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Summertime…and the Livin’ is Easy ♫ ♪

Waking up before the kids this morning, I have been tending to some much needed chores. Not your everyday chores, but the ones that need to be done regardless of the desire to do so. One such chore is waxing the cars. The Florida heat can really do a number on the paint job. Instead of waxing the car once a year, it ends up being done at least 3 times, preferably 4 times. Evidently, getting up early in the morning during this oppressive heat wave is not early enough. This brings me inside to diligently scribe my latest blog post.

Unlike many folks in the US, I am afforded the luxury of being a ‘stay at home’ mom. Before all of the Gloria Steinem fans scream that I am pushing the movement back 40 years, realize that this is working for us. Having me home with the children, in my opinion, is bringing us back to the importance of our family and how being home makes them better children. I realize many of those parents out there cannot afford to stay home, but I can assure you, it does come with sacrifice. I am not out shopping every day with the money my husband makes. Instead, I am scrimping, saving, allocating, and pulling off some creative finance management. Mind you, it isn’t as hard as you think. It is all about priorities.

Now comes the best part of all it. The time to be me. The time to devote to our family far outweighs my need to own a Porsche. Trust me, if someone hands me the keys to a 911, I will be more than happy to accept, but since I have a better chance of meeting Elvis at my front door, the idea is moot.

One thing I have discovered while not working in the conventional way is the fact that I can make money at home. Is it MLM, or Avon, or Amway, or Ponzi schemes? No, it is simply finding my niche and embracing it. I am not the most social person in the world, however, ask some of my friends during my single days and they will reply differently, but I have met some amazing people via the internet. I never thought in a million years that you could meet people and connect so readily on the net. I mean, I knew you could, but I thought most were scammers and/or #twitterinvaders. Being a wife of a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) and also growing up very street smart, I am very wary of the motives of people. I am not paranoid, however, I like to be very sure of whom I deal with and make sure that they are kosher. This summer has been quite the learning experience and it far outweighs the daily grind. Being home makes my Summertime Easy.

With only a little over a week until school starts, I can relax. Then, I take over my next job, homeschooling mom to 2 boys.

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