Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Just checking in!

Good morning! This is me this morning right before I got up from bed, sent the boys to school and the playground, and had breakfast and devotions alone and in peace.

After my devotions, it was impressed on my heart that I should really blog with a higher purpose. Aside from sharing my life honestly and aside from earning money from it, I also ought to meet the desires of my readers (I'm calling you Loyal Readers from now on!), and that is they want to leave my blog with nuggets of wisdom and inspiration. I struggled with this request before, but I realized shortly thereafter that your request isn't a bad thing. It could possibly help me become a better wife, parent, human being! So let's do it!

Thing is, I'm struggling with blogging. Period.

First, two blogs. Keep both? Keep one? Make an entirely new one? I'm not updating Topaz Horizon regularly anymore. With my life now more focused on motherhood, it's my parenting blog Topaz Mommy that gets updated. It also gets more visits, obviously, and this blog's stats are on the decline. It's still high enough to attract sponsors but the numbers are definitely not up there anymore. I feel sad about this but I don't know what to do.

Second, my life is consumed by parenting so Topaz Mommy is what I enjoy updating. Should I just focus on parenting then and give up lifestyle blogging altogether?

Third, I also used to turn on my computer and just blog here when the writing bug hits me, but now that I'm older, I feel that that isn't wise anymore. I don't want to react to news anymore, to say my opinions while issues are developing. I've realized that many times I don't actually have an opinion because the issue doesn't affect me but because everyone is talking about it on Facebook, I'm forced to think about issues that seriously do not matter to me. What a waste of time and brain cells! And if I blog about my knee-jerk opinions (for page views since what's current will always attract more readers), then what a waste of time and energy, too!

So what does this mean? I don't know haha. I still like writing about current events, especially about entertainment! But then there's also a lot of concern now about images, and that putting credit and linking to source just isn't good enough. (In fact, I am slowly going through both blogs deleting pictures, even posts!, that have images I just grabbed from Google searches.) So if I can't afford to buy images of celebrities, then it's so corny of me if I talk about them and there are no nice photos!

So anyway, a few months ago, I asked on my Topaz Horizon Facebook page what I should do, and my readers said I should just keep one blog. Easier to maintain for me, easier for them to follow. Everyone said to ditch Topaz Mommy and blog about motherhood on Topaz Horizon because motherhood is on my horizon anyway. I'd do that except Topaz Mommy is so high up in the stats game so it doesn't make sense to me to give up the blog with the high stats! My friend, blog coach Martine de Luna, says that shouldn't be a problem. In fact, she says I can even start a new blog—new name, new look, new brand—and trust my Loyal Readers to follow.

I love my Loyal Readers!

Will you follow me when I create a new blog? Yes, when not if. The only thing stopping me is I can't come up with a name!

Then again, I'm so scared!

Anyway, I'm working on it. I'm thinking of a new name, a new look, a logo. I'm talking to someone about migrating all the content of Topaz Horizon and Topaz Mommy to that new blog. I'm also still setting aside money for the great migration and I don't exactly have a budget for that right now.

So no budget means I shouldn't do it haha.

Maybe I can just keep Topaz Horizon and move the Topaz Mommy content here, right?

I can't decide! But definitely I want a new look. Something cleaner yet happier. Wish me luck, Loyal Readers!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Olay body washes and soaps

This post is brought to you by Olay.

My friends know I'm not the body lotion type. One, it feels sticky. Two, by the time I step out of the shower, I'm running about, conquering the world! So those few minutes applying lotion, I use on applying myself to my fabulously full life!!!

That doesn't mean I don't need lotion. My feet and knees need extra TLC, to be very honest, so I really ought to take a few minutes to rub a rich cream on those parts. But the rest of me, thankfully enough, doesn't need lotion anymore because I use ultra moisturizing products in the shower. Ladies, meet my shower friends:

This may be a sponsored post but the review is honest. I've been using Olay body washes and soaps for years. I've tried a LOT of shower gels and body washes (so, yes, there are weeks I skip using Olay) but my favorite is still Olay. In fact, many skincare brands send me tons of shower stuff but it's Olay I go back to, I stock up on, and still use.

Intense moisture, hydrating moisture, deep moisture!
I smell so mayaman when I use this! Heehee.

Here are my reasons:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Biscoff giveaway!!!

Because I announced the new Lotus Biscoff Speculoos flavor of Dairy Queen last weekend, I'm getting free Biscoff for me and free Biscoff for... MY READERS!!!

Here's how to win:

3. SHARE the Dairy Queen Speculoos Blizzard poster on Facebook. Here's the pic to share: DQ Biscoff poster

4. Then invite five of your friends (make sure to tag them!) to try DQ Speculoos Blizzard. Remember to set the post to public so Fly Ace Corp. and I can see. 

5. Leave a comment on the blog with your name and the link to your Facebook post.  

That's it!

Contest will be from June 24 to June 30. I will pick six (6) winners who will win a special gift pack from Lotus Biscoff. Winners will be notified via email on July 3. Join na! Good luck!


Congratulations to:

  1. Mary Louise Sanchez
  2. Jeda Gonzales
  3. Lynne Agapin
  4. Carol Chan
  5. Emilie Canapi Prades Udasco
  6. Annie Castillo

Valid for Metro Manila residents only who can claim in the Fly Ace Corporate Center office: 7/F Fly Ace Corporate Center, 13 Coral Way, Central Business Park, Pasay City, from July 3 to July 31 only, Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. 

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