Growing up, I was incredibly shy. When I was 12, I was moved from private to public school and for the first time, since I was a toddler, had to make new friends. #ad While 8th grade prepared me a bit, high school was even harder since I only knew a handful of people there. I realized that in order to gain the confidence I was seriously lacking, I needed to become a part of something bigger than me. I tried out and made our high school’s dance team, the Titanaires, in 9th grade. Suddenly, that shy girl found herself. I continued to dance throughout high school and discovered the power of teamwork.  We all walked out onto that field the same, no matter how skilled we were, what we looked like or what our home life was like. We came together as a family and put on a show that always had the fans in the bleachers cheering. Being a Titanaire changed me. 20+ years later, I’m still really good friends with a number of my teammates. Now, as the Mother of three girls, I always encourage them to find something they love, practice and become a part of something that will change their lives as it did mine. Whether it’s volleyball, gymnastics, dance or soccer, I watch my girls transform each and every time they practice, perform or play. Did you know that between the ages of 12 and 13, the number of girls who say they’re afraid to fail increases by 150%? By age 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate of boys. That’s why @Athleta is committed to helping keep girls in the game. That’s the #PowerofShe.  #AthletaGirl #girlempowerment #girlsquad #girlsrock #womenathletes #womenempowered #womenempowerment #girlmama #girlmom #gymnastics #gymnasticslife #handstand #handstandpractice #novahighschool #novatitans #novatitanalumni #titanaire #letsgotitans

Growing up, I was incredibly...

Yesterday, I posted my deepest, darkest secret on my blog. It look me 24 hours to get the nerve to share it on here. I’ve been writing that post for a while. It probably didn’t go live the day I intended it to and it might disappear at some point. But enough is enough. Time for me to put my big girl panties on and stop lying to myself and everyone else. I hope you won’t think any different of me or judge me in any way. I’m still the same person, I’m just not pretending anymore. .
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Yesterday, I posted my deepest,...

#ad Falynn has a very short list when it comes to her favorite snacks. You might be surprised what's at the very top of that list. #ad It's not cookies. It's not chips. It's actually tomatoes! And her absolute favorite tomatoes, are Cherubs® by @NSTomatoes. Whether I fill a snack baggie up with them or create little cars out of them, with carrots and cucumbers and a toothpick, she can't get enough. They are Bright. Juicy. Irresistible. NatureSweet Tomatoes are giving their followers a chance to win weekly #NatureSweetSnackHack prizes ($150 weekly Middle School Snack Hack Prize Pack) and the Grand Prize, a #SnackHack Survival Kit which includes a year’s supply of NatureSweet tomatoes, a backpack, electronic tablet/computer to save all your snack hack ideas, and other great gifts to make on-the-go snacking easy! Hurry and enter! The sweepstakes ends September 23, 2019. https://izea.it/amKBCzG

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How would you like to win FREE glasses for your entire family?* #sponsored We recently went to our local For Eyes for our annual vision exams and had the best experience. Dr. Hanna and the opticians really made us feel comfortable and at home, especially Falynn, who had never had an eye exam before. They helped us to find our new prescription and choose the frames that looked best on us. We also sat down with Dr. Hanna to learn more about the importance of annual eye exams and the dangers of blue light. Stay tuned for our IGTV interview later this week! Also, swipe to see the first photo that Falynn ever took by herself, with my camera. Great, right?  We’ve partnered with For Eyes to give you the opportunity to win up to 6 FREE eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses valued at up to $250 each. 
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As someone that has suffered with both anxiety and depression for many years, I can tell you that there are signs that your loved one is suffering. While not everyone who exhibits these characteristics is having mental health issues, it's quite possible that those who are, exhibit many symptoms as a result of their anxiety and/or depression. Today on the blog, I’m discussing those symptoms and what to look for if you suspect you or your loved one is suffering with anxiety and/or depression. .
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#ad Let’s get real for a moment. While they play a large part in us becoming Mothers, periods are no fun. They also weren’t something that I knew a whole lot about up until a couple of months ago, if I’m being honest. But results from a recent survey got my attention.  3 in 5 women surveyed reported at least one symptom of heavy periods – and among those respondents, over half had not discussed them with a doctor (57%) Why? Most women have resigned to heavy periods as their reality, with 43% saying “it’s just normal for me” and 36% saying “I’ve just learned to live with it.” Sound familiar? I must have said those exact statements plenty of times over the last 30 years. 
You don’t have to “live with it”. Visit http://www.WeHateHeavyPeriods.com through the link in my bio to learn about treatment options. #wehateheavyperiods #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #healthandwellness #empowerwomen #healthfirst #healyourself #healthytips #empoweryourself #periodproblems #womenhealth #nourishyourself #periodpositive #empowerothers #workingmomlife #healthjourney #womenpower #empoweringwomen #empoweredwomen

