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July 20th, 2017

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As a mom, you enjoy spending time with your kids and taking them to have some fun away from the house. At the same time, you do not have an endless supply of money, so you cannot always spring for an afternoon at the movies complete with popcorn and boxes of Goobers or trips to the zoo or local theme park.

Fortunately, there are plenty of budget-friendly things that are fun to do with the whole family, some of which won’t cost you a dime. Here are a few your family might like.

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Ask for a tour

If your kids crave donuts and bagels or are fascinated with money, you might be able to arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of a local business. Call the bagel bakery, bank or pet grooming shop and ask to speak with a manager, explaining that your kids are obsessed with their shop and would like to take them in for a tour. You might find yourselves seeing what the bank vault looks like or watching fresh donuts go from fried to frosted.

Check out the interesting things happening around you

If you have a toddler who is enchanted with bulldozers, cranes and backhoes, watch around your neighborhood for signs of new construction and take her there to watch the action from the safety of your car. Everyday attractions are great ways to get out of the house and enjoy some time with your kids, while also learning something in the process. If a guy is on scaffolding painting a tall building, that might be worthy of a stop and watch moment, so is parking near train tracks to watch the locomotives chug by or heading to the airport to see the jets taking off and landing.

Go see a play

While you might think that “live theatre” and “frugal” are not words that go together, with some last-minute planning they definitely can. Families who live in or near New York City can score some insane deals on tickets to plays and musicals. Browse online ticket sales websites for their selections of discounted theater tickets, many of which go on sale close to showtime. If you don’t mind going to the theatre on the fly and don’t need a lot of time to prepare, this can be a terrific way to get some culture in while saving money.

Go yard sale shopping

Yard sales can be fun and budget-friendly for kids in a variety of ways. Your children may get into the thrill of the hunt that often comes with scouring peoples’ discarded treasures at garage sales — maybe they will find that old LEGO set they always wanted or a gently used book or doll they will love. You can also make it into a game and challenge them to find the goofiest or most colorful item with a certain price limit; just remind them not to crow about how hideous the ceramic cow wearing a sombrero is so they don’t offend the people holding the sale.

Outlet shopping for a set price

If your kids need some new duds, head to the outlet mall and have a little contest to see which kiddo can pick out the coolest outfit for less than a set amount of money. Set your max budget ahead of time and let them choose as much of a complete outfit as possible including socks and accessories.

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June 16th, 2017

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By Brian Zeng

New moms juggle rising family expenses, long work hours and the responsibilities that come with raising a young family. It is no surprise that many are opting to earn an income and support their family while staying at home.

Working from home gives many women the flexibility they are looking for, while enabling them to contribute to their family’s income.

When selecting a job, flexibility is one of the most important deciding factors that count for women after compensation, according to a survey by Fairygodboss.

Working from home, though attractive, is not easy. Firstly, you need to decide on the job that you would like to take up. This has to be done keeping in mind your existing skill sets and the ways in which you can upgrade or build on them. Setting up online shops is an option open to moms looking to work from home.

Several factors need to be considered before deciding on the right work-from-home opportunity. Here are a few tips in this regard:

1)  Do Your Homework

Any major decision requires careful planning. It also requires you to do proper research and ensure that you make the right choices.

Several online resources allow you to check out the best opportunities available. This infographic on well-paying work-at-home jobs will give you an idea of the skills that are the most sought after.

With rapid strides in technology, it has become possible to collaborate with team members working in different time zones. It is also possible to develop and grow businesses on a global scale without worrying about whether or not seamless coordination and communication between global teams are possible.

So, whether you are great at web designing, coding, tutoring or project management, it is possible to solicit business and acquire clients from virtually any part of the globe. Automattic, parent company of WordPress, lets its employees work from a location they choose, and is proud of the fact that they operate without email or physical offices.

So if you have the right skills, the opportunities are endless.

2)  Think Long Term

You should ideally try to explore work opportunities that you are genuinely interested in and are passionate about. Work-from-home jobs require a massive amount of self-discipline and self-motivation. You need to be driven to market yourself, seek out opportunities and complete projects on time. If you find the work dreary and uninteresting, maintaining the tempo will prove to be hard.

