Why I started Blogging

Have you ever wondered just how much Bloggers make and why they do it?  After years of reading blogs and seeing all these awesome resources floating around, I finally decided it was time to really see if all the time they spend is truly worth it.  Well, let me cut to the chase…it is!  There are everyday people out there just like you and me making thousands of dollars A MONTH just blogging!  I can’t imagine making my yearly salary in one month by just sharing ideas with you guys.  Mind = blown.   Seriously, it really happens.  Advertisers pay big bucks to people who influence thousands a day.  You can get affiliate sales, sell a product, coach others for a small fee, and so much more.  A lot of bloggers share their income reports to show you that it really is possible, and that just happens to land you on their page, which also helps their numbers.  It’s all good for you because you find real help from real people, and it’s all good for them because your page click just made them money.  Wins all around!

Here are some wonderful bloggers I have found that share their monthly income reports from their blogs.  I love seeing where the revenue came from (what works) and just how much they actually pocketed.  My goals in blogging are pretty low compared to what I see here.  I will be ecstatic to make anything really.  I am not a professional writer and I certainly am no website designer, but I think there is value to blogging.  Whether it is making some extra cash or just knowing I am helping others.  I’d love to hear about your bloggy adventures and what works for you!

Check out these awesome blogs!

Melyssa Griffin is an extraordinary blogger that shares tips for blogging and lots of other topics.  Check out her whopping income for Nov ’16!

The Busy Budgeter can help you create a budget that will save you money.  She has more money to budget based on her blog report!

Abby Lawson at Justagirlandherblog breaks it all down by expenses, email subscribers, and blog traffic.  She has so much useful information when you are starting a blog.

Pinch of Yum  shows you how a food blog can bring in lots of income.

Making Sense of Cents has doubled her blog income twice in the last two years based on her chart.  WOW!

Quick and Healthy – Air Fryer’s are AWESOME

I finally got an air fryer after wanting one for a very long time, and let me tell you, I should’ve made that purchase much, much sooner! We use our air fryer several times a week, almost daily. I wasn’t really much into cooking fried foods before, so we just baked everything. My daughter hated fries in the oven. She said they weren’t crispy enough. Now I can cook her fries in less than 15 minutes and they are crispy, but not greasy.

I have 5 kids to cook for every other weekend when my stepsons visit, and it is so handy to be able to cook a big batch of fries, cheese sticks, and whatever other snacks they want without having to make a big mess or get out a messy fry-daddy. In fact, I have a Presto fryer that I had forgotten all about until I just typed that. I can get rid of it now.

Here’s the one I ordered off of Amazon.

I got the smaller version, but I think if you cook for several people, the larger one would be handy to have.  I didn’t even realize how popular these had gotten and I saw that Paula Deen has even written a cookbook solely for the air fryer!   I have to add that to my wish list.    You can snag it here!

Do you have an air fryer?  Tell me what you use it for.  I’m looking for new ideas.  I really wanna try some homemade donuts!  Or beignets!!!!

Cutting cable — UPDATE!

We cut our cable several months ago, and I am so glad we decided to give it a try.  My bill used to be around $175 a month!!  Now, our bills for streaming are around $38 a month, plus I got Amazon Prime.  I got it for several reasons though, and the streaming video was just one reason.  We subscibe to Netflix, Hulu, and Slingtv.  I was worried that the kids would miss having cable most, but they haven’t even cared.  They actually don’t even watch television much anymore and stick to movies or video games for entertainment.

Are you thinking of cutting out cable?  I encourage you to give it a try.  The only downside is that we have to wait a day later to watch some of our shows, but since we rarely watch something at its scheduled time, it didn’t really matter to us.  It is basically like having the dvr box with cable.  Plus, we have watched so many series that we had never heard of.  The best part is being able to watch entire seasons at once, and not having to wait a week for the next episode.

Wondering what to do?  Go buy a roku from any electronics department.  Hook it up and subscribe to Netflix and Hulu.  Those are must haves.  You can also get other channels free on the Roku, too.  My kids love the Pokemontv so they can watch cartoons.  One month of your cable bill should pay for the Roku, so what have you got to lose?  A cable bill!!  Unless you are a couch potato tv junkie, I promise you will love it!

Here’s more info on Roku! https://www.roku.com/index

You can get netflix by going to www.netflix.com   Plans start at $7.99/mo.  I pay $11.99 for the 4 screen package which includes: Watch on 4 screens at a time. HD and Ultra HD available. Download videos on 4 phones or tablets.

Hulu offers lots of television series and starts at $7.99 a month.  There are also some exclusive series that you can’t find anywhere else!  They also have a free trial!

SlingTV  offers live television, so you can watch lots of your favorite channels just as you would with regular cable.  There is also some on demand content in case you miss the live viewing.  This is how we get our “Walking Dead” fix.  I also enjoy watching several History Channel shows and the kids enjoy Cartoon Network.  There are a couple of packages to get that start at $20.  You can also sign up for some premium channels like HBO.

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UPDATE—-  It has now been well over a year since we ditched cable.  I am still soooo happy with streaming television.  There have been some improvements since I posted as well.  I have upgraded one of my tvs to the Amazon Fire Stick and love that it connects with my Amazon Echo Dot.  Check that combo out if you haven’t heard of it.  I love being able to ask Alexa all sorts of things like the weather, latest news, or even a joke.  The kids enjoy it, too.  Also, we have switched from Sling TV to DirecTV Now, which is just in the last week or so.  I haven’t decided if I like it better or not, but Sling made me really made when I missed half of the season premiere of The Walking Dead, so they got booted.  Don’t mess with my Negan time, SlingTV!

