Vegan lunchbox snacks for kids

Vegan lunchbox snacks for kids

I absolutely loved packing a lunch box for Phoenix when he attended school. It’s probably one of the things I miss most now that we are homeschooling him. There have been a few occasions during our homeschooling journey where he has asked me to pack him a “snack box” that he could eat during homeschool time. My heart was of course overjoyed at the opportunity to do this for him, and it almost exploded when he said that he felt special when he would open his snack box at school and see all of the surprises I’d pack in for him.

I’m one of those moms who pack a variety of snacks, and go as far as cutting his sandwiches and fruit with cookie cutters, and even create a themed lunch box for special occasions. A bento lunch box is amazing as all of Phoenix’s snacks is in one container, and he can pick and choose what he’d like to eat. I went through my fair share of bento boxes though, trying to find the perfect ones. For me, I look for bento boxes  that aren’t too big, are easy for little fingers to open, offer enough compartments for a variety of snacks, and most importantly have compartments that seal individually so there’s no spills. Argh, there is nothing worse than opening your child’s lunch box at the end of the day to find a mushed up mess of uneaten snacks.

I am always on the look out for lunch/snack ideas, especially as Phoenix was always a picky eater. My life became a whole lot easier once I created a weekly menu for his lunchbox snacks, and was able to rotate them. When our family decided to become plant based, I obviously had to tweak and find substitutes for some of the products. Fortunately however, Phoenix much preferred the plat based items, so the transition was easy. As far as possible I try to limit the amount of sugary and processed food items we give him, and in fact, avoid it as far as possible. When it comes to dried fruit, we opt for sulphur free options or ones with a very low sulphur content. We also steer away from products that contain MSG and GMO’s.
For those of you who aren’t aware, I use to be a teacher – so I have first hand experience of trying to teach kids who are fuelled up on sugary treats and snacks and also those who become lethargic and cranky after eating way too many fake chicken nuggets. It really is true what they say – you are what you eat… Now I’m no nutritionalist or dietitian, but I am a mom. I’m sure a lot of moms will agree with me that we only want the best for our kids, no matter what. And for me, that includes the food they eat.
So as schools are slowly starting to reopen, and the new term & year approaches, I thought I’d share our Vegan lunch box ideas with you. Each days snack box is equivalent to a balanced Vegan meal, and includes fruit and vegetables, grains (carbs), legumes (protein), fats and calcium. Always keep in mind that those who follow a vegan diet need to supplement their B12, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin D intake.

Lunch Box 1
Roasted Veggie Wraps with Hummus
Peach & Pear Puree
Orange Slices
Dairy Free Cheese with Wholewheat Crackers
Goji Berries
Cucumber & Tomato Slices

Lunch Box 2
Chickpea & Potato Samoosas
Banana
Carrot Sticks
Guacamole
Crackers
Dried Fruit Gems

Lunch Box 3
Mini Pitas with Dhal & Butternut Curry
Lettuce
Dairy Free Yoghurt
Grapes
Pretzels
Pineapple Chunks

Lunch Box 4
Mushroom Pasta Rice
Peas
Sliced Peaches
Popcorn
Veggie Animals Crackers
Popcorn

Lunch Box 5
Sandwiches with Avocado, Lettuce & Cucumber
Corn
Strawberries
Wholegrain Chips
Cashew Nuts
Guava Fruit Roll

These are just a few ideas – you can always change things up, and swop them with whatever it is your child prefers to eat… I hope that this helps! – Cath
A guide to growing your online business

A guide to growing your online business

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For those of you that have not been following our blogs, Cath and I have decided to escape the 9 to 5, and start working from home, generating an income online. This seemed a lot easier than it actually ended up being, with places like Pinterest and Google flooded with “work from home opportunities”. With so many options out there, how do you know what works and what doesn’t? Who are scammers trying to sell a ‘get rich quick option’ and who are legit ‘Guru’s’ earning 6 figure income?

Have you ever tried typing the words “Make Money Online” into any search engine? The answers you will find will include Affiliate Marketing, Get Paid for Taking Surveys, Making Money Through Social Media (Facebook and Instagram), Blogging, Proof Reading, Transcribing, Making Money on Pinterest, E-Commerce, and Teaching English Online to name just a few.