The best thing will be to approach this as a long-term commitment. Check out a few jobs and take up a few assignments. You will be better able to understand where your strength and interest lie, and make choices accordingly.

If you take up creative and innovative jobs like that of freelance photographer or writer, then you will have to ensure that your work speaks for itself. Since you mostly get time-bound projects you will have to be intrinsically motivated to complete them on time and in a professional manner. If you are a remote-working project manager, you will not only have to manage your work, but also ensure that your team does so too. Keeping tabs on team performance is easy now with the latest technology at your disposal, but you will have to evaluate whether or not you will be able to cope with tight deadlines, especially if you have young kids at home.

So ensure you choose a career path that is sustainable and manageable in the long term.

3)  Learn to Manage Contingencies

Remote jobs are not free from job-related contingencies and stresses. Escalations often reach a boiling point because the employees do not see each others’ facial expressions and miss cues as to what the other person really means.

It is important that you learn to deal with remote-working teams based in different countries and collaborate on a variety of projects. Many companies like Elastic, a software company, maintain a constant video channel to let employees see each other when sorting out critical issues. Elastic has no physical HQ and has 500 employees working in about 32 countries. They are brought together periodically when the company flies them down to various global cities for team get-togethers.

4)  Enjoy Your Flexible Schedule

Contrary to the stereotype that is associated with remote jobs, taking up a work-from-home opportunity does not mean that you spend the entire day in pajamas and unkempt hair. Most remote workers prefer to maintain an organized office space, where they can work without distractions. Even if you have not opted for a full-time remote job, it pays to keep regular work hours and stick to a routine. This will train your mind to stay focused during ‘office hours.’

Since your job affords you flexibility, ensure to use that to attend to the important work at home or spend some time on yourself. The pleasures of a flexible remote job include finding time for your young kids as they come home from school or daycare, signing up for a weekly yoga or dance class, or choosing to cook healthier meals than rely on takeouts. That fact that you can mold your life according your preference alone makes the whole effort of building a successful remote career worthwhile.

Conclusion

Women, especially moms, find remote-working opportunities extremely attractive. Make sure that you are mentally prepared to take up the challenges that come with a remote job. Do your research well and zero in on an opportunity that gives you the best of everything.

 

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Brian Zeng is a Blogger  at Ponbee.com. He is a digital marketing enthusiast. His interests include aiding small business growth and following e-commerce trends. He is a tech junkie with an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys spending his time on staying updated on the various aspects of digital marketing and website design

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June 13th, 2017

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By Abbey DeHart

 

For some families, a fancy, designated home office isn’t a reality—but for moms who work from home, it’s a necessity! You need a place to store important papers, put your printer and scanner, and work at your computer easily. The good news is you don’t need a whole extra room to create a functional office space. If all you need are a small desk and a storage area, here’s a simple and easy way to combine them both.

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Cube storage is an easy and affordable way to stylishly add extra storage space to your home—but have you ever considered using it for anything other than that? For this project, we took a normal corner of a room and created a functional desk area with plenty of space to store projects, supplies and more. The cube storage desk shown here is being used as a standing desk, but you could easily add a counter-height chair or stool to the desk to turn it into a seated desk, as well.

To create your own, start by purchasing two cube storage “boxes” at your desired height and width. For our desk, we assembled two 24×36-inch cube storage boxes with the backs left off of them, so that storage could be accessed on either side of the desk.

Next, we added a 24×60-inch white board over top of the cubes, and applied Gorilla glue between the cube and the board to stabilize it.

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After you install the desk, you can use the hardware that comes with the cubes to fix it to the wall to ensure that it doesn’t tip over or shift. Then, can get to organizing your space with all the items you’d put in a traditional home office.

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You can easily customize the look of your home office by selecting different colored organizers and the wood that you use to put on top. Try adding a stenciled pattern to the top of the desk or installing floating shelves above the desktop. You could even make a two-person desk along a wall by adding a third cube organizer in the middle.