Also, there is some really good information over at The Simple Dollar that was shared with me recently, so I’m going to just leave this link right here.  Good luck with cutting out cable and saving your money!!!

The 2018 Cord-Cutting Guide

 

 

Crochet – My newest hobby

My grandmother has crocheted since before I was even born, and she would give us sweaters, little animals, blankets, you name it while I was growing up. I never fully appreciated the amount of time she put into those items until now. I have been teaching myself to crochet this last month. How, you ask? YouTube! Yep, it is the best class you can find. You can pause and replay over and over until you get it, and you don’t have to bug someone else to show you something a hundred times.

I am finishing up my first blanket, and I’m pretty impressed with how well I’ve done. I chose to do a simple stitch over and over for the blanket, and so it is not too hard for a beginner. Bernat blanket yarn is what I used and it is so soft and comes in lots of colors. I think I’ve used about 7 or 8 balls of yarn, and that’s about $60 or so. A little expensive, but I wanted to like my first project a lot, so I got the yarn I really wanted. Had I gone with a cheaper one, it would’ve been half the cost. My next project is blankets for my kids. They want to pick out their own yarn, so it should be a fun project.

 

Here are some great resources if you want to learn about crochet, too! I’d love to see your projects and patterns!

Bella Coco – great youtube tutorials

http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Tutorials

http://cutediyprojects.com/diy/crochet-30-free-crochet-stitches-tutorials/

 

 

 

Why you need an Instant Pot

 

There’s this wonderful kitchen appliance called an Instant Pot, and you really should check it out. I got one several months ago, and while I don’t use it every single day, we do use it weekly. I have made soups to cheesecakes in it. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you are cooking faster than before.

This is the one I bought!  https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-IP-DUO60-Multi-Functional-Pressure/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1485555595&sr=1-2&keywords=instant+pot

Are you a meal planner? Do you freezer cook? Buy the Instant Pot! You can cook whole chickens that shred up great for other recipes or prepare dishes and freeze to throw in the Instant Pot later. There is a wealth of recipes on Pinterest and Facebook. I’m going to just leave this here…..

Yep, that is a peanut butter cup cheesecake I made in the Instant Pot.  It was delicious!  Here’s the recipe I used!

http://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/pressure-cooker-peanut-butter-cup-cheesecake/

Make sure you follow my Pinterest board for this recipe and other great recipes and ideas for the Instant Pot!

 

 

Setting Goals for Blogging

My next step for this new blogging world:  Goal Setting.

In order to be successful, you have to know where you want to go.  To do that, goals need to be set.  You can’t reach something that isn’t there, so here I am.  Setting goals.  Here are my baby steps:

  1. Blog everyday.  At least one post per day.
  2.  Monetize my blog and make $1.00.
  3. Get a better theme and make my blog more professional looking.  DONE
  4. Have 10 comments on my blog.
  5. Set up a Pinterest account for my blog.  DONE
  6. Find a blogging course to take.
  7. Do a blogger’s challenge. (This helps with #1.)
  8. Set up my email for my blog.  DONE

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So, that’s it.  Simple steps that I can reach with a little work and time.  Stay tuned as I come back and update this post as I reach those goals.  Then, on to bigger ones!

 

Starting a Blog….

So, if you are anyone that has ever read blogs, you can certainly tell I am very much an amateur at this.  My theme is really plain, nothing too fancy, and I haven’t got many tricks added here yet.  I am learning / teaching myself.  So far, I have gotten the website domain and hosting thru Bluehost.com.  It was pretty easy to do and didn’t cost very much for an entire year of hosting.  I also have added WordPress to my site so that I can edit it and add posts.  That all is part of getting it started in bluehost.  They really are great at helping a newbie with “blogging for dummies”.  I have been reading some of my favorite bloggers that share how they got started and what to do, and it helps a lot!  If you have any great tips for me, I’d love to hear them.  Just drop me a comment and send me a link.  I made my logo using Canva.com, which I was already very familiar with since I used it a lot for posting in my direct sales groups.  It makes it easy to assemble cute posts for contests or really just anything at all.  Making a logo was a cinch and the best part is that it is totally FREE!!  Now to find free themes that make me look like I know more than I do…..

Welcome to the Happy Timesaver!

My very first blog post….Let me tell you a little about me. I’m Angela, a full time working mom and wife. I have many hobbies, in fact, you could say my main hobby is finding new hobbies! I love teaching myself new things and learning about anything and everything.

My main goal with this blog is to really try to make it a success. To be honest, this is probably like my 3rd or 4th attempt at blogging. Humans are supposed to be habitual creatures, however I think I missed that strand in my DNA. I have a hard time making something a habit, and that’s challenging when it comes to blogging. In order to make it work, you really have to share a lot and often. I love reading blogs and finding new ideas or great tips on life matters, but I’m terrible at sharing them. However, I have been doing a lot of research on blogging and how to make it successful, and so my hope is that I can share great things with my readers and maybe turn this blog into some spare change in my pocket. I plan to keep you all informed on how it’s going and share any great finds with you.

So, what will you find here…..A big mix of everything! I love crafts, cooking, funny anecdotes, home decor ideas, shopping, coupons, home tips….really anything!! I also want to share what I am learning in this adventure of blogging. I hope to help someone else start their own blog, and maybe I will have great wealth to brag about and tell you how to get it, too. We can all dream, right??  On with the time-saving tips!!!