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Setting Blog Goals

Setting Goals for your BlogWith everything else in my life, I set goals on what I want to accomplish and in what time frame I want to achieve these goals. Since deciding to take my blog to the next level in August, I have yet to write down goals for my blog. Today, I am changing that…

After seeing so many other bloggers talk about their monthly numbers and goals on their blogs, I decided to open myself up and talk about my numbers and goals. After seeing significant increase in my views after I started blogging everyday (almost everyday) and joined a Mom’s Blogging Tribe on Facebook, my biggest focus for September was increasing my views and social media followers for the month. 

Here is how my numbers compared from August to September

Blog Stats:

August Pageviews: 1.9k            September Pageviews: 2.4K

August Visitors: 1.4K                September Visitors: 1.5K

August Likes: 74                        September Likes: 63

August Comments: 176            September Comments: 172

August Most Popular Post: My Secret to Motivation

September Most Popular Post: French Toast Filled Roll Ups Recipe

Though some of my numbers, comments and likes, went down my overall vistors and pageviews went up which means more people are checking my blog out. This excites me! I have learned that my Feed Me Friday are extrememly popular followed by my savings posts and mom life posts (especially my tween mom posts!). It has helped me know what direction I want to take my blog in for the future.

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Social Media Numbers

August Instagram Followers: 466                          September Instagram Followers: 641

August Facebook Likes: 642                                    September Facebook Likes: 791

August Pinterest Followers: 453                            September Pinterest Followers: 538

August Pinterest Daily Viewers: 758                     September Pintersest Daily Viewers: 1022

August Twitter Followers: 2285                             September Twitter Followers: 2388

August Google Plus: 0                                               September Google Plus: 22

August Stumbleupon: 0                                           September Stumbleupon: 52

My established social media accounts all went up in followers/likes which was a huge goal of mine. I was really happy to see some of the numbers went up by 100 or more! I started to branch into other social media like google plus and stumbleupon, which every social media type is a lesson to learn on how to properly utilize it so I am still learning about Google Plus and Stumbleupon but I did gain some followers on both!

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Blog Income:

August WordAds: $.70                          September WordAds: TBD

I am still not sure how the WordAds on WordPress works and my September numbers are still not in but I will update this post once I do find out how much I made. I started with Amazon Affiliates and am still trying to find the best ways to incorporate awesome Amazon items into my blog posts.

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Here are my goals for October:

Blog Goals:

Mondays will alternate betweens Motivation posts and Mom Life posts. Tuesdays will be Halloween Teach Me crafts for kids and adults. Wednesdays (besides today) will feature gifts from my online Boutique. Thursdays will continue to be Thankful Thursdays and ways or things to be thankful for in our lives. Fridays will continue to be Feed Me Fridays. Saturdays will continue to update everyone on my Pregnancy and maternity life. Sundays will be ways to save for a family vacation.

I want to increase my views and vistors by at least 1000 for the month. I want to increase my likes and comments by 100. This is important for me to learn to drive the traffic to my blog so everyone can learn and be inspired by my posts.

Social Media Goals: 

My Instagram goal is to increase to 1000 followers which is a large increase of 359 followers! Same with my Facebook Likes, get 209 likes to reach 1000. The rest of my social media increase goals are to increase by 100. With Pinterest, I need to go through and polish my pins to include hashtags and descriptions. I will be researching how to utilize Google Plus and Stumbleupon to their full potential.

Income Goals: 

I have become so envious of other people and their sponsored posts so I am attempting to gain sponsorships for the lifestyle, especially once I have the baby, aspect of my blog. I would to bring to you the good and bad of products to use because you find new products on the market everyday. One thing I have learned with shopping for this baby, there is a million things on the market and reading about other people’s experiences help to make an informed decision for that precious little one in your life. Wish me luck!

I am still finding ways to increase my income and I am so thankful for the guidance of the Mom Bloggers Tribe because I would be so lost without their help and support. Each day is a growing experience and I can’t wait to grow with all of you!

If you are a blogger, I hope that this inspires your to set goals for your blog and watch your blog grow and blossom every month!

