Get the Support You Deserve: Online Resources for New Moms

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While one of the most rewarding, and humbling life-long roles you’ll ever undertake, the venture in to motherhood can be quite perplexing, scary, lonely, and intimidating at times. That’s why it’s important for new moms to get the proper support once you join The Club.

Naturally, seeking out other moms in the same boat is a great way to ease in to mother hood, and help you face all the big and little decisions ahead of you. But, more than that, there is a wealth of support available online. Here are a few of my favorite online sources of new-mom support over the years:

  • What to Expect – This series, which you probably drank up whilst your little bun was cooking away in the oven, picks right back up after you bring your little bundle of joy in to the world. And stays with you through toddler-hood. Best of all, you can subscribe to their newsletter, and receive newsletters that correspond precisely with your baby’s ages and stages.
  • Gerber Milestones – Another great resource that goes beyond just baby food and baby formula. Plus, a great source for coupons along the way. (And if you do use formula, there are some high value Gerber coupons being sent out these days! Like, over $10!)
  • Huggies New Moms Club – ¬†Register today to get access to expert advice from resources like Mommy Answers and the Welcome Baby Guide. Plus you’ll receive exclusive savings and special offers.

Do you have additional resources to add to this list? Please share!

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara

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--Barbara

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“Pin”-Worthy Cool Whip Frosting Ideas!! {+ a Cool Coupon!}

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As many of us tend to do these days, I perused Pinterest recently, looking for inspiration for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party cake. Is it no surprise that a four-year-old girl sans a princess cake? lol In doing so, I stumbled upon some delectable ideas for using Cool Whip Frosting, in any flavor: chocolate, vanilla, or -OMG!- Cream Cheese . (I know! Cool Whip + Frosting = HOLY-MOLY-That-Sounds-GOOD!!) Check out my Pinterest Board on Cool Things to do with Cool Whip, and also make sure to print out this cool coupon for Cool Whip Frosting!

Do you have any additional ways to use Cool Whip or Cool Whip Frosting? Please share! ūüôā

 

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara

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--Barbara

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Are You Throwing Out Coupons in Your Junk Mail??

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Did you know you may be getting full Smart Source insert coupons in your mailbox every week??  Check out my latest vlog to see if you are, too!  IF you find you are getting them, let me know!

 

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--Barbara

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Wordless Wednesday: What Were They Thinking!?

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My coupon/clearance high was quickly crushed when I exited Old navy and found this….

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--Barbara

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WIN a My Coupon Keeper System!

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If you would like to WIN your very own My Coupon Keeper deluxe system, complete with all you see pictured above, enter using the form below. If you can’t wait to win, you can order one now — and if you win, My Coupon Keeper will refund the cost of your order — so there’s no need to wait!

Just as I reviewed here, the winner will receive:

 

  • MyCouponKeeper¬†Coupon Box¬†14.9‚Ä≥W x 6.9‚Ä≥D¬†x 4.75‚Ä≥H
  • 2 adjustable dividers to support coupons in box when not full 3.2‚Ä≥x7.2‚Ä≥
  • 3¬†MyCouponKeeper¬†Purse Size Shopping Folders 6‚Ä≥ x 8‚Ä≥
  • 48 Durable PVC Coupon Guides
  • 55 Pre-printed Category Labels to Choose From
  • 1 MyCouponKeeper¬†Reusable Shopping Bag
  • PLUS, cool points from all your couponing friends! ¬†ūüėČ

 

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--Barbara

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Take a Load Off Your Laundry – Practical Tips to Beat the Laundry Blahs

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Tips for beating the laundry blahs

 

Take a load off your laundry? ¬†I’ll be the first to say it:¬†I loath laundry! ¬†Perhaps because it’s one of those household tasks that literally never ends, or because stubborn stains just seem to laugh at you time after time, or perhaps it’s the snarky sock monster — for whatever reason, I know I’m not alone in my feelings about this. ¬†Am I right?

In any case, I’ve developed a few strategies to help ease the pain of this never-ending saga known as laundry. ¬†Take a look, and see which ones work for you, or what more you would add to this.

* Schedule it: I do one load of laundry every weekday. ¬†(An awesome tip I picked up from The Stressed Mom!) ¬†I’ve found that by sticking to a schedule, and doing just one load a day, it’s MUCH more manageable for me. ¬†I bring that load down either first thing in the morning or¬†after I put the kids to bed the night before; throw the clothes in the dryer in the morning; then fold while the kids nap – or whenever I get a moment. ¬†This also allows for a little wiggle room, like if I fall behind, it’s not dreadful to catch up, doing two loads a day, or simply moving each load back a day, and doing one load over the weekend. ¬†Here’s my schedule, if you need some inspiration:¬†Monday – whites; Tuesday – darks; Wednesday – alternate between bed sheets and hub’s dress shirts; Thursday – towels (includes all bibs, washcloths, hand towels, etc); Friday – kids clothes

*¬†Vinegar! If you haven’t unleashed the awesomeness that is vinegar, the laundry is a great place to start. ¬†Since I only use a little bit of laundry detergent, I fill the rest of my cup with vinegar. ¬†¬†This acts as both a fabric softener, and helps to brighten clothes. ¬†As a bonus, it costs only a buck or two for a gallon size, compared to the much smaller containers of liquid fabric softener.

