3 Internet Scammers

Smoke and Mirrors Day a day which celebrates the art of deception and the skill of cunning. The internet has made the art of deception a much more easy and long term a game. Every year people are tricked out of their money, their time, and their feelings as others play on their emotions in order to feed their own gains whether its financial, or simply a means of entertainment. It really is sad to think how many of us have likely been conned, tricked, or bamboozled in one form or another. So how do you know? How do you look past the smoke and mirrors that are the internet to find whether or not something is truly worth your time, energy, emotion, or your cash? Today I have tips for spotting the 3 Internet Scammers.

We’ve all heard of the term catfish and troll. Maybe you’ve also heard the term emotional vampire as a part of your daily life. We have all of these words to describe the types of people that know just the way to work under our skin and make us feel really good about ourselves before pulling us down into a emotional state of disappointment, depression, and anger not only at ourselves, but the world as a whole.

Spotting the money scam:

cyper-1957736_640Obviously you should never send money to anyone you have never met in person. If anyone you met via the interwebs asks you for cash because they are stuck in another country, lost their job, or need you to transfer it to someone else don’t do it its a scam and not worth the hassle.

 

 

Spotting the Troll:forbidden-151987_640

People are not always after your money, sometimes people just want your attention and they will spin extreme and horrifying stories to get it. If you spend time on a thread like Reddit or BabyCenter and you see new members posting far out their threads you may have found yourself a troll. Sometimes they will have long tales of how they did x because someone else did y to them. The y action may be pretty bad, but it does not always warrant action x. The person will then backtrack and add more reasons to why they did x or even state that they meant something else. Excuses, backtracking, and the changing of the original story are all ways to spot a troll. Also anyone who has extremely differentiating opinions from the board or threads may theme who begins arguing from the opposite side and being completely obnoxious about stating why you are the concept is wrong and any one who believes it is insert horrific exclamatory here. You may also have yourself a troll.

Fishing out the Catfish:

catfish-1581045_640Anyone that you have been conversing with in a romantic setting that refuses to send an updated selfie or participate in video chat is more than likely catfishing you. Better yet when requesting images of people you have never met, make it a game and tell them to do it with some type of random item. Maybe even have them pose with a spoon.

 

 

Have you ever been trolled, catfished, or scammed? Tell me your story in the comments, how did you spot them.

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Developing Friendship: As an Entrepreneur

I have a New Years Resolution to reach 10,000 followers this year, so being the research nut that I am I’ve been looking all over the internet for ways to achieve my goal. During my research I discovered the blog Successful Blogging where I found 5 Simple Steps to attract 1,000 visitors to your posts. One of the steps involved Cultivating Friendships. How do you cultivate friendships as an Entrepreneur? Similar to how you develop friendships in your personal life. Converse, do favors, and spend time.

Why do I suck at making friends?

Truth be told I’m an Ambivert, meaning I’m equal parts extroverted and introverted. I greatly enjoy spending time with people, but I also greatly enjoy time alone. Some times I will swing a little more one way or the other depending on the season.

Growing up I was often conflicted, because I felt I had no friends. The anxiety and sadness about this idea  would just overwhelm me, turning me into a whining, weeping, mess. The problem? I did not have the skills or emotional support needed to promote the friendships I had. I didn’t really know how to hold a phone conversation, text messaging had only just become a common thing, and I didn’t have access to the social networking sites my friends were using namely MySpace, and soon later Facebook. tree-200795_640

Since becoming an adult not much has changed, albeit I do have access to social networking sites. In fact, I have 8 accounts, two on facebook, and two on pinterest. However, despite my large number of social networking accounts  I still lack the emotional connection of a lifelong friendship, that I always dreamed of as an adolescent. (My husband is someone I would definitely my best friend in life and I consider myself extremely lucky for having found him. However, his and I’s relationship goes beyond friendship, we are life partners are failures and achievements personally affect the other.)

