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With a little help from my friends…

5 ways to support your favorite bloggers

Oh my goodness, ya’ll, logging in today was like a big hug from an old friend. I missed blogging like I can’t even tell you!

You see, this blog is now officially 3 years old. And when I started it 3 years ago, I paid for a 3 year hosting package. Hosting is basically online rental for the website. And then I forgot about it.

Fast forward to now, and the prices have gone up for renting online space, and I can’t afford the “best deal” of a 3 year rent again, at least not right now. But I received an email from an awesome new company offering me basically 3 months online rent in exchange for a review (coming soon, it’s awesome!!!).

And so, here I am for 3 more months. I have some plans for how to earn my rent, but I also wanted to reach out and let you know ways that you can support me in this expensive little hobby of mine (at no extra cost to you!).

  1. Make purchases through my Amazon link. Do you have a cookbook or a toy you are wanting to purchase? Clicking my Amazon link first allows me to make a tiny percentage (it varies monthly) of “commission” off your purchase.
  2. Share my book. Have you read the ebook I published this summer? If you enjoyed it, share it! Make a free affiliate account on Gumroad and email me at crunchyhippielife at gmail dot com so I can send you an affiliate link. You make 50% of all sales you bring in!
  3. Participate in challenges with me. Remember the Makeover Your Mornings and Makeover Your Evenings challenges I did? Those links are affiliate links. If you purchase through my link, I get a percentage of the sales.
  4. Do you just enjoy my writing? Share blog posts that you like, inspire you, make you laugh, or challenge you. It costs you no money at all but it helps me reach more readers!
  5. Sign up for my email list. Seriously, it helps.

Ya’ll are my tribe and I absolutely love getting to share life with you. I would love to continue to do that for much longer than 3 months!

Tomorrow, let’s get back to finishing up that Makeover Your Evenings challenge. And then I have more posts to share (coming soon: how to earn gift cards fast, 4 things to put in your coffee that might surprise you, and more!).

Why I’m not a Target Mom

Why I'm not a Target mom like I always thought I would be and where my focus is instead

{Let me preface this by saying I love shopping at Target. I love the quality of the products, I love the colors, I love the makeup, I love all the baby clothes that seem to always be on clearance. But what I don’t love is the focus on more.}

I always figured I would be “the Target mom.” You know the one. The mom in the yoga pants, workout top and a puffy vest, pushing her cart with her kid with one hand and holding her Starbucks cup in the other. Or the one who is dressed in the latest trends and looks super put together. And pushes her super-put-together kid in the cart while she drinks her Starbucks. But as it turns out, I am neither of those moms (but if you are, my hat’s off to you, I think you’re awesome!).

I turned out to be the mom who makes her makeup and her toothpaste, doesn’t paint her nails because of the toxins in nail polish, and (probably most importantly when it comes to Target or any other fun store) I am the mom who practices contentment and minimalism.

I want our home to be full of memories, not nicknacks. I rarely buy new anything not because we can’t afford it (because now we can) but because our value system is different now. We have seen how far our money can go with a little effort.

If we genuinely need something new, we happily go to Target. But I can’t let myself wander because the temptation for more stuff, spending more money, and buying things we don’t need is too strong for me. Even though I do really like those Santa hat-wearing Walrus pajama pants.

As we come in to 2016, I want our focus to be on our family and enjoying every moment of Tristan exploring his world. I have not changed my purse in over a year – why would I want another one? I do not need another pair of shoes. Those things are fun but they take the focus away from what is truly important.

I would like to challenge each of you (and myself) to make each day count this year, and to make more memories than purchases.