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Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
I am not a very tech savvy person, I have said that openly many times. I thought I was as in I know how to do the main stuff like Facebook and Microsoft Word but as far as coding or any of that… Nope! It took me awhile to figure out WordPress! It was a life saver when I came across this one blog that literally walked me through it all and I decided to give credit where credit is due! The reason I have a functioning blog is because of this one blogger who I am so thankful I came across!
That blogger, and who I am so happy to share with you, is Suzi at StartAMomBlog. She has helped me so much! When you are at the very beginning stages of blogging it all seems so overwhelming! She helped walk me through the steps and what to do to be successful. I wish I was as strict at staying consistent as she is though. I would be a lot further along than I am if I was adamant about working on it every day. Also I do have shiny object syndrome that has gotten me in trouble as well! I will see another ebook or course that specializes in email marketing or Pinterest and I end up taking that and not staying on course! Plus I am not consistent so you can see how this has been a struggle!
Blog By Number Course
I didn’t want anyone to feel that I was pushing a course on them by talking about how great Suzi’s course is but then I realized I was only hurting you by not sharing it. Suzi has so many wonderful courses but for my readers that are just starting out you would definitely want to start with the Blog By Number Course.
That is the course that I took and it’s very inexpensive. You may have heard me mention it before in other posts but I wanted to take time now to write a whole post only about it because she has some awesome Black Friday deals coming out!
Suzi did a soft launch of the Black Friday sales to test them out and called it Grey Friday. My sister actually grabbed one of the bundles she was offering and got two for the price of one!
You can check out her courses and ebooks right here! Take a look at them and see which one is best for you and then be on the look out for her Black Friday sale. She launched her Grey Friday last Friday and no one knows the winning bundle yet and I would assume that we won’t until next week. I hope not right before Black Friday but no one knows yet!
If you want a sneak peak at what the bundles where on Grey Friday to know what the possible Black Friday special will be then I can share that with you!
The Ultimate Bundle to Start Your Mom Blog
- 5 Course Bundle – Blog by Number, List by Number, Theme by Number, Ebook by Number and The 9 Step Blog Plan
- Valued at $245 – Now $147 (40% OFF)
Perfect for Student Who Have Completed Blog by Number
- 3 Course Bundle – List by Number, Theme by Number and Ebook by Number
- Valued at $171 – Now $97 (43% OFF)
Great for Beginners
- 2 Course Bundle – Blog by Number, The 9 Step Blog Plan and 200 Stock Images
- Valued at $97 – Now $47 (50% OFF)
Those were the special bundles that were offered and only one was the winner so we will see soon which one it was!
I personally have purchased three of her courses and so far the Blog By Number is my favorite one! Again it is the main reason I even have a blog right now so I am a little partial to that one!
What Makes Suzi So Great?
You may be thinking well that’s all fine and dandy but what makes her an expert? Well, she may not even call herself an expert but she has proven she knows what she is talking about. Suzi started her blog when she was pregnant with baby number two and grew her blog as well as her belly. After a year of blogging she was making over $9,000 a month! Year two of her blog she did the same thing as the first and grew her blog and her belly with baby number three. Now her blog makes $20,000+ a month and she has three kids 3 and under. If that doesn’t show you she knows what she is doing I don’t know what else will!
Three kids 3 and under is amazing in itself! But then to be able to start and successfully grow a blog while helping thousands of others start and grow theirs is just amazing to me!!
One and Apparently Done
After 7 years of trying for baby number two I had come to accept God’s plan and now I have fully realized He knows me way better than I know myself. It feels like I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the one I got! I can’t image more! Plus this way we get to give her more than we would have been able to….that’s the silver lining we try and find of the situation.
Now, if you are like me and you want to start a blog and you need help finding time, learning the latest techniques and programs, and you need someone that will give you the straight and honest answer then Suzi is the way to go!
I am always learning so much from her. I love reading her emails and seeing her go live on Facebook because I know I am going to learn something new. She proves that you don’t have to be perfect to be successful! Suzi does all of her blogging with her kids so there is normally one of them in the video or in the background. She doesn’t worry about everything being all perfect she just does it and does a great job at it!
As you can tell I think very highly of her and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone! Don’t miss out on her Black Friday special! I know I will be watching to see if it is something I don’t already have that I can get a good deal on! Not that her prices are very reasonable as is!