  • If you would like to connect with me via social media you can find me at the following

Twitter- twitter.com/LeeannMinton

Facebook- facebook.com/leeannminton

To be perfectly honest I don’t get out much, the difference between now and my adolescence is rather than blaming my friends or my life I understand it to be a me problem. I know that if I really want to build and cultivate strong friendships I need to communicate with my friends. I need to make plans to spend time with them. If I do this they in turn will then want to make plans with me. My problem is I don’t take the time to communicate and I don’t make plans very often.

communication-1015376_640Converse as an Entrepreneur:

Whether you’re a blogger, e-commerce seller, or landscaper if you want to grow you business you will need to hold conversation with other people.

As a blogger this may mean participating on Reddit Threads, other blogs, or even facebook groups. Check out this cool post by Suzi from Start a Mom Blog, she has everything you need to know about facebook groups on her site.

If you sell home-goods like lamps, tables, and chairs you will need suppliers as well as some marketing assistance. If you want assistance in marketing your website you may want to employ the help of a blogger. You may find yourself attending real estate, or interior design meetups. Comment on other blogs, participate in conversation on social media. Interact and participate and people will eventually start doing the same with you. Perhaps even send a complimentary email about something they did or said that inspired you.

As a landscaper you could follow a similar path to the e-commerce or since your business is more localized get to know your neighbors. Attend the neighborhood barbecue, go to those lame Home Owner’s Association meetings. After all both those release you from the awkwardness of door to door selling.

Do favors as an Entrepreneur:feedback-1825508_640

Obviously as an entrepreneur you are in the business for the money, but remember opinions, advice, and social networking shares are free. Also they have the potential to bring you more clients and showcase your business. As you find people you would like to gain traffic from or aspire to take on as a future client you may want to do unprompted favors for them. Maybe you comment on a number of blog posts, perhaps you notice a broken link (mention it to them), e-mail them telling them about how their post made you feel and share their post via your own social media platforms. Write  a review about their site or service on your own blog and link it back to theirs. Inform them of this and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

coins-1523383_640Spend Time as an Entrepreneur:

Time is money, sometimes its literal and sometimes its figurative. By attending networking events that allow you to meet with potential clients and even allow you to meet with others in your niche you may be able to make connections that last the entirety of your career.

Using the same examples a blogger may attend events related to blogging, marketing, or depending on their specific niche they may attend a great number of different types of conventions and networking events.

Someone in e-c0mmerce selling lamps, tables, and chairs might attend marketing, small-business, and entrepreneur themed conferences, but they may also attend Real Estate Events or even crafting, antique, and Steam Punk themed events if their furnishings apply to a smaller niche market.

As a landscaper you may find it useful to attend Gardening conventions or even a local Farmers Market. Get creative and think outside of the box to find and expand your market as a means of growing your clientele.

If you are located in the Austin area, Kinnectpay will be hosting its first annual Power of Kinnections conference on June 10, 2017 at the Palmer Event Center. Tickets go on sale April 1st. For more information please visit Kinnectpay.com and if you haven’t yet joined the social networking site that pays you to Kinnect, do so now by clicking on my referral link.

Do you have any tips for making friends as an Entrepreneur? Please share in the comments below, I’d love to hear about your ideas.

Hobbies: Taking Care of Temperamental House Plants

I started keeping plants as a sophomore in College. I really wanted to get a pet, but knew I just didn’t have the time or money to take care of one the way I would want. So instead, I bought myself a few plants that I could nurture, but also not feel too bad if they bit the dust. I started with a few herbs, Celosia, and a hibiscus plant. The hibiscus is still around, I’ve replaced the herbs a few times, and my celosia lasted a few years before a hard freeze took them out. I just recently replaced the celosia. In addition, I’ve added quite a few other plants to my collection. This season I added some of the most temperamental plants of them all including two orchids, and a Bonsai Tree.

