Whether you are a stay at home mom or a work at home mom, I'm sure you've already heard a time or 20 how lucky you are to be able to stay at home all day and that you must basically do like, nothing, right? Like, you couldn't possibly do as much as all those mom's that have to go to work everyday.
I. Don't. Think. So.
You see, I've been both, and let me tell you, being the working mom was easier. Maybe it wasn't as rewarding, necessarily, but it was easier. I could go to work and focus on the task at hand while someone else cared for my child. That's not a knock to the working mom, either. It's honestly just what my experience was.
Now, though it may be more difficult, I wouldn't trade being a work at home mom for anything, but imagine my surprise when I received these text messages from my significant other with quite the colorful choice of words (hehe)!
Good ole auto correct corrected my "nothing" to boring, so I attempted to fix it just for you (haha), but you get the drift. Before you get too mad at my dude - he was uber stressed at that particular moment, and none of us are perfect, so let's forgive him and move on.
But just to clear things up for everyone that loves to be up in my business: I am how everyone's laundry gets done, I am how people have towels to dry off with when they get out of the shower,
I'm the one who wipes people's pee off the toilet seat, I'm the one who picks up various articles of clothing on a daily basis and gets them to the laundry room, I am the one who puts food on the table (and not your run of the mill mac n' cheese or frozen pizza - I make healthy shit for my family), like my, "Make you poop Chili", Veggie Pot Pie (like chicken, but better, and vegan friendly), and my Baked Spaghetti (where I hide garlic, peppers, and other healthy stuff that the kids don't know about) which you can find in my recipes section sometime next week.
I am the one who drops off and picks up from school, I am the one who makes sure there are groceries in the house,
I am the one who makes sure kids have gifts for birthday parties and that they get there, I am almost always the one who gets the children to their sporting activities, I clean up the house at least 3 times a day ( after the toddler destroys it in the morning, after he destroys it in the afternoon, and one final time before I go to bed.)
Then, some where in between all that, I have to find time to run my business so I can pay a car payment, pay for cell phones, put lunch money in bank accounts, pay for insurance, Netflix, Internet, vehicle repairs ($2,500 was my most recent) & maintenance, clothing (even thought I shop mostly second hand or support other small shop's) and provide somewhat of a tiny cushion in the bank in case one of us is ever out of work or falls ill. Below is an example of a typical "I do nothing" type of day (haha!).
I run an Instagram account, Facebook business account & group, Pinterest account, Tumblr account, & Twitter account for my Etsy shop and my company website, LivAndCo.com , where I design and manufacture adorable clothing and accessories for your babies and children and occasionally come up with some fab adult tee's as well.
I would challenge anyone that has a problem to walk a day in my shoes. You'll die after my morning workout, I promise ;) (visit my Facebook page Live Better With Liv . It's my hobby page.), but me, that's just my warm up for getting prepared to rockstar through my day.
While my significant other (who does work his tail off to help support our brood) gets to come home as his break on a weekly basis, I do not have that luxury. Weekends mean virtually nothing to me. I'm still rocking the mom boss gig 24/7/365, and if I'm lucky, I may get a tiny vacation or 2 a year (but even then I bring my work with me because I can't afford to take off and I also cannot afford the mental stress of getting backed up on orders).
I have ZERO margin for error. When an emergency comes up, it throws everything off whack, because I literally chew up every moment of my day MOVING and getting stuff done.
So to all the mom bosses - those that are stay at home mom's, work at home mom's, or mom's that hold down that 9-5 and still come home to bathe the kids and put dinner on the table, but get told you must not do much - this one is for you!
I have to go now because I really don't even have enough time to write this post (haha). No really, I have to go give my son a bath...
We get it - shopping for little boy's isn't as easy as shopping for little girl's, and it's often not as fun! Not to mention, scouring the internet for hours in search of a fabulous birthday shirt for your boy's special day can be overwhelming! So, we went ahead and did the leg work for you and found you some of the best birthday boy shirts on the internet!
This crown boy's birthday shirt went viral on Pinterest. In fact, this whole ensemble is just the cutest, many times when people purchase it they recreate this look! What's even better - it is available in all ages! Grab yours HERE.
