the one reason you need to read dare to be more

The One Reason You Need To Read Dare To Be More

Dare To Be More!

the one reason you need to read dare to be more

“Dare To Be More” is written by Mompreneur Kimberly A Patrick.

Patrick is a business strategist and coach who helps other moms build their own 6 figure businesses from their own homes.

Patrick has been a serial entrepreneur since she was a young girl. She now has a company Talented Matched that hires moms as recruiters to work from their homes.

I recently read “Dare To Be More” and knew I had to share it with you all since many of you are either work at home moms or moms wanting to become work at home moms.

There are several reasons you need to read “Dare To Be More” but I am going to tell you the one reason you need to go to Amazon and buy this book now.

 

INSPIRATION.

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that our circumstances define us.

Some people are dealt a bad hand.

I truly believe that it is what you do with those circumstances, that bad hand, that truly matters.

Patrick’s story is incredibly inspiring.

Yes, she grew up in a loving family. Yes, she went to good schools. Yes, she has had an entrepreneurial spirit since she was a young girl.

From the outside looking in, you would probably think that she never faced adversities, but that’s simply not the truth.

Patrick shares all the ups and downs she has encountered throughout her life, both personally and professionally. When some people would quit, she pushed through. She had a dream of working for herself and she was determined to make that happen.

Patrick shares her personal story from abusive relationships to the journey of her relationship with God.

Three things really stood out to me when I read this book.

1. Determination. Her determination to pursue her dreams is contagious. Patrick hit roadblocks, just as we all do, but she is flexible. If one avenue didn’t work out, she tried something different. She is a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it, but doesn’t take others down along the way. In fact, she lifts others up.

2. Which brings me to her love of empowering others. As I mentioned earlier, Patrick has a recruiting business and she hires moms who want to work at home with their children. Some of her moms work part-time, some full-time. Patrick mentions that sometimes moms will come to her home to work. When they do, they bring their children too. I just love that!

3. God’s plans for you are bigger than you have ever imagined. Patrick says, “Being MORE starts with daring to believe that God created you for MORE.” She talks about the importance of trusting Him and knowing that He has such amazing, wonderful plans for you, but you have to trust Him.

If you are not a mom, you will still be encouraged and inspired by Dare To Be More. This book is for ALL WOMEN who want MORE and know that God has made them for MORE.

And if you don’t believe that you are made for more, then you HAVE to read this so that you will realize that you are deserving of the life that you want and desire. You just have to do the work and follow Him.

Want to read more inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs? Check out my Mom Boss series, beginning with this boutique owner.

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Mom Boss: Victoria Moore – The Stay At Home Mompreneur

Mom Boss: Victoria Moore – The Stay At Home Mompreneur

Mom boss the stay at home mompreneur

Mom Boss Victoria Moore is the face behind The Stay At Home Mompreneur and My Momtastic Life.

I am so happy that we connected and that she is in my tribe.

This mom boss and I connected on Facebook and I help her with her Facebook group Stay At Home Mompreneurs, a group for mom bloggers and mompreneurs to grow and support one another.

If you fit that category, you should totally check it out!

This Texas Mom Boss is definitely someone to watch!

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Meet Mom Boss, Victoria Moore – The Stay At Home Mompreneur.

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What made you decide to start your business?

Honestly, I started my first blog because I was bored, and I needed something to remind that I was more than just a milk-machine.

I left my job as a preschool teacher when I was only a few weeks pregnant, and my husband and I moved to a new city to stay with family until we got on our feet.

By the time my son was born, I hadn’t had a job in 8 months.

After documenting my pregnancy on social media and writing about the changes I was going through as a new mother, I took the plunge and purchased a domain name. I took it seriously from the beginning, but I had no idea I’d be earning money after only a few short months.

It started out as a hobby, and a means to document my son’s life, yet it turned into one of the best decisions I’d ever made!

Mom Boss: Victoria Moore - The Stay At Home Mompreneur

How do you juggle it all?

I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure that I do, yet!

Most days I have to choose one of my main three duties to focus on: spend quality time with my son and make sure he has an awesome day, keep up with my home and animals, or work.

It feels like at least one of those three things gets put on the backburner each day, depending on whether or not my husband is home to help.

Most of the time, that means my son is happy, my animals have been fed and loved, and I’ve gotten some work done, BUT, my house is a wreck.

I’m a control freak about many aspects of my life. I like my home to be spotless, I like my son to be clean at all times, I like my animals to have clean pens and scheduled feedings.

