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Ways to Monetise A Blog In 2020

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Moneytise a blog?

I’ve been blogging since 2010. Things have altered greatly in the decade I’ve been writing blogs. What started as an outlet to parent hood has allowed me to write about many things, and making some money along the way too. I think that the ways you can monetise your blog have increased dramatically too. There are so many ways to earn! I’ve planned that in 2020 I really push on and monetise my blog in an enjoyable way for both myself and my readers too! This year we have two residential stays to pay for so every penny counts! I’m sharing my favourite ways to Monetise a blog in 2020.

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Join bloggers networks.

Joining professional networks like Britmums, and The Flea Network will help keep you in touch with opportunities. But designed for professional bloggers who will produce great content. They might be paid, reviews or other opportunities.

There’s also networks who specialise in paid blogging projects. For example Get Blogged who specifically aim to help bloggers and clients find their perfect match. It’s free for bloggers to register. Once registered you can apply for all the current vacancies that you’re a good fit for. You’ll hear if you’ve been accepted for a campaign by email, and then you can either accept or decline the work. I like it as the briefs are easy to understand with a clear deadline.

Network in Facebook groups.

Facebook has loads of groups for bloggers- find one that suits your niche! They are useful for advice too not just money making opportunities!

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is something I am intending on using a bit more this year! It’s basically where you earn a small fee whenever someone buys via your link to a store. So, if I loved some trainers that I had bought from Po-Zu, I could sign up to their affiliate scheme and every time I talked about them on line (and used my affiliate link) I would increase my chances of earning. It’s really important to always disclose affiliate links!

There are lots of companies who offer affiliate schemes. Some are more generous than others, and most like to check your site out carefully first. Amazon seems to be a popular choice amongst many bloggers I know, especially on the run up to Christmas.

Writing Sponsored Content

So, many opportunities I’ve mentioned come from writing content which is paid for by a company or brand. The next time an email drops into your inbox asking if you’d like to review a relatively low value product, don’t be afraid to ask if they will pay you for the review. They may not have a budget, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Know your value!

I think my biggest tip is have your rate card planned out before you get offered any work. Work out what you will charge to write a post or host a companies guest post on your site. Remember to allow for not just the time spent writing a piece, but also the cost of hosting it. That way you can respond quickly and efficiently when asked what your charge to write content is.

Most importantly, remember that your blog needs to be enjoyable for readers, but also you need to enjoy writing it! Don’t be afraid to say not to paid content if it won’t be a good fit with your blog, or you aren’t interested in writing about the topic.

Winter Wardrobe – A wardrobe for every season? #ACEWinterRefresh #Ad

 This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEWinterRefresh Challenge, sponsored by ACE for Colours Powder. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ and pick up the range at your nearest Morrison’s store or buy online on Amazon.

I am a great believer in looking after your clothes carefully! If you look after them carefully, they last longer, which is better for your money and the environment too as you buy less.

Growing up I remember my wardrobe being switched over from Summer, to Winter. Away would go the lightweight cardigans and dresses. Out would come jumpers, needlecord and tights! Colours would swap from pastels to mustards and reds. They were warming colours, and thicker fabrics too. It’s something I’ve continued to do as an adult with a family of my own.

The year round items…

Some items of clothing I know I will wear whatever the weather. Hoodies, jeans and colourful t-shirts are my families year round items. These never get packed away! This does mean that they need extra care to keep them looking good! Daily wear means they get marked and the colours dull. So I’ve used ACE to revive the colours and remove stains on my year round clothing!

It’s so simple to use in my washing, just add your normal washing liquid, then when the water starts to fill up your washing machine, add 2 tablespoons of ACE to your washing machine drawer! My coloured clothes have definitely looked a little brighter!

Winter clothes

My winter wardrobe involves quite a lot of wool, I really feel the cold! When I get my wool jumpers out they are ready to wear as I wash and dry them carefully before packing them away in a airtight container. (Cashmere I wrap in acid-free tissue paper, and if I remember I add some dried lavender to the box as I read it discourages moths!) .

I’m always keen to try to refresh my winter wardrobe by adding a few new accessories. If you regularly read my blog you’ll know I love to charity shop! I’ve shared my top tips for charity shopping so do have a read if you’re not sure where to begin! ACE has been a great help with my charity shop purchases. Sometimes you spot something which would be ideal to refresh your wardrobe, but there’s a mark on it – or it just looks really worn. I found a beautiful Boden jacket on the £1 rail of a charity shop. It had a nasty mark on the collar – but otherwise was in perfect condition. So I bought it, washed it, and the stain is much improved – although not completely gone. I should have pre-treated it with ACE, but I was so keen to get to wear it!

