Get Fit At Home!

I am not a gym person.  I have tried many, many times to be a gym person and it just doesn’t work.  I am truly one of those people who can be on a treadmill or eliptical and think that I’ve been on them for 20 minutes and it’s only been 6.   There have been several times I have attempted to create a circuit using some of the weight machines and/or free weights and that was also a disaster.

An aspect of the gym that I always did love and excel at was the classes.  I am someone who thrives in gym classes for several reasons: 1.  Someone was telling me what to do! I didn’t have to figure it out.  2.  Time flew! 3.  Due to it being a timed class I worked out for the entire duration of the class whether it was 45 or 60 minutes.  I would very rarely work out that long using traditional gym equipment out of pure boredom.

While I love me some classes at a gym, I don’t like paying for a gym.  I don’t even really like going to a gym because there’s just so many damn people there and the act of going to a gym is just too much effort for me (laziness I know).

It was this minor disdain for the gym that led me to discover dvds and Youtube workouts.  I am a huge fan of BeachBody programs and still use T25 and 21 Day Fix Workouts 2-3 days every week.  However, sometimes I want something new and different (and free) and that is where Youtube comes in!

If you have only used Youtube to watch funny animal videos or movie trailers, you have been missing out!  I am avid Youtube watcher and think that it is an amazing resource for information on really any topic.  However, for the area of workouts it truly is amazing!

I use Youtube workouts mainly on the weekend when I am not working out after school with one of my friends.  You can find a workout video for literally anything!  If you give your workout your all as if you were in a gym class, you can really burn some massive calories and see some great results!

Of course with any exercise, check with your doctor to ensure it’s something your body can can handle and then check out some of my favorite fitness Youtubers below!

 

Blogilates

Blogilates is definitely one of the first fitness Youtube channels I began following and I have doing her workouts for over 5 years now!  Cassie has an amazing array of videos covering cardio, healthy recipes, toning and TONS of amazing pilates videos which will work up a sweat!  Each month she also sends out a free workout calendar which includes effective ways to pair up the tons of videos she has for different areas of the body.  She is definitely one of my favorite and definitely one of the most inspiring and uplifting.

 

Superhero Fitness TV

If you want to absolutely smile and have a good time while working out, Keiara is your girl.  I love her workouts and have had quite a few of my friends join me while doing her workouts.  A lot of her videos are dance focused and they really help time to fly.  She somehow manages to sneak serious toning into every single dance video she makes and her personality is SO amazing that I just keep tuning in to see what she’s coming up with next.

 

Popsugar Fitness

 

Popsugar Fitness is a great channel for a variety of different workouts.  Popsugar hosts a lot of different fitness Youtubers or fitness instructors, so there is always a different face and a different workout.  This is great if you want to try something different in fitness each time you work out.

 

Love Sweat Fitness

 

Love Sweat Fitness is a great channel for toning videos and healthy recipes.  I like to make a mini playlist of some of her videos to do a circuit of them when I want to workout a specific body area.  Katie also creates weekly workout routines including her videos and exercises you can do at home or the gym.

 

Do you have a favorite way to workout at home or outside of the gym? I’m always looking for new ways!!

 

2 Easy Ways To Sell Clothes For Cash

When I was getting ready to move at the end of October, I really wanted to get rid of a lot of things and downsize quite a bit so I looked into  a few ways to sell some of my clothes and bags that I no longer used.

It is so easy to make some extra cash selling clothes, shoes and bags that you no longer wear, forgot to return or got as gifts and don’t use.  There are tons of ways to sell these items online, but I’m going to share the 2 ways that I have personally used and have experience with.

 

  1.  ThredUp

ThredUp is an online consignment store for women and children.  It is one of the first online consignment stores that I heard of.  I have used it quite a few times and I find it one of the easiest to use.

How It Works:

After you register with Thredup, you can request a Clean Out Bag to be sent to you.  A Clean Out Bag is a large bag with pre-paid postage that is used for you to send whatever it is you want to send to them.  They accept gently worn clothes, shoes and bags from a large variety of brands.  They even have an estimate calculator to help you determine if it’s worth it to send your item to them and how much you’ll earn from it.

Cost:

The Clean Out Bag is free if you don’t mind waiting a while, and I mean A WHILE, to have your bag processed and for you to get your earnings.  If you want things to move a bit quicker, you can pay $16 for an expedited bag and your bag will be processed within a week of Thredup receiving it.