I hope you take a second to look around at her products and because I love them all so much I of course am an affiliate for them! So please if you decide to get one of her amazing products use my affiliate link I would greatly appreciate it!
Affiliate link to all of Suzi’s products right here!
Happy Holidays Everyone!!
Why I Love My MacBook Pro Especially For Blogging!
Are you new to blogging? Or have you been thinking about possibly starting a blog? This was me not long ago so I understand your struggles! One of my struggles was my laptop. We had an old desk top and laptop. They worked but all the programs were slow and we just kept getting viruses. As you may know once you get a virus your computer is just never the same!
One time my husband opened something through Facebook and in a matter of seconds our whole computer was locked up with a big skull and cross bones on the front. That was back in 2008 so a lot has changed since then but many people have had similar experiences.
It is a scary thought that you could lose everything like that in an instant and who can afford to go have it all cleaned up and fixed? Then will it ever actually be fully back to normal? It seemed like we were always buying expensive virus protection for our already expensive computer!
Not a tech-savvy person
I myself am not a professional when it comes to computers themselves. All the techy mumbo jumbo is not my strong point but it is my husband’s. I more understand the programs on the computer like Excel, WordPress, Powerpoint, Quickbooks…those different things and those are what he doesn’t get so we balance each other out.
So for my birthday two years ago my husband surprised me with a new apple laptop. This was my first apple computer. I used to be an android person but had made the switch to an iPhone a few years back and I love my iPhone and our iPads so seemed right that I would like my new MacBook Pro…and I DO!
Now, I’m not saying that you need to run out and buy yourself a new laptop but I am saying that if you are already in the market for one then this post will share why I love my MacBook Pro so much! Especially as a mommy blogger!
Why I love my MacBook Pro!
1.) It is small thin and sleek
I can carry it around and it weighs nothing compared to my Toshiba. Let’s face it apple has everyone beat hands down on appearance on all of it’s products. It is the perfect size for me to stick in my bag and feel like I can take it to the park and not be carrying around another 10 pound item.
2.) No expensive anti-virus
Again this falls into the techy stuff but my husband said that apple is protected and we don’t need to buy or install any anti-virus protection. You may want to double check that but I haven’t had to do anything and I have been fine for 2 years now!
3.) Apple loves apple
If you have other apple products then they are all smart and connect to each other. I have an apple watch, two iPads, and my husband and I each have an iPhone. Now my husbands isn’t connected because it has his apple i.d. on his phone but all the others have my i.d. so if someone calls me everything in the house starts ringing! I can answer phone calls on my laptop so I don’t even have to get up and try and run around to find my phone. I just hit answer and start talking while still being able to blog away! Same goes for text messages for people who also have an iPhone. I can answer their texts on my laptop.
4.) Apple Watch
This one is similar to above. If you have an apple watch it will connect with your MacBook Pro and as soon as you open your laptop it will unlock your computer simply by wearing your apple watch. Now don’t worry no one can just take your watch and use it to open your laptop. The watch knows if it is being worn or not and then you have to enter a code you created to unlock your watch. You only have to re-enter the code when you take it off and put it back on. So as long as you are wearing the watch and you have entered your code it will then recognize it is you and when you open your laptop it will unlock your laptop for you.
5.) The battery life
The battery on this thing is awesome! This is another important feature for any device. No one likes to have to recharge things all the time. The battery on the MacBook Pro lasts several days and then when I need to charge it, it charges very fast! I have been super impressed and happy with it.
6.) Multiple Tabs
Here is some more techy stuff I don’t understand but you can have several tabs open on your browser. This one is a big deal for me because when I am researching something I will open several tabs to reference back to an article I am reading. It just seems like I always have several tabs open and I can bounce back and forth between them easily with no delay or reloading.
7.) Stick notes
One of the features on the MacBook Pro is it has sticky notes that you can have up on your home screen. I love this for important things I don’t want to forget. I have a sticky note up on my screen so I don’t forget!
8.) Bluetooth mouse
My laptop came with a bluetooth mouse. I personally don’t use a mouse very often I always use the touch pad on the laptop itself. But my husband prefers the mouse and no one likes cords so that is pretty cool it comes with a bluetooth mouse!
