RESOURCES/FREEBIES

I created this resource page so you can quickly and easily access great products and services all in one place! All of the following are ones I love, use and highly recommend from personal experience. Simply click any bold text for more info.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Almost all of the images on my blog were captured with the following equipment. All images are copyright protected by myself, Michelle Hansen of PNW Mama Bear. If you would like to use any of my graphics, you will need to contact me to discuss an arrangement (pnwmamabear@gmail.com). Or read more about my terms of use.

CAMERA: Canon 6D MII (Amazon) (Adorama) Posts pre 2018 were shot with a Sony A35 (Discontinued – Updated model is the Sony A58K)
LENS: Canon 35mm F2 IS USM. Posts pre 2018 were shot with: Sony 18-55mm and Tamron 18-200mm for sony (Canon Mount Nikon Mount)
PHONE: Samsung Galaxy S7 (I love the camera in this phone! And it’s capability to handle low light. It surprisingly far surpasses the S6 in my opinion! )

GRAPHIC DESIGN

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP: I have PSE 13 and love it! I use it for 100% of all my graphic design projects and is the only source that I edit my photos in. There is a new and improved update, which is PSE 15. Which is what I would highly recommend if you’re looking for editing software. Bonus: It’s also cheaper than the previous version!

BLOGGING TOOLS

BLUEHOST: Before you can even think about starting your own blog, you’ll need to sign up with a hosting company. 10 out of 10 blogs I read before starting, recommended Bluehost as the top company. So this is the one I use, love and recommend. Bonus: Sign up through this link, you’ll not only get hosting for just $3.95 a month! But a FREE domain name, design themes and 24/7 Support!
CONVERT KIT: I use ConvertKit as my email provider because it is the top recommended company to go through. If you are looking for an awesome email host or looking to upgrade, you won’t be disappointed with ConvertKitBonus: They will handle the transfer for you, for FREE if you want to switch providers (min plan required) by signing up here!
WORDPRESS: If you want to run a blog, WordPress is a must! After signing up with Blue Host I installed the free WordPress plugin straight from the dashboard.
TAILWIND: I love using Tailwind to help automate my pins on Pinterest! Being a SAHM, Homemaker and Blogger keeps me pretty busy. Having Tailwind to help keep my business active on Pinterest, when I’m busy being a Mommy is wonderful! If you are looking for help with pins, check out Tailwind here to get a $30 credit so your first month is FREE!
BOARD BOOSTER: This is recommended as a Pin scheduler just as much as Tailwind. So I currently am using both. If you research to compare the two, you’ll find they both have pros and cons with no obvious better choice. Because you can get your first 100 pins for FREE by clicking here, you can try them both out and see which you prefer!

MONEY SAVING/MAKING APPS & WEBSITES

EBATES: This company earns money by referring shoppers to stores. And by you shopping through Ebates they return a percentage back to you. For example, if you are planning on buying something from Amazon, log in to your Ebates account and click through to Amazon. You’ll check out like normal and Ebates will pay you a percentage of your transaction back to you. Bonus: Sign up through this link so you get started with $10 for FREE.
MERCARI: I’ve been using this app since mid 2015 and LOVE it! I’ve made over $1,100 from items we no longer needed around the house. I’ll write up a review on it soon! I can’t recommend it enough! It’s incredibly easy to buy and sell almost anything. And I love that I never have to meet random strangers from Craigslist. I just package my item(s), print off a prepaid label and drop it off or have USPS pick it up for free (other shipping providers available). You can download Mercari from your app store. Bonus: Get $2 for FREE at sign up, if you enter promo code JKWBZU when creating your account.
ETSY: If you have any creative bones in your body then this one is for you! I opened up shop back in 2015 as a side hobby to share my digital creations with the world. I need to work on adding more to my shop (it’s pretty bare right now, since I’m focusing on my blog so much right now). You can sell pretty much anything handmade or vintage here. You can check out my shop here.
SWAGBUCKS: On Swagbucks you can play games, watch videos, shop online, discover offers, answer surveys and search the web. By doing so you earn SB (swagbucks) that you redem for gifts cards. Bonus: You can read more and sign up here to earn an extra $5 to get you started!
IBOTTA: I love using Ibotta to earn cash back on things I buy everyday. You just simply upload a photo of your shopping receipts and Ibotta pays you cash back on certain items. You can also earn by linking your loyalty accounts and shopping through their mobile app that offers extra rewards. Bonus: If you signup through this special link you will get $10 for FREE.
INBOX DOLLARS: There are so many ways to earn cash back with Inbox Dollars! A few examples are watching tv, playing games, reading emails, taking surveys and more! Bonus: Sign up here for a $5 bonus!

AMAZON SERVICES

AMAZON: I love love love Amazon! We’ve been prime members for the past handful of years. The membership pays for itself with just the free 2 day shipping. You can Try Amazon Prime with a 30-Day Free Trial here! There is SO much that is included like Instant Video, Unlimited Music, Unlimited Photo Storage, Free Same Day Shipping and much much more! When we were expecting our children, we signed up for an Amazon Baby Registry. The best part? You can add items from ANY website to it! It makes it so convenient and a one-stop shop for guests shopping. Plus the extra discounts are nice!
P.S. Don’t forget to try out these other great offers from Amazon for FREE (click any text to learn more and snag your freebies!):