5 Ways To Earn Extra Income

One of my favorite things about life these days is that people really think outside of the box when it comes to careers and making money. When I was in high school, I never would've guessed that I would be where I am today. Just like most high school kids, I thought the next steps were exactly what people said I was supposed to do- go to college and then get a job based on my degree. So I did exactly that. And then half a year out of college I hated my job and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I didn't even know how to think outside of the box when it came to my life. It took me a long time to figure this out, but there are so many different ways to make money. Casey and I have been building our business for over 6 years now and have used many methods for making extra money on the side. I even spent a few months driving for Lyft! So let's talk about ways you can earn some extra income and hopefully you can figure out something that works for you.

1. Start a blog. This may seem like a daunting task, but there are many ways to monetize a blog. The easiest way would be placing ads on your blog. When you start out, you'll want to become part of AdSense and place their ads on your blog. It's easy and there is no requirement on how much traffic you get. Once you do that, you'll just have to create content to bring the people! Other ways to earn money on your blog are affiliate links and sponsored posts.

2. Offer your services/ teach a skill. You probably are an expert on something. No matter how big or small your skill is, there's someone somewhere who wants to learn it. You can reach out to your friends and family to find customers by word of mouth. Another option would be to find a website like Teachable to write a course on.

3. Sell a product. Can you sew or craft? If you have any creative bone in your body, you can probably make something to sell. Check out Etsy to see what kind of things people sell these days and while you're at it, sign up for an account. Etsy makes it so easy to get your product in front of people, but don't forget about Facebook! It's the best place to sell to the people you already know. Use Etsy to reach the people you don't know yet.

4. Become a Lyft or Uber driver. Like I said, I drove for Lyft. It was great for what I needed which was to be able to make money here and there as I needed it. You have to have a car and go through a vetting process, but once you get it all set up all you have to do is turn on your app to start working. At any time you'd like. The best times to drive and make good money are at night so this is a great option for people who have obligations during the day. But driving for Lyft could also be a full time job! Need more money? Spend more time driving- it's as easy as that.

5. Walk dogs on Wag. If you are a dog lover, you can earn extra money by becoming a dog walker! This service is a lot like Lyft or Uber except it's for dogs. You have to know a little about dogs and working with them, but as long as you do, you can make money hanging out with furry friends. This service also has options for recurring dog walks, so you may even be able to have steady income through choosing that option.

While you are growing your blog, you may need to use some of these resources to supplement your cash flow and there is no shame in that! There are many other ways to make extra income- these are just a few to get started. You can make money all sorts of ways-  you just have to think outside of the box. These kinds of things have been very helpful for us throughout the years while growing our blog!

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xo, Savannah

P.S. If you have never used Lyft before, you can use this code for $5 off your first 3 rides! That's a free $15.

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5 Ways To Get Healthier Looking Hair

My hair habits are so different now than they were 10 years ago. I remember reading in a magazine how I should be brushing my hair and thinking it was revolutionary. I mean for as long as I can remember I loved doing my hair. In middle school I loved braids and weird intricate half-up half-down styles and I have the school photos to prove it. In high school I really got into curling my hair. Now I'm more into the natural look, but I still use a curling iron to create that look every now and then!

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1. Stop washing your hair so much. Seriously. I used to wash my hair every single day. And if I missed a day my hair was an oily disaster. Now I can go almost a week without washing my hair before it starts becoming a problem. This is definitely thanks to dry shampoo, but I still can go at least 3 days without a grease problem. If you wash your hair a lot, it'll take to a couple washes to get your hair trained to not be so oily between washes, but it's worth it! Your hair will be a lot shinier.

2. Air dry your hair. We all know heat damages hair, so skip the hair dryer. We all know we are going to use at least one hair tool to fix our hair, so make it a curling iron or straightener on the lower heat settings and use a protectant spray. A hair dryer would be fine if you are just using to scrunch your hair, but steer clear of full on drying your hair from start to finish with a hair dryer. If you absolutely have to use a hair dryer, another option would be to let you hair air dry half way and then dry the rest on a cool setting with the dryer. Blowouts are fabulous, but make sure you have them done sparingly.

3. Brush your hair at the ends first. This is that tip that I read in a magazine years ago. I used to brush my hair from top to bottom because I had never thought of another way to brush. My hair is so tangly and I remember always breaking off so much hair when brushing from the top to bottom. This fixes that problem! Start 1/3 of the way up on your hair and brush downward and then move up the second 1/3 section and brush downward and then brush from the top to the bottom. This allows you to get any knots out at the end of your hair first, minimizing the breakage. It's also hurts less!

4. Do braids instead of pony tails. I have long hair and I'm always putting my hair up when I'm working or working out. I've done this so much my whole life that my hair would break where my ponytail was. My hairdresser would always comment on it. So I started putting my hair in buns or braids instead. When I say bun, I mean the kind where you don't put your hair in a ponytail first, you just twist and secure it. This will reduce your breakage in the middle of your hair significantly. When your hair is in a pony tail, there is so much pressure on the hair tie that just moving around normally causes breakage. When you braid your hair and secure it at the end, there isn't any kind of stress on the end so you can control the breakage more. Also, if you are going to have breakage, it's better to have it at the end where it can be cut off. If you haven't mastered braids yet, we have a few videos showing you how to do so: Fishtail Braid Tutorial, French Braid Tutorial, Basic Braid Tutorial

5. Use wands instead of curling irons. Curling irons have so many places where you hair can get stuck, which a lot of times results in breakage. To prevent this, just swap out your iron for a wand.  They don't have any gears or levers for your hair to accidentally wrap around and you don't have to worry about pulling while releasing your hair from the clamp. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to use a wand, here is one we made a while back.

BONUS- Drink bone broth. Okay this is one thing that Casey and I have been trying lately. I'm not interested in supplements to make your hair grow, but I so love me some bone broth. The only evidence I have that this works is that when we were drinking 1 cup of bone broth every day, Casey's nails started to grow. Her nails are tee-tiny things that break the second they grow past her finger. Bone broth is great for your skin, hair and nails and overall health, plus it tastes good! It may not make your hair grow fast, but it could definitely make it shinier and stronger. In general, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated and taking care of your insides will show through your hair, skin and nails.
I hope you will try some of these, if you don't already do them. Check out this Half-Up Faux Braid for more hair inspiration. And if you liked this post and would like to see more like it, please pin the image below!

xo, Savannah
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3 Ingredient Blood Orange Paloma

I'm currently obsessed with blood oranges. I basically eat one every day and also figured out a way to peel oranges in about 30 seconds. Casey loves cocktails and creating new recipes so we knew we needed to involve blood oranges. That's how we came up with this delicious blood orange paloma. It's simple and bright and just what you need to get through the end of this winter season.

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Blood Orange Paloma Recipe

- 4 Blood Oranges
- 2 Shots Tequila
- Splash of Topo Chico

Optional- Lemon wedges & salt

1. Juice your oranges into a cocktail shaker.
2. Add Tequila and shake.
3. Rim two glasses with salt (or don't if you aren't a salt on the rim person) and pour the mixture into two glasses.
4. Pour the mixture into the two glasses and add a splash of Topo Chico to each glass. Squeeze a lemon wedge if you'd like a splash of sour!

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xo, Savannah
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