Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Achieving Your Blogging Dreams: Building a Framework Blogging Handbook

I was a bundle of nerves when I first started my blog. Would people actually read what I had to say? Would I be able to grow my site? And there seemed to be so much to learn! Could I really figure it all out?

These are the types of fears that hold a lot of people back from blogging. I have had so many people tell me, “I want to start a blog, but…” They let their fear take over. And they never take that first step toward starting a blog that could positively impact their life in SO many ways.

I am so thankful that I pushed my own fears and nervousness aside and just got started so I could reap the benefits that blogging offers! I’ve gained an incredible creative outlet. I’ve found a community of people who are passionate about the same things I am. I’ve been able to impact people all around the world. And I’ve been able to earn money doing the things that I love… how crazy is that?!

But I haven’t had to do it alone. I’ve had help from my friend Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog. Abby and her husband, Donnie, are full time bloggers, and they have been this huge source of blogging advice the last couple years.

They recently released the third version of their eBook/course Building a Framework:The Ultimate Blogging Handbook, which is specifically geared toward helping new bloggers get started but also a great source for existing bloggers that need a boost of inspiration.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Top 10 Travel Must Haves for Little Superheroes #MarkWarnerMum

Since my hometown is on the West Coast of the United States and my husband's hometown is in England, we knew when we got married that we would be flying across the world many times in our lifetime to spend time with our families. We have never let the challenges of flying for over 10 hours with children stop us from flying with our children when they were little. My daughter's first flight was at 10 months old and son's first flight at 9 months old. We are very lucky that our children love the excitement of flying in an airplane.  Although they have several stamps in their passports, we never had the opportunity to take them on sunny European holiday.
Ladybug Home 2017 #MarkWarnerMum Family Blogger Ambassador Application - "Top 10 Travel Must Haves for Little Superheroes"
"We are going on Superhero Missions"
I love reading about my fellow bloggers' holiday adventures with Mark Warner Holidays that involve snow skiing or warm beaches, fruity drinks by the pool, and creating holiday magic for their children. Mark Warner announced their 2017 Mark Warner Holidays' Family Ambassador Programme last week and I instantly knew that we were ready to demonstrate why we would be perfect as a #MarkWarnerMum. They have asked for bloggers to share their "Top 10 Travel Must Haves" this year.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 (One) Superhero Cape - 3 Winners

In our home you will not find any princess dresses but instead of many superheroes capes. My very imaginative 5 year old daughter would gladly be a superhero character everyday of the year. She often recruits her little brother to be part of her Justice League. Some days she is Batman (never Batgirl) and other days Captain America. If you listen to talking to her imaginary friends, she is often discussing going on adventures to save someone or solving a crime. She loves running fast as the "Flash" and pretending to throw webs from her wrists like "Spiderman".

On Monday, February 13th, 2017, Mark Warner announced the submission requirements for the 2017 Mark Warner Holidays' Family Blogger Ambassador search. The topic this year is "Top 10 Travel Must Haves". I can think of a long list of "must have" items for traveling within UK and internationally but it was important our blog entry also reflected the personality of my family.  Due to the superheroes fun in our home, we created a video titled "Top 10 Must Haves for Little Superheroes" and corresponding blog post.
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

2017 The Sibling Portrait Project at Ladybug Home

We are joining for a 3rd year of the "The Sibling Portrait Project" that was originally created by Lucy of Dear Beautiful. I am excited that a couple new co-hosts have joined the team including Donna from What the Redhead Said. On the 15th of each month, I join a group of bloggers to document the very special relationship between brothers and sisters. This also creates a visual timeline of how quickly our children are growing up.

Search #SiblingsProject on Twitter and Instagram or follow @siblings_photos on Instagram to view the monthly collection of photos.

The Me and Mine Project

February 2017
Big Sister is officially now 5 years old! I truly do not know where the last 5 years went. Big Sister is still loving school and counting down the days until Grandma and Papa come visit. She loved her superhero themed birthday and received lots of new craft kits. She has been making greeting cards for family and friends almost daily. Big Sister loves writing new words and trying to read books. She wants to try football (soccer) in the Spring.
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Start Little Learn Big Book Collection - Parragon Book Review

After Little Brother and I recently reviewed the Little Learners Book Collection from Parragon Books, I was asked if Big Sister and I would be interested in reviewing the Start Little Learn Big collection that is aimed at 3 to 6 year olds. Big Sister just turned 5 years old so she was the perfect age to discover this book collection. We were given a sneak peak at these new books in this collection that launch date is April 4, 2017. 
Start Little Learn Big Parragon Books
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Big Sister was very excited to open the beautifully designed book box that contained the following titles: Numbers I Know; Opposites: Lift-the-Flap; and I Can ShareAll these books encourage exploring with touch and illustrated with bright stimulating colours.
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Monday, 6 February 2017

The Home Life Project - February 2017

Joining Clare from Maybush Studio with her "The Home Life Photography Project - February ".  This monthly photography project involves documenting your daily life for one day per month.

DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2017

Normally, I document the life around our home for this photography project but this month I am focusing on somewhere that feels like home to my family. We became member of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo around 3 years ago and it has felt like our 2nd home ever since. We have spent many hours running around the zoo and visiting the animals. Our favourite part of heading to the zoo is the feeling of freedom. Freedom from social media, people and daily life. The zoo property is 600 acres so even on busier days it never feels crowded. There is so many different animal species that there is alway a new animal friend to meet on every visit. We fill our lungs with fresh air and always come home with ache tired feet. 

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

January Metallic Decoration Tree with Pinty Plus

I love the cheerful festive Christmas decorations in our home every year but when it is time to take them down the house feels so dull and empty. My solution to missing the Christmas decorations is to add some metallic decor to my home. Love to add a little touch of glamour to our home to welcome in a new year in January. 
January Metallic Decoration Tree with Pinty Plus Paint
I decided to transition my son's Christmas tree with metallic stars. As a member of the Pinty Plus Blogger Ambassador program, I requested several cans of the Pinty Plus Basic Metallic Gloss Spray Paints in Silver, Gold, and Copper. This fast drying metallic spray paint can be used on surfaces including wood and cardboard. 
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Home Life Project - January 2017

Joining Clare from Maybush Studio with her "The Home Life Photography Project - January".  This monthly photography project involves documenting your daily life for one day per month.

DATE: Saturday, January 14th, 2017

This month is focused on recovering from Christmas season and preparing for Little Ladybug's birthday. My beautiful and brave girl is turning five years old this month. Our Saturday started with a filming a video together about some of the party supplies for her upcoming birthday party. We had no plans for the day and so it was a purely a day to relax around our home. My children have no issue finding activities to keep the busy around the house. They spent the morning dancing to music, finding uneaten Christmas candy, rearranging the decorations on our New Years' tree, and watching tv while sitting on their balance bikes. Afternoon activities included looking through my jewellery and makeup in the bathroom and discovering the magic of static electricity. Little Ladybug soon found random pieces of paper to create a "troll". It was day filled with laughter and relaxation. We definitely need a "no plans" weekend day at least once a month. 
"My Super Hero"
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