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Happy Friday and happy March! If we can make it through the winter portion of this month, we will be rewarded with the lovely spring-like weather we all long for before we greet April, so let’s all celebrate today and be thankful! I’m thankful for so very many things right now- the fact that my family has not been adversely affected by the flooding rains we’ve been getting.

I’m thankful for my ability to work at home as a blogger and as an Avon Representative!  That’s why today showing love to both my challenging, yet rewarding work at home jobs by sharing Avon’s The End of Winter giveaway with you. Lastly, I’m thankful for you- YES, you! Thank you for being part of my community!  Now to the giveaway. 

The End Of Winter Giveaway: Hosted by Avon

Avon End of Winter giveaway #ad #AvonRep

Today is a special day the world over where women are honored and celebrated as the smart, capable, beautiful humans we are! This year one of the focal points of today is a pledge for parity and I wholeheartedly join in this pledge! 

Parity: The state or condition of being equal, especially regarding status or pay. #PledgeforParity

Celebrate International Women's Day March 8

About International Women’s Day: 

March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Women- today is our day!  I ask you- What does equality look like to you? Does it mean fair pay? Does it mean a fairer dispersal of chores and child rearing with your spouse? Does it mean more free time to just be still and replenish your soul?

I invite you to visit International Women's Day and learn how you can take the pledge and connect with others in your community and around the world!

For me, today is about being content with myself as a women, wife, mother, friend and wage earner.  The latter is the hardest and most complex for me as a work at home Mom. I don’t have a pay check waiting for me at the end of the week unless I hustle each and every day.  This is a lifestyle choice that I’m happy with most days, but as 2015 came to a close, I felt the need to change a few things to take better care of myself. Something we women should do more of!

A big reason for this change or pivot as I like to call it is due to the evolution of blogging-digital influencer industry. It has evolved over the last two years.  It has gotten far more competitive, not just for paid assignments, but for readers! The stress of bigger, faster, prettier can weigh on you. 

That’s why at the beginning of this year I added a second income stream to my portfolio; Avon.  I knew that if I wanted to be content in 2016, I needed to pivot. Not quit the blogging industry, but change how I worked within it and Avon affords me that. I can stop fretting when things are slow in the blogging industry because I have a second income stream I can work.

So today, I also honor all the direct sale trailblazers who came before me and helped build Avon into the 130 year old business it is today! From the very beginning in 1886, Avon has been about empowering women.  

Avon celebrates 130 years in business

Avon’s Chief Executive Officer Sheri McCoy said something very powerful and topical for today: 

“We believe that a world with more empowered women will create a better, more beautiful world for everyone.“

I want to help continue to break down barriers, I want my daughters to see me as successful business woman on my own terms, I want to do my part to make this world a more beautiful place for everyone, so I’ll continue to write here from my unique point of view, which is almost always positive!  I’ll be sharing my Avon journey here as well. It’s a part of My WAHM Plan now because I think it is important to show other women that working and earning at home is a possible!

I wish all women a very happy day today! Remember to value yourself, your time and your talents today and everyday!

Please share in comments: Have you had a woman impact your life in a positive way recently? How did you thank her? And, what does equality look like to you?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Markerly, however all opinions are my own.

We are just three days away from finishing up the first month of 2014 and if one of your goals for this year is to monetize your blog and increase your blogging income then joining Markerly blogging network may be a perfect solution for you. 

 I know what some of you may be thinking: you’ve joined several blogging networks, spent lots of time filling out their applications and adding your stats in their network only to never hear anything else from them after receiving the initial welcome email. 

Markerly is different.  Unlike those other networks, I was sent opportunities to apply for within the first 48 hours of joining. Yes- within 48 hours!  Markerly really does work with bloggers of all sizes. Finally, I found a network that cares about the quality of my work and my readers engagement, not just my stats. As a matter of fact, they are sponsoring this very post, so if they are happy to work with my up and coming blog, they will have opportunities for you to. Does this sound good to you? Then take a look at some of Markerly’s other features:

About Markerly:

  • Markerly is a full service managed network with 24/7 Blogger support.
  • Markerly gives you heat maps of your entire post so you can see what people were clicking on.
  • Markerly pays bloggers within 48 hours of a post going live.
  • Get free products to review like wine from companies like Last Bottle Wines and Invino or cool ear buds from Jaybird.
  • Markerly's network is open to anybody that has over 10,000 page views a month or an average of 3 comments per post.
  • Markerly is very focused on quality blog posts and bloggers that have engaged audiences.


