March Blogging Update - 2018

What We’ve Been Up To – March Update

It’s March, how did that happen? It feels like I just finished Blogmas and now it’s our little man’s birthday month already. Time for a little March update on what our fam-jam has been up to!

If I’m being honest with my readers, which I strive to be, I’ve been slacking in the content department. Luckily, I planned really well at the beginning of February which meant that most of March was covered. However, now I’m in a funky place of needing to kick my own self in the butt. It’s not that I don’t want to write, I’ve just been taking more me time.

Okay, that sounds like an excuse. And it kind of is. But here’s what your little fam jam has been up to!

If you didn’t already download it, please, please, please, download Babies vs Parents!

It’s something I had been working on for awhile and am so excited to have launched for you all this month!

Hubby is learning to drive

Actually, he got his learner’s on our anniversary last summer. So I’ve been schooling him on it whenever we can get my mom to look after the little man on weekends. Yes, he’s in his 30’s and just now learning to drive. He didn’t have the need for it when we were out west, and when he was younger he didn’t feel the need. But now, with a family, and a car in his name, it’s time.

Honestly, he’s doing amazing and I couldn’t feel safer in the passenger seat. I can’t wait for our first road trip that I can just hang out and relax rather than being the only driver.

Seriously. That coastline though.

Running season has started

Another point about the hubby, a theme I’m sure. Joking!

So, as you may or may not know, my husband is a runner. I’m not talking a casual jog around the block, I’m talking marathons, races, all that stuff. His first race of the season was the Frostbite 5 Miler, and the name held up to the hype. The first race of the season means spring is coming. As far as I’m concerned!

Actifry addiction

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My newest kitchen device has taken over our lives. No joke. My mom bought a T-fal Actifry, which had been sitting in her car for awhile. Well, now it proudly sits in my kitchen.

Honestly, this thing is a dream.

It’s like if you took a convection oven, and added a moving component to the mix, with a bit of fryer crispness. However, unlike a deep fryer, which you will never, ever see in our kitchen, the Actifry uses one tablespoon of oil. One tablespoon folks. It’s pretty amazing. I’ll be sure to share some of my creations with you soon! Below are spicy, crunchy chickpeas in the making. Yum!

Telegram loops are taking over

Okay, this, admittedly, is one of the reasons why I’ve been fairly MIA on the blog. Telegram loops, or rather, Instagram loops. You know you’ve seen them. I started hosting a few loops, and it’s a lot more work than I thought it’d be. But let me tell you, if you’re a blogger, trying to get a following going, it’s a great thing to try out.

I’m working on a guide on how to start your own, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

For now, if you’d like to join in on any of mine, check out the links below:

(make sure you have Telegram downloaded)

I’m knitting, grandma style

Okay, so this is totally random.

I was dropping the hubby off at work one day when I saw a couple walking down the street. The girl had one of those toques on with a ponytail hole in it. Next thing I knew, I was in the knitting aisle at Walmart. Now I’m 1/3 of the way through a blanket. That escalated quickly.

It’s actually really peaceful, and relaxing! The pattern I am currently following-ish is this simple striped knit blanket.

Check out how it’s coming along!

Sunday walks

The winter wasn’t too much of a winter if you ask me. When I think of Halifax in the winter I think of mountains of snow everywhere, snow days and well, a hell of a lot of that white stuff. This year has been exceptional. The province as a whole hasn’t received very much, which on one hand is good, but it really makes you think about global warming.

Another bright side of not much snow means that we’ve been able to go out for family walks. We’ve been making a point to go out on Sunday’s, which is the only day Geoff and I are off of work together. Sunday’s are filled with, the hubby going for a long run, me getting in some blogging time, and us having a family walk. It’s a nice balance for us all!

 

Family sickness

The end of February/beginning of March brought a ton of stress into our lives. My dad was borderline dealing with pneumonia, and then my mom got sick.

With me starting my new job, and hubby working an hourly job, it was a brutal week and a half. Luckily, my work understood and worked with me not being able to be there for a tiny bit. Same with Geoff’s work. Why did it affect our home so much? Well, my mom is my son’s primary care when hubby and I are working. So when both her and dad got sick at the somewhat same time, it meant we had no one for Mr. P.

Really got me to thinking that we need to start looking for some emergency care for him. But everyone is healthy now and doing well! So fingers crossed that was the last sickness of the season.

Peyton’s second birthday

Our baby is turning two! Insert uber crying sad emoji face times one billion here.

The hashtag #staylittle has never been so true in our home. This little man has changed our lives so much and for the better. He’s crazy, funny, loving and so damn smart that half the time I sit there amazed at what comes out of his mouth.

Next weekend my in-laws and one of my sister-in-law’s will be coming up to celebrate the little man’s birthday at my parents’ place with us and family.

We’re doing a Paw Patrol theme, obviously.

What has March been like so far for your family? Have a blog update? Drop it below in the comments!

 

Blog Topics for Every Day of the Year

Unofficial Holidays for Every Day of the Year

If you’re struggling for topics to write about, you’ve come to the right place. I bring you, the only list you’ll ever need of unofficial holidays.

Some months it’s easy as pie to come up with blog posts, other’s, I’m pulling my hair out.

When you’re in need of something to just peak your creative interest, or a theme, refer to this list to get you through. Luckily, I’ve also made a downloadable copy, just for you to keep on hand in case the time strikes. Because we both know it will.

Other posts you’ll like:

You’ve probably seen them. World donut day, eat ice cream day, or my personal favorite, wine day.

Let’s sink in and check out these totally ridiculous, and somewhat obscure days. Leave no day behind, there’s literally a day for nearly anything you can think of.

January

  1. National Hangover Day // Bloody Mary Day
  2. Science Fiction Day
  3. Festival of Sleep Day
  4. Trivia Day // Spaghetti Day
  5. Bird Day // Whipped Cream Day
  6. Bean Day // Cuddle Up Day
  7. Tempura Day // Bobblehead Day
  8. Clean Off Your Desk Day // Bubble Bath Day
  9. Word Nerd Day // Static Electricity Day
  10. Bittersweet Chocolate Day // Peculiar People Day
  11. Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  12. Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day // Marzipan Day
  13. International Skeptics Day // Make Your Dreams Come True Day
  14. Organize Your Home Day // Dress Up Your Pet Day
  15. Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  16. Nothing Day // Fig Newton Day
  17. Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day
  18. Thesaurus Day // Winnie the Pooh Day
  19. National Popcorn Day
  20. Penguin Awareness Day // Cheese Lover Day
  21. Squirrel Appreciation Day
  22. National Blonde Brownie Day // Hot Sauce Day
  23. Handwriting Day
  24. Beer Can Appreciation Day // Compliment Day
  25. Opposite Day
  26. Spouse’s Day
  27. Chocolate Cake Day
  28. Data Privacy Day // Fun at Work Day
  29. Puzzle Day
  30. Insane Answering Message Day // Croissant Day
  31. Inspire Your Heart With Art Day // Backwards Day

