Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How Being A Stay At Home Parent Prepares You For The World Of Work

When you first become a parent, you get thrown into the deep end and you quickly have to learn to fend for yourself. That’s incredibly scary but it’s also a great opportunity. You’re going to learn so many new skills that will help you in all areas of life, not just parenting. Those skills will help you in later life if you decide to get back into work after the kids have left home. Stay at home parents often worry that they’ll be at a disadvantage when they’re getting back into work after so long because they lack the experience of their peers. But often, the opposite is true. There’s no job in the world that’s harder than being a parent and any job you take afterward is going to be easy in comparison. These are just some of the amazing skills that you learn as a parent which will help you in the world of work. 

Stress Management 
Stress management is a big problem for people these days. With working hours getting longer and workloads becoming more intense, people often struggle with stress. There are a lot of things that people don’t tell you about being a parent; when you first discover these challenges on your own, it’s incredibly stressful. But you’ll overcome those challenges and learn to handle all of that stress, you don’t have a choice. Compared to the stress of parenthood, you’ll be able to handle anything that the world of work can throw at you. Being able to manage stress easily is an attribute that employers will love. 

Organizational Skills 
There are a lot of jobs out there that require great organizational skills. People develop those skills through experience at work but they’ll never know the true meaning of organization until they’ve tried to get all of the kids ready for school on time. If you’re thinking about getting back to work in later life, those organizational skills will serve you well. For example, if you did an engineering management masters online, you’d be more than qualified to work in a job managing a team of people. Trying to organize and direct a group of adults is a walk in the park compared with trying to organize a family. 

Relationship Skills 
People often underestimate the importance of relationship skills in the business world but they’re essential. It’s important for people to maintain a good working relationship with their coworkers and in some jobs, you’ll need to build good relationships with customers. When you’re raising a family, you need to work on your relationship with your spouse and your children, which is a lot harder than building relationships with the people that you work with. Employers will always be looking for people that can work alongside others from all walks of life. As a parent, you’ll develop those skills easily. 

If you’re worried about returning to work when the kids leave home, don’t be. You’re probably more qualified than a lot of the people you’re up against. 

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6 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Finance

6 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Finance

Back-to-school time means plenty of lessons to learn in the classroom. But parents usually have to be the teachers when it comes to a subject their kids will need to understand throughout their adult lives – personal finance.  According to a Council for Economic Education Survey, only 17 states require students to take a personal finance course in high school.

“The majority of your kids’ financial education will come from you,” says Kathy Longo the author of Flourish Financially: Values, Transitions, & Big Conversations. “Because we parents have such a great influence on how our kids spend, save, and invest, it’s critical that we teach them early and often how we want them to value money.” 

Here is a list of ideas and discussions that can help your kids learn about finance at different developmental stages:
  • Learning wants versus needs. Longo believes the foundation of a child’s finance education begins with learning the difference between wants and needs. “Asking kids whether they want or need something before they make a purchase really gets them thinking about their own money values,” Longo says.
  • Using a three-slotted piggy bank. In grade school, Longo says it’s important to teach kids about money in a tangible way. Three slots to separate dollars for saving, sharing and spending can help them understand the connection between the money in their piggy bank and the new toy they bought, Longo says.
  • Giving back. Teaching your kids the importance of giving, such as by donating toys they no longer use, is a lesson that can stick with them for life. “You can strengthen that by talking about charities you support with dollars and time,” Longo says. “This is a great way of showing them that valuing money also means helping those less fortunate.”
  • Making a budget. By middle school, Longo thinks children should have an idea of what it costs to keep the house running each month. “Once they have a concept of a budget, get the kids involved in spending decisions for big-ticket items, like a car or family vacation, and the considerations that go into the purchase,” Longo says.
  • Explaining college. We all know it’s expensive, and Longo says teenagers should know early on in high school how loans, grants, and a college savings plan work. It’s also important to educate students about the additional financial opportunities they’ll have in life if they earn a college degree.
  • Getting a job. Is there a better way for your high school student to learn financial responsibility than by working part-time and paying for their gas, fun activities, etc.? “This is a good time for them to get a debit card, to learn the importance of a good credit history, and to see how staying within a budget requires discipline,” Longo says. 

“Helping your children develop healthy money habits today,” Longo says, “will increase their chances for a happier life.”

