Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Potato Recipe

Uh-oh.  Thirty minutes before dinner and I completely forgot to go to the store.  Normally this wouldn't be a problem, as I usually keep the ingredients for all my go-to meals like meatloaf and tacos... but apparently this wasn't the case last night.  Seemed like every idea I had for supper was missing at least one vital ingredient. So I decided to improvise - and came up with something that the entire family loved!

Chicken Alfredo-Stuffed Potato

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cubed and cooked)
1 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Package Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoons finely minced garlic (Or about two cloves)
Salt and pepper to taste
4-5 baked potatoes
Veggie of choice, cooked (we love broccoli!)


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in saucepan.
  2. Add in garlic and stir occasionally until softened and fragrant.  Be careful not to let it burn.
  3. Add in cream cheese and whisk until a smooth consistency
  4. Gradually add in milk, about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking thoroughly to keep it smooth
  5. Add in Parmesan, salt and pepper and stir until cheese is completely melted
  6. Add in cooked chicken and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes
  7. Slice open baked potato, pour sauce on top, add veggies and enjoy!

This recipe takes about 20 minutes total and yielded enough for 5 small potatoes.  Great as a meal by itself, even better with garlic bread!

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor #Giveaway

If you have little ones you need a Baby Monitor. Jay @Crafty Spices is giving you the opportunity to win a Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor
To learn all about the features of this monitor see Jay's full review Here

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 15 at 12:00am. Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to Win.

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This giveaway is open to US and Canada Residence, void where prohibited. The winner Will be notified via email he or she will have 48 hours to reply before another winner is selected. All entries will be verified.

Disclosure: Jay @Crafty Spices did receive a product for free and is sharing her opinion with all of us.  Her opinion may differ from ours and yours. 

Good Luck!

Make Money From Home by Writing: SAHM to WAHM pt 3

Whether you're looking for a way to make money from home by writing for someone else, or if you're looking to sell your articles online, I've compiled this extensive list of websites that will pay you to write!

Article writing is a great way to make money from home. If you already own a blog, you will already have instant credibility and a lot more exposure. Many companies and authors look for "ghostwriters" to come up with articles and stories for them that they can put their name to. Bloggers also look for posts to publish when they aren't able to meet their deadlines. Content writing is one of the most in-demand skills right now, and I want to show you how you can earn money from home by writing articles!

There's two main ways to earn income from writing articles online - either you can contribute content to other websites, or you can become a freelance writer. Keep in mind however, that if you generate enough income, the IRS will want to know about it. It is easier than ever now to calculate your taxes with free online tools.

I'll be focusing on helping you find websites that are looking for contributing writers, such as an article marketplace or relevant blog. This one is easier, because you aren't working on a deadline for someone else, rather - you set your own pace and sell articles you have already written.

Being a Mom with Panic Disorder

A scream sticks like a lump in my throat, tasting of fear and bile.  My breath quickens, as my heart all but stops for a second before launching into a rapid tempo that I can feel through my entire body.  Then, like stepping into sub-zero temperatures, every inch of me starts shaking.  I am glued to the spot where I stand, even though every muscle is aching to run.  A million thoughts race through my head, as if I’m a supercomputer trying to calculate Pi to the last digit, but none of them stay around long enough for me to make any sense of what’s going on inside my mind.  Without warning, tears spill out of eyes and run down my cheeks, almost hissing as the cool water touches my face flamed with a heat I’m sure anyone near me can feel.  My stomach churns and tightens into a small little ball that threatens to pierce through my insides. I think I’m dying.

Then, as quickly as it hits, it starts to fade.  What felt like a lifetime of intense fear with everyone staring at me, was nothing more than a 30 second panic attack.

I’m left feeling drained, tired, and in an almost stupor, while I struggle to remember how to speak and walk.  A pounding headache starts behind my eyes and lets me know that it’s there to stay for a while.  My legs feel like rubber from being so tense, and all I want to do is take a nap.  That will have to wait though, because now I have to begin my grocery shopping.

