Wednesday, 30 January 2013

January Sponsors spotlight

Wow, was that January? Well I barely noticed, it passed me by like a flash of lightening. Anyway it has been a great start to my bloggy year and I have yet again had some amazing sponsors this month. The theme seems to have been giveaways this month, but that's alright because everyone loves a good giveaway.

Please take the time to read these guys paragraphs and if you like the sound of the blog please visit them. I love all of these blogs I couldn't rate them any higher. 


 
Me + the Moon mostly caters to the modern mom with our favorite product picks and reviews for mama + child, with some DIYs, fashion, and everyday life thrown into the mix. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aka Chymecindy is a personal blog about daily life, photography, personal style, fashion, diy projects and inspirations.
 
 
 
 
 
I am a wife and stay-at-home mom to my two red birthstones. I started this blog to share my journey through motherhood and everything else along the way. Photography, crafting and motherhood are just a few of the topics that I love to blog about! 
 
 
 
 
 
 Hi I'm Kerry and I blog over at ohsoamelia. I blog about my daughter, DIY's,pregnancy and baby advice and everything in between. Hop on over and follow us on our journey from pregnancy to baby and beyond!
 
 
 
 
 
Hello everyone! The name's Diana. I was a former Nanny to an amazing for five years. I thought I knew everything to know about child raising until I had one of my own. I blog about my misadventures in parenting, recipes inspired by my Stouffer's lasagna/Easy Mac/Hamburger Helper kind of style, and how I manage to try and stretch our one income with coupons. Hoping to lose some weight along the way. Just trying to take care of my OWN family, one day at a time. 
 
 
 
 

Shaping Up To Be A Mom is all about how I'm trying to "shape up" in every area of my life! I love to write about fashion, fitness, and family, as well as my bucket list, home decorating, musical theatre, and blogging tips. I have two little cuties (Carter, 4 and Vanessa, almost 2), and one on the way! We live with Daddy in Phoenix, though I was born and raised in Maine.
 
 
 
 

Monday, 28 January 2013

Big Green 365 Week #4

Big Green Photo Challenge Week 4

22.Jan - 28.Jan

Thank you to Alli at The big green parenting experiment for the challenge.

Here are this week’s additions, I'm uploading them live on Instagram using #biggreen365

I hope that with these photo's are a great way for you to gain an insight in to who I am.


 Tuesday
(I am)
This is a cryptic one, the decimail point's have no relevance and the 0's are there purely as spacing comment your guess as to what these numbers mean?


Wednesday
(need) 
I need this more than you can imagine especially in the morning 'Gold Blend of course'


Thursday
(watching)
After a month of gloomy weather and finally a sunny day ! Spring time is approaching.


Friday
(Looking forward)
I'm looking forward to this one flowering in the Spring proper.


Saturday
(Authentic)
Authentic Harry messy face.


Sunday
(My colours)
My colours, I'm a boy what can i say cant make it any more obvious......God help me !


Monday
(I belong)
Good my stomach is hidden lol I belong with the boys jumping all over me

 Don't forget to enter my 400 GFC giveaway for a chance to win cash prizes.


On the subject of giveaways Oh So Amelia will be hosting an amazing giveaway soon an I-PAD mini she is looking for bloggers to participate in this amazing giveaway. If you think you'd like to, then pop over to Oh So Amelia and fill out the form. Do not forget that I referred you to this amazing opportunity as the form will asks you to put the blog/person who referred you. I took part in Oh So Amelia's $100 giveaway last month and I managed to pick up over 100 GFC followers and my page views doubled. It is well worth taking part.
 

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Get fit with me and Blogger I Pad Opportunity

When it comes to fitness, it would be fair to say it is not my thing. However a few things are potentially coming up this year that i'll need to be fighting fit for. I have an app on my phone which will be tracking my progress. I'm about a two weeks in to my chosen form of fitness training which is running. Before last week I had never run any considerable distance especially not for fitness so its a massive up hill battle for me.

One of the main stumbling blocks for me is finding the time to go out, with three kids it is a struggle to find the time to do anything. However we have found a time slot which is straight after getting the kids to bed where I can go out for the walk/run. It suits well because whilst I'm out my wife is settling Olivia down for the night so the extra quiet house is welcome. (said with a pinch of salt, with the boys playing up at the moment bedtimes are anything but a quiet time)

I have done some Google research on the best ways to begin running for fitness and the main thing which all sites have said is to start of slowly. This makes sense really there is no chance of me going out day 1 and trying to run a mile it would just not happen. So I decided on a route which was convenient and had a mix of hills and flat stretches and set out two weeks ago for my first power walk. It suggests you begin, if you are not used to any fitness, to do a gentle walk to start with but I'm not unused to fitness so I skipped a few steps. 



My first outing would begin with a power walk and introduce a run for the last 200 meters or so. I have spent the time this week moving that final 200 meters further back by 50 meters at a time. I found that although this was a good way to break me in to things slowly but I did not feel as if I was being challenged enough. I took the decision to start the running portion of my walk about 3/4 mile away from home on Friday. Needless to say I didn't make it all the way, but this was a good sign in my books, I had pushed myself to a breaking point. Today I went out again reluctantly but ran from the same point and this time I made it all the way home and felt like I had achieved something. Now I'm planning to start that little bit further back and am looking forward to the day I can run the entire way around.

I will keep you posted on my progress through my fitness journey, I hope I can inspire a few of you to start some fitness journeys of your own.

Don't forget to enter my 400 GFC giveaway for a chance to win cash prizes.



