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December 29, 2014

Year in Review 2014

Year in Review 2014 via www.productreviewmom.com
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I must say that this year blogging was so awesome for me!  Once I got serious with it the opportunities were endless.  I got to experience things unimaginable, meet a lot of great people, and do a lot of fabulous things.


At the end of 2013, I told myself that I'm going to take my blogging more seriously and take it to the next level and look where it has gotten me, featured in Dr. Oz's debut magazine, started my own business with my blog, being quoted along with other mom entrepreneurs, getting invited to exclusive events, becoming a travel blogger, and so much more!


I wanted my blog to be more than just product reviews; I wanted it to be a place that people can learn about beauty, skincare, travel, foods, basically a lifestyle blog.  I was debating on changing my blog name but people are starting to know me more of a blogger that reviews has influence power because I'm always honest with no fluff.  Since I started seeing a lot of people Googling my blog name Product Review Mom I decided to keep my blog name since it is already established.  


I started to notice the growth of my blog in late spring once I started attending events, blogging 5 days a week, and putting myself out there.  I was afraid to be personal because I wasn't for sure how people would take me but I got out of my comfort zone and showed the world who I was and introduced my daughters as well which people has grown to love them.


I want to thank Mr. M and my daughters for believing in my passions and kept cheering me on.  They've seen all the blood, sweat, and tears I've gone through behind the scenes and always believed in me and now they're seeing all the work of my labor paying off.



I wanted to share with you all my top favorite blog posts I did in 2014:


  • The Biggest Loser Fun Run Race Atlanta Recap- This was the first event I was ever invited to as a blogger.  My girls and I had so much fun running our very first race.  If the race comes back to Atlanta we would love to attend again.



  • Different Ways to Make Money from Blogging- This post was a request from one of my blogging buddies about how can she make money from her blog.  There are so many ways to make money blogging, not just doing sponsored posts and Google AdSense ads.  My income from this blog as well as my other blog is 98% through affiliate marketing programs.



  • My Epic Family Road Trip Vacation- I did a lot of traveling this year and my favorite road trip was traveling to Memphis TN, San Antonio TX, Luling TX, Houston TX, all in 8 days!  We were on the road more than settled down somewhere but it was really a great experience and I got to see and do a lot of fun things.  This road trip is what gave me the travel bug and started me to become a travel blogger.



  • Interview with Miguel Dakota from America's Got Talent- This was my first ever interview on my blog.  I haven't done interviews before because I was always afraid to do them but Miguel made it very comfortable for me and I look forward to doing more interviews in the future. 



  • Lauren's Birthday and Road Trip to Savannah- I wanted to do something special for Lauren's birthday but didn't want to travel too far so Savannah was the perfect choice.  Lauren's birthday will go down in history books as a birthday she'll never forget.  Staying in an over $400 a night hotel that we got to stay for free, hitting the beach, standing in a 2 hour line for the best soul food in town- what a great time! 






  • FabKids October Holiday Look Book Review- My girls have been having a fabulous time modeling clothes on my blog.  The girls became FabKid's ambassadors and every month they get to choose what outfits to wear and show off. 
  



I could go on and on about what were my favorite posts from the year but these are my top favorites.


In 2015, I want to continue working hard and living out my dreams!  I want to travel more and blog about it, learn about up and coming products and showcase them here, hope to land a huge sponsored deal, tap into video if my schedule allows it, open up my blog to guest bloggers, and write an eBook.


Thank you all for following along with me in 2014 and I hope you stick around in 2015!



What were your top favorite moments in 2014?

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26 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing an inspiring post for other bloggers looking to make blogging profitable. Continue success to you in the coming year!

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    1. You're so welcome Denise! I'm happy to have met you through social media, hopefully we can meet in-person some day.

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  2. I so enjoy seeing everyone's top posts of the year. Mine is waiting to be posted tomorrow. You are such a role model for moms and you always showcase such fun things to do with kids. Looking forward to following your blog in 2015.

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    1. Aww thanks Alli! I love showing all the fun things my girls and I get into. I look forward seeing your blog next year with all the yummy foods! I'll be on the lookout for your top posts of the year too.

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  3. Louida I am so happy I found your blogs. I have learned a lot by watching your grow and it keeps me inspired especially when I want to throw my hands up and say forget it. I keep plugging away because I know you and others like you stay committed to see results. Thanks for sharing yourself with us. It is a pleasure to read each and every week. Happy Holidays.

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    1. That is so sweet Diatta! I love sharing my knowledge of what worked for me and what have not. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme and like any business you have to work hard to be successful at it. There will be moments that you will fail at something but you learn from it, dust yourself off and keep going. When you have a passion and dream, go for it! No holding back!

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  4. I love reading your blog and following along on the fun that your family has! I hope you continue your success in 2015!

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    1. Thanks Paris! I love following your blog as well too and watching all the fun things you and S creates!

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  5. 2014 was definitely a fun filled and exciting adventure for you and the girls and I expect even more greatness in 2015. Stay blessed and keep on keeping one sis!

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    1. Aww thanks sis! You have always been my biggest cheerleader and I see such great things for you in 2015! Stay blessed as well!

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  6. Here's to wishing us all a beautiful new year! <3


    xoxo

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  7. I commend you for all your success! So inspirational! Thank you for being so open and helpful to me this year. I will definitely be reading your financial posts! I love watching all the fun you have with your girls-so cute!

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    1. Thank you so much Nadeen! I hope this year we get to finally meet.

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  8. Your year has inspired me and I love your travels too. Wishing you a blessed and even better 2015

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  9. Cheer Lou on all your success! I'm new to your blog, but have become a fan, and how can you not with your adorable girls! As a blogger and wedding and event planner with two young girls I'm in awe of all your accomplishments, especially in the last year! I've had a blog for 4 years but just started paying attention to my stats in last 9 months. You're an inspiration and hope to be as successful as you some day! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Keep working hard on your blog and your goals and you will succeed!

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  10. Congrats Louida! You have really been an inspiration and I wish you many more blessings in 2015!!
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  11. I just found your blog because someone retweeted a link to it and I'm so glad I found it. I've just spent an hour (it's 2am!) reading your posts on blogging and how to get products and get paid, etc. I love that your posts are short and to the point yet have tons of great info! You are very knowledgeable! Congrats on all your blogging success!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found my blog and found it useful! I look forward to seeing you around the blog.

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  12. I truly enjoyed reading your blog in 2014 Lou, everything from your inspiring journey to your epic road trip. I wish you continued success in 2015.

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    1. Thank you so much girl! I really enjoyed reading your blog in 2014 as well.

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  13. Congrats on an amazing year Lou! I can identify with so much that you mentioned. I totally understand not wanting to be known for one thing. You do an amazing job and I'm so happy we connected. Wishing you continued success in 2015.

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    1. Thanks Vee! Yeah, I really wish I could change my name but it is now too hard to do since I've had my name too long.

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