How to Make Money from Home without the Internet

Making side income from home doesn’t have to be limited to clicking and typing. Taking surveys, serving as a freelancer, and even blogging have all become popular ways to make money online. But what if spending your precious daytime hours in front of the screen offers little appeal to you?

As a stay-at-home mom, my primary job is taking care of the children and the home. But I also appreciate the value of bringing in a little extra income for my family. In Proverbs 31, the Wife of Noble Character “works with eager hands… out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously… she sees that her trading is profitable… she makes linen garments and sells them” (NIV). In addition to managing her household, she also works to provide some profit, too. She shows us that it is honorable for a woman to raise a family as well as provide for them.

Unfortunately, I still have yet to discover how to make any money from building block towers and washing the dishes. I have, however, found a few ways to make a little extra income without opening up a web browser.

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Here are three ways to make money from home without using the internet.

Make Money from Home without the Internet

1). Offer Childcare

Remember when you used to babysit? Or perhaps you were the girl who marveled at your other classmates when they talked about how much money they made watching kids over the summer (that was me… I still wonder how those girls did it). Offering childcare is still a perfectly profitable option, even for moms. If you stay at home, you already have a safe, child-friendly environment available. Would you consider watching someone else’s child or children, in addition to your own?

Providing at-home child care lets you determine what hours you are available, the age of the children you would be willing to care for, and the number of children you’d feel comfortable tending to throughout the day. You can set your own boundaries as well as your charges.

Offering at-home child care allows you to make money while continuing to care for your own children. Plus, many parents seek out alternative childcare situations other than daycare. You might find that your services are in high demand!

2). Provide a Service

What kinds of services can be offered directly from your home? A few ideas are: music lessons, tutoring, sewing and altering, or language classes. A service is something that you can provide to benefit others. The options are pretty endless; you can be creative.

Here is a real life example. I provided beginner piano lessons at my home. I started with one young student and charged $10 per half hour lesson. Now, ten dollars a week might seem pretty minimal. But if you teach, let’s say, five students, than ten dollars turns into $50 dollars a week, or about $200 a month. That’s a wonderful monthly contribution toward your family’s income!

Providing piano lessons is just one example. Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you have a skill that could aid others? You might have to do some thinking. But if you get creative and determine what kind of a need you could fill, providing a service from home might be a great fit for you.

3). Sell a Product

This is perhaps my favorite option, simply because the options are so vast and varied. If you’re crafty, creative, artistic, or agricultural, this option is probably a good one for you. What kind of a good or product could you make and sell directly from your home?

Some ideas are (but definitely not limited to): artwork, paintings, knitted items, handmade clothing, chocolates and candies, handmade greeting cards, baked goods, natural soaps and beauty products, maple syrup, honey, fresh garden produce, floral bouquets, hand crafted home décor, jewelry, stories and poetry, handmade puzzles and games, and… a plethora of other options.

It’s likely you have purchased a homemade good from someone you know. It’s a great idea to learn from them about how much time they spend on their product, how they market it, and what the overall commitment is like. I’ll bet they would be happy to share their knowledge with you.

Make Money from Home without the Internet

As you can see, there are still plenty of money-making opportunities that don’t require any tech-savvy knowledge. Maybe one of these options would be a good fit for you.

If you are a stay-at-home mom or desire to be a work-at-home mom, consider one of these options. Pray about it, and discuss ideas with your husband and family. If you’re hoping to earn just a little extra cushion income or even a significant amount, there are ways to accomplish your goals.

And if working online is the best fit for you, that’s wonderful! But in case computer work is not your first choice, think outside the box and get creative. There are still plenty of ways to make money from home by offering childcare, providing a service, or selling a good. How has the Lord blessed you in order to help others?

What kinds of ways have you made money from home? What advice would you offer someone who wants to try it?


The Signs of Postpartum Depression

For many women, pregnancy is a time of joyful anticipation. For nine months, expectant mothers daydream about what their baby will look like, about cuddling and feeding the baby, about how wonderful life will be with the baby. I know I did. When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought about beautiful things every day. I couldn’t wait to hold my little bundle in my arms. Life was going to be perfect.

But once baby had arrived, reality unfolded a completely different scenario. Sure, I was overjoyed to meet my baby. But I wasn’t happy. I didn’t feel like cuddling. Each day seemed to go on forever. I didn’t… enjoy being a mom.

I thought things like, “Is this normal? What’s wrong with me? Why do other new moms seem so happy? What am I doing wrong?” I never seemed to feel better.

