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Starting a Blog with no Money

how to start a blog with no money

When I started blogging I thought that  you needed a lot of money to start a blog .
I just wanted to try blogging. I was not sure if this was the direction I really wanted to take.
Since I wasn’t sure how long this interest would last,  I did not want to spend money upfront till I was ready.

Are you also wondering on how to start a blog with no money?

If you are like me there are some ways you can start a blog with no money whatsoever. Using the platforms I am sharing with you also means that  you are starting a blog with no experience .

How cool is that?

Before we even think about starting a blog, we need to consider whether starting a blog a good idea ?

 I always wondered is starting a blog worth it ? 

Was it worth my time and effort?

What will be the end result?

Will I earn an income?

This was extremely important for me as I hated writing and I still do.
It is not natural for me to write. I have the this huge writers block which terrifies me.

It takes me forever to write even one paragraph.

Ask yourself the following questions …

Are you willing to stick to writing a blog for an extended period of time?

Why are you looking at starting a blog ?

Do you want to help others ? Do you want to share your ideas ? Do you want to connect with other people?

Once you have your why in place everything else will follow very quickly and very smoothly.

My Why..

I wanted to share my ideas with other people and I also wanted to help people.
Another purpose of my blog is to generate an income so that I can stay at home as a stay at home mum.

Once I knew that I wanted to start the blog, the next question was  how do I make it easier for me? 

Can I start a blog on my phone ?

A mother is a MultiTasker.

You have so many things to do it can be overwhelming.

As a mum I wanted the flexibility to be able to write when I got some free time.

Thats when I decided that it would be great if I could find a way if I could start a blog on the phone itself.
Later on in this post I will be sharing with you how to start a blog on the phone.
I was looking at ways at which I could make this an exciting process for me.
Cutting out the writing would push me to put out more content and also motivate me to publish regularly.
I started looking at ways to starting a blog without writing. I am so excited to let you know that I have finally achieved this.
So let me share with you how I go about writing without actually writing.

Starting a blog without writing

speech notes appThere is an app which you can use to start a blog without writing.

This app lets you talk and it types everything for you and it’s totally free.

This is called as a speech Notes app and you can download it for free on the Google app store.

The Speech Notes App app is very easy to use.

 

set english india in speech notesFirst you need to download the app from the app store I have a Google Android phone so I have downloaded it from the Google App Store.
Tip: You need to be connected to the internet to be able to use the app.

Next set the language for the speech Notes app

Click on EN as shown in the picture

Then, select your language

I have selected English, India

That’s it you have set your language

Let’s learn how to use this app now

So you open the app and click on the orange icon on the bottom right hand corner which looks like a microphone.

Now you can start talking and the app will start typing whatever you are talking.

Yes there will be typos.

You will have to edit typos and grammatical errors if any.

Can I start a blog on my phone ?

Most people are curious if they can start a blog on their phone. Absolutesly, YES !!!

You have apps in the Google App Store for the various blogging platforms.

To blog from your phone

  • Download and install the app for the blogging platform you are interested in
  • Login to the app using the same username and password you have created on the FREE Blogging Platforms.

Viola! you can get started with blogging using your phone.

Since we are looking at starting a blog with no money we will be using the various 3 platforms which are available online.
These are totally free you do not have to pay anything. Once you become a seasoned blogger you might think about migrating to a paid platform.
I would recommend doing that in but for now let’s look at the free platforms.
So yes the startup cost is zero.

Start a blog with blogspot

Blogspot is from Google this is the easiest way to start a blog. most of us have a Gmail account. You can use the same email to login to blogspot.com

Click on create a new blog

Step 1 – Enter Title

In the title enter the title of your blog – an example would be oil free cooking.

Step 2 – Enter Blog Address

Type in your blog address – it could be oil free cooking.

Make sure that the words are having no space in between them. So if your domain is available you will get a green button showing that it is available.

If it’s not you will have a yellow exclamation mark and it says sorry this blog address is not available.

Add more words or change the title around 2 till you find a block which is available.

