Heart Healthy Habits You Need to Be Following Every Day

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While American Heart Month might be ending soon, it’s not over yet! We still have plenty of time to discuss the risks of heart disease and preventative measures that you and your family can take to improve your heart health.

Did you know that heart disease is the number one leading cause of deaths for adults in the United States? To put that in perspective, 1 in every 3 adults die from a cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. This averages out to one death every 38 seconds.

While such a prevalent disease may seem inevitable, by identifying the risk factors that affect us and our family members, we can take preventative steps to reduce our chances of heart disease and other serious health conditions.

Note: Please always consult with your doctor regarding your health, diet, and exercise. This post is not meant to offer medical advice in any way.

Some individuals have predisposed risk factors such as age, gender, race, or a personal/family medical history of heart disease. Although we can’t change our age or family medical history, we can turn our attention to some of the controllable factors that cause heart disease.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension affects 78 million adults in the United States. It occurs when the pressure of your blood is built up consistently high against the blood vessel walls; this can strain your heart and blood vessels, making them less efficient over time.

Stress, smoking, a lack of exercise, and a poor diet can all contribute to high blood pressure, so it’s important to find ways to limit these unhealthy habits.

There are medications you can take to lower high blood pressure, but there are also simple changes that you can make with your family’s help and encouragement.

 Some of these changes include quitting smoking, taking up stress-relieving activities like meditation or yoga, and adding more exercise into your life.

Consider incorporating active family outings into your week like a walk around the neighborhood after dinner or a weekend bike ride.

The American Heart Association recommends the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet to help lower your blood pressure. The diet limits red meat, sodium, and processed sugary foods.

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High cholesterol

High cholesterol is diagnosed when a person’s LDL (bad cholesterol) levels are high and their HDL (good cholesterol) levels are low. High LDL can lead to plaque buildup in your arteries. Not only does this buildup put a strain on your blood vessels and heart, but if plaque breaks off, it can clog the artery and cause a heart attack.

If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, your doctor may put you on statins and an additional blood thinner if your doctor believes you may be at risk for blood clots. However, both of these medications may have serious risks themselves.

For example, thousands of patients have filed lawsuits against the blood thinner Xarelto because of severe bleeding incidents. Rather than put yourself at greater risk of harm, diet and exercise can do wonders to lower your cholesterol. Always discuss the best treatment with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Research from the Harvard Medical School recommends lowering the number of refined sugars, refined grains, and foods high in saturated or trans-saturated fat.

Aim to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. This is a great list of foods recommended to naturally lower your LDL and raise your HDL.

Prediabetes and Diabetes

If you have prediabetes (high blood sugar levels but not high enough to be diabetic) or type 2 diabetes, you also have greater odds of having high blood pressure and high cholesterol, thereby increasing your risk for heart disease.

Unlike high blood pressure or high cholesterol, a type 2 diabetic can’t treat their symptoms without medications. At the very least, a diabetic needs regular insulin injections and must monitor their blood glucose levels carefully. They can, however, still use healthy habits to make their diabetes more manageable.

A regular exercise routine is highly recommended for a person with type 2 diabetes to help control blood sugar levels. Again, it doesn’t have to be an intense workout, and if you are starting a workout plan for the first time, consult your doctor with any concerns.

As far as diet goes, the American Diabetes Association recommends using the glycemic index for meal planning. This index rates foods on a scale based on how they impact a person’s blood sugar levels.

Heart disease affects thousands of Americans per year, and the risk factors involved are just as prevalent in American lives. However, if we make small changes to benefit our heart health, we can start to change these statistics in our country.

Don’t confine the conversation of heart health to the month of February. Make it a year-long initiative to protect you and your loved ones for the future!

Note: Please always consult with your doctor regarding your health, diet, and exercise. This post is not meant to offer medical advice in any way.

How To Find the Best SAHM Jobs Even if You Have No Experience

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My ultimate goal is to be a full-time stay at home mom. Right now I have a part-time job outside of the home and am working on my blog every spare moment I can get. One of these days, I will get around to sharing more about this little blog of mine, and how my journey is going.

But today I wanted to post about stay-at-home jobs for anyone who is interested in finding ways to make money from home. Legitimate jobs that really pay you, even if you have little to no real experience.

And I am guessing that if you are reading this post, you are a stay at home mom or a wannabe SAHM like me with kids, and chances are you need a flexible work at home job that has no set schedule at all.

So I have put together a list of flexible work-at-home jobs that do not require a degree or previous experience. I hope you find something on this list that helps you on your stay at home-making money journey!

How To Work From Home and Make Money If You Are a SAHM Mom (even if you have no experience!)

Non-Phone Customer Service Jobs (Chat/Email Jobs)

So you have kids and pets and NOISE. But you still want (or need) to find a way to make money from home. There are companies out there with jobs you can do at home, and background noise doesn't matter because no one will hear it!!

Try these companies to see if they are hiring chat and/or email customer service agents:

Presto Experts

Talk2Rep - experience not required

OK Cupid

Capital Typing (they have customer service jobs as well as data entry and typing work)


If you have decent typing skills, consider doing transcription work. Even if you are a newbie when it comes to transcription, you can still find work at home jobs as a transcriber.