February

  1. Work Naked Day // No Politics Day
  2. Day of the Crepe // Play Your Ukulele Day
  3. Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day // Carrot Cake Day
  4. Stuffed Mushroom Day
  5. Chocolate Fondue Day
  6. National Chopsticks Day
  7. Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  8. Laugh and Get Rich Day
  9. Pizza Day
  10. Umbrella Day
  11. Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day // Make A Friend Day
  12. Clean Out Your Computer Day
  13. Get A Different Name Day
  14. Ferris Wheel Day // Library Lovers Day
  15. Gumdrop Day // Singles Awareness Day
  16. Do A Grouch A Favor Day
  17. Random Act of Kindness Day
  18. Drink Wine Day
  19. Chocolate Mint Day
  20. Love Your Pet Day // Cherry Pie Day
  21. Card Reading Day
  22. Single Tasking Day // Margarita Day // Be Humble Day
  23. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  24. Tortilla Chip Day // Open That Bottle Night
  25. Chocolate Covered Nut Day // Clam Chowder Day
  26. Tell A Fairy Tale Day // National Pistachio Day
  27. No Brainer Day // Kahlua Day
  28. Public Sleeping Day // Chocolate Souffle Day

March

  1. Peanut Butter Lovers Day // World Compliment Day
  2. Old Stuff Day // Banana Cream Pie Day
  3. I Want You to be Happy Day // Mulled Wine Day
  4. Pound Cake Day // Marching Music Day
  5. Absinthe Day // Learn What Your Name Means Day
  6. National Frozen Food Day
  7. Cereal Day
  8. Be Nasty Day // Proofreading Day
  9. Barbie Day // Get Over It Day
  10. Middle Name Pride Day // Pack Your Lunch Day
  11. Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
  12. Napping Day
  13. Open An Umbrella Indoors Day // Jewel Day
  14. Write Your Story Day // Pi Day
  15. Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
  16. Panda Day // Artichoke Hearts Day
  17. National Quilting Day
  18. Goddess of Fertility Day // Awkward Moments Day
  19. Let’s Laugh Day // Chocolate Caramel Day
  20. Ravioli Day // World Storytelling Day
  21. Fragrance Day
  22. Goof Off Day
  23. Chip and Dip Day // National Puppy Day
  24. Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
  25. Waffle Day // Pecan Day
  26. Spinach Day // Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  27. Spanish Paella Day
  28. Something on A Stick Day
  29. Mom & Pop Business Owners Day
  30. Take A Walk in The Park Day
  31. World Backup Day // Bunsen Burner Day

April

  1. Fun At Work Day
  2. Children’s Book Day // Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
  3. World Party Day // Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  4. Tell A Lie Day // Walk Around Things Day
  5. Read A Roadmap Day // Go For Broke Day
  6. New Beer’s Eve // National Tartan Day
  7. Caramel Popcorn Day // No Housework Day
  8. Draw A Picture of a Bird Day
  9. Name Yourself Day
  10. Siblings Day
  11. Cheese Fondue Day // National Pet Day
  12. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  13. Peach Cobbler Day // Scrabble Day
  14. Moment of Laughter Day // Reach As High As You Can Day
  15. World Art Day
  16. Eggs Benedict Day // Wear Pajamas to Work Day
  17. Haiku Poetry Day
  18. Jugglers Day // Animal Crackers Day
  19. Amaretto Day // High Five Day
  20. Look Alike Day // Cheddar Fries Day
  21. Record Store Day // Astronomy Day
  22. Jelly Bean Day
  23. Zucchini Bread Day // Take A Chance Day
  24. Poem in Your Pocket Day
  25. DNA Day // East Meets West Day
  26. Pretzel Day // Hug An Australian Day
  27. Tell A Story Day
  28. Astronomy Day // Kiss Your Mate Day
  29. Shrimp Scampi Day // Zipper Day
  30. Honesty Day // Hairstyle Appreciation Day

May

  1. Batman Day // Loyalty Day
  2. Baby Day // Brothers & Sisters Day
  3. Garden Meditation Day
  4. No Pants Day // Star Wars Day
  5. Free Comic Book Day // Oyster Day
  6. No Diet Day // Beverage Day
  7. Tourism Day
  8. No Socks Day
  9. National Sleepover Day // Moscato Day
  10. Shrimp Day // Clean Up Your Room Day
  11. Eat What You Want Day // Foam Rolling Day
  12. Nutty Fudge Day // Limerick Day
  13. Apple Pie Day // Fruit Cocktail Day
  14. Dance Like A Chicken Day // Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  15. Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  16. Sea Monkey Day // Piercing Day
  17. Pack Rat Day // Walnut Day
  18. Pizza Party Day // No Dirty Dishes Day
  19. Devil’s Food Cake Day // Learn to Swim Day
  20. Quiche Lorraine Day // Take Your Parents to the Playground Day
  21. Talk Like Yoda Day
  22. Vanilla Pudding Day
  23. Lucky Penny Day
  24. Scavenger Hunt Day // Brother’s Day
  25. Sing Out Loud Day // Wine Day
  26. Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  27. Sunscreen Day
  28. Hamburger Day
  29. Put A Pillow in Your Fridge Day
  30. Mint Julep Day
  31. National Macaroon Day

June

  1. National Donut Day // Nail Polish Day
  2. Leave The Office Early Day // Rocky Road Day
  3. Repeat Day
  4. Cheese Day // Applesauce Day
  5. Hot Air Balloon Day // Veggie Burger Day
  6. National Running Day // Drive-In Movie Day
  7. Chocolate Ice Cream Day // VCR Day
  8. Name Your Poison Day // Best Friends Day
  9. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day // Rose Day
  10. Iced Tea Day
  11. Corn On The Cob Day
  12. Red Rose Day // Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  13. Sewing Machine Day
  14. Bourbon Day // Strawberry Shortcake Day
  15. Nature Photography Day
  16. Juggling Day // Fresh Veggies Day
  17. Eat Your Veggies Day
  18. International Picnic Day // International Sushi Day
  19. Sauntering Day // Kissing Day
  20. Ice Cream Soda Day
  21. National Selfie Day
  22. Chocolate Eclair Day // Onion Ring Day
  23. Pink Day // Typewriter Day
  24. Swim A Lap Day
  25. Log Cabin Day // Catfish Day
  26. Chocolate Pudding Day
  27. Helen Keller Day // Sunglasses Day
  28. Body Piercing Day
  29. Waffle Iron Day // Mud Day
  30. Meteor Day

July

  1. International Joke Day // Chicken Wing Day
  2. I Forgot Day
  3. Compliment Your Mirror Day
  4. Country Music Day // Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
  5. Bikini Day // Work-a-holics Day
  6. World Kissing Day // Fried Chicken Day
  7. Tell The Truth Day
  8. Video Games Day // Chocolate With Almonds Day
  9. Sugar Cookie Day
  10. Pina Colada Day // Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day
  11. Blueberry Muffin Day // Mojito Day
  12. Pecan Pie Day // Eat Your Jello Day
  13. Embrace Your Geekness Day
  14. Gummy Worm Day // National Nude Day
  15. Be A Dork Day // Ice Cream Day
  16. Global Hug Your Kids Day // Corn Fritters Day
  17. Emoji Day // Peach Ice Cream Day
  18. Caviar Day // Sour Candy Day
  19. Stick Out Your Tongue Day
  20. Space Exploration Day // Lollipop Day
  21. Junk Food Day
  22. Hammock Day // Ice Cream Day
  23. Vanilla Ice Cream Day
  24. Cousins Day // Tequila Day
  25. Threading the Needle Day // Culinarians Day
  26. Uncle and Aunt Day // Coffee Milkshake Day
  27. Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  28. Milk Chocolate Day // Water Park Day
  29. Lipstick Day // Lasagna Day
  30. Cheesecake Day // Father-in-law Day
  31. Avocado Day // Raspberry Cake Day

