How Blogging Lets Me Spend All the Time That I Want With My Baby

If we ever have kids, I’m going to be a stay-at-home mom.

That’s what I told my husband many years ago. He kind of gave me a look like he didn’t understand what I meant so I explained it further.

I didn’t want to miss out on moments in my life or feel like my kid was being raised by someone else. I didn’t want to stress about a job and stress about my kid as well.

Basically, I wanted a way to control the life I could have with my child.

That’s all!

He understood but you could see in the back of his mind the gears were turning. How in the hell were we going to pull this off?

We aren’t exactly the type of couple to lock down the finances and life the super frugal life. We don’t want to spend money like crazy but we don’t want to feel held back by finances.

That’s a possibility when you’re only dealing with a single income.

I used to work for a Fortune 500 company and I was burnt out.

My husband was tired of the grind as well so he told me that he was going to figure out a way that would allow us to never enter the rat race again. Not sure why I said rat race since I never use that term but I guess you gotta say something at least once in your life.

His Idea Was Blogging

Admittedly over the years my husband has tried a lot of different ways to make money. It’s just the type of person he is. When he told me that we were going to start a health and fitness blog I kind of just nodded my head not knowing what he was really talking about.

I mean I had heard of blogs but didn’t quite understand them.

I knew people wrote on blogs but it didn’t seem like the kind of thing you would make money from. My husband tried to explain the different ways to make money blogging but in all honesty, it was flying over my head.

So he figured the best way was to just show me and so we started a blog and to be honest, I hated it.

That’s probably not what you were expecting to hear but it was the truth.

I’m a perfectionist when it comes to almost everything that I do so the idea of writing for complete strangers was paralyzing. It would take me days to finish a post while my husband could pump out a couple a day if he wanted to.

I didn’t see how any of this was going to give us the freedom that we really wanted.

Then one day he showed me our analytics (this is where you see how much traffic you’re getting) and there was a huge spike. This is what it looked like:

A couple hundred people had come to our blog in one day. That was awesome!

Unfortunately, we didn’t make any money from that. I thought when people came to your blog you made money? Why else was I stressing about writing perfect blog posts?!

He explained that we needed to get enough traffic to join an ad network so we continued to work on content and a couple months later we got accepted into AdThrive.

Making Money Changes You

Let me tell you something, there aren’t many things that feel as good as making your own money.

After the first day of ads were put on our site, we logged into the dashboard and saw that we made over $100. That was our money!

For the first time it felt like all of the stress and worry was worth something.

Over time I learned the types of posts to write and what things people liked to read. When we started doing well with Thrive/Strive my husband suggested that we could make even more money if we created our own product.

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

What was wrong with just coasting on ad money? All we had to do was write posts, get traffic, and then get paid.

He explained two things to me:

  1. It’s better to have multiple streams of revenue. This seems completely obvious in hindsight but I was happy in my blogging shell and didn’t want to risk losing that.
  2. You can make so much more when you control everything.

So I said let’s do it and we decided that we were going to create a membership site based around the ketogenic diet.

We had been doing it for a couple of months at the time and loved it so much we wanted to share it with the world.

So he did his computer things and built up a wonderful site and I laid out the features that I thought it should have.

When we got read to launch that fear of starting something new came over me again.

What if people hated it?

What if we wasted our time?

Did we mess up by taking time away from the blog to focus on this?

My husband is the type of person that is always calm. Me? I try not to show my stress but inside I worry. It’s just how I am.

Not too many people joined the first month and I really began to wonder what was the point.

Then the next month a couple more people trickled in.

Each month things started to improve.

Now? Things are great!

Everyday I get to interact with wonderful people from all over the world and help them on their journey. My husband says I’m a community manager which sounds like a cool title but I don’t feel like I’m managing anything.

I just sit down and interact with people over email, Facebook or our Slack group. It’s fun and most important I can do it all on my own time.

I’m not going to lie, I probably wouldn’t have done any of this if it wasn’t for my husband. He’s always been a computer guy and has no problem taking risks. I’m happy he pulled me along with him because I couldn’t imagine my life being any different now.

I’m sure you’re wondering how much money we make and instead of trying to explain everything here (my husband kind of went wild and built a whole empire) it would be easier if you went and read one of his blog income reports.

Blogging Advice from a Mom

It’s important to note that I’m no blogging expert. My husband is the blog genius and I just follow his lead. However, there are some lessons that I’ve picked up that I want to share with you.

Your Topics Matter

When we first started I was adamant about writing whatever I wanted. If I was going to spend a lot of time writing something then I wanted it to be what I wanted it to be.

Unfortunately, that approach sucked.

I was writing posts that nobody was reading. Let me tell you, you don’t want to spend months writing content and feeling like you are getting nowhere with it.

It’s a hard lesson to learn but it’s important that you write about the things that people are searching for. I know there are a lot of great bloggers out there that only write opinion pieces and you share them on Facebook with your friends but most of these awesome women have been blogging forever.

Nowadays if you want to get traction you need to pick the right topics to write about.

My husband (I talk about him too much) wrote about the 7 blog niches that he loves and help us make money.

Write for Them

When it comes to blogging it’s very easy to talk about yourself but guess what? Most of the people that come to your site aren’t there to read about you. They are there to get the solution to the problem you promised to help them solve.

If you’re telling them you have a way to increase their breast milk supply then you better show them the way.

Sure, you can interject your own little story to help build a connection but at the end of the day you have to make your content about them and not about you.

If you keep that little tidbit in mind you’ll go far.

Set Your Schedule

Blogging really isn’t one of those things that you can just say you’ll get around to at some point in the day. I’ve found that having a routine is very important.

For example, I know the exact time my son is going to take an afternoon nap so that is my time to work on this blog. Blogging at the beginning really is about consistency and building momentum.

Too many moms have big ambitions with a blog but they fizzle out because they can’t maintain momentum.

You don’t need to write every single day but you should make sure that you do something every single day that can contribute to the growth of your blog.

It’s like cleaning your house. You have to start with one simple thing to build momentum. It took me a while to find a schedule that I could stick to every single day that allowed me to help grow our business.

It’s tough at the beginning but when you understand the small tasks that you can knock out in small timeframes it gets a lot easier.

Surround Yourself With Other Bloggers

I like to tell my husband that he is the only best friend that I need and while that is true. I still think it’s important to surround yourself with others that are on the same journey.

Paul (I gotta stop saying my husband in this post) runs a pretty cool blogging community but you don’t need to join a paid blogging community to find other bloggers.

There are a TON of free blogging related Facebook Groups where you can ask questions and help others.

I Can’t Believe I’m a Blogger

3 years ago if you were to tell me I was going to become a blogger and someone that owned an online business I would’ve laughed at you. I hate computers. I hate putting myself out there. I just hated the whole idea of blogging.

While I’m still not totally comfortable with being out in the open, it’s something that I now understand the value in doing.

Now that we are at this point there really is no turning back. I couldn’t imagine a life where I didn’t get to choose my own schedule and spend as much time as I want with my baby.

It’s something that I really wish for every mom out there.

Paul is looking over my shoulder so I think he wants to say some words.

Paul takes over the keyboard…

Hi! My name is Paul. I refer to myself as Scrivs online so if you see that name then just know it’s the same person.

Elisa (the wife) has done a killer job of sharing her perspective on this crazy online business that we’ve created and that is exactly what blogging is. A blog is a business.

It’s not a hobby. It’s part of our business and that’s how you need to treat it.

If you don’t fully understand the concept of blogging and how it all works then I’ve put together an awesome and free 12-Day Blogging Bootcamp that will get you up to speed on things.

I think that’s all I wanted to say.

Bye!

5 Things for Baby That Helped Us Sleep Better at Night

When you’re getting ready to have your first child you get a lot of advice and to be honest, you don’t listen to any of it. Not because you’re rude, but because you just don’t know what to expect.

This was the case with my wife and me.

Everyone would tell us that we need to get this or that but you never want to spend money on things you aren’t sure you’re going to need. Babies are expensive enough, why add more unneeded costs to things?

Thanks to how quickly you can get things delivered with Amazon and other online retailers we decided to get the basics that we knew we needed and then just play it by ear the rest of the way.

