A Family, Beauty, Health and Lifestyle Blog
SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE
With summer on it's way, Ban and John Frieda Hair Care are here to help keep you feeling fresh and ready to take on the the heat
Ban Purely Gentle Roll-On Deodorant ($10, Amazon.com)
This roll-on glides on clear and clump-free, leaving your skin feeling smooth and instantly refreshed throughout the day. It’s made with a new, gentler formula, that provides 24 hour protection against underarm perspiration even for those with sensitive skin.
John Frieda Day 2 Revival Collection ($9.49 each, Amazon.com)
With this collection of stylers, you can refresh your hair throughout those long and hot summer days with just a few spritzes.
Made up of four styling products, this collection is specially formulated to work on dry hair so you can reset your style with ease on day two and beyond, all while retaining much-needed moisture and effortless texture.
Sometimes the April rain can really get you down. On these cold, dreary Spring days, I like to hole up in my home in the ugliest and coziest pajamas I can find. The uglier and cozier they are, the brighter my day becomes. Does that make sense?
Hop into these amazing pajamas, and you will be even cooler than the Easter bunny himself! I can confidently say these are the best pajamas to wake up in on these rainy spring mornings. The onesie pajamas I am wearing are called “A Christmas Story” by TVStoreOnline.com.
(I am not sure that my cat likes them, however)
I am wearing a women’s size small. I am very pleased with how very comfortable these ugly-ish pajamas are. Made with 100% polyester, it feels like you are wrapped in a blanket suit with a zipper. Kind of like the onsie jammies my mom made me wear as a kid!
(These pajamas are so ugly that they are CUTE!)
These silly looking pajamas are not only popular for days like today, but every day! Whether you just want to sleep in this cozy getup or lounge around the house all day as a super cool bunny, it is perfectly acceptable!
I even wore this to the grocery store, although I had to leave quicker because children kept telling “Easter Bunny!” when my back was turned to them. I honestly never wanted to take it off. It is not only the perfect pair of pajamas, but can also be great for a costume party.
Do I resemble Ralphie?
Come Halloween, just throw on a pair of glasses (like mine above), and boom, you are the perfect Ralphie Parker! TVStoreOnline also offers this same suit in men’s sizes. My husband plans on getting his own and we will wear these Christmas morning. I love how this suit not only has cute little slippers, so you can have free feet when you need, but it also has mittens attached that you can slide on and off when you please. It also has the cutest hood. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I wore those all day inside because it was cold in my house. With this onesie, you do not even need to grab a blanket. I was so pleased with this and so grateful I get to have my very own! I LOVE my ugly-but-cute-and very cozy Bunny Suit! Wanna win one? Keep scrolling!
Man, I feel like a Bunny!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a pair of Ugly Pajamas of their choice from TVStoreOnline.com! (Up to a $60 value!)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Go check out Tvstoreonline.com and get your own pair of Ugly Pajamas!
When you plant a tree in your landscape, you expect it to be an asset to your home for a long time to come. Ice damage and other natural and human-created problems can significantly impact a tree’s health. That’s why it’s important to spend time researching your options and selecting a tree that suits your property and needs.
Of course, planting is only the beginning. Like everything in your home, your trees need maintenance to thrive and grow. If you neglect them, they can easily become a liability, one that can pose a serious risk to your family and your home.
Damaged trees can quickly become hazardous if you don’t take necessary precautions throughout the years. While a limb can fall and merely be a nuisance, if the entire tree is uprooted and topples over, it can be a serious threat, causing property damage, injury, or even death.
While you should check for tree damage throughout the year, especially after significant storms blow through the Pacific Northwest, it’s equally important to take a few minutes in the springtime for an annual maintenance check. Springtime is when your tree comes to life. It’s also the best time to trim away hazardous material and get it in top shape for the growing season ahead.
What Causes Tree Damage?
Trees are living, growing organisms that take in a lot from the surrounding environment to survive. And while a perfect environment would ensure the tree’s survival rate for years—decades—perfect conditions rarely exist. Even the mildest of winters can lead to extreme springs—March winds can cause significant damage.
Part of protecting your trees from damage is understanding what causes it. Damage comes from both natural and human causes; here’s what to look for:
●Age—Mature trees are more likely to have declining health and be more susceptible to ice damage and other issues.
●Size—The bigger the tree, the larger the branches, the more damage they can cause when they fall.
●Shape—If a tree isn’t properly pruned as a young tree, it’s more likely to be unbalanced and top-heavy in different sections of the tree.
●Weather—Not only are wind, rain, snow, and ice a factor in damaging trees, but sun, heat, and drought play roles too.
●Changes—As you make changes around your home, your tree is impacted too. Have you renovated your home? Added a new addition? Changed the grade of your yard? Any changes can impact the health of your tree.
●Neglect—If a tree doesn’t receive proper care from the time it’s planted, it might not be as healthy as one that has.
●Environment—Chemical spills, runoff from hazardous materials, such as oil, paint, or gasoline, even toxic fumes from nearby fires, can impact the health of a tree.
Assess the Danger
Whether you’re checking a tree for damage after a storm or simply making a routine check as part of your springtime house cleaning, it’s essential to assess the damage before taking action.
Some things you can fix yourself. Some things are better left to the professionals.
Before going near a tree with ice damage or other tree damage, take a close look at the surrounding area first.
Is the tree near a power line? Whether the tree limbs are currently touching power lines or run the risk of making contact with them if you cut a branch or attempt to take it down, it’s better left to the professionals.
Does the tree or its limbs pose a risk to roads, driveways, houses, or other property? By taking down certain limbs, you can significantly change the structure of the tree. That can dislodge other problem limbs and cause even more damage. If you’re working around personal property, that can put you at higher risk.
If you’re not sure about the stability of the tree or the risk it poses if you take down ice damage or other problem areas of a tree, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Clean It Up
The faster you react to damage, the greater chance you have of helping your tree survive and thrive. Ice damage, for instance, can cause significant damage to a tree. Not only can it break a branch, but it can also strip away bark as it pulls away from the trunk.
Pulling the branch can hurt the tree even further, especially if healthy bark is stripped away from the trunk. In this case, the sooner you remove the impacted branch, the better. And you should always use a three-step approach. First, cut the branch from underneath, one to two feet away from the trunk. Then move to the top of the branch, cutting one to two inches at a time. Continue cutting until the branch drops free. Then take care to remove the affected bark in such a way that it leaves as much of the healthy bark in place as possible. The wound should resemble an elongated football, with the cut running vertically along the trunk of the tree.
Of course, if you don’t have any experience trimming back your trees in this manner, your best course of action is tolet a professional handle the process. The more you take care after significant damage has occurred, the better chance your tree has of surviving.
While every step should be carefully thought out after damage has occurred to ensure your trees stay healthy, prevention is always your best course of action. If your trees are healthy, they are at less risk.
To avoid wind, storm, snow, and ice damage, it’s best to inspect a tree and address issues like:
●Trees with more than one leader—this is the main stem that reaches to the sky
●Branch crotches—the V-shaped branches create by connecting to the trunk
Proper pruning should be performed to address these issues and more. And if significant problems are found, it may be prudent to remove the tree before bad weather sets in. If a tree is considered dangerous, the only way to fix it is to remove it.
How healthy are your trees? Have they received ice damage over the winter season? Are they in good shape as we move into the summer? Maybe it’s time to add tree pruning to your spring maintenance list to ensure they stay healthy all year long.
This Mother’s Day or any day when Mom deserves a little pampering, let her indulge in a journey of the senses with South of France all-natural soaps. These delightfully aromatic soaps are kettle-cooked in small batches using a traditional Marseille triple-milled recipe. They producs a creamy lather that leaves skin soft and moisturized.
You can choose from one of 14 transporting scents including almond gourmande, blooming jasmine, climbing wild rose, lavender fields, lemon verbena, lush gardenia or mediterranean fig. All South of France liquid and bar soaps are free of synthetic foaming agents like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, as well as glutens, EDTA, parabens, and phthalates.
I received samples of South of France products to review, and the first thing I noticed was the beautiful packaging. These products look extremely elegant in my bathroom. Next, I noticed the fragrances. I am completely smitten by the delicious cherry blossom as well as the glazed apricot scents. I also love the aromatic violet bouquet. These soaps make a lovely addition to my bathroom decor, plus they smell heavenly and lather up beautifully! I love how moisturizing the hand wash is!