August

  1. Girlfriend’s Day // Mountain Climbing Day
  2. Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  3. Grab Some Nuts Day // National Watermelon Day
  4. Campfire Day // Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  5. Sisters’ Day // Work Like A Dog Day
  6. Fresh Breath Day // Root Beer Float Day
  7. Lighthouse Day
  8. Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
  9. Book Lovers Day // Rice Pudding Day
  10. Shapewear Day // Lazy Day
  11. Son & Daughter Day
  12. Middle Child Day
  13. Left-Handers Day // Prosecco Day
  14. National Creamsicle Day
  15. Relaxation Day // Lemon Meringue Pie Day
  16. Rum Day // Tell A Joke Day
  17. Thrift Shop Day
  18. Ice Cream Pie Day // Fajita Day
  19. Soft Ice Cream Day
  20. Chocolate Pecan Pie Day // Radio Day
  21. Spumoni Day // Brazilian Blowout Day
  22. Tooth Fairy Day
  23. Ride The Wind Day // Sponge Cake Day
  24. Waffle Day // Pluto Demoted Day
  25. Kiss and Make Up Day // Banana Split Day // Whiskey Sour Day
  26. Dog Appreciation Day // Cherry Popsicle Day
  27. Just Because Day // Pots De Creme Day
  28. Bow Tie Day // Cherry Turnovers Day
  29. Chop Suey Day
  30. Toasted Marshmallow Day
  31. Trail Mix Day // Matchmaker Day

September

  1. No Rhyme or Reason Day
  2. Blueberry Popsicle Day // Bacon Day
  3. Skyscraper Day
  4. Eat an Extra Dessert Day
  5. Be Late For Something Day // Cheese Pizza Day
  6. Read a Book Day // Fight Procrastination Day
  7. Acorn Squash Day // Beer Lover’s Day
  8. Literacy Day
  9. Teddy Bear Day
  10. Swap Ideas Day // TV Dinners Day
  11. Make Your Bed Day // Ants on a Log Day
  12. Chocolate Milkshake Day // Day of Encouragement
  13. Positive Thinking Day // Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
  14. Cream Filled Donut Day // Stand Up to Cancer Day
  15. Make A Hat Day // Clean Up Day
  16. Play-Dough Day // Guacamole Day
  17. Monte Cristo Day // Apple Dumpling Day
  18. Rice Krispie Treat Day // Cheeseburger Day
  19. Talk Like A Pirate Day
  20. String Cheese Day // Pepperoni Pizza Day
  21. Miniature Golf Day
  22. Hobbit Day // White Chocolate Day
  23. Checkers Day
  24. Punctuation Day
  25. Lobster Day // One-Hit Wonder Day
  26. Love Note Day // Pancake Day
  27. Chocolate Milk Day
  28. Ask A Stupid Question Day // Drink Beer Day
  29. Coffee Day
  30. Hot Mulled Cider Day // Love People Day

October

  1. International Coffee Day // World Vegetarian Day
  2. Name Your Car Day // National Consignment Day
  3. National Boyfriend Day
  4. Vodka Day // Taco Day
  5. Chic Spy Day // Do Something Nice Day
  6. Plus Size Appreciation Day // Noodle Day
  7. Frappe Day // Inner Beauty Day
  8. Pierogi Day
  9. Curious Events Day // Moldy Cheese Day
  10. Cake Decorating Day // World Mental Health Day
  11. Coming Out Day // It’s My Party Day
  12. Farmers Day
  13. Yorkshire Pudding Day // No Bra Day
  14. National Dessert Day
  15. Clean Out Your Virtual Desktop Day // Cheese Curd Day
  16. Dictionary Day // Liqueur Day
  17. Wear Something Gaudy Day
  18. Chocolate Cupcake Day
  19. Seafood Bisque Day
  20. Observe the Moon Night
  21. Count Your Buttons Day // Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  22. Color Day // Caps Lock Day
  23. Mole Day // Boston Cream Pie Day
  24. Bologna Day
  25. Greasy Food Day // Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day
  26. Mule Day // Pumpkin Day
  27. American Beer Day
  28. Chocolate Day // Animation Day
  29. Internet Day
  30. Candy Corn Day
  31. Caramel Apple Day // Magic Day

November

  1. Men Make Dinner Day // Deep Fried Clams Day
  2. Deviled Eggs Day // Look for Circles Day
  3. Sandwich Day // Housewife’s Day
  4. King Tut Day // Common Sense Day
  5. Love Your Red Hair Day
  6. Nachos Day // Saxophone Day
  7. Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  8. Tongue Twister Day // Harvey Wallbanger Day
  9. Chaos Never Dies Day
  10. Vanilla Cupcake Day
  11. Origami Day // Sundae Day
  12. Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
  13. World Kindness Day
  14. Spicy Guacamole Day // Pickle Day
  15. Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day // Use Less Stuff Day
  16. Fast Food Day
  17. Take A Hike Day // Baklava Day
  18. Princess Day
  19. Play Monopoly Day
  20. Peanut Butter Fudge Day // Absurdity Day
  21. World Hello Day // Red Mitten Day
  22. Go For A Ride Day
  23. Fibonacci Day // Buy Nothing Day // Espresso Day
  24. Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  25. Shopping Reminder Day // Parfait Day
  26. National Cake Day
  27. Craft Jerky Day // Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  28. French Toast Day // Red Planet Day
  29. Electronic Greeting Card Day
  30. Computer Security Day

December

  1. Eat a Red Apple Day // National Pie Day
  2. Special Education Day
  3. Make a Gift Day // Roof Over Your Head Day
  4. Sock Day // Wear Brown Shoes Day
  5. Day of the Ninja
  6. Microwave Oven Day // Gazpacho Day
  7. Letter Writing Day //  Cotton Candy Day
  8. Brownie Day // Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day
  9. Christmas Card Day
  10. Dewey Decimal System Day
  11. Noodle Ring Day
  12. Ambrosia Day // Ding-a-ling Day // Poinsettia Day
  13. Cocoa Day // Pick A Pathologist Pal Day
  14. Bouillabaisse Day // Monkey Day
  15. Wear Your Pearls Day // Lemon Cupcake Day
  16. Chocolate-Covered Anything Day // Barbie & Barney Backlash Day
  17. Maple Syrup Day // Wright Brothers Day
  18. Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day
  19. Underdog Day // National Hard Candy Day
  20. Sangria Day
  21. Ugly Sweater Day // Dalek Remembrance Day
  22. Date Nut Bread Day
  23. Festivus // Pfeffernusse Day
  24. Eggnog Day
  25. National Pumpkin Day
  26. Candy Cane Day // Thank-you Note Day
  27. Fruitcake Day // No Interruptions Day
  28. Card Playing Day
  29. Tick Tock Day
  30. Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  31. Make Up Your Mind Day // Champagne Day

 

My poor fingers are about ready to fall off now. So I hope you’re happy. Joking, that was really fun to research, to be honest!

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Blog Topics for Every Day of the Year

110 Affiliates Programs for Mommy Bloggers on Shareasale

110+ Affiliate Programs for Mommy Bloggers on Share A Sale

110+ SHAREASALE AFFILIATES FOR MOMMY BLOGGERS

If you’re starting to monetize your blog, affiliate marketing is a great option to start out with. I’m going to do some of the legwork for you and bring you a list of Shareasale affiliates for mommy bloggers.

Other posts you will like:

What is affiliate marketing? Good question, glad you asked! Affiliate marketing is when you have a unique link to an advertiser’s product or website which you place on your blog, social media, or website. When a viewer clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you will receive a commission. Yay!

110 Affiliates Programs for Mommy Bloggers on Shareasale

Be sure to post a disclaimer in each post that you put affiliate links in, here is mine, which also applies to this post:

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you make a purchase after following an ad this blog will receive a commission, at no extra cost to you! Things like this keep Wine and Mommy Time up and running.