Items to Help You Sleep Better at Night When Baby Arrives

I’ll let you know right now that your experience with your baby might be completely different from ours. The items that I talk about in this post are based on OUR experience. I’m not one to tell you that our experience is your experience.

I just want to share with you what worked well for us so take that for what it’s worth.

This post contains affiliate links meaning if you click on a link and purchase the product we get a small fee at no extra cost to you. I will not discuss any product that I don’t fully stand behind and have used.

1. Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

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So let me give you some background on the birth of our first son.

My wife had to get an emergency c-section because his heart rate kept on de-escalating. When he was born he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck three times.

For the first 6 hours of his life in the outside world, his heart rate was very inconsistent so he had to remain in NICU.

As a new parent, this is pretty stressful.

When they finally brought him in to stay with us in the hospital room we couldn’t sleep because we had to make sure he was breathing.

You can’t live the next few years like this so we looked for solutions at 2 am to see what we could do.

We came across the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor and I will say it was the wisest purchase we made.

Is it costly? Yes. But once we saw it in action it instantly put us at ease.

The way it works is that you put on this little sock thingy (that’s what I call it) and it monitors both your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. If something is amiss, the Owlet hub plays some music (very loudly) to let you know. If you’re in another room the mobile app will do the same.

The hub shines different colors depending on the status of your baby and it’s when all you see is green.

We love this thing so much that if it broke I would have no hesitation in ordering another one right away and making sure I got it the next day.

We didn’t test other baby monitors so I can’t speak on them. I can only speak for my love of the Owlet.

If you want to sleep well without the fear of something happening to your baby, then get the Owlet. It’s well worth the price.

2. Nest Security Camera

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You probably already know about the Nest Security Camera. While it’s not specifically meant for babies, we bought it because we love its features.

It’s great being able to monitor our baby from anywhere in the world (not like we travel without him) through our phones or computers. It’s also awesome that it can alert us to any movement in his room so when our dogs feel like exploring, we know.

Similar to the Owlet, we didn’t test other cameras or baby monitors on the market simply because when we got this it worked so well for us.

Plus, once he no longer requires a watchful eye, we can use it for other purposes.

I will admit though, that if I were to purchase a camera today, it would probably be the Logitech Circle 2 because it works with Apple’s HomeKit (or Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant). We recently bought an Apple Homepod and being able to control different aspects of our home over our phones has been a game changer.

3. Love To Dream Swaddle UP

The Moro reflex is an infantile reflex normally present in all infants/newborns up to 3 or 4 months of age as a response to a sudden loss of support, when the infant feels as if it is falling. It involves three distinct components: spreading out the arms (abduction), unspreading the arms (adduction), and crying (usually).

If you think you’re falling you’re going to wake up and the whole purpose of putting your baby to bed is to help it sleep. So we decided to get it a swaddle to teach him how to self-soothe and sleep comfortably.

Using a baby swaddle for better sleep

That ain’t me and that sure as hell ain’t our baby, but that is the swaddle we use.

This particular swaddle is easy to put on and take off and it has worked wonders for our baby in helping him sleep peacefully (when he actually decides to sleep).

Sure he looks like he’s in a gray potato sack but we know that it is a comfortable potato sack for him and it gives him room to move around.

4. doTERRA DigestZen Touch

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know the first thing about essential oils. Some people swear by them and others think they are just hocus-pocus.

I’m not one to judge, either way, all I know is that my wife bought this stuff for our baby because he was always having stomach issues at night.

And it worked.

Again, I don’t know why it worked or how it worked, but it worked.

It smells like black licorice which is pretty gnarly but if it helps our baby boy sleep better then I’ll make the whole house smell like black licorice.

You don’t need to do anything fancy. Just dab a bit on your fingertip and rub it on your baby’s belly.

That’s really all you do.

5. Hatch Baby Rest Night Light

Help baby sleep with a night light.

I wouldn’t call this a necessity but its convenience is unmatched.

Our baby’s sleep seems to get triggered when he hears the crashing waves plus having the ability to control the light as well makes it easy to not stumble in the dark.

With consistent noise and a light that is just bright enough to check up on baby, this has been an awesome toy…errr…product for us to have.

Once you set it up, you don’t even have to touch it if you don’t want to. You can control everything via the mobile app!

