Category Archives: Blog Love

Five Steps to Insta-Brand Yourself

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Hi lovely gals and guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve been in bloggy land, but life has been so very busy these days. I wanted to pop in and share an awesome collab post I worked on with the fabulous Sarah Smirks of the Mama Marketing Blog. She runs a rad #mommyboss facebook networking group that helps support mommy entrepreneurs in building our brands. I highly encourage you to join. Sarah blogs about how to navigate these internet waters and develop a successful brand that is uniquely yours. She’s so talented at what she does!

Sarah reached out to me a couple of weeks ago asking me to share how I rebranded my Instagram account. I immediately said “hell yeah!” because you all know how obsessed I am with this social media platform; it has so much potential to showcase the beauty of who you are!

Would you like to know how to make your Instagram shiny, bright and insta-pretty? Hop on over to the Mama Marketing Blog to read my 5 easy steps to Insta-brand yourself. Go now!!

What is your favorite social media platform? Share your handle so we can be friends below (and follow each other!).

Reborn

Reborn

My Dearest ShuGar Loves,

I am back!!!!!! Well, sort of. Believe it or not, I have tried to write this post for over six months. Each and every time, life takes over and I just click “save draft” in the hopes that I will return one day. I thought it fitting that I would relaunch around the day I was born – really because I feel as though I have been reborn.

Before you think I am going to get all crazy existential and hippie-ish on you, do not despair. You may be wondering where I’ve been all this time. Guess what? I’ve been trying to figure that out myself. How is it that just giving birth to one little human can make it so hard to have time to myself to blog? As you know, I like to be honest with all you ShuGar Lovelies – I hope that is why you return time and time again to read my thoughts. So, here goes….the reality of motherhood.

I will not be sharing everything that has happened to me since my blog hiatus because it just wouldn’t be that exciting. The truth of motherhood is that it is filled with the sublime, the mundane, the exhaustion, the jubilee, and the despair all rolled into one. Being a mom is not for the faint of heart. We see all these nice photos on pinterest and instagram and they are all so pretty, but it is NOT motherhood.

Motherhood is staying up with your child all night when he has a fever; it is cleaning up his poo sometimes 5 times a day. At times, it is lying in bed with him all day and thinking life just could not get any better. It’s looking at your baby as he stands up for the first time and feeling so much happiness in your heart you feel as if it’s going to burst. It’s breastfeeding through pain, laughing at the silliest things, and carrying your 20-pound baby at all hours of the day. Blogging sometimes just can’t be fit into 24 hours of one day.

I may be breaking some parenting code here, but when you have a baby (this applies to both mommies and daddies, but I can only speak from the mommy perspective), your life is over. Your life, your identity, your pre-baby body is dead. Yes, I said it. But don’t take my word for it. One of my favorite quotes from my crush Bill Murray, playing Bob in Lost in Translation (love this film!!!) said it best.

The most terrifying day of your life is the day the first one is born…Your life, as you know it… is gone. Never to return. But they learn how to walk, and they learn how to talk… and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life.

And there you have it. “Your life, as you know it, is gone.” No one ever told me this. Or maybe they did and I just brushed it off because, after all, how hard could it be to raise a baby? When you have a child, your former life dies a quick death. Now, please don’t think I am morbid. I do believe you eventually get some of it back, but it will never be the same. Why? Because up until that moment when he is born, you never, ever knew that type of love existed. It’s all encompassing and forever will be. Those of us who are parents are so lucky to know this love.

I share these truths not to scare anyone, but to state why I have not returned. I have been trying to figure out who this new person is. This mother inside of me I never knew could be. For 15 months, I have been trying to survive sleepless nights while, at the same time, attempting to be a loving wife, a dedicated full-time employee, and a normal human being. The only thing I believe I have accomplished is learning how to be Camden’s mommy. I think I finally have that down.

I cannot commit to blogging on a regular basis. It is too much pressure on me. I can tell you that my heart needed to return. I had to give this gift to myself. The writer in me could not die. She is reborn.

I hope you stop by from time to time to continue to follow me on my love journey. I am sorry if you feel that I talk about my baby too much. I apologize for all the future posts that center too much on my life as a mommy. You may ask yourself, “Where is the old Mrs. ShuGar?” Well, dear loves, she is gone.

This is the new me. I am reborn. I am a mother. I am a writer. And, above all else, I am a  lover of love.

Thank you for sharing your hearts with me.

Photo credit: Peter Shushtari

 

A Letter to My ShuGar Loves: Goodbye (for now)

Camden-and-MommyDear ShuGar Loves: Let’s have a heart to heart. As you know, I am a first time mom to our deliciously scrumptious son, Camden. It goes without saying that I am madly in love. However, I must confess that these almost first four months have not been easy on me. From the 22-hour labor, to my struggles with breastfeeding and postpartum, I feel like I have survived a war. I do want to state that for some women, their labors are easy and they transition into motherhood smoothly. For me, things are better all around, but I now find myself exhausted and feeling like there is not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to.

