Motherhood

  • 7 Tips For Work At Home Moms with Young Kids

    Are You Wondering How Other Busy A’s Moms Are Building Their Businesses AND Wrangling the Kids?

    Here Are My Top Tips For Work At Home Moms With Young Kids.

    It’s all well and fun when a mom claims to be successful working from home with older kids but what about working from home with young kids?

    We all know they require more attention and are more demanding with your time. It can almost seem impossible to be able to juggle them all.

    Let’s take a look at my top tips for work at home moms with younger kids:

    1. Block Out Time To Work When You Know They Will Be Sleeping

    This can be a challenging task and seem way too easy for most but it’s super important to execute this. I’m sure you’ve been there, as I have (many times!) You try and get things done during their naps and for whatever reason, they don’t sleep as long as you had anticipated. You end up getting frustrated and feel like your plan failed. When I saw this pattern happening repeatedly, I knew I needed to change something. My solution to this was to use the time before my daughters woke up in the morning and after they went to bed. I used the time in the middle of the day for dinner prep, grocery shopping/other errands that needed to get done, and catching up on chores. It’s super helpful to make a to-do list for the entire day when you wake up or the night before. This helps with following through with your daily goals.

    2. Organize Your Work Tasks

    When you only a certain amount of time, you need to organize your tasks very wisely. This way you can use every little bit of free time you have to do something productive for your business. You’d surprised at just how much more you can accomplish when you know exactly what you need to work on and when. This is something that I’ve found other work-at-home moms really struggle with. Be sure to download my FREE productivity planner for Busy Work From Home Moms.

    3. Plan Periods of Childcare

    No this does not mean that you have to put your children into childcare but it can be as simple as doing a childcare swap with another boss mom. You have her kid(s) for a few hours and vice versa. This is a really simple way to make sure you’re getting some very much-needed uninterrupted time work on your business.

    4. Prioritize Your Business

    This one is SUPER important + I can’t stress this enough. As a mom, you’ve got a never-ending list that is probably longer than your leg that needs to get done in a week. It’s easy to have things slip down the list, or as I call it “save them for later’s”. DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN WITH YOUR BUSINESS! Commit to making it work and communicate that with your partner. Your job is important. Make your vision known for it and make them aware that you’re needing time to work on it.

    I remember listening to a podcast ( a new thing for me!) and there was a work-at-home mom that was being interviewed. She had built a multi-seven figure business but during the initial stages, her partner did not support her vision. Her response to him was “you don’t have to support it but just don’t get in my way.” Ever since then it has stuck with me.

    5. Automate or Delegate Household

    Start thinking about tasks that you have to do for the household that can be automated. That may be banking, grocery delivery, or hiring a cleaner. Whatever you need to be able to free up more time so you can get more done in your business. Trust me on the grocery to go- it is a LIFE saver for busy mompreneurs!

    6. Have Activities For The Kids That Don’t Require You As Much

    If you do need to get work done with the kids around, make sure you have activities that you know they can do with minimal supervision. This, of course, depends on the age of the children but I’ve found playdough, coloring books, laying on the playmat with a mobile above them, or setting up something like a train set have worked for me in the past. This can help when your kids are doing online learning as well. You know your child and you know what they love to do!

    7. Be Clear With Others On Your Workdays

    Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you have the time to do everyone’s errands, go out for coffee, and hang out with friends. You’re there to work and that’s what needs to be done. I suggest you turn off all notifications and go back to your plan for your business and get busy working.

    I hope these tips for work-at-home moms with young kids help you get started and build your business into the profitable empire you deserve.

    Remember, if you’re serious about managing your time better and getting more done in your day then don’t forget about my free planner! Get more done in your online business so you can earn fabulous amounts of money in less time.

     

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  • How To Stay Organized in 2020

    How To Stay Organized in 2020

     

     

     

    How to stay organized in 2020

     

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    Have you ever felt like your current surroundings are about to engulf you? Surrounded by constant clutter and/or mess? Does your heart race when you can’t seem to find your keys?

    As someone who has anxiety, being organized is crucial. Not being able to find what you need (last minute at times) causes a state of panic and excess stress on your brain and heart. To be organized, it starts with being tidy; after all, being able to keep everything neat and tidy helps ease anxiety and help you feel less stressed and more relaxed.

     

    °MUST HAVE HOME ORGANIZATION ESSENTIALS°

    – Air Tight Food Storage Containers

    Kitchen organization

    – Stackable Fridge Containers 

    Fridge Organization

    Pan Organizer 

    Kitchen organization

    – Double Shower Curtain Rings 

    shower curtain hangers

    Since a new decade equals a fresh, or a clean slate for most, why not start the new year off with a new outlook?

    Here are a few quick tips to help you stay organized in 2020:

    Clean Out Your Purse.

    For most of us mama bears, we keep our entire lives in our bags so it’s important to keep it cleaned out and organized (and sanitized!). Get rid of loose change, those crumbs at the bottom, trash, and anything else you don’t need.

    Do this: weekly

    Curious about what to keep in your purse?

    -planner

    – chapstick- must have to keep those lips soft, hydrated, and plump.

