Moving with Minted + Free Foil Event

Affiliate links are included in this post but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thank you to Minted for providing this opportunity!

Happy Spring everyone! This season has me filled will all kinds of inspiration and a sense of renewing considering a few new circumstances for us as a family on the horizon.

One of the biggest things coming up that we’re most excited for is our move. Now, we’re not moving very far…actually just a few apartments down from where we currently live. Our complex offers one and two bedroom units and after almost three years in our one bedroom it’s time for us to make that transition into, what’s hopefully, our forever home. The two bedroom townhome style apartments are two levels, which will provide us with so much more space, a larger patio (and balcony off the master bedroom), and a half bath on the first level. The second level is a full bath as well as the master bedroom and what will be Greyson’s nursery.

Since he was still in utero we decided on a woodland theme and we’re going to continue this trend in his new bedroom. However, now that he’s a bit older we want his room to transition with him; we’re going with less of a baby nursery and more of a young boy version of the woodland concept. I’ve had all kinds of fun pinning various inspirations for this idea from mountain wall murals to decor to hang on the walls. When browsing around Minted for a personalized print for his room, this piece stood out to me immediately.

Greatest Journey Foil Pressed Print

I mean, this is probably the most perfect piece I could have stumbled upon. The layout of the print accompanied with the foil detailing makes it an eye catching print for Greyson’s new room. I love the mountains with the pine trees mixed in there – it resembles the mountains we have that run along central California. It’s like a little piece of Ventura in our own home.

Greatest Journey Foil-Stamped Art Print | Ivory with Gold Foil

The gold foil option for this print makes it not only unique, but offers a quality that makes the whole thing really special. I love how it catches the light and I know it’ll be one of my favorite prints to hang.

Minted’s customization platform online made it really easy for me to plug in Greyson’s birth information and within moments see a preview of what the final product would look like. This print comes in a variety of formats with different color backgrounds and foil options. If you so desire, for an added convenience you can purchase it framed. I opted for the print considering it’ll be easier to move it this way, then hang in his bedroom later on.

But art prints aren’t the only foil-pressed options Minted provides (although they do have many fabulous choices!).

Turn-key Foil Pressed Moving Announcement

It’s no secret that I love a good photo card, especially when we have new beautiful prints captured by our lovely family photographer a couple of weeks ago. So when it came to ordering a set of moving announcements I found this beautifully simple turn-key design. As you’ve noticed I’m kind of obsessed with the foil pressed option since it just adds a unique shimmery touch to our printed items that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

Turn-key Foil Pressed Moving Announcement | Gold Foil

Each order is hand packaged by a member of the Minted team, and in my case Deb packaged mine. And as a part of your order you get a note from the artist which gives you more detail about the particular design you chose. I love that Minted works closely with real artists which supports a community of creatives with each order. This personal touch, and essence of giving back to the artists behind these designs, is another reason I always go back to Minted for all of my paperie needs. Oh, and for their free recipient addressing 😉

The Free Foil Event!

Starting today and ending April 24th, Minted is giving you this foil-pressed option for FREE! It’s their Semi-Annual Free Foil Event where you can get 20% off of all foil pressed items. Have a graduate or know someone who is? This deal also coincides with Minted’s Graduation Event where you can earn an additional 15% off grad cards and gifts. All you need to do is use the code: SHINE during checkout.

Don’t have a grad but want to know what you can get with the foil option? Here are a few items Minted offers that can be foil-pressed:

  • Minted Art & Gifts
  • Birth Announcements
  • Wedding Announcements & Invitations
  • Wedding Stationary & Decor
  • Save the Date Cards
  • Holiday Cards
  • Business Cards (great option for bloggers!)

What do you think of the foil option for Greyson’s customized print and our moving announcements?

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How To Succeed As A Linqia Newbie

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Referral links are included in this post. I will earn a small commission for any blogger who is accepted to Linqia that goes towards funding this blog. So, thank you!

As a relatively new blogger, I’ve only been at it for almost three years in October, I am always looking for new ways to take my blog farther. I know it all starts with authenticity and an inspiration to bring quality content to my readers. With that said, it’s sometimes more daunting to think about all that goes in to running a successful blog and eventually reaching a point where I can begin to make a few dollars in the process.

In the beginning…

When I first began blogging, much like everyone, it blossomed from loneliness and a need to connect. I had just moved with my newly minted husband to a far away land called California from Virginia and I knew absolutely no one. As a teacher, and moving in September, there were no teaching positions open considering the school year had just begun. (Not to mention the whole process of switching my VA teaching license to a CA credential, but that’s a story for another day). So there I was jobless, too.

