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There's nothing better than waking up in the morning and being able to work directly from home. The flip side is this - if you don't have a motivational office set-up, then how can you expect to stay motivated? Well, here are several office decorating ideas to help you feel motivated and productive throughout your work day, along with a few must-haves that every girl boss needs to stay on top of things!


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Just because you work from home doesn't mean you care to listen and/or hear all of the chatter that's going on in the home around you. From personal experience, a good set of headphone is a MUST HAVE if you want to stay happy during your working hours. While this may sound simple, you may want to consider headphones with a microphone, so that you can take calls between her podcasts and inspirational playlists. 



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Planner.
With all there is to keep up with, you will definitely need a planner to start her new year off right. Go for something pretty and motivational. The more attractive the planner, the more you'll want to use it!


Office Chair.
Sitting for most of the day requires a comfortable desk chair. Treat yourself and grab a fashionable and comfortable office chair that you'll love to sit in and be motivated to do so!


Desk Accessories.
Long gone the days using those boring, black staplers, scissors, and pens. Nowadays, there are so many cute desk accessories on the market and I am certain any girl boss will love them! Being in a home office has it perks and it's also nice to be able to play around with the decor!




Motivational Canvas Art.

There's nothing like some good ol' motivation during the week. Having a few motivational sayings to look at during the day will only increase your morale.




Wooden Calendar.
Of course you want to keep up with the date and a cute wooden calendar block can turn into a fun, daily activity when changing it.

Big Wall or Deskpad Calendar.
Having your daily tasks laid out in front of you will help you to become more accountable and help you get even more motivated. The more you can remind yourself that it's time to work, the better!


Office Plants.
House plants in general have a number of benefits for the air quality in your home. Gifting yourself a house plant to keep in your home office will increase your productivity and your overall wellness.




Smart Watch.
Having access to your contacts, your calendar, and other important apps is a really nice benefit of having a smart watch. Not having to carry your phone with you everywhere you go is also a great perk! It's also great if you take morning runs, or constantly find yourself moving around your home.


Extension Cord.
There is nothing worse than not having enough outlets for your phone, your tablet, your desktop and just about anything and everything else. I've almost quit a few times, not having anymore to plug my devices! I mean, how annoying. So beat that and grab an extension cord - and it doesn't have to be boring and black, either!




Pajamas & Slippers.
One of the best perks of working from home is that you can wear your pj's for as long as you like! Having a nice robe, a set of pajamas, and slippers can definitely help you ease into the day.




Coffee Mugs.
Coffee is the staple to every work from home mom's morning, or maybe hot tea - however, I'm sure you can't get enough of a really cute mug!

Wall Clock.
It's always a good idea to have several clocks around. That word accountability! It's real and it's important. Delegate your tasks accordingly and give yourself enough time to complete each task and watch how easy your day will flow.




Desk Lamp.
Create a cozy environment for those late nights with a cute desk lamp to ensure that things still get done.




Chromebook.
Here's the deal with Chromebooks - if you use multiple apps while working that only deal with a browser (blogging, virtual assistant,etc.), then Chromebook may be a great option! Chromebooks allow for more storage than an average Windows computer. When using Chrome in Windows, so much space is taken up and you may end up spending thousands of dollars for a properly functioning laptop that can hold your browser's storage, photos, bookmarks, and more.

After all, we are talking about working from home, so investing into a thousand dollar laptop isn't so bad, but if you are looking for a great deal - at a great price - a Chromebook may be a better option.




Laptop Bag. 
With any functioning laptop, there is a need for a laptop bag! You may have multiple meetings on the go, or just want to change the scenery from time to time.



No matter what decor you decided to go with for your home office, it's important to make sure it's a look that will motivate you to want to actually be there. That was so important for me as a work from home mom. Let's face it, we'll run to anything that screams "pretty" and your office should be the same.

xo,
Torche'






It's that time of year again - Super Bowl is right around the corner and I'm sure you're looking for some crowd-pleasers. Look no further than this list of 30 dip recipes that are sure to keep the crowd coming back for more! Whether these dip recipes are for your Super Bowl party, apart of your buffet for a birthday party, or just a small gathering - they won't disappoint!