Process:

Once you send your bag in, if you do not opt for the expedited bag, you have to wait a while.  I sent in my last bag in mid-October and it was processed on December 18th.  After it’s processed, you can use your funds at Thredup immediately, but if you want to cash out you have to wait another few weeks.

How Much Can You Expect To Earn?:

Well, that all depends.  There have been times where I have sent in a huge bag of stuff, but a lot of it was Old Navy and Gap Outlet stuff and I ended up making $15 from a whole damn bag of stuff.  It was $15 that I wouldn’t have made otherwise and any clothes that weren’t accepted were donated so I didn’t feel bad, but damn $15???? However, my last bag was a MONEY MAKER!  I really emptied out my closet and I know if I took the time to list some of these items individually on the next app I would’ve made more, but I just wanted these things OUT!  I sent in a lot of purses I wasn’t using and a lot of work clothes and made over $250!

Who It’s Good For:

I definitely recommend ThredUp for ladies or moms who want to get rid of clothes or accessories quickly and in bulk.  It’s also good for items that aren’t mid to high end- which is most of my wardrobe!

Where To Go:

Visit www.thredup.com

 

2. Poshmark

    While Poshmark has been around for a while, I’m new to the Poshmark game, but I have had some decent success with it!  Poshmark is an app where women can sell pretty much anything associated with fashion and beauty.  It’s up to the seller to list and ship individual items.

Cost:

The app is free and it is also free to list an item.  When you sell an item, a pre-paid shipping label is sent to you, but it is up to you to actually ship the item.  In terms of fees, they are pretty straight forward.  For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes $2.95.  For all sales over $15, Poshmark takes 20%.

Process:

This process is a bit more involved than Thredup.  Poshmark requires that you list each item individually, sort of like eBay.  So for each item listed, you have to take good pictures of the item and accurately describe it and price it.  I like to look for similar items in the app and price it $1-$5 less than most of the items.   Once an item sells (there’s no guarantee your item will sell, this app has A LOT of sellers), you have 7 days to ship it out.  Once the buyer receives the item and acknowledges receipt on the app, your payment is released to you.  From there you either have the option to spend it in the app or transfer it to your bank account.

How Much Can You Expect To Earn?:

That all depends on what you list!  How much you earn is really up to what you have in your closet and what you’re going to sell.  I have sold a couple Lily Pulitzer pieces and made a decent profit from them and then sold a workout hoodie and only made a couple of bucks.  It’s really up to you.

Who It’s Good For:

Poshmark is great to sell new items with tags still on them as I find they sell quicker.  It’s also great if you have mid to high end items or trendy items.  I’m also using this as a precursor to Thredup.  If I list items on Poshmark and they don’t sell, then I can always send them in to Thredup.

Where To Go:

Download the Poshmark app and use code “Melziebabee15”

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: The Easiest Way To Save Money Christmas Shopping

    If you don’t feel like giving your credit card a workout and letting Earny price check for you (check here to see what I’m talking about) try purchasing a discount gift card for the store or stores you plan on doing a lot of shopping at.
       I regularly use the site Cardpool.com to purchase gift cards at a discount to stores that I regularly shop at anyway.  The savings isn’t usually more than $5-$12 stores, but overtime that can really add up! They come in the form of a digital gift card so they aren’t the best to gift, but for BUYING gifts they are perfect!!!

Playing House Series: Pre-Move in Talks

    You’ve decided to move in together! You picked the perfect spot! So you should just start packing right? Wrong!!
    There’s a lot of conversations to have before you move in together.  It’s important to work these things out prior to the move as it will definitely help to prevent a lot of stress and possibly even a lot of fights later on.

   Here are some of the pre-move in convos I recommend having:

  • Paying the bills- How is it going to work?  Is it going to be an even split?  Are you going to pay the rent, while he covers the rest of the utilities?  These are important decisions to make prior to the first bills rolling in.  Also, be honest about what you can afford!
  • What you’re bringing, what he’s bringing- Imagine moving in together and you both brought a couch or you move in and see he packed that leather chair that you just hate.  Prior to moving in it’s important to discuss what you’re bringing and also what you plan on getting rid of.  Prior to moving in with my fiancee I had to get rid of SO much stuff that I couldn’t believe I accumulated over the years.  It may be difficult, but also probably necessary.
  • The new items you plan on buying- There might be a few new large items that you guys need to purchase.  This is your chance to start crafting your living style as a couple.  Do some shopping around and don’t break the budget
  • Chores- This may sound like a ridiculous conversation for 2 adults to have, but a necessary one I think.  One person cannot and should not clean an entire house or apartment all of the time.  I’m not saying make a chore chart like from back in the day, but have a discussion.
  • Routines- I’m sure you’ve had a lot of sleepovers, but sleepovers and living together are 2 totally different ideas.  If you’re someone who falls asleep early or needs to make their own morning coffee or have 10 minutes to themselves after getting home let your significant other know ahead of time.
  • “House rules”- Boys night in on a Thursday when you have work the next day? Having your sister over for Real Housewives every night?  Your usual routine of having friends over all of the time or having your parents come over whenever they want is going to have to change.  You have someone else to think about now.
What other conversations did you have before moving in with someone?  Or did you skip the convos altogether? 

