Motivational Speech

Hello everyone,

I felt like writing a bit of a motivational speech for you all part of my motivational Mondays. This is new so it may take me a couple of posts to define what, “Motivational Monday,” really is. I watched a movie the other day and, it really inspired me to write a little something to hopefully get you all thinking, moving and, motivated through life! Please let me know if there is a motivational topic that you want me to cover in the comments below.

This is a box, it’s square, has it’s own dimensions and, can fit things in it. It is mainly used for storage, shipping and, comes in a brown color. Now look at your box what do you want in your box, what does the box mean to you? Have you kept the box an, actual box or, stepped out of the box and, made it into something. Is it a rocket ship, time machine, table or, have you developed your box into a new item. Is the box a new invention, did it change colors? If every business owner thought in their box, they would never be able to develop a new product or, invent a completely new idea! So, step out of the box and, fail as many times as you need to find your one success. We now know the Earth isn’t flat and, that Thomas Edison failed many times before the invention of the light bulb. If you are too afraid to venture outside of your box or, society’s box, a new invention will never be created and, you will not reach your fullest potential. So, strive for greatness and make the box anything you want it to be!

Stay tuned for more motivational Mondays!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Get It At The Goodwill Bins

Most Days we are strapped for cash and, it is no wonder because their is an ad popping up every 2 seconds showing us what next great product we can try. If you are like me, going toward a minimalist approach, zero waste and, consumer conscious lifestyle then, you will not be spending your hard earned money on useless junk. The reason I called this post “Get It At The Goodwill Bins,” was not that you should necessarily shop there but, that you become conscious about what you are bringing into your home. What do you actually need and, want your house to look like? Evaluate, take the time to think about each item you bring into your home, do you love it and, is it a sustainable piece that will last you twenty or more years. Now, when I shop I look for quality over quantity. I am aware of the waste we are producing, the slave labor for our fast fashion products and, the cheap quality.  Right now I am fortunate enough to live with my parents but, when I do move out I want my home to be my sanctuary. Do you walk into your home happy and, excited to be there or, do you walk in upset at all the clutter. I have that right now actually, one of the shelves broke in my room right before I went on vacation and, the shelving held a lot of things! Now that mixed with dirty and clean laundry, it is a bit overwhelming… But, I have a schedule set today and, that is one of the things I plan on accomplishing. Planning to take a day or, weekend and, tackle all the items that make you unhappy and, you want to toss is important. You can sell them or donate them but, the point is that you get rid of it. Make a list of items that you actually need not want but, need. How long is your list, is their a way to get these things that you need that you will feel happy buying? Personally, if I need something like a new pair of jeans that actually fit( not the ones you have tucked away in your closet when you lose those extra ten pounds, toss them they are a negative and, a reminder of something you haven’t accomplished yet) instead save up $80 for those ethical jeans that are eco-friendly, animal friendly and, sustainable. If you are investing $80 in jeans divide that by how long they will last, five or ten years, you are spending $16/year for five years for long lasting jeans, what a steal! If you are a jean wearer three pairs should last you a solid 10 years if you wash them the correct way. This is just an example of getting something that is quality over quantity. It is much easier to have your house hold reek of love, and, happiness with items you enjoy looking at. If I were to get a house/apartment etc.. I would probably fill my kitchen with items from etsy. I love buying from small businesses and, there are so many dishes that I have loved over the years. Instead of going to the dollar store or, thrift store and, getting mismatched items save up an, get one plate at a time if you have to. If the dishes at the thrift store bring you happiness pick them up. The point is to not overwhelm yourself with unnecessary clutter and, fill up you life with what you will enjoy. I have been cleaning and, getting rid of clutter an, items that I don’t use and, I don’t miss them.