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In just about a month or so, we will start to look for our dream home. #ad I’m excited at the opportunities and better rates we can get because of the bump in my credit score. I’m so grateful for the @lendingtree app, which has helped me to monitor my credit score closely, so I know what needed to be improved. The LendingTree app provides all the tools you need for a better financial health. No matter where you are in your life or what big milestone is coming up, your credit is important and should always be a priority. The LendingTree app is free and signing up doesn’t affect your credit score. You can download it in the App Store (click on the #linkinbio and then on “LendingTree”). Why is your credit score important to you? .
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In just about a month...

Thinking back to last month and our stay in that cute little airbnb, it makes me so grateful for the opportunity to blog full-time. Not only do I get to work closely with companies that I love, but occasionally I get the opportunity to take our family on a little, but much needed vacation. It really is the best job I’ve ever had. Today on the blog, I’m continuing my series for bloggers and influencers and discussing what might be the scariest part of this job… pitching companies and applying to campaigns. Head over and check out my suggestions to nail those pitches. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! .
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Thinking back to last month...

Today I had a plan. Wake up early, get the girls ready for their first day of school and then take the perfect first day of school picture to post on Instagram, where I would talk about how bittersweet it is to watch my girls grow up into these incredible young women. 
But things don’t always go as we plan. Instead, Falynn and Iyla woke up at 3:30am, got ready for school and then came downstairs at 5:00am to let us know they were ready. 5:00am... two and a half hours before they actually needed to be at school. I rolled myself out of bed at around 6:50am, Super Dad made me some coffee and I quickly shooed them outside so I could take a picture and realized that Falynn was in a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, jeans and old sneakers. I’m pretty sure her hair wasn’t brushed either. Lucia wasn’t awake yet so it would be the first year without a first day of school picture of all three of them. 😫 Whatever. I was tired. So I quickly took a picture (swipe to see) and got them off to school. Lucia woke up late and I couldn’t take a picture of her because my camera lens kept fogging up. When we walked back into the house, the dog escaped, making her even later. 🤦🏻‍♀️ And my coffee’s cold. Anyway, since I couldn’t get the perfect first day of school picture, I hope you enjoy this shot of the girls and Super Dad in their @swimzip.
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My girls are snackers. When they get home from school, they want to be able to grab a quick snack to take with them on the way to after-school activities, or to enjoy while they do their homework. #ad Peanut Butter is a huge hit in our home, but it can get messy, so when I found out about Windstone Farms Creamy Peanut Butter Portable Packets, I couldn't wait to grab some. Instead of making a huge mess (and forgetting to close the lid) with a regular container of peanut butter, the girls can grab one packet and easily add it to just about anything. Some of our favorites are bananas, apples, pretzels, celery or crackers. They have fun creating new combinations and I love that they come in convenient 1.15oz squeezable packets. So much less mess! They are also perfect for their lunchboxes. The peanut butter is so creamy and delicious! BTW, they are naturally gluten-free! @windstonefarms peanut butter packets are now available at your local @walmart. Make sure to pick some up, and check out our stories for a special offer from Ibotta! What will you put #WindstoneFarmsPB on?
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How to Make Money as a Blogger and Brand Influencer

