To all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends etc.: Zero waste baby wipes, yes, it is a thing…. Wipe toxins are at 5-7 out of 10 for regular wipes. I looked this up when I was asked to bring wipes to a friend’s baby shower. I was alarmed at the toxin rate looked up a zero waste method and, found one! I bought chemical free, bleach free, harm free wash clothes for babies they were bamboo wash cloths. Here what you need:
Recipe: Boil 221ML of Water. Mix the coconut oil with warm water before putting them in the jar. Put wash clothes into glass container. Put cooled water into glass container and, 1TBSP of coconut oil. Close glass jar and, shake. Bam zero waste wipes. Once you use up the wipes you wash them and, the jar and, then reuse. There is no chemical harm, ph problem etc… And, you are not wasting wipes. If you want more zero waste tips please put it in the comments below and, I will write an article on what you request.
As I am listening to some tunes and, catching up on some blog writing I thought I’d chat with you all. This week has been a week of extremely hard work. No, I wasn’t digging any holes or, building a house but, I was building my eBay store. Between ebay ( which, to be fair is getting most of my time), Amazon, Blogging and, YouTube I am a bit exhausted. I actually enjoy being this busy and, it is such a thrill to try to get these businesses to where I would like them to be. Reality is that I have at least three loads of laundry to wash, a dirtybathroom to clean and, a dirty room to clean. They aren’t disgusting but, it’s getting to be where I really need to clean but, where do I find the time… Well, considering that I find cleanness a necessity I need to prioritize. I talked on my instagram story about the importance of balancing work and, life when working from home. Honestly, I am actually really lucky I am single, live in my parents house and, have limited responsibilities. A lot of resellers that work from home are parents and, do not have as much as me to dedicate to their business yet, they are extremely successful. It is funny how much work I have actually been doing and, how much busier I am since opening up my eBay store. It is also, exciting and, a challenge that I am really to take on. Waking up earlier is going to have to happen for me and, utilizing my book to schedule. My number one priority is my health and, fitness which, I always make time for and, I would say the other ranking priority is my business where I need the money to support myself. Adding into my schedule will have to be laundry and, cleaning. I will also, be adding in daily walks and, yoga in the morning and, at night. Since I am sitting a lot or standing there isn’t constant movement like, walking which is a must for me. I thrive when I take walks and, do yoga. Giving my body energy through exercise will help me during my very long work days. Today, was a rare day where I went to the park with my family for lunch and, got to play frees-bee. That is how I want me days to be, I work hard and, I play hard. I also, got some stuff done for both my Amazon and, eBay store and, hoping that some problems will be resolved. My parents helped me by doing some excel spreadsheetitem inventory which, will be a big help when I go to list all of my items. I posted promotions in all my stores because I am looking to drive traffic to them. I have run a few ads for the first time on Amazon which, had seemed to be helping, I will have to look into the analytics. I also, took pictures of all the items that are going to be listed tomorrow on eBay. And, the freaking Long Term storage Fee for Amazon had me so salty this week when, I had to pay to ship items that didn’t sell back to my house. Needless to say there has been an influx of boxes and, a shortage of space which, is why all those items will be listed on eBay; I do not play around I got right to work unloading them and, listing them on eBay. There are a lot of item and, it will take me awhile but, rest assured I will have them all listed. That promoted my $1 off 4 books promotion going on in my eBay store right now! I have been so concentrated on my typing I didn’t hear the music turn off finally realized and, it’s back. Anyway, I want to make sure I am not just listing books this week so, I will tackle two of the Goodwill Bin bags that need to be listed and, half of one of the boxes in my office of clothes. In case you didn’t know any excess inventory you have laying around is called a dead pile, I do not want dead piles, dead piles equal money sitting around. Right now I have at least ten piles between my clothes, goodwill bin bags and, books that just came in. Ahhh….. That is way too many at most I would want one small dead pile in case of an emergency and, even that pile I wouldn’t have lying around for long. I averaged about 52.5 hours of work in the past five days. That is a rough estimate and, I somehow managed to have enough energy to make every single class at the gym that I go to Monday-Thursday! I don’t think I understood what tired was… Of course, I want these businesses to be successful so, I try all ways possible through social media to promote them. I made a news letter for my eBay store today because I felt I needed one. I will provide the picture below if you all would like to see it. Guess what is coming up in March? It’ book sale season! I am beyond excited and, a little nervous about juggling eBay and, Amazon during the book sale season. The challenge is quite compelling though, and, I just love doing both. One of my goals is to save up for a liquidation purchase of clothing that I can sell on both, ebay and, Amazon. No, I didn’t forget about Poshmark or, Vinted where I have been putting all the clothing/shoes I’m selling on eBay on that platform as well. Let me know if there is anything you’d like me to talk about when it comes to my businesses or, reselling. I will try to answer your questions in an article at least once a week. Although, I have been swamped I have drafted a bunch of posts when it comes to selling and, I will be posting them throughout the Spring and, Summer so, get on the email list where it will notify you when, a new post is up. Fashionista’s I haven’t forgotten about you I will be bringing you some posts in March as well!
