Own It – The Power of Women at Work by: Sallie Krawcheck

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It isn’t easy being a woman in the working world. The children’s needs, laundry, monthly cycle, cooking, and relationships don’t just STOP and WAIT as we run our businesses and pursue our dreams. It can feel like a balancing act, with never enough hours in the day.

 

Sallie Krawcheck shows women how to play to their strengths and use the way the business world is evolving to their advantage. Technology and being able to work from home is enabling more and more women to be able to perform jobs at a capacity that they may not have been able to before. Networking and emphasis on gaining gender equality are also things that our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have in the professional work environment, and we can now bank on. Today, more than ever, women are taking control of their finances and their future. That is a good thing! For themselves and their children.

There is one chapter, “The Flexibility Without Shame Conversation”, that hit home for me. I cannot tell you how many times I felt guilty that I had something else in my life to do besides work on a weekday (or weekend). In the last few months I have learned that I can be a mom, a boss, and a wife at my own pace. If I am 100% when I am in each role, then I can do all of them well. Blending and balancing every aspect and taking the day as it comes.

 

 

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Holiday Gift Idea Guide 2015

It is the biggest shopping day of the year. If you are out and about today I hope that it is with friends and family and you are having fun (because that is what Holidays are about, not stressing and yelling to get something that is just… a thing) If you are anything like me you will be Celebrating Cyber Monday in your yoga pants with a warm cup of cocoa, followed by weeks of pouring over Pinterest and making as many gifts as possible.

 

Below I have complied a list of some small business, businesses that give back, made in the USA companies, and just plain old fun gift items. I hope it helps you find some creative and unique gifts that feed into the Holiday spirit of giving and less into the commercialism. 🙂

 

 

10891860_1036928119670888_8865607233591300579_nIf you know a little dancer, Honey Bunny Crafts and Stitchery makes gorgeous tutus, hair pieces, and bags. Small business run by a SAHM.

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Jamberry nail wraps are made in the USA and free of the 5 most harmful chemicals in most nail wraps and polishes. They make great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts.

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31 Bits sell 100% recycled Bead products made by Ugandan women. They empower these women through earning an income enabling them to provide for their families. They care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in their program, the beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.

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The Little Bamboo is a Florida based company specializing in all natural bamboo products. The Little Bamboo has a growing product line from Bamboo Utensils. My family loves their charcoal soap. 

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It Works has tons of great products for those in your life who want to improve their health or already lead a healthy lifestyle. Their Greens help balance your body and Alkalize your blood.

1546463_959593117431773_8682779872435900694_nTree Change Dolls are based out of Australia, but are so amazing to me. She takes old dolls and makes them something that the average kid can identify with. Great for the young girls on your shopping list.

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Do you have a Gamer or Nerd on your shopping list? Treno Nights makes gorgeous tiny clay charms of all types. Earrings, bracelets, key-chains, etc. She is a small business run out of her home in TX.

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Coffee lover in the family? Three Avocados takes their profits and provides clean drinking water and education for those in Uganda.

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Glasstic Water Bottles are great gifts for just about anyone. You can even customize them. I love mine because I know it won’t shatter when my toddler uses it, I can put essential oils in my water, and I waste less plastic cups at work.

 

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Trades of Hope is another Fashion line that helps empower women through your purchases, and they have super cute stuff 🙂

 

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Inspirational Illustrations in Print or on Journals. She has new designs daily on her Facebook. Rose Hill Designs.

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Hand painted wooden signs created by a SAHM. Dezarea’s DeSigns.

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Tripp Tribe has Homemade body products created from simple, natural ingredients you can feel good about! Family Business. They are currently trying to raise enough money to bring their adopted sons home from Russia.

 

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Sassy Doe Soaps are wonderful soaps made from Goat’s milk, olive oil, and essential oils. It was the only thing I could use when pregnant on my face.

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Maple Syrup is one of my favorite Winter comfort foods. Tomapo Farms has Maple Candy as well. They will ship.

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What about the person on your list who has everything…and then some. How about the gift of Simplicity and Organization. Courtney Carver’s Project 333 has been a life saver for me. The Clutter Free Course is also an amazing book.

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Kids on your list? Or maybe that one person who LOVES purses? Abintra Designs has custom made handbags as well as Dino-sores (mini rice packs for hot or cold needs).

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If you have that Fashionista that is difficult to buy for, Chic Origins has vintage wear unique and affordable. Check out her small business on Etsy or Facebook.

 


Gifts That Keep Giving: 

  • Purchase them a class. Dance, Yoga, Zumba, Painting. Better, yet… sign yourself up too so you an spend time with them.
  • Museum passes, season tickets, State Park pass. Add a note saying that you will be joining them on one of their adventures to this place.
  • Donate to an Organization or Charity in their name.

