Tips, tutorials, recipes, and reviews from one mom to another

Month: July 2016

July 31st #MySundayPhoto

July 31st #MySundayPhoto

On my way out of church with my family yesterday I happened to notice this little flower bed right outside the door.  I’m not sure when they installed this but I’ve been going to the same church for  about 20 years now and have never […]

A trip to the Arboretum

A trip to the Arboretum

  I meant to have written this quite some time ago but we have been making a lot of trips this summer to visit family and it got a little lost in the shuffle.  About a month ago my little family made a trip to a […]

Three Months In The Blogosphere

Three Months In The Blogosphere

It’s hard for me to believe but this weekend will mark my 3 month blogiversary.  I’m not gonna lie I feel a little proud for keeping up with it for this long. Someone told me when I first started that many blogs don’t make it past two months so it feels like a small victory.  The last three months I have found myself getting sucked into to everything blog whether it is social media, participating in linky parties, taking pictures, jotting down ideas, researching, or reading other blogs.  While it has been overwhelming it has also been  a lot of fun and motivated me to learn about a lot of new things.

I’ve spent a lot of time playing around with different WordPress themes and I have to tell you I’m so indecisive that I don’t think I’ll ever be truly happy with any of them.  Although this may be because of my quest to not pay for a theme (I’m being cheap I know).  Finding the right sharing button’s has also been hard for me.  If anyone knows of a good sharing button that will publish your featured photo along with the link I would greatly appreciate you sharing which one you use.

Some things that I have really enjoyed doing:

  • #TribalChat-  I have finally been able to get the hang of tribal chat.  It’s a weekly twitter chat session with a beautiful group of parenting and lifestyle bloggers.  Some one from the group hosts every week and prepares a list of about 5 questions that help us get to know each other better and also start up good conversation.  We are not ashamed to admit that a lot of our chats involve mention of cake and big bottles of wine.  You can find out more about us by following on twitter @TribalChatTweet we would love to have you as we are a very friendly bunch.
  • Linkies- I mentioned linky parties in my First Month Blogging Post but I will say it again “I absolutely love linky parties”.  I am thoroughly amazed at my fellow bloggers who host linkies and keep up with them so well.  I don’t have the exact figures but I would have to say 80% of my comments come from the linkies I participate in.  I could probably write an entire post about my favorite ones (maybe I will).  The only problem is that there are so many great ones that I can’t really participate in them all each week. So I try to hit them all at least once a month.
  • Twitter-  In the last three months I have reached over 1,500 followers which I am very pumped about.  I am hoping to reach 2,000 by the end of the week.  You follow me here @teammomlife to catch up on my latest posts and interact.  At this point twitter is what I use the most in terms of social media as it’s where I am able to find so many new people and blogs to connect with.
  • #MonthlyMileClub-  If you haven’t heard yet this month I created a walking challenge where anyone can register and sync up their fitness trackers to help motivate each other in being more active.  My hope is that we can set a community mile goal each month and work together to reach it.  Anyone who is interested in learning more can check it out here.  While creating the challenge I learned how to design and code my own blog badge which ended up working out pretty well.
  • Stumble upon- Until a few months ago I had never heard of stumble upon.  I just happened to over hear a few of my fellow #tribalchat bloggers talking about it by chance and it has drastically helped me in my blogging journey.  If you haven’t tried out the app you should really check it out.  Ever since I started submitting my posts and other people’s posts that I enjoy my traffic has doubled.  I’ll admit it seems like some weeks I only get a few views but when it’s working well I have gotten up to fifty.

 

Looking into the future I am trying to set some small goals for my blog

  • Find someone to do a guest post
  • Get at least 5 people participating in #MonthlyMileClub
  • Turn my Coffee Addict’s Anonymous posts into a regular funny series about my love for caffeine
  • Set up a giveaway (no clue how to do this) when I reach 2,000 twitter followers

What goals have you set for yourself? What is your favorite social media platform? What struggles and triumphs have you had while starting a blog?

 

 

3 Little Buttons

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

 

Best of Worst
A Mum Track Mind
A Cornish Mum
Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Come Walk with Me (Week 2&3)

Come Walk with Me (Week 2&3)

I have been a little behind on my blogging as my family and I finally got to go away on vacation for a little while. Although I have been on vacation I have not forgotten about #MonthlyMileClub and am still working towards my goal of […]

DIY Wreaths for Summer

DIY Wreaths for Summer

Recently I wrote a post detailing How To Make Paper Flowers and after making so many paper flowers it was time to find something to do with them.  Coincidentally at the same time my office mate and I were looking for ways to decorate our newly […]

#MySundayPhoto July10th

#MySundayPhoto July10th

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to go visit some family and have some new adventures.  In the town that we visited there was an arboretum that had seriously amazing things to check out.  This picture is of a planter of succulents that was turned into a kaleidoscope.  It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.  The planter was set to spin around while there were four kaleidoscopes fixed on the outside that people could look through as you spun the planter around.  As a kid I remember thinking that kaleidoscopes were really cool but I really appreciated how this one was using something found in nature and that you could reach out and touch.  My toddler was a little to young to understand the concept but the rest of us couldn’t take our eyes off of it.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see you next Sunday.

 

20160703_161626_002 (1)

Photalife
Walk with me (Week One)

Walk with me (Week One)

This Thursday marked the end of the first week of my walking challenge #MonthlyMileClub; a new adventure I have embarked on.  If you haven’t heard about it yet I will give you a little summary. I recently decided that I wanted to try and create […]

Confessions of A Coffee Addict 2

Confessions of A Coffee Addict 2

Welcome to the second meeting of Coffee Addict’s Anonymous (CAA)! As I mentioned at the last meeting it seems like my coffee habit has only gotten worse as I get more and more tired and find more and more times of the day when I […]