Last month I had planned a trip down to Williamsburg for my family, but for some reason didn’t think about the weather. So as a heat wave rolled through with 110 degree days, I had to scramble quickly to find something with air conditioning, or at least more shade….bonus points if you could entertain my 3-year old and let me roll through with a double stroller.
What a blessing in disguise that heat was! We happened upon the Virginia Living Museum and it ended up being one of the best children’s museums we’d ever been to.
Not only did it have my prerequisite air conditioning and ample stroller space, but the interaction it provided for my 3-year old was out of this world! With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, we were occupied for the whole morning.
I am not usually a big recipe poster, but I am absolutely obsessed with these vegan muffins! Not only are they vegan, but they manage to squeeze in a surprising amount of healthy stuff without tasting like they’re actually made of fruit, vegetables, and legumes. So much so that my son who is notoriously picky loooooves them.
Wow, I can’t even believe it’s happened. I HAVE A NEW FAVORITE BOOK. It may actually be better than The Miracle Morning (even though The Miracle Mornings is STILL a must-read for everyone).
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life is brilliant. Jen Sincero actually makes self-improvement cool.
This book was so amazing that after I read it from the library, I actually purchased it just to have a hard copy to reference.
(And I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. So I don’t own books. But now I own this one.)
If you haven’t heard of RedBubble before, I’m so so so excited to be the one to tell you about it! Especially if you’ve experimented with (and hopefully loved) Zazzle. They’re very similar, only RedBubble is one thousand times easier.
Writing is a fickle thing. Even when you love to do it, you often feel like you have to do it. When you’re inspired and motivated, you can’t type fast enough. But when you hit that writer’s block or have distractions pulling you in different directions, you can waste a ridiculous amount of time just staring at a blank screen.
If you write for a living, that problem can be a really big problem. And not just because you really do have to write. The bigger problem is that if you’re writing for a living, you’ve almost certainly obtained your dream job and you just want to keep it that way!
So the next time you need to overcome writer’s block or are seriously backed up on your writing obligations, try out some these strategies:
3 year-old boys are at such a fun age! They’re becoming self-sufficient, you can communicate easily with them, and they’re figuring out the world at full speed. Regardless of how fun they are though, it can still be tough to figure out the perfect gift for a 3-year old boy (especially if you’re not around them a lot).
All of the gifts listed here are absolute favorites of my own 3-year old son, so I’m speaking from experience! If you opt for one of these, I’m sure it will be a huge hit.
Third party sites like Hubpages often get a bad rap from bloggers. After all, we’re all taught from the beginning that one of the most important aspects of managing a blog is owning and hosting your own domain.
These sites, however, are totally misunderstood (and definitely under-utilized) by writers and bloggers. I’ve been using Hubpages for longer than my blog’s existence and despite my blog’s success, I still head back to Hubpages to regularly publish material. It is an important source of income that supplements what my blog is earning for me.
While the money is obviously important, there are other serious benefits to using Hubpages when you’re a blogger.
The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, had been on my list forever. I had pushed it off because I thought it would be similar to the various other “tips to become wealthy” books, but I was totally wrong.
This book is an absolute must read for anyone that wants to be truly financially free or hopes to make a substantial amount of money in their lives…and it’s unlike any other book I’ve ever read.
Honestly, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that blogging may very well be the new American dream. It gives you everything…complete control over your life, your finances, your time.
Financial freedom. Career success. Time to parent. Freedom to travel.
That may be the gist of it, but those reasons really only scratch the surface of why you should start a blog.
Having a blog is so worth the effort it takes to make it succeed. It is, without a doubt, the best thing I ever did for my family and my career. And the benefits go way beyond the obvious (that it’s a flexible way to make some extra money).
So before you blow this off as something not worth your time, consider these reasons for starting your own blog:
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Whether you’re visiting Philadelphia for a weekend or live here year round, there’s a ton to do and see, especially with your toddler and preschooler. But if you’re looking for something to fill your whole day with, then these Philadelphia day trips will do the trick.