Teaching Your Kids to Love Books

booksAs a Mom of 3, I am always looking for ways my kids can have fun and learn at the same time. I want them to learn, but at such young ages I also don’t want to force things on them so they end up bored. One ritual at my house is story time. Since my oldest was a baby, every night we have cuddled up and read together. It’s a nice way to wind down and get ready for bed, plus it keeps all the kids sitting down, and they are learning to love books at the same time!!!
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I am always on the hunt for good books for my kids. I grew up being a reader and even as an adult, I love sitting down to just relax and read a book. But I’ve found that so many kid books are just kind of silly. Sure they have great colorful pictures, but they don’t teach the kids anything or help them learn. And some I found cover topics that are not appropriate for all age groups. Even ones I personally think are good, often times my kids have no interest in. So its hard to find lots of books I approve of and the kids enjoy at the same time. We end up not agreeing on what book to read.

 

Luckily I met a wonderful woman named Andrea who introduced me to Usborne Books!! The books are not only GREAT quality, but they are also educational and engaging for children. One of the books we received from Usborne, we have read over and over again the first day as all 3 of my kids loved it so much!! I even found my 4 year old reading it to my 7 month old and helping him “feel” the different textures on the pages. It was great to find a book that both boys could enjoy at the same time. Of course another great quality is the durability in the books as it instantly went in the babies mouth HA!!

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One quality of Usborne that really impressed me was all their different options in books. The catalog had anything and everything from fun books, to education books, to sticker books, to novels for older kids. It truly covers all the basis and has something for every single kid no matter what their age, interest or education level!! My daughter loved the ice skating sticker books, while my 4 year old son loved the book teaching about the body parts.  Its so wonderful to see them sit down with the books and look through them all on their own! Not to mention the catalog is over 100 pages!! That’s right, 100 pages filled with awesome books!!! The prices were very affordable too for such nice quality books!!

 
I know many of my lovely Mom friends are always looking for a great way to not only teach their children, but also provide for their families financially, and this seems like a great opportunity!!! I snooped a little into what it costs/what you earn sharing these books and here is the low down on it.

*You can join for as low as $69 and that includes 7 titles plus your website. ((Now here is my two cents, $69 for 7 books is a good deal AND you are getting a business!! I see outrageous prices for at home businesses all the time but this one is a great deal!!))
*Commission is 25-30% based on your sales

*No Monthly Sales Quotas

*Earn free and discounted products for yourself

*Can work at book fairs and events or do home or online parties

*Have the option to sell to libraries, schools, offices, etc

*You can purchase your kit, then sell the books from it to make your money right back

*You can get a refund on your kit by selling a certain amount in 30 days

*Earn 30-60% off your own purchases or FREEkids couch

Those are just a few tidbits about the business opportunity, but from what I’ve heard it seems like a GREAT business opportunity for any Mom that loves reading and helping children learn. If you would like to learn more about the business opportunity, or the products, my good friend Andrea would be happy to answer any questions! She is also giving us a super awesome deal and all orders placed through this link https://c4370.myubam.com/66452, can be entered to win $50 in FREE books!!! (end Feb 14th) I highly recommend trying out these books and if you like them, look into the business opportunity!! I’m sure you will love them as much as me and my kids did!!

For more information on Usborne Books, contact:

Andrea Blanchette

raisingbookworms@yahoo.com

http://www.raisingourbookworms.com

Dana

WHY?????

10367582_10152570653389576_6730199825170286823_nOne question I hear all the time is “WHY are you working from home??? Aren’t you busy enough??” The answer is a simple one, for my kids because doing this gives me MORE time with them!!! I have a Bachelors in Psychology, Personal Training Certification, and Nutrition Certification yet I choose to work from home because it’s the easiest!!! Before Liam was born, I was lucky in that I could usually get 3-4hrs of work in each day. Will and Adalyn took long afternoon naps plus were in bed by 7pm each night. I had tons of free time to write meal plans, workout plans, and help clients one on one. When Liam was born my plan was to take a few months off from personal training and then take on the same work load. But I couldn’t do that!!!934898_10152572574349576_3952406333496227497_n

Will and Adalyn stopped napping, Liam would only sleep on me, plus with nursing Liam wakes up a ton at night. I found that I was too exhausted and stretched too thin and had no time for anything extra, not to mention once all the kids went to bed, I usually passed out. But I still needed an income source as we prepare for a big move, buying a new home, and my husband cutting back his hours as he returns to school soon. So what was I to do???

