Having both children and pets means that things will never be boring in your household. They actually have a lot in common — they require constant attention, have seemingly endless energy, and despite all the chaos, make the hard work worth it.
As mothers, we often buy into limiting beliefs that “me time” is tough to come by, or that we need to sacrifice in order to be good mothers. It’s just not true. The most important step you can take to having time for yourself is believing that you can. Next time you’re lying in bed, wondering how you’ll squeeze yourself into the upcoming day, make a choice. Choose to make yourself a priority. Choose to reenergize. Don’t get lost in all you have to do. Find the woman you are and take care of her. Everything else you do will be better because you did.
The bells have chimed, and kids are ready to make their way back to school. Summer breaks don’t only bring a change in the routine of children but their mums as well. Women find themselves busier figuring out how to keep their kids entertained during vacations. At the same time, they also have to make sure that they complete their homework, sleep at bedtime, and all their needs are met. Once the little ones head back to school, life can feel a little empty.
You have already booked your flight and have even created an itinerary for your trip abroad, but have you paused to consider the legal hurdles you might face in a foreign land? Different countries have different laws and customs, and while not being familiar with another country's laws may seem innocent, ignorance is no defense where the law is concerned.
As summer draws to a close and the warmer weather starts to subside, you wouldn’t be alone if you were looking upon the change of seasons with a bit of reluctance. But with the new season comes its own set of pleasures. You know, spending nights cuddled up by the fire, watching your favorite movies [...]
Nearly 200 blog posts ago, when I posted my first article, I was nervous. I didn't know if I wanted readership. I struggled with putting “my truths” online. I loved journaling and researching articles for my clients, but sharing my most intimate moments was overwhelming. It took four years for me to finally agree to share my world and I couldn’t believe how nervous I was. I had 8 posts scheduled to be released on certain days. After a quick motivational and loving talk with my husband, I was convinced. As I pressed the publish button I could hear his words echoing through my head, “Just imagine how many more people you can help.”
Today, you can get your hands on ready-made meal plans for just the way you eat—complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes—for a ridiculously low price. It’s called the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle - back for just two days! - and here’s how it works: It’s a complete meal planning solution made up of 10 mini-bundles.
I pride myself in being well organized in my personal and professional life. When it comes to money, It’s no different. I like to get things ready before the time is at hand. My taxes are easy to get done because I have a system that helps me keep them caught up. By logging my business expenses and income as they occur, I'm prepared. By following these 5 tips to make bookkeeping easier for bloggers, you will be prepared as well.
Minimalism is an architectural concept of the 20th century that is alive and kicking in our time. In the crowded world of today, it has become both a need and a luxury. Whatever the reason is behind the wish to apply it, it does have certain rules. Strict minimalist outlines can be attained through adherence to these 5 easy steps that will transform your living quarters into a minimalist paradise.
The About Me page is the essence of your site which is why they are almost always one of the most visited pages on any website. They’re incredibly important because your audience who naturally wants to know more about you wants to relate to you. They want to get to know the face behind the blog! Please keep in mind there is no magic formula, but there are essential elements that all amazing About Me pages have in common.
Do you want to explode your Instagram account with more followers? Follow these 5 steps and you could be INSTA-FAMOUS! Sounds great, right? These days, insta-famous synonymous with a celebrity! All you have to do is follow five ways you can explode your Instagram following. Emotional and Visual Content Posting visual and emotional content on [...]
Hi everyone! I’m Lavanda Michelle. I’m so glad you stumbled upon my little slice of the internet. I am a Mid-western girl by birth, who recently moved south with my husband, Tim and our three daughters, Zyan, Zoey, and Zaya, to turn our dreams into reality. This Lifestyle and Educational Blog was born out of my ageless love [...]
Blogging is very underestimated. While generally thought of as a boring page of information, blogs can actually be cool, fun, and most of all, very informative to their respective audiences. My wife is a blogger and she enjoys, not just the writing and creative outlet, but the relationship-side of it as well. She actually has friendships from blogging. She’s always telling me about the nice things people say to and about her. This is one of the biggest reasons MLMers should blog. You build community and provide value.
Most of us would say that we are at least a little bit concerned about our health. After all, we all want to be able to live the best and happiest life possible right? Well, one of the strangest things is that, no matter how much many of us would like to be able to live a healthy life, a lot of us simply aren't willing to put in the hard work that's required in order to achieve that.
A lot of joy comes from parenting…but a lot of stress comes with it as well. Especially as our kids are just getting back to school, comes a new season of activities, commitments, and increased responsibilities. It's hard to know what to let go of as a parent as we want to accomplish it all, often to the detriment of ourselves and our children.
