8 Easy Tips to Increase Productivity for Bloggers

1. Start Each Day with a To-Do List     Having a list of tasks that need to get done will keep you from wasting time figuring out what to do next. Create the list based on your own preference – some choose to rate the tasks from most to least important. Others arrange them from easiest to hardest, so by the time they get to the more difficult items they have some momentum going. 2. Take Breaks – and Take them Seriously     Give yourself a few minutes to relax for every hour of work. Move away from the computer and try not to think about what you need to do during the break. Go outside and get some fresh air. When you come back to the work, you’ll be rejuvenated and ready to get more tasks knocked out. 3. Figure Out Your Most Productive Time of Day     Some bloggers work better early in the morning, fresh out of bed. Others may need to wait until the evening, when they have been able to spend time with family and friends to really knock out their to do list. Experiment with … [Read more...]

What Inspired You To Start Blogging?

    Take a journey with me back to 2009, if you will.  I was 32 years old with a 3 year old and a 6 year old while battling a chronic medical condition.  Over the years, I have always considered myself to be a writer and used writing as a way to vent and to express myself.  It was a natural progression for me to document this new journey that I was on and blogging about it seemed like a great idea.     I can still remember when I wrote my first post.  It felt so good to get all of my thoughts and feelings out but I worried about how they would be received and perceived.  On one hand, I couldn't believe that anyone would even want to read anything I wrote and, on the other hand, I was terrified of revealing too much of myself and being criticized.  As a result, I quickly deleted that first post shortly after I published it.  This is something that I regret to this day because I would have liked to be able to reflect on how much I have grown from that first time I blogged.     … [Read more...]

Out With The Old, In With The New…

    Many of you have been along with me since the beginning when I began this fateful journey almost five years ago of launching Tough Cookie Mommy.  There have been many changes and growing pains during this time that have brought us to present day.  I'm blessed to be here to continue sharing my life with all of you and for you to keep wanting to hear about my daily adventures as a consummate juggler.  On August 18th, we will be celebrating the five year anniversary of Tough Cookie Mommy and you might be noticing that some changes are already taking place.     For one thing, this weekend we launched a brand new blog design to mark the beginning of the next phase in this journey.  Although I really loved the old design, I felt like I had outgrown it and that it wasn't giving all of you to navigate all of my posts and find exactly what you were looking for.  I'm very excited about the new design and layout and would love to hear what you all think about it too!     Next, I want to … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle Blog Hop #140

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!     I'm happy to report that this weekend and Easter Sunday was a big success!  We took the kids to LegoLand today and they had a ball.  It's amazing how nourishing for the soul some quality time with the family can be.     I'm exhausted from running around with my boys all day but it was totally worth it and it's a good kind of exhaustion.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter/Passover weekend with your own family and that you are ready to mingle with us this Monday!     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy. We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways. Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember … [Read more...]

How Can You Keep Readers Coming Back To Your Blog?

    When I first started blogging in 2009, I wasn't prepared for the amount of work that would go into running a successful blog.  Perhaps part of my naiveté had to do with the fallacy that "If you build it, they will come."  In my mind, as long as I poured myself into my writing and posted regularly, it would guarantee that my readers would keep coming back for more and more.  Boy, this couldn't have been further from the truth!     This August will make 5 years since I started blogging for the first time and I have learned a lot about how to keep readers coming back to Tough Cookie Mommy.  Although great content still trumps when it comes to making people want to return and read, there are other things that bloggers do to keep the spice in the relationship with their readers.  I'm hoping that some of my experiences will prove to be useful and valuable to other up and coming bloggers so that they too may have a successful blogging career.The following are the top 5 ways that I … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle Blog Hop #139

        The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!     It is finally starting to look a little more like Spring here in New York City.  The days are getting warmer and it is starting to rain quite a bit.  Although I'm not a big fan of rain, I will definitely take it over the snow we had this past Winter any day.  I hope you are all enjoying some warmer weather too and that you are ready to mingle with us this Monday!     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle Blog Hop #138

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!     It is certainly proving to be a cold and difficult winter this year.  I was just watching the weather report for the week and it looks like we will be getting more snow here in New York City.  I'm really looking forward to the warm weather seasons and will be glad to put my boots and gloves away for a while.  I hope you are all keeping warm and staying happy during this dreary weather.     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle Blog Hop #137

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!     I'm sure you all had a wonderful weekend with the Super Bowl this Sunday and the excitement over waiting to see if the groundhog saw his shadow.  Unfortunately, he did see his shadow so they are predicting 6 more weeks of winter.  We are scheduled to see some more snow here in New York City tomorrow so I believe that winter is still sticking around for a while.     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email.     This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle Blog Hop #136

    The time has come for another Monday Mingle. It is always a pleasure to meet those of you who are linking up for the first time and to see those of you back who have been linking up for a long time. It is so exciting to link up with you guys week after week!     Many of you have been emailing me and asking me to continue to post the Monday Mingle every week.  I love networking with you all and will make sure I post it every Sunday evening from now on.     There are always exciting things going on here at Tough Cookie Mommy.  We discuss important topics, try out new products, attend great events, travel with the family and conduct exciting giveaways.  Please make sure you don’t miss any Monday Mingles and remember to subscribe via email. This blog hop continues to be for everyone with NO RULES. Personally, I hate having to follow a bunch of rules just to connect with all of you so this hop will continue to be RULE FREE! I hope you are all ready for a great week of networking. So … [Read more...]

Protect All Of Your Gadgets With Speck Cases! @SpeckProducts #Ad

*I participated in a campaign on behalf of Speck Products. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you item for participating.  All opinions are my own.      I am one of those people who is constantly worrying about making sure that all of my electronic devices and gadgets stay in good condition.  There are many reasons for this including the fact that they are very expensive and that I rely on them for a lot of things that go on in my life on a daily basis.  After all, I'm a blogger and an educator and both of these professions require constant Internet access along with the ability to communicate with others quickly and easily.      Speck’s smartphone and tablet cases are protective and stylish at the same time.  I love that I don't have to worry about bulky plastic encasing on any of my gadgets! They have tons of designs that are perfect for everyone on your list – from jetsetters to techies to parents with young kids.  We now protect almost … [Read more...]