How to Start Your Own Blog

Starting your own blog can be a scary endeavor. You’re diving into a world of the unknown and trying to figure out all these technical aspects… it can be crazy! You can start simply by opening a free site on BlogSpot or WordPress or other similar blogging sites, or you can dive right in (or move up from free hosting blogs) to your very own domain on a WordPress blog!

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As for setting your site up, that part is pretty easy. You just have to follow some simple steps to get going! My hosting site, MommyHost has some great tips and directions to get started, and getting started with them is super easy.

  1. Choose a Hosting Plan – this is easy because HELLO! I’ve already told you who the best hosting site is! MommyHost! You can click the image below to get started, and I can help walk you through the steps. So click below and then come back here to follow the steps!

As I stated in my previous post, which you can find HERE, there are three tiers to choose from when it comes to choosing a plan through MommyHost. They are all very affordable and include a free domain, set up, email addresses and daily backups. There is the Iris, the Lily and the Tulip plans. They range from $10-21/month and if you use the coupon startmyblog during the last step of the checkout process you will also receive 10% off a 1-2 year billing cycle!

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2. Choose Your Domain Name – once you have completed the above, your next step is to choose a domain name for your blog! I thought this part was really fun when I first started Mustard Seed Mommy. My domain was pretty easy to come up with once I named my blog! If you’re a brand new blog then you get to register your domain for FREE, otherwise you can transfer your current domain (if you already have one) to MommyHost for a low fee or use your existing domain and just update your nameservers (if you’re clueless about this, you can contact Katie at MommyHost for help!

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3. Choose a Billing Cycle – This is super easy as well. I pay a yearly fee for my hosting services, and that is what I recommend. Especially since you can use that startmyblog coupon for 10% off! Just follow the steps to choose your billing and I would also pay the 9.95/year to register your domain privately as this will keep your personal information private!

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4. Install a WordPress Theme – this can be very overwhelming. At some point I plan to purchase a premium WordPress theme so it can be altered and designed specifically for Mustard Seed Mommy. But for now, I chose a free template. See the images below to see where to find your themes. It’s pretty easy to find, and they are easy to install! I’ll try to post another tutorial sometime in the next month on how to customize and add widgets!

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This is what your admin site will look like. If you take your mouse and scroll down the side bar you’ll see the box that says “Appearance”, if you hover over that you’ll find the link for Themes. Once you go there, you’ll see the above screen. You’ll see any themes that are already installed. To search for a new free theme, just click the “Add Theme” button at the top left of your page.

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Once you do that you’ll see the above page. You can scroll through the ones shown immediately, click one of the links near the top for different categories like “Popular” or search in the box I circled in the image above.

 

That’s it! Easy right!? If you’re ready to start your own site, don’t be afraid to just dive in. Down the road you can do all sorts of posts and jobs that can earn you money, and while I don’t earn a significant amount (as I don’t put as much work into my blog these days with 3, soon to be 4 littles running around) I earn enough for some extra spending money here and there! Enjoy it, have fun and don’t forget to use MommyHost by clicking the image below!

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Hello fellow bloggers! If you’re like me then I’m sure you have been looking for the best and easiest way to host your own blog on WordPress. There are SO many sites out there and it can be incredibly overwhelming. I started with one company when I first created mustardseedmommy.com and moved from Blogspot, but it seemed like every time I turned around there were errors, lagging connections, posts disappearing… it became absolutely ridiculous.

Then I was contacted by Katie from MommyHost. She was so informative, friendly and went the extra mile to share MommyHost with me, and I was sold! The process was so easy, she walked me step by step through everything that needed to be accomplished, she answered my emails promptly and never made me feel like I was a bother. It had been a long while since I had first chosen a hosting site, so I honestly couldn’t remember ANYTHING about the technical side of things. This is by far the BEST company to use for hosting your blog. You will NOT be disappointed.

There are different levels of hosting you can use through Mommyhost, these include WordPress Iris, WordPress Lily and WordPress Tulip. Each vary in price and all include a free domain name, free wordpress set up, free email address and free daily backups. You can read more about each individual tier HERE.

So, if you’re looking for an amazing hosting site that works for YOU, contact MommyHost. Click HERE or the logo below to learn more and to set up your site TODAY!

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A Little Bit of Crazy

I thought we might be past due for a classic family update, I haven’t been doing many of those lately and while I have said over and over again that I was going to get back to writing about our family I just haven’t! There are many reasons for that but most importantly I’ve been spending more time with my kids and less time blogging. Anyways, I have big plans for this little blog of mine this year. You’ll learn more throughout the next few months, including seeing many reviews for some awesome products, and a big giveaway to celebrate my 8 year blogiversary in April!

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Anyways, things in the Mustard Seed house have been crazy and LOUD and adventurous to say the least. J has been working a lot (including staying over at work for a few days this past weekend and a few weeks ago due to poor weather) and he started his second semester of school a few weeks ago. He’s doing great, he’s tired, but I’m so proud of all the hard work he’s putting into this job and education. We are working on some projects together as well, we have really gotten into wood working since building our king sized bed last spring. We made some monogrammed ornaments for our family for Christmas, some picture holder signs for our mom’s, a coffee table, and we are currently working on loft beds for our kids! It’s so fun and a great way for us to bond when we otherwise don’t have the time or energy to do much of anything, including going out.

