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Since we don’t celebrate holidays like Halloween, Christmas, or Easter, I think it’s so important to use God’s Holy festivals as a fun way to engage our kids in our faith and create some family traditions. Each year, I’ve been trying to make these Holy Days, like Passover and the Feast of Trumpets, more special for our kids.
Here’s a preview of some of the things we did to prepare for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in 2017:
Baking unleavened treats
We have a couple of unleavened staples that we love to make every year. Basically at the top of that list is cottage cheese rolls. They are so simple, only need a few ingredients, and soooo delicious warm and fresh. We make at least five batches throughout the one week of Unleavened Bread.
Sometime I hope to get my own recipe post up for Cottage Cheese Rolls, but until then, you can find it here on my sister’s cooking blog, Finding Time for Cooking.
Here’s my sweet V helping me to cut and roll up the cottage cheese rolls. That’s another great thing about this recipe – it’s simple, and kids love to help!
And here is the glorious final product. We like to use a mix of wheat and white flour.
Another one of my absolute favorite unleavened treats is what we call Jam Diagonals. It’s pretty much the only time of year we make them, so for us, Jam Diagonals = Days of Unleavened Bread. You can find the recipe for those, and some of my sister’s other tried-and-true unleavened recipes here.
Purging of leaven (chametz)
One of the most common and easy traditions you can do with kids is just letting them help remove the leaven from your home. A few weeks before Passover, I start gathering the leavened products from our pantry and get them out on the counter. Whatever we don’t eat, we toss out before the first Holy Day begins at sundown. My kids love tearing up the tortillas, buns, and crackers and throwing them out in the yard.
Of course, they always have to sample some while they get the job done.
This gets them involved, and they think it’s lots of fun, too!
Why would one want to eat plain hot dog buns??
Passover Crafts and Coloring
Another easy way to teach kids about the Holy Days is with coloring pages and crafts. This year, I decided we would use these crafts on our Passover table, too.
It started by having the kids color and cut out big pictures of fire and clouds on sturdy cardstock. We’ve also found coloring pages showing Moses and Pharaoh, the plagues, the first Passover, and the Israelites leaving Egypt.
Once they were cut out, we taped them onto popsicle sticks to represent the pillars of cloud and fire that God used to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
We used these crafts to decorate our Passover table, showing the Israelites walking through the sea on dry land with the Egyptian army following behind.
Beautiful? No. Haha! But it was fun, and it gave us an easy way to talk about this story with the kids before and during dinner.
There are so many fun ways you can get kids involved in the Holy Day seasons. These are special, appointed times from God!
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Like many moms, when I got pregnant for the first time, I knew I wanted to stay at home.
In fact, I didn’t really even consider the alternative.
And yet, like most SAH moms, I worried about my family’s finances.
I worried about my husband making enough money. I worried about putting too much pressure on him to provide all our income. I worried that maybe I would have to go to work and leave my baby with someone else for hours every day. And like many SAH parents, I started looking for work-from-home options.
Many, myself included, have trudged through the countless scams and too-good-to-be-true offers to finally just give up. Believe me, I’ve seen them all.
Taking surveys to make money? Sounds great! Until you realize you’ve been taking surveys for over an hour and aren’t even close to enough points for a $5 gift card.
But I am here to give you awesome news.
I have been working for a company for over two years from the comfort of my home. I work whenever I want, as much or as little as I want, and bring in a paycheck every month.
Oh, and most importantly, it’s totally legit.
Still interested? Read on.
If you’ve searched for work-at-home jobs, you may have heard of a position called an Internet Analyst. You may have thought, “What the heck is that?”, thinking it kind of sounded fake, and continued browsing. Well, it’s exactly what I do, working for a company called RaterLabs.
I have signed an NDA as a part of my contract, so there are specific things about the job that I cannot divulge.
As an Internet Analyst, you work as an employee to evaluate search engine results for RaterLabs’ clients. This basically means looking at what someone would type into a search engine, evaluating the results and rating how well they meet the user’s need. That is a huge oversimplification, because I do tons of other types of work, as well. Essentially, my job is to improve the user’s experience when using a search engine or virtual assistant.
As a RaterLabs analyst, you must have access to a computer, wi-fi, and a smart phone. Pretty easy, right?
You choose when and how much you work (as long as you don’t go over 26 hours a week, which – let’s be honest – isn’t an issue for most stay-at-home parents!). And I can tell you, the pay is competitive.
