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Checking In and Editorial Calendar ... HA

Although spare time is rare these days, I truly have missed regular blogging! This is such a nice creative outlet for me, and more than anything, a way to connect with other women (whether I know you personally or not).

So I did want to check in quickly and let you know that life is GOOD 'round these parts -- not easy or sleep-filled or stress-free or lazy -- but it's good.



Charlotte sleeps a lot and eats a lot and is just easy and adorable. My biggest goal each day is to have some sort of fun activity for Camille so that she still feels special and adored. Today was our first real outing together ... the three of us went to Camille's little gymnastics class at My Gym and then even braved the grocery store afterwards. 

I was tempted to skip the My Gym class since it requires parent involvement, but I figured we may as well jump in sometime and just embrace our new normal. And it went great! I posted lots of videos on Snapchat (@alizadventures). Thank goodness for the JJ Cole carrier I had with Camille which actually made that class doable. You can find this on Amazon (here) and it's seriously the easiest carrier I've ever used, and I think it looks nice too. Very streamlined, and dare I say ... chic?! The main part slips right over your head like a t-shirt, so there's no involved wrapping and twisting and origami folding necessary. 


Okay, so onto the "editorial calendar" part of the blog post title. I am using that phrase in a very non-serious, comical way. Back at one of my former jobs, we put out a monthly e-newsletter and had editorial calendar meetings to plan out the topics of discussion. So ... in a more casual way, and to help me not publish 723695 blog posts in a row about delicious newborn toes and neck rolls, I wanted to turn to you and see what you may like to hear me discuss. I have never really done this, and I know part of the fun of checking into a blog is to see what the blogger decided to post about that day, but if there's anything that you're thinking "hey, I wish April would write about XYZ," then I'd love to know what that XYZ is! So, leave a comment below or email me (alizadventures@ymail.com) with any ideas you may have! 

I'll be back tomorrow for FIVE ON FRIDAY, and man it feels good to say that! Ciao!

37 comments:

  1. Agree with the poster above--your birth story! I'm also very interested (perhaps selfishly as I'm now 5 months along w/ pregnancy #2--another girl) in how you balance/enjoy/find challenge in having 2 little ladies!

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  2. I second the birth story!
    As a mom of a toddler, I love reading the posts about the activities you do with Camille and also what she eats. I struggle with finding healthy options for my little guy and love to hear what other moms are coming up with. You are so inspiring and I'm so happy for your little family!
    Well wishes from Missouri!

    ~Sydney poodlesandpacifiers.wordpress.com

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  3. A day in the life of staying home with 2 kids! Love those. They never get old.

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  4. Thoughts on breastfeeding vs bottle feeding and what you've found to work for you with both babies! Plus a birth story duh ;)

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  5. would love to hear the story behind those babies' names! also, fun things to do in Charlotte - maybe without kids for those of us who aren't at that stage in life yet!

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  6. Your favorite items for kids and babies is always super helpful. With so many things out there, it's always good to see what works for others and why.

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  7. Agreed with Owen - thoughts on breast/bottle feeding and of course the birth story! Also things you wish you had known as a first time mom!

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  8. Budgeting and what you've learned over the years about being in a relationship :)

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  9. Congrats on the little nugget. She is beautiful!

    Now that I will be trying to have a baby, I'm always curious as to how hard it was for a couple to get pregnant. Did the couple wing it? Did they use an ovulation kit? Did the woman take her temperature every morning? Did it take longer or shorter than expected? I know it may be TMI! But that's what I'm usually wondering...Enjoy your little newborn!

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  10. Birth story, yes! and a day in the life, with 2 kids - non kid wise? Recipes! I've loved all of yours i've tried.

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  11. I would love to see a post about budgeting. You seem to love a bargain and so I bet you have tons of tips to share about frugal finds and how to save money (shopping, groceries, etc.).

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  12. I would love to know how the heck you keep such an amazing attitude and spirit of like - even when things are overwhelming and chaotic! What do you do when you get an hour to yourself :)

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  13. I'm so impressed with your outing! I've been following along on snap chat! As a mama of a 6m old and 2.5 year old there's no way I was going anywhere when Graham was a newborn so cheers to you!!!

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  14. I would like some sort of series on your favorites- like favorite meals, favorite beauty products, etc. I can't believe you have already been on an outing with both of them by yourself! Go mama!

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  15. Sounds like y'all are adjusting to life with Charlotte really well!! Honestly, I love seeing the baby pictures and life with kids as a SAHM :) Would definitely love to see Charlotte's birth story and see how the midwife was for you!