We had to look at all of these options and find what could work for us. And trust me, we’ve researched and/or tried all of them… Bear in mind, we have a family to support and can’t just “wing it” as this is not a side hustle for us. Surveys took too much time and paid too little, and neither Cath or I have nearly enough followers/friends on Social Media to make that a success. Transcribing and proof reading weren’t for us, and e-commerce takes too much start up capital and lots of logistics. Cath tried Teaching Online, but the times for her to teach were crazy due to the time zone difference, and with homeschooling our two boys, there’s no way she could function on 2 hours of sleep a day.
Affiliate marketing intrigued us the most. With affiliate marketing, you don’t need any start up capital nor any products of your own to sell. Everything happens online, so you don’t need any storage space. The time it takes to do is very flexible, and it is one of the easiest ways to start making money online. Affiliate marketing is when you promote somebody else’s products and earn a commission when a sale is made. The products can be physical, like on Amazon, digital, like an e-book or digital download or can be a person promoting their own online courses.There are great e-books available on Amazon Kindle, that can give you more information on Amazon Associates as well as other Affiliate Networking and Online Marketing information. If you don’t own a Kindle, don’t worry, you can simply make use of the kindle app. You can sign up for a free Kindle Trial here.

When it comes to affiliate marketing, there are many platforms you could use to promote your product links. If you don’t have a website, no need to stress! You can promote your affiliate marketing links anywhere – on your social media accounts or you can send it via emails. Be careful though, each social media platform has different rules and regulations regarding where you can share your links.
So where do you get your affiliate links from? The options are endless, and it all depends on what you would like to be promoting, so step one is to choose your niche. Be sure that your niche resonates with you and that you are passionate about it. This is very important as you want to enjoy what you are doing and this will ensure that you go the extra mile if need be.
Personally, I started by researching top affiliate networks on Google. An affiliate network is a place or company that allows you to market their products through an affiliate link. There are hundreds of youtube videos from affiliate marketers. This is also a great way to start as they go into detail about affiliate marketing platforms as well as what networks are great to work with. Be sure to research the ‘Guru’s’ before blindly following their advice as they might have skeletons in their closet. Another great way to finding affiliates that will work for you is by simply searching Google for affiliates based on your niche – e.g. Fitness Affiliates. Often you will find smaller, individual people that will pay you, as an affiliate, to promote/market their website, course or products. Try to always look for high paying affiliates as well as networks/companies/people that have been tried and tested, and have great reviews.
Once you have your niche and affiliate links, like I mentioned above, you can promote it anywhere you choose but be careful not to become a “spam guru”!We recommend that you create a website which is the path that we have chosen whereby we share our affiliate links through our blog posts. All of our affiliate links are products we have either tested and use or that we have an interest in and have thoroughly researched.
You have your niche, and have registered with all of your affiliate networks. So what next? You can’t just set up a website, with nothing on it. We discovered that people need to get to know you, your story and why they should trust the products you are promoting. This is easier to do if you are passionate about your niche. Remember that you need to find an amazing way to serve your clients by having a solution for their situation by offering the right service or product. By clients, I mean people that come to your website and read your posts, and eventually start following you.
Before you start creating a website, I would recommend you write a few blogs. Like I mentioned above, you don’t want to have a website with no content. If you don’t have blogs already written when starting your website, it will look empty. So having some content to fill your site with is a good way to start without being under pressure. Your blogs should be broken up into paragraphs with an estimate of 2000 words or more. Insert appropriate photos as well. The photos you put up in your blog should be of good quality. Be careful when taking images from the internet as they might be copyright protected, so as far as possible, use your own images/pictures.
It’s always great to do research on top bloggers and have a look at their websites. Take note of things like colours, layouts and how user friendly it is. On Google and Youtube you’ll find some of the best steps for creating a professional blogging website. Be sure to include some information about yourself on your website, with a photograph, so the people looking at your website get to know a bit about you.
Before you can go live with your website, you need to get your head around SEO. SEO is the acronym for Search Engine Optimisation. If you type a word into google search they will always offer you a suggestion to what you are searching for. You want your website to rank high and appear when somebody searches for something relating to your niche. The easiest way to do this is by following your websites SEO tips. Insert high ranking keywords (keywords that are often searched for) into your blog headings so that it will be easily found on google. Do as much research as possible on SEO because it’s as important as your website and content. Once again find top suggestions and recommendations regarding the look and layout of your website.
Make sure that you have your legalities easily visible such as your disclosure and privacy policy. You will also need to do research about what your disclosure and privacy policies should state. When inserting your affiliate links into your blog, try highlighting a word, and making that your affiliate link instead of having your affiliate links visible. This looks more professional, and makes for a better looking blog. You can look into the world of link shorteners as you get paid simply by people clicking on your link. We personally don’t use link shrinkers/shorteners as it redirected to an advertisement page before taking you to the actual affiliate link, which can be annoying. Besides, you’ll need a large amount of link clicks to make the earnings worthwhile.
So once your website is all setup with at least 10 blog posts how do you get people directed to your website? The easiest option is Pinterest. Pinterest has 322 million active users worldwide. The best part about Pinterest is that you have the potential to reach these millions of users, without knowing them. You can promote your website on other social media platforms, but you can only essentially reach people you know, or promote it in groups you belong to etc, and there are also legalities to bear in mind.
With Pinterest, all you need to do is open a Pinterest Business Account. Do not underestimate the power of Pinterest traffic. You create pins, post these pins to your pinterest boards and this drives traffic to your blog post on your website. The person looking at your pin simply needs to click on the pin to be redirected to your website. We make use of Canva to create our Pins for Pinterest. I recommend focusing on one traffic source for your website, because it can become overwhelming taking on too much.
Pinterest works by creating boards of interest and is relevant to your blog website. Within each board you will insert pins which you have created.When clicked on, these pins will directly take the person viewing the pin to your website. Ta-da! Traffic! Think of the pins you create as adverts for your blog posts. You should also save other peoples pins to your boards. Make sure that the pins you design are in direct relation to your blog niche. When you create boards remember to focus on high key words so that your pins are easily found. Pin 15-25 pins per day of others content. Grow your boards but try not to overcrowd it. If your boards get too full, split it up into more specific boards. You can repin the pins you’ve created on your boards. You are allowed to make 5 different pins for each of your blog posts. Each of these can be pinned onto a maximum of 10 of your boards, with at least 2 days gap before re-pinning it again. Eventually you want to be pinning 80% of your own pins and 20% of others pins. Be careful of being spammy though. Pinterest monitors spam activity and will suspend your account so be sure to follow their guidelines. Keep your pins fresh by changing the picture/wording of the pin, even if it is going to the same blog post. Pinterest Analytics keeps track of everything. Make sure you understand it in depth as it will help you understand how your online business is growing.
You can never know too much. There are so many people that have done this before and are making 6 figure incomes. Although they don’t always explicitly give you step by step info to follow, there is a lot you can learn from them. It is also a good idea to follow or connect with other bloggers in your niche, even if they don’t earn 6 figure incomes yet. Theres a lot you can learn from each other, and it’s encouraging watching others grow alongside you.

