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5 Musts Every Stay-At-Home Mom Should Do When Returning to the Workforce

Sometimes getting back into the workforce can be a bit intimidating, it is a tad bit for me (I’ve been a SAHM for 2 years now). But it can also be exciting. However, sometimes it helps to focus on a few things in order to help through the journey. Here are some tips I’ve compiled from my recent experience:

1. Revamp that resumé.

If you’re line of work for the past few years or so has been composed of sippy cups, pumping milk, screaming  and busy toddlers the chances are, you have NOT updated your resumé in some time, my friend.  Go ahead and look around online to see what employers are looking for these days, make a few changes and you’re good to go.

2. Make some decisions.

Think about what your motivation is: the little one, financial aspect, yourself? Determine what type of jobs you’re seeking and what best suits you & your skill set. Full-time or part-time? Temporary, contract, seasonal or permanent? How far are you willing to commute? Babysitter or daycare? Preferred salary? Casual, creative work environment or straight-laced corporate atmosphere? Staffing agency or online job posts? It’s important to make these decisions some time throughout your job search so you won’t become overwhelmed.

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3. Interview test runs.

You don’t want to go into an interview completely unprepared. Recruit a friend on her day off or Saturday afternoon and run through some mock interviews. Fail to plan, plan to fail. You’ll feel a lot better, girl.

4. Do your research.

This is a personal preference of mine, but since I’ve been on the job hunt, I’ve been researching all the companies that have contacted me, just to be sure that they are who they say they are. You don’t want to be caught up in a dead-end scam. You can also use the power of Google to research a company that you have an upcoming interview with so you won’t go into an interview completely blind.

5. Spread the word.

Let people know that you’re on the hunt.You never know who knows who, maybe someone has a contact or a friend’s company has some openings. Sometimes family & friends are our best kept resources.

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Check out the following sites for more advice on re-entering the workforce:

Modern Mom, 11 Tips For Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want To Go Back To Work

Times & Seasons, Confessions of Former Stay-at-Home Mom

Good Luck out there ladies! ❤

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How to Make Everyone Happy: Pajama Day

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Sometimes the best thing to do is absolutely nothing at all, there’s nothing wrong with a lazy day here and there-nothing but pajamas, movies, favorite foods and lots of quality time. Whether you’re a single gal or you have a little entourage at home, pajama day is for everyone.

I’m a get-up-and-go kind of girl, I love to go out and seize the day; indulge my Starbucks addiction, do a little window-shopping or running errands or maybe just people watching in Washington Square Park. But there are some days when staying home all day in my pajamas with my guys makes me feel just as happy and alive. Plus, my husband loves to just veg out on weekends so he’s even happier when I stay home too. When my guys are happy, I’m happy.

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Plan Ahead

Sometimes it works out better to plan out your lazy day, so you won’t have to make or break any outside commitments, but also so you can get other things done. Run errands another day. Let your girlfriends know you won’t be at brunch. Let your significant other know. Get your leftover work done. Whatever you need to do in order to have a relaxed day & soothing night.

Food is King

Make a mad dash to the store to get goodies for you & your family. Food makes everyone happy. I don’t know about you but on lazy, pajama days-I do NOT cook. We order in and that’s that. So get the menus out or log-in to Seamless; just make sure there’s food around or no one’s happy.

Movie Maven

Let everyone pick a movie and just sit back & enjoy. For me and my husband, we have no problem watching Planes for the fifth time. But when the little guy is with his grandparents for the weekend, we watch what we want.

Split Up

Just because everyone is home all day it doesn’t mean that you have to spend every waking minute together. Split up. Go online shopping or give yourself a DIY mani-pedi, while the little one plays on the iPad and your boo watches the football game.

Anything Goes

It’s a lazy day, no sense in trying to create the perfect day. Play board games. Blog on Tumblr. Drink tea. Cuddle on the couch. Play Hide & Seek. Watch Disney all day. Binge on the Kardashians or those tacky, crazy housewives. Take a family nap. Do whatever you guys want, just remember to relax.

So have a good time at home, doing absolutely nothing or everything you want to do..just enjoy yourself and watch your family relax in happiness.

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Happy Pajama Day!

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Toddler Tools: Making Bedtime A Happier Time

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As most parents know, kids are full of energy and many children disdain the words, “bedtime” and “sleep”. While some toddlers are probably easygoing and laidback, my toddler happens to be a part of the other crowd-energetic, wild & busy. There are some nights when bedtime doesn’t equate to crying fits and jumping in & out of his bed every chance he gets but this is usually the norm. More recently,we’ve decided to do our homework and try some new techniques to make bedtime=happy time.

1. Keep Calm

Start the process of winding down your little, busy one at least an 1-2 hours before bedtime. For us, that includes no iPad,  dim lights and no cartoons (Yes, even Frozen).

2.  Water Works

Our son loves bath time, it’s as if he was a fish or merman in another life. Bath time helps to tire him out a little more because he has such a great time, and some nights bath time brings on a calmness in him that I don’t see the other hours of the day. Every child is different though, if bath time makes your little one hyper then it may not be such a great idea.

3. Pajama Walks

This is a new thing (for me)  I read over at Parents.com and I think its a great idea. I love going for walks and my little guy loves going outside, it seems to put us at ease. Prepare the little one for bed-freshly washed, teeth brushed and pajamas on then toss on shoes & jacket (Hello, Fall!) then take some steps around the neighborhood. See more about Pajama Walks at the link below:

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How To Spend More Quality Time With Your Child

Getting your child to sleep peacefully can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. All that matters is having a happy toddler in the morning, because all parents know: Happy Baby, Happy Mommy!

What techniques and routines do you have to help your toddler get to sleep? Please share! curlykidPeace & Pieces<3

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