A Little of This, A Dash of That

We’ve been experiencing random glitches in our computer world this week.  Really, they’re still a bit inexplicable, but I’m here now, so I’m running with it!

BOOK GIVEAWAY

Don’t forget – my cookbook giveaway ends tonight.  Be sure to leave your comment for the Once A Month Cooking Family Favorites cookbook for your chance to win!

BLOG RELOCATION

It’s coming!!!  I’m working on the new site to get it up and ready.  Really!  I’m kinda excited about it and will definitely make the announcement when everything’s ready.

UPDATE ON CADEN

My now 4 year old nephew, Caden, diagnosed with leukemia in August 2008 – has entered the maintenance phase of his treatment!  He has had some bumps along the way – his counts have been all over the place and he’s had much isolation, but he’s making progress!  With flu season around the corner, it’s especially important for his family to stay healthy and avoid the flus of the season!  The maintenance phase is going to allow for LESS TRAVEL for he and his family and more routine in their schedule! YES!  Thank you, Lord!  The doctor even suggested the idea of preschool for the spring – so it’s a really big deal!

MOMMIES COFFEE BREAK

Yep, I’m blogging at both places.  But other than having a final exam in my counseling class this week and despite computer glitches – things are going okay so far!  Just excited about getting the new blot site revealed!  Hang on tight – it won’t be long…

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Praying for the Future…

Have you enjoyed the Cross Blog Conversation with Danielle at Danielle’s Journey?  We kinda took a little break from it, but this will be my last response to her…  She answered my questions and I really enjoyed reading what she had to say!   Everybody needs a vision:  Where there is no vision, the people perish!

Danielle’s last questions to me are:

Okay Debbie I want to know the same things from you? Where will your business/blogging be in one year and five years? What do you want your life to look like in the future?

1189891134_8cace3c0ddIn one year’s time, I would like to be working on a serious writing project / book.  In the meantime, I have a few ideas for Christian e-books for moms, and am working on some printable articles, Home Keeper forms & ideas for Home Notebook use.  I’ve been playing around with that for awhile, and am getting some things put together.

I would also like to be working at home as a part-time freelance writer / editor.  Writing is my passion – and feels like a very natural extension of who I am – and I enjoy it.  Being able to “work” while writing and helping provide for my family financially would be really great!

I’d like to continue to blog personally (it’s too much fun!) and write with a group or groups of godly Christian women to minister to others who need to be reminded of who they are in Christ.  Knowing who I AM in Christ is a powerful tool in my life and has enabled me to overcome – with my faith in God – many obstacles that held me prisoner emotionally and mentally for so long.  Those victories enable me to face other difficulties that arise, and God continually reveals Himself to me and grow me through these times.

In five year’s time, I’d like to have a published book, as well as other e-books and online tools available for women.  I would love to integrate my love for tea & coffee into a face-to-face ministry, too – but that’s still a bit nebulous for me right now.  The girls will be in school by then, and I’d really love to be writing on a full-time basis. Along with writing, I love to talk speak, and would like the opportunity to share how God has blessed me and what He has taught me as I’ve faced depression following an abortion as a teenager and postpartum depression following my pregnancies, as well as anxiety and other mood issues.

My bachelor’s degree will be completed, and I may be pursuing a Master’s Degree at that time – in writing, Christian ministry, or nursing.  Right now, I’d just like to pass my Algebra II class…

I want to thank Danielle for inviting me to our cross-blog conversation.  It was fun to answer some questions here in this forum, and I hope you enjoyed it.  Be sure to visit Danielle’s Journey for the wrap up!


Blog Renovation, WAHM freebies, and Hot Mamas!

I’ve had a lot of things going on in my real world and in this virtual world.  It’s really exciting to see God opening the doors for writing opportunities, and I’ve been BLESSED abundantly.  I’ve been praying about opportunities to write – and opportunities to earn income at home – and God is paving the way, step by step!

If you haven’t noticed, I made a few slight changes here.  I’ve got a few new pages – reorganized some categories – and am just trying to streamline a few things.  I’ve got a new page titled “The QM at Work” to share the 2 direct sales companies I work with.

You’ll also find links to my new “Do You Wanna Work From Home?” page which is filled with TONS of resources and links to sites offering WAHM information and opportunities.  Some of it’s free, and if it’s not – it’s reasonably priced!  I’ve spent a lot of time looking for WAHM opportunities – and have shared the sites & opportunities which have a lot to offer – in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

Cross Blog Conversation: Danielle Johnson of Danielle’s Journey

DanielleWhile I was a blog intern with Moms Talk Network, I learned about Cross Blog Conversations.  I got to participate in one and it was a really fun and interesting twist on my normal blog posts.

I’m really honored and pleased that Danielle, of Danielle’s Journey, who was another Moms Talk Intern invited me to participate in a CBC with her starting yesterday.  The way it works is she asked me a question via her blog post yesterday, and I am responding to it today with my answers and returning with a question of my own!  We’ll carry on back and forth a few times – and hope our readers really enjoy the conversation!

Danielle asked: Debbie, we spent ten weeks working with Kelly McCausey on her Mom’s Talk Network blogs. What three things did you take away from that experience and what have you implemented and are using currently?

