Sunday, March 1, 2015

$100 Meal Plan - 30 days of Paleo Meals One Year Subscription GIVEAWAY!

I have another awesome giveaway for you guys!  Make sure you enter at the end of this post for a chance to win a What to Eat Daily Subscription from my friend Carissa!


Hi everyone, I'm Carissa and I blog at Carissamiss.com. I have had amazing success since starting to eat healthy. My changes have cured my migraines, helped me lose weight, and improved my overall energy. I want to share how easy it is to eat healthy! I've worked really hard to put together a meal plan that does all the work for you and pleases the whole family so you don't have to cook two different meals for every meal. Keep on reading to learn more!




Me and some other fabulous bloggers want to get you excited about eating healthy!! Enter to win a What to Eat Daily subscription and access my 30 day meal plan for ONE YEAR! That's over $100 value! Scroll to enter

Carissa Miss: 30 Day Meal Plan with What to Eat

I've partnered with What to Eat Daily to give you easy access and planning with my menu. Simply CLICK HERE to subscribe and you'll not only have access to my menu but THOUSANDS of other great recipes. 

Here's a glimpse into what you can expect from my Menu:

Carissa Miss: 30 Day Meal Plan with What to Eat

Once you SIGN UP you'll be able to completely customize the menu and switch out days, serving sizes, and swap out individual ingredients if you want. You can easily load your shopping list and then head to the store.

Carissa Miss: 30 Day Meal Plan with What to Eat

You can see the menu at a glance, get nutrition information for each recipe.

Carissa Miss: 30 Day Meal Plan with What to Eat
I'm working on getting photos of each recipe uploaded as well. The best part? You get access to the FREE APP that lets you do all your shopping without printing off/writing down and losing lists.



Carissa Miss: 30 Day Meal Plan with What to Eat

DON'T WAIT! I'm offering 20% off for my readers so SIGN UP and get cooking! 

2 lucky winners will get 1 year's subscription to What to Eat Daily






Friday, February 27, 2015

Clickin Moms 1 Year Membership Giveaway!

I have an awesome 
GIVEAWAY
 for you guys today.  In fact, I wish I could have it!  
Can I enter my own giveaways???



This giveaway is for all you moms out there who are trying to improve on your photography skills.  I know I am!  
It's a one-year membership to Clickin Moms!

I have a coupon code for all of my readers to get 20% off a year membership right now!  
Just use the code: WE20
(live live 2/27-3/6)

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What is Clickin Moms?

Glad you asked.
Clickin Moms is a members-only community of over 16,000 photographers who are passionate about capturing their lives, their clients, their families, and their worlds more beautifully.  It's useful for photographers on all levels: photography businesses who are looking to network, individual artistic growth, great technical knowledge and support, as well as a place to find fellow photographer friends!

Clickin Moms encourages and empowers photographers of all levels to capture life in a beautiful way whether that's through personal or professional endeavors.  They also provide quality photography education and mentoring.

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Look at all these great resources they provide on their website:

- 1000s of tutorials
- free monthly downloads
- challenges and contests
- workshops
- an online community

It's just $60 a year!  
Which you can get free if you win the giveaway!  They also have a 30 day money back guarantee so you can sign up now and if you win the giveaway, you can just cancel and get a refund.
And I have a coupon code for 20% off a membership! So it's just $48!

Just use the coupon code: WE20

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Now just enter the rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win this awesome one-year membership!  And don't forget that you can sign up today and get refunded within 30 days if you win!  And don't forget to use my coupon code for 20% off!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mommy Admin - Connecting moms looking for spare change with bloggers/businesses looking for spare time

So Alan and I started a business!

It's called Mommy Admin and you need to sign up!

mommyadmin.com

I've been a blogger for a little over 4 years now and I've seen so many bloggers take their blog to the next level where it becomes a business.  These bloggers make real money and some even support their families with it.  Businesses of any level know that creating traffic to their websites includes lots of social media posts and new content on their website.

But bloggers and businesses are busy.

Bloggers and businesses need virtual assistants at mommyadmin.com.