Step 3 – Select a Theme

Select a template which is simple and clean. This is the look and feel of your Blog.

Don’t be extremely picky at this moment because you can always change this template later on

Now click on create a blog.

Congratulations! Your blog is ready for you to start publishing articles.

To add content on your blog you need to click on the new post button at the top.

writing a post in blogger

You will get a white space area like your notepad.

You can type in your content in this whitespace area once you’re done hit the publish button and you’re all set

What to do after starting a blog ?

Once you start a blog you will notice that starting a blog is not enough.
You need people to check out your blog.
This is known as getting traffic to your blog you want visitors to your blog .
There are many things you have to do once you have started a blog.
So here is a quick overview of what needs to be done.

  • Write articles based on what people are looking for.
  • Share your articles.
  • Research ways to get people on to your blog either via Google or via social media.
  • Eventually you might look at ways to make money from your blog

Now its your turn

I am so excited that you have decided to start a blog. now I would like to know what are your thoughts about starting a blog with no money. Is there something you would like me to address is there something you would like me to elaborate upon?
Would love to hear your thoughts !

Guidelines for Planning Vegan Meals

The term vegetarian is nothing new to me since I have been a veggie pretty much most of my life. So a vegetarian diet basically excludes meat, poultry, and seafood. There can be exceptions to vegetarians, like some may choose to leave out dairy products from their meals while others like me may include eggs in the diet plan.
So then, what is a vegan diet? It seems to be the latest fad today. Vegans not only avoid meat, poultry, and seafood, but they also eliminate milk, eggs or honey. In simple words, they avoid eating anything that produced by an animal.
Let us say, you are planning to throw a party over the weekend for your friends. The circle also includes some friends who are veggies or vegans. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure you serve up the right dishes on the table.

3 guidelines when planning vegetarian meals

Remember vegans don’t have any animal produce, but no worries you still can cook up a nutritious meal without it.
Include the green vegetables, especially the red, yellow or orange kinds. Serving salads with a dash of flaxseed oil would be a great idea. You can use vegetable protein in the form of legumes, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, seeds or soy. Potato, rice, pasta, bread can be added as a source of carbohydrates.

You add flavor to the meals by including other optional ingredients such as mushrooms, eggplant, beetroot, onions, seaweed, sprouts or bamboo shoots. You may also use herbs and spice that are fresh or dried like basil, oregano, coriander, garlic, ginger, chili, pepper or mustard seeds.

You can also add tomato in the paste or pureed form. Organic Soy milk can also be used as a milk substitute for making white sauces. Fruit juices can be served for drinks. Use Olive oil and non-GM canola oils best choices for vegan. However, remember to use oil and iodized salt sparingly.

Tips for planning vegetarian meals

There are essentially two types of vegetarians. A lacto vegetarians are those who do not eat meat, fish, poultry or eggs, but do have dairy products while ovo–vegetarians don’t eat meat, fish, poultry or dairy, but do eat eggs.

Depending on this you can choose what to serve your guest maybe have a balance of both. You can choose from a variety of foods, including grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy products and eggs if desired serve a balanced meal.

Opt for healthier versions, substitute refined grains with whole grains and use brown bread. Add protein to the meal with dairy products like cottage cheese, yoghurt, eggs, quinoa, and protein-rich vegetables like peas, spinach, broccoli, sprouts and mushrooms.

Why is Protein Complementation Important when Planning Vegan Meals

Vegetarians and vegan diet usually lack protein from animal sources, hence including complementary proteins in meals and snacks will protect them against any deficiencies. Combining two or more plant sources of protein allow them to obtain sufficient levels of all the essential amino acids.

