I can’t believe I can say 5 more weeks! It just sounds crazy to say that out loud.
Pregnancy feels so long at the start, but all of a sudden I’m at my check up and they are talking labor plans! The baby has dropped which makes me feel not so crazy lol. I felt a difference!
Baby is head down and, with all this activity, wants out. haha.
I’m weighing 164, which is a pound more than I was at 30 weeks.
I’ve stayed right at 163/164 at my appointments since I hit 30 weeks. I usually have my babies at 170!
My body is progressing but not enough to make us think it’s go time.
As uncomfortable as I am, I’m hoping baby goes a few more weeks! (33 weeks and 4 days. – top from target)
(both at 34 weeks.)
Goodbye feet. see you in the fall. (top – 33 weeks …
bottom left- 34.5 weeks… bottom right-almost 35 weeks)
I’ve been gathering the items for my hospital bag.
Washing old and new items for baby. I can’t handle how tinyyyy the clothes are! I just can’t. haha.
I still am pulling a few things together and then will blog about it!
My Hospital bag for Micah is one of my most popular posts via Pinterest…Excited to share this round. :)
I’ll link everything I love.
I feel like I’ve learned what I reallyyy want and need each time.
Doctor told me the baby is “right there”…and that it’s all out low and in front.
There isn’t much holding that bump up haha. I find myself holding my lower belly when I get up and walk.
Still having intense contractions that knock the wind out of me..but nothing time able yet.
I usually go close to my due date. The girls were both 5 days late and Micah was 5 or so days early.
Everyone keeps telling me YOU ARE GONNA GO ANYTIME!
But…I always hear that and I’m trying
to ignore that and just have in my head that it could be 5 weeks.
It’s all mental at the end. ;) (34.5 weeks below) (non maternity dress from target)
Baby Bump – Kicking at 34 weeks…It’s still shocking to see it!
As I was working on this post off and on this afternoon, my contractions have
been every 10 minutes for a couple hours…missing some and then coming right back on time.
Some more painful than others. Keeping an eye on it and drinking water.
Hoping they slow down and ease up like they have in the past!
This baby is a tease.
This is kind of a funny topic to blog about, but I know that there are other bloggers out there
who want to find out more about monetizing their blog!
I love blogging and it’s been a great creative outlet for me.
It also is really nice that it can bless my family financially while I’m a stay at home mom!
The other day I met up with a blogger friend who wanted to pick my brain on this topic…
so I thought I would share what I told her on here too!
First off, I want to say that you don’t have to do any of these things on your blog.
You can do some…or none at all..it’s really up to you!
There was a time, earlier in my blogging, that I was soooo annoyed with ad networks and
their payout system that I didn’t do any ads on my blog.
But then after a few years I realized that it was silly to hold onto one
bad experience and I found better companies to work with!
There are a lot of different ones you can use…I’m sharing what I currently use.
1. AD NETWORKS: The Blogger Network This is the site I use for ad spots on my blog.
They pay twice a month, which is nice, and keep the ad spots filled.
They also have great customer service if you ever have any questions!
2. SPONSORED POSTS/BRAND CAMPAIGNS: Massive Sway I have loved working with this group. They approach you with different campaigns.
You can apply and if the brand chooses you then they pay you a set amount.
So far this number has been going up every few campaigns…or some are more than others
depending on the type of content they want you to produce for them.
The only downside is, they pay you when they get payed by the brand…soo..sometimes it takes a while.
I get payed a lot quicker when working with brands directly.
But they have great campaigns and I usually love the topic.
Linqia This blogger network goes by pays per click.
If you reach your clicks on that campaign, they up the amount of clicks/pay you could get for the next campaign.
These work the same way where you can apply to the ones you are interested in.
Some of the brands/campaigns don’t always make sense for my blog or lifestyle…but others I’m excited to share!
And my kids are always up for eating ice cream so that I can use the HUGGIES on them and photograph it. haha.
Brands contacting me
Again, when choosing to monetize your blog, it’s not black and white.
You don’t have to say YES to every brand that comes your way asking for you to share them.
Your blog is your space.. you can choose what you want to
have included in your content and shared with your readers.
You also need to give value to your time and effort! DON’T do a sponsored post for 20 bucks. lol. just don’t.
I was recently approached by a very well known brand to do a Campaign that included
TWO posts, online reviews and social media shares…
in exchange for product and $15…….NO. no no no.
I understand they are seeing what they can get away with OR working within their budget……..
But it’s not worth the effort of photographing the product, editing the photos, creating the blog content
and sharing across social media. If I’m going to spend my time creating content
for them and away from my kids, I want it to be worth it.
Now, if the product was worth a good amount, then that is a different story. but not when it is $24.99.
Even if you are a new blogger… that’s a “thank you for thinking of me but my
sponsored post rate is higher. happy to chat options” response.
Don’t worry that that will be the last brand that ever contacts you..
You have skills and an audience and your voice has value..don’t ever forget that!
Brands I contact.
(I’ve found Instagram a great source for reaching brands.
Their people who run their social media accounts usually get the benefit of working with bloggers
and either I work with them directly or they have someone contact me.)
I usually do not do sponsored posts in exchange for product.
It depends on the brand and the product… but I usually have a rate that I work with.