Panic attacks stem from irrationality, from fears you can’t control.  Severe anxiety is one of those conditions that is so hard to explain to someone who has never experienced a panic attack.  For me, any little surge in adrenaline causes me to instantly hit “fight or flight” mode and I can’t stop it.  This means that everything from social settings to getting in a car, anything that might release adrenaline, has the potential to cause a panic attack.  

I have severe anxiety.  I’ve mentioned it on here a few times before, but today has been a rough day so I wanted to write this to maybe bring a little more awareness into the world about it.  When I was younger, and my anxiety was at its worst, my dad used to tell me that if I wasn’t comfortable where I was at, then find a way out.  It was great advice for when I felt my anxiety levels raising, but now that I’m a mom, it isn’t so easy to follow.

You see, now that I’m a parent, my new motto is, “Suck it up, buttercup.”  There are so many things that cause me to become anxious or overwhelmed, but I can no longer live in constant fear of having a panic attack.  The baby needs milk, so I have to go to the store and deal with people to make sure she has it.  The toddler is going to get hurt when he plays, so I have to be calm and rational when he scrapes his knee – because he needs me.

That’s the difference I think.  I can no longer only think about myself and my irrational fears – I have little people that depend on me and need me to be normal for them.  Whatever normal is.

The "I'm Sick" Special - Affordable Blog Designs, Cheaper!

Well, it looks like the cold that I've been battling the last two weeks is more than just that - I have pneumonia.  I've been ordered by the doctor to rest as much as possible and take the medication she's prescribed... boring!  So I figured that I would take orders for blog designs while I'm stuck at home, just something to keep me busy.

If you or anyone you know is looking for an affordable custom blog design - I'm offering an "I'm Sick!" Special - my deluxe blog design package for only $40!!

I have a portfolio, as well as references if needed, and I am dedicated to giving you the look you want for your blog. 

Golden Smart Potty #Giveaway: #ThirdTimesACharm Hop!

Hi! Thanks for stopping by Momma Without a Clue to check out the Third Time's a Charm event hosted by First Time Mom and Zephyr Hill!

This giveaway hop is being thrown by a bunch of veteran moms who have "been there and done that" and we want to bring you what we feel are some of the best maternity and baby products out there! Each participating blog has a maternity and/or baby themed prize that's at least worth $25. Hop around from blog to blog by using the linky at the bottom of this post and see what must-have maternity and baby product each blogger thinks you should have!

Don't forget to enter to win the grand prize...there are two prize packages - a Maternity Package and a Baby Package. The event runs from today until midnight on July 7th. Good luck!

Here on Momma Without a Clue, I'm happy to bring you an awesome prize for when your baby get a little bit older: A Golden BABYBJÖRN Smart Potty! Need some potty training tips?  My prize package also included the eBook - That's How I Roll (A hilarious, but fool proof, take on potty training) - an ARV of $25!

Follow the Rafflecopter form below to enter:

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Rhyme to Read #Giveaway

Rhyme to Read Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Sponsored by Rhyme to Read

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Rhyme to Read - Reading App Giveaway 

Rhyme to Read is a highly effective program for beginning readers. The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. The only prerequisites are the recognition of letters and knowledge of consonant letter-sound connections. Rhyme to Read enables children to feel confident as they enter the world of reading. Emilee at Pea of Sweetness uses it with their three children - their preschooler who was just recently introduced to reading and their 6 and 8 year old who are both homeschooled in the 2nd grade level except in reading. Both have had struggles with reading due to their special needs. See what they thought in her full Rhyme to Read reading app review

Three winners will receive each receive the full version of Rhyme to Read for iOS (Apple devices). This giveaway begins on 6/21 at and ends on 7/5 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

This Giveaway has ended.  Check out active giveaways here!
Disclosure: Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received a code for the full version app in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Best Gifts for Grads at Best Buy

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I'll be graduating from college soon, and love the idea that Best Buy has created their own Grad Gift Guides by persona.  Whether you have a Networking Grad, one who's Moving Out, or a Fitness Fanatic, Best Buy has the perfect gifts!

