For many reasons parents want to and/or need to stay home with their little ones and are therefore taken out of work and suddenly have to deal with a new and potentially   much lower budget on which to live. For this reason more and more mums (and dads) are turning to the internet to try and earn a little extra pocket money- and perhaps to keep their skills up to date. With many opportunities out there, finding a part-time job is quick and easy- here are a few options.

 

Where to look

Before you put yourself out there, it is important for you to know where and how to find the best part time position for you, your current situation, and your children. It’s useful to look online for tips and advice as there is a full community of people out there who may be able to help you. Checking more professional sites like the Jobrapido blog is also a nice idea to keep up with current trends and to find advice on starting your own business. Simple and reliable, looking online will make the search easier, and more fun too!

 

Freelance

Starting a freelance career can be one of the smartest and most rewarding positions you can sign up for. When you freelance you have many advantages, one of the best being that you can do it anywhere! Becoming a freelance writer, which usually involves article writing and respecting deadlines, means all you have to do is pick a time and place and write. Not only does it pay based on the length of the articles, but it also doesn’t take too much time away from your kids and can even be done on your way to work. You’re unlikely to earn a fortune freelance writing, but it’s certainly an idea to keep in mind if you’re looking for a way to make a few quid doing something you enjoy.

 

Blogging

 

You know that one (or more) passion that you have that you could talk about endlessly? Starting a blog is your chance to get your thoughts out there and share them with a community that also enjoys the same passion. Whether it be cooking, baking, painting, or even motherhood, blogging is a great way to earn a little extra while being a full time parent. As you keep writing and your popularity grows, companies and businesses will start noticing your blog and will ask you to promote and review their products, paying you for the service! It will take some time to build up a strong following, and you’ll have to put the work in to keep it up to date if you want to make money regularly.

 

Sell your homemade crafts

I’m sure that even though your full time parent position takes away a great amount of your time, many of you probably have that one thing you love making. Whether it be ceramics, artworks, jewellery, and anything else, you can now sell it online! Many sites offer the service of giving you the platform to share your creations on and sell them to clients through the same platform. Not only is it a fun and creative way of earning money, but it also gives you the opportunity of including your kids in the creation too. If you’re not particularly confident in your artistic skills, selling clothes or other unwanted items is also a quick was to make a little bit of money.

 

Photography

Nowadays, most of our phones have a camera on them too, and sometimes one that takes brilliant photos. So what better way than making the extra cash by uploading the photos on stock websites! If you also have a professional camera, booking gigs to photograph events is also a big option. All you need to do is get a portfolio together of your best shots, and upload it on a personal website for all to see, and hire you for their next party!

 

One of the many skills you learn if you didn’t have it already is managing finances, time and small people. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, give yourself time for you and take the job for what it is- an extra pastime that pays you to do it!

 

 

In collaboration with Emily Jones

 

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Elf blogs at  E L Feelgoods deals and discounts and has written a little guest post for us today with some top budgeting tips

Set a budget

As a mum of two teenage boys, I know how difficult it can be setting and sticking to a family budget, but it’s a very useful tool keeping track of your spending – it is a visual aid which you can use to reduce or cut back.

While the old-fashioned method of pen and paper is sound, most of us own smartphones which are by our side night and day, so I for me free-to-download budgeting apps is a must to help me keep track of our family spending.

 

 

Shop smarter

For some families, grocery bills can be a bank balance strain – especially with teenagers in the house like me!  Over the past year, I have tested several apps and have saved £000’s on my grocery shop. These smartphone apps could help you stay within your household budget or even reduce your grocery bill with the added benefit of you not having to turn in to an ‘extreme couponer’ to benefit from free grocery items or money off!

 

Invest in yourself

Warren Buffet is one of the wealthiest people in the world, yet when he was asked what he thought the best investment was, he said:

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”

For all sorts of common sense reasons, not all of us can become one of the wealthiest people on the planet. However, we can take heed of his advice and improve through learning, free learning! The internet is awash with free resources on virtually any subject. You can type “How to…” for anything into YouTube and there will almost certainly be a video showing you how to do it. From craft subjects to fixing cars, cooking to web design, you can just watch and learn. Try it. Go on to YouTube now and type in something you would like to learn about. I bet you’ll find something of interest!