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  16. You are so amazing! It sounds like everything is going well, and I am so happy for you and your family! I would love to hear about Charlotte's birth, feeding a toddler, entertaining a toddler, daily life, etc!

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  17. What it's like with 2 under 2! I have an 18 month old, and I'm 20 weeks pregnant. They will be 23 months apart, so any survival tips would be appreciated! Y'all have beautiful girls!

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  18. Glad your back.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  19. Congrats on your beautiful girl! I would love advice on how you are managing 2! I'm due with my second in June and my first will be 2 in July. Im taking any advice people want to sling my way!

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  20. I just love your blog! So excited to read about your adventure with 2. I love when you post little tips and tricks of products you find that you love - such as the baby carrier. Checking that out on Amazon after I hit send 😝 I also love your posts about finds at Aldi, toddler meals, and I love when you post recipes! You are so much more creative with easy sides then I am and I love the inspiration!

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  21. I'm so glad it's going well. The photo of you and your girls is perfection !

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  22. Definitely your birth story with Charlotte! Also, going from 1 to 2 and any tips you have for that would be great! (I just ordered that carrier; thank you! We are having #2 in a few weeks and I'm nervous as all get-out and think that carrier will help me to move around with our two-year-old a little better!)

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  23. I agree with Charlotte's birth story! I'm dying to come meet her...I'll text you so I can bring you all some snacks or breakfast foods or whatever you need so I can come get some baby snuggles in! :) Also for selfish reasons, I would love to read about your thoughts on the second baby now that she is here...like a follow-up to your previous post about your worries before she got here. Oh and also a post on things I need to get for this second baby that maybe I haven't thought of yet. And also how Camille is doing and if you have tips/tricks for getting E ready for her baby brother!

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  24. Missed you but love keeping up on Instagram!! Your girls are precious and I can't wait to read more about your adventures with 2 kiddos! Also, love your style so anytime you can incorporate those the better!

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  25. I love your recipe posts!! Would love some more of those!!

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  26. If love to know the birth story and how your experience with midwifes went !

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  27. Anything beauty with a new baby, food with a new baby, creature comforts, and adventures with camille and the new baby! How you are adjusting with two now! honestly anything and everything you always post! love your blog! Congratulations on your beautiful new honey! Also, definitely going to follow on Snapchat! <3

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  28. Your recipes always look amazing, yet simple, so I'm requesting more of those! And a city guide to CLT would be awesome, too. I'm down there for work quite frequently and I'm always looking for places to eat, shop and enjoy myself!

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  29. I would love to know about your transition from working full time to being a SAHM! Also interested in Camille's adjustment from daycare to home with mom!

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  30. I might not be any help here, but definitely your birth story! And I think posts about delicious newborn toes and neckrolls are wonderful. :) I found your blog when I was on maternity leave with Avery and you had just had Camille, and just loved "getting to know" you guys through your blog! <3

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  31. I got the JJ Cole carrier for this go round and I'm LOVING it! Tell wants to be held all the time so it's been a life saver. I had the k'tan for Lawter and felt too dumb to use it so never had much success with baby wearing. Maybe because I'm in the same boat, I love baby updates and pics and just life lately stuff! Glad everyone's doing well!

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  32. the story behind the names of your littles! and maybe a day in the (new) life!! happy Friday!

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  33. Giving two kids equal attention are you breastfeeding and skin care help also updo instructions

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  34. Can you write about the decision to quit your job? I'm having such a hard time juggling work and a toddler. It kills me, but I sort of like the business of the work day and the adult interaction. Conference calls feel a bit more fulfilling than forcing my 23 month old to eat her peas and carrots. BUT I want to be home! I feel like I'm missing out on fleeting years that I'll never get back. We're not financially in a place that would make it easy to quit. We'll have to live on some savings, and change is scary. You made the jump, and I'd love to know your feelings on it.

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  35. I love birth stories and settling into life with two. I have twins and I love reading mommy type posts. It helps me relate, plan if we have more and see how other women do it. And if you have any toddler eats recipes that would be amazing. I want to sneak in veggies into my girls meals more and I need ways. So recipes please! Congrats on Charlotte. She is beautiful!

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  36. Would love to hear about the daily, normal stuff! Also, an updated home tour would be great! In addition-maybe some family vacation dreams, more activities and Norma stuff you do with Camille, and how you named the girls! Love your blog!!

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