Tuesday, June 30, 2015

10 Free Printables for Motherhood


I like printables. It is an inexpensive way to spruce up your house. Aside from the inspiration it can give you ,it adds a little frugal design in a corner of your cozy home . Here's 10 FREE Printables on Motherhood. Because I love being a mommy and there ain't no hood like MOTHERHOOD.









All of these are in PDF format and free, so print as much as you want.




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Friday, June 26, 2015

10 Ways To Keep Kids Reading During Summer

Summer vacation is here at last! I am not liking the very HOT temperature lately but I am excited to do a lot of fun things with my family. I am filled with fun  and educational ideas to do with our girls.   During the summer , reading or grabbing a book might be the farthest thing on any children's minds. Understandably though, who would want to open a book during a summer break? when all they did all school year long was to study.

Keep in mind that studies have shown that kids who read during the summer break will perform better academically than those who do not. So how do we keep them reading? How can we encourage a reluctant reader? 

Here are practical and fun ways to keep our kids reading during the summer, PLUS a FREE SUMMER READING LOG PRINTABLE.






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1. Join a summer reading program.

Visit your local library. During this time local libraries are filled with fun summer reading programs and activities. Last year, our local library had the dinosaur theme. It was a lot of fun , aside from the incentive they offer when you read a certain amount of books, every Tuesday they would have crafts and special guests and performers. This year, they are doing a "Galactic Forces" theme. Our girls are excited!

2. Practice what you preach.

Aside from letting them know how important reading is, model the good behavior. Parents who read will more than likely pass that on to their children. Read different materials in front of them.

3. Rent movies that were based on a book.

Get them excited by getting the book, then letting them know that there is actually a movie to watch. Their minds while watching will just spark a whole new level of imagination. Think of James and the Giant Peach , Madeline or even Disney movies..go for it!

4. Do crafts or activities with a book.

I am sure you are familiar with Laura Numeroff's books.  Here's some fun activities to go with her books.





If you read a book about sports, go play sports outside.
If you read a book about a ballerina, do a dress up and recital play party.
If you read about nature, go on a nature hunt.
If you read an I spy book, do your own I spy game outside or inside your home.

5. Keep the books coming and offer variety.

Have you heard of Bookroo?  A subscription for books,  each month Bookroo  will deliver an Eco-friendly recycled box filled with 2-3 specially selected books. Their mission is to enable and empower parents and caregivers to build their libraries in an affordable, enjoyable, and stress-free way. What's great is that it is also about building a community of parents dedicated to helping their children grow through reading.



 Read : Where To Find Cheap and Free Books

6. Offer a book when you hear " I am so bored".

Instead of giving them your smartphone or Ipad. Give them a book.  If you ask them  "what book would you like to read ?" , more than likely..they will answer " I don't know" or " anything ". So instead, give them a book that would spark and hold their interest. Try saying " I know you love sports , here's a book about hall of famers" or " I know you love animals ..here's a book about endangered animals".

 7.  Let them read for you.

When I go to the grocery store with just our eldest daughter , I have her read my shopping list to me. Sometimes, I even ask her to read food packages /labels. Different but hey it will keep the mind sharp while doing a mundane task-- grocery shopping. Let them read to you while you are cooking or sorting laundry.

Read : How We've Taught Our Now 5 Year Old To Read at the Age of 3

8. Do your own summer reading program.

We had our kids pick up 10 books each and they will read in two weeks. After that we give them a simple reward. It can be a dollar store toy , a frozen yogurt stop ( yum!) or anything that you know will get them excited.





9. Get a magazine subscription for  them.

 There are a lot of magazines that are geared towards kids. We have the subscription for Highlights

Amazon has a wide range of magazine subscriptions for kids that are discounted ( up to 92%).
Magazine Agent also, has pretty good prices on children's magazines (30-60%)
  • Sparkle World (6 Issues)  
  • Disney Princess (6 Issues)  
  • Disney Junior (6 Issues)  
  • Zootles (6 Issues)  
  • Thomas & Friends (6 Issues) 
  • Highlights High Five (12 Issues) 
  • ADDitude (4 Issues)  
  • Disney Frozen (6 Issues)

10. Give them a more relaxed schedule and routine.

On school days, I am sure that most of you follow a more strict schedule and routine to avoid chaos. During summer time, offer a more relaxed schedule. Let them choose their own reading time.  Some kids stay up late during summer nights, you can encourage reading by telling them " You can stay late as long as you wish tonight, as long as you are reading a book " . You can also , make a cozy place for them to read, a reading nook.




