Planning a baby shower is no easy feat. And while you may not be the one actually planning, be kind to those who are... AKA pass these helpful tips along. The first step in planning a baby shower is finding your inspiration, keeping in mind the future mother to be – her style and personality, and the things and colors she likes. Then go on and be bold in choosing the creative direction, theme and colors to tie it all together. For my friend, whose shower is pictured here, I designed the overall theme after being inspired by old-fashioned wooden toys that I stumbled upon while street shopping in Washington D.C. To complement the old toys and depart from the traditional light pink and baby blue palettes, I went with a pale yellow and grey color combination, with giraffes and elephants as the theme for the tablescape and atmosphere. For those of you who like to get crafty, it can be quite fun to make a baby shower your very own DIY project. However, if DIY is not for you, you can still give your friend a personalized and beautifully decorated shower by ordering printables online. There are a lot of options available, so you can get creative with different fonts, colors, shapes and patterns to highlight the theme you chose. It is always a nice touch to include your friend’s name, date of the shower and the gender of the baby in decorations too. Here are 5 high notes that are sure to make any baby shower a hit. Flowers and Sculptures These make a terrific centerpiece for the table. They also bring an elegant sense of festivity to the event. To stay consistent with the theme, my friend from Blooming Bears, a company that specializes in floral sculptures, designed the adorable giraffe and floral alphabet cubes that spelled BOY. The guests couldn’t stop gushing about these arrangements! Add fun and festive pom poms for some multiplicity of dimensions. The Menu Make sure the menu is simple and relaxed. This helps create a no-fuss-required atmosphere. Prepare options that can be eaten without forks and knives. I sliced up some bright bell peppers and blanched asparagus spears and served them crudité-style with spicy ranch sauce in individual shot glasses. This worked out wonderfully because it was light and refreshing, and looked beautiful at the same time. Make sure to also offer variety so that there is something for everyone. Think vegetarian, vegan, seafood and meat options. Sliders are an excellent way to feed the crowd. Mine were seafood burgers made from a combination of shrimp, scallops and squid, all mixed in the food processor for some seriously delectable treats. Serve them with a slice of tomato, lettuce and some spicy condiments on a tiny challah bun, and even the most mannered, sophisticated guest will lick their fingers with delight! Glassware Flutes of fuzzy champagne or sweet cocktails are totally appropriate at baby showers these days; however, I decided to serve freshly squeezed lemonade instead. Make it extra special by serving your beverage in individual glass jars with a personalized sticker (mommy’s baby shower, date of the occasion and who is expected). Tie a rustic twine around the bottle’s neck with “best wishes” tag and color-coordinated straws for added impact. Keep bottled and sparking water on hand as well. Centerpiece The cake is always a centerpiece of any event, and for the expectant mom that will want to have dessert for two, it has to be a showstopper. In this delicious masterpiece, you can incorporate your theme and all of the fun décor elements, such as the giraffe, elephant, wooden toys and the alphabet cubes. With the cake I selected, I wanted to emphasize the pale yellow, grey and white color scheme. The two-tiered wonder was really fresh and equally as enjoyable to eat as it was to gaze upon. Party Favors Finally, the party favors are the ideal way to thank your guests for joining you and the mommy-to-be in celebrating the joyous beginning of a new life. The personalized body lotion at our baby shower was adorned with a bird on a birch and the date of the occasion. Story and Images by Svitlana Flom of Art de Fete.
Dear fellow mama,
I was thinking about the past the other day. About the time I had three small boys—a newborn, his 2-year-old brother and his 5-year-old brother.
How I was always drowning.
How I always felt guilty no matter how hard I tried.
How hard it was—the constant exhaustion, struggling to keep my home any kind of clean or tidy, how I struggled to feed my kids nutritious meals, to bathe them and clean them and keep them warmly dressed in clean clothing, to love them well or enough or well enough.
Those years were some of the toughest years I have ever encountered.
But mama, I am here to tell you that it doesn't last forever. Slowly, incrementally, without you even noticing, it gets easier. First, one child is toilet trained, then the bigger one can tie his own shoelaces, then finally they are all sleeping through the night.
It's hard to imagine; I really really get it.
It is going to get easier. I swear it. I'm not saying that there won't be new parenting challenges, that it won't be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life. It will be. But it will get easier.
