Four Alternative Income Streams for the Stay at Home Mum

Many mums appreciate the opportunity to stay at home with their children, but they also realise the financial pressure this can create. Mums being able to bring in some money is important (and necessary) in many families, and fortunately there are a number of ways that mums can earn an income without having to be away from their children.

What Are Your Skills?

If you are a stay at home mum who wants to pursue an alternative income stream, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of the strengths and skills you have. Although you will be looking for a way to make some extra money that simultaneously meets the needs of your family and offers some level of flexibility, capitalising on your existing strengths is a recommended way to make money.

So what can you do to make some extra cash? Here are a couple of ideas.

You can check how your stocks and shares are going from anywhere. It is a truly portable job.

You can check how your stocks and shares are going from anywhere. It is a truly portable job.

1. Trading

Have you ever considered broadening your education so that you not only better understand shares trading but are skilled and confident to do this on your own? If this seems like a viable way for you to create an extra income stream, it’s important that you learn through a credible organisation, such as Learn to Trade, and are cautious and prudent in your approach until you are more highly skilled and experienced.

With the best education and support available, effective trading is possible and could present a great way to generate an alternative income for your family. An added benefit is that you can often fit in and organise trading activity around the schedule and needs of your family.

2. Freelance Writer

If you have some skill as a writer, you may like to pursue an income through freelance writing. In most cases, freelance writing affords you the freedom of working from home and taking on work when you are available to do so. However, to do this job well, you do need to love writing and be aware that there can be competition for work of this nature.

Being a freelance writer is a great work from home job. You can do it in your own time, as long as you meet your deadlines. Brilliant for a parent working from home.

Being a freelance writer is a great work from home job. You can do it in your own time, as long as you meet your deadlines. Brilliant for a parent working from home.

3. Childcare from Home

If you are home with you own children and have the space, facilities and desire to look after one, two or a few more kids, offering childcare services from your home may work for you. The pressures on the childcare industry are widely publicised, with parents competing for spaces and forced to pay high daily rates in many cities and specific centres. You will need to look into relevant accreditation and other processes and conditions, but childcare from your home may allow you to generate more income while being with your own family.

Working as a VA or otherwise known as a Virtual Assistant is great for parents. You can work from your home office and work around your family.

Working as a VA or otherwise known as a Virtual Assistant is great for parents. You can work from your home office and work around your family.

4. Virtual Assistant

Consider whether work as a virtual assistant could suit you and your family. If you are well-organised and have strong administrative skills and attention to detail, this could be a great job for you and an appreciated income stream to complement your role as a stay at home mum.

Being a stay at home mum can create financial pressure in some families, but there are a variety of ways to earn some money while you are at home with your children. Fortunately, many of these roles can be carried out to fit your schedule and require few resources; for some roles, only a computer and an internet connection are needed.

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25 Ways To Tie a Scarf This Autumn

Autumn is nearly here and scarf weather will be soon upon us. If you are like me you have a number of scarfs that you are hanging to wear.

Scarfs are amazing for the following reasons:

  • They keep you warm
  • Instantly update your look
  • Adding a simple scarf is an inexpensive way to look glam

 

Colourful scarfs to help change your look.

Colourful scarfs to help change your look.

 

So how do you become a wizard in the scarf tying department?

Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook has created tutorials on how to tie a scarf 25 different ways. Her video quickly goes through all the different techniques and styles. At the end of the video you can click on each style to find out more in depth on how it is done. Great to look at again and again to make sure you get it right.

 

Pause the video and then click on the style that you are interested in. It will take you to a video to learn more detail on how to create this look.

Pause the video and then click on the style that you are interested in. It will take you to a video to learn more detail on how to create this look.

What are your favourite ways to wear your scarf?

Mine are The European Loop and the DIY Infinity. I do like simply wearing a scarf around the neck, but love the way these styles make you look more glam.

 

 

Do you have an excellent way you tie a scarf?

The best way/s to tie a scarf will be featured on our Facebook Page. So get creative and send in your ideas.

Patterned scarfs

Patterned scarfs

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The Power Of Lavender

You should be careful how much lavender you use.

Yes this is true! I would have thought oh, you are being silly and don’t be stupid.

BUT…

Pretty Lavender looks nice in a garden. I think that is where it will stay for me now. I am no expert, but maybe hubby knew all along? He does not like it and doesn't even want it in the garden. So due to this we have barred lavender. He will say he knew now.

Pretty Lavender looks nice in a garden. I think that is where it will stay for me now. I am no expert, but maybe hubby knew all along? He does not like it and doesn’t even want it in the garden. So due to this we have barred lavender. He will say he knew now.

 

A toddler prematurely developed breasts and it was all due to the overuse of lavender products.

Who knew this would happen? Or could happen? I feel for the poor parents and toddler in this story.  I personally would not have known lavender could manipulate the body to develop when so young.

Did you know that lavender was this powerful?

What happened?

  • Doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne saw a 14 month girl due to her parents concern due to 2.5cms of bilateral breast tissue.
  • Tests did not reveal any other signs of abnormal development and all other factors of puberty were non-existent aside from slight breast growth.
  • 12 months later, the toddler’s breasts grew another o.5cm so in total it was 3cm.
  • The parents noted that breast development started at 6 months.
  • The parents saw a documentary on a link with lavender oil and breast development. This is when they told the doctor that the products they were using contained lavender.
  • This is not just due to the child being female. Boys have had this happen as well. In the Essential Baby article it states that in 2007 three healthy boys began to develop breasts as well. A parent simply using a “healing balm containing lavender oil” made breasts develop on her boy.

According to the article:

“[The toddler’s] daily exposure included lavender wipes (20 wipes/day), lavender shampoo (5ml alternate days), lavender body wash (5ml daily), lavender moisturising cream (10ml daily) and lavender skin soothing lotion (10ml daily). Specific lavender oil concentrations are unknown.”

“Past laboratory studies have suggested lavender oil can have an oestrogenic effect without causing elevation of actual oestrogen levels. These findings match the Melbourne toddler’s case, as tests on her showed no elevation in oestrogen.”

“Doctors told how once the parents stopped using lavender products on the girl the growth stopped, and her breast tissue immediately receded.”

(Letitia Rowlands,”Warning over lavender after baby develops breasts”, Essential Baby, Published:February 26, 2015)

 

This is an excerpt from the following book.  Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In ... By Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., Isabel Friedman. I am not a perve. The reason the word breast is highlighted is I was searching for that term and also lavender and it highlighted every word with the keyword.

This is an excerpt from the following book.  Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In … By Marisa C. Weiss, M.D., Isabel Friedman. I am not a perve. The reason the word breast is highlighted is I was searching for that term and also lavender and it highlighted every word with the keyword.

 

Links for more information on Lavender:

While researching about lavender and breast development I came across a site that said that lavender has been used naturally to enlarge your breasts for hundreds of years. It did say that this is not proven way to do this. However it did state that people are doing it and it seems to be working. Not sure as never tried it, and don’t want my boobs any larger than they are already.

It got me thinking.

As a busty woman, or blessed individual in the breast department.

What natural oil or thing could make mine smaller? What natural oil gives you a breast reduction? If you know you can send me a message.

 

Disclaimer: I am no expert, I am not a doctor or scientist. I thought this was interesting as it has happened to real people, and real doctors have reported on this as well. As a parent I had no idea and thought that it is best to share.

 

Have you had a problem with lavender? Has it caused an issue for you or your child? Or do you think this is just silly? Let us know.

 

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