So You Want to be a Virtual Assistant?

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So You Want to Be a Virtual Assistant-

I became interested in the concept of being a virtual assistant about two years ago, but I had a really good full time job that I loved-at the time-and it just wasn’t all that important then. Sure, making money from home writing and managing things online sounded awesome, but what if I quit my job and then never made money??? Well, businesses go downhill sometimes and the one I was with pretty much went to hell, and after I got pregnant, I started having really bad issues with my back and sciatica, to the point I couldn’t walk sometimes, and in the midst of trying to take care of myself and the baby, I ended up losing my job. Worse came to worse, and I remembered the virtual assistant gig, and started looking into it more and more to help my boyfriend make ends meet. There was a course I had been interesting in for a long time-the Rockin’ Virtual Assistants course by Sadie Roach (formerly Sadie Langford) of Slap Dash Mom, and I realized that you have to spend money to make money from home in almost all cases, and the course had just gone up in price, so I had to put it on the back burner while we struggled, but somehow found a way all the time, to get by. I hated having to wait, but it made finally being able to get and use the course that much better, because it is awesome.

A lot of courses out there charge you a buttload, and hit on some really great and crucial topics to get your virtual assistant business off and running, but they lack the depth and usable experience and detail that the Rockin’ VAs course has. You leave with more questions that need answering, thus spending more money on another hit and miss course over and over, whereas with Rockin’ VAs, all of your questions are answered in the course, and if there is anything that needs further explaining or you need help with any aspect of the business, you also get free mentoring access FOR LIFE, and not just from Sadie, but from an entire group of virtual assistance, freelance, and tech savvy people, beginner to expert alike! And you only pay $247 ONCE. That’s it, and they guarantee you to make your money back quickly plus some if you do your part and work it.

So, the course in itself is AMAZING, even and especially for the price it is normally. But right now, and part of the reason why I interrupted my own schedule to post this today, you can get the Rockin’ VAs course AND SO MUCH MORE for way less than that. How does $47 sound???

The Ultimate Work From Home Bundle is on sale now today through June 12th, so you have a narrow window of opportunity to take advantage of this better than amazing deal! You get 30 eBooks, 1 audiobook, 14 eCourses, 5 printable packs, and 9 awesome free bonuses, all encompassing the work from home topics of virtual assistance, freelance, selling on Etsy, motivation and time management, business growth, balancing work and life, and the legal aspects of working from home! The total value of all these offerings is over $2000 separately, and you can see from checking out the exact offerings that $47 is overly reasonable. 50 awesome resources, including the Rockin’ Virtual Assistants course! Why are you still reading? I bought it, and you should, too! Remember this deal ends after June 12th, and after that, the Rockin’ VAs course will go back to $247 ON ITS OWN!

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The product list and normal retail value outside the bundle timeframe is:

Etsy & Product Sales

Building a Business: How to Dream, Plan, Make, Sell, and Share Your Online Shop by Maggie Whitley ($12.00)
Crafting a Business 101: The Creative Business Plan by Janet LeBlanc ($21.00)
Earn $1,000/Month on Etsy by Maria Oliveira ($197.00)
Get Retail Ready by Melissa Bolton ($37.00)
The Art of Audience Building for Etsy Sellers by The Hunting Handmade Collective ($4.99)
The Etsy Seller’s Simple Guide to Taxes: A Time and Money Saving Guide for Makers and Crafters by Sarah Korhnak ($12.00)

Freelancing

Freelance Design Freedom by Jessica Safko ($29.00)
Hell to Pay 2: A Freelancer’s Guide to Money, Taxes, and More! by Clients From Hell ($38.00)
How to Get Great Freelance Clients by Carol Tice ($9.99)
Services Superhero: Create a Set of Services That Clients LITERALLY Can’t Say No To by Lizzie Davey ($79.00)
The Business of Writing & Editing Deluxe Package: Start Your Career as a Freelance Writer/Editor TODAY by Sagan Morrow ($39.00)

General

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Ten Strategies To Stop Feeling Like a Fraud at Work by Elizabeth Harrin ($12.15)
The Accidental Entrepreneur: The Juicy Bits by Janine Allis ($9.99)
Jeff Goin’s Work at Home Package by Jeff Goins ($13.49)
The Official Master Your Game® Planner Pack by Nereeda McInnes ($29.95)
The Work-at-Home Survival Guide by Caitlin Pyle ($17.00)

