I turned off the news, because I couldn’t take it anymore. Yet another story of a terrible thing happening to a perfecty innocent person. We Moms especially take those stories hard, because we instantly empathize with the suffering family.
I felt totally helpless. These people went about their day just like it was any other day. They couldn’t possibly have known what would happen to them. How could they prepare for something like that?
Slowly, I began to realize that, while I don’t have control over much (the only thing that helps with that is lots of prayer!), there are some things I can do to be prepared for an emergency.
I got right to work. I was surprised to find that there are a lot of things you can do right now using what you have on hand.
These are some troubling times we live in. The news seems worse and worse every day, and it’s to the point that many of us Mamas don’t even want to listen to it anymore. It hurts your heart to hear about innocent families being torn apart.
But I do think it’s important to keep things in perspective. We aren’t the first generation to have terrible tragedies to strike our country. It probably does seems closer to home for us due to social media and television being so readily available.
Remember, our grandparents lived in a world where Hitler had a stronghold over a good chunk of the population. They never knew when bombs from Axis forces might be dropped on them.
That said, it is never ever a bad idea to be prepared for the worst while you pray for the best. I pray terrorism never hits any of us. But whose to say we won’t face a tornado or blizzard or any number of natural disasters? What if there is a massive power outage? We really can’t know what tomorrow will hold.
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You don’t have to be a paranoid person to have a plan in place for the worst. That’s why it’s a great idea to be prepared now with a safety plan.
Inside: These (mouthwatering!) easy Thanksgiving sides will have your family going back for seconds. Save these for your next Thanksgiving potluck meal!
Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday has become the often overlooked younger sister of Christmas. It’s not flashy, but sometimes the simplicity of Thanksgiving is what makes it so special.
If you have a larger family or group of friends, you might have a tradition of hosting a Thanksgiving potluck. Maybe the host(ess) cooks the turkey, and guests bring a side dish. You might plan a menu to make sure everything is covered, or you might leave it up to chance and have a true pot “luck” meal.
It saves a lot of money and headache for the chef, but it also means you’re probably searching for an amazing side dish to bring. Well, you’re in luck! These recipes will be keepers for sure!
Our family is on a money saving journey as we raise a bunch of kids on one income and attempt to pay off some debt. We are always on the lookout for creative ways to save money. That’s not to say that we are experts at frugality! I actually consider us to be students of thrift.
One of the first points that crops up when a family is striving to save money is food. Grocery bills. Dining out. Starbucks runs. Drive thrus.
And ordering pizza.
That’s one of my weaknesses. About once a month I have the kind of day where time gets away from me. Before I know it, it’s suppertime and the family is asking what there is to eat. On days like this, the temptation to order pizza is strong! And many times I don’t resist it very well.
When I do order pizza, I always feel like I’ve failed my money saving ways. That isn’t necessarily the case since we don’t use credit to pay and it doesn’t happen frequently. But I still wish I could stop ordering last minute pizza.
You need a plan! Let’s put one together.
Once upon a time, I was an elementary music teacher. I really enjoyed teaching children. Watching them grow into little musicians was such a treat.
Meanwhile, back at home I had two babies within 16 months of each other. And then I became pregnant with our third child.
And as much as I loved my students, I didn’t love being told that I had to choose between my job and going with my sick baby to the hospital.
I didn’t love the politics at the local level, or the national level, or anywhere else.
And I didn’t love being forced to constantly prove that my job mattered (since music is often the first thing cut from a struggling school district’s budget).
A Dream Come True
When our family could finally wiggle room for me to be a stay at home mom, we made the move. The summer my third baby was born, I put in my notice and gave up my teaching job.
Sometimes it feels like that was a lifetime ago…and I suppose it was my third born’s lifetime ago! But no sooner than meeting our goal of staying home with our kids, I began to hear a certain question. If you are also a stay at home mom, you probably get this question as often as I do.
“When are you going back to work?”
Let me clarify that it doesn’t bother me when people ask this. I think it’s a natural question, since we so often identify with each other through work.
But I tend to hem haw around that question. There’s not a great answer. I doubt I’ll ever be a full time teacher again.
In fact, I’ll let you in on a secret… I don’t want to go back to work for someone else.
What Else is There?
If you’re a “road less traveled” kind of gal, you have the same kinds of thoughts. There are so many ways you can contribute financially to your family, even without a traditional job.
When you start out as a stay at home mom, more work is probably not doable. Caring for a young baby or toddler, especially while pregnant and not getting enough rest, makes taking on additional work at home nearly impossible.
But as your babies grow, you’ll start to find more space in your day. That’s time that you can start to put to work for you, if you want to.
Starting a New Dream
With new found free time on my hands, I decided to try blogging. And I’ve learned that I enjoy blogging for so many reasons!
- Create something all your own.
- Connections with other Moms you might otherwise never meet.
- Using the blog to create a business and make some extra money for your family. Extra money that would mean paying down debt more quickly. Extra money that would mean being able to make larger contributions to worthy causes and people who are truly in need.
My blog is still pretty new, and I haven’t made any money from it yet. I’m still learning how to blog and where I fit in on the world wide web. I want to be very deliberate about what I do here. I want to be sure that the choices I make don’t benefit my wallet more than they benefit my readers. So I am still reading and researching.
That’s why, when I learned that the title of Crystal Paine’s newest book was Money Making Mom, How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference, I couldn’t believe the timing. Just as I was ready to join the world of entrepreneurs, there was a perfect book just waiting for me. It was like an amazing God wink.
Crystal generously offered me an advanced copy to read. I have to tell you, this book is encouraging. She has a way with words that makes you feel like you can accomplish great things.
Money Making Mom offers real world advice that any Mom with an entrepreneurial spirit can follow. She gives real life examples from women who have their own businesses from a variety of backgrounds.
This book is unique from other entrepreneurial books I have read. In addition to discussing the whys and hows of beginning a business, it also talks about keeping a good balance in your life between work and family. (That’s a struggle I think all working Moms can relate to!) And her words about generosity are truly inspiring.
I am not a person who typically purchases a lot of books since you can get them from the library. But I would definitely purchase this book to keep as a resource.
It’s that good.
And I promise you that I wouldn’t promote anything that I wouldn’t truly purchase myself.
If you aren’t sure yet (or if just want more great resources!), you can try a free 5 day course about how to Make Money from Home.
Have you ever considered starting a business? What is stopping you from beginning or from being successful?
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Our 10 year old son had been complaining of stomach pains for months. We even took him to the emergency room one night when he was doubled over in pain. Severe constipation was diagnosed, a strong schedule of Miralax was prescribed.
He already suffers from migraines, and the doctors are never happy with the amount of fluids he drinks each day. So we assumed he just needed to drink more.