11/24/17

How Busy Moms Can Build An Empire From The Ground Up


Some women have kids and forget all about the dreams and ambitions that they had before they became a mother. They are happy to let the title of mother define them, and that’s fine. Other women don’t wish to do that, yet they’re unsure of where to go and what to do to continue enjoying life for themselves and not just for their kids. Parenthood should never make you forget about the dreams and ambitions you once had!

If you’re a busy mom, yet you dream of having your own successful empire, you have that dream for a reason. Trusting the little niggles you get rather than simply saying they are silly and brushing them off is one of the best ways to begin enjoying life and getting more from it. But how are you supposed to build an empire when you have kids? From the ground up, of course.

This comprehensive guide will talk you through becoming a ‘momtrepreneur’ so you finally have the confidence to go through with your dreams. Read on to become inspired!


Act Like A Business Woman
If you’re going to be a business woman, you need to start acting like a business woman. You might feel silly at first, after all, you’ve only just decided to get going! However, this will help you get into the right mindset and develop a huge entrepreneurial spirit. Start calling yourself a businesswoman. If you don’t regard yourself as one, then nobody else is going to!

Sure, working from home in your pajamas can be great sometimes, but dressing for work every morning will make you feel far more productive and raring to get things done. When you dress, even in casual clothes and perhaps a spot of makeup, you’ll have more of a ‘I’m ready to tackle what today has to throw at me’ mindset. If you feel like you’re just sat at home, you’ll probably act that way. The things we wear can make a huge difference to how productive we are!

Make sure you get up with enough time to have a shower, make yourself a hot drink - maybe even get in a little exercise to get the blood flowing and endorphins pumping. The important thing to do after you’ve got a good idea for your home routine, is to let your family know that you’ve started a business, and that you’re serious about it. This all goes towards acting and thinking like a business woman - don’t sell yourself short, or they will too. Many people don’t take those who work from home seriously, so you’ll need to show people you’re serious about this. Especially if you don’t want people asking you to run errands for them all the time because they don’t think you’re really working!

Start acting like a business woman and you’ll have your business off to a roaring start.

Get Super Organized
Once you’re in the mindset of a business woman, it’s time to get super organized. You’re going to be at home a lot of the time in the beginning. Your kids will be there when they’re not at school, you’ll have chores to do - you need to get organized before you can expect to get any work done. If you just do things as they come at you it’s unlikely you’ll get any work out of the way, and you’ll be in a constant battle with trying to get everything done. This can lead to overwhelm, stress, and wondering whether you’ve made the right decision at all. You can start small, but make sure you do your best to run your household as smoothly as possible. It may just take a little previous planning to get things going.

Perhaps you could take one day per week, like Sunday, to set aside an hour or two to get prepared for the week ahead. Write down tasks on your calendar, figure out your priorities and to do lists, and make the most of every single hour you have at your disposal. If you don’t run the day, then the day will run you. List both work items and any family issues you will need to take care of, such as taking your daughter to dance class. It’s a good idea to even schedule in quality family time, as this is still super important when starting a business. Letting it fall to the wayside could mean your kids feel neglected, and this can cause problems for everybody later on down the line.

Having a weekly menu will help you to figure out exactly what you need to buy when you do the food shop, and how much time you need to set aside to make the food. Meal prepping some meals on your chosen day can help you to save some energy too.

Remember, one of the most important things about starting your new venture is scheduling that family time. If you feel like you’re neglecting the most important thing in your life, then you’re unlikely to make your business thrive and expand the way you want it to. 

Stay Flexible And Get Help If You Need It
It’s important you remain flexible with your business, and get help if you need to. There are many groups designed for women like you online, which can help you in terms of getting great advice. Make sure you’re not afraid to delegate and outsource tasks if you need to. There are services online for things like content writing, web design, and even virtual assisting that could help to make your days run smoothly and your business more successful. Investing in these things will mean less money in the short term, but could mean better long term success. You can delegate tasks to the kids too - make sure they are cleaning up after themselves, and consider setting up a chore chart so they know who is supposed to be doing what and when.

Bear in mind that being an entrepreneur isn’t a 9-5 job, but motherhood is. Some days you may have to stay awake into the wee hours to get things done, and get up to get your kids ready early too. Just make sure you keep a sense of humor about you and feel grateful for all you have, otherwise you may find your mental health falls to the wayside. You’re basically a superhero when you have a business and kids to look after, so do your best to enjoy it and wear the title proudly.

