I have not been blogging lately because I lost my son to an automobile accident on May 15 . I haven’t shared alot mainly because I don’t know how . I only know that my perfect son was takin from us far before his time . His smile would light up my world as soon as I seen it and to hear his laugh was amazing and now all I have left are 20 years of memories that I must hold onto and carry on with him in my heart . He wouldn’t want me to be sad and drag on through life he would want me to live it to the fullest and make the best of everyday and enjoy it for him and that is exactly what I am going to do . Any parent should never have to lose a child no matter their age and I now know the crushing feeling in my chest that is empty for now until I allow my self to be ok and to start to heal for my familys sake , they deserve to mourne and have grief in whatever way that helps them cope and it is my job to stand tall and help them in any way I can . He left behind 2 sisters and a brother , 2 of which are older than him and they both live in other towns so I have to hope they will reach out to us when they need to and allow us to help them heal . His youngest sister is 16 and she lost her best friend and it wouldn’t be fair for me to crumble and not be there for her when she needs me the most and that goes also for my husband , He held me up when the doorbell rang and we got the news that every parent fears and at that moment time stood still , he is the warrior that carried me through the battle field of the funeral planning and arrangments and he protected me when I needed it the most and now it is his turn . We have welcomed Jakes fiance into our home until she is ready to step back out into the world without him . Now that things are calming down and I look around the house and see that the fresh flowers sent by many are starting to wilt and the casseroles are dwindling from the fridge and it is time to go back to work and resume life as normally as we can . Granted our lives have now shifted and will never be the same but for our own sanity we have to continue as he would have wanted us too . Now comes the time to answer the tough questions and do the dreadful chore of going to his house and packing his things and finalizing all the loose ends for him . I am a firm believer in seeing signs of a loved one that has passed and I see Jake daily so I know that his is still close and that brings me comfort, so until we see him again we will love life for him and continue out the plans we all had and will make sure he gets what he wanted ! I’m not sure if I will continue to write blog posts about our loss or not but for today it helped for me put some of my feelings into words . I won’t share the details of his service or the memorials that followed because those are very personal to my family but the outpour of support and amount of lives he touched in his short 20 years was incredible to see and made me very proud to hear all of the kind things people had the share about our son , I guess we must of done something right ! For now we will charge forward and carry eachother through and live on for Jake . In my heart you will remain forever young…
Monthly Archives: May 2016
Ok ladies , It’s time to get real for a second . I have a new doctor and I absolutely love her , she is very kind and helped me with my migraines and a few other issues and when we first met she wanted to do a ton of test just to get established and have all fresh medical history, so with that being said . She started referring to everything as for “woman your age” . Now I undersand that I’m no spring chicken anymore but come on I am only 41 and I don’t feel old . am I suppose too ? Is that why she says it like that ? Did i miss a memo ? I would much prefer that she said “woman as pretty as you ” we would both know what eachother meant but we wouldn’t have to bring up the age thing ! Age is a number not a disease I shouldn’t be freaking out . She ordered test to be done on every organ I have and took gallons of blood it seemed and short of a brain exam I had the full work over and she gave me a clean bill of health . I am happy and healthy and maybe my body isn’t the same as when I was 20 but that’s ok I wear my age proudly . Granted there are a few more grey hairs when my roots grow in but I’ll just keep dying those babies and go on , I haven’t fallin apart completely, I dont have mass amounts of wrinkles or crows feet and even if I did so what I earned all of them I promise ! I guess maybe I have that little bingo wing but nothing worth fretting over and my butt may not be able to bounce a quarter off of it anymore but it is still worth a second look and I took “preventitive measures” with the girls up front and gave them a face lift if you know what I mean and I must say they are doing alright ! I guess doc was doing her job and taking my health seriously and I appreciate that but I did give her the stink eye when I thought she called me old but now I understand why . Ladies if you are my age be sure to get your mamograms and take good care of yourselves your family deserves it . And if your doctor says “woman your age” just think to yourself that she really means woman as pretty as you and smile . I think you are all beautiful no matter our age group we have to stick together !
Until next time … Cheers !
