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Archive for February, 2011

You want to be a mompreneur? a little perspective –

Last week I put myself on video asking for mompreneur questions….thanks to everyone for watching me on the big screen (ugh) and commenting.  I had one hell of a roller coaster week, and I thought that I would incorporate some of that into the answers. So, you want to be a mompreneur?  – Here you go!

When I posted the video last Monday, there was no school for President’s Day.  This was an expected day off, and I was planning on being with the boys.  In fact, they each had a friend join us and we went to a movie fundraiser sponsored by a local kid. We even managed to sneak in a game of Monopoly,

and then it started to SNOW!  I would say that this was where the roller coaster ride started.  We woke up on Tuesday morning to 8 inches of snow and of course, NO SCHOOL!

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pay it forward part 1&1/2 – a toast to friends & fam

A few weeks ago I wrote about paying it forward, and I proposed that all of you should make your own pay it forward list.  Well, my list keeps growing, and I keep challenging myself to think of something really creative to do with it (probably a vlog is best — which is why I more than likely keep putting it off).  As the list keeps accumulating, it occurs to me that I really have not one but two pay it forward lists.  A personal and professional one….yes, there is some overlap, but really there is room for two lists.  While the professional pay it forward list continues to grow, today is a toast to the personal side.

In October, 2010, I basically woke up deciding to chase a dream, become a mompreneur, take a spark of an idea to market, and blog about the entire journey.  This came as a BIG SHOCK to my family and friends.  My family never saw me being an entrepreneur (I was a social worker turned stay-at-home-mom for 10 years) let alone many of them never heard of a blog! I am sure that my friends were equally surprised at my decision to follow an idea to market, or that I even had an idea that I wanted to bring to fruition.  Needless to say, there is a group of peeps that jumped on board and amazingly supported me. That is how I came up with the idea for pay it forward part 1&1/2.  This seemed logical to me since pay it forward part 2 is a list of those that have mentored and helped me, and in between the mentors and me is my first line of defense — friends and fam.

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mompreneur, down & dirty, Q&A

I have not recorded a Bckngruv-video in a while, so I thought that I would start this week off with one. This past week and the ones coming up, are what I call the “down and dirty” part of being a mompreneur.  Nothing glamorous just a lot of meetings, research, phone calls, and general business planning.  I share some of these details with you in the video, and propose an opportunity for us to share together  — check it out!

editor’s note: still working out all the technical difficulties and not saying “so” every other sentence, but all in all – better than last vlog.

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start-ups, CrowdRise, and giving back all rolled up into one!

Last week I won a CrowdRise T-shirt on twitter. Thanks Felix for promptly shipping it out to me!  This was so exciting because I never win anything!  If you do not know what CrowdRise is, you should check them out at http://www.crowdrise.com/ Basically, CrowdRise “crowd funds” charities. Which is funny because this week, I participated on a podcast for crowd funding for start-ups with Susan Outlaw of PeerBackers AND my fave, Tory Johnson, did a segment on crowd funding on GMA earlier in the week.  Obviously, crowd funding is all the rage, so why not blog about it? Of course, I should blog about it.  I thought that I would give you a deeper look at CrowdRise and its importance for start-ups………..

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weather, mood, wordless wednesday

According to the Farmer’s Almanac — Summer starts at 1:16 p.m. on june 21, 2011…….Still a loooonnnngggg way off.

Today is going to be 50 degrees – I will take it!  RB


justin bieber & mompreneurs, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs

Never say Never, Never say Never……

That’s right!  I am quoting Justin Bieber.  Believe me when I say, I cannot believe it myself! After the Grammys last night, you are more than likely at maximum capacity with musical performers, but hear me out……Over the weekend, I joined a group of my friends who have daughters (remember – I only have boys) to go see Justin Bieber, Never Say Never in 3D.  I am sure you are saying “NEVER” – that you would never go see this movie.  Guess what?  The movie was a lot of fun AND I learned something!  Besides the fact that Bieber’s mom, grandparents, agent, vocal coach, and Usher tell a compelling story about Justin and his life, the movie is really about branding.  You heard correctly – branding.  If you are starting a business, growing a business, or rebuilding a business – GO see this movie!

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a sweet & sexy bckngruv Valentine’s Day

Every now and again, I like to write something both informative and fun for my readers! Today is one of those days….I thought  in honor of Valentine’s Day, I would share a few sexy, groovy lingerie items! If you are new to Bckngruvmom, you are probably asking “why?”  Well  – the short and skinny is that Bckngruvmom was born out of my mompreneurial adventure playing with bras.  I am developing a braduct (bra-related product) for release sometime soon.  I loved at the end of 2010 when CNBC reported lingerie being one of the top items women are splurging on as we come out of recession. Woo hoo!

Sooooo, I know that many of you women will want to check this Valentine’s lingerie preview out!  This week, I spent some time at Cheeks Boutique doing some investigating for you.  Cheeks is a little hidden treasure  located on Walnut Street in Shadyside, PA.  It is a local boutique, and personally one of my favorites! Cheeks carries many unique lingerie items including bras, panties, nighties, fabulous pj’s & robes, lounge wear, sexy socks, and tights.  Even my good friend from CALIFORNIA likes to check out Cheeks when she is in town!

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a few weather words on wednesday

As you know – I was in Los Angeles, CA last week for Spark and Hustle.  This was the palm tree outside the hotel.

Now I am back home in Pittsburgh, PA.  This is the view from my desk yesterday.

Which one makes you want to conquer your day?


Spark and Hustle, L.A. 2011 – enough said

Katy Perry may be a Firework, but I am a SPARKLER!  That’s right – a SPARKLER!

If you have been following me over the last few months, you know that attending SPARK AND HUSTLE with Tory Johnson was on my agenda.  Well, I came, I went, I heard, I absorbed, I networked, and I am ready to SPARKLE!

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getting ready for business tools for mompreneurs

By now you probably know that I am a big fan of StartupNation.  Why?  I am not being compensated by them, endorsed by them, or really connected to them in any way.  So, why do I continually promote them?  Simply, because it works!  When an entrepreneur – either new or seasoned – turns to StartupNation for tips, the advice is there! So much information is available and you do not feel like there is a “catch.”  It is a great site to look for answers and hook up with other start-up business owners.  This piece is especially invaluable for mompreneurs.

Often, if a mom has either been home for a few years or is moving from the traditional workplace to being a mompreneur….capital and advice could be limited.  Hiring a professional coach or advisor at that point may not be a reality, and StartupNation can help her gain knowledge and connect with others. The website provides easy access for moms (and all start-up business owners) to move forward with their dreams.

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