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5 Mompreneur Tips as You Prepare for School to Start Back

Mother With Baby Working In Office At Home

Mompreneur taking care of business and baby!

It’s that time of year for many of us in the US. The time of year to get the kiddos prepare for back to school. As Mompreneurs, it changes our routine completely. We are going from the lazy days of summer to the hustle and bustle of after school activities, making lunches, and last minute projects.

Here are a few tips to get ahead of the curve:

1. Load your calendar now – Many schools have already sent out their calendar for the year that includes days off, holidays, and other special days to remember.  If you have kids at multiple schools like I do, this task may take a little while.  But trust me, you will be glad that you took the time now as oppose to waiting until later on when school starts.

2. Load your contacts now – If you have contacts related to your kids school(s), load them in to your contact list now. From the main school number to the nurse line, it will be helpful to have all of this up-to-date in your address book. Also, I like to keep the email addresses of the principals and counselors in my address book too.

3. Stock up on school supplies now –  This time of year is the cheapest that school supplies will be. Stock up and figure out a way to keep them organized. Target has a really cool plastic shelving system that I am thinking about getting this year. I hate buying the supplies and not being able to find them in a few months.

4. Include your kids in your business if you can – This is not always easy to do (depending on the age of your kids), but they will love it.  My kids enjoy video editing and social media. These are areas that I can teach them how to help out. This is also a way that they can earn a little extra money.

5. PrePlan your meals – Get in the habit of planning your meals ahead of time. This is something that I do not do yet, but I plan on doing it. I find that I spend a lot of extra time thinking about new meals that I can prepare that are healthy and that I have all of the ingredients for in my pantry. So, if I plan well on Sunday, it is something that I will not have to worry about the rest of the week.

I am sure that there are several more tips that can be added to this list. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

PicMonkey Grabs $41 Million Investment

Nicole I. Henderson, MBA:

This is huge for PicMonkey. I love the site and I am sure that they are only going to get better. I think that I better go ahead and get my year subscription:)

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

PicMonkey, a Seattle-based photo editing web app just secured a $41 million growth equity investment from Spectrum Equity.

This is the three-year-old company’s first ever round of outside funding, the site has bootstrapped its way into profitability.

“PicMonkey has grown from the ground up into a profitable business without a single round of outside funding,” Jonathan Sposato, co-founder and CEO of PicMonkey, said in a press release.

The app has built up a repertoire of nearly 25 million monthly users over the past several years.

PicMonkey can be used to make adjustments to pictures, build collages or create more complex graphic photo illustrations. The site has also built up “hundreds of thousands” of paid users, who pay about $5 a month (or $33 a year) to use the site ad-free and gain access to a variety of different features.

“It is rare for us to see a user community as passionate and loyal as this one…

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Love the Google Doodle – Happy Birthday Ida B. Wells

Google Doodle Ida B Wells

Google is so clever with their Doodle’s on their home page.  I love the variety that they use in altering this prime real estate on their site.  It is always a great reminder of what has gone on in history that we may not even think about otherwise.

What would you like to see as a Google Doodle?  Leave us a comment below.

Updated Controls for News Feed

Nicole I. Henderson, MBA:

More details on the updated controls in your FaceBook news feed.

Originally posted on Facebook Newsroom:

By Jacob Frantz, Product Manager

News Feed is a personalized stream of stories that you build from the people and Pages you’ve connected to on Facebook. The goal of News Feed is to show you the stories that matter most to you. To do this, we use ranking to order stories based on how interesting we believe they are to you: specifically, whom you tend to interact with, and what kinds of content you tend to like and comment on.

We’re always working to improve and personalize your News Feed experience. We know that ultimately you’re the only one who truly knows what is most meaningful to you and that is why we want to give you more ways to control what you see. Last year we announced some new ways to control what you see in News Feed. Today we are announcing even better tools for you…

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Facebook Empowers Us To Tell News Feed What We Want To See First

Nicole I. Henderson, MBA:

This could be huge for brands if they are truly producing content their customers want to see. A customer could decide to place you in their preferences such that you will definitely appear in their news feed.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

“We know the algorithm isn’t perfect” News Feed Product Manager Greg Marra tells me. So to make sure Facebook stays entertaining and addictive, it’s giving users more direct control over what they see by revamping News Feed Preferences.

News Feed PreferencesFacebook is rolling out to the U.S. a way to choose friends and Pages they want to “See First” atop the feed, after I spotted it testing the feature last month. The upgraded settings section will now display who’s shown most in your feed and let you unfollow them, refollow people you’ve hidden, and discover Pages based on your interests. It’s coming tothe U.S. on iOS today and other platforms soon.

After years of suggesting who we should add as friends, Facebook is finally helping us to cull and coordinate who appears in our News Feeds. That could ensure our best friends don’t get drowned out by distant acquaintances. The…

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