Five Things I’ve Learned About Blogging

Some of my best post ideas come to me when I’m not even trying to scheme up posts. Todays was no different. I was lying in bed, trying to sleep, when I had the overwhelming urge to share a little more info about where I am as a blogger. If you’ve been following me along, for the past year, I hope you’ve noticed some changes.

Changes like… 

#1 I do way less sponsored content. All of the content I do now is because it shows up in my inbox. I no longer look for work.

#2 I went from posting 5-6 days a week to 3 MAYBE 4.

#3 I no longer co-host 85 (kidding) link-ups. I’m less and less stretched and have taken a lot off my plate.

Changes like this came from having some pretty amazing realizations. Ones that I have intensely thought about, AKA wrestled with, for days and weeks on end. Some of the changes have been hard but the others have been really easy. In fact, some of the changes have made me want to change even more!

But the one thing that has been consistent through the whole process is the peace I have felt. I have been way less stressed out & way more content. Those two things make me a MUCH nicer person to be around. Let me share the details on what has worked for me. 

5 Things I've Learned About Blogging. Ways I've changed and learned to embrace a less is more mentality.

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$10 at Target, September 2017

Another month, another trip… or 10 to Target. If I was keeping score I would have to say that Target won this month. In fact when I went to write this post up, I had a bit of a dilemma. Which items was I going to use for this post? So pretty much I am confessing that I didn’t really make one $10 trip to Target, I made like 3 πŸ™„ . Let me break it down.

My first trip was by myself. I was hoping to find some fall decorations. I found none and left with two very inexpensive maxi dresses (How does that even happen.) I bought them, intending to take one back later, with some leftover Christmas money. However I later decided to keep both of them since they were only 8.50 each.

On the second trip Emily found some Halloween costume inspiration that she HAD to have. Think Minnie Mouse meets a nice witch. I went ahead and bought the items to put them away for later. I have learned, through experience, to buy the dollar spot items when I can. 

During the third trip I finally found some fall decorations and a cheap jewelry find that I couldn’t pass up. I bought both of these with “my” money. 

So it isn’t like I wasted a wad of cash at Target this month, but I did spend a little more than usual since I found the maxi dresses. One of which I will totally be sharing in an upcoming fashion post! Yup, another. There must be something about fall that does that to me.

Now that I have justified my actions, let’s move on. 

Here are a few things that we found at Target recently…

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Friday Favorites 9.15.17

Hello Friday!

Another week of school is over and we are now only one week away from the official start of fall! Although, I wish my weather would get a clue. We had like 3 days of fall weather before things warmed back up. Now it feels like the cooler weather will never get here. It’s the same exact story every single September. Anyone else?

The past week was full of exciting events. Including a 15K run, buying a tractor, a very busy schedule & more. And starting next weekend, we will be busy, busy, busy as we start cleaning up the mess from clearing a house site on the land… a job that is too overwhelming to think about. So this weekend we are going to unwind a bit and enjoy ourselves before we get all wrapped up in work mode, for heaven knows how long  πŸ™„  πŸ˜† .


JOY!

Don’t forget that next week is the second edition of our 5 Things Friday, What’s bringing me joy link-up. How it works is simple: pick five things that are bringing joy to your life, write a post, and link up with us on the fourth Friday of ever month, NEXT WEEK!!!

We have TWO guest hosts to joining us and can’t wait to hear about what is currently making you smile!

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The Kids Behind The Blog, The Final Link-Up

For the past 18 months I have been sharing monthly interviews with my girls in a series called ‘The Kids Girls Behind The Blog. I have loved doing these posts and sharing more about my ladies with my readers. However, today will be the final link-up of this series.
 
Some of you may be wondering why, so I wanted to be real and give you an honest answer. It really isn’t one reason, it’s several different thing. The biggest of which is a desire, of the hosts, to have one less thing to be committed to. So in an effort to cut some stuff out and scale back, some things just have to go.
 
This has always been a very small link-up and I have so much appreciation for bloggers like Sarah, Dara and Stefanie who have consistently joined us for the long haul. Thank you ladies.
 
Even though the link-up will be over, don’t be surprised one bit if I still post the occasional interview with my girls and continue this series in a more sporadic & laid back way. 
 

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Fall Fashion, OTS Top

I received products in the following post in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

I was on a roll with fashion posts in late 2016 & the beginning of 2017…. and then I slowed down… or pretty much stopped. I think a huge reason why is that they make me feel silly. I don’t like being the one in front of the camera. It’s a foreign and weird concept for me that just makes me feel indescribably awkward.

Where do I look? How do I stand? What do I do with my hands?! And let’s not even talk about facial expressions. All while trying to remember not to slouch, keep the wind from making my hair a hot mess and suck in my pooch. How is all of this for a dose of honesty  πŸ˜†  😯  πŸ™„ ?!

So now you know what was going on in my head while the following photos were taken. But I promised an outfit post after I found the OTS shirt of my dreams and I wanted to deliver.

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Choosing My Battles

 


If there is one lesson I have learned over the past 9+ years of being a mom, it’s that I need to choose my battles, and choose them wisely. Today I want to share about my silly six-year-old and how we are learning to find each other in the middle.

There are some things in life that are important to me, but there are lots of things that are very important to the super spunky and energetic girl who calls me mama. For example: being able to wear mismatched socks, creating beautiful & “super cool” outfits, and having free rein to let her wild hair go untamed as much as possible.

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