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  • The Ultimate Top 20 Affordable Gift Guide for Moms This Holiday Season

    The Ultimate Top 20 Affordable Gift Guide for Moms This Holiday Season

    Top 20 Must-Have Gifts for Moms This Holiday Season

    Must-Have Gifts for Moms This Holiday Season

    It’s beginning to look a lot like SHOPPPPPPPING!

    How is it possible that Christmas is NEXT MONTH?! I’m not kidding when I say this year has gone by incredibly fast! Do you KNOW what that means?! It’s time to start your annual Christmas/Holiday shopping! Does the thought of Black Friday Shopping have you in puddles? Not sure what to spoil your mom with? No stress, my Top 20 Must-Have Gifts for Moms This Holiday Season will totally calm those nerves.

    Whether you are in full holiday shopping mode or just taking a glimpse of alllll the sales starting, I wanted to start a live gift guidepost to make things easier + less stressful for you!

    It is safe to say that many of us will rely on online shopping more than ever this year! Which means SALES!

    In this Holiday Gift Guide, you will find my best selection of things for her. These trending Amazon finds are the perfect gifts for moms They aren’t too sentimental, but also VERY useful. All have pretty awesome reviews too!

    Holiday gift guide

    If you happen to need some last-minute gifts, Amazon Prime is the way to go! There are tons of highly-rated products out there that EVERYONE will love. The prices are always incredible and you cannot beat the free returns.

    Disclosure: Affiliate links may be used in this post, from which I may receive a commission that helps keep this site running, at no extra cost to you.

    SHOP THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE:

    1. Cozy Slippers 
    2. Jade Roller + Gua Sha
    3. Silk Pillow Cases
    4. Mario Badescu Hydrating Rose Water
    5. Himalayan Face Mask
    6. Blackhead Remover/ Pore Vacuum 
    7. TULA Brightening Eye Balm
    8. Rose Gold Makeup Travel Case 
    9. Watermelon Glow Sleep Mask
    10. Beats Wireless Headphones 
    11. Ultimate Nespresso Machine
    12. Wooden Lap Desk
    13. Cozy Hoodie
    14. CC Beanie
    15. Black Scented Soy Candle 
    16. Mulberry Satin Sleep Mask
    17. Rose Gold Smart Watch 
    18. Gold Stackable Necklace
    19. Cozy Heated Throw Blanket
    20. Gold Aviator Sunglasses






































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  • 10 Ways To Automate Your Business

    We All Know That We Need To Automate Our Businesses & Our Lives To Increase Productivity.

    Tools to automate your business and life

    As a busy work-at-home mom, you need to make sure you’re making all the other things in life as easy as possible so you can maximize your time being spent working on your business! There’s nothing more frustrating than stressing over grocery shopping or other errands.

    When you add up ALL the hours of household chores you’d be surprised what it adds up to. On top of that, the amount of mental load that it creates is mind-boggling, so why not lessen the load?

    What if you could streamline that part of your life, letting go of the mental load that’s bogging you down and gives yourself more time to spend on your business? I’m here to tell you ITS POSSIBLE!

    Here are my top 10 tips to put your business on autopilot and be more productive instead of just “busy”.

    **This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclaimer page.

    Join Amazon Family

    With a family of 4 + a busy lifestyle, it’s nice having hot household essentials at your fingertips. Think of it as a never-ending flow of toilet paper on your front porch every month.  Using a subscription service like Amazon Dash buttons or Amazon Family will save so much time because you can set it up for automatic delivery for the stuff you run out most.

    Hire A Virtual Assistant

    Virtual Assistants are AMAZING! Seriously. They take on the god-awful workload we don’t like to handle and get it done. V.A’s save us time + money for our business by doing small tasks so we can scale our business. When my blog + biz started to take off, it was really important for me to learn how to delegate certain tasks. Time is so important to me because you can never get that back. The more time I have the richer I feel because it allows me more time with my family…hence why I started my business.

    Set Up Automated Banking

    This is one of the easiest things you can do to automate your life. Your monthly banking is probably similar each month. If you automate it, you not only won’t miss any payments (great for increasing your credit score ;)) but you don’t have to go into the account to move money around. There are a few things that you automate including bill payments, moving money to savings, paying contractors, and allocating money elsewhere. The benefit of doing so is that you won’t have late fees + penalties and your credit score won’t be affected,

    Once everything is automated, you just have to go in and check periodically that the accounts have enough money and things are running smoothly.

    Get Your Groceries Delivered or To Go

    Going grocery shopping after a long day is so time-consuming, especially when you have kids in tow! Getting your groceries delivered or To Go not only frees up a chunk of time but will also save you money (hello no more impulse buys!) and you can create lists of your favorite things that you buy every week.