The bar soaps are luxurious as well, and are perfect for shaving my legs in the shower.
South of France products are available at retailers nationwide as well as Amazon.
Just because you’re getting older, that doesn’t mean you have to look it. After all, you might be in your 40s or 50s, but still feel like you’re in your 20s or 30s. Unfortunately, the natural aging process and numerous other outside factors can cause you to look old, tired, and worn, even though you might not feel like it. Today, it’s easier than ever to look just as good as you feel. Here are some of the best skin treatments that can help you to regain a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Botox is an injectable treatment that works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by stopping the contractions of the muscles that cause these unwanted issues to develop in the first place. Over time, the skin begins to smooth out, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles for smoother, younger looking skin. Botox can be used to treat many areas of the face, including the forehead, between the eyebrows, on the outsides of the eyes, and around the mouth.
As you get older, collagen production slows and fat begins to break down in certain areas. This can result in sagging, lines, and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are meant to help restore plumpness to the skin, giving you a fuller, more youthful appearance while also eliminating lines and creases. There are numerous different types of fillers, both natural and synthetic. They all have different uses. A trained professional usually at a med spa or doctor’s office can help you to determine the best one for your specific concerns. In general, dermal fillers can be used to treat areas such as the cheeks, chin, under the eyes, lips, and forehead.
PRP has been used in the medical field for a while to help expedite the healing process. Today, it is also being used to help individuals look younger. It is a unique treatment that actually involves the use of your own blood. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. With this treatment, a small sample of your blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge. This concentrates the platelets, which contain growth factors for generating new cells. PRP can be injected into your skin where volume and elasticity has been lost. It can be used in conjunction with microneedling treatments. As PRP uses your own blood, it is an incredibly safe procedure.
Microneedling is a treatment that involves a tool with several tiny needles on it. These needles perforate your skin, causing controlled damage. This triggers your body’s own natural healing process. This helps the skin to shed old skin cells and generate new ones. This helps to produce a more even skin texture. Microneedling can also help to reduce the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and sunspots.
Radiofrequency is a treatment that creates heat to encourage collagen and elastin production. The RF energy penetrates deep into the layers of the skin to achieve this goal. As collagen and elastin are produced, loose skin tightens. In addition to firming skin, radiofrequency treatments also helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
The right skin treatments can take years off of your appearance, helping you to look younger and feel more confident. With the help of a trained professional, you can get a customized treatment plan that can help you to look your absolute best. How you look on the outside will finally match how you feel on the inside!
IT’S ALMOST MOTHER’S DAY
Give the gift of fragrance this Mother’s Day with one of these beautiful scents from Goutal Paris
Goutal Paris Chat Perche EDT
Chat Perché Eau de Toilette evokes the emotional relationship between a mother and her child and is something they can share and enjoy together. Safe to use on children 3 years and older, the delicate yet playful herbaceous fragrance is bottled up inside a timeless, tender and pure design.
Notes include: Lemon Tree Flower, Capucine (Nasturtium), Sweet Peas and Iris
Goutal Paris Etoile D’Une Nuit EDP
The latest fragrance in Goutal Paris Night Bird Collection, Etoile D’Une Nuit, will give your mother a beautiful contrasting experience of comfort and confidence. It is an enveloping, reassuring and powdery scent. The fragrance captures the delicate smell of powder in all its depth, richness, comfort and velvetiness, yet it is still sensual and attractive, perfect for all mother’s this holiday!
Notes include: Iris, rose and raspberry
Goutal Paris Rose Pompon Alcohol-Free Water
A versatile spring staple because of its long-lasting and alcohol-free formula, this fragrance won’t be affected by the sun’s powerful rays and will keep mom feeling fresh and beautiful all day long. Created to represent a mischievous glance, charming smile, burst of laughter – the Rose Pompon woman exudes joie de vivre. An addictive freshness, femininity manifesto, this fragrance reflects Annick Goutal olfactory creations, with a bold and modern twist.
Notes include: Bulgarian Rose Essence, Peony, Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Pink Pepper, Woody Cedar, Patchouli and White Musks
These fragrances are available at: Usgoutalparis.com
THE HOTTEST TRENDS IN SKINCARE FOR 2019
SHOULD YOU USE THEM OR LOSE THEM?
Each year brings with it fashion trends, decorating trends, and beauty trends.
The latter covers everything from nails, haircare, makeup and skincare. With the ubiquity of social media, beauty users now can pick up popular trends from anywhere across the world and follow them. Skincare is the biggest segment in the beauty industry with global sales that hover around $130 billion in 2019. There is so much for consumers to digest and decide on. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and skin care expert. He takes a microscope to some of the hottest trends in 2019 to give you insight into what’s worth your hard- earned dollars.
CBD In Skincare
Much like it did in 2018, CBD is taking off in the new year. In fact, CBD (short for cannabidiol) has no plans of easing up its reign on the skin-care world in 2019. As a case in point, there are at least two MAJOR skin care brands that now include CBD in their skincare, not to mention the indie companies who have created CBD skincare. Dr. Shah’s take: “As far as it being good for skin, it acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an oil reduction agent. Theoretically, its addition to skin care products, especially those tasked to fight acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, is probably legitimate. It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells. CBD can be made from hemp which helps skincare companies get around the federal ban on marijuana. Side effects of unregulated use include: Nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”
Some beauty editors and bloggers swear by pimple patches. According to experts, those patches are about to get even more advanced by way of a ton of tiny microneedles (or "microstructures").The logic is that you can out put a smaller amount of acne-fighting ingredients into these tiny little cones and apply it to the skin, it's a better, more effective delivery system.
Here's how they are purported to work: The small band-aid-like sticker hasspikes coated with hyaluronic acid thatare thinner than a hair follicle. Through these teeny painless pricks in the skin, the patch drives the active ingredients deep in to the skin. Dr. Shah’s take:
“There is plenty of good medical literature on the validity of these small patches that are impregnated with various chemicals. The patch gets worn and the needles (either metallic or made out of absorbable polymer) penetrate the skin delivering the chemical treatment. Their design takes advantage of the concept of transcutaneous delivery of drugs. Patches can be custom made to fit various areas of the face and deliver anti-aging or other chemicals while a patient sleeps. The efficiency of delivery is better through the tiny skin punctures than if you only put the chemical directly on the intact skin. In theory, aesthetic practitioners can make custom topical treatments and place them on the patches to deliver customized at home skin treatments for their patients.”
Is a Cryotherapy Facial Is the Best Way to Brighter, Tighter Skin?
Cryotherapy has gained popularity in recent years with spa treatments exposing clients to subzero temperatures to help relieve pain and improve their health. This wellness treatment has recently undergone another adaptation with the cryotherapy facial treatment. The Cryo Facial is a cryogenic treatment that is performed by what is considered a "cryo probe," which beams vaporized liquid nitrogen across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Different from the cryotherapy chambers that can be used for pain relief, the facial targets helping the face look younger. Dr. Shah’s take: “This may be more suspect. There isn't a great deal of study-based evidence that cryotherapy facials actually do what they claim. Typically, cryotherapy uses extremely cold liquid nitrogen to freeze exposed skin cells to kill them, like a wart. The facials use the same liquid nitrogen as a spray, but the aesthetician doesn't stay in one area too long to avoid frostbite to the skin. Some level of cold injury occurs, probably to a very superficial level of the skin, so there may be some exfoliation. But there are safer ways to get exfoliation without risking frostbite or hyperpigmentation.”
ANTI-POLLUTION SKIN CARE
Your skin is exposed to environmental aggressors on a regular basis. Although unseen, these pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin by breaking down collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin its bounce. To help reduce these unwanted side effects, anti-pollution skin care products are continuing to gain favorability among consumers. Just as SPF is now de rigor in skin care, this seems to be the case with anti-pollution ingredient. Dr. Shah’s take: “I think that this is a new name for old tech. In brief, our skin is exposed to environmental contaminants that create inflammatory conditions. These conditions lead to build up of free radicals in the skin. The ingredients in antipollution skin care are basically strong antioxidants that protect against the free radicals. But the skin is assaulted by more than chemicals. It experiences dehydration, UV exposure, temperature changes, etc. True antipollution skincare should guard against all this. Typical protective and reparative ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin C, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, zinc oxide, vitamin B3, and bisabolol.”
