just purchasing a brand new one. At the moment I can’t say when I am purchasing it so for now I will not be putting up much blog posts due to this happening. I can still do everything from my phone like me putting this post up now but it’s not the same to properly edit before publishing. You will randomly see spontaneous posts uploading it’s if I can get a hold of a computer not completely sure. I also had been so busy these last few weeks trying to get things done and it’s been so physically and emotionally draining especially since Toronto has been having heat warnings. I hope soon I can slow down and also get a hold of buying a laptop.

In Conclusion ..

I also still have unpacking to do, and then am also running around doing errands and preparing for a vacation me and my husband is taking for our anniversary. So it’s a lot to take in but I wanted to make sure I put out a blog update post so everyone knows whats going on. These changes will maybe be going on for the rest of the summer, hopefully things get back to its original schedule soon. I will of course still be active on all my social media platforms which you can find here Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you all for understanding, I will do my best of course on uploading as much content I can. I really do not want to delay much postings I will go insane if I am behind so I will make out the best I can do in this situation. Thank you all for reading, please check out my latest post, Blog Q&A. See you all in my next post!