Blogmas 2014: Families and Heart and Soul

Blogmas 2014

There’s usually at least one day of Blogmas that requires tissues. This might be that day for you. But don’t worry. They’re not all tearjerkers. In fact, none of them made me cry but they all made me feel, which is one of the best things a blog post can do for me. Family The first […]

Blogmas 2014: Funny is as Funny does

Blogmas 2014

Although I’m totally off schedule this year (January has been complicated), I’m slowly working my way through the Blogmas posts featuring the best of 2014 that you probably never read. I like to think of them as hidden gems because chances are I’ve never read most of the submitted posts until after they’ve been submitted. […]

Blogmas 2014: The First Posts of Blogmas

Blogmas 2014

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years… That pretty much sums up my blogging year for 2014. I wrote consistently and steadily and my traffic grew. People seem find me through a million different unexpected Google searches these days. As a result, some of my most popular posts this year were […]

A Blogger’s New Year’s Resolutions

Top 20 Blogger Resolutions

1. I will keep my inbox fully read every day. 2. If I move emails to a folder indicating that email requires action, I will actually look at those emails and take action. 3. I will not get annoyed at invitations to write a post about a suggested topic because a company thinks it might […]

3 Cameras to Covet from Best Buy

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A few weeks ago, I created what I think was my best gift guide yet. I always look for cool, slightly unusual, and definitely not pie-in-the-sky items. I had four subguides broken down into kids stuff, socially good products, out of the ordinary gift ideas, and all the things a blogger like me would covet. […]

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like BLOGMAS

Blogmas 2014

If you were sitting on pins and needles wondering if the Blogmas Awards were going to go the way of the retiring blog conferences, the wait is over. BLOGMAS HAS RETURNED!   In case this is your first experience with Blogmas, let me ‘splain. When I started blogging waaaaaay back in 2009, I had no […]

I was an idiot when I started my blog

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When starting a blog, I usually meet people that fall into one of two camps: 1. Those that simply started a little blog to keep their family members updated on how their little peanut was growing and to share pictures of their BAYBAY 2. Those that read all the well known blogs before they were […]

Animals Lovers Find Paradise in Turks & Caicos Too {VIDEO} #BeachesMoms

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Hello. My name is Fadra and I’m an animal lover. I think it’s pretty obvious from my Instagram stream that my pets have pretty much taken over my life. But it’s not just pets that I love, it’s all creatures you find in nature (with the exception of spiders – just, no). While I was […]

Nothing But Flowers (in Turks & Caicos) #BeachesMoms

Flowers - Turks and Caicos

While I attended a conference last week at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, I had an option to attend one of many excursions including: Sesame Street puppeteering, mixology, cooking, fitness, and horticulture. I lucked out with my first choice: an Island Exploration tour that included a stop at Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). […]

The 50 Most Unexpected Photos from Beaches Turks & Caicos

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If you’ve ever attended a social media conference, you know re-entry is rough. You’ve just spent days surrounded by your peers, learning new things, and making new friends. It’s hard to go back to our isolated worlds. But I can tell you, after having attended many conference and experiencing these blues, re-entry after a social media […]

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Tropical

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What child of the 70s didn’t secretly hope to one day travel to a magical island where dreams could become reality? Hope to be greeted by a suave man named Mr. Roarke and his trusty little sidekick Tattoo. Hope to have all their wishes fulfilled and hope they didn’t come at a price…   Because […]