Become a Pinterest VA Today! 5 Amazing Things About This Course

My review in this fantastic course that will skyrocket your knowledge aboutPinterest!

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to give you a little glimpse into an incredible course that you absolutely must take if you’re looking to become a Pinterest virtual assistant! Become a Pinterest VA Today!

It’s the course I took to learn the in’s and out’s of Pinterest and put it to use helping bloggers and entrepreneurs drive more traffic to their websites. It gave me all the tools and confidence I needed to create my business from the ground up.

The course was put together by Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook and Kristen Larsen of Believe in a Budget. They are extremely successful and knowledgeable business owners (and awesome ladies in general) who started as virtual assistants themselves. Now they have created incredibly valuable tools and resources to help those of us who dream of having  our own business and being able to have the freedom to spend time with our families and live life the way we want to.

There are so many valuable aspects of this course, but for now I’ll keep it at five.

1.The Fundamentals of Using Pinterest for Business

You’ll learn all the platform basics…

How to set up your clients Pinterest business account

Enabling rich pins

Linking Pinterest analytics to your clients website

Setting up your client’s

How to set up, create and organize boards

How to find influencers to follow and join group boards

2. Introduction to Tailwind

Tailwind is probably one of the most valuable tools you can have. I know I’m hooked, and I can’t live without it! Being able to spend a few hours and schedule your pins to go out on auto-pilot and not have to think about pinning for a week (or month) is one of the most amazing things by far! I still like to pin manually here and there (I’m very addicted to Pinterest lol!) but being able to schedule the bulk of your pins all in one shot ahead of time, is a huge time saver!

3. Introduction to Canva

Canva is amazing! Even if you’re the farthest thing from a graphic designer and have no clue what you’re doing (like me at first!) Canva is very simple to use and Kristin walks you though the basics to create beautiful, Pinterest-worthy pins! Graphic design was the last  thing I thought I’d be into ( I haven’t always been very artistic) but this tool makes it so easy that it becomes very addictive!

4. Where to Find and How to Land Clients

Who makes for a good client

Where to find them

What to ask in the interview process

All about invoices and contracts

5. Establishing and Expanding Your Practice

Once you’ve got all the Pinterest basics covered and have landed a few clients, you’ll learn how to find higher paying clients, increase your client income and get referred to other potential clients.

There’s also a ton of Q&A’s! You’re bound to have at least a few questions that you’ll find in-dept answers to there.

Another fantastic element are the downloads! Spreadsheets, guides, pricing options and so much more! They really do break down everything there is to know about how Pinterest works and how to utilize it for business.

This course is loaded with skills and information that will fully eneable you to kick butt as a PVA! I mean, theses ladies put a lot of work into this!

On top of that, they’ve also just opened the PVA Shop, so now all of the highly valuable tools and resources they offer are in one neatly, organized place. A free PVA workbook to get you started, pin templates, workbooks and of course… Become a  Pinterest VA Today! where you can sign up or hop on the wait list. That’s only to name a few, there’s so much more, including other great marketing and VA courses!

I wanted to give youan idea of what the course entails but honestly, this doesn’teven begin tocover it. There’s justso much to learn! It’severything you need to become a Pinterest master, but it’s more than that… it’s about learning how to create and maintain a successful business.

If you want to become a Pinterest virtual assistant and build your own home based business, you truly cannot go wrong taking this course! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and I know it will put you on the path to achieving your dreams!

If you do decide to join Become a Pinterest VA Today, please share your thoughts on the course and your plans for your future business. I’d love to hear them! 💕

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How I’ve Gained More Patience With My Toddler (It’s Easier Than You May Think)

I’ve been having a difficult time lately dealing with my toddler’s behavior. Not because she’s a bad girl (because she’s really not), but because it feels like shes everywhere at once and I’m scrambling to keep up. She has to touch everything!  Sometimes I swear she has eight arms. 😩

She’s also developed quite the personality and is asserting her independence. She wants to do everything for herself which is wonderful, but also tough and exhausting and usually results in me getting hurt, which is when I start to feel I’m going to lose my cool.

Of course I know that she doesn’t mean to hurt me. She’s not just hauling off and hitting me, but she’s always underfoot, taking things out of my hands, accidentally head butting me, and the list goes on…It’s mostly because she wants to help with everything and be involved with everything and honestly that’s a good thing and something I should be encouraging. So I’ve been making a conscious effort to start having more patience and try to change the way I handle the not-so-great behavior.

The other night she started to have a complete meltdown because it was close to bedtime and she was overtired and everything was setting her off. She started wailing, but instead of getting upset I decided to try humor instead. I grabed a blanket off the bed and started a game of peek-a-boo! I know it sounds funny, and I was acting like a complete fool, but it worked!

She started cracking up and I was able to avoid the meltdown and continue getting her ready for bed in a playful way. Of course I have to change tactics a bit when she’s in need of actual discipline but when she’s just cranky or exhausted and doesn’t know what to with herself, I just switch to silly goofball mode and flip both our moods.

