I’ve gotten several messages over the last week from readers asking me one thing: how do I find the right brand partners for my blog? The truth is, there’s not one fit that works for everyone – but there’s certainly similar steps every blogger can take to find partners within their niche. So that’s where we’ll focus this week’s blogging tips: how to find great brand partners for your site.
1. Identify your niche.
This sounds basic, but it’s actually a step that…
Added by Cortney Galster on September 16, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments
This weekend, I went to the wedding of our friends. It was a beautiful wedding, full of life and laughter and love.
But something struck me as I watched Lisa’s mom be escorted to her seat at the front of the church. Followed by Lisa, in her beautiful gown, her dad by her side.
I’ll never see this for her. My little girl won’t get a wedding. We’ll never have a chance to talk about dresses, or flowers, or guest lists. Hell, I won’t even know if that’s what she wanted – the big…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 15, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments
One of the biggest reasons why I left the “office” world to work for myself was to have more opportunities to spend quality time with my little guy. I love having the best of both worlds – being able to get tons of work done (and feel like a really productive mama) while still planning super fun days with him. And one of our favorite things to do on our days together is to plan a playdate with a friend or…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 15, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments
So, before we found out we were pregnant, I was really working hard on getting to the gym four or five times a week. And I was doing such an awesome job.
And then, we had a crazy week where Ricky was home for six days – no working breaks for mama – which meant mama got really behind. Which led to two weeks of playing catch up, and only two or three workouts.
Then there was this week, where I’ve basically been nauseous and just trying to figure out how to cope with severe…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 12, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments
Ok, it’s not really fall yet – we’ve still got another week. But it IS back to school time – which means it’s time to get out of summer break mode and start focusing on your blog again.
I know how it goes during the summer. The kids are home, you’ve got barbeques and bonfires to go to, vacations to maximize, beach trips to enjoy. Summer really is the time to get outside (and away from your computer) to enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer.
Added by Cortney Galster on September 11, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments
When I was pregnant with Ricky, I had moderate morning sickness. By four weeks, I felt a little nauseous in the afternoon, would lay down for 20 minutes and be fine.
When I was pregnant with Addison, I have some nasty morning sickness (relatively), and spent a lot of nights moaning about feeling like I was going to puke. But it was still workable – as in, I could work around it, and just rest in the evenings.
With this pregnancy, the morning sickness is not so fun. It’s not all…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 10, 2014 at 6:14pm — No Comments
Today has been a challenge.
But let me back up.
On Sunday night/Monday morning (it was around 3 AM), I woke up because, well, I’m a light sleeper. And I could have sworn that I heard someone jiggling our front door. And then I heard Lucy making some noise, but she does have some pretty active dreams sometimes. I figured if someone was really at the door she would’ve been freaking out.
So I told myself I was crazy. In the morning, I told Rick – and then said that…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 9, 2014 at 10:24pm — No Comments
I am obsessed with fall. I like all of the seasons, to be honest. Even winter, believe it or not.
But there’s something about fall that just has my forever dying devotion. Between the weather, the clothes, the coffee drinks….it’s pretty much perfect.
I remember back in the “back to school” days. And it was so exciting to have new clothes to wear for the start of school. Except it was always still too hot to wear any of my new wardrobe items on the first few days.
So today was the first big hump that we had to get over in this pregnancy: the viability scan.
I’ve basically spent the last 24 hours on pins and needles. I mean, this was all leading up to whether or not there was actually a baby in the womb and whether or not that baby had a heartbeat. Trust me. I’ve basically read up on anything and everything that could possibly go wrong in a pregnancy. I can’t seem to stop myself.
As today went on, I felt myself counting down the hours.…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 8, 2014 at 5:42pm — No Comments
Erin is the founder of Hope Mommies, an organization that helps women find hope after miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant loss. I became forever connected to them when I got aHope Box – donated by an anonymous mama – while in the hospital. During some of our darkest days, this organization gave me hope. They’re a great resource for this community – you can find their contact information at the bottom of…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 8, 2014 at 12:10pm — No Comments
So…I’m really annoying myself with head games today. I was doing a great job of staying busy – between deep cleaning my house and stuff we had planned, I feel like we’ve been on the go and distracted – in a good way – from my appointment tomorrow.
