Going Green?!

Going Green!

 

Going green?! What’s that ?

Well since you are probably wondering why I am writing about going green it is because of the outrageous us of plastic and processed food. I’ve always been a fan of cutting up the rings that hold the soda cans together because of the fear that it could be swept out in the ocean. Yall when i was a little kid I was really impressionable and I still hold to the values from when I was younger.

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Did you catch a glance?

So last month I did a blog post on,” Spring time Fun With My Toddler”(insert link). In the post I wrote about Mariah and I starting a garden. Growing up my dad taught me to grow my own food and we somewhat lived off of the land. A course I did not eat the animals that we raised because they were all given an adorable nickname; such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Believe me when I say this that was the names of our pet goats. We even had the joys of eating fresh farm eggs every morning.

 

So yeah! Back to going green, I’ve been inspired to create so sort of small garden on my porch. I want this garden to be free of pesticides and being chemically made. When I say I want something that is not made of plastic but  of a seed and soil. Corporate farmers have gotten away from producing food that is good for us and is developing something that is quick for them to modify. Even the meat we eat is pumped with steroids and people wonder why they are sick and or the obesity rate is so high. It is important to be aware of what is going into our body.

 

No, I am not a vegan or vegetarian but I have tried the lifestyle for one week and it was actually rewarding. I combined my eating plan with my love for yoga and I was actually able to tone my body and have more energy. I am not pushing veganism on you or anything I just want you to be aware of what we consume on a daily basis.

 

Here are a few ways that I decided to go green:

 

Planting a garden

Growing your own garden has so many benefits such as, you have the convenience of staying home and picking your fruits and veggies. I do still support my local farmers market especially if I am not able to grow everything at home.  Think about the how much gas money you can save my staying home. It even makes meal planning easier and everything taste much fresher. Plus if you get better at growing a garden you can consider selling or giving your produce to friends and family. Growing plants is also beneficial to the Bees, people don’t really understand the importance of bees. Bees help our food and flowers grow, yay Bees!!! (Buzzz)

Photos: http://www.themompreneurlifestyle.com

Reusable Grocery Bags

Y’all I’m not going to lie when I see a cute reusable bag you would have thought I just bought the cutest Louis Vuitton Bag. I love to use them at my local Publix or Aldi’s grocery store. If you think about it you don’t have to stress about your bag ripping when you are walking into the house. Believe me, been there!

 

Coffee Cups

I love love coffee! I know that we all have notice the reusable cups at the gas station or even your favorite coffee shop. Consider if the establishment offers reusable cups, then I would jump on it. Even making coffee from the comforts of your own home can still be cost effective and green.

 

Natural Cleaning Supplies

When I say the house doesn’t smell like harsh bleach, it is really refreshing! Can you imagine the dangers that a child may encountering when we use harsh chemicals. You can get so much done with just vinegar or some sort of essential oil blend.

Favorite Essential Oil Blend:

1 Cup of White Vinegar

1 Cup of Water

3 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

3 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

 

I hope these have been some helpful tips and tricks to going green. Feel free to comment below your experiences and suggestions.

 

*Disclaimer this blog post is not sponsored.

Spring Time Fun With My Toddler

                                               Spring Time Fun With My Toddler

 

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. -Audrey Hepburn
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Spring time is upon us, I know in some states it is still snowing or it’s freezing. If you your spring time hasn’t come yet, don’t lose hope because there are tons of family activities that you can do to bring in spring. So I am not the most creative person out there but I am constantly thinking up ideas that will keep my little one busy and having fun. I came up with a few ideas to have fun in the sun.

Our first Spring activity was to grow a garden, that was Mariah’s favorite part. We recently purchased a box of Cheerio’s which had a pack of seeds inside. I was like why not add this to our little garden. Having this garden has definitely been a learning experience and bonding time for our family.

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Another activity is painting a canvas, no I’m not saying go out and buy a canvas. You can do some sort of activity that will be creative and fun. While Mariah was painting she became a little more creative as she decided to paint on my husband and I. So always dressed to the occasion!  A course this blog is not sponsored but Michael’s usually sells a package of canvas at for as low as $10, this is when they are having some sort of monthly sale.

 

Bubble Bubble Bubble! Y’all when I say buying bubbles is a great investment for your toddler, it really is! They get chase bubbles and run that extra energy out, yaay! It is so cheap and affordable. Mariah even loves bubble time at the library, which brings me to reading new books.