Getting Things Done

More in Less: 21 Productivity Hacks for Creatives by Hilary Sutton ($2.99)
Project Management for Creatives: Principles to Simplify and Streamline Creative Work by Sarah Parsons ($9.99)
Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule so You Can Live Free by Amy Lynn Andrews ($2.99)
The Personal Productivity Handbook: A Step-by-Step Program to Supercharge Your Productivity by Paul Minors ($19.00)
Work Less, Spend Less by Loralee Hutton ($17.00)

Growing a Business

Brand Your Small Business: Create a Brand That Connects! by Emma Bates ($29.00)
Business ePlanner: Big Business Planning for Small Businesses by Martin Jakubec ($15.00)
Busy Moms Building: 12 Steps to Running Your Own Online Business for Busy Moms by Monica Froese ($147.00)
FindMe: An SEO Cookbook For Busy Entrepreneur by Rachel Brenke ($129.00)
How to Network Like a Boss from Home by Amy Bellgardt ($29.97)
How to Succeed in 12 Months: Creating a Life You Love by Serena Star-Leonard ($15.19)
Lead Generation Academy: A System to Attract the RIGHT Clients by Cloris Kylie ($297.00)
Mom Boss on a Budget by Holly Chubb ($79.00)
Promotions Planning Kit by Stephanie Morgan ($29.99)
Simple Goal Setting Strategies: Create A Plan, One Step at a Time by Christina Lerchen ($14.99)

Job Opportunities

How to Find Real Work From Home Jobs, Plus 150 Companies That Hire! by Anna Thurman ($5.99)
How to Start a Home Cake Business in 30 Days: Turning your Cake Dreams into Reality! by Rebekah Allan ($73.65)
I Got Scammed So You Don’t Have To: How to Find Legitimate Work at Home Jobs in a Scamming Economy by Bethany Mooradian ($19.99)
Jump-Start Your Work at Home General Transcription Career: The Fast and Easy Way to Get Started! by Lisa Mills ($2.99)
The Mystery Shopper Training Program: All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Best Part-Time Job by Bethany Mooradian ($19.99)

Legal & Accounting

Business Management Spreadsheets by Rachael Wynn ($47.00)
Conquer Cash Flow: Get Paid Faster and Increase Cash Flow by Carrie Smith ($59.00)
From Entrepreneur to CEO by Shahara Wright ($19.95)
Smart Cents: Financial and Legal Tips as You Launch and Grow Your Dream Business by Natalie Joy ($196.00)

Virtual Assistants

E-Marketing Essentials for Virtual Assistants: How to Grow Your Business Online in Less Time and with Less Effort by Lisa Wells ($47.00)
Rockin’ Virtual Assistants eCourse by David Murphy and Sadie Roach ($247.00)
The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More! by Lisa Morosky ($9.99)
VA Prep School by Lydia Senn ($45.00)

Work + Life Balance

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Minimizing Decisions, Integrating Kids, and Getting More Done by Lisa Tanner ($47.00)
Live: Creating a Life You Love by Mandi Ehman ($67.00)
Stand Out: A Real World Guide to Get Clear, Find Purpose and Become the Boss of Busy by Alison Hill ($7.99)
Summer Sanity Savers for the Work-at-Home Mom: Sanity-Boosting Systems and Strategies So you Can Have a Peaceful, Productive AND Profitable Summer! by Prerna Malik ($9.00)
The Great Life Redesign: Change How You Work, Live How You Dream and Make It Happen … Today by Caroline Cameron ($14.95)

Bonuses

Artsy Couture – $25 sitewide credit (international shipping available, shipping fees will vary by order size)
Atlas Coffee Club – $15 credit towards a subscription (shipping within the US only, $3.95 shipping fee required on all orders)
SquareHue – BoxNo. 3, $21 value (shipping within the US only, $5 shipping fee required)
Businessese – Website Disclaimer Template ($99 value), digital offer
Focuster – 3 months FREE ($30 value), digital offer
ListPlanIt – 3 month Pro membership FREE ($30 value), digital offer
Meet Edgar – 1 month FREE ($75 value), digital offer; (existing monthly subscribers can redeem a 25% off credit; existing annual subscribers at 10% off credit)
SaneBox – $25 subscription credit, digital offer

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Lullababy Stay Put & Spill Proof Suction Bowls

The stay put and spill proof suction bowls from Lullababy are extremely cute and colorful. Add to that how useful and time and space saving they are, and you’ve got a GREAT baby product. The set consists of three BPA free plastic bowls in 6.3″, 5.5″, and 2.8″ sizes with corresponding lids that all nestle together perfectly to save space. The set also includes a bonus spoon and fork set, which is a huge plus.

