Personal finance + lifestyle blog: make money, save money + work from home!
My name is Victoria Sully, wife to Ben and busy mum to Bella and Reuben. I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living, travel and blogging - I'm a blogaholic with three blogs and I make my full-time living as a blogger!
I also love finding side hustles to boost my income, especially ways to make money online. My aim is to make and save more money to have better financial security now, in the future and to travel more.
Lylia Rose is a UK money blog which features a variety of lifestyle and family topics. See below for sorts the topics you’ll discover.
Thank you for joining me on my journey. Enjoy!
Making and saving money
Since the end of 2018 I decided to mainly focus on money related articles on Lylia Rose. Evolving from an Etsy store in 2012, to an e-commerce site, to a business blog, to a lifestyle blog... phew... Lylia Rose has now settled on being a UK money blog featuring making money online, blogging, working from home, self-employment, staying healthy as a busy work-at-home-mum, side hustles, saving money and family finance tips.
Read the story of Lylia Rose to learn more about the journey of Lylia Rose and how it came to be a money blog.
I love making extra cash from home around my parenting duties. It's even turned into a full time job for me. In my main money section I share all the ways I've tried to make money online and from home, as well as lots of other money related topics such as saving money on your everyday shopping and turning your hobby into a job. Find various money menus in my main menu at the top if you're looking for something specific or click these:
- Make money at home
- Make money blogging
- Make money matched betting
- Money saving tips
- Free money offers UK
- Online income reports
- Family finance tips
- Debt advice
- UK voucher codes
- Free competitions to win cash and vouchers
Do you want to make money from your blog, are thinking of setting up a money making blog, or perhaps you're already a pro-blogger but want to learn from others in the same business? Check out my money making bloggers series to see how bloggers make money from their blogs. See how much they work on their blogs, how much they make and what their best income sources are.
An inspirational series sharing guest posts from other bloggers with tips and tricks to make money from home, even as a busy parent. Interviews of mums and others who already make money from home. Learn what they do, what keeps them motivated and inspired, as well as the pros and cons to each method. If you're thinking of making an income from home then read through this series for some serious inspiration!
In my blogging section I share lots of tips and advice from a seasoned blogger. Learn how to make money from your blog from someone who has been blogging since the start of 2013 and turned it into a full-time business.
Here are some of my favourite handpicked blogging articles to get you started:
- Blogging tips
- Blogging resources
- How to make money blogging
- List of websites to find paid blogging opportunities for your blog UK
I love to write about being a work-at-home-mum as I am one, along with the benefits, but also challenges it creates. I've been self-employed since 2012 and have tried a variety of methods to make money from home. Marketing is an essential part of running any business, including a blog. I love to share my knowledge and anything new I learn that fascinates me. This section regularly features business related articles, how to run a home-based business, tips on being self-employed and more.
Not only have I been self-employed for several years, but my husband is a self-employed Gloucester handyman and also has a business making handmade furniture. Between us we run a few different businesses and have a lot of experience working from home.
Here are some handpicked articles to get you started:
- Running a home based business advice
- How working from home can save money
- Work-life balance tips for work at home mums
I used to write a lot about this topic on this blog, but I set up a dedicated healthy living blog at Healthy Vix. I still write about healthy living on this blog too, but mainly with a money angle. Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be expensive: getting a good night's sleep is free and being more eco-friendly is a great money saving technique!
I'm passionate about only using natural products on my skin, not only for my own health and safety, but for the benefit of the environment. After all, where do you suppose all our cosmetics and toiletries end up once they are washed off our skin? There are lots of beauty brands that are doing their part for the environment nowadays, supporting great causes and have recycling schemes! Here are a couple of my favourites:
- 3 eco-friendly subscription boxes I use and love
- FFS Friction Free Shaving razor subscription review
I'm very passionate about healthy living. To me healthy living is the whole package. It's eating the most nutritious foods, being active every day, reducing stress and living in a healthy eco-friendly environment. I follow a vegan, plant-based whole foods diet, as do my children and husband. I don't drink alcohol and I avoid added sugar as much as possible. It's a topic I can talk about for hours and I top up my knowledge by watching lectures, documentaries and reading articles pretty much every single day. It's probably the topic I am most obsessed about and bore my husband to death about, hence why I set up a blog at Healthy Vix to dedicate another space on the internet to this passion!
Part of healthy living to me, is being eco-friendly. There's no point in eating organic food if you're then smearing toxic chemicals all over your skin or breathing them in. Eco friendliness stretches far beyond simply recycling and reusing. It's everything we choose to use. It's the choices we make every day. I've started thinking more about the consequences of my life on the environment over the past few years. It's a topic I am becoming increasingly passionate about and we are trying to be more aware of our choices and lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Making simple switches to be more eco-friendly by choosing reusable cloths instead of wipes, for example, is money saving in the long term too.
Here are some of my favourite articles on the topic:
- 3 Important Reasons to Choose Organic (other than your personal health)
- 13 eco-friendly ways to start saving money in the kitchen
- Get 100% renewable energy with Bulb and save lots of money (over £250)
- 13 eco-friendly ways to get rid of unwanted clothes
- How to shop more ethically and sustainably for clothing
- How to eat more eco-friendly and save money
- 6 easy eco-friendly ways to save money at home
- How much single-use plastic do you use in a week?
Home and family
I have two children, Bella and Reuben, so I can draw from my experiences of family lifestyle and our family home when writing about many money topics.
We moved into our first purchased home together in May 2014. Since then it's been a labour of love to totally transform every room. We went for an old house which totally needed some love and major updating! I love all things home and garden as it's right on point with us doing up our own first home, especially affordable home improvements, how to increase the value of your home as well as mortgage advice and how to save money around the home.
I've also moved house more than 10 times so I love writing articles about house moves.
You can also discover a whole blog dedicated to home and garden topics, as well as my husband's amazing handmade furniture at his website Wood Create.
Here are some examples of my blog posts on home topics:
- How to cut household expenses with renewable energy
- Buying a house: the costs you need to prepare for
- Is buying a house better than renting?
- Why I won’t use a mortgage adviser again
- Save money in the home with these DIY tips
- How to freshen up your bathroom on a budget
I am a mum to two, Bella born in 2012 and Reuben born in 2015. I'm also married to Ben. Since having children, buying a house and getting married, we've had to navigate through a whole host of family finance decisions from mortgages, to writing wills and even combining our incomes and switching to a joint account. I write lots of articles about family finances that are relevant to our experiences.
Here are some examples:
- Joint bank account or separate finances for a happy marriage?
- Why you shouldn’t rely on a state pension
- 6 easy ways to save money as a family
- Chip app promo code
In this section I used to share reviews of our holidays and days out, but now these sorts of posts will mostly be found on my dedicated travel blog at Travel Vixta. On my money blog Lylia Rose I share lots of tips and advice on how to save money on travel, car insurance and more. Take a look at these to get started:
- 3 tips to save money for cheap car insurance
- Mustard car insurance comparison promises to beat cheapest quote
- Save up to £34 with my Airbnb refer a friend discount code
- 5 ways to save money on a European family road trip
My children, Bella + Reuben :)
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