But that’s not my reality anymore.

One of the hardest aspects of motherhood for me has been learning to cope with the chaos that is my life.

My son never goes hungry, but he might walk around with food on his face for a little bit.

My chickens will have their time to free range, but it might be an hour later some days.

I just make the best of every day, and try to remember that stressing the small stuff doesn’t help the situation.

Really though, I think I juggle everything by utilizing nap time, working after my son goes to bed, and time blocking during the day!

I’m the type of person who likes to get in and completely finish a task before moving on to the next. But that simply isn’t doable for the life I have.

I have happy, productive, and balanced days when I block off certain times to get specific things done.

Clean the kitchen for 30 minutes. If I don’t finish the dishes, so be it. The next 30 minutes I’ll read with my son. After that, I’ll check my email or social media for 20 minutes. If I can’t get through all of the emails, I’ll have to get to them later.

It’s worked wonderfully for me, but it definitely took some getting used to.

How did you meet your husband?

My husband and I are both musicians (though we don’t have time to play much nowadays).

One of my old coworkers happened to be my husband’s neighbor, and he sent me videos of him playing the guitar and singing.

My coworker gave me his number, and I went against my better judgement and texted him, asking to meet up to write music together.

We fell head over heels in love, immediately!

We started dating the next day and I practically moved in with him the next week. The rest is history!

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

The funniest thing that’s happened to me recently would probably be my son taking off his poopie diaper and running around, only for me to find that it was the last one we had.

Oh, but it doesn’t stop there!

While my husband went out to buy more, he poured a bag of goldfish out on the couch next to him, rubbed them on his boyhood one by one, and put them back in the bag.

I think it was the biggest “boy mom” moment I’ve had yet. He’s really starting to transition from a baby into a weird little boy. Haha! I didn’t know how to handle this one.

After I stopped laughing, I showed him that he can just put them back in the bag, the middle step can be skipped.

What is that one song that always makes you happy? What’s your jam?

Low Down Girl Like Me, by I Draw Slow! It pumps me up, every time!

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

Oh that’s a hard one!

You know, I don’t really watch movies. I know, I’m weird! I can’t focus, and it just feels like a long commitment. Trying to get me to sit down and agree to watching a movie is like pulling teeth!

I wish I had an answer, but I honestly can’t even think of many actresses off the top of my head!

If someone made a movie of my life, it would probably take me a few days to get through the whole thing haha!

Here’s a totally unfair question…If you had to choose between wine or coffee for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Oh coffee, most definitely! No question about it! I’m more of a beer kind of girl anyway.

Mom Boss: Victoria Moore - The Stay At Home Mompreneur

When I became a mom, I wish someone would have told me…

I wish someone would have told me that it’s not the constant diaper changes, or late night feedings that make motherhood so hard.

It’s the internal struggle you feel to constantly be the perfect mom that you always envisioned yourself as.

I planned on feeding my son only organic, high-quality meals, to send out cute cards for every holiday. I thought ialways be patient and kind, no matter how much stress I was under.

Turns out I’m only human, and I’m the same old me I always was, except now I have a son, and crazy expectations for myself.

There’s nothing wrong with mac ‘n cheese for dinner every now and then, if it means you get to regain a little composure during the time you would have spent making an all-natural, fresh meal.

Your sanity is just as important, and sometimes you have to pick which is more important in the moment.

Being a “perfect” mom and doing everything by the book every day wears down on you over time, and it’s not always worth the anxiety. I thought I’d always be able to push through every bad moment, and just…DO IT. But of course, that’s easier said than done.

The last book I read was…

Oh Lordy, I wish I could remember. It’s honestly been probably over a year. Maybe even a year and a half. Sad, I know. I used to be such a bookworm. I’m sure it was something by Jodi Picoult. I LOVE her!

Three things I can’t live without…

Well, first and foremost, my husband.

I don’t know what I would do without him. I take on too much all the time, and without him, I’d be drowning.

If people don’t count, I guess I’d have to say coffee, my camera, and Amazon Prime.

Describe your perfect day.

My perfect day? Hmm…
I’m lame you guys.
The only thing that comes to mind is just simple little adjustments to the days I already have.
You know, my son letting me drink coffee without slipping toys and old goldfish into my coffee when I’m not looking.
Letting the chickens out for the day without getting poop on my hands.
Finding and making a dinner recipe that’s easy and healthy.
I know this all sounds so cliche and boring, but I mean it! I’m a homebody. I don’t really have any interest in going skydiving or anything cool like that. I like the life I have.
 More than anything, it would be awesome if one day my husband just said, “You know what, don’t worry about anything. I’ll do all of the dishes, change all of the diapers, take care of the animals, and cook.” Haha!

