Three (Cheap!) Beauty Hacks You Need in Your Life Right Now

We love beauty products — and we love them even more when they don’t break the bank.  We’ve got three amazing products you have to try.  The best part (besides the fact that they actually work) is that they’re all under $15!  Whether you want longer lashes, longer hair, or clearer skin, these three babies got your back.

1.  Majestic Pure Sweet Almond Oil

Argan oil usually gets all the shine (no pun intended) but almond oil is ah-mazing for your skin and hair.  It’s super versatile and is usually hypoallergenic (unless you’re allergic to almonds).  It has lots of moisturizing vitamin E, and may even help prevent acne because of its vitamin A content.

Beauty hack:  Mix almond oil with some sugar for an all natural face scrub to exfoliate.  

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2.  aztec secret indian healing clay

This 100% calcium bentonite clay has been dubbed the “world’s most powerful facial.” Almost every mineral found on Earth is present in this volcanic ash.  It’s 100% natural and boasts over 50 skin healing and nourishing minerals. It literally pulls all the yucky stuff out of your pores; it’s amazing. You can also put a few scoops in your bath water — it helps detoxify and pull toxins out of the skin.

Beauty hack:  Make a healing face mask.  Simply mix equal parts of the powder with warm water or raw apple cider vinegar in a glass or plastic bowl. (Do not use metal, as this interacts with the clay.)  Apply it to your face and other areas of your body and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes before washing off with warm water. The absolute max to leave it on is 45 minutes. You can use it once or twice a week; up to three times a week for problem skin.  

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3.  majestic pure castor oil eyelash serum

We all want long, luxurious lashes.  While there’s certainly the option of applying falsies and extensions, those can sometimes irritate your eyes or even damage your natural lashes if they’re not applied properly.  Why take the risk?  Simply treat your lashes (or brows) with this eyelash serum and you’re likely to see a noticeable difference within a month or so.

Beauty hack:  For longer, thicker lashes and brows, apply the serum to the eyelashes with the mascara wand and at the lash line with the eyeliner brush.  Use nightly for at least a month to see results.

Get it here.

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#GlowUp2018: How to Make a Vision Board

Hey lovelies!  We’re back this week with a video on how to make your own vision board.

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals.  While writing your goals down is powerful, visualizing them is even more so!

Before you discount a vision board as a hippy dippy waste of time, keep in mind that athletes and other successful individuals use visualization all the time.  Visualization is the real deal, and science backs it.

Psychology Today reports that in one study,  weightlifters were able to activate the same patterns in their brain whether they were physically lifting hundreds of pounds or just visualizing it.

Other research has revealed that visualization practices are almost as effective as physical practice.  The same study found that engaging in both physical and mental practice is more effective than utilizing either method alone.

This is a great opportunity to get fancy and let your creativity shine.  Decorate your vision board with contact paper, use pretty push pins, rhinestone decorations, gold accents, washi tape, or whatever you think is aesthetically pleasing.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it.  Check out the video above for some great vision boarding tips.  You can also grab Olivia Avenue’s vision board planning PDF for free, here.

Video credit:  Rachelleea

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Develop These 10 Habits to Live Your Best Life

If you haven’t made any resolutions or set any goals for this year yet, you’ve still got plenty of time.

While “Go big or go home” sounds good, it’s small changes that will be the most sustainable, and thus have the most impact.

Sustainability allows for consistency, and it’s consistency — not will power — that will help you bring change.

We’ve made a list of some small, easy steps you can take to live your best life. (We also have a list of ways to make and keep your resolutions here.)

Read on to live your best life in 2018!

1. Start today, right now.

“Tomorrow” is a mythical, magical place where everything gets done. Unfortunately, “tomorrow” never comes more often than not. So seize the day, seize the moment, and get started.

The time is going to pass anyway, so get like Nike and just do it.

2. Do one radical act of self-care a week.

Celebrate yourself, just because! Whether it’s taking a class you love, getting a mani/pedi, indulging in a craving, watching a movie or a TV series, reading a book, or lighting some candles and taking a bath, get that “me time” in. Find a way to treat yourself at least once a week.

