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Do you love baking? Tips on how busy stay-at-home moms can make money from it

Do you Love Baking? Tips on How Busy Stay-at-Home Moms can Make Money from It

Are you a stay-at-home mom who has a passion for baking but think you don’t have time to do it? In this exclusive interview with the amazing woman behind "Cake N Tel", Mommy Kristel spills her secrets on how she’s rocking being a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers while pursuing her passion at the same time — and how she makes money from it, too.

Are you a stay-at-home mom who loves baking and wants to make money from home at the same time? Here are some tips on how you can do it even if you're a busy mom-at-home.

Many stay-at-home moms are probably thinking about how to make money while raising their kids hands-on and managing their household all at once. If you are one, you can learn a lot from Suzi Whitford’s 50 Real Ways to Make Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom (+ Hourly Rates). In that post, she mentions catering and cake designing as among the many ways that a stay-at-home mom can make money from home. 

If you’re reading this, you probably have a passion for baking and wants to earn from it, but isn’t sure where to start. Guess what?

I just happen to know a stay-at-home mom who makes money from selling fondant cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goodies from home. 

With two toddlers to raise and no relatives nearby, she’s incredibly great at managing her role as a stay-at-home mom while also pursuing her passion in baking (and selling her cakes to make extra money). 

Are you ready to learn her secret how she does it? Here’s her story (with a bit of mine, too). 

Not so long ago in early 2018, I began my “actual” journey to being a stay-at-home mom. I say “actual” because that was when my in-laws moved out to another apartment, leaving me to look after the kids on my own. The first person I reached out to was Kristel, a friend of mine from our church community. 

Kristel is also a stay-at-home mom with two small kids living in their own apartment with her husband. So you see now why she’s the one I approached for some advice. But not only that — she also runs a home-based business selling her own fondant cakes. Every time I see her post (on Facebook) a new cake someone ordered from her, I’m like, “How can she do that? She must be a superwoman!”

If there’s anyone whom I can refer to as an empowered stay-at-home mom, Kristel perfectly fits the bill. 

I admire her parenting skills and how hands-on she is when it comes to raising their kids. That was exactly her reason anyway why she decided to quit her job as a flight attendant at Emirates Airlines four years ago and become a stay-at-home mom. 

How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Make Money from Home - Kristel and her lovely family
Kristel, the amazing woman behind Cake N' Tel, with her lovely kids and husband

The first months as a stay-at-home mom

Just like any other first-time stay-at-home mom, Kristel was also overwhelmed during her first months staying home. And who wouldn’t?!  

“I am a homebody, but I never thought that being a stay-at-home mom was way far from being at home alone,” she says.

I can totally understand her! I’m a homebody myself, but that’s because I like the peace and silence that being at home can give. But that’s not possible when you have kids, is it? Although it’s more fun, but still. Lol.

And when it comes to the struggles and challenges, she faced the same as most mothers have: sleep deprivation, time management, and postpartum depression. One thing that she also struggled with is performing her duty as an officer of our church organization. 

How did she deal with these struggles? 

  • She sleeps whenever the baby sleeps;
  • She plans everything she needs to do ahead of time;
  • She talked to her mom friends for pieces of advice;
  • And she prayed.
sleep deprivation and postpartum depression are among the many struggles of moms
Kristel also suffered sleep deprivation and postpartum depression during her first months as a stay-at-home mom to her eldest son

“I’m also lucky to have a supportive and caring husband,” she adds. She’s still finding a way to deal with her struggle as a church officer, but she’s getting there. 

But there’s one thing she’s doing that I consider as one of the ultimate secrets of getting things done at home: it’s babywearing. Not just babywearing — back babywearing. 

(Related post: Babywearing Saves the Day)

She was the one who also told me about this when I reached out to her sometime back to ask for some advice. I tried it myself and amazingly, I was able to do more things at home! Especially since my youngest daughter used to be so clingy when she was younger (she still is, but less clingy than before). 

If you want to give back babywearing a try, just make sure to get someone to support your back when you’re trying it for the first time. It takes practice to do it all by yourself, but you’ll get used to it in time. 

Another piece of advice: watch out when your baby starts to doze off while at your back. There are chances that their dangling heads might hit somewhere if you’re not careful. 

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial.

Being a mom of two kids

In 2017, she had their second baby. 

And a new baby often comes with another set of challenges, even if you’ve been there. 

“I’ve had more sleep deprivation when we had our youngest. And my eldest became clingier,” she shares. 

Her solution? They made sure that their eldest son would feel that he comes first in everything. They spend alone time with him and always involve him in everything they do with his younger sister. 

Juggling motherhood and her passion for baking

For many of our friends in our church community, Kristel is well-known for her beautifully-crafted fondant cakes. She’s the go-to person when there’s a party that needs a stunning centerpiece. 

Her love for baking and cooking started when she was a child, and she got it mostly from her family. They were the ones who taught her to cook at a young age, and her love for cooking evolved to baking. And it’s mainly because she loves art. 

If you look at her cakes, you wouldn’t have to second-guess. 

How stay-at-home moms can make money from home - one of Kristel's masterpiece
One of Kristel's masterpieces is her LV cake she recently made for a customer

Everything she knew about baking and designing cakes, she learned all by herself (thanks to social media). She wanted to attend baking classes, but being a stay-at-home mom means she has a limited time to really do those things. 