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to start monetizing your blog and/or social media. Why? Because you don’t need to keep a storefront, inventory, or actually create anything. Well, you do have to write a post, but you’re doing that anyway.

When I started dabbling in the world of affiliate marketing, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. It’s easy to sign up for them, sure, but once you’re signed up, then what?

There are so many lists for people who are general bloggers. You know, the people who blog, to teach bloggers? I call them expert bloggers. They know what they’re doing and their damn good at it.

Get the Shareasale mommy blogger affiliate list here!

However. Not all of us have hundreds, and sometimes, thousands of dollars to throw at one of their courses. Let’s be real. Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford to pay for one of the ones I’ve had my eye on, but until then. I will learn by trial and error. Like many of them did, might I add!

So, with that in mind. I want to help you get started, at least by bringing you an easy, free, resource. My grand poobah of a list.

The golden list of Shareasale affiliates for mommy bloggers.

Yes. I said golden.

Why? It’s simple, just click on the link, apply for the program. Boom. No searching needed. You’re welcome.

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Obviously, starting out, it’ll take time to build up your following, and traffic to the point that your converting people who will buy from a link you’ve placed. But patience young padawan. It will come. And when it does, oh baby, you’ll be shining like Ralphie when he got that Red Ryder bb gun on Christmas morning.

Even if it’s a measly $10 commission. It’s a step in the right direction.

Source

Sign up for Share A Sale

Haven’t signed up for Shareasale yet? Fear, not chickadee, it’s easy and free! Just visit the banner link below to get started. Then come back here and take advantage of the handy list, and download I have to get you on your way.

Once you’ve signed up, I’d highly suggest using a spreadsheet to keep everything organized. And oh, what do you know, I’ve also included that in the file for you. How kind of me. Hehe.

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My suggestion to you is to choose from the list in the document that you are about to download, brands that you genuinely connect with. If you want to apply to them all, that’s your choice. However, your readers are probably expecting you to be real with them. Much like I am with you folks.

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Make sure that your posts contain affiliate links that are relevant to what your post topic is. In other words, I wouldn’t put a wine advert in a post that’s about pregnancy.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! My email is [email protected], and I’m always checking it.

Don’t get discouraged if you’re denied partnership with a brand. It’s fine! Don’t take it personally. Just move on, and find another. It’s all good. And there is no reason why in the future, you can’t contact them and ask why. Maybe it’s an easy fix, maybe they just see that you don’t have enough content yet. Totally fixable.

What I’ve liked about Shareasale is how easy it is to use. Their search option has a great filter that you can really hone in on what types of brands you are looking for. For example, wine is something that’s within my brand, so I’ve also searched for wine companies, and have come out with a list of about a dozen or so that I like.

So mama, get out there, and get clicking!

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Do you have any on the list that you’ve had success with? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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How to Make Instagram Highlight Covers Tutorial

How to Create Instagram Highlight Covers

How to Create Instagram Highlight Covers Tutorial

I’m really trying to up my Instagram game. Frankly, I’ve been neglecting it, which as a blogger is a no-no. I had a bit of a time trying to figure out how to create Instagram highlight covers, so in my searches, I’ve decided to chronical how I did it! It’s actually pretty easy, and rather than having someone design them for you for about $10-$20, just DIY it. Save your money, get you something pretty.

Creating your highlight images

Pop on over to Canva and create a design.

Then click on blog graphic.

Then, click on backgrounds and choose, or customize to the color of your choice. This will be the primary color of your highlight icons. If you prefer, you can use an image. However, if you are using an image, make sure it’s still easy to make out any font or graphic you’re using as your primary indicator of what’s behind that icon. Remember, keep it easy on the eye.

Click on text, and then add a heading. This will be the title if you choose to use words on your highlight covers. I personally prefer graphics so if you choose that route as well, move on to the next step.

Add a graphic by clicking elements, and then click shapes. Now you can search the various graphics to find what really speaks to you, or what works best for the covers you’re wanting to make. Do this by typing a word into the search field. Try to keep your elements in similar size so that your covers will be cohesive. I tried to keep mine around 300×300 when possible.

The categories you choose to make are totally up to you! My categories are as follows:

Mom life, blogging, wine, food, beauty, and fun. I may add more in the future, but for now, that’s it!

Once you’re happy with your icon, click file, then save. While I know Canva does autosave, sometimes you work a bit too fast so just be sure to do this step.

Now it’s time to click download! Select JPG file type when doing this.

So, you’ve got your shiny new highlight covers. What’s next?

Time to get them on your phone and get them on Instagram!

There are many ways to put images from your computer onto your phone. My favorite is Gdrive, I use Google for damn near everything and file sharing is certainly a part of that. Once I’ve put them in my Google Drive on my computer, I can easily download them from the GDrive app onto my phone.

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Let’s get them onto your Instagram now!

All you have to do, is upload them to your story. To do that go to your main feed and select the camera. In your options for Live, normal, boomerang, etc., you should see a square with squiggles, that is where you can select an image that already exists on your phone. Choose that, and then find your covers that you downloaded from your file share app. You will need to upload them one by one.

Let your followers know that you’ll be posting some random stuff to your story in advance, just to give them a heads up!

Turn them into Instagram highlight covers

Now that your new cover photos are in your Instagram story, you can highlight them! To do this, go to your profile, and press the ( + ) new icon. This should be right under your bio. Then press next.

If your image isn’t lining up the way you want it to, you can select Edit Cover to move it as you like.

Lastly, name your highlight and press done.Keep in mind, the first one you add to your highlights will be your last option. So with that in mind, to get Mom Life to be my first one, I had to add it last.

Do these steps for each of your highlight covers. And with that, you now have beautiful, new covers and a cohesive look!

But how do I add to those highlight covers?

Glad you asked. Because I did too!

First add to your normal story. Like you did with adding your images for the highlight cover photos.

Next, press and hold the category image you want to add to, select edit highlight. Now you can choose from your archived stories and choose the one you want!

If this tutorial was helpful for you, please let me know by tagging me @wineandmommytime in one of your posts so I can check it out! Just make sure to let me know that’s why you’re tagging me, hehe.

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Start a Blog in Three Easy Steps

Start A Blog in 3 Easy Steps

First off, I’m so excited for you! You’re joining this crazy blogging life. Congrats and buckle up because you’re in for a ride! You’ve probably been battling back and forth with yourself on whether or not to start this but clearly, you’ve made the right choice because you’re here! Now, let me help you start a blog!

I honestly wish you all of the success in the world with your new endeavor. It’s an incredible way to stay creative, which as a mom, is hard to find time to do. You’ll quickly find that you’re not alone, there are so much of us out here and we all have your back.

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Obviously writing is a big part of starting a blog, but before you can publish anything, you need a home!

I’ll help you through the three main steps to set up your new business. Whether you are coming into this with the intention of making some cash, or to just have a hobby, we all start with the same three steps.

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1. Choose a Hosting Company

What’s a host? A host is like where your blog will live. Everyone needs somewhere to live, including your blog! It’s the physical location as to where the world can find you. Think of it as your street address.

My suggestion, Bluehost. Why? For over 10 years, they’ve been the most recommended host for WordPress bloggers. Which is why they should be your only choice. They have 24/7 tech support, which is exactly what you want. Along with a 30-day money back guarantee. You can’t shake a stick at that.

Another great perk? One-click WordPress install. Yep. One click. That tells you how hand in hand they are with the world’s best blogging platform.

