How to Become the Super Mom!

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Being told that you’re a Super Mom is perhaps every mother’s dream (I know there are those who’d prefer to be the cool mom instead – I actually prefer to be both!), but how exactly do you become one?

Others may think of a super mom as someone who simply have it together – squeaky clean house, well-behaved kids, a career perhaps, or a working mom on top of the gazillion task at home. Now that sounds very ideal – you’re pretty rocking it if you can do all these, right?

Well, the truth of the matter is that super moms were once humans, too.  You know, before the super-ness and all that stuff. I say a super mom is someone who perseveres, someone that is resilient, someone who’s not afraid to make changes if she has to.

Messy, Wacky, Loud

Sure, we all want a regally clean and orderly house, but do a super mom ceases to become one simply because she misses a few spots?  Or because the kids’ toys are on the floor?  Or because the towels are damp and not properly hanged in the bathroom?  One thing is for sure, if you have kids, it could get really messy; in fact it’s bound to happen!  After all, the most fun you’ll have with your kids is when things are messy, the messier, the better – arts and crafts and food and stuff, right?

Now, what about raising kids?  Do we really have a manual for this?  You can always heed your own mom’s advice or your friends’ advice…perhaps even use a trick or two from those reality shows.  But kids are simply unique – that I’m pretty sure about.  You can’t force them to fit into a certain mold.  You have to be open with different parenting style that will work best for your child.

Sure, you wanted your son or daughter to be super behaved, well-mannered and all that, but barking orders every couple of second is not an assurance that they will do what they’re being told.

You may say that you want to be the cool mom and just let them do whatever they want – give them the freedom to become who they are.  Sure, that’s cool, too.  But that could get tricky as well.  For one, they’re kids, they need rules, in as much as they think otherwise – they want rules.

At the end of the day we want nothing but the best for them.  We’re ultimately the ones to decide if our parenting style is working for their own good (and not just so we could project an image of some sort).

I say, a super mom needs to be okay with changes, with variations and with a little experimentation as well when it comes to child rearing.  A super mom is willing to accept when something is not working for the child – even if it does make you look so cool.  After all, mother knows best, right? Hmmm, let’s just say, we all try to know what’s best and we try to give it our best.

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Job: Professional MOM

Does your merit of being a super mom lessens because you’re not working aka ‘stay at home mom’?  Of course not!!!  People have different opinions about being a stay at home mom – there are even those who would question the difficulty of staying at home when you’re literally ‘just’ at home?  Well, let’s just say, they simply don’t know what they’re talking about.  They probably should try it and themselves and then perhaps then they’ll be more considerate next time.

Being a SAHM is no joke.  There are those who simply knew that they wanted to do it, be a SAHM.  Then there are those that under some circumstances would have to become one.  Then there are still those who feel like there are really no other choices.  Granted, whatever your case may be – being a SAHM is not a walk in the park.  It’s hard, yes, but it’s very rewarding as well.

You earned your right to be called the super mom if you can truly embrace being a SAHM – forget the haters, I’m pretty sure they have their own issues themselves, lol!

You’re a WAHM, are you a super mom then?

Of course, we also have the ‘work at home moms,’ mothers who can still balance house chores, child rearing and working.  That will be pretty awesome if you can truly manage all these.  But let’s not forget about the reality that sometimes, it may be true that you’re working at home but you’re mind isn’t really at home.

There are WAHMs who are so absorbed and stressed out with their work that they have completely forgotten the whole idea of working at home is to be actually ‘home’ with the kids. It’s very tricky right?  You might think you’re a super mom since after all you’re working at home – well, not quite the case when you’re merely using your home as an office.  Especially when you started seeing your kids as housemates who pretty much fend for themselves while you work, work, and work some more.

Again, to become a super mom, you have to be open with changes – be willing to work a ‘workable’ schedule that will suit your being a mother and being a working mom.  You have to persevere – it may seem hard or uncomfortable or impossible but nevertheless, try.  You have to be resilient – bad days will happen, sometimes more often than we would expect it, but then again shake it off and move on – just keep pushing, keep trying.

What’s Up With Working Online?

It’s not surprising now a days to find stay at home moms that are choosing to work as well, hence, work at home moms.  Whether it’s to augment the family’s income or to boost confidence and personal development, I personally think it’s a great way to make motherhood even more interesting.

Putting the welfare of the children and of the family is of course always the priority.  But it doesn’t mean that we should let the opportunity to grow pass us by because we’re so focused at being a mom and a wife.