    Your local supermarket should have the service available but you could always opt for home delivery meals like Hello Fresh for example. The meal kits come with just enough ingredients for you to make for dinner without the leftover waste. I don’t know about you but my family has a difficult time eating leftovers.

    My personal favorite is utilizing our local grocery store’s “Hannaford To Go” system. I go to their website, browse their “isles”, select the food items I need, schedule time to pick them up (usually the next day). When I arrive for my scheduled time slot, I call and let them know I am there and they bring out my groceries and load them into my vehicle. The whole trip takes about 5 minutes from start to finish. Try it. You will thank me later.

    Hire a Professional Cleaner

    This is one of my favorite tips to automate your business AND your life. It’s been one of the best investments I’ve made. I used to think it was lazy to hire a cleaner, but the truth is with a busy lifestyle, 2 kids, and a man my home isn’t always kept up with like it should be. When it gets super messy I am faced with overwhelming and avoid it (not good). Let’s face it, there’s no way that I want to be spending time cleaning my home. Kids need something, the baby is crying, a client needs you, the list goes on. I know it’s good for my mental health to maintain a clean and tidy home, but that’s why I have someone else do it. Plus you’re supporting someone else’s small business. Win-win!

    Content Management- Batch, Create, + Download

    This will be the #1 time saver and I cannot stress this enough! It took me a couple of years to actually have this sink in for me. It felt good to do everything myself and create content when I could. Business stalled and I took a step back and analyzed what I was doing. I wasn’t producing ENOUGH content to build engagement + trust throughout my social media platforms.

    Now, I have a select day where I batch out my content for the entire month for my Instagram, Pinterest, + Twitter. To do this I block out a time frame (download my free productivity planner) to create the same type of thing multiple times. The same goes for photos for your blog, creating templates, graphics, and templates for Pinterest pins. Canva is a great place to start! I use the automation tool to automatically post my posts on the days and times that I schedule them. Hello, consistency. once you’ve batched out or downloaded a bunch of things to use for a while, you won’t have to reinvent your images or your graphics every time you want to post an article or share on Instagram! Plus, using the same resources will help your brand stay consistent. This tip has saved me HOURS of overwhelm, burnout, and exhaustion.

    Create A FAQ Page

    How often are you asked the same questions by commenters and readers? A lot. If you create a simple FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for your blog or biz to answer the most commonly asked questions. This will save you time in your email box too!

    Automate Your Freebies

    This sort of falls into the tip above. Create your freebies for each blog post or page. Freebies are a GREAT way to build your email list with subscribers. (Grab my free email marketing templates here). When someone visits your site and sees a lovely freebie or discount just for signing up, it entices them to shop from you. Who doesn’t love free items?!

    Be Organized

    Having a chaotic morning is NOT a great way to start your day. A great way to stay organized with all of your business needs- have everything ready the night before so you know where everything is and you’re not running around (time waste). Prep your meal the night before and have your bag packed. It’s also a great idea to keep your email folders neat and tidy. This makes running a business so much…easier? See my previous post on staying organized.

    Have A Routine

    When you have a daily routine everything seems to run smoothly. If you’re anything like me, I thrive off of my morning routine especially when I get to my office. Here is a quick rundown of my morning routine:

    1. Wake up at 6 am (sometimes much earlier.)
    2. Get kids + myself ready + out the door.
    3. Drop them off at school + head to my office.
    4. Listen to my motivational anthem to get me hyped for the day
    5. Get to my office. Settle in and have things on my desk readily accessible.
    6. Start my To-Do List + repeat my affirmations.
    7. Tackle the day.

    Let me tell you something, having a full to-do list and seeing every single task checked off at the end of the day is SO rewarding. It drives me to stay motivated for the next day and continue to crush my goals.

    I hope these time-saving tips help you grow your business! Leave a comment down below.

     

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  • 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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  • 11 Best Online Side Hustles of 2020

    11 Best Online Side-Hustles of 2020

    Make Money Without Leaving Home!

    March 17, 2020, by Brittany Hutchings

     

    Wondering what the best online side hustles of 2020 are? Are you curious about making money online without leaving home? Are you a stay-at-home mom, working mom, college student mom, on the lookout for legitimate work from home jobs? Do you wish to increase your income while enjoying family time or earn some money from a side hustle? Then look no further because you have come to the right spot.

    I know,  I know. You’re probably a little skeptical. I was, too, at first. As a broke, young struggling single mom of two I worked two jobs while going to college full time (back then, it was ALL online, so I could pull off doing all 3. No. Not recommended for everyone.) I often found myself scanning the web hours on end to find a way to make a little extra money. But then Pinterest pointed me in the right direction.