These days, all of my kids get the bus to school and back. Most of them dress themselves. They can all eat independently and use the toilet. Sometimes they play with each other for hours leaving me time to do whatever I need to do that day.
I sleep through the night. I am not constantly in a haze of exhaustion. I am not overwhelmed by three tiny little people needing me to help them with their basic needs, all at the same time.
I can drink a hot cup of coffee. I do not wish with every fiber of my being that I was an octopus, able to help each tiny person at the same time.
I am not tugged in opposite directions. I don't have to disappoint my 3-year-old who desperately wants to play with me while I am helping his first grade bother with his first grade reading homework.
And one day, you will be here too.
It's going to get easier. I promise. And while it may not happen today or even next week or even next month, it will happen. And you will look around in wonder at the magnificent people you helped to create and nurture and sustain.
Until then, you are stronger and more resilient than you can even imagine.
You've got this. Today and always.
A fellow mama
I am broken.
It has happened again and I am breaking even more. Soon, the pieces will be too small to put back together.
The negative pregnancy test sits on my bathroom sink like a smug ex-lover. I am left pleading, How could you do this to me again? I thought it would be different this time. I had hope.
We are still trying. It has been 11 months and 13 days and there has been no progress. No forward momentum. No double solid lines. The emptiness of the space where the line should be mocks me.
I am broken.
No amount of planning and scheming and effort is enough. I am not enough because I cannot make a chemical reaction happen at the exact moment it needs to happen. I cannot do what I want but oh how I wish I could.
It almost happened once. Two months ago, I felt different. Sore breasts and aware of the world like never before. I felt not empty. The blankness had been replaced by someone. I was sure of it. And I was late. Six days late and I thought this is it.
I didn't rush to test because I didn't want to jinx it. Or perhaps I just didn't want to let go of that string of hope. Without evidence that you're not actually here, I can pretend that you are.
So I waited. And I Googled early pregnancy symptoms and I kept an eye out for red spots I hoped I would never see. I finally couldn't wait any longer and decided the next morning would be the test.
But when I woke up, I knew it was just me. The feeling I had been feeling was gone and I knew, just knew, what I would find.
This test had words instead of lines. 'Not pregnant' it blared loudly, obnoxiously, insensitively.
I am broken.
It was four in the morning and I stood in my tiny bathroom apartment silently sobbing. Alone.
Perhaps you were there for a brief moment, but then you were gone.
I stared again at the stick.
It was taunting me now.
I wrapped it in a paper towel. Walked down three flights of stairs to the front of my building and threw it in the garbage can outside.
Later, when my husband woke, I told him I was wrong. There was nothing there after all.
And I mourned. All day long, I mourned. While I walked to work. While I said hello to my co-workers. While I answered questions and pretended to smile and tried not to think of the broken body I was living in.
The next day the blood arrived. Furious. Both of us infuriated it was there once again.
Can I keep doing this?
Am I broken?
Will I get to the point where I just… stop? Stop hoping. Stop praying. Stop wishing. Stop. Trying.
Am I broken? Or can I keep going?
One of my biggest jobs as a mama is to create a foundation for my kids to become trailblazers and problem-solvers. It's not an easy task. I'm constantly wondering what type of person they'll become and how I can ensure they'll be awesome citizens of the world. For me, part of raising and encouraging future leaders starts with exposure—the more I introduce them to notable leaders in history, the better they can envision their own future.
This is why I love when brands create inspirational clothing and accessories for kids. And this month, Piccolina, a lifestyle brand for littles, added an exclusive Black History Month capsule collection to their trailblazer tees series and they are too cute for words.
The Black History Month line honors heroic leaders like Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Katherine Johnson and Rosa Parks on colorful tees. It even features illustrations by emerging artists of color like Monica Ahanonu, Erin Robinson and Joelle Avelino who are, in my opinion, just as important.
In addition to the tops, the collection features art prints that coincide with the shirts, making this a perfect addition to any kids room—and even mama's office. Perhaps even more exciting are the price points: The limited-edition tees retail for $28 and framed art prints are $60.
Maya Angelou trailblazer tee
This cotton tee features a portrait of the award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist and is the perfect way for your little one to celebrate her inner storyteller. A portion of the shirts proceeds benefit non-profit organizations that support girls' education and empowerment, such as the Malala Fund and Step Up.
