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31 Days Unplugged – Day 21 – To My Blogging Friends

20 Mar

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At this point in the 31 Days Unplugged Challenge, we have cut down our use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and I am including Pinterest) to 25 minutes or less a day.  We have deleted time-wasting games from our phones and computers.  We have cut our time watching television in half, and we are paying attention to how our family uses technology and hopefully cutting them back, also. We are spending more time in prayer and studying God’s word, we are enjoying meals with our family, and we are helping other people.  We are doing CRAZY things like reading books, memorizing scripture, and giving our family unstructured time each day.

Today, I would like to address an area that may not apply to everyone. This post is for my blogger friends.

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As a blogger, I know how it can become an obsession.  It can take up a lot of our time to get that perfect header and the perfect picture with the perfect caption. This month and last month for me, especially, I personally have spent a lot of time on my blog.  It takes a lot of work to post every day, after all. Kind of goes against my whole unplugged idea, doesn’t it?

One thing I love about blogging is the creative aspect of it.  I love taking pictures and writing, so this is the perfect outlet for me.  I also really enjoy reading other blogs and the whole community of bloggers that is formed. I have made some good friends through my blog.

However, I realize the need to rein in the amount of time I spend on my blog, and that I need to be careful to not let it take up the time I am saving during the day.

Challenge #17-If you have a blog, document throughout several days how much time you spend on your blog and cut back on the time you are dedicating to it.  Do you check your stats a million times a day?  Do you perhaps post too often?  Maybe you can schedule posts in advance to save yourself some time during the day?

I truly believe that blogs are a good thing that can be used for forming community, for helping people, and for spreading the love of Jesus, but they (not unlike any form of social media) can also be time wasters.

Finding the Perfect in the Imperfect-A Mommy Blogger’s Deceit

14 Jan

I am getting ready to reveal the biggest secret of lifestyle bloggers everywhere…..we are not perfect! It’s all an illusion. A lot of mommy bloggers and lifestyle bloggers in general tend to perpetuate the myth of perfection, which is not good for us normal, hardworking mamas who are just struggling to make it through the day, and may have a minute to catch up on our favorite blog before we collapse into bed at night.

It has been on my heart lately to show my imperfections so that God can use me.  He does not, after all, use the perfect.

I hope you all realize that when you read a blog, you aren’t getting the whole picture of someone’s life.  You are getting what they want you to see and believe about them.  To illustrate my point, I snapped some pictures of my house when the kids and I got home from Bible study today.  I didn’t change anything about my house or the rooms I was photographing, just changed my point-of-view or zoomed in or out.

I am enjoying a nice hot pot of green tea today!

I am enjoying a nice hot pot of green tea today!

 

Can someone come over and finish unpacking my groceries, unload the dishwasher, take out the recycling and compost, and put the kids' things away?

Can someone come over and finish unpacking my groceries, unload the dishwasher, take out the recycling and compost, and put the kids’ things away?

 

I love this lampshade in my living room!  So colorful.

I love this lampshade in my living room! So colorful.

 

This gorgeous lamp sits on the table that Charlie now exclusively uses for Lego building.  Goldie is going to have to be relocated sometime soon.  And be careful to not walk around that table in bare feet-Legos are dangerous!

This gorgeous lamp sits on the table that Charlie now exclusively uses for Lego building. Goldie is going to have to be relocated sometime soon. And be careful to not walk around that table in bare feet-Legos are dangerous!

 

The Madster getting in her mid-afternoon cartoon.

The Madster getting in her mid-afternoon cartoon.

 

Why didn't someone come make my bed while we were gone this morning?  And at what age will the kids start hanging up their own coats?

Why didn’t someone come make my bed while we were gone this morning? And at what age will the kids start hanging up their own coats?

 

Maddie's cute little headband that she wore to church Sunday.

Maddie’s cute little headband that she wore to church Sunday.

 

Hey!  I folded that laundry before I piled it on the stairs!

Hey! I folded that laundry before I piled it on the stairs!

 

My dad got Maddie this beautiful little piano for Christmas.  I love it.

My dad got Maddie this beautiful little piano for Christmas. I love it.

 

Maddie's bed stays piled with her toys that she insists on sleeping with!

Maddie’s bed stays piled with her toys that she insists on sleeping with!

 

I am not a professional photographer, so just imagine what I would be able to do if I was! We catch perfect images, then write catchy tag lines with lots of exclamation points, then start Pinning, Tweeting, and Instagramming.

No one is perfect, so please don’t read these blogs and think that you are less or need to do any more than you are already doing.  Give yourself a break, and just focus on the good!

That is the real secret of bloggers-we find the beauty in the mess, then enjoy sharing that beauty with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shine on Award

3 Aug

I am so excited and flattered that my blog has been nominated for the Shine on Award! Thank you to http://www.theeducatednannyblog.com for nominating me.  This is an awesome blog with lots of great ideas for children’s activities, so take a minute to check her out.

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Here are the rules for this award:

1  Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3  Share 7 random interesting things about yourself.
4  Nominate up to 15 bloggers for Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5  Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

So, here goes!  7 random interesting things about myself.  Hmmmm….I can do random, but interesting?  I guess you’ll have to be the judge of that!

1. I am directing Vacation Bible School at my church this summer and it is next weekend and it is ruling my life and thoughts right now.

2.  I love redecorating my house and moving things around to make them “new.”

3.  I need to get off the computer and go cut flowers for my step-sister’s wedding, which is tomorrow. Congrats Luanne!

4.  We are getting a new addition to the family this week, a 3-year old golden retriever.  So exciting!

5.  We are considering homeschooling our children.

6.  I really want to plan a last-minute, spontaneous weekend trip to the beach, but we have no weekends free until January. Seriously.

7.  I love Jesus and am so grateful for his presence in my life, and mostly that he died on the cross so that I can live forever.

And I nominate:

1. http://www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com          This is a great, fun blog!

2. http://www.happyhomefairy.com       This blogger is living her life for God!  Love it.

3. http://www.eatwriterunrepeat.com       This blog is a little mix of everything and has some great pics.

4. http://www.lezoemusings.wordpress.com        Le Zoe Musings is the first blog that I started following and I still love it today!

5. http://www.tulleandtrinkets.com      Just an adorable blog.

Anyway, check out these blogs.  They are some of my favorites.  And thank you so much for the recognition!