Raise your hand if you need or would like a little extra cash? Who doesn’t right? Whether you’re looking to increase your monthly income to pay off some consumer debt or looking to pad your savings account, side-jobs are absolutely the way to go! When I was in university eons ago I always made a little extra with side jobs. They’re truly great because they’re flexible, add variety to your life and give you a little extra cash flow. My go-to side jobs always revolved around education. I’m pretty good with numbers and my university training is in education so I ended building a pretty consistent flow of tutoring gigs. I tutored young kids, high schoolers and even some older students in college and university. Math rocks (ha!) and I absolutely loved helping kiddos of all ages improve their math skills. The schedule was always super flexible allowing me to work in the evening and on weekends which was super convenient with my own class schedule and lifestyle. Beyond this I’ve earned a little extra money making meals, selling stuff online and now blogging which has become my main “side hustle” in the last couple of months (stay tuned for…

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Gosh, I feel like I haven’t written a frugal living post in ages. I’ve been geeking out so much lately with social media and blog tech posts that I haven’t spent anytime focusing on what I love most: frugal living. Today I want to talk a little about bartering and how amazing this technique is when it comes to getting goods and services you need for free or at relatively no cost. The added bonus is you get the opportunity to meet fabulous people and expand your network of frugal minded people. Recently, Mer and I started landscaping the front of our house to amp up our homes curb appeal. This house was very much neglected by its previous owner when it came to outside finishes like gardens and grass. We knew it was something we’d eventually want to tackle and so we started to set aside a little cash to make this project a reality. We had a general idea of what we wanted to accomplish. We wanted to create a flower bed that runs along the front facade of our house, a vegetable garden in our backyard and a small planter that circles a large tree that sits…

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One of my biggest parenting goals is to teach my little girl that it’s okay to fail. Clearly, I don’t want to see her fail but I know that fostering resiliency and the ability to pick herself right back up are invaluable lessons on her journey to adulthood. To do this though, it means I need to be real with my kid. I need to fess up when I make a mistake and show her what it means to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on keeping on ya know? This post was inspired by a lengthy exchange I had with a fellow pool mum. One Sunday morning at roughly quarter to 9 I hauled myself slowly up to the observation deck dressed in beat up sweat pants, yawning and with a strong coffee in hand. I may have slept in those sweats the night before – I can’t really be sure at this point. Let’s go with, I rolled out of bed because I had overslept and freaked out because my kiddo was not ready for her swim lessons that morning. Despite my instinct to want to skip swimming I threw together her stuff and managed to…

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Blogging is such a learning process isn’t it? If you’re anything like me you’ve experimented a ton, looked to other bloggers for advice and done research on top of research to find out what’s in that secret sauce that allows some of these big time bloggers to consistently churn out awesome content, be ever present on social media and otherwise rock at blogging. Well folks, the secret sauce is a workflow. Basically, every successful blogger has a workflow that they stick to which makes them efficient, consistent and constantly on top of their game. The blog world can be a fast paced and often demanding environment and some days I was left wondering how the heck they did it! Anyone else? My workflow was created through trial and error. At around the six month mark I realized that I really really loved blogging but didn’t always have the time required to create new content and promote it effectively. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: blogging is only partly about writing posts and mostly about marketing yourself, connecting with other bloggers and putting yourself out there. Problem is all that takes time and unless you’re willing to be…

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WordPress plugins are my focus for today folks! But first, I have a confession. I’ve become obsessed with WordPress plugins. Why you might ask? Well, they are super fun, super efficient and on some subconscious level I totally geek out on this stuff. Mer sometimes tells me that I probably should have pursued a career in technology because I’m so intrigued by how this stuff works. I’ve realized pretty quickly that one of the enormous perks of having a self hosted site is having the power to install as many WordPress  plugins as I want. Not long after setting everything up here at thistinybluehouse.com I got to work researching and trying to find some plugins that would help streamline my blogging process. Up next week is a post about my blogging workflow, so, stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I want to take some time and have a look at some of the plugins I’m using here on TTBH in addition to some other super awesome ones I’ve played around with over the last month or so. If you’re in the market for a new theme why not have a look at my post: 20 gorgeous and free WordPress…

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