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Happy 7th Blogoversary to Me!

I think it’s amazing that it’s been seven years since I started this blog! Happy 7th Blogoversary to Me! I like what my new blogging friend over at At a Hen’s Pace said.  Seven years is the biblical time of completion.  Either I should stop now or go for another seven years!  I think you know what I’m planning on doing.  :)

I have made a few changes to the blog this week.  I made a blog button, changed my header to match my Facebook Page, and changed the color scheme.  The beautiful sunflower grew in our backyard and the photo was taken by my husband.  I have more improvements planned!

Here’s my new blog button!

I Choose Joy!
And now a big announcement!

I’m going to host a new link party here every Friday called From House to Home.  The inspiration came from a story my daughter wrote this week where she said the married young ladies made their houses into homes.  So, we will share with each other what we’re doing to make our houses into homes. Link up what you’re making (recipes, crafts, DIY, decorating), ways you’re taking care of yourself or your family (homeschooling, exercise, parenting), or how you are growing spiritually!

From House to Home Link Party

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How to Start a Blog and Do Book Reviews

Start Blogging to do Book Reviews

A friend’s daughter contacted me recently about wanting to start her own blog.  And she’d also love to do book reviews.  Since I thought others might want the information, here’s a post!

When I started blogging almost 7 years ago I started at a free site called  They’re still around, but the more popular sites are Blogspot and WordPress.  There are benefits to both, but I’m partial to WordPress.  It’s very user friendly, and I love the plugins–free, or paid, apps that allow you to do special things, such as Comment Luv if you leave a comment or the little sharing buttons you see above and below the post.  So far, I haven’t paid for any plugins.

There are many blogs out there written especially to help people blog better.  My favorite is and following close behind are The Blog Maven and Christian Mommy Blogger.  Check out this post for a tutorial on how to start your own blog!  She’s got it all there, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel.  :)

I would recommend spending some time reading through many of the posts at the above listed sites and making some decisions.  Do you want to start out blogging for free?  Or do you what to go ahead and buy your own domain name (like I did with  You can get WordPress as your blogging platform whether you buy your own domain or not.  Then, decide if you want to use a free framework (Twenty Eleven is what I used to use), or buy one such as Genesis.  After that you can choose to buy child themes, as well, to give you even more capability to make your site your own.  Another decision would be whether you want to hire a blog designer.  Oh, yes, this can add up to a lot of money–but you can also be making money with your blog!  I made enough last year (through affiliates–I’ll do another post on this) to pay for my website hosting, Genesis, and child theme (mine is the Adorable Theme).  I haven’t made enough to hire a designer; I’m doing it all myself.  I have also received many books and other products in exchange for doing reviews!

Genesis Framework for WordPress       Adorable Theme - Fabulous Design for the Genesis Framework

Here’s a handy guide to help you make your blog look great:




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Which brings me to the next question.  How do I get to do reviews?

I have signed up with several different companies who send me emails offering the books in exchange for an honest review. I always have the option to say yes or no to a book or product.  They each have different guidelines to follow: specific deadlines, post a review at Amazon or another site, offer a giveaway, etc., so you just have to make sure you follow their unique guidelines.

They also each have different requirements for being accepted (a certain number of posts each week, minimum amount of Facebook likes for your public blog page, followers of your blog, etc.).  I haven’t been accepted to all I’ve applied to.  And I’ve decided not to be a part of others because they required more than I could give at the time.

Here are the ones I’m presently involved with:

I love being a Tommy-Mommy        The CWA Review Crew- Christian Women Reviewing      Tyndale Blog Network


I review for BookSneeze®


I’ve also been contacted by companies and been offered books and products to review.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below!

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Happy Blogoversary to Me! Six Years!

Last Friday marked 6 years since I started my blog!  I only had 4 kids back then–now I have 8!  A lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same.  I love having a blog and am glad there are a few of you who join me here.  Thanks!



DIY Blog Critique e-book

I just started going through this DIY Critique e-book.  It’s great!  If you have a blog (or want to start one), you’ll get a lot out of it!


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