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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Weight Loss/Health Gain Chronicles: November Update

Hey guys!

So I’m a tad late on my update but it’s still early December, better late than never. November wasn’t a great month, I’m being honest with you. Barely any exercise, not-so-great food choices and lots of emotions running high. I took a little time to try and re-focus myself and my family (we moved!).

It was a busy month and I’m glad that it’s over now. My guys and are I slowly getting settled in, this definitely helps me feel a lot more hope for getting back on track and staying there. As of now, I have no clue how much I weigh, haven’t unpacked the scale yet, I’m not in a rush either.

December Goals:

1. Detox body naturally from Thanksgiving festivities & leftovers.

2. Hot Lemon Water & Green Tea daily.

3. At least 30 minutes of exercise daily (Yoga, Dancing, HIIT, Running).

4. Grocery Overhaul

5. Focus on feeling and clothing fit, not weight.

Wish me luck.

See you laters!

20 Ways To Save Your Skin (In Your 20s)

1. Hands OFF. Stop picking, poking and prodding. Leave your skin in peace and avoid redness, scars and spreading bacteria altogether.

2. Drink up. Water is your best friend. Trust me, when you don’t drink enough water, your skin suffers. Don’t believe me? Just try it and you’ll hate yourself immediately. Caution: Avoid mirrors.

3.  Eat some fish. Salmon is a goodie, full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which make skin glow (in a sexy way, not a greasy way).

4. Change your washcloth. This is personal preference. I normally use my hands to cleanse my face. However, I’ve been using white warm cloths and I change my facial cloth between every night or 2nd night. Laundry? Yes. Worth it? Yes.

5. Keep those paws clean. If you must touch your face, then at least keep those hands clean. Soap and water never fails. If you take public transportation like us New York ladies, try stylish gloves to keep hands protected and clean.

6.  The cleaner, the better. When did you ever benefit from having a dirty face? Wash your face, girl. Every. Single. Night. Do not go to bed with that makeup on.

7. SPF 30 or higher. Need I say more?

8. Invest in a good eye cream. It’ll reduce how much under-eye concealer you need. Need a budget buy? I double duty and use Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser as my under the eye cream, works well and its inexpensive at 8 bucks for 9 ounces.

9. Be gentle. Don’t rub so hard or abuse your exfoliators, whether it be a Konjac sponge, washcloth, scrubs or even your hands. Be easy. if you have to rub so hard that you nearly rub skin raw, then you need a new strategy.

10. Get your beauty sleep. At least 7-8 hours. Anything less shows.

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11. Wash your bedding. I think a lot of people overlook this part. You have to wash and alternate your bedding. Otherwise, you’re just collecting all types of grossness.

12. Take A Closer Look At Your Hair Products. I learned this recently, being a newbie natural. Some of the products women use in their hair can irritate the skin or clog the pores. This wreaks havoc on our faces. No bueno.

13. Exercise. You already know.

14. Stop Worrying. Just relax, stop frowning and stop stressing so much. Stress isn’t great for the skin, causing breakouts, irritation and flare-ups.

15. Toss Old Makeup. Makeup has a shelf-life, stop trying to hold on, let it go, buy another one. Google: Makeup shelf-life. Surprise yourself & gross yourself out all at the same time.

16. Easy on the alcohol, cigarettes…weed, too. I don’t need to elaborate on this. While these things may make us feel great in the meantime, they don’t produce the same results for our skin.

17. Try a hot cloth. Not scalding, but a comfortable warmth. After applying cleanser, remove your cleanser with the warm cloth and feel the difference in your skin. It’s delicious. After a week, I was hooked.

18. Go Natural. If you can, try skincare product lines that use less chemicals and opt for natural, soothing ingredients.

19. Seasonal skincare. I change my skincare routine with the seasons. Most of the time, you’ll realize that your skin has different needs from time to time.

20. Smile. A smile makes for a happier woman, with happier skin. A smile looks good on you, girl.

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