The time has come. I’ve weaned my toddler. No more breastfeeding, no more magic wand to cure all ailments and discomforts, no more being a superhuman mommy. I thought I was ready, then I thought I wasn’t, and now I don’t have a choice because once I started it just happened really quickly.
So, to all the other moms out there that are breastfeeding a toddler and wondering when (and how) they’ll wean them, this post is for you! Here are all the things that surprised me as I weaned my soon-to-be 2-year old.
Deciding that you want to start a blog is sooo exhilarating. I will never forget how excited I was to start MBA sahm. And I would loooove for other people to feel that way too! So I’m going lay it all out there and tell you how to start a money-making blog in 10 easy steps. The good news is that it isn’t expensive to start one (and if you’re not worried about making money it can be totally free). The bad news is that it’s probably way more work than you think it is. BUT it is unbelievably fulfilling and gratifying work. It’s a real business that you’ll be running just like any other start-up.
So roll up your sleeves, entrepreneur, here we go! Here’s how to start a money-making blog that you will love:
What a great, fabulous year for me and my lovely little baby, MBA sahm! This was MBA sahm’s first full year and I can’t tell you how much I learned from the whole experience, especially with regard to what everyone enjoyed reading! I’m totally addicted to checking my site’s stats, so I bet I watched each and every one of you reading each and every post…and yet STILL I was a little surprised by some of the top winners (although not that much).
Wondering if you enjoyed the best of the best? Here they are…the most popular (according to views) of 2015:
Without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite times of year is the one little week sandwiched in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The craziness of the holidays are over and I start to get really, really motivated for the year ahead. And hopefully you already know that I LOVE GOAL SETTING. So that’s basically what I spend the whole week doing…and not surprisingly, a lot of my goals tend to be financial ones. Then once I’ve settled on them, I work really, really, really hard to get them accomplished.
So as you start brainstorming ideas to tackle your own financial goals, use these tips and resources to get them totally accomplished this year:
Related post: The Life-Changing Power of Goal Setting
In a few days I’m going to publish a post that will be full of resources and tips that will help accomplish your New Year’s resolution, no matter what it may be. I’ve been working on it for a while, and throughout the process I kept coming back to the same realization:
There’s really only one New Year’s resolution you need that will accomplish all other resolutions you may have.
Last year for Christmas, I wrapped all of our gifts in shipping paper and did my best to spruce them up with some fun embellishments. My son had been with me every step of the way (whether he liked it or not), so I finally figured out a way to get him even more involved in the process.
So how exactly does one get a toddler involved in gift wrapping??
Drum roll please….finger paint!
Sometimes I feel like every single person I shop for is a person that already has everything. I’m constantly scouring the internet for good ideas and trying to find something they’ve never seen before. Sometimes I get lucky, other times not so much. But there’s one thing that is always a winner (and it has consistently been my favorite gift to receive) – subscriptions and monthly club boxes. They’re almost always consumable and it’s so nice to be receiving something after the holiday season (especially if you live on a budget). It’s the true gift that keeps on giving.
So if you’re stuck in a rut…especially a last-minute rut, check out some of these subscriptions and clubs to see if any are a good fit:
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner! Every single year I plan to have as much done as possible before Thanksgiving…and every year I am scurrying at the last minute!
Last year I had a great plan to wrap all of my gifts in shipping paper (with some cute little extras) and it went soooo well! I will definitely be using these ideas again, especially since some of them were cute AND cheap.
My first special twist? DIY photo labels!
I love this question. I know it sounds weird, but I ask myself all the time – What would you do with $10 million, Nikki? And then I make a list. Usually with a glass of wine after everyone’s gone to bed. I know it sounds indulgent, but it’s really not. In fact, I think it’s a really, really important question that everyone needs to ask themselves on a regular basis – What would you do with $10 million?
Why waste time imagining a life you don’t have, you ask?
Seven layer cookies are possibly my favorite cookies of all-time. They are surprisingly easy to make, but your guests will think you are Julia Child when they eat these. They are rich, delicious, and absolutely perfect for the holiday season. THIS is what I will definitely be making. 😉
It’s a pretty fool-proof recipe, so odds are you can’t mess this one up. (more…)