Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why I Stopped Blogging!

It has been a while since I posted. I decided to stop blogging because it had been very overwhelming trying to figure out what to write and post. I did not know how to really get feedback about what readers wanted. I tried at one failed attempt of posting a poll survey on my blog. I did not get a single answer. It was disheartening so I did not dare do it again.

 It was also difficult trying to blog so frequently. I found myself bringing tired and in pain working for hours a day trying to create posts and keep up with others. Even though I spent all this time blogging I  could get a hundred views per post or gain a substantial amount of followers.

Seeing others continue to grow followers, finances, and experience was also hard at times to see. I was happy for them but it still hurt to see others doing so well while I was struggling. I wanted to the same thing but did not really seem to be getting anywhere even with all the hard work.

I also did not really know how much it took to blog. I thought it was simple to do and that I knew what I was doing.  But there were a lot of things I did not know. I did not understand, how to use social media, or what tools I needed to use. I was really in over my head. It took me a while to figure that out.

But I finally decided to give blogging another try because I really feel that things can change and get better. I also learned to work smarter and not harder. That is why I am posting only a few times a month. I do not want to experience burn out again or experience such frustration.  This also enables me to research, promote, and engage more. It also allows me to focus on other projects I have going on, spend time with my family, and just relax. 

In order for me to get a better idea about what you want, please take this survey. It will really help me to give you the best posts and information! Thank you in advance for taking time out to answer the survey! 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

7 Best Mother's Day Gift Guides

 Gifts any mom will love!

Do you find it difficult to find the right gift for your mom? I mean mothers play a huge part in our lives. They teach so much, give there all, and love us like no one else. So it seems hard to get a gift that shows you how much she means to you! That is why I curated seven gift guides for  your mom, step mom, grandmother, daughter, friend, or aunt. Most of these brands or items I have tried before so I can testify that they work or look good!

Each of these guides are crafted for the many things that moms are and what they do. These gifts will show how much you know your mom,show her that you see her as a person, and  admire all that she does. I promise you that you can find one gift or idea for your mom or even yourself! 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Contains affiliate links in which I earn a small commission for you clicking and or purchasing any of these items. Thank you for your support.

Some of us can say that we got our style influence from our mom, grandmother, or even aunt. So we know that what we love they probably would too! This takes some of the pressure off picking out a gift for mom with you  similar taste in fashion.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Fashionista  by Lanae Bond

Barkley Vegan Foldover Clutch w/ Tie: Here
 Satin Blouse :Here
Kendra Scott  Bracelet :Here ( Easy to style and layer with other bracelets)
Draper James Bag : Here (A cute bag she can show all her friends when she goes shopping)
Hunter  Rain boots: Here

Mother's Day: Kitchen Guru 

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Kitchen Guru

This guide is for those mom's that know their way in a kitchen (like my mom). Mom's who like to make excellent food and memories for their families and friends. These items will fit in with her kitchen ,help make things easier, and more fun. Buy things that show that you pay attention to what she uses and needs in her kitchen.

Even though she is a chef extraordinaire, it would be an excellent treat to give her a day off. 
Create a meal for her(ideas here and here). It would be even special if you create her favorite meal or a family recipe. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Kitchen Guru 

KitchenAid :Here ( My mom loves Kitchenaid products and would love to have a new mixer.) 
The Year Of Cozy:Here
Chuao Chocolatier 'Salty Sweet Snacks' Chocolate Bars (Set Of 4Here
Kate Spade New York 3-Pc. Gift Set:Here
 "Best Mom Ever" Mug: Here
Cilantro and Basil Organic Garden in a Can, 2 Pack: Here ( For the mom who loves fresh herbs)
Kate Spade New York  Tea Kettle : Here
 'Mother's Day' Wooden Tablet/book Stand :Here ( My mom would love this so she can put on tablet on and listen to music  while cooking) 

Decor Diva 

Mother's Day: Decor Diva

For mother's who love to decorate and redecorate their home. Let her know you notice the color scheme and theme that she is going with in her home. Buy decor items if she is really keen our your input into her home decor.