Getting angry was no good for either one of us and it does nothing to help the situation so I finally just had to make a change. Of course I still get angry, and it’s very hard sometimes, but I just listen to the little voice in my head reminding me of how much worse it will be for both of us if I yell and force myself to stay calm.

Now I know what you’re thinking… easier said than done. But you know what? Once I started to do it and see the immediate positive effect it had on her (and me) it kind of became addictive! Even when she really was doing something wrong and I needed to discipline her, the more calm I was, the better she listened. When you start to see such positive results, it really does become so much easier to do it!

I would’ve never believed it a week ago when I was still exasperated, yelling and at the end of my rope but I guess I had just hit the point where I was so tired of being upset so much and just had to try something different.

The change has been so wonderful that I just had to share with any of you mamma’s (and papa’s) out there that are trying to navigate the toddler years and want to find a way to have more patience. It’s still hard, and I still need to give myself a little mental pep talk whenever she starts to push my buttons, but knowing that keeping myself calm is really going to work, is great motivation to keep trying! The more you do it, the happier you’ll be, I promise!

It’s not a complete cure-all, there are going to be times when we get angry and yell, mommin’ is flipping hard! But getting down to her level and talking to her in a calm manner, I’m actually getting through to her, rather than just blowing my top and having us both end up crying 😓 I don’t know what made me change it up, I’ve been trying for quite a while, but I’m so glad I did!

I really hope you can take something away from my experience and that it works for you. I really think it will! If I can help even one stressed out mom deal with her toddlers shenanigans in a more calm and pleasant way I’ll be ecstatic!

If you have any tips on how to handle your feisty toddler please share in the comments, parenting advice is always welcome! 😄


7 Essential Oil Recipes I Can’t Live Without

Hello friends! Today I want to share with you some of my favorite DIY products with essential oils. I started making some of my own household products with essential oils when I was pregnant with my daughter 3 years ago and I can’t imagine living without them now.

They’re so quick and easy to make, work really well, and save you a boatload of money! You also get piece of mind in knowing that you don’t have harsh and dangerous chemicals laying around.

The measurements can be adjusted based on your preferences, especially with the essential oils, but a little goes a long way. 😊 Also, I use coconut oil but you can use any carrier oil of your choice. Avocado oil is a great alternative, especially if you have nut allergies in the family.

My personal favorite for essential oils is Plant Therapy. They’re high quality and really affordable, and they’re a family owned and operated company,  really dedicated to the well being and satisfaction of their customers.

I’ve replaced a ton of everday products with essential oils but I’ve narrowed them down to my top 7 for today. So here we go!

Foaming hand soap~

I love making my own hand soap. There are so many variations. You can get creative with different essential oils and create a range of blends. Antibacterial, relaxing, energizing, etc… You can re-use a store bought foaming hand soap dispenser or buy one here if you’d like. Here are my 3 faves…


1/2 cup Castile soap

1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil

1/4 cup water

2 squirts Vegetable glycerine (optional)

20-30 drops Lemon essential oil

Lavender ~

1/2 cup Castile soap

1/2 cup melted Coconut oil

1/4 cup water

2 squirts Vegetable glycerine (optional)

20-30 drops Lavender essential oil

Immune Boosting ~

1/2 cup Castile soap

1/2 cup melted Coconut Oil

1/4 water

2 squirts Vegetable glycerine (optional)

20-30 drops Plant Therapy Germ Fighter

(Smells amazing!)

Combine all ingredients in your dispenser, replace the nozzle and shake vigorously.

Floor Cleaner~

3 cups water

1/2 cup white vinegar

20 drops Lemon essential oil

10 drops Tea Tree essential oil


20 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

The 3 essential oils I use here, Lemon, Tea Tree (also known as Melecula) and cinnamon bark, are my favorite for cleaning. Lemon is a wonderful all purpose cleaner with a great fresh scent, Tea Tree is antibacterial and antifungal (an amazing EO!), and cinnamon bark is antibacterial as well and smells great. They all have countless uses and benefits!

I like the Libman reusable mop (you can find it in your local supermarket) because you can make your own solution and it has a cleaning pad that you can throw in the washer and re-use. If you prefer to use a traditional mop and bucket though, that would work fine too. 😊

Kitchen/Glass Cleaner~

This stuff is great for all of your kitchen surfaces. I also absolutely love it for cleaning glass, doesn’t leave a single streak!

Fill a 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle halfway with water and add:

1/4 cup white vinegar

20 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

Produce wash ~

Fill a 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle halfway with water and add:

1/4 cup white vinegar

20-30 drops Lemon essential oil

Spray your fruit and vegetables, let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse thoroughly with water.

Sleepy time Blend ~

My toddler loves this! She calls it her “pretties” and puts it on like perfume 😍

Fill a rollerball bottle halfway with melted coconut oil (tip: go very slowly, it fills up quickly. I found this out the hard way, yikes!) Then add 5 drops Lavender essential oil and 3 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil and give it a little shake.