I think that it is a great addition to my Winter wardrobe! I’ll wear it with jeans or my jersey dresses and it will really revive my wardrobe. It’s so easy just to slip into dull shades in the winter months, so this vibrant jacket is perfect to keep my wardrobe colourful all winter!

Packing away summer clothes.

I wash and fold summer clothes ready to put away for next summer. Any little repairs get attended to – think lost buttons, or frayed hems. This year I repaired and put away over half term!

Some things I know I won’t wear again so I’ll put those straight into the charity bag. Another great reason to care for your clothes well, is that you can then pass them onto someone else to enjoy – I digress!

Carefully folding my clothes away for summer means that I will feel as though I have a new wardrobe of clothes when I get them out next year! I still add dried lavender to keep the moths at bay, (or atleast I believe it helps!!) but I don’t worry about using tissue paper as most of my summer clothes are either cotton or linen.

Where to store your clothes out of season?

Store your clothes somewhere dry! I store mine in air tight containers in the bottom of my airing cupboard – it works well for me! I do know of people storing clothes in blanket boxes, or up in their loft. As long as your clothes are stored clean (moths love dirt marks on clothes…!) and dry, they can be stored wherever works for you!

Simple Ways for busy Moms to Take it Easy

When is the last time you just relaxed? If you’re a mom, you probably have to think about the answer. As much as you love your family, the role of a mother is a stressful one. Being responsible for the lives of your children and providing requires every bit of who you are. It often leaves very little time for you to catch your breath.

Being a parent was never designed to be easy. If you overwork yourself, however, you have nothing left to give your family. That’s why it’s important for moms to take it easy. Despite the busy schedules and a laundry list of responsibilities, you can find small amounts of time throughout your day to relax.

Dig Into a Good Book

You can escape reality even for a few minutes by digging into a good book. Pencil in time throughout the day to read. Whether it be a steamy romance novel, self-help book, or thrilling sci-fi, it takes your mind off of everything and allows you to immerse yourself in another world. You can read before you wake the kids in the morning, during your lunch break, or even after you’ve put everyone to bed.

Sip on a Cup of Tea

Coffee may be the preferred morning beverage, but tea has some very therapeutic benefits. Try drinking one cup of herbal tea in the morning and again before bed. There are many types and each has its own healing properties. For example, peppermint tea is ideal for tummy aches while chamomile can help you get some rest.

Get a Massage

Massage therapy has been long regarded as a luxury designed to help relax the mind and body. Once a month, schedule yourself a massage session. The healing properties from various techniques can improve your mood, relieve tension, lower your blood pressure, and soothe the pain. If your schedule is really tight, however, you can always look for a mobile massage therapist. They have supplies like portable massage tables, essential oils, and candles and can bring the spa experience to your home when it’s most convenient.

Take a Long Hot Bath

Showers are great but every now and then switch things up with a bath. Soaking in a warm bath with your favorite salts, oils, or soap helps to calm the mind and body. You may not be able to do it every day, but try taking a long hot bath at least once a week after you’ve put the kids to bed.

Write in a Journal

As a mom, your mind is always going a mile a minute. It sometimes seems as if the thoughts never stop coming. You can relax your mind by writing things down. Start a journal and write about what’s going on inside your head. Venting is therapeutic and can help to slow those thoughts and improve your mental well-being.

Take a Nap

On the weekends when you put the kids down for a nap, instead of trying to catch up on chores why not rest? Getting good sleep tends to go out the window when you become a parent, so any time you get to shut those eyes for a few minutes – take it. Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour, you’ll feel much more at ease when you wake up.

Sweet Treat

What calms the mind more than sweets? Whatever your craving is, don’t be afraid to indulge every once in a while. Bake some cookies with the kids and nibble on a few after they’ve gone to bed. Go to an ice cream parlor on your lunch break and buy your favorite flavor. Allow yourself at least 10-15 minutes to just enjoy your treat.
Moms are the superheroes of the world. Which means moms are often on the go helping their families to thrive. You love your job, but even superheroes need a break on occasion. The good news is that even with a hectic schedule and tons of responsibilities, you can find a few minutes throughout your day to just – take it easy. 

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Getting your garden summer ready!