All three bowls have a strong suction cup base that works best on dampened, flat, and smooth surfaces. They are all dishwasher and microwave safe, so you can clean and cook with no worries. The little grips on the sides of the bowls just add to the cuteness and ease of use. They are extremely easy to clean as well, with no sterilization required.

The fork and spoon are also plastic, with colorful handles made easy for parents or babies to hold. They are lightweight but well made. Having these included as a free gift is truly a bonus, especially considering how often flatware in general can get lost or dropped. This is one more product by Lullababy I highly recommend, and you can get yours on Amazon today!

Little Fancy Best Gift Ever Christmas Set

I received this outfit from Little Fancy for free to review on my blog and social media. They have quite a few cute outfits for babies on offer, and I wanted a really cute and sweet outfit for Irys next Christmas and this is perfect! It comes with a size 6-9 month onesie, pants, a matching hat, AND a really cute stocking! Definitely above and beyond most outfit sets if you ask me.

The baby onesie is white cotton with red lettering that says “Best Gift EVER.” It is sized well for 6-9 months old (Irys will be 8 months for Christmas), and it has metal snap closures at the bottom that snap together easily and stay put. The stitching is straight and done well. It has long sleeves and the legs are made wide enough to allow for some chunky thighs and/or diaper fluff.

The pants are red cotton with white printed detail of poinsettias, snowflakes, trees, cars, reindeer, and different wording. They are also size 6-9 months and have a nice elastic waistband and stitched leg hems. A perfect addition to the outfit if the weather is indeed frightful for Christmas!

The hat matches the pants exactly, and is the perfect size for infants. It is longer up top, allowing a knot to be tied to adjust the fit some. The band is stitched well along the bottom and has a little stretch to it for comfort. Another very cute piece to keep baby warm for the holidays.

Lastly we have the surprising baby Christmas stocking. I was not expecting to receive this with the outfit, so that was a nice little addition to an already great outfit. It is green felt with a soft fleece front and red trim at the top and a green ribbon for hanging. The front is adorned with a little Santa head that is also fleece, cotton, and felt. It is sewn on and not glued so it will not fall or pull off easily. I really like how the beard is made. Overall, I am very happy with this entire set, but even moreso with the stocking! This outfit set is for sale on Amazon now, so grab one yourself today!

Lullababy Baby Bottle Cleaning Set

The baby bottle cleaning kit from Lullababy is totally cute and the design of the drying rack is pretty cool in itself. They are really easy to assemble and interchange as well. They are made from BPA free plastics, metal, and sponge. 

The drying rack has four branches and a base. Each branch holds up to four bottles, so there is room for up to sixteen bottles total, and room to lay out nipples and other bottle parts on the base. You just snap the branches in and voila! A very cute and space saving drying rack.

The bottle brushes include a sponge brush, a wire attachment that snaps in, a small wire pipe cleaner type brush that cleans tubing and other small items, and the end of the big brush has a small sponge brush for cleaning bottle nipples as well! They are very well-made, surviving my yank and pull test with no wear or tear.

I plan on getting much use out of this bottle cleaning set for all my baby’s feeding items. It is available to purchase on Amazon now, along with more quality Lullababy items!

Culturelle Baby Calm+Comfort Probiotic+Chamomile Drops

I was so pysched when I was chosen by Smiley360 to review the baby probiotic drops by Culturelle. Draven had such horrible tummy issues with his colic, reflux, and milk allergies, and we will have these on hand to combat any and all upsets with Irys in the future. 

