Today to my surprise I was nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Awardby Meghna Dixit from Love, Life & The Little One. It warms by heart to know that bloggers are supporting one another.
I started blogging after I became a stay at home mother. Sitting in the house all day, only talking to your kids can put a damper on your social interaction. I started Taylor411 to offer advice to parents and connect with others through my blog and social media.
Blogging has been an amazing adventure. I’ve met so many inspiring and interesting people. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some really great companies. Blogging is very time consuming and there is a lot of work that’s involved. Writing content is just the beginning. Advertising your blog and keeping up with your social media platforms seems to take up the most time. However, my followers make it all worth while. You all are truly amazing. I’ve learned from you just as much as you learn from me.
Blogging has become a big part of my life. It is my job! I don’t get paid as much as a regularly 40- hour work week but I enjoy it. I hope to continue this journey for a long time and continue meeting awesome people like you!
My advice to new bloggers:
Always remember why you started blogging in the first place. Blogging can easily get overwhelming at times. Its very time consuming and takes a lot of hard work. At times, I’ve wanted to give up, but then I remember why I started blogging in the first place. Don’t let the work take the fun out of your blog. Enjoy it and work at your own pace.
Don’t be easily influenced. There’s many times that I’ve wanted to change my niche just from reading other post. I want to post about a popular topic at the time. However, I always remember, that’s not me. I want to post about what I believe in and enjoy! Stick to what suits you, not others.
Thank you Meghna Dixit for nominating me for this wonderful award. I now nominate:
Many of these blogs were around, way before I started blogging. They’ve been an inspiration to me and Taylor411. These ladies have always offered advice and help. Not to mention they always have amazing content and the best articles. You all truly deserve the Mom Blogger Recognition Award. Always remember that all your work is appreciated! Thanks for all you continue to do!
Rules of participating in Blogger Recognition Award
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Yesterday my family joined together to celebrate Easter. Joining together on the holidays and birthdays is very common for us. My mother, sister in law, and I usually take turns hosting the event. So far, they’ve always been a huge success. With so many new grand children being welcomed into the family, our family is expanding fast. So, it’s very important that we always celebrate an event that is kid friendly.
Now that the weather is finally warm, we hope to host some outdoor events soon. Tonight, I gathered some fun, exciting outdoor games from around the web. These games are both adult and child friendly. I hope your family and mine will enjoy them.
Giant Bubble Recipe– Learning and Exploring Through Play shares her Giant Bubble Recipe. Bubbles are always a fun game for children, and adults. Who doesn’t love bubbles?
Water Balloon Toss– Water balloons are always great for warmer weather. A Girl and a Glue Gun shares a really fun idea on Water Balloon Toss.
Pool Noodle Ring Toss- Mission to Save shares an awesome game that looks fun for the whole family. Pool Noodle Ring Toss is a game you must try with the family.
Squirt Gun Races Obstacle Course– This Grandma is Fun puts a new twist on squirt guns and plastic cups. Squirt Gun Races Obstacle Course is an exciting game to get everyone involved.
DIY Bean Bag Toss– Mod Podge Rocks shares an exciting game of DIY Bean Bag Toss. The supplies are easy to make. Meanwhile your whole family will enjoy this game.
Fill the Bucket Outdoor Water Game– The Resourceful Mama has a wonderful Fill the Bucket Outdoor Water Game. I know the game would be a huge hit on those hot summer days.
Whether you are having a huge family get together, or you just want to have fun with your children outside. These games are perfect to bring fun and excitement. All of these games are sure to get your family interacting together as well. Have fun with one another and enjoy each one another’s company.
Not only do we teach our children but everyday we can learn from them as well. Today’s guest blogger, Suzy Richards from rocketparents.com shares 10 important things that adults can learn from kids.
At our adult stage in life, we tend to focus so much on the things revolving around us. We forget about the easiest things life offers and we forget how to experience life to the fullest. We lose the easiness of letting ourselves go and living each moment happily. Our perspective about life is very serious with each activity aimed to yield an outcome. Whereas kids have a distinct perspective that allows them to live by the day, experiencing everything yet leaving us with questions as to why they are always so joyful. Be positive
For a kid, everything about life is always from a positive perspective. Regardless of the hard times or troubles these little angels have optimism beyond compare. Unlike us adults, we are so pessimistic about life to the point of choosing to accept that life isn’t fair as many adults say. It wouldn’t hurt to be positive about the times we have and the experiences we undergo. Kids are a clear lesson that no matter the circumstances we don’t need to stress. We just need an optimistic view about life.
