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Why Not We Time? By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

 by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

 Ah, I just opened my windows for a little unseasonably warm pre-spring air, and came to the realization that today would be a great day for a little me time with my favorite little ones.  Hmm… Did I just say me time with my kids?  I sure did, and I’m proud of it!sailboats

Me time is all the rage these days.  The media bombards us with the idea that the only way we moms will ever keep our sanity, or at least keep up the appearance of it, is to spend oodles of time pampering ourselves in one way or another.  Let’s be clear, I am in no way opposed to pampering, but I’m also a realist.  I work out of my house.  I’ve got one kid in school, and one in diapers.  I’ve got to take my me time however it comes, and frankly, I deeply enjoy relaxing with my children.  That’s why I work at home in the first place, isn’t it?

No wonder we’re all stressed out.  Not only do we have to take care of everyone that crosses our paths, but now we are supposed to have the strength and energy left over to treat ourselves like a queen at the end of the day.  Now is the time to simplify.  Everything I need to burn away the stress of the week is right here by my side.

The reality is that what matters most is not how we appear to our neighbors, or how much spoiling our money can buy us.  What does matter is that we make the most of the time we have each day.  So why not shut the computer down every now and again while they are young?  I want to spend all the time I can with them now, because someday there will be more me time than I care to think about.

So, I’ve resolved that this afternoon my me time will consist of a decidedly slow walk with two puddle-stomping toddlers, a golden retriever, and one small piece of dark chocolate.  There you have it, pure joy without the need for sitters, aromatherapy, or a wad of cash.  I’d love to say more, but I’ve got some puddles in the yard with my name on them.

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Homemade Crafts By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

Here are a few homemade crafts that you can do with your young kids.

Homemade Playdough

You will need:

1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
Cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Food coloring

Put the salt and flour in a large, unbreakable bowl and then drape your kids with old shirts and let them mix those ingredients completely with their hands or wooden spoons. Next, slowly add water to which a few drops of food coloring have been added. Continue to mix everything, then knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic but not sticky. You can dump the dough on a flat floured surface and let your kids roll it out with the rolling pin. You may need to help them out. Let your kids use the cookie cutters or other objects such as bottle tops, lids, or chopsticks to make different shapes in the dough.

Pudding Paint

You will need:
Instant vanilla pudding
Food coloring
Paper plates

Mix the pudding according to the package directions and add food coloring to attain the desired color. Lay out the paper plates and let your kids use the pudding to paint on them. The good news is that this is completely edible paint!

Kool-Aid Finger Paint

You will need:
2 cups of flour
2 packs of unsweetened Kool-Aid
½ cup of salt
3 cups of boiling water
3 T of oil
Paper

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, lay out the paper, and let your kids paint whatever they want.

I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com

Holiday Shopping Tips By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
The holidays are fast-approaching so here are some tips for you as a single mom:
Shop online and start early, especially since you don’t know how long items may take to ship.
Spend your money wisely. Be sure not to go crazy with the clicks of your mouse.
Shop the clearance section of the web site.  You don’t know what you may find and you will save money at the same time.
Take the time to look for online coupons and other promotions. It’s about getting the most for the money.
Usually you can get free shipping if you spend the most money in one store or online store so try to get the most gifts at one place so you qualify for free shipping or other promotions if possible.
However, remember that if you only want one or two items, it would be cheaper to go directly to the store- that is if you don’t mind spending the gas and time to get there as well as possibly fighting crowds.
Keep a positive attitude during this season when you are shopping. Try not to let the crowds, traffic and overall chaos upset you. You can shop from the comfort of your home and save time by shopping online.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com.