Spinach & Cheese Dips:



1. Homemade Queso Dip - The Rising Spoon
2. Easy Spinach & Artichoke Dip - Foodal 
3. Best Spinach Dip - Pretty My Party
4. Bacon Cream Cheese Dip - Recipes From A Pantry
5. Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip - My Heavenly Recipes
6. Hot Caprese Cheese Dip - The Rising Spoon
7. Football Shaped Bread Bowl With Spinach Dip - This Ole Mom 
8. Easy Cheesy Pizza Party Dip - Glitter On A Dime
9. Creamy Olive & Roasted Red Pepper Party Dip - Money Wise Moms

Veggie Dips:



1. Vegan Chickpea No Tuna Salad W/Avocado - Veggie Society
2. Creamy Cauliflower Hummus - Low Carb Maven
3. Giada's Everyday Caponata - Sidewalk Shoes
4. Roasted Eggplant Dip - Low Carb Maven

Pizza Dips:



1. Pepperoni Pizza Dip - Salt & Baker
2. Sausage Pizza Dip - Everyday Shortcuts
3. Crockpot Lasagna Dip - In The Kid's Kitchen
4. Baked Artichoke & Cilantro Pizza Dip - Food Meanderings

Bean Dips:


1. Black Bean & Corn Salsa Dip - Evolving Table
2. Easy Black Bean Dip - The Forked Spoon
3. Cowboy Caviar - Hustle Mom Repeat
4. 7 Layer Black Bean Dip - The Rising Spoon
5. Gluten-Free Cheesy Bean Dip - My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Chicken Dips:



1. The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip - The Forked Spoon
2. The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip - Savory Simple
3. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip - Life Family Fun
4. Easy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip - Pretty My Party
5. Bacon Buffalo Chicken Dip - Really, Are You Serious?
6. BBQ Chicken Queso - Ginger Casa
7. Sweet Chili Shrimp Dip - Super Mom No Cape

Mexican Inspired Dips:



1. The Best Salsa - Veggie Society
2. Taco Bowl Salad Dip - My Heavenly Recipes
3. Mexican Corn Dip - Savoring The Good
4. Mexican Layer Dip - Create Kids Club
5. Chili Con Queso - Food Meanderings
6. Layered Mexican Dip - Older Mommy Still Yummy
7. Couldn't Be Easier Homemade Salsa - The Welcoming Table

Chocolate Dip:



1. Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip - In The Kids Kitchen

These dip recipes are sure to please the crowd and ready to come back for more! Enjoy your game, party, or small get-together with these fantastic dip recipes and don't forget to share!

xo,
Torche'



Whether you're saving for a house, a family vacation, or paying off debt - dating is still important and a great way to connect with your spouse or significant other. Although spending a boat load of money may not be a priority, connecting with your spouse should be.

Love is about enjoying one another's company and spreading joy. So here's a few frugal date ideas that you and your partner will love - all while being enough for each other, no matter how much society tells you it "should" cost. Because love doesn't cost a thing!



1. Have A Picnic.

Whether it's in the park, or in the backyard - a picnic is a great idea when you're on a budget. You can even cook the food yourself to save even more! 

2. Cook Together.

Before you book that fancy restaurant, think about how much money you'll save if you decided to stay in and cook with your significant other! Between buying a new outfit, paying for gas to get there, paying to park or valet, paying for the meal and tipping - you could have paid a utility bill, or even a small debt. 

3. Go Roller Skating.

Skating rinks aren't all that popular nowadays (or mainstream, I should say), which means the price to enjoy yourself isn't inflated. For less than ten bucks per person, you and your loved one could have a super fun and interactive time, enjoying one another! Even if you don't know how to skate, it would be a great skill to learn with the person you love most by your side - and not mention, hilariously cute!



