Category: Top 10 Lists

WAHM: 1000’s of Work At Home Jobs – A Roundup Of Some Of The Best Work From Home Sites

WAHM Jobsite RoundupHey Mama, are you trying to find a job that you can do from home, but are a bit daunted by all the options? Are you unsure where to find quality jobs vs. getting caught up in garbage and scams? There are now tens of thousands of work from home jobs out there and there are dozens of great places to find them!

The following is a simple list of 4 sites that will give you 100s of listings each and that have a good reputation for providing decent job postings:

LinkedIn – If you are serious about getting a work from home / remote job, you need to create a way to legitimize yourself and get found. If you do not already have an account on LinkedIn, get one. Then setup your profile and resume. Lastly, start looking for jobs. Just go to the Jobs link and type in a search like – Remote Jobs, Work From Home Jobs, or Remote + the city you live in.

Rat Race Rebellion – Silly name, but these guys do a great job of vetting out most of the junk and finding jobs that you and I would want to do. I have already applied for a few jobs myself this past week (that pay $18 or more per hour).

The Penny Hoarder – A similar site to my own, but they have a whole load of people working for them, so they list hundreds of jobs throughout their posts.

Remote.com – Someone got smart with the name on this one! Mostly Tech and Professional level work.

Let me know if you find a great WAH Job!

I use these sites to pull out the best jobs each week to post onto my Work From Home Moms Group.

10 Things To Do This Summer Under $10: #4 – Public Pool and/or Lake

10 Things Summer Swim
We love to swim!


So far this summer we have: started the summer reading program, played at the park, and done some arts and crafts during a rainy day. Now comes one of the best activities of summer – swimming.

Unfortunately, swimming can add up quickly – swim suites, floaties, the cost of lessons, etc… However, if you can get some inexpensive suites (think Walmart), or reuse what you have from last year or accept hand-me-downs (some people prefer not and I do understand), and not have to have all the other stuff, you can do summer swimming on a few dollars.

We have found for myself and our 3 children, it is $7 or $8 to take them to the local, public pool. If we add dad, then we come up to the $10 threshold. If you family is bigger, then the public pool could become expensive quickly.

Which brings me to the other option – public lakes. We have a couple of lakes within a 30 minute drive and it costs either $5 or $10 for day use for one vehicle (depending on the lake). Some are even free. We made it really frugal last year by going with another family in their cargo van. They paid gas and I paid the day use fee at our favorite lake.

We also know of a family who has built a pond on their property. They allow families to book a day or half day, for free, to swim there. What a blessing!

What is your most frugal way to go swimming?

10 Things For Children To Do This Summer Under $10: #3 – Arts and Crafts With What You’ve Got

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A great idea for a rainy summer day!

Last week, we played at the park – a great, simple, and usually free activity. However, as much as we would like to be outside every day in the summer, the reality for most of us is that we just can’t. Sometimes it rains (thank God), sometimes someone doesn’t feel good, sometimes we all just get burnt out, or like many moms, sometimes we just have work to do.

Update 2017: Although we do still do some simple crafts for fun and learning, we have upped our game a bit and we opened an Etsy shop with our handmade items: LoveBySarah Etsy Shop.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.

Rain, Rain, It Is OK You Are Here

Two of these things happened this June – it rained, which is a real shock here in Idaho – and mom needed a couple of quiet hours to write. With no money in the budget to purchase something, I looked around at our supplies and found:

And there you have the makings of a classic collage project! I remember doing these in school many years ago.

Basically, you give the children a pile of pictures (mostly magazines), they pick out things that are interesting to them, then they cut out the pictures and paste them onto construction paper.

My children spent nearly two hours looking through the pile of pictures and cutting and gluing. Even the 3 ½ year old was able to do most of the project on her own and was occupied nearly that two hours.

A Little Psychological Insight

One side benefit of this project is that you learn something about your child after doing the project – what they like, what interests them, and why. My girls love pretty girly stuff, like pink bedding and kitties. But I also found that my oldest was becoming interested in weapons. I may want to give her archery lessons in a year or two, but I also realize that a few of the shows they were watching (Star Wars, for one) was more violent than they need to be seeing and so we will wait until they are older to watch such things.

The end result of the project was a great success – two hours of purposeful, useful time and some insight gained into the thoughts and likes of my children.

10 Things For Children To Do This Summer Under $10: #2 – Play At The Park

10 Things To Do This Summer - Park
What is your favorite park like?

Last post, we talked about the free summer reading program. Item number 2 on our top 10 list – playing at a local, public park.

Update 2017: Oh! They were so little! But now we have a new little one and even though the others are older, they still love park days!

I sincerely thank whomever first created the concept of the public park – bless them!!! The park is this frugal families’ saving grace each spring, summer and fall. We make a bi-weekly trip during the summer, especially since we currently have a park within walking distance.

We also try to visit a larger park a few miles away – it is huge and has water features open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This park was mostly paid for by the city’s recycling program.

I always spend the first part of the park visit with the girls on the swings. This is not only their favorite activity, but this is my time to spend directly with them. After 10 minutes or so, depending if people are waiting, the girls are then sent off to the rest of the playground, and mom rests while keeping an eye on them.

Sometimes I chat with other moms and sometimes I just enjoy a few minutes of quiet pondering. The children are all pretty outgoing, so we usually make a new friend or two each visit. If anyone ever wanted to know how homeschooled children could possibly have social skills, just watch my girls in action at the park!

Please share your favorite park and why your family likes it.

10 Things For Children To Do This Summer Under $10: #1 – Summer Reading Program

10 Things Under $10
10 Things Under $10
What is your favorite free or frugal summer activity?

Update for 2017: Our girls STILL love the summer reading program and we are doing it again this year!

The first item on our 10 Things To Do This Summer Under $10 list is not only free (or nearly if you are like me and have the occasional late fee), but most summer reading programs also give the children stuff – just for reading!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.

Our local library’s summer reading program lasts from June 1st – July 31st. There are 3 levels of prizes, which usually include free meals @ local restaurants for the children and free skating, bowling and/or other activities. At the end of the program, the children get a shiny new book. Last year, my children picked out Boxcar Children books.

As you can see in the photo, the girls are excited for the program again this year! As a bonus, my older girls sometimes read the required 20 minutes to the younger one. More reading, less TV, real quiet time, and prizes – this is our families #1 thing to do this summer under $10.

Now go ahead and read the rest (yes, I know there is only 5. I promise someday to get to 10):

10 Things To Do This Summer #2

10 Things To Do This Summer #3

10 Things To Do This Summer #4

10 Things To Do This Summer #5