What My Blog Looked Like in 2007 (trust me, it wasn’t pretty!)

In 2004, when I found out that I was pregnant with our first child, I began searching high and low for something — anything! — I could do from home to earn enough money so I could be a stay-at-home mom. That had long been my dream and I was so determined to do so.

After many different tries and mistakes, I finally landed upon this thing called blogging. I started a few blogs in the next two years — learning a lot as I went! Because there was so much interest in me writing about saving money on groceries, I started MoneySavingMom.com in 2007.

I didn’t have money to invest in blog design, so I started with what I could afford and set up myself: a free blog on Blogger.com with a white background. I didn’t know how to design a header, so I just had plain text at the top that said “Money Saving Mom”.

After a few months, I had been making some money off of affiliate advertising and sidebar ads — enough to invest a little money in sprucing up the blog. So I hired someone to design a header for the blog for $25.

And here’s what it looked like…

What My Blog Looked Like in 2007

Yes, it wasn’t pretty. At all.

But that “ugly” blog that cost me almost nothing to start grew and grew until I finally had to move to Typepad and then to WordPress.

I had no idea that that little blog would be such a catalyst for so many things — meeting so many amazing bloggers and readers, making a full-time income from blogging, having speaking opportunities, getting book deals, the opportunity to give generously, the ability to move to Nashville and work with my husband in business, the opportunity to provide jobs for people on my team…

I don’t share this with you to gloat; I share this with you to encourage you.

Don’t let the lack of money to pay for a very professional website or expensive office hold you back. Don’t let the fear of making mistakes keep you from beginning somewhere. Don’t wait until you have everything figured out to jump in and start working on your dreams and ideas.

Just start… even if it’s not as nice and professional as you’d like it to be.

Experiment… even when you fail and make mistakes.

Jump out of your comfort zone… even if not everyone thinks your idea will work.

Some day, you might look back and shake your head at how little you knew, how much you’ve learned, and how far you’ve come… but you never would get to witness all that progress if you don’t take the first step.

P.S. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, be sure to read my comprehensive post on How to Start a Blog & Make Money Blogging. And if you’re already blogging and you’re ready to take your blog to the next level, I’d highly recommend checking out Ruth’s Elite Blog Academy.

Enrollment for her 2015 blogging course ends tonight (I just found this out — so sorry about the last minute notice!). If you’re ready to take the plunge, you can use coupon code SAVINGMOM to get $50 off the price of the course. This course will not be open again until 2016.

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Schoola: Free $15 credit + free shipping = 1-2 kid’s clothing items for FREE!

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Schoola is an online used kid’s clothing store that offers gently used clothing at steep discounts. Most of the items are name brand + a portion of all sales go to help local schools.

Sign up here to get a free $15 credit. Plus, Schoola is offering free shipping on any order right now. This promotion is not advertised, but when you go to checkout, you will get completely free shipping.

You should be able to combine the free credit with the free shipping offer to get 1-2 kid’s clothing items for FREE!

Free clothes from Schoola!

We’ve ordered from Schoola before and had a great experience. Many of my readers have, as well.

The quality is more along the lines of Target and Walmart and we found that some of the clothes were fairly well used, but you can’t beat free clothes, can you?!

Psst! You can also share your referral link with others and earn a $15 credit for every person who signs up through your link and places an order.

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48-Hour Giveaway: Moody Sisters Skin Care Gift Pack (6 Winners)

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Moody Sisters are back with another great giveaway! This time, they are offering 6 gift packs of their organic and natural foaming sugar scrubs and cream deodorant.

These gift packs include a 3-pack of Coconut Lime, Berry, & Moody Mint sugar scrubs PLUS a Moody Mint Cream Deodorant. They come in an adorable pink organza bag and would make a great gift for someone else — or a great way to pamper yourself!

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Moody Sisters offer natural handmade skincare & organic mineral makeup. Their products are fun and affordable skin and beauty care to make you look and feel fresh.

Sugar Scrub — This luxurious natural sugar scrub is infused with castile soap, cleansing and exfoliating in one step, leaving your skin rejuvenated and refreshed. Immediately improve your skin’s tone, texture, and feel. Our sugar scrub is made with organic castile soap, organic and fair-trade evaporated cane juice, and scented with essential oils.

Deodorant — Let’s be real. We love things ALL-NATURAL…but all-natural body odor is not pleasant! Our paraben and aluminum free, natural and vegan cream deodorant stick will keep you fresh as a daisy. This effective cream deodorant is handmade with blends of pure essential oils for our refreshing scents and loaded with organic powders to keep you smelling great.

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They sent me some of their products to try out and I loved getting to use them. The sugar scrub is amazing and luxurious! It makes your skin feel so smooth after you use it. I especially love that it’s made from all natural products and ingredients!

For more information about Moody Sisters, you can check out their Facebook Page, follow them on Pinterest, follow them on Instagram, or sign up for their email newsletter.

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Psst! You’ll want to be sure to sign up for their email newsletter because, through the end of June, every new email subscriber not only gets a 10% off coupon, but a coupon for their choice of a free product sample! Choose from either Eye Shadow, Soap Bar, or Whipped Body Lotion samples!

Would you like to enter to win a gift pack of organic and natural foaming sugar scrubs and cream deodorant from Moody Sisters? Just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Six winners will be chosen and posted next week. This giveaway ends Thursday, April 23, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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LAST CHANCE! Get 100+ Huggies Diapers for free after rebate at Walmart!

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Psst! This HOT deal ends tonight — if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, hurry and get it while it’s still available!

Top Cash Back is offering a $21 rebate on a box of Huggies Diapers purchased from Walmart. This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

Here’s how to get the $21 rebate:

1. Sign up for a new Top Cash Back account here.

2. Head here for the special Huggies Diapers offer page.

3. Order a big pack of HUGGIES Snug & Dry Ultra diapers priced at $18.97. Select free in-store pickup at your local Walmart. Very important note: Do not order anything else. Only order the package of Huggies diapers or the deal will not be valid.

4. Within 7-14 days of picking up your diapers from Walmart, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $21 — enough to cover the diapers plus an applicable tax.

5. After you receive the $21 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your savings account or request a Paypal payment.

This offer is only valid through April 21, 2015 — or while supplies last.

Thanks, The Modest Mom!

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