Exciting Update!

Exciting News to the Blog!

I am so thrilled to announce something exciting for our blog! I am going to start blogging consistently and am becoming a part-time blogger. How exciting! This has been something we have been thinking, talking and praying about with our family for a long time and with a leap of faith, we are diving deep. I hope you all are just as excited as we are. So, what does this actually mean? Well, first of, that means my posts will be consistent and on a weekly basis. Before, I posted when I had the time or desire (which sometimes meant once in three weeks). Now I hope to have 1 – 2 post(s) a week. Squealing with delight. 

REDESIGN-

There will be some changes to the blog with a redesign. Over the next few weeks, we will be having work done on the back end of the blog and I hope you will see a drastic change in speed and appearance. As we work on that, do you have any tips or ideas that you feel would make your experience and navigation/searches a more enjoyable one?  I will take any tips and ideas you have! I’m sure you have been on here navigating and said, urghh, I wish she had this or that?.

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ADVERTISEMENT-

To be able to blog part-time, I am sure you have started noticing we have installed Ad’s on our blog. We are really honored to work AdThrive and be a part of their team, they are absolutely phenomenal. I would like to ask you though, if you every see an Ad that is inappropriate or unappealing, please let me know! Click on the URL and e-mail me the page you were directed to; my email is ([email protected]).

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS-

We at times share Affiliate links to Amazon. We really appreciate you clicking through and purchasing from there. We make a very small percentage once you purchase but the cost is the same to you, our reader. Thank you for being a part of our online blog family.

FEEDBACK (SURVEY)-

Here is the best part, one that you can partake in! I need your feedback, pretty please. What would you like to see most of coming to the blog? 95% of our posts are recipes, but at times we post personal posts, you can see them under the This & That tab. I am an interior designer and am constantly doing changes to our home. Would you like me to share posts on ideas/tips on home décor/design or is that not something you would be interested in?

Also, if possible. I’d love to hear about you our friends who visit us in our online home. Are you married, do you have children or where do you live? What kind of interests do you have? All of these will help us know how to make our posts more personal to you.

CATEGORIES-

Currently, we have Categories as follows-

RECIPES– self explanatory

VIDEO RECIPES– by our very talented Junior chefs (a.k.a. our children)

THIS & THAT– under which are Testimonies, Family happenings Travels and Faith posts, and our Shop 

Upcoming we are hoping to add a section for kitchen TIPS? What do you think?

Social media- We will also be doing more short videos that we will share on Facebook and Instagram. I’m really starting to enjoy shooting those.

Another idea I have been playing around with is adding a category for different discussions. So a post perhaps that will talk about what there is to know about being a mom for newborns and in that post you all can get active and comment. Then It would be a wonderful bookmark to have and go back to if you ever couldn’t remember the best bottle or cream a mom recommended. What do you think? What other topics would interest you in that category?

NEWSLETTERS-

Are you signed up to receive our Newsletters? I don’t send one out every week, but they are pretty fun when they do go out. I share a lot of things in there that I don’t share anywhere else. Like in this upcoming Newsletter, there will be of pictures on the project of remodeling our girls’ room. I am soo excited (I have a degree in Residential Planning and Design, therefore, I absolutely love projects like this one). Sign up below or on the right side bar. It just requires your e-mail. I promise not to spam you with anything unnecessary or share your e-mail.

Lastly, I’d be so honored if you would spread the word about our blog to your friends. That would be oh such a blessing to our family. (P.S. Did you know that on Facebook you can go under our blog and invite friends to like our page, I mean, just throwing that out there is any of you are wondering how to get involved.)

Thank you all for being such wonderful friends to us. We truly have the nicest group of people visit. I am praying our blog is one that will inspire all of us to be better moms, cooks, friends and followers of Christ.

Well, this about sums it up. I sure am REALLY, REALLY looking forward to reading your comments and e-mails. Comments and feedback really keep a blogger going!

Fondly,

Valentina, Timur and our nuggets (Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Abigail)

Valentina's Corner

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  • Margo Haynes 04/24/2017, 8:32 am

    Dear Valentina
    I found you through a blog recipe for chicken bread boats & what a beautiful surprise! I have saved your site & link to it. I will be subscribing around July 1st. I have just temporarily unsubscribed from those I was receiving in order to take time away from the internet wanting to spend time extended quiet time alone in the Word. Your site is so beautifully done & in re-doing your blog do not omit your writings & sharing of the Lord! Your writing are so beautiful & your are blessed with such a beautiful family. I will be 80 this year and have cooked for many years but I have learned so many new things from all of you talented young people. I am sure that there are other bloggers out there, I know of one or two, that are Christians, but you are the first that so beautifully shares her love with the Lord through her experiences & her writings. Please never change that; you will never know until you reach heaven just how many you have reached, but I am sure that it will be many that you have reached & blessed.
    Blessing, Margo

    • admin 04/24/2017, 7:46 pm

      Margo,
      Honestly, your comment moved me to tears. It was extremely beautiful and encouraging. I feel so humbled and honored to have someone as yourself visit my blog and find our love for Jesus. Makes my heart sing. I love sitting down with someone older than myself and learning what life has taught you. A soft spot in my heart for those who are wiser than I. 🙂
      Huge WELCOME to our blog. From all 7 of us (The Mr., myself and our 5 nuggets.)

