Wednesday, 22 November 2017

How To Become A Paid Blogger

Blogging is such a terrific way to share with others all the amazing things you can do and how creative you can be as well as all the great parenting tips and tricks that we have learned and want to share with others.

But...

I am not an organizing queen, I can't afford to make each and every item with my own two hands, and I don't have the patience to meal plan for weeks at a time. Have you ever finished a long day of work looked in the freezer and said "ah crap?" That is how my days are usually, I have been dealing with kids all day as a child care provider and then I have a family of my own to take care of as well. My sink is full of dishes, my floors are a mess and I have been trying to find the time to sew my daughters jacket for the past two weeks. 

I am your average busy parent & business owner.

So how does blogging fit in here? I will tell you! All these crazy bloggers who sit there and say they quit their jobs and became full time bloggers are really not the average blogger. They are the privileged ones that own their homes, have thousands in a rainy day fund, married a hard working spouse and have family to rely on for babysitting, meals, vacations, etc. If this sounds like you then clearly you have had a great life and congrats! If your like me and have come from poverty, no parents to help you along the way, and work your butt off to pay the bills, then pay attention! I spend every ounce of free time I have trying to maintain my blog, grow my following, and maintain business relationships.

Blogging is hard work and it doesn't make you rich. You are in a very competitive space and you will be fighting for pageviews with every other blogger that thinks they are better then you. Let's face it, lots of them are! So why are readers going to come to you? Because you need to relate to them, you need to intrigue them, share new things with them, and maintain quality content that keeps them wanting more. Pageviews are the most important thing because no business wants to work with someone that nobody cares about!
  • Make your presence known  
  • Work hard to establish great business relationships
  • Every deal is opportunity for growth
  • Treat every client like they are top priority
  • You never know what it could turn into in the future!
So how do you make money?

I bring in cash from sponsored posts mainly, which is companies paying for an article that contains their links leading to their sites, I ensure they get top priority and major social media attention. Affiliate marketing is a lot of work, I make almost nothing from this because you need people to click on ads to buy products or sign up for things, nobody wants to do that. I get a lot of companies asking me to do product reviews and I love doing those because I get free stuff but sadly I can't pay my bills in snacks and bath products. Luckily most companies include giveaways with their reviews which helps bring your pageviews and social media following up. You can also offer sidebar ads on your blog which is basically a billboard on your site for a monthly or weekly fee.

Where to start?

Start reading sites like Blogelina and the Sway! If you think blogging is the right thing for you begin with Wordpress or Blogger. Begin writing and bringing in the views and then you can sign up with sites that pay you to blog, google it because there are a lot of options and if your doing an excellent job they will come to you. Make sure your contact information is easily accessible on your blog and the opportunities will come.

I have been doing this for over 4 years and it takes time and effort to be noticed and it takes even more effort to maintain a following!

That is pretty much all you can do to make money off your blog. Having people guest post helps to get you more views as they will share their article with their followers linking back to you but if you really want to gain ground and become a famous blogger with all the hottest tips and tricks, get in line! It is a busy section of the web and if you aren't giving people something they want more of, say goodbye!

Black Friday Deals From Amazon.ca

Looking for some awesome Black Friday deals? Look no further I found a few of my faves on Amazon.ca that I thought I would share with you!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The top 3 reasons every new parent needs an instant pot


Don’t be fooled! I too thought that the instant pot was another name for a crock pot and while it does function in similar ways, it is such a useful tool that every new parent needs to have in their repertoire. The perks to owning this handy-dandy appliance are bountiful. With very little space needed, you can use it to warm bottles, make yogurt, applesauce, and other snacks or warm up a quick dinner. The opportunities are endless! This article will highlight in more detail the top 3 reasons that every new parent needs an instant pot.

  1. Use it to warm bottles. Have you ever felt like you needed more arms because as a new parent there is just so much to juggle at one time? Opening the microwave door or fixing a pot to boil water so that you can warm up a bottle is quite a hassle when you have a little one roaring at the top of their lungs out of hunger. The instant pot is a simple and easy appliance to use to help warm up things such as a bottle. Totally convenient as it can sit on your countertop without taking up much space, you can have your bottles ready to go and a few moments later it will be warmed up. An instant pot truly takes the stress out of a busy morning and decreases the time it will take you to get a bottle ready for your hungry baby.

  1. Heats up a dinner in less time. Have you ever had the desire to make a great dinner for your family in the crockpot only to find out that you need to have at least 4-6 hours of cooking time to do so? That is the number one deterrent to me using my crockpot more often. I never plan that far ahead. The beauty of an instant pot is that you can create a great dinner in a shorter amount of time which is great if you are busy all day at work and then you get home and don’t have much time to throw something together.

  1. Saves counter space. Sometimes crockpots are large and they take up a great deal of space on your counter top. With an instant pot, you don’t have to worry about that as it takes up very little room which means that you can leave it out all the time. This is convenient as you won’t have to dig it out from the recesses of your cabinets to use it!

There are many other reasons to use an instant pot as a mom. Whether you are making homemade yogurt or need to cook up a quick batch of rice, the instant pot is a great investment and something you will use all the time. To learn more about choosing the right instant pot for you, check out the Instant Pot Review

Monday, 20 November 2017

Palmer's Prize Pack Giveaway!


 Giveaway Time!

Palmer’s new Coconut Oil Formula products drench your skin with decadently rich moisture for dewy, radiant skin that looks lit from within.    These products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï Oil, infused with Tiaré flower petals.  Free of harsh chemicals and formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients, Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products instantly boosts hydration and gives skin an overall healthy-looking glow.

·         Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil deeply hydrates, rejuvenating and replenishing skin's moisture and radiance.

·         Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion contains high levels of naturally occurring fatty acids and proteins that are essential in keeping skin radiant and healthy looking.

·         Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream is a rich formula that helps soften even the roughest skin. 


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   3 Funky Frugal Mommy fans will win packages containing all 3 of these new products!

Adorable Gifts For Baby

From baby’s first cashmere cardigan to cozy sock sets, Boden offers quality fabrics and designs for children. This holiday season, discover top gifts for kids of all ages. Shop Boden’s Black Friday week event from 11/21-11/27 to take 30% off site-wide. Plus, get free shipping & returns on all purchases.
Here are a few of our favorite gifts for kids this holiday season.

Baby Cashmere Cardigan
This ultra-soft, 100% cashmere cardigan is adorable and functional. It’s machine washable, so no need to worry about food or dirt getting on it. Plus, it comes in a lovely presentation box, perfect for a Christmas surprise.
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7 Pack Sock Box
The littlest sock lovers will delight in this whimsical gift set. With a different design for each day of the week, their toes will be kept warm all winter in a soft cotton blend and colorful patterns.

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Pretty Supersoft Hooded Towel
Bath time just got more enjoyable with this super-absorbent (and precious) hooded towel. It comes packaged in a drawstring bag, making it a perfect present or stocking stuffer for kiddos up to 3-years-old.

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Unique Christmas Pajama Sets

Since 1983, Hanna Andersson has been making holiday traditions even more special with the purest, softest cotton pj’s ever. With over 30 collections to choose from, there’s something for everyone in the family (including the dog) to love. Which ones are your fave?

Dear Deer
Bring effortless Scandinavian style to your holiday traditions with Hanna’s best-selling Dear Deer collection.

Snow Cozy
What could be cozier than a classic fair isle print? Hanna’s Snow Cozy collection is made for snuggling up with the family around the fire this winter.

Very Merry Stripes
Hanna’s famous striped pajamas get festive in holiday hues. From baking cookies to opening presents, you’re sure to have a Very Merry (and comfy) Christmas celebrating all of your traditions in these cheerful pj’s.

Shop Winter Arrivals From Talbots

The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for warmth. From classy tweed sweaters to cozy scarfs, discover new winter arrivals from Talbots. Take 40% off your entire purchase from 11/25-11/27 during their Cyber Monday event — no code needed.

Here are a few of our favorite picks.

Tweed Cable Yoke Sweater
This easy pullover sweater is crafted from super-soft Kitty Tweed yarn that looks as good as it feels. Pair it with jeans or corduroys for a stylish take on comfort. It’s a classic gift for your mom or sister that is sure to be worn all season long.
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Sparkle Stripe Scarf
Celebrate the season in this must-have scarf. The jersey fabric keeps you warm while the fisherman rib construction adds a fun flair to a classic wardrobe staple. Makes a great gift under $50 for friends.
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Heart-Embellished Ryan Suede Loafers
This menswear-inspired shoe gets a feminine upgrade in this new Talbots style. The glittery gold hearts add a fun flair for upcoming holiday dinner parties. Gift it to the shoe-lover on your list who loves a pop of color in her wardrobe.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Foods that keep your skin thriving in the fall/winter


With fall in full swing, it's time to talk skin. As the temperature drops, skin loses its natural moisture when faced with the cold, dry air found in winter climates. While the products you use for the transitioning weather conditions are helpful, there are natural and less expensive alternatives that will have your skin thriving without breaking the bank.  
 