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My Tips on How to Make Money as a Blogger and Brand Influencer

We have been brand repping for years and while I have loved working with small shops and offering pictures and promotion in exchange for items, I had to finally accept that if I wanted to do this full-time, I was going to have to do something that brought in some money. As awesome as my girls wardrobes are, I can’t pay my rent with awesome handmade threads or the tons of compliments we get while they are wearing them.  One of my insta-friends had been telling me about her success as a blogger for a while and I put it off and put it off because I just didn’t think I had what it took. And while I was hesitant, I can tell you that it was the BEST decision I ever made.  My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! It’s been a wild 7 months and I’m more happy than I’ve been in such a long time. I can finally share my tips on how to make money as a blogger and brand influencer!

Now that I’m finally making money and have made this into what has turned into an actual career, I want to share my knowledge with everyone and anyone that is interested in turning this passion into something that will pay the bills.  I have gathered the most asked questions from people and will be answering them here for those of you that are ready to take the leap. I also want to share some of the platforms that are working best for me. I do want to mention that some of these links are affiliate links, but I would never share any service or product that I don’t personally believe in!

What is the Difference between a Brand Influencer and a Blogger?

First and foremost, there’s a lot more writing involved for a blogger and that’s super scary to some.  But… if you think about it, when you post on social media, you are coming up with words to describe the product and your experience with the product, right?  Imagine taking some pictures and writing just a little bit more (minimum of 300 words), including links to the product, maybe a code and voila! You are blogging, baby!  It’s really that easy.  If you don’t want to create an entire website, you might consider starting off as a brand influencer and using your social platforms to advertise for companies.  Either option can bring in extra cash and eventually, turn into a legit career! So don’t put this off any longer!  If you were waiting for a sign, this is it!

What if No One Wants to Read What I Have to Say?

When I approach people who I think would be great bloggers, I’m often times met with this question… and I have to tell them that we all asked that question.  No one wants to spend time pouring their heart out only to find that no one really cares.  But listen, if you have something to say and you present it in a way that’s interesting and shows off your personality, people will read it!  At first, it may just be your friends and family, but eventually, and probably sooner than you think, people will share it and you will begin noticing an increase in views.  You won’t be a superstar overnight, but stick with it and you definitely could be! Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you need is a blog! You can sign up for a free blog through WordPress.com BUT.. I highly recommend WordPress.org.  When I first created my blog, I had no idea that there were two different sites.  While they both offer free templates and are very much the same in the backend,  I learned that WordPress.org is preferred by most agencies and some brand influencer platforms.  I wound up setting everything up on .com, only to find that they charged me over $250/yr plus the cost of my domain and when I realized I needed to move it over to .org, they refused to refund my money.  Wordpress.com is hosted by WordPress.  Wordpress.org is your own site and requires that you set up hosting yourself which is an extra step, but totally WORTH IT!

Hosting

I am currently hosted through Site Ground and I LOVE it!  Depending on what you need, their hosting starts at $3.95/mo plus the cost of your domain.  If you already own your domain, there is a $15 set up fee to move it over, but that will extend your domain registration for an additional year I believe.  It’s very easy to set up and their support chat is always available to help and are very knowledgable.  Switching over was the best decision I ever made.

Templates

While WordPress does offer templates, I found a ton of amazing templates on Mojo Marketplace!  Templates will run you roughly $49 or so.  You can view their live demos and see what your site will look like.  Now, installing can be a bit tricky but they do offer installation for an additional charge. You can also hire a designer (I do that on the side, wink) to put together your entire website for you, but of course that would be a bit more pricey. If you’re up for the challenge, you can do it yourself, but I have to warn you that it’s super time consuming and a process to learn.

How Do I Know How Much to Charge?