If you could give 18 year old you one piece of advice, what would it be?


Oh Lord, first of all, I wouldn’t want to talk to 18-year-old Victoria.

You couldn’t pay me to do that.
But, if I absolutely had to, I suppose I would close my eyes (no one deserves to look at the hair and makeup I used to have) and tell her to quit being a fool and let go of the “friends” I had back then.
Also, I would tell myself to quit playing the victim and feeling sorry for myself. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you and change your life. Have your pity party, then move on and grow from the experience. Basically, GET IT TOGETHER, VICKY!
Things are going to turn around for you, and in two years you’ll be engaged.

What advice do you have for moms who want to start their own business?

1. You should absolutely go for it, no matter how intimidating it is.

No matter what it is you’re thinking about doing, even if it seems over-saturated, you can still making a killing doing what you love if you put your mind to it and market yourself the right way.
Since I started with blogging, that’s what I’m familiar with. I know when I was considering launching a blog, I was really discouraged some days. I thought there was no way I’d work my way up because there are so many bloggers out there, and I don’t have the skills that they do.
Anyone that’s been following along with My Momtastic Life since the early days (all four of you) know just how awful it was. My writing was mediocre, my pictures were grainy, and my topics were generic. I still have a lot of growing to do, but man. It’s like night and day.
I swear to you, if you start now, you’ll thank yourself later. You’ll learn that though there are plenty of competitors who have more experience, more followers, better pictures, better writing style, whatever – you can get there too, and it might not even take as long as you think.
Getting started is the hardest part. It’s intimidating to put yourself out there for the world to see, but it’s the only way to get to where you want to be. If you have drive and passion, people will be drawn to you from the beginning, and it will all snowball.

2. You don’t have to know everything before you begin. You’ll learn as you go.

Do some research, create a plan, and start!
You will learn as you go, it’s the only way.
Practice makes perfect, and like I said, starting is the hardest part.

3. Never underestimate the power of being polite and courteous. 

Again, blogging is what I have experience in, but you can apply this to whatever it is you’re pursuing.
I quickly found out just how brutal and vicious some bloggers can be. (Please don’t let this discourage you if you’re thinking about starting a blog, because for every selfish, rude blogger you meet, there are at least 10 wonderful and respectful women that will make up for it).
Some women are in this for personal gain. They have no interest in helping others or even being decent. They don’t want to share knowledge or provide valuable information to others unless it benefits them more than it helps you. I’ve been understanding to a certain degree, because after all, we’re all trying to grow and reach the top. But I’ve always believed that we can do that together.
Your success does not hinder my own. Good content and good people will always rise to the top, and there’s room for all of us.
When I give advice or resources, I give it all. If someone wants to share a link to another Facebook group, in my Facebook group, I will always allow it, though this is usually a big no-no.
When someone wants to share their work, but they’ve missed the cut-off time by a couple of hours, I will openly allow them to share it anyway.
And I’ll tell you what – not a single person has complained. No one gets upset, because they know I would do the same for them.
My point is, I go out of my way to extend courtesy and kindness to everyone I meet, even when it’s not the norm. It’s how I like to run things. I don’t believe in cornering people into sticking with me simply by robbing them of information that other bloggers/groups can provide. The people who like the information I have to offer will be there, no matter how many other blogs they read or e-courses they take. We all have something different to offer.
You would be surprised just how many doors will open for you, simply by showing kindness and compassion. You will make an impact in this world, and you will make real change, even if it feels small.
Want to keep up with Victoria? Check out her websites and social media accounts!
Be sure to check out the other Mom Boss Ladies in this series: Rachel, Brittany and Nicole!
Mom boss Nicole Boehrig

Mom Boss: Nicole Boehrig – Health & Wellness

Mom Boss: Nicole Boehrig

Mom boss Nicole Boehrig

Nicole Boehrig is a mom boss! She runs a successful network marketing business as a Plexus Ambassador.

I “met” Nicole on Facebook in a mom group. Say what you will about social media, but it can be a fantastic place to meet like-minded women.

What I really admire about Nicole is her Girl Power attitude. She is so supportive of other women and you can sense her sincerity. Nicole has such a cool story!

