When I first started to research blogging I kept reading two things that seemed to be beat into my impresionable mind.
Pinterest and email subscribers.
Pinterest is a pretty straight forward platform, though at the beginning, I was completely overwhelmed with it.
But email? Wasn't that dead? Didn't email die in the 90s???
Nope. It sure didn't.
In fact, in my third month of blogging, a substantial amount of my income came directly from my subscribers. My subscribers all of the sudden became my amazing customers.
I am SO thankful for my email list. I love getting replies from my list asking questions and leaving comments.
Are income reports cheesy?
I don't know. I have never written one before. I find them inspiring. At one time I found income reports to be really super weird.
Like in what other context would you be publicly sharing with someone how much money you make????
Here is why I am sharing my income with you- I want to inspire you.
So, let me start with this. I never ever not in one million years ever thought I would be running a business. Let alone an online business. Let alone a monetized blog.
I began Home Boss to teach women how to run their homes simply and efficiently. I focused on three main topics; cleaning, organization and meal prepping. These topics are things I am interested in and things that I think I am an authority on (this made me giggle because my house looks like a trash heap right now...).
If I were to walk into your house and make a bee line for your linen closet, would I get hit with 13 washcloths hitting me in the face as I open the door?
That is the true organization test, by the way. If you open the door to something and a ton of shit falls out. That is when you know- you better start getting your stuff together!
SO. I am positively sure that at one time, your linen closet, like mine, was beautiful and organized and easy to access- but life happens.
I am obsessed with blues. No, not the jazz blues. But the hue. The hue of blues. Ha, it rhymes.
So sorry for that. Anyway, blue.
I love all things blue! Our living room is full of cool colors including whites, blues, and grays. I love the crisp cool feeling of a polished looking living room. Incorporating pops of color into your neutral decor allows you to change a few key pieces and create a mostly new living room.
Up until a week ago, I thought minimalism was throwing away everything you own and sleeping on a cot.
In case you were wondering- I was wrong.
I became interested in the idea of minimalism because of the promise of creating a simpler life. After all, I created a whole site about running a home simply and efficiently... (it is this one, don't think too hard ;)
Clutter stresses me the hell out. I love when things look nice and neat and in their proper place. I love a freshly cleared countertop and I get giddy with excitement over a beautifully organized closet.
Though I love all of these things, my house was not always organized. When I first lived on my own, I did not value an organized house. I was busy and it seemed too hard to do. Once I did finally start organizing, man! It made a difference!
The pantry. The struggle. Half empty chips bags. Soup cans that have been on the shelf for 47 years. And never ever never evvvver enough SPACE!
In our very first apartment we turned a tiny coat closet into our pantry by adding a cheap plastic bookshelf. We made it work, and counted the days until we moved into a bigger place with a real pantry.
I don't know about you but I don't love cleaning toilets. It may just be me. But it is not a passion of mine.
It is not something I wake up every day and think,
"Gee! I just want to get elbow deep in a bowl that houses one billion germs!"
Closets. A source of much contention and occasional stress. I remember in our very first apartment we had approximately zero closet space. It was fantastic.
We had way too many things shoved in the closet and and every time we opened the doors things would hit us in the literal face.
Lord help us all it is like a million degrees outside. I am permenately covered in a layer of sweat and self loathing.
Summer is great for things like swimming and boating- but it can be terrible for cooking. When it is 90+ outside, there is no way that you want to stand in front of a hot stove and fill your painstakingly cool house with heat.
So what do you do? You grill.
I need chocolate. I need it in my life, on a daily basis. I love it in all forms and with every fiber of my being. Chocolate makes me believe that the annoying things humans do are whimsical. It allows me to communicate with people at work without losing my job.
Chocolate is a necessity.
Here is the deal- the Keto diet has some amazing benefits. If you want to read up on the benefits more, just head over here.
I don't know about you, but I have a hard time planning time to actually cook breakfast before work.
For a long time, I didn't even eat breakfast. I had a giant thermos of coffee and by 10 am I was shaky and starving.
So, I got smart and started focusing on having some sort of protein for breakfast each morning, whether I felt like eating or not. This allowed me to stop overeating at lunch, and it evened out my blood sugar so I didn't feel shaky or lightheaded in the morning.
I realized today I have exactly 856 pounds of frozen chicken breasts in my freezer. While clearly that is an appropriate amount of poultry to keep on hand, I began to think that next week's menu must include a couple of chicken dishes.
And while I like to cook, I am a painfully lazy cook. And there are few things lazier than one pot meals.
Oh the beauty of a meal requiring only one pan. Saving on time, dishes, and sanity- one pot meals make busy weeknight meals actually doable.
Monday through Friday. Like many, I work a 9-5 job and am completely exhausted when I get back home. All I want to do is relax with my hubs and puppies. I can certainly say that I do NOT want to cook for over an hour as soon as I step in the door!
The quicker the meal is to prepare, the more likely I am to resist the urge to run through the drive thru or eat something unhealthy.
If you need more meal prepping ideas, check out my free resource below showcasing the best meal prep recipes on Pinterest!
he Keto diet seems to be getting a lot of attention these days. For those of you like me, who are not nutritionally savy, I will give a brief definition of the Keto diet.
Basically, it boils down to working with your body and training it to burn fat before it burns anything else. By drastically decreasing your intake of carbohydrates, your body enters ketosis (ahem- keto, remember?) and as a result begins to use fat for energy as opposed to carbs.
I am in love with all things time saving. We are members of a painfully fast paced society. Rushing from home to work to work to home to practice to the gym to our family's house...
We are always rushing.
There are a few classic dishes that everyone should know how to make. One of the most important classics, by far, is a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I found myself being less and less satisfied with slice and bake cookies. There was just something about the texture that made them unappealing.
I love chicken. I will eat it in most forms. I especially love chicken when it is served piping hot in creamy gravy and a flaky crust. I am obsessed with chicken pot pie, and when you see how EASY it is to make, you sure will be too.
I grew up on Prego and thin spaghetti noodles. Oh I could smell that stuff cooking from a mile away. Spaghetti night was one of my favorite nights as a kid. I loved being able to slurp the noodles and cover my plate with as much parmesan as I so desired. My mama would grab a jar of Prego and brown some beef up and we would have dinner on the table in 20 minutes. My mother was magical that way.
doES YOUR HOME STRESS YOU OUT?
Hi! I'm Courtney! I created Home Boss to show women that keeping a tidy house and having homemade meals each night is a simple and attainable goal! I have found that most of us would love to come home to a beautifully cleaned house and a delicious hot meal on the table. Of course would would like to do this, but how can we? I have created Home Boss to help women get rid of their stress filled homes and create simple solutions to common stressful home tasks. I have free things scattered about and I have delicious and simple recipes and quick and easy tips to get your home in shape. I want you to learn from my mistakes and quickly make your home a haven instead of a burden.