Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mommy Needs a Spa Day!

Mommy Needs a Spa Day!

Moms work so hard. We keep things at home together, tend to the children, kiss boo-boos, nurture, nurse, cook, clean, carpool, taxi kids around, babysit and make sure the bills are paid. Some moms bring home the bacon and fry it up, so they often work overtime.

Let's face it, it doesn't matter whether you're a single mom or you have a spouse, the struggle is real!

Married moms also make sure dads are taken care of and that everyone is happy and healthy to the best of their ability. No matter how hard you work as a mom or what jobs you do for the family you need to take time for yourself.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a spa day at home. All moms should have one at least once a month. Once a week is better but once a month is more feasible for us busy moms.

Here are some doable ideas for Mom's personal spa day at home.

Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. However, these are products I use myself and  highly recommend and support!

1) Facial - Starting at the top you can give yourself a nice facial. Here are some of my favorite products for facials.
2) Mani-Pedi - When your feet and hands feel good, so do you. Not everyone has the financial resources to go have this done once a week, or even once a month. An affordable way to take care of your feet and hands so they are soft and healthy looking is to find products you can use to do it yourself. Some examples include the following.

3) Bath/Shower - A nice warm bath with the right ingredients will help you to relax, detox, and relieve stress and tension. This is something everyone should do at least a couple of times a week. If you suffer from insomnia, a warm bath is a good way to calm your nerves and help you sleep. The following products will help you with a variety of healthy bathing or shower options.

These are some affordable and simple things you can do at home when you get some time to relax, relieve stress, and feel like yourself again. The products are of high quality, with good ratings and reviews from users. I personally own and use some of these products and can vouch for their effectiveness. If you want something that covers almost everything for your spa day a spa basket like the Spicy Warm Vanilla Spa Bath Body Bamboo Gift Basket by Furniture Creations.

4) Music-  Always remember to put on some relaxing music to melt away your cares and worries. Here are a few of my favorites.

Free at the Moment MP3s:

Rain (Nature Sounds for Relaxation, Meditation, Healing & Sleep) by Sounds of a Beautiful World
Andantino in Eb Major, K-588b (Fireplace Mix)

Under $1 Singles:


One I personally use and love:

Every mom needs some time alone. A spa day. A day to read, relax, and pamper themselves. Taking care of yourself helps you better care for your family. If you must, make arrangements with friends and family to take care of your children for a couple of hours so you can partake in some self-care.

You will be glad you did.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Make Money Working at Home In a Job You Love

Make Money Working at Home In a Job You Love

Who Can Work at Home?

Anyone who wants to work from the comfort of their home can. It depends on your level of dedication to work as well as the access to a quiet space to work. Depending on what you want to do from home, you will need to check the requirements.

Some jobs, like customer service positions, require that you have a quiet home office setup complete with a computer, conventional phone line, and some skills related to the job.

Other types of jobs offer vast flexibility with when and where you work. For instance, I am a freelance writer who has the luxury of writing when and where I want to as long as I meet my clients' deadlines. I am usually given between 24 hours and a week to complete one or two articles. I'm not wedded to a clock when I work.

I have also worked as a social media manager and enjoyed that same flexibility. Virtual Assistant (VA) jobs sometimes provide some flexibility, but that depends on the tasks and needs of a client. Don't expect a VA position to be as flexible as writing.

One of the considerations for seeking a work-at-home job involves working around your schedule if you have one.

When to Consider Working from Home
  • Are you tired of the daily 9-5 with pay that barely covers your monthly bills and gas money? 
  • Are you a stay-at-home parent looking to make money from home so you can be around your children?
  • Do you feel like you're going nowhere in your current job and see no end in sight?
  • Are you a student in need of some way to make money to cover your extraneous college expenses without taking an outside job?
If you fall into any of these categories, or you just want to work at home, your quest is attainable. These are some viable reasons for seeking legit work from home jobs. However, I never felt I needed a reason to want to work from home. I simply desired it over working outside the home.

I am beyond excited to provide free information about working from home and to share venues that provide real jobs you can do from home.

As long as I have had a good experience with these sites and have found legit work from home positions, I will happily pass it along. After all, I have a reputation of honestly to preserve.

You Can Write at Home

It is said that an author should write what he or she knows. If you are a musician you write about music, a mom can write tips about being a mom and caring for the kids and home workers can share their knowledge and expertise. Everyone has a skill, knowledge or expertise in one or more areas that can help others. Writers can make a difference in the world.

If you love to share your knowledge and you want to write what you know, these venues are where you can do just that. I am not an affiliate with any of these sites, but I do write or have an account with them so I know they pay. Most of them pay via PayPal so you will need a PayPal account.
  • Hubpages - That is my profile but you can sign up for your free account as well. One of my best traffic generating hubs: How to Make Coffee Less Bitter. Hubpages provides a way for you to write what you love while allowing you to share in their ad revenue. You can also add Amazon capsules (there is a limit) and enjoy some benefits of using your Amazon Associates account for affiliate revenue. I have only 13 hubs at this time, but without doing anything with my articles, I made $50 last year. Quality Hubbers with 200 plus articles are making in excess of $500 per month.
  • Text Broker - This site hires you after you provide them with the appropriate credentials and information. You get paid according to what you accept and your level as a writer. You can find out more by visiting the site. They also have writing teams you can apply to join and editing work if you pass their test.
  • iWriter -You can get paid for writing specific content by people who need articles. This writing venue is a nice one for beginners. The pay is low, but you will garner a lot of experience with this site. Word counts vary and you can choose your topics and word count. Be aware that you will take a test before you are accepted and if you pass, you will be given a rating. That rating is where you will stay until you progress in the system.
  • Blog Mutt - This may sound like an odd name for a writing agency, but it is what it is. I have found this venue to pay quickly via PayPal and to be legitimate. They have clients with a variety of needs for writing and on a wide range of topics. The only problem with this site is that it's not first come-first serve. The client chooses whose article they will use according to their needs. That means your article/blog post may be waiting in the queue for a week or two before it's used and the client pays.
  • Upwork - Upwork was formerly oDesk, and then oDesk and eLance combined. Upwork is a venue that brings clients and workers together. I use it to find clients who need written content. However, customer service, social media management, accounting, data entry, and other legitimate work at home jobs are offered by a wide variety of clients from all over the world. My Upwork Profile.
Other venues that provide writing jobs include Blogging ProAll Freelance Writing, and Problogger. These venues have clients who are often specific about the topics and guidelines they expect from writers.

*Always read the guidelines before you apply to any writing job.

You Can Do Almost Any Job at Home

I am not affiliated with Rat Race RebellionWork at Home Adventures, or Work at Home Mom Revolution, but I have found some great writing gigs on these jobs sites. Besides writing gigs, these websites provide a vast range of positions for customer service, accounting, insurance, support, data entry, social media experts, and other remote home jobs.

These websites offer reliable work at home information and share job leads that are reputable and legitimate.

If you're looking for a way to work from home, your dream to work at home is attainable due to growing technology. If I can do it, so can you!

Whether you are seeking to make some extra money with a side hustle or you need to make a living income, working at home is as viable as working outside the home. It's okay to dream it and live it. You might be surprised at the people who have worked at a full-time job outside the home while working on side hustles until they were able to quit the daily grind and work from home.