    Below, I have listed just a few legitimate work-from-home jobs with a pretty good pay scale and can provide you with the high income you’ve been searching for. To start earning money from your couch…or kitchen table. Wanna know the best part? These jobs require little to no experience. Anyone with a smartphone/laptop and a reliable internet connection can do it. It’s that easy.

    Eager to see what online jobs I have for you? Then please keep reading 😊

    Below, I’ve categorized these different freelance jobs under three main heads for easy convenience.

     

     

    Work from home online jobs

    TRANSCRIPTION SITES:

    Transcription jobs are easily one of my favorites because the job requirements are straightforward. In my opinion, it is like data entry. The best part of transcription jobs is perfect for newbies just starting or skilled transcriptionists. A transcriptionist’s job is to convert audio/video files into written format. For example, I have an audio file that needs to be transcribed. To do this, the audio/file would be talking while I would be writing EXACTLY what was said. When the job is finished, you submit it to the client. That’s it!

    Seriously, there are TONS and TONS of online work for transcriptionists. As the popularity of videos is exploding all over the internet, the need for transcriptionists is rapidly growing.


    1. TranscribeMe: TranscribeMe is a great site for beginners to start with, but the only downfall is that it requires a basic transcription test before starting working.
    2. Tigerfish: Tigerfish is one of the largest transcription sites that pay very well and enables freelancers to earn an income right from your comfy couch. It offers a wide variety of jobs from quick and simple to lengthy and time consuming (pay is typically better)
    3. SpeakWrite: If you want to make that extra cash on the side with little effort- then this site is for you! You can literally earn up to a solid 3K in ONE MONTH by working here. So if you have the skills- I highly encourage you to join.
    4. Scribie: Scribie is one of my personal favorites because not only does it provide ample opportunity for freelancers, it’s another website that provides you with ample income. All that is required is simple transcription tasks, and a clear understanding of the English language as an English test is required.
    5. Quickate: The cool thing about Quicktate is that they will literally pay you for every 4 words you successfully transcribe.  Another perk-weekly payment.

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    EDITING AND PROOF-READING JOBS:

    While editing requires you to study a document for sentence structure, clarity, and flow, proofreading includes reviewing the document as the final step before submitting it to the client. As a proofreader- it is important to read the document several times to ensure that it is free of spelling & grammatical errors. The incredible perk to this job- earn up to $4,000 a month.

    These top reliable sites for where you can apply for editing and proof-reading jobs to work from home include the following:

    1. Proofreadingcom: Yet another site where you can apply for editing /proofreading jobs. You can either choose to work full-time or part-time based on your choice. The site provides you with enough work to earn extra money depending on the number of hours you want to put in.
      1.  Domainite:  You will have to edit a sample piece, so you will receive a contract from the site if you do well. This site is great for beginners and to learn new opportunities.
      2. Kibin: Most popular sites where you can apply for editing/proofreading; If you have the skills and keen eye to make a piece of writing well to better, I encourage you to apply on this site and produce a decent amount of income for yourself.

     

    VIRTUAL ASSISTANT JOBS:

    Becoming a Virtual Assistant is one of the best when it comes to earning an income online. If you’ve always dreamt of working in an office, you’re unable to make your dreams come to reality by becoming a VA. As a VA, your earning potential can easily be as high as $25 per hr as a complete newbie with zero experience to $100 per hour as an experienced VA! How nuts is that?!

    If you’re eager to get started working from home and being your own boss, keep reading below for an organized list of the best Virtual Assistant Online jobs that pay the best!

    By now, most of us have heard of Pinterest. The wonderful thing about Pinterest is that there are over 70+ million active users. Think about how many small business owners are on Pinterest looking for that perfect online assistant to help keep them organized, pin pins, create new pins, and much, much more.

    One of the best perks of being a Pinterest VA is that you can set your own rates. One of my known clients charges anywhere from $75-100/hour depending on the task. Although for beginners just starting, it is typically around $15-20/hour (which isn’t bad at all!)

    Here are a few legit companies that are currently looking for Virtual Assistants:

    1. Time etc.:  This leading Virtual Assistant company pays to complete various tasks for clients. Pay is around $12-$18 per hour.
    2. Virtual Office VA – Virtual Office VA hires virtual assistants to work with top real estate businesses, agents, investors, and small businesses. This company hires virtual assistants to work with some of the top real estate earners, investors & agents; however, they also assist small businesses with tasks that do not require a license or someone to be there physically. Starting pay is $10to $15 an hour.
    3. Fancy Hands: This company pays anywhere between $2.50 to $7 per task and goes up from there.

    Now that you are aware and familiar with just SOME of the amazing work-from-home job opportunities hop on board and see which suits you best! And remember, practice makes perfect.

     

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