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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stay Organized with Tools4Wisdom Weekly Planner!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The hardest part about being a work at home mom is keeping everything organized.  Not only are you taking care of a household and the little ones, but you also have your own business and work to deal with.  When are you supposed to get it all done?  I know that I wish I had six more hours every day!  One of the best pieces of advice that I can give is to keep a planner.  Schedule work in, keep note of appointments, etc.  Without my Weekly Planner from Tools4Wisdom, I would be completely lost!

The Weekly Planner from Tools4Wisdom is spiral bound and has a smooth plastic cover to protect it.  I love that the Weekly Planner has more than enough room for each day, an area for important goals and even an area for creative ideas to help improve your overall quality of life.  There's also a monthly calendar at the beginning of every month.  All of these together help me stay as organized as I can be!

Before I reviewed this Weekly Planner, I didn't have a planner and I was rather disorganized and sometimes posts would get pushed off too long or I'd miss a Twitter party that I was really looking forward to.  Now, I can just flip open to the monthly calendar and see what I've got going on that day as far as appointments and stuff for the kids, then flip to the weekly section and see what priorities I have for my blog and my other work at home tasks.

Do you need more organization in your life?
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Work At Home Jobs To Avoid!

Navigating the work at home world can be difficult.  When I first started looking for a legitimate work at home position, I was buried in a sea of scams and ads and was beginning to wonder if work from home jobs are actually out there.  Thankfully, I can tell you that they DO exist, you just have to learn how to spot a legitimate job offer and how to stay away from the scams.  Make sure to check out my Top Five Red Flags Of A Work At Home Scam!

There are some work at home jobs that are just best to avoid completely.

  • Data Entry - I've searched high and low for a legitimate Data Entry position online and as of yet, haven't come up with a legitimate company.  
  • Posting Ads - Just don't do it!  You won't make $400/day and a lot of times, they are just asking you to repost spam or scams.
  • Processing Claims - A scam where you will be required to purchase their equipment before you start.  Just run.
  • Stuffing Envelopes/Assembling Items - No company pays you to stuff their mail and there's no need for a company to send you items to assemble to have you send them back.  Think about it, it's not cost efficient at all.
  • MLM Jobs (Multi-Level Marketing) - Anything that requires you to recruit more people to earn is something that you want to stay away from.  The only person making money off of this is the person who invented the scam at the top of the pyramid.
Use your common sense and, when in doubt, do your research.  Check with the BBB to see if the company is legitimate or even just do a Google search.  Make sure to check out my section about Making Money From Home and read about my work at home job as an internet crowdworker for Lionbridge!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ErgoErgo Review!

Being a work at home mom who works online, I spend a lot more time sitting than I should.  Coupled with scoliosis and chronic back pain, sitting for extended periods of time is a definite no-no.  However, in between running after my little ones and taking care of the home, my work is online, so it's hard to get around sitting.  My mom bought me a yoga ball a couple Christmases ago, but there's just no way to work on the laptop and sit on one of those things.  So, when I saw ErgoErgo, I was extremely excited to try it out!

The first thing that stands out about these seats is obviously the fun shape!  The shape is designed to help promote active sitting.  The ErgoErgo allows you to rock gently in any direction while sitting.  This helps strengthen and relieve pain.  (Not to mention, it's fun!)  It's made of a durable plastic and can be inflated or deflated to the desired comfort level.

ErgoErgo comes in two sizes; one for adults and one for kids.  The kids' seat is a bright yellow and is my son's favorite seat (and thing to play on).  I love that he can sit and get all his wiggles out at the same time!  Have a little one who can't sit still and focus for any length of time?  The ErgoErgo is perfect for that!  Wiggle all you want and stay sitting and focused.  Both kids enjoy hanging out on these seats and it's helping them learn balance, too!

The adult seat has been great for days when my back is really getting to me.  Working online means some days I'm going to have to sit for awhile and it's nice to sit on the ErgoErgo for awhile and stretch my back and bend as I'm working.

ErgoErgo has a new, modern design and fun, bright colors.  It's a wonderful, innovative product and I love the idea of active sitting.  I can work with less back pain and my kids love their seat, too!  ErgoErgo is $99 for the adult size and $75 for the child size.  It seems a little expensive, but when you think of the benefits and remember that while yoga balls are cheaper, they don't last near as long as this will, I think it's worth it!

What do you think of ErgoErgo?
Do you have back pain after sitting for too long?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Little Thinker Box Review by Charm City Mama!

Charm City Mama is back with another awesome subscription box review!! I love finding out about all the new subscription boxes she discovers since my little ones are just a bit younger than her son.

First off, I have to thank the team over at for sending me and my 3 year old February's LittleThinker Box.

The Little Thinker Box is a monthly activity subscription box for children preparing to enter Pre-K or Kindergarten. Every month, your child will receive a themed-based Little Thinker Box, filled with activities that focus on reading, writing, math, science, and other skills; using fun games, crafts, and experiments. Each month’s theme varies and is a surprise from month to month.

