The Surprising Way We Paid Off Debt and Escaped Poverty {While Still Earning Degrees}

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A Surprising way to pay off debt and escape poverty while still earning degrees! Great advice for low-income families struggling to make ends meet.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When we got married, my husband and I didn't have much more than some basic pieces of furniture and a roof over our head. We both were part-time employees, working low-paying jobs on our respective college campuses.  And thanks to paying (aka charging) most of our wedding related expenses ourselves, also had over $8,000 in credit card debt as well as tens of thousands in student loan debt. Our financial situation ...

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What Happens When a Stay at Home Mom Leaves for Two Days

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We have four kids. Four young kids: twin six year olds, a three year old, and an 11 month old. I stay at home with them and have since giving birth for the first time six years ago. My transition into this SAHM role wasn't easy on me. I went from full-time student to mother of twins overnight, and then moved across the country six weeks later to a place where I didn't know anyone with zero money to our name. I think describing it as "rough" is an understatement. But, now I'm six years into this parenting thing and stay at home mom thing. Long gone are my days of hatred toward this "job" title. I embrace it and love it, poopy ...

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23 Gifts Bloggers Really Want

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Great gift ideas for bloggers, photographers, and website owners! These blogging tools and resources would really make a difference.

Like any professional business, especially of the entrepreneur variety, bloggers have a lot of things that they need to help grow their business. They need better equipment, better skills, better networking, and better tools to help them do what they do even better. But, most bloggers start small, build slowly and invest their money frugally and as wisely as possible. When you start a blog, it doesn't require a lot of money, but the more you grow the more tools you want and need to take advantage of. It can be hard to know what to gift the blogger in your life, so here are 29 suggestions. And it's totally cool to gift ...

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The Real Secret to Gaining a Blog Following

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You don't need readers, you need fans! This FREE 3-Strep Blogging Formula will have readers sticking around, begging for more.

Your friend shared another article on Facebook and the title, again, made you curious enough to click through, hoping the promises of the killer headline would be fulfilled. However, you quickly see that it is another slapped together post that, while trying hard, didn't really do a whole lot for you. The problem was that the content was lacking. It was just okay. You skimmed most of it anyway, looking for something to take away, only to give a shoulder shrug, click off, and move on. If you are a blogger, like me, chances are you would love for people to stop by and check out your latest (and greatest) post for more than a few ...

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The Secrets to Doing it All as a Homeschooling Work From Home Mom

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"How do you do it?" The infamous question we ask of friends and strangers who have even more on their plates than we do - more kids, more jobs, more responsibilities, more goals, more patience, more everything. We often ask this because we just can't fathom adding one more thing to our already busy lives, let alone do it as well as they seem to be doing it. I have been asked this question a lot. As soon as I had twins, people often asked me this question because they couldn't imagine having two infants or toddlers the same age! And now that I have two more children, work from home as a blogger, and homeschool my twins for ...

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How to Brand Your Personal Blog to Stick Out From the Crowd

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If you have a personal blog or website you need to brand it! Great blogging tips on how to brand a blog so it'll stick out from the millions of blogs out there.

Two years ago, there was an estimated 152 million blogs on the internet. I can only assume there are nearly double that many blogs online now in 2015. With such a flooded market, it may seem like it's not worth your time or effort to create a personal blog or website, but I really wish everyone had their own blog! There have been many times I have wished that everyone I knew had a blog, and had a blog over a Facebook or Instagram profile. Personal blogs are the perfect way to express yourself! They are way more effective than sharing a one paragraph update on Facebook, or that one single image on Instagram, or that 140 character ...

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10 WordPress Plugins New Bloggers Need to Install

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If you start a blog on WordPress, and you want to be a professional blogger and make money from home, these are 10 WP plugins you need to install!

You are looking to make money working from home as a blogger. Awesome. Chances are you know that you have what it takes to hack it as a professional blogger and have taken the steps necessary to start a blog the right way. If you haven't set up your blog yet, you can learn how to start a blog here. Then come back to this post so you will know what recommended WordPress plugins you should install on your new beautiful blog to help it be successful. The following WordPress Plugins are all plugins I currently use on my blog and love! They each serve an important purpose to keep my blog running without hackers or glitches as well as ...

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How to Start a Blog that will Make Money

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A great tutorial on how to start a blog! Plus it includes great tips to set up a blog right so that it will hopefully make money!

You recently heard that people are actually make money, sometimes loads of money, by working from home running a blog (of all things), and now you are wondering how to start a blog of your own so you can make money too.While there are lots of ways you can start a blog for free and very easily through sites like Blogger, if you really want to start a blog that will make money and eventually become a profitable business venture, then you don't want to use Blogger. Trust me. I used to be on Blogger and everyone, and I mean everyone, told me to switch over to a self-hosted wordpress.org website, as soon as possible. But, it's hard ...

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How to Know If You’re Cut Out to be a Blogger

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I would love to be a blogger who makes money working from home! I think I have these 8 qualities of a successful blogger, too!

"Oh, you're a blogger? That's nice." Whenever I tell someone that I blog, most people seem to have no idea what it is I do. Sometimes they know someone who has a blog, and often it is a family update blog with pictures of that's person's home and family. Others know blogs because they pin recipes, DIYs, pictures, and crafts on Pinterest and understand that the content by and large is generated by blogs. But,, when I tell them that I make money blogging, they are often dumbfounded. "You make money blogging? How do you make money blogging?!" Most people still have no idea who I am and have never stumbled their way across my ...

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How I am Growing a Successful Blog

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Growing a Successful Blog can be done. Great tips on how!

I love blogging. Absolutely love it. It's so much fun to write about things that resonate with people, help them better manage their homes, educate them about great new products, and speak to their souls. I love all the comments and shares I receive and am grateful, and humbled, for every single one. And I now especially love that my blog is successful: I make money blogging. While I am nowhere near a mega blogger who makes $10,000+ a month and have so much growth that can still yet occur, I have seen good growth and I have turned my blog into a business. (And I feel a bit like these kids sometimes:) Who knew two or three years ...

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What Makes Someone an Inspiring Mom?

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I am totally one who doesn't take a lot of compliments. Not because I'm rude, but because I'm generally a fairly humble person. I don't want these compliments to get to my head in any way. I want to be reminded of my shortcomings, even though it is nice to hear someone praise you sometimes too. So, when I was recently approached by Elayna Fernandez-Bare - The Positive Mom - and told by her that I was inspiring, it was hard to agree. Me? Little, young, immature, and imperfect me? A simple, down-to-earth girl who hasn't gone through anything too crazy in her life, seen as inspiring? It made me ask myself, What makes a mom inspiring? ...

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All Work and No Play – 8 Tips for Overcoming Your Inner Work-a-holic

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Managing a home, children, and a job (blogging) is not so easy when you love what you do and have these work-a-holic tendencies!

Work, work, work all the time! When your "work" is your passion, your hobby, and something you want to do all the time, something you think about constantly, it is really hard to step back and make sure things really are balanced correctly in your life. This is especially true for work at home moms, like me. I am a blogger over at What's up Fagans?. A little over a year ago, I decided to officially make the leap of turning my blog into a business. I'm happy to say it has worked and I'm making a good part-time income now from my blog. However, to get to that point I spent more and more time each month on blogging-related ...

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