Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When Letting Go Is For The Best


Are you quick to admit when something isn't working? Or do you try every which way under the sun to get things back on track before you even hint that anything might be wrong?

For the past several months, I've been trying to convince myself that Taste As You Go was headed in the right direction. But, in all honesty, the exact opposite was true.

Somewhere along the way, I lost myself and got caught up in the game. I obsessively checked my blog stats to see how many pageviews had been logged over the course of a day, a week, a month. I tried to predict which posts would attract the most readers and started calculating when it would be best to publish those posts and when to share them on social media. Then I started rethinking my content so it would fall in line with the blogs that were more popular than mine, the blogs that had more followers, and the blogs that boasted more comments, more shares, more... everything.

Nothing felt right.

When Caroline was born, things started to shift... but my blog still wasn't where I needed it to be. While I was still paying way too much attention to the blog stats, I was also forcing myself to stick to an aggressive writing schedule to prove to everything that I could take care of a newborn and keep up with my blog. Sure, I pushed myself to write because I enjoy writing, but I was also pushing myself to write so you guys would have something to read... so you wouldn't forget about me.

After I listened to this podcast, I finally admitted to myself that something was wrong, that something had to change. And, after taking some time to think things through, I now know what I need to do.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Menu Plan: May 17 - May 23

Sharing our Menu Plan for May 17 - May 23, 2015


I mentioned last week that my schedule was going to be packed and that I wouldn't have much time for cooking. Among the things that kept me out of the kitchen was a trip to Connecticut. Ordinarily, a trip out of town would have been no big deal, but this was the first time that Caroline and I traveled by ourselves. The trip up went well, despite heavy traffic once we crossed into Connecticut, but the trip back required a handful of stops to nurse the baby and change some diapers.

Needless to say, I'm exhausted. Recovering from the trip and dealing with a fussy baby this afternoon has contributed to the late delivery of this week's menu plan. If you're curious to see what's on deck for dinner for us this week, then keep reading!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Menu Plan: May 10 - May 16

Sharing our Menu Plan for May 10 - May 16.

With Mother's Day, my birthday (I turn 35 tomorrow... gulp), and a rather packed schedule, it looks like I won't be doing very much cooking this week. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm only planning on cooking dinner twice.

Just once if Stephen decides to spoil the birthday girl with another night off from cooking. ;-)

I've decided to share our menu plan for the week regardless of the fact that I'll be out of the kitchen more often than I'll be in it. So... if you're curious to see what's on deck for dinner for us on the nights I will be cooking, then keep reading!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Feed Me Friday: May 8th

On "Feed Me Friday," I share the items in my feed reader that have inspired me or have caused me to pause and think.


Not one week after telling you about how April was a productive blogging month for me, I have to confess that I haven't been able to stay on track so far in May. Finding time to write has been next to impossible and not having time to do something that I love, that makes me happy, has dampened my spirits a bit.

Thank goodness baby smiles and baby cuddles have the power to turn my mood around.

Even though I don't have the time to sit down and write out my own thoughts, I do have time to continue reading other blogs in between feedings, diaper changes, loads of laundry, and hurried trips out to run errands before Caroline needs to eat again. And that's almost as good as writing new posts to share with you.

If you want to see what's been inspiring me lately, then keep reading!