My blog is my job. It helps us pay for birthdays, vacations and even Christmas. I’ve used blog money to buy groceries for the recipes I share, crafts for DIY posts and even to spoil myself and my family. What started out as a hobby has become a relatively decent way to add to our income and helps keep me a “mostly” stay-at-home mom. I recommend blogging as a way to earn money to bloggers and friends looking for part time work as well; it’s a fantastic way to make your own career in this volatile job market. One of the few companies I work with often is Linqia. It’s given me a great chance to work with big companies like Mezzetta and Snuggle, brands I already use and love, and helps me establish myself as a professional blogger with professional business contacts.Continue Reading
It seems as if lately this blog has taken on a life of it’s own and my down to earth personal voice has sort of been lost inside my job. On one hand I am so excited that my blog is becoming a part time job and I am making some decent money, but I also get bummed that it’s not the same as it was in the very beginning, before people were paying me for my creativity and my unique consumer voice.
I try to only share products that my family actually uses – presently, or previously – and stuff that I really believe in, but sometimes I feel that the whole “for profit blogger” comes out more than that “mom on a mission blogger” as of late. I mean, I get it, this is my job, I have to do this, but I want to also reflect on the behind the blog portion of our lives too.
Ya know, just in case you cared.
So, I think when the house gets quiet, and my brain gets loud, it will be time to reflect on what we’ve been up to lately, and share it with all of you guys. You’re the reason I am still here, after all. You’re the reason this blog ever became anything, so I wholeheartedly thank each and every one of you (and you should leave me a comment after reading, so I know you exist too!)
So here’s what we’ve been up to lately…Continue Reading
Having a successful blog doesn’t only mean a lot of followers and readers, it means great content too. Keeping up with your blog, writing engaging and thoughtful posts, or sharing great tutorials, but what happens when you can’t think of anything to blog about?
The dreaded writer’s block.
So what do you do?Continue Reading
Updated as of 04/26/2014
I get asked all the time “How do you always get so much “free stuff”?”
I put the “free stuff” in quotes, because let’s face it, nothing is ever totally free, right? Even in the cases of me getting things sent to me in the mail to try, it isn’t or wasn’t totally free. I still have to put my time and energy into trying it, reviewing it on my blog, and sharing it via my Social Media Networks.
Not all of these companies require you have a blog, but the deeper you get into Word of Mouth Advertising and Sponsored Content, the more you will need, to be accepted. It’s always good to have some bit of Social Media backing behind you if you expect companies to “give” you things.
Below I’ve put into different categories each of the companies I have worked with in the past and also currently work with, a brief description of what it is and what is required, from least amount of work, to most. Some sign up links include my special referral signup code which gives me a commission so I can feed my family extra bacon on Sunday mornings (they really love bacon, guys). You aren’t required to sign up under me, but I would appreciate it.
Here comes that pesky little “commit” word again.
I have been so diligent with blogging, keeping up with it and writing new content that’s fun and hopefully original. I’ve been approached lately by a few brands to work with them (which is exciting!) and even got an email from Michael’s! Yes, the craft store giant. The same one…
In the month of February I was featured 10 times. That’s pretty good, I think.
Maybe it’s not, but I think it is! So go me! Ha!
The first time I was featured I was elated! I was so happy that someone actually read my blog, and LIKED it! I was like, “wait.. what?”
I am the stay at home mom of a 2 year old, and part time caregiver of my 8 year old step daughter. I work in the salon 2 days a week, do freelance work, travel out of town for work every 4 weeks. Craft, teach, play, do the household duties like cleaning, grocery shopping and home inventory. I interact on Social Media, update my Facebook page, have friends, spend time with family, cook a meal every night of the week, and still update my blog regularly.
It’s exhausting just writing that out!
Back in 2011 when I created the first Mommy Like Whoa blog, I had no idea what I was doing in the Mom Blogging world.
I had had a decently successful food blog a few years back, but the mom blogosphere was very new to me. Being a mom was new to me!
So I started Mommy Like Whoa and I began to write about all the crazy stuff that happened to us. I shared it with friends and family and I waited for it to go viral and make me a millionaire…Continue Reading