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Priorities Shifted and I Want to Be Known as MOM



Madison's mommy here! I've been meaning to write this post for quite some time and today just seemed like the perfect time to do it, I originally intended to name this "I need to be a mom and not a blogger" and I'll tell you why. When I first started Growing Up Madison, it was supposed to be about Madison and her everyday adventures. It's why our tagline says "Follow me on my adventures through toddlerhood and beyond!". We wanted to share what she's been up to and sprinkle in with a few things that we loved trying. I've noticed that Growing Up Madison has however turned more into a review/giveaway blog and it was never our intention. Granted the things that we review are all products that we loved but it was not what Growing Up Madison is all about. This was our way of sharing with family and friends who couldn't see her everyday. This was our way of sharing what was going on with her. Instead family and friends have seen more sponsorship posts than her adventures.



Last year 2015, we toned down a lot on our reviews but it was still a lot of sponsored posts. And most people would say "well it's money and who turns down money?". Granted that's true but there's a lot that goes behind sponsored posts. I've noticed that I spend far way more time behind my computer than I have with my family. Time spent promoting posts via social media and even when we do go out to have "fun", it's usually fun that will be highlighted on the blog so my camera is everywhere. It's gotten to the point where a package would arrive and Madison would say "Is that for the blog?", "Can you take a picture now so I can play with it?". Or her ever famous, "Mommy, what are you doing? Are you blogging?". Now when a 3 year old knows about the word blogging, it's time for me to tone down and be mommy and not a blogger. Once again, this was never about the money.


While I do intend to do the occasional review for companies I've worked with in the past, new companies might not make it, unless it's really some product that I just can't live without. And trust me, I can live without most of the things that I've promoted in the past. Sponsored posts will also be far and few between. I've contracted to do a few sponsored posts this year but won't really be taking on much work. This was supposed to be about our adventures and that's what we'll be doing.


So what's new for 2016? Well we have a few trips planned and we will of course share them with you once we get back. We will be heading to NYC, my home town in just a few days to visit with family and friends. We have another trip planned in March to the UK to once again visit with family and one to Canada later in the year. We've purchased season passes to Six Flags and will be attending as much as possible. Colorado is now my home state and there is much to do here, so I will be looking into doing as much as I can with family. Family has to become a priority. I spent a majority of my life in the army where family came in second. I'm now retired and they now have to come first.


Family is more important to me than anything else. I lost my mom a few months ago and I realize that I may not be around forever and I would much rather my kids remember all the fun times we had, compared to them saying at my funeral "well my mom was too busy with the blog that she didn't have much time for me". So we'll be taking blog breaks to enjoy ourselves in 2016,  and you will be following Madison on her "adventures through toddlerhood and beyond".


Happy New Year Everyone! From my family to yours!

Annmarie John
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  1. Looking forward to hearing what you guys are up to this year. 2016 is gonna be awesome.

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    1. I certainly think that it is going to be Robin.

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  2. I feel the same way as you do! My 3 year old is always asking me if I'm done on the computer or done blogging. I do it mostly to help support our family but it does tend to take me from them. Hope you have some great adventures on your trips!

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    1. Thank you Angela, yes my day has 24hrs and I spend more than 1/2 of it on the computer and sometimes by the time I'm done, Madison is sleeping. Not this year.

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  3. Love This Post! I actually want to write more personal posts than ever now and have many in drafts, but I've realized I don't want to miss the innocence of toddlerhood so I've been a little mia. Looking forward to seeing you and Madison's adventures

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    1. That's the thing Shirley, the grow up so fast that before you blink they're teenagers. I want to be able to say "I remember her doing this", and not "oh I don't remember because I was on the blog at the time". I love my family and while the blog brings in a great income, I really don't need the money and would rather the time with my family.

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  4. Kudos to you! I have been feeling the same way lately and I don't have small kids. You will find your balance and what works for you and that is what is important.

    By the way, I love these pictures of Madison. Just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Pam. I am hoping to find that balance and I've noticed that she smiles so much more when it's not "work".

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  5. I tend to limit myself on my computer and only one hour a day after my kids go to bed...that way they don't feel like mom is on the computer so much. Best of luck to you in 2016.

