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.

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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:

β€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.”

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. πŸ˜‚

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!

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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!

5 Changes You’ll Notice After Using Essential Oils in your Home

I wanted to share the top 5 changes I noticed after using my starter kit because I hear a lot of people tell me they won’t use all the oils. I can promise you, you will. It’s like diving into a rabbit hole. Once you use one oil, you use another, then another and soon you are using them all and quickly become obsessed. πŸ˜†That’s what happened to me and everyone else I know who used the starter kit.

Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit is $160. You receive a powerful diffuser and 11 of YL’s most popular oils. The value of this kit is $300, so the kit is a steal!

I could go on and on about how I use the oils for everyday tasks and remedies, but I’m going to save us some time and just share with you the top 5 changes I noticed in our household once I started using these miracle oils.

1. Better Sleept’s true! If you read my blog post titled “Becoming an Oily Mom” you would know this was the main reason I knew these oils were legit. They helped my fussy son sleep. He’d sleep through his nap and sleep through the night. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

But not only him, my husband and I started sleeping better too. Who doesn’t want to sleep better? I made a roller bottle using coconut oil and lavender (kit oil) and would roll the bottom of my feet before bed. I’d sleep all the way till morning. We diffuse lavender in our room as well. ( All the rooms in my house have a diffuser). So you can see why sleep is my 1st mention. I’m nothing without a good nights sleep.πŸ˜‚ I’m sure you can relate!

2. Beautiful Skin I had read so many times how Frankincense essential oil is good for skin. ☝🏼Let me tell you something, frankincense has many uses, but I use my frankincense for one purpose and that is my skincare!

I know I’m missing out on it’s other wonderful healing properties, but what this oil has done for my skin is unimaginable.

I used to get bad break outs which would then leave acne scars and marks on my face. I never ever dreamed I would be the one to leave the house without make up. I was always too self conscious about my skin. But I am happy to share that I am now that mom that will leave the house without make up because my skin is amazing! I have no redness, my scars are disappearing and my fine lines are gone. I’ve actually had people ask me if I get Botox πŸ˜‚. I get compliments on my skin all the time!!! It’s so nice to get those compliments because I’ve never had people tell me that before. I have to give all the credit to my frankincense essential oil.

3. Better Health This one I noticed right away, not only for myself but for my boys. My oldest would always get sick around this time of year. His sickness would last for at least 2 weeks. It was miserable for the whole family! But this winter, since I’ve been using my oils, all has been good! At his worst, he had a runny nose. But to me that’s not sickness, that’s the body doing its job. We are constantly diffusing Thieves (kit oil) around the house, using a thieves hand sanitizer I made, and rubbing it on our feet and chest every night. And so far we’ve all been feeling great!

For myself, in addition to the diffusing, I drink hot honey water every morning and night and will add 2 drops of lemon essential oil (kit oil) to my glass mug. It’s delicious, I look forward to it everyday. I strongly feel that has helped boost my immune system as well among other health benefits like digestion. πŸ‹

4. Calmer Kids I thought this was a coincidence, but now I’m convinced this is true. When I diffuse Stress Away essential oil (kit oil blend), my kids are calmer! 🀭 I swear! I even have my mom diffuse it at her house when she babysits and she would tell you the same thing! I’ve noticed less crying, less tantrums and an overall happier atmosphere during our days at home. You’re welcome πŸ˜‰.

5. Good Smelling Home

I have a 75 lb Doberman Pinscher and 2 babies still in diapers. I am constantly worried my home smells bad. I used to light candles and use Febreeze everyday to mask odors.

Now that my household is chemical free, it’s worked in my favor. Diffusing oils actually kill the airborne germs, allergens and odor. So there is nothing to ‘cover up’ . That was easy.

I also made my own fabric refresher. I use my Purification (kit oil blend) which is an odor neutralizer and smells wonderful. I’ll mix that with some peppermint or lemon ( both kit oils). I’ll mix it with some witch hazel and water in a spray bottle and spray my entire house down. Unlike the Febreeze I was using, the scent of the oils linger much longer and they are also anti bacterial and will disinfect surfaces. Bonus!

Another quick example, I make a mattress mist for my babies that I spray before they go to sleep to help them relax. Now my boys always smell like lavender and cedarwood πŸ˜‚. Other people will always mention how good they smell. Haha now you know my secret!

Like I said earlier, I could probably add 95 more bullet points about all the changes I noticed in my home after using Young Livings Premium Starter Kit. Im a distributor because I want to get a kit in everyone home so they can experience what I’ve experienced. So if you have any questions, ask away. Im overjoyed to answer any questions.

If you have read enough and want a kit for your home! Congrats! I’m excited for you!My link is below, please use it and I will contact you afterwards to help walk you through everything you need to know! ❀️

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The Dangers of Laundry Detergents

One of my biggest pieces of advice for families who are trying to switch to a chemical free and all natural lifestyle, is to take baby steps. Switch over one product at a time.

I’m in a hurry to live chemical free, but I am also very frugal and hate being wasteful. So the easiest way to transition is to finish up a product, then when it’s empty, find a safer, chemical free alternative. That’s how I switched soaps, serums, lotions, cleaning products and the everyday product I am now going to blog about… laundry detergent.

Have you ever researched what’s in our laundry detergent? Well I have and let me tell you, it ain’t good 😬. It’s actually a shame. Let me list some ingredients found in most laundry detergents:

1,4 dioxane– a solvent that is recognized by the EPA as a carcinogen. It’s been known to cause headaches, vertigo, irritation of eyes, nose and lungs, can cause liver and kidney damage, etc.

Quaternium-15- a cleaning agent. Also known as a carcinogen. It’s been linked to eye and skin irritations and possible liver damage.

Phosphates/EDTA– make detergent more effective. Toxic ingredients that are harmful to the wildlife in our ponds and streams. They are also known to kill cells and damage DNA ☠️.

These are just 3 of dozens of harmful chemicals found in laundry detergents. When I really stop and think about this, it really upsets me. I get angry because these ingredients can directly affect myself, my husband and most importantly my babies!

I obviously wash all our bed sheets, clothes, stuffed animals, blankets etc. with these harmful ingredients. The sheets we spend 8 hours sleeping on each night, the clothes that touch our skin every second of the day, the blankets I cover my sleeping boys with, could potentially be causing our health to suffer.

So what now? I’m glad you asked. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Switch!!

There are many brands out there that are toxic chemical free. Do the research and make the safer choice. Remember to invest in your health. It might be costly to buy at the store, but it’s the best choice you can make for your family. Or try making your own.

For myself, I decided I wanted to try to make my own and I’m glad I did! It’s SUPER cheap and works really well. I made 2 gallons of detergent for less then $7. It’s just as effective and perfectly safe!

I did some searching on Pinterest for DIY laundry detergents and I found a recipe I really liked! I used

*Organic Washing Soda that I purchased on amazon for $10.

*Trader Joe’s baking soda

*Dr.Bronners Organic Castile soap

* YL essential oils (I chose lemongrass and spearmint)

It took me a whole 5 minutes to make! πŸ˜‚

That’s it. Baby steps are better then nothing when it comes to the chemical free lifestyle. If you need exact measurements for this recipe, let me know I will happily share that with you.

Also, feel free to ask for help or advice if you want more DIY ideas! I’d love to help ❀️