Sometimes the universe has a bigger plan in place! A few months ago, I went back and forth on updating my blog’s name. At the time, I didn’t change it but I recently received notification that The Southern Belle Blogs domain name sold at auction (I think I accidentally listed it months ago).

I’m taking this as a sign to move forward with my new domain – The Hippie and The Hunter!

It should be a pretty smooth transition actually – you, as a reader, won’t see anything, it’ll just be extra work on my end!

 

This morning I went to the grocery store for the first time with Lil Bean in his carrier. The past few times I had gone, it was only to pick up an item or two, so I had simply carried him. I knew that this time I would be spending a decent amount of time in the grocery store and wanted a way to keep Lil Bean snug and comfortable.

Enter babywearing. I love babywearing. When I first became pregnant, a baby carrier was one of the first things that I added to my registry. I ended up getting the Ergobaby Baby Carrier with a Easy Snug Infant Insert. Lil Bean loves being carried around in what is essentially a reverse backpack. It keeps him close to us and typically he falls asleep. In the grocery store, he was wide awake, looking around, but content.

When Caleb gets especially fussy, it’s nothing for Robb to put him in the carrier and swing him around the house. After a few minutes, it’s lights out.

I’ve teamed up with some other moms to giveaway this great Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier from Tula in the Blossom print, valued a $160. See it here!

February 19-March 1 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to US residents, 18+. Winner drawn on March 2 and will be notified within 48 hours.

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Mondays are always better with a GIVEAWAY! I’ve teamed up with some girlboss champs to bring you this Fit Momma prize pack valued at $750!

The prizes include: Baby Jogger City Select LUX Stroller, Workout Outfit, Running Shoes, and Water Bottle!

Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE to all entrants 18+ years old. Ends January 17 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner to be announced within 48 hours of January 18 drawing and notified by email.

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Woohoo! I’ve been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Mehreen over at Make It With Me. Please take the time to check out her awesome blog and by the way, she just posted a delicious looking recipe for Vegan Chocolate Brownies that is making me drool!

What is the Bloggers Recognition Award? 

The Bloggers Recognition Award is awarded to bloggers. This award is given to bloggers to show appreciation for their hard work, dedication and the amount of blood, sweat and tears put into maintaining their blog. Growing our blogger community by showing love and appreciation to others.

 

Why I Started Blogging? 

I started blogging way back when I was in middle school – before blogs were even really popular (that was about 17-18 years ago) as a creative outlet of sorts. I love to write – anything and everything. At the time, I never would have imagined that I would still be blogging so many years later! I really hit my stride after graduating from college when I blogged about healthy living but real life interfered and my writing sort of fizzled out. After moving back home, I started blogging again which brings us to The Southern Belle Blogs. TSBB got its start in 2013 as a way to document my budding green thumb and has evolved now to being focused on my pregnancy, among other things.

 

Advice For New Bloggers

My biggest advice for new bloggers? Find your why. Why are you blogging? Is it to connect with others in your community? Is it to make a profit? Is it to simply let your friends and family know what is going on in your life? The sooner you realize your why the better your focus will be. Also, BE CONSISTENT. Even now, consistency is one of the things that I struggle with but I’m making an effort.

 

Bloggers I Want To Nominate

 

Rules 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of How/Why you started blogging.
  4. Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers.
  5. Select 10-15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog letting them know you have nominated them giving the link to the post you have created.