It does help tremendously to accomplish something – help with the family’s finances or affect changes to other people’s lives or even professional growth – to feel validation that you can be more than what you’ve previously thought you can be.

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Why more and more WAHM are online?

Why, basically because technology is becoming more and more accessible and the internet world, undeniably, is here to stay.  Opportunities are being presented in a way that makes online job and or online business a possibility and a doable venture that even stay at home moms can invest into.

Contrary to what we used to think about working online – that only computer savvy people or those who are very well verse about computers can actually work online – today, if you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re off to a good start.

The computer and the internet is only your tools to actually work ‘on line’ but the skills you have – writing, organizing, designing, marketing, etc –  is still what you basically offers.  For instance, you’re good at writing.  You can then look for people who needs help with writing articles or perhaps reviews and offer them your services.  There are lots of freelancing sites where you can create your account and look for every job imaginable.

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You can also keep in touch with your passion, say baking or crafts, and then market it online.  Social media, Facebook, Tweeter, Tumblr, etc. is one of the most effective ways to get your stuff out there.  You can start website or blogs and really develop an online presence for your chosen passion.

Now, you may say you’re not into that kind of stuff – you don’t bake, you’re not exactly crafty and you’re not good at writing.  No worries, because you can always try affiliate marketing.  With affiliate marketing, you are basically the bridge between the costumers and the product and or services.  You provide the link to people where they can get what they’re looking for and you then get paid for affecting such a sale.  Internet marketing may sound very complicated at first, but trust me, it’s something that you can really learn even by yourself (well, of course with the help of web research).

How much money are we talking about?

Well, it depends really on how much time are you willing to invest and which online business are you going for.  Just like any businesses, success varies.  If you really put your mind into it, work hard, invest time and even money,working online can be a good source of income.

Working online is quite perfect for stay at home moms because quite frankly, they don’t have to literally leave the house.  So, it’s a perfect way to still be the stay at home mom – always there for the kids – and earn extra money for the family as well.

Recyclable Arts: For the Soul and the Environment

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The saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” may sound a little cliché but for artists who are promoting recyclable arts, it can very well be taken literally.  These artists create master pieces out of other people’s trash.

Claudio Garzon is just one of them.  He creates artworks out of plastic trash that he found along beaches or river.  The recyclable artwork he creates does not only showcase his artistry but also aims to bring ocean awareness – this is very evident in his pieces that usually come in form of turtles and sharks.

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Recycling or Upcycling

You can produce arts by recycling or upcycling what you may have previously considered as trash.  You can work from a single material or make use of different pieces and make it work together to produce an artwork.

This is where you can showcase your creativity – by finding the ‘treasure’ within the trash.  By seeing what other people may be missing.  By puttingtogether unlikely bits and pieces.  And by finding the message that comes with it.

Good for the Soul

You may have heard of art therapy and it undoubtedly heals us from within either through relaxation or by touching the inner aspect of our being.  This eventually leads to physical manifestation resulting to improved condition if not a full recovery.

Even with children, arts and crafts play a big role in their development.  Art is oftentimes (and in fact, recommended) used not just in nurturing their raw talent but by giving them the platform where they can maximize self expression.

You can find a sense of peace, fulfillment and happiness whenever you create art.  What we cannot communicate verbally or whatever emotions we have that we cannot seem to express, art is oftentimes the best way to vent out.  Suffice to say, art is definitely good for the soul.

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Good for the Environment

Trash pollution is undoubtedly one of the serious challenges the world is facing right now.  It comes along with over population and our incessant use ofplastic materials.  Not to mention of course irresponsibility in managing trash and basically lack of respect for the environment.

Making use of trash to create art does not only benefit the environment by limiting trash pollution but by creating awareness as well.  Every recyclable art conveys a message to the world.  Frankly it speaks for itself.

Can You Really Make Money By Working At Home?

There is no doubt that the idea of working at home or working from homeis now becoming an option to a lot of people.  While there are those who are very open to the idea and are very optimistic about the thought of living a more meaningful life, there are also those who are a bit condescending and doubt if you can really make money from working at home.

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So, can you really make money from home?

Of course, it’s very possible!  In fact home businesses are becoming pretty popular now a day’s considering the state of our economy and the pretty much non-existent job security.

With enough drive and patience we can really make a living working from home.  A lot of people are not exactly happy with their jobs or may be couldn’t hardly keep one, so it’s not surprising that many are quite ready to jump (or considering) the idea of a home business.