– Farrell

Our top ten books for enlightenment

Our top ten books for enlightenment

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We have always enjoyed reading. The kind of books we read are mostly non-fiction and makes you look at life differently. They tap into your emotions and takes you on a journey from self reflection to self discovery. Words can be beautiful and powerful, but also hurtful and dangerous. The same can be said about life. Choose to look at the positive side of things, and choose to find beauty even when it might be really hard to find. Empower yourself, with wise words, and use it to change your life.

 

With two young kids, we are lucky if we have a gap to go to the bathroom on our own, let alone make time to read (with no interruptions)! Needless to say, we haven’t read anything new lately. When we do get a gap to read, we often resort to rereading a few pages out of our favourite books. We have read these books over so many times, it doesn’t matter where we start or stop reading, even for a short bit, it always leaves something for us to take away and ignites a renewed feeling of hope and positivity. Some of our books are by the same author. 

This is because we found that the style of writing and storytelling ability resonates with us.
Yes, we hope to read some new books soon… But for now, these are our favourites, the ones we turn to time and again.

 

1. The Dance – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
How to live bravely and find joy, balance and harmony.

 

2. The Sun & Her Flowers – Rupi Kapur
In order to bloom, people too must wilt, fall, rise and root.

 

3. The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
This offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love.

 

4. The Mastery of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz
Happiness can only come from inside of you and is the result of your love.

 

5. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
This is a series of short essays on love, giving of yourself, dealing with pain and the origin thereof.

 

6. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This is an unforgettable novel about the essential wisdom of listening to our heart and, above all, following our dreams.

 

7. The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra
Combining both Eastern and Western philosophy to arrive at a middle ground that’s the best of both worlds.

 

8. The Voice of Knowledge – Don Miguel Ruiz
This book is about truth but we grow up believing in lies…one of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection.

 

9. The Valkeries – Paulo Coelho
This novel offers provocative slants on paradise, God, angels, forgiveness, marital love, and following one’s dream. 