Check to see below if the name you have in mind is available!

Is it available? If yes, secure it now before someone else does!

When you go to the Bluehost homepage and click on the “get started now button” you’ll come to this next page:

Now you can choose the plan that fits your needs. Bluehost will do the legwork if you need to transfer a domain name as well! You’ll get these two options if you’ve purchased your domain name somewhere like GoDaddy.

You get a decent list to choose from as well. Have you ever noticed how some blogs are .com and others are .net or something else? Well, that could be because when they went to register, .com wasn’t available, or another domain name suited their brand better. For instance, .co is becoming very popular in the blogging community.

What are the options you have to choose from?

  • .com
  • .co
  • .club
  • .tech
  • .space
  • .online
  • .info
  • .us
  • .name
  • .biz
  • .org
  • .website
  • .org
  • .site

Got your name? Awesome! Now you fill out the basic account info and choose any add-on’s that you’d like. Fill out your payment information – the scariest part of all because you’re so close!

Now take a deep breath. And press submit.

Congratulations! You’re the proud mommy of a beautiful, newborn domain. All shiny and new!

Now you’re ready to install your blogging platform, WordPress!

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2. WordPress Installation

I know, it sounds difficult and scary. But I promise. It’s really not! Just like when you just clicked submit. You only have one click to do here.

Go to cPanel, find a section that’s called “MOJO Marketplace”, then choose “One-Click Installs,”. Then you get to click the handy-dandy WordPress icon that’s in the blog section.

Now that you’ve clicked the “install” button, your installation preferences will show up on a new page.

  • Decide where you want to install WordPress. For this, you select which domain you want to use WordPress on.
  • Advanced Options. Here you will set up your username and password. Essentially, they are your login properties. The biggest point here is to be sure that the “automatically create a new database for this installation” box is ticked. If you have another database, then that’s your choice, but I’m assuming you don’t.
  • Confirm that you’ve read the terms and conditions.

3. Time to choose a theme

Login to your new blog through WordPress. Going forward, anytime you’re working on your blog, you’ll go to www.YourNewbornBloggyBlogName.com/wp-admin. It should go without saying that YourNewbornBloggyBlogName is where you’ll actually put the name of the domain you bought. Enter your username and password and away we go!

On your first log in, you’ll come home to a very basic, in every sense of the word, blog. Change that. Keep in mind, no theme is set in stone. You can change it up as much as you want, whenever you want. There are tons of free ones to choose from.

If you want one really pretty and feminine and would like to purchase one down the road, or now, I suggest Pretty Darn Cute Designs. They have the best girly themes ever. Seriously.

Things you should look for in a theme:

  • A font that is easy to read. Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Courier are good options.
  • It must be mobile compatible, most are. Check anyway though.
  • Choose one that is customizable to your needs so you can really make it your own.
  • If you are buying a theme, make sure that it’s one that will update automatically with WordPress.

That’s it! Well not totally. Now you need to start writing. So start generating some amazing content. One day, I hope you will be writing a how-to like this one to inspire other soon-to-be bloggers to make the leap like you did.

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Happy Planner Mini Review

My Review of the Happy Planner Mini

Want an honest review of the Happy Planner Mini? I’ll give it to you straight.

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I recently picked up the Happy Planner Mini. Yes, I’m trying to convert from my Bullet Journal to some sort of pre-formed structure. Here’s my Happy Planner Review!

Since I started blogging I adopted bullet journaling. It’s fun, carefree and totally customizable. Sounds perfect.

In theory.

At the beginning of 2017, I mapped out my bullet journal. All was going great.

Until I went back to work from maternity leave.

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Life got crazy busy and I was hardly finding time to blog. Let alone keep up with my bullet journal.

However, I got a rhythm back with Wine & Mommy Time and obviously, that meant I needed a planner. I find it hard to map ideas and such purely on an app or computer. I need pen to paper.

While it was nice to have a fully customizable journal, it takes time to get it where you want it to be.

So for right now, I’m saying: new year, new planner!

Amazon planner essentials:

I did some research, comparing two of the top planners out there. The Erin Condron planner, or ECP as I’ll call it and the Happy Planner (HP). Mind you it wasn’t extensive research but here are the main points for this mama.

The HP is available at places like Michaels. Meaning it’s super easy to find. The ECP, only available online, from what I’ve seen.

Being in Canada, the exchange rate, shipping, and duties make the ECP close to $100 l. I can’t, for the sake of my mental wellbeing, and marriage, spend that on a planner. The HP was about $20 and change at Michael’s, on sale mind you. But a far cry from the ECP.

Michael’s had a whole little second dedicated to HP stuff, which I can see myself going crazy on shortly! I can imagine that stickers and such for the ECP aren’t available as readily as HP.

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So, with those few points, I was on the hunt for the right HP for me! Who knew there were faith, student, teacher, fitness and financial based ones! Also, you can buy expansions which are pretty cool.

I opted for a box set which would have stickers, dividers and a bunch more cool things to get me started with my HP. So, I found the one I wanted on the Michael’s site, called them and put it on hold.

Yay! Off to get my Happy Planner I go!

Or so I thought. Dun, dun, dun, dunnnnnn.

Now, I need to preface this with one small thing. You all know I keep it real with you and don’t sugar coat my feelings.

So here goes, my honest, real review of the Happy Planner.

When I arrived and asked for my item at the service desk, it was all ripped open and the stickers were missing. The cashier thought that was normal for some reason. So, I skipped off down the aisles to check for more.

Low and behold, the only ones in the size I wanted that had stickers intact were the Bible study ones. While that may work for some, it’s not what my needs are.

30 minutes later I sauntered up to the same cashier and plopped down the one of the few they had. It’d have to do. After all, I can always get more stickers or dividers. Right? The version I purchased was the 13-month mini planner.

I got it home, unboxed it and had quickly realized that mini truly does mean mini. A bit of buyer’s remorse set in. But, being hopelessly optimistic, I plugged on, starting to fill out its bitty pages.

My hope is that I didn’t make a “make-due” decision and that I’ll prove myself wrong. The book itself is adorable, in a tiny kind of way.

So, with that, I need to remind myself that taking up a new planner is like adapting to a new phone. You hate it at first. You want your old apps and functionality back, but in time you grow to work with it and love it.

I’ll keep you all posted!

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21 Blogging Tasks You Can Do From Your Phone

21 Blogging Tasks You Can Do From Your Smartphone

Smartphone blogging is a real thing. Especially if you’re a mommy blogger. Or, a mom who blogs! But what productive things can you actually do from your phone? I’ve got a list of 21 things for you!

The struggle of finding time to get to a computer is really real as a mom. A couple of weeks ago, I was off of work because of switching jobs and was home with my toddler. Luckily there are tons of ways to blog with a smartphone. Let’s learn to smartphone blog!

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Last month I mentioned that I had quit my job. I wasn’t happy where I was and I needed a change. This past week was my week off between the two. I had so many lofty plans to get things done. Like, write an ebook, or completely overhauled Wine and Mommy Time.

While I didn’t write an ebook. Far from it actually. I was able to get a lot done on my phone in times that my little guy was playing independently. Once he’d go down for his one nap a day I’d pop straight on my laptop, but much of what I did was able to be done from my smartphone.

Being home with Peyton that week really gave me a new perspective. Since going back to work this past April, from having a year maternity leave, so much has changed. You don’t really know how much you miss when you’re working full time and you’re not with your child. My husband and I are really lucky that my mom takes care of the little man full time. It’s great for her, him and us.