This month’s LittleThinker Box theme was Little Monsters and the activities included were:
  • ·         Loveable Monster Sticker Scene
  • ·         Monster Puppets and Puppet Show
  • ·         Shape Matching, Shape Scavenger Hunt, and Shape Monsters
  • ·         Paper Plate Monster Crafter Kit
  • ·         Monster Memory Game
  • ·         Monster Compare and Contrast
  • ·         Hungry Monster
  • ·         Monster Ball Fun
  • ·         Create Your Own Patterns
  • ·         Worksheet: Letter Fun

All these activities had the instructions, plus everything we needed to play, put together, and enjoy. I’m so excited to have this box to keep my son busy when I’m needing to get things done around the house and I don’t have to go searching for what he needs, because it’s all in there!

Like I mentioned before, LittlerThinker Boxes include everything you need for each activity. All LittleThinker Box monthly subscription boxes have been tested by kids and approved by teachers.
1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 month Little Thinker Box monthly subscriptions are available.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Top Five Red Flags Of A Work From Home Scam!

Looking for work from home can definitely be time-consuming and a little scary if you don't know what you're getting yourself into.  There's always a new scam or MLM (multi-level marketing) scheme popping up and when you're looking for legitimate work, those are the last things you want to run into!  Luckily, there are a few red flags that you can keep an eye out for to help keep you from getting scammed or losing money.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Story Leather Review & GIVEAWAY from Charm City Mama!

The lovely Charm City Mama is back with a wonderful review of Story Leather, complete with a giveaway for our awesome readers!

For this review, I was contacted via Twitter about a leather company called Story Leather.  They specialize in custom 100% genuine leather wallets, purses, bags and more.  Naturally, I jumped at the chance to bring this product to our readers because of the fact they specialize in personalized orders, as well as the staple pieces like phone cases that everyone has to have.  I know I go through at least 2 a year because they are either plastic or cheap and rip apart.

Story Leather was so kind as to send me just that to review: a Blue iPhone 5/5s Book Style Case.  When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the amazing packaging, wrapped in felt, and thank you card enclosed.  It really made me feel like they take pride in the product they put out and genuinely cared about the customer, before I'd even laid eyes on the case.  

Finding Balance with Kristi Yamaguchi and Alpine Lace Cheese! {FLASH GIVEAWAY}

I recently had the exciting opportunity to attend a webinar with Kristi Yamaguchi, sponsored by Alpine Lace Cheese!  Kristi is an amazing Olympic ice-skater that I remember watching and looking up to when I was younger.  Now, she's put Olympic ice-skating on the backburner for her family life and other pursuits.  Being a mom and doing it all is incredibly hard and finding that balance and staying active is very difficult.  Kristi gave us some great tips and Alpine Lace Cheese is a great way to pick healthy snacks and meals while trying to balance it all!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Play2Shop $50 Giveaway & Twitter Party! May 8 from 8-9 PM EST! #Play4Mom

I have been a member of Play2Shop for a few months now and I absolutely LOVE it!  It's what I like to call "Productive Downtime".  We all love to take a break and play games online and Play2Shop rewards you for just that!  It's FREE to sign up and they have a ton of awesome games!  I personally love winding down in the evenings playing Ya! Dice or Backgammon.  My mom loves playing Balloonz on her tablet with my son.  And we're earning points as we play!  

I cashed out my points last month and got my son his FAVORITE TV character, Caillou!  It was 100% FREE! Just for playing games!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mother's Day Seasonal Work From Home Telephone Jobs!

There are a ton of different, legitimate work from home opportunities out there.  While I prefer strictly online jobs, some people prefer telephone jobs.  Any holiday that is big on flower delivery means that flower companies are often looking for customer service agents to work from home.  While I absolutely LOVE and promote theBouqs for ordering flowers, if you are looking for a legitimate work from home position, 1-800-FLOWERS, Blooms Today and Teleflora are three great options!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TheBouqs! Beautiful Volcano Flowers Delivered!

With Mother's Day coming up, I am beyond excited to introduce you to TheBouqs!!  TheBouqs is an exciting new online flower shop that sources some of the most beautiful, fresh flowers from eco-friendly, sustainable farms from the side of a volcano!  As opposed to most flower deliveries, TheBouqs cuts your flowers to order and they arrive FRESH at your door within days of being cut!  

I was given the opportunity to order a bouquet myself, so I could see how beautiful TheBouqs flowers are and share from my own experience!  There are SO many beautiful flowers that I couldn't decide, so I chose the Grower's Choice selection which lets them select a fresh bouquet for you (and that way, it'd be a surprise for me)!  A few days after I placed my order, I got a knock on the door from FedEx and was beyond excited to see my package from TheBouqs!!