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I would like to introduce you to Nicole Boehrig

Mom boss Nicole Boehrig

What made you decide to start your business?

We were living overseas as missionaries, so our budget could be tight at times. I had studied gut health for several years and did loads of gut-helping things, yet still battled with some aspects of health.

When pregnant with my first, I started taking 2 gut-health products my sister recommended. Within 3 days my constipation lifted. Hello!

From there I fell in love with feeling GOOD from the inside out. It seemed a no-brainer to educate people about gut health and grow a business of coaching others to do the same.

Educating others, helping friends, and passionately serving have always been passions of mine!

The best part is I got to grow my business from our grass-roofed hut in Africa, which helped transition my family financially to one of our next dreams.

How do you juggle it all?

Jesus, my Pink Drink, and lots of tea!

Why is tea just a trigger for my bones to relax?

But seriously, it’s about trade-offs. You won’t be able to work from home and do everything. BUT you will succeed when you prioritize and those priorities take precedence.

Wednesday’s are date nights with my husband. No excuses. Sunday afternoons I plan for our weeks. I schedule my work times and communicate with my family. And quit watching TV!

But quiet time with the Lord and balanced hormones and moods help a LOT!

How did you meet your husband?

A rock climbing gym in college.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

I walked outside of our new rental to check the mail and stopped short.

I looked up the street…down the street. Walked up the street… walked down the street and concluded that our house was the only one on the street without a mail box!

Whaaat?

I felt crazy for texting the landlord, so I had my husband check when he came home. Yup. No mail box?! It reminded me a little too much of the dysfunction we often ran into when living overseas! Oh boy! 

What is that one song that always makes you happy? What’s your jam?

“Girl on Fire”… because my daughter of 3 years belts it so well! 

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

Julia Roberts!! Please let her play me!

Here’s a totally unfair question…If you had to choose between wine or coffee for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Hmmm…decaf coffee? I don’t love wine or too much caffeine. So, decaf coffee for life!

When I became a mom, I wish someone would have told me….

That I would feel torn between intense production with my work and being with my babies at home.
I love being at home, but I realized it’s outside my comfort zone to slow down and play sometimes.
It pushes me. I get bored and I want to reach for my phone to check notifications.
I want my toddlers to do whatwant to do!
So,I wish someone might have told me that’s okay. And I would feel shame for not wanting to play with my kids every day. That it’s not a big deal. And just keep trying. And to have grace for myself because my kids sure do!

I want my daughter to know…

Her worth doesn’t come from the work that she does. It doesn’t come from perky boobs or how well she does makeup. Or how cute her face is… or how funny she is.

Her worth comes from her identity in Christ.
That’s she’s incredibly clever and smart, funny and cute.
And when she seeks her identity in God, and builds a romance of dance and give and learn, of love and acceptance with the Creator, much light and love will flow from her life. And that’s the type of legacy worth working for.

The last book I read was…

Go Pro by Eric Worre – it was UBER helpful! But reading about the Enneagram next!

Three things I can’t live without:

  • Sleep
  • laughter
  • sunshine

Describe your perfect day.

Today was as near perfect as it gets. It’s normal and my husband worked, but I love the rhythm of our week. Slept til 5:45… snuck away from the baby in bed. Prayed. Did quiet reading of my Bible on my phone. My kids snuggled me when they woke up and Face-timed my folks while I cooked eggs.

We ate quickly and threw on swimming suits. Drove to the YMCA and made fun memories with those 2 toddlers screaming and crashing around the water.

We ate snacks and blow-dried our hair then bought groceries as Aldi – I love that it makes it in my perfect day because that place is balm for my overseas-living soul! The kids napped. Hallelujah!!! That’s all you need for a good day, right?!

While they napped, I assembled my desk (we just moved) and I worked.

When my husband came home, we finished eating and headed straight out to the sunshine.
I love the ins and outs of our day. A day with two happy kids and a momma who’s thankful is a good day, right?

If you could give 18 year old Nicole one piece of advice, what would it be?

There will come a day when living your dream will be the hardest thing you’ve ever done; where the dream will be worth it, but you will be surprised by how HARD it is.

That doesn’t mean you quit. Just lean into it.

Accept the hard. Reflect. Learn. Know yourself, relieve stress however is healthy for you. And FEED yourself.

Feed the dream. Surround yourself with positive, inspiring folks. The dream will be worth it.

What advice do you have for moms who want to start their own business?

Be prepared to grow because your business will only grow as much as YOU do.

