I created this resources page to easily list the resources that I find valuable as a mom, blogger, professional organizer and craftaholic! You will find money-saving resources, home organization resources, creative crafting resources and blogging for business resources on this page.
Have fun looking around!
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Ebates – Did you know that you can use Ebates when you make a purchase on many online retailers and get cash back for your purchase? Ebates is a website that gives you cash back on all of your online purchases if you go through their website when you make a purchase online!Our family earns an average of $50 every 3 months from Ebates and you can too! It’s that easy! Use Ebates for FREE Cash Back and Get a 10 Gift Card when you sign up for an account through our special link www.simplemadepretty.com/ebates. Read How to Use Ebates for FREE Cash Back and Get a 10 Gift Card
Ibotta – Ibotta is a coupon app that you download to your phone. How it works: Select coupons on the Iboota app, go shopping, buy things that you normally purchase, take a picture of your receipt and scan the items that you purchased through the app to get real cash back! There are 100’s of stores on the Ibotta app, including grocery stores, department stores, electronic stores and big-box stores like Costco! Ibotta offers coupons for fresh produce, alcohol, clothing and many other items! Read 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Use Coupons (and the Secret to Staying Under Budget)
ThreadUP – ThreadUP is like a consignment store, but online! Shop online for your favorite name brand clothes discounted 90% OR get them to sell your clothing! Sign up to receive a ThreadUP bag and they will cover the shipping cost for you to send your gently used clothing to them. They will take pictures, post to ThreadUP.com to sell. Once your items sell, they send you the cash! Get a $10 credit just for signing up through our special link here www.simplemadepretty.com/ThreadUp. Read Reduce Your Wardrobe to Only 10-Items and Change Your Life
Home Organization Resources
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo – This book will change your perspective on de-cluttering your home. It will change your life! Read 10 Items You Need to Organize Your Home Like a Rock Star
Franklin Covey – Franklin planners may seem old-school but I still love mine. I took a course for how to use Franklin Covey planners around 15 years ago but I have used this method since. It was a great starting point if you want to learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your day planner. I have a Coach leather 3-ring planner (I don’t think they make these anymore since the introduction of technology, haha) that I replace with Franklin Covey planner inserts each year. Read 8 Ways to Find More Time in Your Day
Creative Crafting Resources
Cricut – I received my first Cricut machine in 2013 and can’t say enough great things about it. If you like crafting, creating and DIY, you NEED a Cricut Explore machine in your home. The price is reasonable for the endless amount of projects you can create (just check out their project center here to spark your creativity!). My Cricut Explore has allowed me to make and sell my own physical handmade products on Etsy, Handmade at Amazon. I also use Cricut Design Space to design many of the free printables in our digital library! Read How I Create Unique Craft Projects: The All New Cricut AccessEtsy – Start selling your creations online! Etsy is very user-friendly – all you need is a picture of your product, a description, and price to create a listing and start making money right away! Go through my special link below to open an Etsy shop and you will get 40 listings for FREE! Making money while doing something you love doesn’t get any easier 🙂 Open your shop today! http://www.simplemadepretty.com/Etsy
CutCardStock – In Winter 2015/2016, I had the pleasure of being on the CutCardStock design team. I purchase a majority of my card stock from CutCardStock.com because the quality of their products is amazing! I only use their A2 Envelopes for the handmade greeting cards that I sell in my shops. Read Paper Crafts: Easy Winter Themed Note Cards
Blogging for Business Resources
Bluehost – Bluehost and their support team are wonderful. My previous blog was through Blogger and although Blogger is simple to use, it’s not the best when you are trying to be unique, stand out or monetize. If you are a new blogger and don’t know the first think about domains or hosting, start with Bluehost since they are very user-friendly. Read How I Got My Life Back by Starting a Blog (and how you can too!)
Webfaction – I started my little blog with Bluehost but then discovered that I needed a different hosting plan, so with the advice of my tech support, I switched to WebFaction. I’m extremely happy with WebFaction’s hosting, although I’m paying more for an upgraded plan from Bluehost. I highly recommend WebFaction if you plan to have tons of pictures on your blog since they offer $10/month with 100GB SSD storage, 1GB RAM, 1TB bandwidth. Read I Changed My Blog Name and This Happened
WP Engine – I’ve heard really great things about WP Engine and although their services are a bit more than what I need at this time, I definitely keep them as a resource for my future needs as my blog grows. See How To Get 2 Months of Hosting Free!
