Never Give Up!

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, things just don’t go according to plan. That’s been my life for 2018 ha!! I had so many great plans of things I wanted to accomplish, goals I set, programs I would create…..and none happened! Now September is around the corner and things are finally slowing down. For many people, they would just write off the rest of the year and prefer to start fresh, but for me, I think every single day is a fresh start!! Instead of dwelling on what doesn’t go right, I like to look at what I can change to make things better! Sometimes you need to have help in that department, this was a lesson I learned with the chaos that has been 2018.

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To start the year off with a bang, my husband got accepted into Nurse Practitioner school at one of the best schools in the US. That is great news, but we hadn’t expected him to get in so quickly as he had just applied. That was a bit scary for me as it meant he would be gone Monday-Friday all day the school is an hour away….more if you hit Atlanta’s lovely traffic. The plan was he would work part time on the weekends in order to keep our insurance. One positive in all that was thanks to my job, he didn’t need to work full time nor worry about child care as my schedule is very flexible but provides a full time income! Right as we were getting use to this idea of how things would change BIG time, he lost his job!! It was a horrible few weeks, but again, a blessing was my job and the income covered us while he searched for the perfect new job. That took a bit longer than expected as he wanted to make sure where ever he worked, they would be ok with his school schedule as it changes constantly. He finally found the perfect job…..at the hospital across from his school!! They would allow him to come in whenever he got off from class. This allowed him not to have to work on the weekends. For the first time in over 8 years, he now has the weekends off for family time! See, when you look hard enough, you can find something to be thankful for haha!

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The new schedule was hard though. His first few weeks he left early in the morning and didn’t get back til bedtime thanks to the joys of traffic. Once he got on his normal schedule, he was home in the morning but not back til midnight! Of course as soon as we adjusted to that, he started school so there went seeing him at all! I don’t know about you, but I like having things stay the same and 4 different schedules in the span of 2 months was HARD! Luckily the kids got out of school a few weeks later so I wasn’t have to deal with the joys of dinner, homework, bath and bed all by myself anymore. Summer did present a new challenge though as keeping all 3 kids busy and happy wore me down and my issues with my autoimmune diseases got worse. Needless to say, Mom’s don’t get sick days though so summer was long……very very long. And the health issues, that’s a whole other story in itself lol. Autoimmune diseases do so much damage and for most people, once you get one, multiple others follow. The hunt right now is for what else is going wrong and how to stop it before more damage is done. A few of my organs are suffering right now so hopefully its a quick find!

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School just started back so now I’m hoping things will slow down a bit and I can adjust to this new schedule! I ended up needing a minor procedure though this month and that pretty much knocked me down for 2 weeks. I woke up and noticed August was almost over HA! I always have the best luck so a Monday check up ended up keeping me at the doctor for HOURS for more tests. Luckily the very scary one (another lump) came back fine!! Celebrate all the good stuff is an important lesson I have learned the past few months!

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Parenting is tough and this year has taught me all you single parents out there, y’all are superheros! I have to do dinner and homework 5 nights a week, but some of you do it 7! I tip my hat to you! Add in major health problems and honestly my Doctor doesn’t even know how I manage it all. I saw a good quote the other day though that said “Someone said to me: “I don’t know how you do it all”….I replied “I wasn’t given a choice” and that describes how I manage! I wasn’t given a choice with these health issues, but how I react to them, now that is my choice. Every day I wake up and I fight. I try every holistic approach out there, I do research over and over, and I’m learning to rest now too. Some days are very hard, and others are wonderful. My biggest lesson from this journey is treasure those wonderful days and even on the hard ones, smile! It can be hard but your smile can help someone else going thru a rough time to stay encouraged.

 

Well, that has been what has been going on in my life! I would love to hear tips on managing things without your spouse, especially dinner and homework ha! I hope to be a lot more active on the blog now that things are slowing down…..keyword there is hopeful

 

Stay blessed!