You’re the ceiling. Open yourself up. Read. Listen to podcasts. Study. Don’t expect a lottery ticket. Dig for gold in your backyard because it’s there. Inside of you.

You may need to tear out that head trash or lies you’ve told yourself.

Ditch toxic habits, but you wanted to do that anyway, didn’t you?

Go to counseling. Deal with your ish. Look it bravely in the face. And say, “Yup. I’m doing this. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.”

Then please come talk to me because you’re awesome, and I want to know you!

Mom boss Nicole Boehrig

Mom Boss Brittany Deer life and mindset coach

Mom Boss: Brittany Deer Life and Mindset Coach

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Mom Boss Brittany Deer life and mindset coach

Meet Brittany Deer! Brittany is a Life and Mindset Coach.

Mom boss Brittany deer life and mindset coach

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I had the pleasure of “meeting” Brittany last fall. We actually met at Starbucks. It turned out that she knows my father in law (like everyone else here in Evansville, IN).

She was offering some free life and mindset coaching to a small group of people. I knew nothing about life coaching and thought “what the heck? I want in!”

Game changer.

Brittany has a gift of connecting with women (and kids). She has a vulnerability and rawness about her that I just love. I knew right away before I had even thought about doing this Mom Boss series, that I wanted to interview her.

So without further ado, meet Brittany Deer.

Mom boss Brittany deer life and mindset coach

What made you decide to start your business?

My why.

My husband and I had hit our rock bottom in life a couple years ago. House was in foreclosure, dealing with a child with mental illness, we were about to get divorced and our two boys were suffering from having parents that were never fully there. Mentally and physically.

So I hired a life and mindset coach and started to do the work.

The mind work.

Investing in my thoughts and checking in with myself to see what types of actions I was taking and then what kind of results I was getting from those thoughts.

Learning what childhood beliefs didn’t support the life I wanted and shifting them.

Starting out I did this work with the most basic life tasks, like getting out of bed not feeling overwhelmed and started to see massive transformation. From there my goals started getting larger and larger leading more towards my dream life. The life I always dreamed about but was so far fetched.

After doing the work and still doing the work I knew this was my purpose in life. To share my story and guide women and children to find their own inner power to want something better for themselves and their families!

How do you juggle it all?

What is not on the schedule doesn’t get done. If it’s a priority, it gets put on the schedule. And we sometimes have to be willing to not get things done in order to get to our priorities.

An example is time with my husband. It is a priority, like top notch priority. Families that have children, their spouse is always the last one to get the time. So I literally have “husband time” on my shared calendar with Tyler.

How did you meet your husband?

We met on the good ole Ohio River.

Living near the river, in my younger days I often had friends who had boats and we would spend the weekends out on the water. Memorial Day weekend was always a big one and he was with a friend of a friend on the same boat I was going on.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

Oh, geez. I’m clumsy. Honestly, I can’t even remember anything because clumsy is just part of who I am.

What is that one song that always makes you happy? What’s your jam?

Oh my!! I LOOOVE music! My family always has music on. One song that makes me happy though for many many years is Who am I by Casting Crowns. It’s not a up beat song but it reminds me every single time I hear it that life isn’t about what I have done but what God has done for me. And not about who I am but about who He is.

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

Either Faith Hill or Kathie Lee Gifford.

Here’s a totally unfair question…If you had to choose between wine or coffee for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

I would totally choose coffee. Totally! {Did I mention, we met at Starbucks?}

When I became a mom, I wish someone would have told me….

Honestly, I have a great support system. So I received, and still receive, lots of advice. I truly believe that doing it the way that works for you will teach you the best lessons in life.

I want my sons to know…

That they are so loved beyond words. They have a God that loves them more than anyone and is with them always. They have parents that will support and love them always.

The last book I read was…

I’m currently reading Sole Survivor by Holly Dunn Pendleton.

Three things I can’t live without…

  • Coffee(Starbucks)
  • Sunshine
  • My Jesus calling book

Describe your perfect day…

Wake up, read my daily devotional, get my kiddos on the bus, work on my business, go to the gym, come back home, work in my robe or gym clothes, get my kiddos off the bus, from 4pm-7pm spend time with my kids (baseball field, basketball court, boys scouts, wrestling, homework), have dinner at our kitchen table together, spend an hour or so with my husband talking about our day, sit in bed watch TV or read until 8:30-9pm, go to bed.

If you could give 18 year old you one piece of advice, what would it be?

Do whatever scares you. Always.

What advice do you have for moms who want to start their own business?

