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.
I launched my first blog when I was forced to withdraw from my studies due to mandatory bedrest near the end of my pregnancy.
I was hooked after getting selected for my first free products in exchange for a social media post!
My first month of being a digital product sampler only got me about $8 worth of samples but in just three months it grew to about $1,000 worth!
I had the chance to experience everything from new grocery products to full-sized premium cosmetics like Lancôme with free sampling companies.
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.
Free products for your household are a form of financial contribution and a brilliant way to start your online adventure!
Think about it – 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!
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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 can 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.
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 🙂
Helping people learn to make money online is my goal.
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 can’t wait to help you achieve your goals in blogging and social media too.
Because YOU deserve a life you love!
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