Jodi Holzband of SpareFoot recommends adding a physical barrier to add to the feel of having your office, even if you don’t have a door to close: “Put up something that creates a feeling of separation from your living space, like a row of tall plants or a Japanese folding screen. Working near a window is a great bonus, but many office environments don’t even have that, so make sure you invest in good lighting for your space and the kind of work you are doing,” she says.

The options are endless (and affordable) with this project. The best part is that you can knock it out in just a few hours!

 

Abbey DeHart has a passion for DIY and home decor and writes about it for several publishers, including The Home Depot. She gives tips and ideas on topics such as creating an DIY office space using storage cubes and white boards

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May 31st, 2017

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Just like anything else, working from home has its pros and cons. Many times you can set your own schedule, be in a comfortable environment and increase your productivity. However, working from home also can be distracting and chaotic if there’s a lot happening around you. This is why you need a home office. While you have a lot of flexibility in your workspace, there are a few tips you should follow.

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Find a Dedicated Space

Your kids are running around, the dog is barking, laundry is piled up in the corner and the TV is going off in the background. How can you get any work done in this environment? You need a dedicated space and time for your work, and the rest of the household needs to respect this as your place. Whether you have a room with a door or a quiet corner somewhere, you need a dedicated space that’s just for working. Then you can get in the right frame of mind to be productive and not be caught in the craziness of home life.

Make It Ergonomic

Once you have chosen the perfect spot, make it comfortable. Set up your desk and chair with ergonomics in mind so you can be there for hours. Your desk should be high enough so there is clearance for your thighs, knees and feet. If your desk is too low and can’t be adjusted, place boards or raisers under the legs of the desk. Next up is your chair. It should be high enough that your knees are level with your hips and your wrists and hands are straight and level or below your elbows.

For your computer and keyboard, place your monitor about an arm’s length away from your body. The top of the screen should be at eye level so you don’t have to stain your neck looking up or down for long periods of time. Invest in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse to prevent tendonitis and carpal tunnel.

Lighten It Up

Don’t forget about lighting when you’re setting up your home office. You need enough light to work, but you don’t want a glare. If you spend most of the time on a computer, face your screen so that your main light source is to the side to prevent a glare. Natural light is best for your office, so try to pick a room with windows. You also should consider task lighting and other sources of light, such as a desk lamp. Eye strain is a common problem, so do what you can do reduce it.

Add Some Personal Touches

You want to reap all the benefits of working from home, so take advantage of making the space your own. You are not limited by your boss or the owner of a building so you can do anything you want. Hang up a beautiful tapestry or painting that reflects your style and helps the room feel finished. Put down a rug and add a comfy chair to make it feel cozy. Hang up pictures of your family, pets or favorite places to remind yourself why you’re working so hard. Make the space your own and full of things you love. Just don’t go too overboard so you don’t add in too many distractions.

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May 16th, 2017

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Today, the average American owes 11 percent more in household debt than a decade ago, Federal Reserve data shows. If that statistic isn’t shocking, perhaps these next two will make you gasp: The average household has accumulated massive credit card debt to the tune of more than $16,000. Meanwhile, the number of Americans who could pass a basic financial literacy quiz fell from 42 percent in 2009 to 37 percent in 2015, according to the FINRA Foundation.

Indeed, these disturbing numbers reflect poor financial management skills, underpinned by individuals’ and couples’ inability to distinguish wants from needs. Here are some guidelines you can follow to achieve more effective budget management skills.

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Budgeting Principles

One simple budgeting guideline many financial experts recommend is the 50/20/30 rule. Under this rule, you’ll need to budget 50 percent of your monthly income toward any fixed expenses, including rent and utility bills. Another 20 percent of your income should go toward variable expenses, such as family entertainment and eating out. Finally, the remaining 30 percent of your income should be set aside for savings and repaying any outstanding debt.

Fixed Expenses

However, the key to making the 50/20/30 rule work is your ability to identify which of your expenses should be counted as fixed expenses. You and your family’s health and well-being is second to none, and if you’ve racked up bills at your dentist or physician’s office, paying off these sums should be one of your top priorities.

Understanding you have to put a roof over yourself and your family, budgeting to pay your monthly mortgage or rent should also be a top priority. Additionally, setting aside enough money for monthly utilities is also essential; after all, who wants to freeze during winter and sweat it out in the summer?

