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How I Make $20 an Hour Working from Home and Still Have Time for my Kids

Happy New Year, friends!! I hope everyone had a safe and exciting holiday season.  I am still vegging out on the couch at my mom’s house trying to keep warm and toasty by the fire and I hope everyone else is staying warm during these crazy cold temps!

For me, a new year always brings new opportunities.  For the past few years instead of making resolutions, I have set goals.  One of my major goals for 2017 was to find a reliable source of income that would help our family pay for some extra expenses.

For as long as I can remember, I have always looked for extra ways to make money.  I started working as a hostess at 13 and I would work three jobs each summer when I was home from college.  With any full-time job I have ever had, I have always done something extra on the side.

Once I had kiddos, my whole work life was turned upside down.  I left my job to be a full-time mommy and even though I don’t regret it for one minute, I missed working and bringing in an income of my own.  It took a few years of trying out different business ventures, but I have finally found one that works for my family and I couldn’t help but share it with anyone else that might be looking for something similar.

Make $14-$22 an Hour Working from Home

One day when the kids were napping I clicked on a Forbes article that listed the top companies to work for in 2017.  The list was specifically geared for remote/work-from-home opportunities.  I clicked through the first couple and immediately stopped when I got to what was listed as the #5 company.  At first I wasn’t sure what to think, but I started doing research and I knew immediately I wanted to give it a shot.

Make $14-$22 an Hour working from home

VIPKID is a work-from-home company where you teach ESL to kids in China.  They are looking for applicants that have a Bachelor’s Degree and have some experience with children (teaching, church nursery, babysitting, homeschooling, etc.).  The interview process was pretty simple and within days I had the job and could start teaching.  In my opinion, the pay is great.  It ranges from $14-$22 per hour based on your experience.  All you need is a computer, a reliable internet connection and a headset and you can teach from any quiet spot in your home, hotel, etc.

Make $14-$22 an Hour Working from Home

My absolute favorite part about the company is that you create your own schedule.  You only open up time slots that you are available to teach and then parents book you based on your availability.  The hours are a bit tricky because you are teaching children in China.  I work from 5:30am – 7:30am each morning and some hours during the evening and weekends when I don’t have any prior plans.  This is especially great for me because I work before my kids wake up and after they go to sleep.  I open my schedule around them and I never feel like I am taking away from my mommy duties.  This job is great for teachers who are looking for additional money during summer break, moms who are looking for a flexible schedule, or just the hustlers looking to bring in some extra money each month.

Make $14-$22 an Hour Working from Home

Since I have started, this job has completely changed my life.  My “side hustle” has given me the opportunity to book a vacation for my family and I am on my way to paying off my school loan.

I would love to share as much information as I can about the company or answer any questions you might have.  If you click on this link and fill out a profile, shoot me an email and I can help you with your interview process! I have spent a long time trying to find something that worked for me and my family and I am so excited to share it with anyone that will listen!  My email address is mikaela.marra@gmail.com – please email me with any questions you have!

 

 

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale {Tips and Tricks}

Every Lilly lover out there knows there is one sale a year that you can. not. miss.  The After Party Sale is the mother of all sales and I am SO excited that it has finally been announced to take place on Monday, August 28.  I have been through my fair share of Lilly sales and even though they are still crazy every year, I have definitely learned a few tips and tricks that will help you out along the way.  This year is even more exciting because the Lilly stores are starting their sale a day early, on Sunday, August 27! So if there are any items that you are desperately in search of, make sure to call your store to see if they have the items and you can score them a day early!

Here are my tips for a less stressful After Party Sale! I would love for you to share your tips below!

{1} Create an account and save your credit card information! This tip is super important because Lilly does not save your items in your cart.  So as soon as you have items in your cart that you need, I would recommend checking out asap and having your credit card information saved makes this so much easier! Shipping is always free so that you can check out as many times as you need to.  I will note though, that you will have to get back in the virtual line each time after checking out.