Here are some food combinations that provide complementary proteins:

  • Soups or stews that include legumes and grains
  • Salads made with beans and nuts or seeds
  • Peanut butter on whole-grain bread
  • Hummus with whole-wheat pita bread
  • Tofu with brown rice
  • Tofu stir-fry with whole-grain noodles and peanuts
  • Beans and brown rice
  • Yogurt with almonds

Planning vegetarian meals for the week

A good meal plan needs to consider how often you cook, how much time you have to cook, and what you’d most like to eat. Be flexible and switch your options and eat fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruits. Take a cue from some of the meal ideas given here:

Breakfast ideas

  • Pancakes with fresh berries or smoothies
  • Oats with cooked apples, raisins, and cinnamon
  • Plain yogurt with granolas, honey, and fresh berries
  • Scrambled eggs with spinach and steamed vegetables
  • Vegetable omelet with mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, and cheese
  • Peanut-butter toast with a banana and cold cereal

Lunch ideas

  • Tossed salad with fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and dressing
  • Toasted pita with hummus, fruit with cottage cheese, and trail mix
  • Grilled-vegetable and cheese sandwich on whole-grain bread
  • Fruit salad with yogurt and peanut-butter bread
  • Rice with steamed vegetables, nuts, and a piece of fruit
  • Vegetable curry with flatbread

Dinner ideas

  • Vegetable stir fry with brown rice
  • Curry with hard-boiled eggs and sautéed vegetables
  • Pie with a side salad and 100% fruit juice
  • Veggie taco with lentils, tomatoes, lettuce, and seasonings on a whole-grain tortilla
  • Multigrain pasta with fresh tomatoes and pesto sauce
  • Pizza with vegetables and mozzarella cheese

Sample vegan diet for pregnancy

During pregnancy you need to consume added protein to ensure that your baby gets enough of it. It is important to consume 70 g of protein during this period.

Here is a sample vegan meal plan that would be helpful for pregnant women.

Breakfast : Protein smoothie made with two frozen bananas, 1 cup frozen wild blueberries, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 2 scoops pumpkin seed protein powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (plus filtered water as needed).

Mid-Morning Snack: Pink lady apple with 2 tablespoons almond butter.

Lunch: Lentil salad (with about 1 cup cooked lentils) + a dollop of hummus.

Mid-Afternoon Snack: 1 cup red grapes + 1 cup strawberries.

Dinner : Burrito bowl with 1 cup cooked brown rice, 1/2 cup cooked pinto beans, 3 ounces scrambled extra-firm tofu, pico de gallo, 1/2 mashed avocado, 1 cup romaine.

Dessert: A few nibbles of dark chocolate.

Sample Vegan Toddler Menu – What to feed a vegan toddler?

Feeding a vegan toddler need not be challenging if you follow these simple guidelines. Include breast milk and full fat fortified soy milk at least 5 times a day. Serve toddler size portions of vegetable, fruits and beans at least twice a day. Also serve a single portion of nuts and this ensures they get a balanced diet.

Sample vegan menu for weight loss

If you need lose weight in a healthy way be sure to include these in each meal:
One protein (for maintaining and building muscle, which is important for metabolism)
One carb (for energy)
1-2 vegetables (for vitamins, minerals, and fiber)
1 fruit/colorful vegetable (for vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants)
1 fat (yes, your body needs fat for nutrients like Omega 3 and DHA!)
1 green (very important for weight loss and getting enough iron and calcium on the vegan diet)

Planning balanced Vegetarian Meals

Vegetarians needs a lot of proteins if you have eggs helps you meet the required portion. Else you can have cereals or muesli with nuts and top it off with yoghurt. It is a wrong notion that vegetarians are at risk of being low in the mineral iron. There are plenty of plant based foods that are good sources of it. Have this with a small glass of fruit juice, rich in vitamin C, to optimize your body’s iron uptake. For those who avoid dairy, like milk and yogurt, choose alternatives fortified with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium.

Striking the perfect balance

FoodPortion Size
Bakes like brownies/flapjacks (as an occasional treat)2 of your fingers
Butter/spreads/nut butter (no more than 2 or 3 times a day)The tip of your thumb
Carbs like cereal/rice/pasta/potato (include 1 portion at each main meal and ensure it fills no more than ¼ of your plate)Your clenched fist
Cheese (as a snack or part of a meal)2 of your thumbs
Nuts/seeds (as a snack or part of a meal)1 of your cupped hands
Protein like tofu/beans/pulses (aim to have a portion at each meal)Palm of your hand
Savouries like popcorn/crisps (as a snack/treat)2 of your cupped hands

Whichever diet you follow it is important that you eat it in a balanced way. So eat healthy and stay healthy !