Total I have 10 plants right now:pink-2146772_640

  • Baby Oak Tree
  • Hibiscus
  • Celosia
  • peppermint
  • lavender
  • 2 orchids
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bonsai Tree
  • Kalanchoe

What I love about Plants:

I love coming home to see my plants in bloom, its like coming home to a smile, every time I leave home. In addition, watering, pruning, and re-potting them is relaxing to me and provides me a feeling of tranquility. It is also fun to rearrange the plants around the patio.

flaming-kathchen-189547_640My Watering Schedule:

I do my best to water the outside plants once a week, sometimes I do it twice and sometimes I will skip a week especially if we get a lot of rain. I regularly will check their soil to determine if its wet or dry, though in some cases like with my oak tree I can tell by site. The orchids each get watered once a week usually on Thursdays. One requires ice cold water while the other is fine with just regular cool water. The Bonsai gets water more often because I have to use a squirt bottle to prevent the water from just going everywhere. Typically I water the Bonsai two or three times a week.

Plant food:

I feed my outside plants by adding Epsom salt to the water once every season. I have not started feeding my orchids yet, but have done some research on making my own food and plan to try my hand at it here soon.

I’m planning to use the following ingredients:

  • Used tea leaves
  • Epsom salt
  • Rice water
  • milk
  • molasses

I read that egg shells, and chicken bones work as well, but I don’t have the materials necessary to crush chicken bones, and from what I read the egg shells are more for fertilizer.

Trimming my Plants:bonsai-1269216_640

I try and trim my plants a couple of times a year, I clear off anything dead, or if its something like the bonsai that I am working to shape, I will trim off any access that I find to be unnecessary. During the big freeze I had that killed most of my plants, I thought I had lost my Hibiscus, I cut it all the way down to the base because everything was dead. I continued to water it and gave it a little Epsom Salt. I was so happy that it grew back. It did take a couple of years before it bloomed again though. However, the summer after the big freeze I also moved up here to Austin, which has a slightly different climate than Huntsville, TX.

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One of my favorite College professors shared a great stat with me, he said the average potted plant grower will kill 70% of the things they plant. Before that terrible freeze a few years back I had a great track record of only killing about 20% of my plants. Since then winter has still managed to be a little tricky for me and I’m probably sitting around 60 or 70% failure rate over the entire 6 years that I’ve been doing this.

Do you keep any plants? What sort of plants have you tried your luck with and seen success? I’m interested in growing my own vegetables one of these days. I’m just not comfortable with the idea of doing it out of pots. Tell me about your planting success or failures in the comments below.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Studying Abroad

One of the things I missed out on in college was studying abroad. It is one of the few regrets I have in life. However, my youngest sister Mia recently did get this opportunity, she did a summer intensive program in South Africa followed by a fall semester in Florence, Italy. She agreed to answer a few questions for me about her experience. In addition, she supplied a couple of links to the organizations she went through to do it.

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Introduce Yourself:

I’m Mia and I am an Interdisciplinary Sculpture major, Culture and Politics minor, and Photography minor.

How many countries did you visit?

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Map of Europe by Hans

Over the course of 5 months I went to 9 countries.

  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • The Vatican

What classes did you take? How many credit hours did you earn?

I earned 15 hours that counted as 5 courses

  • Advance Sculpture, where I learned plaster casting & carved white Carrara marble.
  • Body Archives a multi-media course that looked at how the body has been depicted in European culture over centuries, this course had 2 exhibitions, one was at the Anthropology Museum in Florence.
  • Women in the Arts an art history course looking at female imagery, female artists, and female patrons in and from Italy
  • A MICA course (6 credits) with professors that were sent over with us to facilitate an independent studio course (open course allowed to create what ever art that we wanted inspired by Italy).

How did you record the events of your excursion? travel-420011_1280

I have a journal that I bought in Rome at the Borghese Gallery that I kept all my tickets from museums and miscellaneous things (train tickets, postcards, pamphlets, etc.)

 

 

What was the biggest lesson you learned on your trip abroad?

  • Your time abroad goes too fast, you have to learn to do things for yourself.
  • If someone is ruining your time by always being negative you just need to move on without him or her.
  • Explore the world and do it with people who are passionate and excited about life and have similar interests. I wish that I would have just done things without thinking about others opinions.

Did you meet interesting people? Do you plan to stay in contact?

I met a lot of people from other schools and most were not art majors so it was interesting to see the work that they created. I added most people with social media some go to schools close to me so I hope we stay in contact. I also made friends from my school that I didn’t know before traveling and now we hang out regularly.

