Preparing for Baby: the blog #pregnancy #newborn

So...little mister will be here soon. Kinda nuts, right?

How does a blogger prepare?


I'm not going to lie, I have spent a great deal of time over the past few months writing out editorial content for this little space of mine so that when Little Bear arrives, Sweet Stella's can function on its own.

Yes, stats will not be the same, and no there won't be as many reviews or giveaways. But, there will be content posted nearly every single day and likely a live post here and there (watch for those 4am posts, they were the easiest time when Owen was just born and nursing, or when I was pumping).

I have gone into this whole process feeling more determined than ever that while our life at home is certainly going to change and our family will grow by two tiny feet, my blog will continue.

In my opinion, it's all about scheduling. Thankfully, since I blog about lifestyle, projects and whatnot, I can schedule alot of my content ahead of time. I know that not every blogger is in the same boat, but scheduling has given me the control I needed to take make sure that all of the goals that I have for the fall, winter and next year won't be for not.

Automation also helps a tonne. I love BlogLovin' for pumping out my blogposts to Facebook and Twitter automatically. It means that all I have to do is whip on in the morning, and Pin my posts, then ask a few awesome blogger friends if they don't mind pumping them out as well. If you can find a good supportive group of bloggers who are willing to exchange links and promote one anothers posts, awesome!

Is there anything I'm missing that will make this transition easier? Apps? Tricks? Tips? Leave me a comment!

Preparing for Baby: Your Business #pregnancy #newborn #mompreneur

While I have definitely prepared my blog for the arrival of Little Bear (post to come next month!), it is definitely not as easy to prepare my business for his arrival.

As any mom knows, adding a babe into your world gets your days and nights mixed up, your ups and down reversed. It can definitely be an overwhelming thought to be running a business with a newborn (and in my case, a preschooler as well!) but I have faith in myself and my abilities that it can be done.

In the case of my business, authenticity, transparency, and communication are going to be key. I have been posting about my pregnancy little by little, to the point that my clients know when he is expected and when they can expect that I will be taking a little time off. If we are having a great day once he is here, I will post that! If we need a little space, I will post to that effect.

Will I put my studio on vacation notice? No. For an artist on Etsy, this is like shooting your promotion in the foot. If you put your shop on vacation, that means people can't find you, or your products.

Shipping of products will likely be once a week...and will involve a detour to Starbucks where I can sit, sketch, and take a few minutes of breathing room.

In terms of coaching, that is the area of my business that I am not sure of right now. I think I will likely take the four to six weeks off following his birth, but then get back into consultations and whatnot. Ideally, I like to give my clients my 100% undivided attention and we all know that with sleep deprivation and adjusting to life with a 4 year old and new baby will mean my attention is in a few places at once when it is brand new.

So...right now I am just going to play it by ear. Life will change, sure, but that doesn't mean that I have to close up shop for a certain period of time. My art studio is something that is just for me, a place where I can breathe and create pretty things. So long as my heart is happy, it will stay open even with a newborn in tow. (hello babywearing!!)


Currently I'm...August!

Happy August! I can't believe that we're already half way through the month, with my absolute most favourite month around the corner {hello, Birthday Month!}

Reading...blogposts written for affiliates
Playing...animal sounds with the kiddo
Watching...Big Brother resist temptation to nothing these days
Eating...if it was up to my son, we'd have Subway for every meal, every day {he calls it Eat Fresh}
Drinking...Diet Coke
Calling...more like Skyping
Texting....Hubster about something silly
Pinning...healthy recipes 
Tweeting...friends I met in Chicago at #BlogHer13
Crafting...ideas for our outdoor living space {I really want to make a concrete fire pit but Hubs says no}
Scrapping...old designs and working on new ones
Doing...the best that I can to lead an inspired and positive life have a great time at the Sunshine Foundation Golf tournament tomorrow!
Loving...the cool breeze in the evening
Hating...not a whole lot right now; life is pretty fantastic
Discovering...just how strong I really am
Enjoying...the company of good friends
Thinking...about doing a giveaway to celebrate Birthday Month
Hoping (for) abundance of light and love
Listening (to)...the sounds of the's 9:45am and he's still sleeping!
Celebrating...little victories every day
Smelling...not much, I'm super stuffed up this summer because of the humidity! all for making it this far! You're almost done and I didn't even promise you a lollipop!
Considering...a blog redesign for fall
Finishing...this post see my path clearer and clearer every day