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First Step to Success? Showing Up: A Guest Post by Katja Presnal

First Step to Success is Showing Up
Guest post by Katja Presnal

I think many of us are now thinking about entering the $100,000 blogging gig by Cheap Sally, and I’m here to tell you, what’s stopping you!

Imagine it:
blogging from home,
by the pool or
from your favorite coffee shop
and making $100,000 next year?

The opportunity sounds amazing, yet some are hesitant to even apply.

I have this theory that you can have anything in life, you just can’t have everything (when it comes to things money can buy). I truly believe in the old saying if there is a will there is a way. We so often put our dreams on hold because we are not willing to figure out the way to get the things in life we want; whether it’s things we can buy, or things that make us happy. But you know what? You are in charge of your own happiness, your own life and your own success.

We so often see amazing opportunities and think “it would never happen to me”. I used to be one of those people too. Then I stopped putting myself down, and started taking risks and just giving it a try. Have a failed sometimes? Yes. But I have gained much more in life than I ever thought I could by just having guts to give it a try. This is why I don’t understand that when a great opportunity presents itself there are people who will not give it a try – worse that can happen is that they say no, what have you lost? Nothing. Think of all those people who audition at the reality TV talent shows and make it through, when you ask them how they are feeling standing on the stage, the answer is almost the same “I never thought I’d be standing here today”. But they gave it all they got and they made it through to their dream. The more you try, the more likely it will be you the next time.

Now, think what would you do if you were offered the Cheap Sally $100,000 blogging job (or insert your dream here) for next year – what would it mean to you? Where would you blog, would you be able to make some changes in your life? Keep that imagine in your head, and do not let it go away. Feed it like it’s your baby, print a picture of a beach where you could be sitting next year this time blogging and tape it to your fridge. Sure, there will be many others applying too, but if your dream, your image of your future is the clearest, your passion is the strongest, your determination to get the job is the biggest – I trust that YOU will get it. Now take the first step and apply.

If you haven’t heard about the contest yet:
Cheap Sally is a couponing and money saving website that shares over 20,000 coupons for dining, recreation, bills, entertainment, home maintenance, groceries and much much more. Over 400 new coupons are added to site daily and provide customers an average savings of 15%. Cheap Sally is looking for a blogger to join their team – virtually! – for the year 2012 to blog about deals and coupons for their site. If you have passion for saving money, you think you can be the next big name in frugal blogging and want to work from the convenience from your home, this might be THE opportunity you have been waiting for. Apply now, you have no excuses not to!


Guest post by lifestyle expert Katja Presnal of Skimbaco Lifestyle. Katja owns the Skimbaco brand and blog network. You can also find her writing for LifetimeMoms.com and she has been featured in Redbook, NY Times, Glamour and other publications. You can connect with her on Twitter @KatjaPresnal.

Nugget Hijack!

Yep, you read that correctly.  Your beloved @diPaolaMomma, Head Nugget in Charge around here, is not writing this post.  She’s gone off on vacation in beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and left us all high and dry.  So, rather than remain nuggetless for an entire WEEK, I’ve decide to sneak in here to share with you, her dear readers,  a juicy revelation I’ve just discovered.

This is my serious face...

(Who am I, you ask?  I’m Ri from over at Music Savvy Mom and The Music Mamas.  Lara’s a Music Mama too, and we’re tight, so it doubtful that she’ll shoot me for this.  I think.  I hope…)

So, anyway – she would have you think that she’s vacationing at the Cape because of its beauty, its history, its charm.  She’d say it’s because she’s spending a week with her family, building sandcastles and frolicking in the surf.

Yeah, well, I know better.  I’ve figured out why she’s REALLY there.  She’s a shameless fangirl.  She’s trying to find THESE guys:

Now, if you read this blog or follow her on Twitter or Facebook, then you know she’s a proud Potterhead – or whatever they call folks who would rather live in Hogsmeade than anywhere else on Earth.  Yes, she is an unapologetic fan of all things Harry Potter…therefore the information I’ve discovered about Harry and The Potters (the group you see above) explains everything.

These guys are FROM Massachusetts!  They had a gig in DC on July 19, and their next gig isn’t until July 28…IN MASSACHUSETTS!

…coincidence?  Not a chance. 😉

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Disclaimer: The preceding, in ALMOST its entirety, is a complete fabrication.  Well, except for the part about Cape Cod being in the state of Massachusetts, and some other stuff. The TRUE part is that we miss your nuggety face, Lara, and hope you’re having a wonderful time! xoxoxo

The World is Your Shot Glass!

Founding and running Momz Share with my pals Jenny G and The Banshee has been a blast. The work is hard -the girls can tell you I’m the crazed cracker of the whip- but the payoff SO. WORTH. IT.

