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RECOMMENDATIONS

Welcome to the Recommendations page of LynSire blog and YouTube channel! Over the years I have used a number of products that have helped me transform every area of my life. I’ve explored online courses, read books, used a lot of tools and resources to help me grow my online business. I get asked often what I use and personally recommend, which is why I thought it’d be useful to share with you the resources that I have used.

This page contains all of the best resources that I have used so that you can always come to improve different aspects of your life. Whether you’re a blogger or YouTuber, or want to live a cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle – this page provides tools and resources to help you make it happen.

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.

 

I want to leave my 9-5.

I want to be my own boss.

I need to take care of my family.

I want to have a flexible schedule. 

I’d like to make money doing what I love most.

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”

– Warren Buffet

 

 

FAVORITE BLOGGING COURSES TO MAKE MONEY FROM HOME

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

This was the first blog course I purchased! Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is written by the blogger Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and makes over 1,000,000 MILLION yearly on her blog, wow! Yep, you read that right! She makes the majority of her money from affiliate marketing and her course goes over the exact techniques she used on her blog to make that much money.

My thoughts: If you are new into the blogging course this is a must learn course for you. I knew half of the things she talked about but nonetheless I did learn many things. The course was worth it for me, and I love how she gives specific ideas on how you can incorporate what she teaches depending on your niche. I ejoyed it, and I HIGHLY recommend it!

 

Pinteresting Strategies

This is one of the most affordable Pinterest courses that you can find and is FULL of beneficial strategies. I believe Pinteresting Strategies is the course every blogger needs. I took a lot of notes while taking the course, and within the first few days of applying what I learned I started seeing results. I got new Pinterest followers, and my page views went up.

My thoughts: I definitely learned A LOT from this course! There’s a lot I didn’t know about Pinterest and I have applied most of the strategies she talks about. I would buy the course again and again, because it’s that good and has a lot of information. I still find myself going back to refresh my mind. It’s all about how to properly set up your boards, Pinterest SEO, design your pins, and so much more that you need to know to succeed on Pinterest. This course will definitely help you grow.

Also, she recommends manually pinning but I find myself using Tailwind to schedule some of my pins when I have a lot of content coming out.

Pinteresting Strategies Course

 

List Love Masterclass

List Love Masterclass is a course about how to build your mailing list. This was recommended by a blogger that I follow and she was able to leave her nanny job after she started making good money from just her blog.

Jennifer Maker, the creator of this course, built a list of over 70,000 subscribers in less than two years which is amazing. She has made over $25,000 in two days selling a product just to her email list. Pretty good huh?

Thanks to her I subscribed to ConvertKit to start sending out newsletters, before I used Mailchimp.

My thoughts: This is a course full of good information and tips. There are some things I think could be better:

  • She recommends to deliver your freebie with ConvertKit. If you follow this method you will need the paid version of ConverKit to be able to create sequence emails.
  • She recommends delivering your freebies through a password protected page. This is what has worked for her but personally I would have liked to see other specific methods.

 

Templates For You To Work With Brands

I have available various templates for social media influencers to help you work with brands, and be successful at it.

The following is a list of templates that will help you:

 

 

 

MONEY SAVING WEBSITES  

 

AIRBNB
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AMAZON PRIME STUDENT
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EYE BUY DIRECT
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GROUPON
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INSTACART
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With my special link you get $10, and I get $10.
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Download the Lyft app using my referral link to get $5 in ride credit. Lyft is more affordable than Uber.

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POSKMARK

Join me on Poshmark—my favorite app to buy & sell fashion, beauty and more.

You’ll save up to 70% off of top brands! For a limited time, use my invite code LYNSIRE to save $10.

This is my Poshmark closet in case you want to check it out.

 

RAKUTEN (BEFORE IT WAS EBATES)
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See in this blog post how I use Rakuten.

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UBER RIDE
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PHOTO EDITING WEBSITES

 

ADOBE
For most of my photo editing I use either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. I use Photoshop for specific touchups, and Lightroom is easier to use for batch editing.

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CANVA
www.Canva.com
When you join Canva and create a design, we both earn 1 Canva credit. This is how Canva credit works.

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CREATIVE MARKET
www.CreativeMarket.com
I find this site useful to search for photos, graphics, themes, templates, fonts, and more. They offer free goods every week!

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PICMONKEY
www.PicMonkey.com
Free photo editing site for effects, and touch up. Perfect for your blog or YouTube thumbnails!
I have a video tutorial on how to add bokeh effect with PicMonkey.
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GEAR I USE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO 

Canon EOS 70D Camera – The camera that I use for my photos and videos. The quality is amazing. There’s also a few useful books on this particular camera: this one and this one. It came with a 18-135mm lens.