There is absolutely no cost to sign up as an agent. However, you do have to read over their guidelines and pass a three-part exam. You read the guidelines to understand how they want you to rate results, and you take the exam to show you comprehend applying the guidelines.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS I LOVE ABOUT WORKING FOR LEAPFORCE…
- Very flexible schedule
- No minimum hours
- Competitive pay
- Interesting work
There are other companies that offer work similar to RaterLabs, but some require you to work during a certain time period, or they require a minimum amount of hours per day. That would be hard for me as a stay-at-home mom, so I love the fact that I can jump on the computer and even work for 30 minutes if that’s all I have.
One thing I love about my work is that it really is interesting. It’s something new every day, and I’m actually contributing to a better user experience. I don’t just work with search engine results – I’ve had tasks to improve virtual assistants (like Siri), voice transcription, and much more. I generally don’t get bored with my work, which is awesome.
NOW FOR A FEW DOWNSIDES…
- Work availability can be inconsistent
- No promotions or pay raises
Tasks aren’t always available. I’m on a project where tasks are available most of the time, but there have been times when very few tasks were available for two or three days. The work can be inconsistent, which may bother some people. This type of work is better as extra income, not your sole source of income.
Also, as far as I know, there aren’t really opportunities to “move up” in the company.
TO BE A GOOD CANDIDATE, YOU MUST BE:
- Internet savvy
Overall, working for RaterLabs has been a huge blessing for my family. I’ve been doing it for almost three years, and still enjoy it.
So, I can tell you that, yes, it’s completely legit. And yes, you can make a substantial second income.
I hope this is encouraging to those of you who haven’t had any luck finding work from home so far.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AND BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS.
Have more questions for me? Leave a comment and I’ll answer whatever I can!
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Meet Beth Wray, a SAH mom who makes a substantial income for her family as a health and wellness instructor while staying at home with her children.
I interviewed Beth to learn more about how a SAH parent can build a business from home.
First, please tell me a little about yourself.
I am a full time stay-at-home mother, unless I travel for my work. I teach health and wellness classes with an emphasis on essential oils. I believe that we are created as whole beings and not separate compartments, so I teach for that standpoint.
What made you interested in this line of work in the first place?
I got into the business because our daughter died in 2006 from a reaction to antibiotics. My husband gave up on life after her death; he was depressed and was also having panic and anxiety attacks. We dealt with it for five years until I said that is enough.
We were researching essential oils and decided to try them. Best thing we ever did – we use oils for everything now.
Can you tell me what a typical day looks like for you?
A typical day looks like me working on my business for about two hours, including mentoring calls with my team, educating my customers and studying for classes I will be teaching. I don’t spend tons of time on it. I have plenty of time for being with my children and doing what needs to be done for our family.
I do have a 15-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son who have been trained to run a house and they do help with cooking, laundry and other things. We do home school, so that factors in here, too!
So, how do you actually make money?
I make money by helping others get the product at the same cost I do. To do this they open a wholesale account and the product is shipped directly to them, they have the option of ordering every month or not. This is where the pipeline comes in; if someone is seeing results and using their products consistently, they will need to order every month.
This is about residual income not having to find new customers every month to keep making money. Because of my experience, I am always listening for those who need oils in their lives. However, I am not desperate to keep finding new people in fear of losing my income if I don’t.
How do you teach the classes?
I teach online and in person. I travel to different areas where my team is and teach for them.
So, how much do you actually make on average?
I make around $1500 – $2000 a month. Depending on bonuses and promos. I have some blocks around money I am working on removing.
How did you build your team, and how many are on it?
I have over 600 in my organization, about 10 of them are my active business partners. I just listen to others, build relationships and at some point I will offer natural solutions in the form of a sample to try. I will work with them to find what works for them and their family. I like to have a relationship with trust and not just start sharing as soon as I meet them.
How often do you travel, and how do you balance that with being a SAH mom?
I traveled about once a month last year,with a little more intense travel in August, September and October. I don’t have plans to do that this year. My husband also owns his own business, so we make it work for us.
When I do travel I am not often gone for longer than 3-4 days. And it is a pretty intense time of training and classes with my team I have traveled for.
What would you say is most important for someone interested in this type of career?
A sincere desire to help others. It can’t be all about the money, because it can be slow to build up your pipeline. Passion will help make that faster but most of us have blocks and things we have to work through that can hinder us, too.
This isn’t a get rich quick business, the focus is on serving others. With that focus and desire it can build fast or slower, it just depends on the person. I wanted to be a nurse growing up, so this is right up my alley. The study of the body and how oils work with it is fascinating to me. Knowing we are whole – not parts and pieces – is very important.
Passion is also extremely important part of it, too. If you don’t know WHY you are doing it and have passion for that WHY, it will be harder until it is figured out.
Thank you so much for your time! If the readers have any more questions for you, how can they reach you?
I am on FB and have a page there. I don’t like to use my company website. I would rather speak with them and offer FREE samples – building a relationship rather than “just go buy from me”.
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