11/17/2014

Free Social Media Marketing Schedule

Today, I figured I'd share with you my goal social media sharing schedule.  I'm not going to say that I hit target every day or week, but these are the times that I aim to have shares scheduled to my social media platforms.

Most of the share times are based on information found online about prime sharing times with a few randoms thrown in for test purposes and thoroughness.  Feel free to experiment, but I know for me it helps to have a checklist.


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11/10/2014

My Four Day Facebook Unplug

I'm in a lot of Facebook groups. A lot! In one of my groups, someone brought up unplugging from Facebook for a few days. They mentioned all the time Facebook distractions took away from other things in their life, things that are actually important, especially our kids and family.
This really made sense to me, because Facebook is, admittedly, my biggest time suck. I'm always scrolling through, getting sucked up in all the pointless status updates, liking "cool" stuff, and catchy headlines like "15 celebrities who are now broke". Really, it's pathetic.

It distracts me from my schoolwork, family, housework, etc. It's just so easy to get sucked in.

So, I decided I was going to unplug too. Thursday to Sunday, I logged out of Facebook on my phone and computer. And you know what?

It was pretty great.

I'd like to say that I spent that time being super productive and accomplishing all these things I was missing out on before, but that would probably be a lie.

Thursday I watched a few hours of The Vampire Diaries with my husband. Friday I substitute taught Kindergarten, had some transmission work done on our SUV, and had my first drop (or two or three) or alcohol in over a year. Saturday I folded tons of laundry and watched waaaay too much The Fosters. Sunday I pulled out my stove and fridge out and swept/mopped. Something I haven't done in like...ever?

Okay, okay. So, there wasn't a big epiphany. My life didn't suddenly turn to unicorns and fairy dust. But... Facebook didn't implode without my presence, either. To be honest, it felt good to be disconnected for a few days. Like everyone else, I fall victim to wasting minutes turned to hours on Facebook doing nothing. I'm hoping this experience will help me be more tuned in to how I'm spending my time.

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11/03/2014

Breast Pump Aversion: A New Relationship with My Pump

Not too long ago, I was an exclusively pumping mother. By choice. I was convinced I loved it. And, actually, this was my second time exclusively pumping. I did it for a year with my now four year-old son.

People were always surprised to hear that I exclusively pumped. Some were impressed. Others were confused. I think some people actually felt relief that they didn't have to watch me breastfeed. After all, I typically pumped in private.

However, people often seemed to think that it was such hard work.  I was baffled by this assumption.  This was the easy way, right?  I thought so, at least.  Pump and then just pop a bottle in that crying baby's mouth and go do dishes or something.  Easy peasy.

Well, after some soul searching and realizations on my own part, I returned to breastfeeding.  In case you were wondering, it's going wonderfully, still.  I can't believe I was slighting myself and my children on this experience.

While I was an exclusive pumper, breastfeeding moms always told me how much they hated pumping.  Many women claim that breast pumps just don't work for them.  Moms, professionals, and others also often claim that it is impossible to maintain a supply with a pump (which is false, in case you were wondering).

Now it was my turn to be baffled.

Of course, I had a great relationship with my pump.  I was an exclusive pumper, after all.

Well now I'm not.

Now, I'm a breastfeeder, just like all those moms who used to give me wide eyes.  Now I'm one of those moms.  My pump is like a friend turned enemy.  I avoid it like the plague.

I have a huge stash built up from when I was pumping.  Actually, my husband wishes he could find more than breast milk in our deep freezer.  So, every now and then when I really should pump... Well, I don't.

I actually hate pumping.  I don't know why.  It's not uncomfortable for me.  I've done it so many times that that's no big deal.  I just find it to be such a hassle and inconvenience now that it's not my every day life.

I get it now, ladies.  Pumping sucks when you could have a cute, cuddly baby do it instead.

#breastisbest #nursing #breastfeeding #attachmentparenting #normalizeit

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Hope your feelings aren't hurt too much Pump In Style breast pump, but I've moved on to a tooting, cooing, adorable baby girl.  I'll probably keep avoiding you, as much as possible.  But I won't forget what you've done for me.

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10/14/2014

We Cloth Diaper

Confession: I love cloth diapers!  I never thought I'd say that, but it's true!  If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen me sharing pictures of some of our diapers.

I did a ton of research while pregnant on cloth diapers.  Honestly, it's more than a little overwhelming.  All the information out there is great, but it's hard to figure out what you're really looking for because there's just so much!

Plus, there's so many different options available to the modern mom who wants to cloth diaper that it's easy to get intimidated.  So, that's exactly what happened to me and my daughter went straight into disposables (often referred to as sposies in the cloth diapering community), just as my two boys had been.

However, almost a month ago I got turned back on to cloth diapers and finally decided to take the dive after, once again, overwhelming myself with information.

The best advice I can give is to find a support group to help to you through making your decision and to help to find the essential information.  There are plenty on facebook, such as Everyday Cloth Diapering and Fluff Love & CD Science.  In groups you can ask specific questions you might have and have conversations with people to help guide you in your decisions!  It's so much better than giving it a go alone.

Anyway, we have really had a fantastic experience cloth diapering so far.  My husband has embraced the decision, and we love all the cuteness!  So bye-bye $50-$60 a month on disposables.  I now have a nice and adorable stash of cloth diapers, which I can even resell when I'm done with them.

Oh and it's definitely not hard or gross, like many people assume.
Have you ever thought about trying cloth diapering?
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10/08/2014

Overcoming Breastfeeding Shaming

In early September, I shared a post on A Fulfilled Mommy about dealing with judgement, negativity, etc. as a breastfeeding mom.  It's unfortunate but true that this is an actual issue.  I, myself, have experienced it firsthand.

Unfortunately, when I first returned to breastfeeding my daughter (rather than exclusively pumping), I had some negative reactions after I posted breastfeeding and proud photos on my social media.  What was even more shocking was that these came from family!

I just couldn't believe it.  These are the people that we expect to support us the most.  Well, this made me even more determined because I was doing something I felt strongly about.  I had my own realizations about why I'd stopped breastfeeding with my son and, for several months, with my daughter shortly before this happened.  I wasn't going to be shamed or bullied into hiding in a corner (or a nasty bathroom) somewhere.

I still post breastfeeding photos, and I think it's important for other moms to know that you are not alone.  Feel free to read my entire post at A Fulfilled Mommy, where I talk more in depth on the topic.

Have you ever had negative reactions or feedback to your breastfeeding or know someone who has?
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