Canon 50mm Lens – The lens I use for close-ups, and for a background blurry effect.

Rode VideoMic – The microphone I use with my Canon 70D camera. I use it for all my YouTube videos.

Canon G7 X Mark II – My newest, and current camera for my Spanish vlog channel. It’s small and lightweight so it’s perfect for travel photography.

MeFOTO Tripod – I had to buy a stronger tripod to hold the Canon 70D camera when I record videos for my beauty channels for my English channel and my Spanish channel. I have the gold tone tripod but it’s available in different colors.

Wireless Remote Control – This is the camera remote control I use. It’s easier to use this when I record a video or take photos and I don’t have to be standing up to reach the camera to press the record button.

Camera Battery – I have two extra back up batteries. These are generic but work just as good as the Canon brand (plus they’re much cheaper).

Koolertron Camera Backpack – The backpack that I have to carry around my Canon 70D camera. It has many compartments, it has a space to take a small laptop, and I can even attach my tripod to the bottom.

Ring Light – Similar to the one I have, mine is also by the brand Neewer. The ring circle I bought for better light quality. An affordable alternative to the original Diva ring light. I also bought the ring light diffusion cloth for a softer light effect.

SD Cards –  I have several to record and take photos.

Adobe Premiere – I use Premiere to edit all of my videos. It’s available for Mac and Windows. If you’re a beginner and have Windows I recommend Windows Movie Maker which is free and easy to learn.

WD My Passport Driver – I use a 2 TB hard drive to have extra storage for pictures and videos.

Toddy Screen Cloth – Ii came as a 3-pack and each one is a different pattern. They work really well to clean your laptop, iPhone, and iPad screen.

Faux Sheepskin – This is the texture I use to take many of my beauty product photos. I also use this in some my favorites videos in the background. You can see it in my May Favorites blog post.

Marble film vinyl– I put this on a white board to have ready when I take product photos for my blog or Instagram. This is the same sticker I have on my laptop. See this sticker on my Instagram photo.

Other items I will consider buying in the near future: Portable dressing tent, floral camera strap, Tripod dolly, Dolly Slider, Yeti microphone, any of these lights LimoStudio Softbox Light, StudioPRO Lighting Kit, Neewer Softbox lighting kit, or LimoStudio Lighting Kit, Neewer lighting reflector kit, and a Drone would be nice haha!


 

 

BLOG RELATED RESOURCES

Blogger.com – (I currently use WordPress, but Blogger is a great way to start) Blogger is a popular blogging platform and this is what I use to run this blog. It’s 100% free and easy to set up. It comes with handy free templates/ themes and gadgets/ widgets included.

My Blogger Themes – This site is great if you want to have other options for your blog design. This site offers a great selection of themes. Personally I like the themes available in the ‘Elegant’ and ‘Simple’ categories.

ConvertKit – This is the service I use to send out newsletters and freebies to my subscribers. It’s easy to use and free up to 2,000 subscribers.

Cursors-4U – This is the website I use to find cute cursors. I like to change my cursor depending on the holiday, have a flower cursor, or anything else that is cute.

DaFont – The site that I use the most to find beautiful fonts for my blog posts and videos.

Gleam – What I use to host giveaways. You can add multiple ways for your readers/viewers to participate. My favorite one so far, and so easy to use.

Izea – Get paid for being a creator as a blogger. With Izea find brands that want to work with you, and get paid!

Shareaholic – The site I use to add the share buttons on the left of my blog and also the social media follow icons that’s on the right column.

Tailwind – I use Tailwind to schedule a lot of my Pins at the recommended times, and it saves me so much time.

ThemeXpose – A useful site if you have Blogger and you want to give your blog a whole new look. I like that their templates are minimal and they are free!

 

YOUTUBE RELATED RESOURCES

Envato Market – Where I find high quality sound effects for a small fee. They also have stock images, and videos.

Famebit – I use Famebit to find campaigns and work with brands. You can join if you have more than 5,000 subscribers on your YouTube channel (they also work with Bloggers!).

Incompetech – I use this site to find free songs without any copyright restriction. Purple-Planet is another good place. For a full list check out my Complete List of Royalty Free Music for Videos blog post.

Soundible – I like this site if I want to find a particular free sound effect.

 

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS I RECOMMEND

You can earn money if you join any of these affiliate programs…

Amazon Associates – One of the most popular ones out there apart from eBay.

Awin – You can join Fiverr, Etsy, and many more.

Commission Junction – Another popular option. Some of their great options are Green Chef, Vega, Sunfood, Fiverr, and many more.

ShareASale – Has a lot of awesome brands. Beauty brands, clothing brands, and more!

Rakuten – Also has a lot of great brands like Toms, Walmart, Zaful, and more.

