Briana Marie

 

Leggings are quite the trend, one that shows no signs of declining anytime soon. With so many different leggings brands offering funky prints, top of the line quality, and even pockets, it can be difficult to find that one brand to fall in love with. I was lucky enough to stumble across a brand that was not only stylish, affordable, and comfy, but also allowed me to support a charity of my choice. Sounds too good to be true? Well, here's how Asher & Emery are Changing The World One Pair of Leggings At a Time.

From super cute Mommy & Me leggings to one-of-a-kind licensed character prints, you are sure to find a high-quality pair of leggings that you will not want to take off at "a fraction of the cost of other luxury brands." Being that the Asher & Emery brand is size-inclusive, you can find comfort in knowing that you can order leggings that are absolutely perfect for your frame. We haven't even gotten to the best part yet...

After shopping around and selecting a few fun leggings you are excited to show off, Asher & Emery gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. You get to choose where you would like Asher & Emery to donate a portion of your sale. How awesome is that? As they mentioned on their Instagram, they are all about "fashion that gives back."

To learn more about Asher & Emery, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also check out their line of products on their website.

 

 photo: Andrew Neel

Entrepreneurship comes with its fair share of benefits, from having full control over business decisions to the ability to change the world through your innovative ideas. However, it is certainly not without challenges. One common challenge is achieving an effective balance between family and business. The work hours for an entrepreneur can seem never-ending, but there are some things we can do to cope. Here are 4 Expert Tips to Help You Balance Family and Business.

Attorney, entrepreneur, and author of the upcoming book, The Accidental Life, Peter J. Strauss admits, "Entrepreneurs really do have to walk a tightrope between their families and their businesses...Failure in one of those two aspects usually leads to failure in the other."

As a fellow entrepreneur, and mother of two, I totally get it. It seems like the most obvious thing to do is to make sure your business is thriving so that you can provide for your family. If your family has all of their material needs met, they should be happy right? However, the family needs your attention just as much, if not more, than the business itself does. So how do you make it work?

It can be difficult to prioritize and effectively manage time when juggling a business and a family. For the entrepreneurs who are working from home like myself, this can be even more difficult as there is no physical separation between the business and the family. Strauss understands this struggle and has offered the following tips for entrepreneurs who want to have success in both their business and their home lives:

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  • Set Boundaries. Especially if you run the business at home, it is important to set boundaries with your spouse or partner to make sure you are not always talking about business. When you are at work, be at work. And when you are at home, even if your business is in the garage, be at home. Have a separate phone for your business and don't take business calls when you are on family time unless it is an emergency.

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  • Prioritize Work Tasks. Determine what is the most difficult task and attack it first. That will help you get out of work on time and go home to your family. If you have a family event in the evening, it is much easier to leave a small task to the morning instead of a large, difficult task.

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  • Take Vacations (Even Small Ones) A vacation doesn't have to be two weeks. Take a day off and take the family on a picnic. It will not only be good for your relationship with your family, it will also be good for your business. You will come back refreshed and better able to tackle the challenges of your business.

 

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  • Don't Intrude On Your Family's Space If you run your business from your home, have a designated workspace. Don't use the family dining room table for your paperwork. Find someplace where you can focus on your business without family interruptions.

Strauss says entrepreneurs should not underestimate the importance of finding the right balance between business and family. "If they don't get it right," he says, "they risk losing everything."

Using Strauss' tips we will not only maintain a positive relationship with our family but will perform at optimal levels within our business as well. It is a win-win.

 

About Peter J. Strauss

Peter J. Strauss (www.peterjstrauss.com) is an attorney, entrepreneur, and author of several books, including the soon-to-be-released The Accidental Life. He is the founder and managing member of The Strauss Law Firm LLC, on Hilton Head Island, S.C, and also the founder and CEO of Hamilton Captive Management, LLC. He is a graduate of the New England School of Law and of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program. Strauss also holds an LL.M in estate planning from the University of Miami and speaks regularly at public seminars. 

 

photo: @jenstheess 

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again. It is that time of the year where we reflect on all that we have experienced over the past 12 months, where we tie together all those loose ends, and where we get together to ring in the New Year in a special way. Don't let the kiddos miss out on the New Year's Eve fun this year. Mix up some of these flavorful ingredients to create one of these 5 Tasty Mocktails For a Kid-Friendly New Year's Eve Celebration.

 1. Mint Chocolate Mocktini

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Hot fudge ice cream sauce

 

 2. Sour Apple Sipper

  • Sparkling White Grape Juice
  • Green Apple Slices
  • Green Apple Syrup

 

 3. Gummy Worm Mocktail

  • Green Berry Rush Hawaiian Punch
  • Sour Gummy Worms
  • Lemon-Lime Soda

 

 4. Tropical Sparkling Punch

  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Sparkling White Grape Juice
  • Sliced Strawberries

 

 5. Shirley Temple

  • Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime juice
  • club soda
  • Maraschino Cherries

How much of each ingredient you decide to mix in is totally up to you. You can get as creative as you like with these yummy mocktails. The kids will simply enjoy being part of the celebration this year. With a tasty drink as festive as the party itself, the entire family will be ready to welcome the new year!