Have a grad that's about to move out into the world on their own?  Maybe they're starting college and you want to get them something you know they'll use.  Keep reading to find out what gifts I think would be great for your graduate, or for anyone really!

Beginnings Imagined with Playtex Baby

The moment I found out I was pregnant, I dreamed about all the things my little guys would achieve when they grew up.  Before they were a year old, I had already picked out their future careers based on their budding personalities.  Take Sammy for instance, he'll be my little computer engineer.  And Kaya?  Oh with that diva personality and mean streak already showing, I figure she'll be my little mad scientist.

That sweet little picture up there?  I was lucky enough to get my very own custom illustration by children’s book author and illustrator, Julie Olson, by sharing Playtex Baby's new Beginnings Imagined Program. I love it, it captures her stubborn curiosity so well!
  • Julie Olson is an illustrator who specializes in children’s books. She finds the for her art and life in her own three children. Her illustrations appear in magazines, games, educational books, chapter books, and picture books. Her latest book out is: “Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea” written and illustrated by Julie Olson. You can visit her website at Jujubee Illustrations

  • You could win one too, by visiting where you'll answer a small questionnaire and submit a photo of your little one.  All illustration winners will then be entered for a grand prize drawing of a $5,000 scholarship to help those imagined beginnings take shape into true realities!

    The contest is running from June 3, 2014 to July 1, 2014, so hurry up and get your entries in for your chance to get your own sweet keepsake like I got!

    “No two babies are alike and we want to celebrate each child’s individuality. With our Beginnings Imagined program, we want to capture each child’s unique beginning with a one of a kind illustration.” - Marci Serbonich, Playtex Infant Care Senior Brand Manager
    For more information on the Beginnings Imagined campaign and Playtex Baby products visit or

    Potty Training Tips and a BABYBJÖRN Smart Potty #Review

    A Big Thank You to BABYBJÖRN for providing one of their Smart Potties (and the fantastic potty training tips) in exchange for this post:

    It's almost that time again, where we need to start potty training another little one.  Even though we've been through it once already, potty training my son seemed almost too easy.  Everyone was always giving us advice, like "let him pee off the porch," and "throw a cheerio in the toilet bowl,"  but the truth is, I didn't do any of that.

    I guess I'm more of a laid-back mom who believes that when they're ready, they'll do it on their own.  Sure, I showed him where and told him how - but I didn't push him.  He was two and a half when I got him his first potty, and I was so proud because he sat on it and peed as soon as I pulled it out of the box.  Ok, yeah that might have been a fluke though, because he didn't want anything to do with it again.  Maybe we made too big a deal out of it, with the clapping and the "YAY SAMMY!!"

    So he didn't use a potty chair after that, he preferred to use the big boy toilet.  At this point, I was still a stay-at-home-mom and he was using training pants.  I'd have him go sit on the toilet about every hour, and sometime's he'd go, sometimes he would just play.  Either way, he learned to recognize the feeling of needing to potty.  Soon, I started just putting him in his underwear and kept reminding him to go potty. Eventually, he stopped having accidents and was "potty trained."

    Well, here we go again, but this time with a stubborn little girl.  I have a feeling it wont be as easy this time around.  Wish me luck!

    BABYBJÖRN sent me one of their Smart Potties to review and they want me to share with you all some awesome potty training tips from Dr. Robyn Strosaker, a pediatrician at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

    When should you start potty training?
    • Most children can be ready to start potty training between 18-24 months. Children will train easier before 24 months; some can become willful after that point.
    • Both the family and the child need to be ready. Review the signs of readiness and make a plan with your significant other.
    • If your child is having trouble, stop for 2-4 weeks and then try to restart.
    • Find a time when you can be around during the week to start potty training. Summer vacations or holidays are the best times.
    • Sticker charts are great. If your child earns a certain number of stickers, they can earn a non-food reward.
    • If your child still wants to go in their diaper, take them out of it. If they are wearing underwear, they will feel uncomfortable when they are wet. If you are concerned about the mess, you can put the underpants on under the diaper. For those kids who don't like wearing underpants, encourage them to wear them for a short time and offer rewards when they keep them clean and dry.
        • As a side note, there is nothing developmentally different between pull-ups and a diaper. Training will go quicker with underpants.