Mother's Day: Decor Diva 

 Bathing Elephant Trinket Dish: Here
Medium Deep Stackable Tray, Aqua:Here ( To help her organize)
Oisin Ombre Blue 5x7 Photo Frame: Here
 Ridged Terracotta Pot :Here
Threshold Pinched Pleat Comforter Set :Here
Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style:Here
H&M Moss-knit Throw: Here
 Pineapple Table Lamp:Here

Loves to Inspire 

Mother's Day: Loves to inspire

Mom's provide comfort and inspiration for their children. How about giving her some motivation. These gifts will give her encouragement and remind her she can achieve her dreams too!

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Loves to Inspire Gift Guide

Stupell Industries Etchlife  :Here 
Good Work (s) Necklace :Here , Similar
Cece Winans Cd Let Them Fall in LoveHere ( I love her music because it is so beautiful and good for the soul) 
Colorama Book: Here
Beautiful Word : Here 
Chicken Soup for the Soul : Here ( One of my mom's forget books to read and have.)

Beauty Lover 

Mother's Day : Beauty Lover

My mom always loved makeup even more than me! That is why she ends up borrowing and even using my beauty products more than I. So I decided that giving her some beauty products of her own so she can use them to her heart's content. 

Mother's Gift Guide: Beauty Lover 

 SuperFruit Complex Lotion:Here
 Blush Pop Crème Blush :  Here
 Brow Definer - Accentuated : Here
 The Lip Scrub Sparkling Pink Grapefruit :Here
Ellen Tracy Perfume for Women :Here ( My mom loves the perfume set she got for Christmas)
Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer :Here (I love how long this lip lacquer lasts.)

Spa Lover 

Mother's Day: Spa Lover

Mums provide so much love and care that sometimes they really do not get the chance to take care of themselves. Give her the gift or gifts that allow her to be pampered. You can even give her a day off, a ticket to go on vacation, or a little hint that you are treating her to a spa. I am sure she will appreciate it! 

Mother's Day Gift Guide : Spa Lover 

DIY Massage Therapy Body Massaging Roller Glove Here
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Here Here
Deborah Lippmann - The Stripper To Go Lavender Nail Lacquer Remover Finger Mitts X 6 - one size :Here Here
Oka B Fashion Jaylin Flipflop • OKA b :Here
Daily Concepts Your Hair Towel Wrap : Here
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow Restore :Here ( I own the hair lotion and it is really helping my hair)
 Kocostar Foot Therapy Treatment : Here and Here ( I used this and it made my feet look a whole lot better) 
Conair Foot Bath • Conair: Here
Essie In The Cab-ana Resort Nail Color :Here (My mom cannot get enough of Essie nail polish.)

Woman on the Go 

Mother's Day: Woman on the Go

Since both of my parent's retired my mom has expressed the desire to travel a lot more. Some of you all may have parents who have retired too and told you the same thing. Why not give your mom the perfect gift of updating her travel accessories. I know my mom give major hints that is something you would love to have! 

Mother's Day: Woman on the Go 

 Metallic 3pc  Luggage Set : Here
 Tote -Blush : Here
 Satin Pillowcase : Here
 Infuser Water Bottle : Here
 Leather Travel Jewelry Portfolio: Here
LeSportsac Luggage Weekender: Here
Sundry Sun Pouch • Sundry :Here
 Cat Eye Sunglasses: Here
Mophie Portable Powersaver :Here ( So she can charge her mobile devices) I have one it it works very well.
Skits 'Smart' Tech Accessories & Cables Case  Comes in other colors:Here 
H&M Earplugs: Here

Gifts should always display how much you care and know about a person. I know that gifts that show you put some thought into it are the best. Especially when you add a personal post or message to it.  This really shows how much you care and appreciate them. Hallmark has some great inspiration for how to create personal messages for Mother's Day.

What do find is the best gift you gave your mom?

What would be a gift you would love to receive this Mother's Day?

For more gift ideas check out the Mother's Day Gift widget on the right!

Next week if you return to  my blog you will see be able to get free printables just for Mother's Day! You can print them to include with your Mother's day gift.

Don't forget to share this post or gift guide  if you love it! 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Soul Sunday

I really do not know what my future holds but I have confidence in God that things will work out. If that being said I will like to tell all of you I am taking a break from blogging. I do not know if it will be the end of this blog or if I come back down the road.

I just want to thank everyone for their support, kind words, and beautiful blog posts. I loved getting to know each of my followers,readers, and those who just happen to find this blog! Thanks everyone and I miss each of you! Just keep believing and following your dreams because I will be doing the same!