 

photo: @fairytalebabybooks 

There is nothing quite as magical as the birth of a child. The grand entrance of a little prince or princess is a wondrous moment that should be documented in the most loving and precious way. You can treat your beloved newborn like the royalty he/she is with an enchanting storybook recalling their own beautiful beginnings. Keep reading to learn how you can Create Magical Memories With Fairytale Baby Books. 

 (The front cover of our fairytale book)

"Real Stories of Royal Proportions"™ is how Fairytale Baby Books describes their custom storybooks. As a first time god-mommy, this sounded like the perfect Christmas gift for my 3-month-old little princess. Gifting cute little onesie sets and bright-colored musical toys were becoming super routine, and I wanted to do something out of the ordinary this time. I decided to look into a Fairytale Baby Book, to see if it was actually worth the purchase.

It is often said that first impressions are everything, and it is clear that Fairytale Baby Books took this into consideration. Entering the website was like stepping into a real-life fairytale as I was greeted by an enchanting castle, soft colors, and dreamy music. With clear samples of the book gracing the home page, I was instantly captivated. I decided to proceed with an order, a process that was so simple I questioned if I had missed a step. Here was the process:

  • Step 1 - Click the golden "Place an order" tab at top of page
  • Step 2 - Select "Buy it now"
  • Step 3 - Click "Order Now" in the gold magic wand
  • Step 4 - Checkout

Now, don't fret...I too thought I had missed a step upon checking out. Don't I have to customize it?? I messaged customer service just to be sure, and with a swift response, I was informed that the customization sheet had already been dropped into my email.

  • Step 5 - Check your email! You will find your order confirmation. Open that email as it will have your customization spreadsheet ready to download. Download/print out that spreadsheet.
  • Step 6 - Fill out the spreadsheet, and send back to Fairytale Baby Books via email
  • Step 7 - Let the magic happen!

 

 (A page in our fairytale book. Every page included vibrant images to accompany the text)

It was actually quite a simple process, and I loved that they sent me a proof to review before sending out the finished product. However, the best part was actually receiving the book!

I was totally blown away by the quality of this adorably customized storybook complete with my own dedication page for my princess. The vibrant illustrations coupled with the meticulously crafted personalized royal birth tale made this the perfectly designed bedtime story. I could not wait to hand over this special gift.

 (The End)

For just $59.95, this one-of-a-kind gift was well worth the purchase. The story is a lot of fun to read, and it can make any child feel like royalty. I am absolutely thrilled that I found the perfect way to document my goddaughter's grand entrance into the world using Fairytale Baby Books.

For more information, you can check out Fairytale Baby Books' website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

Kids are taught many life skills early in life like using manners, cleaning up after oneself, and following directions. However, there are other critical skills such as money management that often gets overlooked. By the age of 3, children can understand the basic concepts of money. Research shows that by the age of 7, their money habits are set. It is important that we get our kids started off on the right foot for financial success in adulthood. Here are 9 Genius Ways To Start Teaching Your Kids About Money.

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Use A Piggy Bank

Give your child a piggy bank for them to store their money in. Encourage children to "feed" the piggy by placing their money inside this bank. Explain to them that the more they feed the piggy, the happier he/she is.

Give Allowance

When your child completes all their chores for the week or does something worthy of a reward, you can give them an allowance. It doesn't have to be much, but it is a little something extra they can add to their savings. This method is also a great way to introduce them to the concept of working a job.

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Go Shopping

Take your child shopping with you. Make out a list beforehand, set a budget, and allow them to help you gather everything on your list. Through shopping, children can learn how to operate within a predetermined spending plan while checking off everything on the list. It is even better if they can help you do some couponing before embarking on your shopping trip.

Open A Savings Account

Open a savings account for your child at a local credit union or bank. Do a bit of shopping around, and see which bank has the greatest perks before committing to it. Once the account is open, have your child bring their stuffed piggy banks in to transfer into the account. Not only will they earn interest on their savings over time, but they can also get used to the process of working with banks. 

Have A Penny Savings Challenge

Try the Penny Savings Challenge with your kids. On Day 1, you add one penny to your jar. On Day 2, you will add two pennies to your jar, etc. You can continue this for a full 365 days (yielding about $668!) or for however long you choose.

 (photo: Michael Longmire)

Create Coin Jars

Create jars for extra pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters you find. It'll be interesting to see how quickly these jars fill up with loose change. Once they are full, you can deposit the savings into the bank, and repeat the process.

 (photo: Randy Fath)

Play Board Games That Use Play Money

Board games that use play money like Monopoly, Life, and The Allowance Game are a really fun way to teach kids about the concept of money (while sneaking in a family game night.)

Start A Coin Drive For A Charity

Start your own coin drive for a charity. You can talk to your neighbors, family, and friends about your drive, and encourage them to donate their loose change. This activity is also a really great way to teach your children the correlation between giving and receiving.

Start A Summer Business

The summer is a really great time to let your child unleash their inner entrepreneur. You can start a lemonade stand, have a bake sale, offer to care for your neighbor's garden, etc. The possibilities are truly endless. By the end of the summer, children will have acquired valuable business skills in addition to a nice little saving.

Using these carefully calculated ideas, your kids will learn more about earning and managing money in a fun way. Your children can form good money habits they can carry all the way into adulthood. They will be more than grateful to have acquired this knowledge before stepping out into the world.