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The Sticky Life of a Working Mom

Life Hack: Daily Digest Emails

Life is busy. And there is major information overload these days through social media. Sometimes the information is so overwhelming, people prefer to tune it out completely. But it’s good to get information in tolerable doses, and that’s not just the news. As much as I’d love to read a full newspaper each day, research in trade magazines, and catch up on that stack of fashion magazines I subscribe to but can’t seem to find time to open, the reality is, I just don’t have the time. Luckily, a great trend in daily digest emails has made it easy for me to get the information I need and want without scouring the Internet to find it. I have found a digest for all different genres to round out my daily knowledge.

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Staying Focused After An Inspiring Retreat

Staying Focused After an Inspiring Retreat - Lollipops & Laptops

Recently, I did something that I previously never would have done. I spent money to go to a retreat for female business owners. The reason I’ve avoided these in the past (aside from the obvious lack of time) was that I wasn’t convinced I’d implement what I learned. And that’s the real challenge, isn’t it? It’s a pretty solid waste of money to go to an educational seminar and not apply your newfound knowledge. So when I decided to surround myself with a bunch of inspiring women pursuing their dreams, I made a promise to myself that I would actually put plans into action. But when Monday morning rolls around and your work/life responsibilities rear their ugly heads, how do you go about that? Here are a few practical tips to capitalizing on your momentum when you’re side hustling.

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Books On My Nightstand

Books on My Nightstand - Lollipops & Laptops

As an adult, I have loved reading. I read from many different genres, but I’ve been devouring business books in recent years. I’m definitely the kind of person who buys multiple books each month and watches the pile grow by my bed despite having very little time to read lately. I previously talked about my personal challenge to finish a book each week for a month, but since then my reading has been slow going. Recently, I made some extra time to read (truth be told, all I had to do was stop browsing Instagram before bed) and love being back in the saddle. I just finished When Breath Becomes Air. I’m so late to the game on this one but it was totally worth getting around to. Read on for a rundown of the queue currently on my nightstand.

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Working Mom Interview: Jamie

Working Mom Interview: Jamie - Lollipops & Laptops

I was lucky enough to meet Jamie many years ago because she was best friends with a dear friend of mine. This girl exudes happiness. She is so genuinely kind and light-hearted, it just makes you smile to be around her. And Jamie makes being both a mom and entrepreneur look effortless. This working mom not only is building her own business while raising two little ones, but her husband has simultaneously built a business at the Exact. Same. Time. Read on to take a peek into the life of Jamie and her brand, Saturday Morning Pancakes.

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Working Mom Interview: Courtney

Working Mom Interview: Courtney - Lollipops & Laptops

Courtney is one of those women you meet and are instantly connected to. We briefly met when we were in junior high and both performed as extras in the local high school musical, then did one year in high school drama together before she was admitted to a prestigious performing arts high school in Orange County, and our lives came full circle when she planned my wedding 10 years later. By the time she was 30, Courtney had gotten an education at a first class university, gotten married and had three boys, founded, ran, and sold her own company, and supported high-end wedding and event industry leaders in various positions. What makes Courtney’s story so interesting is her experience as business-owning mother, stay-at-home-mom, and now a working mom in the traditional corporate world. Read on to learn more about Courtney’s background and how she’s crushing that working mom life.

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Legal Tip of the Month: Portfolio Careers

Legal Tip of the Month: Portfolio Careers - Lollipops & Laptops

Working a side hustle or having a portfolio career has become very commonplace, whether you’re doing odd jobs to make ends meet or expanding your experience despite being a successful professional. But there are many legal considerations that come with a portfolio career, so before you embark on your side hustle, consider these potential conflicts.

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Building a Portfolio Career

Building A Portfolio Career - Lollipops & Laptops

By day, I’m fully employed in the commercial real estate industry. On lunch breaks, after the kids’ bedtime, and on weekends, I’m building up two businesses and running a blog. Some might call me a workaholic. Or a hustler. A #bossbabe. Or an entrepreneur. But regardless of what you label it, what I’m doing is building a portfolio career. A portfolio career certainly is a buzz word you hear a lot these days. But what exactly is it, why should you consider it, and how do you even get started? Read on for the full rundown on building a portfolio career.

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Working Mom Interview: Brittany

Working Mom Interview: Brittany - Lollipops & Laptops

A few months ago, I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and like no one in my circle understood my unique challenges of being a working mom with two toddlers, a side hustle, a blog, and a husband who travels a lot. In desperation, I searched on Facebook for a working moms group and found one that is not only a wonderful source of support and advice, but it also helped me find people who were uniquely in the same boat as me. Which is where Brittany comes in. I stumbled into “meeting” Brittany when she shared a post from her beautiful and useful website, Our Home Made Easy, and found out through talking to her online that she, too, has a day job with a blog on the side. Read on for her take on managing a full-time job, parenthood, and a side hustle.

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Good Vibes from Around the Web: January

Good Vibes from Around the Web: January - Lollipops and Laptops

This month felt simultaneously like it flew by and was the longest month ever. Maybe it was coming off the holidays and extra days off of work in December, but I’m finally finding my groove in the new year. Read on for some useful information and good vibes from every corner of the web.

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Working Mom Interview: Melanie

Working Mom Interview: Melanie VocationElle - Lollipops & Laptops

When I decided to start this blog, it was because I found very few resources online for a working mom. It felt like there weren’t that many working moms out there sharing their experiences (most likely because no working mom has much time to build and maintain a blog). One of the greatest outcomes of putting myself out there has been finding other working women that really are sharing their experiences out there.

In comes Melanie. I “met” Melanie through Instagram, of all places. A fellow working mom, Melanie started a fantastic blog called VocationElle, which is specifically geared toward Millenial Working Moms (i.e. young moms relatively early in their careers with little ones at home). Read on for her experience from the trenches and check out her blog and Instagram feed for some high quality content to help you find that elusive work-life balance.

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