3. If it takes only a few minutes, do it now.

Procrastination is mad real. How many times do you put off simple five minute tasks like making phone calls, sending an email, or tidying something up? Similarly, if you have an extra five minutes, start a new task. You can always revisit it later.

4. Read for at least 30 minutes a day.

“Poor people have big TVs. Rich people have big libraries.” — Jim Rohn

Statistics show that the average CEO reads four to five books a month, which is four to five times more than the average person reads in a year. If you read 30 minutes a day, that’s 3.5 hours a week. You could read anywhere from 12 to 24 books a year at that rate, which is, at minimum, far greater than the four books a year the average person reads.

5. Pack lunches or cook more often than you eat out.

You’ll be in control of the ingredients, save calories, and save money. Winning!

6. Meditate for at least five minutes a day.

Meditation is a major key for living your best life. Besides the mental and physical benefits, meditation can also help teach you discipline. A disciplined mind can — and will — accomplish anything you set out to do.

7. Set a sleep schedule.

Sleep is important! Scientists say that our society is experiencing a “catastrophic” lack of sleep and it’s killing us by increasing our risks for potentially fatal diseases like heart disease, cancer, and strokes. And if that isn’t a reason to get more shut eye, we don’t know what is!

Try going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, to re-train your body to sleep.

8. Unplug & disconnect to reconnect with yourself and those around you.

In today’s day and age, we are constantly glued to our cell phones. We know; it’s addicting. If we invested the time we spend perusing social media out of boredom, habit, or entertainment in reading or learning a new skill, it would be incredibly easy to read more than thirty minutes a day or even learn a new language.

One of the biggest downfalls of being so plugged in is that we’re often tuned out. Set aside times and places that are a no-go zone for your phone, such as the dinner table, in bed, during date night, driving, the hour before bedtime, and family dinners.

Get the whole family in on the plan if you need to. These times are a gift, and we need to be fully present.

9. Make time to stretch daily.

Most of us sit for hours at a stretch, with little to no physical activity. Stretching keeps our muscles moving, increases circulation and blood flow, and can even increase our coordination. There are plenty of stretches you can do in the office or while you’re working.

10. Keep a journal.

If you’re like many, you probably kept a diary as a kid. Journaling isn’t just for kids — it’s beneficial for people of all ages. You can keep a food journal to help you reign in your eating habits, a gratitude journal to help maintain a positive mindset, or even a business journal/planner to help you map out and plan your business ideas and goals. The possibilities are endless!

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How to Set & Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2018!  Now that it’s the new year, your newsfeeds have probably been flooded with “New year, new me” posts for a few days now.  It’s not exactly nice, but it’s understandable why we side-eye the heck out of people who have been using this caption for the past ten years:  Unfortunately, while millions of Americans make resolutions, research says only about 8% manage to keep them.

That statistic is rather depressing – but you don’t have to be a dismal statistic.  Here’s how to make (and keep!) your resolutions so you can make 2018 your best year yet.

Get specific and clearly define what it is you want to do.

The most popular resolutions involve self-improvement, money, and weight loss.  Luckily, those are all things that are easy to quantify.

Resolutions like “Save money,” “Lose weight,” “Get in shape,” and “Be a better a person,” are pretty much guaranteed to fail.  They’re extremely vague, and there’s no way to measure or track your progress.  You have to clearly define what it is you want to do; otherwise, how will you know how to get there and when you’ve made good on your resolution?   If we can’t measure our progress, it’s only natural to lose motivation after a while.

Set clear goals that are measurable.  What does it mean to you to save money, lose weight, get in shape, or be a better person?

Here are some common resolutions, rewritten clearly and specifically for success:

Get in shape.   =  Be able to run a mile in 10 minutes/Do half an hour of yoga each day/Run at least 5 miles a week/Take 10,000 steps per day.

Lose weight.   =  Lose 20 pounds/Lose X amount of inches from your body.