StudioPress – StudioPress offers personalized themes for your blog. WordPress offers a variety of themes or you can buy a theme to differentiate your blog. I use a Genesis theme from a third party (Modern Blogger Pro, which is a Pretty Darn Cute Design) and highly recommend going with a Genesis theme! Check out the awesome themes at SudioPress to create a blog that stands out! Read I Changed My Blog Name and This Happened
Mailchimp – MailChimp is great when you are just starting out and want to send a regular newsletter to your subscribers. I started this blog using the free MailChimp option but wanted to grow quickly and heard great things about ConverKit so I switched about 12 months after starting this blog.
ConvertKit – ConvertKit helped me grow my subscribers with an increase of 310% in 3-months. ConvertKit is designed for bloggers and very user-friendly (it only took me a couple hours to set up an email course and several landing pages for opt-ins!). If you are willing to spend a little money to rapidly grow your blogging business, I highly recommend using C0nvertKit. See How To Get Your First 30 Days For Free at ConvertKit!
Codeable – Need technical assistance and don’t know anyone technical? Codeable is an affordable technical support option and their technicians can help with WordPress support, hosting support and much more! How it works: Submit your problem on their website and several techs will introduce themselves and their rate. You pick which tech you want to work with and they set you up in a private chat room to collaborate. Customer service is great! I had an issue 30 days after a completed project and they fixed it free of charge! Save $10 when you go through my link!
BoardBooster – BoardBooster is a program to keep your Pinterest boards on auto-pilot. If you have great pins to post, then you need BoardBooster. When I started using BoardBooster, I saw a 1300% increase in my followers in 3 months! Plans start at $5/month which is very affordable for a newbie blogger 😉
Buffer – Buffer makes it easy to schedule posts to all of your social media accounts. I use Buffer to schedule my Facebook, Google+ and Twitter posts in advance so I can put social media posting on auto-pilot. They also can remind you when to post on Instagram.
Tailwind – Tailwind is similar to Boardbooster but a little bit pricier. You can easily schedule your pins on auto-pilo with their Chrome extension. I use both Tailwind and Boardbooster to support my Pinterest account.
PicMonkey – A picture editing software is a must-have for your blog pictures and social media pictures. I use PicMonkey to design my blog logo and edit all of my pictures. There are many features on PicMonkey that can benefit all blog niches. PicMonkey has a free version or monthly/yearly plan with upgraded features (which I recommend).
Elite Blog Academy – If you want to grow your blog and turn it into a business, the Elite Blog Academy can help you get there. I took the course in Spring of 2016 and during that time my blog had a traffic increase of 179%. I was also able to quit my day job and start blogging full time with more money coming in! The course is only available once a year (coming Feb 2017!) so sign up for the waiting list now HERE. Read The Secret to Turn Your Hobby Blog into a Money-Making Business
Building a Framework – This eBook is a must-have for successful bloggers. Abby includes detailed step-by-step instructions for starting a blog and tips to grow your blog in no time. Read 3 Inspirational Books Every Work at Home Mom Should Read
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – Michelle’s course helped grow my affiliate income while teaching strategies I never knew to implement. She is a role model for many bloggers since she posts her monthly income reports and exceeds income levels that some bloggers only dream about. Michelle’s course is self-paced and the worksheets and assignments completely changed my perspective on my affiliate income strategy.
Pinterest Strategy Guide – If you want to know the secret to growing your blog through Pinterest, this guide is a must-read. Rosemarie gives insight and straightforward steps for how she grew her blog business from $18/month to over $22k in 19 months. Rosemarie’s guide helped me create a Pinterest strategy to increase my page views and Pinterest followers.
Blog Traffic eBook: How I Went From 17K to 350K+ Monthly Page Views in 9 Months – Lena from What Mommy Does explains in detail the steps she took to increase traffic to her blog. Take notes and start implementing her strategies and you will see an increase in your traffic! I didn’t know what StumbleUpon before reading this book. Her Google+ tricks and tips increased my SEO and page views.