Has turning two years old ever looked so cute? I don't think so! There really isn't a better 2nd birthday shirt to celebrate your little guy turning two years old than this personalized 2 mustache shirt! It is so hard to find cute, customized boy shirts, but then we stumbled upon this little gem! Kill'in it! This one is also available for all ages. Grab yours HERE.
What better way to say, "I'm two!" than with a shirt that not only holds up 2 finger's to say so, but also coincidentally is the peace symbol! Not only is this available on this amazing raglan, but it is also available on solid color tee's as well. Grab the raglan HERE.
You'll want to be sure to re-pin, re-tweet, and/or Facebook share this post to come back to it later as I compile the ultimate boy birthday shirt go-to article!
Not in the market for a birthday shirt quite yet? Head HERE to shop the most unique, handmade boys t shirt apparel.
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It's almost Memorial Day Weekend! To me, that is the beginning of Summer. For some, school is already out, and for others- it's right around the corner. Summer time is such an awesome time of year. Full of pool parties, barbecues, vacations, relaxation + so much more. We rounded up some of our favorite items for Summer this year! These products will help make your Summer more enjoyable + fun!
Sunscreen: http://www.supergoop.com/shop/day-to-day-tote/ . This Supergoop! suncreen is our favorite for summer. It's fun to put on, lightweight, and lasts a long time! We love this little carrying case they sell! Perfect for traveling!
Beach hair: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Your-Mothers-Texturizing-8-ounce/dp/B004UL0GTK?th=1 . The beach is perfect for giving you those textured waves. But sometimes we need a little product to enhance the effect. We love this texturizing spray for creating that beachy look!
Summer tanks: http://www.livandco.com/store/c8/Women_%2F_Maternity_%2F_Pregnancy_TShirts.html . Our brand new summer tanks are perfect for lounging at the beach or on vacation! They are super comfy + go with everything!
Swim Suit: https://www.cupshe.com/products/cupshe-time-slips-away-floral-bikini-set?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=cyy833-awa&utm_content=awareness&pp=0 . This suit is one of our favorites! We love the tropical look of it paired with the stripes! Even if you don't have any vacations planned, this swim suit will make you feel like you're in paradise!
Flamingo pool float: https://www.amazon.com/Original-Giant-Flamingo-Inflatable-Inches/dp/B00TYU97FG . These things are ALL over instagram. And we LOVE it. You have to have a sweet pool float this summer. They are SO much fun. And surprisingly comfy.
Instax Mini Camera: https://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-Instax-Mini-Instant-Pink/dp/B009ZM9R4O . This camera is perfect for your summer getaway! It's a mini polaroid camera that helps you capture your summer memories in such a fun way! Your pictures print out instantly- helping you remember your vacation forever!
Pineapple Cup: https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/1642142/ankit-home-pineapple-coffee-tumbler?color=MULTI&crlt.pid=camp.ep46TClky7Nx . Whether you are sipping coffee for an early morning sunrise on the beach, or you prefer an ice cold margarita on the boat, this tumbler is perfect for keeping any drink hot or cold!
Towel: https://henryandbros.com/collections/bed-to-beach-towel-blanket/products/bed-to-beach-towel-blanket . A great towel is a must-have for summer. We love this colorful one from Henry and Bros. Goes with everything!
Sun Hat : https://www.etsy.com/shop/KindredandKid . Kindred and Kid has tons of different sun hats with adorable phrases! We love this one for summer!
Choosing a theme for your baby's first birthday party can be hard! There are so many different options, and you want the first birthday to be so special. We're going to be sharing some of our favorite first birthday themes with you to help you with your party planning! Today's theme we will be sharing is Lumberjack! What's cuter than buffalo plaid, a woodsy feel, and red & black all over!?
The buffalo plaid 1st birthday bodysuit is from our shop: www.livandco.com . We have tons of first birthday outfits, but this one fits the lumberjack theme PERFECT.