They come in a small 8.5 ml glass jar, and at a suggested 5 drops per day, will last a month. The main ingredients are the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) at 1.5 billiob CFUs, and 1 milligram of german chamomile extract per 5 drops. The great thing about these drops is that they can be administered orally by the included syringe or you can add it to a bottle of formula or directly during breastfeeding.

As far as allergies and irritants go, there are no artificial dyes, preservatives (must be used within 60 days of opening sealed bottle), dairy, sugar, lactose, milk, yeast, soy, or gluten, so there won’t be any worries about any sneaky ingredients causing further upset. Being safe for use from birth to 1 year old, that is a lot of fussiness, gas, and digestive upset that can be cured with just 5 drops! I love Culturelle as an adult with digestive issues, and I am eager to see how well they work on our new little one if she needs them once she is here! Buy yours now on Amazon.

Lullababy Diaper Bag Backpack

Today I received the Lullababy diaper backpack to review. This backpack is enormous, with a top pocket that opens up the main compartment to hold things, a zippered pocket inside the main compartment, a detachable clear pouch, a small front zippered pocket, two side pockets-one zippered and one cinched, and another bigger zippered pocket that holds an attached changing mat! Huge! 

The bag itself is a soft and easy to clean material that is dark grey. The straps on the back are adjustable to fit just about any size, and are padded for lots of comfort. Iy also has built on stroller straps for even more convenience! It is a lightweight design itself, but very well put together to hold all the necessities babies need plus whatever else you might want or need to lug around yourself. I am extremely happy with this backpack and look forward to reviewing more of their products! You can purchase one for yourself on Amazon now!

Sweetie Pie Organics Lactation Smoothie

I was chosen to be a Sweetie Pie Mama brand ambassador for this term 2017, and I am reviewing the lactation smoothie they offer to help breastfeeding mothers produce more milk. It is USDA certified organic, and comes in the flavor apple pear. The containers are 11.1 ounces each, and you are supposed to drink one per day. Here are photos of the ingredients and directions for use:

Now for the review. At first, the taste may seem a bit overwhelming because of the two main ingredients of flaxseed and fenugreek, but after a couple sips, I actually do like the way they taste. The consistency is much what you’d expect of a smoothie type drink, with a medium viscosity and of course there is a bit of pulp from the flaxseed but nothing hard to handle or consume. 

As far as the effects, it is very thirst quenching and a notable difference in breastmilk volume can be noticeable within the first 24 hours of consumption, although results will vary from person to person of course. I noticed no bad side effects whatsoever. I actually noticed better digestion, probably thanks to the fiber, and the caloric content helps tremendously with breastfeeding everyday in itself. 

The packages themselves are big enough to be thirst quenching and satisfying, yet small and tough enough to be portable. They must be refrigerated after opening, so if you’ve opened one and need to get somewhere, stash the container in your baby’s insulated bottle bag to keep fresh all day! 

Overall, I am very glad to be drinking this smoothie. I think it will benefit me greatly over time, and I enjoy drinking it every day. I can’t wait to try more of their products in the future! To try them yourselves, purchase through Amazon using code 15NURSIN on 12 packs of the lactation smoothie or purchase through their website directly at Sweetie Pie Organics. Bottoms up!

The Bad Birth Experience

The Bad Birth Experience

My first experience with childbirth was not a pleasant one. I had prepared for a lot of things and made a birth plan way ahead of time, but once the time got there, almost none of it happened, and lots of avoidable things happened during the five days we were in the hospital.

We got there around 5 or 6 PM on Wednesday, March 22nd, because I thought my water broke. After testing, it was determined it hadn’t, but I was already 41 weeks, so they decided to keep me and start the process of induction the next morning when my ob/gyn would be there. I really hadn’t wanted to be induced, but I had been stuck at 2 centimeters for almost a month, and I figured I was already there, so we might as well get the process going.

After constant, insane fetal monitoring all night, during which I got no sleep, they started me on pitocin and broke my water a little after 9 AM. I had already been having contractions all night, but BOY they picked up intensity fast. Within a couple hours, I was having them every few minutes, and for almost the last hour and a half, I had them every minute. At 7 centimeters, I decided I was going to get a very small dose of IV pain relief because I had started shaking really hard and was getting a little worried about that. It didn’t help with anything, not even taking the edge off. It just got worse. I kept holding out, because I really didn’t want an epidural, but by 8 centimeters, I was shaking so bad and so pale, they thought I was going to pass out and so did I, and they told me the chance of cesarean increased if I became unconscious, so I begrudgingly agreed to the epidural. IT NEVER WORKED. The anesthesiologist even came back in to adjust the dose, and I still felt everything. Apparently, I am immune to really strong pain relief, including morphine and delaudid. How lucky am I? And let me tell you, the worst part of the epidural wasn’t even the needle, although that sucked too. The worst part was having to bend over and hold still while having back to back contractions!!!

