How to Make Money as a $AHM

Please tell me I am not the only SAHM who likes to have/make/spend her own money!?!

I have always been a hard worker. I was a freshman in high school when I got my first job and I have been working ever since. My entire high-school career I had no social life because I was working nights and every weekend. I enjoyed making money! And I loved the financial freedom.

Now that I am 27 and have 2 little ones. The conversation between me and my husband comes up a lot. He reminds me I don’t have to work and I remind him that I want to! I work 2 days as a hairstylist for now. I love what I do and the people I work with. They are my second family. But I know one day I will have to give that up as my boys grow and get schedules of their own.

I never imagined I would one day be a full time SAHM, but I am quickly realizing that is going to be my reality.

So how can I still maintain my financial freedom as a full time SAHM? I want to share with you some of the ways I will always be able to generate an income.

1. Poshmark

For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s an App that allows you to list and sell your used clothes,accessories,jewelry, etc. Don’t we all have things in our closet that we haven’t touched in a while? List it on Poshmark! This site isn’t just for name brand items. I am in no way a designer hog. I am a very frugal shopper, most of my clothes come from TJ Maxx or online clearance sales. I have made a great deal of cash for the items I no longer wear. Sure, some things I sell for $5 but it adds up. It’s a great way to make some money.

2. Shopkick

This app gives you points for walking into stores! Thats it! The points are then redeemed for a gift card of your choice! It could not be easier. The app will tell you if you are near any stores that participate. You open up the app, walk in the store, a little blue bubble pops up on your screen, you tap it and walk out! Done! I have earned so many gift cards to stores and restaurants this way, it’s crazy! The best place to have this app is at the mall. A lot of stores participate and it actually can be fun! So next time you’re out shopping, download this app and start earning!!

3. Survey Mini

This app requires a little more work then Shopkick but it’s still a super easy way to earn. This app rewards you in gift cards for answering little surveys. The surveys will ask about stores or restaurants that you had recently visited. It takes 30 seconds at the most to answer these little questionnaires. Each time you finish, you get points which then get redeemed for a gift card of your choice!

4. MLM

Last but not least. I save this one for last because unfortunately so many people overlook this option. I used to be one of them, until I came across an MLM company I had a passion for. Let me tell you, the possibilities of starting your own business with an MLM that you love, are endless! There are no job requirements!!! Anyone can do it!

Starting my own business has given me so much excitement and promise, especially as a SAHM. I do my “work” when the kids take their 2 hour nap. I don’t like to call it work because it’s something I truly enjoy doing. That is why I stick with it. I am excited to see what this opportunity can bring me and my family in the future.

The MLM world is changing, especially with social media. I don’t have to leave the house! That’s the beauty of joining an MLM these days. So look at your options, find a company you are proud to stand with and put in the effort!

Can I just say, that in no way do I ever mean to minimize the work SAHMs do! As a SAHM I know first hand the work that goes into raising children, keeping the house clean, cooking meals, etc. I absolutely believe the work we put in around here is enough. However, I simply enjoy making some extra money and this post is only to help out those who feel the same.

***Only 1 week left of the GIVEAWAY, click Here to enter!!!

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How I Keep my Kids Healthy

With all the sickness that is going around, I wanted to take the time to write this blog about how I manage to keep my kids healthy. I’m not going to sit here and act like my kids don’t ever get sick, cuz they do. It’s inevitable. But I can honestly say, they are VERY RARELY sick, I’m talking once a year.

So with that said, I am happy to share with you some of the “secrets” in our household that keep my 2 little men happy and healthy.

Vitamins. Every morning my 2 year old gets 2 vitamins before his breakfast. We place them on the table infront of his seat. His face lights up when he sees them! He loves his vitamins! Currently I am using Young Livings MightVites. Since I’m a distributor, it makes sense for me to purchase from them. But before I knew about YL, I used the Critters brand and those were good too.

I’m an avid ingredient label reader. I wanted to make sure the vitamins I’m giving my son didn’t contain artificial anything and that it derived from a good natural source. So be picky when choosing a vitamin. Quality definitely matters.

Probiotics. Along with his 2 vitamins, he gets 1 probiotic. Our gut health is SO important. If we can keep our guts healthy, we are generally healthier. Balancing the bacteria in our guts can have a very positive effect on our immune system. It also helps aid digestion which is always a plus. I use a GNC brand and have been very happy with it overall.