Did you learn any of the language? Was it easy to communicate with the locals?ice-cream-1123717_640

Florence was such a tourist hot spot that everyone spoke English to me. Most of the time if people speak English and they know you speak English than they try to practice it with you. I know enough Italian to say common phrases like greetings, ordering food, and ordering gelato.

 

What are some of the essentials you were glad you packed and brought with you?

The food there is different I’m glad I packed some fruit roll ups, they just reminded me of home and provided something familiar. Pack extra underwear Italian apartments don’t have dryers usually so you need enough to get you through laundry day. I packed a couple pairs of good walking shoes, and my own pillowcase some apartments will have all the stuff you need, but it was nice to have something from home sleep on.

slippers-704705_640Was there anything you did not pack, but wish you did?

Extra deodorant the deodorant there is roll on and it’s not the best. Slippers for walking around the apartment floors there are tile and the buildings are old and not well insulated. Something to personalize the room, pictures from home.

What advice do you have for others who are considering a semester abroad?

Find a place that has something you’re interested in arts, history, politics, culture, etc. Then once you get there travel as much as you can with as little as you can. Explore the city that you stay in, so many people just wanted to go out to all the clubs and bars and would sleep all day. You can drink in any city but you can’t see The David or 5th century mosaics or a museum on the work of hard stones just anywhere.

Would you do it again?old-1130743_640

Definitely, I think that it helped me expand as an artist and make work that had more research behind it. I now have experience with American history/ culture and European history/ culture. It allowed me to grow up and become independent as well as made me into an experienced traveler. I have seen almost every piece of art that I have learned about in art history courses which was really exciting.

Did you find this article/interview helpful? If you have further questions or would like to see more material like this please comment and let me know in the comments below.

Everything you Do is Right Day

Yesterday March 16th was Everything you Do is Right Day. Earlier this week I brought you a post about how Everything you Think is Wrong, within that post I talked about how sometimes we just need to write everything down in a list in order to make it all right, and sometimes that means multiple types of lists as well. Today I want to talk about how to have a day where everything you do is right.

Start your day off with a healthy choice:

When you start your day with a healthy choice it leads to more healthy choices. For example maybe you don’t eat breakfast in the morning, or you eat a very unhealthy breakfast most mornings. breakfast-848313_640By choosing a healthy breakfast of whole wheat toast, with a hard boiled egg and glass of juice you have already set yourself up for healthy eating choices throughout the day. Maybe breakfast isn’t really something you have an issue with, perhaps you just want to be more active during the day. Start your morning off with a 10 minute morning stretch routine, or a 15 minute yoga, or 30 minute full body work out. This little Smart and Healthy Choice will  have you feeling more motivated throughout the rest of your day to make more smart and healthy choices.

Take time to relax:

Some of us are pretty healthy eaters, we don’t have too much issue with being active, but we carry a lot of stress around. We are worried about our jobs, we are worried about finances etc. etc. etc. The list goes on an on for the number of things we as humans can stress over.

Last week my husband and I took a day for ourselves. We left the baby with a babysitter for four hours, and we went and got a couples massage and had lunch. It was amazing. wellness-589770_640After the massage I was so relaxed and feeling so good about my body that I made healthy eating choices at the restaurant. That massage relaxed me enough so that the next day I continued to make healthy eating choices and even managed to get a lot of work done around the house. Since getting the massage, I have actually woken up every morning and gotten dressed instead of hanging out in what I had slept in the night before.

Make a list and stick to it:

I mentioned in my Everything You Think is Wrong Post that by making lists you are able to free up your mind to focus on the tasks you have at hand. When you are overwhelmed and wondering what you should do first, the best thing is to write everything you need to do down. Then prioritize it. Finally Single Task it. Focus on one thing at a time, don’t move to the next thing until the first item on your list is done.