If you are being called to start a business or a side gig. Don’t sit and think about all the what ifs because your mind will eventually talk you out of going after it.

Think about THE WORST thing that could happen if you do start your own business. If you don’t think about physically or literally dying then you should do it.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The work is never done.

Mind work is part of self care and self love.

We have 50,000+ thoughts per day. We often don’t notice our own thoughts, the power of them, and the results we are getting from them.

Coaching can create some simply shifts to change your entire life and the world around you!

Be sure to follow Brittany Deer on social media and check out her website on life and mindset coaching!

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Mom Boss Monday Rachel Heavrin from Stitches n Giggles

Mom Boss Monday: Rachel Heavrin From Stitches N Giggles Boutique

Mom Boss Monday: Rachel Heavrin from Stitches N Giggles Boutique

Mom Boss Monday Rachel Heavrin from Stitches n Giggles

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Happy Monday! I’m pretty excited, to say the least, about a blog series I am adding to Nau & Forever! This series is all about Mom Bosses!

I am inspired daily by some incredible women.

I truly believe that if you want to be successful, you MUST surround yourself with successful people. Empowering and inspiring women is my passion.

Periodically, I am going to share an interview that I do with an inspiring Mom Boss.

All of these women are different. Different lives, different jobs, different backgrounds, but all INCREDIBLE and INSPIRING!

My first Inspiring Mom Boss is Rachel Heavrin.

Rachel is from the same small town in Kentucky as I am. She is a wife and fellow girl mom to 3 beautiful little girls. What I love about Rachel is her realness. Ya’ll! She is a hoot! A self described hot mess, Rachel keeps it real and she’s so genuine. Totally one of those “will you be my best friend?” kind of gals!

She is the owner of Stitches N Giggles Boutique.

Mom Boss Monday Rachel Heavrin from Stitches n Giggles

What made you decide to start Stitches N Giggles?

“I didn’t really make a decision to start this business, it just sort of happened. I had just had a miscarriage and bought an embroidery machine.
After losing the baby, I struggled. I took a week off from my public job and continued to send my daughter to daycare. I struggled to pull myself out of bed every morning after that. I ended up taking that week to start figuring out my machine.
Originally, I had bought the machine to save money since I bought my oldest daughter embroidered items all the time. Friends let me practice on their kids’ stuff. I actually embroidered some of my husband’s boxers. Haha!
I taught myself everything I know that’s related to embroidery. Thank goodness for YouTube and Facebook groups.
From embroidery, it blossomed into boutique goods as well. So, I didn’t really make a decision to start a business.
This business has blossomed from a dark place in my life and has turned into something I truly love.”

How do you juggle it all?

HA! I don’t. Motherhood is hard. I don’t care if you’re a stay at home mom, a part time working Mom, or a full time working mom, it’s so hard.

I’ve been all three. They all have their struggles. My family comes first and everything falls into place after that. 

How did you meet your husband?

I actually called him while he was on a date with another girl. (Ouch!) We have been dating since I was 16, so we have grown up together. Started dating in 2003 and married in 2009.
He’s my rock. He pushes me to do things I’m too scared to do. Every big decision in life, he’s been there to nudge me along. He’s also my protector. He stands up for me when I’m unable to do so for myself. He has the traits I’m lacking. I think we make a pretty good pair.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

I’m that hot mess mom. Hi! That’s definitely me. I never pack a lunch for my school aged daughter. She was going on a field trip, so my unprepared self was required to pack a lunch for the field trip. The teacher texts me around lunch time asking if Presley was supposed to be eating the frozen package of hot dogs I put in her lunch box. Ummmmmm. No. That’s her ice pack because I couldn’t find an ice pack. My 6 year old was gnawing down on some frozen hot dogs on her field trip. MOM FAIL.

What is the one song that always makes you happy? What’s your jam?

Right now, anything Bruno Mars. I have a pretty wide variety of musical interests. I can go from Lil Jon’s “Get Low” to Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine”.

If they made a movie of your life, who would play Rachel?

I’m going to say Melissa McCarthy. She seems to be a hot mess in most of her movies with a pretty good outlook on life.

 Mom Boss Monday Rachel Heavrin from Stitches n Giggles

If you had to choose wine or coffee for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Definitely wine. Don’t riot. I’m not a coffee drinker. I. Know. I’m not a huge drinker of either.

