How To Stay Thankful

November is one of my favorite month’s of the year. I love that the leaves finally begin to change, the weather gets a tad bit cooler (sometimes, I do live in the south after all), and I can drink my coffee HOT! I especially love the practice of celebrating things I’m thankful for, both big and small and preparing for Christmas. This November though, I’ve gone thru an entire month of chaos! Literally I think I have had one “normal” day. And yet when I was having coffee with a friend, she asked how I could smile after all the chaos.

How To Stay Thankful

The truth is, sometimes it’s hard! I started this month out with the flu, then got a chest infection on top of that. My husband lost a beloved member of his family and had to go out of town for a few days (and of course during that time one of his dog’s got out and I had to trample thru briers to save him), and my daughter got a stomach bug at that time too! Then the medicine I was on gave me a horrible reaction so I was sick again plus had to go off the medicine. While being sick, I also had many obligations I still had to keep! Of course the fun stuff too of 3 Thanksgiving Lunches for my kids and 2 Thanksgiving Play’s and my family get together along with photos for the Holiday’s. That put us to fall break and I was so excited for a week of fun activities….and then my daughter woke up at 2am with a massive stomach bug. Needless to say I never went back to sleep that night, and sleep is something someone with an autoimmune disease really needs! To add to it, 2 days later I got the bug and of course the next day my husband and 2 boys got it too! From all the sickness, my oldest ended up having a severe asthma attack (first one in over 6 months so that’s good!). That brings us to today where we are approaching then end of the month and it’s been no stop chaos!!!!

How To Stay Thankful

How do I manage to write this with a smile??? Because it’s life! Stuff is going to go wrong, it’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be exhausting. But how I chose to still be thankful is by focusing on the joy! Yes it was a horrible month, but we got to spend time with family, saw the Christmas Movie The Star (super cute by the way!), had great food, and learned 3 bathroom’s aren’t enough for 5 sick people (make a joke, it helps!!) I also don’t dwell on the bad stuff for long as then we miss out on all the joyous moments. I truly believe if we look for the positive, we can find it! No matter what the situation is! I especially am thankful for my job this month as with all that craziness, most people would have to call out. But with me being my own boss, I just rearranged my schedule! I also got to watch quite a few Christmas Movies with my kiddos during our sick time and did all my Holiday Shopping Online!! See, if you look for the positive, you can ALWAYS find something to be thankful for! I encourage you this Holiday Season not to focus on what goes wrong, but instead make an effort to look at all the things that go RIGHT! Not only will it make you a happier person, it will teach your children to do the same!

Dana

Online Teaching

How do you find the perfect work from home job? The key is finding something you enjoy, that pays well, and works with your schedule! One popular job I’d love to show you today is online tutoring!

Many people choose to work in direct sales because of the flexibility it offers, yet that’s not the perfect fit for every one. Other people choose customer service jobs thanks to the set income, yet those set hours don’t work for moms with little kids at home. Being a virtual assistant or getting certified to do billing are other options. One I’ve heard a lot about lately, and is a newer program, is online teaching!

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Online Teaching

This program is called Vipkid and focuses on teaching kids in China, how to speak English. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for this job!!! What really appeals to Mom’s looking for some income, is the fact you can pick which hours you work, and how many hours you work!

 

You get paid in a few different ways with Vip kid. For each class you teach, you earn $7-9. You also earn $1 for finishing the class and $1 for leaving feedback within 12 hours of teaching the class. Let’s say you work 6-8:30 each day, for 5 days. That puts you earning around $200 a week!! Not bad at all!! Most people with the company are earning around $2,000 per month! Just by fitting this in while their kids sleep!

 

The company also has training’s where you can learn how to tutor better, and what thing’s they are looking for.  They also work with your schedule, which we all know is important as a Mom! They have great reviews online too from many people who enjoy the income they earn with this job. The only complaint is people wish they could work more, and that benefits were offered. But for Mom’s looking to earn some extra income from home, this seems like a great fit!!

Online Teaching

VIPKID is currently looking for online teachers to teach young students in China via video-conferencing. Teachers will earn on average between $14-$22usd per hour. This opportunity is ideal for teachers looking to supplement their income.

Who Qualifies?
– One (1) school year of traditional teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education
– Bachelor’s degree in any field
– Eligibility to work in the US or Canada

Contact them to APPLY HERE 

Dana

I Can’t Be Successful Because….

