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Important Update for Back’nGrooveMom Readers!

I got to admit that the start of summer has ushered in a bit of writer’s block for me.  I was so excited over the reappearance of the sun and the promise of spending time outdoors that my brain was a bit distracted!  Then, this morning, while I was spinning away…..a rush of ideas came to me!

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Mompreneur Lessons From Camping – For Real!

Happy Monday, Back’nGroovers! I know you are waiting for me to write about my past weekend in a cabin.  It is the obvious…..  Well, I am going to write about it a bit except in the unexpected way.  We had a great time – our family for 2 days in a cabin at the overnight camp where my boys attend. 

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Mompreneurs/Dadpreneurs – pour yourself some lemonade!

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade (original quote by someone’s grandma?) ……

……An absolute favorite saying of mine.  I have always tried to apply these words to my life no matter whether it was something little or big.  When the boys were infants, and I had a LONG day that did not allow me to shower or eat a whole meal or make a phone call, I took pleasure in a hot bubble-bath after I got the boys to sleep.  When my grandmother died, I survived devastation when a few days later, I found out she would have a namesake when I discovered I was pregnant.  Today, I was really going back and forth with what I should write on the blog, AND then my day changed because my husband forgot to send my son to school with a lunch (on the last day of school).

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Women Entrepreneurs – be honest and open!

A few months ago, I connected with a fun and exciting female inventor through my blog.  We have been working together a bit….bouncing ideas off one another and giving feedback.  This entrepreneur, Becky Lucid, has also been an amazing supporter of the blog, so I asked her to write-up some thoughts for a post.  When I received Becky’s entry, I was extremely flattered and a little embarrassed to run it (it was about ME), but I decided to share it with you.  Not as a big tribute to me, but rather as a spotlight on the difference one woman can make on another with just an open-mind and a helping hand.  I am so thankful for the collaboration that Becky and I share, and while she is not a “mom” in the traditional sense, she is a “daughter” with “mom” responsibilties….read on and you will see:

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Business Plans & Having Babies

As the holiday weekend approaches and signs of summer start to pop up, it is a great time to reflect on business so far for the year.  At almost the half-way point through the year, it is an excellent time to re-evaluate goals and expectations.  As you know, I went from being a stay-at-home mom, volunteer, and basically the mastermind behind my house to launching two separate mompreneur driven projects.  I began with taking my idea and developing the Braducts…. this led to the beginnings of Back’nGrooveMom.  Both are very much in the early stages, but nonetheless, it is still great to re-evaluate at this point.

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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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“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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a few little gems to keep you & me sparkling

It has been a roller coaster of a winter that began with my mom having major back surgery and ended with my father-in-law passing.  I do not want to make this post all about the ups and downs of my life over the last few months, but rather about where my life will take me now.  Beyond still supporting my mom, being there for my kids, and lending a shoulder for my mother-in-law to cry on…..I also really need to get my ass in gear with my mompreneur travels.  Throughout the winter, I felt proud that I was still continuing to check items off my to-do list while dealing with the swell of personal crises surrounding me.  Now that spring has sprung (I think – it is snowing a bit today), I am ready to forge ahead with a new attitude.  Just like the sun will be shining daily (maybe), I plan to sparkle again in my pursuits.

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Do NOT smash creativity –> kidpreneurs & the wide open road

Last Friday, our country woke up to the devastating news of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  For me, it was hard to concentrate on anything but the media coverage of this terrible natural disaster, and hoping and praying for the safety of those affected.  It is in times like these, that we are thankful for the little things in life, and take pleasure in what we have around us. I took comfort in my 2 boys and the opportunities that are in front of them.  The boys’ creativity, vibrancy, and outlook on the world is so reassuring.  I decided to reflect a bit on these 2 mini-entrepreneurs.

A few years back when my older son was in kindergarten, I had a good friend that worked at his school. This friend lived right near a place that sold my fave low-fat brownies (I know – they were probably 1000 calories a piece, but that is another blog).  It was a great set-up:  my friend would get a week’s supply of low-fat brownies, put them in my son’s backpack at school, and I would have my most indulgent nighttime snack all week-long.  It was my own personal low-fat brownie underground operation.  UNTIL, one day in the carpool lane, I received a phone call from another mom saying she owed me money for the chocolate treat?!?!? I had NO idea what she was talking about until I pulled up further in line and my son got in the car.

Guess What?  My son, who was 6 years old at the time, decided to turn the carpool waiting area into an entrepreneurial venture.  He opened up the packs of brownies (2 per pack) and sold 1 brownie for a dollar each!  At the time, there were still vending machines at school. so some kids had money for snacks, and for a few close friends, he issued credit.  When I suggested that he return the money, he said “No Way!”  He argued that the kids had their brownie and ate it, and it was only fair he keep the money.  What he did not account for was that I was his financial backer with the brownies, and he would have to take the initial investment out of the gross (his first lesson in biz).  This  was the day when I realized that I was dealing with a kidpreneur.

My older son is lucky to have a little brother that is never afraid to speak his mind, thinks out of the box, and acts as a “profit coach” of sorts. Together, the two boys make up a great pair – one is very serious and “crosses every T and dots every I”, and the other brings the ingenuity and creative thinking. They appear to be on equal footing in their biz ventures because each one holds a different skill set, and they realize that!  This is another valuable lesson in business for them – know your strengths and weaknesses and align yourself with someone who can fill your gaps.

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what I learned from my sorority days!

Spoiler Alert – I am jamming to Rusted Root while writing this post…….

This weekend, I saw Rusted Root play live at a local fundraiser.  What a blast from the past this was for me!  Rusted Root is a Pittsburgh-Bred Band that broke out in the 90’s.  The band was hugely popular in State College, PA – home to Penn State – where I went to college.  I have SO MANY memories of seeing Rusted Root live and just hanging out and listening to them during those years.  Seeing Rusted Root this weekend really made me feel nostalgic for those Penn State days and my sorority sisters……

Spoiler Alert #2 –

I am going to write about what I learned from my sorority sisters……

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