Social Media & Marketing

I’ve always known that social media and marketing go hand in hand, especially in our current culture. It’s especially important to small business, those that don’t get the Superbowl commercial, billboard, or really any advertisement at all. Small businesses, when starting out, can’t necessarily afford the extra expense that is advertising– that is where social media comes in super handy. If you would take a look at your “local” Facebook pages or Instagram accounts, chances are, there will a LOT. Social media is an (almost) free outlet for businesses to use to reach their fans and customers. Sure, you can pay for more ads and likes, but if you know what you are doing, your organic reach can be enough.

I think I have always known that social media is extremely important to all businesses, but you don’t realize how much thought is put into every post, every photo, every video, every comment that a business posts. It’s all like a movie, intricately played out.

I think the only social media I wasn’t super comfortable with was LinkedIn, and I still wouldn’t call myself an expert. I certainly know more than I did, but the point of it seems silly to someone in a long term position.

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Remembering the Notre Dame

Unfortunately, I’m sure everyone saw the news this Monday, April 15th. Paris, France, Catholicism, Christianity & history buffs alike all suffered a huge loss when the Notre Dame was all but destroyed in a fire.

While France and the Catholic church are reeling from their loss, it’s affecting everyone around the world. I’m not a fan of organized religion, I’m actually agnostic. What I am, though, is a HUGE history fan. I absolutely adore history, and to see the 856 year old church engulfed in flames was an absolute blow. It crushed a little piece inside of me to know that the entire wooden frame of the church, with literal trees from the 12th and 13th century, was gone in a but moment. To commemorate the loss of such a beautiful piece of architecture and history, here are a few facts about the Notre Dame and her legacy. Thanks to and The BBC for some of this information!

  1. Construction started in 1163 and was never *really* finished until about two hundred years later!
  2. Mary, Queen of Scots (My homegirl! Mary is my FAVORITE historical figure!) wed her young husband, Dauphin Francis in the cathedral in 1558.
  3. Napoleon Bonaparte, following the revolution, famously snatched his crown from the Pope and crowned himself emperor of Paris in 1804 during his coronation at the Notre Dame.
  4. Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame was published in 1831.
  5. While the towers of the Notre Dame, appear to be twins, they are actually sisters. The north tower is slightly larger.

Check out even more information and history on the legacy that is the Notre Dame on their Wikipedia page.

Will Spring Ever Come?

I’ve been looking forward to spring F O R E V E R.

This winter has been seemingly never ending. Between the ‘snowpocalypse’ and -50 degree temperatures, and the thundersnow and sleet in the early parts of April, I’m so done! We spent 5 days in sunny Orlando, and coming back was an absolute nightmare. I’m not even the type of person to complain about winter, because I actually enjoy the cold and the snow, but when it rolls into the sixth month of sleet and cold, it’s less enjoyable.

I’m so looking forward to the beautiful weather. My daughter is finally old enough to run around, jump in the mud and play at the park. I’m so excited for my husband and I to be able to take her outside to enjoy the warmth and sit in the sun.

My College Experience

“Is college what you expected it to be?”

I honestly get asked this question in some way, shape or form quite often. It’s not often you meet someone who is 20 years old, married with a child, working full-time AND going to college. I get a lot of people who ask me “How?” or “Why?”, I’ll answer both of those!

The first question & most often asked is “How?”. Trust me when I saw it is NOT easy. It’s includes a huge amount of time management and self discipline. I have to manage my time as a mother, and sometimes (not very often, but it does happen) I have to spend time locked away from my child to be sure I get my homework done. Sometimes the laundry or the dishes go undone so I can finish homework (ie: this) or work on an assignment. I feel like I am very good at time management, though. I rarely miss assignments, although sometimes I am so exhausted I just give up or don’t have enough energy to open my laptop. I have good grades, and have passed all of my classes thus far.

The second question is “Why?”. I’m sure most students who are also parents have the same answer to this question; Our children. My daughter, Bentlee, is my entire world. She is the reason for everything I do in my life. I want to make her life as easy as possible and make sure I’m a great parent while doing so. Bentlee is my entire world and I do what I do for her.

Overall, I don’t know if college is what I expected it to be. If you would have told me when I graduated high school a little over 3 years ago that I’d be in college, married (for almost two years, nonetheless!) & have a little one & a half year old, I would have probably laughed in your face. College isn’t what I imagined it to be, but I had little to no expectations because it was something I’ve never done before! Now, I feel great and proud to be a student at LATI. I enjoy telling people everything that I do and how I manage to do it.

City Mouse or Country Mouse?