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Thursday, June 25, 2015

How To Take Beautiful Pictures Of Your Kids


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I love photographs.  I am that mom who always brings a camera in her purse.  Camera and Binky goes hand in hand in my purse. I love being a mom and being able to stay home with my kids is such a blessing. I love watching them grow, I love being in the moment with them . I treasure each and every happy and not so happy moment with them. I am that mom , who loves to capture those moments. So when my husband gave me Canon EOS Rebel T3i for my birthday... I was over the moon!


Nah, I am not a professional photographer by any means, like what I said..I am a mom who just LOVES taking pictures of our kids.  What's the beauty in capturing photos of your kids or family? There is a true relationship and that true moment that you want to capture. Sometimes, taking pictures of your lil kiddos can be a daunting task for a variety of reasons - they fidget. A LOT , they look anywhere but at the camera and they give you a forced smile.






So how do you capture stunning pictures of your kids?

1.  Let them be themselves

"Say cheese "
"Look at the camera"..
"I said..look at the camera" ..
"Smile..pleaaaase smile? "...
"okay..how about a treat after this shot .."
" Good grief..just look at the camera "

       Sounds familiar? Been there , done that! Let go of what a picture perfect photo scene should look like.  There is no beauty with a forced smile.  Talk with them, what  usually makes them laugh or giggle. Capture true emotions.



2. Good atmosphere.

When you start looking for a property, one of the terms you will always hear is  location, location, location. Same with taking pictures of our kids, provide a safe and happy location. It can be a familiar location such as our homes.  Try a private location too, it is hard for kids to concentrate when there are millions of things to look at or hundreds of stimulation. Play their favorite music that may bust out their dancing moves, giddy mood and sillies out.


3. Shoot close.

Kids don't mind personal space. get down to your kids height so they will look at the camera. Getting closer to your kids when taking pictures adds that personal and intimate details to your photo.

Raw and beautiful


4. Keep on clicking

Do not limit yourself to just one shot.  They are always on the go and sometimes we tend to miss that perfect moment to capture.



5.  Avoid scripted shots

Our youngest , she's just three and yet she knows how to pose. We never told her how to pose and every pose she makes is just picture perfect. Like what I have mentioned above, capture true and raw emotion.




6. A good camera and know your camera.

I am not asking you to buy one just to have a great picture, smartphones nowadays provide awesome shots.
If investing in a DSLR camera is in your near future, don't just stop there. Know your camera . I am a momma who loves capturing moments and a blogger but I am still learning how to use my camera.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nutella Popsicles

It's that time of the year for cold treats! I love simple and homemade popsicle recipes. While all the popsicles are going on sale every week, I still prefer the homemade stuff. It is healthier and you can always tweak the ingredients and sweetness.




Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup nutella spread


Directions:

Simple right? Just two ingredients!



Blend your ingredients using a food processor or a blender.


Fill in your popsicle molds.


Freeze for a few hours.


Goodness in every bite. Our girls are over the moon with these nutella popsicles!




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Monday, June 22, 2015

How To Make Money by Selling Stock Photography


What is STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY ? It refers to photographs that can be licensed for public or commercial use. It can be used  in marketing, advertising, or design. Instead of paying for a professional photographer, many businesses and companies uses stock photography .

In a  "royalty-free"  stock photograph, the buyer pays a one time fee,  has the permission to use the photo for a limited number of times for a set fee.To use the image beyond a certain number of use , the buyer will have to pay a certain amount for each additional printing. With royalty-free images, the buyer is not the exclusive owner of the image so the photographer can sell the photos as many times as they want. ( You may not be the only one using that photo)
--> A royalty free photo can be reproduced let's say for 500 pcs of fliers , after that the buyer will have to pay for each additional usage.



A "rights-managed"  photograph, the buyer will pay for each use of the photo but the buyer has exclusive possession of the image for a certain period of time.  Unlike the royalty free, no one else may use the image for any purpose, and the photographer will not have the right to resell the photo until the rights-managed license has expired.



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Bloggers are always on the hunt for photos that can make their killer blog post stand out.  Even though most of us owns a great camera , most of the time we scour the web for stock photography.  If taking photos is already a passion of yours , why not make money out of it. If you already have a good portfolio, then you are good to go, sign up and be a contributor.

iStock - Free to join, they pay contributors a base royalty rate of 15% for each file downloaded with iStock Credits or Pay As You Go pricing. If you are an exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45%.