 

P333 Fall 2015 – Working Mom

As a working mom of a toddler living in a one bedroom city apartment, I don’t have room for clutter or time to try on 10 outfits before I rush out the door in the morning. That is one of the many reasons I am grateful for discovering Courtney Carver’s Project 333. (more information at her website) Minimalist living gets rid of STUFF and makes room and time for family in my life. (don’t get me wrong, I still love stuff. I am just learning what stuff is worth having and what takes away from the things that matter in my life)

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Today I am sorting through my closet and getting together my Fall 33 (It is more than 33, I use Courtney’s P333 as a guideline). I love Thrift Shops and Secondhand Stores. I have added 8 new items to my wardrobe this season for under $30. One of my favorites is this scarf I snagged for $4. It can change an outfit in a second and it is very versatile because of its colors. Copy of 12017641_525769387590740_4659812728136200054_o

I love accessories in a minimalist wardrobe. Today I was wearing some active wear around the house, when I decided to run to the library for Story Time. A scarf and some classic earrings… I was good to go (without looking too much like the mom that didn’t want to get off the couch). I’m not strict about how many accessories I have, but I do try to keep it at a reasonable level. If I haven’t worn something in the last 6-9 months…it has got to go! My worst clutter is jewelry. I wear the same 3 pairs of earrings…but I have sooo many. I’ll get there eventually. We all have room to grow. 🙂

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As usual I begin by putting all of my clothes in one spot and start sorting. One pile for this season, one pile for storage (and under the bed storage bag), and one pile to be donated. Then I hang up all the clothes I want for this season and separate by type. Work, short sleeve, long sleeve, sweaters, pants, dress. Then I see if I have way too many of one type (do I really need 12 work shirts when there are only 5 work days in a week?) In the end I always feel better and more organized. It was so nice to see some of my favorite fall clothing and add it to the new items.

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A rule I stick to in every season, in with the new means old must go too! For every new deal I find while Thrift Shopping, I get rid of something that is torn, I never wear, doesn’t fit well, etc. Last month I gave over 3 trash bags of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing to a local outreach.

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Another great way to change up your look is by doing your nails! I love Jamberry. They are durable, cute, and chemical free. A manicure takes about 15 min to apply, costs about $5, and lasts up to 2 weeks. Check them out! Jamberry.com (if you like what you see, don’t forget to tell them I sent you 🙂

Book Review – Trim Healthy Mama Plan

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be reviewing this book! “Trim Healthy Mama Plan” by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison is the easy-does-it approach to vibrant health and a slim waist line. Their motto, “Keep it simple, keep it sane”. Diets don’t work for me. Exercise plans and groups haven’t worked for me, but this Plan blows all that away and makes room for success!

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My friend Sarah has read and tired their previous book, “Trim Healthy Mama” and loves it! She said, “I’ve already lost 5 lbs… It’s really not that hard once you get going [and] it’s easy to do on a budget.”

Sarah is no a mother, but the great thing about this Plan is that it is for Women of all ages and stages of life.

If you have read their previous book, you will notice this one is much more concise and not so bulky.

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FOOD FREEDOM! They guarantee 0 pounds lost in the first month. Why? Because if you focus on food freedom instead of pounds, you will be so much more successful and less likely to loose your joy and become discouraged. It is also designed to be unique to YOU, that is why it WORKS! If you’re looking for a list of rules and lists, this isn’t for you. BUT, if you are like me and looking for real information on how to properly fuel your body for its specific needs to become healthier in a realistic way…read on!

First Chapter: Getting to Know You. They take the time to help you see where you are in the world of food and eating.

Second Chapter: The Basics. They break down “how this thing works”, and help you decide if you want to 1.) loose weight, or 2.) maintain your healthy weight, They explain the two primary fuel sources: Fat and Glucose, and how your body uses them.

Chapters 3-6: Explain how to build meals based on what your body needs. Satisfaction, energy, fuel pulls, etc.

Part Two of the book puts the plan into action and tackles snacking, drinks, sweets, fast food, and incorporating this into a family setting. It also dives into affordable superfoods, eating well on a budget.

Part Three is my favorite. Here is where they break it down for different “types” of mamas. I fall into a few of the categories (working, nursing, fast food Mama). It gives you a 7 day idea menu to get you jump started into the Plan as well as some great snack ideas. Recipe suggestions are from the new “Healthy Mama Cook Book” (which my MIL has!!!)

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Part Four ends the book on a great note, talking about exercise, attitude, hormones,skin care and balance.

If you are ready for a Plan that fits you, is affordable on a budget, family friendly, and explains the science behind why it works… Trim Healthy Mama Plan is for you!

www.trimhealthymama.com

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

Get Ready for Summer

I am trying desperately to get out of this winter funk. Being in Maine has been a lot harder on me than I thought. Where is the SUNSHINE!?!?! It does not help that it snowed today…again…in April. 😦

To get myself out of this fun and to help me get active for Summer I did a few things this week.

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First, I bought some new workout clothes! (at my favorite secondhand shop of course)

Second, we pulled out the stroller and went for a walk. (all bundled up in fleece)

Lastly, I downloaded this amazing Workout App for Women. (it gets you motivated and organized)

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I hope it is warmer where you are!!!