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    1. I'm not worried about my time while the kids are in bed because that's my time. My problem was the time spent during the day when I should be spending it with my kids. As a blogger you and I both know that social media work is done during the day and not generally at night. Best of luck to you too!

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  6. I definitely look forward to your many adventures!
    I think blogging is so awesome because you can take your breaks and it's ok. It's all here waiting, should you want it.
    My blog was started to make me write more.
    Boy has it been doing that!

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    1. Oh yes Tamara I have certainly seen you write a whole lot more and I've been following along for quite some time. I can't wait to share our adventures with you. Happy New Year!

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  7. Madison, you seemed to have had an amazing 2015! I look forward to seeing all the adventures you have in 2016. You have so much fun stuff to learn and do. Keep up the great work. :)

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    1. We did have an amazing year in 2015 but it was also filled with a lot of personal problems that I didn't truly get into on the blog. I really neglected my family a LOT and this year I plan on making up for that. While the blog brings in an income, money isn't worth the love of my family.

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  8. What a lovely post. One of my goals this year is to write more personal posts, so people would know me as a mom and not just as a blogger.

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    1. Kudos to you! I don't care about the world knowing me as mom, I want my OWN KIDS to know me as mom and not blogger mom.

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  9. I totally understand where you're coming from. I'm not a blogger but I can truly imagine how much work is put into being a blogger. I'm a stay at home mom and while I take the occasional photos we go out and have lots of fun and it's not work. I can't wait to hear about all your adventures this year and that trip to England sounds like it will be amazing. I've always wanted to visit the UK but it's just a little too expensive for me right now. Have fun in NYC and I can't wait to see what you do there. I'll be here waiting. Have a happy new year!

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    1. Yes Adrienne, there is a LOT of work put into being a blogger. It doesn't just stop when you hit that publish button. There is so much more that goes into it and most of the work and your time is spent promoting that post. This year I plan on just being mom and enjoying my time with my kids and doing the occasional sponsored posts that I've already contracted for, such as the one that went live today. :)

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  10. I hear you. I think a lot of us are starting to feel the same way, and it's definitely a challenge to strike a balance that works for everyone.

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    1. It can be and I had some things stacked against me. However this year I'm doing more with the family and less on the blog.

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  11. I think this will be a great change for you guys. It's crazy how much time and effort it takes to be a blogger sometimes so I totally understand where you're coming from.

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    1. It is crazy and a lot of people don't realize it. Your day doesn't end once you hit that publish button.

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  12. I am changing my schedule so I spend more time with my kids. I am looking forward to see what 2016 brings!

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    1. That is awesome and I'm sure they'll enjoy the time you spend with them.

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  13. So sorry for the loss of your mom. My dad died a year ago today and his death also changed my outlook on life. Although my girls are all teenagers I still make a conscious effort to step back from the computer and the blog from time to time to just enjoy life with them. Way to go mom you have your priorities straight.

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    1. Thank you Melissa. Even though we would step away from the blog, when I went out my mind would still be on the blog. You know, "how can I turn this into a blog post?". Well I don't worry about that anymore. It's all about fun this year.

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  14. It is good that you realize this. Family should really come first before work. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome Miles and family should ALWAYS come first.

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  15. I look forward to reading all about your adventures this year. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you Ann, Happy New Year to you and your family as well.

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  16. Last year i was so busy with my blog. This year i am going to try to manage my time better. It can be hard to turn the computer off at night.

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    1. Oh trust me, I do know but I've made it a priority this year that I'm only getting on for very limited quantities of time.

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  17. You will find your balance for sure. It can be hard though! It took me a while but I'm mom before all else, and that's how kids know me. Mom first, blogger second! - Jeanine

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    1. That is awesome Jeanine, although my kids know me as mom, I was turning into blogger mom, where your child find you in front of the computer doing blog work instead of spending quality time with them.

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  18. I totally can relate. This year I am taking breaks and working on balance. Spending more time with my children is priority this year.

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    1. That is awesome Diana and I just know that you can do it. I look forward to reading about your family this year as well.

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