10.29.2014

Blog Planner Series {{Blogging Contacts}}

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! I didn't get time to post this last week {or the week before!}, but have no fear - I'm sharing another blog planning printable with y'all today!


One of the neatest things I've discovered in my blogging adventure is the network of other bloggers out there! Did you know that behind all the fabulous blogs on the internet sits a real person and that some of them really want to interact with their readers?

Now, I knew when I started reading blogs a few years ago that real people wrote the posts, shared the pictures, and inspired others. But I never really interacted with them. Actually, truth be told, I tried to interact with some of my "favorite" bloggers, and I never heard back from them. I wasn't asking questions that "needed" responses, but still, the interaction wasn't quite there. And I'm not talking about the bloggers with 75,204 readers either. From my point of view, these were people in a similar place of life that I wanted to thank for their inspiration or encourage a little. Anyway. I just figured that the people on the other end of all the blogs out there didn't really want to interact. They simply wanted to push their content out and gain a reading and grow, grow, grow.

Then sometime around January or February of last year, something changed. I had started putting my blog out there a little more through link parties {both through linking up and co-hosting}. Then other bloggers {or just people in general} would email me or leave comments... Then I realized that I could reply to them {and I wanted to thank them for leaving a comment if I could}. Then I realized that there are bloggers out there that desire to help other bloggers grow. Then I got in a bloggers group on Facebook. Then, then, then. You get the picture.

But with this new interaction, I started getting overwhelmed. I started mixing up the bloggers I was interacting with... I know, I know. Bad me. But in all honesty, when you haven't followed a blog for long, you don't really know the blogger's name or family or personality or interests as well... And it's easy to get confused.

I wrote those paragraphs to bring us to today's free printable. You may or may not find it useful. I sure did for a while... Mostly until I got more acquainted with the bloggers I now know on a first name and blog basis. Let me just show you what today's printable looks like.

You'll see that there is a place for the blog name, url, the blogger's real name, their email address, and some of their social media outlets. I use the little circles to check off when I follow them. I don't follow every blogger on every social media outlet... But I do like to follow those in our Facebook group every way I can - supporting each other is what the group was created for. You can download this free printable here!

I don't have every piece of info for every blogger I communicate with, so I just fill in the information I do have... This printable helps to keep track of the info I have - and it was especially helpful when I was co-hosting several link parties in a short time. I didn't want to email Susan asking about the party that Jenny hosted, if that makes sense. Anyway.

I'm curious, blogging friends... How do you keep track of your blogging buddies? Do you just store everything in your brain? What tips do you have for interacting with your readers? Or do you find that interacting with them is helpful? I'd love to hear your tips, so leave a comment below!!

In case you've missed any posts in this series, you can find them here:
{{ Starting Out }}
{{ Link Party Tracker }}
{{ Link Party Information Tracker }}
{{ Sponsors }}

Oh, and I wanted to note... If you leave a comment on my blog, I reply via email! If you don't have your email address included in your comment or connected to your commenting account, I can't reply that way. If you don't get a reply, that's why! Sometimes I will reply to you on my blog, but that's usually only if you've left a comment that needs a response... If you're just saying hi, I generally don't reply on my blog! Hope that makes sense!

10.28.2014

Another Little Update

Hello there, friends... I'm trying something new here. I used to have the Blogger app on my iPad but I didn't like it. I just downloaded it on my phone and wanted to see if it's any different. I think it is. Maybe I'll be able to post a bit more? Maybe. Ha!

My dad headed home today... What a wonderful time we had together. We spent a lot of time just visiting {the best way to spend time with family if you ask me!}, and we went to the coast yesterday. Hannah did wonderful!!

Last night she was sitting on his lap while we were visiting. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw her do something we hadn't quite seen before. Ready for it?


Our sweet Hannah Jo was smiling... She's been grinning for a couple of weeks, but she was actually responding to his voice... So sweet!! What a wonderful way to end his trip!

I've got a blog planner printable ready for tomorrow, so be sure to swing by in the morning!

Until then...

10.26.2014

Just Stopping In...

Happy Sunday, lovely friends! I haven't been around this week - I've been enjoying my little one, visiting with my dad {he flew into town last Tuesday}, and trying to keep up with the laundry! I just wanted to stop in and share a quick video with y'all... Enjoy!

video

I hope to be back sometime in the next few days with another blog planner post, life updates, and more! Until then, have a great week!

10.18.2014

Hannah Update {{Five and Six Weeks Old}}

Happy Saturday, lovelies... It's been a week since my last appearance around here - what a busy week we've had. Having a little one in the house keeps me busier than I imagined... But I love it! I tried to wrap up a few little odds and ends in my "spare" time... Oh, and I slept a bit. Anyway. I usually post a Snapshot Saturday post, but I thought it'd be more fun to share some pictures of our sweet Hannah Jo instead!

I planned to switch to monthly pictures after the first few weeks, but she is growing and changing SOOO much that I wanted to continue documenting with weekly pictures. Hope you don't mind the cuteness overload about to take place! {{I'm a little biased, I know!}} You have no idea  how many pictures we've taken of our little one in the past six weeks... Like a ton! Anyway. Here's a little update!


Here's how you're doing little one...
Eating: You're still eating well! Nursing has been a learning adventure for both of us, but it's such a wonderful thing! I'm thankful for the extra time we get to spend together... Even at 2:00 in the morning!