Identify and Remove Toxic People
Now that you’re doing something amazing with your time, it may become evident that you have some toxic people in your life. These people will not be supportive of you, and will do their best to shake your confidence and bring you down. If you do identify these people, you need to remove them from your life. They are pushing their limiting beliefs onto you, and more than likely jealous of your drive and ambition, so you cannot let them affect you!

Make Your Kids A Part Of Your Business
One of the best things you can do is make your family a part of your business. Making them part of the journey will mean they feel less put out by the little time you have to spend with them now, and you’ll all have a much healthier family dynamic because of it. Remember, your kids are the reason you want to seek a better life, so include them!

Know When It’s Time To Move Out Of Your Home Office
Knowing when it’s time to move out of your home office is key. Moms who started small businesses and blew up now own multiple locations across the country/world, and many employees to show for their efforts. If you hold your business back when it’s clearly time to take a leap of faith and find the right business premises, you will lose out. There are a few things you need to look for in your premises, although you can customize it to your requirements if you have the cash. Energy efficient rolling doors and insulated garage doors are perfect for the security of warehouses, while ensuring your business premises is accessible to clients and staff is important too. As with finding the right place to live, finding the right business premises is all about location. Write a list of the must haves so you can easily narrow things down!


Keep Your Expectations in Perspective
Newsflash: no matter how hard your try, things will never run perfectly. Not at home, not in your business, not ever. Sorry about that. However, the sooner you accept this the sooner you will stop being unrealistic, and you and you can relax. Finding balance is important, so sometimes, no matter how much work you have on, you might find it’s better for your mental health to take the kids to the part and play. Living in the moment is important, even when you have a business.

The Hunted Series Book Tour & Giveaway


We are featuring another contemporary romance series in our book spotlight today.  Check out the books of The Hunted series and enter for a chance to win an ebook bundle of spin-off books from the series.

Temptation

The Hunted Series Book 1
by Ivy Smoak
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance


Indulge in the temptation in the breakout series The Hunted by Ivy Smoak.


When Penny Taylor runs into a handsome stranger in a coffee shop, she believes her luck has finally changed. After having her confidence unwound by her ex, she falls hard for a true gentleman. But once she realizes that her crush is her communications professor, her world is turned upside down.

Haunted by dreams of the alluring Professor Hunter, Penny can't seem to dismiss her fantasies and the temptation to have him grows deeper. Will the excitement, danger, and mystery surrounding Professor Hunter bring her to her knees?

This book is intended for mature audiences.






Addiction
The Hunted Series Book 2

Discover the addiction...find out what happens next in the sequel to The Hunted - Temptation by Ivy Smoak.

Temptation has quickly turned into addiction. Penny Taylor fell hard for the sexy, mysterious, exciting, and dangerous Professor Hunter. But scandalous affairs are meant to go down in flames. Now that he's not speaking to her, she feels numb. And what hurts the most is that he appears to be completely fine. As she struggles to accept that their relationship is really over, her best friend's crude advice is in the back of her mind- the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else.

Will she be able to move on, or is her addiction to her alluring professor only just beginning?



Eruption
The Hunted Series Book 3

Two and a half years later, Penny and James are living happily in New York City. Their love is stronger than ever. Penny is graduating from NYCU, James is growing his new business, and the two are getting married at the end of the month.

But graduation, starting an internship, and planning a wedding is a lot for Penny to tackle. Especially when mysteries from James' past are clawing at the surface and his scheming ex and unsupportive parents threaten to destroy the happy couple.

Will their own insecurities make them question everything and sway them from the altar?



Devotion
The Hunted Series Book 4

Tick tock. One day before the wedding of her dreams, Penny is in a city that is no longer her home. Alone. Heartbroken. Lost. Could the past few years really mean so little to a man that became her world? To a man she'd do anything to protect? There is no future without him. There is no her without him.

With only 24 hours until the wedding, is there enough time to repair the damage? Tick tock.

And even if Penny and James do come back to each other, Isabella is still out there plotting. The world is still against them. Darkness still lurks in the shadows of James' past. A student and her professor were never meant to be forever. They thought it was an everlasting love, but it was doomed from the very start. Tick tock.

Temptation led to addiction, which exploded into an eruption of chaos. And when the pieces settled, only one thing became clear...devotion. One great love. A love worth fighting for. Because the only thing that lasts forever is love.