It wasn’t until I delivered my second child (and had a completely different postpartum experience) that I realized that my first postpartum experience was a difficult one. Although I was never diagnosed, I believe that I was suffering through postpartum depression.

If you are a postpartum mom and are feeling down, lost, uncomfortable, sad, hopeless, or just unhappy, you might be suffering through some PPD (postpartum depression), too.

Here are some signs of PPD:

According to the mommy-favorite book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” signs may include:

  • crying and irritability
  • sleep problems
  • eating problems
  • persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and helplessness
  • an inability or lack of desire to care for yourself or your newborn
  • social withdrawal
  • excessive worry
  • aversion to your newborn
  • feeling all alone
  • memory loss

This is a pretty large and comprehensive list. But what I’d like to do is share more specific, real-life examples gathered from my own experience. PPD is not easy to talk about. But if you’re reading this post, I’m glad you’re here. Here are the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression that I experienced.

  • When people would ask me, “don’t you just love being a mom?” I would say something like “oh yeah, it’s great.” But I didn’t really feel that way. In my head, I was saying things like, “no. I hate it. I don’t like being a mom. It’s hard. I can’t do it.”
  • I had no desire to cuddle with my baby. I don’t remember ever just randomly scooping up my baby just to cuddle out of love and affection.
  • I hardly ever smiled or laughed.
  • I was beyond exhausted – I was only getting broken sleep and was seeing hallucinations.
  • I daydreamed about putting baby in the car seat and just driving away – just “escaping” somehow.
  • I felt stuck. I felt like this day-in, day-out job of caring for baby was torturous. I didn’t enjoy it, it was just something I had to do.
  • I felt guilty. “What’s wrong with me? I’m a terrible mom. I suck. I don’t deserve this child.”

These are some of the main signs and symptoms of postpartum depression that I experienced. If you are feeling similar things, you may be suffering through some PPD.

So what’s the next step?

First, tell someone how you’re feeling. Tell anyone – your husband, mom, sister, grandma, friend. Let someone know what you’re going through. This the very first, most important step. Talk. Share how you’re really doing. It’s not easy! I know this, mama. It’s very difficult to talk about it. But be brave. You can do it!

Next, let your listener help you determine the next steps. Should you visit your pastor? Schedule an appointment with a counselor? See a doctor? Let your listener help you. They care about you, and will want to help you in any way they can.

During my PPD journey, I never took the next steps. I was barely able to share with my husband how I was really feeling, and I never spoke with a pastor, counselor, or doctor. Taking these steps would have helped me out; I am sure of that. Speaking out and getting help will be good for you, mama. Share how you feel. You can do it!

If it is determined that you are going through PPD, the next part in your journey will be learning how to cope and recover. I’d like to discuss that in another post. For now, I’d like to give you a hug and help you determine how you really feel. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of PPD mentioned about, talk to someone about it. Then determine what to do next.

Dear Mama,

I’m glad you’re here. I’m sorry you are feeling the way you do. I’ve been there, and I would never wish that on anyone else. May I pray for you? I will ask that Jesus would send you His love, peace, and grace. I will ask that He would help you find loving people who will listen and walk through this journey with you. I will pray that you will get through this. Jesus loves you, mama. I do too! Hang in there.

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me. Have you gone through PPD before? What were some of your signs? How did you step toward help and recovery?

Healthy Smash Cake: Baby’s First Birthday

Your baby’s first birthday has arrived! It’s definitely a momentous time to celebrate. Bring on the colorful decorations, gifts, family, and a stupendous cake!

But if you’re hesitant about introducing mountains of sugar-loaded icing and cake batter to your little one, here is a healthier, alternative option: it’s an almond flour cake with blueberry sauce topping.

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I’ll admit, it’s not the prettiest thing to look at, but it’s kind of cute in a way, too. And boy, is it delicious! My little one had no hesitations about munching on this nutrient packed birthday treat. It was simple to make and requires very few ingredients. Here is my recipe:

Healthy Smash Cake (Baby’s First Birthday Cake)


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water

Other equipment:

  • coffee grinder or food grinder
  • 4″ diameter food storage container


Grease and flour a round 9″ cake pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grind up one cup of rolled oats and place in a large mixing bowl. Add one cup of almond flour. (If you don’t have almond flour, you can grind up some sliced almonds in your coffee grinder, too). Mix together. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed and mix well. The batter will have a medium thickness.

Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. Place in the middle of your oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Let the cake cool for five minutes, then remove it from the pan onto a cutting board. Let it cool completely. Then, place a 4 inch diameter food storage container (or some sort of round object) on top of the cake and use it as a stencil. Cut out two circles from the original 9 inch cake. Stack the two layers on top of each other. Your cake is complete! (You can enjoy the remaining cake yourself).

Baby can enjoy the cake as is. It’s easy to pull apart and it’s delicious.

If you’d like to include the blueberry topping, here is what I did.


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 medium pear
  • sugar to taste (you don’t have to add any)


  • food processor or blender


Peel and slice the pear. Place in a small or medium sauce pan. Add one cup of blueberries. Bring to a boil. You may need to add a splash of water so that the fruit doesn’t scorch. Stir well, then remove from heat. Let the mixture cool down a little bit. Next, pour the fruit into your food processor and blend until it reaches a desired consistency. Pour the fruit mixture back into the sauce pan and add sugar to taste. I think I added about two tablespoons of regular cane sugar. Mix well. Pour directly over the cake.

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Stick in a candle, and your baby’s first birthday cake is ready! Sit back and watch those little fingers dig in to this fun, tasty, healthy baby smash cake. Happy birthday, baby!






Enjoying Your Hobbies during Motherhood: Five Tips for Children’s Writers

One way to be good to yourself during motherhood is to keep enjoying your hobbies. There is far less time for them, of course. But it is important – it’s healthy – to find little bits of mom-time here and there and delve into your interests.

I enjoy writing. Last month, I submitted a children’s picture book manuscript to ten publishing houses. I had a blast, and boy, did I learn a lot! I thought I’d share a little bit about my experience and try and give some basic helpful hints that I gleaned through this process.

5 Things to Consider When Submitting a Children’s Book Manuscript

1). Do Not Write to Get Published

What I mean is, write for fun! This may seem obvious, but I cannot stress this enough (and I say this for myself). If you write and do not find any enjoyment in it, then don’t put yourself through it. Write because you want to, or because it’s your hobby, or it brings you joy, or because you want to share your own story with your kids, or because it’s a creative release, or whatever. Write because it’s what you like to do. And, if someday you do get published, great!

2). Complete Your Work without a Deadline

I gave myself a deadline. I had no reason to; I just wanted to complete the writing process and turn in my work by a certain date. Do not do this. What ended up happening to me is that I wasn’t 100% satisfied with my story but I still turned it in. I just thought, “well, it’s as good as I can make it.” But I was wrong! After I submitted it, I went back and made more revisions, and I ended up liking my story better. So, give yourself as much time as you need and hang on to that manuscript until you haven’t changed a letter for at least a few weeks! (This will be hard to do if you are as excited as I was).

3). Let Another Set of Eyes Proofread Your Work ONE MORE TIME

I read, and reread, and proofread. I had two other people proofread. I maybe changed one or two lines, proofread again, and sent my little story in the mail. What happened? I left out one little set of quotation marks!

Yes. That’s right, everyone. I turned in a grammatically incorrect manuscript. Ughhhh. I was so mad at myself. BUT… it’s my own fault. I made a last minute change to my story, and I should have had someone proofread it ONE. MORE. TIME. It will never hurt to proofread more than you think is necessary.

4). Spend Time Researching Publishing Houses

I am still learning about this. There are so many publishing houses out there. Some are large, some are small. Some accept unsolicited submissions, others do not. Most of them have a specific “feel” to them. (Sorry, that was really vague. But I don’t know how to explain it). Learn what you can, and try and send your story to a place that you think would be a good fit. That’s all you can do!

5). Be Confident in Your Work

I like my story, but I never felt perfectly satisfied with it. And if I don’t, why in the heck would a publisher? (For me specifically, I had trouble crafting the right plot). Work on your story until you feel absolutely satisfied and happy with it. You don’t have a timeline, and you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else or any other work. Write what you love, and write until you have it right.

I am working on another story. And after this one, I’m sure I’ll write some more. Most likely, I’ll try and submit again. Because it was fun! I like writing, I liked completing the process, and it only cost me the price of postage. And I know I’ll keep learning along the way.

I love to write, but that’s just me. Find something you enjoy doing – even if it’s browsing Pinterest or taking a nap – and do your best to fit it in your hectic schedule. Whatever brings you delight and joy is worth pursuing!


