How to Support a Blogger

You found a blog you like!  Congrats.  Finding  a blog you connect with and where you feel the writer totally gets you is a great feeling.  Sometimes I wish we knew each other in real life because  I feel like we could be good friends.

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Supporting a blog you like is actually pretty easy and doesn’t take a lot of time.  When you support your favourite blogs you help do things like, increase their following and reach, show them you care, help spread the word to other readers, get them move votes (which also help them get more views as they get posted higher on sites), and get some financial support.

How to support a blogger - Supporting a blogger is super easy and takes almost no time at all on your part. Here are some easy ways to show your support to your favourite blogs.

Here are some things you can do to support your favourite blog:

  • Comment!  We LOVE comments!  Hearing from people when they agree or disagree is great.  We love to hear feedback and get extra opinions.
  • Share!  Sharing is caring.  Share on Facebook, Pinterest,  Twitter, etc. then you get the word out to other people so they can come visit and see us too.
  • Click to tweet.  If you see that pre-made little tweet it takes no time at all to click it and post the tweet.  If I like an article I am reading and see that they have a click to tweet I always click it to support others and share with my followers too.
  • Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.  the same material isn’t always posted on each social media site, so sign up for them all if you can.
  • Subscribe to their e-mail list.
  • Click/visit the adds in the side bar to help support the blog, bloggers don’t make much off there, but eventually the clicks will add up.
  • Buy stuff through the ads, again bloggers don’t make much off there, but every cent helps.
  • The other buttons on the side bar “endorse me on Sverve”, “vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs” etc. that helps to boost their following and give more opportunities.
  • Sponsored posts – Click the links provided. I check out whatever they are endorsing.  Again it supports them and encourages more opportunities to do sponsored posts, and maybe make a little money too.  Plus, most bloggers will only do a sponsored post *if* they support the product, so it might be worth checking out.
  • Visit often and keep reading!  We blog for you the reader so you can support us by coming back to visit and checking out the new posts.

How to support a blogger - Supporting a blogger is super easy and takes almost no time at all on your part. Here are some easy ways to show your support to your favourite blogs.

How do you support your favourite bloggers?  Please comment below with any other suggestions,

I love to share the love so any ideas please let me know!

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How to support a blogger - Supporting a blogger is super easy and takes almost no time at all on your part. Here are some easy ways to show your support to your favourite blogs.

Meet my December Solidarity Sister

Meet my December Solidarity Sister - This month I participated in the Solidarity Sister Challenge and got to know Danielle from My Little Pea Sprout, come meet her!

For the month of December I decided to try something new, to sign up for the Solidarity Sister challenge.  I had seen it for the past few months and found it intriguing, but really had no idea what it was about.  You are paired with a blogger in your niche and given a set of challenges to do together to get to know each other and also help each other improve your blogs.

I was really excited to be paired up with the lovely Danielle from My Little Pea Sprout.  I was thrilled to learn that we both had toddlers, I have a baby, she has one on the way, and are both vegetarians (well Danielle is a vegan).  We each did a Q&A to help our readers get to know each other better and hers is below.  Please check out her blog as well to see some of the awesome vegan recipes she posts and fun updates on pregnancy (including a funny post on hormonal meltdowns), not to mention my interview!


 

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Blogger Name: Danielle

Blogger Bio: I’m 27 and live south of Boston with with my boyfriend, Ashton, and our 20 month old daughter, Liana. We’re expecting a new addition to our family to arrive around February 29th. We’re a vegan family enjoying the ups and downs of toddler adventures and New England weather. Outside of blogging and parenting, I enjoy dipping my toes in the realm of photography, studying for my CPCU insurance designation, and the occasional yoga session or baking spree.

Blog Name: My Little Pea Sprout (http://mylittlepeasprout.blogspot.com)

Blog Niche: Parenting and Lifestyle

Blog Description: I love blogging about the joys and challenges of being a Mum, all of our family moments and adventures, documenting Liana’s growth and “firsts”, and an occasional recipe, tutorial, or product review thrown in the mix.

