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Archive for April, 2011

“Half-Ass” is Good Enough for me….

I have been wanting to write this post for sometime….it is a post that I like to think of  “Half-Ass is OK.”  What does that mean?  “Half-Ass” is an expression that a good friend of mine who should remain nameless encourages me to subscribe to related to things that do not really matter in the whole scheme of life.  Take for example, making the beds.  Over the last year or so, I have been encouraging my boys to make their own beds in the morning, and then after they would leave their room….I would sneak into their room and remake the bed a little more neatly. GUILTY!  Not only is this a huge waste of my time, but really “Who cares?”  Certainly my boys do not care, and if you visit me – are you really going to inspect my boys’ room?

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My week on the Allure of the Seas…..

Before Oprah picked the Allure of the Seas as one of her favorites, I already booked a week onboard.  Nothing against Oprah (who doesn’t love O?), but I knew the Allure was going to be fabulous.  I put my deposit down when it was still just a sketch of a ship!  After waiting a year to set sail, my family & I boarded the ship last week for a week of sun, fun, and of course, memories (MOM – I do not want to take one more picture).

The week went like lightning, and we are back home to grey skies and rain.  I shut my window blind so I do not have to see the weather, and I am so excited to share my experience with you!  The week was extra memorable for me because I officially ditched my cel phone except for my once-a-day email check.  This was an awesome way to enjoy spring break with my family (a separate blog post on the ups and downs of unplugging to follow).  Although, I should note that if you need to be connected on the Allure – it is no problem, mon!  There is wi-fi available to purchase and cel signal (check with your carrier for rates).  Enough with that….Without waiting anymore, onto our week on the Allure of the Seas.

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Imagination, Good Enough, & a little more….

The week began with a bang for this Back’NGrooveMom!  The whirlwind started early Monday Morning when I attended a breakfast and kickoff event for imagine! career week.  It was thrilling to be invited.  Why was this so exciting?  The Keynote speaker was our Governor, The Honorable Tom Corbett, AND the opening and closing remarks were being given by a close friend, fabulous gal, mom, and mentor – Stefani Pashman.  Stefani is the CEO of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, A MOM, and an advocate for women everywhere.

The overall purpose of imagine! career week is to “Explore the many Career Paths in the Pittsburgh Region,” and the week is full of workshops and information sessions on those career paths.  Many of the sessions focus on our youth.  The event, organized and arranged for by Stefani and her staff, has made youth a priority! Governor Corbett picked up on this topic in his address, and spoke on the importance of exposing young people to opportunities.

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Healthy, Energetic, Fit Mompreneur

Last week, I revealed my ups and downs of going from stay-at-home mom to woman entrepreneur.  Although mostly subtle, there are definite differences in life before and after Back’NGrooveMom.  One exercise that I suggest to budding mompreneurs (whether they were SAHM’s or in a different job) is to make a list of what they could and could not surrender from life as they knew it.

For me, and something I think all moms should consider, exercise is not something that I could take out of my schedule.  I could give up balling socks or even cooking dinner every night (my boys LOVE Subway), but exercise was key to my overall performance and health. I know that exercise is time-consuming and hard to fit in, but check out my video on ways to make sure you fit exercise in your busy life!

Yesterday was Sunday and the weather was GORGEOUS!  The whole family exercised – walked, rode bikes, and played basketball in the yard – what a difference it made (even with the dogs).  By evening, all of us felt so great AND I know that we will get a fabulous night’s sleep which will lead to an extremely productive tomorrow!

Try my tips AND please leave any tips on fitting exercise in to our busy routines below … Sharing healthy mom tips is fabulous! Rachel


We never ran out of toothpaste when I was a SAHM

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Yesterday I thought it was grilled cheese day at school, and I sent my 7-year-old to school without a lunch.

Last night I went to brush my teeth, and we were out of adult toothpaste (kid’s toothpaste is awful).

Yesterday I skipped my workout, so I could enjoy a haircut in the middle of the day.

Last night I went to sleep with the dishwasher clean and full AND dirty glasses in the sink.

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mompreneurs’ blogging is flavorful

My mom always says – Everyone likes something different, that is why they make chocolate and vanilla! This theory applies to my boys when it comes to making their lunches.  Son #1 likes just peanut butter on his bagel.  Son #2 enjoys both peanut butter and jelly on his bagel.  I know you are wondering why I am discussing PB&J on bagels in my blog, but stay with me for a moment.

Do you write a blog?  Do you want to write a blog?  Has someone told you to write a blog?  I am sure that you have heard about the importance of writing a blog in biz today, but do you have trouble deciding what to write in your blog?  Perhaps, you question what style to use when writing in your blog?  Here comes the PB&J connection.  Just like my one son loves the bold flavor of plain peanut butter, some writers & readers gravitate to strong discussion of the facts. Other writers & readers love the sweetness and flavor of a blog candied with a personal side.  Either way, you cannot go wrong….

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Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur & Fabulous Read

Did you ever meet someone and just know that meeting them was a life-changing event?  A few months ago, I met Vivian Tenorio at Spark & Hustle.  Upon meeting Vivian, I knew that my life was enhanced in a new way.  Why?  Determined and bright, Vivian is a breath of fresh air from the norm, and a woman I am happy to consider a role model.  Vivian has set a new standard for being a woman entrepreneur/mompreneur, developing a delicious product, AND placing that product on shelves.  Vivian is approachable, real, and compassionate towards budding mompreneurs; truly someone to be admired.

Vivian recently published a book, From Pink Slip to Product Launch in a Weak Economy.  Vivian’s story of determination and success as a woman entrepreneur is a must read for any woman with dreams of starting a business of her own.  The book is an amazingly quick read that immediately grabs your attention.  Vivian’s story is riveting from the beginning to where she is now, which is by no means the end.  Vivian is going to go much further than she already has travelled.

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