Konmari Declutter Kitchen – Easy, Simple and Effective

I would enter the kitchen and feel overwhelmed. Every morning I would dread getting out of bed as I hated having to clean the kitchen and come face to face with the mess and chaos. For years I was not understanding why I did not just jump out of bed with enthusiasm for the day. When everyone  spoke about morning routines it did not motivate me at all. It was for others I always assumed, not for me.
That was until I made many changes in my lifestyle, my house and embraced some new concepts and ideas. There were 6 Habits that changed my life. I had to analyse my lifestyle and found that cleaning, cooking and the clutter were getting to me. I worked with the Flylady system to come up with 10 Everyday Habits to clean my house. I embraced the concepts of Minimalism ( not all) and also used Marie Kondos Konmari method to declutter and organise my house.
Hello there, I would like to introduce you to the konmari method for the kitchen. Before that I would like to share with you why konmari works.

Why konmari works

After having read numerous blog posts, watching endless videos and some soul searching on my own this is what I feel. My life was all centered around cleaning, parenting, trying to be a good mum and in all this I was losing myself.
I really felt overwhelmed and I was trying to fill in many roles and accomplish many things. This took over my life, my consciousness and depleted me of energy. Other mothers seemed to juggle  home life,  work life and personal life and I was on a quest to find out how.
Right around this time konmari happened.
Why konmari works is because it helps you simplify your life, cut through the fluff  ant helps you figure out what really matters. Most people who have tried and implemented konmari, have always mentioned how konmari has simplified their life and thoughts.
When you cut through clutter, bring in simple processes and when you sort out your priorities, magic happens.
When you tackle one part of your life eventually it’ll be a catalyst in simplifying all parts of your life.
Everything will fall in place.
So how do you konmari ?

Konmari for kitchens / Konmari in the kitchen

Marie Kondi has laid out the entire blueprint in her book. In her book she first explains the process. You will also understand what is expected and what steps to take next.
A lot of thought process has gone into these categories. You are guided to begin from the area in your house which is easier to let go and move onto categories which are hard to work with ( sentimental stuff).
What is the konmari method of decluttering?
In this method you go through various categories like clothes, followed by books and then papers and so on.
konmari category checklist
When you are in a category you will get all the items ( from everywhere ) together.
You really MUST get all items of the similar category from everywhere.
So if we are looking at clothes you need to get them from the cupboard, from the washing basket, from the washing machine, drying rack, basement … everywhere.
It would be best to lay them down on the floor. Then you hold each item up and ask yourself does it spark joy. It could be that it makes you feel good when you wear it, the colors and texture of the clothing makes you feel so happy. If it sparks joy, keep it aside, Discard the rest.
You will notice that you might have been holding onto stuff for long and you actually hate wearing them. It has happened to me.
Before you start the kitchen you must follow the konmari method in the other categories.
  • Category 1 – Clothes
  • Category 2 – Books
  • Category 3 – Papers
  • Category 4 – Komono ( Miscellaneous)
    • General
    • Kids
    • Office
    • Kitchen
    • Bathroom
  • Category 5 – Sentimental Items
In Mari condos konmari method there is a category called komonos or miscellaneous. The kitchen falls into this category.
Konmari Komono list
Note: Follow the method mentioned in the book.
When you start with the clothes, books and then the papers, you will start understanding the process.
Konmari Komono list
A kitchen has many subcategories and it makes it very difficult if not impossible if you start in the kitchen.
So before you start the kitchen you have to implement the konmari method in the other categories first.
Too many subcategories can overwhelm and you will most likely quit. Once you work in the other categories you will also learn figure out subcategories.
This will be needed when you work in the kitchen.

