Managing Your Time When Working From Home

I always get asked how I manage to work from home with 3 kids with me all day. The truth is, it takes a lot of flexibility and to do lists!!! I get up before the kids, am up after them, plus answer emails/do work during their nap/quiet times. One way Im able to do this is my having a few different to-do lists. I know that sounds crazy, but its true haha.
I have one list for tasks I need to do each day, one for the monthly goals, and one for random things I wish to accomplish when I have time. For my daily list of things that HAVE to get done that day in related to work, I prioritize them in this order:
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2) Paying Clients
3) Potential Clients
4) Business Building
5) Everything else
I break it up this way because the time I spend away from my kids is for the sole purpose of working and helping with their college funds and being debt free. So I always try and do the money making tasks first, and then everything else comes last and sometimes those other items don’t get accomplished that day, but its ok!

I usually have about 3 hours (if Im lucky) broken up throughout the day to do work, so I make sure to always get to my clients first as they pay for me to help them. I do put my close friends first as those relationships are very important to me!!! I don’t open browsers with facebook, pinterest, etc as those are just distractions. I make my list each morning of things that HAVE to be taken care of that day. The list is important as it helps me stay on track and keeps me from forgetting important things. Plus I prioritize it with numbers as what needs to be done first, second, third, etc.

Another thing that helps me is I have certain days each week I work on the same tasks. For example, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are the days I post blogs. The 5th and 20th of the months are the days I send out newsletters for my clients and page followers. Doing the same tasks each week/month helps me not to forget them. Plus when I plan my week out, I know those are going to be my busy days.

Different things work for each person, but for me, staying organized and having lots of lists is what helps me the most! Its taken time to find a system, and some days I get behind and other days I have evenings to just read and relax! Part of being a work from home mom is learning to go with the flow, just do your best, and remember your goals! For me, my kids come first, and work comes second.11692566_10153075505454576_1689907928773453451_n

Dana

A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom

One of the most common things I hear from people is asking how I balance everything. The truth is, some days I do a horrible job at it!!! But on those days, I look at what I can do better and consider it a learning experience. Part of parenting is just going with the flow so sometimes I get a lot accomplished…others days NOTHING! But I’ve learned balanced, and to work smarter, not harder. Here is a normal day for me!
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5am- Wakeup and workout time. Im a much better mom and person when I get my daily sweat on. Not to mention I feel so much more productive!

6am- QUICK shower as my oldest 2 wake up not long after 6.

7am- Breakfast and coffee and the baby wakes up.

11257169_978800182153448_2016610009117767100_n8am- Park time and walk. We have 4 parks withing 15 minutes and all have awesome trails so we go every morning. I get a walk in first and then we play!

10am- Baby takes a nap and this is my work time. My oldest 2 play games, draw,do puzzles and work on colors and letters during this time too.

12pm- Lunch time!

1-3pm- Play time which usually consists of pool, back yard, or bike riding

11013536_10152920547104576_4049153552323311074_n3pm- Nap time for baby Liam! Will plays his tablet on the couch with me while I get some work done and Adalyn “watches” a movie. AKA she falls asleep.

5:30pm- Dinner time

6:00pm- Playing outside or going for an evening walk as a family.

7pm- Baby Liam gets sung to and tucked in by the whole family

10930867_10152906729574576_6134374952763433286_n8pm- Will and Adalyn go to bed (hopefully)

8pm- Tv Time with my hubby

9pm- work for a few minutes and then BED!

It’s a busy life, I stick to my schedule as best as I can, and I remember to enjoy every moment of it as whats most important is having time with my family!!!

Dana

We All Scream For Ice Cream

As summer time approaches, many of us like to indulge in our favorite warm weather treat, Ice Cream!!! But regular ice cream can be high in fat and calories and put a stop to your weight loss goals. Instead, reach for a healthier yet still just as delicious, treat!!

Your best bet is going to be frozen yogurt, or a home made smoothie with fruit. Those are usually the lowest in calories and fat and they use real sugar, not substitutes or additives. In the calorie department, nonfat frozen yogurt is the best choice by far. Usually it ranges around 100 calories per servings with zero grams of fat. What makes it even better is it often has good for you probiotics in it which gives you live cultures to promote good gut health. For added protein, look for frozen yogurt that is made with greek yogurt.

Smoothies are a great choice as they are packed full of vitamins from the fruit. Throwing in some greek yogurt also gives you probitotics and extra protein. To up the protein, add a scopp of protein powder ( I like Try About Time Vanilla, use code TDF for a 25% off discount).

Here is my favorite smoothie recipe:

1/2 Cup Low Sugar Apple Juice

1 Cup Mixed Fruit (strawberries, mango, peaches, and bananas)

1 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 Scoop Try About Time Vanilla Protein Powder

8-10 Ice Cubes (If your fruit is frozen, skip the ice)

Blend and Enjoy!!!

 

Here are some other good choices.

 

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream: Comes in many flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate to ore. They are 100 calories per serving, 7 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein.

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Arctic Zero: 75 calories per serving, 3 grams of protein, and 2.5 grams of fat! Flavors range from coffee, to cookie dough to key lime pie! Lactose free, gluten free, nut free.

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Häagen-Dazs Cranberry Blueberry Fat Free Sorbet: 100 calories per serving and 0 grams of fat. Made from cranberries and blueberries.