  • Anitta 03/31/2017, 1:22 pm

    Hi Valentina!! Love and really enjoy your blog!! Made so much recipes from your site and they all turn out so good, I would say half of your recipes!!:)) and really would love more canning recipe if you can share that would be awesome! And of course would love to interior house designs since we are in process of buying a new house!!! Thank you so much!!! Gods blessing to your beautiful family!! And I am also a mom of seven amazing kids!!! And all the posts about parenting is also appreciated and would love to read them to get myself any tips!! Thank you, thank you!!!

    • admin 04/04/2017, 1:58 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment and suggestion, Anitta. So much appreciated and taken note of. Love hearing your guys’ input. 🙂
      Mom of seven! That’s amazing and such a blessing, what ages are your children?

  • Julie @ Julies Eats & Treats 03/24/2017, 1:19 pm

    Congrats!! Let me know if I can help at all!

    • admin 03/24/2017, 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie. I really am looking forward to this new journey.. 🙂 🙂

  • Sofiya 03/23/2017, 2:13 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. I probably tried almost all your recipes. I really like your personal posts. All of them. Family ones and the testimonies are my favorite.
    KEEP it up. We actually have a group of ladies that pray that God is able to use your blog to touch many lives. <3 It is rare to find people like you anymore.

  • Olya 03/14/2017, 4:11 pm

    That is such great news! I love trying out your recipes & love reading all your posts. Thank you very much for all you do. Looking forward to see more in the future.
    Gods blessings to you & your beautiful family.

    • admin 03/14/2017, 10:45 pm

      Olya,
      Aww. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and encouragement. I truly, truly appreciate it. Looking forward to seeing where God will lead our blog (and what He can use for His glory).
      We are blessed to have you a part of our online family. 🙂

  • anna vakulchik 03/14/2017, 11:09 am

    First of all, thank you for keeping the website going. I love all your recipes and personal posts. My plan for this year is to get our kids involved more into cooking with me and themselves.I would love to see more of your kids cooking videos. My kids love following recipes from other kids videos, they seem to get more inspired. Thank you

    • admin 03/14/2017, 10:43 pm

      Thanks Anna so much for your feedback. I love that you want to get the kiddos involved more. Sometimes it may seem like you could get the work done in half the time without them, (especially the little ones) but it’s so worth the memories. Kiddos will be so happy to hear you enjoy their videos.
      Sending loads of blessings upon you and your family. 🙂

  • Alina 03/14/2017, 10:52 am

    Hi Valentina,im kinda new to ur blog,i’ve tried few of ur recipes already and whatever i tried turned out YUM!!:)..so im planning to stick to ur recipes/blog for sure!..I wouldnt mind some mommy tips too,expecting my first baby in a month?..would be nice to have some tips from experienced christian mom. Thank you,God bless you abundantly.

    • admin 03/14/2017, 10:40 pm

      Alina,
      Well first – HUGE Welcome from our family (the five nuggets as well as my better half). We are so happy to have you join our online family.
      So glad to hear you like the idea of tips/posts related to life where we can all share! I love it.
      (And btw, congrats on the little bundle. They are so special and sweet. Enjoy every moment, take LOTS of pictures and love on them. They grow up WAY too quickly. Wishing you a blessed and speedy delivery.)

  • Lena 03/14/2017, 7:56 am

    That’s exciting that you will post more! Could you please post more canning recipes as well? Closer to the season;) home decor/organization is also a great idea!

    • admin 03/14/2017, 10:37 pm

      Oh, thank you Lena! Actually a wonderful idea. I am going to start digging through my mom’s canning recipes. She’s a pro at canning. Let’s see what we can get ready for winter. 🙂
      And another home decor friends, yayyyy. <3
      Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to leave feedback.

  • Lena 03/14/2017, 1:03 am

    I actually just thought of another thing:) not sure how hard it is to have a search by ingredient? Kind of like on natashaskitchen

    • admin 03/23/2017, 2:05 am

      I actually never noticed that, Lena. Hhhmm, I will have to go check that out. Thank you for the tip:).

  • Kristina 03/13/2017, 2:03 pm

    Thats great to hear i always enjoy viewing ur site for new idea recipes.Would u be able to organize your recipes into tabs? Like if i need an idea for salad you will have all salads in one place. I think now u have to go through all ur recipes to find a salad or anything else, that will be very helpfu. Thanks again for all the recipes looking forward to more!! 🙂

    • admin 03/14/2017, 10:34 pm

      Hi there Kristina,
      If you look under the RECIPES category at the top, I have many different categories:).
      Thank you for visiting and commenting, we appreciate you. Be blessed.

  • Brielle 03/13/2017, 12:58 am

    That’s great news!! I’ve tried a bunch of your recipes already and have my family loves them all. My favourite posts are your personal ones though…have 3 little wee ones and can relate to you. Also, the home decor ideas category sounds amazing. Hope you definitely incorporate that into the new blog design. God’s blessings to you & your wonderful family

    • admin 03/23/2017, 2:04 am

      Thanks so much Brielle for your feedback. I appreciate it. Love hearing your guys’ feedback. 🙂
      You are a busy mama, though I bet you would not have it any other way. Though it’s so difficult raising kiddos, I am so blessed God gave them to me to be able to raise. What an honor.
      Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit.

  • Tanya 03/12/2017, 8:32 pm

    This is awesome news!! I love your blog! I don’t know what it is about your recipes but anything I make turns out delish! Your blog helped me become a better cook! Thank you. Gods Blessing!

    • admin 03/13/2017, 11:16 am

      Tanyush,
      Aren’t you oh so sweet! I promise though, it’s not me. You are the one with the talented hands that are bringing the recipes to life, I just give you ideas! 🙂 Feeling super special though, THANK YOU!. Many, many blessings upon your family and well. <3

  • sophie 03/12/2017, 1:56 am

    That’s exciting! I always look forward to your posts. I have several of your recipes written down in my recipe book, but I especially like personal posts! I can tell that posts on faith and family take quite a lot of time and thought but they are very much appreciated. And I’m de-clutterring and home decorating impaired 😉 so I’d love some simple, basic tips.

    • admin 03/13/2017, 11:10 am

      Thank you so much Sophie. I just loved reading your beautiful comment. Sweet readers like you really make me love blogging. Thank you for being a part of our online family (p.s. Faith posts are my FAVORITE to write. They really leave a piece of my heart on the blog.) 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Katy | Her Cup of Joy 03/11/2017, 1:14 pm

    Hi Valentina,

    That’s such a great step for you! I’ve always liked reading your posts and look forward to reading more soon.

    • admin 03/13/2017, 11:07 am

      Thanks so much Katy, you are so sweet. Feeling very humbled that you enjoy reading our posts:). Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Galya 03/11/2017, 1:19 am

    Very happy to hear that. In addition to everything I would love to see posts on freezer friendly ideas, meals and how to. Thank you for everything you do.

    • admin 03/11/2017, 10:52 am

      Galya,
      That’s such a great idea – the freezer friendly idea. Will definitely be doing a post on that. I appreciate your input and thank you for being a part of our online family. 🙂

  • Anna 03/10/2017, 6:03 pm

    That’s awesome, Valentina. I am definitely excited to see more posts. I love the personal posts so keep those up:) I would love some tips on home décor/design, that would be very cool! Kitchen tips will also be great! More video posts would also be good and I like the idea of a tab for easy recipes:)

    • admin 03/11/2017, 10:50 am

      Annechka,
      Thank you for sharing our excitement, makes me smile big that I am not the only one excited.
      Yaaay, someone supports my home posts! I love redoing things in my home and would love to have a category dedicated to home stuff, thanks for the encouragement. <3
      We appreciate your feedback so much.

  • Stefa 03/10/2017, 1:56 pm

    How cool Valentina. I’ve been with you from the beginning and your so popular now. 😉
    I really love that you share different stuff. The recipes are awesome but I love that there’s other posts to read if I need something else to read. Yes for kitchen tips!!!!!.
    God bless you on this new journey, you deserve it. and I also like how simple and down to earth you are.

    • admin 03/11/2017, 10:47 am

      Hi Stefa,
      Hhhh, I am not sure about the popular idea. I’m very much the same person as I have always been.. 🙂
      Thank you for sharing that you enjoy other posts aside from our recipes. That makes me so happy. <3

  • Marichka 03/10/2017, 1:52 pm

    Lol, I thougot you were pregnant.
    I’m really excited too. I really enjoy reading your blog one of my Faves. Everything you mention sounds so nice. I agree on posting house stuff. That would be really nice.
    And easy recipes. We are always so busy. Love easy recipes, maybe even do a tab that you can add all your easy recipes to? That would be helpful.

    • admin 03/11/2017, 10:46 am

      Marichka,
      Ha! Not pregnant.
      Okay. Glad you like the house idea. 🙂 Hhhm, I will definitely see if we could do a tab for easy meals. Love the idea, THANK YOU.
      Thank you for visiting our online family blog, we’re happy to have you here.

      • Lana 03/11/2017, 11:41 pm

        Yay!! I am so excited for you. We just recently bought a house. I would love to see interior home design posts. You are doing an awesome job!! God bless you.

      • admin 03/13/2017, 11:14 am

        Lana! OOOOooo, yes! I got myself someone who likes design posts, we are officially – friends! Hehe, teasing. How exciting about your house, is it a two story or ranch? Is this your first home. Our home isn’t anything super special, it’s a small ranch but I sure do love organizing and redecorating, all the time. 🙂 My poor hubby is constantly moving stuff around for me.

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