4. Go Bowling.

Bowling alleys are super fun to hang out in and now, most of them are coming with full bars and loud speakers, to make sure you have a great time!

5. Play A Board Game. 

Board games are classic and a great way to engage with your date by trying to win! So many traits come out when it comes to playing a board game and before you know it - you've spent hours together, without even realizing.

6. Make Pizza Instead Of Ordering Pizza. 

I know first-hand that it takes up to an hour to make a pizza from scratch. It's the latest crave in my house and I've found it to be quite engaging. If you and your partner are intimate, it's a sure-fire way to get your hands on one another by helping each other mix and spread the dough.

7. Go Hiking. 

There are plenty of state and federal parks that are free to enter and enjoy. Take your honey on a hike alongside the mountains, rivers, or lakes. You can even set up a picnic while you're at it.

8. Go To A Museum.

Museums are notorious for finding out more information on your favorite subjects. If you two have those subjects in common, you can definitely enjoy a stroll in the museum. Although museums charge, most have free days if you're a local resident. Simply check on that particular's museum site and I'm sure you'll find more information on discounts.

9. Grab Coffee.

Personally, I know so many people who can sit at coffee shops forever and thoroughly enjoy the vibe. If coffee is your thing and your date's thing too, then go for it. If you're both usually busy working, then grab your laptops and mobile devices and try working together while you're at it.



10. Watch Movies Inside. 

This one is a no-brainer with services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Vudu. With the latest movies on demand, you can always save that first look for when you and your date have time to sit and watch it together. Throw in a bag of popcorn and your favorite beverages and you've saved yourself some cash!



11. Drive/Walk Around Town.

There's nothing like the open road! After your picnic or dinner inside, grab each other by the hand and take a stroll down your local streets. Or, grab the keys and take a ride to the middle of nowhere and gaze at the stars.

12. Paint Together. 

You'd be surprised at how much paint supplies and canvases actually cost. For under twenty bucks for both of you, you can host your own intimate paint and sip, right in your living room.

13. Put Together A Puzzle. 

Puzzles are exciting to figure out for anybody of any age. My personal favorites are the ones with thousands of little pieces and my significant other and I like to glue the puzzle onto a board once we're finished. It's a nice way to show what you two can do when you're together and focused on a task.

14. Karaoke. 

No, you don't have to have a karaoke machine to actually participate - but if you do, then that's nice too! Simply put on some tunes, turn on the lyrics using YouTube and have at it!

15. Give Each Other A Massage.

This is my personal favorite! Grab your favorite carrier oil and rub each other in places that you feel need touched the most. The best part about massaging each other at home (besides not having to spend hundreds of dollars at a time) is that your partner can touch you in places a masseuse can't. Seriously, there are parts of are bodies that I didn't know needed attention until they were touched. You can even throw in some hot stones and diffuse essential oils while you're at it - giving you all the zen vibes.

16. Visit Your Local Beach.

The beach is always a nice and scenic place to unwind. Do it together and incorporate a long walk and a picnic while you're at it.



17. Use Local Deals Websites.

Websites like Groupon, are super helpful when you're on a budget. By entering in your location, you can access savings all over town within seconds. From restaurants, to local attractions, and clubs, you can save over half the amount of money you would spend any other night, without the deal.


18. Camp Out. 

Instead of spending cash on a hotel room, you can buy a tent that can be used over and over again. When you feel as if you two just need a night away, camp out on the beach, or even in your own backyard.

19. Learn A New Skill Together. 

We could all learn more, so why not pick up an instrument that you think you two would love to learn, together. As time goes by, you two will master that particular skill together and help each other throughout the entire process.

20. Play Video Games.

Along with board games, playing video games can be super interactive and create tons of fun memories for both of you.

