Archive for October 2013

Fave finds

Monday, October 7, 2013

Let me introduce to you....to my favorite finds from the last couple of months. These are literally across the board, with really no common theme. However they are all things I've been loving this month!

These freebie iphone backgrounds. How awesome are these?? Find them here. I was sporting the chevron (#1) but I'm thinking about a change to #14! or maybe the Giraffe (#17).



This lovely print. For all of my Ky followers, be sure to check out this site, Kentucky for Kentucky.  Pretty cool concept.



This amazing haircut that will be mine tomorrow at 2pm. Hello Melissa Hastings!! PLL returns Oct. 22 :)


This Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller is awesome! It's moisturizing, goes on light and has a dose of caffeine to wake up your skin. I'd say it's best for light coverage.


These peplum topsskinny jeans from express. The tops fit nice other than they could stand to be a little longer. I like to pair with a skinny belt. These particular skinny jeans are awesome! The fit is perfect & they pair well with boots. I've been needing skinny jeans after living in my Gap skinnies (from Goodwill for $3!!) for about a year now.

The peplum tops are on clearance in-store & online for $14.99. Jeans are currently buy one, get one for $29.99.
ALSO until 10/9 the retail me not app has an offer for $50 off $150, $40 off $120, $30 off $100, or $15 off $30. Can't beat that!

 
Rustoleum cabinet transformations. For right now, I love the IDEA of this product. I'm currently re-doing our cabinets, so when they are finished I will verify that the results are good, plus show before & afters!! You may remember me talking about re-doing our kitchen here and well, there's no turning back now!

I chose the dark kit & had it tinted in expresso. Learn more about the product here. Obviously this isn't as good as new cabinets, but it's a nice alternative.

This Keurig My K-Cup Replacement Coffee Filter . This lets you use your own coffee instead of using k-cups! I love k-cups, but they can get expensive, so this works for me for my daily brews. Then I can treat myself with the occasional k-cup!

 
 
That's it for me. What are you loving right now??
 
xx
Sam

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Easy extra income ideas

Friday, October 4, 2013

It's no secret that I'm money motivated, and being commission based can be awesome, but it also has it also has slow times. For this reason, I'm all about the side hustles. I thought I'd put together a list of easy extra income ideas that I can look back on in the future, and some of these may help some of you looking for extra income as well.


Labor

The bottom line is that people will pay for labor! Everyone has things around the house that need to get done, but few of us actually have the time to dedicate to these tasks. That makes this an excellent extra income opportunity! If you play your cards right, these things usually pay pretty well, because people are essentially paying for their time. By hiring you, they keep extra time in their schedules. Another bonus, a lot of times these gigs pay cash! Some examples of labor:

-Home/office cleaning
-Shoveling snow
-Mowing grass & landscaping
-Moving things
-Painting

I've done every single one of these things for extra income in the past. You can help out neighbors, people you know, or even put up an ad on craigslist or create some cheap mailers.

Resale

Another extra income idea is to resell items you either have on hand, or can get cheap. If you have brand new clothes in your closet with tags, check out Poshmark to sell what you no longer want or need. If you have a good eye for vintage & antique items, check out flea markets or yard sales & then resell your fab finds on craigslist or even ebay. Another thing you can do is purchase items on the cheap from amazon or ebay then resell on your own via the same sites or even an ecommerce site like store envy. Most areas also have buy, sell, trade pages on facebook. When looking for things to buy, keep with what you know. Remember, the money is made on the buy! Buy cheap so you have profit margin.

Capitalize on your talent or hobby

Everyone has their own unique talents & hobbies. Why not turn those into a little bit of extra income? If you can build or design, why not advertise your services as a carpenter, handyman or decorator? Or maybe you are super creative & you love painting & crafting. Start showing off your stuff on facebook to your friends, or even start up an etsy store to sell some of your goods. Good at photography? Why not start up a little side business? I currently have an etsy store called The Style House where I sell hand painted glassware & other fun things. It's so much fun and generates a bit of extra income for me as well. 

Capitalize on your knowledge


If you have the smarts in certain areas or subjects, you can capitalize on that knowledge! Try out tutoring or offer your services editing articles, etc. There are always college students looking for help writing a term paper or essay, and often these even pay by the word. In addition, in todays world every business is involved somewhat in social media, and some need people to manage this for them.


These are just a few ideas, the options are truly unlimited... However, you do need to be careful that you're not stretching yourself too thin. I've been guilty of this before. You dedicate yourself to too many things, trying to give each attention and then you end up not doing any of the things well. You don't want to fall into that.

If you want to learn more about extra income & get to know someone that KILLS IT with her side hustles, check out Michelle at Making Sense of Cents. She's inspiring!

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The obligatory Fall to-do list...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 1st?? What?! This blog post is going to be oh so original what with everyone & their mother doing fall to-do lists... But what can I say? I do love Fall. I do make Fall plans. Anddd I like lists a lot.

Fall in Louisville... things to enjoy:

St. James Art Fair

I absolutely LOVE St. James. It's essentially a giant art show full of artists, artisans, crafters, etc. and it's set in the most perfect location, St. James Court in Old Louisville. I'm planning to go Friday with a friend. A lot of the art is expensive, but I usually pick up some little piece of jewelry or something fun. They also have a ton of food vendors, so I plan on indulging in a pumpkin beer and a slice of yummy pumpkin roll! Can't wait. Now I just hope we have good weather.

Huber's Orchard & Winery

Another place I just love visiting is Huber's! This is actually in Indiana, but just a short drive from Louisville. They have awesome wine (try the Starlight Red) and we get to pick pumpkins! Planning to get a small group together & hit this place up on a gorgeous day, sit outside & split a bottle of wine then head to the pumpkin patch!

Girls Night: Pumpkin Painting

Definitely want to get the girls together for some pumpkin painting (or carving, but I hate carving) at the house. I really want to paint some pumpkins for the porch like I talked about in this post.

Madison, IN.

Another awesome place to visit is Madison, Indiana. It's also just a short drive away on the back roads. This town is full of cute little shops, restaurants & coffee shops. It's so fun to walk around & soak up the gorgeous Fall weather & scenery. I think we are planning a boat trip with our friends to Madison this Saturday if the weather cooperates. Excited!

 Trails in Anchorage

Anchorage is this little historic town nearby that has the best trails. I want to take Kobe here some & change up our daily walking routine. Planning to go for the first time next Friday.

Other things I'm thinking for Fall....
PSL's. Enough said.
Boots, boots, boots!
Chilly nights on the patio with a fire.
Fleece lined leggings.
Pumpkin beer.
Late night coffee.
Yummy smelling candles.
Fall d├ęcor.


What are you looking forward to during Fall??? Tell me.

xo
Sam

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