Blogging Advice: Find Your Passion

For months, I’ve dreamt of getting this blog up and running. My thoughts are scattered. I don’t really have a specific niche. Sure, I have posts where I’m conducting product reviews, but they’re pretty cheesy posts. They’re definitely not high quality which is what I hope to work up to.

In addition to my product review posts, I want to blog about things are meaningful and will help people when they stumble onto my blog. I want you to stick around, subscribe to my emails and follow me on social media. But how?

What do I blog about?

I listen to many podcasts throughout the day. Sometimes I listen to true crime podcasts, religious and spirituality, personal finance podcasts (serious, 800 Credit Score Man is awesome), and podcasts about side hustles. Two of my faves are Side Hustle School and The Side Hustle Show. I love side hustles. I’m a single mom. I live paycheck to paycheck, but I’m trying to build my business and build my brand. I just haven’t had much time. I’m learning so much valuable information on how to reach customers and really make an impact. I’m a Virtual Assistant (VA), and I love that I am fortunate enough to be able to do that full-time. I also am drawn to blogging. I’m sure some of you (mainly my family members, ha) remember Lala Saves You Money and Win With Lala. I can’t link to them because they don’t exist anymore. I really enjoyed blogging about sweepstakes and deals. I still love saving money when I’m shopping. Now I have A Texas Mom, and what do I do with it? I can’t be all over the place because then I’ll never get traffic that wants to come back and read more!

I want to form a relationship with my readers, but how do I do that? I need to be blogging about something of value to you. I’ve heard and read more than once that you need to blog your passion. Share what you’re always talking about. There’s something we all talk about so much that we probably annoy other people who don’t feel the same way we do. When I sat back and thought about it, I become really passionate when I’m talking about the following:

  • Empowering people to reach their full potential- I truly believe that we all have a purpose. It’s not always easy figuring out what that purpose is, but I love building people up to realize that they can achieve whatever they dream of. It may take some time, and the journey certainly won’t be easy. But, it’s possible. Some people have been beat down their entire lives and made to feel like they’re not good enough, and that is really sad because the opinions of people should never weigh someone down so much that they never rise above mediocrity. Perhaps you’ve made some really bad mistakes in the past, and you can’t seem to move forward. What was done in the past can stay there. It doesn’t have to follow you into your future. I do believe that we all have a desire to move forward in life. It’s natural progression. We are all made for more.
  • Shopping- Hi. My name is Loreina, and I’m a Shopaholic. It’s true!! I love things new and old. I am a nostalgia collector. Or am I a nostalgic collector?? I’m one of those! I collect things that remind my of my childhood such as blue cornflower corningware, old Pyrex, and 80’s Tupperware. I also collect items with Apples on them, and one day I will own a complete set of Franciscan Apple Dishes. A girl can dream, right? My newest thing is 31-bags, and I’m sure that’s because my soul sister sells it. You can find her here at The Love-Lee Bag Lady if you want to join the group. 😉
  • Saving money- How can a shopaholic save money?? I am cheap aka: frugal. I struggled financially for years; even when I was married. It wasn’t until I was on my on with two little children depending on me that I realized something had to change. That’s when I discovered the world of couponing, meal planning, and never paying retail for anything. I cleaned up my credit (which I have since somewhat messed up again, but that’s another blog post. Relapse, blah). I bought a house. I did it all by budgeting and being conscious about what dollar I made was spent on. Sometimes I splurge. Who doesn’t? But saving money is definitely something I am passionate about. As much as I love shopping, I never make impulsive purchases, especially with large items, and I rarely purchase anything at retail price.  And I do believe that if you screw up and fall off the wagon, you can always get back on.
  • Side Hustles- Who knew there were so many side hustles? When I first decided I needed second income to make ends meet, I started researching things I could do from home. I have small children so working a job after my full-time dayjob was out of the question. It took a little searching, but I found several jobs that were great for making a little extra money and not having to leave your house! I worked for Appen for awhile as Social Media Evaluator. I got fired, but it was fun while it lasted. That’s when I stumbled into the world of mystery shopping! It did take time signing up for companies, signing up for jobs on weekends, and mapping my routes. I loved it!! I will actually be listing the companies that I have personally worked for in a post very soon. I then started working part-time as a VA and eventually, that took over. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling makeup, mowing lawns, or decorating t-shirts, with a little hard work and the right marketing, you can make it profitable! No excuses!

Hard Work

I really think the main point I want to get across when I share something that seems kind of out there is that while something may seem like hard work, it will pay off in the end. I understand there are certain circumstances, such as deteriorating health, that make it harder for you to do many different things. That’s understandable. I do think a majority of people have the capability to do more; they just don’t want to. Or, more often than not, they don’t realize they can! That goes back to me empowering people to reach their full potential.

It took me two years of working as a VA part-time before I was finally given opportunity to take it full time. Now, I can work wherever there’s a wi-fi signal. I make my own schedule. I work with some awesome people. I’m learning new things every single day. My business has the potential for growth. I also know that my blog won’t grow overnight, but I do hope to learn more about blogging and gaining traffic that it does grow, and I hope I start to blog about things that are more meaningful and do offer some value to you.

A Texas Mom

So who is A Texas Mom? I’m an empowering mama bear who loves to shop, save money, and WORK HARD! I think I’ve found my niche!! My next post will be about my Amazon Fire Stick. I’ve implemented small changes in our lives that really have helped save money each month. One of the biggest moves I’ve made thus far is cutting satellite. And guess what?? My children have survived. So far anyway. I think that’ll be something you’ll enjoy reading about especially if you’ve been considering cutting that cable cord or sacrificing that satellite. I couldn’t think of anything else that started with a “s” to do to a satellite. Stop the Satellite!! I’m cracking myself up.

