Author: Nicole

What To Do When You Wish You Had a Maid, But Can’t Afford One

What To Do When You Wish You Had a Maid, But Can’t Afford One

Update: After a year and 1/2 after trying these products for the first time I still use and love them! They really do work for the long run and are absolutely worth the investment, so I wanted to re-post this 🙂 If you could be […]

24 TV Shows You Can Feel Good Letting Your Young Kids Watch

24 TV Shows You Can Feel Good Letting Your Young Kids Watch

Alright, first off can we all just promise to be honest with one another for a few minutes here? School is about to be out. And if your kiddos are young enough to not be in school, you’re right about to hit the Dog Days […]

How To Be An Amazing and Well Paid Blogger Right Off The Bat

How To Be An Amazing and Well Paid Blogger Right Off The Bat

My personal video training series to help you know all the ins and outs of being an amazing, well-paid blogger right off the bat!

As my long-time readers know, I’ve been at this blogging gig for over 8 years now (wow!!) If you want a blast from the past you can go read my very first post here (if it can even be called that…it was more of a Facebook status update, haha)! I’ve come a looonngg way since the days of a copy/paste blog design and the horridly unoriginal name of “Ramblings By Nicole”.

If you’d like to get the full story of how I started working from home and how this blog went from a “my mom only reads it” to a job, you can check out that whole progress in the post How Anyone Can Successfully Work From Home.

Because I jumped in during the “early days” I did absolutely everything the long, wrong way at first. I’m hoping to help save you learning things the hard way, so I put together these blogger-to-blogger training videos for my contributors and also for anyone else looking to pursue their dream of blogging and making an income from it!

If you have anything else feel free to request my So You Want To Be A Blogger Facebook Group, I use it to throw out all the random pieces of goodness whenever I find them!

So You Want To Be a Blogger: Getting Started

Links Referenced in Video:

Correction note from my web guy 😉 : Note: WordPress.org is the self-hosted platform, WordPress.com is where they don’t support ads and there are some issues when trying to make money from the site. It’s technically possible to make money through your site/ads on wordpress.com but it’s not clear and you have a lot of limitations when it comes to customization. WordPress.org is where you would get the install files to host the full version of WordPress for yourself

How Do You Make Money Blogging

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How To Write a Great Review Post

Links referenced in video:

How To Get Sponsored Posts

How To Write a Great Tutorial Blog Post

How To Write a Great Recipe Post

How To Use Google Calendar To Organize Your Life & Business

How To Schedule Out Posts On Facebook

How To Share Blog Posts Effectively Using Social Media

Links Referenced:

  • https://bitly.com/

How To Promote Your Social Media Shares

Essential Blogging Tools You’re Going To Need

Essential Blogging Tools You’re Going To Need

Today I wanted to share some of my very favorite “Must Use” blogging tools and resources. I’ve had to learn everything the hard way, which is why I love to share my knowledge with everyone else so they don’t have to battle through it all!

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns To Listen

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns To Listen

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen This post has always been one of my most popular on Pinterest, and it’s too perfect for the  summer season not to share again. If you have a little one in PreK or Kindergarten, or if you’re a teacher […]

Why Say It With a Sock Is This Summers Hottest Trend?

Why Say It With a Sock Is This Summers Hottest Trend?

Companies that offer monthly subscriptions have become quite popular. You can find subscriptions for jewelry, makeup, clothing and fashion accessories. Say It With a Sock is a subscription service that sends its recipients one new pair of socks each month. Customers end up collecting socks that fit their style, whether that’s funky, professional or somewhere in between. You can tailor the products to your personal style by signing up for the boy’s, girl’s, women’s or men’s sock club.

Stay Abreast of Latest Fashions

When you sign up for a men’s or women’s sock subscription, you want to know that you’re getting the latest and greatest styles. This company remains a hot trend by traveling around the country and the world to learn about the different fashions that are coming to footwear. With this knowledge, the company is able to offer socks in the latest materials, styles and brands.

Offer Holiday-Specific Options

Not only does the women’s or men’s sock club give you a fresh pair of funky socks each month, but it can also provide a gift for a loved one. The company tries to offer special products designed with major holidays in mind. These holidays often include the following:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Fourth of July

You have the choice to get these holiday inspired socks for yourself or gift them to someone you know.

Know What Makes a Great Sock

The company is able to be one of the hottest trends of the summer because it sends out high-quality products to subscribers. Even though you may not be familiar with every brand offered in the club, you can be confident that the socks you get will be durable, fashionable and comfortable. You can have this assurance because those sourcing the products know what goes into making a great pair of socks.

Do you want to join one of the hottest trends of the summer and grow your funky sock collection? Check out the various subscriptions available through the women’s or men’s sock club from Say It With a Sock.