Tips

  • Get rid of clutter and items you don’t love
  • Take one day to tackle one room
  • make a list of what you need
  • get sustainable items that will last for years
  • Resell on ebay, Moms on a budget, Craigs list etc..
  • Repeat until you have gone through every room
  • I hope you are happy when you walk into each room and, some items have a memory or, story to go with them

I haven’t read the whole Marie Kondo book but, I have taken some of her ideas such as, your item should bring you joy when you pick up. I still have more to go through but, I have picked up items that don’t bring me joy an, I have gotten rid of two bags. It also, awakens my mind to only purchase an item if I need it and, to get sustainable and, long lasting items. I always listen to positive and, uplifting music when I’m cleaning because it gives me a burst of energy.


How To Pack As A Minimalist

Hello Loves,

I am back from my beautiful, adventures and, scenic trip to Arizona! This trip was a bit tricky to pack because we were going from hot Phoenix, AZ to Cold Grand Canyon. Yes, there was ice and snow on the ground at the Grand Canyon and, it snowed over night while we were there. We did not hike down the mountain but, we saw almost the entire South Rim of the Grand canyon. If you follow my travel Instagram Forever Seeking Wanderlust you would have seen some incredible pictures of my trip. So, we were packing for pretty warm weather and, then cold weather. If you are trying to pack for a plane you know it is hard to figure out what to bring with you. I did over pack but, I did a pretty good job picking exactly what I was going to wear. I went with a backpack, carry on and, a bigger bag for my luggage.

  • Shoes: One Pair Of Sneakers, Hiking Shoes, Sandals and, shoes I wore on the plan slip on loafers. I ended up wearing each of these shoes multiple times. I felt I packaged exactly what I needed in shoes and, did not over pack.
  • Tops: I wore every shirt shirt I brought as expect one as, I packed enough shirts for 7 days. So, I could have left that shirt behind.
  • Bottoms: There are two pairs I did not end up wearing which were a skort and, shorts. I could have avoided bringing them because they weren’t necessary.
  • I brought earrings and, a ring that I wore almost everyday.
  • All of the toiletries I used
  • All Of The electronics I used
  • I also, used both of my bathing suits
  • All socks and, underwear were used
  • One dress was not used

I really scaled down with packing this trip and, I think I did a stellar job. Here are some tips to help you pack in a minimal way.

  • Clean every piece of clothing you own including socks and, underwear

This way you can look at your whole wardrobe to see what you might want to wear for your trip.

  • Evaluate what the weather is going to be like- You can check this on the weather channel app on your phone so, you can see the weather pattern leading up to your trip and, get alerts if the weather changes.
  • Get everything together you want to pack and, make outfits. Clothing can always be cleaned so, put together only the amount of outfits necessary for the trip. This includes jewelry, shoes and, accessories.
  • Toiletries can be tricky but, if you plan on checking your luggage have a little travel bag for all your toiletries to go into. Do not over pack your makeup you only need what you are going to use.
  • Download books or movies onto your electronic device. Lugging a book or, DVD with you is too much of inconvenience and, will not leave you with enough room for other essentials.
  • You should pack snacks and, bring food with you. It usually cost money to get food on the plane so, bringing a sandwich with you or, snack can save you from spending a lot.
  • Bring headphones to listen to your device.
  • One thing I never go to the airport without is a water bottle that you can reuse that is not filled. You can fill it up at the water fountain and you don’t have to waste a plastic bottle or, like $4.
Please let me know if you have any topics you’s like me to write about in the comments below and, I will get to them as soon as possible.
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie

Just Start Scanning

Hello Loves,

If you haven’t read my article on scanners to buy books and, other items I will put a link below. But, for those of you that have read it this article is about what you want to scan. Before we begin I am not an expert but, I will save you some wasted time and, money!

So, what should you scan?

  • Textbooks, when it is textbook season you will have books literally flying off the shelves remember to take in account how much it will cost to ship the book, the cost of the book and, you want the ranking to be as low as possible 50 or less if they even have that to around 1.5 million. The lower the more frequent it will sell. Make sure the textbook is worth selling but, if it is congrats!
  • Everyone has their niche art books, history etc.. we like foreign it sells pretty well! Take the same advice into play when fining the right ones to sell on Amazon.
  • Non-fiction the same rules apply

Find out what works best for your company make sure you go in with a bit of a business plan. Your scanner is your best friend and, you may make a few mistakes but, that’s the fun of it; because once you score a big sale you will be addicted! Scan away, list, ship and, let the sales begin!