Recently, I have been asked about scanners I use as an amazon fba seller. I chatted a little bit about it on my Instagram amazon_fba_seller and, decided I wanted to go into further detail on here. I started as an Amazon FBA seller about three years ago and, have had a bit of a slow start. Despite my best efforts to sell books an, venture into new items Amazon has been a bit of a challenge for me. The start up costs are expensive and, the pay back is defiantly worth it but, I have not had too much money to invest which is why my progress has gone a bit slow. I have recently venture into different items and, would like to learn how to purchase liquidation so, I am able to sell clothing etc. on Amazon. I have been following a lot of sellers who have been in the game longer and, are really hustling. If you all did not know I opened my ebay store three weeks ago and, have been listing away. If you want to check out my items that I have for sale I will leave a link below. Now that I think I have actually grasp selling on Amazon I want to give you what you have been asking in regards to scanners.
You already pay for it and, it is easy to download apps. I use Scanpower and, ASellertool. When the book sale season is not in progress Scanpower is the app I scan with and, when book sale season is in progress I use ASellerTool.
Scanpower: Used to scan inventory into Amazon and, scan products to be able to see if they are worth selling on Amazon. Scanpower has a new plan if you scan 42 items it is free. If you do not have a lot of money to work with this is great to use for the first couple of months. Scanpower does need the internet so, you will need a hotspot or, to sign into the internet where ever you are. Book sales normally have internet that you are able to use but, there are two times I had to borrow a hotspot because the internet and, reception didn’t work well. This is where the ASeller Tool comes into play.
ASellerTool: You can scan for live search on your phone or, have scanners with the data in them in which, you would not need the internet. The data is downloaded by you the night before the book sale. ASellerTool can be a bit pricey but, well worth it especially with how fast the scanners are pulling up items that you just scanned. It improved my scanning time at book sales by at least 60-70%.
Here are the ones I used as well as, pda. It took me about two years to save up to purchase them.
These are pdas
Dell Axim x51
Dell Axim x51v
Here are the scanners that I use:
You will also, need Compact Flash with at least 4GB so, it can fit all the data that needs to be stored when you are scanning to see how much a book is worth. I had no idea of the size that I needed and, then I talked to ASellerTool support at least two long conversations before even knowing that the 1GB I had was not going to work. Learn from my mistakes!
You are set to go to a book sale and, start to scan make sure you download the new data on your compactflash the night before a book sale or, you will not have the updated data and, your pricing won’t be accurate.
