Being a work at home mom is a balancing act. Some days you get it right and other days you want to cry. Though there are some moms who make it look easy, it can be hard for most of us.
When I first left my corporate job to come home, I struggled with trying to get everything done. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I got discouraged if things didn’t turn out exactly like I had imagined.
At times I wondered if I had made a mistake.
But I prayfully kept moving forward. What I eventually learned is that every mom who works from home should have a toolbox – an assortment of WAHM resources they can get to quickly and easily. Resources that would help them find solutions to the challenges they face each and every day.
So I began to create my own toolbox – my list of the top blogs for work at home moms.
My list included blogs for planning meals, finding new ways to save money, keeping a clean house with small kids around, creatively and effectively homeschooling young children, and other topics I needed to help keep me sane.
I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling the overwhelm from time to time, so I want to share part of my toolbox with you. In this post, I’ll include links to some of my top work at home mom blogs and resources. I plan to periodically update this post with new resources as I find them.
You can help…
If you have other blogs that have helped you or if you offer information, products or services that may help other moms, please list the links in the comments section below (please, no more than two links per comment). Be sure to include why you think it’s a great blog. I’ll be checking the comments for new resources to add to this list.
Money Saving Mom – a master at pinching pennies, Crystal Paine shares her best tips on ways to save money. She writes about what she knows based on experience in an easy-to-follow format.
Living Well Spending Less – Her story is inspiring and her tips rewarding. From household tips, to money-saving tips, to recipes, Ruth covers a variety of useful topics and shares resources moms need.
Simple Green Smoothies – Some days, I’m running so fast I don’t want to take the time to eat all of the fruits and veggies I need. It’s those times I like to blend a quick smoothie and keep going. The ladies at this site have perfected hundreds of smoothie recipes and they are not only delicious, but extremely healthy.
Crazy Sexy Wellness – Though a little irreverent at times, Kris Carr knows healthy eating. She’s keeping cancer at bay by eating a plant-based, whole food diet. Her story is inspiring and her green drinks healthy and yummy.
100 Days of Real Food – If you’re interested in cutting out processed foods and feeding your family healthier options, this blog is a great resource. Not only does it give you healthy recipes, but meal plans, family meal ideas, school lunch ideas, and much more.
Super Healthy Kids – I love this site for fun menu ideas for my kids. I’m really trying to keep them healthy, but since they’re picky, the healthy food has to look good to them. I get some great ideas on this site which have even been received successfully by my kids.
Working from Home
Voiceboks – This site, called the Voice of Parenthood, has an amazing community. By networking with other mom bloggers here and participating in the blog hops and social media groups, I was able to quickly grow my blog audience. Hands-down, this was one of the best sites in teaching me about blogging and marketing online.
WAHM & HBWM – These two sites, Work at Home Mom and Home-Based Working Mom, are where I got my start as a work at home mom. They offer tips, resources and even a listing of jobs available for moms working from home. I participated in their forums and met some amazing moms who were eager to support me during my transition home.
Hire My Mom – This site helps to match moms with businesses willing to outsource their work to home-based workers. Just a few months after I came home, I signed up on this site and got my first paying gig. It was doing work that I used to do at my corporate job, so it was a great fit…and the pay wasn’t bad either.
Bloggy Moms – For moms who love to blog, this site is a great resource. It allows you to meet and network with other blogging moms and participate in groups that will help in growing and marketing your blog.
Teach Them Diligently – When I began homeschooling, I found the best advice, support and friendship at this homeschool conference. It was so inspiring and educational for the whole family and one of the top 3 conferences in the nation.
Great Homeschool Conventions – This is another great conference, one of the top, I’m sure. Though I haven’t attended this one yet, I’ve heard from those who have attended that it’s very beneficial.
Raising Happy & Healthy Children
Restoration International – This family-led organization features a parenting TV show called Happy the Home. These short segments on creating a connected family and winning the hearts of your children is so interesting and inspiring that my children even enjoy watching them.
Dr. Kevin Leman – I’ve heard him speak and I’ve read some of his books and I like his style. He may not be for everyone, but I’ve had great success in using his techniques in resolving issues with my children. His tips in Have a New Kid by Friday worked so quickly in my home, I was amazed.
There you have it. Just a few of the tools in my WAHM resources toolbox. I welcome your input on other resources you’ve found to be helpful. Please list them below in the comments section. I will be updating this post periodically with new resources.