There are transcription companies who hire transcribers with little to no experience. These jobs may pay less at first, but they are a way to get your foot in the door and get experience in transcription so you can move on to better-paying jobs in the future.

You can test your typing skills right now with this free typing test at TypingTest.com. 

And you can even take a FREE mini-course in transcription at Transcribe Anywhere. Just click on the 'courses' tab at the top of the page to get started!

Here is a list of work-at-home transcription companies that do not require experience. Even though they may say they prefer some experience, don't let that stop you from applying. You may need to take and pass a typing test with some of these companies, and then you are good to go!

Ubiqus - Prefers applicants to have experience, but will consider applicants without experience as well.

Net Transcripts

Literably - You will listen to audio recordings of students reading, and type out the reading errors that are made. Pay is said to be about $10/hour. Experience is not required, but you will need to pass their test which is comprised of six sample readings before you can start working.

Acctron Global - They consider entry-level transcribers. They also offer advancements as your skills improve.

Casting Words - You can join Casting Words today, and get access to the job board right away. You do not need any experience. They pay through Paypal every Friday morning. You have the option of letting your earnings accumulate before getting paid, or request a payout with just one dollar in your account.

This can be a great way to get started if you have zero experience. Casting Words provides a free style guide you can use, which will help you as you learn the ropes. It may not be the highest paying work from home job ever, but you can start right away and get paid every week.

If you want to apply, click the freelance tab located at the very bottom of their homepage to get started.

Transcribe Me - Experience in transcription is not required. After you register, you will take their online training and exam (no fees of any kind for this short course.) Once approved, you will be able to access the online portal to accept jobs.

Scribie - Experience is not required. You will need to pass their application test to be hired.

BabbleType - This company hires new transcribers with little experience. Pay is weekly via Paypal.

Tigerfish  - Applications accepted via email only. Part of the application process involves testing, but you can still apply even if you have very little experience.

Speechpad - No experience required. Once approved, you will get instant access to a dashboard with available jobs.

Transcription For Everyone - They hire beginners and offer promotions as you improve your transcription skills.

Rev - Experience not required. You need to take their online grammar and translation test, and they will let you know if you have been accepted within 48 hours. Rev pays every Monday via PayPal.

Search Engine Evaluation:

Working from home evaluating search engine results is something you might like if you need a no phone job that you can work on your schedule. I know several people who work from home making steady money evaluating search engines. There is usually no set schedule so you work when you when you want, and your house can be as noisy as you like!

Zero Chaos
Appen-Butler Hill

Telephone Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping by phone is a cool gig. Unlike other phone jobs, making calls from home as a Mystery Shopper may not require a quiet background. This is because you are calling businesses as an interested potential customer, so normal background noise can be okay a lot of the times.

Keep in mind that this is more of a side hustle to make extra money, and not really a source for a replacement income. But on the plus side, it is flexible and fun, and no experience is required for these jobs.

Confero You can click the 'Become a Mystery Shopper' tab located on the left side of their home page to get started.

Perception Strategies - They hire both in person mystery shoppers and phone mystery shoppers. However, they may not always be hiring, so you need to check back often.

Talk2Rep - They hire chat agents as well as customer service. They also seem to have mystery phone agent openings as well from time to time.

Yardi-Matrix - You will be calling apartment communities asking questions as part of their rent survey. Background noise is definitely okay. Their winter phone survey positions are full, but you can still check them out and sign up for their spring 2018 phone surveys starting in April 2018.


Virtual Assistant Jobs From Home

Working as a Virtual Assistant from home is one of those jobs that can start as a part-time gig, and end up as a full-time job if you decide you like being a VA. Some of these jobs will be doing tasks mostly online. Others will be working more directly with clients, handling jobs for them like phone calls, making appointments, keeping track of their schedules, etc.

Time Etc. is a website where you tell them what skills and experience you have when you apply, and they will match you with clients. Just keep in mind that you will probably need to show some VA experience to get accepted with Time Etc.

If you do not have any experience, check the list of companies below where you can apply. Most of these will offer smaller online tasks that you can do from home. They will be more open to applicants without experience, and you can choose when and where you want to work.

And should you decide that you would like to start your own business as a virtual assistant, I suggest you check out Horkey Handbook. You will get lots of great information, tips, and advice on how to go about becoming a professional VA!

Fancy Hands
99 Dollar Social
Virtual Gal Friday
VA Sumo
Vicky Virtual
Worldwide 101
Clara Labs
Virtual Office VA Staffing

Personal Stylist

If you love fashion and shopping, become a personal stylist in your free time. Work online in your free time, making money by picking out clothes for customers. To me, this sounds like a perfect scenario~ looking at cute outfits and getting paid! 

Find out how to become a virtual stylist with Stella and Dot, if this is a work-at-home idea you'd like to explore more.

Customer Service

Work-from-home job opportunities in customer service are popping up everywhere these days. Take Babylist, for example. This company hires remote customer service agents to help expectant moms and dads set up their baby registries. 