While I can say today went interestingly… It has been awful weather here with the constant rain which, has been exhausting me. I actually have a B12 deficiency and, haven’t been able to get my B12 shot in 3 months because it took that long to renew my insurance. So, I finally got it and, I am actually feeling much better after a few hours after being injected. Rewind to this morning when my alarm went off for 7 a.m. joke was on me because I woke and, felt like I hadn’t slept in over a week. I didn’t even hit snooze I turned that alarm off and, went right to sleep. I woke up around 10 a.m. still completely exhausted. I threw on my robe and, headed downstairs at about 11 a.m. did yoga which was amazing and, made my first smoothie of the day after. I chowed down on that and, had my snack of celery and m homemade peanutbutter at around 12 p.m. While eating my snack I worked on my freelance article and, finished at about 2:30 p.m. By then was so hungry I couldn’t wait to have lunch! Lunch was half a piece of Ezekiel bread, 1 cup cucumber, 1/4 cup of chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts, red onion and, I put a little vegan mayo on the bread because I didn’t want balsamic dressing on my sandwhich. Still unable to shake off being tired I head downstairs to rest and recover. At about 4 p.m. I had my second smoothie with some frozen mango, 1 banana, almond milk and, a scoop of vegan protein powder. Before I ate the smoothie I had two pieces of vegan quinoa chocolate ( not part of the meal planning). This smoothie was one of the most filling things I had all day and, I didn’t eat until about 7:20 p.m. My mom had called and, said she wanted to have a movie night with me and, that I should rest. I was planning on going to zumba but, probably would have been a terrible idea seeing that even speaking to her was making me tired. For dinner I had two small corn tortillas, 3/4 a cup of vegetarian refried beans (they were vegan as well), 1 cup of lettuce, salsa and, 1/4 avocado. Then during the movie I had popcorn that I popped with vegan butter and, some black licorice. Now, in hindsight probably could have had less licorice but, over all I think I did pretty well. I may have to add a little more food but, I can say I was satisfied after my dinner. Over the next couple of weeks I will be working out a lot more so, stay tuned to hear about that. Overall I am pleased and, very grateful for the B12 shot otherwise I would need to live somewhere that has sunshine all the time! I wouldn’t be opposed to living in a very sunny place but, it is N.J. for now. And, a dreary season ahead. I hope with working out, eating well and, taking the correct vitamins that my energy level will be back up where it needs to be. Oh, I got the article all edited and, sent it a few minutes ago in case you all were wondering. It is currently 10:53 p.m. and, I am going to watch a few YouTube videos and, get to bed. Hoping to get a lot of Amazin, Poshmark and, ebay work done tomorrow as well as, laundry, office cleaning, room cleaning and, possibly cleaning the shower.. Which reminds me that I need to get in a shower tomorrow and, get myself ready for the day. I find that if I do my hair/makeup and, get dressed like I would be going to work it motivates me to make my day that much more productive. Hopefully tomorrow I will write that I accomplish everything on my list.
It is so late I really need to got to bed but, I wanted to share with you where I am at for all my businesses in 2017. I just started selling on ebay and, my goal is to have about 300 items listed every week in 2017 which, is going to be a challenge but, one I am ready to work very hard for. My ebay isn’t getting too much attention but, with hard work, more listings and, learning I am hoping to increase my watchers to at least 20 for now but, I hope to have them in the hundreds or thousands by the end of 2017. Poshmark has been moving like a snail and, I am trying to work from a new angle but, I am not sure why I haven’t been getting many bites even with my ongoing promotion. Poshmark has been a bit of an enigma that I am determined to solve. Amazon continues to grow and, I must feed it inventory every week or I can kiss my chances of making $3,000 a week goodbye. I understand how many products I need to sell in order to make close to a certain amount of money. I am still figuring out Amazon and, we are by no means making money off of it at the moment but, that is because I don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in Amazon. I am starting to focus back up on my blog and, trying to make money off of that because I think it is entirely possible. I have different topics I will be focusing on in order to gain more followers and, companies that want to run ads on my blog. YouTube although, I am absolutely in love with making videos I do not think I will be able to make money off of my channel but, I will continue to produce videos because I do have 51 fabulous followers and, I just enjoy it so much! Yes, there is more… I am continuing to do Freelance jobs because I need to make money and, enjoy writing for the companies. Freelance is really where I am bringing money in and, my plan is to make about $1,000 a month with Freelance which will require a lot of work. I think I covered everything haha… I really do work very hard and, I know it will pay off in the long run. It does deprive me a bit of a social life but, it is hard to have a social life without making money right? It is funny with all of these jobs I always here why don’t you get a part time job…. Well, although, I may not be making enough money to live on at the moment if I continue to work extremely hard it will pay off. I would not do will in a 9-5 job I am a creative person, explorer, boundary pusher who is an entrepreneur. This is my life welcome to it…
I will be beginning my meal prep and, workout journey this Sunday and, I am beyond excited. As you know from my previous post I will be going to Arizona in 48 days which is about five weeks away! I am so excited and, I have come up with ten ways to keep myself and you motivated! Of course, I will be continuing my weight loss journey after Arizona but, if I could drop 15-30 pounds in five weeks I am going to give it my all! I have tried something similar before but, never with this intense of a meal prep and, workout plan. When I’m all in, I am all in!
