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Free Valentine’s Word Tracer Worksheet

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so let your kids practice their spelling with this lovely word tracer! For more educational resources, visit education.com!

Hello All! Today I’m excited to have my first Blog contributors of 2019!

A couple days ago I was contacted by Education.com a website full of great learning resources for our kids! With over 20k members and an amazing team of teachers, you can find lots of activities for your little ones! Printables, worksheets, online games, songs and many things more.

If you are one of those moms that come back from work and are looking for activities to do with your kids, this is the place to go! I myself don’t have time to be surfing on the Internet trying to get activities, but now that I found “the website” it is so easy for me to come back home with something fun to do.

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Honestly, I think this is the perfect extra touch if your kid is thinking to give out something for their classmates.

You can find the worksheet and answer key attached as PDFs for you to print.

I’m hoping you and your kids enjoy this activity and remember to download my FREE  Valentine’s placemat for them!

Do you have a favourite Valentine printable?

XO,

Athenas

 

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Valentine’s Printable for Kids

Hey guys! I feel bad that I haven’t been very active on the blog, I’ve been busy brainstorming for our content for 2019. This year I want to focus on quality vs quantity and give my readers as much value as possible!

If you have been following for a while, you probably know that Saint Valentines it’s my favourite holiday, as it happens to be my Birthday! Before you say: “ah it must suck to be born on saint valentines”, I actually love it as I always receive extra love LOL!

Even tho I try to make that day all about me, I really like my kids to celebrate holidays, so if you have nothing plan for yours, I got you covered!

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Here is a little printable for you! This cute placemat has a game on it called “I love you game” where kids can write or draw everything they love (I totally got the idea from peppa’s pig book).

Another thing you can do with them is to write the things YOU love about them and read it during lunch time. I didn’t do the whole set up thing for the pics, but I imagine putting some heart pancakes and chocolates on the side.

I made these printable for all the busy mom’s that run-on last-minute idea like me! If you are a full time working mom like me, you can print it at your work and set up a “Valentines” table for them at dinner time! Pds: This printable size is 9 x 11 like the ones you find at restaurants.

Hope you guys like it! Let me know if you use it!

Xo,

Athenas

 

 

 

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The Kid Who​ Would be King

Hello Everyone!

Last weekend my family and I we hit the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre and we watched the Kid Who Would be King!

“Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon joins forces with a band of knights and the legendary wizard Merlin when the wicked enchantress Morgana threatens the future of mankind.”

Mia and I we were super into the story! The effects, the animation, the picture. I truly recommended for kids 8 years old and up!

If you want a sneak peek and a present for your little ones, here it is:

The Guide for Young Knights is now available! Featuring The Knights Code, activities and more. Be sure to share this with your knights-in-training to ensure they’re ready for an epic adventure and can earn their seat at King Arthur’s Round Table! Click here:

https://issuu.com/ctand.co/docs/tkwwbk_guide_for_young_knights

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING opens in theatres everywhere on January 25, 2019!

Enjoy!

Athenas

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How to become an influencer on Instagram and get paid

Hello January! I want to dedicate my first post of the year, sharing some of my tips and tricks with you regarding influencer marketing. Why? Well, I truly believe (and I know by a fact) that by sharing our knowledge and helping others to grow, we grow at the same time, it engrains what we know.

But it is important to know well your sources, so here is a little bit about me:

 

  • I got my first paid partnership with 4 figures exactly a year ago.
  • I got that partnership having only 1k followers on Instagram.
  • I was able to quit my full-time job in customer service and moved full time to do digital marketing within 2 months after opening my blog as a business.
  • I was within the top 30 Vancouver mom bloggers 2018.
  • I grew my IG from 1k to 10k in one year.
  • I’m now running a successful career in online marketing and booking some clients on the side, training them on social media or doing it for them.
  • I got paid to promote big brands like head & shoulders, Garnier, Skittles, etc.
  • I was able to run a sponsored 12 days of Christmas giveaways with local brands.
  • My pictures have been featured in cool accounts like children’s place, Earth baby outfitters, Baby Gourmet, KEWE clothing, and more.
  • I triple the visitors of my blog within a year.
  • And last but not least, I’ve achieved all of these, while having 2 kids under 4, and no help other than 3 days a week daycare. (YES, WE CAN MAMAS!)

 

This is not me being arrogant, it is me sharing facts. It is so important to know and recognize what we do good as well as what we lack, I know without a doubt that it is the only way to move forward.