Well, first of all, I can say my general attitude towards blogging changed quite a bit. Most of my blog posts were personal and shared my journey as a wife & mom – and really didn’t invite a lot of participation by anyone who read my posts, or invite my audience to return for anything other than my mommy journey.  Earlier this year I got really burdened about some issues and began some passionate blogging about them – but most everything else was more like a peek into my world, rather than an open door inviting people in to stay for awhile.  I’m finding more comments on posts – which is really fun because then I can get to know my visitors and readers better.  I enjoy that so much.

Secondly, I learned that I could do much more than I thought I was capable of doing.  During my internship, I participated in an online conference with A Woman Inspired, and took two different college courses.  It was pretty stressful at times – but I learned that with great focus, I could do much more than I expected.  I found a new confidence in my ability to manage a lot of things – although that was an extreme, and I’ll admit my brain actually hurt for several days after the internship was finished. LOL  I also learned my limitations, and know that I do NOT want to have it all, and do NOT want to have my cake and eat it too.  I’m very content (most days) being a Stay at Home Mom and learning to blog better and build some income opportunities online.

Which brings me to my third lesson learned: the opportunities to earn income on the internet are really only limited by my effort and input.  There are so many opportunities to be a Work at Home Mom – part time or full time – whether I want to run a consulting business, be a virtual assistant or web and graphic designer, or just become a better consultant with Teaporia.  I love tea so much – it’s one of my favorite things personally, so the motivation to do better with that is there.  And not just online – but offline, too!

Here’s my question for you, Danielle: I want to know what you learned as an intern that you are applying now – but would you also talk about how you found all the Sweepstakes, Contests, and Giveaways online for Mom Giveaways!?!  Did you have experience before with Sweepstakes, Contests and Giveaways?


It’s NOT a Mid-Life Identity Crisis. I promise!

Coffee, anyone? I don’t have breakfast ready, but coffee’s on and it’s nice & hot…

I’ve made several references to the New Blog Reveal that was going to come this summer.  Notice the past tense there? I’m in a quandary at the moment and am sitting still and listening to God about what He has to say about the matter.

When I started blogging a few years ago, the only thing I knew was how to type words into paragraphs and put them into the posting window in my blog.  I learned how to add pictures.  How to change fonts and colors, and have learned MUCH MUCH more since then.

credit: sebilden

credit: sebilden

I created the moniker “The Queen Mommy” out of a series of life events.   Being the oldest daughter of 3 children, I accepted my role as oldest with relish and took delight in bossing my brothers around like a Champ!  Of course I earned “Bossy” as a nickname and being the positive person I was, chose to translate that into something better.  Since my name means “honeybee” and the boss of the honeybees is the Queen – I pretty well embraced “Queen Bee” as my alter ego.

People who have known me have chuckled at the QB nickname and my hubby even had occasion to call me Queen Bee…

And then when I became a mommy, and my oldest displayed innately natural “Princess” tendencies practically from birth, it was an easy transition to “Queen Mommy” – especially as I began blogging.  So I started my blog using The Queen Mommy and bloggingdom has never been the same.  Or so I’d like to think. Read the rest of this entry »

What I Think About My Blog Internship

First, let me just say here and now – I personally LOVE my Simple Womans Daybook entries. Even if nobody reads them. It’s like beautifully journaling and it soothes me. And some days it runs head on with REAL LIFE. It’s mommy time – something for me. And I find myself looking at it again this morning comparing it to how the day actually turned out. We all survived (LOL) but oh how I love the quiet moments of reflection…

On with the show…

moms-talk-networkI’ve just ended my 10 week blog internship with Kelly McCausey at Moms Talk Network. I’d seen Kelly’s name around on the internet in a variety of ways, and I’d downloaded a couple of her free ebooks.  I’d gotten the impression that she was the kind of gal who KNEW her stuff about the internet.  I signed up for her affiliate programs, but never really did anything with them, cuz I was still trying to figure affiliate programs out.

One day, while browsing blogs, I saw a post about having the “last chance” to apply for a 10 week blogging internship with Kelly. And I thought – Heh, what the heck? Why not? Summer’s coming, my summer classes should be simple, maybe the girls can go to Mamaw’s a few days a week – that is, if I’m lucky enough to get chosen. In the meantime, I was gearing up for 2 summer courses, and the unexpected blessing of winning a ticket to attend “A Woman Inspired” conference online!Thinking my chances were pretty slim since I was sliding in an application at the last second, I was shocked to get a call to interview with Kelly. She was softspoken and really sweet – and I chatted with her for about half an hour. Then she offered me the opportunity to blog at Family Foodies. Read the rest of this entry »

Randomness Meme: Writing

After I posted my original response to The Simple Woman’s Daybook on Monday – I realized I had forgotten a portion and had to go back and add it.  It’s unusual for me to edit a piece I’ve already posted, but really felt it was so necessary.  So if you read the post on Monday, feel free to visit and read the updated version. This is something I hope to continue doing, online and off.

randomrandomness...feed your mind and your blog

Last week, I was tagged by Erin at Mom’s Resource Blog to be part of this randomness meme focusing on favorite quotes.  I thought I’d join the fun and post some interesting quotes about writing:

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.

~Anaïs Nin


Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

~Anton Chekhov Read the rest of this entry »