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Get Out of your head:

I know I mentioned relaxing before, but this is important. It goes beyond just relaxing. You don’t necessarily have to go spend $50 or $100 on a massage, instead what you can do is take some you time.20140409_132244

If all you have is ten minutes use that time to meditate, relax and clear your mind of all intrusive thoughts. If you have more time you could go for a hike allow your stress to disappear as you instead take in the beautiful nature trails that exist around you. If you are stuck indoors spend 15-30 minutes doing a yoga routine off YouTube.

Read a good book, and visit a new world.

These are just a few things that help me to have a day where everything I do is right. What are some things that allow you to have a perfect day? Let me know in the comments.

 

Hobbies: For a Love of Cooking

You know the old saying the way to every man’s heart is through his stomach, well it is not just true with men it is also true with women. In a world where a woman can just as easily be the Breadwinner as the Homemaker, women are leaving the kitchen and starting jobs in the corporate world. In the corporate world, cooking skills are not exactly a need to know skill. The modern woman is just as likely as any man to be uncertain in traversing the culinary arts. As a result, anyone is likely to swoon for someone with at least basic culinary skill. After all, we all need to eat and for the mass majority of the worlds population food is something to be enjoyed.

Beyond simple nutritional value, food has many psychological effects. Smell and taste play a large part in memory development and if you can create a literal good taste in a person’s mouth, you have established a permanent connection and memory that is ultimately good. When my partner Daniel and I met, our relationship was for both of us mostly uncertain, but through cooking him and I found connection beyond any other I’d had before. Our first dates were not your typical dates, but rather involved me studying and putting together the finishing “Chapters” of my Honors Thesis while he cooked me dinner. I often look back on those days and wonder how I would have ever finished on time if it had not been for him feeding my brain with delicious food night after night. colorful-1187136_1280

It was on our first official date that he introduced me to sushi; of course, he was only able to convince me by having me try all veggie style rolls no fish or fish eggs involved. Considering I was beginning my fourth year as a vegetarian that was not a surprising requirement.

Daniel and I have spent the last two years learning the others preferences for food. Before Daniel my cooking skills were okay, I was able to feed myself, and I had developed a few recipes that were ultimately delicious. However, I had no comparable kitchen experience to what Daniel had up his sleeves. Cooking from a young age compared to me he was a master chef. It is because of him that I have grown into the cook I am today.

Cooking is not for everyone it is my belief however, that anyone can come to enjoy cooking. Everyone enjoys food, we all love to eat, and there is some kind of connection that forms when good food is shared between individuals. breakfast-1275776_640

Food is Poetry

Food is a Philosophy

Communication with no words

It’s international

Clean, Crisp, and Clear

Food is a Conversation

A work of art in constant change

It affects us all

Food is love

Cooking is a strength

A warmth which hugs the globe

The kitchen is a paradise

In all its shapes and forms

A cook does not fear it

A chef worships in it

Grow your relationships through food

And watch your Circle grow.

Everything you Think is Wrong Day

I thought it would be interesting this year to highlight some of the unique and lesser known holidays. This Wednesday, March 15, 2017, is Everything you Think is Wrong Day. I felt this holiday was perfectly fitting for how I’ve been feeling about this month. confused-880735_640Despite all of my research and studying about blogging and marketing over the past two years I’m starting to feel like everything I thought was wrong. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of work it is taking to get my blog fully set up. There’s so much to do in order to make sure everything is organized and in it’s proper place. I am honestly starting to wonder why I didn’t do so much of this stuff sooner. In order to help combat the crazy that is my brain I have a ton of lists that I am working with and creating. Basically when you find yourself with too many thoughts that everything you are thinking is wrong, the best thing to do is make a list. Here’s a list of the lists I am currently working with or in the process of building. (Yes I have a list for my lists, try saying that five times fast.)

First, I have a March to do list, with all the things I need to accomplish this month to optimize and improve my blog.