 

OUTSOURCE WORK FOR MORE PRODUCTIVITY

Fiverr – An awesome place where you can get a variety of things done for only $5.  I’ve used Fiverr for many small tasks to help me with building my businesses like get a photo edited, video edited, get a designed logo, and more. When you use my link you get one free gig.

Philippine Virtual Assistant Network – This is a Facebook group where you can hire someone to outsource work. This is where I found my wonderful VA (Virtual Assistant) to help
me with social media related tasks. You can get almost anything done very inexpensively. This is another group that you can use.

Upwork – A great place to find photo and video editors. This is where I found my bilingual video editor.

 

ONLINE MARKETING

CC Search – This is what I use to search for free stock photos. For a complete list of image sites without any copyright restriction visit my Best Sites for Free Stock Photos blog post.

Creative Market – I find this site useful to search for photos, graphics, themes, templates, fonts, and more. They offer free goods every week!

Freepik – For free graphic resources. Here you can find vectors, PSD, icons, and photos.

Google AdWords – This is what I use to have access to the Keyword Planner and search for trending keywords.

Google Analytics – This is what I use to track all of the statistics for my websites, including visitors, traffic sources, etc.

Google Translate – Since I’m always translating everything on my blog and YouTube channels this is a handy site to use. Another great translator is this one, and I like their Text to Speech feature.

MailChimp – One of the most popular email opt-in service. I use MailChimp for all my newsletters and mailing lists.

The Alphabetizer – A simple site to alphabetize, sort by last name, capitalize titles, and more.

TinEye – A handy site to search where a certain image originated from. Similar to Google Images search.

 

SOCIAL MARKETING

Facebook Link Fix – This page is useful if you have a Facebook page. Sometimes I want to share a link but it won’t show an image preview. With this page you can easily fix that.

Fsymbols – I use this site to find symbols like hearts, and arrows. This is where I found the symbols that you see on my Instagram bio.

Hashtagify – Sometimes I get stuck not knowing which hashtags I’m going to use on Instagram, I come to this site and I type in a certain tag. It will show me the most popular hashtags for that keyword according to circle size.

iEmoji – I’m not always on my phone, in fact, I spend most of time using my laptop. This site is useful to attach emojis to Twitter, Facebook, etc. using my laptop.

Social Bluebook – Add multiple social accounts and know how much you can get paid by a brand to work with them. You can add your blog, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

TweetDeck – I use this site with my VA (Virtual Assistant) so that she can have access to my Twitter. She schedules most of my Tweets.

 

 

 

WILL REMOVE SOON:

 

FAVORITE BOOKS

The 5 Love Languages – I was introduced to this book by my sister when she gave me the Loving Children Effectively one Christmas. I have read the original book, and also the Singles edition. There’s also one for men, and another version for the workplace.

The Hidden Messages in Water – A life changing book for me. It shows that we are all energy, and depending on the energy that we emit it affects everything that surrounds us too.

The Kind Diet – This is the book I read when I was transitioning to a vegan diet, and I had no idea what to eat. It made it so simple and easy for me to start eating healthier. For more vegan book recommendations visit my Why Vegan? page.

The Power of Now – Another great book for me. Reading this made me appreciate of being present in the now more often.

The Secret – A popular book written by Rhonda Byrne about law of attraction. A short and easy book to read on how to attract what you desire into your life. The Secret movie is also great.

The Automatic Millionaire – Note to self.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Note to self.

 

MY BEAUTY FAVORITES

For my most current beauty picks visit my beauty list on Amazon.

Face

Pacifica Primer – My all-time favorite face primer. It’s cruelty-free, and vegan. I like how well it works and I mention why I like it in my February Favorites.

Oval Brush – I like that this brush is so cheap and works so well. It made it to my June Favorites.

e.l.f. Set Spray – My favorite makeup set spray of the moment. It has aloe, green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E.

 

Skin

Almond Oil – I like almond oil to moisturize my skin, remove makeup, or to get strong nails. This is natural and the fastest way to get healthy nails.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is very basic but serves many beauty uses. I use it to do hair mask, color my hair naturally, moisturize my skin, and more. I always make sure to get the best quality that is organic, unrefined, extra-virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil.

Olive Oil – This is another oil I use either for my hair or to remove makeup naturally. I like this one that is organic, unrefined, and unfiltered.

Konjac Sponges – This is a 3-pack heart shaped konjac sponges. This is what I use to clean and exfoliate my skin in a natural way. These detoxify and balance’s the skin pH. This was in my favorites.

Aztec Facial Mask – I have been using this facial clay mask for years. It has 100% natural bentonite, it deep cleans pores, and great to get rid of acne. This was in my natural skin care routine video.

 

Hair

Elchim 3900 Hair Dryer – I have never loved a hair dryer any more than this one. I love how soft and shiny it leaves my hair. It made it to my February Favorites.

Rose water – Rose water is a must for me. I love spraying this on my face after I take a shower. It has a subtle rose scent and I also like it on my hair. It was one of my April Favorites or you can make rose water yourself.

Wood Comb – I use a detangler brush but I always prefer wood hair brushes because they distribute your hair oils. I also have the wide tooth comb. It’s also an eco-friendly alternative.

 

Body

Auric Blends – One of my favorite line of natural perfume oils. I like Egyptian Goddess, Sandalwood Vanilla, and Aphrodesia. I talked about Aphrodesia in my June Favorites.

Kuumba Made – Another favorite line of natural perfume oils. So far I like Persian Garden, and Oriental Musk. I mentioned Persian Garden in my May Favorites.

Eco-Dent Toothpowder – I like brushing my teeth with this powder. It’s cruelty-free, fluoride free, and has baking soda.

Emjoi Emagine Epilator – This is the epilator I use to have smooth skin under my arms without any hair. I also use this on my bikini area. I have a full review about it.

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal – This is the natural deodorant crystal I have been using for many years.

 

MY HEALTH FAVORITES

Deva Multivitamin – I include fruits and veggies in my lifestyle but when I want to be extra healthier I like to intake these vitamins daily.

Deva hair, nails, & skin vitamin – I’m a fan of Deva because they offer plant-based (vegan) options. These are great if you want your hair to grow thicker and fast, have strong nails, and for skin to seem less shiny.

Deva Astaxantin vitamin – These are great if you want to improve your eyesight along with these eye exercises. Astaxanthin is 5 times more potent than Lutein. I have also taken the GNC Bilberry Plus Lutein capsules.

Vitamin B-12 – An essential vitamin for vegetarians and vegans since we don’t consume any animal protein. These vitamins have no artificial flavor, preservatives, sugar, starch, milk, lactose, soy, gluten, yeast, and fish. Why Vegan? is page I have created to help you go vegan.

Hemp Seeds – As a vegan this is a great way to include omegas in my lifestyle since I don’t eat fish. These are great to sprinkle on salad, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies. Other omega options I like to mix it with are Flaxseeds and chia seeds.

Pink Salt – Healthier than regular salt, and sea salt. Pink salt is one of the healthiest salt’s that you can consume. This is the salt that I use when we eat rice, salad, veggies, and more. Celtic sea salt is another great option.

Sunwarrior Protein Powder – A plant-based protein powder that you can include in your shakes for pre and post workout. They have it in various flavors but I personally like Vanilla. It’s vegan, non-gmo, dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and comes in BPA free packaging. I also like Vega Vanilla protein powder.

Tazo Tea – I have mentioned Tazo tea in a few of my favorites videos before. They have assorted flavors.

 

 

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply Theresa Pickett August 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    What a great list of resources! Thanks for explaining what all these are.

  • Reply Lisa // Oh, She Blogs! August 5, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    This is such an extensive list of resources! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Christine Martinez August 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Wow! Such an extensive list! Love it. Thanks for sharing all these resources.

  • Reply Breakfast at Lillys August 5, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I hadn't heard of some of these! Thanks so much for sharing.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Reply Katie August 5, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    What an amazing list of resources! The social media links are so helpful, thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Kim S August 6, 2016 at 12:07 am

    WOW…there are a ton of great sites to take advantage of for social media!! Thank you for putting them all on here for us! BTW…love this ROSE curser!!

  • Reply Louisa Moje August 6, 2016 at 12:56 am

    This is such an exhaustive list Rosalyn! I will definitely be checking out some from the photography and beauty list.

    ​Louisa
    ​​How to start a fashion blog

  • Reply Bree Hogan August 6, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Wow what a great round up of links! I was immediately drawn to the book links (reading nerd!) but will be clicking through so many other links too. Thanks!

  • Reply Melissa Castan August 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Wow, so many great resources here. I love the detail. Thank you!

  • Reply Abby Grajewski August 6, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I love DeFont! It is so addictive for me. I think at one point a downloaded one hundred fonts in a day! 🙂

    • Reply Rosalyn Osorto August 9, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Oh my goodness!! Really?? That's so funny haha

  • Reply Amanda Kruse August 7, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I haven't heard of a lot of these before. Thank you for sharing these.

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • Reply Jennifer L. August 7, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Wow amazing resources! Thank you for sharing this, it's absolutely helpful!

  • Reply Adaleta August 7, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! So many awesome resources here, such a helpful post! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Reply Alexis Prieto August 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Great list! So many resources I haven't used before. Thanks!

  • Reply Tamara Goyette August 9, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Holy moly this really is the ultimate list of resourace.

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