Have you ever wanted to try vegan living, but you were unsure of what you could eat besides salads and fruits? Then my new ebook, 1 Month of Fast & Frugal Vegan Meals ebook is for you. You’ll get an entire month-long vegan meal plan, along with recipes and grocery shopping lists! Your digital download includes Asian, Mexican, and Italian-inspired vegan meals, as well as good old comfort food!
As you know, I’m a mom blogger (that goes without saying, right? since you are reading my blog). It’s an outlet for my creativity and my biggest and most long-running side hustle to date. And, you probably remember that I also write ebooks, and I upcycle furniture and antiques. Yet another side hustle I REALLY enjoy is Zazzle.
Zazzle is an online store where users create and sell their original designs, while the company handles all the printing and shipping. I love it because I can be as creative as I want (and stack benjamins), without having to store, package, or send any physical products to my customers. It’s free to open a designer account, and there are no monthly fees.
If you think it’s just another scheme that sounds too good to be true, think again. I’m living proof that you can make money through Zazzle. I’ve sold several items on the site so far in my brief time there, my best seller being a deck of personalized playing cards I designed. Here they are:
I’ve had my Zazzle designer account for only 6-8 months, and have pretty much forgotten about it until the past month. I made the mistake of throwing some designs up with the quick create option, and they weren’t that high quality. I’m in the process of cleaning up my mess now that I see I’m ACTUALLY making sales! My sales this week include someone buying 40 copies of a Christmas ornament I designed (for a winter wedding maybe? or a Christmas party?). I was floored by that sale! I also sold some New Year’s Eve paper party hats for someone getting ready to ring in the new year.
You can see my sales below. No, it’s not a million dollars, or even a thousand dollars (YET)! But, this is FREE MONEY, and I’ll never turn that down. It’s free to set up an account, and all the designs are images I made myself, so the only cost to me was my time. And, the profits below required nearly no effort at all. Once the initial work of inputting my designs is done, it’s residual income I make in my sleep. I am confident that with a little more effort on my part, within 3 months I will be elevated to “zPro” status at Zazzle, which means that I’ve made $100/month for the past 3 consecutive months. It’s amazing how motivating it is to start getting sales!
If my tiny income report isn’t exciting enough, check out the story of Elke Clarke, a Zazzle designer who has made millions on the site, and was able to leave the corporate world behind her.
Additionally, all you have to do is take a gander at a few sellers’ stores on the Zazzle website to find tons of designers who have a little “zPro” icon behind their name. This means that they have made at least $100 per month for three consecutive months. Not too shabby for a side hustle, right?
It seems like everyone’s got a side hustle these days. What’s yours? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Back in September of 2015, Woman’s Day ran a little piece called, “Secrets of the Super Savers,” which laid out 30 really good tips from some of the best bloggers on the net in the money-saving and frugality niche. Besides the fact that some of my tips came in at #5 on Woman’s Day Mag’s list, it truly was such a great article, with really unique ideas on how real people like you and me can save money, that it bears repeating.
Have you heard about Walmart’s new online grocery shopping system and pickup service? Well, let me tell you about it!
As you know, I’m a DIE-HARD Aldi shopper. But, with 3 boys, 2 dogs, 1 husband, and a partridge in a pear tree all living under one roof, sometimes convenience wins out (in other words…it’s pretty much impossible to take my 3 & 4 year old grocery shopping anymore)! That’s why I’m pretty excited about all the new options out there for online grocery shopping, pickup, and delivery. My favorite of those services is WALMART!
Every year, in November and December, in the back of my mind I think….”Maybe it won’t snow this year.” As a native Iowan, I know this is wishful thinking, but in the “Indian Summers” that flow into Fall, I always find it difficult to envision my yard in a blanket of white.
I recently freshened up the decor in my bedroom in preparation for the holiday season, and I was inspired to create a little video for you with tons of inspiration for your own pretty bedroom decor. In this vlog, I’ve laid out 5 Tips For A Perfect Bedroom. Enjoy!
Hey y’all! I’m not Southern, but I still like to say that! 🙂 Especially because…It’s FALL, y’all! 🙂
I’ve been getting my craft on up in here in a big, big way. I’m decorating my house with lots of cool DIY’s, and I’m starting to make a lot of handmade Christmas presents in preparation for the holidays.
Well, I’m sort of in love with my latest DIY, and I wanted to share it with you, so you can make it!
Here’s a sneak peak into my Fall home for 2016. Be sure to watch the video for decor inspiration, and subscribe to my YouTube channel! 🙂
This is the first year that I’ve decorated THIS MUCH for Fall, but I’m really loving it! I was really inspired this year by Pinterest! I’m loving the coziness of our home with candles lit, while sipping Pumpkin Spice Latte, and snuggling under a cozy throw.
This year I’ve done a ton of DIY projects that have been really budget friendly. You’ll see a few of those in my home tour video. I’ve also been loving Dollar Tree as my go-to Fall decor store!
Comment below and let me know what you’ve been doing to get cozy for Fall! 🙂
When it comes to household products and cleaning supplies, I’m usually pretty frugal. I try to use multi-purpose cleaning products, like good old bleach, that are cheap and do the trick. I also try to usually stick to generic brands. However, I’ve come to REALLY love these 5 products for their quality and value. You’ll notice that I MAY have a slight obsession with lavender. I LOVE LAVENDER. It instantly relaxes me. 🙂
Here are 5 items that I just can’t live without! 🙂
Magic Erasers – Where have these little magical sponges been all my life? I used my first Magic Eraser just one year ago on some stubborn shower stains that I couldn’t even get rid of with bleach! With a light scrub, the stains immediately disappeared and I was instantly in love. I really like it that there are now less expensive, store brand versions of Magic Erasers that work just as well.
Lavender Febreeze – Sometimes I clean my house…and sometimes I just turn the lights down low, spray everything with Febreeze, and pour a glass of wine. With 3 sons, a fisherman hubby, and 2 dogs… I should probably buy stock in Febreeze. I love it. It works wonders in our Casa!
Downy Infusions Lavender Liquid Fabric Softener – Do you want your laundry to smell like Heaven and rainbows and happiness, even after sitting folded in the closet for 2 months? Yes? Ok, I thought so. Then try this fabric softener. It is domestic bliss in a bottle. I LOVE IT!
Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soaps – For every season, there is a delightfully-scented Bath & Body Works soap, in a gorgeous pump bottle. Just looking at the pretty scenes on these soap bottles makes me happy. Smelling them makes me even happier! Oh, and the price…makes me triple happy. They’re on sale at the beginning of every season, and B&BW has amazing coupons, to boot, so their hand soaps are super affordable!
Lavender Essential Oil – I use this to freshen up bed linens and towels, as a health and wellness aid, in the bath for added relaxation, and mixed into an ointment for irritated skin and baby bottoms. My favorite thing to use it for, though, is at bed time. I’ll dab it behind my ears and on my pillow case, and drift into sweet dreams. I’m not very brand loyal with my essential oils, but I do make sure to ALWAYS buy 100% pure oils from trusted sources.