Hello, my blogging beauties and buddies! I have a couple of jewels to share on how to rank #1 on Google’s first page. I decided to share because I was online yesterday searching for ideas on how to make my dining room decor softer since I find myself perched at the dining table writing and blogging quite often. During my search, I found that most of the sites that I pulled up had a few things in common. Of course, the subject I was searching, but I’m talking the characteristics of their websites, such as upload speed and navigability.
When I look in the mirror, for the first 5 seconds I still see a twenty- year -old. Then the visible wrinkles around my eyes and jowls provide a friendly reminder that I’m not twenty anymore. At that moment in the mirror, I challenge myself physically as I don’t feel like I’m over forty, and the face I’m looking at cannot be accurate, but according to my birth certificate, it is. I mean, hell, I still feel young, so how can I look so different? Simply put, I’m just a twenty-year-old that now has twenty-five years of work experience, a family, and has journeyed through the ups and downs of life. Even though this is what I believe, I now know others don’t feel the same, especially when it comes to the workplace.
Explode Your Blog Traffic! As a blogger, you write content, you research and inject the juice to add value, and you even spend time carefully finding the right images to share along with your next post. You arrange it all in a nice, attractive fashion and now you’re set to hit PUBLISH. Ok, so you published your great work and two weeks later, you feel grateful for the readers who have visited but disappointed because you want more. Why aren’t you getting more traffic? You’ve probably asked yourself that question and maybe did some research or over-analyzed your blog’s marketing mix.
What skills and personality traits would you choose to impart on your child if you had a magic wand and could turn them into whatever kind of person you wanted them to be, with a simple wish? No doubt you’d make them smart, capable, responsible, disciplined, optimistic, and maybe also generous and good-humored.
For some households, the living room is where memories are made. Games are played; shows and movies are watched; books are read; and conversation is engaged. For others, the living room might be a place where junk mail is dropped on the way to the kitchen. Whatever your living room is currently used for, an update can make it a welcoming environment to build memories and traditions.
As you probably already know, natural light brings lots of benefits along with its warm glow. And while it is true that people are used to living indoors, there’s really no good reason to hide from this gift of nature. Instead, it’s advisable to embrace it as much as possible if we want to lead a happy, healthy life.
Your relationship with money is probably more complicated than you’d like to admit. Maybe, for example, you don’t know how to properly save, because no one ever taught you. Or maybe you have a certain category of good or service that you know you spend too much money on but aren’t sure how to control. And then there’s uncertain about money, related to things like job security, the overall economic picture, or even future obligations such as retirement or college tuition.
Briana Barksdale is the CEO of First Ladii Productions, an advertising and promotions company. She also owns and operates a Financial Literacy Company that teaches people how to achieve a financially-free lifestyle. During her 10 year tenure, Briana has produced several products, events, podcasts, and radio shows including her most recent podcast, Goal Diggers Show.
By following these simple steps you will be sure that you've created a right daily routine for having a fit and healthy body! It might sound like a lot of work, but in fact, all of these steps are pretty easy to intertwine into your lifestyle. Don't postpone the things that are good for you - start changing your life for the better today!
Out of all the conversations we have with children, finances may be one of the most important. Early lessons about personal finance and money management can help them avoid issues later in life. Schools don’t always offer courses on personal finance and credit, so make sure you take ownership of teaching your kids about money matters. Read on for useful tips to help educate children early and set them up for future financial success.
Follow these simple tips to help your kids learn while traveling. Teach them about the world before they are old enough to start exploring every corner of it by themselves. Show them the importance of trying new things, experiencing different customs and discovering different cultures. Make every family trip educational, and you will be amazed how much it influenced your little one and made him/her a better person!
From the moment my daughter's got out of school in May to the end of July, was a complete blur. It was a blur of summer camp, work, travel, deadlines, proposals and pool parties. The fact that they were going back to school in three weeks had not occurred to me. When it did, I panicked. Where did the time go? I frantically realized I had no idea what day school started and had to ask another mom. I got a brisk answer of “August 27th,” which I like to call the “working mom fail” response. The guilt of not knowing when my children start school left me feeling completely overwhelmed.
Being a stay-at-home mom, you never have a truly free moment. Even when you are resting for a bit, you may be folding laundry while you watch TV, sitting for a moment while food is cooking, or taking a quick nap to catch up on the sleep that you missed staying up late taking care of sick kids the night before.
Don’t you wish you could just call up your favorite bloggers, ask them out for coffee, and soak up the wisdom as they share their most effective tips and tricks? I’ll let you in on a little secret… if you follow these simple steps, not only will you have a successful blog and will make money as a blogger, you'll become your favorite blogger.
You don't have to own a lot of clothes to make your style attractive and unique. The secret is in the details and careful planning when you're putting up an outfit. If you feel sometimes your outfit is too simple, here's how you can take it to the next level without too much trouble, and your plain jeans and a white T-shirt will seem much cooler.