 

Dana

Christmas Shopping Catalog

Christmas is coming!!! For many people that can be a stressful time of the year as you have to find time to SHOP! I don’t know about you, but shopping with 3 kids is no easy task! I’d much rather spend my time making cookies or checking out Christmas lights. And I’m sure many busy Mom’s are just like me! Soooooo, I found a way to help people save time on their Holiday Shopping, AND support small business owners at the same time!

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For the past few years, I’ve had the honor of helping small business owners over the Holidays with getting their products out to more people! Last year we did a Christmas Shopping Catalog that was viewed by over 80,000 people!! This year Christmas Advertising will be even bigger and better with over 150,000 people being shown the catalog….and that number grows DAILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

This Catalog is very special to me because not only did it help busy people with their Christmas shopping, but it also encouraged people to shop from small business owners instead of a giant corporation! Not to mention you can easily share the catalog with all your friends and family too!!!  My goal is to encourage more and more people to shop from small business owners, instead of a large corporation! Trust me, when you support small businesses, they truly appreciate it! A giant corporation doesn’t know the difference from one customer or another!

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When you shop from a small business owner, you are helping a Mom be able to stay home with her kids. You are helping a family take a vacation. You are enabling parents to start putting money aside for their kids college education. You are helping people not stress about spending extra this Christmas season. It’s so important to help small businesses be successful as that puts more money back into the economy!! I encourage everyone to shop for at least one item from a small business owner this Holiday Season. Or all of them!!! And encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 

Our Christmas Catalog will help with that! It will be emailed out to all our website and facebook followers starting in November! You also have the option to join our online group and post in there during November and December (must purchase a full page ad, or the group add on option below).

Want to be listed in our Christmas Catalog???

  • You can receive a quarter ad, half sheet, or full sheet ad to broadcast your products/business!
  • You also receive FREE Advertising In Our Private Group If You Buy A Full Page Ad! (Over 12,000 members and grows daily!)
  • The Christmas Catalog will be shared in multiple groups, websites, and social media sites every day during November and December
  • Christmas Catalog will be viewed by approximately 25,000 viewers from our website, 72,000 viewers from our Facebook Page, 12,000 from our private group and 50,000  viewers from our Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter Followers and multiple other social media sites.

Choose your ad size below, and after checking out, make sure to email us ( workfromhomemommas@gmail.com ) ASAP to confirm your spot!

 


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Want To Advertise JUST In Our Private Group?

Advertise your Holiday Deals During November and December to over 12,000 members in our private group!

Only two reps per company allowed for Christmas Advertising.

 


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*No Refunds Or Exchanges. All sales final UNLESS your company spot is already taken*

Dana

Summer Shopping

For most Mom’s, Summer is such a busy time of year! We are on the go, kids have camp’s, and we try and squeeze in extra trips. Not to mention we have more expenses from vacation and child care costs! No matter if you have extra cost’s or just super busy, we have a way to help! It’s our Summer Shopping Catalog! You can find great gifts in here or a JOB so you can earn an extra income this summer! After all, our kids are only with us for 18 summer’s so make sure not to miss out!

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Fun fact, over 17 MILLION Americans work in direct sales businesses!!! That’s a lot of people!!! We as Americans spend an average of $603 BILLION shopping JUST during the Holiday Season. Now imagine if that money was going toward the average Family instead of a CEO buying his 5th vacation home ALL YEAR ROUND!

 

That money could be helping a family afford clothes for their kids!  78% of people shop online anyway, so do it through a small business owner! Use of Summer Shopping Catalog to help you with your shopping and find a great gift for everyone or an awesome job!!!

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I encourage everyone to buy from at least one item from a small business owner this Summer, 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 and a great way to get a job you can do from home! Make sure to watch in the catalog for the great coupons and other awesome deals!  Happy Shopping!

 

2018 Summer Shopping Catalog

Dana

Crazy. Beautiful. LIFE!

