Jul
10

A Fashion Guide for Business Casual Moms

Author Becca S.    Category Work It Moms     Tags

Business mom fashionIf you’re a mom that works outside of the home, you know that sometimes it can be difficult to find a balance between your work and home wardrobe. Particularly if you’ve got little ones around, your at-home attire may revolve around a seriously casual look. Sweatpants, anyone? So, if you’re searching for some good options that strike a balance between business casual and busy mom, follow this guide for the best and newest trends that will help you create a more professional look.

Incorporate a few neutral classics.

No matter what’s showing on the current runway, there are a few basic pieces that can be incorporated in any wardrobe and see you through any season. Find a crisp, white button-down that works with your body type. Try on different styles, and choose something that works both on it’s own and under items such as cardigans and blazers.

A couple basic bottoms to add to your wardrobe are a good pair of dark-wash skinny jeans and a pair of trouser pants. Your skinny jeans will work in any business casual environment and can easily go from day to night, or from office to mom-on-the-run. When you buy a pair of trouser pants, choose a neutral color like grey, black or tan. Remember that patterns such as pinstripes and a light tweed can work as a neutral as well. Be sure to have the pants hemmed to the height of whatever shoe you wear most often.

Invest in a quality hairstyle that is easy and flattering.

Getting that polished look for work can take extra time in the morning if you’re always having a bad hair day. Those are minutes that you probably don’t have to waste. Visit a good stylist that knows how to develop a look that works for your face and won’t take forever to re-create at home. It’s best if you have some ideas of what you want before heading into the salon. If you want to keep up-to-date with what’s trending, visit your local hair coloring salon and ask for some ideas or take a look at some of the magazines they provide. A hairstylist will have the best idea on what will look best with your face shape and coloring.

Introduce a few pops of color and added texture into your wardrobe.

So, you’ve got some classic neutral pieces that you can use to mix and match. Plus, an easy hairstyle that only takes minutes in the morning. To pull off an easy business casual outfit that looks like you spent a lot of time putting yourself together, include some pops of color or patterns. The great part about adding colors, patterns and textures into your wardrobe is that it can be incorporated in several different ways. Maybe it’s a bold cardigan in bright yellow or a statement necklace that pulls your whole outfit together. You can use shoes, handbags or scarves to bring life to your wardrobe. It’s fun and casual but also fits in a professional environment.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be overwhelming to start developing a style that is business casual for the busy mom. Just by taking these first few steps, you’ll be well on your way to creating a professional look that caters to your hectic life. With this guide in-hand, you’ll be the most fashionable mom on the block.

Jun
18

10 Online Businesses Moms Can Start From Home in a Day

Author Becca S.    Category Work It Moms     Tags

Lots of women are joining the ranks and becoming stay-at-home moms. Although the economy makes it tough to be a single-income household, it’s easier than ever to earn money from home. Thanks to today’s technology, moms can have the joy of being home with their children, and can still contribute to the family’s financial resources by running an online business. Here are ten that moms can start from home in just a day.

1. Ebay Auctions

Ebay’s been around a long time, and it’s still just as easy to start an online auction business from home. It requires some time to take pictures and prepare your posts, but you can start listing items in a matter of hours.

2. An Online Store

Opening an online store is easy to do, no matter what you’re selling. Be prepared to invest some time in reaching your target market to promote your product, and check with your local courthouse to determine any licensing required.

3. Blogging

This is an easy and fun option that can be started very quickly. Just choose your domain, decide on a theme, and start writing. The more you promote your blog, the more visitors you’ll have, and that translates into more money generated through ads.

4. Coaching Or Consulting

Whatever area you have expertise in, starting an online coaching and consulting business is quick and profitable. You’re essentially offering your guidance to help others less knowledgeable in your field, and it can all be done by email or IM.

5. Freelancing

Whether you’re a writer or something else, freelancing your services online is simple. Find someone who needs what you offer, and then sell them your product. Because you’re an independent contractor, you choose when you work.

6. Product Review Business

A product review business is fast to start up. You determine the types of products you’ll review, and then target the consumers and companies who will be interested. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to register your review business, and you’re on your way.

7. Bookkeeping

For this one, all you need is software and some clients . Small, newer businesses are good candidates for your skills. Just make an offer to handle their bookkeeping, and you’re an independent contractor working from home.

