Clean in Fifteen

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While I wrote this, I was staring at a load of clean white towels ... which must be folded before I called it a night. I really like my house to be clean, and those towels are right in the middle of where we hang out as a family.

Alisa {one of my besties and a single mom} and I were having a discussion about keeping things neat and tidy, when there are so many things to do. There are a few basic rules I follow that I thought might be helpful.

1. At least once a day, I set the timer for anywhere from 7 to 15 minutes (depending on how much time I have) and "police the area." That means putting things in their place at lightning speed. My living room can go from "oh goodness!!" to "oh how nice" in about 3 minutes flat ... then onto the kitchen and counter tops. Its not deep cleaning, but it keeps the clutter and mess from getting out of control.

What's Your Big Dream?

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What's your big dream? What have you been telling yourself you want to do for the longest time, but it just hasn't happened? Start a business? Lose weight? Find Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now)? Go back to school? Take karate?

I made the shift from "why I can't" to "why I can" on a few of my biggies ... because I frankly got tired of waiting "until" ... "until" I get remarried (and have an extra set of hands), until my daughter is old enough to be home by herself, until I have enough cashola, time, support ... and just finally made a plan and took Step #1.

Single Mom's Choice: Most Popular Blogs of All Time

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Hey there, Single Mamas! 

Have I got a treat for you! Many of you are new to The Successful Single Mom {this also applies for my long-time followers *wink} and I'd love to share my most popular blogs with you. 

I'll share the first paragraph of my top five blog posts and links for you to view the whole blog. Each of these posts share information, tips, and ideas that are uplifting and helpful for single moms. I hope you find these beneficial, and I hope each of you know how amazing and wonderful you are! 

I broke down in tears within two weeks of my split, but not because I was getting divorced. No, it was sex ... or more specifically the prospect of having sex -- with a new person {people!} that sent me over the edge. I was having drinks with two friends, both of whom had been divorced for several years, and we stumbled upon the subject of dating.  I remember my friend saying, "Don't worry, you'll even start having sex again before you know it."

Network Marketing Is the Perfect Business for Single Moms


Network Marketing is an ideal work-from-home option for single moms. If you're willing to work at it, and stay with it, you can create an income that supports you and your kids, has flexible hours, no income limits, no education requirements, and is a business you can sell or leave to your kids.

A network marketing company has a marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of others they recruit, creating a downline of distributors and a hierarchy of multiple levels of compensation. Some of the top leaders in the industry are Shaklee, Mary Kay, NuSkin, and Avon. 

One of the most appealing things about a network marketing business is that the hours are incredibly flexible, you don't need to invest in an expensive wardrobe, and you can do it as much or as little as you want. There is no ceiling on the income. You can supplement the income you get from your former spouse and/or job, or make it your full-time gig.

It's Okay to Ask for Help, Single Mama!


The hardest thing to do, according to moms and single moms everywhere, is asking for help. Alisa pointed out that she already has a long list of things to do and knows that every other mom does too. She doesn't want to add more to someone else's list, so she struggles on her own.

There are two important things to note: 

(1) almost everyone wants to help you and they would be more than happy to do so, and 

(2) many hands make light work.