Find out what you will need to bring with you to the book sale in the next article. If you have more questions leave them below in the comments.

Have an enlightening and adventures day,

Allison Vota

Zero Waste Items That Are A Must

Hello Loves,

I have been testing out having some zero waste products and, how to reuse some products. I have not become 100% zero waste yet but, I am working my way toward that way of living. I have a mix of items I have found super useful when slowly transitioning to a zero waste friendly lifestyle. If you have more tips for me let me know in the comments below.

  1. Essential Oils: I use them for everything! I don’t use perfume or, body spray I traded them for healthy essentials oils that do not have anything extra in them. It can be used to make your cleaner smell fantastic. Oh, and, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to help with dry scalp. Each oil can be used in a different way if you make your own soaps and, lotions. Tea tree oil just happens to be what I use a lot because it is prevents bacteria and, has an extreme amount of health benefits.
  2. White Vinegar & Baking Soda: You can clean basically anything with white vinegar and baking soda. I am switching over all of my harmful/chemical products to chemical free, cheap and, effective homemade.
  3. Don’t throw Away Those Orange Peels: Oranges are not only yummy to eat and, drink but, they are great to make cleaning products with. That is when the vinegar comes in handy! I have a jar of vinegar and, orange peels get ready to become natural cleaners. You can also, compost the orange peels so, either way you are using the entire orange; now that is the kin of stuff I like to see all the time and, not waste.
  4. Mesh Bags: I recently got these they are for you to put your produce in. No more plastic bags you, don’t need them and, it is such a waste. Let’s save our landfills. If you are good at forgetting things always keep them in your purse which, is what I do. I never forget them and, always feel great when I take them out to put my produce in.
  5. Bulk Nuts: I buy most items in bulk and, I make sure to buy my cashews in bulk. I am trying not to consume too much almond milk because of how much water is needed. I want to start making my own cashew milk because it is my favorite and, it looks pretty easy to make! I also, buy medjool dates in bulk, charcoal, and, arrowroot powder. My goal is to make almost everything myself.
  6. Soap Nuts: If you have never heard of these hold the phone! It can be used as laundry detergent, dish washing, all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, shampoo, body & face wash, insect/mosquito repellent, shampoo for pets, cleaning jewelry and, you can even wash your car! It is absolutely amazing cleaner and, you can add some essential oils to it as well.
  7. Food Planning: Yes, this is a given but, most of America including me has wasted or, thrown out food that went bad. This is a problem I want to 100% eliminate from happening. If you make a least and, have one day where you dedicate to making your meals for the week you will be so much happier that your waste of food was eliminated. Do not forget to utilize your freezer, if you are making man items like soup etc. it can get to be too much and, if you make enough you can save some for the next week. It is a win, win!

I hope you all enjoyed getting some info on products that are a must for me! I have a few things to test that I just received so, don’t worry I have plenty more videos coming your way!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Vegan Foodie: Vegan House

  Located on 20 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85003 is a treasure. To my delight there was a vegan restaurant in downtown Phoenix. Of course, I had to stop in for dinner and, it may be the best vegan restaurant I have eaten at so far. It was very different from other vegan restaurants that I have been to with a Thai themed menu. Eager to try everything I really had a problem deciding on  what to order. The aroma in the air was making my mouth water and, I really wanted to know what I was smelling. In the end I chose a yellow curry and, I was really going out on a limb because I have only had curry once in my life. Turns out all I need was an adventurous palette because the yellow curry was divine.  I will forever crave this sweet and, delectable curry. The faux chicken was a nice added touch with potatoes and, veggies.  The whole dish overall would curb any cravings you may have. The curry could replace a dessert it was sweet and, satisfying. We had spring rolls as an appetizer which tasted very good with the sauces but, be careful they are a bit messy. If you are looking for a dessert you will think about for weeks to come don’t worry they have it; sweet purple rice with whole mango, you have not lived until you try this. The rice and, sauce resemble a rice pudding while, the mango adds an extra sweet element. I have never had a dessert like this so, rice pudding is the closest I can find as a comparison. I also, tried the green curry and, if you have a spicy hankering this is dead on. My dad got his green curry medium spicy and, it was spicy! Just a far warning for those who aren’t too keen on having a firey mouth. I had my yellow curry at a medium spicy and, it tasted great. I don’t think you could go wrong choosing a dish on their menu. The atmosphere is chill and, they bring out the food super fast, that is not a joke my food came out in about five minutes. A great stop on your lunch break for a quick lunch before you have to get back to work. Please let me know in the comments if you have any vegan restaurants in N.J. that you want me review. I will be going to Hawaii in October so, shoot me some recommendations for the Big Island and, Hana.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

