How to make your WAHM buying experience a positive one

  1. Read the entire listing. Don’t skim it! Read it in its entirety. This is very important! If the listing isn’t clear, please ASK! If you don’t understand something, ask before purchasing! Don’t assume things that aren’t in the listing.
  2. Look at all of the pictures. Click to enlarge them if possible. If things look off in the picture, chances are that they will look off when you actually receive the item.
  3. Read through the WAHM’s policy page. Understand that they have policies in place for a reason. If you would like them to deviate from their policies, please ask PRIOR to making a purchase. Be respectful and understanding if they are unable to fulfill your special request (and consider ordering elsewhere if it is something that is very important to you). 
  4. Understand their shipping times. If a WAHM says that she will ship in stock items within two business days, expect her to fulfill her promise and ship within that time frame. For me personally, if something comes up and I am not able to fulfill a promise I have made, I will contact the customer ASAP to let them know and offer them options. This only happens when something serious comes up that prevents me from getting to the post office. Understand that while we strive to get things out ASAP, we are mothers (and wives, and sometimes students or we might have other jobs) and we might need the full amount of time listed.
  5. Understand and agree to the times for custom orders prior to placing the order. Most WAHMs do orders in the order they are received. You may have placed a smaller custom order, but you have no idea of knowing how many orders are ahead of you on the list. Most WAHMs clearly advertise their waiting periods. If the WAHM advertises a 2 week wait time on custom orders, be happy if it ships prior to the end of the wait time, but try not to be disappointed if it takes the entire time. Wait times are listed for a reason.
  6. International Buyers, please don’t ask the WAHM to break the law by marking your purchase as a “gift” on the customs forms. Please understand that you may be responsible to pay import taxes. Those are imposed by your country, and we have absolutely no control over them. Please understand that it takes time for packages to arrive internationally. While we wish we could make our post offices move faster, once the package is out of our hands, it is truly out of our control. And on this note, all MotherMoonPads international shipping prices include the cost of insurance through U-Pic.
  7. If you require anymore assistance or information that is not included in the listing, pictures, or on the policy page, contact the WAHM. We are more than happy to further explain whatever you need help with. 
  8. If you receive your order and have an issue with it, please:
  • contact the WAHM via her chosen method (email address listed on her business card, through the “contact” tab on her Facebook page or store)
  • Calmly and politely explain your problem
  • Clearly  and politely state how you would like the problem to be fixed
  • Treat her with respect, and she will likely return the favor. Try not to come out with “guns blazing”. Every WAHM wants their customer to be happy, and they should work with you to fix the problem.

Above all, understand that WAHMs are humans. We make mistakes. Sometimes life gets in the way. Try to be understanding. 

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A huge THANK YOU and a rave for Jewelry by Jessica Theresa

A few weeks ago, I was super fortunate and won a giveaway for a beautiful bracelet by Jewelry by Jessica Theresa.

Jessica is a local to me WAHM, and a friend.That has absolutely no bearing on my opinion of her products though (which are super fab!). She created the bracelet for me to my specifications (which were PINK of course-haha!). I gave her creative freedom aside from wanting it to be predominantly pink.

Shortly after the giveaway ended, she hand delivered this beautiful pink package. 

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It was beautifully wrapped in pink sparkly tissue paperImage

 

I squealed with delight when I opened it! (Okay seriously, I really squealed. My husband thought I was a nut, but check out how beautiful it is!)

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It fits just perfectly, and I have a huge THANK YOU to give to Jess for it.

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You can find Jewelry by Jessica Theresa on:

Her website:http://www.jessicatheresa.co/

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/jewelrybyjessicatheresa

And on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelryByJessicaT

 

* Jessica has absolutely no idea I am writing this rave, nor did I receive any compensation for it. I just pink sparkly heart her and her products!

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

Warning: This is a very honest and open blog post on the struggles of being a WAHM.

As a WAHM (Work At Home Mom), I always struggle with finding balance of the day. I feel pulled in so many directions. When people find out that I work from home, they have one of two reactions. One is that they look at me in awe, and ask how they can get started (as if it is as easy as buying into a company and collecting a paycheck). The other looks at me like I am crazy and they proudly exclaim that they could NEVER do that. They enjoy their steady paychecks and time away from the children.

I am blessed to always be with my children. Of course, since my children are always here, that means I don’t EVER get a break. There’s no sneaking off to the water cooler for a breather between meetings. There’s no luxurious half hour lunches in a cafeteria without children running around. I sometime miss those things about working outside of the home. I sometimes have to remind myself to look at my teenager and remember how fast they grow up. It’s truly a blink of an eye and they go from being this tiny, wrinkly little newborn to being an independant young adult, ready to make their own choices and go out into the world.

I am blessed to work from home so that I can always be there for my children, but there are many trade offs. The main one is that there is never a steady paycheck. I have been a WAHM for 4 years now, but until last March I was only responsible for paying half of our household bills. When my husband lost his job and couldn’t find another, a much larger chunk of the bills became my responsibility. This is a stress that I haven’t learned to deal with yet. There are some months that we are blessed with healthy sales and paying the bills comes relatively easy. There are other months where we are not as fortunate.

Lately, there has been talk of me closing down MotherMoonPads and looking for a job to utilize my Accounting degree. We are weighing the pros and cons of a steady paycheck versus being able to be the primary caregivers to our children 24/7.

Would my children be happier spending a few days a week in daycare to have parents who are less stressed financially? How do you know what is the right decision?

Being a WAHM has never come easy to me. It’s hard work that requires a huge time commitment. When I was wholesaling and offering co-ops, paying the bills was a lot easier but I was also sewing (literally) 12+ hours a day. There is no “M” in WAHM when all of my time is spent on the business, and if I am sewing all of the time what is the point of being a WAHM? I need time for family too.

Lately, business has been slow. Slow business equals a stressed out mommy who feels the need to sew even more to pay the bills. Of course that leads to the current situation I am in now, with over 200 mama cloth in stock. Am I wasting my time sewing when no one is buying? This is time that I could be spending doing other things, going on play dates at the park, knitting, volunteering places etc. But if I don’t sew, I don’t feel like I’m spending my time worthwhile. And if I don’t sew, the bills don’t get paid. It’s a catch 22 for sure.

There is also the whole “business persona” compared to just being able to be me. There are so many posts on forums such as DS & CDN about how certain people won’t buy from business if they believe in certain things, etc. Really, I just want to be able to be me, stand strong in my own convictions and not worry about how that will affect my business, sales, and being able to put food on the table.

I wish that there was a way for me to figure out how to balance working from home while caring for my children. But right now, it seems like the grass is always greener on the other side.

The inspiration of this blog post?

Travis, Side. Listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQKfqVAoMs8
Or read the lyrics below:
They all believe there’s someone watching over you
They’re watching every single thing you say
And when you die
They’ll set you down and take you through
They’ll realise one day
That the grass is always greener on the other side
The neighbour’s got a new car that you wanna drive
And when time is running out you wanna stay alive
We all live under the same sky
We all will live, we all will die
There is no wrong, there is no right
The circle only has one side
We all try hard to live our lives in harmony
For fear of falling swiftly overboard
But life is both a major and minor key
Just open up the chord
But the grass is always greener on the other side
The neighbour’s got a new car that you wanna drive
And when time is running out you wanna stay alive
We all live under the same sky
We all will live, we all will die
There is no wrong, there is no right
The circle only has one side

Track written by Fran Healy