I don’t know a mama who’d deny that Pinterest is a time suck… a lovely, addictive, inspirational time suck.
But savvy moms have figured something out that makes all that time spent on Pinterest worth their while (beyond home decor inspo, dream vacay ideas and fitness tips).
When used strategically, you can actually make money with Pinterest! And it’s a lot easier than you might think – once you get a few foundational pieces in place – and that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about in this article.
How Stay-At-Home-Moms Can Make Money With Pinterest
While there are many different ways to leverage Pinterest to make money, in this article I am going to cover the two easiest ways to make money with Pinterest:
1) Affiliate Marketing (including MLM)
2) Pinterest Virtual Assistant
The reason I’m going to focus on these is because you can do them even if you don’t already have a blog or business, so really anyone can do it!
But, before you can get paid to pin, you must master two basic things:
- Get people to SEE Your Pins (Optimize Your Pinterest Profile)
- Get people to CLICK on Your Pins (Optimize Your Pins)
I know these might seem like common sense, but SO MANY people miss these simple foundational steps and waste a ton of time and energy only to get frustrated when they don’t see results. But that’s not going to be you! There’s actually a proven method to make sure these two things happen, so let’s talk about them.
How to Optimize Your Pinterest Profile (get people to SEE your Pins)
If you’ve just been using Pinterest for fun up to this point, you’re going to have to do some work to your Pinterest Profile if you want to start making money from it.
In order to get people to actually SEE the things you pin, you have to optimize your profile and presence so the Pinterest algorithm starts to regard you as a serious pinner. Here’s how to how to optimize your Pinterest profile:
- Decide What Type of Content You Want to Pin (eg. Home Decor, Parenting, Personal Finance, Health & Wellness, Mom Life, etc.)
- Use keywords in your Pinterest profile that are relevant to your content type (this helps the right people find your pins)
- Upload a friendly picture of your own face, preferably with eye contact
- Create 8-15ish boards with keyword relevant titles and pin several relevant pins to each
- When pinning, make sure your pins have keyword-rich descriptions (makes them easier to find when people are searching in Pinterest)
How to Get People to Click on Your Pins
There are thousands upon thousands of Pins on Pinterest in every category… so how do you get people to click on yours?
Two words: Pin Design.
And I don’t just mean a “pretty” pin, though it is important to have a nice-looking pin (more on that below). But “pretty” isn’t going to cut it. Depending on your niche/category, there are likely already a lot of “pretty pins” that you’ll be competing with on Pinterest. So what’s the trick, then?
Your #1 goal when creating your pin design is to get people to stop the scroll.
In order to do that, your pin needs to 1) catch their attention (stand out in the sea of pins they’re scrolling through), and 2) compel them to take that next step and actually click on it. Here’s how to get people to click on your Pins:
- Use professional, eye-catching designs. You can create your own in Canva or PicMonkey for free (they have tons of pre-designed templates), or purchase a template pack
The new Pumpkin Spice Protein from Arbonne has people all in a tizzy, and I get why.
It’s goooooooood, you guys. And you KNOW I’m going to be making my daily protein shake as a Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake from pretty much now through Thanksgiving (December is a hard cutoff for pumpkin for me).
BUT there are SO MANY other delicious recipes you can make with this Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake Mix, so I thought I’d share. All of the recipes on this list are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, except for one (#6).
Let’s get creative with our pumpkin protein!
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Quick detour #2: HACK!! If the Pumpkin Spice Protein is gone by the time you read this, grab a bag of Vanilla protein instead and just add 1/2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice per 1 scoop of protein to get your Pumpkin Spice fix taken care of 😉
Ok, without further ado, here are my 6 favorite recipes to make with the Arbonne Pumpkin Spice Protein (+1 bonus recipe because I heart you… and because I found it after I made all the images and outline for this post… but mostly because I heart you)!
1. Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
You know I HAD to start here, right? I mean, you can’t have a bag of protein shake mix and NOT have a solid shake recipe to go with it.
8oz. Vanilla Almond Milk
2 Scoops Pumpkin Protein
1/4 cu. Pumpkin Puree
1 TBSP Nut Butter
Handful of Ice
Blend & Enjoy!
2. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough
Oh yes, I did just say “edible cookie dough”. Go ahead and lock yourself in the bathroom and eat it by the spoonful. It’s toootally okay not to share. (recipe & via: @goodmommy0709)
2 scoops Arbonne Pumpkin Spice Protein Mix
2 TBSP Kirkland Mixed Nut Butter (or nut butter of choice)
2 TBSP Oat Milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)
Pinch of salt
1/8 cup Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks
Mix all ingredients together and get it in your belly!
3. Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls
There are soooooo many different ways to make protein balls you guys! I’ve made countless variations with the Arbonne protein flavor classics of chocolate and vanilla, and they are the PERFECT go-to snack when your sweet tooth comes knocking but you don’t want to actually indulge. Here’s the PERFECT protein ball recipe for Fall using the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Protein Mix.
2 scoops Arbonne Pumpkin Spice Protein Mix
1 cup gluten-free oats
3/4 cup sunflower butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 TBSP raw, unfiltered honey
1 TBSP chia seeds
1 TBSP pumpkin seeds
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
Mix it all together and form into balls.