    – hand sanitizer

    – travel size hand lotion

    – small mirror

    – extra phone charger ( just incase)

    – wallet

    – travel size hand lotion

    – perfume (optional of course)

    – travel-size deodorant

    – sanitary cup, napkin, tampon

     

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    Clean Out Your Car

    Listen, I get it. Your vehicle probably looks like a bomb went off between the crushed cheerios under the seats, to leftover water bottles and fast food trash. We all have different levels of items in our vehicles and different levels of tidiness. So for the of us that aren’t, keep your car clean and organized with these few tips:

                    Tip #1– each time you get out of the vehicle, take an arm full of trash with you (or just all of it if you can.) By doing so it will reduce clutter and anxiety.

                    Tip #2– limit food intake in the vehicle. It’s okay to eat in the car, but if you make a mess, make sure to get it cleaned instead of letting it sit.

                    Tip #3– keep important documents like an insurance card, registration, etc. In your glove box that way it is readily available for when you need it most.

                    Tip #4– Keep a small grocery bag or trash bin in your vehicle

                    Tip #5– place air fresheners under seats.

    Do this: Weekly

    Keep Clothes to a Minimal

    There’s nothing worse than having half your wardrobe unworn. It takes up too much valuable space. Sort your clothes by making 3 separate piles. Pile 1- clothes you’re keeping. Get rid of the things you haven’t worn in at least 6 months or more. Pile 2- clothes that you are donating/giving away. Pile 3 is for the clothes that are just too gross to give to anyone.

    Keep A Planner

    Planners are a  GREAT way for busy moms like you to stay organized. I literally keep all of my thoughts, important dates + times, food intake, water intake, etc in mine. It’s been a total lifesaver for me because I am ALWAYS mixing updates if I don’t have them written down in my planner. #mombrain

    Planners are great because they come in different sizes and can pretty much fit anywhere on the go. I have a few different ones that I keep for my blogging business, my finances, and my personal/mom life.

    CLICK HERE TO GRAB MY FAVORITE PRINTABLE/FILLABLE PLANNER

    Personally, I’m old school when I need to keep things organized between motherhood, business owner, blogger, and school, I like to physically see it. But for those of you who prefer to keep everything on your phone, there are apps on the Play and App store designed to fit your organized needs. Some are free, and some are not, but both are helpful.

    Get Ready the Night Before

    What I mean by this is, get ready for school/work the night before. I can’t tell you how many stressful and chaotic mornings I’ve had with my kids because I didn’t do this. The disorganization led to many irritable mornings with meltdowns to follow.

    So, to avoid those crazy mornings like I was having, set out clothes the night before. Make lunches and do the dishes. Going to bed with an empty sink has proven results that lower night time anxiety. Come morning time you’ll have a little extra time in the morning to calmly collect your thoughts and get those extra snuggles in with your babies.

    Mamas, I truly hope these little tips help you feel accomplished even if nothing got done that day. I hope these help you feel empowered, and most importantly, I hope they help keep you sane + lower stress.

                                                   

                              

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  • 6 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress & Anxiety

    …..because we all know it’s a b!tch.

    Please note: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and purchase something via that link, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

    We all have experienced the daunting feeling of anxiety in one form or another; whether it be those hectic mornings where you’ve overslept, one kid doesn’t want to go to school while the other child has changed her clothes 4x before getting out the door, or those heavy traffic commutes and youre nervous about getting to work, meeting, appointment on time. The pit in the bottom of your stomach; that feeling of being suffocated; we’ve all felt it. And if you haven’t, good for you, Superman!

    Below is a list of my personal strategies known AND proven to help reduce anxiety and its symptoms

    Make a Mental To Do List

    Feeling overwhelmed with the lengthy to do list your about to be faced with? Make a mental note in order of the things you need to complete. Doing this helps your brain slow down and organize what needs to be done for the day. Write. Things. Down. If you feel you won’t remember. I always love crossing off each task as I complete them. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment 

     

     

    Dress to Impress

    First impressions are a major thing amongst the human population. Dont get me wrong, I am ALL FOR comfy clothes, but don’t show up to a class presentation or meeting in lounge clothes when you should be polished and put together. Arriving to an intimidating environment with a face full of make up and dressed to take on the day shows you are confident and self-aware.  From personal experience, I can say that when it comes to exams, when I do my makeup and feel good about my outfit I do better because I feel confident in myself and I know I will do well. I like to feel professional with most aspects. It’s important to feel empowered and motivated.

    Go for a walk

    Obviously, this option isn’t always available. If you are able to escape for 30 minutes for a stroll, do it. If not, at least try to sit outside for 10 minutes to get some fresh air and a change of scenery. This will allow for fresh ideas to arise and to collect our thoughts. It’s also a great way to increase serotonin levels.

    Turn Distractions off

    TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA! I can’t stress this enough. Too often we are needing to feel validated with Facebook status likes and how many Instagram likes you can get on your latest post. Each new like becomes a rush; an addiction. Instead of being grateful for what you have, youre comparing your life with that Instagram model. The grass LOOKS greener on her side, but it’s not. That oh so perfect family you see- not perfect. I can guarantee you their kids are little assholes, just like yours can be (we love them anyway). Put the phone down when your daughter wants to tell you about her day. Spend more time connecting with your family. n

    Do Ya Face

    Morning and night, wash ya face! Whether you wear a full face of makeup or mascara is enough, it’s important to start with proper skincare. Start each new day with a clean, blank canvas.

    Medicate

    Lastly- ask for help. It’s okay to see a shrink and it’s okay to be on medication. Do not ever let anyone tell you otherwise. No one is created equal and what works for Sarah may not work for Bob. Talk with your doctor and see what works for you!

     

    I hope these tips help you feel more relaxed

     



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