Echinacea. I love this stuff! I typically don’t give him this everyday. I usually will wait till I see any first symptoms of a sickness, or if he’s been around anyone sick lately. I put about half the dropper of liquid into his water. It’s orange flavor and he seems to really like it. Echinacea has a million and 1 uses, but I love it for the additional immune boost. Studies have shown echinacea cuts the chances of getting a cold down to 58%. And if you happen to get a cold, it cuts the duration of the cold by 1.5 days. So this is something we always have around. Especially these winter months.

Diffusing. I think a lot of people don’t understand the power of diffusing a quality essential oil can have on the immune system. Yes it smells nice, but the overall health benefits is why I love it so much. As you know from my other posts, I have a diffuser in every room. And we use them everyday for both the smells and prevention. Thieves in particular is what I reach for during these month. Here is why:

The Essential Oil Desk Reference explains:

โ€œStudies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 showed the antibacterial effectiveness of the Thieves blend against airborne microorganisms. One study showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill-rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.6 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.โ€

So you can see why this is my go to for this time of year. I diffuse for my boys every night. And it’s made a huge difference in their health and our overall health as a family. In addition to diffusing, I use diluted Thieves in a roller and will apply to their feet and spine. I labeled it my ‘immunity’ roller, for obvious reasons. ๐Ÿ˜‚

These are my experiences and I can honestly tell you it works! I expect them to get sick once in a while, but I try my best to keep their immune systems strong. To me that is most important. I hope you all stay strong and healthy in these last few weeks of winter and as we enter spring!

**Don’t forget to check out my YL GIVEAWAY in my last blog post Here!**

Young Living Giveaway!

Have you been thinking about buying Young Living essential oils but haven’t yet!? Today is your lucky day! ๐Ÿ€

I keep hearing how so many people are waiting to try Young Living essential oils! I can easily understand the hesitation whatever it may be. It took me a while of thinking about it before I purchased a kit myself! But I’m glad I did!

My mission these days is to get YL oils into every household! You need them! Whether you realize it or not! They have been so helpful to me and I want you all to have the same experience!

So, what I want to do for my readers, friends and/or family members, is a GIVEAWAY! A little incentive to help you get started in your YL lifestyle ๐Ÿ˜.

So what are you playing for?? Take a look!

Grand Prize: Desert Mist Diffuser ($85)

**The New Desert Mist Diffuser has 10 colors options (including my favorite, the candle-like flicker). Can run up to 10 hours depending on setting!

2nd Place: YL USB Diffuser ($30)

**Can be used in laptop, car or office! Take the smell of EOs with you wherever you go!

(I’ll send your color of choice as long as it’s in stock.)

3rd Place: Thieves Household Cleaner ($30)

** Plant based ingredients! A multipurpose cleaner that can be used on virtually any surface in your home. Safe enough to use around kids and pets! This is a concentrate and is meant to be mixed with water in a separate bottle. This concentrate can make up to 30 bottles of cleaner! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธI have more good news! For the participants who didn’t win the above prizes, I still want to offer you a free gift. You can either choose a 5ml of Grapefruit Vitality EO or 5ml Lime Vitality EO. Both oils are great additives to water, lotions, cleaning products, or diffuse alone for a fresh citrus scent.

*The Giveaway starts Feb 9 (today) and will end on Feb 28.

I will randomly choose the 3 winners on Feb 28 and will send out the winning email the following day, March 1.

Once I have heard from all the winners, I will get in touch with you all and verify addresses.

**You can expect your prize to be delivered within the month of March. It all depends on your location and the speed of delivery.

Ok are you ready to play?? Rules on how to participate are below!! Feel free to share this Giveaway with anyone you feel may be interested. All are welcome!

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผHere are the rules:

1. Must live in the US

2.Purchase any starter kit using the link below. Click the link and sign up as a member. As a member, you get wholesale prices, commission for referrals, qualify for events and essential rewards!

Next, you choose your starter kit. I recommend the Premium Starter Kit ($160). This kit comes with a powerful diffuser and 11 most popular EOs, and some other sample products. ( pic of starter kit ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ)

Once you purchase your kit, I get an email from YL letting me know you signed up. I will then add your name to the raffle!