Get healthy.   =  Drink 8 glasses of water a day/Eat X amount of fruits and vegetables per day/Exercise X amounts of time per week/Meditate for X minutes per day/Lower cholesterol, blood sugar, whatever, by X points/Get X hours of sleep per night.

Save money.   =  Save X amount of dollars in savings/Pay off X amount of debt/Invest X amount of money in Bitcoin, Forex, Acorn, or whatever other kind of investments you want to make/Contribute X amount of dollars to your retirement account.    (Bonus: If you want some creative ways to create extra cash flow, check out our post on ways to make some extra moolah here.)

Be real with yourself.

Let’s be honest.  If you’re currently pulling in $25k a year, setting a goal to save $10,000 in a year is probably unrealistic.  If you need to lose 100 pounds, a year may not be enough time for you to do so in a healthy way.  Don’t set yourself up for failure – set small, attainable, achievable goals.

Once you see yourself progressing and achieving, it will create momentum and keep you motivated.  You can always set new goals and a higher bar for yourself once you accomplish what you’ve initially set out to do.

Start small to win big.

Break it down.

In order to reach our goals, we’ve got to take some kind of action.  Once you know where you want to go, it’s much easier to figure out how to get there.

How will you save $5,000, lose 20 pounds, run a mile in 10 minutes, or develop good habits to make yourself a better person?

Will you set aside 10% of every paycheck?  Will you start a home-based business to generate some extra money?  Will you change your eating habits and swap out chips for veggies and hummus?  Will you replace a meal with a protein shake or smoothie?  Will you exercise a certain amount of time per week?  Will you read self-help books and implement one new suggestion a month?

To develop sustainable habits, you need to think logically and practically. 

Don’t overwhelm yourself and try to do it all at once.  Work on implementing one small change at a time; once you’ve mastered that, slowly add in others.  This will keep you from getting burnt out, overwhelmed, and feeling like a failure.

For example, maybe you want to lose 20 pounds, and you’ve decided to accomplish that by a) exercising five times a week, b) drinking more water, and c) eating healthier, but you haven’t seen the inside of a gym since March 2017, and you regularly chomp down on chips and soda in the office.  Start by getting yourself to the gym once or twice a week, then swapping out your chips for nuts, veggies and hummus, or fruits.  Once you’ve got that down, you can start working in your protein shakes, increasing your gym days, and making more dietary changes, like swapping soda for fruit-infused sparkling water.

Track your progress.

It’s easy to lose motivation when you can’t measure your goals, because if you can’t measure your goals, you don’t see any progress, which is why most people end up losing steam and failing.  Since you’ve clearly defined your goals, now you can measure them!

As any psychology pro knows, if you can measure it, you can change it.

This will also allow you to identify any plateaus or backslides, so you can evaluate what the contributing factors and barriers were.  That way you can effectively problem solve and re-adjust your efforts as and where needed.

One of our favorite methods is creating a habit tracker in a journal.

Put it on your calendar.

Stuff that gets scheduled gets done.  When you hear people say they “don’t have time,” it really means “That’s not a priority for me right now.”  If you want to change, you have to make it a priority.  Change doesn’t happen by accident.  It happens with deliberate decisions.

 Set a schedule for yourself to declutter, review your budget weekly, meal plan and prep, exercise, read self-improvement books, or do whatever it is you need to do to hit your goals.

Show up for yourself the same way you show up to appointments with your boss, doctor, or friends.   

Build your tribe.

It’s much easier to make change when you have a stellar support system.  Tell your friends and family about your goals – they can help keep you on track.  A supportive friend that knows you’re trying to lose weight or save money isn’t going to invite you out to binge on pizza and or waste your money drinking at the bar multiple times a week.

You can even join a Facebook group for likeminded individuals, where you can exchange ideas, get support and pep talks when you’re feeling stuck, and celebrate your successes.

Focus on progress, not perfection.

All or nothing thinking is a trap.  It’s easy to say “Whoops, I ate chips today; the day is ruined, I’ll eat whatever I want for the rest of the day because I already screwed up.  I’ll start again tomorrow.”

