Why Working from Home as a Mom Is So Much Harder than You Thought

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Work at home mom life is the best of both worlds, except it isn't always as picture perfect as you thought. Real look into a WAHM, WFHM life with kids.

This post is sponsored by BBVA Compass but all opinions are my own. Sometimes I try to imagine what my life would be like if I had never started working from home. What would I fill my days worried about? What would my parenting look like? How happy or not would I be? Would we be able to afford our current family size, doctorate tuition, and lifestyle?And I have no idea, because my work-at-home business of running this website has transformed our life in phenomenal ways, and I know, for a fact, that the decision to turn my hobby blog into a source of income was the right choice for our family, and the vehicle by which we escaped ...

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The Surprising Way We Paid Off Debt and Escaped Poverty {While Still Earning Degrees}

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A Surprising way to pay off debt and escape poverty while still earning degrees! Great advice for low-income families struggling to make ends meet.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When we got married, my husband and I didn't have much more than some basic pieces of furniture and a roof over our head. We both were part-time employees, working low-paying jobs on our respective college campuses.  And thanks to paying (aka charging) most of our wedding related expenses ourselves, also had over $8,000 in credit card debt as well as tens of thousands in student loan debt. Our financial situation ...

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How Non-Traditional College Students are Making Ends Meet

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Afford going back to school - non traditional college student

Chances are high that you or someone you know is in a similar situation as I am in: a college student who is earning degrees later in life with a family in tow. As non-traditional students we’re out there seeking educational advancement: degrees, certificates, training, courses, professional development and the like. In the U.S.A, a place where education is viewed as the great equalizer, we’re hungry for bettering ourselves, our families, our vocations, our incomes.  Our group of education-seekers differ from traditional variety in that we started a family prior to finishing our journey for more education. We are the ...

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10 Reasons You Should NOT Buy Books from Usborne Books & More

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If you have been invited to an Usborne Books & More Facebook Party from a friend then you will love this post!! These are 10 reasons people should NOT buy books from Usborne Books & More for their kids as a gift or to build their library.

"Hey Katelyn! Have you heard about Usborne Books & More? They are a great company that sell high quality and affordable children's books. I would love for you to attend my Usborne Books & More Facebook Party on Thursday, May 12, 2016 @8:30pm Central time..." Oh great. Another friend is messaging you on Facebook about another party for Usborne Books & More! What is it with these people? Why are so many people obsessed with Usborne Books & More? Don't they know that you have 10 perfectly legitimate reasons to not want to buy books from Usborne? 10 Reasons You Should NOT BUY Books from Usborne Books & More 1.) ...

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How to Know If You’re Cut Out to be a Blogger

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I would love to be a blogger who makes money working from home! I think I have these 8 qualities of a successful blogger, too!

"Oh, you're a blogger? That's nice." Whenever I tell someone that I blog, most people seem to have no idea what it is I do. Sometimes they know someone who has a blog, and often it is a family update blog with pictures of that's person's home and family. Others know blogs because they pin recipes, DIYs, pictures, and crafts on Pinterest and understand that the content by and large is generated by blogs. But,, when I tell them that I make money blogging, they are often dumbfounded. "You make money blogging? How do you make money blogging?!" Most people still have no idea who I am and have never stumbled their way across my ...

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21 of the Best Survey Sites for Moms that Pay Cash!

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It is awesome to get paid to take surveys online, especially when you get paid cash! Love this great list of the best survey sites. It's a great way for moms (or anyone!) to make money online.

Back before I was doing this blogging thing for money, I was often looking for simple ways to make money online while a stay at home mom to supplement our income. So, I looked to get paid to take surveys online, especially surveys that pay cash. I enjoyed how easy it was to spend a few minutes each day giving my opinion in online surveys for cash. But, not all survey sites were the same, and I had to hunt for the best survey sites for young moms like me. Taking online survey will not replace your day job, but it can help you treat yourself, help pay for Christmas, or allow for a little more breathing room in a tight budget ...

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How I am Growing a Successful Blog

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Growing a Successful Blog can be done. Great tips on how!

I love blogging. Absolutely love it. It's so much fun to write about things that resonate with people, help them better manage their homes, educate them about great new products, and speak to their souls. I love all the comments and shares I receive and am grateful, and humbled, for every single one. And I now especially love that my blog is successful: I make money blogging. While I am nowhere near a mega blogger who makes $10,000+ a month and have so much growth that can still yet occur, I have seen good growth and I have turned my blog into a business. (And I feel a bit like these kids sometimes:) Who knew two or three years ...

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Fatherhood and Education: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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The Decision to Pursue degrees while also pursuing family isn't always easy, but it's doable with God.

Today I am welcoming a very special guest writer to What's up Fagans? - My husband Joshua. He's the guy behind the scenes, the man I love, and the father of my children. And today he's explaining, in his own words, our family's decision for him to pursue fatherhood and education at the same time, despite the finances, hardships, and sometimes guilt.  I love knowledge of all kinds, and in just about any subject. I really believe that "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (D&C 130:18).  That's why I love the idea of being a lifelong learner. As such, I desire ...

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Money Can Buy You Happiness When You Give Forward

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 This post is sponsored by GiveForward and Find Your Influence. All opinions are mine. There have been a lot of times in my life where I have been on the receiving end of another's generosity, and I'm not just talking about holidays and birthdays. My family wasn't very well off while growing up, and bags of (hand-me down) clothes would often show up on our doorstep, among other gifts of kindness. After getting married, my husband and I faced several financial hardships, from paying for the wedding itself, to paying for college and expenses, to becoming parents to twins, moving, going through a major car accident, and not making a ...

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All Work and No Play – 8 Tips for Overcoming Your Inner Work-a-holic

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Managing a home, children, and a job (blogging) is not so easy when you love what you do and have these work-a-holic tendencies!

Work, work, work all the time! When your "work" is your passion, your hobby, and something you want to do all the time, something you think about constantly, it is really hard to step back and make sure things really are balanced correctly in your life. This is especially true for work at home moms, like me. I am a blogger over at What's up Fagans?. A little over a year ago, I decided to officially make the leap of turning my blog into a business. I'm happy to say it has worked and I'm making a good part-time income now from my blog. However, to get to that point I spent more and more time each month on blogging-related ...

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I Don’t Regret Being a Young Mom

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Love this response to common questions and concerns many people have to those who are young moms, or thinking about having their children while in their 20s instead of waiting until later in life. #LoveIsAGift #AD

Before my 25th birthday I was the mother of three kids, including a set of twins. My life is on a very different path from the majority of my friends that I hung out with in high school; at my age (I'm 26 now) some are starting to get married, several are working on advanced degrees, and a few are looking for that awesome job. Even a couple have bought their first homes. I, on the other-hand, am supporting my husband (of nearly six years) as he pursues his advanced degrees, spend my days chasing after my children, and am still living in apartments. My life is so far removed from theirs. But, I don't for a minute regret being a ...

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Tips for Balancing the Work-At-Home Life with T-Mobile Free Tablet Data

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Balancing Work with Play with Free Data Tablet

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. I am all for balance to life. I want to make sure I am well-rounded in all aspects of life. I want to have a relationship with God, be an awesome mom, a supportive and loving wife, a great homemaker, an awesome preschool teacher to my kids, fit and in-shape, a social butterfly, a bookworm, and also a successful blog owner. With the start of our school year, I am making some pretty serious goals for myself. I don't know if I will meet them 100% but here is to hoping that my new T-Mobile Free Tablet Data will help!I'm shooting up ...

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