*¬†Make it Smell Good. ¬†Yeah, this may seem silly, but indulge in products like Downy Unstopables or Purex Crystals for select loads of laundry, and your senses will thank you! ¬†I use them on bed sheets, towels, and my husband’s dress shirts. ¬†(I also stick some in mismatched baby socks, and toss them under the trash bags in our diaper pail and kitchen trash. ¬†This makes a BIG difference!) ¬†An added benefit is the rather long-lasting scent that’ll stick with you (er, your clothes) for WEEKS!

* Designate a “Soaking” Area. I’m fortunate to have a sink in my laundry room; but I don’t like taking up the sink for the sake of soaking one (or even a few) pieces of clothes in the process, nor using the washing machine either. ¬†SO, I use a small bucket or tub (the ones we brought home with us from the hospital) to soak a few items. ¬†I use a paint stick to stir or agitate when needed. ¬†This would be easy to do in a smaller laundry area, as well. ¬†(P.S. ¬†WHY don’t I soak in the machine? ¬†Because sometimes I let items soak overnight, and want to keep the machine available. ¬†Also, it typically takes less water to soak this way.)

That’s a few of my favorite laundry tips. ¬†Do you have others you’d like to share? ¬†Please comment below with some of your favorite tips OR questions about laundry.

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara [Read more…]
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Jump Start Your Work at Home Mom Business in the New Year

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work at home moms, moms and business ideas, wahm tips

With the skyrocketing cost of child care, school safety concerns and mommy guilt there are an array of reasons why moms are exploring working from home. 

¬†Maybe it’s one of your New Years Resolutions to leave your full-time job. Maybe you’re home on maternity leave and dread the idea of putting your child in daycare. Maybe you’re like me with no family close by to help care for your kids.¬†

I hope you find this list helpful to jump start your work at home mom business in the New Year. The list includes a number of things I failed at in my first year as a business mom and I wish I could have done differently. Share it with your friends, family or your mommy group if you find it helpful. 

¬†1. Do research on your ideal client. Find out how much they’d like to spend on your product or service. Host a focus group or survey your friends.¬†

¬†2. Get help with child care so you can focus on your business. This could be as simple as asking your husband or partner to wake up earlier to help with the kids, hiring a part-time babysitter or a mother’s helper.¬†

 3. Start small. Instead of going after everyone, find one to three clients or customer and do your best work. This will keep you from getting overwhelmed. 

¬†4. Find a support network of work at home moms or start your own. I’m a member of a few networking groups including Ladies Who Launch in Atlanta. I’ve found a few mommy groups on Meetup that have also been ways to meet clients and customers.Online forums are another great source.¬†

¬†5. Keep start up costs low. Don’t go out and invest in new equipment or technology. Resist the urge to get a business loan. Use your home computer and office supplies until you generate enough revenue to justify the expense.¬†

Author: Joyce Brewer is the creator/host of MommyTalkShow.com, an online parenting talk show. Joyce became a work at home mom after she got engaged, married, moved to Atlanta and had a baby in one year’s time. The former TV news anchor creates videos reviews of products/services moms will love to TALK about. She also interviewed successful Atlanta mompreneurs for her e-book, Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms. It features more than 40 business ideas moms can start using their skills and expertise.

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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--Barbara

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{Business Owners} Advertise on Atlanta’s Frugal Mom

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This would be a great, easily affordable investment for small business owners, or consultants, like Mary Kay or 31. ¬†I love helping out¬†local and¬†small businesses — so this could be a perfect opportunity for you!

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--Barbara

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Wordless Wednesday: PINK Girls and Chunky Babies

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Today was the first day back at school for my daughter, so she naturally felt compelled to show off her new pink threads.

Little guy had his one-year check-up this morning, too.

Both are doing quite well, but only ONE is sleeping off the ensuing traumas from their morning. ūüėČ

Atlanta's Chunky Baby
Playing with teething beads, all 22 lbs of him.

Atlanta's Pink Preschooler
Pretty in (all) pink –yep, those are cowgirl boots.
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–Barbara¬†

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--Barbara

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Artistic Remodeling of Atlanta

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UGH!  I hate to even think about this review I did back in 2012.

I’ve since had to delete it and make it clear that Artistic Remodeling of Atlanta and Kenny Tong are NOT to be trusted.¬† Period.¬† That’s all I care to say at this point.¬† But if you’re looking for a quality, qualified contractor, look elsewhere.

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--Barbara

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