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Monday, March 21, 2016

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Novel Newcomers: A Guest Post with Tina

Happy Monday, and welcome to another week of Novel Newcomers! This week, we have Tina from Tina the Bookworm taking over the blog with a guest post.

Mommy Duties, Reading, and Blogging: How Do You Do It?

This is a question that many people have asked me. I am a young mom of three ages four, three and an almost two year old. I know! I have my hands full so you’d think I wouldn’t have time to read like I do or blog like I do. But over the past year, I’ve learned to manage it all.

You see I love to plan. I am a planner. I need to plan. I want to plan. And I love to be organized even though that is entirely IMPOSSIBLE with three toddlers and husband but I try. I’ve always loved to plan, in high school I use to plan my outfits out a month in advance and print weekly to do lists three pages long. It drove everyone around me insane but it kept me sane.

Reading and blogging well that keeps me sane among the little tribe of toddlers I have because let’s face it as a mommy of three toddlers you’re a chef, a referee, nurse, teacher, and everything in between and sometimes that doesn’t leave much room for anything else. Blogging and reading that’s Mommy time, that’s something I do to remember that I’m not just a mommy or a wife but someone who has a passion for reading and writing.

Like I mentioned, I am huge on planning so I tend to plan ahead when it comes to blogging. I print out printable calendars from Sarah Titus and begin planning what I’d like to accomplish throughout the month. I tend to participate in Top Ten Tuesdays and I have my own feature for my kids on my blog called Tiny Bookworm Thursday. I always know that I’m more than likely going to participate in Top Ten Tuesday and for sure Tiny bookworm Thursday always happens so I schedule those. I also remember blog tours so that I can have the posts ready so when the time comes I just insert the review and schedule. Scheduling is really my best friend; I schedule tweets, posts and Facebook posts.

I also have a weekly to do list. I love the idea of scratching things off a list so I do one weekly in my blogging/to do list journal that I carry everywhere. I write down appointments, bill due dates, my weekly TBR and things I need to remember and things I have to do (obviously). This helps me stay on track with not only blogging and reading but with mommy duties.

My Tiny Bookworms are actually really independent and that makes me sad I will not lie and they’re extremely helpful. They help me out a lot with house duties. They also love to read, we tend to read several stories though out the week and go to the library pretty often. You can often find them sitting down “reading” on the couch. I won’t lie and say my kids are absolutely perfect, some days they fight with each other a lot but on the good days they really are amazing. I include them on the blog although I am trying to see how else to incorporate them. We tend to pick up a ton of books from the library, we pick which books to read and review for Tiny Bookworm. If I’m not reading for myself, I’m reading to them. I want them to love reading as much as I do. My mom installed the love of reading in me and I hope to pass it on to them.

My secret to reading so much? Audiobooks. I listen to them while I’m doing laundry, while I’m washing, while I’m sweeping and before I know it the house is cleaned and the kids are fed and in bed. I tend to listen to one audiobook a week to get through all the cleaning. I also don’t sleep much, I never really have but that helps with reading and blogging but that I don’t recommend that.

If it weren’t for Dr. Pepper, V8 Veggie Juice Energy Drinks, planning and my blogging notebook, I probably would be a hot mess. But the thing that really helps me with blogging, mommy duties and reading is that I love them all. I’m passionate about each one. Sometimes if one is starting to feel stressful, I do something else and then come back to it.   That’s really my secret to balancing everything.

Other than her blog, you can find Tina on Twitter and Goodreads. Stop by in two weeks to meet more new book bloggers! :)
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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.