Based in Vancouver, BC, I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Criminology at Simon Fraser University (2011) before returning for studies in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
When I was forced to withdraw due to mandatory bedrest near the end of my pregnancy (and the semester), I decided to launch my first blog.
Shortly after signing up, I was selected for my first free products in exchange for social media reviews – and I was hooked!
For someone who had been what people in my family jokingly refer to as a “professional student”, generating hundreds of dollars in free product every month was kind of like creating an income online – at the time, I just didn’t realize there was so much room to expand!
My first month with free product samples equated to something like $8 but then it continued to grow to the point where I felt like a professional couponer with all of the free stuff I was receiving – some months, it was up to $1,000 worth!
I had the change to experience everything from new grocery products to full-sized premium cosmetics like Lancôme!
To me this crazy world of social media posts for free stuff was unbelievable – and I wanted to share it with other moms just like me.
Ladies and gentlemen, free products for your household are a form of financial contribution as well as a brilliant way to start your online adventure!
How many hours do you need to work to earn $1,000?
Now, imagine earning that in product with the only requirement being you share your experience!
Easy, right? But a lot of people still aren’t that familiar with it – especially in Canada!
How I Became a Vancouver Mom Blogger
After a couple of months of posting for product, I began receiving offers to do paid sponsored posts.
Wait, what?! You can get paid AND get free stuff to post on Instagram?
This could be a part-time job!
It’s also how I became an Instagram content creator by accident!
I never had any intention of growing the type of following I did.
But after reaching 1,000 Instagram followers on my new account in just 28 days, I got serious about making money online with Instagram and blogging.
In February 2018, I rebranded my blog and social media accounts – from West Coast Mama to Nikki Blogs!
West Coast Mama was a concept that focused on saving money, shopping local, supporting handmade businesses, and the lifestyle here in BC – all things that are still close to my heart as a Vancouver mom blogger.
However, when I noticed that the majority of messages I receive on Instagram were in regards to photo editing, my Instagram photo props, and how to start blogging full-time, I knew it was time to shift my focus.
The name Nikki Blogs came to me when I grew tired of people asking when I would go back to work after the birth of my little girl.
I never planned on going back to work for someone else and wanted to make a living working from my home and taking care of my family.
Thus, Nikki Blogs! It’s what I do 🙂
The satisfaction in knowing that I’m helping others who are exactly where I was at one time is an incredible feeling.
The opportunities to write content people want to read and to connect with incredible individuals from all over the world are also blessings.
Through social media and blog monetization, including offering services like photography, social media management, SEO consulting, and blog setup, I was able to reach my goal of becoming a full-time work at home mom blogger!
Nikki Blogs is about sharing the tips and tricks I’ve learned in social media, blogging, motherhood, and life – what I’ve seen works and what I’ve noticed doesn’t!
In my free time, I enjoy being with my family, interior design, photography, travel, and shopping.
My husband and I also manage Slivarich Productions Inc – we specialize in Vancouver film industry rentals and events, plus digital marketing 😉 Find us On Set and Online.
I feel so honoured that you’ve decided to follow along in my journey and I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals in blogging and social media too!
Nothing brings me greater joy than helping other girl bosses and entrepreneurs get closer to their dreams.
This is our year! Let’s keep crushing those goals!
FREEBIES: Mastering IG Online Course + Blog Post Planner!
As you may have noticed, I love free things!! Don’t you?!
It’s the perfect way to check out a brand to see how it fits into your lifestyle!
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- An introduction to IGTV
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- Daily IG tasks you should make a habit of
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I share ideas including:
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- Tips for prioritizing blog post ideas
- Break down upcoming posts to connect them to other content
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- Break down your to do list and plan one month’s worth of content
- Increase SEO with a Pre-Publishing Blog Post Checklist
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