Like I said, it wasn’t as much work as I would have hoped to get done. But little victories, right?

All of that said, if you’re lucky enough like me to have a little human who is very independent. You probably have a lot of time when they’re awake that you are probably on your phone in some capacity. I’ve thought about it, and after a week home with my little man, I adapted some new blogging techniques. Blogging with a smartphone!

21 Blogging Tasks You Can Do From Your Phone

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Check/respond to emails

My phone is where I do about 95% of my emails when I really think about it. If it’s something that really needs more thought then I’ll probably do it on my laptop. Otherwise, it’s on my smartphone.

Sorting my emails, however, usually happens on my computer, bigger screen, easier to select more.

Respond to comments on your blog/social media

Social media is a given if you’re responding to comments. Typically you’re probably already using your phone for these tasks. But are you taking advantage of responding to blog comments on it?

My blog is run on WordPress, which is very mobile browser friendly for quick things like responding to comments. You log in as you normally would on your computer and interact with your readers!

Brainstorm post, content, opt-in, ebook, etc. ideas

There are so many great apps to use for brainstorming. Maybe you have a quick idea come to mind about a great e-book you’d like to write, you can list it out, maybe even outline it!

I personally use:

Trello – This is a great one. They have a website which live updates as you edit on the app. Much like in Google Docs. It’s a list-style grouping of boards which you can name, edit, archive and more!

My phone’s notepad – Usually my phone’s notepad is what I use for any random snippets of ideas. I call it my starter notes, mainly because it’s usually a couple of words here and there that I will expand on later in Google Docs. I also use it for checklists.

Google Docs – The main bread and butter of everything I do happens in Google Docs. Writing posts, brainstorming lists, writing countless ebooks that are all half done. You get the idea.

Read, Comment on and share other bloggers work

It can get lonely in your own head. Or on your own keyboard. Networking with other bloggers is so important for many reasons. You may be inspired by post topics, also, it’s fun to see other writing styles. We’re always evolving and changing so get out there and poke around. Leave comments if you enjoyed their post. You’d appreciate the same, so let them know you liked what they had to say. Better yet, if you love what they have to say, share it!

Some places you can share, comment or read are:

Facebook – This could be in the form of joining blogging groups. Just so a search for Mommy Bloggers, you’ll be amazed at how many come up! Join them, get in on the chats and network. You don’t have to be alone. After all, there are millions of blogs out there.

Instagram – How much time do you spend scrolling and not engaging? Reach out, comment, like, hell, re-gram. If you are going to re-gram, please make sure to tag them. Ask even, if they’re okay with you sharing their work. After all, it belongs to them.

Pinterest – You probably already do a ton of this. Maybe that’s where you found this post! While Pinterest isn’t the go-to for talking to people, it’s perfect for sharing and reading other content. Did you know Pinterest isn’t social media? It’s actually a search engine. If you didn’t know that, mind blown right? If you did, then just read on, and good for you!

Their blogs – Obvious I know, but this is a list right?

Twitter – Admittedly I suck at Twitter. I didn’t really get on the train when it came out originally so I never evolved with it like Facebook and others. I’m getting the hang of it and certainly know how to engage with people. It’s fun to see how different it is from the other networks out there. It’s really easy to quote-tweet, which people really appreciate. Tweet it up!

Research for posts

Through Pinterest or Google, scroll Facebook for what your friends are sharing most.

Pinterest is my biggest source of inspiration but if I need solid information, I jump on Google. It’s almost like Pinterest is the springboard for my inspiration greatness and Google does the pinpointing for me. After all, both are search engines, just in slightly different ways.

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Get learning

  • Watching how to videos
  • Webinar replays – don’t act like you don’t have a ton sitting in your email
  • YouTube channels
  • Listen to podcasts

Work on an e-course

Do you offer e-courses? Go you! I haven’t yet jumped on that wagon. Yet, but I will be. There are different options depending on your operating system. iPhone – Keynotes and Pages, Android – Google Slides. While these won’t deliver the polished look you will want for your end product you can at least get started on your phone and then when you get the opportunity. Jump on that computer of yours and finish it up.

Voice to text posts

Let me start by saying, voice to text is not the same as putting finger to keyboard. However, you will catch on after a while. I use an android device so I downloaded an app called Speechnotes. It was really easy to get up and running. No awkward voice recognition tests, just straight talk to text.

I like to use talk to text, especially if I’m in the car and a thought comes to mind, or if I’m cooking/cleaning. You can edit the little momisms out later. Unless you want “get down from there”, and “don’t eat that”, every other sentence. But maybe that’s your style. All good!

Photo editing

Phones are pretty incredible when it comes to photo editing software. I use Canva for all of my images and recently discovered that they have an app! Yes people, Canva finally has a smartphone app! I couldn’t be more excited. If you prefer PicMonkey, there’s an app for that too.

Some images you could work on, on your phone are:

  • Pinterest images
  • Quote images for Instagram
  • Blog featured images

Create/Send invoices

If you offer paid services (kudos to you!) you could do some accounting. While I don’t have invoices to send, only pay (grumble), I do know there are many apps available. There’s that one Quickbooks commercial that’s always on about that mobile officiant. That’s the first one that comes to mind for me. Just go take a look.

Check out your followers

One thing that I think many people leave to pass is getting to know their followers. Without followers, we wouldn’t have the numbers we have. And without numbers, we don’t grow. Check out your followers and what they’re posting. Also, if you find them interesting, follow them back! It shows your a person and not just a social media account.

Schedule social media

You can use apps like Buffer, Tailwind, and HootSuite to easily schedule posts from your phone. Let’s face it, most of your images are probably coming from your phone anyway. Cut out the middle step of uploading them to your computer and just do it from your smartphone.

Check your AdSense or other revenue

Google Adsense has an easy app for you to keep track of your revenue. Take your notes, what’s working, what’s not? Maybe you make t-shirts like I do on Customized Girl, you can simply log in to the site and check your stats. Easy!

Check your analytics

Along with Adsense, Google has a very easy to use Google Analytics app. You can save your favorite reports, and frankly do everything you can online. I actually prefer it on my phone screen and only use it on my smartphone. The app is streamlined and very worth checking out.

Download an ebook

Personal development is very important as a blogger. If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut, or if you’re unsure of this whole venture, you may need a pick me up. Maybe you prefer audiobooks, that’s easy, Audible is a great way to listen to books while you’re in the car or doing things around the house.

Many bloggers have ebooks on Amazon and otherwise that you can download and prices aren’t outrageous. Especially when it’s an ebook rather than a physical copy.

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Draft newsletters

Some mail clients have apps, unfortunately, the one I use does not. But fear not! If your newsletter provider doesn’t have an app, it doesn’t mean you can’t draft newsletters on the go. This is something I admittedly need to do more of. Google Docs, is a great place to do this, or that handy speech to text option again.

Also, keep in mind that people don’t like long, drawn out emails anyway. Something short and to the point is better than nothing at all. And frankly, it’ll be more likely to be read all the way through. Your readers are probably reading your newsletter on their smartphone so the less scrolling the better.

Manually pin

Back to Pinterest. Manually pin! Get off of the pre-scheduled system you already have going on, and let your fingers do some finding. This is a great way to personally select things you want to be in your boards. Also, you will probably be inspired to do some writing yourself!

Draft blog posts

This should go without saying. Just write lady, write! Most of my posts start out on my phone and then are edited on my laptop and then slammed into WordPress.