The kitchen categories

  1. Eating – this category includes everything which is required when you eat.
  2. Cooking – this category includes everything which you require when you cook or bake.
  3. Food and storage – this category spices pantry, the fridge and storage containers.
I have seen people searching for Konmari kitchen drawers and Konmari kitchen utensils.
Categories NOT Location
You must remember that konmari method is based on categories and not on location. You cannot go by Drawers, cupboards et cetera.
Now we know the various categories let’s get started the konmari kitchen.
konmari kitchen categories

Konmari kitchen method

The konmari kitchen method includes the following steps:
  • First tidy by category and not by location
  • Second tidy in the right order
  • Tidy all at once
  • Put everything on the floor
  • Ask yourself does it Spark joy
  • If not say thank you and discard
  • Designate a space

Konmari kitchen tips – Keep the fridge as the last subcategory.

I started with the cooking section. I pulled out everything which can be used for cooking.
This included the following:
  • Utensils
  • Vessels
  • Appliances
  • Bakeware
  • Knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Baking trays
  • Baking Accessories
  • Oven mitts and dish towels
  • Small appliances
  • Mixing bowls
  • Steam baskets
  • Cutting boards
I only kept those which I would use and most importantly which sparked joy.
Note: Add your own subcategories
Remember to get all the items from all the different places you might be storing them in. I was storing some in the hall, some in the kitchen and some in the pantry.
The next sub category for me was the eating category.
This included:
  •  Cups
  • Glassware
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Cookery
  • Cutlery
  • Serving ware
  • Mugs
  •  Water bottles
Note: You can add silverware, straws, chip clips to your subcategories
The next sub category is food and storage containers.
This subcategory for me included:
  • Pulses
  • Spices
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking items
  • Pickles

Konmari YouTube kitchen ( Includes Before and After)

Once this was done it was time to move on to the fridge.
For the fridge
  1. First I am emptied out the contents.
  2. Wiped the fridge down with  white vinegar.
  3. Sorted everything out
It did take a couple of hours to go through my fridge because I had a lot of stuff. There were many reasons including health because of which the fridge had been neglected.
It is advisable as I have learnt later keep the fridge only 70% full.
This gives it some breathing space and also you can quickly find a place for leftovers.

Household Work without Maid

I have struggled with maids for years. I somehow have never found someone I can work with. At present I have a help who comes in a couple of days a week and cleans the house.

She  usually doesn’t turn up so I get back to how I managed housework with maid all these years. I had to struggle through sick days and days post operation without a maid. This helped me really simplify the entire process and now maid or no maid (no problem).

5 Top tips for Household Work without Maid

Routines

I cant imagine life without routines and if there is someone who hated the concept of routines, then it was me. I thought I didn’t need one and that routines would over complicate whatever I had going on with me.

But the the converse is true. Routines have brought in some structure, brought in a lot of peace and simplified my life.

If there is only one thing I can share with you, then it would be write down all your tasks and break them down into routines. You can watch video below to understad this concept much better. Once you have tasks jotted down you can decide when you would like to get them done, morning, night, afternoon.

Then just do them.

Let me share my example. I have the following tasks I need done everyday – laundry, dishes, cooking, packing boxes, clean the house, bathrooms. Now I just break them down into what i get done in the morning, what gets done in the afternoon and those that get done at night.

My sample Morning Routine

I have the following things I get done everyday – make my bed, laundry, make breakfast, pack lunch boxes, have breakfast and get started for the day.

My Early Morning Routine

Have family help out

It is very important to have the family help out and each family member have their own chores they take care off.

Plan your day in advance

I plan my next day usually in the night. I try to jot down what I want to get done the next day and write them down in my bullet journal. Journalling helps keep my thoughts in check and helps me streamline my day as much as I can. I also can keep track of kids school activities, bank work, payments if any, household tasks.

Dont feel guilty

I have stopped trying to be supermom. This just doesn’t work for me and I cannot get it ALL done. I work on what I can get done and then just let things be.

Relax

I put it here for a reason. Without self love and time out you will burnout massively. I have had massive breakdowns and I know what it feels like. Just pampering yourself a couple of minutes a day is more than enough to get started with your day.

Don’t give in to the stress of Life. Zone out if you must so that you can dive back in full of energy and zest for life.