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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.

    Photo courtesy of nappy.co

    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.

    We Survived Kindergarten!!!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    I would be lying if I didn’t say that as I picked mini up from school on her last day of school I wasn’t a little teary-eyed. On May 26th, we celebrated a mighty successful year as a kindergartner.

    Mothering A Kindergartner

    Where are the books on this?

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    mini and her teacher

    I feel like every phase mini hits I’m so unprepared for! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking her in for her first day. She sat next to Seth and I was the creeper mom who watched from the hallway as they colored and made awkward conversation. And now she’s heading to first grade. As in grade 1. As in she’s officially in grade school.

    This year has been incredible. Not working in corporate America made it so I was present for class parties, school awards, art shows and more. It was lots of fun but there was so much I didn’t know to expect.

    Parent/Teacher Communication

    Mini’s teacher was pretty awesome. If there were ever any issues, I knew I would get an email and I welcomed that. But there were emails, newsletters, and other random communications sent home. In the beginning of the year I was on it. I kept all of these papers somewhere safe (where that is now, I have no idea). But towards the end? I was struggling man. My suggestion is to set up a station for all this. I ran to Target and grabbed some pretty folders in their $1 section to create a central location for all these papers. There were some that were just “FYI”, things that needed to be returned, and her artwork. Don’t get overwhelmed like I did–organize and then dominate!

    Parent/Teacher Meetings

    Mini’s teacher kept asking me if what she was saying sounded right as I sat there with a blank expression on my face while she reviewed everything. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to say since this was all pretty new to me and based upon everything the teacher was saying, mini was excelling in everything but her behavior. Pro Tip: Be prepared with a question or two about how to continue what they’re learning in school at home to support what the teacher is doing. This makes you look like you know what you’re doing with this parenting thing way better than the blank stare.

    Lunch

    I know, this seems obvious. Either have lunches prepared or buy lunch. What I didn’t anticipate was the effect of school lunches on mini’s body. After having her lunches prepared with love for the past 4-5 years, school lunch had a pretty bad effect on her stomach (I even had a dream I was talking to Michelle Obama about how terrible this was). She dealt with constipation as a result and that’s not fun AT ALL. Preparing lunches daily can seem a pretty daunting task but it’s worth it to know that what you’re putting in their bodies is truly fueling them for their days. Pro Tip: If you pre-package a weeks worth of healthy snacks it makes packing lunch way easier since you’re only worried about the main meal.

    Fighting/Bullying

    Yep. This is the age that you truly have to be aware of what’s going on. On mini’s second week of school there was an incident on the playground. Mini knows how to defend herself so I wasn’t too concerned but some kids just don’t know their boundaries. And now that they’re riding the school bus, they’re with older, meaner kids that will more than likely pick on them–as will their classmates. Pro Tip: Don’t fight their fights for them unless they really need it. Teach them how to handle it and make sure they know you have their back.

    We Made It Through Kindergarten!!!!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    Despite mommy’s lack of preparation and the much needed learning curve, we made it. And what better way to celebrate the last day then with a trip to Six Flags!!!! On mini’s last day of school, I picked her up early and we battled through Atlanta traffic to get to the place where a great time was guaranteed. I surprised her by meeting up with our best sisterfriends TiTi and Little A.
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    World’s First DC SUPER FRIENDS Family Area w/ 5 Attractions Opens at Six Flags

    And we were there to test drive the awesomeness of these rides. We are HUGE DC Comic fans so when I found out this was opening up, I knew that I had to take her. It’s located right next to Tiny Town and is perfect for kids that are big enough to want to have some fun at an amusement park but not tall enough for some of the bigger rides–so it was perfect for mini.
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    The Joker Funhouse Coaster

    This was the first ride we went on (the only one we adults did) and it was super fun! Even as an adult (who may or may not suffer from some mild fear of heights) my stomach did some flopping around. There were lots of screams and fun on this ride! This one was definitely a favorite.
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    WonderWoman Flight School

    The girls loved this one as well. They hopped into 2 person little jets that they had somewhat control over how they flew.
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    imageWe survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    SuperMan Tower of Power

    They did this one about 3-4 times because they loved it so much. I think that the drop in your stomach gets addictive!!!
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    The BatCopters

    This one was ok. I think that the girls were a little too big for this or maybe we should have started out with it. After the Tower of Power and the Joker Coaster this one didn’t have that exciting element for them.
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

    Harley Quinn Games

    Located right next to her boo the Joker, there’s a little game room for all the arcade lovers in us! We sought refuge from the hot sun here!
    We survived kindergarten! We were both nervous on the first day but mini truly rocked it out! And we celebrated her year in the best way possible!

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    I still can’t believe that I now have an official FIRST GRADER!!!! Time is flying by with these kids but I’m really happy that we were able to make her last day of kindergarten one to remember with the help of Six Flags Over Georgia.

    Guest Post: Time Saving Tips For Natural Cleaning

    Please welcome Ms. Edna Thomson to The Crunchy Mommy as today’s guest poster.

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    Having a sparkling clean and shiny house is essential for creating a comfortable home environment. Nowadays you can choose among a wide range of options when cleaning products are concerned. Commercial cleaners will certainly do a great job, however, if you search for cost effective solution that will still help you to clean your home in an outstanding way, there is nothing better than natural cleaning.

    Before applying all homemade cleaning methods that you already know, you need to be acquainted with some excellent time saving tips that will make the cleaning process easier. Around your working schedule and other duties, you probably lack time to devote on cleaning procedures. Do not feel disturbed by this fact – thanks to these wonderful tips you will manage to catch up with the chores and to save up a lot of time. Switching to natural cleaning may be weird at the beginning, however, you will soon understand that this cleaning method.

    Here are some wonderful time saving tips:

    Stick to a Few Natural Cleaners

    You will save time when you choose just a few recipes when providing a cleaning at home. There is no need to use a different cleaner for every chore, this will only make the process of cleaning more complicated and tiring. Pick two or three recipes and apply them on a regular basis. Avoid those ones that require many ingredients – as long as you have baking soda, white vinegar and lemon juice, you will be able to clean the surfaces in a perfect way. The all-purpose cleaning sprays are easily prepared and they are suitable for cleaning of sinks cabinets and counter-tops. Focus on simpler recipes that require less time and investments. I assure you that they do a great job.

    Label Your Cleaners

    Labeling the cleaners with the recipe will definitely saves you a lot of time. Instead of wondering what ingredients are used for the cleaner, you can quickly take a look at the lines that you had already written. Apart from this, you won’t wonder what is it inside the container, every time you need to use it. A simple label with the instructions written helps a lot.

    Put the Bottles Near Where They Will Be Used

    In case you are used to doing last minute cleaning, leaving the bottles in the areas that are cleaned daily will prove to be time efficient. If you want to start with the bathroom or kitchen cleaning immediately, keep a bottle of all-purpose spray close to that areas so that you could start with a deep cleaning whenever you want. Another useful tip is to store some vinegar or baking soda in the bathroom cabinet whenever you need to apply quick and effective cleaning.

    These are some useful cleaning tips that will definitely save you up a lot of time and will allow you to manage with the cleaning tasks easily, even when your schedule is tight. Natural cleaning has many benefits and one of the most important is that it will protect you from chemical exposure. Go green and lock all the commercial cleaners in the cabinet. Do not hesitate to prepare your natural cleaning kit and keep in mind the tips mentioned above. Your home will be cleaned and you will be able to manage with the chores quickly and effectively.


    Edna Thomson

    Edna Thomson

    This article is written by Edna J. Thomson.

    She works as a manager of TenancyCleaners

    Cricklewood and loves to share interesting tips.