On the subject of giveaways Oh So Amelia will be hosting an amazing giveaway soon an I-PAD mini she is looking for bloggers to participate in this amazing giveaway. If you think you'd like to, then pop over to Oh So Amelia and fill out the form. Do not forget that I referred you to this amazing opportunity as the form will asks you to put the blog/person who referred you. I took part in Oh So Amelia's $100 giveaway last month and I managed to pick up over 100 GFC followers and my page views doubled. It is well worth taking part.


Saturday, 26 January 2013

10 Free Blog Directories to submit your blog too

10 Free blog directories to submit your blog too


Blogging for your specific audience is about delivering quality content that interests your reader. You want that content to be seen by as many people as possible, after all you have put time and hard work in to writing it. This post is aimed at giving newbie bloggers a good selection of blog directories to submit your blog too after all we all need tutorials to get going. There are a number of ways for getting your posts seen by readers.

Being submitted on blog directories enable readers to find your blog through their reading preference, your blog with be categorised in to your chosen field. This is good, you will find the right audience through this method. This will increase traffic, increase returning traffic, give greater visit duration times and get you more readers.  

There are more advanced methods of increasing blog traffic for example writing pillar posts or using good Search engine optimisation (SEO) tactics

Blog traffic is a great indicator of how popular your blog is, adding to blog directories can increase this traffic.  I want to share with you this list of blog directories to help everyone increase traffic. I hope that you can find some great blog directories to submit your blog too.


  •  ontoplist This site uses your RSS feed address and you have access to a number of tools to help promote your blog.

  •  Blog Catalog This allows you to sign up your blog under your category. The website is well laid out and simple for users to explore blogs.
  •  Globe of blogs Great site which has been very well organised, submit your blog and make use of its array of features. This site has a vast array of catorgries to choose from and is a very popular choice.
  • Brit Blog  Is due to relaunch in late summer but you can submit your blog details now.
  • Blogging Fusion is edited by an army of volunteers ensuring that only quality blogs are listed. Blogging Fusion uses advance statistics tracking to collect valuable information about your blog.
  • Blog flux A nice neat and easy to use site, it takes some great meta search information when submitting. It seems to be a very comprehensive site.

  • Technorati Plenty of options and a nice site to use with plenty of users.
  • Tots100 A fantastically organised site aimed at the parenting blogging world. However tots 100 use a unique scoring algorithm that reflects a blog’s popularity, influence and engagement. This really is a great directory to be included in although your chart position may become an obsession.
  • Top baby blogs This site works on getting your audience to vote for you great to submit to.
  • Blog Hints Loads of categories and great interface.

I hope that I have highlighted some blog directories you did not know about. Its a lot to try and sign up all at once I find signing up one by one and getting to know each sites features the best way to get the most out of submitting.

There are so many ways to increase you blog traffic but submitting your blog to directories is a good place to start. 


Thank you for reading

Friday, 25 January 2013

Friday chaos blog hop


BericeBaby
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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Top 10 baby products

.......that Olivia uses at the moment.

Olivia does not really have much of a demand at the moment, basically it goes feed, bum, feed, sleep...... you get the idea she is a small baby. We use a number of baby products based on what we get on with, Olivia has just got on with whatever we have given her. In time she will have her demands I'm sure but for now I'll share with you what we like to use.

I want to keep a record of the baby products we use for our records and as a nice thing for Olivia to look back on. 

1 Tommee Tippee milk bottles
2 Tommee Tippee milk dispensers
3 Pampers Nappies size1



 4 Baby bath recliner
5 Tommee Tippee Orthodontic Soothers 
6 Johnson's bedtime baby bath




7 Cow & Gate milk powder stage 1
8 Sudacrem
9 Tesco's Fragrence free baby wipes
10 Maxi Cosy Cabrio fix car seat 




   
Remember to enter our 400 GFC Giveaway a cash prize is avaliable among others!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Baby Olivia May

It has been a few weeks since we had an update so it is about time I bring you up to date. Our little angel is 8 weeks old now and with out sounding like a broken record, time has flown by.

What are we doing now ? Well we have not had to many new developments mainly just major improvements on the previous development from the six week update.

We are becoming quiet the little chatter box, she must be getting it from her mummy. Before she would only just make an odd noise, now if you catch her in a good mood you can talk to her and she will just chatter back with her noises.

Say cheese Olivia ! She loves to smile all you have to do is gently stroke her chin and with in seconds she will crack the best smile in the world.

She still wants to try and stand up, obviously supported, but she keeps up with her attempts. We will have to be telling her to walk before she can run soon. 

She saw the nurse today for her jabs, the evil cow stabbing my baby !!!!!!!! But it's for the best I suppose, but she is a grumpy baby now. I'm just hoping it does not disturb her night time routine, she had just settled in to a brilliant routine sleeping the majority of the night.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Big Green 365 Week #3



Big Green Photo Challenge Week 3
14.Jan - 21.Jan
Thank you to Alli at The big green parenting experiment for the challenge.

Here are this week’s additions, I'm uploading them live on Instagram using #biggreen365

DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE BIG GROUP GIVEAWAY !


 Tuesday
(Strength)
Chevy Strength !

 Wednesday
(Evening)
Did you guess I ran out of time for this one so was stuck with my lamp!
 
 Thursday
(I've been)
Bit of a cheat this one but I'm going with I've never been prouder.
 
 Friday
(Goal)
Not to bothered what car it is just one to the same value !
 
 Saturday
(Saturday)
Saturday tradition (FRY UP!) although we do not do this ever Saturday its something we save for Saturdays
  
Sunday 
(Unwind)
Get harry to do a cheeky grin unwinds me.

Monday
(My Job)
My Job was difficult to get to this morning.
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