Finally, if you drive to work, you’ll need a vehicle to get there and back, so car payments and gas expenses should also be considered a necessity. The same rule applies when budgeting for grocery expenses. These are costs that should remain fairly stable from month to month.

Variable Expenses

While eating is a necessity, dining out surely is not. Last year’s U.S. Census Bureau data revealed that, for the first time in history, Americans now spend more on eating out than they do on groceries. If you find you’re running a tight budget each month — and eat out a lot — then this is probably one of the first areas in which you can make cutbacks. Going forward, make sure your restaurant budget is part of your variable expenses — and not your fixed expenses.

This same rule applies for other non-essential spending, including going to the movies. However, not all variable expenses are created equal. For instance, no one needs to buy new tires every month. But, when you get a flat or your tread is worn, you hope you’ve saved enough money to buy some replacements. Remember to factor occasional necessary items — such as new tires — into your variable expenses, so you’re not scrounging for money when an emergency pops up.

Debt Repayment and Savings

When it comes to managing the remainder of your budget, repaying debt should normally take priority over savings. As you’ve learned by now, monthly interest is compounded to your debt, so your best option is to pay off any outstanding sums in a timely manner. Prioritize paying off student loans and credit card balances before you start investing your savings in the stock market.

There are, however, some exceptions to these general rules. First, you should save at least $1,000 for emergencies before pursuing other debt repayment obligations, according to personal financial expert Dave Ramsey. Additionally, while mortgage debt should be handled under fixed expenses, you shouldn’t ever attempt to pay off more than your minimum balance until you’ve:

  • Paid off smaller debts, like credit card bills
  • Saved up enough emergency funds to live on for at least a year
  • Started building your retirement savings

Finally, if your employer has a matching 401(k) fund, you should normally take advantage of putting part of your monthly income into this retirement savings plan, even if you have not yet fully paid off any credit card or student loan debt.

Mistakes to Avoid

To apply these guidelines successfully, avoid making some common financial management mistakes that can run up your debt. To maintain a good credit rating, always pay your bills on time, and don’t let your credit balances run up beyond 10 percent to 20 percent of your limit. If you find you’ve exceeded these balance limits, increase the portion of your income that you budget toward repaying debt in order to bring your balances back down.

You should also remember to factor holiday and birthday gift costs into your variable spending. Most Americans spend more than $900 per year on Christmas gifts. If you don’t include these costs in your budget, your debt will certainly creep up each year. Avoiding these mistakes — and following the 50/20/30 rule — will help you keep down your debt. Put these financial literacy principles into practice and you should gradually see your debt shrink and your savings grow over time.

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May 10th, 2017

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Being a work-from-home-Mom is the embodiment of a jack of all trades; a mother, a doctor, an arbiter, a cook, and a working professional. Sometimes, in favor of more pressing matters, one’s own professional development and goals can fall by the wayside.

This Mother’s Day, to complement the breakfast in bed and bouquet of your favorite flowers, do something to stay professionally “tuned up” and connected by implementing the following tips.

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1. Study Online: Enrolling in an online class or certification to update and validate your credentials is a perfect way to stay “fresh” and “current” with what is in demand in the market today. You can tailor classes to fit your schedule, loading up your schedule for slower months or taking one class in busier seasons, all without the commute to a campus. You’ll be able to work on your own time, without having to be distracted waiting for the Comcast guy who never comes, or having to interrupt a lecture to go pick up your kids from soccer practice. Check out the following free online course websites below to get started:
Khan Academy: With over 3,000 videos on subjects ranging from welding, to SAT prep, to advanced physics, Khan Academy offers a platform where courses are broken into smaller and shorter videos or text, in order to fit your busy schedule. Coursera: Coursera offers classes ranging from Introduction to Guitar, to Employment Law from some of the top law schools in the U.S. Unlike some other “go at your own pace” sites, the courses are monitored by a professor, so you’ll have to complete your online coursework in a certain amount of time.nMIT Open Courseware: If you’ve always wanted to attend a big-name school with some of the world’s best professors, check out MIT Open Courseware to access the online lectures, readings, course calendar, assignments and study materials.