Family Fun Crafts by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
If you are looking for crafts do with your kids ages 3 and 6, check out Family Fun Crafts at http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/ You can search for crafts by age, including toddler, preschool and school age. You can also search for crafts by season, so if you are looking for a craft as a mom to do with your young kids for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this is the place to look! A few of the crafts for those seasons are:Thanksgiving Table Decorations
Colorful Turkey Caddy
Tissue Paper Turkey
Pilgrim Napkin Rings
Turkey Crafts
Say It With Feathers
Turkey Hat
Turkey Napkin Rings
This is just a small sampling of the Thanksgiving-themed crafts that the site has to offer. For more ideas visit http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/holiday-seasonal-crafts/thanksgiving-craft-decorations/ There is also a tab at the top of the page specifically for Thanksgiving if you are looking for other information.
Christmas cards, stockings, crafts and decorations are available when you feel like doing something for that season.
If you are looking for printable crafts, simply click on the Printables tab at the top of the page for those ideas.
I haven’t provided specific crafts here due to the copyright rules on the Family Fun website. Hopefully the links above will be helpful.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com.

That’s Entertainment! Money-saving Tips By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

• Wait until the last minute to get your performance tickets. You can get them for a discounted price if your plans are flexible.
• Visit your local library for DVDs – no rental fees that way! Also check out library events such as book clubs if you are looking for something free to do.
• Volunteer – if you volunteer at a theater, you may be able to sit in on performances for free. This may not be easy, especially if you have young children but it’s something to think about.
• Look for discounts at zoos, museums, etc. Some places offer free admission days certain days of the month.
• Team up with a relative, friend or neighbor for baby-sitting. If they watch your kids on certain night, then you watch theirs on another night. Think of the money you will save by helping each other out.
• If you want to go to the movies or theater for a show, try to go to a matinee showing if possible as they are cheaper for everyone.
• Go as a group to events to get a discount- usually 10%, but sometimes more- ask friends, relatives or co-workers to attend with you and your kids and you will save some money for everybody. They say “the more the merrier” – in this case it really is true.
• Use your membership to clubs such as AAA to get discounts on tickets and events. Your job or former college may offer discounts as well.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorpoated.com and www.sandrabeck.com

Travel Tips By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

• Don’t go during peak travel seasons; wait and go in the off-season when places are less busy. This way you will save money, too. If your favorite vacation spot is busiest in the summer, go in fall, winter or spring.
• Don’t spend lots of time browsing the web for deals on airfare and hotels. Instead go to www.kayak.com which does all the work for you- searching around 140 travel sites for the best deals.
• If possible book a package deal. You can save money even if you are traveling at the last-minute.
• Stay closer to home. This way you don’t have to spend lots of money on airfare. You might even check out sites in your hometown.
• Try to get a better deal on an independently run hotel. Ask for a free night if you plan to stay an extra night or see what other deals they offer. They are more likely to do this since national chains get more exposure than the smaller hotels.
• You can stay at a camp site if you are looking for adventure. If you are looking for a specific camp site with a certain view, visit www.recreation.gov
• Book your travel through www.hotwire.com or www.priceline.com which offers airfare and hotel rates.
There are just a few trips to help you if you are wanting to travel but want to save some money.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorpoated.com and www.sandrabeck.com

Tips To Save on Almost Anything By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
Below are three categories where you can save money.
Investing- Get a 401(k) and you will save even more money if your employer matches your contributions in the company’s plan. Open a Roth IRA. Invest a certain amount at regular intervals when buying stocks and also know when to sell your stocks.
Food- Cook your meals when you can since eating out costs so much especially if you do so several times a week. It doesn’t mean that you can’t eat out, it just means you don’t eat out as often as you used to. You can also get a tour book for your city or eat cheaper, too. Coupons are great not just at the grocery store but at restaurants too. Visit www.retailmenot.com for coupons and codes before you dine out.
You can save money by going to the grocery store once a week instead of three or four times per week. You’ll save time, money and you’ll also be less like to make impulse purchases. Make a list for the week’s meals and ingredients you will need and stick to the list. You’ll get out of the store quicker that way.
Transportation- Buy a used car to save money. You can buy a car that has good gas mileage; you don’t have to buy a hybrid in order to do so. To find the best gas prices, visit www.gasbuddy.com
For more tips, check out our next blog!
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorpoated.com and www.sandrabeck.com