How To Make Extra Money In Your Spare Time

One thing I have learned over the years of raising a child by myself, is wow are they expensive!  In efforts to supply some fun and fund extra curricular activities, I have always found a way to make some extra cash in my spare time.

My newest favorite way is thru Uber.  What I love about it, is that it is completely and utterly flexible with my hectic schedule.  It can be done literally just about whenever you feel like it.  There is no schedule to stick to, specific days that must be worked and no set amount of hours to fulfill.  In fact, I believe in order to remain an active driver, only one ride per month has to be completed.

This has been a dream come true for me.  I do a few hours that are convenient for me during the week and I normally make a few hundred extra dollars.  If you are stressed about holidays, birthdays, making ends meet or anything else, I highly suggest this due to its complete flexibility.

Another thing I love about Uber, is that when you use a referral code, you earn FREE money after you complete 20 rides.  20 rides can definitely be completed over the course of a weekend.  Depending on what city you are in, referral earnings are anywhere from $50 – $150.  Free money to be already be driving on top of the money being made from giving rides.  If you are interested, I have my referral code below so you can earn yourself free money.

I have been doing Uber about two months now and have had nothing but a great experience.  The app is very user friendly, the people I have driven to their destinations have been very nice, there has been great conversation and laughs along the way and I am happy to get riders where they need to go safely.

Once I completed the application process, I was on the road three days later.  It was so simple.  If you are a night owl, rates are always higher which means more money in your pocket.  Personally, I only drive during the day and early evening and have been very happy with my earnings so far.  It is by far the most flexible way I have ever made extra money.

Sign up to drive at and use my referral code DAWNC6546UE for your FREE money!  Try it out and let me know if you like it as much as I do.




3 Ways To Talk To Your Teen About Uncomfortable Topics

When I became a mom, it was really important to me to always have an open line of communication on ALL subjects. I never wanted to shy away from something because it made me uncomfortable. My goal was to embrace it and be honest no matter how taken aback by the question I might be.

There are a lot of words, topics and questions that Phoenix has asked me over the years. I won’t lie, sometimes I have thought in the back of my mind “What?! I can’t answer this! She’s too young; I’m not ready; Should I really answer this?”.

When an 8 year old comes home and asks “What’s masturbation?”, you just can’t be prepared for that. At least I wasn’t. I have learned though, that having open communication has led my daughter to not be afraid to come talk to me about anything. It means I know what the kids at school are talking about because she’s asking questions about things she hears at school. It also means I have built a repoire with her, that she knows I will tell her the truth if she asks.

I’ve developed this relationship with Phoenix by doing 3 things consistently.

1. I am always honest. Whether it’s a topic of sex, drugs, anorexia, suicide, death or whatever it might be, I am always honest. I don’t embellish the answer or tell a fiblet. I give an honest answer to the best of my knowledge.

2. I explain the topic in an age appropriate way. It is possible to be honest about the topic of sex without going into gross detail and making it raunchy. Same goes for any other topic. I don’t have to get into the knitty-gritty details of something to have explained it in an informative way that makes sense. Sometimes the details can just wait a few years

3. I use real life examples. I try to use comparable experiences from my own life to explain certain things. If I don’t have the experience, then I will use a friends experience. I do this so when I’m explaining something to Phoenix, she knows I’ve been there or have been close to it. It’s normal to be inquisitive and we are all human. It builds my credibility.

Doing these things ever since my daughter could talk is the reason she shares most things with me. If she has a question, she isn’t afraid to ask. It keeps our lines of communication open all the time and makes uncomfortable topics pretty standard conversation anymore.

What uncomfortable topics have you had to deal with and how did you handle them?





How To Make School Mornings Run Smooth

I have a confession……I used to suck at mornings! The whole getting two people ready by 7 am just wasn’t my thing.

It’s hard enough being a parent, much less being a single parent, and then arguing with a toddler, then a tween, trying to fight over the bathroom mirror and argue about clothes. It was rough! By the teen years though, we finally have a system. Phoenix avoids me til I have had my coffee……no, just kidding! Those were the old days.

Gone are the days of yelling in the morning. We may not always be the most organized people, but our mornings are very organized. In fact, they have to be. We have the same before bed and right out of bed routine. We now both have the same amount of time to get ready, but now we do it in shifts. 