2. Spruce Up Your Resume: Dust off that outdated resume of yours and spruce it up with an up to date, concise resume, that addresses a past employment gap, and stresses your qualifications and skills relevant to the job you are applying to. An updated and “focused” resume can help leverage your worth and salary, and increase your chances of landing a work-from-home job that fits your schedule. If you are looking for a guide on how to structure your resume and hide unemployment gaps, consider using what is know as a functional resume. There are also work-from-home-Mom resume templates, covering professionals with little to no work experience and those with years of experience.

3. Reach Out to Coworkers: It can be easy to fall into a social and professional rut while working at home, due to loneliness and the lack of interaction in the traditional sense with coworkers. Make an effort to get out there and be an extrovert, as the organic building of work relationships and opportunities is more limited, but not completely out the window. Forego an informidable email or text to your boss or coworkers in favor of a phone call or coffee.

4. Establish Work Boundaries and a Schedule to Remove Distractions: For professional success and efficiency, you need to mentally separate between mom and businesswoman. The issue: most of the time, you never know which role you are playing. Try designating an area of your house or apartment to be used as a work station. Implementing a system with your children to let them know when “Mommy means business” can also be extremely effective. Try using a red-light, green-light system, where a green light posted on your office door means your children can be loud and interrupt, while a yellow light allows for mild interruption, and red allowing interruption only in case of emergencies.

5. Dress for Success: Professional dress and attire can serve as a catalyst for a productive day by establishing a professional aura and mindset. You don’t need to throw on heels or pantsuit, but ditching the flip flops and bathrobe in favor of business casual is a step in the right direction. A good rule of thumb is to be in something that could withstand a surprise visit from a neighbor or even a colleague. If you are physically prepared for the day, your mental state will follow, leading to a more productive day. Unsure of what to wear? CorporetteMoms.com – dubbed as fashion for the “overachieving moms and moms-to-be,” addresses everything from makeup to budget outfits, and even get-ups for your children.

6. Keep It Legal: When searching for work-from-home job opportunities, you’ll likely be working as an independent contractor rather than as an employee. Use an Independent Contractor Agreement to outline your duties under the employer, liabilities, and expenses. Doing so will give you a clear and structured understanding of what is expected and the specific deadlines you will need to meet. Understandably, working as an independent contract can be a daunting thought, as employees enjoy predetermined, set benefits, including; paid vacation, health insurance, paid sick days, and clear tax deductions. However, independent contractors benefit from an array of incentives, including unfettered freedom to choose jobs and opportunities that appeal to them the most, tax deductions for maintaining a home office, and rights in their intellectual property. Don’t dismiss a great opportunity due to apprehension or confusion over minor legalities and tax deductions.

This Mother’s Day, take a proactive step towards “tuning” yourself up professionally in order to stay in demand in the market while working from home. Afterall, it’s time you did something for you.

 

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Rachel Ryan a legal writer for LegalTemplates.net. Rachel specializes in providing professional, diverse and creative articles, equipping individuals with the perfect tools for a variety of legal issues. When she’s not writing awe-inspiring content, she can be found trying to become the next Martha Stewart.

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April 26th, 2017

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When you desire to align your life with God, you first need to hear from Him. I’ve had seasons where I did not feel like I was hearing from God often, and it troubled me. I missed Him, and I wanted to know what I could do.

I went through the usual steps to make sure I wasn’t harboring sin or unforgiveness and was regularly confessing areas of known sin.  I was in my quiet place, but I still struggled to hear from God. I felt like my thoughts would not be quiet long enough for me to hear from God at times. Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar.

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Two books have made a major impact in my ability to hear from God. The first is John Eldredge’s “Moving Mountains” and especially the “Listening Prayer” chapter. One of the most powerful things I learned was simply asking Jesus what I should pray. Normally I would start right in with giving thanks and praise followed by all of my prayer requests. I would try to hear from God but a lot of times, it was one-way communication.

The other book that has been transformational for me is “4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice” by Mark Virkler. I also watched a YouTube of his teaching, which was very helpful. His book will thrill the intellectuals of the group. For me, it is a bit of overkill, but I still gleaned a lot from the parts I read.

