SITS Day Is Here

December 4, 2012 in Blog

When I started blogging,I knew what content I wanted to write about, but not how to use technology. I learned the basics of blogging and then more advanced aspects through a website called SITS Girls. It a blog for bloggers. Through them I’ve learned everything from how to find my blogging niche to a bit about SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimization). I’ve also met a new friends along the way. And each weekday, SITS features a blog and guess what? Today, it’s Pruning Princesses!

A picture from the early days, the girls are bigger now. So are their issues.

Welcome SITS friends. I am so glad you are here. I’ve been writing advice to other moms since I first found out I was pregnant. I would compose lists in my head of all the things I wish someone had told me. And eventually the mental lists were too much, I needed to write them down. Pruning Princesses was born. Raising girls is a great joy, but the world we live in is making is tougher. So this blog is for moms who want to raise strong, confident girls, who love Jesus and who they were created to be.

Grab your tea or coffee, look around. Learn and be inspired from moms who have been there and done that (Mentor Moms), find articles to challenge your mommy brain (Fuel), read the mothering advice I’ve grabbed on to and followed (Wednesday Wisdom) or check out Exploration where finding all the topics Pruning Princesses has covered from eating disorders to dolls and from keeping track of hair bands to making sidewalk paint is a bit easier.

Raising these emotionally charged little females is a roller coaster ride of peaks and valleys. I hope you join me, especially on the days where all we can do is raise both hands and scream. And if you aren’t raising girls, I bet you know a mom who could use the encouragement and ideas found here. Won’t you share this blog with them?

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Michelle December 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

Happy SITS Day! Love this concept. I had my first girl after 2 boys and, well, let’s say I’m a tad bit nervous. I’ve got the raising boys thing down but girls – hair bows, frills, and emotions…not so much 🙂 Enjoy your day!

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pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

Michelle, I don’t have any boys. They would make me crazy. As a woman who understands women, you will do a great job raising your girl as long as you remain intentional. And the hair bows and emotions. Those are extra perks!

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thedoseofreality December 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

So happy that it is your special day! 🙂 Hope you enjoy all the SITS love that will be coming your way! It is always nice to get to visit a blog I already love!-Ashley

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Barbara December 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Happy SITS Day! You have such a cute blog!

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Alexa December 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I love this! I have two little girls – they will be 3 and 1 this month so I can use this advice!!! Happy SITS day and I’m looking forward to following your blog!

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pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Oh Alexa, how precious. I remember when my girls were that age. Mine are 2 years and 2 weeks apart. It is so much fun having girls though some days are a challenge. After a weekend of fighting over stupid things (yes, I used that word), I made them go 24 hours without speaking to each other. It helped! And kept me sane. If you ever have any questions about raising girls or how we handled a certain kind of situation, I would love to know about it. I would love to have Q & A posts and maybe involve some of the different mentor moms here in answering those questions.

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Erin @ The Grass Skirte December 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Adorable blog. Hope that you enjoy your SITS day! 🙂

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Linda December 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Happy SITS day, enjoy being featured!! You have a very cute blog & cute girls. I hope to have girls someday… I am definitely going to take a look around 🙂

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Kirsten @One Tough Mother December 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’m so happy your blog was featured today on SITS – this is fantastic! I’m bookmarking your blog and will definitely stop by often. My daughter is almost 11 and we have just hurled ourselves head first into the pre-pubescent tween years (OH Joy!). If she wasn’t so stinkin’ cute {and just like her stubborn momma} I’d probably string her up by her toes out back.

But, the advice and encouragement given here is better than doing that, so thanks! And may the mommy force be with you and your girls! LOL! Have a great day!

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Eva December 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I am raising just one girl – and that is a whole lot of work. I look forward to visiting here again for more advice! Happy SITS day… 🙂

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Crystal December 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I also visit your blog quite often and was excited to see you as today’s featured blogger. Happy SITS Day once again! After having three boys, I was blessed with a little girl (two weeks away from her first birthday). What a joy! What a challenge! I will be popping in regularly – you can be sure of that. 🙂

Crystal

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

Hi Crystal! I don’t think I have met you before! I am so pleased that you enjoy the blog. I know nothing about boys but I do know you will be amazed at how different girls are (just wait until she starts having friend issues). I am so glad you will be popping in regularly. If you ever have a question, I would love to try and answer it or pose it to some of the mentor moms here on Pruning Princesses. Motherhood can be a fabulous sorority!

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Melissa December 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Congratulations on your special day! I enjoy what you share and the support that you give to others!
Melissa

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 1:49 am

Hi Melissa! We haven’t connected in a while. SITS day is fun. Thank you for letting you know that you enjoy the blog. It warms my heart. Have a great week! I hope you win one of the giveaways from today at SITS!

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Cher @ Designs by Studio C December 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Have a very fantastic SITS day! Love the red hair!!

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misssrobin December 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s a great day for you.

Your picture is wonderful. Look at those smiles!

I guess I’d be more on the mom mentor end of things. My kids are 14-22 now (4 girls, 1 boy). It’s wonderful that blogging and the internet allow us all to connect and help each other.

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Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories December 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Happy SITS day! Love your blog design and those beautiful girls. I have 3 sons but love your post about helping girls choose their true friends. I think that’s so important at this age. My oldest is in middle school now and it was hard there for him to understand how true friends should treat you. Looking forward to hopping around your blog. Enjoy your day!

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pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Tanya, I know nothing about raising boys. But I am so glad to hear a mom of boys talking with her sons about feelings and how to treat others. I am always thinking of new blogging material and like to ask moms of boys, what do you teach your sons about girls? what do you say to them about how to choose a wife? Do you talk about these things? If you have time and respond, I might use your responses in a post. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

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Sara December 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Happy SITS day! Congratulations! 🙂 🙂

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Xae December 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Hi Laura,
Dropped by from SITS. Isn’t it great to be featured? Lovely blog you have here.
Hope you have a nice day 🙂

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Julie Moore December 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Wonderful idea for a blog! Happy SITS Day! 🙂 I hope it is amazing for you.

I am the mother of 2 boys (10 and 8) and a little girl (2). I know that mom advice is good to have! Thanks for being willing to share yours!

Have a great week! 🙂

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

Hi Julie,
My girls are the same age as your boys. And yes, gathering all this mothering advice has encouraged and inspired me (and hopefully my readers). I hope you will return someday to return the fabulous mentoring posts. Thank you for taking time to stop by and comment.

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Julie Moore December 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Always willing to share mommy advice. 🙂 I’ve not arrived by any stretch, but maybe someone can learn from my mistakes and not repeat them, or take my triumphs and double them personally. Parenting is a journey unique to all. What works for one doesn’t always work for another, but there’s always “rules of thumb.” I think the main key is consistancy and to make sure that they know you are there for them and love them above all else, being honest and being able to admit that you’re not perfect. We’ll see if that strategy works when they are old and grown and away from home. 🙂

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 2:40 am

Hi Julie, I used to maintain a diet for my youngest that was gluten, soy, egg, peanut, and dairy free. I
know a bit about your world. I am looking for mentor moms and if you would like to write for Pruning Princesses, let’s connect. Shoot me an email about yourself and the ages of your kiddos. I will send back expectations and topics we are looking for (for though you can alwyas suggest your own). There is an email button at the top of my blog you can use. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Julie Moore December 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I will be emailing you. 🙂

Paloma December 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Happy SITS Day! Very excited for you! 🙂

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 1:40 am

Paloma! I was thinking about you the other day. I haven’t “heard” from you much. How are you?

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OneMommy December 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Happy SITS day! Hope you have a totally awesome day! Can’t wait to read a few more of your posts!

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Sandy December 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Have a fabulous SITSday! 🙂

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Brandy December 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Happy Sits Day! Your blog is beautiful!

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Salt December 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

As a new mom, I know I could certainly use some advice. 🙂 I’m so happy to have found your blog! Congrats on your SITS day!

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pruningprincesses December 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I am so glad you found your way to my blog too. Gathering the ideas and mentor tips has been life giving and inspiring for me as a mom and hopefully for my readers too. I hope you will stick around. And welcome to the instant sorority that is motherhood.

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Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories December 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

We had some issues with bullying. My oldest is small for his age physically but smart so he ends up being youngest in his grade so after witnessing some incidents when his best friends were physically pushing him around, we had to have that conversation about how true friends treat each other and how to respond.

Good question, besides the conversation to respect what girls say (no means no) and the physical (no hitting or rough housing like you do with boys) we don’t really differentiate between treating girls differently than boys. We teach him to be respectful, honest, loving, caring and to treat others fairly, not to pass judgment and as he would want to be treated regardless of gender, race or lifestyle. I want my boys to treat girls as equals so I think it’s important that we emphasize how to treat all people equally.

after his learning about female vs male anatomy, he had some questions where I did explain about the hormonal changes which can cause, in my case, mood swings and it’d be in his best interest to never ask a girl if she’s on PMS when he gets older. I admit I go through it but drives me nuts when hubby asks if I am?!?

We have not yet had a conversation about what kind of wife to choose with our oldest. We have lots of loving and wonderful ladies in our multi-racial family so of course I hope he chooses a woman who has some faith in religion and treats him well. Our younger two are too young to have these conversations but I know I am in trouble. They are all handsome kids and very outgoing. All 3 of them have kissed or been kissed by girls since 2 years old in daycare. I can’t take them anywhere without girls following my oldest around (and wanting to marry him), my middle one flirting with girls and proudly exclaiming “I just love girls!” and the youngest kissed a girl in his daycare class but just that one and she was special. :). I know I will have many more conversations about girls in the future. Please send me a message if you’d like to talk further, I would love to. I am home sick today so my head is a little fuzzier than usual, hope I am coherent! Thanks for responding!

