MBA SAHM’s Best Posts of 2014

2014 was a major year for me and my family.  I transitioned to being a stay-at-home parent, managed to keep my little one healthy and happy, re-adjusted to a traveling spouse – and of course, launched this blog.

I wouldn’t trade being home with my son for anything, but I also can not deny that I would probably go absolutely crazy if I did not have this blog to keep me mentally challenged and fulfilled.  I still love business and the working world, so this has been my way to stay engaged and feeling adult-ish.

One of my absolute most favorite aspects of this blog is reading what everyone thinks and watching which posts get the most attention. I put a lot of thought and effort into each and every one, but it can still be very surprising to find out which are the most popular.

Sooooo….without further ado, here are MBA SAHM’s best posts of 2014! (more…)

10 Gifts 1-Year Old Boys Will Love

Technically it isn’t hard to find gifts for a 1-year old boy.  There are thousands and thousands of options. BUT…that doesn’t mean that they’ll like your gift – or that their parents will.

My husband and I have the “luxury” of a child with a November birthday, so we get a double whammy of gifts each year for his birthday and Christmas.  With so much out there it can be really hard to know what is actually worth a purchase, so I’ve done the leg work for you and tested out just about every product under the sun.

Related post: 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 1-Year Old Boys

Here are the winners!  The best gift ideas for 1-year old boys:

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DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Paper Flowers

My plan to wrap all of my Christmas gifts in shipping paper is going really well and I’m so excited to have figured out how to make these cute little paper flowers!  I won’t lie, they’re not nearly as simple as the DIY photo labels that I’m also making, but they’re just so darn cool looking that I can’t resist!

Luckily, when all is said and done they don’t really take that much time.  And they are a great way to use up the extra scraps of wrapping paper, shipping paper, and scrapbook paper that I’m already using (so basically they cost nothing!).

So without further ado, here’s how to make these little beauties for yourself: (more…)

10 Tricks to Staying Happy When Your Spouse is Traveling

There’s no way around it – having a spouse that travels a lot sucks. Big time. It can be lonely, tiring, and frustrating.

But you’ll quickly realize that you can either fight it or embrace it, and fighting it is often useless.

My husband travels almost every week for work. It’s not the ideal scenario for me, but he loves his job and it gives me the opportunity to stay home with my son instead of working – so I’m definitely not going to fight it.  That leaves…embracing it.

So here are the tricks I’ve come up with along the way that make the situation happier, easier, and more enjoyable.  And for those that are new to have a traveling spouse…I promise you, it does get easier (I know you think it won’t!). (more…)

Reindeer Noses

If you’re not a pro at making cookies for the holidays, but still want to impress your guests, then this recipe is for you.  Reindeer noses are as simple as you can get and absolutely delicious. They only require 3 ingredients and they look awesome in little gift bags, so they’re perfect for dinner parties, parting gifts, or “just because” occasions.


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The 5 Best Ways to Make Money on Zazzle

I’ve said it time and again, and I’ll say it once more – I love Zazzle.  There are so many fun components about it and best of all, it pays (I’m not going to lie…that’s one of my favorite parts).

I’m a huge fan of making money from your hobbies and Zazzle is perfect for that. And honestly, once you get good at it, it can pay far more than what your accountant will consider hobby income.

So how, exactly, can you do this?

Not to overwhelm you, but there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of options on Zazzle.  It didn’t start that way, but it has done some serious growing over the past few years and now it is shocking what you can make.  Amidst all the options, I’ve done my best to highlight the easiest, most profitable, and coolest products to focus on. (more…)

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

My mom made us this broccoli cheddar soup last week and it was so good I couldn’t resist remaking it myself and posting it for you all.  It is so, so easy to make, tastes delicious, is HEALTHY, and it’s actually pretty cheap too.  So it’s basically a win-win.

Obviously it includes broccoli, but there’s also some carrots and onions in this for some extra flavor and nutrients.  I’m sure you could add others, so use this as an opportunity to sneak in some other vegetables!  I was able to get all of the veggies really cheap at the farmer’s market, so a big batch of this soup (4-6 servings) ended up costing me less than $10. (more…)

A Letter to My 20-Something Self

Hindsight is always 20-20. So if you had the opportunity to talk to your past self, what would you say?

Well, it took me a while – and various iterations – but I did it. And it ended up being one of the most rewarding writing exercises I’ve ever done.

I’m sure you would have different advice for YOUR past self, so I definitely challenge you to write your own letter!  It is something I’m sure you won’t regret.

So here goes! A letter to my 20-Something Self:


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10 Reasons to STOP Breastfeeding

Before I even get started on my reasons to stop breastfeeding, I should say that I don’t actually want to stop. But my son’s 1 year mark is quickly approaching, so it’s been on my mind a lot.

Should I stop breast feeding? Or just keep going?

I know I don’t have to and I know there are a lot of reasons to continue (in fact, here is my list of 10 Reasons to Keep Breastfeeding), but 1 year was always my goal and that seems to be what many moms shoot for.

So this list is mainly to try and convince myself that the time might be right, that my son may be ready, and that there are in fact some great benefits to weaning. We’ll see if any of them can push me over the edge!

 

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10 Reasons to KEEP Breastfeeding

As my little guy starts inching towards the 1 year mark, a lot of transitions are working their way into our lives. New nap times, different foods, little legs that run, and pants without footsies. I had always thought the 1 year mark would also bring an end to breastfeeding, but now that I find myself there, I’m not sure what will happen.

Earlier, I wrote a list of Reasons to Stop Breastfeeding to work out in my head whether it was the right time. A lot of the reasons are pretty exciting, but what good is a list of reasons to stop without a list to compare it to?

So here is my list of 10 reasons to keep breastfeeding past the 1 year mark:

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