How To Make Easter More Special As A Single Parent

The Easter bunny is coming! Are you ready?

No matter what your traditions are, it’s safe to say Easter is one of the best Holidays when you have kids. It was always my second favorite Holiday growing up and I have tried to make it special for my son. As a single mom, it is hard to make things like Holidays really stand out and be something our kids will enjoy. It’s such a struggle to afford gift-filled Easter baskets, all the candy, new clothes etc. So I have pulled together some ways to help make all of this simpler, easier and more affordable! Sure ways to make this Easter one your kids will love!

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How To Make Easter More Special As A Single Parent

Crafts – Making a fun craft with your kids is absolutely an awesome way to spend some quality time together and make something cute, fun and almost free. Get your craft on with your kids this Easter! Here is a totes adorbs bunny mask craft.

Clothes – Making sure our littles look adorable on Easter is a sweet tradition for most families, whether you are going to Church, having a family BBQ or just taking photos. But finding the cutest new spring outfits for an affordable price is a struggle. So check out PatPat’s brand new spring collection! You will find sweet little bunny outfits and more starting at only $4.99! Shop here!


Personalized Easter Baskets –  Instead of dropping a large amount of money of those pre-made baskets that every store is selling, use your own basket, tub, or any other container, (get creative) and customize your child’s own little Easter basket! Put in their favorite sweet treat, an inexpensive toy, new movie, book, stuffed animal, anything that your child has been asking for or you know would really love! Follow these links for some awesome little gift ideas!

Activities –  Finding a fun activity to do with your kids on Easter shouldn’t be another thing to add to your crazy to-do list, so simplify by thinking ahead and finding a great little game or activity to do together. Something fun and easy like this Easter Egg Relay Race Game and don’t forget the classic Easter egg hunt! Whatever you do, make it fun and special!

Baking –  Lastly, spend some time with your kids by baking something together! Delicious cookies, or an Easter Sugar Cookie Pie!

I hope you enjoy this Easter with your kids, may it bring amazing memories and lots of joy! Please comment which of these things you liked the best and give this post a share, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Love, Jessxo



How To Save Money As A New Or Expecting Single Mom

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Hey mama,

Are you currently expecting a little one or recently had yourself a little one? Then read on for my best tips for saving money during this exciting and potentially difficult time.

How To Save Money As A New Or Expecting Single Mom

So, I have technically been single since my son was born nearly 8 years ago. My situation was very challenging and I was completely alone, with no support system, no money, and no clue. Most all of my son’s baby items were donated by members of my church, none of the things I got were new, they were all old, outdated and some were even broken. But I was so blessed to receive what I did, or else my baby would have had nothing. I slowly learned what items were super important and which ones were not necessary and how to find things we needed at the best price.

Being a young unemployed single mom, I had to learn a lot, learn it fast and fend for myself any way I could. This meant asking for help when I knew I really needed it and searching around for the best bargains. Since it has been so long since this was my life, baby stuff has not been on my radar for years now. My son is growing like a weed and 8 years ago feels like a lifetime. So I am wracking my brain trying to remember what it was like then and do my best to give you new mamas my best tips and advice for going into this single mommy world.

Here we go!

Saving Money Tips:

Tip #1. Thrift stores, thrift stores, thrift stores! Don’t start thinking eww! Beleive me, some of the most amazing treasures can be found at your local thrift store. If it’s good enough for Lady Bird it is definitely good enough for your baby. You will find gently worn baby clothes, toys, shoes, crib bedding, strollers and more all at affordable prices! Most of the items no one would even guess were used!

Tip #2 Churches. If you are not already established at a church in your area, this is the time. Most churches have programs that are helpful to those in need and will be glad to offer non-judgemental and loving support to a single mother, no matter what your personal beliefs are.  Everything from free clothes, food, connections to women’s support programs and even shelter is provided to those who can swallow their pride and ask for help.  Be strong mama, I did it and so can you!

Tip #3.  Baby shower registry. If you have family and friends in your support circle, then creating a baby registry is a great way to receive nice items for your baby from those who love you. You can create on online and add all the items on your wish list, or in a store in your area such as Babies R Us or Target. Be sure to include items that are in the lower price range, not just the bigger more expensive items. This will help your friends and fam to gift you with the things you need and be affordable for them. 

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Tip #5. Subscription boxes and services. I am in love with the idea of subscription boxes, I absolutely love them! They make mom life so much easier, and actually cheaper! There are so many fantastic ones out there for moms, babies, and little kids! For one price per month, you will receive items that you otherwise would have access to or that would cost you a ton of money to go out and buy yourself. This way you get awesome surprises, all in one fair priced box shipped right to your door! Here are my favorite subscription boxes.

Tip #6.  Online discount sites and coupons. Being a single mom is the perfect reason to learn how to get thrifty! Searching online for the best deals, coupons and discount codes can be a bit of a chore, but trust me you will be thankful you did! Sites like Ebates and Retail Me Not are great for getting cash back and saving a few bucks when shopping online, and it may be a little too mom-ish but clipping coupons is still cool. I think.

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My friends over at My Baby Care have a wonderful post all about getting cheap diapers and I highly recommend you check it out and save on one of the most expensive aspects of having a wee one! You will love their tips on saving big $$$ on diapers!

For more finance tips to live a better single mom life, check out my post on money habits to make your 2018 sparkle!

I hope I have given you some tips that you will remember as you embark on your single mom adventures. Don’t be scared, and know that you are not alone. Please subscribe to my mailing list for more tips and advice on living your best single mom life!

Love, Jessxo

4 Scary Things That Happen If You Don’t Drink Enough Water

Scary things that can happen if you're not drinking enough water. |

Hey hey mamas,

So today I am bringing you a little bit of health advice because I know as a busy single mom it can be hard to always take care of yourself.  So as motivation to keep yourself hydrated, no matter how busy you get here are some reminders of how important it is to drink enough water.

4 Scary Things That Happen When You Don’t Drink Enough Water

As diligent Moms, we want out kids to grow up healthy, happy and well prepared for the challenges the world will bring them. If only we applied that dictum to our own lives a little more. While the life of any parent, especially a single parent is a relentless whirlwind of everyday tasks, chores, and checks, that doesn’t mean that we don’t owe it to ourselves and our children to make sure that we’re in tip-top shape. And if we look and feel great, we’ll just take that as a happy side effect.


While we all know the dangers of tobacco consumption, a sedentary lifestyle (ha, chance would be a fine thing!) a poor diet and excessive alcohol for our bodies and minds, far too few of us give the simple act of staying hydrated the respect and attention it deserves. Even the best Moms struggle when they’re not adequately hydrated, and here we’ll look at the frankly scary side effects when you don’t get enough water.



But I HATE drinking water?

A lot of people shy away from drinking water because they don’t like the taste or because other options like coffee and soda give them a better taste and a little extra zip. If you don’t like the taste it may be that you need a water filter or to switch to something flavored like this refreshing lime flavored water. Tea and coffee are okay, too in moderation but beware of sodas. They’re either loaded with empty calories or full of dangerous artificial sweeteners. There’s no substitute for good old-fashioned, crystal clear water.

Besides, here’s what happens if you don’t get enough…


You’ll look really old, really fast!

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We all love that feeling when we meet a fellow parent and they say “You don’t look old enough to have a kid his/her age!”. Failing to get enough water will cause your skin to age at an accelerated rate as your skin is unable to flush out toxins as efficiently or keep itself full and plump. You’ll also be more vulnerable to conditions like eczema and psoriasis.


You’ll struggle to lose weight

Moms are an active bunch but if you’re trying to get in shape, not drinking enough water could be impeding your goals. Staying well hydrated facilitates your body’s natural fat burning and your ability to metabolize fat is nowhere near as effective when you’re running dry (literally).

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You’ll feel bloated and lethargic

Given the busy lifestyle of most hectic moms, the last thing you can afford to be is low on energy. But that doesn’t mean that you should rely on caffeine or dangerous pep pills. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling fresh and alert rather than the bloated and lethargic feeling we get when dehydrated.


You’ll struggle to concentrate

Headache? Trouble concentrating? Feeling dizzy and fatigued? Your brain is 80% water and if you don’t stay hydrated there’s no way you can expect it to work properly. Don’t wait until you get thirsty to take a sip of water as by the time your brain registers thirst, you’re already dehydrated, and even mild dehydration can reduce your concentration by around 15%.

We all want our kids to stay hydrated, and how can we do that if we’re not prepared to be great role models for them?  