Other lumberjack themed items & ideas can be found here:
Lumberjack cake: http://www.creativemornings.blogspot.com
Lumberjack sign: gatheringeventscompany.com
Lumberjack leggings: www.etsy.com/shop/midbestthreads
Buffalo plaid hat: www.etsy.com/shop/partydecorandmoore
ONE letters: www.catchmyparty.com
High chair banner: www.etsy.com/shop/lilcraftychickadee
This year Father's Day is on June 18th! Father's Day is such a great time to celebrate the awesome dads in your life! We have tons of great Father's Day outfits for baby + toddler in the shop. Here are a few of our favorites:
Another fun way to celebrate Father's Day (besides dressing baby in an awesome Father's Day outfit) is to make a craft for dad! We've found 6 awesome + easy crafts to do with your kids! Dad is going to LOVE this!
Nuts about You: http://www.happinessishomemade.net/nuts-about-you-photo-frame-gift-idea/
Best Dad By Par: http://www.craftymorning.com/handprint-golfer-fathers-day-card-for-kids-to-make/
Hardest Working Dad: http://www.craftymorning.com/dollar-bill-t-shirt-fathers-day-card/
You Rock Dad Craft: http://katarinaspaperie.com/2016/05/free-printable-rock-dad-coloring-page-diy-rock-frame/
Love You To Pieces: http://www.craftymorning.com/love-pieces-fathers-day-frame-gift/
Daddy’s Grilling Partner: http://gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/05/daddys-grilling-partner-keepsake-wfree-printable.html
We hope your Father's Day is perfect! www.livandco.com
I've been running almost every single day (including during pregnancy) since I was 20 years old.
I'm 34 now, and let's be real, sometimes the same routines day in and day out get real old (I used to run 3-5 miles a day... everyday...), so I'm compiling my list of treadmill exercises I use to challenge myself and mix things up and I'm bringing them to you just in case your runs start to get boring or you get the urge to want to save your knees, as all of my routines are done on hills/inclines.
I have labeled them all beginner/intermediate/expert for your convenience.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor by any means. Consult your physician if you're unsure of any routines or have any health conditions. I do, however, come from a strong background in health, fitness, & nutrition and this is simply my advice.
I've heard it time and time again since Etsy went public, shops that were once super busy had suddenly hit the skids with no hope of revival in site. They've done everything they did in the beginning to ramp up business again and nothing was working. I know because I was one of them. A 6 figure a year shop, suddenly halted.
Socialism had hit Etsy. Etsy wanted to give every seller a piece of the pie, regardless of effort, rather than keeping those shops that had put their dues in, where they rightfully deserved to be. People who spent 12-16 hours a day on their shop, studying SEO until their eyes bled, bringing new products to the platform everyday, and social media-ing the hell out of their shops had been stopped dead in their tracks.
Instead of being a person to Etsy, like it used to be before they became a publicly traded company, you are now just a hiccup in their algorithm. So, then the question becomes, "How do I fix this and work with the algorithm now that it is working against me?" Have no fear, I have implemented the following strategies and tested these theories to prove their accuracy and they work.
#1. Use shop updates. I have no idea what the relevancy is to shop updates. Honestly, I find them quite silly, but the more I update, the more sales come flooding in. Then, I share them to my business Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts tag @Etsy and #Etsy in each post.
I would think that shop updates would be photo's of you making your product or new releases you are working on that you haven't listed yet that you want to give people a sneak peak at, but you have to tag a photo from your shop, which leaves you limited on what type of updates you can actually post. Either way- use them.
#2. Get your orders out before their ship by date.
This may seem like a no - brainer, but to some, it is totally a thing. They ship their item's out way past their ship by date or wait right up to the ship by date to ship their orders. Not only does this hurt your ranking in a major way, Etsy can, and most likely, eventually will, put your shop on suspend should you become a repeat offender of shipping your orders out on or past your stated turnaround time. See, now you are just part of an algorithm, so it doesn't matter if you're a busy shop or not. If your orders ship late and the algorithm picks up on it, you're getting bumped down in relevancy. Even though I have a 1 -2 week turnaround on my personalized birthday outfit sets, I start noticing my shop dip after orders for them were open past a week. Sad to say, since my items are handmade, and it should be understood that they'll take time, the absolute fastest you can get your orders out, the better. It's like Etsy is trying to compete with Amazon and eBay now, except their uniqueness came from the fact that the site is supposed to be all handmade.
