Stay at Home Mom to Working Mother

g-tdy-090929-working-mom-3p.h2-1Getting back into the work force after being at home with your kids for a number of years can be tough, but it can also very exciting and rewarding. You’ll probably be surprised how much you enjoy getting back into a daily work routine, socializing with co-workers, and having responsibilities, especially if you find a career you like.

A great career option is to become a Registered Dental Hygienist. Why? Because the pay and benefits are good, the work is interesting, the hours are functional for mothers, and the job market is stable (actually, it’s growing).

Becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

First of all, according to this guide to becoming a registered dental hygienist, you need to have finished high school or have your GED. Next, you need to complete the ACT or SAT exam and apply to (and enroll in) a dental hygiene program at a college or technical school. You can do a 2 or 4-year degree to become a dental hygienist; which option you choose will probably depend on a variety of factors such as your finances, timeframe and school preferences.

Not sure how to pay for school? If you’re a single mom, there may be financial help out there. Check with the financial aid office at the school you’re interested in, and more importantly, check out these grant and financial aid opportunities for single mothers that want to purse their education.

Once you’ve finished your degree, you’ll need to pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. You will also probably have to take a CPR course, as many states require that RDH candidates have this certificate. Finally, you’ll need a state license, which you can get from the Secretary of State’s office, and to pass your state clinical exam, according to the guide.

Finding work as a Registered Dental Hygienist

Now that you’ve finished school, passed your exams, and received your certificates, you’re ready to find a job! Luckily, this is a steady and growing field, so finding work shouldn’t be a problem.

According to this article on landing your first RDH job, you may stumble at first in the job search, but as long as you follow a few key steps, you’ll be working in no time: show up in person to any places you’d like to work, network in the dental community, consider part-time or lower paid work at first to get your feet wet and get some experience (for a better job later on), be honest, and most importantly, don’t give up!

Balancing your new career and motherhood

It won’t be easy, but you can do it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. They’ll be proud of you for going to school and pursuing a career as a RDH, and they’ll want to help, or at least you won’t know until you ask. Also, try to find a fair and understandable employer, and look for places to work close to your home – the shorter the commute the better, for you and your kids. Good luck!

 

15 Best New Mom Bloggers

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Lots of new moms are addicted to blogging with their experiences, advices, sharing information and fun moments to other readers. Though it is not mandatory for them to blog, it is however very helpful to other to be moms or new moms to go through their blogs and get to know lot of information about motherhood, things they should know, they are expected to learn and interpret. Mommy bloggers have a very special position and this community comprises of work from home or stay at home mommy bloggers.

Here are 15 best new mom bloggers list.

1. Jamie Lynne Grumet

She is a mother of 2 sons and blogs about the lifestyle decisions such as parenting, home schooling and highlights the social issues that can affect children in Ethiopia.

2. Jeana Lee Tahnk

She hosts the screen play at Parenting Magazine and writes about parenting and tech by offering apps and gadget reviews for other families. Some of her work are featured in Interactive pajamas, possibly twins reunited etc. She does all this besides being a wonderful mom.

3. Marcie

She is a stay at home mom who loves to write on raising kids, public challenges for her and her family and updates her blogs after completing those challenges. She also posts her new year resolutions, bucket list as well as 30 day blog challenge. Besides this, she writes product reviews, safety tips, recipes, and many more at http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-New-York-Moms-2013.

4. Sharon Hodge

She has become a stay at home mom for her daughters and started blogging about her handiwork skills.

5. Melanie

She is a health freak and loves to blog about health and fitness on her ‘Happy being healthy!’ blog. She advises on exercising, and cooking healthy recipes.

6. Carley Knobloch

She is a techie and shows her talent on the YouTube channel called Digitwirl. She gives tips on how to manage your money, digitize your photos and writes app reviews, product reviews as well as uses online services to help other parents gets the most benefits from the technology.

7. Piera Jolly

Her blog ‘Jolly mom’ is well designed and showcases craft tips, product reviews, recipes and giveaways.

8. Dinah

This stay at home mom is DIY inspired and provides party themes, gift ideas, repurposing tricks. She accepts readers’ craft project ideas and features other bloggers on her blog.

9. Erin

The vintage pearl – is what the blog is called. She loves to collect jewelry and features lot of useful information about her collection.

10. Robyn Welling

She is a mom of 5 kids and enjoys blogging about the shortcuts she loves to take on becoming a wonderful human being before becoming a wife, or a mom of 5 kids. Her sarcastic, aggravating and touching tales on parenthood are really worth reading.

11. Erin Elizabeth

She started this blog after her husband was killed in Afghanistan and expressed her grief through this blog. This way she started connecting with widow mothers and sharing and advising them to gain courage and confidence in their lives.

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12. Janessa

This stay at home mom spends time by writing product reviews, host giveaway, competitions and home parenting products and geared towards living a natural life. She has formed network of bloggers to express their opinion on her blog.

13. Amanda

She blogs about Recipes, DIY, giveaways, life lessons and this instead of that where she provides guidance and suggestions to her readers.for more information, visit the original source.