A couple of apps I suggest are:

  • Google Docs – my personal favorite, if you couldn’t already tell
  • Evernote

Edit Draft blog posts

Expanding on above, edit those drafts. Maybe you need to step away from one post to go to another that you are burning to write. You, like me, may have a bunch of partially written thoughts. That’s good! Edit, revise, do what you gotta do.

Suggested apps, same as above – Google Docs and Evernote.

Live your life

Live streaming is something that’s really taken off in the last couple of years. I think thankfully to Snapchat. People want to see what you’re doing real-time so show them! Maybe you’re having an ah-ha moment that other moms really should see, or you’re at a really cool farmers market. Wow, that was a mom thing to say. Anyway, some places you can go live are:

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, I think Periscope is still a thing? Maybe, however, I don’t use it.

Phone camera

Phone’s cameras are getting better and better all of the time. I know my Huawei for instance, has a Leica camera in it. Yes, the same type as that camera whats-his-face in Eurotrip was nuts over. Some awesome things you can do with your smartphone camera are:

  • Take your own stock photos
  • Stock photos for an opt-in or freebie
  • Images for posts

What blogging tasks do you do on your smartphone? I’d love to read about them in the comments below!

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20 Facts About the Creator of Wine & Mommy Time

20 Facts About Libby

Is it about time I share some stuff about me for a change right? Usually, I’m talking about mom life, or blogging, or wine. But I don’t give too much of a view of me, Libby! How about a little something I like to call, 20 facts about Libby.

If you’re just bouncing around the interwebs, and you’re coming across Wine and Mommy Time for the first time, welcome!

Not your first rodeo with me? That’s cool too!

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Just a small recap. I started this blog in 2016 while I was on maternity leave. My goal, to share my trial and error motherhood advice with other millennial moms. There are so many of us out there, so why not!

Did you know 1 in 5 millennial moms have some sort of an online business? I think that’s pretty kick ass if you ask me. Get you some of that coin mama!

While WAMT isn’t the bread to my butter, it’s certainly something very near and dear to my heart. It’s helped me cultivate a new passion for myself, which in turn, has lead a new branch to this blog, helping other bloggers. That I’ll get into another time because frankly, this post isn’t about that. So stick around!

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Now that you’re one step closer to getting to know me, here are 20 things about the creator of Wine and Mommy Time that even her friends may not know!

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20 Fun Facts about Libby

  1. My favorite food is sushi – it was the hardest thing to give up when I was pregnant!
  2. My dream job growing up was to be an architect
  3. I love reality tv and Big Brother is like the NHL playoffs for me. Real Housewives is also life.
  4. I prefer fall and winter to spring and summer
  5. I’m pescatarian
  6. My favorite color is purple
  7. I pretty much only wear grey or black
  8. I’m terrified of lakes
  9. I can’t pronounce aluminum or abominable
  10. If I could live in yoga pants I would
  11. I have two half-siblings who I didn’t meet until I was 15
  12. I hate mustard, the smell makes me gag
  13. My real name is Olivia, most people only know me as Libby
  14. I haven’t colored my hair since 2013 woohoo!
  15. Every night I sleep with a beanie baby dog named Gebbaroo
  16. I used to be allergic to bananas
  17. I was a competitive cheerleader for nearly 10 years. Bonus point, it’s how I met my husband!
  18. I’ve never successfully gotten through to any radio station contest
  19. I nearly dropped out of high school
  20. I’m a mom – duh!

Now that you know a little bit about me, I’d love to hear from you! What part of the world are you from? How many kids do you have? If you have a blog, please share it below!

A Sample Blogging Workflow

My Personal Blogging Workflow – Blogging 101

Every blogger has their own way of doing things. It’s something we like to call workflow. I think a really important part of making better practices, as a blogger, or an employee is by knowing your workflow or setting up a blogging workflow.

Basically, what a workflow is, is a series of tasks to complete the main goal task. Such as a blog post.

Many bloggers use a batching process. When I was doing Blogmas, to better optimize my time, I did things in batches. However, if you break that down, you still are going to take the same steps per post to get them live.

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Being a mom, wife, having a full-time job, and being a blogger is a fine balance between utter insanity and organized chaos. At all times.

I’m sure my hubby can tend to feel ignored when I’m tapping away on my phone, but typically it’s because something has popped into my head. And I need to get it to a Google doc before I lose my train of thought. Which happens, more than I’d like to admit. Thoughts are gold and you need to save them. If they end up being crap you can always toss them later, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’d say about 98% of my random thoughts come to fruition. Other’s either end up on the back burner or chucked.

What does my personal organized chaos look like? Let me lay it out for you!

Put the baby down for bed/nap

Obviously, step one. Unless the hubby is home and I can steal away while some creativity is really brewing. Typically, if I get a small idea to expand on later when P is awake, I’ll jot it in my notes on my phone and refer back later on. Mom/wife duties take first priority so until I have down/Libby time, it’s all hands on deck. This is kind of where the name of this blog came from. Wine and Mommy Time. Get it? I have wine, and this blog is reflecting on my mommy time.

Make tea/coffee/pour wine

Depending on the time of day, I grab a bevvie, some snacks and then it’s time to plonk myself into my workspace. Wherever that may be at the time. Lately, it’s been our bed, on my husband’s side. Mainly because his side is closer to the wall socket, and also to the bathroom. Because well, mommy bladder.

Pinterest for research

If I need to do any research at all, Pinterest is usually my favorite. Why? Because it’s better than bookmarking in my browser and pins can come anywhere I go on my smartphone.

Trello to organize thoughts

What is Trello? It’s basically a virtual notebook. You can make all sorts of lists, tasks, you name it. It also has an app so you can constantly stay connected to it and edit it as you go. It’s a great place to store major plans for global domination, or even just your chore chart. Whatever you want.

I like to use it to plan large projects I may have going on for the blog. Organize post ideas, tasks I may need to complete and so on. Trello is like having a bunch of notebook lists laid out all in one nifty spot.

Google Docs to start writing

The place where the writing magic happens. I absolutely love Google docs. It’s where I do all of my writing. The fact that it’s an app that can follow me anywhere is the best. Usually, all of my posts are written to about 90% on there, then edited into WordPress and final tweaks are done later on before hitting schedule or publish. For some weird reason I just really like typing on my smartphone. It seems faster. Not sure why, but it does.

When I get to my computer it’s one of the first tabs that open to get the process underway.

Notebook, pens, markers and phone notes

Even though I use Trello, there’s something to be said about ink to paper. I must have about 6 or more notebooks flying around at any point in time. It’s a sick addiction and it’s probably the most chaotic of my self professed organized chaos. I really should cut down to just digital organization, but the notebooks, they’re so cute!

WordPress for final edits/SEO/Readability

All grammatical editing, SEO (search engine optimization) and readability fixes happen in WordPress. I paste directly from Google docs to a new WordPress post and let Grammarly take over.

Grammarly is a web extension that cleverly checks your writing for punctuation, word suggestions, and context. That’s just the bullet point of what Grammarly can do. I highly suggest downloading it to your browser. The version I use is free, so there’s no commitment.

Once the virtual English professor has done its job I check the WordPress sidebar to see that my readability and SEO are green. If they aren’t I follow it’s suggestions to make it so.

Shareasale for affiliate links for post

Time to make the money. Many bloggers use affiliate links. You see them in our sidebars, throughout posts, and even through text links. Shareasale is the affiliate program I use the most. I love how easy they are to navigate. The affiliate programs I apply to are ones I seek out myself, of items I trust and believe in. You will never see me link to something I wouldn’t purchase myself, or use myself.