I’m back!!!! I can’t believe how long it has been since I blogged! My life has been a bit chaotic the last few months and one thing you know if you’ve followed me long is I teach how important it is to have balance and prioritize things. For me, I had to step back a bit from blogging while I adjusted to a new schedule. I’m still working on that to be honest but I’m hoping come summer it will be a bit easier!! So…..what’s been going on?!?! Here is the crazy that is my life!
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In January I started experiencing sharp pain right above my heart. Found out I had a left atrial enlargement so ended up in the hospital and getting a lot of tests done. First guess was early stages of heart disease. After a few weeks the pain went away and I haven’t had it again, thank goodness!! I also had extremely high blood pressure during that time and I normally run low!! The best we can figure is my thyroid medicine wasn’t high enough and it caused inflammation along with me missing a few doses of that and my amazing vitamins that reduce inflammation. I’ll never make that mistake again as it was extremely scary! Right now I’m in the clear and don’t go back for a few months to get it checked again!

Of course that’s not all though….right when that first happened, my husband got accepted into Nurse Practionier school at Emory University. Amazing right!?!? It’s a dual program so he’ll get a Bachelor’s Degrees in nursing (yay for having 2 Bachelors degrees lol) and then go straight into the Graduate Program! It will take 3 years and he goes to school all day every day. He was excited……I was terrified!! Now, I know God never gives us more than we can handle, but I think sometimes God has me and Wonder Woman mixed up!! I’ve been doing ok just handling life, work, kids and multiple chronic illnesses but now add in me being the only parent around and having to do EVERYTHING for 3 years?!?! Ya, I’m still terrified by it haha! The only thing I was a bit happy about was he would start in August so at least we got a fun summer and all the kids would be in school so I’d have more time to get things done…..ya we were wrong and he actually starts in MAY!!

In the middle of dealing with my chest pain, my husbands nurse Practionier program we got another hurdle….he lost his job!! Totally unexpected and completely ridiculous but sometimes things happen that are out of your control. The good thing was I have an amazing job that paid all our bills and we live in an area where his type of job is pretty easy to find! It was a huge ball of added stress I didn’t need though and ended up making me horribly sick which was super bad as we had lost our insurance!! God always had a plan though and he found a great job where the hours work perfect with his school. In fact his work is a 10 minute walk from his school so he can go in right after class!! And it was a big pay increase!! Plus, he had some quality time with us before being gone for school the next few years!

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The hard part has been the new schedule. He works in downtown Atlanta and we live about an hour away. Add in rush hour traffic and he was gone from 5:30am-7:30pm Monday- Friday. I ended up learning what it would be like when he was in Nurse Practionier school a whole lot sooner than I thought….and it’s hard!! Even for a healthy Mom, being the only parent around for homework, dinner, bath, bed time, after school activities, breaking up fights etc is HARD! Now add in a chronic illness…..to say I’ve been exhausted is the understatement of the century haha. My health was doing ok, but since this change I’ve gone downhill. My body starts running a fever when its struggling and that happens occasionally but not much in the past 8 months. Since this new scheduled happened? At least 3 or 4 times per week my body goes into flare up which means its attacking itself…..very very very bad!!

It’s a learning process for sure and I’m trying to figure out what I can do to make my life easier. Luckily my job is super flexible so I cut my hours back a bit. I’m also hunting for a good babysitter to come help me out once or twice a week and learning to cook super easy meals! Plus once summer hits in 4 weeks, I won’t be spending 2 hours a day driving kids to and from stuff which will help a ton! Then in the fall, all 3 will be in the same school and I’ll have 6 hours to myself to fit in all the crazy stuff I’m doing in 2 hours, 4 days a week! And I keep reminding myself this too shall pass!! The older they get, the more they can help and hopefully I’ll find someone local to help out too!! On a huge plus, my Mom is coming down for 2 weeks in a month to help me out!!