Speaking of the touch pad and mouse…there are different commands you can use on them for shortcuts. To get to one screen to the other you make a certain motion with your fingers. There are several different commands you can do using the motion of your fingers and it works on both the touch pad and the mouse!
10.) Apps and easy downloads
Even though apple doesn’t come with Microsoft programs like Word, Excel, or Powerpoint you can download them. It was very inexpensive as I chose the monthly option of a few dollars a month. I downloaded those programs to my computer and they work perfectly and they have been a wonderful help for my blog! There are also all kinds of apps you can download as well!
These next three are great for bloggers. I started my blog long after I got this laptop and when I was learning how to create images and how to record my screen, I was thinking I would have to buy these programs. But then with a little searching on my laptop I found I already had these options!
11.) Screen shot.
I know other people who have downloaded programs to be able to take a “screen grab” but the MacBook Pro let’s you take a screen shot and it automatically saves it for you. Mine goes straight to my home screen so I can go there and edit it very quickly and easily.
12.) Edit pictures
You can easily edit pictures like I said. I can crop them and edit the size of them so the file is only so big so I can upload it to WordPress or wherever!
13.) Video recording.
This was a great discovery for me. I wanted to make videos and record my screen as I did things to be able to share with my readers and I didn’t want to have to buy one more thing for my blog. Then like I said I did a little research and discovered that I already had that option for free with my MacBook Pro!
14.) Still like brand new
Lastly, I think that the fact that I have had my laptop for two years now and it is still very fast and up to date says a lot right there! It seems like just like cars the second you buy a phone or computer it is out of date and there is something new available. Apple will send me a notification and I can update my laptop and keep it relevant and up to speed. It works just as well today as it did the first day I got it! Maybe even better because now I know way more about it and how to use it!
Again, I am not trying to persuade you to go buy a new laptop but more than anything I just wanted to give a shout out to how awesome mine is! I was shocked when my husband surprised me with it but I use it everyday all day and I love it so much! It just makes things run so much more smoother when you have the proper programs and equipment!
As I have learned more and more about my MacBook Pro I just keep thinking “oh my gosh this thing is awesome!” So I had to share!
Does anyone else have an apple computer and have any more cool tricks they could share with me?! I would love to hear them!
P.S. If you haven’t started your mom blog yet the take my 30-Day Challenge to Start a Blog and I can help you get started!
10 Ways To Stop Procrastinating and Get More Organized
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I don’t know if you have problems with procrastinating like I do but here are 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized!
This has always been a struggle for me. My mom is bad about it too so at least I know where I get it from. It started when I was in school. I would do anything other than my homework or clean my room. I would choose more fun things and put off the not so fun things.
As I became an adult, mother and wife putting things off can end up to be a really bad thing! You have to be prepared and use your time wisely if you want things to get done. Same goes for blogging. I will put my mommy and wifey duties first and blogging last but then guess what? My blog can’t grow like I want it to without me working on it!
So I sat down and really thought about the things that are making me procrastinate on my blog…and at least those things were still mostly productive things. Like again cleaning the house, cooking supper, homework, etc. but with two dogs in the house I could clean all day everyday and still be covered in dog hair. I decided I needed to put my blog on the top of the list instead of the prize at the end.
These are the 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized that I found to help me find time to be more productive with my blog!
1. Identify what takes up your time.
Facebook: Whether we like to admit it or not I believe we all have this same time waster and that is social media or for me mainly Facebook. I just love to watch all the animal videos and read all the funny memes and I won’t even notice but 30 minutes can go by in the blink of an eye!
Cleaning: Not everyone will probably have this one but I have a hard time focusing on my blog when there are dirty dishes in the sink or laundry piling up. I feel like I need to be doing those so I will work on those first then my blog. Which as you know dishes and laundry are endless pits and they magically fill back up so I have been telling myself they can wait.
Over thinking: This one is a very hard one for me. I over analyze everything and it can paralyze me at times. I won’t be able to actually get anything done because I am over thinking it all too much. I have been telling myself just do it, stop thinking, just do it! My husband is that way he works circles around 3 normal people and sometimes I feel like I’m lucky to get anything accomplished! We have very different personalities though. Sometimes mine is better because I think before acting but then sometimes his is better but he gets more done. Either way I do know over thinking is not the answer!