8. Amazon Sales

Selling on Amazon easy to do. Just sign up for a seller’s account and start listing. Thanks to fulfillment by Amazon, you can bulk ship your products to them and they take care of the rest.

9. Affiliate Marketing

Find the company you’d like to sell products for, and sign up as an affiliate. Promote the products, and for each sale you make, you earn a percentage.

10. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants are self-employed and work from home for a variety of clients, doing things like scheduling and emails. It’s just a matter of finding a business that needs your skills and jumping in.

This is just a small sampling of possibilities that moms can start from home in a day. There are lots of opportunities out there, so with a little research and creativity, you can be well on your way to the fun and many advantages of running an online business while being home.

Jun
13

Talking To Your Kids About Standardized Tests–When and How?

Author Becca S.    Category Family     Tags

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Your child may have to face standardized tests eventually, but they don’t need to be a source of tension and stress. You can help you child get a good perspective on standardized tests that will help them throughout their education. A child being relaxed when taking a test almost always gives a better chance of doing well than being tense. Before they face the first test, there are some things you can do to help.

Your child should always feel supported by you. If your child believes you are proud of his or her achievements, they will feel more secure. You can tell them that you have confidence that they will do their best. Let them know that comparisons are not important. If they don’t know an answer, not to worry, just go on to the next question. In most schools, children aren’t expected to know all the answers, and the test results help the teacher know their strengths and weaknesses.

If you are nervous, your child will be nervous. This is not only unhealthy, but it shows a lack of confidence on your part. Ask them if they want any help from you and try to keep them in their normal daily routines. Study or homework time should be balanced with plenty of physical exercise. Sometimes just staring off into space is required for information to sink in. Talk to your child’s teacher about more techniques for relaxation.

You can put the exam in context of the larger picture. Some exams are important for the child’s next educational step such as the SAT or ACT tests. However, these exams can usually be taken again if the score is not what your child expected. Even AP exams are a one time performance. They don’t necessarily define your child’s whole educational career. Your child should want to do their best, but they should never feel that their whole life depends on one exam. A child’s amazing potential should never be reduced to an exam result.

When you see the results, find the right reaction. Both getting angry at a poor result and being euphoric at a stellar performance are the wrong reaction. The focus should stay on the child, not get shifted to the exam. You can praise the child’s efforts in preparation, tell them you are proud they were able to stay focused for the whole exam and ask them how they feel about the results. You can ask if they would change anything about their preparation time.

Parents can help children prepare by finding practice tests. These can be obtained from the school, district or state website, and there may be samples of previous tests on the site. You can also talk with your child’s teacher to get a good recommendation for sat prep courses online.

If children develop, with the help of their parents, a healthy attitude towards standardized exams at an early age, they will have a better chance of getting good results. Studying is only part of taking exams, albeit a big part, but attitude is also very important. A child may be thorough with a subject at home, but when they sit in front of an exam paper, they go blank. The best way to avoid this is to be as calm and relaxed as possible.

May
12

Do Children Need Greed?

Author Becca S.    Category Family     Tags

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Many of us have heard the expression that children soak up information like sponges, and there is much research and many every day happenings that have proved this to be true. While parents do not want their children to “soak up” the wrong ideas, it is inevitable that children will be exposed to content/experiences that they should not have exposure to. This goes deeper than just hearing an inappropriate song or watching an R-rated movie. There are other things that parents should be wary of their children being exposed to, such as the concept of greed.

Now, some might argue that since it is inevitable, what point is there in trying to safeguard their children? It is true that there is NO way to shelter children from all things undesirable in the world, but that also does not mean that children should be allowed to do what they please. Discipline and guidance is essential for children so that they are not exposed to things when inappropriate, like watching a slasher film at age eight. But what about greediness? Is that such a bad thing?

Human Nature

Greed is part of human nature- this is inescapable. Children will see as well as display examples of greed in their daily lives. Whether they have a friend who refuses to share or if they eat all the cookies, children learn early on the basic concept of greed. When people are “not fair”, children take notice. But what if a child is exposed to more than just these minor incidents of greed?

