Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tips for Blogging with a Newborn

I originally posted this as a comment reply on byRegina's page + realized it is a collection of tips I wish I had read before my daughter was born.  And sometimes still wish I would re-read + remind myself being a SAHM + WAHM IS possible.  So today I thought I'd share it with you in case it makes a different in your life.

My Comment:
My few tips with a newborn include: BABYWEARING - learn how to tie a Moby wrap (newborn kangaroo hold I believe, where the baby lays on its stomach on your chest) to free your arms while holding baby + they sleep SO MUCH BETTER/ LONGER against you v. down.  Plus this worry-wort mama was terrified of flat-head.  Toot my own horn: Doctors always said my daughter has a *perfectly* round head :-]
Tip #2 - work in any pockets of time you can find.  Making a master to-do list with your "manager" hat on ONCE so that your "employee" persona can just look at the list + get sh*t done w/o having to think deeper every time saves HUGE amounts of 5-minute snippets.  I do this for housework too (dishes, laundry, repeat)
Tip #3 - accept any offer of help!  And when people ask, "what do you need?" Dinner, meals, a shower/have them hold the baby, and a gift certificate for a cleaning lady ;-)
Tip #4 - Write + work as MUCH as you possibly can + schedule it out so it can post/publish/update in the background while you take your maternity leave (not only your blog posts, but also emails, buffer or hootsuite your social media, and ifttt).  You will be in such a haze postpartum.  Don't forget to take lots of pictures + notes(!) so you can remember it all :)
Happy Hump day!

What are your tips for a blogger/freelancer expecting a newborn?  What did you do to prepare or are doing to prepare for your future life transition?

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's Moving Day!

It feels so rushed to all of a sudden be blogging over at when I had hardly announced here that I was going to be moving in the first place.  But the moment felt right with my Squarespace trial expiring + the interview publishing last Saturday.  So I made the switch and hardly looked back all week.

Until I went to schedule out next week's posts.  And noticed that my last two scheduled here for today + next Friday were still in the queue.  It feels so bittersweet to be saying goodbye over here - but I hope you'll continue to follow me over at the new site!  I've built it to be what I couldn't code over here.

And even more exciting is I plan to go through these archives (all 370 posts!) + give any worthy content a good polishing + updating for future posts on the new blog.  It will be some familiar content with a whole lot of new ideas + images!  So I promise you won't be bored.  :)

And did I mention I have a whole slew of ideas bumping around in my head?  It's so hard to sleep at night because all I want to do is create!  Sometimes I even stare at the screen in paralysis because I want to do it all at once (so I end up creating instead while the ideas continue to swirl, form + develop, hehe).

So please come over to TheKnittedhome + tell me all about what you'd like to see in the new design.

I've even updated the email list!

Have you made any big transition in your life that felt all of a sudden?  I hope you'll continue this journey with me so this isn't goodbye :)

How to Support Your Favorite Small Brands

We all have those favorite brands that we can't get enough of but don't necessarily have the funds to buy everything we love in their shop.  Other than like-bombing + commenting on their blogs + other social media, how else do you show them your support?

Affiliate Links

When I find a small Brand that I want to support but maybe don't have the funds to drop in their "Tip Jar," or purchase something from their shop, I like to click through their blog's Amazon or any other referral link before I make a purchase or sign up for a service.  This way I can directly support a Brand I love without costing me anything!  Why wouldn't  I want to do this every time??

Small Biz Owners: Make it easy for your fans to support you by integrating these links into your posts, side bar, pages + anywhere else you might mention something that you have an affiliate link for.  Just be sure to disclose your affiliation somewhere on the same page.

Social Media Shares

By sharing your Favorite Brand's links with your followers + friends, you are increases their reach a thousand-fold!

Even if you are only sharing one product that you love, this could be the gateway that introduces your friends to your Favorite Brand.  Not only does this support the Brand, but you + your friend now have something new to gush over!

Small Biz Owners: Make it easy for your fans to share!  Include share buttons at the bottom of your blog posts + in your shop listings.  Also update your social media accounts when you update your shop with new items or a new blog post.  I use IFTTT recipes to do all this in the background.

Word of Mouth

It might surprise you just how much weight your opinion carries with your family + friends.  Don't believe me?  What was the last thing you purchased against the advice of a family member or friend?  You probably didn't.

In fact, if you were truly overwhelmed with options, you probably went with what your family member or friend suggested because it worked for them (or it didn't so you ruled that one out).  Or am I the only one paralyzed by choices these days + opt for the easiest decision already made for me?  ;)

Don't dismiss online "word of mouth."  Write a blog post about your favorite Brand + why you like them.  Include some of their images (with permission of course) to make your post really pop.  If you like it, your readers are sure to enjoy discovering your favorite Brand, too!

Small Biz Owners: Make it easy for your customers to spread the word.  Include a couple business cards with each purchase so they can share them with a friend(s).  Obviously give them a great shopping + customer experience so they can't help but rave about you.  And I've seen a couple articles suggesting a freebie with your sales for gift givers to keep for themselves (since they will be gifting your item to their friend + won't have a reminder of your brand that stays with them).

How do you show your love + support of your favorite brands?  What did I miss that you would love your fans to know?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sneak Peak of the Rebrand....!

I'm head over heels in love with the new design for Knittedhome I don't think I'll be able to wait til October to launch it.  In fact, my free trial expired on July 18 so I decided to do a "soft launch" first.

And since you are my awesome friends who have been with me on this blog since Knittedhome's inception (Etsy says 2010), I just couldn't imagine not informing you that is LIVE!

is LIVE!

I'm so excited to hear your thoughts + opinions on the new look.  You can pop back over here + leave it all in the comment sections of this blog post or email me from the new site.  Thank you for all your support!  

I promise to get back to regular blog posting soon.  I've already started a long list of ideas for my first Winter Collection + I have an email club I'm building to be released this August or September.  I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Don't forget to check out the new site; I promise you won't be disappointed!  What did you love + hate about?  What am I missing for you?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Busy Bee Behind the Scenes

I wish I could share more with you in today's blog post, but there is so much still incomplete that I can only share words + links today.

Today I worked on

  • finishing tweaks to my new website on Squarespace - I'm so excited to be launching it on Friday!!  note: the link is currently directed to my Etsy shop until the new site is live.
  • a reference page for my first email series (coming soon!) called the Weekly Stitch
  • an email Editorial Calendar for all those subscribed to Knittedhome's email list.  I promised I would improve it from a simple RSS summary and I'm so excited for what is developing on the editorial calendar!  For shop news, it will become a monthly update with exclusive tips + (of course) a little discount for being an email subscriber.

Other updates

  • The new website will have a special landing page just for Instagram followers + so far it is my favorite page!  (Is that weird?)
  • I've been busy re-organizing my MailChimp account to better deliver content that subscribers want to see.  I even built a brief survey to get their input!  I'd love to hear your thoughts, too!

Tomorrow is the Art Walk!

I haven't even begun to pack yet!  Yikes!  But I hope all my local friends will try to visit - it always makes my day to see familiar faces.  :)  Look for the Review post next week!

And…. I built this image during today's morning nap.  

Weekly Stitches |

Can I gush a little + say how excited I am for this email series?  Even though it isn't finished yet, if you sign up you'll be the first one to receive it when it goes live!

Yes, I've been hyped on coffee for the last couple of weeks to get it all done, hehe.  I look forward to your comments! =)

What are you anticipating today?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bridal Shower Weekend - Pinterest Worthy!

It was a busy week leading up to a productive weekend!  My sister's shower was Saturday + hubby worked on framing the porch deck.  

My mother + I set up the night before at her house: centerpieces, favors, printables + games, tables, chairs, food (including chocolate dipped oreos), etc.  She had the idea of the ostrich feathers, mason jars, + spilling pearls-- and boy was it beautiful!!  

I admit this is the first time I've been sad to see centerpieces get taken down.

The sunporch looked absolutely grand!  It was the perfect setting for our 1920s themed Bridal Shower!

I'm always nervous hosting a party but this was the first time we had everything ready to go before our designated start time (yeah, my family is chronically late).  I was so impressed + proud of our efforts!  Perhaps that is what sparked my confidence to conquer so much this weekend...

Sunday I watched a Mailchimp webinar with Mariah and de-cluttered our kitchen countertop + dining room closet (which had become the catchall closet).  

And already this morning EJ + I have hit the bank, Jo Ann's, Saver's (to drop off donations), and Meijer for groceries and more yarn!


I'm hoping this energy continues through the week - because it is shaping up to be just as busy!  Tonight I teach my first Crochet Shell Cowl class at Michael's, Thursday is the July Art Walk, and Friday I teach my second double-point knitting class (we are making newborn mittens!).

Oh!  And naptimes are devoted to rebranding progress.  It's starting to take shape + I can't wait to share it!!  Coming this Fall.... :-D

What does your week look like?  Do you feel like you've hit the ground running or is it a slower, more relaxing pace for you?  Have a great week!