Blog of The Year 2013 Award!

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Wow! Wow! and Wow! Kerry from Winding Road nominated my blog Running After Ale along with nine other bloggers for Blog Of The Year 2013. When I saw the ping back in my WordPress notifications I read it about five times. I could not believe my eyes. This news made my day! I love writing this blog but I frequently get writers block or think of an idea and crush it thinking it would not work well. This nomination came just when I needed a bit more motivation.

There are so many wonderful blogs here on WordPress that I enjoy reading. I wish I had more time to carefully read each one post by post. I love the community that I found here, bloggers from all walks of life and around the globe. It’s amazing since all in all we express similar hopes and desires.

The award was created by The Thought Palette. From this blog you can find all of the details of the Blog of the Year 2013 award and find widgets to proudly display on your blog.

Here are ten blogs that I want to pass on the award to in no particular order. Please stop by their little corners of the internet. Don’t forget to also visit Kerry’s blog!! Thank you!! ☺️

1- Mama Gets Real

2- Journey2dfuture

3- Red Lipstick Mama

4- Finding Cooper’s Voice

5- What The Mom

6- Game of Diapers

7- What A Lady

8- The Adventures of Fanny P.

9- Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife

10- Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities And Remaining Sane

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Leibster Award!

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On September 8th The Winding Road nominated me for the Liebster Award! I have not been able to sit down and respond until now. I love getting awards and I love to pass them on. Please stop by the Winding Road’s beautiful blog about a mother and her two children.

Rules: Display the award logo, thank the blogger who nominated you  and link back to his or her blog, answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you, post 11 random facts about yourself, nominate 11 bloggers of your own, with under 200 followers, whom you think are as awesome as you,  and create 11 questions for your nominees

Here are the 11 questions from The Winding Road:

11 questions for your nominees.

  1. What is your favorite beverage? Wine. I have a glass of red wine each night. 
  2. How many hours do you sleep at night? Sleep? What is that? I get 5-6 hours a night. 
  3. What do you eat for breakfast? Coffee, cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt. 
  4. Do you like to cook and why? I do like to cook. I love The preparation and making something delicious.
  5. How do you spend your “down time?” Blogging, reading, getting a pedicure.
  6. Do you play a musical instrument? No.
  7. Are you superstitious? Not really. 
  8. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Introvert. 
  9. Do you like to camp? Camp? Me? Too many bugs and it gets too dark.
  10. What is your ideal vacation? Any vacation turns into an idea vacation as long as I can be away from my work! It should be at least two weeks. I need to be close to the water, and it must be sunny. I’m not hard to please.
  11. What is the most recent book you have read? Gone Girl. Skip it. It was a waste of time.

Here are my nominees! I like to break the rules every once in a while. I have nominated eight blogs instead of eleven. But please nominate eleven more bloggers. Don’t let the blog loving stop here!

Kukolina

What The Mom?

Pen & Stink

Magical Chaos

The Educated Nanny

Broken Condoms

Autism Mama 76

Her 30’s

 

Here are my eleven questions for my nominies:

1) Do you drive fast or slow?

2) What talent do you possess?

3) What did you have for dinner last night?

4) Where will you next vacation be?

5) Have you traveled without your children?

6) Do you prefer the summer or the winter?

7) Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

8) What is your favorite song to sing to your children?

9) What was the last book that you read?

10) When did you start blogging?

11) What is your favorite blog post that you have written? Add the link if you like!

 

So excited to see your answers!

All the best!!

 

 

How Social Is Your Blog?

High five to the other undercover bloggers out there like me! Yes, you read that right I am an undercover mommy blogger. Meaning- only a handful of people know that I blog about being a mommy to Ale. I choose to go undercover as I wanted to build an audience of people who don’t know me at all and are truly attracted to what I write here at WordPress.

I began blogging in March and my blog is slowing increasing its audience. I’m so happy and having a lot of fun. Often, however, I think I should be doing more to promote my blog.