Smile and laugh
Over time we tend to lose the joy and happiness within us. But for kids, they laugh and smile every chance they get. That humorous side kids have is neither paid for nor forced. Unlike for adults who have to pay for comedy shows in order to enjoy a very natural reflex that is just inborn.
Open yourself to experiences
It is amazing how for kids it’s just easy to reach out to the things that make them happy. They always follow their hearts despite of the discrimination or differentiation that it may come with. As far they are happy, they will do it. For grownups whether rolling in the mud or swinging makes us happy we will tend to hold ourselves from letting it go and just going for it. This limits us from experiencing the highest level of being happy. They teach us that it’s neither embarrassing nor shameful to pick out the things that make us happy and simply enjoying them.
Be in touch with emotions
When a kid is happy he or she will smile, when sad there’s a frown, when hurt there’s a cry. They are so in touch with their emotions that they feel and experience each one of them with depth and intensity. Selfishly as adults, we don’t have that magical touch of feeling each emotion and its wave of intensity. It’s beautiful to experience our feelings without restriction or thinking about what others think of it. For example, when a kid writes some birthday quotes for his or her mother he or she shares the deep love between both of them. Unlike most adults who barely can wish their moms a happy birthday let alone remember when her birthday is.
As grownups, a tendency of closing up to what we really think of things becomes a part of us that is very selfish and inconsiderate. It’s a learning experience from kids that everyone’s opinion matters and is greatly significant to be heard instead of having a hypocritical side due to our competitive nature. A kid will be outright that she doesn’t like an outfit in case you ask. But if you ask somebody else they will rather lie to you instead of being open about it. Open-mindedness creates an open field for critique and honesty hence avoiding unnecessary conflicts and exaggeration of very small arguments erupting to very hurtful situations.
Appreciate the smallest gifts of life
Kids cherish each and every thing that life offers regardless of how minuet it is. May it be an ant or the tiniest speck of dust? They possess a perspective of making it fun and making memories with it despite their so thought insignificance to the adult world. No matter how small any experience is to us as adults for them it means another wondrous happy experience that they deeply cherish without any judgment. It would be a happier world if we would at least try to appreciate the tiniest of things that life bestows in our lives.
Take everything life offers with ease
The seriousness of life comes with mainly a focus on the unfairness, inhuman, and a significant weight on how hard life is. With everyday activities, we tend to be stressed out and at times depressed with life. Yet for kids life for them is easy because they don’t place too much worth on the worldly issues. This helps them learn what life is about, but after all, they followed their hearts and lived the moment. Parents can learn to be easy with life in order to create an arena of experiencing life without strain or vulnerability to stress and depression.
Behealthy and hygienic
It may come as a surprise to many that kids are able to give their bodies what it needs without placing priorities to other things. When a kid wants to eat he or she will eat, if it’s time for bed they sleep and on time. They do not restrict themselves when it comes to basic care. We can learn from them instead of working ourselves to sleep or choosing to eat unbalanced diets. It’s an important learning platform to try and have enough sleep by preferably sleeping with your kid and enjoy the benefits of being well rested.
Have unlimited dreams
There’s a distinction in the levels and the ideas each person has. Kids are big dreamers and they follow their dreams with passion and will. Whether it’s our imagination or a daydream it expounds and tests our limits. For kids whether it is achieved or not doesn’t matter as far they dream and imagine how much impact they would have made. If as adults we would try to dream despite the outcome we would have a very rich idealized world.
Take pride in your achievements
Despite life’s hardships, each one has something to take pride in. There is an achievement to every person’s name despite the lack of recognition from those around you. Personally, you know that you have actualized something very significant. Nevertheless, we tend to overlook our efforts and struggles for these works to come to achievement. Kids take pride in their smallest achievements regardless of whether personal or given a hand. Whether a kid graduated from kindergarten or carried plates to the dining table, they own up and pride themselves for that as an achievement. This motivates self-esteem and growth unlike for adults who barely take pride for their achievements.
Conclusively it’s very clear that as adults we can learn a lot from kids in the way we embrace life. Kids effortlessly live their lives to the fullest with ease, grace and are so much in tune with the world and what it offers. This is a life lesson that just needs observation and emulation.