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems everything is going wrong? And then it stretches into a week, a month, then a year??? You think you are alone and everyone else life is great. You see them with their happy family, being successful, and you begin to feel you just can’t figure life out. Welllllll, I’m here to tell you today to STOP beating yourself up! Did you know your thoughts directly influence your behavior? If you are telling yourself you can’t be successful, you are actually setting yourself up that way. Try switching it and saying “I can be successful”. Yes, I know that’s hard when you are having a hard day. Trust me, I know!! I’ll share with you a few tips on what I do to turn my bad mood around and be successful even when every hurdle is placed in my way and how to stop making excuses!!!

I Can’t Be Successful Because….

I Can't Be Successful Because....

First let me give you a backstory….I have 3 kids under the age of 7. My husband works 13 hour shifts at hospital at night, and goes to class on his days off. Most days it’s all Mom, all day. Which as all us Mom’s know can be very tough! Add in there I run my own business, and then the hardest part, I have an autoimmune disease! I don’t like to complain, I don’t like people to know how sick I am, I like to be a positive person. But the reality is 75% of the time I don’t feel well. I do everything the Dr’s suggest, I have great gut health (no don’t try and sell me stuff LOL), no inflammation in my body (yay for my really good vitamins), don’t eat gluten, dairy, or sugar, have done the extreme diets and payed a gazillion dollars for specialists. I’m just one of those people they can’t figure out. I’m sure it does have to do with how busy my life is BUT some things you truly can’t change haha. People ask me all the time how I am able to be successful with my busy life and being sick, and the answer is I don’t use that as an excuse!! You will never catch me saying “I can’t do that because…..” Instead I will say “I will find a way….” That right there is why I am successful!

I Can't Be Successful Because....

Our brain is a powerful tool. If we are constantly saying bad things about ourselves or our situations, we will believe them! I tell myself I have to be successful, I will not let this disease take things away from me, but I also want to set a good example for my kids! I also want to show other people that no matter what obstacles get in their way, if they keep going, they too can find success! Yes it’s hard. Yes there are days I want to scream. Yes I get discouraged. But you gotta get back up, put on your big girls shoes, and always keep moving forward! Here are some of my favorite tips to STOP telling yourself you can be successful:

  1. Read a motivational quote daily. I have them sent to my email each day!
  2. Participate in a Bible study (this might not be for you and that’s fine, but it’s my favorite way as I always hear what I need that day!)
  3.  Stop using the words “I can’t, I won’t, I’m not, It’s not working, I’m too busy” etc. Those are EXCUSES! We are all busy, stop babying yourself and just do it. (Harsh I know, but sometimes we need someone to call us out!! I use to say “I can’t go out and meet people” as I was tired….until someone suggested I meet people online and stop using that as a excuse.)
  4. Cut the negative nellies out! I surround myself with positive energy. One side effect from autoimmune diseases is depression so I’m very careful about the energy around me. It’s true that you can rub off on people and vice versa. If someone starts getting negative, help them find positive solutions! Now it’s fine to complain when you have a bad day, we all need to vent, just don’t dwell on it!
  5. Ask your friends for encouragement, prayers, support, etc on days where you really need it! Don’t curl up and hold it all in, that just makes it worse. This is one I still struggle with. I want to be seen as a strong woman and sometimes saying I’m having a bad day, makes me feel weak. That’s not the case!!!
  6. Participate in things that are fun for you! I love walking. That always lifts up my mood!
  7. Write a letter to future you. I know this sounds weird, but where do you want to be in 10 years? In the same spot you are now? Or better? I write that stuff out! It encourages me because the only way we improve, is with hard work!
  8. Ask for help! Sometimes having someone else look at our situation and offer ideas can bring new things to light! Just make sure you don’t start making excuses to them! If you tried it already, say “I’ve tried that, these were the results, what should I do differently?”
  9. Keep going!! I’ve heard it asked “I’m doing everything right, why am I not successful yet?” And the answer is you just need to keep doing it longer! Not everyone is the same, not everyone hits goals the same time, not every business is the same! Don’t compare yourself to others, just keep doing YOUR best.
  10. Find a way! I love the quote “If you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk, crawl” That right there is one that motivates me. My journey is not the same as others. I see many running while I have to crawl….but I’m still moving forward!