While it’s true that we all have to make a living, sadly, we oftentimes forget to live.  We tend to get sucked into the vortex of eating-sleeping-working-then-repeat-routine.  This makes the very idea of working from home a very sensible option to break free from a somewhat monotonous existence.

Making money from home.

There are a lot of online business ideas that you can start on your own (sometimes from little to no start-up costs at all).  Having said that, don’t be too quick to grab the first one you see online.

Choices vary from internet marketingadvertising and or freelancing.  It would depend on your preferences – where you think you’re strongest at or which ones you’re most interested in.  It’s not entirely required that you’re already knowledgeable about the concept because you can pretty much learn all about it through online. (You just have to be patient of course.)

Remember to be cautious in choosing which home business idea you’d like to delve into.  Of course you can always try new and other things, maybe even at the same time, but it will considerably boost your confidence and fire your desire to do even more, the sooner you see positive results from working at home.

I will discuss more about these business ideas on my future posts;)

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A few pointers before taking the leap.

The ‘world wide web’ is undeniably rich in information and helpful knowledge, but don’t forget that it’s also full of cr*p and opportunist as well.  So, here are my friendly words of advice before you finally decide to work from home and start your very own home business.

Weigh your options first. There are tons of it so don’t get too quick about clicking buttons after buttons.

Make up your mind if it’s really your ‘thing’ – if it is, study it more; if it isn’t, move on.

Research and research some more.  Bumps along the way (just like any businesses) are expected, it doesn’t mean though that it has to be rough, be well prepared.

If you hit a road block, stop, don’t panic but instead relax.  You may be just missing a ‘secret’ passage…or maybe you simply took the wrong turn altogether.

Be brave, be strong and believe.  Really, you can’t expect to go too far if you’re full of doubts to begin your journey with.

Be open.  Open-mindedness will take you a long way.  To learn you must first be willing to be thought.

And lastly – enjoy!

How to Introduce Arts and Crafts Projects to Children

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One way to keep your kids busy and ensure that you’re nurturing their overall developments at the same time is to engage them into arts and crafts project.  Keeping them occupied with activities that promote creativity as well as physical movements will aid in reinforcing positive attitudes as well as confidence.

Although a lot of people would love to take on an arts and crafts project with their children, most do not have the slightest idea on where to begin. If you happen to be one of these people, read on and learn arts and crafts tips that will help you get started.

For the little ones, you can make use of q-tips for miniature paint brushes that will fit perfectly with their little hands.  Big paint brushes tend to make big messes as well when used by small children. Using q-tip in place of a real paint brush will help them have better control, not to mention that it’s cheap and functional as well when drawing because the cotton ends pretty much acts like a pencil.

Make it a point not to come down on kids when they’re doing crafts, we’d like to inspire individuality through projects like these and not discourage or embarrass them for showing their own take at creating arts.

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Arts and crafts projects with kids are always messy; readily expect that even before starting this activity.  Using a drop cloth on your working surface and or area could help minimize the mess.  Using washable markers, adhesives and other art materials can also make cleaning up a lot easier.

You can always turn to the internet when researching for inspirations for arts and crafts or other diy projects.  There are a lot of websites offering ideas and tips for arts and crafts projects that is suitable for your kids’ age group.

Make use of the Sunday circulars if you are into arts and crafts.  Look for stores offering great deals on art supplies to get you going with your crafts project.  Stay updated with the latest sales event that will save you tremendously on arts and crafts materials.

Make it a habit to wash your brushes thoroughly when you’re done painting for the day.  Leaving your brushes with paint on will cause the bristles to harden when the paint dries up.  This will then make it harder for you to make subtle strokes that could in turn affect your painting.  Using a brush that is not cleaned thoroughly can also affect the color ranges and may leave you with a slightly (or heavily) different shades of color than what you would actually intend.

Opt for high quality arts and crafts materials whenever you can.  It may cost you more initially, but in the long run it’ll pay itself and you’ll be glad that you invested properly in the right art materials.  You definitely don’t want your artwork to start falling apart due to cheap materials even before you can show it off.

These are just some of the arts and crafts simple tips that you could consider before starting your own DIY projects with your children.  Remember that creating arts and crafts can significantly affect your child’s development, not just by honing any dormant talent but both mentally and emotionally as well.

Green Art from Upcycling

Not only do you contribute in the conservation and preservation of our natural resources by upcycling but you also create amazing work of art.

Upcycling can be both green and artsy at the same time.  You’ll be amazed at the artistry in products that are being born out materials or items that are once deemed worthless or trash already.

