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Genuine Side Hustles You Can Start From Your Living Room

If you’re a stay at home mom, you may be looking at ways to start an online business from home so that you can continue to earn money and direct your creative talent and energy towards something without having to leave your kids.

Unfortunately with so many scams and non-legitimate business opportunities flooding the internet, it can be difficult, overwhelming and downright scary to try and find something that will actually help you achieve your goals of working from home and making money doing something you love that you can organize around your existing commitments.

In this post we’re going to share with you some genuine side hustle ideas that you can start from your life whilst your children are napping or after they go to bed, and that once they’re bigger you can even turn into a full-time online business if you want to.

Blogging:

Blogging is a great way to make extra money online by writing about things you love and are passionate about. You could start a blog on any subject you desire and blog as little or as much as your schedule allows – as long as you stay consistent with your posts and deliver value to your readers then it really doesn’t matter if you blog once per week or 5 times per week. It’s something you can do anytime of the day and completely on your own schedule, so it’s perfect if you only have an hour or two during the day when the kids are napping.

Freelancing:

If you have skills in a specific area such as writing or designing, then offering your services as a freelancer or consultant to businesses who could help with their marketing or branding, for example, could be a great way to earn some money at home on your own schedule. The great thing about freelancing is that you get to set your own hours which also allows you to create the kind of work/life balance you want whilst earning money at the same time.

Sell handmade products:

If you love to make DIY craft things such as bath products, candles, t-shirts, or even gift cards and bags then you could enable yourself to make some extra cash online by selling these on places like Etsy and eBay. Although you’ll probably have to buy the equipment and materials like vinylcuttingmachineguide.com best vinyl cutting machine to get started, you can pick these up very affordably and if you know how to market your products correctly, then you’ll make the money back pretty fast, anyway.

Affiliate marketing:

This is actually one of the best, quickest, and easiest ways to start earning money online, and although it works best if you have a blog, it’s not essential that you do. Affiliate marketing is basically where you make a commission for selling the products and services of others. This can be done through writing reviews, making video reviews, and then driving traffic to your affiliate link so that when they buy the product you’ll make a commission on it. This can take a bit of time to see a big income, but over time it builds up if you’re doing it consistently.

Naptime Just Got More Comfortable with OC Daisy Napbags

As a stay-at-home mom, naptime is one of my favourite times of the day as it is the only chance I get to finish things around the home or have some “me time.” When naptime approaches Nikki requests her pillow and “blanky” that she needs to have with her. This usually has me running to get what she needs as I need to seize the naptime opportunity. In my household it can be a whole production to get Nikki to sleep.

So when I was introduced to the OC Daisy Napbag, I was extremely excited to try it out! The Napbag is a double-sided fabric sleeping bag with an attached pillow and carry case.

OC Daisy was formed in 2007 in Orange County, California by Karen, a veteran mom of four and Lisa, a veteran mom of two (Bff’s and neighbors) with a mission to create super high-quality, durable, and unique products for families. Both of these amazing super moms worked tirelessly to ensure that an affordable and great product as the Napbag was available to all.

So how did they come up with the idea? Lisa stated, “It all began when a friend of mine asked me to make her daughter a custom sleeping bag that she could take to preschool. The school required her to bring a pillow and blanket if she stayed for naptime. As a seamstress I was able to design a sleeping bag with an attached pillow. I even took it to our local embroidery shop to have her name personalized on it. The sleeping bad was a hit at the preschool and soon all of the other moms wanted one for their kids. Karen, who I was teaching to sew at the time, saw what I was sewing and really liked the idea. Conversation began and that is when we began a partnership and created OC Daisy.”

After years of trial and error they have come up with the perfect Napbag with many neat features such as the attached carry bag, a variety of designs to choose from, crawl-in blanket sleeping bag style and a pocket to carry a special item your child loves. So now it is ready for the world!

So now it was time for us to try it out but first my daughter Nikki had to pick one and she picked the Candy Print Napbag. We had her name embroidered which we thought was such a great personal touch!

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We have been using the Napbag for about four weeks now and we simply love it! It is extremely comfortable, cozy, and easy to use. Not to mention that it is easy to transport and store. In addition, cleaning is super easy (you just remove the pillow and pop it in the washing machine). It is also very convenient to have around and it can be used for naptime, sleepovers, vacations, and even for naptime at preschool. Sounds great, doesn’t it?!