The biggest thing these books helped me discover was two-way dialogue. So when I begin my prayer time now, I find a quiet place. I still my mind and ask God to allow me to only hear His voice – the voice of the Uncreated.  I sometimes try to picture myself with Jesus in a calming setting like near a river in the mountains. Then I ask Him, “Lord what do you have for me today?” or “What should I be praying in regards to this person or this issue?”  I then begin writing what comes to mind and the words start to flow. I don’t analyze or try to figure it out as I’m writing. I just write until there’s no more to write. If God is speaking to you, what you write will align with Scripture.

I feel like I have regular two-way communication now with my King. He has given me reluctance where I was ready to plow forward and told me to close a door at least for now. I’m learning to obey and trust He has a purpose in all things even when I don’t understand. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8) but He promises to bring good out of all things. (Romans 8:28)

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April 19th, 2017

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Perhaps the most difficult time in a believer’s life is when circumstances and events of extreme nature occur creating crisis moments of wondering, “Where is God in all of this?”  Why is it that God sometimes miraculously answers prayers in certain situations yet seems to be non-existent in others?  Why do bad things happen to good people?

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The answer to these most difficult questions are not easily explained but found in the life of one who has learned to trust the Creator who is supremely sovereign over all. Could it be as simple as God desires us, His creation, to be ever so dependent on Him in all circumstances?  Could it be more about the journey through life and the strengthening of our relationship with God that matters more than what this world has to offer?  Could it be about deepening and strengthening our relationship with family and other believers?  Could it be about directing our focus on things of eternal Significance?  Could it truly be about what Jesus Christ himself said in Matthew 6, “Store up for yourself treasures in Heaven for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

When believers choose to trust God through valleys of crisis when things just don’t make sense, they shift the unknown, fear and burden onto a God who can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine (Eph 31:6).  We put the outcome of our situation in God’s hands who promises He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deut 31:6)  By putting our hope and faith in God, it pleases God, for the scriptures say “It is impossible to please God without faith and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Heb 11:6)  This unnatural decision by a believer will brings God’s promised Peace.  When we willfully empty ourselves of stress and control, God has room to pour His abundant peace and presence into us and our situation.

Perhaps the most notable display of this faith and trust in God was when 3 Israelites in the Old Testament were ordered to bow down and worship King Nebuchandnezzar or be thrown into a blazing fire. Before being thrown into the fire they said, “The God we serve is able to save us from the fire and He will rescue us from your hand, but even if he does not, we want you to know oh King, we will not serve your Gods or worship you.” (Daniel 3)

Though faith in Jesus Christ, we are assured of eternal life in heaven.  Have you trusted Him as your Savior? Will you?

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April 13th, 2017

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Parenting is full of fears you never knew you had. Diaper rash. Car seat safety. Weird snuffly noises. And chief among them? Your baby’s sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends room-sharing to prevent SIDS and promote parent-child bonding. But the next step — transitioning baby to his own room — can be challenging and full of new fears. Here’s how to pull it off so baby feels safe and you feel like a human again:

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How to Smooth the Transition for Baby

1. Start Small

Going cold turkey on sleeping with mom and dad can be difficult for a toddler. Instead, start with nap time. As baby gradually gets used to sleeping in his own room during the day, you can start introducing the idea of sleeping there at night, too. Explain the plan to him beforehand. Try feeding and rocking him to sleep in his room. If he wakes up and fusses, you can bring him back to your room for part of the night. Then, gradually increase the amount of time he spends in his own room each night.

2. Share Baby’s Room

If the transition proves too difficult, try sleeping in baby’s room for a little while. With parents nearby, baby may become more comfortable with his new surroundings and gradually come to accept his room as a safe place to sleep. Then, once good sleeping is established, you can move back to your room.

3. Wait for a Happy Time

Ease baby’s transition by attempting the move during a happy and healthy time. If baby is sick, toilet training or teething, he will wake and cry more frequently. Moving to a new bedroom during an already tumultuous time may turn your sweet little prince or princess into a furious creature of the night. Instead, make only one change at a time.

