How to make it as a freelancer: Lessons from a single parent

Before I ventured into freelancing, I had a varied career in information technology, stay-at-home motherhood, and ultimately creative agencies. I have business experience, including business-to-business/B2B sales, marketing, accounting and human resources, but never had the intention to be a solopreneur. Divorce and single parenthood changed everything and put my career as a mom before everything else. I decided that my time with my children was far too important.

How to Feel In Control of Your Finances

Financial freedom: Isn’t that the American dream? In each of my five decades, I’ve learned more (and stressed a lot) about my relationship with debt and money. The toll financial stress can take on a person can be overwhelming, which is why it’s important to regard your finances as objectively as possible. How can someone be objective about bills, payments, childcare costs, investments, healthcare costs, unplanned spending, traveling, and other financial surprises? Let’s take a deep dive into y

21 Life Skills Teenagers Should Know Before Leaving Home

With one (man)child leaving home for college (again – and it’ll hopefully stick this time!), one daughter firmly in her teens and another daughter right there at teenhood, I’ve started to become very vocal about their entry into young adulthood. There are some life skills that I think EVERY child should know before they head into their lives. I thought I’d put together a list of 21 things to know before turning 21. Finances are one of those things that will make or break you. It affects, not on

Real Talk with my Daughters about Middle School & High School

As my daughters are becoming teenagers, there are some days when I want to lock myself in my room. They’re fighting, probably more now than ever, and although I could put the kibosh on it, I am also a sibling and I know that this is (sadly) normal. They swear to me that they don’t actually hate each other, even if it sounds like they do. There are other moments, however, that I can tell that they still very much love and care about one another. You see, my youngest daughter will be entering mi

Enjoying the Holidays with your Newborn

It’s that time of year again. Have you noticed? Sometimes a new baby can distract us so much that we forget what day it is! No need to worry! We have been looking around the blogosphere and found that many of you are enjoying your holidays with your new baby. Ready to go visit some other breastfeeding moms? Tina with took her newborn out to help choose baby’s first Christmas tree! Her baby is old enough to sit in a high chair while the family decorated the tree. If your baby is

Thankful to be a Mama

This is the time of year that many of us stop to reflect on our lives with gratitude. The shorter days and colder air naturally slow us down. As a new or nursing mother, there are endless reasons to be thankful all year round. Snuggle up with baby and let these thoughts warm your heart. Love is a many splendored thing. Love is all you need. There are billions of poems, sonnets and songs written in the name of love. Have you ever felt such love, however, as the moment your child is placed in you

Breastfeeding & Breast Cancer

As we all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Thankfully, there are many things that we can do to decrease our risk for breast cancer. With more and more research being done every year, physicians are offering more ways to educate and protect women from this often deadly disease. I couldn’t be more proud to be an advocate of breast feeding than during this month. Did you know that breastfeeding decreases a woman’s risk for breast cancer? Let’s take a closer look at this awesome stat

Getting Girls to Code, Develop and Engineer

With a background in technology and being the mother of two daughters, it is important to me that my children recognize that they can do anything. I was once part of the minority, as a female in a mostly male field, but things are changing rapidly. I thought I’d look at some tools available to help my children gain some insight and interest in technology, beyond video games, iPods and DVRs. In 4th grade, both boys and girls tend to like math and science. The percentages are pretty equal. By 8th

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