3. Subscribe. This will make the raffle much easier for me. I will send out a list of the winners when the raffle is over. Winners must get back to me within 48 hours after the drawing or I will randomly select another participant.

I hope this giveaway will help jumpstart your desire to try Young Living essential oils. Don’t miss out!

I think I covered everything, if You have further questions, please reach out! Purchase link is below:

https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=13244200&enrollerid=13244200&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member

Treating Pain with Turmeric.

My first C-section wasn’t planned. I had all intentions of having a natural birth, but after 3 hours of pushing and making no progress, the doctor advised we do a C-section and I was so desperate I agreed.

Everything went well. Rome was born and was a happy healthy baby.

Being that he was my first, I had no idea what recovery would be like. Since the C-section wasn’t planned, I had done no research as to what I would need to be comfortable. What the recovery would be like or what I was in for as a first time mom just having gone through a surgery. It was very overwhelming.

I was written a prescription for some narcotics for the pain and I was told to take them and ibuprofen for as long as I needed.

At that time, I wasn’t living the all natural, holistic lifestyle I am now, but I knew I didn’t want to take narcos everyday. Reluctantly, I was in so much pain, I felt I had no choice. I was a new mom and didn’t have the luxury of resting. The narcos caused me to have horrible constipation which would lead to stomach discomfort, but I pushed through thinking there was no other option that could help me.

Fast forward 2 years later, I am pregnant with my second and this time it’s a scheduled C section. I must have forgotten how painful it was because for some reason I thought I could get through the recovery without the use of pain meds. I had previously been diagnosed with a bowel obstruction so with constipation being a side effect of the narcotics, I didn’t want to risk anything. (I’ll be blogging about my bowel obstruction journey in the future).

As soon as the c section was over, I asked to be taken off all pain meds. They were making me extremely nauseous and I was throwing up constantly which is not ideal after having a brand new baby you want to hold.

As the pain meds wore off, I could feel the sharp pains from my new incision begin to creep into place. I felt like I couldn’t move. The pain was so intense. I finally gave in and allowed myself some ibuprofen.

At home, as you can imagine, I had zero time to recover. I had a bouncy 2 year old and a crying newborn both demanding my attention. Even while taking the ibuprofen, I was still in pain. I was constantly moving and bending over. With every little move I would make, I would feel like my incision was on fire. At times I wanted to cry, the pain was so intense.

I have a friend who owns a health/ fitness store. I texted him asking what he would recommend as a natural anti inflammatory. He quickly responded with turmeric or cherry juice extract. Later that day I stopped by his store and picked up a bottle of turmeric capsules he recommended. I took 2 pills and within the hour the pain melted away. I couldn’t believe how I was feeling. Suddenly, I could walk upright and not have to slouch. I could bend over and go up or down the stairs without having any pain! I felt over joyed and so relieved that I had found a natural solution for my pain.

Since that experience, I have used turmeric for many things. It’s helped me recover from another surgery I had a few months later too.

It has many health benefits. Some of them being a powerful anti inflammatory, aids in metabolism, natural antibiotic, blood purifier, promotes wound healing and cancer prevention.

My mom now uses turmeric for her arthritis. It’s brought her much relief. We also use turmeric for mild headaches! It really works! It is a supplement we will never be without. Neither should you!

All Natural Rash Relief

My son came to me one morning pulling his diaper down and saying “ouch”.

He is not one to cry wolf, so I laid him down and gasped when I saw this nasty rash.

In the past, I used to to use Aquaphor for everything, but since I decided to go chemical free, I was sure there was a way to heal this naturally!

And I was right. I found applying my YL peppermint essential oil every hour did the trick. As you can see in the pic above, it started to clear within the first hour! Not only did it clear, but immediately my son was no longer in discomfort which is the most important thing to me.

This is what I enjoy most about the all natural, holistic, chemical free lifestyle. I love to experiment and trying new things. It’s fun for me, it’s something I enjoy and don’t mind doing. I’m ok with it taking a little longer, this lifestyle is all about patience. In the end I know that I’m making the safer, healthier choice for my kids.

*if you are interested in learning more about essential oils and how I got started, I encourage you to read my blog post below and reach out with any questions โค๏ธ

https://kimberlini24.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/becoming-an-oily-mom/