Follow me!!
Twitter- @runningafterale

Recently I have been thinking of adding a Facebook page or a Google+ page. Then I think of the additional work that it may require. But… this may be a lot of fun and it could increase blog traffic. Just yesterday the WordPress Daily Post published a post on how and why a blogger should create a Facebook fan page- Should Your Blog Be on Facebook?: The Nuts and Bolts of Fan Pages  Many great tips and info was offers but I would like to hear from you- my fellow readers.

Have you linked your blog to other social media platforms? What has been your experience?

Are you also an undercover mommy/daddy blogger?

Do you have any tips to share regarding promoting your blog?

Thanks everyone!

Super Sweet Blogging Award!

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I had a sweet start to my day! Marta from The Corner of My Imagination was so kind to nominate me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award! Thank you so much! Please check out her blog.

The rules :

1. Show your thanks to the blogger that nominated you.

2. Reveal your 5 top picks and let them know.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love and support in blogsphere.

5. And best of all…have fun and share it too.

Here are my nominees in no particular order:

1- Chasing a Daredevil and Twins

2- Twinsmomma2007

3- Nannypology

4- Mama Gets Real

5- Not A Typical Mom

The Little Blog That Could—- 1,000 Views!

Last night when I checked my stats I saw that I had reached exactly 1,000 views! What really impressed me was that they were not all from my mom who also likes to keep up with Ale.

With this little blog of my adventures with Ale, my words have traveled across the US and entered over 20 countries spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Just AMAZING!

I’m just blown away at how much I like to blog here on WordPress and connect with other bloggers. There are so many wonderful mommy and daddy bloggers that I’ve connected with and shared stories and experiences with. I’m also following other fantastic bloggers who share things I would never otherwise come across in other medias.

This is great motivation to keep writing, and sharing.

Thank you to everyone that has stopped by! 😘

ABCs Blog Challenge

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This week Erica at Nannypology tagged me to participate in the ABCs blog challenge. To show her that I’m not too cool for school, I’m going to change it up a bit. Her post had a list of questions. I’m just going to free form it and use each letter of the alphabet to write something about my adventures with Ale.

 

In stead of tagging another person, I want to invite anybody who would like to take part in this challenge. Just link your blog post in the comment section below. Maybe I’ll discover a new blog or two. Better yet, I’ll learn more about the wonderful ones I currently follow.

 

Here we go!

 

A- Ale!!

 

B- BOY!!

 

C- Cat – meow! The ground floor apartment had two cats that would hang out in the window. Ale and all of the kids that passed by would go crazy when they saw the cats. The cats sadly have moved to California! I really hope the new neighbors will have a cat.

 

D- Dance Party! I try to have a dance party each day with Ale. Shake it up!

 

E- ENERGY! Ale is not a big eater but he so much energy. The boy is in constant motion.

 

F- Food– It’s a struggle. This week he is eating so I’m a happy mama.

 

G- GREEN! I am still buying many green things for Ale and myself. I don’t do it on purpose. Next thing I know we are outside and we look like frogs.

 

H- HELLO! Ale does not say this yet. I tell people that Bye! Bye! is his universal greeting.

 

I- ICE CREAM– Mama its too cold! Wait, give me some more of that!

 

J- JUMP!– Before he could walk Ale could jump. Jumping on the bed and sofa is the best thing now. So many giggles. Then I have to remember I’m a mom and tell to him to stop 😦

 

K- Kuddles- (I know this word starts with a c- but I can’t think of anything with a K!) Ale is constantly moving but he does stop for a second to run up to me and give me a quick (k)cuddle. So sweet!

 

L- LOVE- I love, love, love this little boy.

 

M- MONKEY! All of a sudden if you tell Ale that he is a little monkey he will start imitating a chimp. It’s so funny. He must have learned this in daycare.

 

N- NAP! This gives me two hours to get stuff done.

 

O- Orange Juice is the only juice the little man will drink.

 

P- PAPA! Ale loves to whisper in my ear “Papa” and point to him when he is near.

 

Q- QUIET! Not at my home. Yesterday, while I was making dinner, I gave Ale a pot and a wooden spoon. My husband had the pot lids and they were making some serious music. I added the hand claps and Ale started “singing”. Sorry neighbors!

