Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Quick Ways to Supplement Your Income

Sometimes no matter how much you budget, you need extra money to meet your obligations or achieve your financial goals. Whether you are looking for a second job or hoping to nurture a fledgling business, below you’ll find five ways you can quickly start bringing in additional income – some you can even start right now.

Make Money from Your Car

With the advent of apps like Lyft, Uber and Hitch A Ride, your own car and commute can be ways for you to make some extra cash on the side. Some charge a defined rate depending on demand and the distance travelled, while others let you barter with your passengers. Just make sure you check with your insurance agency and road authority in your state or territory before you start.

Start Your Own Telco

Think running your own telecommunications company means large infrastructure and start-up costs? Not necessarily. You’ll need to consider investing in marketing and promotion, and make sure you have a solid business model, but innovative companies like Telcoinabox make breaking into this previously untenable industry viable for almost anyone.

Turn Your Hobby into a Part-Time Job

Whether yoga, baking, crafting or something completely different is your forte, chances are there is an opportunity to make some extra money doing what you love. Market stalls and social media make it possible for almost anyone to start a small business from their passion. Make sure you investigate pricing carefully to ensure you’re charging enough to cover both your costs and your time.

Sell Your Unwanted Items

Baby items and clothing your children have grown out of. The latest fitness gadget that’s collecting dust in your garage. If you look around your home, there is probably a plethora of items lying around that you could turn into cash. Websites like eBay, Craigslist and Gumtree make it cheap and easy for you to offload things you don’t want any more. Just make sure you have good photographs and honestly outline any wear, tear or damage in the description when you’re posting your classified ad.

Barter with Friends

This one won’t necessarily make you cash but it can help your money go that little bit further. Organise swaps with friends or colleagues – maybe you could carpool to work, stretch out your grocery budget further by splitting bulk buy specials with them, exchange home grown produce or even do a service swap, like offering to babysit or mow lawns in exchange for something you need help with around your house.

Whether you got an unexpected bill, want to take a holiday or need to reach some savings goals, these ideas can help you start making money straight away. Whatever your goals though, keep in mind that the best way to approach supplementing your income is to have a long-term budget in place and be working towards reaching your financial goals steadily over time.

Have you had any success making extra money quickly? What are your tried and tested income-generating methods?

Until next time,
Jada x

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Beautify Your Skin

We all know how unkind the bathroom mirror can be.
Like some kind of brooding tormentor, it can often beam back a reflection that highlights every imperfection, making your skin look like the surface of the moon after a jam fight.
Rather than reporting you're the fairest in the land, blotches, pimples and unsightly blackheads are likely to have your other half running for cover when faced with this disagreeable sight. But it’s never as bad as you think. While it’s easy to pull the duvet over your head and call in sick to work, your hang-ups can typically be washed away by following a few quick and easy skin-beautifying tips. From buying quality skincare products to drinking more water, follow this advice below and make sure your bathroom mirror only has pleasant things to report going forward ...

Purchase Top Notch Skincare Products
Whether you're young or old, tall or short, dark or light, it’s inevitable you'll have days when your skin looks decidedly below par – but by purchasing some top notch skincare products, you can keep bad skin days to an absolute minimum.
While soap and water are undoubtedly important, achieving flawless skin often requires more of a targeted approach. Consequently, a good blemish control product and blackhead remover is required to help you deal with breakouts before they take over your skin.

Guzzle More Water
It’s hardly groundbreaking advice, but women around the globe are still ignoring calls to drink more of that heavenly H2O, with nature’s very own skin booster offering a whole host of unbeatable benefits when it comes to your beauty regime.
Experts recommend you drink around eight glasses of water a day, which may sound like a lot, but it’s easy to meet your quota by swapping water for green tea and adding non-sugary juices to make a tasty and healthy drink.

Hit the Hay in a Big Way
Most of us know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, as waking up for work after a 14-hour Breaking Bad marathon is unlikely to have you in tiptop condition come the Monday morning marketing meeting.
More than this, your skin is guaranteed to suffer. Badly. Look, we know you're too busy to sleep, but if you want to keep your face blemish free, it’s vital you shoot for at least six hours of shuteye a night, leaving you well rested and ready to face whatever the day throws at you.

Now it’s your turn ...
Do you have any vital beauty tips you'd like to share with my readers? Please let mw know by leaving a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,
Jada x

Peanut-Butter, Chocolate Heaven, No Cook Flapjack Recipe!

Recently, Trex got in touch with me to see if I'd like to take part in their Father's Day baking challenge, and although the challenge was to be posted on their website, I loved mine and Spud's creations so much, I've decided to share them here on the blog for you to check out yourself!

Makes: One large flapjack. Bake time: Null. Chill time: 2 hours. Prep time: 30 minutes.
120g Trex baking butter.
325g porridge oats.
50g caster sugar.
3-5 tbsp of golden syrup.
2 tbsp of stirred up smooth peanut butter.

Decorating Ingredients:
Reeces Pieces.
Melted Galaxy chocolate.
Giant Cadburys Buttons
Milkybar buttons.

1. Place the oats, sugar and baking butter into a bowl and mix for about five minutes until you had a smooth mixed together ball.

2. Beat 2 tbsp of peanut butter in a bowl until extra smooth and creamy, add the peanut butter into the main mixing bowl and mix for a further 2 minutes.

3. Add the golden syrup and stir until it is mixed in well, add more syrup for a more sweeter taste.

4. Place the mixed up ingredients into a small cake tin, or glass pyrex dish.

1. Melt broken up pieces of Cadbury's chocolate in a glass bowl on top of a pan of boiling water.

2. You can either cover the flapjack whole so the top is coated fully with chocolate, or you can do what I done and make a pattern of some sort, and drop the melted chocolate into desired places.

3. Decorate the flapjack with toppings of your choice, I topped the flapjack with Reeces Pieces, milk and white chocolate buttons.

4. Place the flapjack in the tin or dish into the fridge and leave to cool for 2 hours.

Peanut-Butter, Chocolate Heaven, No Cook Flapjack.
Is now complete, and ready to be enjoyed and eaten! Both me and Spud are big fans of peanut-butter, and do use it in a lot of our home bakes, this has got to be one of our top three favourites though!

Until next time,
Jada x

WIN: 6 months Membership To Star Stable!

With technology improving each and every single day, it seems somewhat possible to make everything and anything virtual these days! If you don't have any credit on your phone to make a call, you can now call people through various social media apps, if you don't want to pop out in that horrendous rain to go get the daily newspaper, you can now read them online, and if you want to visit your local stables, but can't get there, you can now tend to horses online - all thanks to Star Stable!

Maybe you've never visited your local stable, or have a local stable around, maybe you love horses, but are afraid of real ones, maybe you'd love to have a horse but can't afford the expense or need some practise first? If any of those apply to you, then Star Stable is the place for you join, and I've luckily been offered the chance to giveaway 6 months worth of membership to one of my lucky readers worth £18.90!

Join over 4 million online players as you explore the beautiful 3D island of Jorvix by riding on the back of your very own virtual horse, currently ranked number one in the Virtual Horse Games ranking! The game is free to play up until level four, which is great for a little bit of practise before you set yourself up for the bigger challenges!

Subscription can be paid for one month (£4.95), three months (£11.95), six months (£18.90) or a lifetime subscription for £49!

Whether you want to play for yourself, or for your children, enter the competition below for your chance to win this amazing prize!

Until next time,
Jada x