Sleeping: You're doing well with sleeping... You wake up about twice in the night to eat, and then you fall back asleep rather quickly! You make sweet little noises when you're falling back asleep. And you make the cutest little faces when you're waking up or falling asleep! I think you must be dreaming something! You love to sleep on Mama or Daddy's chest... But we don't do that too often {well, I suppose that's relative!}. You also love tummy time and tend to fall asleep during your tummy playtime... See Exhibit A.

{{Exhibit A}}

Milestones: You've smiled a few times in the last couple of weeks. I've yet to get it on camera, but it's so incredibly sweet! You're also continuing to gain strength in your neck, arms and legs!

{{You enjoyed playing in the crib at church last Sunday evening...}}

{{You went soul-winning with Mama today - and we got to knock doors this time!}}

Clothing: Well, I finally gave in and packed away your newborn size clothes today. What a sad day. I kept putting you in different shirts and dresses so you could wear them "one more time." I suppose the one more time should be done... The one thing that makes it okay is that your bigger clothes are equally cute. I was going through them today and can't wait for you to wear some of them. Nevertheless, it's sad to know you're growing so quickly! Dear Clock, Please slow down. Sincerely, This Mama


Diapers: You're officially out of newborn size diapers... You've been in size one for a little over a week. We made it through the diapers that were written on at your baby shower and broke open the first box of size one diapers today. It's amazing how many diapers a baby goes through!!


Social Interaction: You've been held by a few different people in the last two weeks, and you seem to be okay with others! Yay!! Two of your "adopted cousins" got to hold you this week too... I'm not sure who liked it more - you or them! Haha! Oh, and I almost forgot... You met your first furry friend last Saturday! You met your "Auntie" Rhoie's dog Chloe... You didn't seem to mind her licking your head and toes! She didn't lick you too much, but it was kinda funny! Mama's getting excited for your Auntie Rhoie to have her baby so you have a playmate... Just a few more weeks!! Yay!

{{You love sticking out your tongue!}}

Likes: You still love snuggling. You like to go for walks with Mama and jogs with Daddy in your stroller too! And you still love having a clean diaper... I don't blame you there! You've been "sitting up" a bit too... Mama props you up in our nursing pillow, and you seem to like spending time with us at the dinner table! Oh, and you bounced to some music with Mama last night and were SOOO happy! You had such sweet, little facial expressions!


Dislikes: I can't really think of too many things you dislike... I suppose you don't prefer having a dirty diaper or waiting to eat longer than you want! You're such a content, happy baby!!

We love you so much, sweet little one! We feel so incredibly blessed to be your parents!!

Until next time...

10.11.2014

Snapshot Saturday {10.11.14}

Phew... It's Saturday again! I haven't shared a recap of our week in quite a few weeks. Blogging takes more time than one might think! I've taken several pictures in the last several weeks, but I'll spare you... Oh, and we've got a big weekend of ministry planned here, so I'm keeping this short. Hope you enjoy the pictures!


09.07.14 - Here's our little girl the morning after she was born... So sweet!

09.07.14 - Daddy didn't waste any time taking pictures of our little one...

09.07.14 - Love my snuggle bug!

09.08.14 - We got to go home on Monday... But not until putting us all in matching outfits!

09.09.14 - Hanging out with Mommy and Daddy...

09.10.14 - Hannah was so excited to go to church for the first time!!

09.11.14 - Another photo shoot...

09.12.14 - Family walk time!

09.14.14 - Hannah had a great time at church on her first Sunday. She slept through the service and was quite the snuggle bug after the service...

09.14.14 - I didn't share this as a separate post, but I thought it'd be fun to do one last update similar to my pregnancy updates.

09.15.14 - Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite Bible verses... Such a blessing to know that God knows the plans and thoughts for us. And that He will hear us when we call on Him.

09.15.14 - Baby blues...

09.20.14 - Hannah loves her hands...

09.22.14 - We took Hannah on her first road trip to the country...

09.29.14 - This new little notepad is perfect for keeping track of our weekly menu plan!

10.02.14 - Hannah's a wonderful helper!

10.03.14 - I was inspired to write a #HaveDoneList of all the things I did do last Friday instead of focusing on all the things that didn't get done... It was a great way to change my perspective!

10.05.14 - Hannah was the cutest little pumpkin in the patch last Sunday!

10.06.14 - I ordered some cute little paperclips, and they arrived in these adorable envelopes!

10.07.14 - I started a scrapbook for Hannah... Lovin' these Project Life supplies!

10.07.14 - Here's a fun little picture of my current planner inserts... Yay!

10.08.14 - I seriously love this girl!

10.08.14 - It was a few days late, but I got my brain dump for the week transferred forward. This was my twelfth week doing it, and it's still working well!

10.08.14 - I've been writing to Hannah since I found out I was expecting... I look forward to passing on this journal many. many. many. moons from now!

10.08.14 - If you look at one of the first pictures in this post, you'll see that Hannah's wearing the same outfit as in this picture... She's grown so much!

10.10.14 - We had a rougher morning yesterday... Hannah needed some extra loving and Daddy's alarm clock didn't go off. Hannah decided we should walk to church to take him some coffee since he didn't get any before he left. She's so thoughtful!

10.10.14 - I'm looking forward to checking out this little book... I love the subtitle: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. It's hard for me to remember that, let me tell ya!

Well, lovelies... Thanks for stopping by today! Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Until next time...