While I'm not sure what type of person my little ones will become, I'm certain that introducing them to leaders will help them have greater self-confidence and reinforce that they are competent and resilient, too. And what mama can't get behind that? Now the hardest part is deciding which ones to purchase.
More people work from home than ever. (A full third of the US workforce.) Companies are getting comfy with jobs for stay-at-home-moms and other at-home jobs. The best part? Google's work-at-home job search recently evolved to Einstein status. Simple Google "remote" + [JOB TITLE] + "jobs." Click "search." Then click the blue jobs bar.
You'll find dozens of the best side jobs for stay-at-home moms (and jobs for pregnant women). We pulled 61 amazing opportunities. The pay info comes from Glassdoor. If you're good you'll earn more. If you're looking for a mom-friendly side gig that can help you bring in extra income, start here.
Here are 61 of the best side jobs for stay-at-home moms.
One of the most popular and best jobs for moms with young kids? In-home day care. If you love coming up with activities and more kids means more fun, this isn't a bad option.
1. In-Home Day Care. In rural areas, these jobs for stay-at-home-moms pay $20+ per kid per day. It's more in cities. Pay: $27,430
2. Babysitter. Not into full-fledged day care? Give a shout on Facebook for these part-time jobs for moms. Pay: $18,000
If you can type, you can probably do lots more. But, typing jobs for stay-at-home-moms are easy if you've got the skills.
3. Typist. You'll need at least 40 WPM for these jobs for stay-at-home moms. Test your speed free at KeyHero. Pay: $27,430
4. Data Entry. These stay-at-home-mom jobs need good 10-Key and Qwerty skills. Pay: $31,153
5. Legal Transcriptionist. Type dispositions and legal terms for these SAHM jobs. Pay: $28,570
7. Medical Transcriptionist. You can find good mom jobs typing doctorspeak if you can learn the terms. Pay: $28,570
These are easy to get and do.
8. Phone Survey Conductor. Call people at home and ask questions. Pay: $27,099
9. Telemarketer. You'll need a phone and grit. And you've got both. Pay: $25,969
10. Call Center Representative. You know those radio ads with the 800-numbers? These part-time jobs for moms answer them. Pay: $32,214
11. Customer Service. More fun than call-center work. Requires product knowledge. Pay: $34,780
12. Dispatcher. Taxis, trucks, and cop cars need to know where to go. That means more stay-at-home-mom jobs for you. Pay: $37,112
If you're a good teacher, you can find well-paying teaching and tutoring jobs online.
13. Online Tutor. If you're good at any subject, these make solid home jobs for moms. If you're good you'll make more than the median. Pay: $25,500
14. Test Scorer. You won't find these flexible jobs for moms in search sites. Contact schools and teachers directly instead. Pay: $24,380
15. ESL Teacher. There are lots of good online jobs for stay-at-home moms teaching English. Pay: $54,337
Do you have grammar and writing skills? These writer/editor/blogger stay-at-home jobs for moms might be your next chapter.
16. Proofreader. Checking spelling and grammar. Plus, you'll make your kids spelling bee champs. Pay: $36,290
17. Copy Editor. Check grammar, spelling, facts, and research with these online jobs for moms. Pay: $45,506
18. Content Creator. Jobs for moms who can blog and write. Pay: $54,455
19. Editor. Google has tons of remote jobs for moms who can manage writers. Pay: $61,655
20. Journalist. This one takes a long time to develop and you won't find it in the job sites. Join a pro association like the ASJA. Pay: $45,925
If you've got a head for code, these might be for you.
21. Help Desk Worker/Desktop Support. Help non-techies jump through hoops. Pay: $43,835
22. Computer Scientist. As a CS, you can do any of the stay-at-home-mom jobs below. Pay: $109,075
23. Computer Programmer. Can you write code, or learn to? These are great stay-at-home jobs online. Pay: $64,719
24. Software Engineer. Also "software developer". This is more than programming because you design the apps. Pay: $104,463
25. Web Developer. Jobs for stay-at-home-moms who build website back-ends pay massive money. Pay: $88,488
26. Web Designer. Create the shape of sites and apps for these work-at-home jobs for moms. Pay: $56,143
27. UX Designer & UI Developer. Make websites play nice with users. Pay: $97,460
28. SQL Developer. Write code to store and retrieve data for websites. Pay: $81,714
29. DevOps Engineer. Someone needs to drive the great web development wagon train westward. That could be you. Pay: $138,378
Are you an artistic mama? Try these creative stay-at-home-mom jobs.
