Thursday, September 5, 2013

#4 ~ Ways to Make Money at Home

Zazzle is another wonderful way to earn money at home.

You can open up a Zazzle store for free. If you enjoy photography or perhaps you are rock awesome at graphic design then Zazzle is for you. But don't be timid, even if you feel like a novice it's worth a shot. With websites like PicMonkey graphic design is now easier than ever.

If graphic design is not your thing you can purchase already made graphics on websites like Ebay and Etsy, many times for only $1, then you can put these on hundreds of products on Zazzle as long as it's allowed by the sellers. 

Here are some examples below of products that I offer in my Zazzle store.

Vintage French Bird Song Music Postcard
Vintage French Bird Song Music Postcard by CottageHomestead
Check out other Vintage Postcards at

If you do open up a Free Zazzle store it's easy to share your custom made products on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you have a blog they offer html code for a blog panel that you can add to the side of your page.

Vintage Red Bicycle Poster
Vintage Red Bicycle Poster by CottageHomestead
Check out Vintage Posters online at zazzle

Have you already heard of Zazzle? If you have a Zazzle store be sure to share the link in the comments below.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Yeehaw!!! Swanson Premium Whey Protein Giveaway

I first discovered Swanson Vitamins from my grandmother. She faithfully makes purchases from their catalog. And there is no question why, their prices can't be beat and the products work!

You can read in detail about the Swanson Premium Whey Protein Powder by Clicking HERE.

So it was no surprise to me when I started the Trim Healthy Mama Diet, you can read my story here, that the Swanson Whey Protein powder was recommended. I love the fact that it contains less than 1 gram of carbs and there is no extra fat. It also has a very pleasant vanilla flavor which I love. If I want to add cocoa to it I can, but there are times I just want the vanilla, I love the versatility.

Me on the left is before I started Trim Healthy Mama, and me on the right (with my handsome Hubs) is 2 months into the program. Or new way of life shall I say! I am 31 lbs. lighter and 2 dress sizes down. I would like to also mention that the skirt in the pic is too big, thanks to a belt I can still wear it!! :)

Swanson Whey Protein has been a big part of my journey. From the amazing Fat Stripping Frappas that are mentioned in the book to yummy smoothies. I also like to make Gwen's Cookie Dough Dip and add Swansons protein to it, sprinkle on a few almonds and enjoy it for a snack when I feel like "cheating." The protein helps me feel full and gives me energy so there are no concerns about over-indulging.

When i first purchased the whey protein I was a bit leery about plopping down $25.99 for it. In the picture I thought it was one of those smaller canisters like you get at the Health Food Store. But when my UPS man delivered the box I knew by the size of it that this was no chintzy can!

It's HUGE!!! 

You can imagine my excitement when Swanson so generously offered one of my lovely readers a Huge canister for themselves. With shipping that is a $30.99 value!!!

Good Luck to you all!! I hope that you will find the Promo Simple Giveaway form user friendly. At this time the giveaway is only open to the US. Have fun & tell your friends!!!

#3 ~ Ways to Make Money at Home

Swagbucks is another way I earn online. I have for sure made a couple hundred with them. You can get cash if you want with Swagbucks (via PayPal) but the best deal is the $5 Amazon gift cards for 450 swagbucks.

I then use these Amazon gift cards to buy medicine for my family, grocery items that are super cheap using the Subscribe and Save, or Christmas gifts for my children and friends. Those Amazon gift cards have ALWAYS come in handy.

I don't spend a lot of time on Swagbucks, now you certainly could if you wanted to. Here's how I do it, I simply use their search engine every day to earn anywhere from 6-30 swagbucks, I take the daily poll (takes a second and can be fun), and if you have time you can even earn bucks playing games.

If you make online purchases you can do so through Swagbucks as well and earn bucks back from purchases you are already making.

You are not limited to earning Amazon gift cards, there are plenty of gift cards to choose from. You can even cash in for PayPal cards, so there are plenty of options.

Hope you have enjoyed day #3 on ways to earn income at home, join us tomorrow for another fun idea to bring in income for your family.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#2 ~ Ways to Make Money at Home

The second way to make money at home is opening up an online Jewelry Boutique. This is 100% free to do and the company is called Kitsy Lane. You can find the link to sign up by clicking here.

It really is fun and hassle-free because Kitsy Lane runs the website, fulfills all orders, and even sends out newsletters to your customers on your behalf.

You can customize your store with your profile pic, and custom pick the jewelry that you want to offer. The awesome part is you make 25% on all orders. You even earn that on purchases you make for yourself as well.

Maybe you're thinking "What kind of jewelry is it??" "Will I like it?" I'm going to post some of my favorite Kitsy Lane pieces below and provide a link to my store so you can see how I designed it. I named my store Aibreann, which is pronounced Ab-rawn, it's one of my favorite Irish girl names. :) 

Aspen Silvery
by Debra Shephard

Christian Ring
by Tiger Mountain

Bianca Ring
by KL Collection

Kimberly Earrings
by Isette

(These Kimberly earrings are my absolute favs!!)

There are SOOO many other lovely pieces but you can peruse my Aibreann Boutique Store to see them all.

They have a new flash sale every week and you can even hand select which items you would like to go in your flash sale.

Another exciting feature they offer is Pinterest buttons, so you can easily pin your favorite pieces which will link back to your own store. Promoting is definitely made easy with Kitsy Lane.

You can also link the store to your Facebook and Twitter so you can really reach a broad range of customers.

Have fun and let me know if you open up your own Kitsy Lane store!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Legitimate Ways to Earn Money at Home

Over this next week I am going to share different ways you can make money at home. Some of these are very small earnings but if you dabble in them, they all add up and can be a true blessing when they cash in. $20 here and $20 there is nice for the gas tank, to get a few groceries, or whatever you need to get you by until your paycheck comes in.

I will share a new way to make money at home every day in this series so you can try them out one at a time. When I find little ways to legitimately earn money at home I spend early morning or late night doing the "tasks" needed so I can spend my daytime hours with the kiddos, homeschooling,  and house chores. I'm sure you will find a system that works for you.

The first way to earn from  home is getting paid to read emails. This is so simple, you will earn $.02 for every email you click on and click confirm, this small step takes just a few seconds everyday and eventually it really adds up. You must have $30 in your account before you cash in and once you do they will cut you a check. I am up $20 and my mother is around $25 so she will be cashing in soon.

The company is called Inbox dollars and the cool part is you get $5 just for signing up, who wouldn't like a free $5!!!

Now reading emails isn't the only way to earn from Inbox Dollars you can also use their search engine (like you would use Google) to earn money, take surveys, and earn from referring friends as well. You don't have to buy anything to earn from Inbox Dollars, you will earn more if you do but it is not required at all. I have never purchased anything and like I mentioned above I am already up to $20.

A simple task you do every day builds up over time, once you cash in that $30 I'm sure you won't be complaining!! :)

Stay tuned tomorrow for idea #2 to earn an income at home. Remember that when it comes to earning money online you never want all your irons in the same fire.