10. The Power of now – Eckhart Tolle
This book is a spiritual guide to help us discover our true Being, release our pain and find deep inner peace. When we are intensely present in the Now, we respond from deep consciousness and flow with ease and joy in life.

 

The information about all of the books listed have been taken from their blurbs.

 

– Farrell & Cath

 

PS: If anyone has recommendations on books for us to read, please let us know in the comments. 

Coffee or Zombie?

Coffee or Zombie?

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So coffee has become an essential part of our lives. I’m sure many parents can relate to having a “go-to” that helps keep them sane and gets them through the day. Our go-to is coffee. Cath and I have always enjoyed a cup or two, in fact at the very beginning of our relationship we spent a lot of time going on coffee dates. It was a very chilled time in our lives, before the business and demands of parenting set in. Coffee has since become our lifeline. We are not necessarily saying that this is a good thing, but this is where we find ourselves at this point. In the morning when we are not quite able to function optimally and the kids have woken up on a natural buzz, we need to get our coffee brewing!

We need a good quality, strong, filter coffee. Before we had kids it used to be instant coffee, but it just doesn’t cut it for us anymore… It is not quite the “kick” that we want. We have tried a cup of instant coffee in-between, but it tends to give us the j.i.t.t.e.r.s!! Yes, instant coffee is quick and easy to make, and with the business of our day, scoring time is always a bonus. But chattering teeth doesn’t help anyone ever. So if we don’t plan ahead we end up being instant coffee victims.

Nowadays we have so many amazing filter coffee options that can easily be made at home. Organic is our preference as there is no synthetic fertilisers or chemicals used in growing or production. When it comes to strength we enjoy a level 4 or 5 and opt for beans instead of pre-ground as it holds its freshness for longer. As Phoenix said to me the other morning, “This grinder is a very important machine when making coffee, huh!” and how true that is, especially for us, because without it we wouldn’t be able to grind our coffee beans! As we use this “very important machine” daily, we have come to realise the benefit of having a grinder with different settings, as opposed to a regular blade grinder with no settings. As you’ll read below, we’ve learnt that different grinds work better with different coffee makers.

Just to set the record straight, we are in no way coffee experts, and the information shared in this blog is purely based on our own personal experiences. The reviews shared are not directed at any specific brand, they are merely why certain methods of making coffee work for us, and why other methods don’t. It is a personal preference. Any brand of coffee machine that is affiliated here is based on thorough research.

We made use of a pod machine but this phase was short-lived. The upside was quick coffee on demand. It was very easy to clean and could deliver a good strong cup. But you need to find the pod with the right strength and flavour – something that works for you. The varieties of pod options are endless. Pods are efficient when time is against you but then you have to take the carbon footprint into account. We still have a bag of used pods in our kitchen on standby to be recycled – but recycling points are out of our way. Yes, you can use the refillable/reusable pods, but we just don’t have the time to fill, use, clean, repeat.

We also made use of the stove top espresso maker. Back when we had a gas stove and no kids it worked pretty well. It’s not easy to use when you have a kid on your hip and you need both your hands to use it. And besides that, if you’ve got a hot pot of coffee brewing on the stove with kids running around, it cannot be left unattended. We are currently using an electric stove, so using this type of pot on an electric plate seems like such a waste of electricity. This method gave us good, strong coffee and despite its look, it was easy to use. We also had hardly any sediment at the bottom of our cups. You only manage to get two good cups of coffee out of each brew though… So you’ll need to make a few brews a day to get your coffee fix. This method suited us best when it was just Cath and I and we needed a cup before heading out for the day.

We also tried to combine a bit of old and new school coffee making methods by using a dual coffee maker. It allowed you to make a traditional pot of filter coffee via the regular drip method while also having an espresso function as well. The drip option felt like a waste of coffee as it resulted in below average filtered coffee. I guess water literally gets poured over the coffee in the filter housing and it drips into the pot. It also leaves quite a bit of sediment at the bottom. It makes enough coffee for more than one serving – but we found ourselves being dissatisfied with the result. The espresso option worked much better for a strong cup with minimal sediment… But once again, try to fill, compact, and turn in an espresso “fitting” with one hand and a kid on your hip… Needless to say, neither one of these methods worked for us.

Our go to at the moment is the french press method (a coffee plunger). Even though it may not be the best method it is quick, simple, can be done with one hand and therefore suits our lifestyle. It is also easy to clean and you can get four decent sized mugs out of one jug – but make sure you purchase a big one! Sediment is a problem though. A grind that is too fine makes its way through the mesh filter so best you do use coarsely ground bean. Be sure not to drink the last sip though, unless you want a mouthful of sediment!

