SAHM’s are so Overwhelmed most of the time! Yes, I know what you’re thinking….How could I possibly have time for a Side Hustle if I’m already SO overwhelmed???
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In this Blog Post, I will give you 5 Reasons why I believe ALL Stay-at-Home Moms should have a Side Hustle!
Here they are:
1- Sense of Community:
It’s all too often that I hear Moms say how overwhelmed they feel and how lonely it is being with ONLY kids all day. With only limited adult conversations and interaction, it can make a person feel isolated.
This is why it’s so important for a Mom to be part of a Community. By having a Side Hustle, you become immersed in a new culture. You also end up networking, meeting new friends & growing as an individual.
As a result of becoming part of a community, you become more focused on YOU besides just being focused the kids AND it gives you that real interaction that you NEED to avoid feeling isolated.
2- Earning Your Own Income:
Financial Independence!! This is sooooo important to me! I can’t imagine having to depend on someone else for money. I love the freedom that I have to make purchases without having to ask anyone if it’s ok. It’s mine. I work hard for it and I have every right to spend it.
I have heard so many stories from women who say they need to ask their husbands or partners first before they make a purchase (yes, it’s totally respectful to do so, especially if you have shared expenses).
BUT, the difference between asking out of RESPECT and asking because you HAVE TO is a big difference! When you make your own money, you have more independence. Very simple.
3- Having Something on Your Resume:
A lot of times Moms leave the workplace after having kids for one reason or another. Years later, once the kids are back in school and you’re ready to get back into the workplace. Well, guess what? It actually may be hard to get back in the workplace with a large gap in your resume.
This is unfortunate and it truly bothers me, but that’s the way it seems to be most of the time. Employers don’t want large resume gaps. They want to see that you were active in the workplace. It tells them that you can still work with others, you’re caught up on any changes with technology and most important, that you still have a drive to work.
What you can do to minimize this gap, is have a side job/gig and add it to your resume! There are tuns of skills acquired while having side gigs such as, technology/computer skills, marketing skills, social media strategy skills, etc. Utilize this and place it on your resume to let employers know that you’re still in the game!
4- Builds Confidence & Self Esteem:
One of the biggest things I hear from Stay-at-Home Moms is how they end up losing their sense of self. Often, they become so immersed in taking care of everyone else in their household that they tend to forget about themselves. Does this sound familiar to you?
What’s important, is to recognize when this happens and get out of that cycle ASAP!
Start putting yourself first! If we take care of ourselves better, we can take care of everyone else even better! As an example, when I joined my MLM, it helped me tremendously. I started taking care of myself again after years of putting myself last! (Disclosure: An MLM you choose has to feel properly aligned with you, you need a good supportive upline and you need to put effort into it).
If you have and do these things, it becomes such a great community! And guess what happens? Most importantly, you re-gain your confidence and self-esteem and start taking better care of yourself! (If you want to know more about my MLM you can head over HERE)
5- Can Turn into Full Time Income:
What can happen when you start a side hustle or side gig as a SAHM? The possibilities are really endless! Years ago, when I started a Bookkeeping side gig from home after having my first child, I never would have imagined that it would end up being one of my main sources of income years later!
Regardless of the type of side hustle you decide to start, you really never know where it can take you! It can end up becoming the best choice you ever made! It can also turn into a full time income generating machine! Remember, the possibilities are endless!
If you’ve thought about starting a Side Gig or Side Hustle, but have no idea where to start or no idea what you want to do, Let me help give you clarity! Get on a FREE 15 Min Call with me to help you figure it out!
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I hear it ALL the time! “My kids won’t eat their Fruits & Veggies” – Here’s are my Solutions!
Daily Gummies – I give my kids their daily dose of fruits and veggies in gummy form which they love! I use the Juice Plus brand and have been using it for years. It was actually recommended to me by my kid’s pediatrician. I buy the monthly subscription service so I know we’re always stocked up.
These gummies are Gluten Free, Vegan & Non-GMO and packed with various fruits and veggies! Nothing else. That’s why I love them and have been using it for years. Not only are my kids less sick since using them, but they became better eaters after using these as well!
