Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas! + Happy New Year!

I just wanted to jump on today and wish you the very Merriest of Christmases. I hope today is filled with love, laughter, memory making and more food and gifts that you truly need. From our family to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

 
I'm taking the rest of the year off from blogging. A much needed break to refuel, focus and plan for all the great things I have (in my mind) in store for Wife Mommy Me. Before I sign off for the year, thank you to each and every one of you who have read, supported and cheered us on over the last 3 1/2 years. I can't thank you enough. May 2015 end just the way you'd like and you get to usher in a new year with goals and dreams and nothing but happiness. 
 

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Photo Challenge :: Day 17-22

Happy Christmas Eve! I wanted to share a quick post to recap days 17-22 of our #2015ChristmasMoments challenge. As of yesterday morning, we had 710 photos on IG using our holiday hashtag. I'm so floored by how many people have joined our photo celebration. Here is our recap for days 17-22.


Day 17 --  Clothing
Day 18 -- Inspiration 
Day 19 -- Happiness
Day 20 -- Movie
Day 21 -- Keepsake
Day 22 -- Favorite

Day 23 and 24 can be found by visiting us on Instagram --->> username SCX11. We hope you've had a wonderfully magic Christmas season. As the big day approaches, I hope it's filled with love and laughter, memory making and moment of pure joy!


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Conversations with Connor - Part 3

Connor hit 3 and OH MY GOODNESS he got funny. Not only did his funny side come through but as he gets older, he is paying more attention to the world around him. He sees, hears and thinks differently than ever before. Needless to say this new grown-up Connor has been saying a thing or two that has left me speechless ... which is saying a lot because I'm never really at a loss for words.  And that's where Conversations with Connor comes in. Here is round 3. And I promise you, they are better than ever before.


Me: "Connor you have got to start picking up one toy before moving onto a new one. Mommy doesn't like messes everywhere."
CJ: "I'm just a kid, Momma. Cut me some pants."
And by pants his means slacks. And by slacks he really meant slack.

"I tried my patience and it worked." - CJ, age 3
Funny how that works.

During bedtime earlier this Fall...
"Mommy I'm done holding your hand."
And just like that my heart and soul died at once. 

Connor: "I got these dice and I'm going to win big because I'm almost 3 and when you are 3 you can chew gum and go to school and you have to have no accidents and sleep in your bed all night and be nice to Rudy because he is our cat and we have a dog named Simon but he is at the doctor and oh no! I lost my dice."

Connor: I need some lunch. I'm hungry.
Me: Okay. Let's make it together.
Moments later...
Me: Are you going to take a bite?
Connor: I'm not hungry today, Mommy.
Real life with a toddler.

Toddler Logic
Mommy I can't eat dinner because I have the hiccups. But I can eat it if you feed me when I sit on your lap. Deal, Mommy?

Me: I'm going to open the curtains to let some light in.
Connor: Do I have to put pants on?

Me: You did a really good job on your craft today at story time, Connor.
Connor: I know because I'm almost 3 and a big boy who uses the potty and eats all his lunch and sleeps in his bed until the sun shines.
And here I was thinking he didn't listen to me.

Me: "Connor, we need to run to the store. I need dish soap."
Connor: "I have bubbles, Mommy."
Me: "Thanks Buzz but that won't work with the dishes."
Connor: "Of course not. Here we go again..."

Connor keeps up on our toes, keeps us laughing, reminds us of how simple life can be if you let it. Especially if it means you don't need pants!


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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Reading Wednesday - Starting January 2016

You all know my love of reading runs deep. Well it runs so deep that I've started a local book club in hopes of finding amazing books to fall in love with and etch out some girl time over a shared love of all things #bookworm. But instead of keeping all the good novels to myself, I've teamed up with Suzanna over at One Hoolie Mama for "Reading Wednesday".


The last Wednesday of each month (starting January 27th), Suzanna and I will share at least 2 books that we've read during the month. One of mine is going to be my Book Club Pick and the second my Personal Pick. We will share a brief synopsis of the book along with our review on each book. Nothing too in depth but enough to give you a good idea of whether you should read the novel or not.

My goal for 2016 is to a) read at least 24 books for the year b) read from my bookshelf. I have a ton of books that are just sitting there that need to be read and c) find new authors to read. I often find myself reading the same ones because I enjoy them so much. For January, my Book Club Pick is The Last Time We Say Goodbye and my Personal Pick is The Island.

We would love for you to join us. There are no rules, just come with good books for us to discover and love. You can grab the button below to add to your post when you share your favorite books for the month. Of course, we want to know you've joined us so be sure to let Susanna or I know via each "Reading Wednesday" post.

 





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Monday, December 21, 2015

Gift Giving with Target One Spot

It's time for this month's $10 at Target post. You all loved last month's Decor Items on a Budget post so I thought I'd stick to the theme of finding steals and deal in Target's One Spot to share with you this month. My goal is to stick to finding ways to use the goodies I find and love from this part of the store. Since Christmas is Friday, I wanted to share with you simple pieces I found that had pop and fun to your holiday gift gifting.


First up is how I used the stationary and gift labels I scored. Both are pretty self explanatory but I wanted to stick to my budget on gifts and thanks to the items I got from the dollar bins at the front of the store, I was able to have a bit of fun without spending to much.


Target always draws me in with their stationary. It's my favorite part of the dollar section. I usually try to grab a handful of new prints and patterns as I send a ton of snail mail. This month, I was able to grab "Hello Holiday" note cards and stationary. When we visited Santa, our photo package included 8 wallets of Connor and Santa. I mailed out "Connor and Claus" mail to family and friends who aren't on social media or nearby to see the photos. I really liked Target's $1 gift tags his year. One is chalkboard and the other is felt. Both fun alternatives to paper tags.

When shopping last week, I discovered small glass jars and instantly thought "What could I do with those?" With no clear plain in mind, I grabbed them up and continued shopping. Later that week, I stumbled across a pin on how to make Sugar Cookie Scrub. The recipe called for everything I had on hand and the jars were exactly what I needed to store and gift the scrubs. I mixed up for a batch and added them to my gift box I snagged from Target, too. I'll be gifting these this weekend to a set of friends.


With the holidays coming, I'm going to be challenge in January to use the goodies in the One Spot in a creative way. I'm thinking this would be a great time to try my hand at a few crafts I've been toying with. Did you get any goodies this season from Target's One Spot? Like I mentioned in last month's post, you have to shop early and often to score the "good" stuff.


Elizabeth - Chasin' Mason
Rachel - Garay Treasures
Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Becky - bybmg


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Friday, December 18, 2015

10 Tips to Take Your Blog to the Next Level

This is our last week of the 2015 Blogger Review linkup and it's been such a fun one to co-host. I love that so many of you have walked memory lane with us and shared your blogging experience. I've discovered some great tips from your posts along with the chance to read your favorite posts from the year. Today, I want to share with you 10 tips that will help take your blog to the next level.


Tip {ONE}
Plan to put in a ton of work, a lot of time and a huge amount of creativity before you start making any money. I've been asked time and time again how I make money blogger and while I'd love to share all the details on the how, the bottom line is you have to pay our dues. I've been blogging for 4 years in March and money didn't just show up. I worked my ass off for it. I networked and applied for programs and pimped out this little .com to the best of my ability. If you want to start a blog just because you want to make money, you are going to be highly disappointed. Do it because you  have something you want to share with others. Because you have a story to tell. And if you make a few bucks here and there, know that you are truly one of the lucky ones.

Tip {TWO}
No matter what you think, you have to embrace all of social media. That's what blogging is based off of... being online. I know a ton of people who are leery of Twitter. I was, too. Still am I bit. But get on and share your post each time you publish a new one. Follow "big name" bloggers and favorite and retweet their tweets, mingle and network. The reason I stress joining social media sites is because when you get to the point of pitching yourself to other bloggers and even companies, they will want to see that you are an active social media presence.

Tip {THREE}
Having someone supporting your blog is essential in growing it. Find your tribe. A blog tribe is a handful of bloggers that have one thing in common: either that you are Mom/Fitness/Book (or any niche) bloggers or that you simply just love writing and sharing your thoughts and life with others. This tribe is going to be cheering you on. They will be there when you wanna throw in the blogging towel (Hi Liz and Desiree!). They will be there to bounce ideas off of (Hi Meg and Beth) and they will be there to support and celebrate every milestone along the way (Hi everybody!). These people will move from online to real life friends before you know it and friendships will blossom and you will be thanking God for blessing your life with "blog" friends that get you and your love of the blog world.

