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    5 Ways To Rock The Mompreneur Life Right Now

    Being a mompreneur is one of the hardest yet most fulfilling jobs to have.  It’s not perfect and it has its ups and downs. Working from home allows us to be closer to our loved ones and available in times of need like when one of our kids is sick or to chaperone a field trip.  But it can also be stressful and overwhelming at times. Learning to balance work and life is challenging. After working from home for the past eight months, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two and I’d like to share them so that you too can make your way off the mompreneur struggle buss.

    Being a mom is an amazing job. Adding a business to that job along with the title of mompreneur doubles that amazingness--and overwhelm! Here are 5 tips on how you can succeed in this role.

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    1. Plan your life away

    We’ve all heard the common saying “fail to plan, plan to fail.”  It might sound cliche, but it is a golden rule when it comes to being organized and staying on task as both a mom and business owner.  Between household chores, work, errands, and school activities, the life of a mompreneur can be both tiresome and overwhelming.  Planning out your day, week, and the month ahead can save you from so much headache.

    Break down your day into blocks of time for different tasks to complete.  It can also be easier to choose certain days of the week to focus on one specific task.  For example, Monday can be your day to strictly focus on editing blog content and Tuesday can be your day to clean out your emails and respond to those emails that ended up in the weeds.  Doing it this way will help you to focus on one task at a time rather than being overwhelmed by the struggle of taking it all on at once.

    2. Don’t cry over spilled milk

    Although you may plan out your entire day consistently, there may be times when you just don’t get things done and that’s okay.  Don’t beat yourself up if that planned meal turns out to be pizza because you forgot to thaw out the chicken.  Maybe you didn’t have the time to fold clothes or meet the deadline for that blog post.  Whatever the case, you did what you could and that’s what matters most.  Tomorrow is always another day.  We’re not perfect people and we have to be okay with that.  Twenty four hours can pass by pretty fast and there may seem like there are more things to do than the actual time to complete them.  Don’t stress over things that will ultimately be there for you when you get back to them.

    Being a mom is an amazing job. Adding a business to that job along with the title of mompreneur doubles that amazingness--and overwhelm! Here are 5 tips on how you can succeed in this role.

    3. Sleep on it

    “Team No Sleep” is not a team I’d want to be a part of, amiright?  I tried it out and honestly, I was no good to anyone.  My kids were late to school every day and I couldn’t stay awake long enough to tackle my goals for the day.  Besides, bags under my eyes just don’t look appealing.  So, let’s just throw away the whole team no sleep concept.  In order to function properly as not only a business owner, but a mom, and wife, we have to ensure that were taking care of ourselves.  A huge part of self-care and actually getting those zzz’s in.  Make sure you get to bed early so you can start your day off bright and early.  You’d be amazed at the amount of tasks you can accomplish just by waking up an hour or two earlier than you normally would.

    4. Involve your children

    Try to find small tasks for your children to do so that they feel involved rather than feeling in the way.  Explain to them what it is you’re doing and why along with how it benefits them.  I my children know that their opinions are needed and valid rather than leaving them left out when it comes to my business ventures. My oldest helps me create shipping labels and prepare packages to go out.  The kids even come with me when I travel to events and the cute faces are always a plus when gaining sales or engaging with potential customers.  I also let my children know why we have a business and that they are a very important part of it. My daughters are always providing suggestions for our business being that one of my businesses is for children.

    5. Set office hours

    You may not physically have an office and that’s totally okay.  If you’re anything like me, your office can easily go from being your bed, to the kitchen table or even a local coffee shop.  Wherever you decide to get work done, be sure to create hours for yourself to break free from the keyboard and live life.  It can become very easy to allow yourself to get lost in a rabbit hole in the World Wide Web.  It can also be easy for others to take advantage of your time.  You need to be able to establish boundaries between yourself and your clients or potential clients.

    Choose certain days of the week when you consider yourself “closed” to be able to spend time with family without checking emails or responding to DMs.  Ensure that there is a specific hour of the day that you cut off work so you’re not still communicating with clients in the middle of the night.  No one will respect your time if you don’t.  You can easily become burned out and overwhelmed if you’re constantly working around the clock. It can be detrimental to not only yourself, but you family as well.

    It’s not perfect, but it’s worth it!