 

R- RUN! Running after a little toddler can’t get any better than this.

 

S- Summer! We are having so much fun so far. The playground with water features is fantastic. Looking forward to BBQs, vacations, and the beach!

 

T- TALK!- Ale now has close to 20 words but is still not talking yet. The words come out in bursts and then seem to disappear. His new word is “here”. This is when he wants to watch TV. He hands me the remote and says “Here”.

 

U- Unique! I like to think that Ale is unique in all that he does. However, he is doing what all healthy 19 month olds are doing. I will challenge you that he does them the cutest! 😉

 

V- VELCRO! Shoes come off way too easily.

 

W- Walk! Ale sometimes now wants to be out of the stroller when we are out and about. He loves to walk all by himself down the street. But does not yet understand that he has to stop at the corner to cross. This is a struggle, literally as he squirms to let go of my hand at each corner.

 

X- XYLOPHONE! Of course Ale loves to use this!

 

Its musical and colorful. Most of all it has two sticks to bang with.

 

Y- YES! Not a word yet in Ale’s vocab. If he wants to respond yes, he smiles and jumps.

 

Z- ZZZZZZZ! Have you fallen asleep? You’ve made it to the end of the alphabet. Give it a try! Add your post to the comments section. Have fun!

 

Bouquet of 3 Nomination!!

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My busy week is finally winding down. I can now finally write a post thanking 21centurymom for her nomination for the Bouquet of 3 Award. This is my 4th award this week! When it rains it pours. Im just upset that this week in particular I was not able to do a lot of blogging.

Like 21 Century Mom, I am so new to blogging and I had no idea that bloggers were awarded by other bloggers. All I know is that I am having so much fun and I love reading new posts from all of the people I follow and the amazing other blogs that I come across.

Rules:
The rules for the awards as I have received them:
1. Display the Award Certificate on your website.
2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

For the nominations I too will limit the number of nominations as I just nominated others for the Liebster Award and I want to reach out to a few more people.

Here is a go at 7 interesting things about me. I’m running out of things to say!
1- I am addicted to my iPhone.
2- Today I just passed a national certification exam in my nursing specialty and I’m super happy!
3- I enjoy going to the playground with Ale. I thought I would hate it but I love to see him having so much fun.
4-I like Lowes more than Home Depot but I could happily spend hours in each store.
5- I like to have something with chocolate every night after dinner.
6- I love flip flops in the summer.
7- I’m so happy that I am a blogging mama!

Nominations in no particular order:

1- Joy, Lovely, Joy

2- Nannypology

3- Atlanta Mom of Three

4- The 4 A.M. Writer

Thank You!

Thank You!

🙂

Liebster Award #3!

This is my lucky week! I received Leibster award for the third time!! The final nomination was from Marta from The Corner of My Imagination. Please check out her beautiful creative writing blog. Thank you so much Marta!

Since I nominated other blogs yesterday I will just answer Marta’s questions.

1. Why are you writing?

I am writing this blog to express my feelings as a new mother and to connect with other new mothers and experienced parents.

2. Where do you look for inspiration?

I look at my little son, he is always growing and changing. Then I also look to other fellow bloggers.

3. What is one thing that you regret most in your life?

I regret that I chose nursing as a second career. I wish that I knew to go into nursing when I was younger then I would be further in my career. However, life happens and it was ultimately circumstances that led me to nursing. Now I can’t see myself doing anything else! I love being a RN.

4. What is one thing you are most proud of in your life?

My little boy Ale

5. Tell us one amazing thing that happened to you in the last month.

I found $20 on the subway platform!

6. Do you believe in magic?

No.

7. If you could talk for 15 minutes with someone who is long dead, who would it be?

My dad who died several years ago. I want to hear his laugh and have him tell me one of his silly stories or jokes.

8. Do you have your favourite motivational quote? If so, tell us about it.

“This Too Shall Pass”- whenever i’m in a situation that I don’t like I say this and it reminds me that things keep changing and evolving and it will have an end.

