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Why is Blogging so hard?

Like so many others, I’ve been trying to break into the world of blogging. And like so many of those before me, I’ve been having my butt handed back to me, after it’s been severely kicked.
It’s been more years than I care to reveal, in which I’ve been trying to make a meaningful impact in the blogging universe. Need I say, that I’ve been met by a great resistance?
I’ve called it quit several times, but after a short hiatus I find myself back at it again. Something inside of me just won’t let it go. I guess, unconsciously, I’m determined to succeed and conqueror what I set out to do, so long ago.
For the last couple of months, I’ve been concocting  a foolproof attack plan, as it pertains to my blogging efforts.
I’ve been soliciting advice, reading countless bloggers success stories, pinning (and actually going to the sites) and reading every single link that I come across on Pinterest.
I’ve learned about linking up, hosting giveaways, having Twitter parties, creating strong SEO, supporting other blogs and marketing my own blog. I’m still trying to figure out how to start reviewing products (fingers crossed). I’ve decided on who will host my new and improved website. I’ve even laid out how I want my new website to be designed (now I just have to find a blog designer). But, my biggest weapon has got to be my blog binder!
I hadn’t a clue as to what a blog binder was. Matter of fact, I never knew such a thing even existed! After visiting several blogs and realizing that a blog binder is an essential item to running a kick-butt blog, I jumped on the bandwagon and created one.
Originally, I pieced one together. I was happy with it. It was simple. It would get me off to a good start. It would do!
Just when I was gushing over my little creation, I ran across this wonderful pin about blogging on Pinterest.
After going through the extensive lists of printable blog planners, from various bloggers, I decided to scrap mines and go with one from the list.
I’m glad that I did. Only because  now, I feel well prepared. I don’t feel like this planner is missing anything. Every single detail has been covered and now the rest is up to me!
So what is a blog binder?
A blog binder is a blogger’s best friend. A blog binder keeps the blogger organized and on task! It houses everything necessary to run an efficient blog: a yearly planning calendar, daily duties and to do lists. There’s a section to jot down notes. There’s a social media checklist, SEO ranking. There’s a place to keep track of reviews and giveaways. There’s a section for your future blog ideas and a whole slew of other things. All the great bloggers advise they you create one for yourself.
To follow are a few pics of my binder!

monthly calendar

Blank monthly calendar with note section at the bottom.

weekly calendar

Weekly calendar with to do space at the bottom.

I placed all of my pages in protective covers and I separated each section with dividers.


I also placed some empty protective covers in the back to hold pics, business cards, etc. As my children will now have voice on my blog, I inserted several more blanks calendars in the back for them to use. I prefer they have their own calendar to write on versus using mines!

I’m super excited and can’t wait to put all of my newfound knowledge to work. Wish me luck!

Here’s the link from which I downloaded my blog planner:
www. homeschoolcreations.net
You can find the extensive list of blogger planners here: bloggingwithsimplystacie

or on my Blogging Pinterest board!


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Where the hell I’ve been all year!

My intentions were to increase the number of blog post that I make every week in 20-13. I thought I’d start this new way of blogging on the first day  of the New Year, but turns out that wasn’t the case.
To my surprise I wasn’t mentally ready to write each and every day, like I thought I was.
What I found out was, I needed to think.
I needed to seriously sit down and think. I needed to reflect on what was going on in my life and all of the thoughts swirling around in my head.
Like most people, seems I have plenty going on. Most of which will make pretty interesting blog posts and discussions.
So, I’m finally organized (which turns out, is KEY!) and I’ve set an agenda for my blogging, as well as for my other writings.

Up first: open letters. Since “open letters” are all the rage, I might as well share a few of mines. I have some penned to my daughters, my sons, the deadbeat dads, my own fabulous mom and dad, fake friends…..just to name a few. This oughta be real interesting, eh?
I’m really looking forward to sharing my undefined, variety filled blog with all of you this year…..and  for many more years to come!


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The Versatile Blogger Award – Yippee

I am a recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award!! Yippee!!

Words can never express how grateful I was, and still am, for having being nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Ms. MommyHH6. Being nominated and recognized for my blog work reassures me that there is indeed, a place for me in the enormous world of blogging. I am so honored at the kindness of Ms. MommyHH6 and her nomination of my work.

Ms. MommyHH6 uses her blogging platform to focus on moms. She is an Army wife, a mother and an advocate for special needs. Her blog is truly versatile. She hosts product and book reviews. There are a rotation of topics made by Ms. MommyHH6, as well as guest bloggers covering: cooking simply, cleaning and laundry tips, organizing for home and life, children’s activities, special needs family tips, military life and “Just for Mom”. Once a week, Ms. MommyHH6 makes a personal post,then there’s a surprise Sunday post and a special “6” list. If you’re looking for a blog that has it all, you’ll find that with Ms. MommyHH6.

