Take Your Blog to the Next Level with These Steps

Take Your Blog to the Next Level with These Steps

Blogging is something that you have to work on continually. A blog is never completed, and that’s what’s good about them. There is always room for you to improve it and change what you do to attract more people. If you’re looking to take your blog to the next level, here are the steps you’ll need to take.   Get a Real Domain Name   Start by making sure that your blog has a clear and relevant domain name. The truth is, many blogs don’t. People usually start out with a free platform and a use a free domain name, like the ones associated with WordPress. This makes the website seem generic and rather amateur, though. That’s not the kind of image you want to create for your blog. So, use a domain name generator and find one that’s relevant and can catch people’s attention. It should also say something about the topics covered on your blog. Photo Source   Create a Logo and Some Iconography   You should also have a good logo that is easy to recognise for anyone who visits the website. The logo will stick in people’s minds and it just makes the site seem more professional. If you think about it, all the top blogs have a particular heading and logo that comes to mind, so yours should too. If you use a basic template and a plain font, then your blog won’t stand out above the rest. Having consistent iconography throughout the website can be very important too. Anything that builds that recognition among visitors should keep them coming back.   Link Better   Good linking is very important if you want to increase the traffic to your website. Focus on good, strong links, and don’t spam them. Links are taken into account when […]

Posted August 24, 2016 by Julie in Guest Posts, Website and Blogging / 0 Comments
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Simple Toddler Activities you can do Right Now with what you have on hand

Simple Toddler Activities you can do Right Now with what you have on hand

As a working mom, the time I do get to spend with my son is very precious. I’m always on the look out for very simple activities we can do together at home, preferably with stuff we already have on hand. One of my goals is to be more present with him and not just let the weekends pass us by. I even mentioned this in a recent IG post. In fact, I’ll just let IG show off what we did this weekend.   What fun things do you have planned with your kids this weekend? One of my goals is to be more present and play with my child more, even though I’m tired after a week of working full-time, long commutes, and sleep deprivation. I hope to try some fun activities with my son this weekend. #workingmom #workingmomma #workingmommy #momlife #worklife #mommylife #mommy #momblogging #momblog #momblogger #inspiration #quotes #quoteoftheday #friday #tgif A photo posted by Julie S {Fab Working Mom Life} (@juliecookies413) on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:06am PDT   There are so many moments we can use to do a quick learning game or try something new. This past weekend I really focused on these goals and am happy to report that we were quite successful in having simple happy fun times around the house. I wanted to share these simple activities and play time we had to inspire other busy, tired moms like myself.   Simple Activities with my Toddler, Meeting my Weekend Goals     A little sensory and fine motor practice with ice cubes. We had our fridge repaired today and had to pull out everything including the ice cube tray. So we played a distraction game so my toddler wouldn’t keep trying to climb into the fridge. He hasn’t gotten the grasp (pun […]

Posted August 23, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts / 0 Comments
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Feeding Toddlers Review

Feeding Toddlers Review

I can hear it now. The screams, the protests. I can see him shaking his head. Yep, you guessed it. It is meal time with my toddler. Feeding my toddler is a battle. A battle I usually lose, as my toddler’s will is apparently stronger than mine. Not every meal, as sometimes he absolutely devours his food. But often times the food ends on the floor, with both mom and toddler flustered and upset. Healthy Eating for Toddlers I’m excited to have this chance to read and participate in the release. The book was given to me complimentary and the opinion shared is my own. The Feeding Toddlers book is full of great advice about eating healthy in general and feeding our little kids specifically. I love the points about taking the pressure off and not trying to force specific foods. Instead, offer healthy options at every meal and let them get used to seeing and selecting the foods. We do have to change our mindsets about food, and involving the child in food preparation can help them want to eat it. So many adults have bad relationships with food, and we certainly don’t want to pass that onto our children. I’m also very happy she discussed hiding vegetables and that it has a place. Yes, it isn’t going to help in the long run. But yes, it will help my child eat healthier today. I liked that the book also contains suggestions for healthy meals that are pretty simple. She suggests ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the meals, and that’s wonderful. My issue is when my kid won’t eat any real food, I give him pouches instead (they have veggies, right) or peanut butter on crackers (because this kid needs protein). But those are also defeating […]

Posted August 22, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, Reviews / 9 Comments
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Protecting Furniture In Your Home When You Have A Toddler

