Finding Balance

 

11150407_10152881528944576_2738157974536688199_nWhen people see that I work from home, they often think I have it all together and am “Supermom”. Well, sorry to burst some bubbles, but that is totally false!!! I’m like every single person out there, struggling to accomplish it all and some days forgetting to brush my teeth!! Most days I don’t wear an ounce of makeup (except mascara!!), am in gym clothes, and run around all day long. I have days where I feel super overwhelmed and think I have way too much on my plate. And its moments like that I have to take a step back and remember what is most important.

I have three healthy, beautiful, smart children!!! I get to spend all day, every day, with them!!! Working from home has helped my family tremendously, I’ve paid off my school loans and my SUV (HUGE happy dance from that this week)! I have so much to be thankful for!!! So the laundry might only get done once a week, the grass needed to be cut two weeks ago, and my wardrobe only includes gym clothes. But who cares!!! I’m always been very OCD, but slowly and surely, I’m learning to go with the flow a bit more.

 

11026588_10152886604509576_8022368932152025326_nBalance is still something I struggle with. My husband works a weird shift so really only has one full day off right now. The funny thing is, that doesn’t bother me. The kids and I are always on the go as we FINALLY live in an area where we have stuff to do! I can run errands, take them to the park, go for hikes with my aunt, we have fun stuff to do everyday!!! I don’t think we have been bored once since we moved to GA. It’s a freeing feeling to have options and not be stuck in the house all day!!

 

The only negative has been my work. I’ve been so busy with the kids, and my husband’s schedule is different, the time to “work” I had each day has changed. At first I got stressed. I have worked hard to build my business and to make an income from home. But then I remembered why I was working, to help my family!!! We have paid off so much debt, and now my income goes directly towards my kids college funds!!!! That’s an amazing feeling in itself to accomplish that while being home with my kids each day. For many people, my family included, money can be stressful and to remove that issue has been a huge weight off my husband and I’s shoulders.

 

I’m sticking more to a schedule to help with the work time I have. I get up early and that’s my exercise time. I also use that time to make my “to-do” list for the day. On that list I make sure to include the most important items, and the ones that can be done that day, or another day. That’s a huge help with keeping me on track and making sure I accomplish what HAS to be done each day.

 

The truth is, most people do NOT have it all figured out. We all struggle with getting things done and prioritizing. For me, the number one priority is my kids. I want them to be able to do after school activities, take fun family vacations, and go to college. So on the days I feel stressed, I remember my goals are for them and that reminds me to take a step back, figure out a new way to achieve balance, and when all else fails, go swing at the park. Because sunshine and the laugher of my kids reminds me of the important things in life!!

Dana

For A Love Of Jewelry

oopicsBefore having children, I was the QUEEN of accessories. I’m talking at least 5 different pairs of earnings for each color possible, and of course necklaces, bracelets, rings, purses etc to match everything. My friends use to joke and say they need to go shop at “Dana’s Closet” whenever they needed an outfit for a fun event. I might have had a small obsession with shopping haha. Once my oldest son was born, I traded those necklaces for burp clothes. The long dangling earrings were replaced with pearl studs. The fancy purses in all different colors were packed away in place of one diaper bag. It was a whole new world and I loved it!!!! I didn’t miss the accessories as having a babies arms around my neck were far more precious!

unnamed (2)Five years later, and now 3 kids, I still wear very few accessories. I learned the hard way that getting your earrings yanked out is not a fun experience haha. Especially since my youngest who is 8 months LOVES pulling on my hair and ears all the time. But I still enjoy having a few pieces of jewelry so when I was approached by one of my friends to try out her bracelets from Origami Owl, I was overjoyed at the opportunity!!!! Bracelets are one item I have found I can get away with and actually they serve a double purpose as they can keep kids entertained too haha!!!

The first thing that impressed me about Origami Owl was how cute all their packaging was! It arrived in adorable little boxes and each piece was separate so I could choose what to use and when. For those who aren’t familiar with Origami Owl, they are a company that has locket based items such as necklaces and bracelets, but they have also expanded and have other great jewelry items! What I love is you can design your own locket and fill it with things special to you. Such as your kids birthstones, or your favorite sports or hobbies. The lockets can be used as a necklace or a bracelet too!origami-owl

I got the bracelet myself and love it! My friend Liane also sent me a second option, which is great too! I love the wrap bracelet, how fun and stylish it is, and that I have more than one option with how to use it!! I can also get more charms and change them out whenever I want. How cool is that?!?! This is perfect for Moms like myself who love jewelry, but needs items that are kids friendly. Another thought I had is these are GREAT for grandparents too! How fun for a grandmother to get a necklace or bracelet with all her kids birthstones in it! I know I have searched for items like that before and they are hard to find. Especially to find ones that are cute like this and where birthstones can be added as the family grows!Core-Collection-Bracelets-origami-owl

If you are a jewelry lover, I highly suggest giving these cute products a look! Liane is wonderful to chat with and she has a lot of opportunities to help you earn free jewelry, or get started in this business!!! Jewelry is one of those items that people are always going to like, and the compensation plan for this company is very generous! Here are the things I thought were awesome about this companies business plan:

*You earn 30-50% commission on product sales (that’s a high commission which is AWESOME!)

*You get paid weekly on FridaysPicture2

*You can host parties online

*You can do events

*You can do home parties (see all these great options?!?!)

*Leaders earn 4%-15% of their team sales (that’s a good bonus!)

*Company is open in United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico

*You can earn your own free products

*Children at the age of 12 can join with their parents. This right here is something I have never seen before and such a fabulous idea! I know when I was a child, I was big into being a business owner and earning money, but there are so few options!! With these, the kids partner with their parent and can make money by creating jewelry!!

These products are not only gorgeous and so much fun, but this is a great way for us busy Moms to make an extra dollar! Please check out Lianes page and let her know if you have any questions. She is so wonderful and VERY helpful! Thanks Liane for these wonderful bracelets and for introducing me to Origami Owl!

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Dana