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If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, I’m sure you will agree there is no where better to enjoy a cuppa on a summers evening! With summer rapidly approaching, and the evenings being lighter, my thoughts have turned to gardening! It’s time to get the garden ready for summer!

Gardening – Maintenance

It is time to get the lawn mower out! May is time to start mowing the lawn again, and that means it becomes a weekly job until Autumn. I also like to try to do some weeding every week – just to keep on top of things, although I confess I’m not very good at remembering to! Getting on with these jobs I do find I need to replace certain garden tools, and Garden Tool Box is a good resource for finding the best garden tools.

Add some colour!

I love to add some colour to my garden using hanging baskets. You can buy them ready planted, but I admit I quite like planting my own! Empty, used hanging baskets seem to regularly turn up on selling groups so it is worth keeping your eyes peeled! It’s fun planting hanging baskets as you can choose exactly the colours you want. This year I’m hoping to find some cast iron garden furniture and paint it in a deep blue – a new colourful feature for my garden! If you don’t need new garden furniture, make sure yours is clean and ready to use – perhaps invest in new cushions for chairs – it’s a great way to cheaply introduce a fresh colour.

gardening in pots

Grow your own!

I have to admit that I don’t grow anywhere near as much fruit and vegetables as I should. If you have a limited garden space, you can still grow your own vegetables – plant them up in pots! Potatoes grow really well in potato sacks, we had a huge crop last year and they were so tasty! I am going to attempt sweetcorn again this year, last year was a disaster – we got nothing more than a narrow plant. I think even growing a few herbs in a small pot really makes a garden wonderful in summer.

Relax

Make sure you find a space in your garden where you can relax. Sometimes it is hard to remember that your garden needs a grown-up space where you can relax with a good book! I love the children being able to play in the garden, but I have reserved a space for grown ups using my table and chairs! I’ve created the area using pots planted of lavender and rosemary which carefully mark out the grown up space. This way we can all enjoy the garden this summer!

Bra Shopping

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When did you last replace your bras? I recently learnt that you’re meant to replace your bras every 6 months or so. Some of my bras I dread to think how long I have owned them! So, when I got the opportunity to treat myself to some new lingerie from UK Lingerie I decided to update my bras!

The Sports Bra

One of the best bras to invest in is a sports bra, if you do any level of fitness activity. I have a couple of sports bras already, but I really wanted a great sports bra which would offer optimum support. I’m upping my fitness, so I need something with plenty of support!

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I opted for a Shock Absorber Ultimate Run bra – as it is seam free on the inside – no chaffing! I like that you buy this style by bra size, although on advice I went a chest band size – and was pleased I had! It is a really comfortable bra for exercising in, it supports and keeps me coold – it seems to wick sweat away. I think it helps my posture while I’m running too.

The T-shirt Bra

I like having a t-shirt bra as I wear a lot of fitted shirts, and I don’t want my bra showing through! I chose a Wonderbra Ultimate Silhouette T-shirt Bra. This is a great bra! It fits true to size, is seriously comfortable, and gives me a great shape! I like the fact that this can be worn with quite low cut tops too. The cut of the bra means it works with a low v-neck and not just t-shirts! I chose the nude colour as it works with all my summer wardrobe, but I’ll be investing in a black one too!

The Balconette Bra!

I think you need a balconette bra or a push-up bra in your lingerie drawer! Personally, I’m a fan of a balconette bra, I prefer the fit to push-up bras and they seem to work well with my wardrobe.

So those are my essential bras, and now I’m wearing the right size and style every day no matter what I’m doing!

Swimwear – Speedo review

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I reignited my love of swimming last year, I’m not the best swimmer – I lack style, something I should probably work on. Other people get in the water and look gorgeous, I get in the water and…well, swim. But I’m sure I don’t look as graceful as others! I really do need to work on my front crawl this year!

What I love about swimming

I love swimming as it requires very little equipment, just great your swimming costume and you’re ready to jump in. Although, if I’m swimming in a pool, I also have to have goggles! I have a pair of anti-fog Speedo goggles which fit me well and I find really comfortable.

For me, swimming is a great way to relax, I have to focus on my breathing and every day stresses fade away. Of course, it is a great way to keep fit too, and I am always amazed by how a good swimming session really does work all my muscles!

Swimwear

I have to admit that I like to have different options when it comes to swimwear. Especially if I’m taking part in a water-based sport rather than swimming. Sometimes I need more support – or more flexibility in my swimwear.

