Conquer Your Clutter | Clutter Go Away…{Don’t} Come Back Again Another Day

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Time to conquer clutter mama!

 

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized, but is it possible?

You’ve got great reasons for wanting to be more organized. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.
But sometimes it just feels so hard.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

But what if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super-short opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

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The Day My Blog Exploded

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Viral Post Pinnable Image

 

Early on I had a post go viral increasing pageviews by over 6000%…this is the story of that viral blog post.

GETTING STARTED

Before I dive head first into what I experienced the day my blog exploded, I should probably introduce myself so you can get a general feel for who I am and where I am on my blogging journey.  My name is Alea and I’ve been tinkering with the idea of a blog on and off for about 3 or 4 years.

I even tried starting a couponing blog once but realized that I simply didn’t have the time to invest in tracking down and keeping current on all the exciting new deals and coupons that were constantly in flux.  So I decided to leave that to the ladies who have nailed it already. I don’t know how they do it, but God bless them!  Anyway, that was very short-lived, but it did teach me quite a few things about what not to do. {I thought you might like a quick look at a screenshot from back then.}

Viral Blog Post | Screenshot of my 1st blog

Although I love couponing & saving, I realized that the mechanics of tracking those things down to provide a well-rounded resource database for other was unrealistic.  However, I did realize that I could easily write about my process, what has worked & not worked for me in the past, my own coupon brags, etc.

 

So I can just keep visiting the Krazy Coupon Lady (KCL) to find out the inside scoop on the best coupons & deals and I can be helpful and direct my readers there too.  I’m still helping even if I’m not the original source.  That took a huge burden off my shoulders.  However, I had burned out quickly with that one and took some years off.

 

The time passed and it was time to try and add another member to the family, so I decided to document my journey for other gals who were trying to conceive.  I had so many questions that I would scour the internet looking for answers on, so I figured why not become the resource?  Also, I am super big on preserving things for posterity like journals, keepsakes, etc.

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10 Best Lactation Aids to Increase Milk Supply Quickly

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This is the best list of ways to increase milk supply quickly with products, treats, supplements and awesome tips and tricks for breastfeeding.

Ways To Increase Milk Supply

I have been breastfeeding my little guy, Logan, for 11 months now…yay!  In the early days of nursing and getting ready to go back to work, milk supply was a super huge overriding freak-out concern of mine!  Luckily over the past few months, we’ve gotten into a pretty good rhythm and leveled things off for the most part.

However, even now I still run into times when my supply dips due to weird work scheduling conflicts or random family activities that require a lot of travel, etc.  So every now and then, almost a year in, I still need help to boost my supply!  So I am always on the lookout for ways to increase milk supply.

Now, this is something that I did a TON of research on about 6 months to a year ago, but figured it would be a good time to revisit it since our schedule has been so crazy lately and I’m seeing the impact on my supply!  It is insane how many options there are out there to increase milk supply and most of them are super tasty treats!

This list is current as of Fall 2016 and I intend to keep an eye on it to update as things change!  Also, the best thing of all…most of these are small businesses and I am all about shopping small!  So check these out and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

1. Mrs. Patels Fenugreek Bars \\ You probably already know that these bars are my absolute #1 favorite milk supply booster!  As soon as I eat one of these I see a HUGE boost in supply within 24 hours.  I totally swear by these!  I love them so much I even wrote a pretty long blog post about them HERE.

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How it Feels to Make a Living with Affiliate Marketing: An Interview with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

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Earn Income Online | Affiliate Marketing | Frugal Nesting

 

Epiphany

I have not been blogging for long, but anytime I start something I get obsessed and go all in.  Blogging is no different, so I dove head first into it as far as learning everything I possibly could!  I wanted to know everything from how to get my own website, making it look pretty, strategy for quality writing, growing an audience, etc.  In that research, something became clear very early on that piqued my interest and that was the fact that people are able to make money from their blogs.

That was, and still kind of is, foreign and crazy to me.  But what really blew my mind was that there are some people who earn income online and are able to blog for a living.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Some people earn a full-time income just from having a blog.  And hold onto your seats…some people make more in a month from their blog than I make in a year at my “real” job!

Burning the Candle At Both Ends

As a mom working a full-time job I constantly feel that both my job and my kids suffer as I try to juggle both.  We all know the mom guilt is real and it’s intense.  Burning the candle at both ends can really take its toll on our well being too.  So the notion that a person can actually work from home, or from anywhere for that matter, and earn a decent living doing something they love is like my dream!  That being said, I am not even in that ballpark.  I just blog for the love of it, but have recently begun to put processes in place to earn some extra spending money!

