Mommy Has to Work — A working mom trying to do it all ....and succeeding!
My name is Anne and I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I work as a paraprofessional, I started a non-profit and am very active in my community. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family.
If your kids love “blind bag”type surprises, you must check out FlipaZoo Flip Box Surprise! FlipaZoo Flip Box Surprise contains 1 cuddly plush dog in 6 fun styles to choose from, and a box full of surprises to open!
FlipBox Surprise Official Commercial! - YouTube
My kids are very into the whole “blind bag” craze going on. My daughter loves the surprise balls that contain the little dolls and pets, and my son loves animal and super hero surprises. I knew my kids would FLIP over Flip Box Surprise! I was sent two different flip box surprises. My kids were so excited to check them out!
There are 6 different types of puppies to choose from. We received the Pug and the Yorkie. They are adorable! Each come in their own little box that can be used as a dog house. When you open up the box it contains a sheet of fun stickers, a party hat with string confetti in it, a blind bag and fun party glasses.
The blind bags contain four different surprises! A food bowl, collar, leash and a collar tag. You never know which colors or styles you will get! When you are ready to party with your pup, flip him and see what fun party pet you will get!
These would make such fun gifts for birthdays and even great holiday gifts! Check them out and collect them all!
Right now you can get a great deal, buy 1 get 1 free! That’s 2 pets for only $19.99 plus p&h. Click here to order!
*I received a product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
Owning a business requires a balance of time, management, and business know-how. For new business owners, it can seem like running the business is work enough, but there is still much to be done to make sure that business becomes successful. Follow these important tips if you are a new business owner, and you’ll be able to not only make sure your business rises to success but that your own personal life won’t be overloaded with the demands of starting a business.
1. Take Breaks
While running the world someday might be your number one priority, it is still important to find a balance between work life and home life. Taking time in the morning or in the evening after work to relax or work on a hobby is important. Your brain and your body need time to recharge in order for you to be working at full capacity at work the next day.
Many successful business owners say spending time in nature or tending a small garden is a great way to get your mind off of work for a little while each day and let it wander. In addition, leisurely activities or mindless, simple tasks or games allow your mind to wander and relax, which opens you up to new thoughts and ideas. Some of the best ideas people have are in the shower.
Also remember that being cramped up in the office all day not only takes a toll on your mind, but your body as well. Make sure to get a solid sleep and get up and out a few times during the workday to ensure that you can stretch your muscles and recharge a little before getting back to work.
2. Read, Read, Read
Education doesn’t stop after business school. The most successful business owners and entrepreneurs are constantly seeking new opportunities to better themselves by reading all that they can about business and leadership. Consult experts and knowledgeable sources in your field to help the company grow at every opportunity. There are hundreds of books on business, leadership, and management in local bookstores and libraries, and millions of helpful and informative reading materials online.
Reading isn’t the only way to further your education after school though. Classes, lectures, and seminars are frequently offered at local universities or conferences. Making the investment to attend conferences that may yield knowledge and networking opportunities is a great idea, especially for new business owners looking to grow their network and client base.
3. People Like Friendly People
Despite the no-nonsense CEO archetype often seen in films demanding coffee and scaring employees into working harder, real people, including employees, tend to live by rules of common sense. People want to work well for people who are likable and friendly. Especially when first starting out as a business owner, remember to treat every employee kindly and to reserve the intimidating persona for instances when you need to demand respect. People want to work with individuals they trust, who are level headed and respectable, and who work hard and are ambitious.
Making sure your employees see you in a way they want to respect is incredibly important in getting the best work out of them. While intimidation can sometimes generate work, the work is fear-driven, rather than ambition-driven. If you would rather have ambitious, empowered employees who work hard to earn new opportunities, rather than fear-driven employees who scramble to not get fired, being charismatic and friendly is the way to go.
Some of the world’s most successful people and brilliant creators and innovators say that their day functions off of routine. Having a routine in the morning before work or in the evening before bed is a great way to build and sustain healthy habits that make for a better lifestyle and a better you.
Maybe start the day off with a quick workout, some light reading, and some time spent brightening your smile or sharpening up your look for work. Meditating on what you are grateful for or writing a list of goals for the future never hurts. A routine is a great way to prioritize a few things you want to cement in your lifestyle like organization, self-care, personal health, exercise, or education.