{2} Get in line at 8am and don’t refresh!  The After Party Sale starts at 8am EST.  Each year has gotten a little bit better, but the website gets a little crazy.  The last couple of years Lilly has created a “virtual” line and in my opinion, this has made things a lot easier.  You can get in line at 8am and it might take a while to actually shop, but definitely don’t refresh! As much as you feel like you might not be moving up in line, the second you refresh, you will go right back to the end of the line.

{3} Call your closest store. If there is something you are really looking for, it might be easier and a lot less stressful to call your local store.  There have been many times I have wanted a specific piece and it has been sold out online but my local store has it in stock.  A lot of stores ship as well so you don’t have to stick to the store closest to you!

{4} Try on for size.  If you are new to Lilly or new to some of the different styles and pieces, I would recommend going into a store or a department store that carries Lilly to try on for fit.  All sales are final for the After Party Sale so you want to make sure you are buying the correct size.

{5} Shop at signature stores and department stores too! Don’t limit your search to Lilly stores only! Last year I bought a ton of stuff on Saks and Nordstrom and got amazing deals! I know Amazon also carries a bunch of Lilly and might have some great deals as well!

{6} Shop on different devices.  Each year I might go a little overboard but I have my laptop, ipad and iphone all going at the same time.  I am in “line” on all of my devices and shop on all three when my turn comes up.  To make this even easier, make sure to download the Lilly Pulitzer app to your phone and ipad.

I hope everyone has a great sale day and snags some amazing deals!

Thanks so much, good luck, and see you next time! xoxo

 

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Style Collective Summer Pool Party {Orlando Style}

Swimsuit / Old Lilly Pulitzer Sarong / Shoes / Earrings / Hat (DIY but Similar)

I am SO excited to share with you photos from one of my favorite blogger events ever!

A few months ago I joined Style Collective and it has been the best decision, not only for my blog, but for me! I have met the most amazing group of women who inspire me and support me with all of my goals.  They are great friends and I am so excited I get to share this blogging journey with them!

Last weekend, Nikki and Kimberly Loveless hosted the most fun and colorful pool party for our Orlando chapter of Style Collective.  The event was full of flamingos, pineapples and all things pink and summery.  It was so much fun and I wish we could party like that every weekend!

Photo by @lilraeofsunportfolio

 

We filled our bellies with yummy treats and spent all afternoon sipping glasses of the delicious Day Owl Rose. We played games like flamingo ring toss and pineapple bowling, tried our hand at hitting a pineapple pinata filled with beauty products and floated around on the cutest pool floats around.

If you are looking to join a group of amazing bloggers, check out Style Collective to see if it would be a good fit for you and your blogging journey!

Thanks so much friends and see you next time! xoxo

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A Switch to Safer Skincare

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend! My weekend was so busy and it felt like it completely flew by.  Last week was so fun and busy too but the absolute highlight was a Beautycounter event I hosted for my best friend here in my home.  It ended up being such a fun night full of wine, snacks and so much info about the beauty and skincare products that myself and so many of my friends were using.

After hosting the event and learning more about all of the toxic and harmful ingredients in the products I was using everyday, I decided to become an ambassador and consultant for the company as well and I am SO excited.  If you are not familiar with Beautycounter, it is a beauty and skincare line that is committed to getting safer and healthier products into everyone’s hands.  Did you know that over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.

Learning that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938 and that companies are allowed to use harmful ingredients and make their own judgments about safety was terrifying.  In some cases, we are using products daily on ourselves and our children filled with chemicals that could be harmful and have long-term health effects.

If you would like to learn more about Beautycounter, their mission, and how to provide safer and healthier products to you and your family, let me know! I know that I am completely shocked with all of the information I learned and I want every woman and mom to learn as much as they can about the products they are using!

Have a great week and see you next time! xoxo

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Nordstrom Sale {First Glance Favorites}

Ahhh! It’s here! My absolute favorite sale of the year! I need to pour a cup of hot tea, make some avocado toast and spend hours this morning looking at the sale.  But that is not going to happen! I have kiddos to take care of! Here are some of my first glace favorites! What are you shopping for during this sale??