My Thoughts on Top Mom Blogger and a Giveaway

As a member of the MomDot Forum where I have gained some amazing friendships and consider it my home away from home, I was game on when Trisha and Lynsey were starting up Top Mom Blogger.  I know these ladies have what it takes, they have the knowledge and the power to really help bloggers succeed.  Yes, yes, you can go read any other blogging support post, website and such, believe me I share tips as well, but there is something different about Top Mom Blogger and that something different really makes it worth a paid membership site.

Top Mom Blogger

I have been a blogger since December 2008, I started two other blogs in addition to this one. Quite frankly, I am in need of gaining some more exposure, such as traffic from the search engine King – Google. Now I have the basic knowledge of SEO {search engine optimization} and I have the knowledge to really make my blogs bang. The problem is that I lose focus, lose track of time and really have a tendency to get off track. Top Mom Blogger is a great place with resources, written guides and training sessions to really help me focus on one item at a time.

My first time logging into Top Mom Blogger made my brain feel slightly overwhelmed, after all I am only getting a one month trial to share my thoughts with you all, but you all get a chance to win a 6 month membership so you will have the time to really dive in and take advantage of Top Mom Blogger’s full potential. Glancing through the articles and various areas of Top Mom Blogger, I noticed an area that really helps me with my writing – Content Inspiration. You see, I am Queen of having ideas of what to blog about, but those ideas pop into my head during the day while I am on “Mom duty” and by the time I make it back into the office, that idea has slipped my mind.

I am a firm believer that if you write content with passion behind your words, then that content will in turn drive a major amount of traffic. People want to know you are real, people want to have you share your life with them, your expertise and so much more but if they can not feel aka read the passion behind your words – they will not stay nor come back again. Top Mom Blogger is here to help you gain control of your blog income, get it started, get it going and keep moving forward.

Top Mom Blogger is designed to help all Bloggers to better their blogs and reach their own personal goals. Whether you are a Food Blogger, Fitness Blogger, Business Blogger, Lifestyle Blogger, Review Blogger, Mommy Blogger or otherwise, Top Mom Blogger is for you. We feel that by so many successful bloggers keeping their “trade secrets” hidden, that the Blogosphere has suffered tremendously with millions of people simply not knowing HOW to build a terrific blog or what to do next. Here at Top Mom Blogger we feel that by sharing what we know and helping you to be more professional and therefore more successful, that we will help to better the Blogosphere as a whole, creating more success and opportunity for everyone.

With training sessions, articles and step by step guides to provide you with the support to do the hard work that it takes to start and succeed in Mom Blogging, Top Mom Blogger is totally worth your time.  You may enter below for your chance to win a free 6 month membership to Top Mom Blogger or if you are really ambitious go ahead and sign up today for your membership to Top Mom Blogger and get your blogging career headed in the right direction.

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You may complete any or all of the following to enter for your chance to win. Giveaway ends at 12am EST on December 18, 2012.

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Disclosure: I received a free one month membership to Top Mom Blogger to share my honest opinions and experiences with you all as well as to host a giveaway. All opinions and personal stories are that of my own.

A Relaxing but Fun Family Walk

Last weekend my family and I decided to venture out and take in the scenes of an old railroad track turned four wheeling trail. There is this old train bridge, not sure if it is really a train bridge per say but that’s what my three year old son calls it, and he’s been begging to check it out.

The view was gorgeous, and although I am extremely afraid of heights we did capture some great family photos.  One thing that our family enjoys doing together is taking walks, but we don’t like taking walks down the main road, rather we enjoy going hiking up a mountain or checking out various trails in the woods.

We happened upon a fly fisherman and a jogger while out on this trail and we even saw an elevation marker. You see, I grew up near this trail and even though I had walked it in my teen years, I had never walked this side of the trail so it was a new experience for me in addition to my sons.

Sight seeing and walking along this old railroad track turned four wheeling track really was relaxing. I laughed a lot.  I gritted my teeth while my sons stood way too close for comfort at the top of the bridge, but overall I had a wonderful time. I love nature and it seems I am lucky to have children who love nature as much as me.

What do you all do, as a family, that is a pleasant experience for all?

I Dare you To Jump Off Top Bunk Bed

Each and every morning at my house goes something like this;

Alarm finally wakes me, after dinging for 15 minutes.

I hit snooze, multiple times.

Ki comes in to wake me.

Boys wake up and come in to my room demanding breakfast.

Finally I drag my butt out of bed to get them ready for school.

However, one fine morning after going to sleep around one in the morning, I woke up wide awake after a really odd, but life like dream to find that my sons were talking. I glanced over at my video and audio monitor to see that both boys were on top of the bunk bed just hanging out.

I slowly closed my eyes.

Then at 6:38am I hear “I bet you can’t jump off the top bunk bed” and “I can, I not scared” … that would be the five year old son daring the “I have no fear” three year old to jump off of the top bunk bed.

I jump out of bed, suddenly more awake than I was a moment ago.

Pressing the microphone button on the audio & video monitor I inform the boys that they best not jump off of that bed and that I am coming down to get them. Of course my morning scratchy voice makes them think that Daddy is coming because apparently I sound like a man in the morning.

The boys start laughing, saying “daddy is coming, quick jump off the bed”.

I race down the stairs trying not to slip down them in my slipper socks and am yelling that they best not dare jump off of that bed and that I am coming. I walk into their room to find that they want to leap, without notice, off of top bunk bed into my arms.

If that doesn’t wake a parent up, I don’t know what else would.  I love my boys, but in all honesty, I was not prepared for the things that happen while raising these little boys.


Wordless Wednesday: I Swear She Loves Me #wordlesswednesday #ww {with linky}

I swear my sweet Jenny the Pug smiles, but she doesn’t smile on command obviously….. she still loves me, I swear!


Princess Jenny the Pug hanging with me in my office!

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