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Moms Monday: I know you are but what am I?

First, I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting on, following, and supporting this blog! It really means a lot to me and it has boosted my confidence in my writing and ability to network with others. I have learned so much just by interacting with you all here.

Have you read the about page here on the blog? If you’ve ever wondered who is the person writing this stuff? you can find some answers there, but I’ll also provide some answers here.

Me – Elise

You may have discovered this already, but I’m not a mom. Is that shocking? I hope not. I guess I should be flattered if you are shocked. You see I’m just shy of 20 and began writing this blog not because I think I’m some sort of parenting expert, but due to my collaboration with wallinspired.

Wallinspired has a great business going on Etsy and if you run a small, but growing business yourself, you can understand that managing every aspect of your business can be difficult, very difficult. So that’s where I come in. I also run an Etsy shop, Pieces of Elise’s (because my name is Elise – hi there!), and even though my shop is by no means flourishing just yet, I have learned a lot about marketing, social networking, and E-Commerce through the research I’ve done over the past 2 years.

I also write on Squidoo, Yahoo! Voices, and just started my own blog. Craig with wallinspired approached me to promote their shop through this blog, social networks, and elsewhere. If you’ve visited wallinspired‘s shop on Etsy, you probably noticed that their vinyl wall decals are for kids, tweens, and teens. So I’ve really focused my efforts on this blog to reach you, the parents of the kids, tweens, and teens, as well as anyone else who is interested.

I’d like to think that writing for this blog has been going pretty well and that you all are enjoying your time spent here. Would you like to give some feedback?

Click here to take survey and you will be added to a drawing where 1 winner will be chosen. The winner has the choice of getting a free advertising spot on the blog (a 150 x 150 image linking to their blog or website on the right over there –>),  a chance to write a guest blog post here on the wallinspired blog about a topic of their choice, or a free handmade item from my own Etsy shop Pieces of Elise’s. So please take the survey for a chance to win!!!

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Moms Monday : Aprons for Moms

Have you seen the featured seller post on Etsy today?

It’s about Creative Chic which is a collaborative effort of  5 women to create very cute aprons.

Here is the interview:  Featured Seller: Creative Chics

I really thought it was an interesting read. It’s nice to see mothers running their own business with their creative interests. I hope one day my mother will do that 🙂

Here are some of their aprons:

 Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron

Retro Ruffled Apron

Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron – Floral

 Sexy Womens Halter / Beautiful Retro Floral

Thanks for reading my post today! Please share any thoughts or comments below!

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Thursday Food for Thought: If You had to Teach Something, What Would You Teach?

Hey everyone!

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to ask yourself a thought provoking question.

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?

Please share your comments below! I’m excited to see your answers!

Photo credit: Dance Print A Circle of Dreams from rachelledyer

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Saturday Sales: Pretty in Pink

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday!

I wanted to share with you a cute wall decal that is on sale in wallinspired right now. It’s a tree wall decal with owls and butterflies – perfect for a little girl’s room or nursery.

That’s what you can see below in the set I created on polyvore.

What do you think of the room? Do you see any essential baby items missing? Please leave me a comment if you do 🙂

On Sale set

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Thursday Food for Thought – Where Are You Headed?

Hey everyone!

As we navigate life, we all have to step back from time to time and think about where we’re going. If you’re a parent that question takes on greater importance as you are responsible not just for own future, but for your family‘s as well.

Of course not everything is under your control. Even the best of plans do not always pan out. So with the unpredictability of life aside, where would you like to see yourself (and your family if you have one) in say 10 years?

College / Education

Do you see yourself having that degree that you’ve always wanted? Your doctorate in fill in the blank?

Or maybe you see your little ones doing well in the classroom, getting scholarships to good schools. Your son or daughter playing college sports?

If education is really important to you and your family, that is very commendable. By all means do your research, even if school doesn’t look like it’s in the immediate future, it pays to know what kind of institution you will be trusting for your education. Also where do you see this education taking you? What jobs will it offer? What is the availability and likelihood of being hired for said job?