Have a place where you check in and, hold yourself accountable
I use my YouTube Channel, Blog and, instagram @thatsabangsfitme to check in and, hold myself accountable. Try using your social media to keep you in check.
2. Plan all your food and, workouts ahead of time
Planning is super important to me especially because I have so many different jobs that I actually don’t have spare time to rummage through the pantry to see what I will be eating, this is a bad habit for me. I never plan for my food and, am always in a pickle about what to eat. As a vegan it is important for me to prep my meals ahead of time so, I know how many calories I will be getting a day as well as, nutrients. Workouts are important to schedule out as well because you can work on different parts of your body to help you gain strength as well as, lose fat. It took me two days to plan out all of my meals and, workout for the next 45 days. It is well worth it and, less time consuming in the long run.
3. Get New Workout Gear That Fits
No, do not buy clothes that you think you are eventually going to get into, been there done that and, it is a bit depressing especially if you haven’t actually taken the time to meal and workout prep. Don’t leave yourself in a disappointed state get something that fits. Workout gear needs to be tighter so, it is not falling down, getting caught etc. while you are working out. A few new workout outfits can help inspire you to keep at it. I have bought workout clothing from Prana an ethical clothing site or, from thrift stores/Poshmark if you are on a very tight budget like myself. Also, buy proper footwear for what you are going to be doing do not wear walking shoes to a zumba class and, vice versa. Do not set yourself up for failure.
4. Pop On Those Tunes
Create a playlist on Spotify, Pandora or, YouTube for the morning. When I wake up I like to listen to energetic music that will put me in a positive mindset. Create a few playlist for different workouts and, switch out your music. Listen to music that inspires you, brings you joy and, keeps you motivated. So, pop on your headphones hit play and, have a five-ten minute jam session before work/school/or at home stuff.
5. Create A goal & Journal
Some of the ways I stay motivated is setting goals for the week. I will set a certain amount of steps or, to smash a certain yoga move. I will also, journal about my day or, how I am feeling which, I usually do on my blog or YouTube. Writing is always a motivation for me. What kind of goals do you want to accomplish for the week write out a list and, check it off when you accomplish your goals. If you don’t want to write on any social media including a blog or make videos on a YouTube get a journal and, write it down. If you take 10 minutes out of your day when you need to release some emotions make sure you write it down.
6. Set a morning workout
When I mean morning I mean something like yoga that will stimulate the mind and, muscles while also, giving you a sense of calm. You can try meditation or a stretching workout that won’t be overwhelming to your morning while still waking up your body.
7. Your Phone Is Probably Attached To Your Hand
If you love quotes like me then, this should really move you to get working. Set an uplifting and, motivational quote as your lock screen or home screen. You can also, write a quote and, set an alarm 30 minutes to an hour before your workout. This will motivate you to continue and, complete your workout.
8. Make Your Workouts Fun
This is something I have learned for myself I will push myself to complete a workout I hate but, I won’t repeat it to often. If you are already having trouble getting yourself to do a workout you do not want to do anything else to discourage yourself. Pre watch workouts and, see if you would actually enjoy doing it. Toss in 3 workouts that you love into your routine because why should you do a workout you simply hate. If you are a beginner to working out try simpler workouts for beginners. It also, helps to go to the gym and, workout in classes with other people. Once, I hear the music I get so pumped and, always have a great group workout. Make sure you mix up your workouts so your body doesn’t get used to it and, you don’t get bored. Every now and, then throw in a workout you might not like and, make it your goal to be able to do the whole workout by the end of the month. You have to build up your body strength do not get upset if you can’t do a push-up eventually you will be able to but, you must work at it. I am in the process of working on my upper body strength so, I will be able to do more than one push-up.