 

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I have a background in management, and I was trained to train/coach people. I do that on the side once in a while, and I believe it is time for me to share/pass the knowledge of what I’ve learned from others, so here’s my ultimate guide to becoming an Instagram influencer and getting paid:

 

Be you, DO YOU

This is my number one advice. At the beginning I was always comparing myself with these big influencers, getting stress about it, until I did learn that there is always someone who is going to be better than you. There is always going to be someone with more followers, with more budget to create better content but NO ONE is going to be YOU, and that is what makes you special.

Don’t try to be someone that you are not. Be as real and raw as possible. Give value to your audience, share things that you have learned with them. If you find a product you love, share it. If you found an outfit you love, share it. If you travelled to somewhere fun and found this cool restaurant share it. Be HONEST with your audience so you can gain that trust.

 

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Know your target niche

This is so important and is marketing basics. Go to your followers or the people you want to attract and check where do they spend most of their time. Who do they follow, what do they like? How can you talk to them, what shared values do you have? Once you have a complete profile of who are you talking to and what do they like, focus your content on that. Pay attention to the data, do NOT ignore it.

 

Engage and join communities within your target niche

I think this is one of the reasons why I was able to grow my audience that quick. Find those groups, communities online AND offline that have your target niche and join them. There are a lot of groups online especially right now helping each other beating algorithms and helping with the numbers. Attend all of your target niche events, meet people in real life, connect, collaborate, share ideas, and if you see the big picture, the people who are going to support you the most is the people who understand what you are doing. Tip: If you are local from Vancouver, I love the Vancity business babes community!

 

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Train/update yourself at least 3 hours a week

This has been another fact of my success in online marketing. Every week I take at least 3 hours for me to update or take training, tutorials in every single thing I do (And this includes motherhood lol). I have a list of people who I always go for training, either FREE or paid. For Influencer Marketing I’m always checking on Heydy Lopez, Keisha from Lovinglittles and julssolomon. For marketing tips and tricks, I’ll go to Cayley dimmock, Melissa from Self made mama or directly to the sources like Facebook, Google, Linkedin. I also have taken lots of good training at Lynda.com or webinars with marketing experts.

 

Write down your ideas

Sometimes we have great ideas for content, but they come to our minds and when it’s time for us to write we forget. It is so important for us to write down the ideas before they are gone. Find what time of the day, or when all of these ideas come to you, and have a paper or your phone ready. For me sometimes they come when I’m in the shower LOL! So as soon as I finish, I’ll take my phone and write as many keywords as I can on my notes. This way, when it’s time for me to sit down and write a blog post/Ig post, I know what to focus on.

 

Make a list

I do have my list of people, brands that I want to work with. I follow them, engage with them, and if I have some shots of tequila, I’ll reach out to them offering my services lol! Have a document/media kit with all of your stats.

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Forget about the quantity and focus on the quality

It’s well known that it is so easy to buy followers out there, you can have 1 million followers but if they are not bringing any value (And by this I mean dollars) to you or the brand you are representing you are out. Quality and Engagement, it’s what makes the difference. People who trust and loves you. As I shared, I got my first paid partnership with only 1k followers on IG, why? Because my audience was their target niche.

 

Here you are, my friends. These are the top tricks that I hope can help you to start! If you have any questions, just reach out to me: anguloathenas@gmail.com

XO,

Athenas

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Mia’s party at Kidtropolis!

Last week we celebrated our daughter’s 4 birthday. I was so stressed out because I was fulled of work, Christmas was coming, and you know the amount of time and budget that comes with planning a kids birthday party. Luckily for me, I won this Birthday party for 8 back in the summer at Kidtropolis, and even tho 8 was a very small number for Mia’s friends, mostly everyone was travelling so I decided to go ahead and book it. The result? BEST STRESS-FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER!

I didn’t have to plan, cook or clean, everything was already there! We even had 2 party host assisting us to set up everything! I was WOW by their customer service, everyone super friendly and checking every little detail, letting for the first time, actually enjoy her birthday.

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The food wasn’t anything fancy, we ordered from their cafeteria (the nachos were pretty good!) but they let us bring the cake, which was a big hit with our guests. We got not one but two cakes from Pikanik in White Rock (They have awesome options of Nut free, gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, vegan options) The strawberry cake was people’s favourite!

My favourite things about Kidtropolis is that they play using their imagination and that the place is great for kids all ages! Matias had the time of his life as well as Mia! They have a huge space for them to run from one place to another.