Get to know other businesses in the area and reach out to organizations, companies, and other aspects of the community or area in order to cement your product or service as a part of the architecture of the area. Leaving people with a good impression is incredibly important, as people who work with you once have the capacity to bring in new clientele, as well as to return and work with you again.
Marketing and networking go hand in hand when it comes to building and growing a client base. Networking not only boosts client interest, but it also tends to assist in finding financial opportunities that may help your new company to get started with a low overhead, allow room to grow, and make a quick return on investment.
Introducing the Sleep Zzz Pillow from the makers the Twin Z Pillow as Seen on ABC’s show Shark Tank! The Sleep Zzz Pillow is a kids sleep pillow (ages 3 and up) that surrounds your child with the snuggly softness and security of their very own body pillow sized perfectly for them! This pillow helps kids fall asleep faster and most importantly STAY asleep providing a more restful nights sleep for your child and you! Everyone wins!
The Sleep Zzz Pillow for kids ages 3 and up.
Help your child fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer! The Sleep Zzz cuddles your child. It is like being held by a parent to fall asleep. The perfect shape for your little one!
It is also great for kids with sensory issues. Children love the 3mm pile cuddle fabric. It is super fuzzy!!
It was invented for one of our children that have sensory issues. We needed something to help her fall asleep and stay asleep. We originally thought it was only for kids with sensory issues but now we realize that TONS of kids love this pillow. It has now help hundreds of parents get their kids to bed faster and stay asleep longer.
SLEEP ZZZ Pillow - Helping kids and adults fall asleep faster and stay asleep! - YouTube
The Sleep Zzz Pillow is available in adult size and kids size. The pillows are available in multiple designs/colors. I was able to review on of the Sleep Zzz Kids pillows in blue and green chevron. My 9-year-old loves to cuddle with pillows, they help her fall asleep, so I knew this pillow would be awesome for her to try out. I must say, it is super soft and fuzzy! She immediately took it out of the package to lay down on it and get comfy. The polyester cover is also washable and changeable. When you order your pillow you will have the option to purchase an additional cover for only $19.99. I love all of the designs offered, perfect for girls and boys.
My daughter couldn’t wait to sleep on this pillow. We have had it for about 2 weeks now and she uses it each night and falls right to sleep with it. She often tells me she is so comfy in the morning that she doesn’t want to get up! She also uses it for lounging while reading a book, on her tablet and watching TV. We will also be taking this pillow with us when we take a road trip this spring.
In conclusion, this is the perfect pillow to try out if you want your child/children to sleep better. I love how soft it is, and that the covers are completely washable and changeable. This pillow is perfect for age 3 all the way to teen years! It would make a great gift! Retail price for this pillow is $49.99.
The rise of the mommy blog has given parents a way to earn money doing what they know best – raising their kids. Sharing parenting wisdom and woes is a great way to help other moms and launch a self-made career, but creating posts is only part of the process.
Make no mistake, your mommy blog is your business; and just like any other business, a blog requires branding and marketing. Yes, it’s important to be yourself, but you should also think about what you can bring to the blogosphere that hasn’t already been done. In other words, if you are your business, then you need to establish a personal brand. Here’s how to brand your mommy blog so you can start making earning money for your hard-won wisdom.
Identify a Niche
Identifying your niche is the first step to building your brand, and arguably the most important. If you don’t know where you belong on the web, you can’t start to brand your content or your business, so set aside some time to figure this out before doing anything else.
Parenting is considered a niche in itself, but it’s a crowded one. Therefore, if you want to stand out, you need to get more specific. Does your mom blog focus on thrifty living or homeschooling your kids, or are you more passionate about mom style? Your niche should reflect your interests and passions and allows your enthusiasm shine through your posts.
Brand Your Visuals
The written content of your blog is important, but if your website looks cluttered or dull, no one will read your posts. Internet users are increasingly driven by visuals, and adopting the right color scheme, font and logo are vital in establishing your personal brand.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any design skills; professional marketing agencies like Eventige can take care of all of your visual design and promotion for you. It might be tempting to use a free template or have a go at creating a logo yourself, but if you want to make a go of your online business, then you should consider hiring an expert.