I’d like to think I’m a little bit in between. I enjoy several aspects from both country and city living, here’s the sitch on both;

City living has so many great benefits! When you live in a city, there are almost endless things to do — shopping, eating out, museums, galleries, parks — anything you can think of, depending on the city’s size. You have access to almost everything as soon as you need it. The down sides of city living include dealing with traffic, neighbors, and a lot of hustle and bustle. It’s definitely less serene than country living.

Living in the country also has its positives! You get to enjoy the quiet of no neighbors and little-to-no traffic, along with the beauty of nature. You have endless ‘alone’ time from the outside world. The downsides of living in the country include a longer drive to get to anything, it includes a longer commute to work, to the store or to take your kids to the park.

Ideal Spring Break!

Ahh! I’m so excited to write about this, because I get to live my DREAM spring break in 6 short days!

My dream spring break is going to Walt Disney World! I have been to WDW twice, both times for pageant nationals with my mom. I had a great time both times I went, however I’ve wanted to experience WDW as an adult and with my husband for well over a year now.

My husband & I are flying out and arriving in Orlando for 5 days. The first night we are seeing the Impractical Jokers live, which is one of Marcus’ favorite TV shows. The next day we are spending at Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is something we have always bonded over our love of. The next two days will be spent at the various Walt Disney World parks!

There’s something really special about sharing one of your favorite things with your spouse, and I can’t wait to go on vacation!

One More Hour

What would you do with one more hour in you day that you had complete say on how it was used?

It’s so hard to pick one thing to decide what to do with an extra hour. If I could do ANYTHING, I would probably go get a facial. Self-care is such a hard thing to accomplish as a working mom. I have an extremely hard time finding time to myself and I would kill for just an hour to relax in complete silence.

I think it’s extremely hard for mom’s to find time to relax and spend time alone, but it is so important!

Anxiety as a Parent

I think it’s safe to say a fair share of parents have anxiety, considering over 40 million adults over the age of 18 in the United States suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. While not all 40 million are parents, a large portion are.

As a parent with severe anxiety, it can make it so much harder. As a PERSON with anxiety, life was hard enough for me. Now I have a little person who relies on me for literally everything to add into the mixture. People always joke “Oh you’ll watch them when they sleep!”, but they don’t realize you truly sat up all night watching them sleep in case they stopped breathing. You can seem overbearing, but it’s how you parent.

It’s important to remember to manage yourself along with your kids!

Stay-At-Home-Mom VS. Working Mama

As someone who has had the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM), I can say that it’s not all fun & games. I stayed at home with my daughter until she was 13 months old!

I truly struggled with being a SAHM, because it is so hard. It’s emotionally taxing, spending every waking (& sleeping) with your little. As a SAHM, there is little to no adult interaction, sometimes for a week or more at a time. I struggled with finding activities to keep my little one busy. It’s hard to have no adult interaction, and only spend your time with an infant/toddler who is extremely clingy from constantly being around you! It was very trying for both of us, with no outside interaction to engage either of our brains.

Flipping the switch, and seeing the other side. I decided to go back to work this past December, after 13 months of staying home. I was having a rough time being home and needed to get out of the house. I went back to work and Bentlee started daycare at a little over a year old, after staying home with mama from day one. She struggled to adjust for the first 2-3 weeks, we all did. Going back to work was one of the best things our family has done!

Being a stay at home mom is very emotionally taxing and is certainly not a task for every mom. I think it’s something every mom should have the option of doing, but it’s not for everyone.

Bentlee on Valentine’s Day at Daycare

My Parenting Style

I’m going to continue along with the theme of parenting this week! As a mom, my whole life is consumed by being just that — A mom! I live and breathe for my daughter. Here’s a little bit on how we do things around here;

As a parent, you aren’t given a giant book on how to do things for and with your child. You basically are thrust into a whirlwind of milk, diapers and tears. If a parent says they have it together, they are 110% lying. Parenting is a big series of “Yeah, I’m just winging it.” for 18 years. It takes FOREVER to find your parenting style or your groove for parenting, and it’s not a one size fits all.

We practice something called “attachment parenting”. It’s also referred to as “gentle parenting”, and it coincides with “hippie ” or “crunchy parenting”. Attachment parenting is defined as “focusing on the nurturing connection built between parents and child”. It’s viewed as a way to raise strong, independent, empathetic and secure children. Attachment parenting focuses more on “doing the right thing because it’s right and I know the difference”, and is not punishment based. Attachment parenting is not permissive parenting. We have limits, we tell our daughter no, but we raise her in a positive and growing environment.

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