We have yet to try a cold drip brew. This takes takes time…10 hours and more sadly. I believe it’s made by slowly dripping cold filtered water through your freshly ground beans over a long period. Is it just like hot coffee but iced? Oh hell no! It’s a unique tasting brew with a smooth finish and no bitterness. Cold drip coffee gives you the caffeine high without the crash, keeping you mentally alert, yet calm. Isn’t that just beautiful? This one ticks off all the boxes with the exception of time and patience required.

Cath finds the The Vacuum Pot or Siphon Coffee option intriguing. A vacuum coffee maker is a full immersion brew system that uses a heat source to create a vacuum by forcing water up into another chamber, where the coffee grounds are steeped, and then allows the brew to drain back down into the bottom chamber. It takes about 10 mins to brew. You will have to follow the steps to get this process right as it’s quite an advanced brewing method. This method seems quite scientific, and that’s probably the intriguing part. It doesn’t really appeal to me, but if you’re making it, I won’t say no to enjoying a cup! To clean the pot is a bastard though, so I would only recommend it for special occasions.

So there you go, the options are endless and there are many other methods, besides the ones I’ve mentioned, which might suit your lifestyle. I do miss the old stove top espresso maker but for now we’ll stick to plunging it!

– Farrell

Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends

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I can hear it clearly… “They’re two, they’re four, they’re six, they’re eight, shunting trucks and hauling freight, red and green and brown and blue, they’re the really useful crew!” Phoenix sings the song at the top of his lungs, using every expression possible. This is no joke, it’s serious business. The song starts coming to an end and the excitement in his voice builds up. He sings even louder, “Thomas and his friends!” followed by the ever proud “Toot-toot!!”. This song has been sung in my house for the past three years. Not only this song, every song ever sung by one of Sodor’s famous engines.
Just before Phoenix turned two, he was introduced to a cheeky engine named Thomas. It was love at first sight – that is until he got to know the other engines! Needless to say, Phoenix fell in love with Sodor and the engines that live and work on its railway. I remember putting the DVD into the machine and Phoenix wondering what was going to come on. His eyes lit up, and he sat quietly throughout the episode. He couldn’t get enough. This love for Thomas and his Friends grew and grew over the years. Phoenix will be 5 in September and STILL plays with his engines and watches the shows (although he is not as obsessed as he use to be). We have seen every episode from Season 1 to 24… both US and UK versions.

For three years, my lounge has looked like the island of Sodor, set up with tracks and trains. For two years in a row, on occupation day, Phoenix went to school dressed up as a train driver (and I’m sure if he was still at a mainstream school, this would be the case again this year). Phoenix had a Thomas party for his third birthday – and trust me, it took a lot of work, and the birth of Joshua to convince him that he didn’t need a Thomas party when he turned four. From tracks and trains, to books, backpacks, water bottles, building blocks, iPad games, and clothing… We keep an eye out for anything Thomas related. In our country however, Thomas isn’t very popular, (unless a new movie is released) so finding anything theme related is very limited.

You can imagine not only Phoenix’s excitement, but Farrell and mine too anytime we find an engine that could be added to his collection. Phoenix has been collecting the Adventure tracks and die cast engines, as we find them to be the most durable. Trust me, his engines have been dunked into the bath, pushed through muddy puddles and fallen off cliffs i.e rocks, steps, tables or anything high up. This is not so good for the battery operated Track Masters, which on their own are great to watch going round and round, up and down on the track you’ve built.

Over the years, I have honestly loved watching Phoenix grow with his trains. He started out playing with them, and mimicking what they did in the show. We also had to help him build most of the tracks and “set the scene”. He is now able to build the tracks on his own, making the most interesting scenes. He sees what he wants it to look like in his head, and then executes it, interlocking curves, straights, adding bridges and other things along the way. If something doesn’t quite fit or look right, he quickly corrects it. He puts so much life and energy into each train he is playing with – using different voices and giving them jobs (to stay really useful of course). He can spend a long time on his own engrossed in this world. He gets creative and adds other elements depending on what is happening on the island of Sodor on that particular day (sago as snow, transporting popcorn seeds or lego blocks, water for the “wash-down”, mud, sand, you name it). The best part for me though is watching Phoenix respond to an engine that is acting “out of character”. The thought, logic and reasoning that goes into problem solving that situation is absolutely fascinating to watch.