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Summer to Fall Beauty Transition Must-Haves

When we say goodbye to summer. It is also a great time to switch out your go-to beauty treatments for the new season to come. This means putting away your super vibrant nail polish shades and lightweight moisturizers for products that are overall richer and sumptuous. Here are 3 beauty finds you need to take your beauty routine from summer into fall.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Modern Neutrals Collection offers 6 deep jewel hues and flesh tones shades that are perfect for the fall. The collection arouses an air of class and sophistication that pairs well with tweed and wool requisites that are vital to the season. Available at drug-store nationwide.
  • Dusty Plum Paint on a marvelous mauve tint for a soft, ladylike effect.
  • Pink and Harmony Set the tone in a symphonic fusion of classic medium pink and subtle iridescence.
  • Falling Deep You’re definitely catching feelings for this rich, sparkle-tinged crimson hue.
  • Bronze Reflection Look within and center your soul in a multi-faceted copper shimmer.
  • Cashmere Calm Cuddle up in this cozy warm buff shade.
  • Diffused Light Evoking modern minimalist linens, this rich cream hue calls for calm serenity. 
This Argan Oil-infused balm helps to nourish your face and lips. Enriched with Josie Maran’s signature organic ingredient, Argan Oil, Argan Balm ($42) moisturizes and repairs distressed skin. Healing Shea Butter and luxurious essential oils provide added nourishment and conditioning, leaving face and lips soft and supple.
Monday, September 17, 2018

Lou Knows What to Do: Restaurant ~ Book Review

Title: Lou Knows What to Do: Restaurant
ISBN:  978-1-944882-27-3
 Author: Kimberly Tice and Venita Litvack
Illustrator: Andre Kerry
Price: $10.95 Paperback
24 pages | Grades: Pre K-5
Genre: Children’s Literature
Available: Boys Town Press

When it’s time to go to a restaurant, whether he’s with a parent or family member, Lou knows what to expect and how to handle himself. Lou’s bubble wand will help him be successful in any social situation that could be a challenge for him, such as waiting to be seated, ordering from the me
nu or waiting for others to finish their food.

Each story in the Lou Knows What to Do Series is written to show children how an intriguing character such as Lou can be comfortable and successful in any situation that could be a challenge. 

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Arrives in Theaters Everywhere on December 19th!

I am so excited that 'Mary Poppins Returns' will be arriving in theaters December 19th. I have always loved the Mary Poppins movies. Here is a first look at the new adventures on Cherry Tree Lane with the practically perfect nanny!

In Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

Little Women Fandango Giveaway #LittleWomenL3

I am so excited that a new adaption of a beloved classic ‘Little Women’ is coming out on September 28, 2018. When I was younger, I read the book and watched the movie, many times. It was a story of sisterhood, growing up, and lose, with falling in love in the mix. I can’t wait to see the new modern version of ‘Little Women’ with my girls. I am sure it will be just as great! 

About the Movie

Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters, and friends.

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

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Get National Women’s Health & Fitness Day Ready

Between housework, extra-curricular activities, errands, work, kids and restless nights, it is easy to forget the importance of our health and fitness, but with National Women’s Health & Fitness Day approaching on September 26th it is time to get back on track. There are many skincare and health-focused products available that you can easily integrate into your daily routine. Even if you have a hectic schedule. Check out this lineup and put you first this Fall season.
They say health comes first – so protect even those more discreet areas. Mask your underarm (yes, underarm) with the LAVANILA Healthy Underarm Detox Mask ($26). This one-of-its-kind mask helps remove unwanted chemical and impure build up, which is especially important when making the switch to a natural deodorant. This targeted underarm treatment effectively detoxifies the area with a combo of Active Charcoal, Malic Acid, and Silica which uniquely bind to dirt, bacteria, aluminum and excess oils trapped in the skin and like a magnet work to draw them out. BONUS: It is mess-free and features a soft brush applicator.
Perfect for a life in motion - the LAVANILA Healthy Deodorant, Sport Luxe ($14) allows you to get active. The award-winning, aluminum-free deodorant is an effective odor protectant. Bursting with breezy freshness, the invisible solid formula is infused with proprietary SmartSport Technology to break down sweat molecules and deliver high performance. Offering all-natural odor protection, get outside (or hit the gym) with confidence.
Get your daily dose of collagen with the IMAGE Skincare YANA daily collagen shots ($99) - as beauty starts from within. YANA is a highly concentrated liquid beauty supplement powered by Lumiplex technology. YANA benefits vital skin functions like collagen synthesis, moisture retention, and free radical defense. It is formulated with bioactive collagen peptides shown to increase firmness, reduce wrinkle depth and restore hydration, along with ceramides, antioxidants, and vitamins that contribute to skin’s youthful, healthy appearance. YANA can be consumed alone or mixed into your favorite juice or smoothie and is free of GMOs, sugar, gluten, dairy, and soy.