I LOVE Social Blue Book.  This FREE site allows you to connect all of your platforms and then tells you what your posts are worth, based on your following/traffic.  Keep in mind that this doesn’t include production/photography costs, so make sure to add $100 or so for that, depending on the amount of time it takes for each project.

Do I Need a Media Kit?

Assuming you know what a media kit is (and if you don’t, don’t panic… you will!)  After speaking with various successful bloggers and brand influencers, there is a consensus among them that you must have a media kit if you plan on contacting companies directly.  Not only is it going to provide companies with demographics, rates and stat info, but it makes you look so much more professional. Don’t you want to make the best first impression possible?  You can check out our media kit for an idea.  If you are just starting out, you can put together a one page informational sheet which is just as effective!  Sign up for Fohr Card and connect all of your platforms and they will provide you with demographics and stats!  It’s fabulous!  PLUS, they can connect you with some pretty huge brands such as Clinique, Bare Minerals, Kate Spade and Henri Bendel (just to name a few). You can even create a press kit through their site if you don’t have the funds or resources to create a media kit!

What Should I Sign Up For?

Ok, so this is where the fun begins.  The first thing I signed up for was Ebates.  Why?  Everyone shops online and everyone likes to save money.  Right now they are offering $10 cash back with your first $25 purchase! Put their button on your new website and you are paid per referral, PLUS, you are helping them save money!  Win, win! You earn $5 for each referral, plus additional bonuses. Bloggers and power referrers can earn $25,000+. Crazy, right?!

There are SO many platforms that you can sign up for and they will connect you with companies that are looking for brand influencers and bloggers but these are some of my favorites:

Heartbeat: Heartbeat is a great one to start off with! They pay you based on your following (some include free product as well) and I’ve gotten the most paid opportunities from them up until now.  Most are super easy – they send you a video or image, you post for a certain amount of time (72 hours I believe) and they pay you once that period is up.

Linqia: I recently signed up for Linqia and was chosen for two opportunities almost immediately.  In addition to offering some great opportunities, including the opportunity to raise money for charity, they also offer a referral program. You get $5 for each accepted referral, plus 15% matched commission on their first program earnings which is fabulous!

Social Fabric: I signed up for Social Fabric about a month ago and while I haven’t been chosen for any opportunities yet, I love the easy of their application process! There is a list of opportunities, which you can read through and decide which you’re best suited for and then apply.

Social Native: This was one of the first sites I signed up for and kinda forgot about it. I just logged in and found 2 opportunities and applied for both.

Of course, there’s always Google Adsense and Media.net who offer the ability to place display ads throughout your site and pay-per-click.  This can be great if you have a lot of traffic.  While you don’t want to overpower your site with ads, it’s good to have a few, relevant ads.  If there are companies you love, check out whether or not they offer affiliate opportunities.  Then you can place their banner on your site and get paid per lead.

Contacting Companies Directly

And finally, don’t be afraid to reach out directly to your favorite companies! Put together a little email explaining why you want to work with them and what you think you can provide them and attach your media kit/press kit!  You may not hear back from them, but what if you do?  Don’t be afraid to get turned down… because eventually, they will say yes and it will be the best feeling ever! I find that reaching out to companies through social media gets the best response. They will usually respond with an email address to send your info to.  Some will want to chat on the phone, others will communicate solely through emails/social media.

I sincerely hope this has all given you a starting off point if you’ve been interested in making the leap. I didn’t want to overload you with info, so I will put together more of these as I learn.  If you have any questions or need some direction, I’m always happy to answer questions!  I can’t wait to see you become a successful blogger/brand influencer!

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  • Shanab
    June 29, 2018

    A must read for bloggers and brand influencers starting out. Thanks for sharing your tips and advice.

  • Sunaina
    October 28, 2017

    Very informative and useful article you have shared here.
    keep spreading your ideas with us.

  • Jen
    October 25, 2017

    Great tips! I’ll have to revisit this article when I’m ready!

  • Tracy Shane
    October 25, 2017

    I love love love this! Thank you for always sharing resources and support! ❤️

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