Archive for October, 2009

Author: Linda W

financialfreedomforwomenbonds-womensdreamteamYesterday I was introduced to an amazing woman who is just the model of inner strength! She has a compelling story to tell about belief and the amazing inner strenth to over come all odds!

Please visit www.ReachForTheJoy.org

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Winter? Now What Do We Do?

October 27th, 2009
Author: Linda W

happy familyWinter is on its way and for those of us who live where the snow flies that can be quite a challenge if you have kids stuck inside due to bad weather. I always thought if you had more than one child they would have each other to play with. WRONG!!! It just gives them a boxing partner. Even taking them somewhere to play there is the 20 minutes or so in the car when they can cause great bodily harm to each other not to mention hand deliver a migraine headache to the driver. I had this idea somewhere that the kids could do their thing and I could do my thing with my home-based business. Unfortunately I was very wrong. Being a parent is not having a lot of time to do your own thing. I never realized this until I began raising my six year old twins in my late 40’s and being a care taker for my 4 grandchildren as well. It’s funny how things look so different to you when you start going down the other side of the hill. I have spent a lot of hours reading and surfing the web looking for ideas on what to do with bored kids. Here are some great ideas that I came up with:
 Make cookies or cupcakes
 Color with them
 Read to them
 Let them read to you
 Musical chairs (if you have enough kids)
 Do a scavenger hunt indoors
 Play hide and seek
 Dance to funky music (good exercise to)
 Blow up a balloon and hit it back and forth without it hitting the floor
 Play I spy
 Have them help you with the weekly menu
 Teach them how to sew buttons on
 Make paper airplanes (great instructions online)
 Put a puzzle together
 Have a picnic on the living room floor
 Make a tent out of blankets and chairs
You can always hire your kids to help you with your home-based business. They are great at sorting, filing, even some computer work for the older ones. You will just have to schedule time when the little guys and gals are sleeping. They love playing when you are playing with them, and its fun! You will be surprised how much you enjoy hanging out with them. Remember, kids will only be kids for a little while…everything else will still be there when they are grown and gone.

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BE SAFE THIS HALLOWEEN

October 23rd, 2009
Author: Linda W

Kids love Halloween. When else can they dress up, get goodies, and act spooky? But trick-or-treating makes many parents nervous. When I was working 80 hours a week, I never had time to think of halloween until about the day before. Now that I have a stay at home mom business, I am able to properly prepare. Dr. Alan Woolf, Director of the Massachusetts Poison Control Center, suggests these five safety tips to ensure your kids’ safety this Halloween season:
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Jack O’Lanterns
Carving is for adults only. Let your kids participate by drawing the face on the pumpkin and scooping out its insides with a spoon.
Trick-or-Treating
No child should go trick-or-treating alone. Always accompany your younger children; older children can go in groups.
Allow children to go trick-or-treating early but avoid the evening rush hour. It’s harder for motorists to see clearly during twilight than at any other time of day.
Give children specific neighborhood boundaries for trick-or-treating. Set a firm curfew for your children.
Remind children to walk on sidewalks and be cautious when crossing streets.
Tell children to go only to homes and neighbors they know and only to houses with lights on.
Tell children to turn down all invitations to enter homes. Period.
Tell children to avoid even normally friendly neighborhood dogs, who can be startled by kids they know who are dressed in unfamiliar costumes.
Costumes Check labels to see that all costumes and accessories are flame-resistant. (This goes for wigs, masks, and beards, too.)
Put strips of reflective tape on the front and back of costumes to make them more visible to drivers.
Make sure all facepaints, glues, and glitters are nontoxic. Your child may be allergic!
Your child’s costume shouldn’t drag on the ground. It’s too easy to trip. Shoes should be well-fitting and sturdy. (Mom’s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking!)
Props Don’t allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords, knives, and any other accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough so that he can see.
Make sure that goody bags are light-colored for easy visibility. Decorate them with reflective tape (you can find it in hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores).
Goodies Warn kids not to eat any treats before returning home (a filling dinner can help).
Throw away any homemade treats or any treats with torn or unsealed wrapping.

source: http://fun.familyeducation.com/halloween/safety/35763.html?WT.mc_id=FE_Healthy-Moms_2009-10-23_email#

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Women-Owned Businesses

October 21st, 2009
Author: Linda W

A recent report found that women-owned businesses in the United States now employ 23 million people, which is nearly double the number of those employed by the 50 biggest companies in the country combined!
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Business analysts agree: Alicia Robb, Kauffman Foundation senior research fellow was recently quoted saying the following: “The interesting thing about women entrepreneurs is that many of them may be purposely starting businesses as a lifestyle choice. The number of women-owned businesses growing faster may reflect that women are going into business as a viable way to move out of the traditional employment market and gain flexibility.”6

Why not be one of those women entrepreneurs and take your career and your financial future in your own hands?

SOURCES:

1-Ylan Q. Mui, “Women a Big Force in Business, Study Finds,” Washington Post, October 3, 2009: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/02/AR2009100205317.html
6 – February 3, 2009: The Kaufmann Foundation: http://www.kauffman.org/Details.aspx?id=6254&LangType=1033

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Author: Hear-Us-Roar

businesswomanIt’s a common misconception that home-based business opportunities are risky endeavors. In fact, many women use them as a backup plan in case their main career is sidetracked or – god forbid – they are laid off. In these trying economic times, it’s important to diversify one’s skills and to keep several irons in the fire at one time. Although it can be busy for mothers to deal with a full-time job as well as care for their kids, it can be done with a little willpower and delegation of duties.