When I became a Mom, I wish someone would have told me…

About the emotional stuff. It seems that when you’re pregnant that everyone wants to give you their opinions on your body or tell you their horror labor stories. I didn’t find out the gender with 2 out of 3 of my daughters. I don’t know if people thought that gave them permission to critique my body, but holy cow. Ohhhhhh you’re butt is wide. That means girl. You’re nose is spreading, must be a boy! Are you sure there aren’t twins in there? Um. Yes.

I wish someone would have prepared me for the reality of a child. Not scare me or judge me. I worked a public job up until I had my first daughter. Very fast paced and constant travel.

After having her my life absolutely halted. I suffered from postpartum depression after having her. Just the stresses of having a new baby, hormones, and going from traveling to sitting still. It took a while to get in the swing of things, but we made it through. Talk to someone and loved ones need to be sure to recognize the red flags.

I want my daughters to know…

That there’s nothing so bad that they can’t come to me. I am always in their corner.  To stand up for themselves and others. They can do anything. Life is tough, but so are they.

Mom Boss Monday Rachel Heavrin from Stitches n Giggles

The last book I read was…

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan. So funny. 

Three things that I can’t live without:

  • My phone. (I know)-this is a big struggle for me. Everything business related is online. I try to leave it alone at night for family time. It’s hard guys. I have a love/ hate relationship with my phone.
  • My bathtub. This is my stress reliever. I don’t take a bath unless i just need to melt the stress away with the scalding water. My husband knows if I start my bath water that he best have control of the kids. That’s my time. Our water bill varies based upon my level of stress.

Describe your perfect day.

Oh this is hard. Like an imaginary perfect day or reality perfect day? In reality, a perfect day for me is no fighting among the kids, me not losing my patience with them, and we enjoy a day outside as a family. This is rare. I don’t enjoy outdoor weather unless it’s at least 75 degrees. Haha!

An imaginary perfect day is being on time everywhere we go and completed laundry. As rare as a pink glittering unicorn. 

 

If you could give 18 year old Rachel one piece of advice, what would it be?

Stand up for yourself and don’t let anyone push you around. You are inferior to no one. Everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time just like you. (I’m still struggling with this one.)

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Life’s too short to worry over every little detail. Worry with the big stuff and let the rest go.

What advice do you have for moms who want to start their own business?

Do it! Life is too short to wonder ‘what if’. Do it. Take the leap. The worst you can do is fail. So what if you do? At least you tried. Be that girl boss!

 

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Mom Boss Monday Rachel Heavrin from Stitches n Giggles
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Friday Favorites: Toys for Toddlers

Friday Favorites: Toys for Toddlers

Toys for toddlers

Happy Friday!

It’s time for another Friday Favorites with Toys for Toddlers. I have put together a list of my girls’ favorites!

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 Fraturtles. We love this book. A lot of twin books that I found have been about identical twins. This book is about fraternal twins, twins that don’t look alike.

Bubbles! Is there anything more fun than bubbles? My girls could play with bubbles all day long.

 Glow sticks. Another favorite around our house. Such a great gift idea for the kiddos.

 Magnetic building toys. These are so much fun! Even my husband and I love playing with them. It’s so awesome to see how creative your littles can be with these.

Magnetic Drawing Boards. The girls will spend so much time, drawing and erasing, drawing and erasing.

Paint. They love painting and sometimes it makes it to the paper instead of Sissy’s arm. Just make sure it’s washable, because, like I said, they will paint each other.

Walkie Talkies. For us, it is Minnie Mouse all the way! Granted, the girls are totally sure how to use them yet, but they LOVE them. They will go into different rooms and yell, “Can you hear me, Sissy??” They will get it. In the meantime, it’s very entertaining to watch. 

 LeapFrog Scribble and Write. This is so cool! I love learning toys so much. This teaches them how to write their letters and numbers. The excitement on their faces when they each wrote the letter to their first names was priceless. Proud Mommy Moment!

 Playdough. What kid doesn’t love playdough? You can buy it or make it yourself. Check out this post and see how easy it is to make at home.

Dollhouses and playsets. For Christmas, the girls got 3 different playhouse/playsets and they have played with them every day since. They are really into Puppy Dog Pals.

Check out this post for more ideas for toys for toddlers!

What do your littles love to play??

10 Easter Treats Your Kids Will Love

Ten Easter Treats Your Kids Will Love (and so will you!)

Ten Easter Treats Your Kids Will Love

10 easter treats your kids will love

I love holidays, but I love them even more now that I have kids. I was looking for some adorable Easter treats that the kids would love, so obviously I had to go to Pinterest! (What did we ever do without it?)