Baby’s Sleep and Your Sleep Is Important

If baby wants to wake up to eat that is one thing but if you’re waking up because you’re paranoid about baby’s heart rate or baby wakes up because she thinks she is falling that is something different.

These things are preventable and although we didn’t pick all of these things up at once (parenting is a giant experiment) over time we are glad we did. As time went on we found that we were getting more and more uninterrupted sleep each night which led to happier days for everyone.

Each of the products that I talk about above have alternate solutions so by no means am I saying this is the definitive list. It’s simply what worked well for us.

Keto Snacks for Kids: 11 Delicious Ketogenic Snacks Kids Love

I don’t know any parent that doesn’t want their kids to grow up to be as healthy as possible and yet there are still so many parents that feed their kids unhealthy meals. I understand that life gets in the way so sometimes a McDonalds run might be necessary but if that’s the norm instead of the exception, that can lead to future problems.

I’m a big fan of the ketogenic diet and how it has transformed my life and I plan on slowly introducing it into my kids’ lives as well.

Why?

Because I don’t want them to suffer from carb comas or lack mental concentration in school. I want them to be able to live life to the fullest and I believe that keto can help them achieve that.

Now, because kids live kids’ lives, it’s hard to keep them 100% on keto. I’m not going to deny my kids some birthday cake at a party or pizza at school when there is a celebration. However, it’s important for me to keep the keto mentality in their lives whenever possible and this means that whenever I provide them with snacks, they will be keto snacks.

Keto Snacks for Kids

Because my kids seem to be snacking 24/7, it’s important that I provide them with healthy alternatives and this means that I not only need to be prepared with the right stuff in the fridge and pantry, but I also need to ensure that the snacks are good!

There is no point in trying to get your kids to eat healthier if they don’t enjoy the meals. You still want them to enjoy food, not think that everything is made out of cardboard.

So what I’ve done is put together 11 keto snacks that I think are great for kids. Let’s check them out.

Savory Snacks

Keto Pigs In A Blanket

Image credit goes to Keto Connect

Who doesn’t love some good ol’ fashioned pigs in a blanket?

This Keto Pigs In A Blanket recipe is so easy to make, the kids can even get involved if you’re okay with that. However, don’t get so lazy where you think your kids can do all of the work!

  • Calories: 332.25
  • Fats: 27.5g
  • Proteins: 16.25g
  • Net Carbs: 5g

View this recipe on Keto Connect: Keto Pigs In A Blanket

Crispy Cheddar Cauli-Tots

Image credit goes to Yummy Mummy Club

In the keto world, cauliflower is kind of like tofu in the sense that it’s used for so many things.

Of course, in the keto world, tofu is tofu but hopefully, you get the picture. The idea behind this meal is that everybody loves tater tots, but instead of adding the carbs (starch) of potatoes, you can give them the healthiness of cauliflower and they won’t even tell the difference.

The macros below are calculated using 2 cauli-tots per serving.

  • Calories: 68
  • Fats: 4.26g
  • Proteins: 3.64g
  • Net Carbs: 2.4g

View this recipe on Yummy Mummy Club: Crispy Cheddar Cauli-Tots

Keto Chicken Tenders

Image credit goes to How to… This and that

It’s pretty easy to get any kid to eat chicken tenders unless of course, they hate chicken. The only issue with chicken tenders or chicken nuggets is the breading.

If you can figure that out then you’re good to go and this recipe helps you solve the breaded dilemma.

This recipe will be a hit with kids and adults alike.

  • Calories: 574
  • Fats: 16.7g
  • Proteins: 94.6g
  • Net Carbs: 2.5g

View this recipe on How to… This and that: Keto Chicken Tenders

3-Ingredient Paleo Crackers

Image credit goes to Wholesome Yum

It’s always a good idea to keep crackers around. Fortunately, you don’t need to keep the carb heavy type of crackers around.

Just make these crackers, store them in a container so they stay crispy and you are good to go.

Pretty sweet.