14. Lisha

She curates guest posts related to parenting and recipes on her We’re parents blog.

15. Alex
She reviews products on her Mommy’s craft obsession blog.

10 Best Exercises for Stay at Home Moms

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Between nursing, preparing meals, changing diapers, bathing your baby, feeding, and other chores with your children, it is very much essential to exercise for stay at home moms. Stay at home moms work as hard as people working outside home. However most of them get stuck in their household chores that they often tend to forget and find no much time to exercise. This will create ample number of problems to them health wise as well as in their life style.

Here are 10 best exercises for stay at home moms.

1. Join gym

It does not matter if you do not enjoy outdoors. You can still enjoy the indoor exercising going to a gym. Besides this, the onsite children facilities for child care is very convenient. Some gyms have fitness classes for you as well as your children. These are much better than the fitness supplements for moms.

2. Exercise with your kids

Exercise is a great way to bond with your kid. You can teach them how to be fit and healthy in their early childhood. You can start with jumping jack, push up stations or the skipping rope there are more details can be found at http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=483.

3. Jog with your baby in the stroller

No matter your kid is too young or getting older. You can put them in the stroller and go for jogging. This will be a change for your kid and can introduce them to your new life style as you jog.

4. Strap baby in the baby carrier

If your baby is too young to exercise with you, you need not have to wait until it gets older for exercising. Strap your baby in the baby carrier and get set for walking or jogging or running, whichever you choose as the most appropriate exercise for you.

5. Join yoga classes

Yoga gives great strength to you and your kids. It increases stamina, reduces stress as well as offer a great bonding opportunity for you and your kids.

6. Buy exercise videos and practice at home

If you do not want to go out and exercise, then you can easily buy some videos and practice at home along with your kids.

7. Aerobics

This is a great way of introducing yourself with music plus exercise early morning or late evenings. Aerobics are a great way to shape your muscles and you will not hurt your body much as they are light weight exercises only and nothing brisky.

8. Join a dance class

Dance is a great way of exercising. Whether you opt for salsa or disco or classical dance, you would definitely be benefited by dancing.

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9. Abs

Burning abdominal fat is very essential because this is where fat forms a tire. Doing abs regularly will help deplete this abdominal fat gradually. You can do leaping, sit ups, cycling or something simple to help you lose your abdomen weight.

10. Leap Cordage

This is a great fat loss exercise where you can improve your heart rate and improve your metabolism leading to increased burning power.

5 Grants for Single Moms

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Everyone is aware of how hard it is for a single mother to take care of her children, paying bills and managing all financial expenses incurred. This looks like a never ending struggle many a times. However, there is still a good news. There are various grants offered by Government – Federal or State, private grants, non profit organization grants, church grants and many others which can help beat up your financial problems.

You can find more information and a list of 15 grants at this location. Below are the 5 grants for single moms which you should apply for and avail the advantage of getting some help to take care of your family as a single mother.

1. Private grants

There are certain private organizations and Universities who are willing to offer grants for single moms to pursue their education. These are all private institutions and encourage the single moms to apply and avail the benefit. They, along with Government organizations strive hard to eradicate this income gap from the single moms. Unlike Government aids where you do not have to return the grants, private grants definitely expect you to return back the money you get from them – some with interest and some waiving the interest visit the site http://www.wahm.com/articles/5-resources-for-financial-assistance-for-single-mothers.html for more single mom grants information.

2. Government aided grants

This money is aided by the President. This is most commonly called as Pell grant for single moms. If you are thinking what is so special about this, then off course it is very special and different from other grants. You do not really have to pay back this money to Government or anybody. However, you can avail this grant only if you meet certain income requirements. But single moms have better chance of winning this grant.

3. Non profit agency grants

If a single mom is interested in going back to school there are many non-profit agencies where you can get aid from. Some of the non profit agencies like the Department of Human services, or the department of social services, can get you financial aid for going back to school and earn your living. Major advantage of this kind of non profit agencies is that, they not only provide financial assistance for going back to school, but also offer food, clothing, transportation to and from work to school.

4. Grants from community, church or religious organizations

Most of the community groups, churches and various religious organizations offer grants for single mothers from sympathy point of view. These grants help them with resources for going back to school as well as help them make sure they are fed and feed their family well and pay the bills on time.

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5. Reserved grants for single mothers

This is much similar to the private grants for everyone, however there are some reserved grants for single moms which can help them go back to school and earn a degree. Once they get a good education, they will be capable of working somewhere to earn and take care of their family. Some of these are institutional grants, Sunshine lady foundation, Women’s opportunity awards and many others.

5 Best Mom-Shops

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When mother’s day is nearing almost every kid is in a rush to buy gifts and things to their beloved mommy. While some are aware what they need to buy for their moms, others are still in search of what exactly need to be bought for mommy. When this is the situation, it gets really tough to decide what to buy at the last minute rush. There are many places which offer best clothing and accessories for kids, babies as well as moms. Many of them might carry the local brand items, while many others might have top brands like True Religion, Splendid or Uggs, or J. Brand check the website http://www.buybymom.com/5-ancient-craft-ideas-worth-teaching-your-kids/ for more information.

