Lovely day to you and yours! I just had to update you on what has been happening! This is something that has been keeping me up at night and I am so excited to finally be able to share it! I just cannot stop thinking about all the amazing women online in the blogging and influencer world who are just filled with knowledge, experience, splendid tips, advice and motivation. These women and their voices have been shining lights in so many dark moments of my life and their inspiring stories often provided me the drive and encouragement I need in various difficult times of my relationships, motherhood, career, business and blogging journey. The internet is riddled with their awesomeness - you know - their recipes, their arts, crafts, super intelligent ways to save and answers to so many of our problems. In fact, I am now on a mission to gather up and beautifully compile in to a handy eBook the brilliance and beauty of inspiring and wonderful blogging and influencer women around the world so that others can easily access their motivating quotes, thoughts and stories every time a 'picker-upper' is needed! I know I could find all the quotes and stories I need right here on the internet or even write a few myself - but that would not be as much fun or even remotely make the same impact as hearing it from lovely, successful women who submit specifically to be featured in this eBook of life and love and who actively play a part in the creation of its content and energy! As a mommy of 7 daughters I should imagine such a book would be a diamond of a gift for my teens and other ladies all over the world! To read these stories of each climb to success- each witty and proactive journey to exactly where she wanted to be, each beautiful and inspiring story, motto, poem, piece of advice from the brilliant mind of a triumphantly satisfied lady who changed her life through faith and confidence - I simply get chills thinking about it! Would you like to share your thoughts with the world alongside other like-minded and successful women who want to change the lives and empower other women to follow their dreams, work hard, make a plan, stick to it and to not be afraid to step out in confidence even when everyone is telling them not to? I know you have been there too! If this sounds like you and something you would like to put your name to; join our mission by adding your story, your, voice and your unique contribution to this wonderful compilation of total confidence and female intelligence - let me tell you more about what we are up to now!
I am gonna make this email snappy - just thought to share some money savings with everyone today!
Here in the Cayman Islands where I call home every retailer is closed and online shopping is still not a "thing" here as yet for the local stores - so many of us are turning to Amazon despite the wait for our orders. Let's face it, online shopping is therapy right now and on this little island it is vital if we have to buy anything that cannot be found in the supermarkets.
You see, all businesses are closed due to Covid to stop the spread and keep us all safe - but you probably guessed that. As a family of 9 we are self-isolating at home and taking each day at a time.
As I prepare my family's order this morning and enjoy the benefits of numerous Amazon savings, I could not help but share some of these great deals with you! Grab a savings code or 2 and enjoy up to 80% off selected items on your next Amazon order!
I have just about finished preparing those important legal documents for you that every blog or website should (and in some cases, legally MUST} have published. These documents include various policies, disclosures, disclaimers and important affiliate related legalities that you really should have if you plan to take your blog or eBusiness to a professional, income-earning level.
While I tailor all those to ensure the content within is generalized in a manner that will make it easier for you to customize and incorporate each one specifically for your website without too much hoopla, I thought it would be great to check in on how things are going and to share some vital tips that I have learnt while blogging - which for some odd reason I surprisingly cannot find listed anywhere else online!
These quick notes have been extreme time-savers for me when I create content for social media, YouTube and my blog - saving time while growing your blog and influence is important because there is ssssoooooo much to do and it can be months or years before you can hire a team to help - unless of course - you stay super organized so that you can raise your traffic quickly and consistently.
Please take a moment to read these 7 surprising tips for keeping organized while creating content for your blog and/or YouTube channel.
I trust that you and your family have been doing well and are finding great ways to keep busy and reduce the stresses we are all prune to worldwide right now! I am definitely praying for the best outcome for our planet like many others are right now.
Despite everything I have been counting my blessings and keeping my mind focused on as much positive things as possible. The girls and I are keeping active in the community by contributing to the many efforts and community initiatives taking place in our country. There have been many wonderful families who have been negatively affected by the economic impact of Covid around here and it is taking everyone's effort to help out. I hope things are not too out-of-whack near you.
At home I have turned to baking quite often and squeezing in exercise of course, though never as often as I would like. After 7 pregnancies I managed to keep things together by using a variety of targeted exercises, though never routinely or even consistently, yet it somehow 'works out' haha.
In addition to enjoying a little sensuality and fitness through belly dancing around my living room; the Ab Roller has been one of my fave exercise tools for repairing and strengthening my abdominal muscles over the past 14+ years. I usually start doing this 8 to 12 weeks after birth and have managed to maintain a comfortable weight, size and tone. Take a stroll over to my blog to hear my experience with ab rolling and a bit about recovering your body after childbirth.
I hope you and your family are staying safe and also finding interesting ways to pass the time as everyone tucks away at home!
If you are fortunate to be enjoying the toddler years like I am with my 2 year old and 4 year old - this will mean that you are also squeezing in a little pre-k learning during the days now that pre-school is out for a bit. If you are trapped behind the walls with the even-more-demanding-than-a-toddler teen - I am right here with you (I have 2 teens and a preteen, haha).
With all sorts of things happening in my big family I have to ensure that my toddlers are well occupied with meaningful activities each day if I want to catch even 5 minutes without anxiety 🙂 For this reason exploring great learning apps is a must-do for me.
Recently I signed my 2, 4 and 7 year old daughters up for the Reading Eggs online educational program - I have no regrets! If you are checking out activities for your kids, be sure to browse the features of this one.
Readings Eggs has hundreds of things to do and every activity is a learning experience presented in a fun and exciting way; you can hear more about it and get a sneak peak here!
I am popping in to your inbox to wish you well and share some of what is happening in my home as we try to keep everyone happy and settled during our country's isolation period.
Do stay safe and stay well!
Take a moment to view this quick video of my 4 year old's cute interview.
Today I am feeling so grateful for so many wonderful reasons - but my top reasons are life and health and the opportunity to spend today with my seven unique and wonderful daughters. I am happy to be at home with no where to go and to spend time reflecting on how far my life has come from the sadness and darkness it was less than a decade ago. Sex, drugs, alcohol and severe domestic violence threatened to take my life on multiple occasions. I lived confused and depressed - nothing ever went right and one night things got much worst... "My moment of realization came the night I screamed out to God to save my life as my ex-husband stood on my back while I lay face-down in a lily pond he had thrown me in to. I can hardly remember anything except praying for life as my head was under the murky water. Somehow I did lift my head and saw three of my daughters standing in the doorway helpless and crying as he proceeded to hold a post and jump on my back a few times shoving me to the bottom."...