You see, I have returned to my full-time job while, at the same time,  sweet Camdie has regressed with his sleeping. In addition, he seems to dislike several formulas we have fed him and/or bottles. Needless to say, the phrase, “I am busy” appears to be an understatement.

The fact that I have returned to work has resulted in me neglecting my blog. Before, I used to blog in the wee hours of the morning or late night. I just can’t these days. With our beautiful boy waking up 3-4 times a night, I am a walking zombie during the day. Because of this, I feel that my content has suffered and I cannot be the blogger I know I can be. Instead of hiding this from you and pretending like I can do it all (such a misnomer), I say with all sincerity motherhood is hard. I am a better person as a mom, but I am also trying to figure out what that new “me” is. What I do know is that my boy is my number one priority. Because of that, I feel that I have to take a break from this lovely blog of mine to be his mommy.

This, of course, means that I must sleep whenever I have free time. It’s for my sanity and that of my family’s. This is bittersweet for me. I love blogging. It’s the one thing that I have these days that is truly all mine. Writing is in my core and I feel most connected to my soul whenever I devise a blog post. I have been blessed with having the honor of writing for you. Your comments and messages have all touched my heart. I just need you to know that.

For now, I must tell you I have to take a break from my little corner of the Internet. I know I risk you never coming back or forgetting about me, but that is a risk I must take. As I contemplated doing this, I realized I was born to write because so many future posts were swimming in my head. I have so much more I want to share. Some ideas I have are: What it means to be a working mom vs. a stay at home mom, summer nights at the Hollywood Bowl, Can mothers have it all?, Fall fashion wants, movie review of Boyhood, our 3-year wedding anniversary take-aways, L.A. museum visits, and the truth about post-partum depression.

And with that I tell my readers I’ll see you later. I hope to come back when Camdie is sleeping more. I will still post photos of my heart on instagram and facebook. When I do return, I would love to reconnect with you, but I understand if you can’t wait. Know that I thank you for allowing me to share my heart with yours.

P.S. This article made me cry.

Photo credit: Peter Shushtari

Imogen Writes Wellbeing Love

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The All You Need is Love Project is a movement to inspire more love on this planet. The more we come together, the more love we can share. Join the revolution here!

TODAY’S LOVE TOPIC:

Let’s give the universe some blog love by sharing with your readers a blog you enjoy. It may be a very popular blog or simply a blog just getting started. Whatever the blog is, share with us why you love it. What makes this blog special?

Hello to all! Hope you are staying cool. It’s getting unbearable in L.A. these days. I wish I could spend all day in some cold water. If only! Today’s topic is about giving back to the blogging community. I love it! I have so many blogs I follow, so this was hard to narrow down to just one. Yet, I managed to pick one blog that I find inspiring and beautiful. My blog love is dedicated to Imogen Walters at Imogen Writes Wellbeing and here is why…

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A Bit About Me

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 ShuGar Fix Mondays is a weekly inspiration series because Mondays deserve an extra dose of pretty. For more ShuGar Fix Mondays, click here!

Hello, ShuGar Loves! Hope you had lots of fun in the sun this past weekend. We spend most of our time indoors with Camdie, but I enjoy going on walks with him for some fresh air. Truth be told, I can stay indoors all day and just stare at my baby. Yup, I’m madly in love.

Well, guess what? I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by my dear friend Elba from Live Colorful.

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Gracias, Elba, for being so sweet and nominating me! Make sure to visit her colorfully beautiful blog, Live Colorful, for lots of eye candy.

So this is how the award goes:

The Rules:

1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

 7 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I don’t like to put my face in the water because I hate when water gets into my nose. I know this is kind of weird. This trait of mine makes swimming rather challenging!

2. I have been to the very bottom of the world in Patagonia, Chile. It was breathtaking! I will never forget the feeling of being so far down south.

3. I’m a big nerd (hence the cover photo!). Actually, I think you probably already know this about me. I laugh at the silliest things, like Dumb and Dumber. I make funny songs for Camdie and dance funky for Mr. ShuGar. It’s who I am at heart, but only a few select people see this side of me.

4.  I am obsessed with anything Brazilian. I have studied Portuguese and hope to one day master the language. It’s a beautiful country and I have been there several times. The music, the islands, the food, the people…it’s all so intoxicating.

5. I cannot breathe around clutter and mess. It gives me a headache. I have to clean up and tidy my work space before I can get any work done. This has been a little bit more difficult with a baby in the house.

6. I still dream of being a ballerina and dancing at the American Ballet Theater. I have my ballet slippers in my closet in case the company calls me to join them!

7. No matter what life has thrown at me, I have never, ever given up on love. It’s deep in my core and it is what inspires me every day. The love in my life defines me.

The friends I nominate are:

[Home is Where the Heart is] [Inspire My Fancy] [Epic Mommy Adventures][Inkstruck Studio] [Imogen Writes Wellbeing] [Life of a Traveling Navy Wife] [Mrs AOK]

Tell me something weird/interesting/funny about you.

