Friday, 11 August 2017

Can you earn a six-figure salary from your blog?

Talking about making money from a blog is no longer a taboo subject. Where once bloggers were in the dark with how others operated, now bloggers share their income reports, or advise on what bloggers should be charging for sponsored content. But did you know, some bloggers can make thousands of pounds a month? And I'm not even talking about Zoella! 
Running a blog is a fantastic way to earn a passive income - that's an income that works even when you're sleeping! - but it's not as straight forward as simply writing amazing blog content. You need to know how to write profitable content, how to work with brands and how to break into the affiliate marketing world. If you want to learn how to run your own successful blog, then I'd really recommend trying out the new course designed by Emma Drew - Turn Your Dreams Into Money. Emma's own blog is now a six-figure business and her tips have been invaluable to me. 
This course is the complete blogging business roadmap and is great for beginners or longtime bloggers like myself. Emma covers everything you need to know how to confidently create, launch, run and monetise an income-earning blog. You learn the tools, tricks and techniques to build a blog that earns an income from the very start. So what will you learn on the course?
  • How to become a brand ambassador
  • Sponsored posts and how to price yourself
  • Affiliate markering and tips for gaining more sales
  • The importance of social media
  • and so much more!
If this all seems like a bit much, don't worry. It's all broken down into smaller, sensible chunks that you can digest at your own pace. Plus, with access to the awesome Facebook group included, dedicated to just course attendees, you will never have a question go unanswered! 

Now, have £50 off the course and try it for yourself! 
If you enrol before 25th August, you can get a whopping £50 off the course, making it £147 instead of £197! If you use the code JUSTPAY147 when you check out - but be quick, after 25th August the code won't work and the course will be £197 - which to be honest, is still excellent value for money!

So what are you waiting for? I've come so far since taking Emma's course. I've learned step-by-step how to earn six figures off my blog and secret on making a passive income. This course has helped me set up affiliate marketing, and earn from it, how to price my work right and the possible advertising opportunities I missed. What's standing in your way of making six-figures? Come join me now and watch your income explode too

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Get Back Your Precious Time with Bidvine*

There's no getting away from the fact that people these days are just so busy. Even though I'm lucky enough to have the school holidays off from work, I'm still finding it difficult to fit in all the various playdates and fun activities as well as all the usual stuff like cleaning, answering emails and other boring things. Plus, with recently launching my own little online store, I'm definitely the busiest person I know. Luckily, if you're struggling and feel like something has to give Bidvine could help you carve back some free time. 


Whether you need to find a cleaner, a handy man to fix those long forgotten odd jobs or even an event photographer, the process to use Bidvine is super simple. You enter your postcode and what you are searching for and answer a few related questions. So for cleaning, it could be how often you need them, whether you need your windows cleaning etc. You add in your availability and what time slots are the best for you. Once this is all submitted, professionals can bid for your job, and it gives you a range of prices to chose from. You can check out their reviews and their company profile, before going ahead and hiring them. Easy!

For me, it's keeping on top of the handy work. Although I don't live in squalor by any means, when you have two small kids sometimes it feels like I am constantly patching things up after them. Having somebody come in a few hours and freshen up the door frames really makes a big difference. Plus, it keeps Joe happy too! He is by far more house proud than I am, so it really bothers him if he comes home and it's not sparkling clean. Thankfully, he appreciates that children pretty much automatically make it hard to live in a show-house standard, but a handy man is really bridging the gap for us.


The process is so simple, and this is definitely the biggest reason I like Bidvine - I just don't have enough hours in the day to be finding all the various odd job men in our area, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much Bidvine had to offer in my small town. The convenience of having companies coming to you, instead of the other way around, is such a timesaver for me!

*Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with Bidvine. Content written by myself.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Being A Young Woman In Local Government

I bleat about it often enough, but if you didn't know, in May I was elected to be a councillor in my local district. The district council is the middle out of three - town, district then county - so it deals with a wide range of issues, and it works closely with the other branches of local government. When I was elected, I became the youngest councillor our district had ever had, and honestly in 2017, I feel like that's a bit shitty. At 25, I am at least 20 years younger than the previous youngest councillor, and the vast majority of councillors are retired or close to retiring age. It probably won't surprise you that the majority of councillors are men, either. This does not represent our district. It doesn't really represent any district. 