9. Eat Creatively
The worst mistake you can make is having the same two meals every week. Your body will eventually have a bunch of cravings and, you will have trouble eating it after awhile. I always recommend eating vegan and, I have found some great and, adventurous meal preps from this YouTuber:
10. After a month or two buy yourself a new outfit
Show off your amazing bod to all your friends and, family in a new outfit. Praise for what we have accomplished is always inspiring and, keeps us going. Once the compliments start coming make that your inspiration to push that much harder! 70% Of your work starts in the kitchen with what you are eating and, 20% is work you put into those workouts. Remember you are in charge of yourself and, you can do it! I will be here to hopefully inspire you all through this amazing transformation and, journey. It is not only physical but, a mental transition. You can, you will!
Well starting Monday I will be meal prepping and, I already planned out all of my workouts. As some of you may know, I have been really preparing to lose a good amount of weight from 30-40 pounds and, I took two days to sit down and meal prep as well as, write out a full fitness schedule. Yes, that is a long time but, I have a feeling that it will be well worth the time that it took me. I will be going to Arizona in the beginning of March and I was hoping to go anywhere from fifteen to twenty pounds lighter. I am so excited to see family friends, my friend and, the Grand Canyon! I love traveling and, being able to buy a ticket was super exciting. Now with even more motivation to shed those pounds I sat down and, worked out a schedule. I have one rest and, everyday I have two workouts and, always have either yoga or stretching as part of the two workouts. I think I balanced out everything well when it came to the workout schedule. I also, planned my meals with the help of Pinterest the meals for the first 21 days are around 1,500 calories. Yes, I know there is this whole debate about getting 2,000 calories a day which most of the time I have trouble consuming. I am still getting used to getting all the right nutrients and, protein after three years of being vegan and, meal prepping was a way to ensure that I would be having very healthy food that would sustain me. If I am feeling hungrier I can always eat something this is not to starve myself just so, I can gauge the calories and, see what works best for me. My job is very sedentary requiring me to sit a lot which is why my calorie intact is going to be a bit smaller. If I was riding a bike around town all day then yes, I would probably need over 2,500 calories but, since I’m not I am going to test this out and, see if it works well. I have my shopping list ready to go for Sunday and, will be meal prepping Sunday for 21 days. I have never made food for this amount of days but, I am really excited to see where this brings me. I will keep you updated throughout this series with one to two posts a week possibly on how the food is tasting, if I needed to alter the diet, how the exercising is going, emotions of the process etc… Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I have been pursuing my fitness journey for some time now. I have been going to the gym and, working out at home. I have slacked a bit on working out at home which is something I am trying to get together. I just cleaned my beautiful room so, I will be able to do a lot more workouts. I am thinking that I will put together a little food plan for myself to have my meals all ready and, switch up the workouts every week. I think February is when I will start my swimming back up which will be a process and, I will probably start small like can I swim straight for 5 minutes which sounds ridiculous but, it will take me awhile to build my swimming stamina back up. Today will be my planning day since I got a lot accomplished over this weekend which, allows me the time to plan a bit. I have been resting quite a bit this weekend as well because I felt that I needed. It is also, hard to get sleep sometimes when pet sitting so, I would wake up let the dog out feed it and, then sleep a little more. Below is a video I did which shows a workout I have been doing and, a body fitness update. I hope you all enjoy it please let me know if you have any topics you want to discuss in the comments below. Planning I go…
If you are a true Gilmore Girls fan you should understand that phrase above. But, seriously is Netflix trying to tease the fans with another season of Gilmore Girls with this tweet:
This is in reference to Apirl’s D.N.A test she conducted to find out if Luke was her father. Honestly, I think the father is Logan who makes the most sense especially according to the timeline. People are so set on Jess being the father however, Amy Sherman Palladino said that they were basing Rory’s story off of Lori Leis. It would make sense the Logan would be the father because he is most like Christopher Rory’s dad. Watching back the seasons of Gilmore Girls as an adult I actually liked Logan a lot more for Rory and, I think he was needed for her to grow as a person. Now, I think it is sad the way she is portrayed because I was really routing for Rory to be a journalist working in the middle east or on the presidential campaign. I was also, hoping she was in a stable relationship but, to throw her into no job and, no stable relationship it just didn’t really click with how Rory was. I do understand struggling in life as most of us do but, it seemed