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Welcome to WhatMommyDoes!

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog and for taking a moment to find out what it’s all about. plane

My name is Lena. I’m a mom of three – ages 6, 3, and 1.

I’ve been blogging for a while…but about serious stuff like the economy and taxes. Yuck, right?!!

Well, this is the blog I’ve always wanted to have.

I have a lot of interests, so this will be my place to talk about a little bit of everything.

Major topics will revolve around my everyday life as a stay-at-home-mom, my adventures as a serial entrepreneur, philanthropic interests, and my newfound life as a fitness enthusiast.

As a reformed :=) semi-extreme couponer, I will share my best strategies for saving money in posts like the Beginners Guide to Couponing and Cheap Meal Ideas. I will document lessons learned from some of my own home business adventures (like my kids consignment sale) as well as give my readers ideas for bringing in a little extra cash on the side themselves.

Occasionally I will throw in some fun stuff like playdate ideas and my thoughts in general about being a stay-at-home-mom to my 3 little boogers. :=) Mommies (even entrepreneurial ones) do a little bit of everything under the sun. This is my place to share all of that.

Stay-at-Home Mom Finances & My Mortgage Free Dream

An aspect of this blog I’d like to highlight – its purpose in My Mortgage-Free Dream

Before I quit my job to be a stay-at-home-mom, my husband and I saved my entire income for over a year, and we continued our extremely frugal ways well after the birth of our first child, until we almost went nuts!

We’ve since learned to be a little less crazy when it comes to living on less, but I still spend a good bit of time each month finding ways to save or make more money so we can fund our future.

We try our best to live on my husband’s income so we can use any money I make to fund college accounts, increase retirement savings, and pay down our mortgage with the ultimate goal of reaching financial independence (i.e. not needing a regular job to pay the bills).

My goal is for this blog to play a large role in paying down our mortgage. It will be no small feat, but I like a good challenge. :=) We have to pay it off sometime in this lifetime, right? I figure why not focus on it now?

Starting Point: We currently owe approximately $237,000 on a $279,000 mortgage. We have a long way to go, but I will keep you updated!

Every dollar counts, right?!!

The Equation: Making a Lot = Saving a Lot + Giving a Lot

I believe there is a point where your time & effort is better spent earning more vs. concentrating on saving, but that both are important to long term financial health. I believe if you first get a handle on your spending, then focus on earning more, you will be good to go. Because it doesn’t matter how much you earn if you can’t hold on to any of it.

It is my hope that every one of my readers will follow me on this journey to achieve financial independence.  For me, what financial independence truly means is not having to worry about my own financial future so I can spend my time helping others.

For now I can only daydream about what it will feel like to own our home 100% outright. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can actually experience it!

Helping Other Moms Start Blogs

I spend most of my days running a household and being a mommy to two beautiful little girls and a squishy baby boy. While my husband is at work, you can find us out and about at playdates, driving to and from preschool, and spending too much money at Target (I’m working on that problem, LOL). :=)

I fit in blogging when I can at night and during nap times or when I have a babysitter to help me.

I try to justify every babysitting dollar with blogging income, so as you can imagine, I try to make every minute online count.

Somehow, every year I manage to contribute a decent amount to our annual household budget and constantly get questions from friends and former co-workers about how I am able to do that.

Of course, I always recommend starting a blog! If you have any passion that you could envision talking about for at least a few minutes each day, then you have a viable blog topic because odds are there are at least thousands of other people interested in exactly the same thing!

I don’t want other moms to waste as much time as I did over the years trying out complicated website templates and spending countless hours researching things like how to place clickable images on the right side of the page!

So I wrote a guide to Starting a Mom Blog in 3 Quick Steps that will help anyone get up and running with the RIGHT tools in one evening.

To anyone who’s seriously interested in getting a blog started, I highly recommend using my guide to get going. You will not be very pleased with the results.

As my way of paying it forward, and because I like helping others succeed, I am opening up my schedule to help ONE MOM per month get going using my guide. No strings attached or payment required. My payment comes in the form of the referral fees I get from Dreamhost and StudioPress when you sign up using the links in my quick start guide.

I’ll answer any questions you have for an entire month so you can get off to a fantastic start on your blogging adventure. I know just how tough it is to feel like you’re in this alone!

Contact me if you’re interested. I’m currently booked through the end of February, so I am available starting March 2014.

My Contact Information

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If you choose Health & Fitness Tips and Motivation as one of your interests below, you will get a FREE copy of my new ebook, 25 Ways to Get Exercise at Home. :=)

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~Lena


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