1456736_10152568941094576_6985649486394944378_nI stay home with my kids because it’s what’s best for MY family and its what my husband and I both agreed on. I never want to miss a moment of them growing up, but I still needed to bring some income in. That’s why I share a few products I love with people. It’s a win for me AND my family AND clients! I introduce people to amazing products, spend less time working and more time with my kids, yet still am able to bring in a full time income. The most important thing for me is to be present for my kids all the time. They only have a few years with me, and sharing products and getting paid for it has made that possible for me and my family!! I love my personal training business and clients and can’t wait to get back to that full time one day, but right now this is what is best for my kids, and provides me with no stress!!!

Sharing a product is not for everyone, and to be successful with it, you need to make sure it’s a product you use daily and love. If its not something you love, you will dread trying to share it and people can tell that!! The reason I have been successful is because I use the products I love daily.

 

 

Its an easy win for me. I work from home not to be a millionaire, but because I want time with my kids!! Its an accomplishment in my book to be able to make a full time income, working a few hours a week, loving what I do, and never having to sacrifice time with my kids. Sure I don’t watch much TV or do anything other than work once my kids go to sleep, but for me it is totally worth it and I wouldn’t change it. Oh, and it also helps to have a great planner and be super organized. That and coffee keeps me on track each day!!

Dana

The Perfect Job

One question I get all the time is “Dana, how In the world do you get started working from home???” I’d love to say the answer is quick and easy, but the truth is it’s not. The reason behind that is different things work for different people, and to be successful, you need to find what works best for YOU!!!

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When I first started making an income from home, it was unplanned! I was in school full time and my kids were 2 ½ and 1, but we were struggling to pay our bills let alone put any money in savings, so I started with a company selling a product I personally used. Now, let me say that I went about that all the wrong way haha!! I burnt myself out following the advice of my “leader” and burnt out my team. The money earned did help me pay for my personal training certification, but during that I learned the product I was promoting had some iffy ingredients, so I left the company!!!

 

I decided to focus instead on my personal training business as my experience with selling a product left a very sour taste in my mouth haha. I had finished college so I had a lot more time for this type of business!!  It took me awhile to put my foot back into the world of direct sales, but when I did I made sure to do a lot of research and find the perfect job for me!

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Direct selling is not for everyone of course, and some people have to try multiple companies before they find one they love. Because if you are promoting a product you don’t love, people will see that and not only will they not buy, you will be miserable yourself!!

Of course this is NOT the only way to make an income from home, but for me its what works best!!! With 3 kids, I can’t spend hours online and most days when I work, varies greatly. Sometimes its an hour, some-days its not at all!! For me, flexibility is the most important thing as my kids always come first. If you can work set hours, in a quiet place, MANY companies now hire people to do customer service over the phone from home. That’s a steady income if you can devote 40hrs a week.

Remember, you have to find what works for you. Sit down and figure out what you are looking for in a job, how much time you can devote, and what your goals are financially. And never be afraid to ask for help from others in the work from home industry!!!

 

Just because one thing works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you….but it never hurts to try!!!! One thing that makes me successful is I NEVER EVER EVER force my company on someone. Instead I help them find the perfect fit for THEM!!!!! Find something you love, and you never work a day!!

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Dana

Not SuperMom

Today:

  • The baby was up every 2hrs last night plus has a giggle fest from 2am-3:30am
  • The coffee pot went crazy and ruined my MUCH need energy in a cup
  • I accidentally charged something I didn’t want to buy
  • I forgot to defrost the meat for dinner
  • Did I brush my teeth??? Who knows!

As a Mom, and also a women its very important to remember that we all have off days!!! I tend to be hard on myself and forget that I spend most the night up with an infant, so I have good reason to be tired. I make a to-do list each day and sometimes I get everything crossed off, sometimes nothing. And that is ok!!!! We are all human and most day’s Moms do not get a normal lunch break, privacy time when in the bathroom, a chance to fully wash and rinse our hair, or the opportunity to drink our coffee while its hot. But that’s ok!!!

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I remind myself, and every other Mom out there, that this too shall pass and what matters is that you do the best you can each day and remember you are raising beautiful children, the most important job!! So who cares if the laundry goes through the dryer for the 4 time in a row. Or if that bill was one day late. Haircuts can wait til next week. You deserve a moment to sit down, do nothing, drink some coffee, and surf through Pinterest aimlessly.

Because tomorrow is a new day. Take the SuperMom cape off for today, and just relax and take it easy, that’s my plan for the rest of the day <3

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Dana