Whether it is an online shop or an offline store, moms deserve the best and hence it is highly essential to figure out which is the top most mom shop where you can buy gift items to your mother. Below are some 5 best mom shops as per user ratings, customer likings and popularity of the shops.

1. The best mom shop

About the shop:

This is a great online mom’s shop where you can buy almost anything and everything in this world that your mom would love. The quality of items for the shopping is well balanced with the ease and convenience with which you can shop here.

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This site is designed to help moms – be it a new mom or the existing mom. This is a great family shop that suffices all your necessities in one single convenient place. All the accessories as well as recommended products that can keep your life busy is easily available in this online store.

Items available

This online shop gives you all facilities including gifts for mom, skin care, maternity, breast feeding support, postpartum support, gift cards, decorative items, studio electronics where you can capture pictures of you with your family at discounted rates, wedding shop, native caribbean, gift certificates and gift services. Their customer service is pretty much good and responsive.

2. Mom owned stores

About the shop

This shop called monstores.5minutesformom is an excellent shop for moms who are trying to make their own business being a work at home mom.

Speciality

If you are a mom, and you are trying to sell something, then they will add your site to their’s, thus creating a wider network for selling.

Items available

Clothes, educational materials, videos, gifts, handmade products, stationery, event planning, etc are available at this stores.

3. Ima maternity wear

About the stores:

This site is for new moms who are planning to buy maternity clothes.

Speciality

They offer trendy, stylish maternity wear extending from jeans, tanks, tops and much more.

Items available

This store offers variety of maternity support, clothes and accessories.

4. A pea in the pod

About the stores:

They are both online as well as offline stores in New York. They sell exclusive maternity wears for the new mothers.

Speciality

The site always offers excellent deals to the new moms. Besides this, they have tie up with other products like Enfamil, Similac where you can sign up for huge deals and discounts.

Items available

Vast variety of clothing, maternity support, breast feeding support, postpartum support etc are available for reasonable price.

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5. Overstock

About the stores

This is an excellent site where you can buy almost anything in the world any mom would ever need for a great price and good deals.

Speciality

They have great discounts and deals running for mother’s day and also on many other normal days. It is really worth a try.

Items available

Though this is a general stores with wide range of products available, they have a separate section for mothers, new moms, existing mothers and their children. Almost any item can be bought for a reasonable price here.

5 Ancient Craft Ideas Worth Teaching Your Kids

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Many of you might be wondering why bother about craft ideas related to ancient days when we have the most modern and innovative means in the present world. Well, there is a valid and most appropriate reason for this. If you want your kids to learn history – be it American history or any other country, you should definitely put them to work on those historical topics and make them work on their crafts. This not only gives them a good way of thinking about ancient crafts, but also learn a lot about their history, ancestors and many other things.

Below are the 5 ancient craft ideas which are worth teaching your kids.

1. Salt dough amulets

Amulet is something that a person carries for luck. Ancient American stories say that people used to wear them as jewelry. Below are the steps to make salt dough amulets.

You will need the below ingredients:

● make salt dough
● use acrylic paint with different color combinations
● use varnish optionally
● string

Shape the salt dough for making your amulet. Make a hole on the amulet and bake it for 160 degree Fahrenheit. With the help of acrylic paint you can paint the amulet moulded into different colors. Dry it and varnish. Slide a string to wear http://ancienthistory.mrdonn.org/Ideas.html has a lot of things to do with it.

2. Paper plate beetle

This is a great way of teaching the anatomy of beetle insects to the little kids. You can paint the paper plate and allow it to dry for sometime. With the help of black marker or pen draw the beetle. From black paper cut strings depicting beetle legs and glue them underneath the paper plate. Here comes your little one’s beetle.

3. Collar necklace craft

You need old T-shirt and colors. Make a curve from one shoulder to another and open it out. Start creating your own designs and colors using the fabric paints. Wear this proudly for Halloween!

4. Paper weaving

You will need color paper, scissors and color paper stripes. Fold your base paper and cut slits where you can weave your colorful threads one by one. Make sure you leave the ends without cutting so that the stripes will not fall off from the base paper. Evenly space the slits, unfold the paper and start weaving over and under of the base paper.for more information, follow her latest blog post.

You can even trim up the edges and you are done with this simple weaving craft. Just like this one, there are weaving loom options in the children’s craft. You can find variety of kids weaving looms in the market which are easy, lightweight and simple to use.

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5. Horn book

This was used by the colonial children for learning alphabets. This paddle shaped wood with parchment containing upper as well as lowercase alphabets and numbers helped kids in their early schooling. Children will learn how other kids of their age can learn reading and writing in their early childhood. You can draw paddle shaped cardboard with cut out letters and decorate it with animal drawings.

Next you can glue this in the paddle. Then paint the square of tracing paper with shiny glaze for representing the horn sheet. Once it gets dried, glue the tracing paper over the letters and new students can practice writing letters using the tracing paper and the parchment.