BigStock - Free to join, Earnings are per download, base on the customer’s selection of payment plan and the size of the file that was downloaded. For purchases made using credits, we pay $0.50 USD for each credit spent.  For a detailed list of earnings, see it HERE

Deposit Photos- Free to join,  you get paid depending on your level as a contributor.

Dreamstime -   Get 25-60% from each sale you make.

Shutterstock - You can earn $0.25 to $28.00 per image download.
 
Photospin - Get up to 40% of the revenue your work generates every time one of your images is downloaded from our site or our partners site.

 Few reminders :

  • Learn on how your image will be sold, read the policies or fine print so to speak
  • unique + great photos = MORE EARNINGS.
Photo Editing Resources: 
Picmonkey - and Canva - both are free and they also have a paid feature. 
Adobe Photoshop



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Friday, June 19, 2015

20 Ways Bloggers Can Earn Money


Can  blogging give you extra money ? Yes definitely. It can also be a full time job and can replace your day job BUT blogging takes time and hard work. I know , bloggers can completely understand what I am talking about. We love what we do, we love that we get to share our ideas, projects , thoughts , feelings and sometimes a peek into our personal lives. It may replace your day job , but success does not come  overnight.   


Blogging involves creativity , hard work , dedication , connecting to your blogging community and a constant learning process. If you are thinking of ways to monetize your blog or planning on expanding your blog monetization, here are 20 winning ways bloggers can earn money.

I have also included a FREE AFFILIATE MANAGEMENT PRINTABLES , to help you keep track of your affiliates and also to help you with your log ins.  I have also included a recommended blogging resource from a trusted blogger, Rosilind of A Little R&R and books I had read ( and had helped me tremendously).




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1. US Family Guide

Drive traffic to your blog, enjoy free activities and earn money through USFamilyGuide.com. Just complete the form, and once approved your blog will be included in their network and you'll receive a welcome email with all the information.

2. One2One Network

If you feel that you are influential on social media platforms ( facebook, twitter , google plus etc) and interested in working with brands in exchange for a product, incentive and compensation, sign up!!

3. Link Vehicle

 Below are some of the many benefits of partnering with Link Vehicle.

- No fees, commitments, contracts, etc.
- Pick your own rates
- Complete editorial control(you also have the option of using our content to save you time)
- Accepting or rejecting every brand that is sent to you



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4.Mom it Forward 
 
Get exclusive invitation to blogging events, make money by blogging by networking with other bloggers and brands. They have about 200 plus brands like Hasbro, Universal Studios Orlando , Chick Fil A, PBS Kids, Aveda and more.

5.Ultimate Bundles

This such an awesome way for bloggers to earn money. You basically just sell  Ebook Bundles. They are not just bundles, the topics they offer are really awesome and sell like hot cakes. You earn 40% of a sale. One of the most amazing thing that you will experience when you become an affiliate is that it is a community, you will LEARN a lot. From marketing strategies to learning from other bloggers. They will train you! They just won't leave you on your own. Join HERE.

6. Tap Influence  
TapInfluence enables content creators / bloggers  to earn revenue by working with brands in their marketplace. You will be able to make a TapInfluence media-kit  that will showcase your content and helps brands to select you for revenue opportunities. Sign up and start to monetize your blog.

7. Svorn

By joining the Svorn Ad Exchange you gain access to:  Premium advertisers ,Top-performing display, mobile, and video ad units and Personalized Publisher Services Team. They provide tools and services that help them to better understand, grow, and engage their readers in addition to site monetization through programmatic advertising. 

8. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a real deal for earning real rewards through online activities you already do every day. At home or on the go, you can conveniently earn Swag Bucks when you: Shop your favorite stores, Search the web, Answer surveys; Discover great deals; Watch videos; or Play games.

What's in it for you ? Your Swag Bucks can be redeemed easily for cash or gift cards to your favorite stores.  Aside from these you can also earn swagbucks by referring friends or you can also display a banner on your sidebar.

9. Ebates 

Like Swagbucks , this is easy money. You can earn money by displaying a banner on your sidebar, you get money for every sign up. Refer 3 friends, you can earn $75.

10. Groupon  

By signing up with Groupon Affiliate Program you earn money by offering local deals to your readers , followers and also with your family and friends. You get 10 % commission on Groupon and item purchases.  They offer a wide range of dynamic links and banners.

11. Socialix 

This an affiliate network , they have an easy to use dashboard and offers a lot of ways to monetize your blog. They connect mom bloggers with awesome brands.