In early 2013, she started selling her cakes. Her first attempt (what she calls her “guinea pig”), was her husband’s cake which had an Angry Birds theme. Few months of more practice and with lots of trials and errors, she began selling cakes to her colleagues. 

Make Money From Home as a Stay-at-Home Mom - Angry Birds Themed Cake
Kristel's "guinea pig" was her husband's Angry Birds themed cake

“Baking and cooking are my passion and my stress-reliever, even if it’s a stressful work of art!” she jokes.

Up until now, despite her challenges as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers with only her working husband to help her, she continues to bake cakes and even makes some money from it. On average, she earns an extra AED1,000 ($274) a month from selling her baked goodies.

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Another secret to getting things done

Do you want to know what’s her secret on how she juggles her role as a mother to her two small kids and her passion for baking? 

“I work fast… really, really fast. My timer is my kids. I need to stick to their schedules like their feeding time, bathing time, naps, and so on. There are few bumps along the way but as much as possible, I follow their timings,” Kristel shares. 

I think that’s where I really need to improve – working really fast! Lol. 

And her advice to her fellow moms who are looking for ways on how to balance their time between motherhood and their passion?

“I think moms should attend to their kids’ needs first. You know the saying, ‘happy baby, happy mommy’? If the kids are happy and contented, moms can do their passion, too”.

And lastly, here’s her top advice to other stay-at-home moms who are still struggling on their new role: “Ask for help — from your husband, friends, relatives, and from God. It’s not easy being a stay-at-home mom but you’ll get the hang of it. Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you get mad or frustrated, forgive yourself. It’s normal. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, momma. And, enjoy the roller coaster ride.”

So, do you have a passion for baking, too? Why not start pursuing your passion today? Who knows, you might also make money from it soon, too. 

For Dubai-based moms who needs cakes for their parties, you can get in touch with Kristel directly through her Facebook page. (I don’t earn any commission from this, lol. I’m just a mom supporting a fellow mom :p)

Share this post and let’s inspire other stay-at-home moms that they can pursue their passion, too (and even make money from it).

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Babywearing Saves the Day

Babywearing Saves the Day | Guest Post

Have you tried babywearing, or is wondering what it’s all about? Find out how babywearing turned out to be an empowerment tool for a stay-at-home mom like Mommy Paola. She also shares valuable information about babywearing for some of you who haven’t tried it yet. 

I wish I knew earlier about babywearing when I had Serena.

Babywearing isn’t just about being a baby carrier and it’s not just worn when you’re going out. There are more benefits beyond that.

Serena and I were always left alone in the house while everybody’s at work. Taking care of a baby as a first time mom was a struggle especially when it comes to taming her when she cries. There were several times I got sick because of exhaustion.

As a newborn, Serena’s behavior was unpredictable. She became irritable as weeks go by especially at night when she’s colicky. Swaddling to comfort her simply didn’t work.

In the morning, it was very difficult to get something to eat whenever I get hungry or take a bath when there’s no one else to hold the baby. I could only relax a little bit at night when my husband finally comes home from work.

Photo by Kyle Nieber on Unsplash

Fortunately, my mother bought me a ring sling to end the agony. Tutorial videos on YouTube helped me how to use it. It’s also a dual purpose since I can use it as a cover when I breastfeed my baby outside.

Serena loved the ring sling. The first time I put her in it, she became calm and fell asleep quickly. I continued using it until she was 2 months old before I switched to a soft structured carrier (SSC) when she turned 3 months old.

The proper ways to use a baby carrier

My research about babywearing didn’t stop to make sure I was doing it right. The acronym TICKS became my guideline to know if I am wearing my baby properly. According to Baby Sling Safety UK, TICKS stand for the following:

T: Tight but comfortable for the both of you

I: In view at all times

C: Close enough to kiss

K:  Keep baby’s chin off her chest 

S: Supported back

The benefits of babywearing

The benefits of babywearing were also unbelievable. According to the Babywearing International organization, babywearing often result in the following:

1. Happy babies. It is said that carried babies cry less, therefore resulting in happier babies.

2. Healthy babies especially for those who are premature and with special needs.

3. Confident parents. Carrying your baby let you easily know his needs since he’s closer to you.

4. Loving caregivers. Babywearing is also said to create an exceptional bond between you and the baby.

5. Comfort and convenience. Carrying your baby allows you to do multiple tasks, like what I usually do whenever I carry mine.

The myths about babywearing

While there are benefits, Smart Parenting stated some myths about babywearing that are also important to know.

1. Babywearing spoils your baby and becomes dependent on you.

2. Babywearing makes your baby bow-legged.

3. Babywearing causes hip dysplasia; that is why it is very important to choose the right carrier that supports the legs and hips of the baby. Narrow-based carriers are a big no-no!

4. Babywearing causes arched back among babies.

Advocates of baby wearing do not support or promote any particular brand of a carrier because it is best to know first the safety and comfort of the baby before buying one.

I’m glad that I was able to join breastfeeding groups that also advocates babywearing as it is also best to be surrounded by people who give you the correct information. 

I hope my story will inspire others, and would serve as an inspiration to help in normalizing babywearing because I experienced how beautiful it is.

Indeed, babywearing saves my day.

Paola Gaabucayan-Ubanan

About Mommy Paola Gaabucayan-Ubanan

“I’m a first-time (stay-at-home) mom to a nine-month-old baby, and breastfeeding, babywearing, and ‘Tamang Kain‘ advocate.”

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