If you know anything about me and my story, you know that a few months after I met my husband we said, “I Do.” You also know that after I found out I was pregnant 2 months later, I was scared and confused so I tried to push Tim away. I thank God every day for his strength, humility, and long suffering because being able to share my life with someone who “gets me” is a truly amazing thing.
If you are a blogger, online marketer, or a web designer, you must have come across infographics and heard about their effectiveness. They are said to be some of the best education and engagement tools, as they help you simplify the content and make it easy to consume and understand. If you haven’t managed to get your head around designing infographics yet, below you will find a few reasons why you should make an effort.
Summer learning loss happens in two ways: forgetting what we’ve learned and not making any progress over the break. Research has shown that students can forget 25-30 percent of what they’ve learned. It can be difficult to balance the need for our learners to decompress AND keep up with everything they should do to prepare for school again.
Marketing and advertising isn’t what it used to be. The environment has shifted from TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines as the predominant go-to for local advertisement, to being the supplement. If you’re on the fence over your marketing decisions, your questions might be, “What is the most effective marketing channel?”
Throughout my career, I have been on many staff retreats. I even had the pleasure of planning some of them. Many were onsite and some were offsite. There is one thing for sure; they were all great opportunities to escape the day-to-day hustle and bustle of my work, and well spent time bonding with my co-workers. This year I had the pleasure of visiting Lake Norman with my team, whom I proudly call my second family.
According to my test results, Ones are generally ethical, conscientious, serious, sensible, idealistic, responsible, orderly, self-disciplined, and feel personally obligated to improve themselves and their world. Which was easy for me to confirm to be true. However, the traits that were a little more hard to swallow included judgmental, opinionated, sarcastic, impatient, critical (and self-critical), and perfectionistic.
The Bible's eloquent love scriptures beautifully sum up what it means to be in love and to commit myself to my husband for the rest of your life. It speaks of perfect love that everyone should have toward the Lord, their friends, family and all of man. These Words about love serve as excellent guides to help me navigate the ups and downs of love, as well as convey my heartfelt thoughts to my husband.
Hi stars, i'm Zoey. When my mom asked me what city would I like to visit. There was only one city that came to my mind and that city is Los Angeles, California (LA) . Although there are a vast amount of cities in the world, LA on on the top of my list. LA is on the top of my list for many reasons including, the beaches, celebrities, and I want to move there after college.
As a mom, you’ll always want the best for your children. But it’s often hard to work out exactly what that is. While you definitely want to be a provider and a protector for your children, you also want them to be happy. So you’ll often try to do anything and everything for them, and you’ll also try to ensure that they’re happy. But sometimes, what makes your kids happy isn’t always good for them - and vice versa. And because your sole job is to ensure that your kids are ready for their lives as an adult, you have to make sure that you get that balance right.
Hello, hello! I was just thinking about you so I decided to write you. You're a blogger/business owner, right? You're very good at what you do and your product and/or service is worthy of the money your customers/followers spend, but here's your issue; you suck at marketing. I still like you though and want to [...]
I was on a roller coaster with highs of success and excitement to lows of frustration and disappointment. Yet, with dogged determination and loyalty I stuck out it. I was supposed to right? Wrong. By staying, I denied myself the opportunity for even more growth and opportunities. Staying was comfortable (even in the hardest times), but it wasn’t always productive.
If there is one thing that is expensive anywhere in the world, it is education. Not only do you have the university and college fees to fund, but also there is everything that comes with this, from accommodation and transport to textbooks and other materials. This is why it is imperative that parents have a plan of attack in terms of helping their children to save for college from a young age. The sooner you can get started, the better. With that in mind, read on to discover some useful tips in terms of helping your child to save for college.
School may be out for the summer, but that is unfortunately not the case with work. Much like how I talked about balancing family and continuing your education, with the kids home for summer vacation, it may be too difficult balancing and maintaining your professional responsibilities while also trying not to break the bank by having your children enroll in a summer camp or spending an exorbitant amount of money on child care costs. Here are a few simple ways to help juggle that balance and provide your children with opportunities to enjoy themselves and grow over the summer.
A misbehaving child can often be difficult to deal with. However, that doesn’t mean shouting or being overly forceful with them will bring certain results. Sometimes communication and clarity is key. This is not the opposite of being firm, forceful and enacting good discipline. In fact, sometimes being strong in the face of misbehaviour can create good children. We’re not here to suggest that you strike your kids, or to never ever consider this a possibility. Everyone has different parenting styles, and as long as you’re making the effort to raise the best person you can by acting fairly and competently, then you should be doing a good job regardless.