I’m a member of several Influencer marketing networks and I have never been paid within 48 hours of my post going live. Ever! That is a huge plus for me as a blogger and brand influencer. I want to work with a company that recognizes my efforts and pays me quickly for them.

If you’ve been wanting to add another revenue stream to your blogging efforts, why not consider Influencer Marketing via sponsored posts? It’s a great way for brands to connect with bloggers and their audiences to sell more products and gain awareness. With Markerly you may get to work with brands like Levi's, Super Bowl, TruMoo, eMeals and more.

Because Markerly is unlike other influencer marketing platforms and their blogging network focuses on quality and authenticity you can write sponsored content that still feels true to you, not some cut and paste post that bears no resemblance to your natural writing style.

In my opinion Markerly is one of the best blogging network to find sponsored content opportunities and get paid to work with awesome brands. I invite you to learn more about Markerly and if you like what you see and feel you would be a good match then join Markerly’s blogging network .


Since we are on the topic of money- how would you like to win a $250 American Express Gift Card from Markerly? Just enter using the form below. A winner will be chosen on 2/27/2014!  All terms and details are listed on the entry form too. 

Good luck!

As always, I hope that you have found this post helpful in nature. Even though it is a compensated post, I only share information I feel is relevant and important to my readers. Thank you for being one. Here's to a prosperous new year for all of us!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be a good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Winter Weather Closes Schools in middle Tennessee

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We watch the evening news, hoping the bad weather will be close enough to warrant the happily awaited call from the school district announcing school closings. But, bedtime comes and the call still hasn’t come in, so the girls put on their PJ’s inside out and hang a sock on their bedroom door in an effort to bring on their heartfelt desire for snow!
The sleet starts tinkling off the roof and deck by 11pm- but still no call. The children are nestled all snug in their beds with visions of snow balls dancing in their heads- but the snow didn’t come. Just rain, sleet then ice.

At 5am, we get the school call that my husband and I knew had to come because we saw the icy sheen on our road before we finally fell asleep.
We turned off the alarms and snuggle down for some precious, indulgent sleep-in time. Secure in the knowledge that as small business owners, we only answer to ourselves if we don’t make it into work on time.

We are blessed in that way- and we know it. I still remember clearly working for a boss who didn’t care how treacherous the commute – if he could make it in, we were all supposed to make it in. Ditto, my husband’s boss, who had a big 4 wheel Jeep that could have made it through any type of weather.

As we watched the news this morning and saw all the wrecks from people spinning on ice not just here, but all across our great Nation- I stopped and said a prayer for all the Moms and Dads who had to be out in this mess for their job.  Our wee bit of ice is rapidly melting in the sun, but I know by the evening commute- some of our country roads will be slippery again.

I pray and think “But for the Grace of God go I.” I know that could easily be me out there, along with my husband- slipping and sliding and worrying our way to a job we have to get to if we want to eat.

I pray for everyone’s safety.

As I look over at my beloved children- safe and warm with me, while I hear my husband working in his shop, I tear up a little- overcome with my Blessings. 
Getting the call that schools are closed are no big deal here for us, we welcome them! But I know, for some families they are a hardship. I feel sorry for each and every one of them and vow again- not take this moment or my life for granted.

This post- although very heartfelt- is part of my job. Is there a guaranteed paycheck waiting for me on Friday? No. 
But- I wouldn’t trade being home safe and warm for a paycheck- unless I had too. And then I would hope somebody would pray for my safe return home too.

I bid your safe travels and warmth and happiness on your return home today and if you are blessed like me to be at home- stop a moment and take it all in. Capture the moment and enjoy!

Please tell me in comments what winter weather do you have today!