If you don’t know by now that I am a stay-home mom, homeschooling three children and surviving on one income in a two income world,..then you haven’t been reading my blog. *wink*
And if you haven’t heard about the new FTC guidelines for bloggers then you haven’t been reading much of anything online, have you?? Not that it would affect my blogging much anyway, since I already strive for transparency and honesty. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
Back to the part about living on one income… My main goal with this blog is honor God and encourage women. I also believe that God has given me this blog as a way to bring home some pennies for homeschool curriculum and supplies. I desire to do whatever I can do to help my husband and also help him fully embrace my blogging habit. Since April of 2012, I’ve been trying to build my blog, not only as a means of income but also as a means of encouragement to homeschool moms.
My mission statement for the blog: Classic Housewife is about being the best wife, mother, homemaker and homeschooling parent that I can be –and encouraging other moms to be the same. It’s about seeking to glorify God in all that we do, whether working, playing, learning, loving or just simply living life.
From time to time I link to items and websites using affiliate links –links that will earn me a small commission after you make a purchase In fact, most posts SHOULD contain at least one affiliate link of some kind. If not, that’s a serious oversight on my part. ; ) Every single penny I make online goes directly towards the purchase of homeschool needs. At the beginning of this school year I was able to purchase all but $40 of our curriculum with money that I had made online – and I give God the glory for that! Most of the affiliate links I use are for products we regularly use and enjoy (things I would have told you about anyway.)
However: When I do use affiliate links I:
- Make sure that the information I’m offering is true, correct, and my own opinion
- Post links to items and websites I feel positively about/think my readers will genuinely be interested in
- Speak truthfully. If I say I bought, used, tried, or ordered something, I did.
- Welcome any feedback on items, offers and websites I link to – good or bad
- Use an affiliate link for something I am already going to blog about if I have one.
- Indicate at the bottom of the post whether I was compensated in some way other than through an affiliate link, such as a being given a free product to try or being given a book to review.
At this time, I am regularly affiliated with the following:
1.) Amazon.com – If l link to Amazon, I use an affiliate link. By doing so, I earn a small commission on any purchase you make within a certain period of time. It doesn’t cost you any more money, or make you buy something that you weren’t going to already, it just leaves me a little tip in the tip jar for pointing you to their site. Yay me!
2.) Google – I have google ads and a google search bar on some of my pages. Google ads aren’t big money makers, but pennies add up dude! I’ve tried to tailor the ads and my posts so that they provide relevant links to something you may be searching for. If not, I tried!
3.) Currclick.com – If you buy any Currclick item with my affiliate link, I get a credit to use on their site or cash out. Affiliate links to Currclick help make my children smarter.
4.) KangaColor – My husband’s new coloring software project. While I’m not technically an affiliate, I do benefit indirectly of course.
5.) Bright Ideas Press – They make the history curriculum we love, love, love: The Mystery of History. I rave about this curriculum. Ask me. =)
6.) Heritage History – This is a great Living Books supplement to our Mystery of History curriculum. We have the Early Readers Library.
7.) See the Light Art – A Christian homeschool company with art curriculum DVDs and Bible Story Art Lessons. We enjoy these!
8.) Bundle of the Week – I, um, may or may not have an ebook addiction. That aside, Bundle of the Week is an ebook bundle site, presenting 5 ebooks of a similar theme for a different set each week.
9.) Notebooking Success – an ebook by the Notebooking Fairy that helped us (me) in our notebooking journey.
10.) Notebooking Pages – a site with free notebooking printables, and a paid membership with even more including the digital page maker, Notebooking Publisher.
I also use links to the above in my sidebars, I sometimes accept paid or product-payment reviews (if the product fits an interest or fills a need) and I do offer ad space.
Additionally, I reserve the right to like things you don’t like, recommend products that work for me and have my own opinion. Likewise, I reserve your right to not like things I like. Hey – we can’t all be alike can we? But feel free to leave a comment on such posts and share your own personal experience with any product, link or website that I link to or promote. Discussion is always welcome.
And now if you’d like to help get my husband off my back – maybe you have some shopping you need to do?