My awesome new morning routine and a Work Shift e-book giveaway!

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For the past year or so I have considered working from home. Setting up a skin care business, selling baked goods, teaching classes, and writing books have all swirled as possibilities.

As a stay-at-home mom (who also homeschools) I find my free time to pursue such endeavors to be very limited. When I heard that Anne Bogel had written a book about blending work, life, and family, I was very interested. (Anne homeschools, works from home, and keeps an interesting and engaging blog.)

Reading Work Shift really got me thinking about how our home runs. What could I do to make it function more effectively? How could I find some time to do things I wanted to do, even if it was in small amounts?

Even if I wasn't working a paying job, I still wanted to pursue an interest or passion from time to time. In fact, more than anything, I was hungering for some kid free to time to exercise consistently without interruption.

As the wheels turned I came up with a plan to makeover my morning routine to create some more time for me to exercise. It involved my husband so I thought it all out and then presented him with my proposal:

Three days a week he would watch the kids while I exercised in our bedroom. While I was exercising he would work on math lessons with them (he's way better at it than me). This was to take place right after I fed them breakfast.

I explained all the reasons why this was important to me and how I thought it would benefit the entire family.

He said, “Yes!”

I love him.

And I'm thankful to have read Work Shift which helped me to think outside the box when it came to our family routine.

Our new routine is working very well and I am feeling more peaceful, healthy  and energetic. My husband is involved in the kid's schooling and the kids tell me math is easier to understand with their dad as the teacher. Win-win-win!

If you are considering working or already have a job, this book could help you find new ways to arrange your life so that it works best for you and your family.

In the book, Anne discusses the history or women in the workplace and provides a lot of well-researched information. It is quite eye-opening.

Work Shift also shows quite clearly that no one can do it all, but that you can live a life that blends the important things successfully.

My favorite part of Work Shift is the What It Looks Like section in which 30 women share how they blend work and family.

A number of women you may know from around the web contributed their stories, such as Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom, and Susan Wise Bauer as well as a lot of other women you don't know but can certainly relate to.

These real life examples helped me to think more clearly about what working would actually involve and ways that I could organize my life to do the things that are important to me and my family.

To be entirely honest, these true accounts helped me see that I might not actually be ready to work from home. And also that keeping my blog is actually work. There is just so much to ponder.

If you already work or are considering joining the work force, whether it be in or out of the home, or even starting your own business, I highly recommend you read Work Shift to get a good picture of what it might be like and to help you begin thinking about how to blend the important and necessary things of life in a way that benefits the whole family.


Anne has offered a 50% discount to the first 10 people to purchase a copy of Work Shift, making it just $4. To get the discount use coupon code: DELIGHTFUL. Coupon is valid on orders of the pdf version through e-junkie, not on e-books purchased through Amazon.


Anne is also giving away a copy of Work Shift: How to Create a Better Blend of Work, Life, and Family to one of you.
To enter, leave a comment below.

Giveaway will close on Wednesday, October 24 at 8pm PST.

Have you considered working in or out of the home? Or do you currently work?

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  1. “Work Shift” sounds interesting! Would enjoy learning some new ideas for managing home & work. Thanks for the opportunity! Nancy

  2. I have a small etsy shop and I would like to read this to help me better mesh what I need to do 🙂

  3. I would love to read this! My husband is currently working from home and he cares for our children weekday mornings to give me time to rest and do small projects around the house. We believe wholeheartedly in creating a schedule that works for our family.

  4. This book sounds wonderful! I’d love to read it. Great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  5. When you put something out to the universe – it shows you the way.
    I am struggling with being the best mother, wife, teacher, homemaker, cook, cleaner, washer, waiter, psychologist, and best friend – some tips on how to manage time and life better would be most welcome.

    Narelle x

  6. I work 1-2 8 hour shifts a week at a local extended care /rehab facility(geriartics), it is hard, but somehow I am able to juggle it, thinking about starting a new job, would love to read new book!! Kellie Cassidy

  7. How timely! I had been trying to figure out how to fit regular exercise into my daily routine. I appreciate this article and I’m really looking forward to the book!

  8. My wife is always looking for interesting ways to do our home life. She thinks on and researches what we should eat, how to educate the kids, and different ways to do things. Sounds like Work Shift would be great read for her.

  9. I’m always looking for ways to make our home run more efficiently! I love the new morning routine! I need ideas!

  10. For the past 14 months I have been working outside the home part time. I’m still struggling to find a way to balance being a wife, mother, and employee. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  11. I’ve been working out of my home for years with three kids and recently added a husband and three more kids to the mix. It seems like life is in a constant state of flux, so that what worked yesterday will change tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of “Work Shift.”

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