These frugal date ideas are a great way to keep a smile on your partner's face! Before you know it, you two will have spent so much valuable time together, enjoying each other's company that you won't even realize it didn't cost you much. As you focus on your big goals for the year, you can rest assured that you haven't forgotten about each other while doing so!

xo,
Torche'










This post is sponsored by GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Making sure your child is happy and healthy is a parents’ number one goal. From deciding a birthing plan, choosing a healthy diet, instilling positive morals and values, to saving for your child’s financial future - deciding to enroll your children into a safe and reliable daycare center isn’t any different! As parents, it’s natural to want the very best out of what life has to offer for our kids, including quality child care.


Enrolling your child into the appropriate child care program doesn’t have to be difficult or daunting task. Transitioning from being at home with our babies, to going back to work full-time can be very strenuous, but choosing quality child care doesn’t have to be. As a mother of two and previously working in a child care center as a lead teacher, I have experienced these feelings many times over - from the perspective of a mother and a teacher. I’ve shed a few tears for myself, my kids, and my students’ parents, but the reality of it is this - most kids are fine after the first few days of being in their classrooms, bonding with their teachers and having other kids accompany them.



Thankfully, there is help with all of this. I know first-hand that there is so much to process during the transition, but with tools like Quality Rated, you can easily search for you and your baby’s specific needs without leaving your home. Quality Rated’s search tool is easy and free to use  and allows you to organize your search options by distance, price, services offered, and Quality Rated star-rating. You can easily access each child care program’s safety and inspection reports, opening hours, teacher credentials and transportation options.


As a new mom a few years ago, this tool is extremely helpful and provides you with necessary information in regards to work schedules and transportation needs. Life happens and you want to make sure that your child care is open as early or as late as you need them to be, to ensure your child is safe and taken care of as you go about your day. You also want to consider your route to and from work, including your commute time when considering the hours that will work best for you and your baby. Quality Rated’s search tool has a “search along a route” option so that you can choose a child care facility that is convenient to your commute.


Finding providers that are sincere and passionate about your child as much as you are is important when considering your child care options. Participating in the Quality Rated program means providers are committed to continually improving their centers and the education they offer. Quality Rated’s tool lists all licensed and license-exempt child care providers in Georgia - Quality Rated or not - to provide you with a comprehensive overview.


Choosing a safe and reliable environment for your child has gotten easier with Quality Rated’s search tool and you can guarantee that you’re making the right choice for your family. Have you heard of Quality Rated? What do you consider when making a child care choice? Take a look at this child care checklist to help you on your search for child care!









Spring is almost here and there's lots of fun adventures on the horizon. Here are a few ideas for you and your family this Spring Break. Whether you're visiting for the first time, the second, or a local resident, there is always something to do in Florida. So grab the family and get ready for a boat load of fun with these 12 family-friendly activities in Orlando, Florida.



**I may receive a small commission if you purchase any deals from this blog post - at no extra cost to you!**

1. WonderWorks Orlando 

Photo Courtesy of Groupon.com

Families can play and learn about physics with fun and interactive, hands-on activities fit for any age. WonderWorks is open all year long and you can grab vouchers, here, for all access to WonderWorks exhibits, the 4D XD Motion Theater, Laser Tag Arena, and The Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course.

2. I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing 

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Enjoy racing packages for one, two, or four - with two go-kart races for each person and a 30-credit arcade card included for each person. The trackside restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and fully loaded with a stocked bar and this massive attraction also offers event space for hundreds of guests. The entire family can enjoy two races and arcade games with their family or friends with this deal, here. With up to 45% off these packages, you won't want to miss out!

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3. Swan-Boat Rental

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There's nothing like a hot, sunny day to be able to get a calming view of the city from the lake! Swan-shaped paddle boats are just the way to go. Cruise around Lake Eola with your friends and family to get a great view of the Florida's surroundings. Grab 25% to 40% off of a 30-minute swan-boat rental, here

4. World Of Chocolate Museum 


Photo Courtesy of www.wocorlando.com


Take a tour of two dozen chocolate sculptures of world monuments. Save 40% off one tour, or save up to 35% off one chocolate tour admission, one mug and one full-up of coffee or cocoa, here

5. Fun Spot America


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Enjoy a day at this family-friendly theme park with a small-town carnival feel, jam-packed with rides for the entire family - from miniature tea cups, a fun slide, an arcade, and White Lightning, Orlando's only wooden roller coaster! Save up to 20% off daily admission, here.