Shakes for Snack –What kid doesn’t like either shakes or smoothies?? Mine love them! So the trick here is to make them tasty so that it hides all the healthy stuff kids usually dislike! Mine love smoothies with Strawberry, Bananas & Milk. What they don’t know is that I add some Spinach or Kale in there as well (Tip: Not too much, because it’ll make it too green & suspicious! lol). =)
Another thing I add to them If I feel my kids need an extra boost of vitamins & minerals is a small scoop of Certified Vegan Shake Mix. It’s safe for kids over Age 1 & packed with nutrients! The kids love it & I’m happy that they are getting their nutrition in.
Soups & Stews – This one is huge in our house. I make soups or stews at least 2 times a week and make extra for leftovers. Cook down meats with all types of veggies & seasoning until everything is nice and tender & incorporated. Remove all but the broth and place the items in a blender with a splash of broth or water. Once blended, add it back to the soup or stew. Doing this makes your Soup or Stew slightly less watery but still not thick. Perfect for kids! They have no idea they’re eating all that goodness. Add some fun shaped little pasta to it and it’s even better!
Let me know in the comments section below if you’ve tried any of these methods for your kids. There are so many more ways as well, but these are my 3 easiest quickest ways I recommend!
What’s The Right Answer??? There is no right answer, but I know what I’ll be doing…
Last week I was given a choice. It was sent to me via Email from my child’s school district. Do I want my child to return to school in the Fall with very strict rules and guidelines? Or Do I want to continue my virtual learning (Which we did from March-June because we had no choice)?
Want to know what I chose??
I CHOSE to continue virtual learning….
It’s not something I ever planned on. Homeschooling is not something I ever really considered. I was one of those parents that used to actually enjoy dropping my kid off at school knowing that they were getting everything they needed there and I was able to go about my daily life of working, running errands, etc. It was a nice break for me since I have 3 small kids. Unloading 1 daily to school almost felt like a vacation every morning! LOL (For those of you with multiple children, I’m sure you totally get it!)
Why did I choose this option?
I’ll let you know just a few of the new guidelines in the school that were listed when our two options were given. I am just NOT comfortable sending my soon-to-be 1st Grader to school with these guidelines. School is supposed to be a fun learning environment for them. It’s supposed to be where they get social interaction. Do circle time, have recess, have lunch with their besties and make real connections with their teachers.
In these NEW GUIDELINES, I saw none of this.
I envisioned a kid that may get scared, be uncomfortable and would rather be home with her Mom homeschooling her again.
Because of this vision, I made my decision.
Here were some of the guidelines:
Special Classes and Electives will continue to be remote anyway
Staff will wear masks with option of face shields and desk shields
No Lunch in school (They can do a Grab-and-Go)
I’m afraid my child won’t ENJOY school later once this is all over if she goes into a school environment like that.
I’d honestly rather just suck it up and Homeschool for another few months to avoid this possibility.
At home she won’t be taught by someone wearing a mask, face shield or desk barrier.
At home she’ll have play time (indoor and outdoor).
She’ll be able to have lunch with her siblings like normal.
Although she won’t be in school, her life will still feel normal. And that’s what I want. For her to FEEL some sort of NORMALCY.
Even though she is very aware that COVID-19 exists, she’s old enough to see the differences, new guidelines and precautions. There’s no need to worry her. As her Mom, I’m here to protect her and my other children in any way that I feel is best.
Some may not agree with my decision and that’s OK.
What matters is that WE are ok with it.
Share your thoughts on this by leaving me a comment.
Are you a Stay-At-Home Mom and looking to bring in some extra income to contribute to your family’s finances? If yes, check out these 10 Best Side Hustles!
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Sell Items on the FB Marketplace –
As a Mom, I know how often we can accumulate junk that we really don’t NEED in the house. No matter how often I clean up and throw things out, we somehow end up accumulating stuff ALL THE TIME! So what do you do with it??? Yes, you can just chuck the stuff, but why? Don’t they always say, “One Man’s junk is another Man’s Treasure”? There’s always someone on the market looking for what you want to get rid of. So why not turn your junk into profits? Clothes you no longer wear, furniture you no longer want, random items around the house you figure just take up space rather than being useful…All these items call be sold on the FB Marketplace! It’s super easy to use and you make extra $ for what was just laying around the house wasting space (plus it’s extra stuff to clean!). It’s a win to just get rid of it and get some cash in your pocket!