Bio: Susy Richards is a lovely mother of 3 girls (3 years, 4 years and 5) and a simple woman who is ready to share her priceless experience with other mommies around the world. She is an Advanced Practice Provider who passed birth doula and postpartum doula courses at Childbirth International in 2013. Susy is passionate about providing holistic care and is involved in pregnancy research currently publishing her articles concerning pregnancy on site rocketparents.com.
Self-care seems to be a popular topic these days. That’s because people are realizing the importance of self-care. What about the parent who has absolutely zero time for self-care? Well that was me a month ago. I truly thought that I had zero time in my schedule for myself. With caring for my children, husband, household, and my business; I had no time to spare.
That is until I started getting burnt out. I simply started losing joy for simple things in life. I started losing inspiration and motivation for my business. Which was out of the ordinary for me. This is when I came to realize that I needed to make a change. I absolutely love self-care with my family but everyone needs a little time alone.
If you consistently try so get everything accomplished in one day, then you will never have time for self-care. This is where prioritizing is important. I feel that my sanity is more important than a few dishes in the sink. I can put off a load of laundry because it’s not like that pile will ever decrease anyways. I have also faced reality and I know my house will never look perfect. I’m perfectly ok with that too! I know caring for myself is more important than a spotless house.
So now that I have a little time to spare I started tending to my rose bushes in my flower bed. It brings me great pleasure to grow roses. Then I will pick them throughout the summer for fresh bouquets to place around our home. I also started tanning because I’m pale as a ghost and I find tanning very relaxing. It’s 20 minutes that I can sneak off and take a nap, or just enjoy peace in quiet.
As a mother, I know when you do find the few moments to yourself that you don’t have time to do a whole lot. So, what can you do? Here’s a few suggestions on where you can start.
Read a short book or magazine. When you get a minute to yourself, most likely you want to rest. There’s nothing more comforting than sitting in the sun or lying in bed, relaxing to a good story. You can also read as your time allows, then return to the book when you have more free time.
Plant flowers around your home. Plants bring a calm and relaxing feeling. Plant seeds, care for them, and watch your beautiful flowers emerge. Then you can create fresh flower bouquets for your household. You will be getting fresh air and hopefully a little bit of sunshine.
Take a bubble bath. Nothing says relaxation than a tub of warm water and full of bubbles. Whether you get 5 minutes to relax in the tub or a half an hour, enjoy it. I usually take my phone along and listen to some classic rock while I relax in the tub.
Watch your favorite show. I never watch television because I hardly ever have time. Also, the television seems to always be on the cartoon channel. This past weekend I jumped in bed and went on a Netflix binge. It was a nice change to relax and be lazy for a bit. I’m thankful my husband gave me the time to do this.
Start a craft project. Crafting is my go to when I need to relax. When my oldest son was born, I embroidered him his own baby blanket. I’m now working on one for my youngest. It’s been a long work in progress because I don’t have the time that I once did. However, it’s so relaxing to sit down and do embroidery. Find a craft that fits you, this way you will enjoy.
There’s many thing that one can do to enjoy self-care. Whether you have ten minutes or an hour. Self-care is very important. Don’t wait until you get burnt out like I did. Start now even if it’s only a few moments a day. Your body, mind, and all those around you will appreciate it.
I started a tradition of getting Easter photos done every year of my children. This way I know I will have at least one photo of both my kiddos. Back in December I mentioned about doing all of our family photos at home until the boys get older. The main reason being because they hate to sit still, especially for a stranger. I have more time to play around with them and the patience to have them sit and try to make them laugh. I kept our Easter photos fairly simple this year. I made the backdrop out of burlap string and pieces of cut fabric.
I used three different styles of material that I had in my fabric drawers. I cut each strip approximately the same length and height.
After cutting several strips of each fabric, I tied them to the burlap rope in a consecutive order. The end result turned out great for our photo shoot.
For the remaining props, I kept them fairly simple. I didn’t want a lot of distractions for the kids. I use a big mason jar Vase I had and added flowers. Next I added two Easter baskets and lots of plastic eggs.
Overall I spent $3 on this photoshoot. I bought the plastic eggs and both Easter baskets. The remaining props were made from items that I already had at home. So be creative and use stuff around your house if at all possible. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful photo. The best photos are the expressions of the people in them and the memories you will cherish while creating them.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful photo.
Overall I was extremely excited with the end results. The photos turned out great and the kids had a lot of fun with the shoot.