12. Share A Sale 

Share A Sale is an affiliate marketing network. My favorite way to earn easy money.  You get certain percentage on sales ( different with every merchant) and  occasionally when you sign up you will get an opportunity to write for a paid blog post. They have thousands of famous brands!
( See my post on : Visible Interest).

I love that they made the sign up very easy and their dashboard are super easy to use. You can always get updated banners and links. Speaking of updates, they are efficient on new opportunities and new product offers by merchants. You will get paid on time and have around 3900 plus (still counting) merchants so there will always be a merchants for your niche.

13. Coupons.com Brandcaster 

Brandcaster offers a lot ways to monetize the traffic on your blog.  Signing up is so easy! You have a blog or a website? You are in. You can earn money by making a coupon gallery, widgets , coupon links.
14. PicMonkey 

I haven't heard any blogger that does not know PicMonkey. Just in case you don't know what PicMonkey is --> Picmonkey is an online photo editor that does basic editing all the way to advanced stuff like cloning, touch up and eye-gasmic effects. Who uses PicMonkey?   Photo enthusiasts and professionals, small business owners, educators, crafters, lifestyle dynamos, and bloggers.

 Why join PicMonkey ?
  • 50% commission for initial purchase — yes!
  • Plus with every renewal, you get a hot 25% commission for the first year.
  • A generous 90 day cookie means that if someone purchases three months later, you still get credit.
  • They constantly adding new features, tools, and content so there’s lots of stuff to get your readers jazzed about. 
  • PicMonkey Royale’s pricing options ($4.99 a month or $33 a year) make it a no-brainer for inspired readers to take the plunge, and you accrue more volume in commissions! 
PicMonkey has teamed up with Share A Sale , if you already have a Share A Sale account , just log in and join PicMonkey's affiliate program. If not , sign up HERE.  It is easy !

15. Bloggy Moms

Bloggy Moms is not just  a network  but a community too. It connects social media influencers with brands. This is a community of women in social media dedicated to sharing their knowledge and support with their piers. If you have an established social media presence, sign up! They will pair you with sponsors, reviews and complimentary opportunities.

16.  Mother's Lounge

You can make money with Mother's Lounge in 3 ways:
  • You can be a wholesaler and sell their products .
  • You can do a drop ship , where you sell the items and they will ship it for you.
  • You can promote their items online , in your blog and get paid for it. 
                  --> See my post here on : FREE STUFF FOR NEW AND EXPECTING MOMS


17. Amazon Affiliate- This is one of the most famous ways to monetize your blog. By signing up to be an affiliate , you get to advertise millions of products on your site and earn commission. I think Amazon has everything under the sun. You get 10% advertising fees.  Amazon has a new program called NEW BOUNTY PROGRAM where you get advertising fees when visitors try and/or sign-up for valuable services and programs. 

18. Google Adsense - By far the easiest way to monetize your blog.  This is a simple way for you to earn money by displaying targeting google ads.

Need more convincing ? Read  "How I (More Than ) Doubled my Adsense Earnings in a Month" by Save to Splurge.


19. Izea -  Izea connects bloggers and influencers to the worlds biggest brand. One of the most easiest way to earn money too! If you are a instagram influencer, have a large following on you tube or any other social media .. top bigbrans will pay you to creat content for them. What I love about Izea is that you can negotiate your price. You can also pick and choose which brands or services will work for your specific niche! Even just by tweeting ( which most of us knows and loves to do)..you can get paid for that too! Sign up is FREE.



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20. Flyby Promotions

Do you want to receive free books , movies or music CD's to review? Then , flyby promotions is right for you. They offer faith and family based products for review in exchange for a blog post and promotion. They usually provide a copy for giveaways too! We all know that giveaways plays a big role too for growing your followers. If you are interested, sign up for FREE. You know what I l love about Flyby? They are friendly and they do respond to you if you have any questions. Sometimes, it is indeed hard to communicate with some affiliates. It is either they do not reply or they do not read your inquiry at all.


Ebooks that I've read : 




Blogging Course:


http://www.christianbloggercommunity.com/course/ultimate-beginner-blogger-course/



 Few reminders : Remember that with monetizing money , comes tax paying. I advised that you do your research and start keeping track of all your blog related earnings and expenses. Always follow the FTC rules on posting about sponsored and paid blog post. Please be careful when you come across some website that may ask for payment. All of the ways mentioned above are free for you to join.



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