They have new content to create, SEO to work on, pictures to take, posts to write, social media to share their content and ideas on, networking, commenting and sharing, contacting other businesses for sponsors, answering emails, etc. The list goes on and on.  And doing it yourself just isn't possible.

I'm also on the mom side.  

Moms help businesses get work done at mommyadmin.com.


Sometimes moms need a little extra money to help with the bills or to buy some new shoes for their kids or some cute new jewelry for themselves!  And most of us are pretty social media savvy.  We have to be because it keeps us sane, right?  Actually you would be pretty amazed at the experience some of these moms have.  They blog, are photographers, do graphic design, and are social media gurus.

So Alan and I are taking these two groups and adding them together.
Why?  Because they need each other.  

Bloggers and small businesses need help managing their social media and creating new content so they can focus on other sides of the business.  And a lot of moms need some extra money, but only need a few hours a week to work and often want to work at home with flexible hours.

Mommy Admin is the perfect solution!


Bloggers and businesses tell us what they need done and we assign our moms to get it done.  It's a win win for everyone. We provide qualified moms and do all the background checking for you, we take care of all the legal stuff, you use us when you need us so the hours are flexible, and we make sure it all gets done while helping moms get in the workforce while still being able to be at home.


Bloggers and businesses, apply to get a Mommy Admin.

Moms, apply to be a Mommy Admin.


Virtual assistants, bloggers, small business, moms work from home

We can't wait to work with you!  And if you know someone who needs to hire a virtual assistant, please spread the word and share our site with them!  Thanks so much!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Only the Brave by Gerald N. Lund Book Review

Do you love historical fiction?  I do!  I always have.  When I was a kid I used to read the Dear America series.  Did anyone else read those?  I love reading stories about events that actually happened and how the people who were involved probably felt, thought, and behaved.

If you like historical fiction, then you will love pretty much any of Gerald N. Lund's books.  He's well known for writing the Work and the Glory series, which I loved, among many other series.  

This book - Only the Brave - is a great read!



Only the Brave is a sequel to the book The Undaunted.  Alan and I listened to that book on our trip to and from California two years ago.  But the nice thing about this book is that you don't need to have read The Undaunted to understand and appreciate Only the Brave.  In this book, he introduces new main characters which he is actually going to put in another series he's writing!

I love in Only the Brave that Gerald N. Lund shows you his research at the end of each chapter so you know exactly what happened and what he made up.  This is such an interesting story about what it was like to be one of the "hole in the rock" pioneers.  These pioneers were asked to travel down to the San Juan River area to build a community and live.  This was a dangerous area because there were a few different American Indian tribes in the area who had previously had bad experiences with different travelers and cowboys who came through.  This was a chance for these Mormon pioneers to show them that they were friendly and were not going to kill, cheat, or steal. 

Reading about the lives of these people gives you so much respect for them!  It appears that many didn't want to be there, but they were asked to and they followed their leaders and God's commands.  They had to deal with extremely dry weather, flooding, Indian attacks, and cowboys.  They were far away from any large towns.  They were to act as buffers, shock absorbers, and lightening rods just to give you an idea of what life was like there.

Still to this day there aren't many people in this area of Utah, but they must have accomplished what they were asked to do. 

The love story between Mitch and Edie is sweet and realistic.  I love that it isn't overdone and steadily grows throughout the book.  And of course there is a twist in it.  :-)  Lund is great at helping you feel what these people must have felt.  He pulls you into the story and it's easy to imagine being there.  The book is a little bit of a slower pace, but life was slower then too.  So it fits.  Only the Brave is rich with historical details that will leave you amazed that these things really happened!

You can find Only the Brave at Deseret Book!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kid Painted Valentine's Bags

This year for Valentine's Day I've been leaving little treats for my kids each day - stickers, princess valentine's, chocolate, and glitter glue pens.  I wanted to put them in something they could open.  We have been doing decorated paper bags that we taped to their bedroom doors the last few years.  But the tape peeled off the paint and the bags ripped.

So I decided to sew a cute Valentine's bag for each kid.  I still wanted them to be involved in the decorating.  