Lists I am making or have already made this month:

Niche Key words for Google Alerts

Posts located under each category

Posts under each tagto-do-734587_640

List of tags used

List of articles by name that I have written

List of most popular articles by month (Top 5)

List of Posts to be used via Social Media (from across the web)

List of memes, quotes, gifs, videos to be used via social media

Make a list of what articles are linked to other articles i.e X article has a link for articles A, B, and C

Make a list of blogs I follow

Make a wish list of products for the business

Create a dump folder for stock images to use on blog and a separate for social media memes/motivational posts

Make a list of promotional activities for each social networking platform

Make a list of items to be printed

Make a list of rooms to declutter

I have also created lists for monthly, weekly, and daily to do’s for the blog and my household responsibilities. I love lists, and organizing my to do’s. To help keep my mind and work organized I set up a whole new system in the form of three poster boards and post-it’s. I stole the idea from one of my favorite bloggers Suzi from Start a Mom Blog. post-it-notes-1284667_640Her Super Simple Weekly Schedule helps me keep track of my events, housekeeping, and gives me some basic ideas of what’s going on with the blog that day. I am also using her Blog Vision Board and Editorial Calendar. The Editorial Calendar could also be used for a monthly schedule if you are not running a blog or if you just want to keep track of your monthly basics.

 

The Future of Blogging

Kinnectpay.com will be hosting it’s first conference June 10th, 2017 in Austin, TX at the Palmer Event Center. There will be 6 main speakers. The topics to be discussed are Recruiting and Networking, God and Business, Financial Literacy, Social Media and Brand Management, Blogging, and Leadership. Kinnectpay’s CEO Joel Usher will be the Leadership speaker, for details on the other speakers please stay tuned for next weeks article, where I will be giving you a brief bio of the 6 speakers. Recently I had a conversation with someone regarding the difference between Social Media Brand Management and Blogging the conversation really got me thinking about the usefulness of Kinnectpay to bloggers.

What Bloggers Do?

I really feel Kinnectpay.com will be a big part of the future for bloggers. Why do I believe this? I believe this because their is so much we as bloggers have to do in order to get our writing in front of others. We have to network, we have to post to social media outlets, and at the same time we have to create amazing content that people actually want to read. We have all of this work we have to do and many of us then have to cross our fingers hoping and praying that all of our work turns into cash. For many it doesn’t, for some it brings in some pocket change, and for a few it brings in full time incomes. With kinnectpay.com even those who are not making anything can make something.

How Kinnectpay can help:

Kinnectpay pay’s its members to connect they have a blog section, and when you post an update via your profile you can sync it so that the post will also show up via facebook and twitter. When you sign up for the Standard package you will be given the ability to post blog posts to the blog page. The more places people can find your work, and your name the greater chances of someone finding you. In addition, Kinnectpay is currently working on establishing a point system so that when you post a blog post via their site, log in to the website, or even post an update via their site you can earn points that you can turn into cash. This is on top of the cash you make for getting new people to sign up for the standard package.

Where is the future?

The future of blogging is now with Kinnectpay.com.

Post blog articles

Update three social media accounts with one click

Increase your google ranking by getting your name on a new up and coming platform

If you are interested in learning more about how Kinnectpay.com is the future of blogging and are located in the Austin, TX area or will be visiting during June 10th, then please head on over to the site to purchase your tickets and learn more about the Power of Kinnections Conference.

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Surviving Life with a Baby Part 7: Meal Planning

Since the new year I have been busy finding ways to get myself organized as a work at home mama. Meal planning is a big help when you are trying to cut down your grocery bill, but it also removes the worry about what’s for dinner. When it comes to life with a baby the concern of what is for dinner can be a big one, after all you are super busy changing diapers, breastfeeding, and chasing the little ones around it can be easy to forget that you have to feed yourself. Here are my top 5 meal planning tips.

Tip #1: Don’t plan too far ahead

I don’t plan ahead by more than 3 days, when I do the grocery shopping I buy based on what is on sale and what I currently have already at home if I am missing one or two ingredients for a favorite meal I make sure to pick those up. Many people who talk about meal planning tell you to plan out your entire week or month of meals in advance. I have a sensitive pallet and sometimes I am just not in the mood for something, so planning my menu out a week or even a month in advance is not realistic for me. It is for this reason that I make sure to have a variety of meals and snacks available. I typically buy two-three weeks worth of groceries at a time. How do I manage not to let food spoil when I only meal plan ahead by three days? I freeze a lot of our meats and we use frozen vegetables for a lot of meals. I do make stops to the store for perishables that run out before the two or three weeks is up.