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Story time at the library is not just a spring activity but all year around. I think that it is so also to be able to teach Mariah how to act in big groups and to have fun. It is really awesome how our local library does sing a longs, reading time and arts & crafts all under an hour. This is definitely something the sahm(stay at home mom) should consider. The other day we had a jammed packed day of visiting the library, grocery shopping at three different stores, movie and bubble time; after all of that she was ready for a nap.

 

I hope that you all have a wonderful and fulfilling spring!

xoxo

Donna P.

It’s My Birthday!!!

                                

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28 Business Tips for Mompreneurs

In spirit of my 28th birthday, I thought I would compile 28 tips for the Mompreneurs. As mompreneurs we are always researching ways to improve our businesses or even tips or tricks to starting a business.

 

It’s never too late to start a business: I pretty sure that we have all wanted to be entrepreneurs, but we couldn’t get up the courage to give it a try. Well there is no age limit on when you can start a business. All you need is time!

 

An Idea: It all starts with an idea, this motivation had to derive from somewhere.

 

Motivation: The only way you are going to want to start a business is if you are motivated to try something new.

 

Business Planning: A business plan can be one page or 30 pages, it is best to organize your thoughts so that you know which direction you intend to take. Especially if you are needing investors on your team.

 

What type of business? Who are you are going to be? A bakery, MUA, Childcare Facility, Medical Facility?

 

What is your business structure? Are you looking into sole proprietorship, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Partnership, etc.

 

Finding the Funds/You don’t always need money to start a business: Not all businesses cost money! Usually when you are providing such as business consulting or public relations you are able to start the business from little to nothing.

Do your research!: There are so many laws out there that you don’t want to break. Also there are are tons of competitors that you need to set yourself apart from.

Know Your Product: You need to be able to sell your product to a complete stranger and have passion for what you are selling.

Build a rapport: Become knowledgeable about your vendors, customers and other businesses. You want people to remember your business and what you stand for.

Social Media: In this day and age the only way to get in touch with your customers is through their Iphone. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and various other apps are where your customers are.

Don’t be afraid of failure: The only way is up, things will definitely get hard but it is up to you to dust the failure off and try again.

Hiring/Team Building: As a new business you don’t always need to hire a staff. Starting off it can be you and family or a close friend. If you do hire someone make sure that they are reliable and trustworthy.

Customer service is key: It is important to meet the needs of your customers. Make them want to come back and tell their friends about how awesome your company is!

You are your investment: You have to invest in yourself before you expect anyone else to invest in you. Meaning it’s okay to buy that business book or go to that educational MUA seminar, just make sure that you are doing something that will benefit your business.

Branding: You need to set yourself apart, if you are a blogger you need to find the niche that makes you stand out. As a photographer you have to have the best photos and editing software.

Trademark/Copyright: Protect your brand, if you aren’t copyrighted or Trademark someone can steal your work and there will not be repercussions. So do yourself a favor and do your research to protect yourself.

Know your product: Don’t try to sell something that you don’t have a clue of what you’re talking about. If you are selling baby skin products then I need you to be able to tell me everything that is it in it and how wonderful and beneficial it is for my toddler.

Manage your time wisely: You have to make time for your business. I know we get distracted by our day to day life but if you want this entrepreneurial thing to work, then you need to manage your time wisely.

Plan accordingly: Get A Planner! The only way you are going to be successful is if you know what your day to day looks like.

Be Organize: Have a space where you know where everything is and everything has a place. As moms we may live in chaos but we need that chaos to be somewhat organized.

Set Deadlines: If you set a deadline then you won’t procrastinate in getting stuff done. A deadline is good for keeping you on your toes!

Remove Distractions: I know our kids are our biggest motivation, but when it comes down to business we need to limit any distractions. It may be best to work early morning, nap time or even when they are in child care/school. Find time for you to make your dream come true.

It’s okay to make mistakes: If you don’t mistakes how else do you expect to learn from them. Don’t get down on yourself because something didn’t go right, there is always time to make it right.

Minimize debt (no debt): Protecting your credit/ or business credit is important because you shouldn’t break the bank to break even. If you see that you are going into debt then it is time to strengthen your financial plan.

Network Network Network: Go to the events! How do you expect people to know who you are if your not putting yourself out there. Not everyone is going to be on Facebook or Instagram. Go to the events or tell people that you meet about your business.

Monetize your talents: DO NOT give your talents away for free. That college education wasn’t free nor was your product/service you are selling. Do not sell yourself short, if the customer is not willing to buy your product then remember there is another customer that will.

Make it a family affair: If your family works strong together and get along then include them in the product. My husband and daughter are my motivation to succeed and they give me great ideas towards my business. So pick your families brain, this will benefit them in the long run.
I hope that you enjoyed my birthday business tips! If you have a birthday in January :HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!