But ohmigosh. This afternoon I am freaking out.
Tomorrow we have our first ultrasound. The viability ultrasound. Those two words can strike terror into the heart of anyone who’s lost a baby before. It’s like all of your hopes…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 7, 2014 at 3:47pm — No Comments
My toddler seems to create destruction out of no where.
Seriously – every night we clean up all of his toys, carefully organized into bins so that he can find all of the pieces for each set the next day. His Duplos go into one big Duplo box, cars into a bin of his toy chest (well, three bins actually), you get the idea...Continue reading at The…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 5, 2014 at 4:56pm — No Comments
When we first found out that we had lost our sweet baby girl, I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. After reading so many stories online while I sat and labored in the hospital, I knew that the road to recovery was long – and there was never going to be a point where we just…got over it. But I also knew that I had a family to be strong for. Life goals that I still wanted to work towards. And a future for our family that still included more babies.
I knew that I had to figure out a way…Continue
I’m naturally a list person. I love the feeling of crossing things off – and getting to the end of a mighty long list of things I’ve accomplished.
But beyond having this achiever mentality, lists are actually what keep me organized and productive – in every aspect of my life. I use digital lists to track my clients and my work, magnetic lists on the side of my fridge to stay on top of all the household items we need on our next Costco trip, a whiteboard full of ideas for different…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 3, 2014 at 9:48pm — No Comments
Every now and then, I hear someone gushing and extolling the virtues of cosleeping, or the family bed. All I can think is either they are lying, or have completely different children than I do. I suspect the latter.
Cosleeping sounds like a good plan, on many levels. But then I experienced the reality with my children, and I discovered something…I hate cosleeping.
Added by Cortney Galster on September 3, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments
As you probably already guessed (based on the title of this post) – we’re pregnant!
Thrilled, ecstatic, amazed, thankful, blessed…words can’t even describe.
And also: terrified.
I’m freaking myself out while feeling like I’m walking on air. It’s very weird, my friends.
If you’ve read anything about pregnancy after losing a child, it’s exactly what people say it is. And if you’ve been there, well – you told me so. It’s all of this and more wrapped into…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 2, 2014 at 9:54pm — No Comments
I was having a conversation the other day with my friend Tiffani about how we used to think – pre-kids – that we were soooo busy. And then we had children. And we can’t remember what we actually spent our time doing back in the “busy” days.
This isn’t a dig at people who don’t have kids. It’s just the truth about reality – it’s impossible to understand how constantly busy you can actually be until you have kids. You parents know what I’m talking about. Having kids magnifies everything…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 1, 2014 at 9:32pm — No Comments
My daughter Avery would have turned six this past July. In just a few days she’d be starting first grade. I would no doubt be frantically running around, completely occupied with last minute school shopping for frilly dresses and Queen Elsa lunchboxes and pretty pink bows to clip in her long brown hair.
But Avery was stillborn three weeks before her due date. My daughter’s ashes sit in an urn in my bedroom, a little silver container from Hobby Lobby that gets a kiss every morning and…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on September 1, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments
So you’ve heard about this thing called an “editorial calendar.” But if you don’t work in marketing, you might not know what the heck I’m talking about. And no matter what field you work in, figuring out how to create an editorial calendar that you’ll actually use can be a challenge. So what gives?
Why they work
Editorial calendars are one of my favorite ways to keep my work organized, especially as it pertains to my blog. It’s a place where I can keep…
Added by Cortney Galster on August 28, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments
Days like today make me so thankful.
This morning, Ricky played while mommy was productive. We went for a bike ride, had lunch on the deck and played in the sandbox. We went to the park and for a long walk with our friends. And now he’s napping – and I can work again.
I am so blessed to be able to spend so much of my time with him. That I can work from home and still take care of him at the same time – not every day, but some days. That I can feel fulfilled in my career AND as…Continue
Added by Cortney Galster on August 27, 2014 at 4:42pm — No Comments