3 Business Ideas for Busy Moms

It isn’t easy being a mother and we all know that it’s a full-time job. However, once those initial years are gone, you may just find a little more time on your hands than you are used to by now. If you are thinking about going back to your job but worried at the same time about restarting your career after such a long break, then know that you may not really have to go through those grueling hours ever again. Instead, you can start a business from home to work according to your own convenience, while never really being away from your family. It would help though if you had a bit more knowledge about business and marketing in general, and you can do that from the convenience of your home too. Just get an online MSM degree from the highly praised New England College and at the end of the course, you should be able to turn any venture into a profitable business in no time.

Blogging

It is a somewhat saturated field but nevertheless, blogging continues to be one of the prime sources of income for stay-at-home moms. Choose a topic that you have both knowledge and interest in and post content to your blog regularly. Once the blog begins to pick up, your earnings will come via affiliate marketing, advertisements, and product promotions primarily. However, in order for it to pick up in an extremely competitive market, SEO optimization, social media marketing, guest posting and other forms of content marketing might be necessary.

Virtual Assistant

The job of a VA is to provide assistance to businesses primarily in terms of marketing, technical support and running administration. This is one of those jobs where you will get the best opportunities if you complete an online master of science in marketing management and put it on your CV. The advantage of being a VA is that instead of being tied down to a full-time job for just one person or company, you will have the opportunity to work for multiple companies and get paid for every hour that you provide them with your services; not to mention, you will be doing all that from the comfort of your home and your own laptop.

Food Business

This one requires a lot more funding than the two ideas above and getting a food license for operating a food business from home can be a tricky affair. However, once you acquaint yourself well with the rules and regulations that govern the prerequisites of getting the license and manage to invest some money into your business, a bakery or something similar can be a very profitable business, especially if you are good at cooking. When the business starts to see some profits, you can hire someone to help you so that you can get even more time for yourself.

In case you would like some more options, don’t worry because there are plenty! You could be opening up a child day care facility if you have sufficient spare space in your house. If creativity is your forte, then you could use your artistic skills to make and sell unique gift items or art online.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Nickelodeon RUGRATS Seasons 1 & 2 Available on DVD May 2nd!! Review & Giveaway

NICKELODEON’S ICONIC BABIES ARRIVE ON DVD
IN THESE SPECIAL FULL-SEASON COLLECTIONS
RUGRATS: SEASON 1
&
RUGRATS: SEASON 2
Each Season Available on DVD May 2, 2017
 
 A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do in the all-new DVD releases of Rugrats: Season 1 & Rugrats: Season 2.  Told from the perspective of a group of adventurous and imaginative toddlers, Rugrats transformed the most mundane activities into unforgettable adventures. Led by fearless leader Tommy Pickles, the gang can turn an ordinary trip to the park into a journey across the Sahara in search of water, a visit to the plant nursery into a jungle trek to find a cure for “jungle beaver,” or a search for cookies into a prehistoric fantasy. Together, there’s no adventure too big and no problem they can’t solve… or at least nothing that a good nap won’t help.
Rugrats premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991 and is beloved by millennials as one of their favorite childhood TV shows.  With heartfelt and adventurous stories, Rugrats: Season 1 & Rugrats: Season 2 are sure to fill the nostalgic hearts of fans who grew up with the show as well as bring new joy and excitement to a younger generation. Episodes of Rugrats currently air on Nickelodeon’s daily ’90s programming TV block, “The Splat,” from 10pm-6am (ET/PT) on TeenNick.
Rugrats: Season 1 & Rugrats: Season 2 will be available individually on May 2 from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Rugrats: Season 1 contains 25 episodes on two discs and Rugrats: Season 2 contains 51 episodes – over ten hours – on four discs. At the price of $14.99 and $19.99 respectively, Rugrats: Season 1 & Rugrats: Season 2 will be a welcome addition to any family looking for a little throwback fun and adventure.
Rugrats: Season 1 includes the following episodes:
DISC 1:
  • Tommy’s First Birthday
  • Barbeque Story
  • Waiter, There’s A Baby In My Soup
  • At The Movies
  • Slumber Party
  • Baby Commercial
  • Little Dude
  • Beauty Contest
  • Baseball
  • Ruthless Tommy
  • Moose Country
  • Grandpa’s Teeth
  • Momma Trauma
DISC 2:
  • Real Or Robots?
  • Special Delivery
  • Candy Bar Creep Show
  • Monster In The Garage
  • Weaning Tommy
  • Incident In Aisle Seven
  • Touch-Down Tommy
  • The Trial
  • Fluffy vs. Spike
  • Reptar’s Revenge
  • Graham Canyon
  • Stu-Maker’s Elves
Rugrats: Season 2 includes the following episodes:
DISC 1:
  • Toy Palace
  • Sand Ho!
  • Chuckie Versus The Potty
  • Together At Last
  • The Big House
  • The Shot
  • Showdown At Teeter-Totter Gulch
  • Mirrorland
  • Angelica’s In Love
  • Ice Cream Mountain
  • Regarding Stuie
  • Garage Sale
  • Let There Be Light
  • The Bank Trick
DISC 2:
  • Family Reunion
  • Grandpa’s Date
  • No Bones About It
  • Beach Blanket Babies
  • Reptar On Ice
  • Family Feud
  • Superhero Chuckie
  • The Dog Broomer
  • Aunt Miriam
  • The Inside Story
  • A Visit From Lipschitz
  • What The Big People Do
  • The Santa Experience
DISC 3:
  • Visitors From Outer Space
  • The Case Of The Missing Rugrat
  • Chuckie Loses His Glasses
  • Chuckie Gets Skunked
  • Rebel Without A Teddy Bear
  • Angelica The Magnificent
  • Meet The Carmichaels
  • The Box
  • Down The Drain
  • Let Them Eat Cake
  • The Seven Voyages Of Cynthia
  • My Friend Barney
DISC 4:
  • Feeding Hubert
  • Spike The Wonder Dog
  • The Slide
  • The Big Flush
  • King Ten Pin
  • Runaway Angelica
  • Game Show Didi
  • Toys In The Attic
  • Driving Miss Angelica
  • Susie vs. Angelica
  • Tooth Or Dare
  • Party Animals
Rugrats: Season 1 Fast Facts:
Street Date: May 2, 2017
Catalogue: 59186621000 (US); 59186622000 (CAN)
S.R.P.: $14.99
DVD Running Time: 316 minutes
Rugrats: Season 2 Fast Facts:
Street Date: May 2, 2017
Catalogue: 59186623000 (US); 59186624000 (CAN)
S.R.P.: $19.99
DVD Running Time: 657 minutes
 

