Making the Decision: Stay at Home Mom Vs. Working Mom

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There’s always been the huge controversy of which was better: The Working Mom or The Stay At Home Mom. some argue staying at home with your children teaches them more skills and helps them develop on a more fast paced road. Others say being a working mom is better because of the financial stability you are able to achieve and give to your kids. Well, in the end it’s simple to choose: Which path personally allows you to follow your hopes and dreams?

Let’s also break down the facts. Members of the Board of Directors for the Family and Home Network say that research has shown that early relationships between moms and infants/toddlers is the foundation of personality development. Yet, many psychologists have seen no statistics to support that statement. Children who are in quality day care can recieve the same personality development as those who are taken care of by Stay at home moms. Although this is true, Psychologically children do NOT do well with large seperations of time from a parent. It causes anxiety and emotional issues.

As a working mother it is extremely at the forefront of your mind to take care of your children financially. You want to provide and give your children what they need to prosper. This is a healthy idea, but going too far can be harmful. Nobody wants to work 12 hours a day and miss out on their family life. Understand that some women work this much to be ready for unseen circumstances such as divorce, job loss or an emergency. In defense of women who work, most working moms want to be a parent and have a successful career and can often become depressed when stuck on “parenting capacity”.

Even so, every mother is different and never settle with the mom stereotypes between the working mom and the parenting mom. You can nurture and still work. You can also nuture and stay home. Whichever makes you happy and is best for your family, you go for it. I’m not judging. After all, I went for a business woman to a stay at home literally over night. I’ve seen the pros and cons of both and honestly, it’s up to the individual mom. So choose on mommy freedom fighters.

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How to Get a VoxBox Influenster update 2014 / 2015

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Aye! SO I had ALOT of People ask me how to get a voxbox since I’ve been posting alot of product reviews from my Recent #modavoxbox by Influenster. I decided to Just write a blog about it, and go into as much detail as I can. SO, I really hope this helps. If It doesnt Im sorry, Just contact me personally, and I will guide you through it. Anyways First you want to become a Member Of Influenster.com. Its FREE to Join!Remember, “The best things in life are free”.  The Only Catch is you would need to do product reviews, and post on social media sites, make a blog (sometimes). SO if this is something you are not comfortable with, . . . this isnt for you and you can just exit this blog and move on to something else. Due to the fact, you are required to write product reviews, post them on your walls of your social media sites, share with friends, and take atleast one mandotary survey!

 

So lets begin, After you sign up be sure to completely and I mean COMPLETELY fill out your profile! Add a profile pic, fill out your Bio, complete your “snaps” so you can unlock your badges. Snaps are basically Surveys that let influenster know what you like && what you are about, so they can match you to the perfect voxbox! Before any voxbox, they survey you to make sure that you recieve the right products. Example:  IF you have senstive skin, its good to take a survey on your skin type so Influenster sends you the lotion for YOUR specific skin type. Or maybe you might be allergic to something its good to let influenster know, and they are aware of what they will be sending you. SO make sure you fill out ALL the snaps till there is none left. They usually keep adding snaps weekly. This also shows how active you are with influenster. If you want to get a Voxbox THE BEST way to get one is being active.STAY ACTIVE.

Stay active. Always visit influenster.com atleast 3-4 times a week. I always visit Daily to see if there are any new snaps to complete, so you can unlock more badges. Especially If I have a Voxbox in progress Im in there every day like Its Facebook. haha. When you finish your snaps, and completeing your profile you will then need to Link ALL your social media sites to Influenster. This will determine your “Influenster Impact Score”.

A Influenster Impact Score is a Rank or a Score that Influenster uses to show where you stand within the influenster community. This score shows how much you can potientally impact the people around you. Not only does influenster base your score off your social media friends (the # of friends you have on each social site) but they also base your score off how helpful you are in the community such as your reviews, questions and answering others. The more friends and followers you have the higher your impact score is…. Also along with your reviews, questions and answers within the community of course.. By doing this also helps you unlock badges. You unlock badges by doing these 3 major things. Heres a screenshot of what MY Influenster Impact score looks like:

Now, Lets talk about the actual voxbox once you recieve it!

When you receive your First voxbox it USUALLY is just only ONE item. So don’t be sad or freak out. Its a good thing! ATLEAST you even got one! Getting only ONE item is great! Think of it like Influenster is testing you to see if they can trust you with the bigger and better things coming your way in the future! My VERY First voxbox was aAveeno Tone Corrector! It was just one item and it was a full sized item also! I was so happy and excited I made sure I did all my tasks. I then received Caress travel-sized body wash! This month I recieved a HUGE box full of different things! Which was the#modavoxbox that I was talking about earlier.

