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Moms, what is your work-style? revisited

Summer is here!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  Our weekend flew by — between swimming, eating ice cream, a family wedding, and pool party/cookout in West Virginia, I barely had time to breathe.  It was fun while it lasted, but I woke up this morning on Tuesday with a giant sense of urgency. You see – my boys only have FIVE more days of school and that means that I have a lot to do in FIVE days!

Summer is amazing, especially if you live somewhere in the east coast. 

The sun shines, the air is warm, and we do not have to BUNDLE in huge winter coats.  Summer also creates chaos because school is out and if you have school-age kids, schedules drastically change.  As moms (and dads) we scramble to figure out what out kids will do during the summer months, so we can eek out a little work.

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moms – what’s up with back ‘n the groove?

What is all this business with being back ‘n the groove anyway?  What does it all mean?  As women, as moms, & as spouses/partners, how do we define a space for us?  How do we know when that space is in our groove?  Sometimes, as moms, we spend too long in one space, and we need to find our groove in a new space – whatever that is…it is a new realm where we feel great…maybe even groovy.

Whether we work outside the home, inside the home, or stay-at-home, the life cycle is continually on the move for moms.  We are masters of multi-tasking and our skill-set is constantly being refined and updated NO matter what we do professionally or personally.  I remember a few years ago, over cupcakes and coffee, a good friend told me she was going back to work part-time.  It was the right time for her and she discovered her groove excellently!  I always admire how she makes it all happen….kids, husband, work, fitness, time for friends.  A constant reminder to me and all of us that life is fluid in nature, and with each phase, we redefine the groove.

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One way this mompreneur makes it all work!

Today’s Post written by Shane Shaps.  Shane is the mompreneur behind 520 East Brands.  At 520 East Brands, they are known as virtual rooftop screamers.  They help brands build their customer base and fanbase online.  Today, Shane shares a bit about how she makes it all WORK!

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An inspiration to all moms, one mompreneur finds her groove

Here on Back’NGrooveMom, I am always open and honest with you, my readers, regarding my transition and the absolute craziness of being a mom and a mompreneur.  As I embark on some changes and additions on the site, I wanted to share a really special story with you all.  Back’NGrooveMom is a place for all moms who need to jump-start their groove whether it be right after baby #1 or after years of staying-at-home.

Having a baby, becoming a mom, and balancing it all with a career is an extremely difficult task on its own.  Coupled with postpartum depression, all of the aforementioned can seem nearly impossible.  We often keep postpartum depression very quiet and private, but today’s featured mom bravely describes her transition with baby #2, postpartum depression, starting her own business while working, and finding her groove all over again!

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“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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We never ran out of toothpaste when I was a SAHM

List 1 –

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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moms do what it takes!

A quick post today…..starting with a video!  (I got a SONY bloggie camera, so I had to have a little fun with it….)

It is true ~ I am working on a post about what make a successful mompreneur (in my opinion), but I thought that I would just share my experience from yesterday. Yesterday was one of those days after school, in which I did have to be on a late afternoon webinar  (damn west coast).  I bartered with the boys for one hour of quiet.  I promised that if they did their homework quietly and then went to play downstairs while I took the webinar – dinner could be takeout from the place of their choice.  Guess What?  It worked.  Everything went seemingly well, and since I was not available – my older son even helped the little one with his homework!  After the hour, we had much discussion on the dinner choices, and the boys settled on Mexican takeout.  It ended up being fun for everyone!  Success Story #1!

Being a mompreneur or a working mom means you have to balance a lot, and like I say in the video – we do what we have to do whether it means answering emails in the car line or Mexican takeout.

While I put the finishing touches on my successful mompreneur post ~ Share with me any success stories you have when needing your kids to cooperate as a mompreneur or working mom.


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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anxiety, excitement, babies, beagles and meditation

I’ve developed a new philosophy… I only dread one day at a time.  ~Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz

A few weeks ago, I had some time to sit down with a mom-to-be, Jenny, and chat about what is on her mind. Due in April, this mom-to-be expressed two emotions – anxiety and excitement.  The two feelings were very intertwined – there was excitement over the anxiety and anxiety over the excitement.  Most of Jenny’s emotions center around the “unknown.”  She was both nervous and intrigued (a bit) about the unknown.

Obviously, the baby-to-be would change Jenny and her husband’s lives.  It is impossible for them to imagine what will happen to their current routine, existence, and established patterns. I did not want to spoil the surprise for Jenny, and it sort of is unofficial “mom code” to not tell.  If we told new moms what to expect, it would strip them of all the crazy emotions that we went through.  That would be unfair!

All this fear, anxiety, and excitement got me thinking……are these themes that cycle through a woman’s lifetime?  I am definitely experiencing high anxiety over my entrepreneurial vision; forging ahead with my career while still doing everything I did before (nuts); leaving the fam to go to Spark and Hustle in L.A. for a few days; my mom’s recent surgery and ever-present recuperation; and who can forget how my week will go off its chartered path because of the impending snowstorm. Don’t get me wrong – there is definitely some thrill at the core of this, but right now it is manifesting itself as anxiety.

**editor’s note – I have a background in clinical social work, so every now and again – I have to throw out a term like “manifesting.”

Bckngruv-Readers – I am a planner (I know – no surprise to any of you).  I like to map everything out, make lists, deadlines, timelines, and I could go on and on.  Sometimes, this does not work out.  There are times when everything is just too chaotic, to make exact flight plans (I like traffic metaphors – read this for more).  However, it occurs to me that during these particular times when life is crazy and chaotic and so much is unknown, I tend to accomplish a great deal. I run around like a hurricane and just start cramming everything in to the 23 & 1/2 hours of the day that I have.

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