 

You can start living green by upcycling!  Yes, upcycling!  How it differs from recycling?

Upcycling vs. Recycling

In recycling, items such as paper, plastic and glass are broken down into base materials that can be use to make a new product.  That’s why there are items such as recycled napkin, recycled paper, Blue Marbles Project’s blue marbles are made from recycled glass, and so on.

In upcycling, you’re not exactly breaking down the materials, you’re only re-fashioning it to shape or to fit another purpose.  For instance, you cut and sew certain parts of an old pair of jeans to make a sling bag out of it.  The new product is still made of the original material, still in the form of denim only now it’s a bag and no longer a pair of jeans.

Who will benefit from upcycling?

Both the environment and us humans will benefit from it.  Well, suffice to say, upcyling benefits the environment it benefits us as well.  But even with aspects of finance, say your family’s budget, you’ll be saving a considerable amount with your expenses if you’ll adapt the habit of upcyling.

For example, you you can upcyle an old tv cabinet into a coffee table or console table.  Or you can use plastic gallons as plant containers.  There are tons of things you can turn these ‘trash’ into and you’ll be amazed at how it can turned out to be most of the time even better than what they are originally!

Exceptionally great work of arts can be created by up-cycling as well.  Even artists are starting to create green art to express themselves and create awareness.

Sea Turtles: Why Do We Need to Care?

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All animals are part of the ecosystem and sea turtles are no different.  These are important sea creatures playing their respective role in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem.  At the rate these sea turtles are declining in numbers, other marine life will also be in danger.

The role of sea turtles in ocean ecosystem

Sea turtles help in maintaining habitat.  Green sea turtles for instance help in keeping healthy seagrass beds properly mowed because they are herbivores.  It’s important to keep these seagrass bed properly ‘trimmed’ so that the whole nutrient cycle under the ocean is kept in balance.

Without the green sea turtles to graze on seagrass beds, it will overgrow and will result to obstruction to currents and light which will then create a suitable habitat for microorganisms, algae, invertebrates and fungi.  It’s all about chain reaction; these fellas really do play an important role in keeping the balance in check.

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Sea turtles also helps to make sure the coral reefs will flourish.  The hawkbill sea turtle, with its beak-like mouths feed on marine sponges.  Why is it important?  Well, marine sponges can aggressively dominate the reef communities which is not exactly a good idea since it will not only compete with space against corals but its physical and chemical defenses also prevents other fish and marine animals from eating them.

So again, there will be a whole chain reaction where other animals will be left with either no or fewer food.  When hawkbill sea turtles feed on these sponges it allows for other animals as well to feed on it which these animals will normally not be able to do (because they can’t break into its exterior) and more importantly, allows for diversity of reef communities.

Beach dunes or dunes ecosystem also benefits from turtles eggs.  Because sea turtles lay eggs on the beaches, whether these eggs hatched or not, it provides nutrients that in turn affect the vegetation, species distribution and shorelines stability.

Sea turtles are also responsible for keeping the food web in check in the ocean ecosystem.  For instance, the leatherbacks, loggerheads and green sea turtles, feed on jelly fish!  Imagine if these jelly fish dominates the sea more than fish!  These sea turtles also provide food for fish and shrimp, by carrying around barnacles, algae and other similar organisms.  The eggs they lay on beaches will not hatch 100 percent; some will serve as food for other predators like ants, crabs, raccoons, and others.  The same goes with the hatchlings, there are studies that show 97 percent of these hatchlings will be eaten within the first hour upon entering the water.  It may sound a little gruesome, but it’s the rule of nature, they are part of the food chain, and majority of these hatchlings will serve as food for other animals.

What’s happening to the sea turtles?

The sea turtles’ population is greatly affected by fishing- either by direct death or by injury brought about by commercial fishing. The continuous habitat degradation also plays a big role and of course the effect of climate changes.

It’s bad enough that sea turtles needed to face natural phenomenon and the natural sequence of food chain, what’s really disturbing is the incessant poaching and illegal trade of sea turtles – eggs, meat, shells – which pose a great threat to this species.  The carefree attitude of most people – in disposing trash, disturbing the animals without regard – also plays a big role in the continued decline in sea turtle numbers.

These sea turtles need us to care more for them – so that they will thrive – but keep in mind that we need them too, so that nature will be in balance. Creating awareness is one way to save these sea creatures.  Educating as much people as we can will make a big difference.  We can do better.  We can make it happen.