As a modern woman, you deserve to pursue your dreams without feeling pinned down. Don’t be afraid to let your husband know that you need some time to dedicate to a small business for women. Have him take care of the kids for a few hours while you do some research and legwork necessary to start up your home-based enterprise. He’ll be thanking you once you start bringing in extra income.

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Author: Linda W

Of-A-Messy-Household-With-A-Baby-Walker-Baseball-Spilled-Food-Jumprope-Pacifier-Toy-Car-Yo-Yo-Papers-Vacuum-And-A-Basket-Of-Laundry-Under-An-Ironing-BoardSo after putting in another day with my home-based business I got up from my chair feeling pretty good about myself and my accomplishments for the day. Then I turned around and looked at my house. I have twin 6 year old boys, one boxer, and two kittens. No, two little boys could not have possibly created what looked like the work of hurricane Katrina. Those feelings of accomplishment just went down the drain. As I sat there in the midst of this natural disaster I decided I definitely had to come up with a plan and fast. How in the world would I be able to run a successful business and a successful household all while homeschooling my children. This really did sound impossible. Thus the daily schedule. Because I am an unorganized person I needed something I could look at and see what needed to be done and whether I had done it. I also wrote down all the things that a 6 year old was capable of doing in the way of household chores. Now I was feeling a little better about myself once again. I made a chore chart. I know, you probably think…”Those do not work” But mine does. I took colored poster board and drew a huge bubble gum machine on it and cut it out. Then I cut out bubble gum circles, enough to match how many responsibilities/chores each child would have. Then I drew matching bubble gum circles on the machine. I put Velcro on the back of each bubble gum and machine. On each bubble gum circle I cut out, I wrote a different chore on each one. As the boys completed each chore I would stick the bubble gum into the machine. They thought I was brilliant…and I shared their thoughts. This worked great. I make sure I clean up the kitchen after each meal, start one load of clothes in the morning and one after lunch, vacuum right after lunch before I sit down at my desk and the boys want allowance so they make sure they earn all of their bubble gum every day. Is it perfect? No. We get side tracked sometimes but it sure is a lot better now than before.

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When Life Hands you Lemons….

October 17th, 2009
Author: Linda W

Make Lemonade!

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Literally. Having kids make a lemonade stand teaches then the value of hard work and entrepreneurship! As a woman entrepreneur, I work everday to show my children that hard word does pay and that you can be paid what you are worth if you think plan, and act on your ideas!

What are some other ways children can show their entrpreneurship?

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Variety Is The Spice!

October 11th, 2009
Author: Linda W

pleaf1sI can’t believe that we are already in the 6th week of home school. I am finally starting to feel comfortable with my new title of teacher. I am amazed at how much progress the kids are making. Of course this is kindergarten so I guess I should’nt feel too proud of myself yet. If I can still say that when they are in high school learning chemistry and doing well then I will pat myself on the back. I do think of how much my day consists of and wonder how I would do it if I worked outside the home.
Fortunately, because I am a woman entrepreneur I can juggle all of this without leaving my house. I have also learned that the curriculum alone does not give my kids a well rounded education. I have had to become very creative with my activities.

Last Friday we took a nature walk and picked up leaves and acorns. We got quite an assortment of leaves. Now we will put them on an information sheet, name them and cover them with clear contact paper and put them in a 3 ring binder. The kids seemed to love the activity, the exercise and they always enjoy the time with me, as I do with them. On our weekly trip to the library I found a book called “Books Boys Love” and it has lists and lists of good books to read to the boys. I am having a blast just reading these books. Also, the Core Knowledge Foundation has a great Children’s Dictionary that has lots of words that you can teach them a word a week or a day. The book also has sayings to teach them like “An apple a day keeps the doctor a way”, and so many other things that you just wouldn’t think of teaching. It is a very valuable tool. My income from my home based business has funded my home school curriculum and supplies. I am very excited about it because I can really experiment with many different lessons and not worry about taking the money out of the family budget.

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Multi-Tasking

October 11th, 2009
Author: Linda W

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Some days I feel as I am the Queen of Multi-Tasking and other days…I feel like a fish out of water!  Multi-tasking can be a wonderful skill or a downfall if not used properly.

Cutting corners on how to clean up a kitchen, talking on the phone while dusting, or making business calls while waiting for your child to finish up at soccer practice are all excellent ways to make use of your time and multitask. 

Talking on the phone while driving, doing your nails while mowing the lawn, and changing the baby while roller blading are not good ideas. ( I know some of those are just funny but seriously…short cutting important communication and important skills/tasks are not good) 

You need to make efficent use of your time, while not shortcutting the value in what you do.

Work at Home moms with a home based business are at high risk of too much multi-tasking if you do not set up your office and stick to office hours. It is way to tempting to throw a load of laundry in during work hours if your office is in view of the washing machine. 

If you remember to Work Smarter, Not Harder…you will be a true effective Multi-tasking Queen

 

What are some do’s and don’ts that you can think of?

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Protect Yourself….

October 6th, 2009
Author: Linda W

 
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With the release of the H1N1 vaccination there are still some things that you need to be aware of that should be done to stop the spread of this flu and other strains of the flu.

* wash your hands often with soap and warm water

* Use tissue when you cough, sneeze or spit, and dispose of the tissue in a covered trash bin

* Keep hands away from your face

* Clean shared space more often such as phone receivers, keyboads, steering wheels and office equipment

* Do not share personal items such as forks, spoons, toothbrushes and towels

* avoid crowds or people who are ill

*use alcohol hand cleansers

 

What are some things you are doing to protect yourself?

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