First things first, outfits should be picked out the night before. No excuses! Socks, underwear, shoes and everything. No more 7am “Mom, I can’t find any socks”.  Everything is found the night before.

Second, any items for the bookbag, briefcase and purse should be in there the night before. This saves all kinds of time with forgetting something, or misplacing anything. It has truly been a lifesaver.

Third, we are on different schedules. We wake up at the same time, but now I make coffee, eat breakfast and finish packing lunches, while Phoenix gets dressed and does her hair and make up. When she comes down for breakfast, I go upstairs to start getting ready and doing my hair and makeup.

Fourth, know what lunches will be the night before and get them grab and go ready. This simple step has cut 30 minutes out of my morning routine. Sandwiches are made, I just put the condiment on and put it in the lunch box. Veggies are pre-cut and bagged the night before, snacks are pre-made, drinks are bottled up the night before. It now takes about 5 minutes to get both of our lunches packed.

Fifth, now that there is 100% less stress in the morning, always make sure to hug them, tell them you love them and to have a good day before going separate ways. I think it really sets a good tone for the day, even when they are teens and mumble something back that might be “I love you”, might be “get away from me”, you just never know.

Try implementing one of these strategies a week and let me know how it’s working for you. It has truly saved many tears in our house.



Top 6 Tips for Teenage Skin Care

As a teenager (soon to be 14), I have learned that if I don’t take care of my skin, it gets bad….real bad!

Thanks to the help of You Tube and Pinterest, I have found some awesome skin care tips, found what really works for me and want to share them with you.

  1. Drink ice cold water – From what I have learned, drinking ice cold water not only keeps skin hydrated, but it also tightens pores. When pores are tight, it keeps them from getting clogged with dirt and every other gross thing we come in contact with at school.
  2. Eat lots of vegetables – Lucky for me, I love vegetables! Especially asparagus, celery, carrots and broccoli. Vegetables help detoxify skin from nasty dirt and oils. Plus they are low in calories so eat up.
  3. Hot compresses – Before I start with any kind of cleanser, I always use a hot compress. It opens up the pores so if any dirt is stuck in the pores, it is coming out now.
  4. Daily Cleanser & Light Scrub – My favorite cleanser/scrub is St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. I love the smell and it’s light enough to use every day without irritating the skin.
  5. Good Homemade Face Mask – I have been getting yelled at for using all the kitchen ingrediants to make my mask recipes for like a year now. My mom (I think) has finally come to terms with the fact that this is part of my life now. I like doing homemade because it’s chemical free, easy, they really do work and you won’t die if you accidentally eat some. I will share some of my favorite recipes with you in my future posts.
  6. Rub an ice cube on your face – Once I rinse my mask off, I immediately run an ice cube over my face to close all the pores back up. I would not want any dirt clogging my freshly cleaned pores

This whole routine takes me about 30 minutes and I do it every night before bed. So far, my skin has had very few blemishes compared to some of the other kids my age. It takes a little time but I would rather take the time than be worried about covering up pimples and blackheads all the time.

Try it for a couple weeks and let me know how it works for you.



Welcome To Our Amusement Park

When  we weren’t scratching each others eyes out, we were making each other laugh harder than anyone else could. ~Lucie Arnaz

Have you ever noticed that raising a teenage daughter is much like going to an amusement park?  We mothers, just never know what the day has in store for us.  Are we up or down?  Laughing hysterically or crying?  Waiting for what feels like eternity or moving at light speed?  Having the time of our lives or feeling like we just might be sick?

To be honest, most days feel much like a rollercoaster ride. Some days it’s pretty bumpy, other days it’s smooth cruising. But at the end of the day, the ride was totally worth it.

We are just a mother-daughter duo who are very close, insanely different and typically really funny.  We like to have fun, be silly, learn new things together and decided it would be fun to chronicle our shenanigans in a blog together. Phoenix (the daughter) is the beauty and Dawn (Mr. Mom) is the brains.

What can you expect from us?

  • A LOT of hilarious moments and some not so hilarious moments
  • Real life struggles and successes
  • Work & School / Life Balance
  • Beauty tips including homemade natural skincare – A Phoenix specialty
  • Cost savings and frugal ways to do just about anything – A Dawn specialty
  • Hopefully some inspiration to reach your full parent potential to

We look forward to entertaining you, educating you and inspiring you. Buckle your  seatbelts.


Dawn and Phoenix