Cause and Effect

People in general cannot handle greed well. The Peacebringer Musings mentions how greed is a global issue and leads humans to become so greedy that it effects millions, like the stock market crashes leading to the Great Depression and the Great Recession. Imagine a family that is obsessed with wealth- these “values” of always needing to have more and never having enough are passed down to their children. The children grow up becoming the same as their parents were since it’s all that they had ever known. The cycle continues on and creates monsters of greed that slaughter economies for the sake of financial and material comfort. While greed clearly has many negative connotations, is it ALL bad?

It Can Be Good

Greed in smaller doses can be used to achieve great things. The Peacebringer Musings goes on to say how greed can be used as a motivator for accomplishing goals and how it can actually benefit economies, but only if the greed does not get out of control. So what does this mean for children? If taught how to use greed to their advantage, children can also achieve great things, and sometimes we as adults encourage their greed to do so (earning an allowance, monetary reward for all A’s, etc.).

Children as well as adults use greed to obtain what they want in life, whether it be a puppy or a

college degree. Both examples result from greed, and it serves to prove that greed can be used for positive results.

The Proper Amount

Overall, the AMOUNT of exposure to greed and the EMPHASIS that we as adults put on money effects children greatly. Whether that effect is positive or negative resides on how adults handle and present greed around their children. Children are the ones who will be taking care of the world when we no longer can, so ensuring that those important figures are not Scrooges wouldn’t be a bad idea!
Source: http://peacebringer7.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/the-greed-effect-positive-and-negative-consequences/

Apr
12

5 Comfy Clothing Items And Their Perks

Author Becca S.    Category Shopping, Work It Moms     Tags

Comfy Outfit

Clothes should be just as functional as they are comfortable for items that are fun to wear and serve several different purposes. For those who enjoy spending the day in clothes that are easy to lounge in around the house or when heading out on on the town, there are several perks that often come besides just covering up with the pieces. There are a few comfort clothing pieces with perks for those who love their casual wear.

Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves are most commonly worn in the winter for a comfortable way of keeping your hands warm as the temperatures drop. Although fingerless gloves have become a hot trend for those on the fashion scene, they also come with a perk by making it easy to text with the gloves on. It allows each person to leave their gloves on and stay warm without having to take them off just to use their phone.

Compression Socks

Compression socks are not only comfortable and work to keep the feet warm, but they also are proven to stimulate blood flow throughout the legs. This is especially beneficial for runners who need a fast recovery time after runs that can be strenuous. The socks usually extend to the knee and use a breathable material for comfort and airflow. They are also known to reduce lactic-acid build-up for a product that promotes health. The best compression socks use a material that is durable enough to prevent chafing while exercising.

Barefoot Shoes

Perhaps one of the most innovative products to be released for runners on the market are barefoot shoes that are proving to be unique in design and an easy comfort clothing item to wear. They feel weightless, yet snug, for a product that feels more like second skin than it does a shoe. They can be worn around the house or when running outdoors for a versatile product that will work to protect the feet, but also keep them comfortable.

Sports Bras

Sports bras offer a comfortable fit that is void of any underwire, as opposed to traditional bras. The sports bra can be worn for extra support without feeling restrictive under clothing. It not only is comfortable to wear, but offers extra support with fitness to ensure that women feel comfortable performing various techniques without having to wear a padded bra.

Leggings

Leggings have increased in popularity in recent years for a clothing item that combines a blend of lycra with nylon, polyester, and cotton. The stretchy material prevents restriction and allows it to conform to the body for all sizes. The clothing item can even be paired with a casual t-shirt or button-up shirt for a variety of looks. IN the winter, leggings can be worn while exercising for an item that covers up and allows women to feel comfortable without showing too much skin.

Comfort clothing may be ideal to wear for those who want to lounge around the house or avoid dressing up in public, but they can also serve a variety of purposes besides the comfort that they provide for men and women. For many, this can mean owning pieces that are easy to wear, but also serve for different uses.

Apr
11

Shopping This Summer: 5 Must Haves

Author Becca S.    Category Shopping     Tags

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With summer being just around the corner, you might find yourself daydreaming about your upcoming vacation, cruise, or weekend getaway. While you might already have a favorite pair of sunglasses or sandals on hand, there are few items you may wish to purchase fresh this season.

Here are five ideas to get your started on your summer must haves shopping spree.