    • If your child has a certain area of the house he/she prefers to go potty in, it might be a good idea to get a portable potty and let him/her try that.
    • Put the portable potty in a room where the child typically plays to help them get used to the idea.
    Other Considerations
    • Most kids aren't ready to be dry at night until they start waking up dry from naps and some mornings.
    • To help keep them dry at night, stop liquids 2-3 hours after dinner, depending on your child's bedtime.
    • When traveling: take a portable potty or potty seat with you, but you may need pull-ups for long car trips or plane rides.

    The BABYBJÖRN Smart Potty is a compact potty chair that takes up very little space, great for our tiny bathroom.  There's a rubber grip on the base, that keeps my baby girl from sliding when she's sitting on it.  Seriously, does any kid sit still, ever??  There's even a handle on the back so she can carry it from room to room and do her "business" where-ever she's most comfortable.

    I love that it's shorter than most potty chairs, because as I've mentioned before, my Kaya is tiny. I couldn't even imagine trying to introduce her to the regular toilet since she's so short!  She'd probably just fall in and float away...

    There's a splash guard that prevents spills, and the inner compartment just pulls out for dumping and washing.  No grooves to worry about, and no corners, means that it's really easy to keep clean - especially with the smooth plastic finish.  

    She's excited to try it - and I'm excited to get her started with a potty instead of diapers!  One step at a time, and following Dr. Strosaker's advice above, I have a good feeling about getting her potty trained.

    ***BABYBJÖRN is offering one reader a limited edition Gold Smart Potty since June is National Potty Training Month! Check it out here: Golden Smart Potty #Giveaway: #ThirdTimesACharm Hop!***

    Have you potty trained a little one?  Let me know in the comments below what your best potty training advice is:

    Fashionable Diaper Bag from The Bumble Collection Giveaway

    bumble collection bag giveaway event
    Hosted by: Easy Green Mom
    Sponsored by: The Bumble Collection

    I am amazed at how gorgeous this bag is.  Not to mention jealous, because one of you lucky Mommas will be winning it!  I have partnered with Easy Green Mom and several other bloggers to help bring you this giveaway where someone is going to walk away with a Rachael Roundabout Diaper Bag - a $100 value! Read on to learn about The Bumble Collection and how to enter to win:

    The Bumble Collection is a family lifestyle brand that specializes in children's products such as diaper bags, binky pods and other parenting accessories for our fashionable families. The Bumble Collection goal is to provide products for mothers who believe that the post-partum period is no exception for fashion, they embrace the value of sustainability and it's effects on the environment with their products being made in an all-natural process without the use of synthetic preservatives. The Rachel Roundabout provides multiple storage areas to house all of baby's necessities. A baby may be small, by my oh my do they require a lot of supplies. The Rachel gives mamas on the go the means to store all of baby's necessities for a day on the town.

      rachel roundabout 
     The fashionable print on this bag is hand-designed and exclusive to The Bumble Collection. Features:
    • Water & Stain Resistant
    • Comfort Handle Straps
    • Built-in Stroller Straps
    • Top Zipper Closure for added security
    • Soil-Proof Changing Pad
    • Generous Main Compartment
    • Bumble's Own Proprietary Wipeable Fabric
    • Multiple Pockets: two interior elastic top bottle pockets, two spacious front/back compartments, exterior cell phone pocket, two exterior bottle pockets, interior hidden zipper pocket and two interior flat pockets for diapers and wipes
    Measurements: Length 16" x Width 8" x Height 15" Easy Green Mom recently had the opportunity to review the Rachel Roundabout Bag from The Bumble Collection. Check out Easy Green Mom's Review Here.

    the rachel roundabout diaper bag
    Buy it: The Rachel Roundabout Bag Retails for $99.99
    You can purchase this bag and other fashionable children's products on The Bumble Collection website Here.
    Connect with The Bumble Collection! Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
    Enter to Win The Rachel Roundabout Bag from The Bumble Collection! One winner will receive The Rachel Roundabout Bag, valued at $99.99!
    This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+ only.
    The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm CST on 6/30.

