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Making Money As A SAHM

As many of you know, as of May of 2016, I entered a new journey in life as a SAHM (stay at home mom). This has been interesting for me, and is something that I wouldn’t trade for the world, but it has definitely stressed me out financially. Don’t get me wrong, our bills are paid, but it sucks when you’re cutting a lot of corners to do so, and when you have to tell your kids sorry, we can’t afford to do xyz at the moment. So, this brings me to my goal: To make money as a SAHM. Rather, I’d like to make at least the income that I had at my job as a paraprofessional as a SAHM. That wasn’t a lot. To be honest, after taxes, I was lucky to bring in $700/month, but I was happy, and didn’t have to pay childcare, so it was fine as far as I was concerned.

Making money as a SAHM
Me, Alicia, journeying into SAHM-dom…

Now, what’s my plan to make money as a SAHM?
Well, this blog is part of it. From time to time, you will see what’s called affiliate links. This means that I will make money if you happen to purchase a product that I recommend on the blog. This will not make money pour down like rain in my house (I really wish it would!), it just means that I might make $.50 here and there.

I will also still have my Cafepress store and will be uploading new designs as much as possible, so you can purchase from there… Again, not a lot of money is made off of that, but there is a small trickle affect off of it.

Many of you know that I also have a side business making signs and shirts, this is where I hope to make the bulk of my money as a SAHM. I don’t intend to work nonstop, but this is something that I really enjoy doing, so I plan to make it actually make me a little bit of money.

Aside from all of that, I will also be exploring how much money can be made from selling things around our house that we no longer use… I.e. gently used kids clothes and more.

To hold myself accountable, and to keep a check on how much I’m actually making, I will be posting here once a month with a breakdown of exactly how much I made and how I made it.

Are you a SAHM? How do you make extra pocket money? I’d love to hear from you! 

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Baby Babb is ONE MONTH OLD!

Holy crap! I can’t believe that my sweet baby boy is already a month old!

In the last month we’ve learned a whole new “normal”. I don’t sleep through the night (which that stopped the last part of my pregnancy) but I don’t mind because it means that I get all the snuggles with my sweet boy that I could possibly want.

Our days are spent eating, changing diapers, going for walks, and doing tummy time… All in between trying to get the rest of the housework done!

As much as I adore having him at a month old, I can’t wait to see what these next few months bring!

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30 Day Workout Challenge: Squats

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I’ve always been on a fitness journey, and you probably know that having a baby is not going to change that for me. I will be starting a new 30 day workout challenge each month in an effort to get back into shape. Since I haven’t been given the official go ahead to start really working out yet, I’m starting small: with a 30 day squat challenge. I’ve done the 30 day squat challenge before and had amazing results, so I’m hoping for the same thing this time!

Since this is about accountability for me, and because I really want to see what kind of results I get, I’ll be posting my before and after measurements each month!

This month’s beginning measurements are:

  • Weight- 149 pounds
  • Bust- 39″
  • Waist- 35″
  • Hips- 42″
  • Thighs- 22″

Here’s a printable chart with the info for the 30 day squat challenge!

I hope that you join me for the 30 day squat challenge, but if you don’t, hopefully you’ll join me for another 30 day workout challenge in the future! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the workout challenge!

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The Importance Of Tummy Time

When your newborn lies on his stomach and practices lifting his head, it prepares him to explore the world on his own. “Tummy time helps your infant build strength in his back, legs, arms and neck,” says Joanne Cox, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “This helps with further development, such as rolling over and sitting.”

Baby Babb is finally starting to love tummy time!

Regularly spending time on his stomach also helps your baby avoid developing a flat spot on the back of his head. This is more common now because of the Back to Sleep campaign, which instructs parents to put infants to sleep on their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), as well as the increased use of swings and bouncy seats that hold babies in a semi-reclined position. (In severe cases, head flattening, or plagiocephaly, can distort facial features.) Tummy time is especially helpful for babies with torticollis, a condition that causes the head to tilt unnaturally because the neck muscle is stiff and tight.

Don’t be surprised if your baby fusses. Many babies don’t enjoy tummy time at first, but gradually get comfortable on their stomachs as they build up strength, says pediatrician Ari Brown, M.D., author of Baby 411 (Windsor Peak Press). “It takes some work to lift that head up and it isn’t always fun,” she says. “It’s a workout.”

Start at 2 weeks old with short sessions”¨ of 30 seconds to one minute. If your baby screams or simply lays his head down, try again later. By 2 months old, aim for three five-minute sessions daily. As your baby grows, strive for a minimum of 15 minutes of tummy time per day, while encouraging him to play longer. Once your child is rolling over and independently spending time on his stomach, usually by 6 months old, you can stop dedicated tummy time.

1. Get down on his level

Position yourself at eye level with your baby and talk, sing and cheer him on.

2. Be an entertainer

Use a toy or mirror to engage him. Debut a new toy at tummy time.

3. Give him a boost

Tuck a rolled towel or nursing pillow under his armpits to give a little support and make reaching for toys easier.

4. Make it part of the routine

Keep forgetting? Try putting you baby on his tummy for 30 seconds after each daytime diaper change.

In my house, we make tummy time fun with this Infantino Tummy Time mat and this Turtle Ball Pit!

Have you got any tips on tummy time? How’s it working out for your little one? Please leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

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Products We Can’t Live Without: Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing

​Of all the things that we were given for Baby Babb, I would have to say that one if the things that we just cannot live without, that saves my sanity when I can’t hold him because I have something that I need to do (like go to the bathroom or take a shower) is our Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing!

Products we can't live without, the Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing

Why We Can’t Live Without The Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing

This swing is amazing for many reasons, from the fact that you can use batteries, but it also comes with a plug in option, which allows you to not have to worry about it going dead at an inopportune time! With our recent bad weather, I do keep batteries in it now, just in case the power goes out, because the last thing you need is a crying baby, two scared kids, and crazy animals when all hell breaks loose!

Something else that I love about our Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing is that you can change the swinging motion from the traditional head-to-toe to side-to-side. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you have a baby who prefers side-to-side, it is amazing!

The swing has multiple speeds (which we use them all, from the slowest when Baby Babb is already snoozing, to the fastest when Baby Babb needs to be soothed to sleep) and different sets of music as well as soothing nature sounds. My 8 year old loves turning the music on for his baby brother to help soothe him to sleep!

We haven’t experimented with the two position recline in the seat yet, but I’m certain that as Baby Babb gets older and stays awake longer, that will certainly come in handy. The seat insert easily comes out to be washed if baby spits up or has an explosive diaper while enjoying their time in the swing, which I’m very thankful for because with my oldest two boys, we went through hell trying to get the insert in and out when it needed to be washed!

I can’t imagine my life without the Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing at this point, and can’t wait to see how much Baby Babb loves it even as he gets older!

There are other parts of the Fisher Price Snugapuppy collection that I didn’t get, simply because we didn’t have room in our house for a lot of gear, but I’ve heard wonderful things about. You really can’t go wrong with the swing though, because it was even really easy to put together when I was 8 months pregnant and HUGE!

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