a little far fetched that she would not have an amazing journalistic career by her thirties. I did understand that they did tie in that she was so lost that she finally sat down and, wrote a book. It was clever and, I do like that Rory ended up at the Stars Hallow gazette. Boy did they leave us with a whammy when they decided to make Rory pregnant. Here’s how I think it is going to go down, Logan is the father of the child but, Rory ends up with Jess because lets face it they have the best chemistry. But, if she doesn’t end up with Jess I hope it is Logan or someone her character really connects with. I think if Logan was the one they would have already been married. Anyway, fans are freaking out over this tweet and, there are so many debates on who the father is. In case you don’t remember who they guy on the right is don’t worry you are not alone. To the right is Paul, Rory’s boyfriend of two years she keeps forgetting about and, forgetting to break up with. We can all feel sorry for Paul but, I thought he was totally misplaced as Rory’s boyfriend… Anyway, she was cheating on him with Logan her old boyfriend from college. The random middle guy is one that is mentioned in the new series when Rory freaks out because she has a one night stand with a guy dressed up in a wookiee costume. Those are the three possibilities that we know of.. There is a possibility with Jess but, we simply don’t know. We shall see if Netflix sends out that they are releasing more of the series. I said as soon as it was over how smart are they for leaving a cliff hanger and, it makes it easier to continue the series. I do not know how many more seasons the cast want to carry on with this new Gilmore Girls series but, I hope it is episode by episode instead of season it feels a bit disconnected. I also, see that replaced Triston with another actor it is a shame that the original actor did not want to take part (p.s. we all noticed it wasn’t the original Triston). It would be interesting if they brought him back and, played a bigger role in Rory’s life I think they would have done well together if his character didn’t leave the show. It’s actually apropos that Rory ends up with Logan for most of the series of Gilmore Girls because he was very similar to Triston who she really ended up liking. What did you all think about the tweet and, new Gilmore Girls series?
So, the other day I was searching and, searching for affordable ethical clothing that will fit me and, honestly there is not much. I think I chatted with you all about not really finding to much at thrift stores that fit my size and, that 90% of my wardrobe is from Poshmark; I was not joking if you ask my friends and, family whenever anyone asks, “where did you get that,” I always respond, “Poshmark.” I absolutely love Poshmark but, sometimes I get really frustrated and, just want clothing that fits well on me. I don’t think it is to much to ask for clothes that fit, especially my chest. I’m sure most of you can relate when it comes to romper, jumpsuits, suits etc. There is always something wrong with a piece of clothing that just doesn’t fit quite right. Now, I am not an expert at sewing, in fact, you could call me a beginner but, I am determined to make myself some clothes that fit really well. I took pictures of items I liked that I want in my wardrobe fitted to my size. I know I’m not going to be able to whip up a dress right away; I do plan on practicing but, I am on a mission to get fabric I love that is ethical and, start sewing away. I do not know how long it will take me but, I’d like to have 10 summer outfits by June. It may be a bit presumptuous however, I would really like some clothing that fits to perfection. I have sewn before and, have made a few pieces but, nothing to this extent without the supervision of a fashion professor. This has been a long time coming especially now that I am a supporter of ethical fashion. I would like ten outfits that are casual/one’s I can wear out, 3 workout outfits and, 3 bathing suits. I will have to figure out how to make all of these things, where I can get fabric and, what time span I am looking at. I made a romper in a 2 hour and 45 minute class over about 13 weeks . I was done early and, that is because I had an amazing lady next to me who sewed in high school and, she helped me figure out the pattern and, how to sew some of the pieces together. I was also, determined to get it done. That is less then 39 hours of work so, if I can get one piece done a week it will take 16 weeks to accomplish a ten piece summer collection. If I start at the end of January I should be done by end of second week of May. I have to purchase all fabric etc.. which can be very pricey but, it is custom made which could cost thousands of dollars and, I think it will be worth it as long as the pieces are wearable… I am also, on my way to losing weight and, I don’t want there to be a problem that all the clothing is too big so, I will have to see if a tailor or I will be able to take in the clothing. I am so excited/nervous to accomplish this. Please let me know if you would like a series about making clothing without really knowing everything about sewing. I am sure I will learn a lot. If you have any tips please let me know in the comments below. I think I will talk about this on my YouTube Channel as well so, if like to watch videos instead of reading I will leave my channel link below. If you want to follow my progress through instagram you can on @foreverseekingwanderlust and @allievluv.