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy suggests incorporating the following foods into your diet to help your skin glow and remain healthy for the fall/winter:

1.     Olive Oil helps to provide your skin with healthy, unsaturated fats with anti-aging benefits. It is rich in vitamin E, and can be used to treat and prevent dry skin naturally.
2.     Avocado contains fats which help to lubricate the skin and protect it from damage, and also promote clear, youthful skin. Avocados also contain anti-aging foods properties.
3.     Oatmeal contains a large number of antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals that improve skin health. The fibers in oatmeal also help slough away dead skin and prevent redness when applied topically.
4.     Sweet Potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, which help to lock in moisture, give your skin a healthy glow and protect it from damage.
5.     Carrots contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene—both of which help shield your skin against UV damage.
6.     Grapefruit contains carotenoid, which will make your skin smooth. When buying grapefruit, opt for one with a red-pinkish hue because these colors are from lycopene and it means the fruits are loaded with carotenoids. People who have higher concentration of lycopene have smoother skin.
7.     Broccoli contains vitamin C which synthesizes collagen, a protein that keeps the skin firm helping to protect from wrinkles.
8.     Spinach and dark, leafy greens like kale are filled with iron, omega-4 fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, which protect skin and improve your immune system. The phytochemicals and folates also help hydrate skin and keep it healthy.
9.     Coconut Oil is rich in fats and helps provide lubrication and also help prevent acne thanks to their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.
Anti-Aging Physician and "The Stem Cell Guru"
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the "The Stem Cell Guru" by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer's, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson's.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham's, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

3 Ways to Cut Your Water Bill

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Even when you are frugally conscious enough to remember to switch off all your appliances and wear an extra jumper instead of turning the heating up a notch, water is still often forgotten about as an expense. And yet, water is a commodity just like everything else.

Reducing your water consumption is a really good way to save cash. You don’t need to stop drinking it yourself - that would be a step too far! - but you can cut back in other ways.

Here are just a few:

Get a Low Flow Shower Head

The first thing you can do is get a low flow shower head. These are great because they increase the pressure of your shower by forcing the water through smaller holes. This means you use less water and get a massage too!

Low flow isn’t restricted to showers though. You can get all sorts of low flow fixtures around the house to make sure that everything is running as efficiently as possible. This will get you some decent savings and will help the planet too.

Isn’t it nice when the cheapest thing to do also turns out to be the most environmentally friendly?

Get the Best Water Heater

Heating water can be hugely expensive, especially if you are using a water tank do it. This is because you might not be using all that heated water or because the tank isn’t insulated well enough to keep the heat in. Whatever the reason, a hot water tank is rarely a good idea in a frugal household.

Investing in the best hot water heater on the market is going to benefit you in all sorts of ways, especially if it is only heating the water you are actually going to use. It will cut down on your energy costs by reducing waste and not heating the water until you actually need it.

Collect Rain Water

Water falls from the sky all the time - it lands on the roof, in the garden - it’s everywhere! And yet, people tend to pay for water to be delivered from other locations. It makes no sense!

Collecting rain water is a really easy system to have installed and once it’s there, your water supply will become completely free. And it’s suitable for drinking as well as for your washing machine and garden.

All you need to do is collect the water into big stores that you can just bury in the garden and then have a plumber connect the supply to your house. In the unlikely event that you do happen to run out, you can still have a mains supply too.

Water is such an intrinsic part of life that it’s actually easy to forget how important it is and how much we use in a day. There are lots of simple things you can do like taking a faster shower that will help, but harnessing technology is the best way to make a long term difference to your bills. Invest now and save later!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Go Green: Building Eco-friendly Home On A Budget






The more we find out about all the ways that our existence affects the environment, there are more and more people who are deciding to make conscious actions that will preserve their surroundings. A lot of people start with the so-called three R-s – reducing, reusing, and recycling. Other people decide that it’s a good idea to make their own clothes. Installing green technology into your home is certainly a good way to go, but in this article, we are going to discuss building yourself an eco-friendly home from the get-go, while being on a budget.

The costs

Most people believe that the costs of buying an eco-friendly house are huge, and the truth is that they are generally right. Purchasing such a house is usually extremely expensive. Eco-friendly tech and building have the tendency to cost more than the cheaper material that isn’t so friendly to the environment. This leaves the impression that living in a green-friendly house is something for people who make a lot of money.
However, the fact is that a lot of people have found ways to build cheap eco-friendly homes. In many cases they cost them less than $20,000. While the entire process does take some time and sweat, what you get as a result is a sustainable, eco-friendly home that serves its purpose well.

