9.29.2014

Wait, I'm a petite?


Y'all. My life is forever changed, I accidentally tried on a pair of slacks at Ann Taylor Loft and they were petite - they fit perfectly!! I had NO CLUE I was petite, I thought 5'5 was pretty average, but guess not. Actually, maybe I'm only 5,4.5 come to thing of it - I guess I'm so used to rounding up I just really think I am 5'5.  I want to go buy all new pants now, seems kinda dumb, but honestly I had no clue I was buying the wrong kind all these years and just walking around on my hims for no reason. 

I actually went in trying to find a pair of navy slacks and they are forever sold out of my size, even online. Super annoying. I NEED navy pants in my life! 

Shirt VIA Pumpkin Butter Kids.
On my way home from running this one calls and says she NEEDS a haircut. I don't know where she get that from :) She's obsessed with Sweet and Sassy, I mean I get it, pink and glitter all over the place. She said she wanted her hair cut short, I was on the fence because ponytails are really easy, but half the time she pulls them out or they come undone and she looks a hot mess, so I let her do it. I'm so glad I did, she looks freaking adorable!! She has the perfect face for a bob.


She's really growing up so quickly lately, every day she seems more adult and it makes me sad. Then I remember how much more FUN she is, we can carry on longer conversations and jam out together in the car and I'm just so blessed that God sent her to me. I can't wait to see the woman she becomes - just not too soon. 


 I can still pick her up....barely. Heck if I play my cards right I'll still be picking her up when she's 12. #flexbreak

I just want to put something out there real quick - it was brought up on IG over the weekend and it's been bugging me so I wanted to just address it. 

Money. I don't really like to talk about money, it makes me uncomfortable, but I feel like I have to state my feelings on this because otherwise y'all would have no idea my thoughts on this, if you even care.  Someone brought up my sponsored posts and said she felt like my page was being taken over with ads and that she felt I was being less than sincere - that I shouldn't shill for whatever company throws me a bone. Now - I am not attacking this person so please don't try to stick up for me, but she's a regular reader whom I've known so this makes me wonder if more of you feel this way so that's why I'm addressing it. 

Yes I do sponsored posts, but I've literally done like maybe 5 - considering how often I post I'd say my ratio is pretty dang low. I also have done a lot off free things for people, like my challenges, I give advice to anyone who emails me, and I put up free info on my blog weekly. If you've never blogged then maybe you don't really get it, but it's a LOT of work. Like a lot. I have a family, a full time job, and hour commute each way, and all my sweat seshes. I do it mostly because I truly want to help people and if you are gonna hate on me for making a few bucks, then oh well. I really never post things I don't love already, in fact I've tried things I've never talked about because they just weren't for me.

I find most of my most favorite products through blogs, so that's why I love to share the things I like - wouldn't you want to buy on a recommendation and not just trail and error? Giveaways are for you guys, I would love to send all of you something free, but I can't so I give you the chance to win it. If you don't care for it then just click away - that easy. 

For some reason people get all huffy when they know you are making money from blogging, I get it somewhat because it seems like easy money, but it ain't easy.  Blogging takes effort and time, both of which I give, I give up things like watching TV after the kids are in bed so I can get on FB and answer questions and run challenges for YOU. Hopefully you are able to see this a mutually beneficial relationship.
 
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37 comments :

  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with working hard doing what you love and making money. I mean isn't that the ultimate goal with our real jobs? I love your posts, keep doing you!

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  2. No way, do all the sponsored posts you want... that's a perk of being a blogger and any blog reader knows that. You are super authentic and so long as you keep that, who cares if you make some money or get free product. If you really like it, then chances are we will too and will be glad you told us about it and maybe even give us a discount code, score for us both!

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  3. I totally get it sister!! It is sooo hard keeping up with my blog with a baby and a full time job! Recipes, shooting the perfect picture, editing! So time consuming!

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  4. People act like they wouldn't want to make a few extra bucks if they had the chance! Keep doing your thang!

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  5. Ummmm....not quite. You weren't the ONLY one up wayyyyy past your bedtime last night. I was so excited watching those threads BLOW up and all of these women getting so excited. I have MORE than a few pounds to lose, but I am SO thankful to you for providing that extra push and motivation we all need. You're definitely giving more to us than we are to you! And, yes, TS is TOO adorable with the new lob she got! :)

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  6. You worked hard to build up your readers (even if you weren't actually trying to). People listen and respect you so if I had a company, I would love to have your name associated with my products. Be proud that you have built up a following that respects you and your opinion. I can't imagine the time you spend blogging so you should be rewarded to take the time to mention products offered to you. Thank you for all you do to help others that you don't even know.

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  7. amen. as bloggers we give out tons of free content, you should not feel bad AT ALL about doing sponsored posts. respect!!! :)

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    1. What she said. I totally get sponsored posts, as long as they fit in your wheelhouse, which I think they've done so far.

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  8. Keep doing what you are doing (:

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  9. Regarding the pants...I would say 5'5" is an average height, but pants are just TOO LONG nowadays! Reminds me of a For Better or For Worse cartoon that my mom clipped for me when I was growing up (I'm 5'1"). The main character tries on petite pants that fit perfectly, then wonders what people of actual petite height buy. The last frame is a girl in an outfit far too long for her and she says "don't even ask!" Unfortunately, petite is more of an average length!

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  10. Love this post! Nothing wrong with you making a little money from blogging. I like reading your recommendations. After all word of mouth is the best if you ask me.