Our district is currently experiencing a boom of young workers coming to the area to help with the development of Hinckley Point C, and all of our secondary schools are close to oversubscription, if not there already. Young people - and really, this could be anyone under the age of 35 - are not being represented by the councillors. More importantly to me, young women are being neglected here. Women are quite literally half of the population, and yet the Fawcett Society found that just 33 percent of all councillors in England, and 28 percent of councillors in Wales, are women. At the current rate of progress in English county councils it will take 48 years for us to reach gender parity. In Welsh councils it would take 82 years. We simply cannot wait that long.

If you follow my Instagram Stories - and really you should, as it's mostly cute vids of Robin - you might have heard me recently talking about the documents councillors receive all have Miss/Mrs/Ms in front of the women's names, and nothing in front of a man's. I am hoping to discuss this today at a full council meeting, and ask that the council joins the real world in 2017 and puts a stop to this. I'm hoping to highlight key issues from the Fawcett Society, and show how little things like this actually contribute to sexism and the lack of equality for all. 

Hopefully I'll be able to get back to you all and let you know that it's been a right ol' success, but I fear that a lot of these councillors are stuck in their ways and are quite happy to continue as they always have. Now, isn't that exactly what you want to hear from your local government? 

Friday, 21 July 2017

Little Bright Sea - An Introduction

I seem to be getting into the habit of only posting once a week - so sorry about that! As always I have been keeping myself incredibly busy and doing too much at once. In a week where I started a new job after an extended maternity leave of 11 months, I also soft-launched my own little webstore and hardly slept because Robin is ill. So it's pretty safe to say my little brain is pretty frazzled right now. 

It seems to be the done thing now that bloggers are launching their own stores, so I guess I'm a bit behind the curve with launching my own. However, when Dannie and I designed a bag to sell in aid of women in vital need of basic healthcare over in Ireland after our government signed a deal with the DUP, I felt like I could do more. We used a website called Mercht to create our campaign, and while this was handy because we didn't need to put forward any upfront costs, it did eat into our profit, and therefore the money we could give to the charity. Never one to be deterred, I decided that as the bag had been popular, I would sell them my own way, without the restrictions of Mercht. 

My own store, which as I said before is still in soft-launch mode and therefore a bit ugly looking at the moment, is called Little Bright Sea and it's something I've been thinking about for a while. You might remember that I mentioned it a little in this post. The name is a mixture from the meanings of Dylan and Robin, and I already have a cute idea I'd like for the logo. Originally, my big plan for the store was to sell baby products that I could make at home, and this was all set to go until I managed to bag myself a full time job! Luckily for me, it's within a school, so I'm hoping I can get that some items made over the summer holidays. 



Now, I'm hoping that I can follow in the footsteps of some 'mama merch' stores I really love and admire, these include Bloody Nora PamMutha.Hood and Mere Soeur. Ideally, I want to create products that I would buy wear and use myself - so things like t-shirts, tote bags and enamel pins as well as baby friendly items like bibs and little teether toys. It's a big dream, but we've all got to start somewhere, right?

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Little Loves - Life Updates, Meetings and More!

A few weeks ago I shared my very first Little Loves, and then didn't continue on with it. Although I think Little Loves is meant to be a weekly occurrence, we all know that life gets in the way a bit, so I'm just going to keep this as a semi-regular thing. There's enough pressure in everyday life, so I like that my blog is a little higgledy-piggledy at times. I mentioned in the last LL instalment - can you call it an instalment if this is only the second one? - that I had an interview that I was pretty hopeful about, and thankfully they hired me! They called me up a few hours after my interview and I honestly couldn't believe it. I was the youngest interviewee there, and felt like the others must have had more experience or knowledge than I did, but somehow my charm and eye for detail won me the role. It really changes things immensely for us at home, and I'm pretty excited about it going forward!

Read

I am still reading I'll Eat When I'm Dead by Barbara Bourland. I feel like after my amazing reading boost a few months ago, I'm going to keep stalling with reading now. It always feels like such a luxury to sit down and read a few chapters when I should be getting on with household chores or what have you. I'm about a third of the way through, apparently, so maybe it'll only be another month or two before I finish it! 

Watched

We finally caved in and signed up to Sky tv. It's never really something I've had any interest in before, but they were doing a pretty good deal which featured the sports channels so Joe basically couldn't say no. The past week or so I've been watching the last series of Game of Thrones as I somehow missed it completely last year, and I've also been watching Broad City - yasss, queen! - and the Marvel Spiderman channel, curtesy of Dylan. 