#3. Respond to your messages within 24 hours, 48 hours - max. I have tested this theory on purpose and by accident. I do not work weekends - I have business hours, just as every other reputable business does. I also have a family, therefore, I do not respond to messages on the weekends and that hasn't proven to be an issue with ranking. During the week, I make sure to respond to messages in 1-2 business days. Being that I like to have a focus on manufacturing my products and getting them out quickly, I tend to put the messages that ask questions that are already answered in my FAQ and my listing descriptions, on the back burner. However, if I let them go too long, I notice a dip in sales. 48 hours seems to be the magic number.
#4. Make sure you do not have any listings in your shop that violate copyright or trademark laws. Not just a scare tactic, it's actually true. If you're a shop that is flagged for infringement, you're going to take a hit in ranking. If you get flagged too many times, you'll eventually get shut down. Don't ever make the assumption that you're too small to be found out, either. There are all kinds of trademarks that people wouldn't expect, and with the Silhouette Cameo and Cricut SVG. files on the rise, people have been selling copied designs for some time now and the original owner's are really starting to crack down. Research your designs and products to make sure there isn't anything else out there like it and any sayings you use, run them through the TESS trademark database HERE. And for the love, if you are still using the term "onesies" or selling knockoff Disney products - just STOP. Because of the power of the Internet and Facebook groups, you should probably know by now that those are 2 of the biggest infringements reported on Etsy and if you take your business seriously, you don't need to be selling other's intellectual property anyway.
#6. Renew your listings. Anything and everything to stay relevant works and that includes renewing your listings. I have almost 300 items in my shop. Obviously, some of them are going to get lost in the pool of baby bodysuits and tee shirts and this should be considered in every product category. Just because you list an item once, doesn't mean it is going to take off, and the longer it sits there stagnant, the more it loses it's position in rank. Renewing the item brings life to it again, in a way. It puts it back in front of more viewers that have yet to see it. If an item sits from the time you list it for 4 months until it expires without being sold one time in between, how do you think anyone else has seen it if you aren't renewing it or advertising it? If you are one of those people that say you shouldn't have to renew your listings or, my personal faves, that you shouldn't have to pay for advertising, A.) It's $0.20 for crying out loud. You can renew 5 listings a day for $1. I hope you have a $1 a day to invest in your business, otherwise, running a business may not be right for you and B.) It takes money to make money. You need to either renew it, revise the listing, take better pictures, or evaluate the product's likability altogether.
#7. Avoid having cases opened against your shop. I think we can all agree that we don't want any cases opened against our shops. Things happen and customers don't always come to us first with their issues, which sucks, but it happens. Stay proactive. I am human and have had cases opened against me. The longer a case stays open, the more I notice my shop dipping in relevancy, which can be quite discouraging in cases that you literally cannot do anything about. One time, I had someone open a case against me claiming her baby bodysuit arrived and that it wasn't boy colors. The listing photo was literally a purple and green design. She even included a photo of the bodysuit in her case and it was side by side with my listing photo, looking identical. She never responded to the case and it took some time for it to close. In the event that a case should be opened against your shop, resolve it quickly and professionally.
There are my 7 tips to revive your existing Etsy shop or jump start your new one. Let me know what you think or any tips you've implemented since the new algorithm in the comments below!
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Mother's Day is right around the corner. This year it's on May 14! Have you gotten your baby's Mother's Day outfit yet? There is still time! Shop our designs here: http://www.livandco.com/store/c38/Mother%27s_Day_Baby_Bodysuits_and_Children%27s_Shirts.html
We also wanted to share some of our favorite Mother's Day activities! These are some super fun + simple ways to enjoy the holiday together.
Paper Plate Craft: http://nontoygifts.com/paper-plate-mothers-day-craft-kids/
Handprint Bouquet: http://alittlepinchofperfect.com/handprint-and-footprint-flowers-and-vase-craft-for-mothers-day
Tissue Paper Flower Pot: http://fromabcstoacts.com/tissue-paper-flower-pot
Heart Bouquet Card: http://www.makeandtakes.com/bouquet-hearts-card-valentines-day
Handprint Keychain: http://greyhouseharbor.com/diy-handprint-keychain/
Flower Pot with Sticks: https://typicallysimple.com/craft-stick-flower-pots/
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