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Blog Update - What's Been Going On


This is Madison's mommy and I think I owe an explanation as to what's been going on lately. As a few of you may know we took a trip to the Caribbean in the middle of December to visit my mother who is terminally ill. Well we got back at the start of the year and placed everything on hold. All blog posts, all reviews, everything!



WHY?

Well knowing that you're losing a mother isn't something that I was able to handle well. Depression set in and lets just say that I'm not able to handle depression well either. Depression is not a topic that I'm going to go into since I'm not an expert on the topic, but I do know that it took a stint in the hospital for me to realize that I needed a break to take care of myself before I take care of everyone else. If I'm not feeling well then my blog is going to suffer. If I'm not able to produce the work that I'm accustomed to producing, then my work is going to be mediocre and I hate doing anything mediocre.

SO WHERE ARE WE HEADING WITH THIS?

Well I've decided that I'm going to be taking Growing Up Madison in a whole new direction for 2015. While we focused a lot on reviews/giveaways in 2014 I want to steer away from doing too much of them in 2015. Everything we did, we did because we believed in the product and that will remain the same. We are not going to promote a product that we don't believe in. Blog posts will also be a bit more personal as well. We will still focus on our parenting help posts with the occasional recipes etc and the occasional giveaway that I think you my readers will be interested in. We want to focus more on content and not on fluff.

Also this year there will be no weekend posts either. I want to take that time to focus on my family. Kids grow up so quickly that before you know it you're wondering where did the time go. I want my kids to remember all the fun times we had on the weekends. So with that being said...

I hope that you will stick around with us because we'll be returning very soon.



Annmarie John
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  1. Can't wait to see all your new blog posts you will be doing. It does get very tiring just doing reviews and giveaways. Glad to see you back!!

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    1. I can't wait to share them with you too Terry. It does get tiring with reviews and giveaways and they also take a lot of time which I would much prefer to spend with family this year.

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  2. What an absolute beautiful picture!

    I am so sorry that you are dealing with so much right now. You certainly have a lot on your plate and you really do need to take care of yourself and your family.

    So sorry to hear about your mother and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Looking forward to following you in your new direction in 2015!

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    1. Thank you Pam. It has been an eventful 2014 with hospital visits and everything else. Looking forward to 2015 as well.

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  3. Aww, you know I am sticking around and just hoping you are doing ok. Love the new direction you are heading in and am totally here for the ride my friend - always!! :)

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    1. Thank you Janine and I can't wait to go along on that ride with you.

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  4. Wishing you the best of everything, and looking forward to your blogging return.
    Hugs to you, for you, and for your mom too!

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    1. Thank you Rosey! My mom isn't doing too well and we need all the hugs and prayers we can get.

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  5. Lovely picture! I am glad to hear from you and hope the best for your blog this year. Missed you!

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    1. Awww we've missed you too Angela and can't wait to meet up and do some fun stuff this year. :)

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  6. sorry to hear that you are having to deal with losing a parent, one of hardest things for a person to go through. I love reading all the posts you have on this site and look forward to seeing what you have in store for us this year :) take care

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    1. Thank you very much Robyn and it is very heart breaking. I lost my dad 2 years ago and knowing that I'm losing a mom as well is a little too much. Looking forward to seeing you around with us this year.

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  7. My heart is with you and your family right now. Take all the time you need to heal - we'll be here when you get back.

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    1. Thank you so very much Sarah. It's been a really rough road but I do need to get out of my slump and get back in the game. With something to keep me going I think I'll do a lot better. :)

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  8. Awww, what a beautiful picture.

    Take the time you need my friend. Heal you heart, mind, and spirit. I'll be here waiting for you.

    Sending you love and blessings.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It has been a really rough time for me and with Gods grace I'll make it. Thank you for your kind words as always.

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