No!  If you think like that, you’ll be stuck in a never-ending cycle of tomorrows.  If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up – be gentle with yourself, and get back on as soon as possibleSetbacks aren’t a barrier to success; they’re a part of success.

 

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You don’t have to wait for “tomorrow” to start making better decisions that will get you where you want to go – every moment is a chance to change.  You don’t need to be perfect, because you can’t and you won’t be perfect.  Aim for being “pretty good” most of the time, and you’ll get where you want to go all of the time.

 

Treat yo self.

Instead of punishing yourself for straying off track, reward yourself for staying on track and accomplishing things, no matter how small.

Try not to use a reward system that will sabotage your goals – too often people will reward themselves for exercising or losing weight by eating junk food, or reward themselves for saving by splurging.  Instead, if you lost a few pounds, reward yourself with a new outfit.  If you’ve kept your gym schedule, treat yourself to a new pair of gym shoes or a class pass for something new you want to try, like belly dancing or salsa lessons.  If you’ve managed to save 10% of your income for a month, treat yourself by contributing an extra $20 to your savings, vacation fund, or investment account.

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11 Ways to Make Extra Cash for Christmas!

Tis the season to be jolly…..and if you’re like a lot of Americans, rack up some holiday credit card debt.

A November 17, 2017 report by CNBC mentions that almost half of people who charged Christmas to their credit cards last year still haven’t paid it off yet, almost a year later. Yikes!

This year, Americans are projected to plunk down an average of about $660 for gifts.

If the idea of starting the new year with more debt makes you cringe, you aren’t alone. We love Christmas, but we’re not digging the debt.

The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to cut back on Christmas…you just need to create some extra cash flow. How awesome would that be?!

Luckily, in the age of the Internet, making money – and spending it! – has never been easier. Santa’s got a list, and so do we, although we’re kind of biased and we think our list might be a little bit better than St. Nick’s.

Our list is a list of ways you can generate some quick Christmas cash this holiday season.

No, we aren’t going to tell you to stop eating avocado toast or chuck your iPhone. We’re going to give you a list of ways you can easily make some moolah.

Ready? Here we go!

1. Have a (Virtual) Yard Sale.

Let’s be honest. We’ve all got a ton of stuff lying around that we aren’t using, so be it toys, DVDs, books, household appliances, or whatever miscellaneous odds and ends you have stashed in drawers, in the back of your closets, and camped out in the garage. You can de-clutter your home and make some extra cash by having a yard sale.

If a yard sale isn’t your thing, you can quickly and easily slang your stuff on eBay, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, or apps like OfferUp.

You’d be surprised how much you can earn on things that were just lying around collecting dust!

2. Clean Out Your Closet!

Are you really going to wear that kind of awful Christmas sweater Aunt Karen gave you last year? Or those jeans you swore you’d get back in for the last two years that still don’t fit? Or those heels that you bought because they were cute, but can’t wear more than an hour? Probs not.

So why not gather up all your gently-used items and head to a Plato’s Closet or similar store? They pay cold, hard cash for your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories.

A general rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it or worn it in a year, set it aside for someone who will.

Don’t forget to clean out mini-me’s closet, too. You can head to Once Upon a Child and sell kids gear for some extra dough.

3. Get Paid to Buy Groceries. (Even Beer Counts!)

Yes, this is a real thing. Apps like Ibotta give you cash back on tons of brands at tons of stores – you can even get cash back for things you purchase on Amazon. As a bonus, you’ll get $10 just for signing up and redeeming your first offer. They can also pay out via PayPal, so you can cash out quick. Sign up here; it only takes a minute!

4. Drive for Uber/Lyft.

If you’ve got a few spare hours and a car, you can make some extra money driving for Uber or Lyft . The holiday time is likely a prime time to pick up passengers, with all the holiday travel, events, and parties – and the subsequent need for designated drivers. Word on the street is that some companies even have some generous sign on bonuses available. Here’s a $10 credit to sign up with Lyft!

