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itscome2this.comBetween keeping up with my blog and reading my “favorite” list, it’s been a little hard for me to find new bloggers. I’ll read a few posts, like them, but then I don’t read them for a while and before I know it, I’ve dropped the ball entirely. But lately, I’ve been reading some new blogs and I’m loving them. In fact, two of them I’m loving so much I had to stumble them so that all of you can enjoy them too!

Rach of This Italian Family – Rach commented on my blog one day, and I’m so glad she did! I just love her posts {especially the food ones!} and she’s just too cute to boot.

Kelsey of Mrs. Dexter – Kelsey is a friend from Iowa, who I’ve been reading for a while. But, she’s pushing full steam ahead with her blogging and she’s rockin’ it! You’ve gotta check her out.

Hope you’re enjoying a relaxing Saturday!

Visit Mandi at It’s Come 2 This for more Saturday Stumbles.

Top Ten {Tuesday} I really enjoy blogging. And over the last year as I’ve started to intentionally blog, I’ve learned a lot. So last night when a friend asked me a question about my hosting site, I thought I’d pass along my wisdom {I use that term very lightly} on becoming a blogger

1. Pick a good hosting site – I originally started with Blogger, but moved over to WordPress at the beginning of 2009. I’ve loved WP. The layout is easy, leaving comments/pingbacks are easy. The only draw back compared to Blogger, it’s not as easy to find “cute” templates. Maybe I’m not looking in the right spots, but I’ve never had much luck finding cute, free, page themes.

2. Pick a topic – I can’t say much about this, since I’ve realized I don’t have just one topic. But, if you start with a topic {baking, savings, mothering, etc}, stick with it. Explore the topic and get creative.

3. Be creative – Blogging is just like any other creative outlet, you can have good posts and bad posts. But when you’re creative and unique, those are the ones that are the best. Just be yourself and people will enjoy it.

4. Blog. A lot – If you blog it, they will come. It’s true. Once I really started blogging {several times a week}, my readership shot up. People will read if you write. Especially if you’re creative.

5. Tweet – Unsure of Twitter? Think it’s just another Facebook? Think again. Twitter is an amazing resource for bloggers. It hooks you up with other bloggers, it links you with an entire blogging world facebook just doesn’t offer. And just like writing a post, if you tweet it, they will come.

6. Use pictures – Pictures are worth a thousand words. And if you use the right picture with the post it’s like adding peanut butter to chocolate. You just made things that much sweeter.

7. Be personal – Add a picture of yourself. Write an “About Me” page. Be personal when you write, allowing your readers to know the real you. You don’t have to be detailed and overly open, but give your readers an idea of who you are so they can feel like they know you.

8. Read other blogs – Follow bloggers who are similar to you. Follow bloggers who make you laugh. Follow bloggers you enjoy. You’ll learn a lot about them, but you’ll also learn a lot about blogging.

9. Leave comments – I can’t stress this enough – people like comments. Plain and simple. And a lot of people will start reading your blog just because you left them a comment. I don’t always do the greatest job of leaving comments, because sometimes life gets too busy and I don’t get to read as many blogs. But when I do, I always comment. So when in doubt, leave a comment. If for no other reason than to make that bloggers day.

10. Enjoy it – I once had a friend say “I want to blog, I just don’t like writing”. It made me laugh, because blogging shouldn’t be one more than you have to do, it should be something you want to do. Write because you enjoy it, not because you think you need to.

What are some tips you have for blogging? Anything “big” that you’ve learned since starting?

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Kelsey at Mrs. Dexter, is hosting her first ever blog giveaway! And she’s blowing it out of the water by giving away three Dave Ramsey financial books!

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Kelsey is giving away The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace Revisited AND More than Enough: The 10 Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny. How great is that?! Three amazing books!

This year, Kelsey and her husband have been paying down debt, saving money and living on cash budget. It’s been an exciting – and encouraging! – journey to read about.

Be sure to sign up for Kelsey’s giveaway and let her know I sent you over!

Well, I personally am not in Florida, but my blog post is! I’m writing a guest post today for Alicia at Alicia’s Homemaking. You might remember her from her guest post a couple of weeks ago. I just love this girl and am so looking forward to meeting her at Blissdom this January.

If you are visiting from Alicia’s site, hello and I’m glad to have you! Here are some of my favorite posts for you to enjoy:

TMI, or For Girl Only – Seriously

– I’ve gotten a lot of slack for this over the last 17 months, but I love it!

Honest Thoughts on Being a Housewife and a Mother

– I never thought I’d be a mom and a housewife….

In Memory of Brittney – My New Symbol of Hope Tattoo

– My third tattoo means the most to me.



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The weather has gotten beautiful around here. We’ve had all our windows open for the last week and our temperatures haven’t gotten above 75. Fall is on it’s way and I can’t wait!
We’re hosting our first college football game BBQ today, so I’ve been on the prowl for some yummy football appropriate desserts to make. I’ve come across a few that I’m gonna give a try:

Iowa Hawkeye Cupcakes – Clarissa at Next Generation Housewife

Chocolate Rice Crispy Footballs {what’s there not to like about that?!} – Marie at Make and Takes

And since the weather is becoming to fall-y, I loved reading this post:

Ten Fun Family Activities for FallBlissfully Domestic

Last {but not least} I read a really great post about mothering that I had to pass along:

An Interview With One of My Favorite Ladies – Alicia at Alicia’s Homemaking

Check out Mandi at It’s Come 2 This for more Saturday Stumbles.

I’ve fallen really, really behind on my blog reading lately. I blame it on my iPad. I can’t see my whole RSS reader, meaning I can’t scroll through the blog lists. However, I did come across some pretty funny posts this week that I just had to share:

– For all us moms: “You know you’re a parent when…” by Keri Speidel

– Because I love Seinfeld: Serenity Now by Stuff Christians Like

This one isn’t so much funny as just plain ole fun!

– Hosting large crowds: Pancake Breakfast recap by Alicia’s Homemaking

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For more Saturday Stumbles, visit Mandi at It’s Come 2 This.


Yes, all the sisters ARE matchy-matchy. Clearly, not my doing.

My brother and sister-in-law came into town for nearly a week with their two girls, Katie {7} and Madeline {3}. My blogging has taken a backseat to loving on my nieces and catching up with my brother {because, let’s face it, I talk to my SIL way more than I talk to him}. Our girls stayed up far past their bedtimes, ate too much sugar and had a blast. The 4th was amazing – went to the Iowa City Jazz Festival, watching the Coralville fireworks and took the girls to a carnival. Jon and I even milked a date out of the whole situation and went to see Karate Kid.

There was one terribly sad thing that happen, but I have a post tomorrow to tell you all about it. Bring some tissues.

Today I’m being featured as a guest poster over at i Dream of Clean – hosted by Christine, a bloggy friend who lives in Nashville. I wrote about how to make your very own green cleaning products. Exciting stuff that I am very passionate about!

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Be sure to check me out here: i Dream of Clean – Cleaners You Can Make at Home.

Or, if this is your first time to my site: WELCOME! Feel free to browse around and enjoy.

If you want to see a few other posts on ways I’ve gone green, read more here:

Green living, Part 1

TMI, or, For Girls Only – Seriously

How is cloth going… really… I mean, how’s it going?

And if you want my thoughts on chores, read these:

I’m sure even Martha Stewart doesn’t like chores

I don’t “do” chaos

It will never, ever end

About my friends, that is!

My friend and fellow blogger, Emily, wrote this amazing guest post about Mommybloggers and 10 tips for being effective. You should totally check it out. Even if you aren’t a mommy.

How I Became a Purposeful Mommyblogger

Towards the end of 2009 I told Jonathan I felt like I had no creative outlet. It seems tons of moms around me are super ingenious, like Leah or Rachel. But me? Nope. I know what I like. Organization. Laughing. Writing. Reading. Daydreaming. None of which seem very ingenious. Then Jonathan suggested I start blogging more.

I’ve been blogging for 3.5 years. I’ve taken breaks, I’ve blogged daily, I’ve nearly quit several times. But when it’s all said and done, I come back. Because I love it. Blogging for me is such a creative outlet. I’ve actually formed some pretty great relationships over the blogosphere. And to top it off (like adding sprinkles to my sundae) I’ve reconnected to old friends whom I’ve not seen in years. I’m having to find a good balance between blogging and life. Jonathan does a great job of supporting me in this new venture while telling me when enough is enough. Surprisingly, it can be pretty overwhelming. If you’re actively wanting to create a blogging community, it takes time and effort. Thankfully, I’ve come across other women who have started paving the road for me. One of them is Heather of Theta Mom. I recently joined up with her Theta Mom Community and have found some pretty awesome bloggers.

We’ll see where all this leads. Our family has some strict(er) guidelines for computer use – at least during the day; hence why the computer is downstairs and away from the living area – which means I have to monitor my time and use. But so far I’ve loved every minute of searching out blogs, forming community and letting my creativity flow!

If you want to know more about Theta Mom Community, click below:

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