30. Graphic Designer. If you're good with graphics, you'll find lots of work-from-home jobs for moms here. Pay: $48,256
31. Video Editor. Cook raw footage into gorgeous product with Adobe Premiere. Pay: $46,274
32. Musician. If you've got skills, you can find these jobs for stay-at-home moms in Google. Pay: $40,000
33. Computer Animator. These work-from-home jobs for moms come from networking, not job search websites. Pay: $61,000
Many marketing teams rely on remote talent like you.
34. Social Media Specialist/Manager. If you can handle Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, you can be a work-at-home mom. Pay: $54,500
35. SEO Specialist. This is all about keywords and search intent. Pay: $66,848
36. Marketing Specialist. These at-home jobs for moms turn heads to bring in bucks. Pay: $42,153
37. Marketing Manager. If you can lead a marketing team, you can find hundreds of work-from-home moms jobs online. Pay: $93,125
Are you a top-notch internet detective who can pull it all together?
38. Researcher. Dig in, pull facts, and help your boss see forest through the decision trees. Pay: $61,085
39. Research Assistant. Just starting out? Try jobs for stay-at-home-moms helping the main researcher. Pay: $30,647
Accounting + finance
Have you got a CPA license or are you good with numbers? Try these stay-at-home-mom jobs.
40. Accountant. These SAHM jobs need a CPA license. If you don't have one already, move along. Pay: $55,202
41. Bookkeeper. No license. Keep track of the money. These work-at-home jobs for moms are everywhere. Pay: $34,677
If you're really good at massaging data, these jobs for stay-at-home-moms may fit.
42. Business Analyst. For these stay-at-home-mom jobs, speak truth to power with hard data skills. Pay: $70,170
43. Data Analyst. Use big data tools like Hadoop or Cloudera to see what's really going on amid a world of figures. Pay: $65,470
44. Financial Analyst. If you don't already have a CFA certification, this one's off-limits. Pay: $63,829
45. Actuary. Insurance companies hire stay-at-home moms who make numbers sit up and beg. Pay: $107,598
46. Biostatistician. Health care needs statisticians too. Lots of SAHM jobs here. Some do it with less. Pay: $92,426
If you're not already an engineer, you won't find many work-at-home jobs for moms in this part. Already got a degree? Try these.
47. Assistant Engineer. Do you understand the way things work? You can get SAHM jobs here with an associate's degree. Pay: $68,000
48. Engineer. Search a specific engineer job + "remote" in Google to find tons of these jobs for stay-at-home-moms. Pay: $77,182
49. Mechanical Engineer. Got your mechanical engineering degree but want to be a work-at-home mom? Pay: $73,016
50. Civil Engineer. Yes, there's tons of remote CE positions that work as stay-at-home-mom jobs. Pay: $68,638
51. Electrical Engineer. If you've got the training, you can find at-home-jobs for moms here too. Pay: $83,088
You need a license for these.
52. Telework Nurse/Doctor. If you're licensed, you can do these as a work-at-home mom. Pay: $76,710–$300,000
53. Massage Therapist. Welcome clients to your home and work your magic if you have a state license. Also try reiki practitioner and aromatherapist. Pay: $45,408
54. Mental Health Counselor. Online therapy's a thing, and works as SAHM jobs. Pay: $45,449
55. Addiction Counselor. Plenty of work-from-home jobs for moms online in this field. Pay: $37,762
56. Marriage Counselor. Rural couples love not driving. That creates online jobs for moms. Pay: $53,000
Need a few more SAHM jobs with minimal training?
57. Virtual Assistant. Basically an online secretary. Good unskilled stay-at-home-mom jobs. Pay: $22,000
58. Recruiter. Many are underhanded, but you don't have to be. Pay: $49,712
59. Translator. If you're fluent, Google, "remote translator jobs" to find lots of legit SAHM jobs. Pay: $44,190
60. Amazon Top Work From Home Jobs. Amazon has stacks of jobs for stay-at-home-moms. Pay: Variable
61. Network Marketer. Multi-level marketing (MLM) has detractors and proponents. Research heavily before you jump. Pay: Variable
Originally posted on Zety.