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Since becoming a mother, being able to work from home has been a dream for me. It’s not without its battles, in fact letting go of achieving the perfect balance has been a relief for me. In the early years, I wasn’t great at the juggle, and never felt like I could accomplish anything. However  in the last two years, I have learned a thing or two about how to better time manage while working for myself.

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I started freelance writing right out of college. It went from being a hobby, to a side hustle, and now to something that brings me joy and a little money that I feel pretty great about. More recently I have been writing as a way to stay creative while being a mom. It’s something that I do more for me than anything else, and so I had to come up with some new rules to stay focused at home…

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How to Successfully Work From Home

1. Dress the Part: Get out of those Pj’s and into anything but. Truth: I don’t always have time to hit the showers every day, but I do get dressed. Even if I change back into yoga pants by the time I head out to the pick up line, I get dressed while I am working. Studies show that you are much more focused and productive but also I feel like my best self and more professional when I dress the part.

2. Have a Designated Work Space: A few years ago we took an unused space in our house and converted it to my home office. There is no need to start construction to have your own work space, just set up shop where you can keep all your work supplies, and keep it consistent. All you need is a small desk and a few outlets for a computer and lamp.

3. Set Clear Work/Life Boundaries: Be clear on the times you are working and the time reserved for family interactions. Don’t work on the fly while hustling kids and cooking dinner, you won’t be on your “A” game. I work while the kids sleep, period. While they are awake I am away from my computer. On occasion I will work on the weekends but I schedule it in advance so that my husband can spend some time with the kids.

4. Have a Schedule: Occasionally I work in the mornings before everyone gets up, however, nap time is my designated “work/me time”. This schedule allows me to work without interruptions and then I know if I need to schedule extra time. I can work at night when the kids go to bed if I absolutely need to, but that time is really reserved for relaxing and connecting with family or friends.

5. Keep Distractions Out: If you need to turn your phone to silent in order to stay focused, please do it! Social media apps, and text messages are the going to be the distractions that will keep you from getting your work done in your designated time frame. I keep my phone on silent and turn off all social notifications. I can work them back on when I finish, but while I work I can’t look at my phone.

I hope these help you! Do you have any tips on working from home? Head over to Instagram and share, I would love to hear them!

 

Other Resources: Design Sponge Biz Ladies, Career Profiles on the Everygirl, Work from Home Success, Tips from the Career Girl, and How to Focus When Working from Home.

Photo’s by Brookelyn Photography

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I made the mistake when pregnant with my first baby, to buy all kinds of clothes that were very “obvious” looking maternity wear. With the last two, I made sure I bought things that I was able to wear during pregnancy, but more importantly after.  Nursing bras where super comfortable during the 9th month and flats and sneakers were essential. Here are all the basics (see above and links below) to build a maternity wardrobe that will last for all nine months of pregnancy and beyond.

long sleeve tee, knit sweater, slouch dress, layering tank, maternity tank, comfy tee, sleeveless tunic, pullover, square tee, sleeveless cover-up, sporty short, nursing bra, nursing bra, baby bag, transport tote, lula short, sandal, sneakers, toms, espadrilles

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Posted on March 30, 2016

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This post is for all my blogger friends who struggle to come up with ideas, or have writers block when it comes to blog post ideas. Running out of ideas is something I don’t have a problem with and I am excited to share all my ideas with you!

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18 Blog Post Ideas:

1. 10 Podcasts You Need to Know: Do you lve listing to podcasts? Share your favorites on your blog like this example by The Chriselle Factor.

2. Lux Beauty Products: It’s more common to see how to save on beauty products, but everyone likes to splurge now and then. Show off what you love to treat your self to like Makeup Savvy.

3. 15 Local Coffee Shops: Have you traveled somewhere new recently? Did you stop at some amazing cafes? Share them! Or you can even share some local spots near you. I love what Bloglovin’ did here.

4. Five Blog Posts that have Helped You: Do you have some favorite tips and tricks to blogging or have helped you in your business? Share them with your followers and link to the posts like Career Girl Daily did. You can also link back to some of your old posts that apply!

5. 9 Parisian Homes You Need to See: Maybe you love Paris or perhaps you’re into Scandinavian design? Share interiors of a certain theme for inspiration, make sure you link back to the correct image source. I love this example here.

6. Dreamy Ideas for Your Night Stand: If you have found some interesting decor online, a great way to share it is with picking an area of a room and focusing on it with some cute products. You can also use this opportunity to use affiliate links like Daily Dream Decor did here.

7. Build A Wardrobe: Maybe you are into work out attire or minimalistic clothing, build a wardrobe idea post around it like the Everygirl did here.

8. A Look to Try: Are you loving a new trend this season? A post about how to wear it will excite your followers and get them excited to try the trend as well. Look what Badlands did with this denim trend.

9. The Perfect Leather Jacket: Do you have a favorite item you wear every day? Show your readers how you style it! Fashion Squad does this perfectly.

10. Fashion Week Coverage: Show what your favorite fashionistas are wearing to fashion week with a fashion week round up. Try showing London or Milan fashion week since everyone blogs about New York. I do love this round up on Bloglovin’.

11. Hair Tutorials: Applies to makeup tutorials too! Show your favorite blog posts or Youtube videos with how-to’s. One of my personal favorites is Angela Lanter’s makeup tutorials.

12. What You are Reading Right Now: I love checking out what people are reading, it gives me great ideas for when I hit up the book store. A round of your favorite books within a certain theme is a great way to share something personal and informational. Check our Luella & June’s post.

13. Your Latest Air B&B Vacation Rental: Stay at an awesome Air B&B place lately? Share some images and your review on your blog! You never know where people are traveling and hoping to rent a home. A personal review is super helpful. Habitually Chic did something similar on her blog.

14. Recipe Round up: Everyone runs out of recipes and sharing your favorites is a great way for readers to consider your blog a resource. Post your favorite recipe links and anything you learned while making it. I.E. the recipes says to boil for 5 minutes but it could really use 10-15 minutes.

15. A Personal Learning Experience: I love what In the Front Row did here by sharing things she wished she had done as a teenager. A personal post is a great way to connect with your readers but also teaching them something makes the post unforgettable.

16. Your Creative Process: Are you a writer or an artist? Show the behind the scenes of your how you work. Show a day in the life, and offer tips and tricks that your readers can implement into their own lives. The Private Life of a Girl, shows how she plans out a year in advance.

17. Amp up Your Breakfast: Added something to your favorite meal lately? Share it! I don’t typically love almonds plain but I added them to my oatmeal while it was cooking and they softened up and were delicious! Share some food tips with your readers like Bluebird did.

18. Positive Habits: Do you have a killer morning routine? Share how you do it with your readers like Hanna Stefansson did here. Don’t get too preachy just offer suggestions for shedding some light on a stressful day.

I hope these headlines and tips help you! Like I said above, I am always up for brainstorming ideas so shoot me a comment below if you are feeling stuck, or head over to Instagram and let’s chat there!

 

Photos by Rebecca Hansen from First Mate Photo