    Working from home has been a great part of the bonding experience with my children and I’m grateful for the time that we have together, even if it is while sitting behind computer screen.  I’ve learned to create a flexible schedule for myself when enjoying the freedom of being my own boss.  Is it easy being a mompreneur?  Nope!  Not at all, but there’s no other way I’d rather make a living.

    Do you work for yourself? What tips and tricks can you share for mastering the mompreneur life?

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    Being a mom is an amazing job. Adding a business to that job along with the title of mompreneur doubles that amazingness--and overwhelm! Here are 5 tips on how you can succeed in this role.

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    5 Ways to Avoid Tick Bites

    5 Ways to Avoid Tick Bites Plus an Essential Oils Tick Repellent Spray Recipe
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    I am going to be honest with you. This girl was never really afraid of bugs when I was younger. I didn’t even know what a tick was to even be worried. But now, ticks are constantly in the news and on my social media feeds. Parents posting, “is this a bull’s-eye rash from a tick bite?” or “Do these symptoms sounds like Lyme Disease?” and so on. I didn’t even know how many different species of ticks there actually are. The best way to not get bit by a tick is to take precaution before heading outside. Check out these 5 ways to avoid tick bites.

    1. Know Where Ticks Live

    Earlier this week there was a Facebook post from my local TV station about a shrub that ticks love to live in, the Japanese Barberry. According to the article, the shrub acts as a nursery for deer ticks, which can carry Lyme Disease. Pennsylvania is home to one-third of all Lyme Disease cases in the United States, and studies have shown that not only are more deer ticks found in Barberry patches, those ticks are more apt to carry Lyme.

    According to Terminix, ticks love moist and humid environments, but they can adapt to any number of different areas. I feel like no matter where you live, you could find a tick. Check out these maps from the CDC and find out what kind of tick is prevalent in your area.

    2. Always Use a Tick Prevention Spray

    There isn’t a fool-proof prevention spray that 100% deters ticks, so I always like to go with the all-natural route first. I make a homemade tick prevention spray using my Young Living oils. I use lemongrass and eucalyptus oils mixed with a small amount of water in a metal spray bottle. This mix gets sprayed on my family before we head outdoors. I spray from feet to head because I feel like ticks are more likely to get on your feet, but truly they can jump on anywhere.

    5 Ways to Avoid Tick Bites and an Essential Oil Tick Repellent Spray Recipe

    You can also check out other bug sprays at your local stores for body and clothing. Please be aware of the amount of DEET and Permethrin used. There should be at least 20-30% DEET to be effective, but DEET makes me nervous with the kids, so I use cautiously. As for Permethrin, there needs to be 0.5% to be effective for tick prevention. Products with Permethrin in them are NOT safe for the body, only clothing.

    3. Play in Sunny Areas

    Ticks are less likely to be in dry, sunny areas. When you are planning to build or set up a playground in your yard, choose a sunny area that dries out easily. Same with any outdoor furniture. Stay away from thick, wooded areas. If you do have to venture into the woods, wear proper clothing, prevention sprays and try to stay on a cleared path.

    4. Wear Proper Clothing

    I know. I know. If it is hot out, the last thing I want to think about wearing are pants and long sleeves. But if I am going to be around high grass, a wooded area, or actually in the woods, then it is best that I wear long sleeves, pants and a hat to prevent ticks from getting on exposed skin. If you have long hair, braid it or make sure to pull it in a ponytail. You don’t want a tick hitching a ride on your hair.

    5 Ways to Avoid Tick Bites Plus an Essential Oils Tick Repellent Spray Recipe

    5. Shower After You are Finished Outside

    Make sure you check over your whole body while showering to ensure ticks are not present. Be sure to check warm spots on your body like behind your ears, under your armpits and between your fingers and toes. Ticks are tiny and can look like a freckle if you are not careful.

    Have you ever had a tick bite? If so, where do you live? What was your outcome? Check out this other post about eco-friendly pesticides for more bug information!

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    Math Mammoth: A Self-Teaching Homeschool Math Curriculum

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!
    I received compensation to share my thoughts and opinions on Math Mammoth.

    I wouldn’t say that I’m not math savvy but I also wouldn’t say it’s my favorite subject to teach. When teaching math, you need to be able to explain concepts and give direction in a way that’s easily digestible. This is NOT my strong suit!!! This is also the reason I’ve fallen in love with the Math Mammoth Curriculum!!!

    The Difference With Math Mammoth

    I’m pretty new to using curriculums but Math Mammoth makes it pretty easy for this mama. It has a complete curriculum for grades 1-7 and I love this. Since I’m homeschooling THREE, this is something that will grow with us. We typically do a combination of workbooks, worksheets, and computer based learning. Math Mammoth combines these easily.

    Computer Based Learning

    Math Mammoth comes with a computer-based program that has a couple of different functions and options to help kids achieve math mastery.

    Math Master

    With this part of the program you can choose what concept the child is working on and then you can further specify what you want them to work on. We’re working on Multiplication now. Because this is a concept we’re just starting we’re starting with (1-6). I also love how you can go through the lessons with the timer on or off.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius! I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Math User

    This one is for older students. I love this because it really challenges Mini to take her time to read and understand what questions are being asked. There are 3 different levels to choose from which is helpful when teaching more than one level student as well as making sure you’re consistently presenting a challenge.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Worksheets

    Math Mammoth isn’t only computer based learning–there are worksheets as well. Some don’t like worksheets (I hate using all the paper) but there’s a real benefit to having them.

    Math Maker

    This is the section that is used to print out math activities. You can print out the answer keys as well but that’s optional.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Not sure how to make sure they’re covering all that they’re supposed to be? 

    Math Mammoth has an answer for that too!!!

    This was one of the biggest selling points for me. It took the amount of thinking I needed to do in order to make sure that I covered everything for her year. They have the Common Core Alignment broken down by grade along with everything you need.

    I love math but it's not my strongest subject to teach which is why I LOVE Math Mammoth! Not only is it super affordable, but it teaches your kids without you having to be a mathematical genius!

    Mind. Blown. 

    So clearly I’m a fan of Math Mammoth but the most important thing is that so is Mini. She loves math and loves that she gets to both learn and practice in multiple ways. If you’re interested in seeing if Math Mammoth is for you, check out their free resources and placement tests

    What are the deets for purchase, right? Math Mammoth offers multiple bundles depending on where your specific students are. I love how affordable the curriculum is given how expensive some of these curriculums are–grades 1-7 for under $150. Yesssss!!!!

    Math Mammoth is giving away FIFTY of their Light Blue Series!!!! Enter below:

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    How To Build A Baby Boy’s Wardrobe



    This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

    After having two little girls, I was really looking forward to building my baby boy’s wardrobe. People think that little girls have all the fun when it comes to fashion but I’m learning that there are so many cute things for little boys too but most of these are just seen as your basics. Here’s the thing: these basics are the building blocks to any babies wardrobes and are definitely must-haves.

    So how do you get started with building your baby boy’s wardrobe? Here are some tips that I’ve found useful:

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Choose a color scheme.

    This is a tip that I picked up from my friend Katie from Typical Katie. We have sons that are a month apart. She has an older son as well that dresses super cute so she’s got this dressing boy thing down. Something that I didn’t anticipate was liking to put BC in shades of gray, black and navy blues. Not only does this make it easier to match with other things, it also helps with stains.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Don’t be afraid of patterns.

    And not the typical boy patterns like cars, trucks and things. Stripes are really popular now and these are a great neutral to have in your baby’s wardrobe. Because they’re so small, going with smaller stripes don’t overpower the clothing. Also, try a pattern in muted colors.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Pick accessories that are as functional as they are cute.

    Teething is a necessary evil that brings forth incessant drooling. It’s terrible. I mean, drool is just EVERYWHERE. While bibs do the job of keeping drool off of clothing, they aren’t normally the most fashion forward–until now. Bibs are definitely a necessary accessory and are getting more and more cute!

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Finding basics that fall in line with these three tips used to be hard and only available at baby boutiques costing small fortunes but not anymore.

    Introducing Carter’s Little Baby Basics

    All of my kids have worn Carter’s as babies. I’ve always loved their clothes for a couple reasons:

    1. Their clothes are always age appropriate and on-trend.
    2. The durability is unmatched.
    3. The quality of fabric is incredible.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    When I walked into Carter’s for the first time after having BC to shop, it was a little weird because it was my first time shopping on the boys side. By weird I mean exciting.After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    The Little Baby Basics has everything that you need to build a solid baby boy’s wardrobe. They have:

    • The Original Bodysuit in different color sets
    • Easy Outfit Sets
    • Sleep & Plays
    • Little Character Sets
    • Little Extras
    • Gift Sets

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    While all of Carter’s clothes are really soft and comfortable feeling, this Little Baby Basics line feels EXTRA soft and snuggly! The teething bib is so soft that it’s not a bother around BC’s neck at all. That and it’s super cute. My husband’s favorites are the sleeveless Original Bodysuits. These are so cute on BC. They show off his mini muscles and make it so he won’t overheat in this hot Georgia summer as well as serve as great undershirts for the fall and winter.

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here. After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

    Not only does Carter’s have cute clothes of amazing quality but they have coupons!!! Carter’s is offering 20% off $40+ through June 30 with
    this code! Online: CART4342 in store: 066944.

    Your turn: What’s basics are a must have for your baby’s wardrobes?

    After having two little girls who love all things pink and purple, I was excited to finally build my baby boy's wardrobe! But even that can be daunting! Thanks to Carter's and their new Little Baby Basics Collection, it's been easy breezy. Check out my tips here.

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    Saving For Summer Camp — A How To Guide

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

    Last week Christine talked about the summer camp mom guilt she felt when looking at the prices for the programs her daughter wanted to attend. While my little isn’t quite there yet, I’m already mentally preparing and saving for summer camp. Friends and family have already shared some of the costs for kids activities so I know I’m going to have a good sized cushion!

    While the price tag may seem daunting, there is hope to making saving for summer camp both a feasible and family affair. Again make this process a FAMILY AFFAIR. It’s never too early to not only teach your children about money, but the importance of savings. Delayed gratification and patience are essential to learn in our world that wants everything instantly. Here are a few tips to teach your children while enrolling them in the summer camps that their little hearts’ desire:

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

    IDENTIFY THE TOP 3 CAMPS

    Look at the summer camp catalog from local recreation departments, schools, and churches. Talk to your children about the cost of each. For older children, have a cap on the amount to be spent so they can understand how to make decisions with limited resources. You won’t feel like the bad parent for saying “we can’t afford this”. Pose questions like “Will space camp and basketball camp both fit in your budget?”

    FIGURE OUT THE SAVINGS PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

    Pinterest has tons of creative money saving challenges. These I highly encourage because they do not require huge shifts in your budget immediately:

    • Envelope Challenge: Number the envelops from 1-25. The number on the outside of the envelop is what should be deposited. 25 envelops = $325; 50 envelops = $1275
    • Penny Challenge: Day 1 deposit $0.01, Day 2 deposit $0.02, Day 365 deposit $3.65. After making 365 deposits, total savings $668
    • 30 Day Challenge: If you are on a time crunch and want to save quickly, Day 1 save $1, Day 2 save $2, Day 30 save $30. Total Savings $465

    Keep in mind, the right savings plan for your family can be a hybrid of any of the above, or make adjustments to meet the goal amount for summer camp.

    LASTLY, MAKE SAVING FUN!

    Draw a thermometer, create a shadow box, make deposits at your family meetings. You want to keep everyone encouraged and excited about what you’re working towards. Having a physical representation showing where they are in saving for summer camp can help a lot!

    Do you have family meetings about the money impact of your children’s desires? What money saving strategy do you think your kids will engage the most with?

     

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

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    10 Must-Read Books For Black Girls

    If you didn’t already know, black girls are lit. We are creative, intelligent, magical, and just darn right fabulous from our head to our toes!  From our kinky, coily textured hair to the array of chocolate skin tones kissed by only the sun’s rays, black girls are everything to be desired. The crazy thing is, not every black girl knows this about themselves.  What they see in the mirror may be contrary to popular belief.  Our daughters, granddaughters, sisters, and nieces can sometimes struggle with challenges of self-identity. Self-esteem and knowing their self-worth in a world that was just not made for their benefit is truly difficult.

     

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

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    Building Up Black Girls Matters

    To empower someone starts from within.  Building up the self-esteem of young black girls happens when we mirror what they already have inside of them.  There is so much material being created for our chocolate youth that is hidden in plain site that features them in ways that are courageous, intelligent, and capable of all things.  Having two daughters of my own now, I make sure to let them know every chance I get just how amazing they truly are.  One of the many ways I do so is by reading books with them that they can relate to on a societal and cultural level.

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

    Representation Matters

    I don’t recall being presented with reading material that defined characters that represented who I was or what I looked like in order to be comfortable in my own skin.  Growing up, I wasn’t around other children that looked like me or shared the same background.  I felt ashamed of the texture of my hair and even the curvy shape that my hips and thighs gave me and I desired to be something I could never be.

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

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    Flipping the pages of books that described a brown skinned girl that had thick lips and a wide nose like mine would have made me feel like I was not so alone.  I would have been able to recognize that my beauty came from the unique features I possessed both inside and out.  I could see myself wandering the pages of imaginary adventures of girls like me that were princesses, scientists, presidents, or just another neighborhood girl loving who she was just the way she was.

    Being a little black girl in the world today is pretty hard. Make it a little bit easier by giving them one of these 10 books to read that celebrates little black girls today.

    10 Must-Read Books For Black Girls

    I Love My Hair

    I Am a Pretty Little Black Girl

    Ada Twist Scientist

    Olivia and the Land of Extra Ordinary

    I Like Myself

    Happy to be Nappy

    When God Made You

    Penny and the Magic Puffballs

    Willemina Rule!: Rule #6: How to Face Up to the Class Bully

    No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

    Please Baby Please

     

    What are some of your favorite books that highlight black girls?

     

     

     

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    The Atlanta Kids Obstacle Challenge

    I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    After I had Mini, I became a runner. Like most new moms, I wanted to lose weight but I set the goal of running with the intention of weight loss being a by product. One of my favorite things to do was obstacle course races. In fact, I tried to ask my now husband out on a date to do one–he declined though now he’s completed 3 with me. I was so excited to see that the Kids Obstacle Challenge was coming to town so Mini could finally participate!

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    See, Mini would come with me to all my races and sit on the sidelines with whomever I could get to watch her. I remember her telling me that she wanted to do one and I couldn’t wait for the day that she was old enough to register her. And now she is. I kept it a secret from her until the day before because i knew she would drive me crazy with her anticipation to run.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    Kids Obstacle Challenge

    We opted to do the non-competitive race only because we had ballet early the morning of the race. I had another surprise for Mini–her bestie, play sister and my bonus baby was going to be doing it with her! My best friend and I got the dads to do the race with them so we got to sit on the sidelines this time cheering.

    The Race

    I got the download of the race from Mini once she caught her breath from running. It was a total of 2 miles and the obstacles started out with the ball pit. She said it was pretty challenging to make it through the pit but they did it. There was lots of climbing but the most important thing was that she didn’t fall. It took them about 40 minutes to complete the race and they loved every bit of it–especially the mud pit that was waiting for them at the end.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    There was a really challenging hill at the end and they conquered that easily! Now I will say that Mini’s uncle David is in the Army and I could see how his coaching made the course doable for them. Either way, I was grateful that it wasn’t me getting muddy–this time.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    This was a lot of fun for the kids. It wore them out physically and made lots of memories for them. The sponsors were pretty great too. We got to try these new Lara bars that were pretty tasty. They weren’t dry or chalky like many protein bars. And Natalie’s Juice was there. When I tell you that their lemonade is exactly what you need on hot Atlanta days, i mean it! The biggest sponsor was Razor–my kids LOVE their scooters and I love how many options they have that are inclusive of their age range.
    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    Overall, this was a great day. I can’t wait for them to come back to Atlanta so I can do the run with them next time!

    Are you ready to have a family adventure with the Kids Obstacle Challenge?
    Check out their next stops here and get registered!

     

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    I Have Summer Camp Mom Guilt

    Do you have summer camp mom guilt? It is hard to send your kids out on their own, but it is so worth it.

    Thousands of kids are already anticipating what summer will bring for them. And many of these kids are hoping they will be heading off to a summer camp with their friends. Whether it is a day camp or sleepover camp, summer camps are awesome for kids (and parents!) But if you are anything like me, you might have some summer camp mom guilt.

    Why Summer Camp Mom Guilt?

    I am a work from home mom. That means even though my oldest is in school all day, my youngest is still home with me while I am working. So even though I am at home with him all day, I am also working most of the day. Juggling his demands with work demands becomes, well, demanding!

    When school lets out, I’ll be adding my soon-to-be first grader into the mix. Luckily, she is entertainment to my youngest, but you know the fights will ensue. She will want my attention too. So I feel guilty for not always being able to give both of them 100% of my attention all of the time. And then the major guilt kicks in because I feel like I am shipping them off to summer camp to get out them of my hair.

    It boils down to me having FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. I don’t want to miss out on these memories and nice summer days with my kids, but I have to let go! We all experience it, I am sure.

