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Life Lately- Family, Blogging, & Summer Fun
Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve got on here and just “chatted” with you guys, so today’s post is just that. I’m sharing what’s been going on in my world, why you’ve been seeing a little less of me this Summer, and exciting things ahead!
I took a little break from the blog and social media last week and I must say it felt amazing to a. sleep in and b. just relax and not worry about 98,700 things on my to-do list. I’ve really been trying to take a step back from the blog this summer and spend more time with my kids while they’re on break, so if you’ve not been seeing as much from me, that’s why.
To be honest, that’s the whole reason I wanted to start a blog and be my own boss to begin with. Being able to take time off and set my own schedule according to when my kids are on breaks is such a blessing and I try to take advantage of it as much as I can.
Although the Type A in me wants to beat myself up over not getting as much done on my blog this summer, the Mom in me is soaking it all in. I try to remind myself that they’re only little once and one day I’ll look back on it and really cherish these summers and time spent together. (Plus let’s be real, even a “step-back” from my normal blogging schedule is still a lot of weekly hours #lifeofablogger)
The boys and I have been enjoying lots of day dates to the park, backyard fun on the trampoline, and we even managed a trip to our huge downtown library this past weekend.
I was so excited to get my hands on the new book from lifestyle blogger, Rachel Hollis. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s called “Girl, Wash Your Face” and although I haven’t yet finished it, it’s such a GREAT read so far.
Rachel talks about letting go of all the negative thoughts and fears that holds us back in life and how to let go of the comparison trap in order to be the best version of you. Definitely worth checking out, if you struggle with comparison and self-doubt.
I’ve actually followed Rachel on her blog for a few years now and I love watching and supporting the success of other lifestyle bloggers. Plus, writing my own book to help other women has always been a huge dream of mine, so this just fuels my creative fire that much more! 😉
On the blogging front, I have some amazing collaborations coming soon to the blog, with brands that I absolutely LOVE. I’m so excited to share them with you, as I know it’s brands that you all really love too. (For IG stories sneak peeks, be sure and follow me on Instagram here!)
I’ve also really been working hard behind the scenes this year on growing my traffic, improving my SEO, and mastering Pinterest. Pinterest and Google bring in the most traffic on my blog, so it only makes sense for me to invest in courses to help me continually improve my site.
One of the courses that has helped me tremendously this year is the new Adventures in SEO course from Lena over at Adventures in Blogging. I took the course when it was first released in March and by the end of April I had literally doubled my traffic!
I used to ignore SEO, mostly because I didn’t have a clue about what it was or how to do it, but this SEO course really helps simplify things and shows you how to optimize your blog posts for both Pinterest and Google, in order to get the most traffic possible.
The course doesn’t open back up for enrollment until August, but if you’re interested you can get on the waitlist here to be alerted when it’s open!
(Use code = 10julygift to save $10 off any Adventures in Blogging course. Expires: July 31, 2018 )
Catch Up On My Latest Posts
If you’re like me and you haven’t been online as much this summer, you can catch up on all my summer posts below! Lots of fun family + travel posts and of course helpful beauty tips and recommendations. And for all my baking lovers- be sure and check out three summertime treats below.
- 5 Tips to Protect Your Family’s Skin From The Sun
- 10 Essentials To Pack for Your Next Summer Vacation
- Smart Tips for Visiting Zoo Atlanta
- Family Weekend Getaway At Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta
- Important Life Lessons My Boys Taught Me
- Summer Beauty/Fashion Favorites
- Honest BoxyCharm Review- Is It Worth It?
- New Summer Makeup To Try
- Essentials For An At-Home Spa Day
- How to Do Microdermabrasion At-Home
As mentioned above, our summer has been full of days at the park, swimming in the pool, and just enjoying time spent together.
We just recently took a short trip back up to Virginia for a few days and it was so nice to get to see all our family. I hadn’t been home in over 9 months, so it was nice to soak in the mountain views and catch up with everyone.
Here’s some photos from our Summer so far.
Little man graduated from second grade and celebrated his 8th birthday all in one day in May! He’s a huge Roblox fan, so I made him this simple, yummy cake for his b-day.
We also had an amazing 4th of July celebration with our family. As always, it was a lot of great food, fireworks, and fun.
I just love these cute graphic tees from Old Navy on the boys!
Hope you enjoyed catching up with me today on the blog and hearing about what we’ve been up to this summer. Now it’s your turn- How has your summer been going so far? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara