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Month: April 2017
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One thing I greatly admire is work-at-home, entrepreneurial moms.
I work at home, and dream of building my own business. I constantly have so many ideas running through my head.
So, when I get the chance to learn from moms who are already living my dream, I try to learn as much as I can!
Meet Jennifer Davis:
Jennifer, a Torah-keeping WAH mom, works with DoTerra essential oils as an independent wellness advocate and makes more than $2,000/month on average. (Learn more about why she chose DoTerra). Ever wonder if it’s really possible to build a business as an essential oil rep? Well, I sat down with Jennifer to learn a little from one of the best.
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST STEPS IN STARTING YOUR BUSINESS, INSPIRING WELLNESS?
My first simple step was reaching out to friends about my new business. This is a relationship business and building relationships with others is the most important aspect. I’m constantly making new friends and connections.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORK WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I spread my time between administration, marketing, teaching, working with families one on one over the phone or in person. Some weeks it might be 10 hours but really busy weeks it can be 30. I plan one really busy week a month so my husband knows what to expect and the other weeks I have a lighter schedule.
When you consistently put in 20 hours a week, you see more growth so when I started out, I always worked at least 20 hours.
SO, TELL ME MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DO.
My main job is to serve others, help them find the right essential oils that work best for their family. Nothing I do is difficult, but I do have to be on the ball with follow-up on all tasks. I am the only one, so it is up to me to grow my business.
There is some troubleshooting with this, so I usually offer a few samples to experiment with while teaching them basic usage and safety because that is usually where people get overwhelmed. I make it easy and I hold their hand until they feel more comfortable.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once they have their own oils in their home, I am their support in continued education. Not only do I serve my users but I also have builders who need leadership support so I work closely with them as they grow their business and walk them through the steps to also lead their own team of customers and builders.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE BUSINESS AND OTHER TASKS AS A STAY-AT-HOME MOM?
As a mom of three kids, who I also homeschool, setting up boundaries are really important. My kids get my 100% and then my business gets my 100%. I don’t multitask as it prevents me from being the best mom and business owner I can be.
DOES YOUR FAITH FACTOR INTO HOW YOU RUN YOUR BUSINESS?
My faith is a huge part because I ask a God to bring me those he wants me to work with but mainly my business was an answer to prayer 4 years ago. Very quickly it replaced my income and then my husband’s VA benefit while he was in school. But mainly because it’s the vehicle that will ultimately allow him to focus on ministry full time as well as ministry that God will call me to.
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN WHEN YOU BEGAN?
In the beginning you lack strategy and so having leadership is really important. I didn’t have that starting out because my leader and I started together. I would have strategically done things a little different. Hiring a business coach is another I wish I did but with limited funds I did what I could.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE INTERESTED IN DOING WHAT YOU DO, BUT AFRAID TO START?
I hear many moms tell me there is no way they could start up a business like this, but I know they can with a good routine and the support of a loving husband. Having a passion to serve others is all it takes.
When you are exhausted and at your limit; you think of all the people who are blessed with better wellness because you took the time to share a drop of an essential oil with them.
Learn more on Jennifer’s Facebook page, Inspiring Wellness.
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I’ve been a mom for more than five years now, and in that time, I’ve learned a thing or two about sleep deprivation. Oh, and exhaustion. Impatience. Also, frustration. (Don’t I make parenthood sound wonderful? Haha!). And in that time, I’ve realized that one little thing can […]
Any mom of a toddler has heard the horror stories of a certain kids show…
No, it’s not Barney, it’s not Dora the Explorer, it’s not even Spongebob (which will NEVER be shown in my house).
It’s the dreaded…
I’m lucky enough to never have watched it, and apparently, for good reason. What I’ve heard from moms is that Caillou, the main character, is a kid who is annoying, disrespectful, and whiny. It seems to be a show that is every parent’s nightmare, so it’s been avoided in our house.
With that said, though, what kind of shows do my kids watch? If you’re a busy parent, you probably don’t have time to watch a whole episode of each new show before your kids to decide whether it’s decent or not.
And every mom has, as some point, caught themselves singing the theme song from a kids’ show absentmindedly, only to suddenly stop and question all that is good in the world. (Or is that just me??). Okay, admittedly, I’m being a bit dramatic. But, I’ve got to be honest – every time I realize I’m obliviously singing a Barney song when my kids aren’t even around, a little part of me dies.
…Not to pick on Barney.
My point is, as parents, we sometimes can’t avoid seeing and hearing our kids’ entertainment. And that means I will be even pickier in what I allow them to watch. (Granted, I’m already somewhat picky because I want most of their entertainment to be wholesome and at least somewhat educational).
So, here are my picks for good kids shows that are educational and not annoying (keep in mind, all kids shows are somewhat irritating, so it’s all relative, haha!). All of these shows are available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
#1: Little Einsteins
This preschool-age show features a group of kids who go on missions in their rocket (that’s the selling point for my son). The episodes are designed to introduce themes of nature, world cultures, and art to young children.
Each episode incorporates one classical piece of music by composers like Bach and Beethoven in the Little Einsteins’ mission or journey. They integrate the song throughout the episode, using rhythms, counting, and patterns in the song.
Seasons 1-2 are available on Netflix.
#2: Doc McStuffins
Doc McStuffins is a Disney show about a 6-year-old girl who is a “doctor” to her toys and animals. It does feature some magical elements with the toys being able to come to life, so that may bother some parents. But in my opinion, the main character is a pretty good role model for young kids, and the “magical” elements are more about playing make believe.
She uses her imagination and solves problems, hoping to become a doctor like her mom when she grows up. Her treatments include things like fixing loose stitching or replacing low batteries.
I would say this show isn’t as educational as some of the rest on this list, but overall it teaches good lessons while being tolerable for adults.
Seasons 1-3 are available on Hulu.
#3: Magic School Bus
Most people are familiar with this classic show, which is about a class of students and their eclectic teacher going on scientific adventures in a magic bus. I would say it’s best for kids more in the 4-8 range.
Watching the show, kids will learn about things like animal habitats, the human digestive system, and how volcanos work, in an interactive and fun way. In my opinion, it’s a great show for kids.
Seasons 1-4 of Magic School Bus are available on Netflix.
#4: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
This spin-off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood is made for ages 2-6. It’s about 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, who invites preschoolers into his land of make believe.
Overall, the show is just about learning basic social skills like sharing, patience, self-control, etc. It includes simple little jingles that my kids still sing all the time, like, “You can take a turn, and then I’ll get it back!”
Seasons 1-7 are available to stream through Amazon.
#5: Wild Kratts
My kids recently started watching Wild Kratts after I’d heard great things about the show from other moms I trusted.
After some whining about trying out a new show (the trials of youth), my kids loved it! The Kratt brothers take kids on really fun adventures while learning about animals and nature.
One cool thing about this show is that my 3YO loves it, but I think they would continue to enjoy it up to ages 7 or 8.
Seasons 1-2 and 10 are available on Amazon.
There are a few other shows that I let my kids watch, but these are my favorite that we’ve found.
What do the kids watch at your house?
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