    Summer Camp Schedules Are Hard

    Parents who work outside of the home might have a harder time with scheduling summer day camps and may feel some guilt about that. Since I can just stop working to do drop-off or pick-up, it is easy for me to work around my schedule for summer camps. But then I feel guilty because I can do this and others can’t. I can see this working out a couple of different ways:

    • Parents find a work around and are able to do drop-off/pick-ups for camps
    • Can work out a summer camp schedule with whoever would be watching their kids during the day
    • Find a sleepover camp so they don’t have to worry about it at all
    • And there is always the possibility that they have to tell their kids that they can’t do a summer camp just because of scheduling/babysitting conflicts. Uhg.

    And again, I feel guilty because my kids CAN do summer camps and maybe their friend is missing out on the fun. So I try to offer up my carpooling abilities but I can only do so much.

    Do you have summer camp mom guilt? It is hard to send your kids out on their own, but it is so worth it.

    Summer Camp Isn’t Cheap

    My oldest is excited to go to summer day camp and see her friends, especially the ones that she doesn’t go to school with. It doesn’t bother her like it does me that she won’t be home all day. But we had to put a restriction on how many summer camp activities she could sign up for because they aren’t cheap! Our local gym has different summer camps each week and of course she wants to do all of them. She also wants to do soccer camp. Talk about a boat load of money for all of those camps. So we had to tell her she could choose one summer camp at the gym and she could also do soccer camp.

    “But so-and-so is doing ABC camp, and so-and-so is doing XYZ camp. I can’t choose what camp to do.”

    It is hard trying to figure out which camp will be best because of cost restrictions.

    Summer Camp is Well Worth It All

    Even though I may miss my kids during the day, I know that they are having a ton of fun without me. Plus I can keep them on a schedule and not let them sleep in until 10:00 AM every day (because I am sure my daughter would).

    My guilt most certainly will kick in because I am not there to experience all the summer things they are doing. But sending them to a summer camp is a learning experience for me too. I don’t have to always be there for everything they do. And it is good for them to grow and experience life without their mom around! Summer camps are about:

    • Gaining independence
    • Learning new things outside of the regular classroom setting
    • Enjoying your summer with friends – not your mom.

    And summer camps are straight up FUN! Camp is something that kids want to go to and there isn’t a daily fight about attending. I can already feel the anxiety leaving my body because I know they are excited to go. It would be much harder if it was the other way around.

    I highly suggest that you find a summer camp for your children to be involved with. Don’t feel guilty about it. The memories that are made at these camps will be thought of for a lifetime. And I know this from experience. I am still friends with people I met at summer camp. Plus, I don’t remember missing my mom at all. That makes me sad since I am a mom now, but it helps too. I know that my kids will come home and be happy to spend the rest of the summer with me regardless. They will also be happy that they are getting to experience something else at summer camp.

    What are your summer plans? Do your kids attend any kind of summer camp? Do you ever feel guilty about sending them to a camp without you being around?

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    #NationalSmallBusinessWeek: Say Yes To You

    Everyone knows someone is real estate. There’s a very low barrier to entry and when done correctly, it’s such a profitable business. In Georgia, you take a 75 hour course either in person or online; take a test; find a broker. I completed the entire process in six weeks and paid less than $1,000. Competing with thousands of other agents who were much more experienced than I was intimidating but back in 2013, I was single and without a child so taking a chance on myself was a no brainer. Two months after decided to go full time as an agent, I found out I was expecting and the inconsistency I was working my business was not an asset to my young family so I put my dream career on hold.

    Saying Yes in Business is Uncomfortable

    Fast forward four years, I received a call from a potential client looking to buy a home within a month. He asked if I could represent him and I said yes without hesitation even though I was not as prepared to take on the work as I appeared to be. At the time, my bank account said he was a God-sent…it was also saying you do NOT have the funds to reactivate your license and pay brokerage fees.

    Yeah! with Confetti

    As small business owners, this is the daily management see-saw we ride. We are constantly determined the best use for limited resources. As a mompreneur, there’s an additional Maslow’s Hierarchy effect. Family always comes first because they are at the base; the basic needs that need to be met. Launching or expanding the business may be viewed as a “self-fulfillment need” or an afterthought. What do you think would happen if you said yes to you this one time before saying yes to your family?