I grabbed some white fabric, paint, heart shaped cookie cutters, and little stamps and we went to work.  I let the girls decorate it however the wanted.  And did it get messy?  You bet it did!  But those are the best projects right? (Did you notice that Clo has paint on her lips???)



After it dried, I asked the girls which section they wanted for their bags.  I also pulled out some fabric and let them choose which fabric they wanted to go with it.

Then I made the bags.

I cut out the fabric I needed:

1 - 18x14 piece of painted fabric
1 - 12x14 piece of painted fabric
1 - 7x14 piece of colored fabric

I also needed some yarn, pink fabric, and wonder under.

I then sewed the 12x14 to the 7x14 piece right sides together. So now I have two pieces of 18x14 fabric.  I cut off any extra so they were the same size.


I made a little heart to glue on the front by ironing on wonder under to a square of pink fabric,  Then cut out a heart (I just googled a heart shape and printed it from my computer to use as a template).  Iron on the heart to the fabric.  You can check out my Applique Fall Pillow and Applique Baby Burp Cloths for more tips and projects using applique.


Then right sides together, sew along the bottom and two sides of the 2 large pieces of fabric.  Then flip over the top about an inch and sew all the way around for the yarn to make a drawstring.  


At one of the seams, use a seam ripper to undo the stitching for the yarn to go through.  Sew above and below the hole to keep it in place.


Then tie the yarn in a knot and put a safety pin through it.  Feed the safety pin around the drawstring hole until it comes out on the side you started.  Then tie the two ends of the yarn together.  Now you have your drawstring!  And you're done!

My girls loved playing with their bags before February and now they love getting a little prize in them each day. It's a super easy project that you can get them involved in!



Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2015

10 Meaningful Ways to Say I Love You to Yourself on Valentine's Day

Author: Amber Brubaker

It’s true that the major focus of Valentine’s Day is to show love to your significant other. But if you don’t have a significant other, it doesn't mean you should ignore the holiday. Even if you and your partner already have plans for the holiday, you still shouldn't pass up this great opportunity to show yourself how much you love YOU by treating yourself on the big day. 

Here are some ideas for meaningful ways to celebrate YOU on the holiday of love. 


1. Pedicures and Manicures


You need to get yourself a good manicure and pedicure on this special day, especially if you already have a night out planned with your loved one. Really treat yourself here. Do something extra special, like choose a color or style that you normally wouldn't touch. Even if no one else notices, you’ll feel beautiful. 

2. Get a Facial

This one is also a must to make you feel and look great for a night out (or in)! If you've never had a professional facial, cross it off your bucket list after Valentine’s Day this year. If you go to a really good spa, you’re sure to have one of the most soothing and relaxing experiences of your life. As explained in this article, the best spa facials include microderm abrasion, which removes dead skin cells and revitalizes skin.

3. Say Your Affirmations

There’s no need to spend money to feel great for Valentine’s Day. Just look yourself in the eye (well, in the mirror) and tell yourself how great you are. Note your positive qualities, and banish any negative thoughts. Doing this in the morning right after you wake up on Valentine’s Day will give you a fantastic start to a lovely day. 

4. Get a New Outfit

Nothing says, “I love me,” like a brand new outfit, complete with shoes and accessories. You really do owe it to yourself to pick out some new digs that make you feel like a star. So grab a couple of girlfriends, and hit your favorite stores and boutiques. If you have plans with your partner for Valentine’s Day, make sure you wear your new clothes! 

5. Exercise


Though the idea of sweating and aching after a tough workout at the gym doesn't seem like a great way to show your love for yourself, you’d be surprised what a difference it can make in the way you feel. Maintaining a habit of regular exercise will lead to a healthier you, and you’re mental and physical health will thank you as well. 

6. Make a Treat for Yourself and Don’t Share

Valentine’s Day is no time for self discipline. Just for a day, give in to that overwhelming craving for your favorite treat, and don’t share! With how hard you work, you deserve a chance to take part in a little decadence for once. 

