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Happy New Year

I have been trying to get this blog up and running for 2 years now. My downfall… Creating and devoting the time needed for each blog entry. I consider myself an organized person, but that’s only at work. I feel like Work Heather and Home Heather are two completely different people.

It’s a new decade and I have so many things I would like to accomplish this year. My blog and my collar business (Two Dogs and Company) being in my top 5.

20 things for me to accomplish in 2020…

  1. Buy our 1st Home
  2. Payoff Debt
  3. Stick to the Budget
  4. Spend Less
  5. Launch Blog
  6. Launch eShop for Two Dogs and Company
  7. Read 50 Books
  8. Try 52 New Recipes
  9. Finish Started Craft Projects
  10. Declutter
  11. Snowboard for the 1st time
  12. Manage Time Better
  13. Get Home Heather more Organized
  14. More Gym Time (isn’t that everyone’s goal?)
  15. Buy New Furniture
  16. Use reusable shopping bags more
  17. Learn 10 New Skills
  18. Create a Nightly Routine
  19. Meal Plan/Meal Prep
  20. More Family Time

Follow me along this year to see what I accomplish and what I struggle with. I will be blogging about my adventures along the way!

Icing on the Cake – A Crash Test Dummy Blog


Throughout my preteen and teenage life, I kept a journal or diary of some sorts. Writing was something I’ve always enjoyed throughout the years. Starting a blog has always been a dream of mine. I spent the majority of 2019 trying to figure out what my “niche” would be.

Hours upon hours and days upon days, were spent researching different “niches”. Coming to a conclusion on what my “niche” would be was a daunting task and I often found myself frustrated and annoyed. The following seemed to be popular among bloggers. Which would I choose?

Finances?

Would I like to write about my goals for my finances and take people along my journey towards a debt-free in 2020? The answer is YES! Unlike some bloggers I follow or have followed, I do not imagine devoting a whole blog to it. Would I love to try what other bloggers have blogged about it and then blog about my experience and what worked for me? Absolutely!

Baking and Cooking?

I love baking! Cooking, not so much… Whenever I try something new, all I get from my husband is an, “Ah, it’s okay.” That’s even after I try to follow a recipe. How does my baking turn out so good then? You have to follow the recipe exactly or it won’t turn out. You have more wiggle room with cooking and even when I follow the recipe to the “T”, it never turns out good. He thinks I pick weird recipes too. Blogging about different recipes I’ve tried and what worked and what didn’t could be an idea… Hmm…

Motherhood?

NEXT!

My husband and I do not have children together and do not plan on having children. He does have a son from a previous marriage that is now 25. Andrew will call me Mom even though I’m 11 years his senior. Vice versa, I refer to him as my son. Of course, I don’t mind at all. Not to toot my own horn, but I have done more for him in the past 10 years than she has his whole life. Cindy would beg to differ, I’m sure.

My other Mommy role is that of a dog mom…. Ember is our 5-year-old German Shepherd and my world. Don’t get me wrong, Andrew and my husband, Edward, are my world as well. There is just something special about being a dog mom, but I would probably bore you with how much I talk about Ember…

Health and Beauty?

Health… I had a major health change in 2018… Long story short… I struggled with my weight all my life. I’ve tried anything and everything and the weight would never come off. I knew my nurse practitioner years before I switched to her in early 2017. During a regular visit with her in October 2017, she asked me if I ever considered weight-loss surgery. I said yes, but my old doctor never brought it up and I guess I never thought about asking him. That was on a Monday. By Friday I was in the surgeon’s office and by March 27, 2018, I was in the hospital having a gastric sleeve. I would write about that, but there is only so much you can write about and I’m no expert on it. Trust me…. I’m learning, even with my mom by my side who is 18 years post-op and works in the medical field, so she knows a thing or two.

Beauty… Ha! Having been overweight for so long and already had my husband snagged, I didn’t care much about beauty. Trends have changed and I chose not to keep up with them. Recently I have tried what I see on Facebook videos and on YouTube and I end up looking like clown…. I HATE CLOWNS! They scare me!

Fitness ?

Haha. Haha. That’s funny!

Crafting?

I love to craft! Sewing, crocheting, cross-stitch, and making Vinyl decals with my Silhouette Cameo is what you will most likely find me doing. I’ve dabbled in other crafts as well. Before they were all the craze, I made bath bombs. (I could kick myself for not continuing!) I’ve also tried chainmail, beading, drawing, painting, etc. You see where I’m going with this, right? If it is a craft, you can guarantee I have tried it. Some have been successful, and some have failed. Ah, could that be my “niche”?

How to make money blogging?

How does a new blogger blog about how to make money blogging if I’ve never blogged before? Assuming this is for experienced bloggers… I don’t expect to make money off this blog, but if I do, added bonus, right? Maybe I’ll try a few pointers these other top bloggers try to see if they do work and I will let you know, truthfully! I don’t expect to make $10,000 a day blogging.

By the way, the numerous amounts of ads on blogs is getting to be too much! From what I have read, you don’t make much by someone clicking on the ad. Some of the blogs I try to read on my phone have way too many ads that I give up reading and move on to the next.

Overwhelming

From reading other bloggers’ posts about starting a blog, you have to figure out what you are passionate about. There’s just too much I’m passionate about to just choose one thing. Sorry, it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want! Does that make me a rebel blogger?

One pin I found on Pinterest, “101 Blog Niches”, gives you a full list of 95 Niches… Where’s the other 6? After reading through them all, I realize there are so many of these niches that I would love to write about and so many I know nothing about! What is SEO? Luxury watches? Hello, I’m poor! Online jobs? I’ve tried the whole survey thing… you cannot make $250 in a day… Maybe they are just paid $250 a day to say that?

If I wanted to get my blog up and running by the beginning of the new year, I had to act fast. I tried to search for different ideas on Pinterest and even consulted my best friend, Google and came up short.

Then one night, while lying in bed trying to go to sleep and pinning on Pinterest like I do every night, I came across a pin from Alex and Lauren over at Create and Go. It was entitled “What Kind of Blog Should I Start?”. I clicked “Click Here” and off I went through the questions and after adding my e-mail address, the result was “Crash-Test Dummy”! The description that follows described exactly what I was looking to do and write about…. A little bit of everything, especially trying new things and what worked for me and what doesn’t. It all made sense! I FOUND MY NICHE!

The tough part came next… Trying to figure out what I wanted to call my blog, buy the domain name, the hosting and all that fun stuff that comes along next…. Fun… eh…. Figuring out a name was the 2nd hardest thing to do after finding my “niche”. Alex and Lauren had some suggestions for adding “Experience” or “Adventures” to the name of the blog. I had nothing… I tried… I wrote down ideas, and nothing stuck. I thought long and hard about all the different topics I wanted to write about and what I wanted my blog to be about.

I don’t know where it came from, but Icing on the Cake came to mind and I took it and ran. My cousin, Kelly is pretty creative. (My guess is from all the years she’s read my journals/diaries.) Since her opinion matters so much to me, I asked her what she thought and she loved it! I got online like they tell you to do in all the starting a blog post and bought my domain name. The .com name was already taken and a suggestion for .life came up. SOLD! This blog is about my life as well as the things I’ve tried, I want to try, reviews, experience. You get the idea!

I would love to hear your feedback on what you think I should try! Leave an idea for me below and tell me what you think!

And, that, ladies and gentlemen, is The Icing on the Cake!