5 Tips For Hiking In Arizona

Hello Loves,

I’m back from Arizona and, I have a few tips I found helpful while hiking. I am not an expert when it comes to hiking but, I learned a few things when it comes to hiking in AZ. It is not a flat or paved area in most places where you will hike. There are lots of rocks which, can be hard to walk on and step inclines. I thoroughly enjoyed our hike and, here are my 5 tips!

  1. Read The Trail Signs: Here in N.J. it is common to go walking in a park but, in A.Z. you have to make sure you read the signs before you go on the hike. Figure out which trail you will be able follow and, proceed to the trail. You can also, read about heat exhaustion and, to be aware if you aren’t feeling well turn around and, head back to the main area.
  2. Bring A Backpack: You should e wearing breathable clothing, hiking shoes and, a hat before your backpack even hits your shoulders. Hiking shoes are a must you will fall or, slide without them on. Your backpack doesn’t have to be large however, it should include sunscreen, two-three water bottles and, a few snacks. All of this will be important if you are hiking a long way or, if you have low blood pressure. You may not realize how many calories you are burning and, how much you are actually losing when it comes to sweat. In Arizona I did not sweat anywhere close to how much I do in N.J. It can be deceiving and, you may become dehydrated without even being aware. When you are half way done with your water you should head back to the main building where the trail started. Passing out from heat exhaustion or, dehydration is not fun. It is also, very dry so, you will be very thirsty. So, stay hydrated.
  3. Bring A Friend: You really should not go hiking alone. It can be dangerous if you do en up getting sick or, go to far there may not be someone to help you. It is also, a safety precaution because you don’t know who is going to be on the trail. If you don’t bring someone with you be sure to make someone aware of your location and, keep in touch with them on the trail ( I had service and, was able to text without a problem).
  4. Watch Out For Bikers: There  are bikers on the trail and, you want to make sure you stay out of their way because they can run you over. All of them are traveling at a speed that may be difficult for them to make a sudden stop. They were polite and, said thank you for moving. If you are wearing headphones keep one ear available to hear for bikers, snakes etc…
  5. Don’t go off the trail: If you are not from Arizona you may not be aware of how much danger could come your way be diverting from the trail. It is also, a disrespectful thing to do as they are trying to conserve their land. Not only can wildlife harm you but, plants can as well… If you are near this certain cactus and move to close the whole part of the plant will launch at you. Have fun getting those spikes out of your leg. Respect the trails stay on them, they were put there for a reason.

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Zero Waste Baby Wipes

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.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

10-11.5 hour Work Days

Hello Loves,

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 dirty bathroom 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 spreadsheet item 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!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Scanners Used By An Amazon FBA Seller

Hello,

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.

  • Cell Phone:

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.

http://www.scanpower.com/#_l_1x

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%.

http://www.asellertool.com/FBAScan.html

What scanners do you need?

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 will also, need a converter (CardReader) so, you get that data onto your CompactFlash

 

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.

Here is where you can find book sales:

http://www.booksalefinder.com/

I will have more information coming your way. If you can let me know in the comments what you want to hear about that would be super helpful. Your questions can be turned into an entire article.

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

 

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