Brand Your Content
Once you’ve established your brand and created a logo, you can start branding your content. You may wish to sign off your post with a “signature” or your mommy blog logo, so your existing followers feel connected to your brand or create branded social media banners to promote your content to new readers. Another great way to promote your posts is through branded pins. If you’re new to blogging, using Pinterest is a great way to grow your presence. You can use your logo to create branded pins so readers can easily identify your posts.
Create a Voice
As a blogger, your “voice” is integral to your brand. Finding your voice should be one of the most natural parts of the branding process, but this isn’t always the case. If you’re struggling to identify your writing style, just keep going.
Write every day (even if you don’t show anyone your work), and you will eventually find your voice. If you’re not confident in your skills, you can use a free writing platform like Grammarly or Hemingway or hire a professional proofreader to perfect your posts.
The Avenues Mall TO HOST “MUPPET BABIES”-THEMED DISNEY JUNIOR PLAY DATE Event
The Avenues Mall invites the community to a “Muppet Babies”-themed Disney Junior Play Date event. Aimed to entertain and delight children ages 18 months to 3 years old, the event will take place on March 31 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Premiering March 23, Disney Junior’s reimagined “Muppet Babies” chronicles the hilarious playroom antics of the young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. Under the watchful eye of Miss Nanny, the Muppet Babies use their imaginations to embark on countless adventures that take them to the farthest corners of the universe and demonstrate to young viewers the power and potential of imaginative play.
During the “Muppet Babies”-themed Disney Junior Play Date event, families will participate in a variety of activities including a Color Bingo Game, craft projects, balloon art and more. The fun starts at 10 a.m. near Center Court behind Starbucks. This event does not include live character appearances.
In October 2017, Simon announced its exciting new family programming collaboration with Disney Junior, which includes the Disney Junior Play Dates, ongoing events taking place throughout the year at 100 shopping centers across the country. The Disney Junior Play Dates events will be featured throughout the year and include on-mall activities around Holiday, Easter and other seasonal celebrations.
About The Avenues
The Avenues is Jacksonville’s premier family shopping destination. A multi-level indoor center offering 1.1 million square-feet of shopping, The Avenues is home to 5 anchor stores including Belk, Dillard’s, Forever 21, JCPenney and Sears, plus more than 150 of the most exciting specialty retailers in Northeast Florida. Discover your favorite shopping and dining destinations including Aldo, BoxLunch, Buffalo Wild Wings, bareMinerals, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Brookstone, Crazy 8, Foot Locker, H&M, LOFT, LUSH, MAC Cosmetics, New York & Company, Sketchers, Victoria’s Secret and more. The mall is conveniently located off I-95 at the intersection of Philips Highway (US1) and Southside Boulevard. Visit us Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.shoptheavenues.com or call 904-363-3054.
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
Have your children seen the hit Nick series Mysticons? If they love it as much as my kids do, they will love the new line of actions figures that have been released!
Introducing Mysticons, a new genre-defining series about four girls from different walks of life who are transformed into legendary warriors. After discovering a powerful mystical tome, the fearless foursome – Arkayna, Zarya, Em, and Piper – are drawn together by a prophecy to battle evil and protect the realm. Watch as these unexpected heroes transform into oath-bonded warriors and undertake a mythic quest to save their world.
Mysticons is an action series rich in story and mythology, with and epic and original plot about urban fantasy. With real relationships, distinct personalities, and ALREADY strong, confident, smart, witty, and funny characters, Mysticons focuses on the representation of girls’ strength, power, and courage on the television screen.
Check out the awesome action figures below that are now available at Toys R Us, Amazon and Walmart.
Piper loves fun, pranks and is the comic relief of the group. She’s grown up with Zarya in the Undercity. She’s an elf, naturally acrobatic and uses her ninja-like skills as the Mysticon Striker to make the most of her fiery hoop weapons. You’ll hear her fierce battle cry before you see her!
Arkayna is honorable, determined and idealistic. She’s a princess, but packs some serious punch. As a Mysticon she is transformed into the powerful Dragon Mage, wielding a magical staff to defend the realm, and her friends from dark forces.