First Must Have: Light Linen Shirt
Linen shirts have a bad reputation for their proneness for wrinkles and the time it takes to care for them with proper ironing. Yet light linen fabrics are one of your best choices when it comes to keeping cool on a hot summer day. Linen shirts not only give your skin room to breathe but also let even the lightest breeze through to help you stay cool. Long sleeve varieties are ideal solutions for protecting already overexposed and sensitive skin from the sun, and they also work as cover-ups when visiting sights that have a dress code.

Second Must Have: Swimwear
Like it or not, swimwear simply happens to be one of those clothing items you have to buy new at the beginning of each summer season. By its nature, swimwear is designed to provide the least amount of clothing while also keeping common decorum. Naturally, we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to the type of swimwear to wear, but ultimately, for both ladies and gentlemen, it has to properly fit your current weight whatever that might be.

Third Must Have: Comfortable Swim Shoes
If you are going swimming, chances are that you will also need a pair of comfortable swim shoes. Frolicking barefoot in the sand on the beach is all very nice, but you will be thankful to know you have a barrier between your feet and whatever sea creature happens to be on the bottom of the ocean when you step down. Sharp rocks, coral, tiny crabs, sea urchins, slimy vegetation – need we say more?

Fourth Must Have: Water Bottle
Perhaps, you already have a water bottle you carry around with you everywhere you go, so you might be thinking about skipping this item. Before you do, think about the places you will visit this summer. Is it time to invest in a water bottle with built in water filters? Should you have a larger bottle on hand to accommodate for your increased water intake needs? Make sure you find a model that is BPA free, light, and fits your vacation backpack or beach bag.

Fifth Must Have: Cooling Accessories
There is nothing wrong with pouring a glass of water over your head if that is the only way you can keep yourself from overheating, but there are better solutions. The use of new materials makes it possible to create clothing items that stay cool to the touch for a long period of time and helps you fight heat exhaustion. These accessories come in a variety of shapes and forms such as bandanas, headgear, ultra-light towels, or gel filled bead bracelets and necklaces. Take your pick.

Getting ready for the summer can be enjoyable, but it also takes some time in planning. The good news is, if you happen to buy something that does not live up to your expectations, you can start afresh next summer.

Mar
21

Do You Wish You Had More Help? How to Get the Family Involved

Author Becca S.    Category Family     Tags

Families are busier than ever these days. Juggling parents’ jobs with kids’ school and everyone’s social activities can be demanding as well as challenging. Who has time for housework? Well, it won’t go away. Rather than delegate all the household chores to one of the parents, you will get much more done quickly by delegating age-appropriate tasks to all family members.

First, get everyone’s buy-in. Over a fun dessert after dinner, explain the advantage of everyone helping with housework. For example, a well-kept home creates a welcoming setting for entertaining friends and hosting fun activities. Keeping the place neat helps to prevent accidents, like tripping over rumpled rugs or stumbling over toys left on the stairs. Well-organized closets and cupboards make it easier to find school clothes and games when needed. Another advantage is that when everyone helps, no one family member gets frazzled, and everyone will have more free time for other activities.

Next, present a reasonable list of chores that everyone can choose from or be assigned. Even toddlers can be taught to pick up their toys. Adult members of the household can select the tasks that best suit them or trade off periodically to alleviate boredom. Kids will need to understand how something should be done, explained in simple terms, to avoid frustrations and disappointments. Emphasize the importance of contributing to family responsibilities and learning valuable skills that will be needed as the kids come of age and move out on their own.

The next step is to establish a checks and balances system. In a conspicuous place like the refrigerator door, post a list of household tasks with family members’ initials beside them, and perhaps a place for the date. Then each task can be checked off when completed, and at a glance, parents can see what has been done, and when. If kids start lagging at their chores, they can be reminded to keep up with their duties. Parents will need to set the example so that kids, too, can see at a glance that everyone is doing their share.

Another important aspect to getting family help at home is a reward system. Kids will be more eager to keep up with their chores when rewards can be earned. Enticements may range from extra play time, a cash allowance, or special privileges like teens using the family car or attending a certain event, such as a concert or party. Although the work itself may not be particularly fun, earning rewards will be, along with instilling a sense of pride and achievement.

