In Family on
May 26, 2017

How I Learned to Be a Better Mom From My Dad

How I learned to be a better mom from my dad

Dads get a lot of flack. In America alone, 24 million children grow up without their dads. It’s not only sad, it’s horrific.

But, not all dads fit the statistics. Some dads are single parents, too, through no choice of their own. Others are amazing daddies who act like adults and co-parent their babies. Some dads are not only amazing husbands, but are also incredible, involved role models for their kids.

My dad is one of the top-notch ones. In fact, when I think of what a “dad” should be, I think of him.

Not only has he proven that good men do exist, he’s proven that great dads exist, too.

And, he’s helped make me the mother I am today.  Read more

In Career, Getting Started on
May 13, 2017

Freelancer Profile: 5 Steps To Making A Killer Impact

Create A Killer Freelancer Profile

Ah, the dreaded freelancer profile. The profile freelancer nation cringes at the mention of. The one that makes even skilled freelance writers want to run and hide.

Why? Because the freelancer profile is supposed to get you more clients. It should showcase all your talents, even the ones you don’t think you’re so great at. Your profile opens you up, makes you vulnerable. It basically says, “Here I am. Here’s what I can do. Now hire me!”.

And it can be quite intimidating, honestly.

So, here you are. Stuck with needing a freelancer profile, but not knowing how to make a good one that will attract potential clients. Lucky for you, I’m going to teach you how to create a magnetizing profile that will make clients want to work with you.

These tips are based on my own successful experiences with Upwork and Guru, two places that helped get me my quick start as a freelance writer. Literally, within 2 months of signing up for these freelance marketplaces, I quit my regular, 9-5 job and started my own writing and digital media business.

You can do that, too. But it all starts with the profile freelancers need to have to get moving. Read and utilize these steps, and you’ll have an irresistible freelance profile that will get you noticed. Read more

In Family on
April 30, 2017

This Blogger Nailed Every Mom’s Thoughts on Parenting

I am, quite possibly, Ed Sheeran’s biggest fan. I was one of those people who stalked Google Play the day his two newest singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” were set to release. I’m not ashamed.

I listened to “Shape of You” non-stop until the rest of his album released. Then I had a whole new slew of songs to enjoy, but that one was still one of my favorites.

And then, I came across this blogger who made a totally hilarious parody of “Shape of You” that all mommies can surely relate to. I mean, no one likes the smell of their baby’s poo, no matter how adorable their baby is, right? Read more

In Special Needs on
April 22, 2017

Autism Mom Nightmare: You Need to Know What Ridiculous Comments are Off-Limits

I have a child with developmental delays. Some are slight and others are severe. We’ve been through the autism diagnosis process. I can totally relate to the autism mom.

When I was a preschool teacher, I had kiddos on the spectrum or going through the diagnostic process too. I’ve seen parents fight for their kids. None of it is easy.

Although my child hasn’t received a diagnosis, he has many of the same behaviors and delays as children with autism. We use many of the same autism resources and therapies as autism families do. He’s five years old and it’s been an interesting five years, to say the least. Read more

In Family on
April 18, 2017

Obnoxious Single Mother Myths That Will Make You Cringe

We live in a world where being a single mother has a lot of negative connotations associated with it. While we can mostly agree that raising a child with both parents available is the perfect scenario, things do not always align with our dream world.

Single mothers face cultural bias in many societies around the world. Unfortunately, many view these families as incomplete without a father figure.

Trust me, I know. I’m one myself.

According to a 2016 study by the United States Census Bureau, there were 12 million single parent households in the United States. Single moms were responsible for 80% of those households. But, does that give the single mom help and understanding she needs for support? Read more

In Family on
November 8, 2016

Improve a Child’s Reading Skills in 10 Sneaky Ways

Improve Child's Reading Skills

Sneaky Ways to Improve a Child’s Reading Skills? Is That Allowed?

Reading is a task that is unfortunately just not as interesting to today’s children as it used to be. Do the children you know willingly grab a book to read or look at? Most likely, no. They would rather waste their days away staring at a small screen listening to “Daddy Finger, Daddy Finger, where are you?” over and over again while Peppa Pig and Batman battle each other to the death. Hence, it can be difficult to improve a child’s reading skills when they don’t want to read.

Although it does not make much sense to parents who would KILL to have five minutes to themselves to read each day, it is a sad reality with today’s youth. So, how can you improve your child’s reading skills even if they do not enjoy reading? Read more

In Lifestyle on
October 9, 2016

What I’ve Learned From Being the Mom of a Cochlear Implant Kid

Cochlear Implant

Each year, as the anniversaries of my son’s cochlear implant surgeries approach and pass, I am filled with emotions as I think of how far he has come and the strides he’s made in his life so far. Any mom who has a special needs child knows how emotional it can be to raise that child.

I’ve learned throughout the process of multiple tests, a hearing aid trial, surgeries, and cochlear implant hearing aid activations that I am growing right along with my son: mentally, emotionally, and every way in between. Here is what I’ve learned from being the mom of a cochlear implant child. Read more

In Lifestyle on
October 6, 2016

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Essential Oils

I was introduced to dōTERRA essential oils by a coworker about a year ago. I had heard of them before and was intrigued, but honestly very lost when it came to how to use them on myself, my children, and in my home. So, I started purchasing some of the more “simple” oils to start with: Lemon, Peppermint, Lavender, etc. These are the ones that have so many obvious health and home uses and allowed me to see just how awesome essential oils are. They aren’t a cool new health fad; if used correctly, they can help common ailments, clean the home, and provide numerous health benefits to you and your family. Some single oils and combinations of oils are very effective in lessening some symptoms that special needs children have, such as trouble sleeping, digestive issues, and anxiety. Read more

In Getting Started on
September 20, 2016

The Best Jobs for Introvert Moms

Part time jobs introverts can work from home

If you’re like me, you’re a shy mom. You prefer to be in the company of…well…yourself.

And that’s okay.

There is nothing wrong with you. But it can make finding a job a little more difficult. Even a work at home job. You would think working from home would be easy even if you’re shy. But, if you comb through all the work at home job listings on the web, you’ll find a ton of customer service jobs. What do these jobs require? Speaking to people, day in and day out.

Oh, the horror!

But don’t worry. I know your struggle. I’ve been there. I wanted to work from home, but customer service did not at all appeal to me. I’d rather pluck all of my eyebrow hairs out than speak with people all day long, even if it’s behind a phone or computer screen.

So, I compiled a list of awesome jobs for introverts to do from home. These are even entry level jobs introverts can begin from the comfort of their own home office. I’m living proof as a freelance writer that you do not have to have people skills or enjoy talking to people to be a successful work from home mom. Read more

In Getting Started on
July 9, 2016

10 Best Work at Home Jobs for Moms

work jobs home

Work from home? Is a work at home job tangible?

YES, it is! So, you want to work at home? As a mom myself, I know how important it is to spend as much time as you can with your children. Luckily, there are tons of work at home jobs available; you just have to know where to look because they are, unfortunately, not always as easy to find as on-location jobs are. To help get you started on your work from home job journey, here is a list of what I believe to be some of the best work from home jobs currently available for moms and where you can begin your searches. Read more