Dr. Shah’s final verdict: Just as one can become a slave to fashion, the same can happen with skin care trends. My best advice is to consult with your skincare physician. Discuss what you are exposed to during the day. Is it sun, pollution, humid air, wind, etc.? Talk to your doctor about what type of skin you have. Skin type changes as you age, and as hormonal factors come into play. Someone who had oily skin in their 20’s and 30’s can have combination skin in their 40’s and 50’s. Speak with your aesthetic provider about what your specific goals are for your skin. Is it reduced acne? Fewer wrinkles? Reduced brown spots? Broken capillaries? Just because something is a trend, does not mean it’s right for your skin care type or your goals. If you have a regimen that works for you, stick with it. Don’t be tempted by designer brands if drugstore brands are effective for you. There is nothing wrong with giving your skin care routine a modern “kick,” but good skincare does not mean one must try everything available on the market or in a med/spa or doctor’s office.
About Dr. Manish Shah
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re searching for something for a new mom, mother-in-law, grandma or dog mom, Amazon is here to help. Today, Amazon launched its new curated Mother’s Day storefront to help customers find the perfect gifts to celebrate mom this year (and all year round). The storefront offers an incredible selection of quality, top-rated items for moms – with top picks across beauty, fashion, home, electronics, sports and more. Check out some of our favorite gift ideas below, and amazon.com/mothersday for even more!
Seeking additional inspiration to celebrate mom this year?
- Inspired gifts for everyone in your life. Amazon’s Gift Finder is the easiest way to find mom a gift she’ll love. Encourage mom to put together her own Amazon Wish List to ensure she gets exactly what she wants this year.
- Shop fashion designer and television personality Whitney Port’s favorite handcrafted gifts for mom, on Amazon Handmade.
- Give mom the gift of a sparkling-clean house with help from Amazon Home Services
- Plan the perfect breakfast-in-bed for mom, build your shopping list, order with your voice through Alexa Shopping and get all the goods delivered to your doorstep with Whole Foods Market on Prime Now.
- Give mom the gift of entertainment on-the-go with an Audible membership.
- Prime makes every mom’s life easier, so what better gift is there this Mother’s Day? Visit amazon.com/giftprime to get your loved one three months ($39) or one year ($119) of Prime. In addition to unlimited fast, free shipping, Prime members enjoy: unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists with Prime Music, unlimited access to Prime Reading, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more!
- Support a local small business and shop for mom on Amazon Storefronts.
- For even more great Mother’s Day options, check out Amazon Home’s gift guide, which offers inspiring gift ideas for every mom including the mom who loves to cook, the entertainer, the gardener, and more. Also shop favorite picks from Martha Stewart, Giada DeLaurentiis and Cortney Novogratz at www.amazon.com/mothersdaygiftguide.
- Want to show your mom how much you care with music? Amazon Music customers can simply ask, “Alexa, play the ‘Dear Mama’ playlist” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, or on all Alexa-enabled devices. Or, if you’re looking for a soundtrack to stream while making a nice breakfast for mom, try “Alexa, play music for Mother’s Day Brunch,” to hear hits by Dua Lipa, Khalid & Normani, Shawn Mendes, and many more.
A Few of Our Favorite Gift Suggestions for the ….
- Woof Ceramic Dog Treat Jar
- Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack
- Sojos Good Dog Crunchy Natural Dog Treats
- PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
- Petronics Mousr Interactive Robotic Cat Toy
- Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor
- Bissell BARKBATH QT – QuietTone Portable Dog Bath and Grooming System
- iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs
- Stream these favorites included with Prime Video: 20th Century Women, Wonder, Lady Bird and Book Club.
Book Loving Mom
- The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
- A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport by Kate Stewart
- Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition), written and performed by Rachel Hollis
- Slay Like a Mother, written and performed by Katherine Wintsch
- Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
- A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
- Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
- Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Sleep is an important part of life. A good night's sleep can help you function better throughout the day. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to fall asleep or stay asleep on his or her own each night. This is where sleep aids can help. You might be surprised to discover that their benefits extend beyond just sleeping through the night. Here are some other problems that they could possibly help you with.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night thinking of all of the things you need to get done the next day? This is where sleep support supplements can help. Sleep is closely connected to stress and anxiety. For this reason, the ingredients found in these supplements can actually help to reduce your stress and anxiety. Getting enough sleep each night will also lower your stress and anxiety, so don't be surprised if you notice an overall improvement in your quality of life.
