Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Valentine's is Over.

I just realized today that I still had our Valentine wreath on our front door! Ten days That pretty much represents my 2021. So crazy.

I love color so these babies were perfect.

I did get a beautiful bouquet and some sugar cookies for Vday. It was hard because here in Oklahoma (and Texas!!) we were hit hard by a long-lasting winter storm. It was blizzard-like conditions. I did not even go outside to try to make a snowman because the snow was powdery and it was way too cold! Here in our state, the gas and the electric company both had to do rolling black outs. So we were dripping all the faucets and when they turned off the heat we ended up with like 4 or 5 days with no hot water! And all water pressure was low. Some water came out brown when people went to drink it, but we have a pipe filter that took that out. There were times when we had no electricity, too, but it was not as unbearable as the ice storm we had back in October. You know its bad 
when you wear a beanie hat to bed!!!

Look at the number of closings!!!

Now there is no trace of snow in our yard. But I wanted to share a recipe for snow ice cream in case you can use it next time it snows!

First, put an empty bowl out to catch snow (because you so don't want to scoop it from the ground!).

Now I need to go find a non-Valentine door wreath in our laundry room!


Monday, February 1, 2021

You Can Be a #MomBoss

Good News: Becoming A ‘Mompreneur’ is Within Your Reach


Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

Staying at home with your children doesn’t mean you have to stay away from the workforce. In fact, if you’re a stay-at-home mom, you have the perfect opportunity to start and run your own business from home. It comes with challenges, sure, but it can be an amazing, fulfilling adventure to grow your own company and become a “mompreneur.”

Choose your own adventure.

Getting started with your own business can sound daunting, but let’s take it one step at a time. What do you want your business to offer? You can provide online accounting services, create and sell items, or any number of other things. Ask yourself: What are your passions? There are dozens of examples of moms doing this in myriad fields, from online tutors to event planners to babysitters.

The next thing you need to do is determine your audience and clearly state who your business is serving. This will help you when it comes to marketing and getting your name out there.

When starting a business — and especially when marketing it — it may be helpful to have some training or experience. One way to gain experience is to go back to school to pursue a business or information technology degree — both of which will serve you well as a small-business owner working from home. As a mom taking care of your kids, this can sound difficult, but online degrees (or even simply some coursework) can be achieved at your own pace and on your own schedule.

One thing you should look into when you start your business is forming a limited liability corporation (LLC). This is a type of business classification that offers small-business owners numerous tax advantages, less paperwork, flexibility, and of course, limited liability — meaning your personal assets are safe in worst-case scenarios. Before starting your Oklahoma LLC, though, check with regulations in your area, as the rules vary state by state.

Don’t get bogged down!

Another thing you will have to plan around is, of course, your child! Being a full-time mom and a full-time business owner is within your reach, and in order to make it happen, you need to make sure you’re taking care of all aspects of your life and responsibilities.

Working from home with kids can be a challenge, but with careful planning and generous flexibility, your business can flourish. And there are different challenges to be overcome, as well, depending on how many kids you have, how old they are, and what their specific needs look like. Be sure to create a strict schedule and manage your time wisely, create a mom-only room where you conduct your business, and communicate with your partner about your needs, as well.

One thing is for certain: Use naps to your advantage — in other words, when they’re sleeping, get some work done!

Treat yourself

Maintaining a work-life balance can be difficult, especially for stay-at-home moms who also happen to work out of their home office. But one of the main advantages of working from home with your kids is just that — you get to spend more time with them. Instead of worrying about a long commute or being away from them for long periods of time, they’re in the next room over, or within arm’s reach.

But you also need to make sure to designate some time for yourself, as well. Exercising, meditating, and simply doing things you want to do all serve a key purpose in helping you unwind. In turn, this will help you reset and be able to bring your best self to the activities of both “momming” and “mompreneuring.”

Get started now

There’s no time like the present! Getting started with your own business can be easy and fun — and ultimately lead to a fulfilling career in between all the diaper changes.

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