For your children, too, it is important to do research with them and that way you can sleep at night, convinced that you didn’t rush into anything!

Have any school experiences you’d like to share? Or any goals? Please leave a comment!

Romance

Who doesn’t at one point or another in their lives want to find that special someone? Do you hope 10 years from now to be living happily ever after with the one you love?

Just like choosing a school or a profession – it’s good to not rush into things. Of course that is common sense, but sometimes romantic comedies (really most movies and TV shows in general) may lead their viewers to believe that true love happens immediately as soon as you lock eyes with that handsome man or that gorgeous girl.

It’s not true. Don’t believe the hype. If you really want to find a compatible partner, take your time. Don’t run up to the first attractive stranger you see and ask them to marry you! Get to know people – think about what you want in a partner, the qualities that matter most to you. Evaluate the prospective candidates – then make a move.

Being careful pays off in the end.

Do you agree with that advice? Do you have your own opinion? Don’t be shy – make a comment below!

Start a Family

Are you in the place in your life where you feel like you’re ready to be a mom or dad? Or maybe you have kids already, but want more. Is it a long-term goal – in 10 years you want to have kids?

Either way here are some things to consider: How are your finances? Can you support another mouth to feed, plus everything else kids need?

How busy are you? What adjustments would you have to make when you have to devote attention to your child’s needs?

How does your partner feel about having children? How would they feel about the possibility of more children?

How’s your relationship with the children you have already?

Do you have a stable relationship, and are you convinced that you will be raising this child with the support of the other parent? If you have no partner – see the point before Romance – unless you plan on an alternative route 🙂

Please share your opinions, tips, what have you – on starting a family!

Career

Are you in college hoping that down the road all those late nights studying instead of sleeping will actually lead to a well-paying, hopefully enjoyable job?

Or maybe you are ambitiously trying to start up your own business?

Well, whether you aspire to work for a good company, or become the company, here are some good things to think about:

Why do you think you would be well-suited to this career? Do you think you will be happy to do this type of work?

What steps have you already taken to start this career?

If starting your own business, why do you want to start this business? Flexibility? Creative expression? You hate your current boss?

Are you satisfied with your current career and want to share your success story? Or are you a entrepreneur who kindly wants to give newbies some tips? Please leave a comment!

Personal Growth

Maybe what’s important to you really boils down to the person that you are. In 10 years do you want to be a better communicator? Are you working on being more loving to your family? Or maybe you’re looking to boost your self-confidence?

Achieving your goals to improve your personality will translate into benefits in other areas of life.

So, how can you work on your personality? First, identify the trait you want to improve, enhance, or get rid of. Don’t overwhelm yourself, start small.

For instance, personally, I want to become less introverted. Making a conscious effort to think about others more than myself can really help me to start taking an interest in others, instead of hiding behind a rock.

Don’t expect to become a perfect person. It’s just not possible to transform ourselves into flawless creatures, but we can shoot for well-rounded.

I enjoyed writing this post and I hope you liked reading it. Share your comments below!

The lovely photos and illustrations are from (in order of appearance): SeptemberWren, SimplySublimeBaby, Nidhi, annasee, cordialkitten,  simonagraszl

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Thursday Food for Thought – Balancing Work & Family

Hey everyone!

Are you a mom or a dad? If you are, you probably work, too, to support your family. So how do you keep a good balance between work and family time?

I think this would be especially difficult for entrepreneurial parents who are running their own business, maybe out of the home. Is that your set up?

In the article linked below, Tze Ching, is interviewed about how she runs her 3 online sites while keeping up with her toddler twins. I get tired just thinking about it!

But don’t let me scare you, hehe. She gives great tips and also shares her advice to creative moms (and dads) who want to be their own boss and  be successful at what they do.

Featured Designing Moms | Mom Inc Daily.

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