 

 

You can read more hints and tips from Elf at www.elfeelgooddeals.uk

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When it comes to choosing healthy food, you can never go wrong with a healthy glass of smoothie.

Health Benefits of Drinking Smoothies

Frequently enjoyed in the mornings, before or after a workout, these drinks provide the best essential nutrients for our body.

But be wary, not all smoothies are created equal. I’m talking about those pre-packed smoothies you can buy from the supermarket. Aside from being mixed with chemically altered ingredients, these smoothies are often ineffective as a health or diet food, sold by companies with the help of junk science and clever marketing.

The best kind of smoothies are those made from real, natural, ingredients where you can get loads of vitamins and minerals. And the good news is, they can easily be made at home in a smoothie maker or high speed blender.

In this article, I’m going to list some of the best health benefits you can get from drinking smoothies.

 

  1. Complete Nutrition in a Glass

Drinking smoothies are a wonderful way to nourish your body with its needed nutrients. Unlike drinking fruit or vegetable juice, where only the juice is extracted, smoothies make use of the whole fruit/vegetables (including the pulp).

They’re generally a blend of whole foods, which means you’ll get all the nutrients, including fiber. Most smoothies also contain yogurt or milk that gives your body its required calcium. If you want protein, you can simply add protein powder or some Greek yogurt. If you want healthy fats, you can toss in almond butter, or chia seeds. They are a quicker and more convenient way to get all your nutrients without the chewing. Plus, it’s a lot of fun trying new smoothie combinations!

 

  1. More Energy for the Day

Smoothies are a great source of energy. Since natural food is easier absorbed by the digestive system, it leaves more energy for your body to take part in daily activities. Smoothies also contain natural sugars which helps to retain your energy and focus when you’re working out, or starting a stressful day at work. Be careful not to use too much though, as it can easily turn into a high calorie drink. As much as possible, avoid using sweetened yogurt, juice or putting ice cream into your smoothies. Smoothies are a great substitute for your empty calorie drinks or junk snacks.

 

  1. Meal Replacement

When trying to lose weight, smoothies can be used as a meal replacement. Instead of having the usual bread or eggs, you can use a dairy based smoothie as a replacement for breakfast. Smoothies are an easy way to eat five or more servings of fruits or vegetables every day. They provide pure nutrients to your cells making you feel fuller for longer.

For a low calorie meal, you can increase your vegetable, fruit, and fibre intake. Remember, that smoothies should be a replacement, not an addition. Although smoothies work well with most diets, if you’re going to add smoothies to your meals, you should learn how to maintain portion control.

 

  1. Good for Your Bones

Gulping a green smoothie can give you loads of bone building nutrients including magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium. Thanks to dark leafy vegs and calcium in these wonder drinks, you can stay in good shape and posture even during your senior years.

 

  1. Boost Your Immune System

Filled with vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, smoothies help boost your immune system so that you reduce your chances of catching a cold or the dreaded flu. Drinking a smoothie everyday can make your immune system more responsive to help fight off viruses and other diseases. It also contains lots of fiber which helps your body easily eliminate waste materials and toxins.

 

  1. Reduces Cholesterol

Replacing a high cholesterol meal with a smoothie can help you cut back on the cholesterol in your diet. Since many fruits also have cholesterol reducing properties, you can also enjoy your favourite meal from time to time without having to worry about your health. It is known that a person suffering from high cholesterol are at higher risk of heart disease.

 

  1. Helps You Look Younger

Forget pills and anti-ageing creams, all you need is a fresh glass of smoothie to retain your youthful glow! Fruits and vegetables boast the best anti-aging nutrients which you can get from drinking a smoothie. It’s a safe and natural way to fight the signs of aging. Look for ingredients high in vitamin E, C, Beta-Carotene and Omega-3.

 

Include the following ingredients to help make your skin look younger;

Avocado

Spinach

Blueberries

Sunflower Seeds

Chia Seeds

Kale

Carrot

Strawberries

 

 

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Do you believe in Karma?