The money that I do earn blogging has jumped dramatically since I took an e-course by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents.  She is one of the bloggers I mentioned who makes more per month from her blog than I make per year in my middle-class business day job.  In fact, in one month she makes about double my yearly earnings.  In July of 2016, she made $112,594.97 for the month.  Anyway, Michelle has the most awesome setup at this point.  She quit her day job a while ago, sold her home and travels full time with her hubby in an RV.  All while earning money in her sleep from her blog!

The Interview

I recently interviewed Michelle about how blogging has changed her life and she had some pretty awesome things to say.  Take a minute to read our interview below:

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

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Oatmeal Lactation Cookies

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year! And with that comes pumpkin everything…lucky for me since I LOVE pumpkin!  This fall I am busy with a million things including both nursing and pumping milk for my little guy, Logan!  As you know from my post “How I Increased My Milk Supply Overnight“, maintaining my milk supply is always on my mind.  So I figured what better way to shake things up than to incorporate pumpkin, a lactogenic food, into a lactation cookie for a seasonal twist on the standard oatmeal lactation cookies!

Not only does this recipe incorporate pumpkin, but it also includes the following galactogagues: oatmeal, flaxseed and brewer’s yeast.  So these cookies are a game-changing powerhouse of milk-making goodness all wrapped up in a yummilicious cookie!  These are so good that the rest of the family will be fighting you for them, however just write “Mama’s Milk Making Cookies – HANDS OFF” on a gallon Ziploc bag and store them in the fridge to prevent them from disappearing!  Or you could just make a double batch to share!

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The BEST Quick + Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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The BEST Quick & Easy Shepherd's Pie recipe. As a working mom, I have recently gotten into budget meal planning. This is great for weeknight meal prep. I love it with turkey, but you could use ground beef!

Shepherd’s Pie = Comfort Food

Below you will find all of the details on how to throw this all together quickly & easily any weeknight for a scoop of comfort food!

 

The BEST Quick + Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

This is cheap, simple, quick, kid friendly & DELICIOUS! Also, great for leftovers!

I just reheated it in the office & I began to overhear people saying that it smells like Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, I did not bring enough to share! 😉 YUM!

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Red Onion, Medium
  • 1 can Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 1 can Condensed Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
  • 1/2 bag Frozen Vegetables
  • 1 1/2 c. Water
  • 1/2 c. Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 pkg Mashed Potato Flakes, Garlic

1 | Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

2 | Chop the onion

3 | Brown the turkey in a large skillet

4 | Add the chopped onion and simmer (...this is when your family will begin to exclaim "What smells so good? When is dinner gonna be ready? I'm hungry! What's for dinner? and so on...)

5 | Get your water & butter started boiling in a medium saucepan

6 | Stir frozen vegetables in with browned turkey & onions. Add soup and simmer.

7 | Once water & butter have reached a rolling boil remove from heat & stir in milk & mashed potato flakes. Let this mixture settle for 1 minute.

8 | Transfer turkey mixture into a casserole dish and spoon potatoes over mixture.

9 | Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. If potatoes haven't browned you can turn to broil for a minute or two...make sure to watch it so it doesn't burn!

10 | Carefully remove from the oven & let your dish cool for 5 - 10 minutes.

11 | Dish up & garnish w/ketchup! 😉

 
 
 

How I Made My 1st $250+ as a Newbie Blogger

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How I Made My 1st $250+ as a Newbie Blogger

 

Background

I am a new blogger with a handful of fun posts, a few subscribers, and growing pageviews.  My blog is small & new, but isn’t that where we all start?  This is a quick note, to those of you who are just starting out, with info on how I got started and how I started making money with my blog very early on.  I am going to begin with a bit of background on how I started my blogging journey, but please feel free to jump to the bottom for the good stuff…I won’t be offended!  

What Is A Blog

I just recently started reading and following blogs about four years ago. Before that, I thought of blogs as mainly glorified diaries. And for many people that is precisely what they are and that is great. However, it was only about four years ago that I realized that blogs also existed as a resource. My first experiences with blogs as a resource began with couponing and deal websites like CouponPro Blog, Krazy Coupon Lady and Southern Savers when I decided to dive head on into “extreme couponing”!

I quickly realized what a wealth of information was out there from other “real people” expressing information, tips, tricks and recommendations from their respective areas of expertise. One thing I noticed right away was the unique perspective found on each blog and the conversational tone with which the information was delivered. It’s relatable and feels genuine, in fact, a good blogger can draw you in and make you feel like an old friend. That’s typically what I look for when deciding on my new favorite blogs.