 

 

 

I still remember when I was little watching Rugrats! It was one of my favorite shows on tv to watch.  My all time favorite character is Angelica! I am so excited that Seasons 1 and 2 have been released on DVD! The graphics are amazing, much better than I can remember on tv! Now my 8 and 5 year old can enjoy Rugrats at home and in the car when we travel! Your children will love these episodes as much as you did when you were a child.

 

 

 

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About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
 
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Hop into Spring with New Games from Winning Moves Games! #Review

 

We LOVE board games in our house! I am always looking for new, fun and educational board games for my children to play. Winning Moves Games has brought out brand new ones for 2017 and I was able to review three of them.

I was able to review Cranium Cadoo, Game of the States and Sunk! Let me tell you about these fun family games!

 

CRANIUM® CADOO

The original version is back by popular demand and todays kids will be puzzling, sketching, sculpting, acting and code-cracking with the Cranium Cadoo game. $25.95.

My kids and I have so much fun with this game! It is for ages 7 and up and for 2 or more players. My 5 year old did play it with my 8 year old and I, and the only hard part he had was reading the cards. Other than that he had a blast playing with us! It was so fun watching my kids sculpt funny things out of the clay, sketch on the pad and act out hilarious things! I highly recommend this fun game for family game nights!

GAME OF THE STATES™

Kids learn all about the United States by racing their trucks across country buying and selling goods along the way. Players will become familiar with the fifty states, their locations, capital cities, top products and learn interesting STEM facts about each state! $20.95.

This game reminds my kids and I a lot of Monopoly! This game is for ages 8 and up, 2-4 players. It is so much fun and highly educational. I love how my kids were learning facts about each state as they played, and where each state is located. My 8 year old was excited to go to school the next day and tell her teacher some cool state facts she had learned by playing this game. I highly recommend this game for family game nights!!

 

SUNK!™

A unique social, skill and action game where the task is to add water – one drop at a time – to the cup floating in the water filled Sunk tank, without causing it to sink. $15.95.

This game gives us so many laughs! It is for ages 10 and up, 2 or more players. My 8 and 5 year old joined in on this game and did great even though they are young for it. It is a social skill and action game, and really made my kids think of how to not sink the cup. This would be great for a game night with teen and/or adults!

These games are so much fun, they are perfect for game nights or days when you are stuck in the house. They also make great gifts!! Click here to order! 

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*I received the three mentioned games in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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If your Child Loves Animals They Will Love a Subscription to Zoobooks! Review and Giveaway

 

 I remember as a child I loved reading Zoobooks. I did not have a subscription, but I can remember going to the dentist’s office and reading them in the waiting room. Honestly, I had no idea these books were still around until I was contacted by the marketing manager of Zoobooks. I was very excited because my two children absolutely love animals and learning about them!

About Zoobooks: 

Zoobooks is the everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-didn’t-know-where-to-look children’s resource for animals. Each Zoobooks explores the anatomy, habitat, socialization, and ecological role of a single animal or animal group in a vibrant, easy-to-understand way. The Zoobooks trademark design combines stunning photography with beautiful life-like illustration and captivating text that kids just love – guaranteed!

Zoobooks is published by Wildlife Education, Ltd., established in 1980 to provide wild learning fun for children of all ages. Since then, the Wildlife Education family of award-winning publications has grown to include:

  • Zootles, for younger readers 3 to 6 years old, launched in 2005
  • Zoobies, for the littlest learners 0 to 3 years old, launched  in 2008
  • Critters Up Close, durable board books about animals for young explorers 0 to 6 years old.