This is a full-time job from home and includes weekend hours. So if you need flexibility and work you can do around your schedule, this probably won't be your dream job.

However, if working from home full time sounds perfect, then here are some other companies who are often hiring customer service agents.

American Express
Gant Travel
Working Solutions
Working Solution

Work From Home as an ESL Teacher

Consider becoming an ESL tutor and teaching english as a second language. Some companies will require applicants to have a BA degree, but there are also legitimate online tutoring jobs that do not.  You will need a computer, reliable internet connection, a webcam and a quiet working area.

VIPKid - well known legitimate company hiring ESL teachers. You will need a bachelor's degree.

Cambly - Cambly ESL tutors do not need to have a degree or experience. Pay is every Monday, and the pay rate is $10.20 per hour. Work may be inconsistent though so you may want to consider this as more of a side gig for extra money. 

Rosetta Stone - Bachelor's Degree required.

Freelance Writing Jobs From Home

One of the most flexible ways to make money from home is by doing freelance writing. There are lots of sites that will pay you to write articles for them. I highly suggest using a free grammar checker like Grammarly if you do any freelance writing.

I use Grammarly and I absolutely love it. It automatically checks your writing for spelling errors and grammar mistakes and gives you suggestions as well. Did I mention this is a free service??

Here are a few places where you can get paid to write articles. There are many more, of course, but I picked these sites because the audience they write for is primarily moms.

Blog Mutt

Other places where you can try your hand at freelance writing:

Writer Access

I will keep updating this list, and be adding more ways to make money from home often. So please check back, and if you find a job that works for you, I would love to hear about it!

Budget-Saving Laundry Room Ideas That Will Make You Smile (Even on Laundry Day!)

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I am currently obsessed with fixing up my small laundry room. I have found lots of ideas that would work perfectly in it. But many of these items are priced out of my budget. Persistence pays off though, and I ended up finding some really great stuff for my little room - all priced UNDER $15!!

 DIY Laundry Room Ideas You Can Make Yourself

If you are in the same boat as me, and want to fix up your laundry area with new storage and organizing ideas that fit your budget, take a look at the inspiring collage of things I have found. Hopefully you will see something here that will work for your laundry room too. The second to last one is really going to make you smile!

I am so in love with that clothespin sign! How cute is that going to look on the wall?

If you see something you like, click on the picture to get the scoop on that item from Amazon. Remember, these are all under $15, and some are under $10!

7 Valentine's Day Books For Kids That Are So Cute You Will Love Reading Them All Year Long

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. It is not as glamorous as Christmas, granted, or as cool as Halloween. But the day has it perks. Like the chocolate. Valentine's Day chocolate is awesome. 

Another great thing about V-day is that you can get so many wonderful kids books. Books that remind kids about love and being kind to one another. Books that teach kids to care about each other.

So I have listed some really cute Valentine's books for preschoolers and first-graders. However, don't get me wrong. Any kid or grown-up will enjoy these stories. And some chocolate.  Definitely some chocolate.

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Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! Kids will be delighted as they follow their much loved Mouse (Give a Mouse a Cookie books) as he plans the perfect valentine's day cards for his friends.  Mouse wants to make sure each valentine card he makes shows each friend just what he loves most about them.

The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing is from her collection of 'Night Before' books (which are, of course, based on the all-time classic, Night Before Christmas!) In this story, kids are getting ready for their Valentine's Day classroom party. Which means making cards, planning games and activities. On the day of their party, a surprise visitor arrives with a Valentine's Day gift for the whole classroom. A fun book for kids and parents of all ages!!

If you are looking for awesome Valentine's Day books for toddlers, Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney is perfect! The character, Little llama, is all about showing his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. This sturdy picture board book that will keep little ones happy way past Valentine's Day.

A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger.  Crankenstein is the grumpiest kid ever, who only speaks monster-speak. And he is green. Children's author Samantha Berger has written a wonderful series of these books for Kindergartners on up. So anyone who has read other Crankenstein books is definitely going to love this one as well, as they find out if Crankenstein will change his monster-like ways for Valentine's this year.

The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda Ferber. I love this book because girls and boys are going to laugh out loud when they read it. Or maybe groan. Either way, the story is going to resonate with kids as they read about Leon, who has a crush on a little girl. And now he has decided he wants to give her a special Valentine. Can't you just hear the giggles and see the smiles when kids read this story?? 

Pete The Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool By Kimberly and James Dean. Pete the Cat does not like Valentine's Day. But with a little help from a friend, he soon changes his mind. Most Preschoolers and Kindergartners already know Pete the Cat from other books in the series, and will no doubt enjoy reading about Pete's Valentine's Day adventure.

Special BonusPete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool comes with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out Valentine’s Day cards!

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. This is such a sweet book, I had to add it to my list. It is about a little girl named Cornelius Augustus who finds herself catching hearts that fall from the sky one day. She then decides to makes special Valentine's for her animal friends - each valentine just as special and unique as each of her friends are. This is the kind of book you will want to read with your little Valentine all snuggled up in bed.

You may be able to find these books at your local library. Or if you want to buy a copy for your special Valentine, click on the titles to see them on Amazon.