Tip {FOUR}
Invest in your blog within your limits. People like pretty, it's the world we live in these days so make your blog pretty. You don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a good design. Etsy offers templates for as little as $20 and will give your dot com the face lift it needs. I've switched up the face of WWM and every time, it's sparked a fire in me to hustle a bit more and 9 out of 10 times, I write some of my most "me" pieces thanks to the inspiration from my new look. Erin with Love Fun Football is an amazing designer with a ton of knowledge if you have a bit more money to invest. Her price is reasonable and you will LOVE the finish product. Promise.

Tip {FIVE}
I've stumbled across a blog or two and have wanted to reach out to the owner and tell them how much I love their space only to not be able to find their email address. It's 2015. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE has an email address. Even CJ does and he is 3. Thanks Apple. If you want to grow your readership, your fan base and work your way into making an income from your blog, people need to be able to reach you. Bloggers may want to work with you or a company may want to offer a product for review or giveaway. Whatever it is, you need your email listed on your blog. Add it to your About Me or Contact Page. 

Tip {SIX}
I've been asked by new bloggers (think 9 months or less) how much money I spend on my blog. The answer as little as possible. Find free resources and use them like it's your job. And it kind of is if you plan to grow your space. Here are a few of my favorite free resources:
  • Canva, PicMonkey and Unsplash - find images or create your own, but all 3 photo sites will give you the tools you need to build your posts without paying a cent. I have the paid version of PicMonkey and love it. I can't detail the difference because I don't know them but can say I use it with nearly every single post so it's totally worth the money. 
  • Hootsuite is a great tool to schedule our Facebook and Twitter spots. This is always were you can go to get a URL like this http://www.wifemommyme.com/2015/12/photo-challenge-update-pajama-party.html to look like this http://ow.ly/W3fGX. And trust me, every single character counts on Twitter (side eye) so you'll want to use the shorten URL more times than not.
  • Facebook. Seems simple enough right? But odds are you aren't using it like you should. While you might not want to create and manage a Facebook page for blog, you can still share each of your post on your personal pages, bringing in readers.
 
Tip {SEVEN}
If you want to be able to share your posts on Pinterest, where millions of people search and pin daily, you need to make sure you have a pinnable image on each post. They can be simple or complex, but you need one. The free resources listed above will give you the ability to create a professional image to attached to your work. Think of it as the bow on a gift. It has personality and flair and all around appeal.

Tip {EIGHT}
Speaking of images, here are the dimensions for the best image for each social media site:
  • Facebook - 940px x 788px
  • Instagram - 612px  x 612px
  • Pinterest - 735px x 1102px
  • Twitter - 1024px x 512px

Tip {NINE}
Create a schedule and stick to it. If you aren't able to commit to blogging every day, that's totally understandable. But whatever you do, make the commit and give it to your full attention. I post 5 days a week but I'm a full time stay at home with the ability to write often. Along those lines, be sure to stay active on your social media. Upload a photo or two a day on Instagram. Join a challenge to get yourself involved. Each morning I post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. That means one post gets shared at minimum 5 times. But that's what I've committed to. Find what works for you and stick to it.

Tip {TEN}
Be true to yourself. Don't lose sight of why you wanted to blog to begin with. Don't get caught up in the number or popularity or lack there of. I've lost site of why I blogged when I grew this year. That's something I plan to focus on in 2016 - going back to basics of blogging. I can promise you that people love the real "you" more than the "you" that you are forcing yourself to be. Stay true to you and that will shine through your words.




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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Photo Challenge Update + Pajama Party

Five hundred and thirty one. 531!!! That's how many photos have been added to the photo challenge as of 9:45 last night. I am so amazed with others love sharing their holiday with us on Instagram. I love looking for unique ways to capture each day's prompt in a single square frame. Here is what we've been up to day 10-16.


Day 1 --  Tree   Day 2 -- Secret   Day 3 -- Elf
Day 4 -- Green   Day 5 -- Sparkle   Day 6 -- Messes Day 7 -- Stockings


I'm not done sharing photos just yet! Today is our Christmas Pajama Party. While I knew this was coming up, I kept forgetting to snap photos of CJ in his Christmas themed pajamas but last night, thanks to Liz, I was reminded and I got two sweet photos of my boy. 



Be sure to join us and share your #2015ChrismtasMoments along with those adorable Christmas pajamas. Can you believe that a week from today is CHRISTMAS EVE?? How does time move so dang fast. Also? How is 2015 this.close to being over? Let's not dwell on time; let's see those photos!



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