10 Hobbies that Make Money for Stay-at-Home Moms

All of these hobbies give stay at home moms the ability to make money from home!

I’ll be the first to tell you that nothing is as wonderful as staying at home with your kids.  I’ll also be the first to tell you that nothing is as wonderful as making your own money, on your own terms, doing what you love.  

And as luck would have it, you can actually do all of these things at the exact same time. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s totally achievable.  You just start by making money from your hobbies!

I have not one, but two hobbies that make me money while still being a stay-at-home mom.  Neither interferes with taking care of my kids.  In fact, often, they’re a welcome, if not necessary part of it.  But most importantly, these hobbies (both of which have the potential to become full-blown careers) provide me with more mental stimulation than I ever got in a 9-5 office setting.  They also give me something to talk about with my husband that doesn’t revolve around our kids or household.  And of course, they make me money, which means much more than just the extra cash around the house.

So if you’re feeling the pull to go back to work, but also have a big case of mom guilt, consider some of these hobbies that may be able to give you the best of both worlds!

Related post:  60 Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom  

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2-Year Old Boys

I’m not going to lie, I absolutely love shopping for my kids for Christmas and there’s something special about stocking stuffers!  These were always the first things my sisters and I opened as kids and I hope that my kids look forward to it like I did.

So if you’re on the hunt for stocking stuffers for 2-year old boys, this list is for you!  These were the biggest hits for my son when he was 2…and many still make regular appearances years later!

Good luck with your shopping and happy holidays!

Related post: 12 Best Gifts for 2-Year Old Boys

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The Best Alternatives to Cable TV…So You Can Save a Ton of Money and Still Watch Your Favorite Shows

Alternatives to Cable TV

Want to find out the best alternatives to Cable TV so you can save a boatload of money and still see all your favorite shows?  It’s easier than you think. This post lays out exactly how to watch TV without cable and lists the best cable alternatives that are currently available.


 

In my pursuit to be financially free, I’ve cut out a lot of things – pedicures, travel, shopping trips, restaurants, gym memberships, new clothes, etc. If it’s an expense, I’ve either cut it, or considered it. So obviously cable had to be put on the chopping block eventually.

What I didn’t realize was that by cutting the cable, I’d actually open myself up to watching way more TV (with no commercials) and save a boatload of money.

Not only is this a smart move to make, but it’s the direction we’re all headed, so you’re not alone. The younger half of the millennial generation doesn’t even sign up for cable when they get their first apartment anymore. So if you’re still paying for cable, you’re not just throwing money out the window, you’re also old. 😉

So what’s the trick to cutting your cable bill without giving up your late night source of entertainment?

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What to Do if Your Child Hates Bath Time

What to Do When Your Child Hates the Bath

Bath time in my house has been an up and down roller coaster ride from Day 1.  In the beginning, my newborn son screamed like a banshee when I tried bathing him.  I had to resort to wearing him in a water sling while I showered!

The water sling did, however, gave me a chance to get him used to the water and the next couple of years were total bliss. He fell in love with bath time and it become a fun, bonding, and dare I say, even educational part of the day.

Fast forward to age 3 ½. I have no idea why it happened or what triggered it, but my son decided that he HATED baths.  The banshee screams returned, only this time with the strength of a 3 year old, and bath time became a nightmare.

Obviously, this was a problem.  Our kids need to bathe!

At first, I fought him and forced him because…well…like I said, kids need to bathe.

Finally, I got savvy. I researched, I tried different things, I became obsessed with making bath time fun again.

And finally, it worked!  

So if you’ve got a child that hates to take a bath, give some of these strategies a try to see if you can turn the situation around and make bath time fun again.

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The Next Book You Have to Read: The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

I’ve been so lucky lately to come across a number of enjoyable and inspirational books that I just haven’t been able to put down (except, of course, when those books have me running to incorporate whatever special tips they’re providing). The Little Book of Hygge was no exception.  I was excited the second I added it to my library list and it definitely did not disappoint!

I had been reading a lot about hygge and the more I read, the more articles and resources started to pop up (don’t you just love how social media does that for you… ;-)).  So when I came across a highly-rated book dedicated to hygge at the library, I knew I had to read it.

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5 Ways to Make Budgeting Easier

5 Tips to Make Budgeting Easier

I spend a lot of time writing, reading, and studying personal finance and yet I still struggle with good ole’ fashioned budgeting.  It often feels boring, depressing, and monotonous. I want to be dreaming, creating, and building! Not cutting back, canceling out, and organizing my spending.

But it’s a necessary evil.  And the more I’ve fought it, the more I’ve realized how important it is.  Luckily, along the way I’ve found different ways to make budgeting easier…and dare I say, enjoyable.   So that’s what I’ve got for you today! 5 different ways to make budgeting easier (and maybe even fun!).

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7 Documentaries that Will Inspire Veganism

These documentaries about veganism are the perfect way to launch a healthier lifestyle!

No matter what the topic may be about, documentaries have a funny way of getting my totally motivated and worked up (especially these vegan documentaries!).  So when I know I need some motivation or inspiration for something specific, my Netflix queue is one of my first late-night stops. In this case – documentaries that inspire veganism and healthy living.

A vegan diet is hard.  It’s also empowering and satisfying…and if you do it right, really healthy. But it’s hard, especially in the beginning.  And it can be really difficult to find support and information, which is why these vegan documentaries are a must-watch for anyone embarking on a vegan diet. They’ll give you all the information you need, tips and secrets, and most importantly the motivation you need to keep going!

Get ready, you’re about to become a true vegan whether you like it or not!

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15+ Tricks to Staying Happy When Your Husband is Traveling

How to Stay Happy When Your Husband Is Traveling

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

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

My husband travels a lot for work – almost every single week. It’s not the ideal scenario for me, but he loves his job and it gives me the opportunity to stay at home with my kids 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 having a traveling husband…I promise you, it does get easier (I know you think it won’t!). (more…)

After 3 Years of Blogging, Here’s My Best Advice for New Bloggers

After 3 Years of Blogging, Here's My Best Advice for New Bloggers

Wow. It’s been THREE years of blogging for me at MBAsahm!  This is a huge milestone for so many reasons.  From the very beginning I promised myself I wouldn’t quit blogging until I had put in at least 3 years and thank God I made myself do that because now I’m sure I’ll never stop.

If you read my blog regularly, you already know that starting MBAsahm was one of the best decisions I ever made.  So if you’re considering starting a blog, DO IT. It may not be exactly what you thought – it may be more, it may be less – but I promise you, it will be fulfilling.

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making Blog

I spend so much time explaining the in’s and out’s of blogging and describing what it takes (and what I do), so I know what a lot of you are thinking and wondering!  I hope this will be helpful for anyone that is just starting out and also for any of you that are considering it.  But first and foremost, don’t stop!  Your blog is what you make of it, so if it doesn’t feel right, just change course.  Eventually it will all make sense. 🙂  

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