Keep the photoshoot simple so that you and your kiddos can actually enjoy it. Don’t stress for the perfect photo. The fun ones are always the perfect ones.
The limelight isn’t for everyone and that’s perfectly ok. As a mom blogger, I don’t consider myself in the limelight. I run a tiny little blog that I’m very satisfied with. The truth is though my life is out there for people to read.
When I first started this blog, it was a surprise to everyone. My family and friends had no idea that I was going live. My husband was the only one that I discussed my blog with before I went public. His approval was my only concern. He is in my post, the blog is based around our lives, and these are our children.
I’m going to admit, going public is extremely scary! Especially when it’s your life that you’re talking about. The first thing that runs through your mind is the safety of your family. Which is a major concern. Please do your homework on safety precautions that you can take. Then the concern of who will be my target audience and how many people will actually read my content.
The next questions that tend to arise are the questions of approval. Will people like what I’m blogging about or posting on social media? Am I reaching my target audience, or an audience at all? What do people actually think of what I have to say?
After all the questions, you have to answer to social media. Especially if you are posting on social media. Most likely you will always have harsh criticism. There’s always at least one rude comment that you will come across. Luckily, I haven’t experienced that yet. Not everyone will agree with what you have to say, and that’s ok! Your family may also not agree with you posting your laundry out to dry either. However, if this is what you choose to do, then you have to be prepared for everything. Otherwise, you may set yourself up for a big disappointment or a mental breakdown. Whichever comes first. I’m kind of kidding!
My best advice is to write down all of the pros and cons of putting your life out there on the web. Whether your small time or eventually a big time public figure. If the pros outweigh your cons then that’s definitely something to research further. Then possibly going after your passion. Just make sure this is the path that you want to take. Just remember the internet is permanent.
When I started out as a mom, I learned everything the hard way. Family was always offering me advice. However, I had to learn most parenting lessons on my own. I started this blog to help new mothers and offer advice if I had advice to share. I’m here to share my story and to help others. I’ve defiantly thought long and hard about the pros and cons of posting my life on the internet.
The biggest factor in our decision was social media. My family members always post pictures of our family on social media. As do I. Therefore, we are all on the internet already. I post regularly to social media and people are reading my life anyhow. Of course, there’s security features and your audience can be limited, somewhat. So, this was something that I had to take into big consideration. However, we live in the age of technology. So really, it’s not bazaar or out of the ordinary. People are posting their lives every day, and sometimes every second and every meal of the day.
With all that being said, I’m happy about the decision my husband and I made together. Which was, do it! I’ve met hundreds of amazing people that I share stories with. Working with amazing companies that I never would have outside the Internet. I’ve taken advice just as much as I’ve shared. Overall, it has been a joyful experience and I’ve obtained amazing followers!
So, if you blog or regularly post your life on social media than I want to hear from you. Please share with me, why did you choose to go public about your life?
This week while browsing my local resale shop, I came across this beauty. The store has a Facebook page, so I get to shop from home. Of course, the playhouse looks a little rough around the edges but I knew it had potential. The best thing about this playhouse is that the price tag was $45.00. Therefore, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. My children’s favorite thing to do is play outside. So, I want to place this under our tree for them to play in. They never have enough shade in our yard, so this would be perfect.
So, I purchased the playhouse because you should never let a good item pass you by. If the item is old or outdated then you can simply do a makeover. My husband and I took the kids paint shopping. Which was a lot more fun than it sounds.
*Keep in mind when you’re spray painting plastic that you must buy paint made for plastic.
When I purchased the Playhouse, it wouldn’t fit into my vehicle. Luckily the sales man was nice enough to dissemble this for me.
First I painted each piece with the base color. Two coats of paint are recommended. So, when the sun shines on your Playhouse, you won’t see streaks.
Next, I started painting with the additional colors. The first color was hunter green. I started off by painting the door and the roof.
After cleaning the pieces, I started painting the inside pieces red. My toddler actually picked out this color. It’s amazing how good it matches the tan and green..
After the base coat was fully dry, I taped around the shutters and porch lights. Painting the shutters green and the lights red to add some design.
The last step is assembling your Playhouse once it fully dries.
The end result was a huge success. My kids love their new house. We placed the playhouse under a tree for shade. They will have a nice place to rest when summer is in full effect.
This picture is then before and after. Now we want to hear your thoughts. Do you have before and after pictures to share with us? We want to see!