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    Disclosure: This blog and Easy Green Mom are not responsible for prize shipment, as this is a sponsored prize from The Bumble Collection. We were not compensated in any way for promotion of this giveaway. Easy Green Mom received the above mentioned item, in exchange for an honest review. Our opinions are not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway. If you have any questions please contact the host of this giveaway at [email protected]

    National Strawberry Shortcake Day with a Recipe {and a Giveaway!}

    This is a sponsored post, brought to you by Strawberry Shortcake.

    It's National Strawberry Shortcake Day and I am so excited to bring you a special recipe cooked up by Hollywood's Chef Sandra Cordero for Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Lily from "Modern Family") and her amazing Strawberry Shortcake themed birthday party!

    Aubrey turned 7 on June 6th with a fabulous surprise - Strawberry Shortcake, the lovable character created by American Greetings, presented the young actress with a custom-created giant Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Cake by “Cutthroat Kitchen”-winning Chef Sandra Cordero.

    Strawberry Shortcake made her first appearances in 1980 and quickly catapulted into an overnight success. The iconic little redhead with a big personality is still winning the hearts of little girls everywhere, as the star of her own television series, Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures.  As a matter of fact, it's one of the most popular programs on The Hub television network for girls ages 2-5. I remember my older sisters having Strawberry Shortcake dolls when we were younger, and now my own kids have them!

    Did you know Strawberry Shortcake even has her own Facebook page with over 1.4 million likes?  Join the other fans and check it out here:!

    I'm especially excited because they chose to share the yummy recipe with me, and I get to share it with all of you!  Read on to the end for a giveaway of a $50 Visa Gift Card!

    Tampons and Pads Delivered: Every28 Review

    UPDATE: I just received an email that Every28 will be shutting down.  Therefore, I must regretfully close this giveaway without a winner.  I'm sorry.

    A big thank you to Every28 for providing complementary samples in order for me to bring you this review.  Some of the following links may be affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission for referring new subscribers.  This has in no way altered my opinion; as always, my thoughts are honest and completely my own.

    Bloated.  Moody.  Dealing with a breakout on my face.  Wearing sweatpants and a ponytail because I just want to be comfortable.  Yeah, that's the worst time of all to realize that I've run out of tampons and have to go to the store.  Sure, I could send my fiance - he's ok with that kind of stuff - but when he comes back with the wrong brand, applicator, or absorbency, the PMS rage threatens to break loose.

    What if you could order all your feminine products online, and have them delivered right in your mailbox? Well, that's the idea behind Every28, a subscription box just for feminine products.  Tampons, pads, and pantyliners in a box customized to your preferences,

    How it works is fairly simple - You just select the Brand, Size, and number of the products that you would use during a normal period, as well as how long your cycle is.  Mix and match to get the right amount of tampons, pantiliners, and pads!  Then, they ship your feminine products to your door every month, so you don't have to worry about it!  As an added plus, they throw in chocolate (or during the summer months, a different kind of treat since chocolate melts.)

    I think this is a great idea for teenagers who may be uncomfortable talking about that time of the month.  I have a niece that lives with her "PaPaw" that this would be perfect for.  She's always too embarrassed to ask him for her tampons each month and relies on the female members of our family to make sure she always has some on hand.  With Every28, she would get a cute shoe-box type package each month with everything she needs for when Aunt Flo comes to visit.  