Pinterest

One other place that I spend a great deal of time {probably too much time} is Pinterest. I’ve been obsessed with Pinterest since the very beginning when I heard a story about it on the news a few years back. I remember thinking that the concept was purely genius! It was the perfect solution to the clutter I keep of magazines, recipes, and other inspiration! Now this was back when you still needed an invitation, which I kind of loved…hello exclusivity! Anyway, I was hooked from the get-go and have been in dire need of a Pintervention ever since! One thing that I never realized until recently is that the majority of Pinterest is simply a curation of images and links to individual blog posts! So if you love Pinterest, then you love blogs!

So I began paying much closer attention to blogs and referring to them regularly for the solutions to my common problems. I use Pinterest anytime I need to know how long and at what temperature to cook something, I use it for many of my breastfeeding questions, style inspiration, blue day quotes, and on and on. And when it came time to move out of my apartment, a couple years ago, I completed my move-out deep clean exclusively using fancy DIY homemade cleaning tips & tricks from a laundry list of blogs that I identified on Pinterest.

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3 Things You Need To Do BEFORE Date Night as a New Mom

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Date Night New Mom

Preparing for Date Night

First of all Mama, if you are a first-time mom or recently gave birth, you need to ask yourself if you are really ready to be away from your baby for an extended period of time. One thing you will learn about me is that I am adamant about a woman’s need to follow her instincts when it comes to mothering and her baby. If you don’t feel ready, then there is nothing wrong with waiting a few more weeks, months, or even years until you are comfortable before your first date night after baby. Hopefully, your partner will be understanding and supportive when you express your feelings. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out, but it just means that baby will need to go with you! Yay family time!

If you think that you are ready for a night out with your partner (or with the girls) then I have some tips on things that you can do before you go! This advice is meant to help things go smoothly for you & the kids while you are away!

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My Favorite New Bath Time Tool

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LatherMitts are so awesome for bath time!

 

ENDED *** G I V E A W A Y Alert! >>> We are giving away one pair of LatherMitts by LatherUp.co!  You can enter HERE or through the widget at the bottom of the post between 09/15/2016 ~ 09/30/2016!  Please let me know if you have any questions at all!  Enter now…you will LOVE them!  Read below to see why! *** Congratulations to Michelle H. from MA…you are the winner!! Watch for your LatherMitts in the mail and let us know what you think!!

How do you feel about bath time? Do you love it? Do you hate it? I’ve had sort of a love-hate relationship with bath time over the past seven years. It had become somewhat of a nightmare with my oldest because he has this beautiful kinky-curly hair that takes a ton of work. He screams and cries when it comes time to comb through the knots & tangles! And then those early baths with our new little guy did not do much to change that perception, as he screamed bloody murder every time he came into contact with the water. Luckily we seem to have turned a corner with little Baby Guy, he’s now entered the giggly, kicky, splashy stage! But bath time always presents challenges at our house, so I’ve always got my eyes out for things that will make bath time easier.

New Bath Gadget

One of the fun perks of being a blogger is the opportunity to try out and review awesome new products! And you may have noticed that I’m also a huge lover and advocate of small businesses! So I was super excited at the opportunity to try out a super cool new bath time tool for babies and kids (not that it wouldn’t be great for adults too)! LatherMitts by LatherUp are the upgrade to bath time that you didn’t know you needed!

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SURVEY ALERT: Pinecone Research is Now Accepting New Registrants!

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PineCone Research conducts on-line interviews with consumers from all walks of life to obtain their opinions about new products. To become a panel member, all you need to do is complete the simple form above. This will only take a few minutes of your time. It’s easy and fun to see and evaluate new product ideas in the comfort of your own home.

You will earn points for each completed product survey, which can be exchanged for cash and other rewards. PLUS you will be automatically entered into a bi-weekly Sweepstakes to win additional cash prizes for your time.

Each interview usually takes 15-20 minutes of your time. Plus, you are free to leave the panel at any time should you choose to do so.

Registrants who complete the signup form online and align with the recruit target(s) and are eligible for membership consideration will immediately receive an email invitation containing a link, ID and password to complete the full registration process.

The link takes them to a brief “staging” survey (6 minutes or less) to gather some further information about that registrant and their household, and to gain agreement to the terms and conditions for panel membership.

Visit Pinecone and fill out a short questionnaire to see if you qualify. For those in the target demographic, earn as much as $3.00 per survey.

Remember, only one member of a household may qualify.Pinecone surveys are a proven method for earning a little extra cash. Receive earnings via check or PayPal. Pinecone also sends free items to sample and try out in exchange for your opinion!

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