If you've ever pulled an all-nighter, you probably noticed you weren't at your best the next day. It was probably hard to focus and do your job to the best of your ability. This can even become dangerous if you operate heavy machinery. Getting a full night's rest helps improve your concentration, which could end up saving a life in the long run.
Improved Mood Issues
Toddlers are not the only ones who get grumpy if they don't get enough sleep. A lack of sleep at night can cause you to have some serious mood swings. This can interfere with your work and personal relationships. Giving your body what it needs can help stabilize your mood swings, and your friends will be thanking you.
Sleep is your body's way of rejuvenating itself. Getting the right amount of sleep each night can help you lead a happier life. If you struggle to sleep each night or wake up feeling unrested, you may want to consider sleep supplements.
Just because you’re a stay-at-home Mom doesn’t mean that you can’t be a working mom. And by “work,” we mean more than cleaning the house and making your kids’ lunch! There are plenty of great careers that you can lead—part-time or full time—from the comfort of your own home.
Here are five great jobs that any Mom can do at home. It doesn’t matter if you’re ending a sabbatical or if you’re just trying to find a job where you don’t have to sit in the office all day. These five jobs are both fulfilling and lucrative.
Who doesn’t dream of waking up in the morning, making a warm cup of coffee, and sitting down at a writing desk? You can make that dream come true by turning to writing as a profession—it’s the perfect stay-at-home job.
There are so many different things you can write about! If you’re interested in marketing, you could try your hand at copywriting. You can produce product pages for businesses or you could create copy for websites. Whatever you’re interested in, you can find plenty of freelance writing opportunities on websites like Craigslist or Indeed.
If you love books, you might also consider writing fiction. Come up with short stories or work on that novel you’ve been dreaming up in your head. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next Danielle Steele (or Gillian Flynn, if you have a dark side).
2. Graphic Design
Graphic design is another creative career that you can do from your home office. There are tons of companies out there who are looking to have images designed, from logos and brochures to digital illustrations.
Graphic design requires more intensive equipment than writing does. Make sure you get a fast computer that can handle graphic design software and do some research on the best desktops if you don’t know where to start. Also make sure you get the right computer programs, like Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, to set yourself up for professional success. You can get all of Adobe’s programs with a subscription to Creative Cloud.
Look around online for freelance graphic design jobs and you use the Internet to promote your new graphic design company once you get started. Be sure to come up with an impressive logo for your business so you can demonstrate your creative prowess.
We could have lumped “blogging” in with “writing,” but blogging is truly a job that’s unique in and of itself. Blogging is an amazing way to express yourself, and there’s a vast community of bloggers online who you can connect with while getting paid. If you feel like you want to share your thoughts with others, create a blog and use it as your soapbox.
You can create your own website to host your blog posts, or you can use an online blogging platform like SquareSpace. Whichever route you take, be sure to personalize the visual style of your blog and make it your own.
Blogging can be a lucrative endeavor. If you gain a large enough following, you may get to sample and review free products from a variety of businesses. You might also be able to sell ads on your website. But don’t ever feel pressured to blog about things that aren’t interesting to you. The most successful bloggers are those who post passionately about subjects of interest to them.
4. Making Handcrafted Goods
All right, let’s step away from the computer now. If you prefer to work with your hands (and we don’t mean typing), consider selling handcrafted goods. You can make items at your home and sell them in an online marketplace. There are lots of different crafts you can make, such as:
- Fine art
Etsy is a popular website where you can sell your handcrafted items but you can also sign up for artisans’ markets. Set up a booth and sell your pieces to passers-by. You might also consider finding Mom-and-Pop fine art stores that are looking for locally-made products to display on their shelves.
Investing can be one of the most financially rewarding jobs you can do at home. Create an account with an online broker, like TD Ameritrade, and buy stocks in companies that you think are going to be very successful. As you earn dividends, buy more stock and slowly increase your wealth.
It’s important to remember that the most successful investors make long-term investments. You might have to be patient and wait for a long time for your stocks to increase in value. But you can also boost your short-term profits by buying bonds and common stock.
Write, create, invest—no matter what you pursue, take advantage of the luxuries at home and work hard at whichever job you choose!