7. Only Say Positive Things

Refrain from acknowledging the negative in your dealings with yourselves and others. As the old song says, “Accentuate the positive.” Take the day off from making judgmental or negative comments about others. Instead, look for the good in them, and make sure you let them know you noticed their positive traits. It may be a little challenging, but you’re sure to notice a significant positive shift in your mood that day. 

8. Massage Time

Book a massage, whether it’s only for you or for you and your partner. Either way, indulge in the relaxation that comes with such a great gift to yourself. You can enjoy time to meditate and ponder on what’s important to you, especially if the masseuse you choose is particularly talented. 

9. Get a Babysitter

Consider getting a babysitter for more than your night out on Valentine’s Day. You can enjoy some much needed “you” time to primp and prep for your date. Though you love your kids and love spending time with them, there’s no denying that a break to do something for yourself unhampered by the needs of your little ones is a great way to revitalize yourself so that you can continue to enjoy the journey. 

10. Eat Three Square Meals


Breakfast is too commonly skipped or substituted with donuts and coffee, and lunch too often postponed as you go about your various errands and responsibilities. This year, try taking just one day to focus on your health, and eat a healthy meal on time for every meal. Notice how much more energy you have for that day. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like it so much you’ll never go back to your old, rushed ways! 


Though you may think you don’t need some of these things to feel special, do them anyway. You may have forgotten how much these small ways to treat yourself can make such a big difference, but once you take the time to attend to yourself, you’ll remember what it’s like to feel like a queen. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tons of Tips for Beginning Bloggers

I've been blogging on this blog for almost 4 years now.  It's been a really slow road for me just because I didn't/don't have the time to turn it into a business.  I learned little by little how to get my blog out there so that it was a little more than a hobby, but not a huge business.  I love where I am right now with my blog, but I still love learning about the business side of blogging too.

There is so much to know!

And luckily there are bloggers who have spelled it out for you.  There are ebooks and posts all about learning how to blog, successful blogging tips, and how to make money blogging.  So if you're just starting your blog or are ready to take it to the next level, this is a great place to start.

It can be a little overwhelming if you're just getting started. But one of the best things about blogging is that it isn't a competition.  Bloggers work together and have to work together to be successful.

One of the best things for me was joining a bunch of blogging support Facebook groups.  They can be for sharing social media, sharing sponsored posts, or just to share information.  Definitely search for some blogging Facebook groups!  Start with a local one.  I'm in 3 different groups for Utah bloggers.


I've gathered some tips for successful blogging to share with you as a resource.  I hope you find it helpful! 

I also have a Pinterest Board called Blog Tips and Designs that has tons more tips if you want to follow along!
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Great Tips from Experienced Bloggers

Here are some awesome tips written by bloggers who have been doing this for a while.  They share some of their best tips with you starting from what they first learned while blogging and what they've learned through lots of trial and error.

Start a Blog from First Site Guide


How to Start a Blog - Step by Step Guide from Start Blogging Online
(Includes a switching your blog from Blogger to Wordpress tutorial!)




Blogging Tips from Dawn Nicole

31 Small Ways to Grow Your Blog from Kirsten Oliphant

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Blog Design

There are lots of companies and free lancers who can design a beautiful blog for you.  But if you don't have the money for that just yet, here are some tips on designing your own blog.

How to Build a Beautiful Blog from Moms & Crafters


How to Revamp You About Page from the thinking closet

How I Made My Blogger Blog My Own from Bethany the ngnrdgrl

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Social Media

One of the biggest parts of blogging is social media.  You need to find a way for others to see your great ideas because it won't happen on your own.  Here are some great resources for building your social media accounts.

How to Get More Facebook Likes from Living on a Dime

Promoting Blog Posts from it's me, debcb



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Making Money Blogging

Once you are ready to make money blogging, there are tons of ways to do it!  From sponsored posts to affiliate links to ads.  Here are some great resources on where to start!


How to Make Money Blogging from Real Talk Moms

3 Ways Bloggers Make Money at What's Up Fagans


Blogging can take a lot of time and effort, but you can do it!  And the great thing is, you can decide how much time and effort you want to put into it.  It can be your hobby or a small business.  It's up to you!  Good luck!