So let’s get our drink on and feel better when trying to keep up with our crazy mom lives!

Share this post to pass on the reminder to stay hydrated and make sure you are subscribed to my bomb mailing list! (Yes, I said bomb. Cause it’s the bomb diggity 😉 )

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Love, Jessxo

5 Things I Know You Are Fed Up With As A Single Mom

Hey mamas!

So, I’m just going to get straight into it today, because I know what it feels like to be a fed up single mom. So no wasting time here, I am ready to share my thoughts with you knowing that you can totally relate, so let’s dive right in.

5 Things I Know You Are Fed Up With As A Single Mom

Woman lying under a blanket - stressed out mom.

1. Getting flack and/or feeling guilty about child support.  Most single parents in this modern world are court ordered or otherwise to pay child support unless the other parent is not in the picture ( this is my case ) and I know it’s a complicated situation and can lead to getting tons of flack from the other parent, their family, your family, friends and mom shamers online. It’s no picnic to be a single mom, and when you are paying or receiving or attempting to receive child support it can feel like a lonely and vicious battle.

Sometimes you may feel guilty for needing it or wanting it from the “father” even if it was the court’s decision, not yours. If it was you who decided to go after the support you shouldn’t feel bad for it.  It is expensive to raise children, and the other person is responsible for helping so let them do what they should be doing and feel grateful for the help instead of guilty, shamed or simply ticked off for negative comments thrown your way.  Straighten your crown and take care of those babies!

2. Pressure to find a man and/or father figure. Ok, now this one really steams me up! Are you ever annoyed and pressured by friends and family for being a single mom? I know I certainly am. You get the lectures about how your kid/s need a more active male presence int heir life, someone to be a “father figure” or how you shouldn’t have to do everything on your own, and how you need a man and blah blah blah? Doesn’t it drive you mad?

To heck with that! You are a strong independent mama who doesn’t need a man. That’s right, you are solid, girl. It might be nice to have a dude around but just remember all the heartache and complications that come with breakups as a single mom and also the potential vulnerability and craziness of online dating.  Politely tell those friends or family members to buzz off and leave you alone about finding a man.  You got this!

3.  Being the only bad guy. Being a single mom is tough for countless reasons, one of them being that, most days anyway, you are the only disciplinary for your child/ren. When the kids act up and you have to dish out the mean voice and disciple it feels 100 times worse on your own, because you are always the bad guy to your kids.  There are no taking turns with the other parent, there are no times when you feel ok giving in and letting things slip. It’s all you, all the time.

This is necessary, however, no matter how much it sucks.  Even on the days when you feel overwhelmed, beaten and worn down by the little terrors in your life.  I know you’re fed up, but stay strong and get mean even if you hate it. One day, they will respect you more for it. Hopefully.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by your kid.

Raise your hand - mean girls

4.  Feeling lonely.  Loneliness comes with the territory of being a single mom.  The lack of a social life can get to you, especially on the harder days. I know it’s easy to feel isolated and left out when it seems like everyone else is out there living life, going to fun events, dinners, dates, traveling etc while you are stuck at home with kids every day.

For me, being a stay at home, homeschooling single mom, I am at home with my son all day every day. So let me tell ya, it can make you feel like you’re slowly losing your mind. Pretty soon you will start having full on conversations with the broom just to feel human again. But never fear, it does get easier. Doesn’t it?

5.  Never getting a break. Last on this list is the feeling that so often comes with parenthood that you just never get a break. Constant running here and there, dealing with this crisis, this crying kid, this ringing phone, this bill that somehow needs to get paid, the lack of sleep. It wears you down and wears you out. If you don’t get 5 minutes to yourself soon you are going to scream, right? I feel you. 

But listen, you are a mom! As tiring and hectic as it all is, it’s your job! Who else is going to do it? You do deserve a break, so figure out a way to make it happen, whether it’s staying up a bit later after the kids are asleep, or leaving them with grandparents for a day or a weekend. Make it happen and find some time to take for yourself, then you will feel refreshed and ready to get back at it! Put on your super mom pants and do what you gotta do, girl. Raise those babies, and know that you absolutely can do this and even when you are going insane, you are doing a good job and it’s all going to be alright!

So tell me, which one of these are you the most fed up with? Leave me a comment!

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Much love, Jessxo

How Much Does It Actually Cost To Start A Business?

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Hey mamas,

Many of us single moms wish we could start our own business so we can have more time home with our children instead of leaving them to work outside of the home, we should not have to abandon our children to earn a living. Our place if with our kids and starting up our own business is just the way to do it. But how much does it actually cost to do this? Keep reading to learn to find out.

How Much Does It Actually Cost To Start A Business?

The main thing that puts people off starting a business is the amount of startup capital that you need. The general opinion is that you need a huge amount of money that most people couldn’t save, even if they stuck to a strict budget for the rest of their life, but that’s not actually true. In fact, most businesses startup with under $10,000 and a lot of them do with less than $5000. Heck, most mompreneurs start their business for nothing! I did! That’s a much more realistic goal but the amount of money you need is dependant on the type of business that you want to start. If you’re considering starting up your own company, here is a guide to help you work out how much startup capital you’ll need.


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If you’re starting a business that is fairly cheap to get going then you might be able to save up all the money yourself, but most people tend to borrow at least part of it. Working out how much you can afford to borrow will help you decide how much you need to save yourself. A revolving line of credit is probably the most sensible way for a small business to borrow money. The bank will set a top limit and you can withdraw money as and when you need it as long as you don’t exceed the limit. This is much better than taking out the loan as a lump sum because you’re only taking what you actually need. You can use a line of credit to cover a lot of your general running costs so you don’t need to save up as much money for that. A lot of banks and other credit unions actually have programs specifically for single moms!!! So definitely do your research and find the best way to go about this. 


Office Space


Hiring office space is one of the biggest costs for any business, so running the business from home is the answer. This is the best way to make yourself available for your kids 24/7. The rise of remote working and cloud technology means that your employees can often do their jobs from home as well, so you don’t need to factor in the costs of hiring an expensive office space. Boom baby!


Room For Growth


Room for growth is one of the things that is often overlooked when people are calculating how much money they need to save before starting a business. Most people save enough money to fulfil small amounts of orders for the first few months until they become profitable enough to cover all of their running costs. That’s fine in most cases but what do you do if you exceed expectations and suddenly get a huge windfall of orders? You need to capitalize on that opportunity but if you don’t have enough money to produce all of those products, you’ll miss out. You’ll probably end up borrowing more which isn’t a sensible move this early on in the business. Work out your production costs and then save some extra that you can keep aside just in case.

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These are the main things that you’ve got to consider when saving money for a startup, but one thing that people often forget about is paying themselves. You’ve still got to cover all of your normal living costs now you aren’t working so remember to factor in a wage for yourself. I hope this has helped you on your journey to becoming a mom boss! Share this post to help other potential mom bosses!

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Love, Jessxo


The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

Hey there mamas, hope you’re having a fine day!

We as busy moms can sometimes lose sight of the small things, and forget how much the little touches we provide actually matter to our kids. So today let’s talk all about these important little touches. Read on!

The Little Touches Of A Busy Mom

For a lot of mothers who juggle with the difficulties of managing a business and the challenges of looking after a child, there is nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your child complain about the lack of time you’ve got for them. Unfortunately, for a lot of mompreneurs, time is exactly what they struggle with on a daily basis. While every mother will tell you their child is their first priority and that they would always drop everything to look after a sick child, there are many situations where children may wrongly believe that your career is the priority. So it’s important to make sure that you’ve organized your life in such a way that your child knows he or she is what matters the most to you and that they are always in your heart. As a busy single mom, you need to be smart about how you show your affection, especially because your time is an essential part of your ability to generate the only income. With also being the only parent, your time is so much more important. 


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Their bedroom, their style

If you’ve been looking for an idea to treat your child, you can already forget about buying more toys or clothes. Indeed, you need to help them to create a space that is theirs at home, namely with a bedroom makeover. The bedroom can be a reflection of their personalities and tastes, and more importantly, it’s a way to show that you respect their choices. While you can surprise them with a fully planned project, it’s best to involve them from the early stages of the decor research until the selection of the furniture. As their mother, this will show them that you value their opinions. Read my post all about how to gift your kids with the best bedroom makeover ever! Click here!