The Karma Calculator

Do you even know what it is?

The dictionary defines Karma as ‘good or bad luck, viewed as resulting from one’s actions.’

I  am not sure personally if I think it exists.

I waver depending on how life is treating me!

I like to think with hard work we create our career opportunities. I believe that with kindness we encourage good friendships. I like to think positivity is contagious and attractive which is why it creates supportive and nurturing environments, For me it’s largely about energy flow – is that the same thing?

I am very aware of Karma though. I know someone who is pretty unkind and arrogant and repeatedly negative things happen in her life, random and seemingly unrelated things.

What do you think?

 

The Karma Caluclator

TrustTwo has created a quiz called the Karma Calculator.

It is a light-hearted tool that encourages people to think outside of themselves but also to understand the concept of karma.

Basically you answer a series of questions, such as the one below that really encourage you to think about your behaviour.

 

The quiz describes lots of scenarios where you have the potential to do good; some, all or none of the time. It really makes you think about who you are and how you act,

I am proud to say I did really well on this quiz!

 

It was firmly instilled in me when I was a child to have strong moral code.

I do have a blessed life in many ways – could this be because of Karma?

Or could this be because largely you get what you give in life?

Circumstantially I have had rotten luck in life with health and bereavement and so on. I have coped with all of this rotten luck with grace and strength largely because I have great friends, positivity and a job I live. So in essence the stuff I can control and have created has been wonderful but the other stuff that I cannot control has been powerfully challenging. If Karma really was at work wouldn’t the stuff I couldn’t control be fabulous too?

Hmm

I am confused by Karma but just on the off chance that it really does exist I would urge everyone to play nice and do all the good they can wheneverthey can!  If nothing else it will definitely win you friends and enable you to look yourself in the mirror at night with a big smile.

Why don’t you have a go at the Karma calculator, it does make you ponder who you are and how you behave and it is very enlightening.

See you soon – I am off to share loveliness and see what happens!

 

Problems or successes, they all are the results of our own actions. Karma. The philosophy of action is that no one else is the giver of peace or happiness. One’s own karma, one’s own actions are responsible to come to bring either happiness or success or whatever. – Maharishi Mahesh

 

 

 

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Sports Direct sent me some back to school items for my children and I have to say I was delighted with the quality and breadth of range. There was so much choice. The prices blew me away too. They have an awesome sale on and there really were some fabulous bargains to be had.

Let me show you …

Sports bags, trainers and sportswear

These adidas trainers (£25) are so light and so funky my son  was delighted with them and they go so well with the adidas messenger bag – perfect for sport (£18) and the adidas top (£12)  and track pants (£17.50)

What amazing prices for this iconic brand.Back to School with Sports Direct

 

Both my kids play footie at school and new football boots were in order.  They were delighted with the choice they had and were able to both chose a pair they loved. The blue adidas Goletto were £21.99 and the aqua adidas astro turf boots £26.99.

They really are cool and quality boots.

Lises’ funky Kangol backpack is now all sold out but the best bargain ever at £13 (I’ll be borrowing that!)

 

The lovely Dunlop performance polo is perfect for tennis and again amazingly well priced at £7. These team so well with the Babalot tennis leggings (£16.50) which are made for tennis and running  Her trainers are just adorable and I want them in my size too! These Nike Tanjuns are 24.99 and light as a feather.

 

 

These practical water bottles were also just £4.99.

Aren’t these prices surprising! They are far less than I would expect for such quality branded goods.

 

School coats

The cute puffa cost is a perfect back to school coat for Autumn/Winter and was originally £44 and now just £18. My daughter absolutely loves it!

 

For my son who will only wear light coats this canterbury raincoat is fabulous (£15 reduced from £29.99)

In my long experience of thrifty blogging I have found that most budgeting families tend to hit the supermarkets when it comes to back to schools shopping.  It is often the case though a great bargain can be found elsewhere and we just need to keep our eyes peeled. It is also the case that many kids (especially post primary) want ‘cool bags and sports clothes’ and that supermarket clobber just no longer ticks that box.

I am so impressed with the prices at Sports Direct and they really do have some brilliant new term bargains. Well worth a look.

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