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July 7, 2008

Quick Snack Tip, for Your Kids

Does your child seem to have a bottomless pit? My oldest son used to beg for snacks all through the day, so to keep the whining to a minimum, I made a “Snack basket” (It was an old Easter basket he had) I placed 5-8 snacks in the basket-We had an apple or orange, grapes, a small baggie of crackers a little snack cake or something he chose. We also made a snack card to put into the basket which was his card to get a yogurt or pudding out of the fridge. When he wanted to use the card he would bring it to me and I would put it away for the next day and he would get his snack from the fridge.  Once the snack basket was empty, that was it for the day. He would simply have to wait until lunch or dinner. The first day was not fun because he ran out of snacks before lunch and didn’t have anything for before dinner or after. The next day he caught on and realized that he had to make them last.  Some days we would even have snacks leftover for the next day.  It really helped on my grocery bill-not having to buy snacks all the time, and my sanity, it helped to make him accountable for the snacks he was eating.



June 30, 2008

Starting a home-based business 1

I am so excited about the new e-book i am writing for womansguide.net because the topic is something i am very passionate about-working from home.  I love this topic because for years i struggled to find a way to make money and still be able to stay home with my kids.  When I got out of high school I attended a community college for one semester and then spent a year in Bethany, OK attending another school I was struggling to find my “calling” or purpose in life.  Then I moved back to WV, married my best friend and decided to start the “college thing” again.  This time with a purpose, to become a teacher.  I had always loved kids and loved learning and mixing the two seemed to be a natural combination.   During my first year of college, I discovered that I was pregnant, with our first child, and three years later I had a teaching degree and a 2 1/2 year old boy.  It took me 6 years to get my degree, if you count the two years I spent “trying to find myself”, I could almost be a doctor! Anyway, After graduation I threw myself into trying to get a teaching position, in two different counties and the following school year I was substituting just about everyday.  It was nice at first until I realized that my dream of becoming a teacher was not going to come true, based on my ability and love of teaching it was based on who you know.  Unfortanately I did not seem to know anyone with real connections-it sounds silly doesn’t it, I was practically begging for one of the lowest paid positions in the nation! Why?  Because I love to teach!  So I kept subbing, applying, hoping and praying for any full-time teaching job.  While I was in school and after I graduated I had tried many “home-based business” companies and chased a few “make-money-now”  wild geese, trying to make extra money.  The problem was that I ended up spending more money to join the companies or to buy the products than I was ever going to make!  I was never going to make money doing something that I wasn’t passionate about!  The one thing I was passionate about, which was teaching, was being dangled in front of me every year just to be placed slightly out of my grasp!  So I started to do some real soul searching and praying, I knew that God had given me this desire to teach but I wasn’t able to fulfill that dream.   Frustrated after four years of subbing I decided to take a break and try to focus on my children, by then I had two boys.  The problem I faced then was that I had no way to contribute to our family’s finances.  That can be a depressing and dark place when you feel you are doing the right thing for your children’s well-being, but you feel useless when it comes to helping with money!  Feeling depressed, I started to write, I had always enjoyed writing and for some reason I was compelled to write on how to lose weight, mainly because I knew I needed to!  I did not know then what wonderful information I was about to uncover, I was just writing and researching for my own sanity and benefit.  At this time I also did some more praying and researching and decided to start my own business.  I wanted to create a place for other women like myself.  The best way I found to provide that place was a website, and I dove in head first, not knowing the first thing about starting, running or promoting a business.  I just knew that I wanted to provide resources and helpful information and products for other women like me.  It was not easy at first, (I hit my head on the bottom of the pool several times! lol)  I had to learn so much through trial and error because I could not afford to have someone else build my website or my business.  Even though it was difficult in the beginning and still has it’s ups and downs, it was and is fun, exciting and most of all fulfilling.  Why, because I was and still am doing all the things I love to do:  teaching, writing and learning along the way, all from the comfort of my home, while still caring for my children. 

Well I am sorry if this turned into a rambling session, but I get that way when I am excited about anew project, if you would like more information on the e-book I am working on or if you would like to know how to get a free copy when it is finished please visit   http://womansguide.net/freeebookhomebasedbusiness.html 

If you would like more information on the weight loss e-book then please visit http://womansguide.net/weightlosseguide.html

May 1, 2008

Battle between SAHM and WOHM

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Tonight is our internet radio show: “Simply Complicated Women”. We are hoping to get a big email response from the show tonight-the topic is “The Battle between SAHM and WOHM.” Care to weigh in? Visit the website http://womansguide.net to leave your question or comment. This subject can really cut deep through the “Mom” community and we wanted to see how many really feel that there is an underlying struggle between the SAHM and the WOHM. I am really excited to see where this may lead.

April 29, 2008

A Little About Me

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Well I guess I should introduce my self.  My name is Sherry and I am a wife, mother and certified elementary ed/history teacher living in the great state of West Virginia.  I recently started a website and home-based business so that could be at home with my children.  I have 2 beautiful kids and would love to have more.   I am a  “Mountaineers” fan, mainly football.  In fact, my son came home from school one day and asked me if I knew what a “mountaineer” was.   He said they learned a song about a mountaineer today in music.  I told him, yes I knew what one was and asked him what he thought it was.  I figured he would say a mountain man or someone that comes from the mountains, but no, my super intelligent young child said “Mom, a ‘Mountaineer’ is a football player!”  LOL.  I have taught him well I guess!

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