Length of Time Blogging: Just over two years; I began blogging in September of 2013.

Why I Started Blogging: I unexpectedly found out I was pregnant and felt very alone in my experience. I used blogging as a way to reach out to other first time mums my age. I eventually made my blog public and used it as a way to keep my family up to date on our new little bundle of joy. One thing led to another and I began experimenting with other types of blog posts and becoming involved with other members of my blogging niche.

What Keeps Me Motivated: Remembering where I started. I started my blog because of my daughter as a way to communicate to family. I like to keep it up to date to continue the documentation of her growth and mishaps so that I can one day show her who she was, and who I was, while she was growing up.

Favorite Aspect of Running a Blog: I like meeting bloggers who have similar interests as me, networking with bloggers who can help me improve my blog, documenting memories, and connecting with readers who enjoy my blog.

Favorite Blog Post I’ve Written: My Diary of Liana’s Birth (http://mylittlepeasprout.blogspot.com/2014/05/my-diary-of-lianas-birth.html?m=0). I think it is the most personal and honest post I’ve written, as well as one of the most important and happiest days of my life.

Goals For Your Blog in the Next Year:
1. Write posts more often and consistently.
2. Add an ‘About Me’ page and update my other pages.
3. Delve deeper into the realm of Pinterest to promote my blog posts.

Greatest Achievement Outside of Blogging:
Giving birth naturally without medication to a beautiful healthy baby girl.

Favorite Blog(s) to Follow / Motivational Blog(s) and Why:
Hannah Maggs (http://hannahmaggs.co.uk) | Hannah’s blog is the first blog I found while pregnant with my daughter. She was the same age as me, also pregnant with her first, and blogging about the experience. She 100% motivated me to start blogging for my little one as well. She is more of a youtuber now and maintains her blog on the side.

Advice to New Bloggers:
Start small and build your way up. Don’t expect too much, too soon. Don’t give up if you don’t get the results you expect right away. Join a blogging group with others in your niche to keep you motivated and answer any questions you have a long the way.

Connect with me on social media!
Facebook (http://facebook.com/DanielleHernandezAshton)
Instagram  (http://instagram.com/danitchi)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Danielle_731)
Pinterest  (http://pinterest.com/danielleh731)
Bloglovin (https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/my-little-sprout-love-11357779)


I had a great time getting to know Danielle and her blog more and hope you have a chance to check it out and leave some comment love for her too.

If you have not done the Solidarity Sister’s challenge yet I urge you to sign up!  It is quite beneficial and does not take a lot of time so I really recommend you try it out.  I have already signed up for the month of January again so maybe we would get paired together!  Click the link below to learn more and go to the sign up form.

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Meet my December Solidarity Sister - This month I participated in the Solidarity Sister Challenge and got to know Danielle from My Little Pea Sprout, come meet her!

Exciting Blogging News

I am so excited to announce some new things for the blog this month:

I  am an admin for this amazing bloggers group call Bloggers Social Media Support.  If you are looking for ways to share you posts more, meet other bloggers and network this is a great group to join:

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I had a lot of fun participating in the Photo Challenge last month with Show Your Blog Love.  So, I am hosting again this month.  Anyone can participate, blogger or not, so please check out the calendar and post your pics on Instagram.  Don’t forget to use the hashtags  so we can find your posts.

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This one is super exciting, I have teamed up with Cristina from A Bountiful Love to start a link up party starting Thursday night.  This one is unique because not only will you have the chance to link up your favourite posts from the week, but you can also choose to participate in the Pin-it party where you can link up your pins to be shared as well.  Each post and pin will be shared on our Pinterest board.

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Turn It Up Tuesdays – Guest Host

Hi guys!  Welcome back to Turn it up Tuesday,  last week was my first week guest hosting any kind of link-up party and I am pumped to start my second one!  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for another week.

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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up all of your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

Our sponsor for November is Two Chicks and a Mom.

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Two Chicks and a Mom is a fun blog by a mom and her two “chicks”– a newlywed college student and a high school student. Crafts, travel, recipes, and family life are what she write about–with a dash of humor, too. Be sure to check out her fun blog all month!

Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month? Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Cindy from Mom Maven | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for November!

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Donna from Two Chicks and a Mom | Angie from God’s Growing Garden | Lyn from Mid Michigan Mom | Glenda from Mommies Point of View | Jenessa from Mothering {In Real Life} | Maria from Pastels & Macarons | Hilary from Raising Fairies and Knights

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Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Bev chose Cheese Steak Appetizers from A Party of Four. “I am always looking for wonderful appetizers for parties and these will be served at my next party. How can you go wrong with cheese steak appetizers?”

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Bev chose Hedgehog Cookies from All That’s Jas. “We have seen a large variety of special cookies for Halloween recently, but these little hedgehogs are just too adorable. Not sure if I could eat one of the cute little guys.”

Angie also chose this post. “These are the cutest little cookies that I’ve ever seen & they look very simple and fun to make!”

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April chose 8 Tips for Kindergarten at Home from The End in Mind with Lori Lane. “As a mother who’s homeschooling her preschoolers, these tips are great to make sure that my children are ready to start kindergarten.”

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April chose 7 Business Blogging Tips You Can’t Afford To Ignore from Creative Rebel Designs. “I’ve been blogging for a while, but I always love to keep my mind set on making sure that I’m successful as a blogger. I love this post because it refocuses me on the write things.”

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Hilary chose 20 Star Wars Stocking Stuffers and Christmas Gifts from Earning & Saving with Sarah Fuller.

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Hilary chose 10 Things You Can Do to Help A Mum with a Newborn from Pastels & Macarons.

This post also received the most views this week.

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Elaine chose Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake from A Sprinkle of This and That. “My current addiction to cranberries just found a great new way to enjoy them.”

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Kori chose How I Reached 10,000+ Pageviews Last Month on the Blog from The Resourceful Mama. “I chose this one because I love seeing what works for other bloggers.”

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Kori chose How to Talk to Family About Being Self Employed from My Urban Family. “I chose this one because this is a conversation that I need to have with my family. I was on the college path and had intended to pursue graduate work in Psychology, but then I discovered blogging and wanted to do something that would allow me to stay at home full time.”

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Dawn chose How to Make a Pine Cone Owl from About Family Crafts. “OMG, this is just too cute… I think the kids will love making these this christmas…. Score 1 for coolest mum around.”

Lyn also chose this post. “This looks like such a fun craft to do with the kids!”

Tina also chose this post. “Wonderful creation, I love this idea because it looks so natural, great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.”

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Dawn chose All the Tips to Transforming an Old Meat Safe! from Sparkles in the Everyday. “What a lovely piece of furniture, looks like it should have been like that from the beginning. You have done amazingly well transforming it. I love refurbished furniture, I have a (potential to be) beautitul bureaux which i found at a car boot sale. May have just found the inspiration i needed to tackle it…. Thank you xx”

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Mari chose Caramel Macchiato French Toast Cups from Delightful E Made. “I found Erin’s treat to look super gooey and yummy.”

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Mari chose I Only Shop Second Hand {And Why You Should, Too} from Cow Country Housewife. “I loved Caroline’s share because I find we are a wasteful nation and I too have found a new love in thrifting etc… You find awesome stuff some with price tags still on them. I also enjoy online spots like Thredup. Another reason I had to stop here was because of her blog name hilarious. Thanks for share doll :)”

Stacey also chose this post. “I absolutely love to shop at thrift stores, and with two rapidly growing children and a one income family, this is the best option for our family. I have found adorable furniture pieces and cute clothes and I don’t stress out so much when the kids outgrow them before they are used up. Thanks so much for sharing!”

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Lyn chose DIY Play Food: Felt Cupcakes from Keeping It Real. “I’m intimidated with any crafts dealing with sewing, but these are too cute to pass up. Any little girl would adore this for tea time. These would also make a fun gift for Christmas or a Birthday.”

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Donna chose Choco­late Chip Pump­kin Bars from A Mother’s Shadow.

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Donna chose Baked Pumpkin French Toast from Lou Lou Girls.

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Angie chose Naturally Fight Fall Allergies in Your Home from The Jenny Evolution. “Autumn always seems to be a terrible allergy season for me and I found this post very interesting and helpful.”

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Stacey chose Earn Extra Money For Christmas NOW from Cow Country Housewife. “I am always looking for ways to make a few extra bucks to add to the family coffers, especially with Christmas right around the corner. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful tips.”

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Tina chose DIY Air Dry Clay Jewellry Bowls from Pastels & Macarons. “Love these bowls.They look gorgeous,this project is great. Thanks for sharing.”

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Tiffany chose 7 Smart Ways to Attract Readers to Old Blog Posts from Giftie Etcetera. “I’ve always loved finding a way to repurpose evergreen content and these are definitely 7 ways to help make that easier and more effective!”

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Tiffany chose 48 Awesome Fall Crafts for Kids from One Little Project at a Time… “I don’t know about your Kiddies but waiting for the food to be ready on Thanksgiving seems to be the most difficult thing for them in life! LOL…so I know that these amazing crafts will help me keep my sanity throughout the day and keep them occupied.”How-I-Branded-My-Own-Blog

Natasha chose How I Branded My Own Blog from Classy Yet Trendy. “Sometimes we get caught up in the ornate and complicated as a blogger, but it is important to understand that there are simple and easy ways to do things on your blog. This post proves this…thanks for sharing!”

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Natasha chose 18 Areas to Simplify in Life from Just Only Home. “Recently, I have been on the path to simplify my life, and these are some great tips to do just that. Great post…thanks for sharing!”

Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!

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And the Best of the Best goes to…

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Hedgehog Cookies from All That’s Jas

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How to Make a Pine Cone Owl from About Family Crafts

Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!

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So now that you’ve seen all that we have to offer in this week’s Turn It Up Tuesday,

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– Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

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Ornament Exchange – Outlander Ornament

Ornament-Exchange-1-683x1024-683x1024I am participating in a Blogger Ornament Exchange and am super excited about it.  Erlene from over at My Pinterventions organized 80+ bloggers and paired us up with a partner to either make or buy a Christmas ornament to exchange with each other for a maximum of $10.  Each day of November a group of bloggers posts their ornaments and tutorials for us.

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My exchange partner

I was paired up with the lovely Sarah from Flourish & Knot.   After searching her blog I noticed that she had a post where she made her own Claire Fraser dress from Outlander, my friends and I are super into Outlander, Scotland, Jamie Fraser, accents, kilts, etc.  I decided to do an Outlander themed ornament for her tree.  She posts her ornament to me later on this month.  Don’t forget to visit her blog and check it out too.

Outlander themed ornament. An ode to romantic Scotland and have Jamie & Claire on your tree.  Could easily adapt to any of your favourite books.

My girlfriends and I were having a sleepover weekend and we each had to bring a craft, I decided to use this as my craft.  Since we are all Outlander fans and love doing crafts I thought it would be the perfect craft for us.  It was pretty awesome.  We had a lot of fun making them and I was pretty excited with how they turned out.

Are you an Outlander fan? Try making this Outlander-themed ornament for a taste of Scotland Click To Tweet

Supplies Needed

  • Spray paint (gold or silver)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Charm (gold or silver)
  • Coordinating ribbon – I used plaid to go with the Scottish theme
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Books – I used a Voyager book, part of the Outlander series
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Gun & glue
  • Scissors

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Take your cookie cutter outside and spray paint it.  I had never done this before so I found there was a bit of a learning curve, I got better with practice.  Stay 12 inches away to spray and do it in short bursts.  Put down a big cardboard box or newspaper as it really sprays everywhere Don’t forget to do the inside and outside of the cookie cutter.

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While the spray paint is drying you have to choose your page.  I did not know this was such a lengthily process, but I soon learned it took each of us 5-10 minutes to choose our page.  Some wanted to make sure it was PG friendly (aka no mention of what was going on beneath his kilt), some wanted to get his full name (James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser) and others were picking the passage based on their favourite scenes, like me, I love the scene where Marsala marries Fergus on the beach with the crazy priest and the sheep, so I had to find a passage that fit inside the cookie cutter that you could still read. We picked two sections each, one for the front and one for the back.

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Glue your pages to the front and back of the cardstock, keeping in mind what will be read inside the ornament.

Check and see if your cookie cutter is dry, if it still needs longer make yourself a cup of tea and read more passages while you wait.

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Once the cookie cutter is dry tie your ribbon around the top of the cookie cutter.  Tie the charm to a piece of embroidery thread and tie that to the ribbon too.

Use a glue gun to glue the ornament to the paper.  Cut around the outside edge to get rid of the access paper.

That’s it!  You could adapt this ornament to pretty well any book you love, it’s all about the ornament charm and the pages chosen.

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Outlander themed ornament. An ode to romantic Scotland and have Jamie & Claire on your tree.  Could easily adapt to any of your favourite books.

 

Please check out some of the other lovely ornaments in my group who posted their links today.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my ornament.  Please check out some of the other awesome ones too.

Another Leibster Award Nomination

I have been nominated a third time for the Leibster Award!  Thanks so much guys.   I was nominated by the lovely Jeanette over at Choatic Bliss Homeschooling (click here to see her questions for me and nomination)

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  1. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received?

    Probably kitchen utensils.  Unless asked for, I am a believer than mom should not get stuff for cooking and cleaning aka household stuff.

  2. What is your favorite band/group/singer?

    It changes so often!  I really like James Blunt, The Beatles, Taylor Swift, we listen to a lot of Disney as well.

  3. What is your favorite TV show?

    Again, changes so often, right now it is Reign, but my all-time favourite would be American Dreams.

  4. If you could pick up right now and move anywhere, where would you go and why?

    Vancouver.  Still in Canada but no snow.  Very outdoorsy area, great rivers to paddle, and tons of vegetarian food.

  5. Where is your favorite place to go shopping?

    It used to be Target but they left Canada and now I’m sad!

  6. What is the one kitchen appliance you would not be able to live without?

    Kitchen Aid Mixer, make muffins, dip, bread, cookies, omelets, pancakes, that thing gets used a lot in my kitchen.

  7. How often do you go on play dates?

    It really depends, with my daughter in Nursery School, and me working there isn’t a lot of time, maybe once or twice a month.

  8. What is your favorite date night activity?

    A nice walk outside looking at the stars, maybe going to a ceramic painting place and painting something.

  9. If you could go back in time and change anything, what would you change?

    This is a pretty deep question.  I was very close with my cousin growing up and lost her as a teenager to an alcohol-related car crash, if I could go back in time it would be to spend more time with her before she died and/or change what happened so she was still here today.

  10. What is your biggest fear?

    My children, anything happening to them.

I have already made my nominations but here is a link to them to check it out.

Thanks so much for the nomination!

Blog Love Round-Up #1 – October 2015

There are so many amazing blogs out there!  I have had so much fun reading other people’s articles, checking out their crafts, recipes, tips and much more.  I decided to start a new monthly series where around mid-month I will post a Blog Love Round Up of some of my favourite posts that I have come across recently in hopes you can find some new blogs and get inspiration from other fun posts.

Blog Love Round Up #1 - This is a monthly series of blog posts featuring other bloggers posts, crafts, recipes, articles, etc. that are so awesome they need to be shared.

Here are my favourite 10 blog posts I have come across recently:

1.  Free Adult Coloring Pages

from Jenn at Because I’m Cheap

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Adult colouring pages are all the rage right now.  I was thrilled when I got a fairy adult colouring book for my birthday in September.  But if you are not sure you will like it or want to do it cheaply check out this link for some awesome printable adult colouring pages.  Have you tried an adult colouring book yet?  Would it be something you would be interested in?

2.  How to Kindly Bring Safety Issues to the Attention of other Moms from Of the Hearth

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I am definitely of the mind that one should not interfere with another parent’s way of doing things, but if you think the child’s safety is seriously in jeopardy and feel you MUST intervene these are some great tips to use to approach the situation to ensure that your information is received in the best way possible making it more likely to be considered seriously.  How do you handle it if you need to talk to a stranger/friend/etc. about something that concerns you regarding their child?  Alternatively, how do you feel about other people approaching you with concerns?

3. How to Make Homemade Almond Milk from Fit Living Blog

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This looks so amazing!  I have never made almond milk before but this makes it look so simple and easy I really want to try it.  I went out yesterday and bought the almonds so I am all set!  Have you ever made or tried almond milk?

4. How to Grow Your Blog No Matter How Much Time You Have from Daniela Uslan

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Some great tips on productive things you can do, in five minutes, in ten minutes, etc.  I found it really motivating in thinking I could actually be productive in some of the limited time commitments I have.  What are your favourite tasks to do for your blog when you have a limited amount of time?

5. Making the Most of my Morning as a Stay at Home Mom from play dough & popsicles

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I love these tips on how to start your morning off right when you are a stay at home mom with little kids.  I find it so motivating to have your morning routine, no matter what time it is and get to have a little time to do what you want before the chaotic day begins.  What are your priorities when it comes to making your morning easier?

6.  Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Centerpieces from Disney in your Day

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This one is absolutely adorable.  For any Disney or fairy tale fans this almost makes you want to get married again so you can use this idea.  All the tables are named after Disney movies with centerpieces to match.

My favourite centerpiece is the Beauty and the Beast one.  Which one is your favourite?

7. Quick Healthy Black Bean Soup

from From This to That by Linda

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This looks so delicious.  My family loves black beans and being vegetarians we are always looking for delicious soup recipes with protein to enjoy.  I am adding this to my list of things to make and hope to try it out soon.  What is your favourite type of soup for fall?

8. An Open Letter to my Husband about Postpartum Depression from Mary from Martha

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A great post all about the insides of postpartum depression and how it actually feels.  It can be hard for people to understand and identify, a lot of people think it automatically means you want to commit suicide or harm your children, but many do not exhibit those symptoms at all and this talks about a lot of the more common feelings and side effects.  A great read and very enlightening for those who do not know a lot about it.  Do you know the warning signs of post-partum depression and what you can do to help your friends and loved ones?

9. Stay at Home Mom Realities

from Danielle at Serene Mom

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I love the Serene Mom blog, her posts make me laugh so hard and I feel I can really identify with her.  This post on life as a stay at home mom is spot on.  All I own are black yoga pants and leggings, I get Yo Gabba Gabba and Princess Sofia songs stuck in my head at 3 am while breastfeeding, I never started drinking wine or coffee before kids.  Now my favourite song “What time is it? It’s wine-o-clock! What time is it? It’s wine-o-clock!” sang to the tune of Bubble Guppies.   And please, yes only other SAHM’s get being tired, I have been up since 4:45 and likely will not be in bed or asleep before 11:30 and this is a common thing, going all day, tired and exhaustion is an understatement.  Did any of these strike a cord with you?

10.  The Teal Pumpkin Project

from Alexandra at Mom’s Bag of Tricks

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This is an informative post about a new initiative for Halloween to make it more inclusive and safe for those children with allergies.  Anyone who posts a picture of a teal pumpkin in their window, or has one out front is informing the trick’or’treaters that they can safely trick’or’treat at this house and receive a safe non-food item.

In theory I think this is great.  I am not a big fan of giving all kids candy anyway, mainly because my toddler knows what it is now and I am not keen on her eating it.   Last year I made special toddler bags that had a little play dough in it and a Halloween-themed rubber duck.  BUT, I do not think it is always practical to make up non-treat bags like that.  First of all it is a lot more expensive, even buying at the dollar store you get a lot less and have to give more.  Also, nothing will appeal to all ages, you can’t very well give a teenager a few stickers and a pencil!  Does that mean you have to have age-appropriate bags and/or gender specific ones?  I feel it could be more limiting.  But I understand how kids with allergies still want to be included and receive a treat they can enjoy too.  What do you think?  Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project?


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Award Nominations for Most Versatile Blogger Award and Liebster Award

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I am so excited to have been nominated by Kara from Fit Chick Next Door for the Liebster Award and The Most Versatile Blogger award and Danielle from Serene Mom for the Liebster Award as well.  Kara has been inspiring me to try and take some time for myself and fit more yoga in, as well as tackle some new beauty products so I can teach my girly girl daughter about it when the time comes and not seem so inept.  Danielle is an awesome mom.  Her posts make me feel better about myself and supported as a mom, since other moms face the same challenges that I do too.  I love both blogs so much and have been learning a lot from both.  I am honored to have these ladies select me to share the blog love.

My 11 Questions from Kara

  1. Why did you choose this topic for your blog?  Parenting, vegetarian and pagan are really the only things I know right now, so why not write about what is currently relevant.
  2. What makes you smile when you’re having a bad day? My children, my toddler is so clever, she is quick to give hugs and kisses if she thinks you are sad and the stuff she says just blow my mind.  My son is so happy and laughs all the time and loves to snuggle.  Hard to be in a bad mood with these two around!
  3. How do you define happiness? It’s all relative!  Happiness is having a loving family, a place to live, food to eat, good health, children growing and happy, and a husband to be my best friend.
  4. What is your favorite quote? “I won’t think about that now, I’ll think about it tomorrow” – Scarlet O’Hara from Gone With The Wind.
  5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Hmmm, that’s a hard question, there are tons!  I would love to have time to get in more activity, pre-baby I loved yoga, kayaking, and walking and I really miss it!
  6. What is your favorite thing about yourself? My ability to function on no sleep!
  7. What is your biggest fear? Messing up my kid I guess
  8. Who/what inspires you? A lot, my loving family and all the struggles they have overcome, my children to be a better person, better mother, better wife.
  9. What motivates you? Life!  I want to do and see it all!
  10. Which song makes you happy? Any Disney song.

11 facts about me

  1. I really like elephants.
  2. I have lived in three provinces.
  3. My favourite city in Canada is Vancouver.
  4. I love sandwiches.
  5. My favourite colour is purple.
  6. I was a cheerleader for three years and a captain for one of those while in CEGEP (college).
  7. The biggest waterfall I have ran in a kayak is 25 feet in Mexico.
  8. My favourite holiday is Christmas.
  9. I connect the most with the element of water.
  10. I used to want to run a doggy day care growing up.
  11. I cannot wait to introduce my children to Harry Potter and all things Disney!

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The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award 

  1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. list these rules in your post
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger & Liebster Award

  1. Danie from Primordial Willow – http://primordialwillow.com/
  2. Karen from Raising Little Superheroes – http://raisinglittlesuperheroes.com/doughnut-shop-shape-game-for-kids/
  3. Dayne from The Daily Dayne – http://thedailydayne.blogspot.ca/
  4. Tori from the Adultier Adult – http://theadultieradult.com/
  5. Daniela from My Danish Baby – http://www.mydanishbaby.com/the-blog/
  6. Trina from Hear Now and Always – http://hearnowandalwaysbytrina.blogspot.ca/?m=1
  7. Lyndsay from Coles Mom – http://colesmom.com/
  8. Becky from A Bird’s Eye Review – http://www.birds-eye-review.com/
  9. Trisha from The Ham and Cheese of It – http://www.thehamandcheeseofit.com/about-me
  10. Deanna from Play Dough & Popsicles – http://www.playdoughandpopsicles.com/
  11. Stacey from Creating My Happiness  – http://creatingmyhappiness.com/
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My 11 Questions for Nominees

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. What’s your favourite post you have written (feel free to link it)?
  4. What do you blog about and why?
  5. Favourite blog you follow?
  6. What was the happiest day of your life?
  7. Favourite Book?
  8. If you could be anyone in the world/history for 24 hours who would it be?
  9. Who or what inspires you?
  10. Biggest challenge you currently have to face?
  11. What’s your top tip for bloggers?
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