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Through all this crazy though, I have found a few positives such as we were able to start going to Church again!! Not to mention I appreciate my job more than ever. I learned so many people live paycheck to paycheck and if they lose their job, they will be in major debt. Or even lose their house!! My husband was without a paycheck for 2 months and we were fine! Sure it was stressful and of course during that time we had a ton of extra expenses, but we survived! No extra debt or getting behind on any bills! Plus, I always have the option to work more or less so when he lost his job, I worked more and got a bigger check! Now that he is gone and my time is limited, I’ve worked less but haven’t taken a pay cut! How great is that?!?! Even for those with a wonderful job, I really encourage everyone to have a Plan B as you never know when life with throw you a curve ball. Try and have 6 month’s of bills in savings, pay off all debt, and get started on college and retirement accounts. If you don’t have any of those things……..I can help 😉

 

Dana

Dot Dot Smile Review

Recently I got the honor of reviewing a product that I have to say, is one of the BEST ever! Not only is it a good product, but something that makes sense to sell and share with others! I always tell people, when looking for a job you can do from home, you need to find a product people are going to buy over and over again and clothes for kids is the PERFECT option! Clothes for kids is perfect in my opinion because kids are always growing and keep needing new things! Plus, as parents, I find we prefer buying stuff for our kids more than we do ourselves! So not only a perfect product in that it’s so good, but a perfect option for those looking for a job they can do from home!

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Dot Dot Smile Review 

The company is called DotDotSmile and is a company that focuses on kids clothes! They carry things like cap sleeve dresses, tank dresses, ballerina dresses, leggings, shirts, shorts and more! My daughter is 6 and loves dresses, but finding ones that are good quality can be so hard! Not only are these GREAT quality, they are also super cute, long lasting (no shrinking or color fading!) and affordable! That’s a win in my book. But of course, I had to let my 6 year old put them to the test! She loved them because they are longer than most dresses we find for her so she didn’t have to wear leggings with them! She also LOVED the twirly dress, it’s name should describe why haha. She twirled around all day in it! The colors are so bright and come in many different options of dresses and other clothes. It was perfect for a day at school, playing outside and even fancy enough for Church! Mom and daughter both approved on this line of clothing!!

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The dresses were a hit for sure and I highly recommend them! I also decided to do some digging on the business side to see if this would be something ANY Mom could do…and should do. Here is what I found about the company….

 

It was started by a husband and wife with 3 kids in 2013 who wanted to be around for their children more! I personally love that it was started by a family and not a big corporation! Their goal was to encourage their kids to keep dreaming and find their passion and thru this, they are helping other families do the same! That’s a mission I can whole heartedly support!!

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To join you need a sponsor ( I recommend April) and it costs $50 per year for your website and free shipping. Your first order has to be 25 personal volume which is around $425. Not bad since most other clothing companies cost in the THOUSANDS to join! Do keep in mind there are a few extra expenses such as business cards, racks, hangers, and shipping supplies but from what I found on google, you can get all that for pretty cheap (not to mention its all a tax write off!!) You can just sell the clothes to make an income, or chose to sponsor others too!

 

In my personal opinion after researching work from home jobs for the past 6+ years…..this is a good option! The clothes are high quality and something most parents would enjoy buying for their kids since they last! It’s also a unique company! I don’t know any other work from home company that carries such high quality and wonderful prints so the competition is VERY low! It’s also still a new company so you do not have an over saturated market where you would have to compete for sales all the time! And it’s something you could easily get more customers for by doing vendor events, home parties, online parties or just word of mouth! I would highly recommend this company if you are looking for a fun job and enjoy clothes! Here is more about April and why she picked this job! Make sure to get in contact with her for any questions, to shop, or to start this business!

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12987200_10208088543548243_7977836371338327323_n “My why….is pretty simple really! I’m a SAHM mom of 4 boys – yup a boy mom selling twirly dresses! I found DotDotSmile by accident while researching something fun to do for myself while contributing to my family financially. It’s turned into a blessing and a fun adventure for me both personally and professionally! I love being able to help support my family again and I get to buy all the pretty little girls things I will never get a chance to buy! The best part, however, is seeing the smiles and confidence these dresses bring to my little customers! I’ve enjoyed owning my own business, setting my own hours, growing professionally through a new opportunity and supporting my family with DotDotSmile!”

Shop From April HERE

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Email April with any questions, she is wonderful to chat with! dotdotsmilewithapril@outlook.com

Dana