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Tina is a winner of Top 25 Mompreneurs - 2012

What advice would you give a mom who wants to be a mompreneur?

Really think about what the purpose of your blog will be and how many hours you want to spend on it. Once you figure that out, go and search for blogs and see what they are writing about/promoting and come up with some ideas to get started. Just make sure you have a clear set of goals for yourself and your site!

What tips do you have for connecting with other mom bloggers?

Come up with a list of your favorite sites and reach out and leave comments on these blogs. Start following these sites on facebook, twitter, google+ and start a conversation with them. You can also get involved free sweepstakes that one of the popular mom blogs is running and build your base of fans as well as make friends with other bloggers.

How do you balance being a mom and and an entrepreneur?

It is not easy. Sometimes you just have to know when to walk away from the computer. I try to set a goal of how many hours are available to work on the blog. You must know your limitations, be ready for change (often) and carve out time for family and FUN!

What's your best tip for teaching a gradeschooler about money?

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

With the use of debt cards it is so easy to just charge away. One of my best tips is to have kids pay for their own items, with cash. Also, allow them to collect and count the change. It can actually put a damper on their spending spree when they need to hand over their own dough. Some other good tips are show them how comparison shop to get a better deal. In many stores they have scanners at the end of the isles so you can check the prices. I have my kids scan in the item. wait for the price to show up and then we figure out whether or not they can afford it.
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At what age did you (or would you) give your child a cell phone? (Please include any contracts or conditions you gave your child with this use)

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

We are actually just contemplating this! Our daughter is ten and plays quite a few sports and is also being invited to many sleepovers. Already we have had more than one instance where she forgot to call us and we went over half a day without hearing from her (which is very nerve wrecking). After that happened, we talked about letting her use a cell phone for those times that she is at someone else home or is at a sporting event without us. We are giving her an old iphone that we have and we are signing her up with the most basic plan with the understand that this phone will only be given to her when she is not with us. We'll see how it works out!
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How do you prepare your child for kindergarten?

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

Getting them in a good routine is essential. Let them pick there clothes out, buy them an alarm clock so they wake up on time. Make learning the ABCs and 123s fun. We always would count items in our cart at the grocery store and sound out words together. We also have quite a few educational toys that we use together as well as using an online service that helps with basic reading and math skills.
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What's on your bucket list of things to do with your kids this summer?

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

We were on a budget this summer so when I found out about the idea of creating a bucket list from another blog we got to work creating ours. We did lots of fun things and got all of our friends involved also. We visited the beach, zoo, a water park, story time and the library, when to the movies, had a picnic in a tent inside the house, went swimming in the pool and lots of other fun things. The big difference for us this summer is that all my friends now have toddlers and they were looking for ways to keep their kids busy also so we would meet up as a big group and all enjoy the activities together!
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What's a great way to relieve stress? (The more unusual the better!)

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

Exercise is our go to way to relieve stress. If the weather is nice we go for a bike ride or walk in the neighborhood. The important part is to totally disconnect and not take your cell phone or device where people can interrupt you. If we have to stay indoors, MUSIC is how we relieve stress. Turn it up really loud and sing or dance around!
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At what age can kids start trick-or-treating? And by what age should they stop?

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

I think that 3-4 years old is the perfect age to start but, I remember taking my 2 year old out to trick-or-treat. She certainly did not understand what the holiday was all about nor could she eat the candy but she had fun walking around in her costume. As far as what age they should stop, I agree with many of the other moms that 7 or 8th grade is about the time they should stop. Now, that does not mean that the older kids can't still dress up and help pass out candy or help their younger brothers and sisters out! You can also participate in some of the trick-or-treat events in your area and not necessarily take your little ones out on Halloween night. In years past, we have visited Disney and done trick-or-treating there. We also have gone to many fall festivals where kids can wear their costume and get candy.
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How do you keep your kids involved with chores?

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

Chores have to be incorporated into the daily routine of the household. When the kids are old enough we sit as a family and talk briefly about how everyone must help in order to make this a nice place to live. For the younger kids we used a picture graph of the chores they are responsible for so it serves as a physical reminder of what needs to be done. For kids that can read you can put the chores in a list form. And for preteens and teens there are many apps that you can share as a family so that they can see their "to-do" list. Something I have come to recognize is that when I am actively cleaning or picking up as well, that is the perfect time for them to do their chores also.
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What was your favorite book as a teen?

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

I can honestly only remember some of the classics that really stuck with me such as Jack London's Call of the Wild as well as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Hobbit and last but not least Great Expectations!
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Help us create the ultimate pirate-themed birthday party! Please share an idea for a game, recipe, party favor, decoration, etc. that's perfect for a pirate party. Include a link to a photo if you have one!

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

Play a movie at the party such as Peter Pan or Hook. Sing like pirates (off-key and at the top of your lungs). Draw a treasure map and arrange for your crew to go on a hunt through the backyard for buried treasure.
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What are some fun alternatives to candy for passing out on Halloween? Please provide a short description and a link to an image or recipe.

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

Mini-boxes of raisins, mini Quaker Chewy Granola bars or fun size packs of animal crackers or Teddy Grahams.
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Do you use your slow cooker/crock pot even in summer? If you have a great warm-weather crock pot recipe, please share a link to it with other moms!

Tina from Shopaholic Mommy

The crock pot is my go to kitchen helper especially during soccer season. I don't know what we would eat without it! Most weeks I can't get a menu planned for the week but ever now and again I even surprise myself and get one done. I shared a link to a week's worth of crock pot recipes that we like to make - Mac & Cheese, Salsa Chicken, Hawaiian Pork Chops, Easy Meatballs, Crock Pot Pizza
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