Today I bring you the perfect example of big time payoff. The lovely, talented, snarky, smart, beautiful and be-awesomely-tatted, Adryon of Adryon’s Kitchen. (I’m in awe of her ink. Seriously. I can be seen either lounging unconscious on the floor or running away like a two-year-old when approached with any needle, so I’ll never be a human canvas but I still appreciate the art.)

In addition to her wit and cool, Adryon is the Viceroy of Vodka (yes that IS a real title, I just made it up. So there!). Sit back and relax Nuggetiers as Adryon takes us on a tour of libation laden bliss.   

“There are only two absolutes in life: friends and vodka. And the best times usually involve both.” ~Unknown

She had me at "Vodka".. okay it was "Friend" but the other way has less mush factor.

For the past few years my little family of three have been giving handmade presents for the holidays. We’ve hand poured candles, canned home-made marinara sauces and hand-burnt wooden spoons.

However, unequivocally – with zero question- my favorite thing to do for holiday gifts is infusing vodkas.  There really are no limitations to what you can throw in a Mason jar and cover with liquid joy alcohol. Plus, you have to taste them daily, which as the mother of one obstinate 8 year old, is a gift itself.

For all infusing methods, you will want to strain them through a coffee filter before gift giving. It will make your vodka taste better, and look crisp. You can get cheap bottles of all shapes and size at your local craft stores. With the basics covered, let’s get drunk! I mean crafty!

If you’re down to the last minute, you can definitely go the hard candy route. (If you’re patient, definitely try Skittles Vodka. It takes a lot more work than hard candies, but it’s sure to impress.) For any other hard candies, throw ½ – 1 cup of candy in a mason jar and cover with two cups of vodka. Shake and let sit for two days. The great thing about doing the candy vodka is you don’t have to buy the highest quality vodka since once the candy has dissolved, it’s going to be not only flavored, but sweet from the sugar. Note: This works great with things like candy canes, cinnamon discs, jolly ranchers, root beer barrels…anything that dissolves. Double note: Because of the sugar factor, the hangover factor is a little high as well; tread carefully.

(My favorite is using mint chocolate candy canes. Perfect mixed in hot chocolate!)

Since we still have a little bit of time before the Holidays, the best way (and my favorite way) to go about infusing vodkas is with food! Anything from fruit, vanilla beans, and herbs, can be infused into your vodka . The end result isn’t sweet, but the essence of whatever has been infused. If the sweetness is a factor for you, once the vodkas are fully infused and strained, you can mix in a simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water – boiled and cooled) to sweeten up the final product.

These are a few of my favorites:

Wait did she say CHOCOLATE?!

Citrus rinds! Be sure to use only the zest and not the white pith that can be a little bitter.

This one is a mix of Navel Orange and Buddha’s Hand Fruit. These are great mixed with citrus sodas or seltzer. Last year a mix of lime and lemon zest was a big hit. Citrus takes about 3 to 5 days to infuse. You are going to need to taste a tiny bit after the 3rd day to get a grasp on how much further you want to take it.

Don’t forget to put a little sliver of the zest in your gift bottle a day or two before giving, so your recipient knows what to expect. Not too long before hand, or it will change colors and might look a little odd

Fruit! This year I’m doing a mixed berry, a pear/cherry combo, and a pineapple vodka.

This gives a WHOLE new meaning to "Daily servings of fruit"

Make sure you clean your fruits well before cutting. Pack your jars with the fruit and cover with vodka. Berries will take about 1 week, and sturdier fruits like mangos and pineapple can take up to 2 weeks…alas, you will have to try them periodically. You’ll thank me later!

Also, for fruits like pears and apples, you will need to switch them out after 3 days and replace with a new cut up fruit. Otherwise they’ll break down a little too much and turn yacktastic. (<— For the record this is my new favorite word. ~Lara)

Chaning of the fruits is much more apealing then some of the "stuff" we moms have to change, n'est pas?

Herbs/Spices: Last year I infused a vanilla bean vodka that completed my life, and because I’m utterly backward, this year I decided in my infinite half-Italian wisdom, I’d make garlic vodka. Why in the hell? For cooking! Know an avid chef in your life? A bottle of garlic vodka would go great paired with say, a jar of home-canned tomatoes, and a new pasta pot. Vodka sauce for everyone! The garlic took about two days to infuse and it is potent, not overwhelming and actually takes a nice edge off of the ‘vodka taste’. Just be sure it’s fresh garlic and not sprouting any greenery.

Herbs will take about 5 days and are great in cocktails. Pineapple rosemary martinis anyone? Perhaps a Lemonade with Basil Vodka?  If you have a Bloody Mary lover in your life, why not black peppercorns or a jalapeno infusion?

Have fun! What about coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, or a rind of lemon mixed with tyme? The world is your shot glass. Happy Holidays!

Love Always,

Adryon