I’ve built some great brand relationships just by tweeting or instagraming them!
So don’t be shy, go for it!
2. AFFLIATE PROGRAMS: Through Brand sites directly Some brands have their own affiliate system through their website.
Through ShareaSale.com This site is great if you are already loving a brand or item and want to share
it on your blog, you can apply and earn money for sharing them.
I am signed up with a few through this site that I would share
with or without an affiliate program…but it’s a nice bonus!
If your a brand, wanting to try out an affiliate program, ShareASale might
work for you to get leads. You only pay when it works.
I first teamed up with Little Cosmetics for an instagram share and we
loved it so much in our house that I told everyone about it!
This brand is a natural and authentic share for me, and that’s important when choosing what programs to join.
3. AD SPOTS + SOCIAL MEDIA SHARES:
I usually reach out twice a month via social media, about
available ad spots and social media shares.
I offer sidebar spots to fellow bloggers and brands.
Their one month includes a share on facebook and twitter.
My instagram shares are usually separate, or saved for sponsored post brands.
I’m a little more picky about the instagram spots…that’s my special space.
Here’s an instagram share of Sienna’s birthday cake with the cute Zurchers Cake stand!
I love this shot during her party..she was so excited to blow out those candles!
Here’s some basic tips for working with brands…
whether you contact them or they contact you:
1. LINK your blog in your email to them….seriously.
I’ve had people reach out to me and not link their brand or blog.
It seems simple enough, but my sister of BLANQI said they get bloggers reaching
out to them all the time who don’t link anything. I link in the first sentence and then again later on in the email.
You want to make it easy for them to check you out.
2. Take good photos. Brands want to see their products in the hands of real people…
but they also want you to be professional photographers haha.
JK. But, I’ve found that taking good crisp bright photos helps a lot when wanting to work with other brands.
They see your work and are more likely to want to collaborate if it looks nice!
So that means you can use your iphone…but edit them so they are bright!
I have a whole post on how I edit my phone photos.
3. Throw a number out..even if you aren’t sure it’s doable. You can always talk details.
Some people put ads in their blog posts…some put them at the bottom of posts near the ‘read more’ widget…
I’m currently taking a break from those areas and only having ads on my sidebar.
I hope that this info has been helpful!
I’m sure you can find a lot more info on other blogs
who are making way more or doing way more in this area,
but this is what I’m choosing to do at this time and it’s working for me!
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Excited to share the progress in our Master Bedroom! We have a newborn set up ready
to roll which just makes me feel a little more prepared for his or her arrival! (5.5 weeks to go!)
I love how simple and calming our room feels. It might be my favorite space in the house right now.
We’ve slowly been pulling together the room with new and already owned pieces.
I’m sure I’ll tweak it over time, but happy with this progress so far!
(sorry no paint color for you– this was the color on the walls when we moved in!)
One of my FAVORITE parts of our room is the KING bed.
I can’t rave enough about it. I used to think noo we don’t need it.
NO. I was wrong. We needed it lol. It’s from 4Sleep and I’m a believer.
It arrives in a box at your door and crazilly puffs out into shape when opening it.
We’ve done a memory foam mattress before, but this one is way different…
Ben doesn’t notice me getting out of bed five times to pee because of baby.
Ben is so in love with this mattress that when we have company over,
somehow they end up in our bedroom checking out the mattress. lol.
4Sleep gave me a $75 Off code to share with all of you – athomewithnatalie
I used frames that we already had. Almost all from IKEA.
Had to go grab a replacement one that was broken during the move.
The prints over the bed are oldies from IKEA. I first had white frames up,
but it just felt too washed out. I am liking the contrast right now.
The Psalm 139:13 print is by The Worship Artist. I got it at a blog conference
years ago, and finally found the perfect spot for it! LOVE it.
Our nightstands are from IKEA – HEMNES.
Our lamps are from Target… that I snatched up on clearance!
Something crazy like $15 each. (that’s for the base and shade!)
Our crib is from USA BABY….we’ve had it since Sophia and it has served us well.
We hung up the sweetest baby mobile from Petit Pehr – Woodland Creatures. It is so adorable!!
I also have a blanket from Lulujo Baby for a boy..or a girl… so we shall see!
Can you spot the pregnant lady in a shirt that’s too small?? LOL.
Sophia is constantly pulling down my shirt for me.
This side of the room is still coming together. We have the dresser moved over because the door opens and hits it…
Currently loving having it blank. I need some white space in my life!
But maybe I’ll eventually do a DIY with this IKEA dresser we’ve had over the years.
I’ve seen some cute makeovers with paint and handles added.
Right now I just have some lanterns and a sweet baby basket from Petit Pehr on the dresser.
I have it loaded up with baby blankets and burb clothes!
The citrus stripe colored blanket is from Petit Pehr. The Burp Clothes are from Witt’s End Design and feel absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to use these on our baby!
I love how our house is slowly starting to feel more like home.
Having a peaceful organized home helps me stay peaceful and organized! lol.
Plenty of days the house gets crazy and the beds aren’t made…but I sure love it when it’s clean!
Next time I share our bedroom I’ll make sure to include the 2 baskets
of clean laundry, at the base of my bed, that I need to fold. ;)
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you are having a great week so far!