Husbands/Kids: It is too easy for our families to ask mom for help with everything or they go about their lives while mom handles everything else. Well just like a normal job, your blog needs attention, time, and effort. All the other stuff will have to wait. When I end up cleaning and putting all that stuff first and then think I am going to work on my blog later that’s when my husband walks in the door and wants to spend time together. Of course I want to too but sometimes I need to just say no I need to get this done on my blog. I actually just tried it last night and he was completely supportive! Same goes for the kids. When of course don’t want to push our kids aside to work but we can’t have it the other way around either. They has to be an equal balance.
2. Reorganize Your Schedule
This is a close to what we talked about above but with a little different spin. What I mean by that the order in which you do things through out they day will help you accomplish more too. Just like how I said I would put cleaning first and blogging second. I switched those around. I got myself in the blogging zone in the morning so after lunch I felt like I had accomplished something. I could then not feel guilty taking the afternoon to get caught up on cleaning and preparing supper and be ready for when my daughter gets off the bus to work on homework. I still got the things done that I wanted to get done but instead of blogging being at the end of the day where it was too easy to be pushed off it was moved to the beginning of the day so it was for sure getting done.
Another great thing to put at the very beginning of the day is working out. It takes 30 minutes and can be well worth it on the productivity of your day. Working out helps get me in the right gear to get more done in the day. It of course has health benefits as well but who cares about that right?! Just kidding! But really you can’t go wrong with putting a workout in your day!
3. Make A List
Make a list of the things you want to accomplish during the day and then map out your day. At the beginning of the day I think about all the things that need to be done. Between what’s for supper, is tonight gymnastics, what yards need to be mowed (we have a small lawn care company), have I billed everyone for said yards, where am I at on my blog etc. it can get overwhelming.
If I don’t write it all down then I forget and things don’t get done. If I make a list and I see what all needs to be done then I just start chipping away at that list and I love seeing those things get crossed off that list! When I get to the end of the list I feel so good! I feel like I can relax a little and that I have earned it! Also having that list you can see the order in which things need to be done. If there are things that need to all be done while you are in town then group them together. Things that need to be done at home then group them. Then multiple things can be done at once and crossed off the list all at once!
4. Give Yourself A Time Limit
Allow yourself only so long to do each thing you need to accomplish that day. Set a time limit for each item. This sets a sense of urgency when you see you only have X amount of time left to finish that item. This also keeps you from spending too much time on one item. I do the budgeting for our family so on every Friday I like to see where we are. Pay day Friday I map everything out and then the next Friday I see how we are doing.
I enjoy doing this and I like to plan ahead and see what all we can save or pay off so I have been able to waste a whole day doing it! Like I said I really enjoy it and with a mapped out plan it makes me feel better seeing where we could be if we follow that plan. Now life has a funny way of not caring about what you have planned so it never works perfectly but at least I tried! It shouldn’t take all day or even hours but I can end up spending hours.
This is when I have to set a timer. It should only take 30mins-1hour tops. Also the time works great for cleaning because I see that oven timer ticking down and I really rush to get it done so I can be more productive with my day!
5. Pick Up The Pace
I have a very laid back personality so I can just mosey along with my day and get half as much done as I could of if I would have just picked up the pace. Like I said with my husband. The reason he can work circles around 3 normal people is because he only has one gear….fast! He is 6’4 so I don’t know if it’s because he has long legs or if he is just always in go mode but I can’t walk with him at the store he always leaves me in the dust and I will even be trying hard to keep up! So I have tried hard while working on my to do list to pick up the pace. It works great along with #4 and setting a timer. It just lights a little fire under you to get more done in your day.
Now some people say this can cause you to be less productive but I’m not talking about talking on the phone while typing a blog post. I am talking about turning on the washer and dish washer first so they can run while you are vacuuming. If you multitask and do things in the right order you will get more done during the day.
Maybe you listen/watch a blog video while you are cooking supper or folding laundry instead of watching T.V. Maybe you type a blog post out on your phone while you are waiting for gymnastics practice to be over instead of scrolling on Facebook.
The other day I had to drive 3 hours to meet with my friend so instead of listening to the radio I listened to videos from my favorite blogger to help better myself. We all multitask already but choosing better things to do while multitasking will make a huge difference.
7. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier
We all know this is a great one that is easier said than done. I am not a morning person so waking up earlier is hard for me. Again to use my husband as an example he wakes up 4-5am and goes hard until 9-10pm. I tell him all the time to wake me up earlier and he laughs because it is like mission impossible! The problem is you don’t want to give yourself less sleep time. Sleep is good for us! What needs to be down is going to bed on time and waking up good time.
I have always been a night owl and never an early riser but when I had to for work and to have my daughter on the bus by 6:56am it became easier and I got more done and went to bed earlier. I have found that if I stay up 30 minutes later that I start my day off tired and grumpy and I get less done during the day. If I go to bed on time but wake up 30 minutes earlier I still have that same 30 extra minutes but I am much more productive!
8. Meal Prep
I didn’t realize just how amazing meal prepping is! I knew to eat healthier that meal prepping made all the difference but what I didn’t know is how meal prepping saves so much time and headache! I grew up with never knowing whats for supper each night and my mom would wing it every night. Mind you I understand how frustrating it can be to be the only one that is in charge of every single meal but I just wasn’t raised to be organized and prepared. I developed that later on as an adult. But planning out each meal for the week and making sure you have all the ingredients isn’t as hard as I use to make it be and then I just look at the menu and start cooking! I will have everything already chopped and prepped so then I just quickly throw it together and bam supper! It has made a huge difference! Also it has helped our budget extremely because my husband doesn’t just order something because supper is already ready when he walks in the door from work!
9. It’s Okay To Say No
This one goes along the lines of the time wasters. I am very bad about telling people no. If someone invites us over for supper when I know I should be working on my blog I will fell guilty like I have to say yes so I do then my blog gets pushed back. If someone asked us to go on a boat ride….that one is hard to say no to but it doesn’t help me with my blog when I’m behind. If the door bell rings and it’s the neighbor kids wanting my daughter to play, every once in awhile it’s okay to say no. You may be thinking why does that matter? But they like to play at my house which is great but then it’s constant in and out, laughing screaming, letting the dogs out, and so on…which is awesome fun for my daughter but no help with me working on my blog. I recently had a hard time saying no and I felt guilty about it but good about it later. My neighbor asked if I could watch her daughter and I told her no which bothered me but darn it my life is important and my blog is important too and it deserve my attention! So it is okay to say no!
Spark is a complete LIFE SAVER! If you haven’t heard of it then let me just change your life real quick! Spark is an amazing health energy drink. I have never had a monster or any of those types of energy drinks and I was VERY skeptical about this one. Spark is made by AdvoCare and isn’t sold in stores. You can only get it from a distributor. My bestie had signed up and finally talked me into trying it and it is like liquid gold. I am very stingy with it. I’m not gonna lie I do not like to share it at my house….it is happy mom juice so no one takes it from me! I will try not to go on and on about it because I most definitely could. I became the productive mom I had always dreamed about being because of spark. I would drag all day and drink coffee and Mountain Dew trying to have energy to get through the day.
Then like I said my friend gave me some to try and it was like all the lights came on and I was full of good energy! I was getting up at 5:30 working out, working all day, cooking and cleaning and going strong until 10-11pm. I would drink one in the morning and one in the afternoon. My favorite flavor is fruit punch and I no longer drink coffee or pop (soda, I’m from Kansas and it’s called pop). It sugar free and full of vitamins and goodies so in return I even lost weight! I of course ended up signing up to be a distributor because of the huge discount so if you want more information I would be happy to share! It’s just another amazing thing that changed my life and I would be selfish not to share with you ladies!
My best advice to stop procrastinating and get more organized are these 5 simple words…
MASSIVE ACTION SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS
I heard that long ago and it clicked with me. I wrote it on a note and stuck it on my fridge so I could see it everyday. It would remind me that even if I didn’t know where to start, I just needed to start. I just needed to get moving and the rest would work itself out! Keep moving forward!
I hope these 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized helped you! I would love to here any of your helpful ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized or to hear if any of these ways helped you!
I have learned so much about time management and blogging from my good friend Suzi! I read her ebook Blog By Number to help get me started. Her ebooks and courses have made all the difference for me! I am in the middle of taking one of her courses right now! I will let you know how it goes!