Heard

My colleague at work likes listening to Breeze FM - I'm not sure if it's available everywhere in the UK or not - and it's basically really easy listening. It's fine, and I know most of the songs as they tend to be 80s ballads, but every now and again they throw in an Ed Sheeran song and it makes me want to pop my eardrums #sorrynotsorry. 

Made

I recently soft-launched my online store! It only has a few items at the moment, but I'm really excited to add to it, and hopefully it can become something we can run in our spare time, and a good source of income while Joe is studying in the autumn. It's called Little Bright Sea, and I'm super excited about it! 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

My Favourite Apps!

We definitely live in a digital age, and I would be lying if I said I didn't rely heavily on my phone. As a busy mam/councillor/worker, I use my phone for keeping in touch with family or constituents, updating my calendars - yes, thats plural! - and taking photos of the boys on the go. I use it for navigation and for finding my nearest coffee spot as well as a welcome distraction when travelling long journeys. I'm definitely the type of person who will check the app store before heading to a website if I can, and I'm usually always persuaded to try out the latest life-changing app - it helps if it's free, too!
I feel like I spend half my life scrolling through my social media feeds, so you can bet your bottom dollar that Twitter and Instagram are top contenders for my favourite apps! I'm actually quite annoyed with myself on how much I use Instagram. I feel, and I think I'm not alone here, that Instagram have just stopped listening to their users, but that's a rant for another day! It's still one of the first apps I check when I wake up, which is a bit cringey to admit. My all-time favourite apps are Goodreads and Pinterest. I hardly ever use the desktop versions of these, but I love checking my reading goals and what my pals are reading on Goodreads, and then working out how to organise my bookshelves on Pinterest pretty much immediately after. 
Outside of social media, I also use apps to organise my life and to relax a bit. My newest app is Stylebook, which is basically an app version of Cher's wardrobe from Clueless. It's amazing. It's changing everything. It's showing me that I wear the same clothes day in, day out. Another good app that I use as often as possible is You Need A Budget. We use the desktop version to keep on top of our finances, so I love that when I'm out and about I can quickly update our budget without needing to be tied to the laptop. 
Carphone Warehouse completed their own research into our favourite apps, and I was completely surprised to see Facebook as number one. I seriously thought Instagram or Snapchat would be first, but I guess when half the world use Facebook it does make sense that it would come up trumps. Almost stereotypically, they found that men were more likely to check their wifi speeds or download games whereas women downloaded more 'shop' type apps. It also found that women were big fans of Goodreads, which matches what I said above. I found the research to be really interesting as you can really narrow it down from age, location and even income level! They've really put some effort into it, and it shows. 
*Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with Carphone Warehouse. Content written by myself.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Everdine - Review & Discount for you!

Although I pride myself on my excellent organisation skills, I cannot for the life of me make a meal plan. I've scoured Pinterest, read countless blog posts and yet I can't get my head around it. Luckily for me, I married a chef so on his two days off a week I know I'm in for a culinary treat, but those other days? man, it's tough. I've always preferred baking to actual cooking, so when it comes to picking what to have at tea time, I tend to stick to my trust favourites week in, week out. 
When I was invited to try out Everdine - a company that curates delicious meals delivered to your door - I couldn't wait to give it a go. There seems to be a few 'meal in a box' subscriptions out there, whether they send you a box of ingredients or quickly-frozen meals, like Everdine does. Everdine prides itself on creating clean and wholesome gourmet meals, and the dishes I ordered definitely fit that bill. 
The Everdine experience for me went really well. From Lentil & Quinoa Moussaka to Sea Bream Thai Green Curry, the dishes really do push the boat out and it felt like I was eating something fancier than a microwaved meal at home. The flavour combinations worked really well together, and they've definitely sparked up the little chef within me. The sheer speed of cooking a meal in the microwave as opposed to the time it would have taken me to prepare and cook each meal is in itself a worthwhile factor for a busy mam like myself. I also liked that the meals themselves were packaged in a way to ensure minimum waste and impact on the environment, as this is something I'm quite conscious of. 
I did feel that as someone who has to watch what I spend on a food shop, that over £55 for eight meals did seem quite expensive. Of course, the ingredients used in the meals were of the highest quality, and the meals really were delicious. I think however if you were expected to be out of action for a few weeks, either after an operation or perhaps moving home, then this would really help out and be a lot healthier than a week of takeaways, especially when pizza for two people can cost over £20 from some places!
If you'd like to try out Everdine, I have an exclusive offer which will give you £25 off your first order.  You can get the discount by clicking here.
*Disclaimer: I was invited to try out Everdine in a collaboration with Tornado. Content written by myself.
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