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10 Physical Signs of Stress

It’s important to be able to recognize the physical signs of stress. { Disclosure :  This is a sponsored post. I have been compensat...


It’s important to be able to recognize the physical signs of stress.


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As a single, working mom, raising special needs kids, I experience a variety of stresses. I'm sure you, too, experience stresses unique to your lifestyle.

Below are 10 of the top signs to be on the lookout for so that you can stop stress in its tracks before your body suffers.

Spring Activities To Do With Your Kids (Indoors and Outdoors)

Spring is in the air! The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make ...

Spring is in the air!
Spring Activities to Do with Kids

The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make spring such a wonderful time of year. Everyone is excited to get outside!

Sometimes, however, the weather doesn't cooperate, so today am sharing both indoor and outdoor activities you can do with your children.
Here is a list of activities. On the warmer days you might want to get out and enjoy the weather, and on some more rainy or cooler days stay inside!

3 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

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easy tips for stress relief

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As a single, working mom, I'm an ideal candidate for stress. As a workaholic sort, I have to make a conscientious effort to decompress and enjoy life. It's not easy for me.

Recently, I was babysitting two of my grandchildren. For the first half of the morning, my thoughts were on getting things done so I could work.

Basically, the goal meet the kids' basic needs so I could stick my face in the laptop. But something else happened along the way. 

The older kids were riding bikes. Then, the toddler joined them outside to play on the trampoline. I was taking pictures and videos. Later, my 2-year-old granddaughter wanted to play - with me. She wanted me to chase her, then tickle her. Snuggle on the bed. Tickle some more.

I knew that was more important than working. So I played with her most of the afternoon. What happened next was amazing.

I felt my body relax. I felt my mind relax.

I suffer from chronic muscle pain, most of it brought on by my own behavior. I work to much; stress too much; and don't put in enough time enjoying life. I do all the things that cause muscles to ache.

But not that day. I didn't have a bit of pain all day. Why? Because I was relaxing and enjoying my family.

I stopped thinking about work.
I stopped worrying about clients.
I chose to just enjoy those grandbabies.

So today I want to talk to you about stress relief.


10 Essentials for the Work at Home Mom

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Work at home must haves


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I've been working at home for a long time.

To be exact, I've been working at home since 2004, whether I was running my cleaning business, working for an employer, or doing what I do now - blogging and working as a social media manager.

Obviously, not all jobs require the same tools. 


As a cleaning business owner, I had to keep a lot of customer files, whereas as a call center employee I did not. Therefore, one job required a file cabinet and the other didn't.

No matter what work at home position I've held, there are a few things I've needed for all of them. These are my suggestions for any work at home mom.


How I'm Achieving a Work-Life Balance in 2017

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” -Dolly Parton { Disclosure :  This is a sponsored post. I have b...

“Never get so busy making a living
that you forget to make a life.” -Dolly Parton

life balance

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I don't make New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I choose a word for the year.

Last year, my word was goals. I wanted to work hard at setting goals and attaining them.

For 2017, I've chosen the word balance.


How to Achieve Balance in Your Life

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony."-Thomas Merton {This is a  sponsored ...

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony."-Thomas Merton


How to be happy

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A few months ago, I decided I need to get my life together.


I mean, my life isn't crazy (mostly), but I definitely struggle in some areas. 
I tend to work a lot. 

I'm also an all-or-nothing sort. If I start something, I am compelled to do it all right then.

For instance, when I used to do web design, I'd spend any number of hours on the project (10 hours? 30 hours?) without stopping to sleep. I had to knock it out in one sitting.

I'm like that with everything I do.


Therefore, my word for 2017 is balance.

Today, I'm sharing with you just how I plan to achieve this (and you can, too!).



Homeschooling Middle School Kids with GrammarFlip

A simple, straight-forward homeschool grammar program that is perfect for independent learning in the middle school years. {This i...

A simple, straight-forward homeschool grammar program that is perfect for independent learning in the middle school years.


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Over the years, I've pretty much stuck with grammar books that fit with our Charlotte Mason philosophy. And I still like those books.


But the world is more technology-oriented these days, which means we have more options when it comes to homeschool curriculum choices.



As most of you know, my kids and I prefer real books and pencil/paper over online learning. Every now and then, however, we try out an online learning program.

This time, it's GrammarFlip.

TLTR Synopsis: This grammar program is fantastic for middle school kids. We loved it and you can get a 30-day trial here.