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Co-sleeping thoughts from a mom who has only ever co-slept

Co-sleeping is such a hot topic right now. I guess as the world gets more boring, there have to be new controversies coming up to keep people entertained. I’ve been a mom for going on 11 years now (whoa.) We have two (three) kids, our ten-year-old “little” girl, our almost-three-year-old little “man”, and “baby bruhler” is on the way (March 2018). I chose co-sleeping for both of my kids (one of which is still in the bed with us) and they both seemed to have turned out a-okay. Now, I’m not completely naive. There are absolutely some parents who should always, from day one, keep their kids in a separate bed. No judgment, just fact. I just don’t see why the big controversy over co-sleeping when the mom is a 100% healthy, functioning, intelligent human being. I’m not tooting my …

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The best creative outlet for a stay at home mom

Can you imagine becoming a stay at home mom and having absolutely no creative outlet planned? No wonder being a stay at home mom often gets a bad rap. Moms set themselves up for failure when they consider all aspects of making staying at home with the kids possible except how to keep themselves from going batty. I was a stay at home mom for only two months before I approached my super techy husband about starting a blog. Two months. We aren’t wired to stay at home, talk to ourselves, clean constantly, and have PJ Masks on repeat. We’re people who were designed to desire creativity. I’m finishing up my third year of being a stay at home mom and when I compare life as a SAHM newbie to now, I just see how much more I love being …

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Valentine’s Day gift guide for kids

Valentine’s Day is here again and I’ve got the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for your kids (you know, that’s not just sugar…) Gift guides get me so hyped up! As a mom who has to constantly clean up whatever her kids get for the Holidays… Looking through gift guides that actually list products they would love makes me super happy. [ This post may contain affiliate links. This means, if you click the link to the product, and make a purchase, I’ll get a small commission for referring these items to you on this blog! Don’t worry, this is at no additional cost to you! It just helps me keep this blog up and running. If you’re interested to learn how you can earn a little extra income for your family as a stay at home mom, email me: …

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Saving money without the mess of extreme couponing

“Saving money as a stay at home mom” – Do you find yourself Pinteresting this phrase about saving money as much as I do? When I first became a stay at home mom, I would find myself feeling guilty that I get to stay home all day while my husband worked so hard to provide for us. Now that I have a few years of being a stay at home mom under my belt, I wouldn’t say that the guilt is gone forever, but I would say that I have learned how to contribute to our home more efficiently. I got started with the idea of saving money as a way to contribute to our home one day when I was reading Proverbs 31. A wife of noble character focuses on ways she can save her family some expense. Particularly, …

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Successfully start a blog as a stay at home mom

So, you’re ready to start a blog, huh? This is going to be so much fun! I’ve been blogging for almost four years and have absolutely loved every single minute of it! Now, I’m not going to pretend that there aren’t five million articles out there covering all of the steps for how to start a blog. So, instead of listing out each step, I thought I would share a few things with you from my perspective and then share a couple of resources that I have found most helpful throughout my blogging adventure! Let’s dive in! When I decided to start a blog, I knew nothing about blogging. Everything I have learned about blogging, I have learned by doing a ton of research, much trial and error, and a lot of starting and stopping and changing direction. If I …

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Business Goals that you can actually keep in 2018

Happy New Year friends! I wanted to start 2018 off with a goal for this blog. After much thought about where I wanted this blog to take my business, I decided to not only share my business goals with you but also help you out with some business goals of your own! If you do not have a blog for your business, you are missing out on a highly converting type of content that will truly maximize your business. If you’d like to brainstorm ideas for a blog for your business, shoot me an email and let’s chat [ hello@ianswertomom.com ] I wanted to provide a TON of valuable tips, tricks, and goodies to you as we walk through 2018 together. One of the ways I am going to do that is through my email list! I have a weekly …

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How She Did It: Small Business Owner, Ashley Bills

I am super excited to launch the start of How She Did It! This is a Small Business Monthly Feature here on the blog! Each month we will hear from Small Business Owners who are rocking out their industry and leaving a legacy for their family!   This month, I am honored to have Ashley Bills join me as we discuss how she started a successful Online Children’s Boutique while keeping her family a priority!     I met Ashley through a Facebook Group I am a part of for Stay-At-Home-Moms. She is married to Chris and together they have three adorable kiddos! My desire is that through these monthly features, you’ll gain some insight to owning your own Small Business, be encouraged to continue through the craziness of family and business, and maybe even be motivated to start something new …

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3 Brilliant reasons why you should hire me to be your Virtual Email + Calendar Strategist

  You’ve worked hard and established a thriving online business. Way to go! But sometimes starting an online business from scratch can be just as hard as managing a successful one! I am a Virtual Email + Calendar Strategist, and I’m here to tell you, there is hope. Whether you’re struggling to communicate with clients in a timely manner, have a completely disorganized business process, or are so overwhelmed with the small details that you can’t even focus on what you’re passionate about, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I specialize in Email + calendar setup, organization, management, and clean up! You know how time-consuming it is just to communicate with clients (and potential clients) by returning their emails in a timely fashion? Add that on top of urgent meeting requests, business deadlines, blog writing, and the inbox …

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Five Bible Verses for when you are struggling with contentment

I’ve been struggling with contentment as a stay-at-home mom for a little bit now. I have had my fair share of feeling inadequate, less-than, unworthy, and feeling unsatisfied with the role I play in our home. I like to search for bible verses to help me when I’m feeling this way, so I thought I would share a few of them with you today. Day in and day out we wake up, care for our kids, clean up messes multiple times, and fix meals.  We chauffeur kids to practices and playdates, shop for groceries with little arms reaching for everything in sight, and manage our home with little to nothing to show in return for all of our hard exhausting work. Struggling with contentment is something every stay-at-home mom deals with at least once in her season of being a homemaker. …

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How to develop the wise woman within yourself

You know that old saying that every wise woman in your life would share with you growing up? “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” How the heck do you apply that to motherhood?! I often feel like I’m beating myself up over how I’ve spoken to my family in the past 12 hours. I mean, sometimes you just get so frustrated about repeating the same chore multiple times a day, that eventually all of your built-up frustration has nowhere to go but directly into the ears of, even your smallest, family members. amiright? It takes a wise woman of amazing patience to apply that saying to her everyday life, every. single. day. And patience is the virtue that is super hard to come by when you’re a mom. Wise woman kinda mom or not. In every …