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If you haven’t heard about kidtropolis, check out the cool events they have during the year (I heard there is going to be an NYE celebration) or just go for a playdate! 100% recommended for this raining nothing to do days! Let me know what do you think.

XO,

Athenas

 

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS WINNERS!

Ho hO ho! The moment everyone was waiting for! Our Winners! Thank you so much for the love and support to my small business/blog this year! I can’t wait to share with you what is coming! if you don’t see your name on this list no worries! I still have another 3 Giveaways more! The biggest one being on December 18!

If you want to see something different for next year, please share your ideas with me! Happy Holidays everyone!

XO,

Athenas

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Day 1 Bubbles and Wax

Neisy Castillo

Day 2 Ralph’s farm market

Carolina Gonzalez

Day 3 The Mason Jar

Gloria Chou

Day 4 Round9

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Day 5 Looby doo and Clancy’s High Tea

Sarah Rhodes

Day 6 Nutmylk, Spend Grounds and Wendel’s

Jamilla Ng.

Day 7 Shops at Morgan

Tina Bining

Day 8 Pau creations, House of Max and Schmear Naturals

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Day 9 Life As a Wife and Mom

Ruby Beni Bains

Day 10 Madeline bee Home Store

Sherry Ho

Day 11 Glow Langley

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Day 12 Finlandia Health

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Twelfth Day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Santa Athenas and Finlandia Health brought to me.. a $75 Gift Card for your Holiday Shopping at Finlandia!

 

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OMG guys! I can’t believe today is the last day of our giveaways! BUT you still have until midnight tomorrow to enter in any of the giveaways! Winners will be announced Friday!

So let’s start with our last price, shall we? Our friends from Finlandia health have everything that you need if you are into giving a healthy present! From diffusers, essential oils, natural/organic cosmetics, eco-friendly gift for your tea loving friends, Himalayan lamp and more! Take a look at their Instagram for gift ideas or they have a list of gift for her, him, kids, home, etc. here.

This store is located in Vancouver, however, they do have the option for online shopping! Some of my favourite brands that you can find there are: Vega, Weleda, Renew life and of course their own brand!

Head over to my Instagram to enter!

Merry Christmas to all!

Xo

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Eleventh day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the Eleventh day of Christmas Santa Athenas and Glow Langley brought to me.. A family pass! (2 adults, 3 children) $40 value!

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If you haven’t visit harvest glow, you are missing the best Christmas activity in town! This has been one of our favourite family traditions every year! Recently, we attended their Halloween glow and now I can’t stop seeing all these beautiful pics on social media of the Christmas one!

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Some of the activities include:

*Indoor playgrounds

*Live music

*Christmas market

*Chu chu trains

*Interactive lights

Visit their website to find more! Head over to my Instagram to enter!

XO,

Athenas

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Tenth day of Christmas

Ho ho Ho! Santa Athenas is here! I’m so in the spirit of giving! Santa Athenas is in town for the next 12 days and is giving away a different prize every single day! All small business, all local! (Canada). If you are in the USA, I have something for you too coming on December 18! Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring all the business and brands here on to the blog, however for you to enter, you have to be following me and the brands/business on Instagram (check out the rules for every post). I’ll give you 5 extra entries if you read this blog post AND subscribe to my email list! All the winners will be picked at random and announced on December 14. So let’s start!..

On the ninth day of Christmas Santa Athenas and Madeline Bee Home store brought to me: Voluspa Candles! ($80 value!)

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I’m sure that you if you are a Jillian Harris fan like me, you have seen these candles on her blog feature several times! They are the perfect home decor and of course, the best home decor store in town has to have them!

If you haven’t pay a visit to Madeline Bee home store, it’s like a friggin home paradise! This beautiful store it’s owned by a local family, run by a mother/daughter team and it is a feast for the tasteful eye!

Every single item brings so much life to your space! If you have been following on my insta stories I’m sure you have seen some of their items in my kitchen (the only place that I have some home decor lol!)

Most of the items are vintage, hand’painted furniture and newly upholstered pieces.

Here are some of my top picks for Christmas gift that you can find at Madeline Bee ( I hope Francisco is reading this):

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Madeline bee home store Surrey

Madeline bee home store Surrey

I mean, can you imagine sleep in that beautiful bed? and that mirror it’s Pinterest worth it lol! If you want to enter our Giveaway, head over to my Instagram!

Wishing you the best of luck!

XO,

Athenas