 

Do not let the excuses control you!

Do not convenience yourself you can’t be successful!

Do not let negative thoughts in your brain!

Own your faults, call yourself out on them, and then move forward!

I Can't Be Successful Because....

Most the time when I see people not being successful the way they want, it’s simply because they are letting excuses get in there way. My best piece of advice is NO EXCUSES, just make it happen! Life is hard, but quitting is much much harder! Tell yourself this time you won’t quit and see what happens!

 

Dana

Congestion Relief

 

One of the worse parts of winter is how you get sick so easily! For me, I have an autoimmune disease so the moment someone within 5 miles of me has a cold, I catch it too! My son also has asthma and the moment he gets a cold, it turns into bad chest congestion. Needless to say I’m a bit crazy about germs and finding natural ways to stay healthy. Any Mom who has experienced their child not being able to breath understands why! It has to be the scariest thing ever! We have gone completely non toxic in our home which has been a HUGE help. My son use to have incidents at least once a month. We have had ONE in the past 7 months! He missed 30 days of school before we went non toxic from getting sick so easily….this year he is 4 months in and hasn’t missed 1 day! I highly recommend looking into toxin free in your home if you or your kids have allergies or asthma!

Congestion Relief

Congestion Relief

Of course even with being non toxic, eating healthier, and great supplements, things still happen! My son has a breathing treatment machine to help with his cough, but sometimes it would not help! The best thing we found was a steam shower to help. I have been a big fan of essential oils for awhile, so I looked into ways to make a “bath bomb” for a steam shower to help even more with the congestion. I wanted something easy, without a lot of ingredients, that helped reduce the congestion quickly. After a lot of trial and error, I finally found one that works! It worked so good, it completely cleared up his congestion and we both we able to get a good night’s sleep! Best part? They are super easy to make! Your kids can even help!

Congestion Relief

 

Here is how to make them!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Baking Soda

1/3 Cup Water

20-30 Drops Essential Oils ( I used Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, and Eucalyptus)

Glass Bowl

Muffin Tin or Silicone Molds

Directions:

Pour your baking soda and water into a bowl and mix well. It should be very thick. Then add your essential oils. I did about 30 drops total (kinda depends how strong you want it, but remember a little goes a long ways with oils!). You can pick any oil blend, but for congestion, these are my favorite! The mixture should be pretty thick, if its watery, add more baking soda. Once it’s well mixes, pour into the molds. At this point, you can bake it in the oven on 200 degrees for about an hour, or let them sit out and harden over a 24 hour period. I always bake mine as I’m not patient!

Congestion Relief

After they have hardened, you can start using them right away! I just toss one or two in the shower and the steam and oils together are like magic! I like to make a big batch and store them in mason jars or bags and that way when a cold comes…..I’m ready!!!

More about Essential Oils:

Why I love Oils

How To Make Bath Bombs

Natural Insect Repellent 

Dana

Christmas Shopping Catalog

As the Holiday season approaches, my goal at Work from Home Mom’s is to educate everyone on what a difference can be made when you shop more from Small Business Owners!  We can help you accomplish that with the Christmas Shopping Catalog!

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The Christmas Shopping Catalog!

Did you know that over 17 MILLION Americans work in direct sales businesses???? That’s a lot of people!!! We as Americans spend an average of $603 BILLION during the Holiday Season. Now imagine if that money was going toward the average Family instead of a CEO buying his 5th vacation home!

 

That money could be helping a family afford presents for their kids!  54% of the Holiday Buying is done online anyway, so do it through a small business owner! Use of Christmas Shopping Catalog to help you with your shopping and find a great gift for everyone on your list!!!

 

I encourage everyone to buy from at least one small business owner this Holiday Season, and ask your friends and family do the same!! To make it easier for you to find them, here is a great list of some of the amazing products you can get!!! Feel free to share this amazing Catalog with everyone you know! The more people who buy from small business owners, the more money goes back into our economy. A win for everyone this Holiday Season and easy to do with our Christmas Shopping Catalog!

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View Our Christmas Catalog 2017 Please share this article with others so we can encourage more people to shop small businesses this Holiday!

 

Make sure to also join our private group with over 10,000 members and growing daily to see more Holiday Deals! Work From Home Mom’s Networking Group.

 

Dana