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  11. Nothing wrong with ANY of that, I mean, I wish I could make some $$$ off of my blog, but like my mom and aunt read it religiously. When I get some more readers, I'll sponsor too. Plus, you put products out there that you like, and because of that, I've discovered Sugar Love Boutique and KKLR. So....just sayin, you opened me up to the world of internet shopping. And now I don't have to leave my house :)

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  12. Don't sweat it, I love the products you sponsor. Keep doing your thing, you rock!

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  13. I appreciate that you post pretty much every day! You should be allowed to make some extra money on it. I mean, if you didn't post every day what would I do with my first 5-10 minutes at work?

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  14. I've been reading your blog for about 2 years now, and I have never felt that way. I understand it's a business as well as a hobby, and I don't mind getting a chance to learn about a new online boutique or enter a giveaway. I would never say I think your blog is overrun by sponsored posts, so don't take that comment seriously.

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  15. I love your blog, I do not think it is overrun by ads or sponsors in any way! besides if that is what is needed to keep you and twilight sparkle starting my day out then bring it on. I love reading about other products, etc. You are genuine and inspirational. keep it up!!!!

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  16. I hear ya on the petite thing. I'm 5'2'' and all my life have been walking on my hems too! LOL! then i discovered the same thing, forever changed. :)

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  17. The petite clothes are awesome - for those who fit the body size. The other thing I would like to bring up, as a curvy girl, some women have no idea they need to jump out of the Junior sizes and into the misses or women's sizes because they are made for women and not young girls. Granted, when I was a size 2, I would wear Juniors, Misses, whatever I could get my skinny butt into. But, Juniors just are not made to flatter a women with thighs or a butt. Misses clothing flatters some of us better. Just a thought to anyone who has not yet tried it...Meg, your daughters haircut is adorable - and yes, we know who she gets that from! Keep on blogging for those of us who appreciate and need you. You probably don't get paid enough if the truth were known...who knows how many hours you work and devote to helping all of us! Thanks again!

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  18. When all is said and done its your blog, even if every other post was a sponsored post its still your blog. Just because you link to a product on here or instagram doesn't mean that you are getting paid. You mention Ann Taylor in this post but it isn't sponsored and even if it was if someone doesn't like it they can always unfollow you.

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  19. I don't feel this way at all, I love your blog and have stopped reading others because they are mostly sponsored posts!

    Also, can you give me the name or contact info of the person who recently helped you with your macros (IIFYM)? I am struggling to find my sweet spot with them. Thanks! Kat
    katherineHUM@gmail.com

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  20. I would like to say that it took me about 2 decades to realize I was petite and I'm shorter than you! Blogging is a ton of work and I know you put tons of effort into it. I used to have an hour commute and I do not miss it. Anyways, I would say do what you think is right. After all, its your blog and you are the boss. Esther Norine Designs

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  21. you rock--ignore the negative and keep being you--that is why we are all here and why I check your blog first thing every day! Loooove you!

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  22. Love you and your blog and APPRECITAE all the suggestions, shilling,and free info! KEEP it going girl!

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  23. I like seeing where you get things from or even when you give discount codes to use. I can't stand falling in love with products, clothing, accessories, etc... & not knowing where the items came from.
    Plus it's a free world, keep calm & blog on!!! ;)

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  24. I think anyone who's hating on you is just jealous. Heck, I'm jealous of bloggers who get offers to do sponsored posts!!!! :-)

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  25. The "Sloan" from Banana Republic is my new favorite pair of slacks and they come in navy. They have them in capri length and full length, but they are a little pricey (I think about $80). Every now and then Banana Republic has a 40% off sale and thats a great time to grab a pair! (Also, I'm a 12, and love them on my figure!)

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  26. Don't sweat it Meg! Your blog is PERFECT!!! Please know that your followers respect how much of a commitment blogging is and love that you post as often as you do. Keep doin what your doin girl! We love you!!

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  27. I have found so many great products through recommendations of bloggers. If the topic being reviewed doesn't interest me, I can click away!

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    1. That was Marjie, Not Nick!! He wants me to clarify that he is too manly to read these chick blogs!!!

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  28. Don't sweat that person. Blogging is HARD work. It takes not only time, consistency and GOOD content to build a following like you have, but it takes even more to keep it going. You shouldn't feel bad about it at all.

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  29. A-damn-men about the sponsored posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Do what you want it is your blog after all. If other readers don't like it, they don't have to keep coming back to read it. Plain and simple. I wish I were petite...unfortunatly, I am 5'7 and can never find pants that are long enough. :-( the struggle is real no matter what size you are!

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  31. Dont sweat the critics of the ads on your blog. While I wouln't buy the products you've promoted, I still like your blog for fitness and health inspiration. Just keep being choosy and genuine with your product choices and you'll keep me as a reader:)

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  32. This was such a great post explaining blogging, giveaways, etc.. I don't think a lot of folks know how much work goes into blogging. I'm a fairly regular reader and wasn't getting the impresh that you were shilling a bunch of goods, so I am a little surprised. But I love how you took the opportunity to answer a regular reader and explain your answers. You're awesome! :)

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  33. I've been wanting comment on this for days but only just now have had the chance. I just want to say that you have actually helped me TREMENDOUSLY when it has come to products - anything from the Bellefit postpartum girdle (huge lifesaver!), to makeup recommendations, hairstyle ideas, healthy eating ideas, etc. I honestly feel like i can trust your opinon on stuff because you are real about your thoughts on everything. I mean, a while back you posted something about having your TP on an Amazon subscription service and I thought that was genius and started doing that with diapers. And I believed that was even a sponsored post. It doesn't bother me one bit. I know how much time it requires to blog and I'm so impressed you get all done. Thanks for your explanation on it all though, I hope it helps those people who thought out was horrible to actually get paid for all the time you donate to us, not to mention the inspiration, friendship, motivation, insight, ahhhh i could go on and on.:)

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