Zarya is tough, wily, and a fierce protector of her ‘family’ of street kids. She acts as a big sister figure to Piper. As a Mysticon, she becomes the Ranger, battling the baddies with her magic bow and sharp aim. Her pet, Choko, a big eared creature called a foz is always by her side to lend a paw to the Mysticons.
Em is smart, empathetic and innovative and the engineer of the group. She is a dwarf who left home and grew up with Arkayna as the Royal griffin handler, and as her BFF. She transforms into the Mysticon Knight. Her magical weapons are a unicorn crested shield, and sword.
Mysticons Trailer | Saturdays @ 8:00AM on Nicktoons! - YouTube
My 9 year old daughter was able to choose one of the action figures for review. She picked out her favorite from the show, Em. She loves Em for many reasons, but her favorite reason is because she using a unicorn crested shield. She comes with the shield as well as her sword and griffin. She is excited to collect them all and play!
Each of the action figures are completely posable and moveable. You can move their hands, legs, knees bend, elbows bend, hands move and twist and arms move. It is fun to move and pose them. Retail price is $14.99.
These are the perfect action figures for any little girl who loves the show. Collect them all now! These would also make great holiday/birthday gifts.
Feeling stuck in a rut with your career? There are so many way s you can switch things up a bit: the best way being to take a training course in your chosen field. This has two benefits–it helps you love your work again after doing the same boring job for a long time; and means you can make more money through becoming more qualified.
If you like the sound of this win-win scenario, we’re here to point you in the right direction.We’ve gathered all the simple training courses available for a variety of different career paths to hopefully give you an idea of how you can make your job more exciting again while staying in the same industry.
Without further ado, here are the top training courses that will reap big rewards for you.
Health & Safety Course
This one is a catch-all course that almost every business needs. If you become the health and safety coordinator for your firm, you could be adding a big pay rise to your salary. From schools, public leisure facilities, stores, construction companies, old folk’s homes, hospitals, and beyond, every business that has staff and/or has customers on their premises needs to adhere to the latest safety regulations – you could be in charge of this by taking a health and safety training course.
Building Contractor’s License
Contractors who hold a contractor license are more qualified, can become their own boss, gives them an advantage over other contractors and means they can charge more for their services. All it takes is a short course with a couple of exams at the end, and you’re free to expand your business. What’s more is that many of these courses have a no-fail guarantee on their exams – they will train and support you until you pass the exams. Make sure you check the regulations in your area, though: courses change between states. Regulations will be different in South Carolina than in Illinois, for example. Contact your nearest center to find out more.
Teacher’s SEN Training
SEN stands for Special Educational Needs – training in this area makes teachers much more in-demand and able to work in more diverse settings. Every school needs a teacher who is equipped to teach children with special requirements such as learning difficulties, physical disabilities or dyslexia. SEN teachers can command a higher salary as they do a much more specialized job and must adapt to the needs of children in their care who need more attention than others. This is a very rewarding though challenging job; and the training will be rigorous but fulfilling.
Mental Health Support Training
When working in social care, you can diversify by taking an in-depth mental health support course. These courses equip trainees with the sensitivity, patience and interpersonal skills needed to establish rapport between yourself and people in your care and advise those who are struggling with their mental health. Even if you don’t explicitly work in mental health, if you work with young people or as a housing officer for instance, it is incredibly useful for you and the people you advise if you are understanding of mental health issues and know how to spot them to help those in need.
Business & Administration Course
These popular courses are run all over the world due to the transferrable skills they provide. In almost any business setting it is extremely helpful to learn best practices and how day-to-day operations work. They are useful for when you’d like to climb the career ladder in your company or want to start your own business. It will help you to improve upon your practical, customer service, communication, organization, event management and budgeting skills in an administration or office environment. What’s more is that these courses can often be found very cheaply or sometimes for free; whether you seek them out yourself or your workplace offers it to you.
Everything You Need to Become a Hardball Know-It-All
The next book in the Fanbook series from Sports Illustrated Kids, The Baseball Fanbook has all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know to impress their friends, family, coaches, and any season ticket holders they may meet. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics ages 8 and up who know the basics of the sport they love, may play it, and are looking to become super fans, this new fanbook is filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to’s. Chapters include Team Tidbits (salient baseball facts about every MLB team), Think Like a Manager (essential strategies to understand), He Reminds Me Of (compares current players to legendary greats of America’s favorite pastime), and much more!