Tip #2: Keep it visible

I have a white board on my fridge that allows me to plan out lunch and dinner for the week. I write down three days of meals in advance, and as I work through those three days I consider what we have left/available and brainstorm what I would like to eat after those three days. It helps me to see what we have already eaten so I know if I need to make one day a leftovers day. In addition, there are some days where I just don’t want to cook or we have too many errands to run so I will be sure to assign leftover days, pb&j days, or take out days as necessary.

Tip #3: Make a grocery list and stick to it

Just because you are not planning your meals a full week in advance, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider the number of meals you will need to make for the week or weeks ahead. When you make your grocery list make sure that the items you have listed can easily be mixed and matched together to form the number of meals necessary to make it to your next grocery shopping day. Prevent over spending by considering what is in your pantry, fridge, and freezer already. Consider some ideas for future meals, or new recipes you may be thinking of trying. Avoid buying things that are not on your list.

Tip #4: Put it in your planner

I like to plan my weeks out in advance, especially since I work from home running this blog and writing content for other websites. When I fill out my planner either at the beginning of the week or beginning of the month I like to write down my daily goals, my work goals, and what’s for dinner. I consider what my goals for that day are and any events/errands that are taking place that day. If it looks like an exhausting day I will opt for an easier to cook dish. For example last week I had a networking event to attend. I spent the whole day cleaning in preparation for the babysitter and  had to rush through getting ready so I could arrive to the location in time. I knew that when I got back that night I was going to be exhausted. I prepped part of the dinner ahead of time and kept it simple with pasta salad, sausage, and asparagus.

Tip #5: Prep ahead of time

Note how on the day that I was really busy last week I opted to prep earlier in the day for later in the evening. There are many ways to pre-prep your food. Some people opt for spending one day a month cooking/putting together a bunch of meals and then freezing them. This is an excellent option if you have help, I don’t have this thing called help so I often prep things the morning/afternoon before dinner, or sometimes I will prep the day before if I know I’m just not going to have time. Things I like to prep in advance are large amounts of chopping, and making of broth/chicken stock.

Did you find these tips helpful? How do you plan out your meals?

 

My Website Revamp Plan

Tax returns came in early last week, and as planned I bought my domain name. I now have the opportunity to make an income from my blog! I am so excited. I want my blog to be organized, and I want to really start working towards my goal of 10,000 followers by December. In order to do this I have decided to focus my energies this month to developing a marketing plan and putting it into action. I am also planning to set it up so that beyond this month I only have to spend one night a week marketing after all what I really enjoy is writing awesome content. So this month I’m going to forgo my 5 posts a week and knock it down to 3 so I can focus more energy towards growing my social networks. I have already redesigned my blogs layout and background as many of you might have noticed so here is my plan for March.

My goals for March:

This week:

I will be focusing my energies towards creating a weekly marketing plan for Facebook. I have a Google spreadsheet that I use to keep track of all of my posts for Kinnectpay’s facebook page, I plan to create a similar document for my blog. In addition, I will be editing 30 of my previous blog posts for basic errors and making notes on whether or not I need to update the images.

Week of March 12-18

Make sure all blog posts are under the correct tab. Make a spreadsheet for the types of posts available under each tab. Also create a list of previously used tags names of each article that utilizes that tag. Edit another 30 articles for basic errors and clarity, I will also note whether the images need to be updated.

Week of March 19-25

Create a marketing plan for Pinterest and Twitter. Make a list of what articles are under what category. Edit another 30 posts and note whether the images need to be updated.

Week of March 26-April 1st

Edit remaining posts and note whether the images need to be updated. Create a general pitch e-mail layout as well as update my writing portfolio. Create a list of tags and what articles are located under each tag. I will also create a list of companies to contact with pitches.

My goal is to have my blog running like a well oiled machine by the end of the month. In addition, I want it to look very professional so that I can grow the blog and connect with more people. If I want to reach 10,000 followers I need to have a good marketing plan, so the majority of my energy will go towards developing a marketing platform.