7 Tips to Grow Your Blog on a Part Time Schedule + Blogging Goal Update

I am now 6 months into this blogging journey and I’m loving it! I am slowly but surely growing my blog and making it something worthwhile for readers. As I learn more about blogging, the more I enjoy it! And I hope you enjoy seeing the changes and improvements I am trying to make. Of course I’d appreciate any feedback that you might have, just leave me a comment below! Well, 3 months ago, I set a goal for myself. I wanted to get 50 email subscribers in the next 6 months. To be honest, it felt really lofty at … Continue reading

Where Were You on September 11, 2001?

Where were you on September 11, 2001? The answer to that question is often a status update on social media on each anniversary of that horrific day. In fact, I’m sure it’s been my Facebook status at least once over the years. For a lot of us, we were in our homes, in our car, at school, at work, hundreds of miles away… And it really is something we will never forget. While all our lives were changed that day, we were also probably still able to quickly resume a “normal” life. But I want to take a moment to … Continue reading

5+ Ideas to Help a Widow – Monday Mourning Widow Series

Well, it’s now been over 1 year since my husband, Chaz, passed away. Like I mentioned in my One Year of Loss post, I just can not find the right words to describe how I feel about that. Despite that, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the past year. In the weeks immediately following his passing, people would ask “How can I help?” or “What do you need?” But at the time, those questions seemed impossible to answer.  There wasn’t a single person that could give me what I needed, because what I needed was my husband … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #1: Bad Days

In my post about One Year of Loss, I mentioned that I was going to begin a series specifically about widowhood. Well, ta-da! Here it is! 🙂 Posts for this series will go up each Monday. This was so I could be super creative and use my alliteration skills… Hence, it’s called the Monday Mourning Widow Series! (Yeah, I said “hence.” Fancy, huh?) What I am about to share for the first post of the series, was actually written about 2.5 weeks ago. I’ve had it in draft status because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share it. But … Continue reading

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One Year of Loss, but I’m Just Not Ready…

I just wanted to take a few moments to explain where my heart and my head are this week. On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, it will be 1 year since my husband, Chaz, passed away. I’ve seen it referred to as a “deathiversary.” But I do NOT like that word. I’ve just been calling it “the 1-year mark.” Obviously, the past few weeks have been extremely difficult. And as this impending week began, my emotions have been running haywire. As I mentioned in my post The Truth About Young Widowhood, I want to be open and honest about life as … Continue reading

Build Your Own Village

Have you seen this article titled “I Miss the Village” published on The Huffington Post pop up in your social media feeds lately? It seemed like an article I would try to avoid, but again, the frequency of seeing it lead me to read it. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to read the article before you go on, otherwise this post probably won’t make much sense to you. I know I’m in a very small minority with my thoughts, but I’m not entirely sold on this article. And this is coming from me, who needs a … Continue reading

31 Acts of Kindness – Part 1 – The First 5

After losing a loved one, EVERY holiday is hard.  At least, it is for me. Even those that seem really insignificant, like Sweetest Day, still bring on a fresh new wave of sadness. But I have made it through each new holiday.  Some with A LOT more tears than others.  Both Christmas and Will’s birthday all ended with me literally laying in the middle of the kitchen bawling my eyes out.  But at least I made it through… Now, the next REALLY difficult holiday is coming up. Chaz’s birthday. He should be turning 31 on July 3… I can’t even … Continue reading

3-Month Blog Reflection and Goals

My 3-month “blogiversary” is coming up on Friday!  Woohoo! 🙂 So, I’ve been reflecting on my blog again.  Why am I writing this?  What do I hope to achieve? This is what I came up with: I want to inspire. I want to share what it’s like to be a young widow and a single mom.  To show my struggles, but also show how I try to find joy. I want to give people a look inside this life.  I know people see stories like mine on the news, or hear about it from friends of friends.  I know they … Continue reading

Mommy Reality Challenge: Mommy’s Meals

*Post contains affiliate links.  Read full disclaimer here. I’ve been browsing Pinterest and reading A LOT of different blogs lately, in pursuit of becoming a better blogger.  It’s fun and I’m reading a lot of interesting tips for parenting and some great activity ideas for the kids! And it has also made me see that I’m not the only one struggling with this rollercoaster of motherhood. I’m not the only one who struggles with yelling at their kids.   I’m not the only one who gets incredibly frustrated when their child won’t put their shoes on. I’m not the only … Continue reading

Why I’m Making “Me” Time a Priority

*Post may contain affiliate links.  Please read disclaimer here. If you’re a mom, I’m sure you’ve heard all about how you need to take care of yourself, in order to take care of your children. Raise your hand if you think “Easier said than done!” when you hear that. I seriously hope I’m not the only person with my hand high in the air… Since Chaz died, it’s been all about my kids.  They are my priority.  So my needs almost always take a backseat to them. I do my best to make sure my kids are fed healthy food, … Continue reading