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The Kid Who​ Would be King

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

how to become an influencer on instagram

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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birthday parties at kidtropolis

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

IG: raemax10

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

IG: prairiebelle44

Day 9 Life As a Wife and Mom

Ruby Beni Bains

Day 10 Madeline bee Home Store

Sherry Ho

Day 11 Glow Langley

 Justine Buenen

Day 12 Finlandia Health

Paige Strand
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Twelfth Day of Christmas

Finlandia health store vancouver

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!

 

Finlandia health store

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

Santa Athenas

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Eleventh day of Christmas

glow langley festival

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

Madeline bee home store white rock

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

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

 

 

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Ninth Day of Christmas

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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 Shana (@lifeaswifeandmom) brough to me.. a Family Photography Session ($200 value!)

A family session includes 45mins of shooting, an online gallery with 25+ edited images! (Session must take place in Surrey, Langley or Fraser Valley area, this side of the Portmann bridge)

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When I need help with photography for my blog, the first name that comes to my mind it’s Shana! She is so easy to work with, she makes you laugh, she is so patient with kids and most importantly her job it’s beyond expectations! If you don’t believe me, take a look at her beautiful Instagram.

Shana it’s one of the top 30 Vancouver mom bloggers, she has worked with big bloggers like Keisha from loving littles (that’s where I found Shana) and she is a small shop enthusiast, if you don’t believe me, check our her insta stories where she features the coolest small shops!

Head over to my Instagram to enter! Pds: thank you so much for all your support!

XO,

Athenas

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Eighth day of Christmas

pau creations canada

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 Eighth day of Christmas Santa Athenas, Pau Creations Canada, Schmear naturals and House of Max brought to me.. A Christmas present for her!

This big price includes:

A sweatshirt with a sassy message, a rose gold knot cuff and a holiday gift set to pamper your skin! (approx $150 value)

I know you have been very busy thinking what are you going to give to others, so we want to take care of  YOU! One lucky winner is going to receive these treasures, all from small business, all local!

If you haven’t heard about Pau creations Canada, she has the coolest clothes and mugs designs! The quality is excellent, they are unique and trendy items!  I absolutely love all of her messages, and her sweatshirts are the comfiest! I got this one in blue, and I’m using it every day!

pau creations canada

I did a collaboration with Schmear naturals during the summer and I LOVE their skin care products because they are 100% food-based! I even put it on Mia’s face and we have a mascara day. They donated their limited edition holiday gift set, which is an antioxidant face oil for the lucky winner to try! Check out their website to take a look at their amazing and natural skin line!

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And last but not least, how friggin beautiful is this Rose Gold love knot cuff from House of Max? This is one of their best sellers, perfect for your Christmas celebrations! It just looks so simple and elegant at the same time! Such a timeless piece to have!

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You girls are getting spoiled eh? Head over to my Instagram to enter!

XO,

Athenas

 

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Seventh day of Christmas

Morgan crossing Surrey

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 Seventh day of Christmas Santa Athenas and Shops at Morgan Crossing brought to me: a $150 Gift card!

When we moved to the South Surrey/ White Rock area, I was so scared that I’ll have to drive all the way to Burnaby to do my shopping. Little I knew that I had all of these amazing shops just 5 min from my home!

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I’m sure that by now you know how much time I spend at Shops at Morgan Crossing! I spent my 9 months of maternity leave going there for “Stroller walks” spending all of my EI lol! They do some awesome activities for kids like outdoor movies during the summer or the Christmas train and Santa Claus during winter.

They also have the best deals and cool local brands, if you prefer to spend your money on local.

I know you must be stress with all the gifting during the holidays, so I’m partnering with them to give you a $150 gift card to help with your shopping! Some of the big brands you can find there are winners, Carters, Lululemon, etc. however Here are my favourite stores and restaurants for you to check:

Roots

I mean, can it get more Canadian? Roots have the best quality clothes in town, so simply, so comfy!

Little Nest + Co.

This little store has the cutest baby/toddler clothes! They carry lots of Local brands in case that you are looking to get your little one something special.

Sushi Castle

This place has my favourite sushi roll of the whole LOWER MAINLAND! Seriously hands down! The place it’s super small, however, they have this huge special roll that I haven’t try anywhere else!

Mink A chocolate

If you are looking for the best hot chocolate in town, it is right here my friends! And if you don’t believe me check out the Daily hive article!

Chopped leaf

I did a collaboration with them a few months ago. Their ingredients are all so fresh, and I’m obsessed with their salads!

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These are my top picks, but check out their directory on their website! Ready to shop? Head over to my Instagram to enter!

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