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6. AirHeads Trampoline Park 


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This one goes without saying! I don't know how many times my kids have jumped off of every piece of furniture in a hotel room. Get the kiddos (and yourself) out and enjoy unlimited jumping for an hour, or two. Save up to 15% off for two, or jump passes for four, here.

7. Gator Golf Adventure Park 



Mini-golf course with over 200 live alligators. Enjoy up to 50% off for two, or four.

8. Everglades Safari Park 



Speaking of alligators, you and your family can explore more about them up, close, and personal with this deal. Take an airboat tour through Everglades National Park, experience a alligator show, and get a chance to hold a baby alligator.

9. Kayak & Bicycle Tour 


Enjoy up to 50% off as you and your family explore Lake Louisa State Park while kayaking or cycling.

10. Pirate's Dinner Adventure

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Enjoy a Broadway-style production as you and your family get to set sail high seas aboard a thrilling pirate ship as you enjoy a four-course dinner with vegetarian options available as well. Stay after the show and enjoy a dance party with the pirate crew! This deal allows you to save up to 50% off for adults and children.

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11. Discovery Flight 



Choose between three different, half-hour flights - one being the discovery flight, a flight over Disney Theme Parks, or one being the Space Coast Tour discovery flight. After briefly learning preflight and flying techniques, pupils get to steer the plane through the sky. Over 50% in savings can get the entire family in the air, here.

12. Kissimee Go-Karts 

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Enjoy games, go-karts, and feeding live alligators at one of North America's largest outdoor tracks. Kids aged 11 and older get to tackle the go-karts solo, or hop into a double kart with an adult. Riders 16 years old and have a valid driver's license can get access to more faster and more powerful karts. This deal gets you over 60% in savings

Orlando is such a fun place to visit anytime throughout the year. Take yourself and your family on an adventure of a lifetime with these 12 family-friendly activities that they'll grow to love and cherish forever. Don't forget to share this with your friends and family who may also be thinking about their next family vacay! 

xo,
Torche' 








It's the new year and I know exactly what you're thinking...new year, new me, right? Well, I know firsthand that when it comes to reinventing oneself, it takes some major investing and sometimes our full-time gigs don't cut it. Here are a few fool-proof ways to earn extra cash this year - whether it's for extra cash to invest, save, plan a vacation, or buy a house, everyone can use these tips.


Work part-time.


Most big companies are always hiring around this time of year. With the influx of inventory, the extension of holiday store hours, and the increase in traffic, larger companies always open their doors to part-time, seasonal workers who are looking to make extra cash for the holidays. Companies like Target and Starbucks even extend their generous list of benefits to part-time employees. Check out my post on companies who are always hiring during the holidays, plus a full list of their benefits.


Sell your stuff.


You may as well make money before you spend it. With new toys coming out on a monthly basis, the smartest thing you can do is sell your kids' old stuff to make room for the new stuff. If you have any old appliances, clothes, furniture, or anything else you can think of - you can list it on eBayCraigslist, or Facebook Marketplace.

Just last summer, I made over $1,000 selling my washer and dryer set, along with a refrigerator that wasn't in use. I also made a few thousand selling furniture that wasn't in use right before the holidays. It comes in handy when you're a full-time blogger like myself and your payments are sporadic.

So take a look around and I'm sure you'll find so many things you can get rid of and possibly make a pretty penny. If you're a shopaholic like myself, you can sell your clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories online using apps like Poshmark and ThredUp.

Use Promo Code: BEINGECOMOMICAL for $5 off your first purchase on Poshmark. Earn $5 every time you refer your own friends after signing up.