After the epidural, things picked up an even greater intensity, and pretty soon, I felt the awesome feeling we all just love so much-like I had to poop. BAD. I yelled to everyone that I was going to have to start pushing because the pressure was too intense and I couldn’t stop it, and that was the truth. They checked and I was 10 centimeters, and the birthing process really began. I remember hearing a nurse say, “Oh this is her first child. She will be pushing for a long time.” Well, eleven pushes and maybe 20 minutes later, Draven Xavier Dennis came into the world at 2:53 PM, much like a birth on a cartoon, because I pushed so hard, he basically flew out. He had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck three times, but my ob/gyn had that under control very quickly. Then, the bad news started coming in.

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I couldn’t hold him immediately because he was really cold and not breathing as well as he should, so they had him under a warming light and were clearing his nose and making sure his lungs were okay while I was getting sewn up because I tore and bled really bad. Like almost passed out bad. I could feel all the stitches I got and the shots they gave me to “numb the pain.” Once again, how lucky. They finally brought him to me for skin to skin and his first feeding, and he latched perfectly and all the bad stuff just melted away. Or so I thought.

The doctor and nurses said when my placenta came out, it wasn’t in very good shape and had actually started dying because it was apparent that my due date had been wrong and instead of being 41 weeks, I was actually probably closer to 44. Because of that, Draven had IUGR-intrauterine growth restriction-because my placenta was inadequate and he was kept smaller to get enough nutrition before he was born. The human body is an amazing thing with all its defense mechanisms, but that broke my heart. He was born at 6 pounds, 8.5 ounces, so he wasn’t that small thank God, but we started worrying if other symptoms of IUGR would present themselves as time went on.

They took him to the nursery a lot after that, even though I didn’t want them to, because they said hi temperature wasn’t regulating like it should (so what is the point of skin to skin again???), and they wanted me to pump for him since he would be gone so much. I pumped as often as I was told to, but I wasn’t making very much because my milk hadn’t come in yet, and they made a huge deal about that, basically saying my son was starving and he needed to supplement with formula. From the day he was born! They started taking him to the nursery all the time, especially when we were finally sleeping, giving him formula in the nursery, and I still wasn’t getting much out during feedings, so I started supplementing after each feeding with a little formula because we noticed he was pooping well, but didn’t pee his diaper until well into the second day after he was born. So many scare tactics on an overly tired brand new mom who still hadn’t slept after nearly two days. We were finally able to leave after five days of sadness and unwanted separation over and over.

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The formula thing ended up being its own nightmare that we are still dealing with, and that will be discussed in a future post, because not only did we have to switch formula five times because Draven has a severe milk allergy, but it eventually led to me not being able to breast feed at all. I tried and tried, but I never was able to regulate my supply, and it eventually went out altogether a few weeks ago. Needless to say, this all was not what I wanted at all, and sometimes I still have a hard time dealing with it, especially since Draven now weighs right at 15 pounds and is 26 inches long at 11 weeks old and not only can he regulate his temperature very well, but he hates being very warm at all!

One thing I will say for moms-first time or veteran-SPEAK UP. Let the doctors and nurses know what you want, and also what you don’t want. I still beat myself up because I feel if I had just told them off more, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But deep down, I know that I was exhausted and scared to death, and I thought they had my best interests at heart, but the more I tell my story, in even greater detail, most people tend to agree that the nurses seemed like they just wanted their way and to make it easy on themselves instead of me. And I’ve never had issues with any nurses before ever, except the few in charge of the nursery. If I am lucky enough to have another child, I will at least have this memory so that I can try my hardest to make my next experience a good one.

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Have you had your own bad birth experience? Was your first birth a good one? What do you wish would have or would not have happened? Let me know in the comments all about your magic moments!