Side Hustle: Network Marketing- Is It For Me?

   I am all about the side hustle.  I think it is so important to have multiple sources of income or having different ways of earning money outside of your full time job.  I have been participating in the side hustle for years and considering I have a wedding in less than a year I am continuing to look for additional side hustles.
   My first and main “side hustle” is my network marketing business.  I have been selling Younique Cosmetics and Skincare for over 3 years and I really, really love it.  It is something that not only makes me a few extra bucks, but something that I really enjoy as well.
    Do I make tons of money from it? No.  I use Younique as my fun money.  If I want to get a Stitch Fix box one month or get a couple mani/pedis I use my Younique card to pay for it!  Currently, I am saving my Younique earnings to pay for my bridal hair and makeup and already used it to get my hair and makeup done for my engagement pictures!

 

What is network marketing?

Network marketing provides a great opportunity for those looking to own and run their own business with little or no up-front investment.  After you decide on a company or product, you are most likely going to have to purchase a “starter kit” which provides you with basic materials to help you begin and market your business.  From there you have the opportunity to sell the product and/or service to friends, family and others.  Most network marketing companies also suggest you to recruit others to join your “ranks” in order for you to really see the best financial benefit from network marketing.  
What kind of companies/products are there in network marketing?

Literally, anything!!  From makeup, to food, to wine, to books, to home goods, etc.  If you have a passion, there is most likely a network marketing company out there to meet it!  
   I personally feel it’s important to join a company that fits a passion or hobby of yours.  If you aren’t into makeup, it won’t come off natural when you are trying to recommend products to your friends.  You want to be genuinely excited and interested in what you are selling and that doesn’t mean that you have to love every product your company makes!  
Who can become a network marketer?

Really, anyone.  Most companies require their presenters to be 18 or older.  You also need a social security number for tax purposes. Some companies may have additional requirements to it’s important to do your research and ask questions to either a fellow representative or an employee of the company itself.  You will also need whatever the initial sign up costs are so remember to keep that in mind.
The Advantages of Network Marketing

*You can invest as much or as little time as you want.
*You can invest as much or as little money as you want.
*Most businesses you can work from anywhere.
*You are in business for yourself.
*However, most companies provide some sort of new seller training and a lot of companies provide additional support with the people who you joined under called your “upline”.
*You can learn while you earn (which is what I did).
*If you purchase anything for your business, it can possibly be tax deducted (talk to your accountant first!)
*Provides opportunities to make friends globally
*Provides empowerment, especially to women
*…and many, many more
The Disadvantages of Network Marketing

*Not all companies are legitimate, please do your research!
*Some can be quite expensive up-front
*Some may require you to carry stock, which means you will need space
*It may be difficult to get friend and family support
*You may feel pressured to buy new products
*You may feel pressured to market products you don’t personally like or use
*It might take a while to see true financial gains
*It’s not a quick fix or get rich quick scheme
*Some people can be skeptical of direct sales companies
So, is network marketing for me?

Unfortunately, that is not for me to answer.  I think it can be  a great side hustle if you are someone who can self-motivate and likes to either interact with people on a face to face basis or via social media (depending on the company).  I also think it’s a great way to empower yourself and learn a lot about business, marketing, branding, social media and graphic design which are all things that I have learned about on my journey as a network marketer.  It’s also great if you have realistic expectations of what you want to accomplish with the money you earn. Also, realistic expectations of the time it may take to grow your business and that what you put into it, is really what you get out of it.
  If you possess these qualities- you are well on your way to becoming a fab network marketer, it’s just about finding the right company!  A great place to start is by visiting the Direct Sellers Association website.
…..or if you’re a makeup/skincare junkie consider joining me in my Younique adventure! #shamelessselfpromo