So lets review: 

  1. Join Influenster!
  2. Complete Profile (Pic, Bio, Info.)
  3. Complete Snaps (Unlock Badges Immediately.)
  4.  Write Reviews
  5. Ask Questions
  6. Answer Questions
  7. STAY ACTIVE!!!!

I hope this helped! Take care & stay tuned for more free stuff!

Click Here To Join Influenster.com!

Scented Edible No-Cook Fingerpaint Recipe for Babies and Toddlers

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We all want our little ones to be artsy and creative. Well what better than to let them paint? Safe, edible paint for toddlers is great to make! You don’t have to worry about chemicals or toxins again!

I’d had the idea to have X play in yogurt since it’s so silky smooth – but then thought, hey, why not make it into paint?  I know a lot of bloggers use Kool Aid and for so long I’d resisted because I somehow thought it had sugar already in it?  I hate that sticky sugar feeling.  But I was totally wrong – Kool Aid powder has no added sugar!  And the smells – ohhhhh yum!!!
Because I did want to discourage X from tasting, and as I mentioned, I really dislike sticky sugar residue, I bought plain yogurt.  Most brands of plain yogurt are unsweetened altogether, and are quite tart.  Though edible, it was a great teaching paint since the flavor really was not one you’d like to taste more than once!  I used small cups to measure out about two big spoonfuls of yogurt and I added 1/2 to a whole packet of Kool Aid, depending on the color (I needed very little red and orange, for instance).
If your baby has a dairy allergy, or has not yet been introduced to dairy, you can use any kind of yogurt you’d like – rice, soy, coconut milk – they all work!  If you can’t find Kool Aid or don’t want something scented, just add a drop or two of food coloring and stir well.  You will still have beautiful edible fingerpaint!
For whatever reason our local Safeway didn’t have any green Kool Aid, so I mixed half a packet of the yellow Lemonade and the blue Blue Raspberry and made my own green!

Home Made Cinnamon Rolls The Kids Will Love!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  • 8 cups All-purpose Flour + 1 Cup
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon Rolls are so easy to make, they just take a few steps, so give it a shot and don’t let them scare you!

Mix 1 quart Whole Milk, 1 cup butter, and 1 cup Sugar in a pan. Bring almost to a boil, just “scald” the milk. If you boil you went too far, it will curdle the milk.

Remove from the heat and let it cool until warm. Add 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets and mix in.

Now transfer to a bowl all the liquid, then add 8 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda, and 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt.

Cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour. After it has risen, turn out to a floured surface ( like above) and add about 1 more cup flour while kneading it all in.

Take about 1/2 of the dough and roll it out into a rectangle. I would say 18 inches by about 9 inches or so. Cover with a thin layer of melted butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and then sprinkle with brown sugar.

Starting with the long side away from you, roll the dough up towards you. Fold the dough up and close the roll by pinching it together.

Now take the sharpest knife you have and cut the roll into 2 to 2 1/2 inch sections. Now place them in a greased pan almost touching each other. Let these rise about 20 minutes and put them into the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes.

Pull them out when they start to get golden brown, let them cool for just a few minutes, and pour frosting over the cinnamon rolls!

For the frosting, you might have to add more milk or even more powdered sugar to get the right consistency. You want it thick but pourable!

Amish Broccoli Salad

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     This delightful salad with my own tweaks lends itself to some wonderful ideas for variations, so be sure to check them out at the bottom of the recipe! This recipe will definitely feed a crowd.  The Smoked Gouda lends an amazing flavor to the salad and would be especially great served at a barbecue.  The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of sugar.  Feel free to reduce the sweetener to taste, leave it out, or use your own preferred sweetener.

Note:  If you prefer, you can blanch the vegetables in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes to take the edge off the crunchiness (especially for the cauliflower (that’s why I suggest cutting it real small).  Then drain the vegetables well in a colander over a bowl.

1 lb chopped broccoli (0.45 kg)

1 lb chopped cauliflower (0.45 kg)

(chopped into very small chunks)

1/lb bacon, fried and crumbled (0.2 kg)

(about 7 slices)

2 cups grated Smoked Gouda, OR (500 mL)

Cheddar cheese, divided

1 cup mayonnaise (250 mL)

1 cup sour cream (250 mL)

Liquid sweetener ( stevia) to equal 1/cup sugar (125 mL)
(this is optional…but the sweet taste is popular in this)

1/tsp salt, OR to taste (2 mL)

In large salad bowl or trifle bowl, combine broccoli, cauliflower, bacon and 11/cups (375 mL) Smoked Gouda or Cheddar cheese.  In medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, liquid sweetener and salt.  Stir the creamy mixture into the broccoli salad.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top.  Cover the salad bowl with plastic wrap and chill before serving.

Variations:  Leave out the cauliflower and use only broccoli.  Add some chopped or sliced red onions.  Replace the cauliflower with diced cooked chicken.  Maybe add in some chopped, hard boiled eggs.