All Natural, Safe, Effective Laxative for Pregnant and Nursing Moms

Constipation stinks. (At least, it does once the blockage is finally released). Pregnant women and moms get blocked up once in a while. Sometimes, pre-natal vitamins can slow down your bowel movements due to the amounts of iron in each pill. Other factors that may increase the likelihood of constipation are diet and hormones.

There are a plethora of laxative options out there and if you’re like me, you’ve tried a handful of them. Recently, however, I tried one I’d never used before: chipotle peppers.

You can purchase a jar or can of these helpful hot peppers at just about any grocery store, and they won’t cost you more than a couple of dollars. When your system needs some assistance, simply spread a tablespoon or two of chipotles on your next meal and chow down. Some chipotles are sold whole; if that is the case, I recommend trying a half of one with your meal. (If you’re not a fan of spicy food, have some milk ready to ease the burn). They really aren’t terribly spicy and you won’t need to consume much in order to achieve the desired effect.

The first time I ate some chipotle peppers was at the supper hour and I was sitting on the toilet the very next morning, all cleared out. It was great! I never even had stomach or gas pains.

Eating chipotle peppers is a great way to beat being bound up. It’s a simple, natural alternative to pills and powdered drinks. The next time you’re feeling blocked up, give these a try!


Oatmeal Flour Pancakes

Pancakes don’t have to be that delightfully tasty breakfast meal that you want to eat all the time but think you really shouldn’t because they aren’t the healthiest morning meal option out there. I love pancakes, and if they were super healthy, I’d likely have them almost every morning.

Here’s something I tried as a way to give them a bit more nutrition: I made them with oatmeal flour instead of white flour. All I did was grind some rolled oats in my coffee grinder and follow the same pancake recipe I always use. I simply substituted the “oatmeal flour” for the regular flour. They cooked very well and were absolutely delicious! My toddler and I gobbled up two of them in no time flat.


This is what my second one looked like. If anything, they weren’t quite as fluffy as when using normal white flour. However, they were just as tasty and best of all, they were a little healthier. Oats provide more fiber than white flour, and in my book that’s always a plus. I’ll definitely be making these again!

Infant Thrush: How to Cure it at Home

One of the first nasty things I dealt with as a new mom was thrush. My baby had gotten it, and so had I. Thrush is a yeast infection that thrives off of sugar. Since formula and breast milk are sweet, it is not uncommon for young babies to develop this infection. Thrush appears in the baby’s mouth as small white dots or white patches, and can make nursing very painful. It can also infect mom’s nipples. Two ways to recognize thrush on the nipples are: very bright red coloring to the nipples, and sharp “electric” shock type feelings that seem to pulse through the breasts during or after a nursing session.

Baby and I used a series of home remedies to cure the infection, and it worked for us. I had heard that the medicine that doctors usually prescribe for thrush contains sugars, which is bad because thrush thrives off of sugar. So I did a little research and tried out a home remedy regimen instead. Here is what we did.

How to Cure Infant Thrush at Home

First, we needed to kill the infection. To kill the yeast, we used gentian violet: a purple dye used as an antiseptic to help kill the yeast. We found a little bottle of it at our local pharmacy. When searching for it, make sure you get a 1% solution bottle. Dip a q-tip into the bottle and paint the dye on your nipples. (You will probably look like an alien; that’s how I felt anyway). Keep clothing away from your nipples for a little while in order to let the dye dry. Then dab another q-tip in the dye and gently swab it in your baby’s mouth. Try to focus on the areas where you notice the white dots or patches. Your baby’s mouth and lips will turn very purple, but the dye washes away in a day or two. Baby will not feel any pain or notice any kind of strange taste. Do this treatment once a day for up to three days. We didn’t see results right away but my baby definitely had less trouble nursing after the second day. That’s the main thing. The infection needs to be killed.

Additionally, my husband and I also boiled all of the nursing pump parts and bottle parts after each feeding (I was pumping and bottle feeding my baby for a few days because nursing was getting  painful for both of us). I cut out almost all sugar and alcohol from my diet and also took a probiotic for two weeks. Another very helpful idea is to make a “mouth wash” for the baby by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to a half cup of water. Dip a q-tip in that and swab baby’s mouth. You can also do this on your nipples. Yeast cannot thrive in salt (baking soda). This is a great thing to do in addition to the gentian violet treatment.

These are the home remedies that worked for us. If yeast infects baby or me again, I will definitely reuse these remedies. While I don’t wish thrush on anyone, I do hope this remedy will work for you, too.