Here are ten Easter treats your kids will love! And so will you! Any kid would love for the Easter Bunny to leave these treats!

  Rice Krispie Nests

  Easter Eggs on sticks

  No bake cookie nests

Easter Oreo Bark

   Easter egg cookie dough truffles

 Coconut Macaroon Nests

Easter Mini Cheesecakes

 Bunny Chow

Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza
 

Which of these recipes will your kids love?

Looking for some things to fill up those Easter baskets? Check out this post for a ton of ideas!

Easter Treats your kids will love
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Friday Favorites: Spring Mom Fashion

Friday Favorites: Spring Mom Fashion

Friday Favorites Spring Mom Fashion
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We are so excited for Spring. Last week, I made a post about Spring clothes for the girls. This week, I’m thinking about myself and all the other Mommas out there. I have put together MY Spring Mom Fashion Wish List. (It’s part of my Self Care promise to myself this year!) My style is super casual these days, but I still LOVE clothes. No mom jeans here!

Friday Favorites Spring Mom Fashion

The weather here in Southern Indiana has been so crazy. Warm day. Cold day. Warm day. Snow day. Flooding. Sunny. I have no idea what’s going on with the weather, but my husband has been reminding me every day that we are “Springing Forward” this weekend.

So, without further ado, my Spring Wish list!






What is your favorite item? Let me know!

10 Bad A__Women (and girls)

10 Bad A** Women (and girls)

International Women’s Day is Thursday (3-8). IWD has been celebrated since the early 1900s and focuses on gender equality. In honor of International Women’s Day, I have put together a list of 10 Kick Ass Women (and girls) in no particular order. Some of these are real people, some fictional, but all Kick Ass!

My Favorite Affiliates For New Bloggers

Check out this list of my favorite affiliates for new bloggers!

My favorite affiliates for new bloggers
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Are you a new blogger or new to the affiliate game? Affiliate marketing can be so overwhelming! There are so many available affiliates for new bloggers! Do you sign up for a bunch? Just one?

I recommend picking only a few to start with. In order to make money from affiliate marketing, you need the trust of your audience. If you are throwing out affiliate links left and right, they may think you are just trying to earn a buck.

Make a list of the products or stores that you already love! That’s a great place to start. For example, I love Jane.com. This store is through Shareasale affiliate program. Shareasale has a ton of stores in the program so I definitely recommend checking them out and applying.

1) Amazon. Hugely popular but only has a 24 hour cookie window. You can make money as a new blogger with Amazon, but I have definitely struggled with this. (Full disclosure: I’ve been kicked out of the program before for not getting sales, but it’s easy to reapply.)

2) DealPro. This is my favorite right now. You get $5 for each referral you send to DealPro when they sign up and are approved. If you enjoy writing sponsored posts, you should make sure you sign up for their Savings.com Sponsored Campaigns. They will have campaigns that you can join and make great money!

3) Tailwind. If you are using Tailwind, sign up for their affiliate program.

4) PicMonkey” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>PicMonkey. If you are using and loving their paid version, join the affiliate program and tell your readers how fantastic it is.

5) Skimlinks. It turns all of your links into affiliate links. You just need to make sure that you put their code into your site. (Don’t worry, they tell you exactly how to do that!)

6) It’s All You Boo! I recently got the Slay Your Goals Planner and loved it. I am now an affiliate for it. If you have a course or product from a fellow blogger that you love, see if they have a referral program. The payout is usually pretty great.

7) The Ultimate Bundles They bundle ebooks, courses and resources at a discounted price that you can let your readers know about!

8) ShopStyle

9) Siteground or whatever host you use and love. I personally love Siteground and the amazing customer service that they offer.

10) Ebates

Apply to programs that you love. Write posts about the products you love. If there is something that you really like but are unsure if they have an affiliate program, reach out to the company.

Don’t let the fact that you are new to blogging, stop you. The worst they can say is no.

11) Quickbooks

Aside from the fact that any entrepreneur should use this source, their affiliate program is incredible!

When I began blogging, I took a chance and emailed a company that I love. I was so surprised that they wanted to collaborate and I have been a Brand Ambassador for them ever since!

There are so many options for affiliates for new bloggers. This can be a great way to bring in some money and really grow your income.

Be sure to check out my Resources Page where I update my lasted favorites!

What are your favorite affiliates?

My favorite affiliates for new blo

My favorite affiliates for new bloggers