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Well, OC Daisy gets even better! As many of my readers noticed that I love companies that help the community. I was thrilled to see that OC Daisy partners with charities, preschools and other organizations to raise funds for issues related to women and children. To learn more about who they partner with, click here. I think it is amazing that not only do they provide great quality products for families but they also give back. Thank YOU OC Daisy!

Nikki and I give the Napbag 5 ZZZZZ’s out of 5. We highly recommend this product to any family and this would make a great gift idea to any child! We have even taken the Napbag on our latest mini vacation and Nikki feels comfort when she takes it with her. Now I wonder if they will be making a Momma Napbag?! 😉

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To purchase a gorgeous Napbag, please click here. Please note that the pricing is in US dollars but can be purchased from anywhere in the world.

Photo Credit: OC Daisy Napbag
Photo Credit: OC Daisy Napbag

Make sure to follow OC Daisy Napbag on social media (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) as I am expecting much more from them!

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga
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Transition from Workaholic to Stay-At-Home Mom

I was raised in a home where work ethic was very important and I held onto that mindset throughout my work history. I have always been known to work very hard and give 110% at every job that I had since I was 16 years of age. I never said, ‘no’, to working overtime, evenings or weekends. I had jobs in retail, office and in social services. So you can say that I have had a mix of experience but always stayed loyal to the employer I worked for.

Many times I would put work above anything else as I became the “job”. I didn’t realize then that I allowed my job to define who I was as a person. For some odd reason I lost myself in the process of being dedicated and it took me to start a family and to get laid off to realize it.

So why was it hard for me to digest the fact that I was not going back to work? Why should I not be jumping over the moon as I get to spend more time with my daughter? Why did I have mix feelings on the next chapter of my life? Who was I?

These were just some of the questions that were on my mind. But with everything in life, we eventually find the answers.

It was hard to come to terms that I wasn’t going back to work (due to my lay-off) or in other words working outside of the home. Even though it was the best decision for my family for me to stay home for a little longer, it was still hard. I felt that I worked so hard to build my professional portfolio and now it was over in an instant. So why was it hard for me?!

It was difficult as I knew how hard it would be to re-enter the workforce. The labour market is a fast pace and competitive one, being out of it for another year can be a real disadvantage for anyone. Employers may look at your skills as outdated or feel that you could be a little rusty from being inactive for a while. This made me worry about our family’s future and how I can financially contribute to it.

Another reason as to why it was difficult were all the feelings associated with not working. You feel that you don’t have value, feel guilty and sadness as you are no longer contributed to society or to the economy. These are overwhelming feelings to feel and the factors that contributed to these feelings were the expectations through society, my own and how I allowed work to define who I was.

Don’t get me wrong as it is a blessing to stay at home to raise your children as it’s a time that you can never get back. But it was hard for me since work is all that I knew with the exception of my one year maternity leave. I felt that I would be judged by many on the outside and can hear the whispers under their voices. “They must have lots of money for her to stay home.” “She does nothing all day.” So you can say that I was feeling guilty and ashamed in staying home and that I should be doing so much more.

The real issue was that I allowed others to affect the way I looked at myself and my worth. But at times it was hard not to listen to the comments that I got. For example, “You don’t need to buy us anything as you don’t have a job.” Or my favorite has been, “Well, you don’t work.”

It has been a hard transition to go from workaholic to stay-at-home mom but I have finally embraced it. I had to find me first since I lost myself and soon after I learned acceptance.

It has been a journey with many lessons learned. I learned that a job is only a piece of you and it shouldn’t define who you are. Motherhood and being a stay-at-home mom provided me the opportunity to find myself and it gave me a voice that I never thought I had. There is so much more to me and I can’t be defined by a job description.

I learned that people are going to judge or make insensitive comments no matter what you say or do and the most important lesson here is that these people don’t matter. What you think of yourself matters most.

I learned that I do have a job and it is the most important job in the world and it is one that requires me 24/7. I am a caregiver, cook, nurse, teacher, planner, but most importantly I am a mother and wife. I do contribute to society and to the economy as I am raising a child; a future adult who will make her mark in the world.

I am proud to be a stay-at-home mom and am grateful that I was able to do this now. I have stopped feeling guilty and ashamed as my role is just as important as any job.

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So who am I?

I am a strong, independent woman who is a wife, mother, friend, niece, cousin and daughter. I am someone who supports, encourages and cares for others. I am creative with a set of many diverse skills. I have a voice, value and worth. But most importantly, I am me and I am so happy that I found her!

Until next time … Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga