Business Mom of the Month – Interview With Jill Salzman

Business Mom of the Month Interview with Jill Salzman of The Founding Moms

Interview With Business Mom Jill Salzman at The Founding Moms

I am so excited to be starting this interview series  Business Mom of the Month!  Each month I will be sharing an interview with moms like us who work hard (from home) and mom harder. Working from home can be difficult, but it’s so worth it to stay home with our kids. This month, we’ll be learning from business mom Jill Salzman.

In this series, I’ll be asking work-at-home moms what their secrets are, how they do it, and how you can do it too! I will be interviewing blogging moms and moms who find other creative ways to work from home so we can learn from the best.

I can’t think of a better mom than Jill Salzman to kick start this series. I’ve recently found Jill Salzman and have been getting to know this amazing momma, blogger, and entrepreneur extraordinaire!

5 Unexpected Tricks That Help During Labor

5 Unexpected Tricks that Help During Labor

When I was pregnant with my first, I remember meeting another pregnant woman who was in her third trimester. I was still early in my first trimester so I asked her if she was feeling excited or nervous preparing for birth.

“Oh, I’m terrified!” She replied.

I was shocked.

Why would you feel terrified of birth?

After all of the reading and studying about the natural process of birth, I didn’t see any reason to be afraid.

I felt sorry for her, but I also didn’t know what to say. As it was my first pregnancy, I had never been through birth to tell her that all her fears were unfounded.

Read More About My Adventures Traveling Alone With a Toddler!

Read More About My Experience Traveling Alone With a Toddler

Traveling with kids can be difficult. Especially if you do it alone. Traveling alone with a toddler is never easy. Fortunately, for those who have gone before us, they can offer practical tips and tricks for making the trip easier.

Before my daughter was barely over a year old, we had flown with her twice (each trip nearly 2,000 miles!), and taken one massively long road trip to my sister’s med school graduation.

She has now been on more planes than some adults have been in their entire lives!

3 Reasons You Need To Hire a Doula for Your Birth

3 Reasons You Need to Hire a Doula For Your Birth

I had doulas for both of my births and I loved them! Looking back, I wouldn’t give up having a doula even if you paid me.  

This helped especially during my long, marathon first labor 

If it hadn’t been for my doula during that labor, and if I had been in the hospital where different options for pain are available, I may have given up and probably would have ended up with a c-section.  

For both births, the doulas helped me cope with the intensity of contractions through various techniques such as changing positions, massage, and verbal affirmations.  

5 Things to do With Your Kids (Using Your Tax Refund Money)

5 Things to do With Your Kids Using Your Tax Refund Money

Tax day is coming up! And, like everyone else, you’re hoping for a refund. Or at least to break even. Even if you have to pay some like we did this year, there are so many fun (paid and free) things to do with your kids.

I’m always looking for ways to spend time with my kiddos that are fun, educational, and don’t break the bank (too much).

I truly believe that making memories and having fun experiences with your kids is more important than buying gifts. Things are great. But, they don’t last forever.

Ultimate List of Easy Easter Egg Fillers (That Aren’t Candy!)

Ultimate List of Easter Egg Fillers (That Aren't Candy!)

Last year before Easter, I got together with some Mom friends for an Easter egg stuffing party. We all had young toddlers and wanted to make their first Easter egg hunt experience a great one.

Knowing that our kids would probably get a lot of candy for Easter (and knowing how hyper kids can get with candy!) we decided to stuff our eggs with non-candy items.

As I was shopping for the Easter egg stuffing party, I was surprised at just how many great non-candy stuffing items I found. And, they were all pretty inexpensive. Especially compared to how high candy prices are this time of heat.

I did end up taking my daughter to a local Easter egg hunt at a church where she got some eggs with candy in them. But, I used the non-candy eggs I stuffed for an egg hunt at our house. We did an egg hunt right when she woke up. Then, when we had Easter dinner with family, I used the non-candy eggs for a hunt with all of the cousins. They loved it!

The Kind of Mom I Want to Be

The Kind of Mom I Want to Be

As Mother’s Day approaches and my story was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s My Amazing Mom Mother’s Day book, I am contemplating what kind of mother I want to be for my daughter.

As with any relationship, the mother-daughter connection ebbs and flows throughout life. There are mountains… and valleys.

Looking back on my relationship with my mother throughout my life, there were times when we spent every spare moment together. We went to concerts, traveled, and hung out together often.

Right now, I am a mother of two myself. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for two little ones, my time is stretched thin. I hardly have time for a text or phone call, let along face-to-face interaction. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with friends (and family!). As much as I want to, there just isn’t that much time left over to spend with my own mother.

5 Secrets to Avoid Pain in Labor

Avoid Pain in Labor With These 5 Secrets

Whether or not you choose to get an epidural during labor, you will need to cope with a certain amount of contractions. Because hospitals recommend not getting the epidural until you’re dilated because it can slow down labor, you will need to cope with early labor contractions. But, contractions don’t have to be painful and you can avoid pain in labor.

What hospitals don’t always tell you is that they can only give you an epidural during a certain timeframe. And that window of time can be very small. Especially if you dilate quickly.

If you’re too far dilated, then it can be too late.

So, even if you want the epidural, you should prepare yourself and learn how to avoid painful contractions just in case you can’t get the epidural for some reason.

Essential Oils for Labor (that Actually Work!)

3 Essential Oils That Actually Work During Labor

I have been a long-time lover of essential oils. I loved them even before they were trendy. So naturally, when I was pregnant, I began researching which oils for labor actually worked.

I have done the work to narrow down that list to the top three. This list, is the three oils that I used during my second labor that I felt actually helped.

I had packed many other oils in my labor bag, but in the moment these were the only ones that I felt like I needed.