Foundation
The Hunted Series Book 5

Penny and James defied the odds. A professor and his student were never supposed to become husband and wife, let alone a father and a mother. The couple created a foundation in NYC that is held together with love, family, and friends. A foundation that they believed was impenetrable.

But what happens when the life they know is threatened? If a struggle that should bring them closer together begins to tear them apart? All it takes is - One. Single. Slip. Foundations crumble. Will Penny and James continue to defy the odds?



Ivy Smoak is an Amazon bestselling New Adult Romance author. When she's not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows, taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act like an adult. She lives with her fiancé in Delaware.
 


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Special Delivery Book Tour & Giveaway


Today, I have a contemporary romance novel from the Mill Pond Romance series in our book spotlight.  Check out Special Delivery, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win  a Special Delivery ebook in the book tour giveaway at the end of the post!

Special Delivery
Mill Pond #6
by Judi Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance

In Mill Pond, Indiana, neighbors always look out for each other. And even though tourists are drawn to the small town’s charms, it’s the locals who fill it with warmth . . .
Traveling nurse Karli Redding doesn’t have many fond memories of her aging grandfather, Axel—or of Mill Pond. But with Axel’s health in decline and Karli on a month’s hiatus between jobs, she volunteers to set him up with the help he needs. The house and her grandfather could both use some TLC. Good thing Keagan Monroe, the very attractive mailman next door, is always ready to lend a hand…
Not a lot slips by a mailman, and Keagan appreciates Karli’s dogged attempts to spruce up the neglected property. Painting, fixing the sagging porch, delivering a constant stream of casseroles from caring neighbors—he’ll help however he can, all while keeping his feelings under wraps. A short-term fling just doesn’t fit into his schedule. But with each passing day, Karli’s bond with the town grows a little deeper. Has fate sent her exactly where she needs to be? Karli’s willing to find out, and the first step is figuring out the perfect route to Keagan’s heart…



Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus.  She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters.  She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.




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11/23/17

The Grass Doesn't Have To Be Greener On The Other Side


The grass is always greener on the other side. You’ve heard that saying, right? It has been around for donkey’s years, yet, many don’t realize that things don’t have to be that way. Your grass could be the greenest around, if only you stopped making excuses and using that outdated saying. Ok, so the saying isn’t meant literally, but still - your grass can look amazing if you start to care for it properly. Pure and simple. You want your lawn to look bright green and healthy without having to purchase the fake stuff? Read on…

Let The Air In
Letting the air in is basically aerating your lawn. Most people haven’t heard of this, which is why their lawns can end up looking dull and lacklustre. Aerate your lawn by punching holes 3 inches deep - you can even use a handheld aerating tool to make things easier. You only need to this once a year, but it can make the world of difference.

Don’t Water As Much
Think that watering your lawn regularly will help it to look greener? Think again. You should water your lawn deeply and less often to get that green, healthy look you’re going for. This will help the roots of the grass grow deeper into the soil. Your sprinkler system a few times a week won’t do anything, so get into the habit of doing this.


Try Natural Lawn Fertilizers
Natural lawn fertilizers are recommended for a reason. They have been proven to be better for your grass and the environment, and work better than synthetic options. Any effective lawn care service will tell you to make use of those natural fertilizers over synthetic. You could even book in a service to get your lawn off to the best start.

Leave Your Grass Clippings Where They Are
This is probably the easiest thing you can do to nourish the soil and make your grass look amazing. Mow the lawn and simply leave your grass clippings where they are. Don’t worry about the way it looks, because soon enough those clippings will have helped your garden to look more lush and full than ever before.

Sharpen The Blades On Your Mower
Keep the blades on your lawn mower sharp to ensure the best results when cutting your grass. Just like cutting hair, this will lead to a better look and encourage more growth in the long run.

Chop To The Recommended Height
Did you know that there’s a recommended height for grass to be? Most people don’t, which is where they go wrong. Cutting too short not only looks terrible, it can hinder how your garden looks in the future. Find out the recommended height for your garden and stick to that to see what kind of results you get.

If you want to make sure your grass is always the greenest, start using these tips ASAP. Spending a little more time now can really help you to achieve a beautiful lush lawn in the long run. Good luck!

11/22/17

Deliverance Book Tour & Giveaway


Today, I have a new paranormal romance novel in our book spotlight.  Check out Deliverance by Kristy Centeno, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Deliverance
By Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult

He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.


Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?



Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.



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