    To check out Every28 for yourself, visit their website -

    How to Save on Groceries this Summer

    You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save money on your grocery bill this summer.  The kids are home from school for a couple of months and that’s extra meals you need to budget for, but no worries!  With these simple tips, you can learn how to budget your monthly food costs and save – not spend.
    7 Tips for Feeding Kids on a Budget

    How to cut grocery costs and save each month:

    Plan your meals.  By creating a meal plan, you can decide exactly what to make each day – which will help out when you’re headed to the grocery store.  Even if you’re the kind of mom whose taste varies from day to day and you’re not really sure what you’d want to make, having a simple meal schedule will help out a ton.  For example, if you decide that you want to make pizza one night, tacos at some point, and a roast for your hubby’s birthday – knowing that much ahead of time will really come in handy when you go to the next tip:

    What Makes my Fiance a Great Dad (with AVEENO)

    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for AVEENO. I received product samples to facilitate my review a promotional item to thank me for participating.

    Since Father’s Day is this weekend, I want to tell you a bit about my fiance (and the father of my children) Matt.  Matt is a stubborn kind of creature, set in his ways.  He has conviction, and will argue with a wall if he truly believes in something.  He has a unique sense of humor, the kind that could be seen as mean to any outsiders, but never fails to make me laugh.  He’s responsible and hardworking, the kind of man who will do ten hours of manual labor each day just to ensure that his family has what we need.  But most importantly, he loves us.

    Matt isn't the sweet sappy kind of man, and compliments of any kind are usually few and far between.  Get him around his kids though, and that teddy bear personality comes out.  Watching him play with the little ones makes my heart swell – there is nothing sweeter than seeing a real smile light up his face when they’re all in the living room being goofballs.

    He calls the kids “little soul suckers” because as soon as they start getting sleepy they want to snuggle him and that’s it for Matt.  Their warm snuggly bodies and sweet smelling baby hair will knock him out every time.

    One way that shows how amazing he is: No matter how tired he is after work, he comes through the door ready to help me with the little ones.  While I cook supper, he’s roughhousing with them and making them laugh.  He brings them into the dining room as I bring plates to the table, and he helps entertain the baby while I try to scarf some food down.  After dinner, he works with me to tackle the bedtime routine – with baths, snuggles, and books.

    To make things easier in the evening, we put the two youngest ones in the tub together.  Without Matt, it would be a recipe for disaster, but he helps it go smooth by taking care of Sammy while I get Kaya.  To make their baths even more special, he’s always patient and lets them play for a while – even when it means he’s getting soaked and bored.

    AVEENO sent us a complementary bottle of their AVEENO Baby Bath and Shampoo, and it makes bath time even more pleasant.  It has a soft scent that just smells clean and suds up really well.  It isn't harsh on their skin, and the tear-free formula means that the kids can splash to their little hearts’ content because it doesn't hurt when they get it in their faces.

    The AVEENO Baby Daily Moisture Lotion keeps their skin baby-soft but isn't greasy.  I love that it's hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, so I'm not worried about harsh chemicals exasperating my son's eczema. I've used it on my own dry legs, and I'm excited to report: they're soft and supple now and I'm happy to go our in shorts!

    Check out the video I made for AVEENO and Matt - and see how much he means to us:

    Blast Zone Magic Castle Bouncer Giveaway!

    Looking for a great way to keep your kids busy this summer?  What if they had their own bounce house? I've teamed up with some great bloggers to bring you this giveaway for a Blast Zone Magic Castle Bouncer, an approximate retail value of $349.99.

    Winner will be chosen randomly on 6/25 and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Google+. Sponsored by and prize fulfillment handled by Blast Zone.

    Grand Prize: Blast Zone Magic Castle

    30+ Survey Websites that Pay for Your Opinion: SAHM to WAHM Part 2

    If you missed part one of this series, be sure to go back and check out how I went from a stay-at-home mom to a work-at-home mom.  In this second part, I want to give you some ideas for what you could do from home to earn extra income.