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 2:13 am

Tanya, thanks so much for your thoughtful response. I am definitely going to write a post sometime in the future about what boy moms are teaching their sons about girls. I will save your contact info for when that get starts. First I need to tackle puberty issues though!

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Tanya @ Moms Small Victories December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

sounds good. I would love to be included. Puberty, oy! Good luck!

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Dashing Elements December 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Happy SITS Day! Love the design of your site!

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Tracy Joyner December 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Happy SITS DAY~
It is so important to have someone who has “been there done that” when raising the kids..they do not come with instructions at birth! We make mistakes but we also do a lot right the first time too. Your girls have a great mom.

From TracyAnn of http://www.crochethappy.com and http://asktracyann.crochethappy.com

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

Tracy, thank you for your kind words. Comments are the love language of a blogger and you know how to write encouraging ones! I have been so blessed by using this blog to pursue mentors. And while I don’t know how to crochet, my oldest daughter just learned. She loves it!

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Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom December 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Happy SITS Day! I can’t wait to delve into your world! And with two little girls that I am trying to bring up in a godly manner, I LOVE finding other moms that are in my shoes. (I’m not alone!)

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

Hi Tanya. I hope you become part of this world at Pruning Princesses. I too LOVE connecting with other Christian moms with girls (how old are yours?). Please come back and visit more….there is so much great wisdom deposited here by the mentor moms. And if I can pray for you in anyway, please let me know. And you are not alone. Discovering the truth of that is one of my favorite parts of blogging.

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Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy December 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Happy SITS Day! I have enjoyed reading through your posts and exploring your blog! I’m looking forward to following it!

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 1:52 am

Hi Melissa! I am excited to get to know you. I hope you do come back and explore, especially the mentor mom section–there is so much wisdom in there! Thanks for the follow. If I can ever pray for you or your family, let me know. I love praying for readers!

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almostsinglemom December 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

i love your design! your girls are so adorable subscribing now!

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 1:50 am

Thank you! I love it most days. On discontent days I dream of hiring a designer to redo the header! The woman who designed the one I have actually disappeared from the Internet while we working on it! Crazy. I hope you come back and explore some more. And if you ever have a prayer need, I love to pray for my readers and their daughters, just let me know!

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Nikki December 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

love your blog

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Danielle December 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

Happy SITS day! My daughter is only 10 months but I am already finding that she is different from her 2.5 year old brother. I am looking forward to following your blog and doing lots of reading!

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 1:49 am

Hi Danielle. Thanks for the Twitter follow. I hope you do come back and explore. I know your daughter is young but it is never too early to start filling your idea bag. And in the future, I am hoping to start a Q&A section on the blog where moms ask questions and myself or some of the mentor moms answer. If you have questions, let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

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andrea @ Made Simple and Sweet December 5, 2012 at 1:08 am

Happy SITS Day!! Enjoy your day!

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Leslie December 5, 2012 at 2:35 am

Hope you’ve had a great SITS Day!

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Kim December 5, 2012 at 2:46 am

Congrats on your SITS day! I’m a Christian mom of 2 girls and I look forward to checking out your site.

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hi Kim! I love meeting other Christian moms. It is people like you I really think about when I write. How old are your girls? Please, stop by again and look around. There is so much on here and the mentor mom posts are fabulous (I can brag since I didn’t write them!). If I can ever pray for you and your girls, please let me know.

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Erin C December 5, 2012 at 4:03 am

Congrats on SITS Day! I am new to the SITS community and yours is the first blog I am getting to enjoy! I have a 5 yr old daughter & 8 yr old son and life is a rollercoaster! 🙂 But I can’t imagine it any other way! Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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pruningprincesses December 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Hi Erin! Welcome to the SITS community. I’ve learned so much here, made several friends from my niche and improved my blog tremendously. If your daughter if 5, I can guarantee one thing. You will be surprised at how quickly issues of mean girl and mood swings pop into your life. But you are right, life is a roller coaster and there is so much joy in watching them grow. I hope you will return and be part of the community here.

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Renee December 5, 2012 at 4:46 am

Happy SITS Day! Your blog is so pretty!!

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Pam December 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

A belated Happy SITS day to you Laura! I’m so happy you were given this opportunity to share your excellent blog!

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 2:37 am

Hi Pam! SITS day was fun. And yes American Girl is still a great magazine. But my favorite, which I will review soon, is Discovery Girls. Talk to you more soon.

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Laura December 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I have one almost 3 year old, and am definitely learning that parenting gets more fun and more challenging with each year. I look forward to reading more!

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pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 2:35 am

Laura, you are so right. With each new stage of parenting I look back at previous issues and they seem so much simpler! I guess that is why mentors are so helpful. I hope you do return and become a regular part of the community here at Pruning Princesses.

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denyse@crazy beautiful life December 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Hi Laura! Happy belated SITS day!! I know I’m late but December just seems to be skipping by me. I love the canvas projects you did with the girls very inspirational.

I’m having a FACEBOOK social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your facebook.

http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/facebook-social-hop.html

Have a crazy beautiful week!

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