  • Calories: 226
  • Fats: 19g
  • Proteins: 9g
  • Net Carbs: 3.5g

View this recipe on Wholesome Yum: 3-Ingredient Paleo Crackers

Smoky Tuna Pickle Boats

Image credit goes to I Breathe I’m Hungry

This one might be a stretch for some kids but if you kids like tunafish and pickels then this is a funny little treat for them to ahve.

Hell, this is a great treat for adults so if you do make these just make sure you share some with your kid. They need to eat as well.

They do! Don’t look at me that way.

  • Calories: 118
  • Fats: 7g
  • Proteins: 11g
  • Net Carbs: 1.5g

View this recipe on I Breathe I’m Hungry: Smoky Tuna Pickle Boats

Broccoli Cheese Nuggets

Image credit goes to Joy Filled Eats

Just like with the cauliflower tots, sometimes you have to mask the vegetables that kids hate into something more reasonable for them.

When I was a kid the only way I could eat broccoli is if it was doused in cheese and thankfully cheese is just fine on keto.

So chop them up and then cheese them up to enjoy this delicious snack.

  • Calories: 183
  • Fats: 12g
  • Proteins: 14g
  • Net Carbs: 1g

View this recipe on Joy Filled Eats: Broccoli Cheese Nuggets

Sweet Treats

Gummy Candy

Image credit goes to Step Away From The Carbs

Okay, this might be the only section that kids like but that’s not important.

What’s important is that you can provide your children with the sweets that they crave but in a form that is actually good for them.

The first example is this gummy candy and to be honest I didn’t even know this was possible. Thankfully, there are smarter people out there in the world to figure these things out.

Just make sure they don’t eat them all in one sitting.

  • Calories: 27
  • Fats: 0.18g
  • Proteins: 6.24g
  • Net Carbs: 0g

View this recipe on Step Away From The Carbs: Gummy Candy

2 Ingredient Low Carb Jello Pops

Image credit goes to My Life Cookbook

I must admit that I love ice cream. Actually, anything that you can buy at Coldstone I will devour. It’s why I don’t go to Coldstone anymore.

While this isn’t the only keto dessert made from Jello, it is the one that your kids can have fun eating.

The rest require you to actually sit down but who wants to sit down when they are eating dessert?

Certainly not I!

  • Calories: 145
  • Fats: 14.8g
  • Proteins: 1.2g
  • Net Carbs: 1.4g

View this recipe on My Life Cookbook: 2 Ingredient Low Carb Jello Pops

Jello Roll Ups

Image credit goes to Keto Cook

Forget fruit roll-ups, it’s all about Jello roll-ups.

Wait, didn’t I already say the recipe above was the one Jello dessert that you could safely walk around with?

Well, I guess I was wrong because you can definitely walk around with these Jello roll-ups.

  • Calories: 343
  • Fats: 33.4g
  • Proteins: 5.4g
  • Net Carbs: 3.3g

View this recipe on Keto Cook: Jello Roll Ups

Keto Fathead Sugar Cookies

Image credit goes to How To This And That

I mean, is there much more to say about this recipe besides “cookies”?

That pretty sums it up.

I love them. You love them. Your kids will love them and that’s what is really important.

  • Calories: 107
  • Fats: 9.4g
  • Proteins: 3.7g
  • Net Carbs: 1.3g

View this recipe on How To This And That: Keto Fathead Sugar Cookies

Bonus Snacks

I wanted to throw in a couple of bonus fun snacks because I love you and I want the best for your children.

Cheddar-Wrapped Taco Rolls

Cheddar-Wrapped Taco Rolls

Image credit goes to Wicked Stuffed.

Taco + Roll.

I mean, come on.

Fathead Pizza Rolls

Keto fathead pizza rolls

Image credit goes to Ketogasm

Pizza + Roll.

I mean, come on.

Keto Is Great for Kids

It’s really tragic about what is happening with today’s youth. Every year our children are getting fatter and it isn’t their fault.

As parents, we really have to be conscious of the foods that we give our children.

If you’re looking to learn more about the ketogenic diet or are ready to take the leap then check out our Keto Bootstrap program where we offer 1-on-1 help with getting acclimated to keto.

And yes, if you’re wondering if you can bring keto lunches with you to work then the answer is yes! Check out Keto Lunch Ideas: 9 Delicious Recipes for Work or School to Help You Stay in Ketosis.