Finally, a family team effort toward managing the home and lawn contributes to building core values. Loyalty, commitment, mutual support, and a work ethic are important character traits that should be taught at home. Organizing a home chore list and establishing an upbeat plan of cooperation can motivate everyone to help out.

One or both parents who individually assume responsibility for running a household run the risk of overload and burnout. They also deprive their children of a valuable learning experience. Set up a team approach to getting things done around the house so everyone will feel useful and valued.

Mar
12

Couponing: Is It Worth It?

Author Becca S.    Category Shopping     Tags

couponYou have probably been hearing a lot about the current coupon craze in the media lately. You might even check out the coupons in your local paper or online. However, if you are wondering whether couponing is worth it or not, consider this information before you decide.

Freebies to Find

Did you know that you can actually get some of the items you use on a weekly basis for free? You will have to scour the local sales ads to see what is on sale in each store each week and then match the items on sale to those items that you have coupons for. While this can take time, there are some couponing websites you can join for free that do this part for you. You can actually find lists of what items are free in your local stores. Imagine seeing your favorite shampoo on sale for $2.99 and having a coupon for $3.00 off; this means the item is free!

Double the Savings

Some stores even allow you to use a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon in the same item, which means you get double the savings. You will have to check each store’s coupon policy, which is available on the store’s website. You can also get free items this way. Let’s say a can of soup costs $1.00. You can use a store coupon for $.50 off and a manufacture’s coupon for $.50 off to get the item for free. You just have to take the time to organize and match your coupons to get great deals.

Overage Amounts

Sometimes, you can find really great deals using coupons in which you actually make money from using a coupon. Let’s say a box of rice is on sale for $1.99, and you have a coupon for $3.00 off. Some stores will allow you to use the $1.01 you have in overage on other items. So, you get the rice free, and you get an extra $1.01 to use on another item.

Online Coupon Codes

Did you know that you can even use online coupon codes for your online purchases? Before you ever submit your order online, make sure you search for a promotional code or coupon code for that retailer. You can find coupon or promotional codes that offer you discounted or free shipping, a dollar amount off of your total purchase, or a certain percentage off of your total purchase. You can even use coupon lovers’ sites that pay you to shop, so you get a certain percentage of the money you spent back on your online purchases.

Create the Stockpile

If you are still wondering if couponing is really worth it, look at it this way. Even if you don’t need the additional savings each week that couponing brings right now, you might not always be in such a good financial place. You can use coupons now to create a stockpile of essential items in your home in case tough times do hit. Use you coupons to buy items with a long shelf life like cereals, paper products, rice, or cleaning supplies. You will be glad you did. If you don’t need the items, you can donate them to those who are les fortunate.

There are so many reasons why coupons are worth the effort. Simply investing a little time and energy can pay off big time when you see the savings each week!

Jan
17

The Mom’s Birthday Gift Buying Guide For Video Game Loving Kids

Author Becca S.    Category Shopping     Tags

Kids are not shy about telling you what they want for their birthdays. However, your child’s wishlist might include tricky items likes dinosaurs, spaceships, ponies and more. Whether your birthday boy or girl has big ideas or you want to surprise your little one, this video game guide provides whimsy and excitement, and each idea is easier to afford and care for than ponies or spaceships.

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Adopt A Dino

If your child loves playing make-believe or has begged for a pet, then the 101 Dino Pets Virtual Pet Game offers adorable dinosaurs that have come back from extinction and are ready to be adopted. Kids can choose from over 100 dinosaurs and give them names, habitats and lots of love. Dinos like playing fetch, being groomed, dressing up and more. Plus, this inexpensive game is easy to swap out with other PlayPets games if your child wants to adopt more animals. Other games offer dogs, cats, ponies and more, and the best part is that you will not have to clean up after these virtual critters.

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Dec
5

A Parents Guide To Having “The Talk” With Their Kids

Author Becca S.    Category Sex     Tags

For some parents, it’s a day of dread: the day they are going to have “the talk” with their child, no longer making him a child because he will now know the many adult things about life that drew the line between adolescence and maturity.

Some parents will avoid it, figuring that things are going well, so why make a change that will disrupt such good times? Others go overboard, telling their children way too much about “it” and themselves.

Prior to getting into this, though, it’s just as important to know why you’re having the talk as it is to know what you’re going to say.

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