Don’t let business trips come between you

Your career can sometimes take you out of town for a couple of days. If this is the case, and even though you know you can rely on a relative or a friend to look after your child, it’s important to plan something for each day. For instance, you could record your voice on a CD with professional sound mastering from a company such as Nationwide Disc for them to listen before going to bed. Or you could make a small DIY doll each time you have to spend a night away. Being apart from you is a big deal with a child, so you need to show that you still think of them. 

Record yourself reading their favorite story


Quality time every day

Finally, at the end of the day, you may just want to relax in peace. But you need to block in your busy schedule time to cultivate your bond with your child. Creating quality time doesn’t mean that you can’t work during the day. This is why working from home is always the best choice for moms, but it’s still important to remember that you just need to put aside your business and household duties every evening for one hour to dedicate this time entirely to your child. Your time together can become a routine. It doesn’t have to be long if you’re busy. But you need to maintain a bond through games, reading or simply a chat about your respective days.

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Bonding while busy with home business management is never easy. But you’ll find that showing your child that you value their opinions, maintain a connection even when you’re away and make a point of spending time together when you’re at home can go a long way. Finding the work/mom balance isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort, always. Give this post a like, or share and remember that on this crazy single mom journey, you are never alone! 🙂 

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Love, Jessxo


How To Be A Marvelous Role Model For Your Children

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Howdy mamas!

Once again I’m proud to bring you another awesome collaborative post on a topic that is very important. Being a better role model for our kids is something we all need to work on, so stay with me and feel free to jot these ideas down to better implement them going forward.

How To Be A Marvelous Role Model For Your Children 

As a single parent, you are the number one and sometimes only role model for your child. They, of course, think you are wonderful and idolize you (until they hit puberty that is!)  They will soak up your attitudes, behaviors and views like a sponge. And it’s for this reason we should be very aware of the kind of example we’re setting for our kids, they are observing and learning even the most subtle of our ways. Here are just a few of the ways we can be a good role model and help them to develop healthy and productive behaviors which will be useful to them later in life. 

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Eat Healthily

Kids are generally picky about food, that isn’t new information for anyone who has kids! However they might refuse things now but in time are likely to go on to mirror your behaviour and food habits. Seeing you filling up on healthy, delicious meals and making good choices will eventually become ingrained in them. Don’t make mealtimes feel stressful or chaotic, try them with new ingredients and if they refuse don’t make a huge deal of it. Try it again in a few weeks, kids tastes can change in a very short space of time and even their mood can determine how open they are to tasting new things. Getting kids involved in the kitchen is a good way to encourage healthy eating and if they’ve helped to make it they’re more likely to try it.


Be Financially Savvy

Having kids is expensive, and being a single mom does not make it any easier, so getting yourself into the best position financially is always worthwhile. You could look into how to consolidate debt, how to boost your savings and how to budget better to get yourself on track. When you have your money in order you’ll be far less stressed from scrimping and saving and trying to make ends meet. Teach children the value of money, instead of giving them pocket money let them earn it. Simple chores such as tidying their room, feeding a pet or loading the dishwasher will make them feel as though they’ve made an effort for it which can make them think more carefully before spending. It also teaches children the old adage ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’, when they ask for things they can appreciate that work has been put in to earn it.

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Read Books For Fun

Children reading books can improve language, develop empathy, enhance concentration, teaches them about a range of topics and can encourage a thirst for knowledge. It’s far more beneficial than playing computer games or watching tv, and so anything that gives them an interest in books and learning is a wonderful thing. Let them see how reading can be for fun and not just something they ‘have’ to do for school. Reading is great for adults too, it provides a fun escape, helps your memory and lots of other great psychological benefits. Read books for your own wellbeing, in doing so you show children that this is a great way to spend your free time. And of course, read with your children too.


Be Social

Haha, say what? Yeah, I know…but listen. There’s nothing wrong with being introverted, I am a very socially awkward introvert so this idea is terrifying. However, there are a lot of benefits that come from being confident and sociable. It makes it easier for children to develop friendships, express themselves and not be held back by insecurity. Take your children to groups and activities where you can both socialize with other children and adults. If they see you treating people respectfully and with manners, it’s a good way to encourage them to do the same. Introverted mamas unite! 

Are you ready to take on the world ahead as a more confident single mom? I sure hope so. Go be the best role model you can possibly be. Your kiddos will (hopefully) thank you later in life.  Give this post a like, comment & share!

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Much love, peace out.