A lifestyle blog is born…

After a month or so going by and being a stay-at-home-wife, I began reading various blogs (and running my teacher blog) and made the decision to branch out and start a lifestyle blog. I had the inspiration almost instantly and began writing various posts that I found fun to share. I was all over the place! From sharing DIYs to my mere attempts at style posts and keeping up with those weekly What I Wore linkups (OMG, dressing and documenting your outfits takes a lot more effort than it seems). I didn’t have a clear vision for my new blog, but I can say that over the course of the last few years I’ve been able to learn from those early missteps and really make Primarily Inspired my own and more successful.

Disclaimer: I am no Linqia expert – I’m a newbie myself. However, I love sharing my own experiences in hopes that it reaches a fellow newbie and reassures them to never give up on attaining sponsored posts and making their blog successful.

Becoming an influencer with Linqia

I am still in my early journey of lifestyle blogging, as there’s always something new to learn, and the moment I was accepted into Linqia’s network of influencers it was a major milestone for me. Linqia is an influencer platform in which to gain membership your blog must reach a certain amount of readers per day, followers on social media, as well as quality photos and content on a weekly basis. However, finally being accepted took time and rejection.

I had applied once before and received one of those dreaded, “we’ll keep your blog on file, but we cannot accept you at this time” emails and my heart sank. However, I didn’t let that get me down. I really focused on taking quality photos, upped my engagement, and became more of a presence on social media and on a whim I found that old email and contacted them again; crossing my fingers that I had enough followers to be accepted. It was about a day or two later that I received a welcome email. Yes! I did it!

But this is when the real work began for me as a blogger. I was on the cusp of monetizing my blog, pocket change really, but it’s meaningful nonetheless. I knew that one day I would be contacted to join a campaign and I would have my first experience with sponsored posts. After having now completed three campaigns with Linqia, here are a few tips on how you can find success even as a Linqia newbie.

A Newbie

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into Linqia’s network of influencers and now you have a newfound opportunity to work with top brands to share with your readers! It’s such a thrill, isn’t it?!

Fortunately for you, this is a time where you get to sit and wait for a campaign to come your way which can be an upwards of 30 days, but use this precious time wisely. This is a time for you to spruce up your blog, get it cohesive with your social media, update your cover photos, and continue working on your brand and original content. Eventually you’ll receive an email for a campaign that you might want to be a part of. This is the exciting part!

Like with anything, before you hit the accept button there are a few things you should consider first…

 

“This is a time for you to spruce up your blog, get it cohesive with your social media, update your cover photos, and continue working on your brand and original content.”

Accepting a campaign…or not

Not all Linqia campaigns may resonate with you or your readers, so it’s important to understand that declining a campaign is just as important as accepting one. Keep your published content authentic to your life, which includes these sponsored posts. People aren’t dumb and can spot an inauthentic sponsored post a mile away and may actually drive followers and readers away. I know I’ve stopped following blogs because of that same reason. I personally joined the campaign for Gerber twice because it’s a product I already use and my motherhood posts are amongst the most popular on my blog. Working with Libman on this most recent campaign was an easy choice for me because I’m all about keeping a clean and organized home so I was happy to share with my readers the benefits of the Wonder Mop.

On the flip side, I was just contacted by Linqia  last week to offer a campaign with a paint company. Unfortunately I had to decline because the timing of the post conflicted with when I could authentically use the product. With moving in a few months I know I’ll be doing a lot of painting in our new home, but I also knew that I couldn’t complete the post within the time frame they needed. So, it’s okay to decline a campaign and share with them the reason why you couldn’t accept.

Another tip is to read through the entire email that details what the campaign expects of you. There’s a lot of helpful information included so it’s important to become knowledgable about the timing, sharing, and work required of the post. You’ll even be partnered with a Brand Success Manager to whom you can contact about any questions you may have! Most often you have to purchase the product yourself, then as a part of your payout you’ll be reimbursed. It’s vital to evaluate if you’ll be able to give 100% for the campaign before accepting; otherwise it could really hurt your standing with Linqia to cancel a campaign after you’ve already accepted it.

“[…] it’s important to understand that declining a campaign is just as important as accepting one.”

Creating and sharing your post…

Luckily Linqia does an amazing job at giving you all the information, and some inspiration, for your post. They outline what exactly it is they are looking for in your post (i.e. high quality personal photos using the product, not to show or mention competitors, etc.) and the social hashtags and handles for the company to use when promoting it. This makes drafting and publishing your post a breeze.