Become an affiliate with your favorite brands.


Most people think you have to huge following to become an affiliate marketer, but the truth is - we ALL have a following. Whether you have 200 friends on social media, or 2,000, everyone has an audience that they can sell to.

Affiliate marketing is as simple as recommending your favorite products to your friends and family and getting a commission after they buy. While some affiliates require you to have a website, others do not.

I highly recommend selling t-shirts with J. Elizabeth. With slogans like "Pot Head"and "All Mommed Out," you're sure to sell a few to your closest friends and family. Then they'll wear them, their friends will see the shirt and ask your friend where they got it from - and that friend will refer you. There you have it, you're officially affiliate marketing.

J. Elizabeth only costs $10 per month and you don't have to purchase any inventory to become a consultant. They provide all of the branding photos and tools for you to succeed. Most stylists make their income through social media and word of mouth. With it being the holidays and most people are looking to buy, it's the perfect time to sign up and start earning!

Or,

If you're into farmhouse decor, you can take the same tactics and sign up with SnapDragon. With the same $10 investment and no purchase necessary, you can be selling farmhouse decor within minutes! I personally started a Facebook group and targeted towards people with the same interests (farmhouse decor lovers) and I've been making hundreds of dollars a month from one single group.

If you're interested in SnapDragon, visit their home page and scroll down to the very bottom. You will see 'Become An Affiliate' as apart of the footer.

You could also sign up with Amazon and recommend a variety of products to your closest friends and family, directly on social media.

Take surveys and earn extra cash.


There are plenty of companies that pay you cash for your opinion. You can take a look at this list of surveys that feature companies like Swagbucks that pay you cash just for signing up. Or sign up with MyPoints and get $5 upon sign up and earn cash, gift cards and more! See the full list, here.

Join a ride share program and earn $25 or more, per hour! 


Use your car to make you extra cash this holiday season by signing up with Uber or Lyft - or maybe even both! Earn a minimum of $25 per hour helping others get where they need to go. The great part about these companies is that they allow you to drive with both at the same time as some customers have their unique preferences as to which app they prefer to use.

Even if you don't own a car, both of these programs allow you to rent a vehicle for a weekly payment of around $200. Don't let that fee scare you off just yet, because you'll be able to make that in less than eight hours. So even if you only had time to drive part-time, you'll still come home with extra cash.

Join Lyft now and earn up to $1,400 gauranteed. Use Promo Code: TORCHE06705. See the terms, here. You can also check out my breakdown on exactly how I make over $20 an hour with Lyft

Shop for others and earn cash.


Companies like Instacart and Doordash allow you to shop for others and instantly collect your earnings once the items are delivered! The great thing about these services is that you don't even have to drive your vehicle. If you have a motor scooter or even a bicycle, you can save on gas and still earn extra money.

I know what you may thinking by now...

This may sound far fetch, or it may wrack your brain into thinking this is just WAY too much for me to do - on top of everything else I am already responsible for.

BUT HEAR ME OUT...

These mobile services ARE LIFE! Think about it like this...

Instead of riding to work alone and paying for gas every few days, sign up with Lyft and pick up someone on your way to work every morning and possibly on your way home every evening. The app allows you to enter YOUR destination and will match you with a rider in your area who is headed the same way. Cha-ching!

Same thing with services like Instacart and Doordash - while you're shopping for yourself, pick up a few extra items for customers on your way home and earn some of those grocery funds right back.

That's an average of $15 every time you ride to work, another $15 on your way home AND another $10 after you shop for groceries - and maybe more, depending on distance. If you get into the routine of using your vehicle for extra cash, you can easily rank in an extra $200 per week without breaking a sweat! Just imagine how much more you could earn if you set a schedule and took on one of these gigs part-time.

These are just a few ways to make extra money for the new year and beyond! Most of these gigs take up very little time and require minimum effort for you to bring in cash. Happy New Year!

xo,
Torche'