Products and Procedures that I use to run my blog and business

best products for small businesses

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I do the majority of my work from home. If you’re new here, I blog here at amyfillinger.com and at Amy & Brandon Adventures (our travel blog), and I’m also a professional photographer. If you run a blog or business, whether working from home or not, you know that it can be crazy. Business owners wear many hats, and it can certainly be overwhelming. I wanted to put together a list of products and procedures that help me run my blogs and business (somewhat) smoothly. I don’t have it all figured out, but I am doing a lot better than I used to! My productivity level is up, and having a workflow process is certainly helpful. Whether you run a business, or you’re thinking about starting one, there is bound to be something on this list that will make your life easier! These are some of the best products for small businesses (and blogs) that I have found.

I just wanted to make a note that while some of these are affiliate links, most of them are not. Many of the products and services are absolutely free (or have free versions) and the paid products that I suggest are 100% worth the investment!

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Kid-approved easy fruit salad recipe | The perfect healthy summer snack!

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Kid tested Easy Fruit Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy fruit salad recipe that your kids will love, look no further! This fruit salad is the perfect summer snack, or part of a healthy meal any time of day! We also call this recipe “Hawaii fruit salad” because of the pineapple. My kids are completely obsessed with Hawaii, half of that is because my husband and I frequently travel to Hawaii, and half of it is thanks to Moana. If you have little kids, you know what I am talking about!

This easy fruit salad recipe is perfect if you need to throw something together quickly. It’s no secret that I am no food blogger or chef, but my kids raved about how awesome this recipe was. Guess what? It took just a few minutes to put together! The hardest part is making the kids wait until it’s finished chilling. They will want to eat it right away.

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Save lots of money on household items! | Subscribe and Save Tips

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Subscribe and Save tips

If you have an Amazon subscription but are not taking advantage of the Subscribe and Save program, you’re going to want to read this! I’ve been an Amazon subscriber for years, but only started utilizing Subscribe and Save about two years ago. I hope that these subscribe and save tips will help you save a lot of money!
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Best Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

Are you an essential oil skeptic? Well don't be, because they really do work! The best uses for peppermint essential oil is all about my favorite uses for this versatile, popular, AFFORDABLE essential oil!

Best Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil

I am going to start off right here saying that I don’t sell essential oils for a MLM company. I have nothing against DoTerra or Young Living, but I don’t sell either one. Both companies have great quality products, but I want to start this series by letting you know that I don’t sell either one and I am not trying to recruit you. 😉 I will let you know what I recommend below, but wanted to start this with the disclaimer that I am not a distributor or a member of any group like this!

Now that we have that out of the way, on to the good stuff! The best uses for peppermint essential oil is post one in a series that I will be doing about essential oils. I love using essential oils in our home, but I use them in a very realistic way. If you’re interested in trying essential oils, but think some of what you’ve read is just “too much” then this series will be for you! The series will be full of practical and realistic uses for essential oils, along with advice on which brands I recommend and safety tips.

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Best Pinterest Image size + free template

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The Best Pinterest Image Size + a free template!

Whether you’re a business owner, blogger, or both, Pinterest can be a great way to bring traffic to your website. Using Pinterest is fairly straight forward, but using Pinterest correctly isn’t always as easy. You don’t have to take my word for it. I recommend checking out the “Simple Pin Media Podcast” for all the information on why Pinterest is important. Kate from Simple Pin Media has several recently podcasts specifically for  different businesses. Whether you run a non-profit, a craft business or a food blog, she has some great information for everyone.

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Two tips for successful budgeting (that no one talks about!)

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Two Tips for Successful Budgeting

The second installment in my budgeting series, two more tips for successful budgeting. We all know that the key to being successful with money is having a budget. Budgeting, in a nutshell, simply tells your money where to go. It’s a far better option than looking at your bank statements at the end of the month, wondering where your money went. That being said, there are two tips for successful budgeting that are rarely talked about.

If you’re brand new to budgeting, make sure to check out my post: Budgeting 101: How to start a budget.

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Travel Essentials for Summer

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Travel Essentials for Summer

Travel is a big part of summer, and it’s a big part of my blog! Some of my travel posts are doing quite well on Pinterest right now, and I’d like share some more tips with you. Today I am going to be talking about travel essentials. When it comes to travel, I try to stick to a minimalist packing list. I don’t like carrying a lot of stuff with me.

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It’s been one year! My most popular posts from the last 12 months

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The most popular posts on amyfillinger.com

Well, I guess I missed my one year “blogiversary.” I started blogging sometime in March 2016. Honestly I’m not sure when it was exactly, but we can celebrate right now! As some of you know, I am a wedding photographer and this time of year gets a little busy. The good thing is now I know to plan my posts ahead of time for my second wave of busy (September-October) so that I can keep regular updates coming your way!

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Why and How I Am Saving for My Daughter’s Education

Saving for kids college is such an important topic that can often be overlooked! Check out how and why I'm saving for my daughter's college to find out what one dad is doing to prepare!

Today I have a special guest post by David from MillenialPersonalFinance.com. Most of you, along with David and myself, are parents of young children. Saving for kids college may not be the most fun subject to talk about, but it’s a very important discussion! Remember that it’s never too early, or too late, to start thinking about saving for kids college. Find out why and how David is saving for his daughters education in this informative post!

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How do busy moms get so much done?

how do busy moms get so much done? productivity tips for moms

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how do busy moms get so much done? Coffee. Just kidding. Well, kind of. Coffee never hurts, right? I like to joke that most days, I run on coffee and dry shampoo. I may not be an expert, but I am mom who runs a couple businesses plus several side hustles, I have three kids, I have spent time as a full-time student, and I try to make health and fitness a priority! So I, like most moms, can be pretty busy.

The simple answer is that none of us will ever get everything done, but there are steps that all of us can take to get more accomplished.

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Is Xero good for small business?

Is Xero good for small business? Xero accounting software review

As a small business owner, I am always on the lookout for products and services that will save time and increase productivity. If I said that accounting was my favorite part of being a small business owner, well, I’d be lying. What I was looking for was service that made invoicing, balancing books, and viewing payments that were being made and received simple. Did I find it? Keep reading to find out.

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Freebies for new bloggers

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Freebies for new bloggers

I have read a lot of posts about things that you should buy when you start a blog. In fact, I even wrote about two things you should buy when you start a blog. There are a few important things to purchase when you start a blog, but there are also lots of freebies for new bloggers! I wanted to share the best free things that I know about, all in one place!

If you’re looking to start your own blog, check out my tutorial on how to start a blog on WordPress. Starting a blog is a fun hobby, and it can even turn into a side income or full-time business! Make sure to read the post and then use my link to start your own blog for only $3.95 a month!

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How to get kids to do chores + teaching kids about money

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Teaching kids about money

It’s really important to teach kids about money. The general state of money handling in our culture is just bad. It’s our job to teach our kids how to handle money. I am frequently asked “how to get kids to do chores??” Honestly, my kids do chores because I tell them to. More specifically, my kids do chores because they have grown up doing chores and they don’t think anything of it. They know that chores are a part of life, and they accept that. Has it always been that way? No.

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