Happy Birthday to The Road to Domestication! (And a GIVEAWAY!)

Yes indeed, it is the birthday of my sweet little blog!

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Three years ago today, I published the first post on this blog. I had no idea what I was doing. (Let’s face it – I still don’t! HA!) I didn’t know what would happen with it. All I knew was that I needed to have a creative writing outlet, and I hoped that would be what the blog would become. And it did! It became all that and more!

And you know what? I learned a few things along the way! (These things I’ve learned are mainly about blogging…but when I went back and looked at them, I realized they could apply to any part of life!)

1. Do what works for you

I came to the point when I realized that, unfortunately, I could not blog seven days a week. It just wasn’t happening. I mean, there are still only 24 hours in a day, right? Sometimes that seems like such a short period! So I had to modify things and do what worked best for me.

2. Blog about what you LOVE

I could easily get carried away on a variety of topics, but I make it a point to blog about things I love and nothing else. Kind of like I make it a point to only purchase clothing, or household decor, or anything else optional unless I LOVE it.

3. Create guidelines as you go

When you’re doing something new to you, there’s a lot of trial and error! So when you find something that works, and works well, make it standard practice!

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And over on Pinterest…

Pinterest has been keeping me very busy these days! And no, I’m not at all complaining! I try to pin for about 15 minutes each day, and of course, I pin things from blogging friends and from my blog, too! But I wonder if my technique is similar to anyone else’s? (In case you want to see for yourself, you can find me by CLICKING HERE!)

Here are my first 9 boards…

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On the Road in April

You know what, these monthly re-caps are one of my favorite posts and I STILL forget to do them! Dadgum it! So here it is May 16 and I’m just now doing the “On the Road in APRIL” post – y’all will just have to forgive me. And without further ado, let’s take a look back at the top five posts here at the blog during the month of April, in no particular order…

1. Rodan & Fields Review…and GIVEAWAY! – Of course, this giveaway is over, but it was a fantastic one! And Molly is still helping people every day with great skin care, so it really is a win-win situation! Make sure you check it out if you haven’t already!

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High School Senior Photo Ideas

Hey, y’all! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

One of the things I was able to finish up over the weekend is the editing on a High School Senior photo shoot I did a couple of weeks ago. Then it dawned on me that I haven’t done a post of my photos giving everyone some Senior Photo ideas…and it’s definitely that time of the year!

Of course, there are always the studio yearbook shots. Classic, right? But over the past few years, seniors have been expressing themselves a bit through some more creative photos (at least here in Central Florida!)

So…here we go!

Classic – Lots of white columns, gardens, manicured lawns, etc.

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

Well, we’ve made it to another Friday, and I’m celebrating! So while I’m celebrating Friday, I figured I should celebrate this, too: I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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How cool is that?! The lovely Stephany from Freshly Squeezed Lemonaid has nominated me for this award, and I’m delighted to accept! Thanks, Stephany! (You’ve got to go check out her fabulous blog, too! CLICK HERE!)

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site (Oh, look at me, I already did that above! Got a little ahead of myself, ha!)
2. Tell seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to thirteen versatile bloggers.

Seven Random Facts about Me

1. I actually double-majored in Journalism and Public Relations in college, and minored in Biblical Studies. I’m “loosely” using all of those degrees, ha!
2. I worked my way through college as a nanny for triplet boys plus their baby brother.
3. I have one sister. I don’t even think she reads this blog, ha! (I’m sure to find out NOW, though!)
4. I am OCD. (That may not be a random fact to most of you, but just in case any of you thought it was a possibility, let me just confirm it!)
5. I unconsciously harmonize with various household appliances. (Vacuum, microwave, dishwasher…it’s true.)
6. I have eight email addresses. (See #4)
7. I’m rarely sad, but when I am, my number-one mood picker-upper is to paint my toenails RED. (Try it! It really works!)

And now, let’s pay it forward! I nominate these thirteen versatile bloggers! Please, click on each one to visit their blogs! Each of these ladies is doing a fantastic job in the blogosphere, and I applaud each one of them! You go, girls!!!

Let it be Glory (Amber!)
Surviving Toddlerhood (Rebekah!)
Sherry A Phillips (Sherry!)
Kim to Slim (Kim!)
Intelligent Domestications (Shirley!)
An Alli Event (Alli!)
Busy Mama 911 (Amanda!)
Flourishing At Home (Zan!)
Northern Homestead (Anna!)
Masshole Mommy (Robin!)
My Journey with Candida (Terry!)
Theresa’s Mixed Nuts (Theresa!)
Mizz Review Lady (Lawna!)

Thanks again, Stephany! It’s been my honor to participate!