Category

Mom Stuff

Category

How Much Money Can You Save By Upcycling Stuff?

Upcycling simply means converting useless or old materials or products into something new and of better quality. What you convert can come from anywhere–your home, your office, or even skip diving.

It’s easy to imagine that you don’t possess the skills to upcycle stuff. The truth, however, remains that upcycling isn’t as complicated as you think. Using Google search and YouTube, you can discover various homemade guides on upcycling one thing into another.

The big question is: How much can you save through upcycling? The answer to that is a lot. In fact, upcycling can be essentially beneficial to both low income earners who find it difficult to make ends meet and people that are business savvy but don’t have the resources to source raw materials.

Upcycling can thus become an alternative to a personal or small business loan or, perhaps, a means of earning extra cash or reducing expenses in order to meet up with loan repayment. This, however, doesn’t diminish the importance of loans. In fact, you can combine a small personal loan, with upcycling and a garage sale towards funding a holiday or your wedding. However, always make sure you understand your loan completely before going ahead with it.

This is not a joke. People have done similar things. In Oakland, America, for instance, an artist combines skip diving, upcycling, and funds from donations to cheaply build small shelters for the homeless in his community. If he can achieve so much through upcycling, then you shouldn’t find it difficult to either save some money by upcycling your old items or make extra cash by combining skip diving, upcycling, and a garage sale.

Let’s look at ways you can save by upcycling stuff

With upcycling, you can turn just about anything into something else or something new. Below are some great examples.

  • Instead of buying new shoes, you can dye your old ones to bring out their appeal and sheen.
  • Convert a groundnut butter jar into a piggy bank.
  • Cut and sew old jeans into shopping bags.
  • Using sandpaper and stain, you can sand and re-stain your old furniture to bring out its beauty.
  • Don’t throw away your old clothes and towels. Neither should you waste money buying cleaning cloths. You can turn the former into the latter. Cut out any buttons, zips, waistbands… and you are good to go.
  • Build your dog a kennel using wood from your old furniture. You can also make a bed for the dog using fabric and padding from your old cushion.

Your upcycling options are limitless. It doesn’t mater if you don’t have the skill required to pull off a particular upcycling idea. There’s always the internet and the wealth of free information it contains. Always remember, it’s wasteful to spend on new products or items when you have the means to upcycle and save money.

New Moms Need To Take Care Of Themselves Too

Being a new mother is awesome; nobody can deny it. There is no feeling like it any way or anywhere else in the world. And as a new mom, you tend to want to sacrifice everything for baby, which is good and great and all, but you have to remember to take care of yourself too.

Many new mommies make that cardinal error of just living for and through their babies, and forgetting that they are still human beings too. And ultimately, the better you keep yourself, the more capable a mother you are going to be in the long run, in the grand scheme of things.

The first order of business for any new mother whatsoever should always be to get your support network set up. Obviously baby and you will be spending tons of time together, but it also can’t be 24/7. You need your own time, and it’s only natural that baby gets exposed to your own inner circle of people you trust right from the beginning, too.

How do you spend that time? Keep up with physical exercise, I’d say that’s an absolute number one priority. Visit friends with and also without baby in tow. Shop. Take walks. Eat out. And keep up your appearance; it’s a habit that there is no need to drop for any reason.

Let baby grow up proud of his or her momma still looking like a goddess no matter what. Keep dressing for beauty; it may feel counter-intuitive at first but in the end it will make you feel more positive about yourself and your life, and will give others an absolutely spectacular impression of you.

Don’t be afraid to lay down the necessary money on taking care of yourselves. For example, don’t start wearing trailer-trash makeup because you think you need to save money; save it some other way. Use good stuff. This line from Osmosis Skin Care for example, will keep you looking as fresh as you ever have before for years to come.

The bottom line is, if your child sees you staying strong and fighting to be the best version of yourself, he or she will invariably imitate you by doing the same. This is the most valuable lesson a child can ever learn from his mother. Children learn first and foremost through imitation. This is why when you are serious about yourself, you should never feel like you’re being selfish. Remember you are setting an example here.

Things New Moms Need on their Phones

First off, one thing I think a new mom does NOT need on her phone at all is any kind of baby monitoring software. A new mom needs a support network so that 100% of the baby care doesn’t fall on her shoulders. She should be able to be free to go about without having the psychological burden of having to check up on baby 24/7. That’s not healthy. So new moms, if you have it, the recommendation is to DELETE it.

Secondly, everybody these days needs a good antivirus on their phone. While it’s true that this software does take up a little CPU and memory from the phone, it prevents that horrible slow death phones often suffer from where they just get slower and slower and slower….

Now that we’ve gotten beyond that, the next things new moms should have are apps for online ordering of whatever you need. Hey, it’s 2017! You don’t have to get into traffic anymore to get your essentials, and when you have an infant in the house, the essentials are many and need to be replaced frequently. Set up things with your favorite retailers so that things just come to you. This can and maybe should include groceries, depending on how picky you are.

Aside from that, I’d definitely recommend that new moms get a reader app (Kindle or similar) on their phone and keep it well stocked with light reading to taste. There is nothing better than taking advantage of baby going to sleep by doing some reading and edifying yourself. Don’t forget to keep your music streaming up to date too.

Do you have any other suggestions for must-have apps for new moms? Please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you.

How Much Does Looking Beautiful Really Cost?

When we look at the most beautiful women in the world, now and in the past, one of the key things to remember is that their looks come at a financial cost.  The beauty industry here in the UK is worth billions and most women spend hundreds, even thousands, each year on beauty products and treatments.

What the celebrities spend

Let’s look at the top end of the scale to start with – what the celebrities spend to look at good as they do.  Two popular current examples are Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, with millions of social media followers, huge TV shows and the adoration of fans around the world.

According to a survey conducted by My Voucher Codes, this comes at a substantial cost both financially and in terms of time.  According to the study, Kim Kardashian takes at least two hours to do her makeup and uses around £2300 worth of products as part of that daily routine.  Of course, she also makes a fortune from her own range of products that is worth around £2.8 million.

Likewise, Kylie Jenner spends around two hours doing her makeup and spends around £2800 every time.  But again, she also generates a huge amount of income from selling these products to others with her income from beauty products, clothing books, posters and other merchandise said to total around £16.5 million a year.

Beauty vloggers

Nor is it just the very top level of celebrities that are making money from their beauty regimes and from their social media following.  Flux Magazine looked at the top beauty vloggers and bloggers to see what kind of following and income they have:

  • Michelle Phan – subscribers: 6 million, earnings £2.1 million a year
  • Zoella – subscribers: 4 million, earnings £50k a month
  • Tanya Burr – subscribers: 2.8 million, earnings £20k a month

When you look at the amount of month most people spend on beauty products, this all makes perfect sense.  For example, the 19-24 age group spend over £1700 a year on such products while their 25-34 age group increase this to over £2000.  It increases another £100 a year in the 35-44 age group and another £100 again in the 45-54 age group.  The last group, 55-64, reduces slightly but still spend an average £2190 a year on such products.

Saving money

Of course, there are ways to save money on these beauty products.  Watching for sales is one effective way while searching for discount vouchers can see a substantial saving.  Trying beauty boxes is another way to get the best products for a bargain price with companies such as Glossybox and Birchbox offering a range of travel or full sized items for as little as £10 a time.