Ms. MommyHH6 is an awesome blogger and very engaging. I like that she’s so supportive and actually interacts with her readers. All around great person to know and connect with. Please visit and follow her blog, you will not be disappointed!

Ms. MommyHH6

Here’s more information about the Versatile Blogger Award

If you get the award, here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that gave you the award in a blog post & link back to their blog
  2. Pass the award on to 15 bloggers you follow
  3. Include 7 random things about yourself in your post
  4. Include the rules in your post
  5. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog

There are so many great blogs/bloggers are there. Oh, how I wish I could nominate you all.

Well, here are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award. They are:

1) Exceptionalistic


2) You Know It Happens At Your House Too

My Photo

3) House Kaboodle

4) 2Wired2Tired

5) Not Blessed Mama

My Photo

6) Cassandra’s Corner

My Photo

7) Team Ibrahim


8) My Story My Life My Recovery

Profile Picture

9) Always A Red Head

Cocoa and I









10) Things I Can’t Say

11) Little Becky Homecky

12) Diamonds, Dog Tags & Diapers

13) With Just a Bit of Magic

14) Mom to Bed By 8/Iowa Mom Modern Green Living

Food Blogger

15) Cofessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama

Those are my noms! I think you ladies are truly special!

7 Random Things About Me:

1) I cuss like a sailor

2) I’m a daddy’s girl (Yes! At 35, I still am!)

3) I talk to myself out loud

4) I can’t keep a secret

5) I’ve yet to complete anything that I ever started writing

6) I still daydream and use my imagination daily

7) I believe in the impossible

Again, I’m so honored that Ms. MommyHH6 thought so much of me! Thank you! I’ll never be able to say it enough!

Bloggingly yours,


“A Writer Mom”





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The Last Day

Today signifies the last of a few different things. Today’s the last day of my first-time ever participating in a blogathon (Post a Day in May). Today was also the last day of school for my children. It was the last day, of my oldest daughter being a middle-schooler. Much has been accomplished and many milestones surpassed, and I couldn’t be any prouder. Each of us feels accomplished in our own individual right.

Tomorrow ushers in a new month, it also bring news challenges along with it. Nothing will come that we cannot handle or at least to attempt to handle. For now though, we’re going to enjoy the fruits of all of our labor.

So long to the month of May 2012.

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Happy Hour!

After much convincing, my girlfriends talked me into going to Happy Hour at a local Steakhouse this evening. With the exception of me, everyone has met up and gone, the last two Fridays. I just didn’t want to be in the bar atmosphere, so I opted out of going with them. One of my friends found a little steakhouse to go to instead of going to a “bar”, so I agreed to go there.

I’ve been so looking forward to today, so much so that I figured out what I was going to wear and laid it all out the other day. I’ve even gone so far as to prepare my children for my going on. I’ve told them, “I’m going out with the girls for a little while Friday. I won’t be gone long, in fact, it’ll still be a little light outside when I get back home.” I successfully got all of them on board with my going out.

I’ve really been excited about going out, sitting around eating, drinking and talking with my girls ………………………………………………….. all-for-NOTHING!

The organizer of this little shindig, sent all of us a text message a little while ago, explaining that she’s not feeling well and would like to reschedule for next Friday.  Sadly, I agreed to meet up next week.

Turns out, I’ll be doing tonight, what I’ve mastered to do best watching television in my bedroom, by myself!

No “Happy Hour” for me!


P.S. I know the kids are going to be happy!

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The 20 Month Old Check-Up

Yesterday Baby Zayah met her 20th month of being in this world.

Today we went for a check-up to mark the occasion.

Zayah gained 3 pounds since the last visit (at 18 months) YAAAAAY!

After she was given two shots, I was instructed to give her Miralax and a Fleet Baby Enema for the EXTREME constipation. Huh?

Then I was ordered to return in one week to check how well she’s passing her bowels (which should be at least once a day, by the way)

Needless to say, my day was filled with going to the doctor’s office, sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, then sitting in the examining room of the doctor’s office, sitting and waiting some more in the examination room of the doctor’s office, seeing the doctor, being given very strict orders to follow by the doctor, going on a run to the pharmacy to pick of the necessary prescriptions to carry out the strict orders, inserting a suppository in my baby’s rectum, then cleaning up all the aftermath as a result of the enema…….

it’s safe to say that turning 20 months has by far been our worse milestone!

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Still No Twitter Button?

Adding a “Follow Me on Twitter” button has proven to be the most difficult task this side of tarnation for me! I have read all of the support sites, which try to walk you step-by-step on how to add the dang blasted button and still NOTHING! Well, I take that back. There has been something, just not the something that I’ve been trying to get! I want the cute little moving bird widget or something just as cute, but all that I’m getting is part of the code that I copied to show up.

I won’t let this discourage me. I will continue to revamp this blog and make it as fancy as everyone elses. I am determined! For now I’ll just move onto something else and come back to adding the Twitter button later! Any suggestions as to what I should include in my blog?

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