Sell your Services like Bookkeeping or Childcare –
I personally do Bookkeeping from home to make extra $$. It’s great and you can totally be self-taught and don’t need any certificates or degrees for it. You just need to have basic knowledge of income and expenses and be willing to learn programs like Quickbooks. Another thing that’s great, is to offer child care services! I mean if you’re already home with your own kids, what’s the difference in adding an additional one or two children a day to make some income! Obviously, you want to check with your state’s childcare guidelines first to make sure of the amount of children you’re allowed to watch at a time without having a certified daycare.
Delivery Services Such as Uber Eats or Door Dash –
I totally get how important it is for Moms to leave the house daily, not only to get some peace from their kids, but to do something for themselves! If you have a partner that’s willing to watch the kids when they get home from work, this may be perfect for you to get out of the house a few hours a day by signing up for later shifts. If you go to each of their sites for Uber Eats and Door Dash, you can compare the two first, and see which one is best for you! You’ll want to consider things like what shifts they offer, how much the pay, do they pay mileage, etc. Again, this is just a great option if you feel like you need to get out of the house a bit.
Turn Your Hobby Into a Business –
Do you have a hobby that you love?? For this source of creating income, your hobby will have to consist of actually creating cool items that you can sell. Are you into crafts, sewing, jewelry making, printing, etc? If so, you can totally sell your items on sites like Etsy or Shopify. Both are good options for setting up an online store to sell your goods. Things to consider with these options are what fees they charge, what payment options do they offer for your sales, setup fees, customization of your online store, etc. This is a great way to turn your hobby into an actual business! You should also make sure to set up an Instagram account to go with it, so you have a place to promote your products!
Join an MLM –
There are so many Multi-Level Marketing Companies out there to choose from! I’ve been part of several of these companies in the past. They are great opportunities to make money while helping others! The current MLM I’m part of now, is a Vegan Company that offers Skincare & Nutrition and promotes living a healthy lifestyle! So not only do I make $ selling these products, but I help others live a healthier lifestyle as well. Here’s my story if you’re interesting is seeing why it was great for me! Here’s a few MLM companies that I personally love and recommend if you want to get started with joining one.
Do you have computer skils, office experience or social media skills? If so, then you may want to consider becoming a Virtual Assistant. There are TUNS of opportunities out there and many companies seem to be moving into the virtual realm. All you need for this is a work space, computer, internet access, a phone, useful skills and a will to learn. Things you can do as a virtual assistant is almost unlimited. Examples are answering phone calls, responding to emails, managing social media accounts, doing research, creating digital content, writing blog posts. And the list can go on and on. It really just depends on what you have to offer based on your experience.
Turn a Passion into Income –
Do you love to take pictures or create art? Turn these passions into reality and have them provide a source of income for you and your family. There are so many types of Photography businesses you can start. Again, it depends on you and what you’re interested in. Do you like taking pictures at events? If so, this is another great reason to get yourself out of the house a bit and away from the kids. There are also Apps out there where you can actually sell your photos as well. This Blog post is great to see which Apps make this possible. You can also sell your art using a site like Etsy or on your own website. You can even be creative and have fun by teaching art online. I’ll get into that in a bit!
Start a Blog or Vlog or Both –
I’m sure you’ve all heard how profitable Blogging can be. Vlogging can be just as profitable. What’s the difference between the two? Blogging is basically writing Blog posts on topics that interest you and can be useful to others on your own website that you set up through a site like WordPress, where I created mine. Vlogging on the other hand, is done by making videos on platforms like Youtube. I personally have a Youtube Channel as well and I find that it works hand in hand when you have both. Having both also gives you the opportunity to promote your own work from one platform to another! You can get Ad revenue on both and you can make affiliate income from both as well, plus have the opportunity to do sponsored posts. These are only some of the ways you can make income as a Blogger or as a Vlogger.
Affiliate Income –
So, I mentioned affiliate income above. If you’re not sure what that is, it’s when you are able to collect a commission as a reward for referring others to buy products from certain sites. For example, Amazon offers an affiliate program for influencers. Once approved for the affiliate program, you use your affiliate links in your blogs, vlogs, social media posts, etc., to encourage others to make their purchases through the use of your links. If purchases are made, you make a cut. Really simple. You just need a good following and enough traffic going to your platforms to make it profitable.