But like any blog post, it will take time and effort to pull it all together. It was working on my first sponsored post that I realized that those who blog for a profession truly work hard at it just like any other job. I personally like to break up my writing and polishing across a few days, spending a few hours a day on it. That way I don’t feel overwhelmed and I can edit and re-edit my post before publishing it. Then, scheduling out the marketing piece frees up my non-blogging time and ensures my post continues to be shared without me needing to be on my phone all day.

“But like any blog post, it will take time and effort to pull it all together.”

Seeing and learning with a goal…

With each campaign I’ve managed to increase my clicks by using the estimate as a guide and goal. Having a goal throughout the active dates of any one campaign helps me see where I am gaining the most reach and by which medium: my blog? Instagram? Facebook? Using video or photos? Getting familiar with my dashboard and reporting pages is crucial for my success with that brand. As you complete campaigns your estimated clicks will grow.

I really enjoyed working on the Libman Company campaign this last time and kept a goal in mind. Although I was slightly short of making that goal, the takeaways were that I spread out my marketing, I incorporated the Boomerang feature on Instagram vs simple photos, and I sent out tweets periodically to keep my post fresh on people’s feeds. Using the proper hashtags also help out a lot. In the end, I’ve learned to do the very things I should be doing as a blogger on everyday content.

So, how are the numbers looking?

In reflection, I can see on my dashboard that on my very first campaign with Gerber Lil’ Beanies I made more of an effort to promote that post. This also considers how new I was to sponsored posts and the effort that went into it. Then, I take a peek and notice that my Gerber Cereals campaign didn’t perform as well. What caused me to only make a few bucks? Well, I had accepted the campaign during the active dates of my first campaign with the Lil’ Beanies. Although I am very happy for the experience, I have learned that I wasn’t prepared to take on two live campaigns at the same time (even though they were the same brand)! I’ve taken this with me and use it to guide me in my next sponsored posts!

“I’ve managed to increase my clicks by using the estimate as a guide and goal.”

Making those dolla-dolla bills…

As a newbie, Linqia limits your total potential earnings based on your blog’s reach and viewership…at first. Once you participate in a few different campaigns and perform higher, they’ll increase how much you can make for each campaign. Some have reported being able to make a few hundred dollars! The one downside people have mentioned about working with Linqia is this very platform. What if I earned more than my potential earnings dollar amount? Sorry, you’re cut off despite the number of clicks you’ve earned for that campaign.

But, as a newbie this won’t be an issue for you just yet.

Breathe and just have fun…

At the end of the day blogging and promoting the brands and products you use and love should be fun for both you as the storyteller and for your readers. Yes, blogging can become a business, but don’t lose sight of what inspired you to blog in the first place. Enjoy sharing your life, don’t take it too seriously, pray on it, and connect with your audience in meaningful ways. Start small, create ideal goals, accomplish them, then repeat.

If you can make a few bucks per sponsored post – awesome! I personally felt pretty great making only a few bucks of a commission because it meant I learned something that in turn helped me earn more on the next campaign. My hope is that I can turn these beginning goals into meeting my estimate and beyond! Your blog will grow regardless because you will have learned a few new things in the process! Enjoy those wins!

“[…] blogging and promoting the brands and products you use and love should be fun for both you as the storyteller and for your readers.”

It’s easy to succeed as a new influencer with Linqia. Here’s how as a newbie, much like me, you can take your blog to new heights with these easy steps! | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Are you an influencer with Linqia? Is there another influencer network you love? What advice would you give me and other newbie influencers out there?

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The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman

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Now that we’re a household of three and a half (of course including our Murphy) it’s important that throughout the week I make regular attempts to vacuum, clean our laminate wood floors, wipe up our countertops, and dust my way throughout each room. Living by the beach, we are fortunate enough to always keep our windows open, but the downside to this is the dirt and dust that gets blown in on a daily basis. To stay on top of these bi-weekly chores, and to keep our home fresh and clean, I’ve enlisted the help of many products, but one in particular has helped me maintain beautiful floors without the hassle or mess. My Libman Wonder Mop. Yes, you read that correctly…a mop.

Our WONDERful Mop

See what a did there?

Being a self-described minimalist, it’s important for us to find quality products that help us be more efficient in our every day tasks. From creating a capsule wardrobe, traveling minimally, and cutting down on the material clutter in our home, we’ve been able to focus more on what’s important.

Keeping our home clean is another area in which it’s easy to stock up on products that don’t serve any particular purpose. With our Libman Wonder Mop I’ve been able to invest in one item that will keep our home fresh time and again. And best yet, the mop heads are durable and are machine washable up to 50 times before needing to replace! The Libman line of cleaning products are quality made and have a guarantee to last me through toddlerhood and those pesky pet messes.