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Baskin-Robbins Light Aloha Brownie Ice Cream: 160 calories per serving with 5 grams of fat. Made with fudge and chunks of macadamia nut toffee

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Haagen-Dazs fat free sorbet mango: Great choice for only 120 calories per serving and 0 grams of fat

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Ben & Jerry’s Black Raspberry Swirl Low Fat Frozen Yogurt: 140 calories, 1.5 grams of fat

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What is your favorite type of healthy sweet dessert to have during the summer? I would love to hear!!

Dana

Making Money Fast

how to make moneyMany work from home jobs are about building your own business and brand. But what do you do when you need money right away and don’t have time for business building?? That is a question I hear a lot lately so lets talk about what to do, and what NOT to do when you need money quickly.

 

WHAT TO DO:

*Find a job that is hiring right away and pays well. This might mean you need to do a customer service job and be on the phone all day, but if you are desperate for money, this is a guaranteed income!!!

*Look where you can make costs. Sit down and go over your bills. See if any will put you on a lower payment plan or if you can make cuts. Say bye- bye to expensive cable and crazy phone packages. Mot libraries and cafes have free internet you can use until you can afford more.

*Cut back on groceries! Find cheaper foods and snacks to eat, skip the extras like desserts and sodas and snacks you just munch on. Go meatless a few nights a week and have a soup and sandwich night.

*Don’t eat out or buy extras. If you don’t NEED it, don’t buy it!

*Shop at cheaper stores such as Costco, Sams, and Aldis. Use coupons for household items.

*If you own a business such as a direct sales company, utilize that!! Ask friends and family members to host parties, sample your products, or look for local events you can attend. Focus on selling products or recruiting, whichever brings in more income quickly.

  • Use multiple sources of social media to reach more people
  • Find out if you can advertise in local groups for your area
  • Offer deals such as free shipping for bulk orders or a small percentage off
  • Check out other social media websites for mom’s to grow your business reach
  • Get together with other direct sales ladies in your areas for a LARGE in home event where you all invite friends

****Focus on ways that will bring you income quickly and make sure you devote time to it daily. Be honest with yourself about your work and make sure you are doing all you can to get ahead. Once you get ahead, start focusing on a residual income so you aren’t scrapping over and over every month****

WHAT NOT TO DO:

*Don’t start a NEW business- this often requires a start up cost and even though many people SAY you can make it back quickly, not everyone can and that can put you further in the hole. Now if it’s a business where you can sell the products in your kit, that might be a good option!

*Don’t spend money- this includes any advertising, start up costs, website fees etc. If you need money badly, you need to focus on ways that will bring in an income. YES most businesses costs money, but don’t spend if you don’t have it. That just puts you further in debt.

*Focus on immediate returns. Building a website takes a lot of time and money so put that on your back burner as its harder to build up a following.

 

 

Ways To Make Money Fast:make money fast

*Sell baked goods. Everyone loves some homemade cookies, fudge and brownies and are happy to pay for it.

*Plasma, hair, breast milk, women’s eggs, and men’s sperm: All these things can be sold to clinics and places for income for yourself. For plasma, you can donate twice a week for $35 each time. For selling your eggs, you are required to past screening tests and do at home hormone shots for a month, but they pay is around $7,000.

*Bake meals for others and charge. Many people have to eat out due to busy schedules but would much prefer if they could buy a homemade and have it delivered. Advertise on your facebook or a local facebook group for your area.

*Offer to baby sit kids, pets, or homes. You can also register yourself on http://www.care.com

*Make crafts that you can sell. Such as front door wreaths, crochet items, signs for kids rooms and much more. You can check out http://www.etsy.com for ideas and to start your own shop!

*Sell stuff: You can use craigslist, ebay, and online facebook yard sale sites. Or have a garage sale.

*Recycle scrap metal. Contact your local scrap yard for prices.

*Rent out a room in your house. Make sure to have a rental agreement and research the person you offer the space too!

*Review music online with Slicethepie http://www.slicethepie.com/

*If you have a college education, you can sign up to be tutor online for many different ages and subjects!

GET PAID FOR USING WEBSITES:

Some websites have surveys, quizzes, activities, games, etc that you can do and get paid for right away, or a little at a time. Here are some of my favorites.

Swagbucks

Survey Savvy

PaidViewpoint

Ibotta  (discounts and cash back on groceries at your choice of stores!)

Inbox Dollars

Fusion Cash

In my personal opinion, building your own business is the best income option when working from home, but that does require time and money. And usually the time frame for that is between 6 months – 2 years. Make sure you are devoting time each day to your goals, keeping a list of what needs to be done, and setting priorities when it comes to where you spend your money and time. Building a business is hard in the beginning, but the pay off is well worth it! For ideas on businesses you can do from home, visit our Work From Home Directory! Or to work with me, visit WORK WITH ME

 

 

 

 

 

Dana

Graham Cookies

As a parent, it is always a struggle between finding foods my kids will eat, and my desire to have them eat healthy foods. Lately as I have noticed that effects sugar have on my 4 year old, I’ve been working hard to find healthy foods that I can make. And that he will still enjoy haha. One recipe I recently found that everyone loved, is home made graham crackers! These are very easy to do and delicious!

INGREDIENTS:graham cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or flour of choice
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a blender combine the ingredients.
  3. Next put in the chilled butter.
  4. Scoop the mixture onto a piece of wax paper, with another sheet onto and roll out with a rolling pin or cup
  5. Roll dough out and use cookie cutters to make shapes or a cup just for circles.
  6. Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

 

To Freeze, simply cut the cookies into shapes and then place them onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then you can place them in a plastic bag and you can freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to bake them, just cook them with an additional 1-2 minutes of bake time added on and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

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Dana