Is there something that you’re really good at?? Something that you feel you can teach others? If yes, then why not go ahead and create a course or become a coach in that area of expertise. Again, you don’t need a certification to become a coach, unless it’s a health coach or something along those lines. But if you feel you can maybe help others with their parenting or life or business, then why not help if you can and earn $ for doing so? What do you need? A business name, create a brand for it, register the business if needed, figure out where you’ll find your clients (Facebook is a great start), figure out your fee schedule and how you’ll collect payments. Simple and can be so successful!
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My Vegan Breakfast Meal Replacement Shakes Have 3 Main Components
The most important thing about my shakes is that they really serve its purpose of providing me with the vitamins and minerals my body needs. I also use my shakes to help regulate my body’s digestive system. With that being said, here are the 3 main components of my Breakfast Meal Replacement Shake.
Protein – I make sure to use a Certified Vegan and Certified Gluten Free Brand. My Brand of Choice has been Arbonne. There are several flavors to choose from. The Vanilla seems to be the most versatile to mix with different flavors (Of course, that’s just my opinion). The Protein in these shakes are derived from Peas and Rice.
Fiber – Next is Fiber. We all know how important fiber is for our digestive systems. Not only does it help support regularity, it also supports cardiovascular health. This Gluten Free blend is made up of peas, apples, citrus fruits and beets. The best part is that it’s flavorless, so great to really add to any food, beverage or baked good.
Probiotics/Prebiotics – This is my last necessary component of my shakes. Soooo important for GUT HEALTH! Do you currently take a probiotic and prebiotic supplement daily? If not, then you need to start doing so to help naturally support your body’s digestive system. These little packets are perfect for me to just pour into my shake. Comes in a 30 Day Supply.
Once I have these 3 components in my shake, I just add either water or any non-dairy milk to it. I like to switch things up a bit each day. Sometimes Almond Milk, sometimes Coconut or Oat Milk. Then I also add other goodies, depending on what I have on hand that day. Maybe some berries, or half a banana (not whole, due to high sugar content), raw oats, etc.
You can be so creative with the additional flavors you add to these 3 components!
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Are you a 1st Time MOM and not really sure how to start feeding your Baby solids? If so, then I hope this post will lead you in the right direction!
As a first time Mom, I know how hard it can be when making decisions like this about your baby, and not knowing what the heck you’re doing! I totally get it and I’VE BEEN THERE!! It’s OK to NOT know. The important part is that you do have resources that can help you make these big decisions.
Because I’ve been there before, I want to be able to help other new Moms that may be going through this at the moment.
So let’s get into, how you know your baby may be ready for solids?
Things to ask yourself:
Is your baby still hungry after formula or breastmilk feedings? Waking more at night, due to hunger? Staring at you while you’re eating your food? Trying to reach for your food? All these are signs that your baby may be ready.
What month you start is really up to you. It’s usually between 4-5 months, where I’ve seen most Moms get their babies started. I started all my babies at the 5 month mark and worked my way up gradually.
Let’s talk about what’s first. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “Just add some rice to their milk”? If you’re an experienced Mom, you know exactly what that means, but if you’re new, you’re like “what? rice? how? how much?” It can be so confusing!
I’ve always started my kids on this Gerber’s Single Grain Plain Rice Cereal.
What I did to start, was pour a teaspoon full into my baby’s bottles, shake it up and give it to them. This way they get used to the taste and the new texture a little bit. Once the baby adjusts to that, the next move was to try feeding them the cereal in a small bowl with a spoon. Mix it with either formula or breastmilk and make it more liquidy (if that’s a real word, lol) at first. As your baby gets used to it, you can make it thicker over time.
So now that we got our rice cereal down, time to move on to the veggies.
If you notice on the rice cereal packaging above, in the lower right corner, it has a nice indicator of when your child is ready for that particular food. Super easy guide to follow!
My next food after rice cereal has always been carrots first. Although, you can go with any single veggie of your choice. I say “single veggie”, because it’s not good to mix different food together at first. In Stage 1 of Baby Food, you’ll find that they are all single foods. This is because, the rule of thumb is to introduce foods alone at least 3 days apart from each other to make sure your child doesn’t develop a food allergy from it. If there are signs of an allergic reaction, you’ll know exactly which fruit or veggie was the culprit.
This is what I chose first:
If you’re wondering if you can make your own first foods, you totally can!! For me personally, it was just always easier to buy these, being a busy working Mom. I also personally chose to use Gerber on all 3 of my kids. But again, that was my choice. There are many brands out there that are also good. Since I used Gerber, I’m using these as my reference for this blog post.
