Home to Make Money Working From Home

Sometimes unfortunately your 9-5 doesn’t quite do it when it comes to paying the bills. Or maybe you are trying to make extra money to pay off debt, save up for a vacation, or send your kid to college.
There are some options out there for those who work and are looking to make some money working from home.

Internet Surveys
Not one of my favorites (as it’s pretty time consuming) and you definitely won’t get rich, but you could score $100 or more a month with sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, Vindale Research, Inbox Dollars, MyPoints, etc. The more you fill out, the more you get – which means, the more money you can make.

Be Your Own Boss – with Your Own Hours
You don’t have to worry about a set schedule for your second job if you work for companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, Shipt, Instacart,or even Amazon Deliveries. You can select when and how long you work – have a Saturday open? Work as many hours as you want. Need time off for the kids game, or someone got sick? No problem. These jobs are a great alternative to a typical part-time job.

Start a Blog 
Though it will probably take some time, blogging can bring in income – all from the comfort of your couch. Don’t get me wrong; there is a LOT of work going into starting and writing a blog, and I really didn’t start making an income until about 2 years in. But with affiliate links, and ads, you can have a small steady income once you get going. (Be prepared to spend a lot of hours in it though!)

Clean Your Closet 
Get rid of stuff that you don’t use anymore – clean out your closet, your basement, your kids room- and sell your stuff on websites like Poshmark or Mercari. You’d be surprised what someone will pay for that old Coach purse, or maybe someone has been looking to replace that sweater they had JUST like the one you’re selling. Kids clothes sell really well, so don’t forget to list their stuff too!

Be an Consultant
Consulting is an incredibly diverse field, and that means that consultant salaries  can vary wildly across various niches, industries, specialties, and locations – but a lot of people do consulting part time, as an additional income.

Try and Free Up Some of Your Budget 
I know it sounds ridiculous, but you’d be surprised how much you can save when you start making some phone calls regarding your current bills/subscriptions, etc. I called our cell phone carrier, and was able to free up over $100 a month there, called our cable/internet provider, and saved $65 there. Do you have subscriptions or services that automatically come out each month? We kept Hulu and cancelled Neftlix, we lowered our cable to basic, we called our insurance company and was able to get a few discounts for automatic payments, and paperless, and saved about $25 a month there. You’d be surprised how much ‘waste’ there is out there.

House Cleaning
I have a friend who cleans local AirBNBs ; she cleans the properties after a guest stays, and prepares it for the next tenant. It’s a pretty regular income, and she has gotten more and more properties by word of mouth – she even has her kids come help her, so they get it done in half the time.

There are a lot of ways to make more money if you are creative, hardworking and willing to make a go of it.


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I have been singing “Let it Go” since 2013. My kids sang it, watched it, we bought the toys. Now my 3 year old niece is equally obsessed. So needless to say, we were super excited to see the new Frozen 2 trailer released today!
Anyone ELSA as excited as I am? =)

Frozen 2 will be released in theaters across the U.S. on November 22, 2019!

Check it out:

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Finding A Place For The Things You Can’t Throw Out

As well as hampering day to day life, clutter can be bad for your health, increasing levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. One solution to an untidy home is to embrace the latest home organization trends that involve brutal and regular decluttering of belongings. However, there are always going to be items that need to be kept, especially in a family with ever-evolving needs, lifestyles and hobbies. Whatever the size of your home, it’ll run much more smoothly if you can find space to store small treasures for safekeeping or keep larger items ready at hand but without cluttering up your home.

Storing Large Items

If you have a backyard, then storage sheds can provide extra space for larger, important items that, although not needed every day, still need to be readily accessible. It can be tempting to cram any new overflow space with stuff from your house, but try to be organized and make good use of every inch. By suspending bicycles from the ceiling or hanging gardening tools on the walls you can free up floor space, making it easier to move around and find what you need.

A Place For Everything

A recent study has revealed that Americans spend two and a half days every year looking for lost items. One of the most common and frustrating items to misplace is a set of house or car keys, and often they get ‘lost’ because we don’t have a regular place to store them. Simply fixing some small hooks in your hallway and practising the habit of hanging up your keys as soon as you come in the house could save you a lot of time, money and anxiety in the future.