The various kinds of eco-friendly homes

So, you have decided that you want to build a home that is friendly to your environment. What you need to determine in the beginning is what you want it to look like. Think about how much space you are going to need, and whether you want to make it a one-floor house or use the stairs. You can find inspiration in many places. Tiny homes are a great example. It goes without saying that you need to think about what your local environment is like and make decisions accordingly. For example, if you’re living in Maryland, you will have to think about how to insulate your home to protect yourself from the cold winters. On the other hand, if you’re living in Florida, you will focus much more on keeping the air flowing and the home cool.
In some cases, eco-friendly homes are built from a starting point. This can be a boat or an Airstream traveling van. For a reasonable price, you can get yourself an Airstream van and turn it into a small eco-friendly home that you can live in. You can also decide to build yourself a cabin, with the investment of less than $2,000, and have enough space to invite guests. All that you need are things such as a water harvesting system, a power system that is off the grid, and a shower heated by propane. During the “moving in” process, you can find some help here with storing your items before you move them into your new home.

How to stay green and spend little money

Green living most often means that you are going to live off the power grid. Therefore, you need to find yourself a source of electricity, a water supply, and determine how you are going to control the temperature. You can save money here, by coming up with your own systems, and making use of recyclable materials when you can.
When looking for the materials that you are going to use, you need the kind that will last. Some people make homes out of salvaged metals, but the fact is that these aren’t that good for the environment. Therefore, you should go for durable wood types, which are both energy-efficient and cost-effective.
In order to protect your home from heat, build smart under trees that provide enough shade. Install energy-efficient windows which will control the light and the airflow. Keep in mind that big windows mean big changes in temperature, so go for smart and green architecture to keep the cooling and heating costs at the minimum. If you can, make use of natural water sources.

In summation

Eco-friendly living is a thing of the future, and it’s good for you to know that you can do it without spending tons of money. There is a variety of eco-friendly home types that you can choose from. When building your home, there are certain materials and strategies that you need to take into consideration.

Monday, 13 November 2017

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Affordable Ways To Make Your Home Look Luxurious

How do they do it? Professional designers seem to pull it off so effortlessly, but how will you make your home look more luxurious? You could just employ a professional or you can personally undertake the task of transforming your home into a place of luxury on a budget.

In order to save money on your purchases, be creative and vigilant in your pursuit for the perfect style. Follow our budget-friendly ways for making your home a vision of luxury.

Think it through, choose a style

Luxury look isn’t enough to go on, so before you start shopping and wasting your money on furniture and decorations you might not even use in the end, first do some research. Go online and do some window shopping and find which style is more to your liking. An elegant Victorian style or something more modern and chic? Don’t get me wrong, you may want to mix and match, but before you commit by buying anything, consider what look you are going for.

White is the color of elegance

Choosing white as your primary wall color as well as a possible color for most of your furniture is most definitely a way to go. This is because white makes space larger as well as more open. Of course you can paint one wall or a portion of a wall in a brighter color like red for the dramatic effect, but don’t overdo it. Or you can use wall paint patterns on parts of your walls which will make them more visually interesting.

Lighting is essential

Nothing says luxury like light, so in addition to painting your walls white, and thus making the room brighter, you should also consider other light issues. Especially in the living and entertainment area as well as the kitchen lighting will have to be fantastic. Large windows are a great source of natural light which will complement your light-colored walls, but you should also take into account the lighting system. For a dose of elegance, use lights you can adjust to a situation or your liking. You can also buy a few desk or floor lamp, in brighter tones, which can also work as your focal points.

Find your centerpiece

Finding the right furniture is the most exciting but also the most problematic part of the luxury-on-budget transformation. To make the process easier, try first to find the centerpiece for each room and choose the rest of your furniture in relation to it. Your bed may be the focal feature of your bedroom and the rest of your bedroom furniture should be in a similar style.

Finish up with details

Now your home seems luxurious but is still missing that ‘je ne sais quoi’, and those are actually a few small details. Apart from perfectly chosen furniture you will need curtains to add to the feeling of luxury, so you should think about visiting a premium curtain shop to find some that will match with your elegant interior. By framing your windows with long light curtains, you will open up the space but also allow for the possibility of privacy as the curtains can be drawn over the windows.
When adding other smaller details remember to stay minimalistic. You can, for example, place a brightly colored wool blanket casually over your sofa. There should be nothing more on your bookcase than a few books and one or two vases in bright colors. Every piece will feel well chosen and the whole room will breathe elegance.

The smell of luxury

If it isn’t enough that your home looks like a million bucks, try making it smell like luxury as well. An electronic air dispenser will give off scents you choose no matter the time of the year. It will be the cherry on top as your senses will be occupied by your new home.

Finding affordable ways to make your home luxurious isn’t an impossible process but it also isn’t an easy one. Just remember that nothing good comes both easily and cheaply. This is why you should first have an idea of what you want and how each piece of your project will work together. But your time and effort will pay off when you get to live in the luxury home of your dreams.