    Market Panels and Paid Survey Sites

    Market Research companies get paid big bucks to provide statistics and to round up consumer opinions on various products and services.  They couldn't do the research without people like us to take their surveys and give our two cents.  This is how product ideas are chosen and improved, so it's a service that they don't take for granted.  They wouldn't work for free, so they don't ask you to either.  
    All of the following companies have surveys that you can take for money or award points that can be redeemed for gift cards.  
    (Note: some of these may be my personal referral links, which means if you sign up through them I will get a bonus for referring you.  Thanks in advance if you choose to help me help you!)

    These are great if you are wanting to make a little extra cash for Christmas (It's not that far away if you think about it!) and if you are serious about it and sign up for several, or all, you can be earning full-time pay sitting at home.

    So without further ado - here are thirty legitimate paying survey sites that can help supplement your income, or help you go from stay-at-home mom to work-at-home mom!

    Baby Lovin' Shower Giveaway - 4 Winners!

    Welcome to the Baby Lovin' Giveaway Event!

    I have teamed up with My Frugal Savings, Grandma's Wish and many other extremely awesome bloggers to bring you this ​awesome Baby Lovin' Giveaway event!

    A Very Special Thanks to our Wonderful Sponsors: 
    Naturepedic Organic Mattress ($329) My Levana Baby Video & Recording Monitor ($189) Okie Dog Diaper Bag ($85) Minky Couture Soft Minky Blankets ($70) Baby’s Journey Changing Pad Station ($70) Daddy N Company New Daddy TShirt, Bonding Book, I'm the Daddy Sun Glasses and THE BABY BONDING BOOK FOR DADS ($50) Earth Mama Angel Baby Calming Lavender Shampoo Bundle 3 Pieces ($44) Baby BeeHaven Stroller Organizer ($40) BalBoa Baby Paris/Monaco Car Seat Canopy ($30) Anna Naturals Mom to Be Gift Basket ($50) Kinder Glo BPA Free Portable Night Light ($25) Think Baby 4 Bottle Start up Set ($20) Tommee Tippee Diaper Pail 360 Sealer ($50) Three Lollies Preggie Pops ($12) Miny Moe Diaper and Nursing Pad Sampler ($25) Viva Editons Books Help My Infant Came without Instructions, Moms the Word and Everything I know, I learned from my 6 month old ($46) Be Fit Mom Book and DVD set to get back into shape after having your baby ($40) Eepples MilkCharm ($15)

    The Giveaway:

    {Guest Post} Finding Out Your Child has an Anxiety Disorder

    A huge thank you from Becky at Midwest Cornfed Mom for providing this amazing guest post.  It is one that touched my heart, since I've dealt with anxiety issues since I was a child.  Be sure to visit her blog and give her some extra love!

    When you look at my five year old, you see a normal little boy with scraped knees, dirty hands, and a cheesy smile. You’d never guess that he suffers from lives with severe anxiety, but he does. WE do.

    For years we have dealt with his “nervous habits”. Biting his nails, clearing his throat, clinging to our leg when we would go out in public.  Things you can easily shrug off as normal childhood behavior. Then he went to Kindergarten and his behavior changed. He started complaining daily of headaches, stomachaches, and leg pain.  He would take over an hour to fall asleep at night. We told him he was fine, there was nothing wrong with him. He would wake in the night, climb in our bed, and tell us he had a bad dream. Dreams of things that would frighten anyone (tornadoes, sharks, storms, war, etc.) He told us his “head wouldn't leave him alone”.  He acted out, and he would do things that were socially inappropriate. He became mean and hateful, hitting us and his baby brother, throwing things, etc. We disciplined him, took away toys, privileges, you name it. But nothing affected him.

    After one semester of school, we reached out to his physician thinking he had ADHD. Imagine our surprise when the physician said he had severe childhood anxiety. To put it into perspective, on the scoring of his anxiety questionnaire, a score that would indicate anxiety would be 25….Carson’s score was 54….Fifty. Four.  My stomach sank when I heard those words from his doctor. He was started on medication (“off label use”) and we slowly saw improvement. Once he was able to sleep and his head was clear, he slowly became our sweet little boy again. However, the improvement wasn't until after he had already damaged social relationships, and after we had been labeled as “bad parents” by other parents in our son’s school.

