Stay On Track

Life is crazy busy. Do you ever sit down and think “Wow, where did the day go”…or the month…or a year! I know I do!! It’s a struggle to stay on track! It seems like just yesterday I was getting ready to have my first child, and now he is almost 7 and I have 2 more kids!! The months I was pregnant with him seemed to drag on, but since then it’s been non stop on the go!

Stay On Track

For most Mom’s, life is hectic so its hard to stay on track with your goals. Whether they are fitness related, business related, health related…it’s hard!! You set these awesome goals, and before you know it time has passed and you are no closer to hitting them. So what do you do? Well, for starters, don’t beat yourself up! Even the most put together Mom has trouble staying on track! I’m great about working my business, but you better believe I always have a huge pile of laundry at my house that needs to get done.

 

Comparing yourself to someone else is the worse thing to do. Instead focus on you and your personal goals as everyone has different issues in their life and different ideas as to how to stay on track. Here are a few of mine that I find work great!

Stay On Track

  1. Have an accountability partner. When someone else knows your goals, its proven to help you stick to them better! Have a friend that can help keep you on track and that can point out when you might be falling off. Be partners and do the same for them to help you both succeed!
  2. Write Down Your Goals Long Term and Short Term. Being able to see your goals each day helps you remember why you are working so hard to achieve them. It also helps make your goals a prioirty and gives you something to work for now, and for the future.
  3. Have A Plan. I write out my plan each month and that really helps me with staying on track. I mark down what needs to get done and when, then I cross it off. I love crossing things off my list, it really helps me feel accomplished!
  4. Participate in Training’s. This is huge!! No matter what your goals are, it helps to learn from people who have been where you are, and have had success! Training yourself in your business, your hobby, or just how to do daily things better can really help you accomplish more and easier.
  5. Give Yourself A High Five. It’s hard being a Mom! It’s also hard having goals and making time for you. Remember to celebrate your success and enjoy it. You don’t want to dread working on your goals so keep it fun, take time off here and there, and celebrate when you get something hard, finished.
Dana

Work From Home Jobs For Moms

78% of the population lives paycheck to paycheck. One in 3 people have no money in their savings accounts. 10-12% of a COUPLES income goes to child care.

Work From Home Jobs For Moms

These are some scary numbers!! It shows that people need an income, but when they work outside of the home, they lose a lot to daycare. Not to mention less time with their kids and spouses. And more stress and expenses come with working outside the home. So what are Mom’s to do??

Work From Home Jobs For Moms

Work from home jobs for Moms is the answer! You can find so many different types of jobs from home. Things such as customer service jobs, data, entry, transcribing, referral marketing, selling products, the list goes on and on! Many Mom’s chose the route of selling products, as its just something easy to do!! After all, your income can be way higher than minimum wage, which is what most other jobs pay. The downside to selling products is it takes time, hard work, and consistency. Most people want a paycheck 5 minutes after they sign up and it doesn’t work that way.

Work from home jobs for moms are a great way to still bring in a paycheck, without having to rush around to a 9 to 5 and put your kids in daycare. That hard part is fining the type that will work best for you. For example, if you have young kids at home, a customer service job where you are on the phone would not be a good fit. But maybe a VIRTUAL customer service job would be. If you have great typing skills, you could transcribe documents. If you have experience in data entry or accounting, you can find jobs along those lines too.

 

You have tons of great ways you can work from home, you just have to look hard, try a few things, and never give up!

 

Here are 30 jobs you can do from home without selling products.

If you would prefer to be your own boss, and make a higher income, check out our Work From Home Directory.

 

Customer Service JobsWork From Home Jobs For Moms

Enterprise

Uhaul

1-800 Flowers

Live Ops

Arise

American Express

Sykes

Cloud Source

ACD Direct

Apple

 

Date Entry Jobs

Great American Opportunities

SigTrack

VirtualBee

Microworkers

Clickworker

 

Virtual Customer Service

Needle

Live Sales Staff

Capital Typing

PaperlesPipeline

Sedgwick

 

Computer Jobs

Leapforce

Appen

ZeroChaos

Lionbridge

iSoftStone

 

Writing Jobs

Quicktate 

Blogging Pro

TranscribeMe

Capital Typing

Scribie

 

 

Dana

Call Me Extreme Mom

Do you ever feel like you go to the extremes as a Mom? Call me extreme Mom….cause I do it all the time haha. Like, making sure your kids have nice clothes, while you are wearing pants from before they were born. Or making them a healthy balanced meal with organic foods while you munch on leftovers. And being over protective even about the things YOU personally did as a kid. Any other Mom’s like this??? I am!!! When it comes to the health, happiness, and well being of my kids, I go to the extremes. I just couldn’t imagine not as my love for them is so great, I want the best for them always!

Call Me Extreme Mom

Call Me Extreme Mom

Recently I started seeing a new doctor, and when I told her my reason for switching (she isn’t covered by insurance so very expensive) doctors was because of my kids, she asked why. I know as a Mom, I want to be the BEST version of myself possible. When I am sick all the time, I’m not the Mom I want to be. Of course I know having an autoimmune disease is not my fault or something I can control, but I want to do everything possible to be as healthy as I can for my kids.