When it comes to choosing links for posts I try to stick with what makes the most sense for the type of post it is. For instance, I wouldn’t put a wine advert in a pregnancy post, get it? Know your audience.

Source free stock photos

There are so many great places to find free photos. And no, I don’t mean saving what comes off of a Google image search. Why? Because that’s not legal. You need to use images that are royalty free. The sites I use the most are Pexels.com, Pixabay.com, and Stocksnap.io. I use these photos to make my pinnable images, title images and more.

A Sample Blogging Workflow

Canva to create images/opt-ins/etc

Oh Canva. How I love thee. Canva is a free, online program that allows you to create pretty well anything your heart desires. From blog images, to movie posters, resumes and more. I love that it doesn’t take up space on my computer other than saving the images. However, after downloaded, they live in my Google Drive.

I use Canva to make my infographics, Pinterest images, post feature images, and so much more. It’s free to sign up and there are so many things you can do with it. Go use it!

TinyPNG

This site is awesome. It cuts down the file size of images by a lot. Many of mine that I create on Canva get down to 70% less than original file size. Why is that important? Because you want your images to load fast in posts. No one wants to wait around for a page to load. It helps with your bounce rate. Also, it helps with the storage of your site or blog. Just use it. Trust me. You click and drag to put them on the site and in seconds you have images ready to use. So damn easy.

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Upload images to WordPress

Once I’ve gotten my Canva images compressed from TinyPNG, it’s time to upload them to WordPress. Images should be named accordingly and not be 10375930.jpg, if you get what I’m saying. Use underscores instead of spaces. Once I get them into WordPress, I give them alt properties and a description. Typically, the alt properties will have your keyword of what you want the image to reflect, or be searched as. I use description for what people may search for to come across it. Such as blog workflow help, blog workflow ideas, and so on. Why? Because having alt properties will get your images, and posts found.

Place images in post

Put those images you’ve worked so hard on, into your posts. It’s that simple. Put them where you like them. I always have a featured image, which is what you see as the title image in all of my posts. I use a signature image, literally my little signoff which you see at the bottom. Also, a pinnable image, because Pinterest is king when it comes to search engines and you want to get noticed. If I have an infographic or anything along those lines I place it within the post, along with affiliate ads.

Preview post

Once I think the post is to where I like it, I preview the post. A handy little button on your post sidebar in the editing portion of WordPress. Previewing the post will show you exactly what it will look like when it goes live.

I can see from previewing if spacing is too far off for images, if a header looks weird, or if an HTML code isn’t working properly. You should always preview a post. It saves you from panicking when it goes live and there’s something wrong. Just do it. It’s a must.

Schedule/Publish/Back date post

Okay, the preview went well. Everything looks great. Now I figure out when I want to post it. If it’s something I meant to post a long time ago that’s only relevant to a holiday or whatever, I’ll back date it by selecting a date in the past. If it’s now, I’d post on my next posting day. If it’s for the future, I can schedule it into the future as if I’m a time-traveling alien.

The main thing for me is this, Wednesday’s are Wine Wednesday, so those days are all about the booze. Those are the only posts you will see from me on those days. Tuesday and Thursday are the days I will post anything else that is on theme with this blog. With that said, it’s kind of my posting schedule. Posts go live from Tuesday-Thursday. Except for blogmas, that was every, single, day.

So, now that you have a look into the secret, and oh so fabulous life that is my blog workflow, what do you think? If you’re a blogger with some tips, I’d love to read them! Comment with your link below.

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How Blogmas Helped Me As A Blogger

What Blogmas Taught Me

Guys and gals, it’s time to wrap up Blogmas. Yep, I’ve said it. It’s done. Want to know what blogmas taught me? Gear up because it was a lot!

Around the halfway mark I shared a bit about what Blogmas had taught me up until that point. You can read that at what blogmas has taught me so far.

Coming in to Blogmas I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough content. Worried that I wouldn’t be producing something interesting every single day and also that I wouldn’t have the time to do it. Boy was I wrong about all of that.

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What has Blogmas taught me?

No idea is bad

It’s better to have loved and lost than to not have loved at all. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying. Writing applies. It’s better to have written and posted to have not written at all. The more you write, the more you develop your style. Usually the first few lines are the toughest ones to get out but once you get an idea flowing, oh buddy there’s no stopping. I learned that it was better to have written at least something than nothing at all. Not having anything to contribute during the holiday’s means your blog can get missed and slip away into the depths of the interwebs until the holidays are over. You don’t want that to happen. I used Blogmas as a way to stay relevant. And boy did it pay off.

My numbers went way up

I can honestly say that my readership has skyrocketed since taking on this challenge. What’s the big deal about that? Well, the more views you have, the better your stats. The better your stats, the better your chances are for signing on with affiliate networks. Which means money. Also, it’s a nice little ego boost! Not that I need it, but it gives me warm fuzzies seeing my numbers growing every day!

It wasn’t that hard or scary

I was nervous as hell to take this on in general. How could I possibly pump out a post per day, be a mom, a wife and work a full-time job? Well, guess what. I did it, so you can too. If anything, the fact that I was constantly thinking about it meant that I wasn’t running out of ideas.

It made writing a habit

Did you know that doing something for 21 days straight makes it a habit? It’s true! It became very habitual for me to sit down with my laptop while we were watching tv. I’d be writing, hanging out with hubby, and being productive. At this point, I don’t know that I will drop writing every day. Posting every day probably, however, we should be writing every day. Why? Because our blogs need content. There are so many other things you can be doing for your blog other than writing as well, I will get into those a little later on though.

Communicating with my hubby

A few days into Blogmas I told my amazing husband what I’d be up to for the month of December. That way he was in the loop and knew that I wasn’t just sitting on the laptop ignoring him. I think he’s liked seeing me busy with something I love and he’s spawned much more of an interest in it. Which is great! It’s easy to just get wrapped up in your writing, editing or whatever you are doing and not communicating your goals to your significant other. I personally think it’s important to keep that line open between the two of you. They will have a better understanding of what you do. To anyone who isn’t a blogger, this whole world probably seems very easy but we know it isn’t. Share your experiences with them, how can they get excited about something you’re not including them in?

Batching tasks

I had heard say about this mystical practice but hadn’t started doing it until Blogmas. Basically task batching is when you do like tasks together. For instance, doing all of your image editing at the same time, researching topics at the same time. Writing like posts at the same time means multiple pieces of content, done in less time! The references to this whole process could make up a post in and of themselves which I will certainly touch on in coming weeks so stay tuned!

How Blogmas Helped Me As A Blogger

My tips for you

Make a list in advance – or check out my post 75+ blogmas post ideas & topics

If you think about it, write it. It’s as simple as that!

Do things in batches. As mentioned above, do images in batches, editing in batches, etc.

Something is better than nothing. Also mentioned above, doing something keeps your creative juices flowing.

Things you can do for your blog that aren’t writing

As I mentioned above, there are things for your blog that you can do that aren’t writing. I know, that sounds counterproductive. But hear me out! Check out the list below that just may spark some extra productivity into your life!

  • Create opt-ins like checklists, guides, templates or a short ebook
  • Update your pinnable images
  • Brainstorm for digital products
  • Research affiliate programs/apply
  • Plan out your social media strategy
  • Re-organize your Pinterest boards/content
  • Engage with other bloggers by commenting on posts
  • Posting on your social media/replying to comments
  • Scroll Pinterest and make a secret board of inspiration for future posts

If you took part in Blogmas this year, what did you learn? Let me know in the comments below!

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