If there’s anything you want to talk about or want me to dive further into, just let me know.  You can always comment below or reach me at loreina@atexasmom(dot)com.

Later ya’ll!

Ancord Micro Bluetooth Speaker Review


Ancord Speaker

I received the Ancord Micro Bluetooth Speaker in Blue to review. This speaker is tiny. It’s like 2 inches tall. The blue is really pretty. It also comes in gold or silver.

While it’s tiny, it really is a loud speaker. It would be perfect for someone who doesn’t have a lot of space or someone who moves around. Because of the speaker’s small size, it’s easily portable.

The description on Amazon says you can set this speaker up to you TWS, but I don’t know what that it. You also have take phone calls on the speaker or use it as your remote shutter. It says to take a selfie with a touch of a button. I don’t know how to do that either. That’s no fault of the speaker. It’s my fault for being 35 and not having a clue what any of that means!

This would be the perfect speaker for a teenager! As a matter of fact, this one may disappear like my water-speakers. Headphones and speakers don’t last long around here. With the way my daughter and her friends are always watching YouTube videos, headphones and speakers come in handy!

The seller offers full satisfaction, or you’ll get your money back. There’s a 3-month money back guarantee, and there’s a 2-year warranty. You don’t have anything to lose. If you aren’t happy with your purchase for any reason, just send it back and get your money back.

You can find it here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GR46AVU

Tablet Headrest Car Mount Product Review


Tablet Holder

I was sent this Tablet Car Mount to review. I am driving my old clunker van since my car accident back in September. I was hit from behind, and it totalled my SUV. My old clunker van has a DVD player, but all my son wants to watch is Cars 2. Over and over.

He has an Amazon tablet, and we do have several of his favorite movies downloaded from Netflix. I thought this would be a great way to mount his tablet while we’re in the van so he can watch it. And maybe my ears will be spared from Cars 2 which I can pretty much quote at this point.

When I first saw the tablet mount, I was like, “no way I can figure this out.” Well, it’s very easy. You lift the headrest and expose the poles. You unscrew the back off the tablet mount and put the tablet mount on the seat. You put the back on and screw it back together. It’s a really good fit on the poles and doesn’t slip and slide around.

There’s another button that you can press that shoots the clamp out of the tablet mount. There’s a button on the clamp to adjust to fit your cell phone or tablet. The clamp also rotates so you can watch vertically or horizontally; however you prefer depending on what you’re watching.

I got it adjusted to my son’s tablet, and it fit nicely. He was pretty excited about it. The only thing is his feet reach it so he kept putting his feet all over his tablet.

On another note, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is awesome! I love that it came with a kid-proof case and 2 years of FreeTime Unlimited. The best thing is there is a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If your kid breaks it, Amazon will replace it. No questions asked!! That really takes away worry.

Back to the review, The car mount has passed safety crash tests so it holds devices safely in accidental collision. It’s compatible with a range of devices from 4.7 inches to 11 inches in screen size.

It’s easy to install, use and it’s adjustable. This is also a worry free purchase! There is a 12 month guarantee! If you’re unsatisfied for any reason, just message the seller directly to initiate return and refund.

Find it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BG8WD9

Candelabra LED Bulb Product Review


LED

I received this at a discount if I’d review. The lights in my ceiling fan in my living room take these type of bulbs. I happened to have one bulb working out of 3 so it seemed like a good idea to try to get these to review. It was!!

These bulbs are 9-watts, but they are equivalent to an 80-watt incandescent bulb. They give off a bright, white light. The order comes with 8 bulbs. They will burn for 30,000 hours! Each bulb will last 25 years if burned 3 hours every day to give you an idea of longevity. At this rate, I’ll never have to buy bulbs for my living room again!

They have no flicker. They have a stable luminescence to protect eyes. At first, it was kind of weird having everything be so bright, but now we’re used it. It’s nice being able to feel like you can see. I had awful lighting in my living room before. Just look at the pic above. The light on the left is my old bulb. My old, lonely bulb. The light on the right is the new light! Look how bright! Like beams of light are shining right in from Heaven…that’s how bright it is!

Also, using LED light bulbs can reduce energy use by as much as 90%.

These bulbs also come with a 2-year warranty. They are free of Mercury, contain no UV and will have no flicker. If you have any problems at all with these bulbs, contact the seller for replacement. They refund with no questions asked if you’re not satisfied. You have nothing to lose!

I think they’re awesome. The bright white light does show how shabby my furniture it and how badly I needed to vacuum, but other than that, two thumbs up!!

Find them here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZKGH21

200 Custom Business Cards from The Gallery Collection for just $5

I just did this deal!! I saw it on Hip2Save’s Facebook page. If you don’t follow her, you should! She has my favorite deal blog!!

Right now, you can get 200 business cards from the Gallery Collection for just $5! I needed some business cards for my virtual assistant business (when it’s up and running) so I jumped on this! Not only do you get 200 business cards, but you also get a FREE travel case to carry your cards! If any of you remember me from my Lala Saves You Money days, you know I love a good deal.

Custom Business Cards

Head here and personalize your cards. Use code 1X6LC at checkout. Make sure you order 200 cards. That’ll change the price to $5. As you can see above. Great price! This deal is good through the end of January!

Enjoy!