I have found a new mode of motivation , my family. I have always excelled in the things I have set my mind too and wanted to make everyone proud . And now that I have done that it’s time to plan for the future . I have takin on the blog and also our online stores and can see advances so far and I am ready for the next step . I have the most amazing husband and support group he is so patient and motivating every step of the way , He never lets me doubt myself and stands behind me no matter what . We are almost empty nesters with one baby bird still at home and honestly we have had kids for so long it will be an adjustment at first but im a confident we will settle into the idea in no time ! We bought our motorhome with the idea of traveling and seeing new things and experiencing every thing we have put off . Which brings us to here, we are both in our 40’s and by no means independently wealthy , I have a few irons in the fire as of now to make a living via the internet and am more motivated than ever to make this happen for us . The blog is still small and like with anything it takes time to prove yourself and gain the trust of those willing to put their faith in me and give me the chance to prove myself to them . My kids now believe I can do it , at first I got a few eye rolls and smirks but they have now seen the progress and are just excited as we are. I have made some really great contacts that are full of valuable information and I have put myself out there no matter how far out of my comfort zone it may be . I have tried a few different projects with no luck and I will just keep chugging along until one day I find the perfect match for us and can say WE DID IT ! Monty says spent many hours listening to me ramble on about different ideas and approaches I want to try and he always just sets next to me holding my hand and being very attentive and nodding his head and agreeing even if he has no idea what I am taking about he never says a negative word and for that I am the luckiest girl in the world . He also has some really good ideas that we are putting into motion and taking all of the proper steps to turn into reality so as I may be the one writing all of the blog post and doing research he is by far the silent partner ! I give credit for our success as he does me we are a team and a dam good one ! I will update on any progress and also share and leads that i can to help any fellow bloggers just starting out like us and as always we welcome and advice you may have . Our information is in the “contact” tab on the home page and will always answer emails or a tweet !
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I am super excited at how our koozies came out !! I worked with a great company named shirts and apparel , I found them on the internet and read the reviews and then contacted them and sent them our logo and designed thekoozie myself online with the color choose and wording and I recieved the proof the very next day and after final approval I had them at my door in 3 business days ! They offer a wide range of products that they will personalize for you and I have alot more projects for them . I would highly recommend them and will definately be using them again really soon . This is post is in no wasy sponsored I am just really pleased with the quality and speed of which they operate !
Until next time … Cheers !
I started this blog as a way to share our stories and travels and yummy food recipes and to just express myself in an literal way, and then I started learning all about the ins and outs of the world wide web and the foreign language of search engines and keywords and traffic and blah blah blah ….. I was totally shocked at the overwhelming amount of videos on youtube and google searches on the subject of generating traffic to my blog . Good lord … my head was swimmng with all of the information I was trying to process . But once I payed attention and let it soak in and realized that it wasn’t nearly as confusing as I was making It I settled in and can say that I mildly get it ! First thing I did was download google analytics and registered my website with them and took the virtual tour of how the site worked and what all they tracked and analyzed and why it was important for me to know that information . It is important to track your traffic so you can see where it is coming from , for example , did the most traffic come in from facebook or twitter or in my case pinterest . That lets me know that if I share lets say a recipe , I know that that type of post is best shared on pinterest as well and I would put it on my facebook also that so my friends could see it without having to physically log into my blog but the link will take them directly to it . But if it is a fun story about my family which most of my facebook friends all know then that post would of course be best to share on my facebook only . Pretty simple . But what I was having such a hard time with was the use of keywords and why they were important to google . I’m still learning this phase and the google analytics will help with that once they have enough consistant content to create an accurate graph of my traffic and post subjects . I can look back at that graph and see which keywords are and are not good for me readers . Once I more or less understood that I moved on to SEO ( search engine optimization) which is eccentually the ability of others to find your website on each different search engine and there is actually a ranking system which I can not in good faith explain to you right now until I understand it fully myself . I will post a update on that when I have all the answers . I have however highlighted each subject with definitions to make it clearer to you if I haven’t done so . Last but not least is what they call meta tags, basically a short discription of what your content contains and what the search engine should focus on, lets say when someone is looking for an article on RV traveling and you have a nice blog post on the subject and you have “tagged” your post with the said keywords then google will know that you have that post on that subject therefore adding your website to the search results and depending on the amount of posts you do on that specific subject determines where your website will rank (like I spoke of earlier ) in that particular search engine . I have read thousands of words trying to learn the science of it and it is exhausting . There are people just like you and I that have done the research and totally understand it and they have made hours of video footage dedicated to all of this that they have uploaded to youtube which I don’t have direct permission to share so I will just say if you go and do a search in youtube get your glass of wine and be ready for information overload ! I hope I have opened a door for you all to get ready to understand the behind the scenes of a website and how the all intermingle together to make it all happen .