Protecting Furniture In Your Home When You Have A Toddler

When you are moving into a new home, you can’t wait to fill it with beautiful furniture. However, when you have a toddler, you have to think twice before making any purchases. You need to make sure you go for items which won’t be ruined after five minutes with crayons and pens! You need to buy protectors so that everything will be kept in a tip-top condition. Here are some ways to protect your furniture in your home when you have a toddler! flickr Ideas to Protect Your Furniture from Toddlers Use wipeable tablecloths Your kids will love getting creative on the kitchen table. And as much as we like to encourage their creativity, it is not so great for our dining table. You will end up spending hours trying to wash away all that paint from the table, so you will want to buy a good tablecloth to put on the table to prevent it from getting ruined. You should avoid fabric tablecloths as these will end up needing to be replaced when your toddler spills food. Instead, you should buy a for your table. That way, you will easily be able to wipe away the marks before the kids start playing again. And as this described in this article, you could also get a vinyl plastic cover. It’s so thick that it will protect your table from scratches and marks! And it’s inexpensive; you can get it from Walmart for a couple of dollars a yard. Image Source   Chair covers for your dining seats Your dining chairs can easily get ruined when you have a toddler. Stains and liquid can easily cause permanent marks on the fabric seat and it’s a nightmare to wash off. To keep them protected, you need to look for some for your […]

Posted August 21, 2016 by Julie in Family, Guest Posts / 0 Comments
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The Unwanted Gift Guide – What To Do With Presents You Don’t Need

The Unwanted Gift Guide – What To Do With Presents You Don’t Need

Have you noticed just how many times a year people buy you a gift? There are birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines, Christmas and other festivities. Then you may get the odd thank you gift or celebration token. No matter how well-meaning they are, people can sometimes get it wrong. Unwanted gifts can soon pile up. But it’s not just the clutter you may be worrying about. It’s how to part with something someone bought you with the best of intentions. What to do with gifts you don’t need   Giving your unwanted gift away to someone else isn’t a bad idea. However, you may prefer to give it someone who isn’t acquainted with the person who gave you the gift. Selling it on is another option. It means you can use the cash value to buy something for yourself that you might enjoy more. It’s unlikely this would displease the person who gave you the gift. However, if you tell them the gift isn’t right for you, most gifters would be happy to help you exchange it.   If you have a large collection of unwanted gifts from years gone by, it’s time to have a clearout. Some gifts you may have forgotten about. You might not even remember who gave them to you. Others may have been carefully selected for you and getting rid of them may cause upset on both sides. How you manage this tricky situation is up to you, but sensitivity and discretion are sometimes desirable.   There are several ways to clear your home of unwanted gifts. Some people may find a use for your unwanted items. This is particularly true for practical housewares or gadgets. You can peruse the Wanted column in your local paper. Or you might choose to post the items on an internet […]

Posted August 20, 2016 by Julie in Gift Guides, Guest Posts / 0 Comments
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Tips to Survive Your Child’s First Haircut

Tips to Survive Your Child’s First Haircut

Last weekend my son got his first haircut. At the tender age of 21 months old, it was time. It was beyond time. My darling son has inherited my hair. He has inherited the curl and the fullness, but also the instant puff-out-in-all-directions head that happens any time you step outside into the humid Texas day. And if it is raining even a little? Fuhgetaboutit. We like to go for walks after I get home from work, and the temperatures have calmed to a balmy but no longer surface-of-the-sun level. Or, I should say, my toddler demands we got outside upon my stepping foot in the door. I sometimes am not allowed to eat dinner first. Maybe that’s the real reason I have lost 30+ pounds so far. After a fun walk around the neighborhood, with some playing on the slides and swings, my little man’s hair resembles a beehive. Mine doesn’t look much better. I should wear more . While bath time tamed it, my toddler’s hair still curled around and stuck out quite a bit all day. So, haircut. First ever haircut of a toddler boy. You can imagine just how that went. Tips to Survive a Toddler’s First Haircut Both parents team up Since my husband was home that particular weekend, I took the opportunity to get his help with this scary endeavor. While we tried to have the toddler sit down in a booster by himself first, we ultimately had to restrain him. My husband sat in the standard chair and held our child on his lap. I then held his face (the toddler’s, not my husband’s) and tried to calm him and keep him from shaking his head around. Well, as best I could. Is your toddler stronger than you, too? Pick a stylist who can handle […]

Posted August 19, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts / 27 Comments
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Making Money From Home Made Simple

Making Money From Home Made Simple

When it comes to the financial side of life, we all want to be able to feel comfortable. There is no worse feeling than having to struggle through the month to make ends meet. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that you never really need to struggle. No matter what kind of position you are currently in, there is always something you can do to improve your situation. However, it can be difficult to work out which ideas are profitable and which are probably not worth your time. But don’t worry – we are here to help. In this post, we will take a look at some of the most effective ways of making money from home. Take these into consideration if you are keen on making more out of your passive income. Image Source   3 Ways to Make Money from Home   Sell Your Old Junk It might not seem like it is incredibly profitable, but you would be surprised at how well this can work out. Most of us find that we have a lot of stuff at home which we don’t just need. For many people, hoarding soon becomes a way of life before you even know it. If you have noticed that you have a lot of old junk lying around, then it might be time to start thinking about selling it. With the Internet, it is now easier than ever to sell your old belongings without leaving your home. There are countless websites you can use to do this. You could either go through the classified route, using sites like craigslist and gumtree. Alternatively, you could use auction sites like eBay to sell your wares. Either way, you are sure to make some decent money this way.   Invest Your Spare Cash No matter […]

