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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.

Hello November

Hey everyone, welcome back! Hello November I know it’s been awhile since I’ve put up a post. I have been gone actually the whole of October. I had October blog plans but life happened. So much has happened in October and I decided to take a breather and return for November. My plan is to be a consistent blogger but I always remember am a mother and wife and it’s okay to take a break.

 November

It is November, I have so much going on this month and plans ahead. I am so excited to get back to blogging and planning my posts for this month. For the month of November I want to do a lot of lifestyle posts this month. I have a few mommy posts in mind and planned ahead, I am going to open up and take about my blogging struggles as a mommy blogger. And I plan on keeping it 100% raw and real with you all. Of course I’ll choose to share what I feel comfortable with sharing and keeping what I want kept personal. I may chose to share it of course whenever I feel when it’s okay. I will be posting my mommy routine morning and night. How I handle my blog plannings and when I get time to do both.

This month I have a lot of exciting things planned. It is amazing to me that this time last year I was gone and pregnant with my second daughter. And this month she will be one already. Literally two weeks away exactly I will be throwing her a party. And of course I will be posting pictures, if you are interested in keeping up with me my social media is posted on my blog page. I honestly thank you all for being there still for me and being apart of my page. A lot has been going on and I try for everything not to get in the way of posting. But sometimes life just kicks you in the but. I wanted to get this post up sooner of course but unfortunately I couldn’t.

Overall for the rest of November, I have a lot of exciting things planned for this month. I also have official great use I got my self an iPad so I will be back to posting whenever. I am so happy it has not been easy going without a laptop. I will be posting my mommy routine this Wednesday, also if you haven’t all got to read my last post you can find that HERE. Thank you all for reading my little update and plans for my November.

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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.

Fall Purchases

Hey everyone, welcome back to another blog post. For today’s blog post I wanted to do a quick post on my recent fall purchases from Fashion Nova. Fall is coming and lately I have been in the mood and have started buying all my fall gear. I did not do much of a purchases I so far got three items I really wanted and need and all items are still on Fashion Nova for purchasing!

The first purchase I bought from Fashion Nova is a leather moto jacket. Now let me tell you I have been looking everywhere for one that was not to pricey. I have been on Pretty Little Thing, Missy Empire and MissPap and I haven’t been loving the prices. Also I instantly saw that fashion nova just added one and I just had to get it right away. I ordered an extra small and the jacket carries an over size fit so it fits me just right. The jacket has the right amount of thickness to it, you can honestly wear this on a pretty chilly day with a hoodie and you shouldn’t be too cold. One of my favorite details about this jacket was the fur inside the whole jacket. I am in love with this detail you feel so warm. And therefore you can wear this jacket in the most days in fall. You can dress this jacket up or down. Pair with a cute pair of jeans or tights or even with a cute sweater dress. If you’d like to purchase the item you can find it HERE.

The next item I got in my fall purchases was a cute winter jacket. The funny thing about this jacket is I have been eyeing it for most of this year. The jacket comes in three different styles, black & pink, green and red or camo and red I believe. The jacket i got is actually the most popular style so that sells out quickly. I ordered a size small and after trying it out the jacket fit pretty well. The only thing about the fit is that there was comments about the sleeves fitting short. Good thing is the sleeves did end up fitting me perfect I am assuming if you have pretty long arms it might fit short. One of the top details I loved about the winter jacket was the pink fur hood and the fur inside. i love how warm the jacket looks, the thickness is great and the fur inside makes it ten times more warm. If you would like to purchase the item you can find it HERE.

Hooded Sweater Dress

The third and last item I ordered in my fall purchases is a hooded sweater dress. I got this in a size small and it fits baggy and reaches about my knees. I love this hooded dress at the moment, its actually my favorite right now in my closet. The sweater is really comfy and I love how its not too baggy but fits just right. The sweater is pretty warm but maybe not for a really cold day. But there is enough room to wear another light sweater underneath. All of these items are still up for purchase. If you would like to purchase the hooded dress you can find that HERE. Thanks to everyone for reading, remember to like and leave a comment. if you haven’t read my last post you can check it out HERE.

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