5 Reasons to Start Earning a Side Income

Three years ago, I was a stay at home mom who really needed to find a way to make some extra money from home.

We had two small kids (a 6 month old and a 3 year old) and I just wasn’t ready to go back to work, but each year our budget kept getting tighter and tighter.

Adam and I had to figure out a way to increase our income (even just $500 a month would make a huge difference!) and that’s when we realized the benefit of having a side income. Adam was working a full time job as a chemical engineer (without the ability to take on extra hours or overtime), so the side income would really need to be something I could do. read more

10 Reasons Why You Should Start an Online Business

Three years ago, I was a stay at home mom who really needed to find a way to make some extra money from home. 

Our budget was getting tighter and tighter each year and it was looking clear that I needed to go back to work… but that was the LAST thing I wanted to do!! I had two small girls at home and I didn’t want to give up my time with them.

When Adam and I were first exploring way to generate some additional income, we looked at a lot of different options:

  1. Adam could pick up a second side job (his job didn’t offer overtime).
  2. I could get a Job Outside the Home (I still have my Speech Therapy license)
  3. Start a traditional small business (making and shipping a product – I tried to sew a few dresses to sell).
  4. Start an internet based business.

I ended up pursuing Option 4, the internet based business, and I’m SO glad that I did! It’s made all the difference for myself and my family. read more

Christmas Reflections: The Best Gifts aren’t Under the Tree

Just two Christmases ago…

It was a really stressful time for us. Adam and I had to count, save and hoard all his vacation days just so we would have a week off at Christmas. He was working as a chemical engineer and had a great job!! but they were really strict about their vacation days and it just made everything hard to work around.

On top of that stress, all the extra costs associated with Christmas (even without going overboard with the gifts!)… it all quickly added up.

Our family was 1,000 miles away & we only saw them 2x a year – and just being that far away was really tough. We always were making sure we saved enough money to travel back to Louisiana to see family. Because we were that far away it would take two days to get there, hotel rooms and gas weren’t cheap. read more

How we Saved 60% on our Health Insurance

Health Insurance is one of those things that I never really gave much thought to. For our entire marriage Adam had worked for large fortune 500 Type companies and we had comparatively affordable Group Insurance Plans.

When we started our own independent business, it was just a side thing and we still weren’t thinking about insurance.

Then our home business was generating more monthly income than Adam’s day job, we realized that going independent meant we needed to find our own health insurance! read more

How to Have a Stress Free Holiday

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… or is it???

As reported in a recent survey by Think Finance, Forty-five percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas… so what does that say about the Happiest Time of the Year? Have you ever wanted to skip Christmas??

 

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Most people I talk to start dealing with stress around the holidays even if they aren’t normally stressed – According to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Here are the Top 11 Things people Stress about During the Holidays: read more

How to Lose Weight, Detox, and Feel Amazing this Fall

I have been talking a lot in my live videos about how Adam and I decided to make this a September to Remember! 

The Fall is historically a time when people tend to gain 5-10 pounds… Holidays, Parties and cooler weather tend to encourage people to put down their guard and the weight begins to pile on steadily.

How do we stop this trend???

Goals, Commitment, and Action!

Adam and I started with making some goals for the month of September. We started waking up 2 hours earlier to get in some reading and focus before the girls woke up. We also set a goal to focus on our health for this month and lose some weight, cleanse, and detox. We are going on a cruise in November, so that is our motivation to look and feel our best! Next, let me share our plan. read more

Can Your Accountability Partner Help You Reach Your Goals?

Let’s be honest… We all have great intentions to lose weight, to work out, to make a promotion, to get healthier… and then we just stop. 

We stop working towards our goals… we lose focus… and we don’t even realize what happened. It wasn’t a single decision to give up, it was daily choices to not follow through.

What can we do to help us break through those days when we are feeling weak, our willpower is down, and it feels like it would be easier to just not do anything???  read more

How To Pick the Perfect Mattress

One thing Adam and I realized  in our recent big move, that is that there’s no point in paying to pack, store, and move things that you don’t REALLY like and want to keep.

Case in point, we decided that we wanted to do a bit of an upgrade on our bed, and move up to a King Size Mattress! Since we have owned our previous mattress and bed for right about 11 years it was a little intimidating to consider new options!

If you know anything about my shopping habits, is that I HATE traditional shopping. I don’t get any enjoyment from it, so we started looking for options beyond going to mattress stores, laying on a mattress and trying to decide right then if we wanted to buy it… read more

Why We Chose to Homeschool

You may or may not know that Adam and I both work from home.  Because of this freedom to work from anywhere, we like to travel with the kids and go on many adventures. With my oldest daughter getting closer to being in school, it got us thinking about what we were going to do for school. My sister started homeschooling her two older kids about 2-3 years ago, and it got me really interested in the idea.

I loved the freedom you have when you homeschool.

Freedom to go at the pace of your child (faster in some skills and take longer in others), I love that you can go on vacation when it is off season, I love being able to go on field trips as a family and learn together! I’m not saying that we came to the idea of homeschooling easily… I never ever thought I would homeschool! When we talked to a few other families who were and heard their stories – it just felt like something we should at least try for ourselves! read more

How To Work With Your Spouse (And NOT Kill Them!)

As you may or may not know, Adam and I had very separate careers for the first 10 years of our marriage. I was working on completing my masters in Speech Therapy and working in various healthcare environments, and Adam was a Chemical Engineer who worked in several different manufacturing environments.

It seems like for most couples, that’s how it is. The husband has his work, the wife has her work (or maybe 1 of them is a stay at home parent), and although they share their lives together, they rarely share their “professional” lives in a significant way. read more