Posted August 18, 2016 by Julie in Finances, Guest Posts / 1 Comment
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Fantastic Places To Find New Inspiration For Cooking

Fantastic Places To Find New Inspiration For Cooking

Bored of cooking the same old meals for your family? If the kids have been complaining about the same dishes, it could be time to start looking for some new cooking inspiration. But where do you go for new ideas to use in the kitchen? If you aren’t too sure where to turn, here are some of the best places to get new inspiration for flavors and ingredients. Places To Find Inspiration For Cooking Credit   Food Blogs Food bloggers are regularly testing out recipes and posting them to their sites. So if you want to try unique recipes, these are the best websites to browse through. These are also the best place to look if you or someone in your family has a special dietary requirement. Many food bloggers have their own niche, such as gluten-free or vegan cooking. Some food blogs also create meal plans for people to follow, such as on the Mealz website. Credit   Traveling Next time you are on vacation, be sure to try as much local cuisine as possible. If you are heading to a foreign destination, you might discover lots of new and exciting ingredients that you have never tasted before. Once you get home, try and source all these new flavors and ingredients to use in your kitchen. Want to go traveling just for the food? Then head to Asia for some fantastic Thai and Chinese curries.   Cooking Channels Got a few minutes to spare in your day? Then flick onto the cooking channels to see what their chefs are cooking. As most of the chefs have plenty of experience in gourmet restaurants, you can be sure that all the recipes they suggest are going to be excellent. Some TV shows focus on specific international cuisines and special cookery styles, […]

Posted August 17, 2016 by Julie in Food, Guest Posts / 0 Comments
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How to Help your Toddler who won’t Eat, advice from a Pediatrician

How to Help your Toddler who won’t Eat, advice from a Pediatrician

Just thinking about mealtime with my toddler gives me heartburn. I am excited to share this guest post from the brilliant Dr Orlena Kerek, sharing advice on feeding these adorable little monsters of our own creation.  How to Help your Toddler who Won’t Eat I watch in despair as my toddler shoves away his plate, flings his plastic fork across the room and then lies on the floor, wailing. He is protesting. What did this mean mommy do now? Well… She gave him his favourite pasta dish in his favourite blue bowl, which he had asked for 2 seconds previously. What an evil mummy! Life with toddlers is rarely dull. Toddlers can be so cute, so gorgeous, so much fun. They can also be hugely frustrating and absolutely exhausting. One of the most frustrating things about toddlers is feeding them. Meal times with toddlers are not exactly quiet. And it’s so easy to fall into the trap of offering the same food all the time. The food that you know they’ll eat. Or are most likely to eat. Times of Change Toddlers are at an exciting time. They are coming out of their “baby stage” and growing into a “big boy or girl”. They are learning so much. They are learning to express themselves. They are learning what they like (then don’t like, then like again). They are learning to do things themselves and they are learning that they don’t like those things called “rules”. Part of the problem is that their behaviour is changing, but another challenge is that their taste buds and feeding preferences are also changing. And of course, language and the ability to express themselves is a big challenge. They suddenly decide that they don’t like the food they loved as babies. They no longer shove everything into […]

Posted August 15, 2016 by Julie in Guest Posts, Parenting / 12 Comments
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Learn to make Freezer Meals and streamline dinner

Learn to make Freezer Meals and streamline dinner

Why does dinner alway seem like an oversight and something that we rush to throw together on an almost daily basis? I’ve struggled with coming up with a family meal plan, but we just end up scrambling on weekends to come up with our food plan and shopping list. Sometimes we do well and pull together a list of recipes that are easy to double, and we have leftovers for lunch the next day or even two nights of food. But we still are not organized enough and every week we have to go through the same process. Sometimes you just have to let someone else do the work for you. Sometimes, it is easier just to pick up an already made meal plan, with recipes and a shopping list. Sometimes, you need to learn new tricks from someone else who is a pro at this meal thing. I just finished this awesome e-course called Freezer Meals 101 and learned so much about this well-known method of cooking. I have heard so many people touting freezing meals, and I just didn’t know what was involved. I figured it would take forever to prep so many meals, and meal prep is one of my least favorite tasks in cooking. The Freezer Meals 101 course teaches six different methods of making freezer meals. You can go all out and make three months at a time as the two friends in the video course do, or you can do one week at a time if you’re a freezer meal novice, like me. What really got me the most is the ease of duplication. If you’re already slicing onions, adding another onion doesn’t take up much additional time, and that can now be used in another recipe. If you’re already making one meal, make two. Or three. […]

Posted August 12, 2016 by Julie in Food, Reviews, TopPosts, Working Mom / 24 Comments
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