I was sent a Speedo Swimming costume to review which is designed for sports use. It has a high neck, and offers great bust support. I was worried about the zip-front but actually I can’t notice it once it is on. The leg is not cut too high, making it comfortable for things like aqua-aerobics too.

The side panel detail makes it a really flattering style, it really helps create a waist.

I was really impressed with this swimming costume, it was comfortable in the water and out too. It is soft to wear, and yet offers great support too. Also, it is also an eco-friendly option! It has been made using recycled abandoned fishing nets.

I teamed it with a pair of Speedo ladies swim short – I love these as they’re perfect for beach days when I am in and out the water! I have to say that they’re quite a generous fit, and they’re not too short! Being tall I often struggle with shorts being a little too short, and these are perfect for me! They have a drawstring waist which helps them to stay perfectly in place! They are also made using recycled polyester – it is great to see companies like Speedo choosing eco-friendly fabric options.

My tips for healthy living

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I am not a health and fitness geek, but I have learnt over the last 12 months that I really need to look after myself!

Keeping Active

Staying active is really important! But, I think it is really important to find something you enjoy doing. I have never enjoyed running, but I kept running to the point where it was bearable. I just don’t love doing it! The truth is, I love the feeling when I stop, and I keep going as I hate not loving it, but I’ve never been a runner. So, I’m trying out different sports to see if there’s something I can love more. Perhaps even a way to exercise at home?

I love the water. So swimming, sailing, kayaking or SUP and I am there! I enjoy walking, and will happily walk miles. I really want to give myself a challenge this year – but more on that another time!

Healthy Diet

My diet declined rapidly around the time I became a Mother. It is something I have to continually work on, or I fall back into bad habits. It’s difficult when you’re tired and there’s a chocolate bar at the checkout calling your name! Strangely I love eating vegetables and fruit, but I am terrible at snacking.

I try to eat quite a balanced diet, avoiding too much meat and dairy. So while I’m not Vegan, I tend to eat quite a lot of Vegan products. I prefer Vegan friendly chocolate, and I read dark chocolate is meant to be good for you too!

Gifts and healthy lifestyle.

I am terrible at asking for specific things when asked what I’d like as a gift. I always feel a bit awkward, having been raised fiercely independent! But I’m learning that it is OK to suggest e.g. vegan gifts. It’s a broad suggestion allowing them plenty of options (and I still get a surprise!).

Vegan Food Hamper

Healthy Living with Children

I have always encouraged the children to keep active. Weekends are spent out and about in woods or beaches – anything to keep them running about! Whether it is the park, swimming, or dancing around the lounge I think it is great to keep us all moving!

We are working on sugar intake, I think I do give them too much sugar at times. So I’ve started to take small steps. I’ve banned squash from the weekly shop and explained why – I think it’s important to explain that I’m not just being dull! Of course I’m not going to ban treats altogether! And with Easter almost upon us I’m well aware they will want chocolate – (so will I!) We were sent some Vegan Easter Eggs from Yumbles and they were popular with all of us! I didn’t even mention they were vegan!

Remember…

I’m the worst at “being too busy…” but I always remember to go for healthcare checks. I don’t think anyone enjoys going, but I see it like an MOT for me. I plan appointments for days when I have childcare, and if I have to cancel, I re-book straight away.

Unwanted Tattoo?

Have you got a tattoo? I spent some time discussing tattoos with a friend a while ago. We were chatting about how tattoos were almost a right of passage when we were in our twenties. When you wanted to mark an occasion, or just make a statement a tattoo was the answer. Continue reading

Do you have a Mum Den?

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A house full of young children, sometimes feels like it is a constant clutter battle. I dream of a clutter free, calming space where there is no LEGO to step on! While I adore my children, and know all too well that the LEGO stage will soon be something I look back on and wish it would return. I also would love just a teeny tiny space where toys are banned.

The Mum Den.

One day, I will create the Mum Den. Until I can literally create the Mum Den, I will just live through the planning in this blog post! I would choose a lovely log cabin to fit in the corner of our garden.

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Pregnancy and Health

Pregnancy is such an exciting time, there’s so much to think about! With my first pregnancy I remember being really excited about whether it was a boy or a girl, the first scan, choosing names – all those little special things! But, I hadn’t thought about how pregnancy would have effect me, or the little changes I could make to make things easier! So, I’m sharing my tips for looking after yourself during pregnancy!

 

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