It’s My Birthday!!!



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!!!

Post Hip Replacement Recovery (The First 7 days)

So…as I’ve mention in my previous blog post My hip replacement journey at 27 I will be getting the anterior hip replacement surgery.

hip xray

Image: Presurgical X-Ray

Day of Surgery:

I had to report to the hospital at 8 a.m. to start my intake and presurgical testing. Basically, they had me take a pregnancy test and blood work. My husband and daughter accompanied me to the hospital and it definitely was an emotional moment for my daughter because she was able to come with me. I went into surgery at 11 a.m. and woke up at 2 p.m. The recovery nurse was really sweet because she noticed that I was emotional due to the anesthesia. My nerves were already everywhere before the surgery, I literally felt as if I was going to pee my pants (lol). My family wasn’t allowed to see me until 5 p.m. that evening.It felt so good to hold my baby. Usually when you go through something so intense such as surgery you want to be surrounded by positivity and innocence. It was a relief to hold my baby girl after not being able to see her for over 8 hours. It was so sweet because she was napping and the last time I held her like that was when I gave birth to her.


Image: Sharing love a few hours after waking up. A course I didn’t wake up glammed up lol 

A course throughout my surgery day I was heavily medicated and the medicine they sent me home with keeps me drowsy. During my one day stay in the hospital I was pumped with tons of fluid and antibiotics The doctor had me hooked up to a catheter for about 24 hours and I wasn’t allowed to discharge from the hospital until I pee’d on my own (TMI-lol).


Post-Op Day 1(Discharge Day):


On my Post-Op day I met with my surgical team and for some reason the youngest doctor that it was a good idea to poke me in my leg. Y’all when I tell you this doctor almost got punched, omg! My nurse even said that he was wrong for poking me in the thigh and she would have reacted too. The head orthopedic surgeon who is my doctor came to brief me about my surgery and he told me that my hip was worst than what the x-rays had shown. Basically, he compared everything to a 90 year old patient and I far from 90 especially with no real explanation to why my hip deteriorated.

Around noon that day I met with the hospital’s physical therapist to begin my walking journey. I was so scared to move on top of scared that I might fall. It felt so strange to be walking on something that was literally put into my body over 12 hours prior. My therapist encouraged me to focus and to have faith because he was there to hold me up!

I know that some people may be thinking that staying in the hospital for a day or two will seem like a strange break from reality but it was somewhat relaxing because the true reality of me returning home was about to start. My husband basically has to tackle mom/dad parenting responsibilities.  


Recovery Days 2-7:

During the last 5 days I had to use my handy dandy walker. It is definitely a trip because it is basically my legs until my actually legs get stronger. I currently have a scar and bandages going from my hip to the upper half of my thigh. In traditional surgeries the incision would be more towards the side of the leg towards the butt aka the Posterior approach.

I do have a Physical Therapist that comes to my home to help build my muscles in my leg and to establish balance. She is totally awesome, she pushes me but not to the point where I feel like quitting. I feel that my driving force behind me getting better is to be able to hang out with my daughter because I can tell that she misses our routine, but she is also enjoying the one on one time with her daddy. My husband has had to step up and take the reigns of mommy and daddy.


Image: Check out my balance “Look mom no hands”

This surgery was probably one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to work at and be extra cautious. When my doctor told me that I should have gotten a new hip along time ago, especially since when he took the actual hip out he said it was worst than what was shown on the x-rays. I really wish that I could have gotten a picture to see what had been causing me so much pain over the years. He compared my hip to an 90 year old woman. Wow! Honestly, my advice to those who are having any type of pain whether it is your hip, back or knee check it out! It is important to take care of the issue before it cause further damage.

Also, research every procedure so that you don’t feel lost and so that you can be knowledgeable about your health.

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Donna P.