Filing Paperwork

With a family, kitchen surfaces and dining tables can very quickly get covered in piles of school reports, invitations and unsolicited mail.  A simple filing system in your hall means that you can deal with paperwork as soon as it comes through the door. Sort it into piles using an in tray, and immediately recycle anything you no longer need. This will avoid paperwork building up and ensure that you keep important receipts and bills safe, never miss out on a party, and stay up to date on your kids’ progress.

Taking a few small steps to organizing your home, can make everyday life much easier and less stressful. As you create good habits, set up new storage space and find a regular place for every important item, your home will soon be running smoothly, and the idea tidying up will be much less daunting.

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Is a Brick Home Better Than Siding?

When deciding to build a home you will be faced with a number of difficult decisions. One of these will be whether to build the property from brick or whether to opt for the more traditional wood frame house; which is clad in your choice of siding.

Before you make your final decision, it is a good idea to talk to a reputable professional such as Peter Bracey; this will allow you to visualize the final look of your property if you choose the cladding route.

The Benefits Of A Brick Home

You may be interested to know that 34% of people surveyed preferred brick as their exterior choice.

Brick is generally very low maintenance. It doesn’t usually lose color over time or degrade, in fact, brick houses can last for centuries. There is no need to worry about it rotting and, perhaps most importantly in Australia, termites will not be able to eat the supporting shell of your home.

Despite being one of the oldest used building materials, brick remains one of the most environmentally friendly. There is an abundance of clay and shale, which are used to make brick. Of course, some energy is used and there is an environmental impact connected to creating the building brick shape.

It is also good to know that brick is fire resistant and is surprisingly good at withstanding the impact of flying debris, an important consideration in some parts of the country.

In fact, the safety aspects associated with brick means that many insurance companies will actually lower your insurance premiums; that’s an ongoing saving.

Of course, building with brick is more expensive than the traditional timber frame with cladding.

The Benefits Of Siding

If you choose vinyl siding then there is no maintenance, except for the occasional pressure wash. Of course, applying cladding to a wooden framed house is a much cheaper option than building with brick. However, there will be ongoing maintenance issues with the wooden frame that you won’t have with a brick house.

It will be important to have access under your home to check the structural integrity of the building.

But, despite the extra maintenance that will be needed, it is worth noting that cladding allows you to create a unique home, in virtually any style and color.

The options with cladding are virtually unlimited; you can even change the look every ten or twenty years just for the fun of it. It is also possible to build and clad a house sustainably, by using recycled wood and composite cladding. This is an important consideration in an environmentally conscious world.

Is Brick better?

This is a difficult question to answer as the final decision will be personal. If you want low maintenance and live in an area prone to storms then brick could be the best option.

However, if cost is more of an issue and the weather less, a timber frame with cladding is a viable and attractive solution.

The decision will rest on your budget and where you are intending to build





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Best Banana Bread Recipe EVER

I used to be a bit wasteful. If bananas were overly ripe, and turning brown I’d chuck them in the trash and not give it another thought. Last year I decided to try my hand at some banana bread with those mushy brown bananas, and I have been working on trying tons of different recipes, and combining them to get what I really want – a great taste, and not too dense of a bread.  So with all my experimentation I give you: the best banana recipe ever!

The trick to a really good banana bread is a really brown banana – like where the skin is already turning almost black, and if it was too warm in the summer the fruit flies would be all over it. The more overly-ripe the banana, in my experience, the better the bread.

To get the best banana bread ever, you will need these simple ingredients, you probably already have in your refrigerator and pantry:

2 medium, very ripe bananas (mushed)
1/2 cup of butter (melted)
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
*if you are in the mood you can definitely add cinnamon, or walnuts, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 F, and grease the 9×5 inch loaf pan

In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla and bananas and sour cream, and mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt into the wet mix, and stir until smooth. Then spread into baking pan evenly.

Bake at 350 F for approx 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let loaf cool in the pan for a few minutes, then you can remove and let sit on wire rack until cooled completely.

Serve alone or with butter. Enjoy!


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