 

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DIY Pumpkin, Ghost and Spider Yarn Garland with Picture Tutorial

Beauty is a light in the heart.It is that time of year to decorate for Halloween! My family and I can’t wait until it hits October because then we pull out the awesome Halloween decorations we have made or bought over the years. My first Teach Me Tuesday DIY tutorial is a really easy Halloween themed yarn garland that the kids can help make for their rooms too!

All you are going to need:

Yarn in orange, white, black and green (or if you want to get colorful other colors)

Scissors

Your hands or piece of cardboard 2-3″ to make the pom poms

Here is how to make the Ghosts:

To make the spiders, follow the same steps as the pumpkins just cut the yarn short to make them look like legs.

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This is the spiders which is the same steps as the pumpkin but I cut the black yarn to create a short pom pom.

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5 Steps to Save for A Family Vacation

5 Steps to Save for a Family Vacation

One thing that I haven’t gotten to do but have wanted to do for so long is take Danyella on a family vacation. We have done fun day trips or trips where we went away for a couple of days but never an actual vacation. At 10 years old, she has been dying to go away and learn more about the world and see other places. Top of both of our list is…. Disney World!

Yes I know so cliché to want to go to Disney World but as an artist and artist in the making, Disney World is filled with so much art and entertainment and just fun that why would a kid of any age want to go. I have been there once and that was 14 years ago when both the older kids were just little ones. It was fun but in that time there has been so many changes to Disney World that it is time to go back. So now it is time to find the money to go down….

We are a credit card free family which means we save our cash for our bills and entertainment. If you are looking for ways to save for your Family Vacation without running to your credit card then this is where these tips will help us save for Disney World and you save for your family Vacation!

  1. Pick your Family Vacation and Dates! This is the most exciting part, besides going on the actual vacation, is picking where and when you want to go on vacation. Get your family involved in the process to see where everyone would like to go and make sure you have your calendar ready to see what dates you need to black out. I know in my family we have the dance recital the same week every June so that is a black out for us. Then there is arranging around when school starts and ends and other life events. Once you pick your destination and dates mark them down on your calender.   Orange Circle Studio 2018 Do It All Magnetic Wall Calendar, Aug. 2017 – Dec. 2018, Mom’s Do It All
  2. Set a Budget! This is the research phase of your trip planning. You will need to find out how much your trip is going to cost and how much you need to budget for the lodgings, transportation, food and spending money. Some places (like Disney) will offer packages that include the hotel, transportation (flights), and food. It is best to get this down on paper so you can see what you need and want to spend your money on. Another thing is to find out if the package or lodging wants a deposit or pay full at the time of your booking. Home Budget Workbook                                                                                                               
  3. Start a Savings Jar! This is something that I started for my girls Las Vegas trip about 6 months before our trip for my spending money. As a waitress, I lived off of my tips so I always had cash on me but I didn’t want to have to go to the bank every time I wanted to deposit the money for the trip. I am a visual person so I created a jar, got fun Las Vegas scrapbook stickers and decorated away. Everyday that I worked, I would take the couple of ones that I had left over and stuffed them into the jar. By the time I left for Las Vegas I had saved over $1000 and watching the jar fill up was making the countdown to the trip just as fun as the trip itself.My Las Vegas Trip Jar
  4. Break Down your Budget to Small Goals! How much do you want to save each month or week? Do you need to save for the deposit first? This is where a great notebook dedicated to your family vacation will help with setting and keeping your goals. Keep an eye on those goals so you know when you need to pay for specific things and where you need to increase your savings.Mead Spiral Notebook, 1 Subject, 70 College Ruled Sheets, Assorted Colors, 6 PACK (73065)                                                                                                     
  5. Find Small ways to Save Money! This is going to be the most important part of your saving for you trip is where you can save the money to go on vacation. I plan on highlighting different ways to find the extra money the rest of Sundays in October but here is just a few to think about… Grocery Shopping savings: Set your budget then when you use your coupons, take the left over money from your shopping and place it in your savings jar! Cut out your Dunkin or Starbucks coffee for a month and place that money in your savings jar! Use the savings apps to purchase gift cards or deposit in your Paypal account so you use it towards your trip!

I hope this encourages you to start your family vacation planning today! I will be highlighting ways to save for your trip every Sunday in October so keep an eye out. What ways have you and your family saved for your family vacation? 

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