I want to start this off by introducing myself and telling you a little about my life. Hello! My name is Carolyn. I’m a wife and mom of 2 beautiful girls, Kristina is 6 and Ilisa is 3 years old. I’ve been mostly a stay-at-home mom from the beginning.
I got married just before my husband, Vadim, joined the military in 2010 and I decided I’d stay home and run the house. We were blessed with our oldest daughter a few months after our 1 year anniversary. Right around the time she turned 2, I started babysitting for a friend when she went back to work. I did that for about 5 or 6 months, until my husband got out of the military and we moved back home.
When we returned home I went back to work as a cashier at my first and only other job, as well as subbing at an in home daycare, while my husband went through the hiring and training process of getting his current job. I stayed in retail for 6 months, but staying behind a register with bad morning sickness from our second daughter was NOT easy! I continued my subbing job through my whole pregnancy until deciding to stay home with them both.
When my youngest was just over a year old, I started babysitting again! I loved babysitting. I used the opportunity to teach my 1 year old and the 2 year old I was babysitting their ABC’s, numbers, colors, and shapes. I was teaching my 4 year old how to read and about the calendar since I taught her the beginner stuff when she was 2. It was fun and so fulfilling!
A year later when my oldest started kindergarten I started to sub at the daycare again, on top of babysitting. I also joined an online makeup company with my mom, Tammy, and little sister, Michelle, called Younique. A few months into subbing again, I realized I wanted to start a daycare too! It would take time, but I can do it.
It’s been almost a year now since I made that decision, and I’m almost there. It’s been amazing getting to this point! In my home right now I have my own 2 girls, my 5 month old niece, and I babysit another 5 month old. I have 4 kids in my care! And I’m still loving my Younique business! I’m doing both jobs from the comfort of my home.
I know a lot of moms are like me and can sometimes feel like they aren’t doing enough when they stay at home and aren’t bringing in any income, or they currently work outside of the home and want a way to bring in money while raising their own kids. Some are probably not even interested in bringing in an income and are just looking for ideas to start helping their own little one get prepared for school.
The main reason I started this blog is to help other moms. Whether you’re looking to make money from home or you’re searching for ways to teach your own child(ren). I’m going to be writing about how I’ve started working from home, the process I’m taking to having a licensed Family Child Care Home, as well as the crafts and activities I do with the children in my care. I’ll be doing some “Life With Kids” posts to give you a look into my life as well as some family fun ideas.
Please comment or email me with any questions you might have. I welcome positive feedback and even constructive criticism. Thank you!