9. What is your favourite place to write?

I write on my phone, ipad or computer. So I write whenever I have a chance. I sometimes can write on my commute to work via my phone.

10. Do you have a pet? If so what is its name?

No 😦

11. Who is your favourite writer of all times?

I don’t have a favorite author but I love many books. I tend to read Jane Eyer over again every few years. I love Gone With the Wind and when I want a total escape I read excerpts of The Tale of Ginji.

 

Daily Prompt: Success!

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Yesterday Ale and I went to see his pediatrician for his 18 month check up. For the first time at the pediatrician’s office I had nothing to ask and no concerns to mention. I knew Ale was on target developmentally, healthy, and happy. Ale eats broccoli, scribbles on paper, says a few words, and sleeps through the night. I felt like I finally succeeded as a new parent!
I was always a great parent but I never gave myself credit for it. I fell into the new mommy trap of reading on line (The joys of Crying it Out), listening to other moms tell me what I was doing wrong (What! Your son does not eat a peanut butter sandwich by himself at 8 months! My kid eats everything!), and taking into consideration what strangers said to me (You should do xyz, and xyz, and don’t forget xyz….). What was wrong with this was that I was not listening to myself or my baby.
Sleep was a huge issue. Ale was always easy to put to sleep. The problem was that he would wake up up to six times a night on the worse nights. This occurred until he was over a year. At night I hated him, my husband and myself. I would wake up exhausted and enraged. We tried all the methods. It disturbed me to see Ale cry, vomit and poop on himself when we did not come to console him. Then one night at about 13 months, he climbed out of his crib, and walked to the bathroom and banged on the door looking for us. That was when I knew we had to make a change. This is when we fully embraced co-sleeping. Since then he has slept through the night. My husband and I also get to sleep more which makes me a happy mama. It was a win win. I still get odd looks, and reprimands from people but you know what: I. DON’T. CARE! Since I stopped caring what others think of my parenting style I knew that I excelled at parenting.
The last few days I have been going through various mommy blogs and the topic of mommy bullying has come up a lot. So here is my two cents: STOP! We are all in this crazy chaos of mamahood together. There is no book, website, friend or stranger who can tell you what to do. There is no one size fits all parenting style. Just support and encourage the mamas that you know. Do not belittle them.
Daily Prompt: Success!
Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.

Daily Prompt: Personal Space

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I was one of those teenage girls with a diary. It started when I was 12. I had the typical diary with a lock (which you could pick with a paper clip) and read in girly pink and green letters “Diary”. As I got older I would look for notebooks with nice paper and I bought good pens to write with. I filled each page with teenage angst, photos, ticket stubs, maps. When I was in my 20’s I stopped keeping a diary or journal. I tried again few times later on but I never stuck to it. Now I’m a few years shy of 40 and I’m journaling again.

What made me go back to journaling/ blogging?? Becoming a mother!! My intension was not to just jot down all of the amazing milestones my boy made. It was to keep me sane!! Never before did I find myself in a situation that I felt like I had no control. It was like being a teen again with an identity crisis. Its not that I disliked being a mom its just that I unexpectedly stepped into an abyss of the unknown.

For the last year I have been using the Dayone App for my personal thoughts. However, I yearned for an audience larger than one (myself) to really make sure that I had not lost my mommy mind. I approached blogging as a way to connect with other new moms. I turned to WordPress after using Tumbler. Tumbler was too young for me and too short. I wanted something more in-depth. In turn, on WordPress I found amazing mom bloggers, of all ages and backgrounds, who like me are trying to stay sane and have a blast with their kids.

I would lie if I did not admit to the fact that I am always looking at the WordPress stats. I love getting likes and new followers. However, I know that my mommy musings are not earth shattering nor do I write with an over the top style. I write like me. You hear my voice in each post. I just hope that I can connect with a few moms and non moms just the same way as I did with others. My goal is for another new mom to read a post and say “Ok, she made it though. I will too.”

Daily Prompt: Personal Space

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To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?