4. Bring on the Comfort

Moving to a new sleep environment is stressful for anyone (think about the last time you slept well in a strange bed!). So incorporate lots of comforting bedtime rituals during this transition, like story time, rocking, cuddling, or nursing. Consider putting baby to bed with a favorite stuffed animal, warm water bottle or a soothing white noise machine nearby that simulates the sound of a heart beat.

How to Smooth the Transition for Mom and Dad

1. Keep an Eye Out

Anxiety about what could be happening to your baby in the next room will stop your sleep in its tracks. To calm your nerves, install an HD wi-fi security camera in the baby’s room. Mobile connectivity, motion-triggered push notifications, and two-way audio capabilities will help you discreetly monitor baby from a distance and give you peace of mind.

2. Take Turns

If baby wakes more frequently in his own bed at first, try taking turns to get up and comfort baby every other night while the other parent sleeps undisturbed. Allowing yourselves to get enough sleep will help you both have the patience, tenderness and wisdom needed to be a good parent during this transition.

3. Get Support

Watching your child go through a tough change can be even tougher on a loving parent. If the change proves to be too intimidating, reach out to other parents for support. Join a mom’s group or online community. Ask others for their tips, or simply listen to their stories and realize that this will not last forever. Cherish baby’s neediness now — soon he will be walking and talking and all grown up!

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April 13th, 2017

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For many mothers, the idea of working from home represents the best of both worlds. You can still bring in an income to help with household expenses, yet you’re also available whenever your children need you. If you’re interested in setting up your own home business, the following steps can help you get there.

Create an Office Space

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One of the most important things you’ll need for your home business is an office space. Ideally, your office will be a private room in the house where you can close the door if you need privacy. This will also help you create boundaries so you’re not tempted to do work during family time or take care of household chores when you should be working. If you don’t have an extra room in the house, consider putting up room dividers around a corner to create some privacy for your office.

No matter where you set up your office space, you’ll need basic furniture such as a desk, filing cabinet, and bookshelf. Depending on what type of home business you plan on running, you might also need to invest in other office products, such as a printer, printer paper, notepads, pens, pencils, a stapler, and paper clips.

Check for Necessary Licenses

While your home business likely doesn’t face the same laws and regulations as a large corporation, you do need to see whether your business requires any special licenses to operate. Some businesses, such as a home-based childcare center, require special occupational licenses. If you have to file tax forms to report your business income, chances are good you’ll also need a state business license.

Finally, some counties, cities, and even homeowner and condominium associations have restrictions on using residential property for an income-producing activity. Make sure you check for any such restrictions before you start your home-based business.

Create Your Work Hours

One of the advantages of setting up a home business is that you can decide what your work hours are. Often, this means you won’t have the same hours as a traditional workday. If you’re a morning person, you might find it better to wake up before everyone else to get some work done. On the other hand, if you’re a night owl, you might get your best work done when the rest of the house is asleep.

Set Up Professional Voicemail

Since you might not always be at your desk to answer the phone, it’s a good idea to set up a voicemail account to catch any missed calls. If you don’t want to pay for a separate business phone line, you can create a professional voicemail message on your personal phone. Whether you decide to use a separate line or your personal line, phone providers like T-Mobile make it easy to get started with voicemail instructions that are quick and easy.

Consider Business Liability Insurance

Accidents and mistakes can happen, and sometimes the best way to protect yourself and your business is with business liability insurance. If you’re providing professional services to others, professional liability insurance can protect you from liability due to negligence, malpractice, omissions, and errors. If you’re selling a product, product liability insurance can protect you if someone is injured while using your product. Additionally, general liability insurance can protect your business from claims involving property damage and injury.

Get Help From Others

Even though you work from home, you might find yourself in situations where you need outside help with your children. Whether you have an important deadline or numerous calls you need to return, don’t feel ashamed to get help from others on very busy days. Letting your children spend the day with grandparents, a babysitter, or at daycare will give you the uninterrupted time you need. If you know other working moms, you can even work together to arrange playdates when one of you needs the extra time to work.

While starting your own home business can be a big change in your life, it can also be very rewarding for your family. Keep these steps in mind if you decide you’re ready to set up your home-based business.

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