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Big Changes for Growing Up Madison


You may have noticed that I've incorporated a few changes on Growing Up Madison recently and there's a reason for that. One of the big one has been a name change, if you didn't notice that, check above. While I've loved Growing Up Madison and will continue to own the domain name until Madison is of age to take it over, I've decided that having a domain that reflects me is the way to go. Also, while I LOVE reading and responding to all the comments that come my way, I no longer have the time to focus on responding to them all, so I've been turning comments off on a few posts. You're still free to read them but now you no longer have to comment on every single post that is on the site. In a way I've made it a lot easier for you. You're welcome!


2016 has been an amazing year but I think 2017 will be even better. I was able to take part in a few things that I never would have thought would have been possible when I first started this blog. This blog started off as a way to share Madison's life and what she's been up to. Now that she's in school it's been getting more difficult finding the time to highlight her in posts and I do what I can. However, I prefer now to spend my weekends focusing on spending what quality time I can with her, instead of preparing for blog posts.

I will still continue to share blog posts on products that I feel my readers may be interested in, but just as I cut back on sponsored posts this year, they will be even less in 2017. I love the direction I went this year, way less reviews, less sponsored posts and a lot more personal/parenting/travel posts than ever before.

Posts are going to get a little bit more raw and to the point, and there have been things that I have been wanting to say but have held back on. No more. You have one life to live and this is my life and I'm finally living it!

The rebranding has started and hopefully by January 2017 everything will be in place. A lot of people have said that they would love to see more photos of me and while I'm certainly not photogenic, I'm not ashamed of my body. I've gained more than 50lbs since I left the army in 2015 and I'm no longer fit and in shape but I still love me, and you should always be proud of who you are.

I have truly come a long way and I hope you'll continue to follow us on our journey.

Annmarie John
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