“Immersive…a wide-ranging sampler of records, stats, stars, highlights, lowlights, sidelights, and general baseball talk.”–Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Gary Gramling is an editor and writer at Sports Illustrated Kids connecting with readers through their passion for sports. Gramling is the author of The Football Fanbook and also a senior editor at Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB with Peter King. He lives in Stratford, CT with his wife, two children, and two big TVs for watching baseball–among other sports.
When we think of kids playing video games, we often think about all of the negative consequences it can have such as stopping them from going outside to play in the real world, making them more ignorant and teaching them that violence is ok.
But did you ever stop to consider all of the positive aspects of playing video games? Just because your child spends the evening playing Final Fantasy XV doesn’t mean they are out of touch with reality, it can actually be helping their brain function and fueling their imagination.
We all know that a child’s imagination is something which is unique and pretty darn incredible. Children are free of the chains we carry with realism and practicality. They don’t care whether something makes sense or is physically possible, they just believe in what they want to believe. A child with an active imagination will always develop into a more well-rounded and creative individual than one without it. This is why feeding your child’s imagination is crucial for their development into clever and intuitive adults.
As your child grow up they will likely be faced with many scary situations which they are not prepared for. Social skills are what our child learns throughout their early years and it can shape what sort of personality they have as they grow older. For example, if your child struggles with small talk and interacting with other children they can eventually become shy and withdrawn, leading them developing mental health issues and anxiety later on in life. Gaming can actually be a massive help for children who struggle to talk to others because of the wealth of online games available these days. You will see that many combat games and fantasy games offer online sections where your child can team up with people from all over the world. Exposure to other people will build their confidence and allow them to eventually talk to more people in person. It can really bring your child out of their shell.
We all know that kids can have pretty short attention spans. A lot of the time they will only remember what they want to remember and forget about everything else entirely. Gaming is a tool which focuses a child’s attention they need to be able to complete a mission or win a race for prizes. It focuses the mind and in turn it makes it much easier for your child to pay attention to all of the facts. This will bleed out into the rest of their lives and allow them to start paying attention in school more, to you and gain a better sense of learning overall. It will enable them to filter out information they don’t need and identify what is important.
As we have already touched on above, imagination and creativity can be the foundation of a successful child and help them to develop into amazing careers later on in life. Creativity can be highly influenced by playing games because they encourage the child to think about the creation of their character, world and even levels on some games such as minecraft. Games which push children towards making avatars and even buildings can greatly improve their imagination and light that creative spark which allows them to excel in this area of life.
Memory is an essential skill which your child will need to master from a very early age. They will need a good memory to complete exams, learn important life skills and develop into successful careers later on in life. By playing games which require you to think and remember small details, your child will gain this essential skill and they will be able to put it to use in real life. For example if they play a game which involves many different clues to reach a final conclusion,y ou child will not only pick up memory but they will learn deduction too. This can be seen in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate as well as many other titles.
Aside from the fact that playing games online with other people can increase confidence, games can also provide escape and comfort, reducing stress and giving your child a safe haven to come to when they become anxious. The type of games which usually invoke feelings of happiness and comfort are ones such as Animal Crossing, Candy Crush and Puzzles Like Sudoku. These are simple games to learn and they provide a routine for your child which will calm them down and release good hormones into their bloodstream.
A social activity
Gaming isn’t just about all the seriousness we are discussing above, it can also be a great way to bring friends and family together and get everyone to bond for the evening. Many of the LEGO games are popular for the family because they allow you to play as a team and this can promote healthier relationships between you and your children as you work together to solve puzzles and complete missions in the game. You can make video games into a real part of your family life by having a games evening every friday night with some simple family food and everyone gathered in the room together. This will teach your child about the importance of family and also the importance of teamwork.
A the end of all of this, you can see that video games can have a very positive impact on your child and the way that they develop into adults in the future. It is important to bear in mind though that you don’t want your child to spend every waking moment playing games, because they need to experience the outside world too. Make sure that you give your child an hour or so an evening to play on their game and limit them to this amount of time every week. If they decide they want to have 3 hours on one day in exchange for missing a few days, this is also fine as long as you reach an agreement you are both happy with.