Next, once your baby got to try all the 1st Single Food options, it’s time to start mixing and moving on to Stage 2 when your child is ready. Again, remember to look at the guide listed on the baby food. It’s such a great resource and helps you to make the right feeding decisions that coincide with your babies milestones.
As age does play a role in feeding, so do milestones. Make sure to check with your baby’s pediatrician as well to make sure timing is good to start feeding solids. Every baby shows growth differently and you never want to rush something if you’re baby isn’t ready.
I hope this quick guide to feeding first foods has been able to help you if you’re a new mom! Leave me a comment and let me know how it went. =)
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Only a few months back, we all (those of us in the U.S.) sat around and watched what was going on in the world with the new Coronavirus….
As we watched, we started panicking…Will our children be ok? What if something happens to us? Who will take care of them? Will there be space in the hospitals for us God forbid we did get sick? Will we have enough food to feed our children (due to all the “panic buying”)? And the list goes on…
The truth is, we all freaked out and we all got scared of our future and the unknown. And that is OK!
Once the virus made it’s way to the U.S. and it was declared a Pandemic, we got even more terrified. With new lockdown orders, restrictions, business closing, schools closing, many of us losing our jobs, we did the only thing we could do.
We made sure our children were as protected as they could be.
What does that mean for us parents? Following social distancing guidelines as much as possible. Having only 1 parent at a time leave to go to the store to make necessary purchases. Stop all social interactions with friends and family. Keeping all 3 kids home for months! Switching up to homeschooling for my oldest who is 6, and I was shocked, by the way, at the amount of school work she was given on a daily basis!
While homeschooling (which I’ve never done before) a 6 year old, we had to make sure to still entertain our 4 year old and take care of our 1 year old.
What happens while trying to do this???? Absolute chaos!
Yes, it’s always technically chaotic in our home with 3 small children, but this is different. When you can’t go anywhere, or take the kids out for a playdate or to the park for a breather. You literally drive each other bonkers 24/7!
But this was the new “normal”…
As restrictions start to slowly lift now, and there’s still a lot of “unknown” out there, many of us will be hesitant to go back to our old lives (pre-pandemic), even with all the new rules and new way of living.
Parents…this was HARD. VERY HARD, especially for those of you who had to work virtually from home, unable to bring your children to daycares or hire a sitter. You did all of it on your own!
However you decide to make your way back into the new norm and the new version of society, do it at your own comfort level and don’t judge others.
This whole experience only made us stronger as humans and as parents!
Want to Stop Breastfeeding for Whatever Reason?? Here are some tips to help stop your milk supply!
Right off the bat, just want to get this out there, this blog post is NOT about why or why not to breastfeed. This is for Moms who want to stop their supply of milk for whatever reason they wish. If you either just had a baby and your milk is coming in and you choose to stop it OR if you’ve been breastfeeding and made the decision to stop, then this info can definitely be useful for you.
Just an FYI, I’m not a doctor or a medical professional, I’m just giving some tips that I found useful from my own experiences. I have 3 kids and with all 3 children, I made the decision after my milk came in (appx. 3 days after delivery) to stop it. If you want more info as to why I wanted to stop it, I have a video about my choice here: Why I Plan of Formula Feeding My Baby.
Now, stopping your milk supply can be a tricky task. It may also be difficult. I did whatever I could to prevent mastitis (which i got with my first child) and I successfully avoided it with my 2nd and 3rd kids. Below, I will list the items you need to assist with this and just some general rules of thumb that I learned from medical professionals while going through this process 3 times.
Well Fitting Sports Bras. Not loose, Not too tight.
Ice Packs, the ones you purchase at your local pharmacy that you can just throw in your freezer again and again after each use.
Whole Heads of Cabbage from your supermarket.
The biggest thing I learned is HEAT PRODUCES MORE MILK while COLD STOPS MILK. With that being said, no hot or warm showers (If the shower is slightly warm so you don’t freeze yourself, just keep your back to the water and not on your chest) and no heat packs. In order to find out exactly what I did, watch my full video here:
Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of these methods and if they helped! I’d love to hear from you. Remember, I’m not a medical professional, so please reach out to your doctors for medical advice if you have any concerns. I’m happy if this post was able to help any of you!
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