You can adjust it a bit to your preference but the Roman chamomile is very strong and can overpower the lavender. They smell amazing together though! By far, one of my all time favorite blends. I dab some on my toddlers neck (and mine!) and it helps calm her down and ease into sleep. Another great option is to fill a 16 oz glass spray bottle with water and add 10-20 drops Lavender and 5-10 drops Roman Chamomile and spray your bedding before climbing in at night. Incredibly relaxing!

Ant Repellent ~

I can’t possibly tell you how much I love this stuff! If you have those annoying little sugar ants, or any ants, this spray will be your best friend!

Fill a 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle 3/4 full with water, add 30 drops or so of Peppermint essential oil, give it a shake and spray your windowsills, doorways, and anywhere you notice ants, a couple times a day and give those little buggers the boot for good!

Sunburn Remedy~

This one is a life-saver! It provides instant relief from even severe sunburns. In fact, Lavender is fantastic for all burns, it’s a great analgesic (pain reliever).

Fill a 16 oz pump bottle about 3/4 full with melted Coconut Oil (or carrier oil of choice), add 20-30 drops Lavender essential oil. Gently apply to sunburned area.

Frankincense essential oil is fantastic for bruises!

This one isn’t a recipe but if you rub about 5 drops or so of Frankincense on a bruise 3 times a day, after a few days you will see an incredible difference. It speeds up the healing process like crazy!

Those are all for today, but I’m sure I’ll have another post of some more faves soon! I really hope you find these usefull and enjoy them!

Do you have any DIY products that you love? Please share in the comments or email me. I’d love to write a post of my readers favorites! 😄

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❄First Snow❄

Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of winter. I’m not a skier or snowboarder (though someday I swear I’m going to learn!) There’s almost nothing I enjoy about winter, and like most other people I dread the ridiculously low temperatures, the slush, the dreadfully early hour it turns pitch black and feels like midnight when I’m cooking dinner… and this year, with a toddler in tow, I’m sure many new challenges will arise, ugh. The only thing I love about winter, besides it’s end, is the first snow.

There really is something magical about it. The quiet, peaceful calm. The huge fluffy snowflakes, the beautiful blanket of fresh white snow, completely untouched, before it’s been driven on and walked in and turned into a dirty mess.

It’s December 9th and we’ve just had our first snow and man did it come fast! I walked into the store just as it was starting and walked out less than an hour later and it was a winter wonderland! We went from zero to blizzard in no time flat! No little dusting here! It was one of those big, beautiful all day storms (that I usually prefer to watch from my window) resulting in several inches of fluffiness and thickly covering the trees (one of my favorite sights!), looking like something out of a photograph.

It really was pretty perfect. My little girl’s reaction was priceless. She kept saying wow!, and trying to catch snowflakes… It was awesome. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t remember last winter, she was only a year old, so its a wholenew experience again. The only disappointment was that I couldn’t take her out to really play in it because she s sick, but I’m determined to make up for it soon! I’m positive that I’ll regret saying this but right now I’m excited for winter! Bring on the snow!

What about you? Do you love winter or hate it? Let me know! 😄


They Grow Up Way Too Fast

I was watching my little girl play with her blocks earlier, and while she wasn’t building the Empire State Building or anything, I found myself so amazed by her. By how much she’s grown and learned, especially over the last 6 months. It seems just yesterday she couldn’t even fit two blocks together and now she’s building towers and flying “airplanes”.

It’s amazing to me just how fast she catches on to things and how much she takes in. Of course we know our kids are sponges, that they absorb everything, but it’s just incredible to see the new things they come up with every day, even without his teaching them, all the little mannerisms they pick up from us.

Just about every day she’s surprising me with new sentences, her vocabulary is really expanding, it’s so cool how well she’s communicating now! Well it’s cool when she’s not saying, “no I don’t want to Mama”! Haha! She’s asserting her independence and of course wants to do everything herself, which is wonderful, and usually messy and exhausting.

And then there are the moments when she’s ramming her baby doll stroller into my feet shrieking “mama toes”!, trying to climb me like a tree while I’m washing the dishes, turning my kitchen into a waterpark, and melting down every five minutes the last hour before bed because she’s exhausted and fighting me on everything, that I want to run for my life!

But then she melts my heart again when she runs up and hugs me saying, “love you Mama”, says “mama you alright”? when I stub my toe or bang my elbow( which I do way too much), has me kiss and tuck in her stuffies at night, and says please and thank you for just about everything. Her manners are awesome for a 2 year old!

As hard as it may be sometimes, and I mean really hard, to not let the terrible two’s get to me, I try as much as possible to keep my cool and not rush time because before I know it she’s not going to need me as much or want to be by my side every minute. Someday she will be a teenager sitting upstairs in her room wanting her privacy and “mama” will be embarrassing and she won’t want me around, so I hang on to these moments as much as I can because before I know it they’ll be gone.

I’m sure you’ve got tons of great stories about your little ones, I’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments! 😄


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