You may have thought that the wedding was the most expensive thing you had to deal when you got married, but in reality there are so many things that happen in marriage that cost money. Don’t let that scare you though. As long as you work as a team and come up with a plan, it won’t be so bad. As a couple, sit down and look into everything you will be spending money on and create a budget for each one. This will help you save money and also help you keep track of your expenses.
In 77% of accidental drownings, the child had been seen 5-minutes or less before being missed. That’s why pool safety advocates at Life Saver Pool Fence urge parents to install layers of protection in a home before they move in. These are designed to block kids from getting to the pool or at least slow them down so parents have more time to get to them before the child gets to a pool.
Making the choice to go back to work is a big deal. Even if you were a successful career woman before your kids came into the world, your priorities likely changed significantly upon becoming a mom. Whether you’re trying to recapture your previous work ethic or develop a new one, there are a few things you should to do set the stage for your success.
Heading back to school can seem intimidating — at first. However, considering that you’ve been ensuring the survival of one or a few small humans, returning to finish or further your education is the kind of challenge that most moms can crush with flying colors. Of course, some days moms can struggle even finding the time to shower, so how is school going to fit into you and your family’s schedule?
Grief and the loss of a loved one isn’t something that we give much thought to. Aside from the odd worry here and there, we don’t spend our lives worrying about death or thinking about how we would cope if we lost someone close. Nor should we. Life is short, and it shouldn’t be wasted with worries about things that we’ve got no control over. It’s enough to be aware that life is a precious thing that will one day end for all of us.
Amongst many parents, video games are generally perceived to be a negative thing for their kids. And while you don’t want them to become obsessed with gaming, there are actually many positive aspects involved in playing games. So, if you have always been anti-video games, this article will aim to give the other side of the argument. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should abandon all control when it comes to reinforcing parental control limits and time constraints. But here are some of the more positive aspects of gaming for you to bear in mind.
Blogs are growing in popularity, with both business and private blogs taking over the internet and social media. When you spend time writing a blog, you want people to read it; that’s kind of the whole point! Driving traffic to your blog to get readers and eventually turn those readers into customers is the idea if you’re a business blogger, and if you have a personal blog, you want to get your thoughts and opinions out for the public to see.
Growing your blog. Letting it pay for your lifestyle while you can enjoy more time with your family and friends. This is precisely the dream of every blogger. Admittedly, when you write a blog, there’s a sense of excitement and satisfaction from being able to help someone by sharing your personal experience. But it is fair to say that most hobby bloggers consider creating a professional presence for their blog so that they can make money from it. The growth hack strategies to boost your audience and increase the volume of readers are varied, and ultimately, they are not the subject of our article here. No strategy will work if you haven’t prepared your blog and yourself for a growth process. Here are the essential elements you need to sort out before you can even design your professional blogging strategy. Are you ready to give your blog the boost it needs?
Building a life for yourself isn’t always an easy task. Whether you know what you want your future to look like or not, actually making it happen can be incredibly tough. You have to have a vision, you have to do your research, and you have to know what you put in place to make everything work. It’s not something that’s always going to just fall into your lap. Instead, you have to work incredibly hard to figure it all out. This is definitely the case when it comes to choosing your forever home. Your family home that your children will grow up in, and that you’ll create lasting memories in. Even when you know what you want your home to look like, knowing exactly where to buy or build it can be the hardest part. So we’re going to break down exactly what you need to do to find the perfect area.
There is a saying or meme that you may have seen going around on social media, that says, in a world where you can be anything, be kind. And while we do live in a time where we have so much more freedom and freedom of expression, as well as more equal rights, we can be anything we want to be and do anything we want to do. But how many of us have ‘kind’ on our agenda? As parents, it is so important to make sure that we are raising kind children. Goodness knows we need more of it in the world.
Becoming a mom for the first time is an experience that cannot be justified with words. It is special, it is magical, and it completely changes your life. However, a lot of first time moms also have a lot of anxiety. What if I am doing this wrong? What if I make a mistake? This is only natural, but you have no reason to worry. We all make mistakes, and we all learn as we go. Here are some great tips to help you get started…
If you feel as though something is irritating you in life, then you really aren’t alone. Multiple areas of your life might be affecting you, slowly niggling away at you until you start to think of it as irritating. However, half of the things that you find a problem might not even be one if you focused on sorting them out before they manifest into something worse. Your life could be so much easier if you follow the simple advice that we’ve got for you below. From your health to your work life, we’ve got you covered.
A lot of people think that the holistic approach to life is nothing more than woo-woo mumbo jumbo, others think that it is taking a spiritual approach to life and others, others like me, think that it is simply a better way of living on your own terms, being aware of your own actions and doing whatever works for you to live an optimum life. If you believe that everything we eat, think, practice and believe has a huge impact on your life and the lives of others, it makes sense to like at your life holistically, taking care of your mind, body and soul so that you can live a truly beautiful, happy and healthy life.