 

Phoenix is slowly taking a liking to other toys – although Thomas and Friends still feature daily. He has even included them into our homeschooling counting activities. Joshua seems to be taking a keen interest in the engines too, but right now I think it’s more of an attraction to their bright colours, smiling faces and the fact that they have wheels! I do hope that Joshua will learn to love Thomas as much as Phoenix does… After all, there are so many things to hand down to him! Truthfully, as much as I enjoy the episodes and secretly sing along with the songs, sometimes not so secretly, I’m not sure if i’m ready to “Eat, Sleep, Thomas, Repeat” just yet!

– Cath

Working online from home

Working online from home

Right so here I am again marking down the days of Lockdown in South Africa. Our President has extended the lockdown by another two weeks. I predicted this would happen, but I am surprised that it is only 2 extra weeks… Anyway I’m sure they will extend it again.

So what am I doing to keep myself occupied? Well this new Blog and the fact that I have turned to online affiliate marketing (And let me just add that I am a baby regarding “anything online”). Fortunately I do have the ability to adapt and survive. This time it’s different with a family, it’s not only about survival but so much more. 

My fellow freelancers seem to be stressing about the “no work, no pay” nature of our industry, especially since the lockdown means productions have come to a grinding halt. I should start thinking about the same, but my mind is focused on other ways of making a living – from home.  

It’s tough at home with two kids needing our attention and trying to focus on setting up a new system of online work, but here we are carrying on at a snails pace. On the brighter side i am excited about this new venture. I can still remember leaving for work and as I’d close the front door I’d hear Phoenix saying, “I want my daddy, why does he have to go, it’s not fair”. And off I’d go for a 12 hour day, trading my time for money at the expense of splitting away from my family. Sometimes we have to do what we must and yes many of you can relate.  

I was in the SA Navy for 2 years, then a Firefighter for 6 years and have spent the last 12 years working as a cameraman. Now as I see my time as a cameraman coming to an end, I am keen to the endless possibilities of earning an income through online work. Having a family of my own makes me realise how valuable time is. What matters to me most is financial freedom and spending most of my time with my family.

So, what have i learnt about working online from home (so far)?

1 – Headphones are your best friend. You can listen to podcasts, and videos while hanging the washing, doing the dishes or even while watching the same movie you’ve seen with the kids a million times… I’ve personally been watching a variety of youtube videos about Affiliate Marketing. There are so many great tips and guidelines for beginners and much more. 

2 – You need to have some kind of daily program. Working from home with kids who are homeschooled is difficult. You need to focus on work, as what you put in is what you’ll get out (ie. money). But your kids also need undivided attention. Cath has come up with a schedule so that while one of us is focused on the kids, the other is putting time into working online. The schedule allows for free family time in the afternoon. Trust me, you’ll need a break – this is getting off the hamster wheel anyway! Our main “online window”of opportunity begins around 21:00ish for about two solid hours. This is when Cath and I can work together as the boys are fast asleep. I’m a bit of a scatter brain and Cath is the extreme opposite. But we manage to keep the balance in check…    

3 – Pinterest is not only for women. Cath has been pinning for years, and trying to get me to join in. Up until a few weeks ago, I still didn’t think it had anything to offer me. Bear in mind Cath had been wanting me to look at pins about food, kids, hairstyles, ideas for our home etc…What I’ve discovered through opening a joint account with Cath is that Pinterest has so much information to offer, from fitness ideas, to work from home information, and even photography. I am still learning how the platform works for business, as I’ve discovered it is an essential tool in the kind of online and marketing work we are interested in. You are welcome to follow our Pinterest page. 

4 – Affiliate marketing is a good place to start. With affiliate marketing, you don’t have to create your own products, or have a website. You can simply use your social media to market products you are interested in. Through marketing the products you can generate an income when people purchase the items, or sign up for a class or subscribe to an online channel. It doesn’t cost you anything to do this, when starting small. It is something that you can grow at your own pace, and eventually you can have your own following.

5 – Effort equals results. There is no ‘get rich quick’ scheme that has proven to be 100% true. Making money takes time and effort. Although affiliate marketing and other online platforms can generate an income by working from home and can be quite lucrative, you need time to create platforms, do research and choose your options. You need to put in quite a bit of time first, but once it’s up and running it gets easier…

At the end of the day, no matter how crazy things might get, this is our journey and we are excited for what lies ahead. 

– Farrell