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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Introducing…Thoughtfuls!

Because all of you readers are such smart people, I know you’ve figured out something about me by now. I’m not scared to tell you what I think. Right?!

Sometimes this is a blessing and sometimes it’s a curse, for sure, but recently I started thinking: I love to ponder situations and then craft an inspirational and sometimes step-on-the-toes-a-little response. So I took that a bit further and literally crafted my responses. In the forms of these images:

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You know what, I enjoyed creating these so very much that I thought I’d create an ENTIRE page for them! Roll up to the top of this page to see the tab entitled “Thoughtfuls” or CLICK HERE to go there directly! Here you’ll be able to click any that you like and download them in their full resolution.

I’ll be adding more of these quite every week, so don’t forget to check back! And please: SHARE THESE! Put them on your Facebook, tweet them, Instagram them, share them on Tumblr or Pinterest, whatever you like! Hopefully we can inspire some folks along the way!

I hope you all enjoy my Thoughtfuls, and please, let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you!

 

Northern Whimsy Review & Giveaway!

I’ve had the privilege to meet lots of awesome people while I’ve been blogging, and one of my favorites is Jess. Jess blogs over at Rural Dreams, and she also has a really awesome Etsy shop, where she creates custom fabric and printable paper designs!

Now, y’all know me: I LOVE a good printable, and I love to make them, too! So Jess shared some pretty papers with me – and they just happen to match my blog colors! Check this out!

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Fun, huh?! I turned it into this:

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This is just one of the neat color schemes of printable papers she has available in her shop!

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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!