Pop 1-2 in your mouth post-workout or whenever that sugar craving kicks in! Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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4. Protein PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte)
I know people get REAL serious about their PSLs, so I’m not gonna mess around with you on this.
Yes, this IS a healthier version of the now-traditional Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but it’s wayyyy nicer on your waistline. And I PROMISE you it tastes even better. Yes, I said “e.v.e.n. b.e.t.t.e.r.”.
Since there’s no fake, heavy, syrup-y, over-the-top sweetness to it, you actually feel good after you finish it. It’s just a warm, cozy, smooth, lightly sweet and totally fulfilling cup of Pumpkin Heaven that you can have literally every day in the Fall without feeling guilty.
Stir together the following ingredients and steam slowly on stovetop, whisking constantly:
– 3/4 – 1 cup oat milk
– 2 TBSP pumpkin puree
– 1 scoop Pumpkin Spice Protein
– 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
Separately, brew 2 shots espresso or about 1/4-1/2 cup strong coffee and pour into mug. Pour milk mixture into coffee and froth up with a frother. Top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Sip slowly and savor.
The fancy blog picture of my Protein PSL is above, but here’s a little behind-the-scenes glimpse at what my everyday #momlife PSL looks like:
A little less fancy, still just.as.satisfying.
5. Pumpkin-Cranberry Protein Bars
This recipe is a bit fussier than the ones I’ve shared so far, but SO worth it. And really only “fussy” because it requires more ingredients, and a few you may not have just lying around in your pantry, but the assembly is super easy once you get going! (recipe & via: @thewholescoopblog)
1/3 cup ground flax meal
3/4 cup Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake Mix
2/3 cup smooth tahini or sesame paste
2 tbsp date syrup
3 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plant-based yogurt
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1. In one bowl, combine the coconut oil, tahini, date syrup and vanilla extract.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the flax meal, protein powder, all the seeds and cranberries.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
4. Line a bread loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Then press the dough into the pan and flatten/even it out with your fingers or a spatula.
5. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and melted coconut oil. Pour over the dough in an even layer. Then sprinkle in additional toppings as you like.
6. Chill in the freezer for at least 1.5 hours, then they’re ready to eat!
Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
6. Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies
No Pumpkin Spice protein recipe list would be complete without a cookie, amiright? And this one does.not.dissapoint., my friend. It does have a fair amount of flour (GF), sugar and butter, so this definitely falls into the “treat” category, and it’s the only one on this list that is not vegan. But still packs a protein punch and tastes like pumpkiny-Fall goodness.
1 cup Pumpkin Spice Protein
1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup whole cane sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (1 bag) pumpkin spice chips
Preheat oven to 350. Mix ingredients and drop by rounded spoonful onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
BONUS Recipe! Pumpkin Protein Blender Mini-Muffins
These were sooo quick & easy to make and my kids gobbled them up within minutes of them cooling out of the oven. I helped with the gobbling, shamelessly. (
& recipe: @jojo_healthyonthegogo)
-1 cup canned pumpkin pureee
-1 cup gluten-free oats
-2 scoops Arbonne Pumpkin Spice Protein
-1-2 TBSP maple syrup (to desired sweetness)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking powder
-optional: 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spiceBlend all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth. Scoop into a mini muffin pan. Makes 15 mini muffins or 6 full sized muffins. Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes.
That’s all the pumpkin spice protein recipes I’ve got for ya! If you make any of these, let me know in the comments if you love them as much as I do, and if you made any modifications. Do you have any pumpkin spice protein recipes you’d add to this list?
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If you missed the boat last time Arbonne released the Strawberry Energy Fizz, you’re going to be one happy camper… read on to find out how to get a box of this fan favorite plus all of the other new Arbonne products from GTC 2020!
I’m going to break them down, one-by-one below with pics and descriptions. Arbonne products famously sell out fast, especially the limited-edition items, so be sure to pack your cart now if you don’t want to miss out.
Arbonne Strawberry Energy Fizz Sticks
Arbonne strawberry energy fizz was the winner of the Instagram flavor contest and is the new permanent flavor! Mix with water to temporarily help promote alertness and help reduce fatigue with botanicals like Ginseng, B Vitamins, CoQ10, and Chromium. Contains naturally derived caffeine from Guarana and Green Tea to help boost energy.
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Arbonne Strawberry Pea Protein Shake Mix (*Limited Edition)
Arbonne strawberry protein shake mix is a limited edition item, so it’s one of those items you’ll want to act fast on. People are going absolutely BONKERS over the flavor, and I’ve already created quite a few tasty concoctions with it myself. Arbonne pea protein supports muscles and daily health with 20 g of plant-based protein from Peas, Rice, and Cranberries. Each serving delivers essential Amino Acids and more than 20 vitamins and minerals.
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Arbonne SuperCalm Vegan Cleansing Milk with Agastache Blend is a milky, non-foaming cleanser that soothes your skin and helps support the skin’s moisture barrier. This leaves a soothing layer over skin so it feels protected, calm, and hydrated.
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