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |

The wringing mop head pushes the water out so my floors stay clean and dry quickly!

Tackling Those Floors

Floors are obviously the most used part of any home and our laminate flooring takes a beating from all the dirt, spills, crumbs, and dog hair that occur daily. Also, our laminate flooring makes up 90% of our home with tile in the kitchen and bathroom. I love our Wonder Mop because it’s Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS are specifically designed to clean up to 20% more dirt and works on a variety of surfaces! The wringer also allows me to drain more water so my floors dry faster, which for any mom, time is a super important factor. I can clean these floors quickly while Greyson naps and they’re dry by the time he wakes up.

The Minimalist Spring Cleaner with Libman | theprimarilyinspired.com |

Grab your $3 coupon to try it for yourself!

However, don’t just take my word for it. Try it out for yourself from your local Walmart and better yet, sign up for their newsletter to receive a $3.00 off coupon towards your own purchase (because who likes paying full price?)!

A Libman Sweepstakes!

Also, the Libman Company is hosting a Pinterest Sweepstakes where there are all kinds of goodies a lucky winner can receive which includes an exclusive Spring Cleaning Toolkit or even a toolkit plus and additional grand prize of $1,000! How awesome is that?!

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Our Christmas Card Unveiled + GIVEAWAY | 2016

Our Christmas Card Unveiled + GIVEAWAY | 2016 | theprimarilyinspired.com|

Sending Christmas cards is one of my all-time favorite holiday traditions (see last years). It was even more-so once Philip and I got married two years ago. Every year since I’ve planned and prepared a number of seasonal activities and movies to help get us into the Christmas spirit. From making a list of our favorite Christmas movies, going ice skating (pre-baby), to constructing a gingerbread house, we go all out during the holidays and this year it’s even more special. Greyson adds a level of excitement to this year’s festivities and although he may be too tiny to really know what’s going on, it’s our duty to document it so that these memories live on. One tradition that is slightly new this year was getting professional photographs taken of our family to use for our cards. I figured it was time to invest in quality family photos (especially wrangling an eight month old and our Murphy-dog). I am so glad that we made that investment because the photos and cards turned out beautifully!

Once we received our photos I couldn’t wait to start creating the cards we’d send to our family and friends this year. This years card is especially important because it is Greyson’s first holiday season! Thankfully Minted provided us this opportunity to share with all of you just how great their 2016 holiday card collection really is! So, let the unveiling begin!

Our Christmas Card Unveiled + GIVEAWAY | 2016 | theprimarilyinspired.com|

Our Christmas Card Unveiled + GIVEAWAY | 2016 | theprimarilyinspired.com|

Card: Cheers For The New Year

When it comes to our Christmas cards we typically go for a simple design. This year we wanted our photos to be the focus, with a specific focus on our family as a whole and our Greyson baby. In keeping with the woodland theme we also wanted to extend that feeling with a card that encompassed more earthy-tones versus the vibrant colors associated with the holidays.

One of my favorite features that Minted offers is their ‘find it fast option where you can place your own photo and watch as it is placed into Minted’s vast selection of holiday cards! It truly makes the decision making so much easier, and faster too, since there are hundreds of cards to sift through.

Our Christmas Card Unveiled + GIVEAWAY | 2016 | theprimarilyinspired.com|

Our Christmas Card Unveiled + GIVEAWAY | 2016 | theprimarilyinspired.com|

Another great feature that makes Minted stand out amongst the rest? Their FREE recipient address printing! OMG the days of having to handwrite each recipient name and address are long gone for the Daniel house and I am grateful. Minted offers a number of styles that you can choose to match your card theme or opt for a different design. Personally, I went with the address printing that matched my theme but to each their own!

In addition to my free address printing I selected their wrap return address stickers which are always a favorite of mine and worth the extra dollars. It makes addressing my cards so much easier and while we are living in our apartment (of which we’re moving in the spring) stickers, versus a stamp, is the way to go. But no worries! Minted also offers return address printing too as an add-on.

GIVEAWAY

I am so excited to partner with Minted this year to offer not one, but three, of my readers with a $100 credit towards any purchase from Minted! All you need to do is enter your name and email address. That’s it! This giveaway will run from Nov 27th – 11:59 PDT Dec 3 and winners will be randomly selected by Minted and is open to U.S. residents only.

I am so excited to partner with Minted this year to offer not one, but three, of my readers with a $100 credit towards any purchase from Minted! All you need to do is enter your name and email address. That’s it! This giveaway will run from Nov 27th - 11:59 PDT Dec 3 and winners will be randomly selected by Minted and is open to U.S. residents only.

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