Millions of young readers have grown up with award-winning Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies, developing key learning skills while having fun reading about something they love – animals, animals and more animals. And the learning goes beyond the page with:

  • digital subscriptions
  • a Secret Jungle website with just-for-kids animal games, puzzles and quizzes
  • e-Safari email adventures that trek to the best animal sites on the web

It’s been over 30 years since John Wexo hatched the idea for Zoobooks while standing in front of a primate enclosure at the zoo. His idea was simple: to create a colorful, concise, informative series of animal books to share with children that could be purchased at zoos through vending machines. The vending machine gave way to subscription sales, and Zoobooks was soon being shipped to hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the world. To meet the clamoring demand of librarians, the first hardcover editions of Zoobooks were produced in 1983.

Now you can find Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies in homes, schools and libraries around the world. You can buy them by subscription or by single editions in the Zoobooks web store,  in select bookstores and in finer zoo, museum, aquarium and park gift shops and specialty retailers around the country.

 

Zoobooks offers many different subscriptions for kids of all ages. I have an 8 and 5 year old so I reviewed all of the offered subscriptions. Zoobies for ages 0-3, Zootles for ages 3-6, Zoodinos for ages 5 and up and Zoobooks for ages 6-12. Each issue is themed around a specific animal or group of animals, discussing habits and habitat in depth so the reader gains a thorough understanding. Each book also comes ad free, each page is filled with information about the animals.

Zoobies and Zootles are perfect for my 5 year old who is learning to read. He is enjoying learning facts about Alligators, as well as sounding out the words and reading! My 8 year old loves Zoodinos and Zoobooks. She is a BIG animal lover, so she was so excited to receive these. While she was reading she would look over to me and tell me all of the great facts she was learning about Elephants!  The books are illustrated with beautiful photos and drawings. I love how each subscription comes with games, activities, animal questions, stickers, posters and coloring sheets! The Elephant book received even came with really cool fact cards about different animals!

 

 With each subscription, you will receive a hard copy and a digital copy! This is great for airplane trips and for road trips! These subscriptions would also make great gifts for any animal lover you know! Click here to order! 
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*I received complimentary samples of the magazines. All opinions are my own. 

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One lucky reader will win a subscription of their choice to either Zoobooks, Zootles, Zoobies or Zoodinos! Offer valid to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 4/10/2017.

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Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Tips To Keep Kids Entertained and Engaged During A Tour

 

A guided tour is a wonderful source of both entertainment and education. However, a tour may not always be captivating enough for your little one. If you are gearing up for a family tour, make sure you have activities and gadgets that can supplement the fun. Whether it is an art, architecture, restaurant, wildlife, nature or city tour, there are effective ways of keeping your kids entertained and involved. Here are some tips to help you keep your children occupied and engaged during a summer guided tour:

Fun Family Games

When you are on the tour, have some games at the ready. There are classic games that may keep your kids entertained if they are of a younger age, like iSpy or a quantity game where they keep track of specific entities. You can also create a scavenger hunt before you go on your tour, so the experience is one that has an air of competition and mystery. For example, you could create a scavenger hunt for an art museum, where you children must identify different works of art — i.e. paintings by a specific artist, a style of art, a type of sculpture or a piece that’s from a certain time period. This kind of scavenger hunt should be scaffolded, so they are still involved with the tour but also have a side project they can use as additional entertainment. You can also play a quiz game to be administered throughout the tour or at the end of the tour. The quiz can consist of questions related to the tour, which will help fuel your children’s motivation to engage in the content of the tour. Make sure you provide a worthy incentive — a coveted prize — if they perform well on the quizzes.

Essential Gadgets

Your digital natives will crave technological stimulation while they are on the tour. Luckily, there are ways you can integrate tech devices into the experience. Ask the tour company that is guiding your experience if they have any devices your child can use during the tour. Museums and city tours will often have tour guide headsets that let your children explore in-depth information about what they’re seeing. This kind of gadget is perfect for children who have a natural curiosity and are active learners. However, if your children aren’t stimulated by straight-forward knowledge and require a more creative outlet, you can provide them with a tablet where they can create a visual depiction of what they are seeing. Tablet art and drawing programs make it easy for your child to draw their own art in response to the content of the tour.You can also provide them with a smartphone for looking up relevant facts and streaming videos. Avoid having to worry about data overages and bring a phone featuring a 4G LTE network.

Designated Photographer

Have your child act as the official photographer of the tour. You want a documented account of the experience, and this is a great way you can preserve your memories, as well as involve your child. A smartphone camera is probably the most age-appropriate option as it is a user-friendly device with an easy-to-access camera. Lend your kids a durable smartphone that can capture quality photos and video. Provide your child with some direction of the kind of photos they should aim for, so their photos are tour-focused. You could brainstorm this list with your child before you embark on the tour, involving them in the planning process. You could also map out video plot frames, representative of events that will likely occur on the tour. They can then record the tour with intention, so they may later edit the video and present it to the entire family.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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