    So why am I telling you all this?  So that you can know the signs of anxiety and maybe be more understanding of other parents and their child’s behavior, or even of your own child’s behavior.  While worrying is normal to a degree, sometimes it is more than just worrying.

    Here are some red flags that may indicate your child needs to be evaluated.

    1)  Easily agitated or overly stressed in a normally stressful situation.  Perhaps it’s a performance at school and they are stressed over the need to be perfect, so they act out with aggression and agitation toward others. Or they act out by trying to be funny to ease the attention on themselves.

    2) Recurrent sleep disturbances. Sleep deprivation can cause children to act irrationally, be hateful, overly emotional.  They may wake in the middle of the night, have nightmares, have difficulty falling asleep, or have a fear of sleeping alone.

    3) Irrational fears of “something bad” happening or the “what ifs”.  They may question repeatedly what would happen if a tornado came, or the building caught on fire, or if the car ran off the road. Even though you just told them yesterday, or even today, that these things were highly unlikely, they still question you about it.

    4) Physical symptoms.  Recurrent complaint of headaches, muscle aches, abdominal pain, or restlessness are just some of the physical symptoms.  Anxiety can become so overbearing that your child actually does feel pain when there’s no logical reason or physical injury to cause it.

    5) Perfectionism.  They must have everything perfect or they have to start over. They can’t be interrupted from a task to move on to something else until the first task is completed.  They are overly critical of everything they do.

    If your child has any of the above symptoms, perhaps you should consider talking with your child’s physician about him or her. Don’t assume that a child acting up is because of a bad parent or a bratty child. There may be more to it that you don’t know.  After all, looking at my son, you would think he’s a normal little boy. You’d never guess that his behavior problems are simply him trying to make himself feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation.

    How I Went from SAHM to WAHM

    After we had my first, money was tight but we were making do.  I stayed at home with the kids while Matt worked, because we couldn't afford daycare.  My super anxiety (that's right, I'm making it my superpower) kept me from going out and finding a job, but we were doing ok.  The bills were paid, we had what we needed...

    Then I found out I was pregnant with number two.  Kaya was completely unexpected, and though she was a happy surprise, we had no idea how we were going to stretch one income to cover a family of 5 (don't forget about the stepdaughter!). Still battling my anxiety, and not having a sitter, I had no idea what I could do to help.  Seriously, the thought of going out and working with people made me totally shut down and have a panic attack.  No, it isn't rational, but that's how my brain works.

    I sucked it up and went and applied everywhere I could think of, save fast food employment.  I handed over carefully laid-out resumes, filled out countless applications, and put on my nicest outfits for job interviews.  I remember when my dad passed away and my (might as well have been) uncle told me the wisest words I had ever heard, "If you can't make it, fake it."  Well, I faked it.  I pretended to be the most well-rounded adult, one who could handle any situation, and had every interviewer tell me I was perfect for the job - they would call me in a few days.

    No one ever called.  I didn't get a single job offer in those 4 months of searching.  Hand-in-hand with my anxiety goes fear of rejection, so I didn't handle that too well.  I became depressed, and decided I couldn't do it.  There was no way I could handle being shot down one more time, and with my growing belly I didn't think anyone in their right mind would hire me anyway.

    Through this, I had been blogging, trying to work through my fears as a parent and doing what I could to connect with the outside world.  Matt was being really supportive and told me, "find something you love to do, and then figure out how to make money doing that."  I love to write.  I love to connect with people.  I love to talk about my kids.  So that's when I decided to monetize my blog, and began to make money from it.

    It was slow at first, and is still not up to par with the big name blogs, but this is my little income earner - helping me bring what I can to the table.  My end goal is to write things that people want to read, and give all of you a reason to come back and visit me often.

    If you could turn what you love into a way to make money, what would it be?