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Boogie has been working on some kindergarten curriculum this semester, she finished her Big Preschool Workbook last semester so we moved on to other things. We are halfway through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and she LOVES it. She’s already able to read a lot of her favorite books, with some help with the bigger words, seeing her face light up when she realized that she could read was AMAZING. Homeschool for the win! We are also using Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics that I purchased from a friend a while back, it’s no longer in print, so I’m hoping to find more similar to this as Boogie really enjoys this particular book. She flies through her school work and is hungry to learn more and more. I will have to find some easy ways to teach her all the fun things she wants to learn – she’s super interested in the human body, animals, and baking/cooking…. so I’m planning to include those in our studies these next few months.

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Bubby is growing up so fast, I was astounded to discover that he is now in a size 4T pants when we were trying on clothes for this coming year last week. His 3T pants weren’t too short yet, but I guess I’ve been in denial because the 4T fit him perfectly! We are trying out different ways to handle Bubby’s behaviors, I haven’t really posted about this much, but our sweet boy is quite a handful. Our hope is that we can help him learn to handle his emotions a little better, that’s all I really want to say about that for the moment. Bubby loves being a “big boy”, he’s officially potty trained, though he does need to wear a pull up at night as he doesn’t wake up to go potty. But he’s done a great job being independent about changing back into undies the next morning. He is super into everything super heroes, so that includes being wild and crazy all the time as well! I’ve tried some preschool/tot school stuff with him, but I’m going to have to be more creative with how I go about teaching him. That child can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes unless he’s got something to munch on or his favorite movie is on! He wants to be like his big sister and sit for school, but he just can’t handle it. Any suggestions would be great! 😀

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Bird has been the perfect addition to our family, she is a breath of fresh air. She’s definitely a toddler now (I will not cry…. I will not cry…) and is showing her desire for independence but is also very much a clingy, mommy milk loving baby still. She loves to run around with her siblings and “try” to play with them, she is not afraid to let them know she wants to play or when she doesn’t like something they are doing. She loves playing with her babies, Bubby’s super hero action figures and anything that rolls. She loves being outside and still sticks EVERYTHING in her mouth. So that’s super fun. We are still bedsharing with this sweet girl, but she’s learning to sleep in her own bed as well. As of right now she sleeps the first few hours of bedtime in her own bed and then wakes up around 1-2am and sleeps the rest of the night with us. It works for us, so we don’t mind! And let me tell you, that baby likes to sleep. If she could sleep in in the morning, she’d probably sleep until 10!

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As for me, I’m planning some fun things for Mustard Seed Mommy and I have some dreams I would like to pursue in the next year… if I can save up the money to do so I would love to sell Lularoe. If you haven’t heard about Lularoe you’re missing out. Two words…. butter pants. Check it out, you won’t regret it!

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Anyways, that’s it for now. Life is crazy and hectic for us, we are always busy and I can’t believe how big my babies are. Having a 5, 3 and 1 year old all at once is an adventurous journey. I wouldn’t want it any other way! God bless!

Erin Condren Giveaway @ The Stauffer Home

I am a huge Erin Condren fan, I’ve been drooling over her planners for a LONG time… but they are pricey (understandably so considering the work that goes into them). So, if you’re like me and can’t afford one of her amazing planners right now AND maybe you’re a teacher, The Stauffer Home is giving away SEVEN… yes, SEVEN planners! AND MORE…. so go check it out! Just click the image below!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #47

Welcome to our Weekend Wind-Down Party!

We are a group of 8 bloggers joined together to bring you a fantastic link party each weekend! We will begin on Friday nights as you wind down into your weekend and we anticipate your creative and amazing posts!

Please link up your diy, craft, foodie, inspirational, techie, frugal, homemaking posts! Please no giveaways or advertisements. We will each choose several features from the link up each week to highlight the following week! We will be pinning features to Pinterest and as well as social media shout-outs! So link up, visit others and have fun!

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Every week, each of us hosts will choose our favorite post from the previous week’s party to be featured. In order to be featured you MUST follow the rules and link back to us (whether that be directly in the post you linked up with, on your sidebar, or in another place on your blog – you can find the graphic with html code to the right on my blog!).

The good thing about getting your blog post FEATURED is that we share on social media, give shout outs to those bloggers, and you get that blog post FEATURED at the top of the link party posts! This is how we show our appreciation for you linking up! So check out the FEATURES!

Twelve Vegan Mixes for Toy Ovens
The Radical Ordinary
Life with a lucky fin – Limb differences

All Year Round Christmas Wreath

 

NOW! It’s link up time!

(If you choose to link up, you can find the link up button on the sidebar to the right!)

And also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read the rules…. they are just below what you are reading now. If you do not follow the rules we WILL delete your linked posts. Thank you kindly!

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These ladies are AWESOME, I’m so excited to team up with them for this fun link up party! Don’t forget to check out their blogs and social media sites!

Snippets of Inspiration

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What Mommy Does

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Coupon Girls LA

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Maryandering Creatively

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A Living Sacrifice

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Mustard Seed Mommy

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Adoption Mama

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Moms Who Save

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Link up starts tomorrow, December 4th, at 6pm EST!