So when we discussed a strict meal plan that I dislike with passion, I agreed to do it. It’s called the autoimmune protocol diet (details with links below) and it’s specifically for people with autoimmune diseases. It helps to remove inflammation in your body by taking out foods that may irritate you. It’s a very strict diet! No coffee, no eggs, no white potatoes, no rice, no peppers….along those lines. And we all know I love my coffee!! I guarantee I would be less sad about the meal plan if they gave me coffee haha. I have 3 kids under the age of 6, I need caffeine!!

Call Me Extreme Mom

I’ve done the plan before and that was why I had a poor attitude (and still do a bit haha) as I knew for me, I didn’t enjoy it. Some people do it and have amazing results and stay on it for months and years. Not me!! I did it for 6 weeks and hated it, plus felt worse during it. One of the main reasons that is, I did not prepare. I didn’t have enough recipes, or snacks on hand so I would be hungry a lot. I also ate way too many fruits and veggies which I found upset my stomach really bad. I was probably the only person ever to gain weight on that meal plan haha. Thus when it was suggested, I was not the least bit excited.

 

Again I’ll do it though because I’m willing to go to the extremes for my kids. I know this plan may not help me, but it also might make me feel loads better! I’ll have the energy to take my kids on fun activities on the weekend! I’ll be able to spend more time with my husband in the evening before falling asleep. I’ll be a better friend to those I’ve been too tired to keep up with. All those things push me to give it a try again.

Call Me Extreme Mom

And to take a gazillion supplements a day.
And get vitamin injections.
And say good bye to all my favorite foods.
And change my favorite workout routine.

When It comes to being the best Mom I can be, I will happily go to the extreme!!! So call me extreme Mom if that’s what it takes to get healthier.

Remember if you have a chronic illness and are NOT getting the help and support you need, it may be time to change doctors. My previous doctor is great, but since she did not specialize in autoimmune diseases, she didn’t know how to help when my condition kept getting worse. Look for a functional medicine doctor, or naturopath. Usually they do not accept insurance but they will work very hard to use natural approaches to get you feeling better quickly!! And feeling better is what we all want!

Great Resources To Check Out:Call Me Extreme Mom

What Is The AIP Diet?
What Is An Autoimmune Disease?
The AIP Diet And What Is It
The AIP Facebook Group (great for recipes, support, tips)

Dana

Mom Life

Mom Life…always on the go, always something on your mind, always someone needing you. I got asked the other day why I never take “me time” and the honest truth was I don’t have time…but I also have changed so much that what I use to enjoy, I no longer do!!

Mom Life

Mom life can be very hard!! We give all we have to our kids and then at the end of the day, what is left? One thing I have learned in the years of being a Mom, is make sure you take time for YOU! I am guilty of this. I turn down date nights, girls nights, alone time etc because my kids need me. If I do have plans, it never fails someone gets sick or my husband gets called into work. Before I know it, a whole year has gone past since my last “Me Day”. Before long you are drained physically and mentally and lose a bit of who you are in being “Mom”….how do you find that balance???

mom life

To be honest I have no clue haha. I’m a very clingy Mom. The only time my kids have a babysitter is if it’s a close family member. In fact, only 3 family members have ever watched my kids! So many of the things I use to do, I gave up since having kids. Instead of girls night out, we do girls night in haha. Instead of getting my nails done, I do them myself. I think I might finally find that balance when my kids are in college…but that’s ok! Each Mom is different and just because we don’t do girls night out, doesn’t mean we aren’t enjoying life. And for those that do girls night out, you rock!

 

As a Mom you have to find what works for you, not lose the balance, and not lose yourself. For me personally, I enjoy walks so even though one of my kids is always with my, that is still my “Me” time. It might not be the traditional expectation of a “Me” day but it works for me! I know some Mom’s who go to the gym daily, and that is their time. I know others who get their hair done weekly, and that is their time. I know one Mom who drops her kids with a babysitter to grocery shop as that is her time. Whichever way you can, find time for YOU!

mom life

A glass of wine and a good book at night, that works too! Don’t stretch yourself too thin Momma’s as we need to be healthy and happy to take care of our families!! Mom life is hard, but also truly one of the most rewarding jobs. Gone are my day of french manicures and accessories but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!!

Dana

Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal

The moment every parent dreads….the stomach bug!!! If your kids have not been in school or exposed to other kids much, you are lucky!! Nothing is worse than the horrible stomach bug, especially when your kids are little! My family has been very blessed in that my kids have mostly gotten sinus problems or random sickness that was NOT the stomach bug. It has really only hit my house 3 times in almost 7 years of being a Mom so that is really good! But as all parent’s know who have experienced it…one time is one time to many! But I’m excited to say I finally found a way to stop it in it’s tracks!! This is how you can stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal!!

Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal

Let me start out by saying, kids get sick all the time! Especially when they are young as they don’t understand germs, washing their hands, covering their mouths, etc. Some people are born with an amazing immune system that can combat anything, but others get sick when they have those lovely germs rubbed on them. I talked to a few teachers and they all agreed that under 3rd grade, they constantly have kids out each week sick (One school in my area had over 75 middle school kids out with a stomach bug). They sneeze on each other, hug each other, share snacks and drinks, come to school sick, touch the same school supplies…it’s germ central! As a parent, you can try and boost your child’s immune system, but most the time the first few years of school are just rough. And for some parents, it’s year after that! My poor Mom did all she could to keep me healthy yet I would end up in the hospital from stomach bugs pretty often. So parent’s, if your kids are constantly getting sick….don’t beat yourself up! I know kids with super healthy parents and lifestyles who are sick all the time. I know kids who eat junk food at every meal and never get sick. Each child is different but after talking with multiple Mom’s, Teachers, Nurses, Registered Dietitian, and a Physicians Assistant the general conclusion is kid’s will get sick often when in elementary school!

Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal

Of course there are a few things you can do to help. Healthy eating and exercise is key! Avoid processed foods, foods high in sugar, and junk food. Fruits and vegetables are hard for kids sometimes but you can sneak them in smoothies, spaghetti sauce, and soups! My kids do a smoothie for breakfast, a sandwich, yogurt, and organic fruit snack for lunch, and popcorn and fruit when they get home from school. Along with healthy foods, you also can give kids probiotics which help boost their immune system. Here are a few helpful articles on probiotics, plus some good ones to pick.

Probiotics For Kids

Baby-Biotics

 

I personally also use an immune boosting essential oil blend. That has been such a huge game changer for my kids! For example, last December my oldest son was sick an entire month, and then passed it to my two younger kids. This December, my daughter got a stomach bug at the beginning of the month (Yay PreK Germs!) that lasted two days….and that was it!!!! We survived December with just that one tiny bug, and thanks to the immune boosting oils, it didn’t go to my boys! Parent’s of multiple kids, you know how hard it is NOT to spread germs from one kid to the other haha, so this was a big accomplishment! Earlier this month, my husband got strep (he works at a hospital so comes in contact with many germs!) We didn’t realize it was strep and by the time he got diagnosed, but the boys got it too! I rubbed the essential oil on myself and my daughter (hers is diluted!) plus had it going in all our diffusers. Now, I need to mention in case you don’t follow my blog often, I have an autoimmune disease. I also found out recently my immune system is pretty much not working at all (Very low sIgA) so of course I just assumed I would be getting the strep too….NOPE!!! My daughter and I both managed to not get it!! Thanks to the power of an immune boosting essential oil!

Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal

I also recently discovered another great home remedy….activated charcoal! I had heard in the past that you can Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal, but also that it was a good detox in case I ate gluten. I bought it, then never ended up using it! I finally got a chance though! My oldest son came down with a high fever, and said he felt very tired. He rested all day, went to bed early, and I hoped he would feel better the next day. NOPE! About 30 minutes after going to bed, he came downstairs and threw up. Now, panic mode set in for me as he had a 103/104 fever all day and with throwing up, he wouldn’t be able to keep the medicine down! After he threw up the second time about 30 minutes later, I started looking up “at home remedies for the stomach bug” and what I came across was the activated charcoal. I read a ton of reviews from others who had used it, plus called my husband to have him ask about it (one of the small benefits of him working at the hospital at that time). Once I finally figured out a dosage, I decided to give it a try as Will had thrown up 5 times in less than 2 hours. I was sure he would throw it up (I mixed it with water and ice) since he hadn’t stopped getting sick….but an hour passed and he kept it down! And his fever was lowering!! I sent him to bed still doubtful and thinking we would be up soon with another trip to the bathroom, but I was wrong! He slept good the entire night and was so excited he didn’t throw up again, he came bounding in my room at 6am to say he wasn’t sick anymore!

Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal

I also took some myself as my stomach began to feel queasy…I’m not sure if I was getting the bug, or just lack of sleep and nerves from him being so sick. But after a day I felt better so I was able to Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal in myself and my son! Plus thanks to my essential oil immune booster, neither of my other kids got it. Again, Mom’s of multiple children you know how rare that is haha. My 2 year old even drank out of big big brothers cup!! I will definitely be keeping it on hand for the future as it stops that stomach bug right in it’s tracks! Activated charcoal works for stomach bugs because it adsorbs the bacteria responsible for the bug, helping you to then treat it and hopefully prevent it from spreading…but don’t just take my word on it, look it up and you’ll see this is a must have item! (100% grape juice is a good prevention method for the stomach bug as the acid in it coats the bag stomach bacteria…prevention though, it won’t work if you are already throwing up).

Stop Stomach Bugs With Activated Charcoal

Those are my tips on stopping yourself from getting a stomach bug, or what to do help once it starts! Remember kids get sick, so Mom’s, it’s not your fault!! Just do the best you can, try a few different things, and when in doubt, ask your doctor for tips on boosting their immune systems!

 

*This is not medical advice, just sharing things that have worked for me after consulting our own doctors. Always check with a medical provider first before giving yourself or children any supplements, or holistic medicine*

 

 

 

 

Dana