Welcome to Joy in the Home (formerly Teachers of Good Things)!
I'm Dollie Freeman, a 40 something woman, who is determined to find joy in my everyday. I prefer laughter over crying; hugs over hand-shakes; cuddling over alone time; and ice cream over cake.
What Caused Me to Start a Blog…
Like many people, I had started a small business and found myself in debt with a business that wasn't growing. I needed a new solution to an old problem and that is when I learned about professional blogging, where I could combine my entrepreneurial drive and my desire to be a Titus 2 women to younger women together.
With the blessing of my husband and the support of my family, I started out learning all I could about the right way to making money blogging and attending conferences for crash courses in the steps toward success.
I was overjoyed to see that I was building momentum and that little by little, I started making money on my blog, as I honed in on my unique voice as a Charlotte Mason educator and sharing the good things from my experience with others on their own homeschool journey.
At the time of starting my blog in September 2012, I was over $10,000 in debt and determined to get myself out of the hole I dug, with only my husband's blessing, encouragement and support. Learning to blog as a professional blogger also takes money, so I was seeing the debt climb even more, but with a plan in place and my husband helping make my financial decisions with me, we knew that the debt would disappear and financial freedom would follow.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due…
My family is my biggest cheerleaders and I couldn't do this without them. My heart-throb, Harold, who has blessed me by calling me his wife for 23+ years has the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon – most days, but he is only human. Our four blessings, ranging from five to twenty-one, have loved and thrived with homeschooling and the Charlotte Mason method.
The early morning working to the late night hours, along with juggling the housework, cleaning, laundry, meals and schedule isn't always easy for me, but my family is always there to help where it is needed. It amazes me all the time, just how it all works together.
So What is Joy in the Home Really About…
I share about home life, home making, recipes, preschool and homeschooling on my blog, Joy in the Home, which I started as Teachers of Good Things, in September 2012. My readers love to learn about tips for parenting, the home life, with a frugal twist, family and learning about the Charlotte Mason way of homeschooling.
Here are a few of my top post:
- 10 Indoor Activities to Tire Kids Out
- Top 5 Bible Verses for Toddlers & Preschoolers to Memorize
- Tips to Build Attentiveness in Toddlers & Preschoolers
- 7 Things I Organize for Back to Homeschool
- 18 Things Charlotte Mason Expected Your 6 Year Old to Know
- 21 Things Charlotte Mason Expected Your 12 Year Old to Know
- How to Teach High School the Charlotte Mason Way
- Binder Books: The Ultimate Learning Tool
- Tips to Save Money Through Meal Planning
- Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Kids (and families, too)
Knowing the importance of support, further learning of the Charlotte Mason way and how to implement them, I felt lead to open a Facebook group for other Charlotte Mason educators to discuss what matters most to the success of their homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way. This group, Mother Culture Connects for Charlotte Mason Educators is open to all those working to implement this method and veteran Charlotte Mason educators. We support each other with daily conversing and planned monthly Facebook parties with themed topics.
I have written several ebooks, curriculums and eCourses that are based off the Charlotte Mason method, which you can find in my store.
About my blog and what I use to run it:
My theme is called a custom design that I did myself, because I love the option of tweaking things on my own, and keeping the design to fit my personal vision. If I get stuck with an element of design, my daughter helps since she does blog design herself – check out her services at Beyond the Blogger.
To sell my own products, I use WooCommerce. I also have my own affiliate program that syncs with my store.
My email marketing is from AWeber, which I absolutely recommend for the price, the customer service and the functionality of the service.
My top referrer is Pinterest, which means I need to really concentrate on good graphics and pinnable images. I do that with my camera, my favorite lens, purchasing photos from Dollar Photo Club and using PicMonkey to edit them using the Royale features mostly – it is worth the price!
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