Photo credit: Peter Shushtari 

Inkstruck Studio Love

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 ShuGar Fix Mondays is a weekly inspiration series because Mondays deserve an extra dose of pretty. For more ShuGar Fix Mondays, click here!

Hello there, ShuGar Loves! How’s life? Have you been enjoying the World Cup? I’m a big World Cup nerd and I’ve been fixed to the tv these past few days. How about that last match between the U.S. and Portugal? So close!!!

Are any of you lovelies looking for some inspiration out there? Are you wanting to create a gallery wall in your house, but don’t know where to find gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces that don’t cost you an arm and a leg? Well, today I have a special treat for you from one of my sponsors. Zakkiya Hamza is the owner of Inkstruck Studio, a rad design and art studio with lots of pretty things that would make your heart flutter. Zakkiya is a sweetheart; she is a mama to her cutie son and an inspiration to me because this lady is quite talented. Care to see what I am talking about? I’ll have Zakkiya explain a bit more about her art and what inspires her.

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Motherhood Through My Eyes Love

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 ShuGar Fix Mondays is a weekly inspiration series because Mondays deserve an extra dose of pretty. For more ShuGar Fix Mondays, click here!  

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend with lots of fun in the sun. This Monday, I am sharing something extra special. I am spreading some ShuGar Love by giving a shout out to one of ShuGar Love’s sponsors: Fatima from Motherhood Through My Eyes.

Fatima, aka Tima, is a lovely blogger who I discovered via the All You Need is Love Project. I just love meeting such sweet blog pals like Tima through this project. Turns out we both have little boys and hers is just a doll. Hop on by her blog to check him out. So adorbs! But before you quickly become one of her admirers, let me tell you why she is a rad blogger, k?

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Partnership Love

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ShuGar Fix Mondays is a weekly inspiration series because Mondays deserve an extra dose of pretty. For more ShuGar Fix Mondays, click here!  

Hello, sweet ShuGar Loves! I hope all you mamas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day. This was my very first one so it was extra special with Baby Camdie. He’s already given me the greatest joy ever.

Before becoming a mommy, I developed my sponsorship page on my blog to begin to seek partnerships with blogs, businesses, and brands. This year, one of my goals is to begin to promote my brand to establish myself in the business side of blogging. My main goal when it comes to my blog is to write from my heart, but I think it would also be nice to put myself out there and see how else I can share ShuGar Love.

With that said, I present to you several partnership opportunities with ShuGar Love! Whether you would like to promote a giveaway, have me write a product review, or include your brand in one of my fab sidebar ad spaces, I’ve got something for everyone. My dream come true would be to help spread the love for those brands that share a similar aesthetic and mission as ShuGar Love. Together, we can create a lovely partnership!

For more details on how to develop a love relationship with ShuGar Love, please refer to my partnership page here.  Please feel free to message me for more juicy details if you are looking for a custom request.

Below is a glimpse into some of the partnership opportunities I am currently offering. More info for each category can be found here.

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If you are looking at having your blog, business, or brand showcased on my main blog page, I have several ad spaces depending on what you fancy. You can purchase a spot with the click of your mouse via the rad and secure passion fruit ads on my partnership page. Simply email me at mrs.shugar@gmail.com and we can create your dream spot just for you! The three ad space categories are listed below.

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If you know of anyone looking to promote their brand, please refer individuals to my partnership page or have them email me directly (mrs.shugar@gmail.com).

I’m so excited to begin this next phase in my blogging journey! I love blogging so much and I thank you all for supporting those sponsors who help me spread more ShuGar Love in this world.

Happy Monday!

Photo credit: Peter Shushtari

Award Love

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Hello, sweet friends! I apologize for the delay in this post. Things are kind of crazy in the ShuGar household at the moment. We have about three weeks before baby arrives. Eeep! We’re so busy these days with last minute prep. So excited and nervous! Oh, and we were jolted out of bed early morning today by an earthquake. I’m used to them, but they are still scary when you are in a deep sleep and are awaken with your entire house shaking. Anyways, I will say that my blog posts may become more sporadic the closer we get to ShuGar Boy’s arrival and definitely after his debut. I hope you will be patient with me and still stick around to follow ShuGar Love!

Now let’s proceed with the good stuff: I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! My sweet bloggy friend, Julie, from Home is Where the Heart Is has bestowed on me the nomination and I graciously accepted.  Thank you, dearest Julie, for sharing the blog love.

What does the award mean?

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All You Need is Love Project

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Hello, sweet friends! Thank you to all who shared the love for my Kleenex Style post. If you haven’t stopped by to see how I styled my home with the cutest Kleenex boxes, take a look! It was loads of fun creating the concept. Also, I appreciate your insight into the Mommies vs. Non-Mommies debate. It’s so interesting to hear how both sides feel about each other.

I am so proud to finally unveil a project I have been working on since last year. The launching date is finally here! Inspired by love to write this blog, I am taking it a step further by introducing you to my All You Need is Love Project. And, yes, it will involve lots of hearts and YOU.

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