    Saying Yes Is Rewarding

    For me, saying yes to my client and my business equated to a $4,000 commission check. I could have held on to that $200 I used to reactive my license and spent it on about ten different things for my daughter but look at the greater opportunity I would have missed. Sure my story had a happy ending but doing this transaction also provided valuable lessons to represent future clients. We were all placed on this earth with dreams, talents and ambitions. It’s Small Business Week and a time to celebrate who you are and all that you could be in your business. I challenge you to say yes to one thing this week you have be deferring. Invest in you, invest in your business. I truly believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

    Are you a Small Business owner? What are you “Saying Yes” to?

    Say Yes To You

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    You Know What You Need? To #TreatYoSelf This Mother’s Day

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    Every Mother’s Day arrives and most of us are all like “I don’t want anything“. And you know what? We do want things. We want our kids to behave. We want to feel appreciated. We want to be nurtured with spa days that we didn’t have to ask for because our loved ones feel like we’re doing THAT great of a job that they surprise us with them. But you know what happens most Mother’s Days? We get handmade cards (which I personally love), kids that give zero effs about us wanting to feel appreciated, and spouses that are consistently questioning what to get us–if we have them.

    Well, enough is enough. I’m declaring this Mother’s Day the National #TreatYoSelf Day for moms. So ladies, figure out what you want for yourselves this Mother’s Day and let’s make it happen FOR US!

    Stop Talking About Self Care And Be About It

    Seriously.

    I feel like we’ve all been on this huge self-care movement but we aren’t really doing it. And by we, I also mean me. I have post after post after post (yes, all of these are clickable so go ahead and get click happy) on self-care and do you know I’m terrible at even just giving myself a little bit of grace in life? Wait. Let me amend that statement. I WAS terrible but listen, I’m subscribing to this whole #treatyoself movement hardcore.

    You know why?

    Because I deserve it. And so do you.

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    What Does This #TreatYoSelf Even Look Like?

    Excellent question.

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    This is the Classic Spa Gift Basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com. They have great stuff. Check them out.

    For some it’s taking long vacations by yourself while exploring places you’ve never been. For others, it’s sleeping in or doing their own nails. The important thing with #TreatYoSelf is doing something that makes YOU feel loved and nurtured. Forget what works for everyone else–do you boo boo, do you.

    This Mother's Day, #TreatYoSelf. Really. Take care of you. Do the things you want to do. Lay in the sun all day sipping these CrunchyMomMosa's. Relax. Unwind. Appreciate you and the work that you do for your family. No one is going to love you like you!Click To Tweet

    I asked the new contributors to TCM (aren’t they pretty awesome?) what this looked like to them and these were there responses:

    For me, self care is getting to spend time away from my kids. My husband owns a business so he works every day except Sunday and looooong hours. So I really need that alone time. Going to the gym for an hour every day and a hot bath are my two favorite options.

    Christine

    To me, self care as a mom is making sure that I separate myself from the kids and enjoy time alone to recharge and do what I love. Often times, we find ourselves so attached to our children that we forget who are individually. We’ve got to make sure we recharge every now and then so we have the energy to keep up with our little ones. Moms are the glue that keep our small worlds spinning. Without us, there would be chaos.

    Erin

    Mom friends. Mother's Day is around the corner. Don't beg and wish upon a star to get what you REALLY want this year. Nope. #TreatYoSelf and love up on you this day!

    This Mother’s Day, #TreatYoSelf. Really. Take care of you. Do the things you want to do. Lay in the sun all day sipping these CrunchyMomMosa’s. Relax. Unwind. Appreciate you and the work that you do for your family. No one is going to love you like you!

    Ready for a new twist on the Mimosa? Grab a bottle of Mionetto Rose, some Kombucha, Coconut Water and meet me in the kitchen.

    The CrunchyMomMosa

    Ready for a unique twist on a traditional breakfast drink? I know you are!

    Course Drinks
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 4 people

    Ingredients

    • 1 bottle Rose I used (and highly recommend) Mionetto
    • 1 bottle Kombucha
    • 8 oz Coconut Water
    • 1 handful Frozen Cherries

    Instructions

    1. Pop the bottle for the Rose. 

    2. Add cherries. 

    3. Add 2 oz of Kombucha. 

    4. Add 2 oz of Coconut Water. 

    5. Pour desired amount into glass.

    6. Sit back and enjoy.

    Spill it: How do you plan to #TreatYoSelf this Mother’s Day?

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