Interior Brick Walls Can Look Awesome, Here’s How

Interior Brick Walls Can Look Awesome, Here’s How

Pampering the interiors of your house can be a brilliant way of giving yourself some rejuvenating feel. A well-crafted interior can immediately give an upswing to a dull environ, both physically and mentally. Whilst having the idea to revamp your interior, there are some definite […]

Delicious Fresh Cut Fruit & Odwalla

Delicious Fresh Cut Fruit & Odwalla

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreshCutSavings #CollectiveBias Summer is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited for warmer weather and all the flavors that accompany the season, especially all the […]

5 Brilliant Ways To Save Money This Summer

5 Brilliant Ways To Save Money This Summer

Today was the last day of school for the Elliott’s and we are officially happy dancing our way into summer!

Summer for most people brings with it a lot of fun, but that can also mean a lot of extra expenses. Those vacations, road trips, summer camps, and celebrations add up faster than you can say “How is it already June?” So today I decided to bring you some brilliant ways to save money this summer. The best part about them? Any busy-crazy parent or working professional can do them! No complicated schemes or cutting coupons or figuring out things (( #aintnobodygottime for that))

1. Save Energy

I know, I know! But listen, what better way to talk about *saving* money than by giving you a chance to WIN some??!! Complete this Spot the Watt game challenge and be entered to win a $100 gift card! Test your energy-saving knowledge among your family and friends as you navigate your way through three interactive rooms. Learn tips in each room to help you save energy, and money, along the way.

This is such an easy, painless way to save money. Adjust your habits just a little and it will amaze you how much these little savings add up! This is especially so important if you live somewhere HOT like we do in Texas!

2. Trim the Fat–Literally

Summer is a great time to re-tackle your food budget. How are those New Years Resolutions doing? No guilt here, I totally understand! With the warm weather comes a great time to re-commit to healthy living. Hubby and I have been on a healthy living kick over the past few months. It has included participating in races and fixing our eating habits. A huge added benefit? Skipping out on eating out and convenience food has actually saved us a ton of money!

Now, don’t get me wrong. Eating out has, and always will, be one of our favorite splurges. But as we’re getting healthier I’m finding that I’d much rather save up and savor that nice, sit down steak. It doesn’t even bother me to totally skip out on the cheap, fast food options. Though they may seem cheap, compared to cooking for yourself they’re actually super pricey!

And, shocker, losing weight really doesn’t have to involve all those quick fixes or elaborate plans that cost you an arm and leg. Hubby is down 40 lbs (go him!!!) and I’m down 10 just because we quit doing the dumb things we knew we needed to, we controlled our portions, and we did the next step….

3. Re-think Getting Healthy ((newsflash, it doesn’t have to cost a bunch of money))

This one goes hand in hand with the one above but it deals more with exercise. Of course, you need to find what makes you want to actually get healthy, and that’s worth whatever cost! However, I’ve found that personally, I’m a lot more motivated by things that don’t involve a ton of money. If you’re somewhere that’s nice in the summer get outside! Running outside is so much more fun. You might also find a local adult league, there are lots that cost very little or are free. Or spend a little money upfront and purchase a piece of exercise equipment and then USE IT! ((the key)).  What we’re currently doing is investing a little money in participating in races, then doing all the training on our own for free ((running outside, together, with the kids at parks, on our treadmill, pushups, situps etc)). Having the goal in site gives huge motivation, and the training doesn’t cost us anything!

Right now we’re currently training for a 5-mile obstacle run in the fall. Yipes!!!

4. Keep Entertainment Cheap

As I mentioned, keeping the family entertained over the summer can add up FAST! While vacations are amazing and you should splurge, take a good long look at your entertainment expenses this month. Do you *really* need all those subscriptions? How many are you using? We’ve always saved tons of money by not having cable. For the kids we also only have them play free things, with the exception of our one subscription that we play together as a family. Rethink how many camps and special outings you want to send your kids to as well. Chances are great they’d have JUST as much fun playing outside in the neighborhood, running through the sprinkler or throwing water balloons around. Unplug them and then *gasp* let them use their imaginations!!!

Another *amazing* option for summer fun is Vacation Bible Schools. Especially if you’re in the Bible Belt like we are, these are running all summer long. They’re fun, safe, free, and generally welcome even kids from other churches in town with open arms.

5. Break Up With Your Cell Phone Contract

Another huge money drain that so many people still have is contracted cell plans. We switched to a pay as you go service years ago and are savings hundreds as a result. The best part? The service is JUST as good with the plan we’re currently on, we still have unlimited data and minutes. Check out your local stores and see what they have to offer. You’ll probably be shocked at what you could be saving!

So there you go, 5 ways to save big bucks that aren’t that complicated at all! Do you have any amazing money saving tips please share them in the comments!

And don’t forget to Complete this Spot the Watt game challenge and be entered to win a $100 gift card!

Wedding Makeup Trends for 2018

Wedding Makeup Trends for 2018

While weddings are one of the happiest moment a couple can have together, they can also be extremely stressful, especially for the bride. As the bride, you want to look elegant and beautiful. To achieve that bridal look, you’ll have to keep up with the […]