Until next time …Cheers !
Ok guys I am ready to start my research on a trademark and a patent …. Let me start by touching base on what we are wanting to do without giving away too much ! It involves a food product and a recipe , If I understand right I can’t patent a recipe but I can trademark the name of it as well as the label ?? Should I seek out a attorney ? Do I need a food handlers license ? There are tons of questions and I am terrified to jump right into it but nothing happens unless you make it . My first plan of action is to contact the local heath department to determine the local laws of my area . I also need to register the business with the secretary of the state for sales tax purposes as well as get a business license which will allow us to resell our product to the public . That is only the beginning of the business side of it and then it’s packaging and label design , wholesale vendors , Another thing to keepin kind is the cost of packaging , rather you choose to self package or outsource to a third party that packages and ships from their facility . and then comes the final launch and to hold our breaths as we watch it leave the ground and hope that it flies ! We do have a really good product that I am confident in and am sure others will love it as well , I am sorry that I am being so vague on an overall scale but until I get thing moving I am simply seeking advice from anyone that has started a similar business or food based product line that is willing to share the proper channels to contact and steps to ensure it is done legally and the best strategies to market a onlne business . I have done plenty of reading on the subject and have the basic business plan mapped out I just need to understand the process and get confirmation of the information to be correct that I have gathered so far . I will leave our business email and welcome any advice or suggestions from experienced business owners that can tuck me under their wing and guide me in the right direction . In the meantime I will be making endless phonecalls and hours of research to put our plan into motion !
Business Email : Blondieandthebeast@outlook.com
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Good morning ! I just wanted to share a few things I have learned along the way of building our website and setting up our blog . First off it can very intimidating as you start off not knowing much about web design but relax it get easier ! I will just tell you about my personal experience . I had wanted to do social media marketing for awhile and had started a youtube channel so I could have that platform when I was ready for it . I used our name Blondie and the Beast to start a twitter page, instagram, facebook as well as our etsy store in order to get our brand out there and noticed and then I decided to move forward with the website … and I LOVE having it at my fingertips whenever I want to share and thought you might be interested in how I did it ! First off I started researching how to start a simple blog and from that I was completely intrigued and had to know how it was done . After a few simple google searches I was off to the races . I started by brain storming what I wanted to say , what I wanted to share and would anyone read it ? Finally I decided who cares how many followers I could get and lets just give it a try as a hobby and something to entertain my brain . I started by choosing a web host and from there I bought the domain for my name (VERY important first step so that you are sure to get the one you want ) Once I had my domain I was free to do with it as I wished so I decided on a platform and signed up with wordpress and that opened a whole can of worms that was endless with design ,and themes, banners ,sidebars , plug ins and so many more that I could list but won’t bore you with my blabbering. Once I had my account registerd and linked to me web host all I had to do was create what I thought to be nice website where I could write my blog . I chose my theme ( I’m currently using “ultra” ) A theme is simply the layout of your website which you can totally customized with your own pages ,titles, galleries or any other content you want to add . It is all able to be added to at any time or rearranged as need be . You are going to spend hours tweeking the site before you are happy with it and that’s ok, it is your site and you want it to be easy to navigate and inviting to your readers . Once I had pretty much decided I was happy with it it was time for add ons , I was sure to add all of our other social media links with what they call a widget , basically a button to click with the facebook or twitter logo in it so all readers have to do is simply click and be directed to your other pages . I also signed up with an email host that manages my site and subscribers . Once you subscribe to my blog ( on the righthand sidebar for anyone that hasn’t done that yet wink wink !) you are notified with a simple form letter email that lets you know that I have added a new post . I also registered the blog with pinterst as a business and you wouldn’t belive the amout of traffic that began almost instantly ! With all of that being said it leads me to another topic that weighs heavy on my mind daily , making money online from home . There are endless number of oppurtunities where the internet is concerned . If you can imagine it I’m sure it exsist all you have to do is find the right avenue to lead you to it . I have a few ideas I am persuing and hope to share with you all soon but until them here is a link to just a very few ideas to get your mind going . There are so many things you can do , the only limitations are the ones you put on your self . Wish me luck and I hope you will follow my progress and offer any advice . And be sure to subscribe to our blog and I will do my best to give you all fresh content and share anything I find worthy of a good read .
Until next time…Cheers !