5. Earn Cash Back on Everyday Stuff.

There’s a nifty little app called Dosh that automatically gives you cash back for purchases at over 100,000 hotels, restaurants, and online stores; places you probably actually frequent quite often, like Chuck E. Cheese’s, Target, Nike and more.

The app links to your credit or debit card, watches your purchases, and gives you cash back as you spend.  Absolute magic.  I earned almost $10 in less than five minutes just by linking my cards.

If you’re traveling, you can bolster your account with a $25 bonus for booking your hotel via the app.

You can cash out via PayPal or to your bank account.  Why not get paid for stuff you’re already doing?!

6.Use Your Facebook Stalking Skills For Something Productive.

Just kidding, we know you aren’t a Facebook stalker.  But seriously, now you can put your web sleuthing skills to good use to earn some extra money.

There’s an online company that does research for customers; it’s called Wonder.  Some of Wonder’s big clients are HP, Johnson & Johnson, and other big-name brands you’ve likely heard of.

So check this out:  Wonder is actively hiring web researchers.  Wonder advertises that its top researchers earn about $15 to $25 an hour.

You’ll set your own schedule and work as little or as much as you want, from the comfort of your own home.  If you’ve got some spare time and an Internet connection, and like doing research, it’s an easy breezy way to earn some extra bucks.

You can apply here.

7. Put the Pen to the Paper…Err, Web Page.

Fancy yourself a writer?  If you can write a quality blog post, there are sites that pay over $100 per post.  Yes, you read that right — $100 or more per post.  You can check the list out here.

If you’ve got a niche – baking, gaming, tech, weddings, fitness, health, nutrition, whatever — you can hit up problogger.com for job listings.

8. Donate Plasma. (And Save Lives!)

Yes, we said it.  In all honesty, plasma donation is a gift that gives back – you’ll earn some extra cash (it can even be in the hundreds), and you’ll also be saving lives.  How’s that for the holiday spirit during the season of giving?

Google plasma centers near you to learn more.

9. Share Your Opinions.

You probably do this for free on social media all the time anyway.  Why not get paid for it?!

While there are several sites that seem kind of scammy, there are also some legit moneymaking opportunities out there if you know where to go.

Our favorites picks are: Survey Junkie, which pays you via PayPal; Pinecone Research, also pays via PayPal; and Inbox Dollars, where you can earn money for taking surveys, watching TV, or buying things online.  You’ll get $5 just for signing up.   How easy is that?! Additional Survey Option: Survey Voices 

10. Shop Til You Drop.

The Internet has 110% changed the way we shop.  Amazon Prime spoiled us with its readily available inventory and two day shipping, and because the Internet is the home of the latest, greatest, and fastest innovations, InstaCart was born.

InstaCart basically lets people shop their local grocery stores, like Publix, online, and have their groceries delivered – and you can sign up to be a shopper and/or deliver groceries.

You can work as much or as little as you want.  Apply here.

11. Start a Home-Based Business.

If you’ve read about Millionaire Mom Society, you’ll know that we’re in existence to empower entrepreneurs with tools and resources to start, grow, and scale up their businesses, control their schedules, and control their income– specifically, people who want to work from home, online.   We’ve got several options available for people who are seriously interested in working from home or just making some extra cash.  There are marketing opportunities, trading opportunities, and even Bitcoin opportunities – you can check it all out here.  There’s no experience necessary, and you can change your life with just a few clicks.  Change is seriously only a click away!

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Like we said, Santa’s got his list and he’s checking it twice – but you should probably revisit ours more than that.  While other people are packing on the dreaded holiday pounds and shrinking their wallets this holiday season, you can be fattening up your wallet thanks to our income-generating secrets.  How’s that for a secret Santa?!

Drop a comment below and let us know what method you’ll be trying out first – and how you’ll be spending your cash!

As always, we love hearing from you – drop us some suggestions of your own, let us know how you liked ours, or just wish us a happy holiday here.

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