Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Friday, October 19, 2018

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 10.19.18: LIFE HAPPENS






 Hey there, friends........welcome to Best Of The Weekend!

Welp, way to go, Ms. Toody!
Make a big announcement about blog changes, and then.......silence.  
Life happens, friends, and the travel post I intended to publish 
early this week had to get sidelined. 

The main reason I haven't been able to focus on blogging  
was because our little Sadie had surgery last week. 
She had a tumor removed from her leg. 
The good news is that she will be fine, 
but she's needed a lot of paw-holding these last few days.

I've also been busy working on the annual fundraiser that I do for my synagogue.......
AND I'm taking two adult education classes: 
Photography and Selling On Ebay.......
AND I'm participating in a letter-writing campaign to get people to vote. 
My goal is to write 100 hand-written letters 
between now and the end of the month.

Enough about me.......let's party!

We'd appreciate it if you'd follow our co-hosts! 

 ****************  
Now that I have changed the focus of my blog to travel,
I'd LOVE to see more travel posts linked up here!

But of course, we feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah!
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 





 



Last Week's Most Clicked:



Fall Harvest Tablescape | Feathering My Empty Nest




A Few Of My Favorites:




Halloween Pretzels: Easy, Fast & Fun | The Monday Box 



Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea | Burlap & Blue


Crochet Baby Blue Sweater | Julie's Creative Lifestyle


Visiting Saunas In Finland | The Kittchen








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Friday, October 12, 2018

BEST OF THE WEEKEND | 10.12.18





Welcome to Best Of The Weekend, friends!
Once again, my thoughts are with those in the path of a deadly hurricane.
I hope that you, your family, and friends 
were spared from Hurricane Michael's destruction. 



Did you see  my big announcement 
earlier this week?
If you missed it, you can read about it here
I'm so excited about the new direction I am taking with my blog!

Speaking of excitement, there's a party goin' on right here.......
Please join the fun by linking up below,
and browsing through the thumbnails. 


And of course...... We'd appreciate it if you'd follow our co-hosts! 

 ****************  
Now that I have changed the focus of my blog to travel,
I'd LOVE to see more travel posts linked up here!

But of course, we feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah!
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 





 



Last Week's Most Clicked:



Crispy Baked Green Bean Fries | Dizzy Busy And Hungry




A Few Of My Favorites:


Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites | Cooking With Curls


Autumn Harvest Punch | Five Spot Green Living  



Halloween Pumpkin Spider Ghost Raven Paddles | Raggedy Bits



The Most Adorable DIY Halloween Cupcake Stand | Smart Fun DIY





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Monday, October 8, 2018

PASSION......AND MY BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT!


My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


What's your passion?

People aside (that's a given!), what is it that..........

Gets your juices flowing?
Puts a spring in your step? 
Makes your heart beat faster?
Has you doing a little tap dance?

It's no surprise to many of you that my passion is.......
 Travel.

Even when I'm not physically traveling, it's always on my mind.

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


My picture frames are filled with places we've been.
I'm always thinking about where to go next.
My bookshelves are loaded with travel books.
I'm reading about intriguing destinations in the newspaper.
Souvenirs I've collected are all over the house. 

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


My travel bucket list is longer than a CVS receipt.

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


When I first started Ms. Toody Goo Shoes five years ago, 
I barely knew what a blog was.
I was eager to start writing, and so I focused on a number of things that interested me........
Baking, home decor, gardening, travel, and a bunch of other random things.  
I always felt like my blog was a hodge-podge........
not that there's anything wrong with that;
it just didn't feel right for me.

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


If I am completely honest with you,
I never felt I was 100% in my zone.

I never pretended to be an expert in anything.
I simply wrote about things I liked,
 with an "if I can do this, it can't be all that hard" attitude.

For the first few years of blogging, I enjoyed staging photos.
Finally, all that stuff I had collected for no apparent reason found its way into my posts.
Somewhere along the line, I grew tired of the time and effort it takes to do a blog shoot.
 I wondered whether I should give up blogging altogether.
Becoming an Instagram blogger wasn't the answer,
because it's not the way I want to tell my stories.  

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger



After a bunch of soul searching, 
I realized that I still want to blog.
I love writing, taking pictures, and telling stories. 
I want to use my photos and my words in a way that comes naturally to me. 
I don't want to say, "Wait! Don't eat till I take some pictures!"
(unless it's while we're traveling, wink wink!)
And, mostly, I don't want to clean up my house in order to take pictures for my blog. 😀

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


An idea had been percolating for awhile.
When the answer came to me, it was.......
As clear as the sky in Santorini.......

KAMARI BEACH, SANTORINI | My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


As clear as the turquoise water in the Caribbean........

ST. JOHN'S ISLAND  | My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger



As clear as the church bells in Europe. 

Amalfi Cathedral | My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


I want to write about travel.


My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


Simply put, I want to take pictures of places,
and use them to tell stories.


My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


And so, friends, I'm officially switching gears. 
You may now refer to me as a travel blogger, thank you very much!

True, I don't travel constantly like other travel bloggers do.
SO...........
I'll just have to be a little creative. 😀

When I do go somewhere, I'll write about it, of course, 
but not all of my posts will be
"Here's where I went, and this is what it was like."

Frankly, I'd get bored doing only that. 

I plan to do themed Travel Collages like this or this,
 using pictures from places around the world.

I live close to New York City,
and I'm going to focus on that more intensely.
Heck, it may not be a travel destination for me,
but it is for 99% of my readers! 

Travel doesn't have to be a plane ride away...........
It can be a cute little town nearby, can't it?

Who knows...........I might even do a recipe here and there 
if it is something inspired by my travels.

And..........I do plan to continue my monthly Photo Diary,
as an excuse to use pictures of my dog and flowers and such! 😜

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


For now, I'm keeping the name Ms. Toody Goo Shoes,
but I have changed a few things.
I've modified "About Me" on my sidebar;

made some changes to the tabs at the top of my header,
(new tabs include Travel Collages and New York City),
and revised my tagline.

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger


So there you have it. 
 
Grab a seat in your favorite armchair,
and let me be your virtual travel guide! 

Oh, the places we'll go! 

My goal is to bring travel into my everyday life!  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #TravelBlogger



LINKING WITH:
Best Of The Weekend



 

Friday, October 5, 2018

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 10.5.18





Hi, friends! 
Welcome to Best Of The Weekend!
I don't know about you, 
but I haven't gotten into the fall spirit yet.
It's been warm and humid here, so if it wasn't for the calendar,
I'd probably forget that the autumnal equinox already occurred.
I've done exactly two things to acknowledge the change of seasons...........
I've put mums on my front porch,
and have been wearing boots instead of sandals on most days.
Fortunately, I'm in the right place for some fall inspiration.......
All I need to do is scroll down and browse the links below!
I could use some company - why not join me?


We'd appreciate it if you'd follow our co-hosts! 

 ****************  

We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 





 



Last Week's Most Clicked:



Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf | Delightful E Made




A Few Of My Favorites:



 BerryWorld Blueberry & Coconut Rice Pudding | Coffee Break Reads



Peanut Butter Chocolate Reese's Birthday Cake | Kocina de Pinay in Singapura




DIY Wooden Peddlers Flower Cart | TeeDiddlyDee



Fall Wood Decor Lettering | Sparkle Living 





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