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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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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

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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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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hard to be wordless on this wednesday

What a Wonderful Wednesday this is….  Confession – I started my day with a bagel and veggie cream cheese (my most favorite indulgence). SHHH!

After a long, hard winter that included my mom having major back surgery, losing my father-in-law, ongoing struggles with work/life balance, & a lot of cold weather, I really needed a little lift in my spirits.  Hence the carb overload this morning.

I must say that my day yesterday was a huge boost! Yesterday was a simple day, yet just what the doctor ordered for me.  Sometimes all we need is a little regular routine to feel back in the groove.  When life gets too hectic, and we stray too far from our sense of balance…..a little sense of “normalcy” (what is that?) is the glue that puts it all back in order.  Nothing super special, just good old-fashioned life.

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when we need to step away –

I had several blog posts brewing in my mind for this week; my outlines were laid out and I was ready to go; and then shit happens.  For the last 2 weeks, my adorable, fun-loving, caring father-in-law has been in the Intensive Care Unit fighting for his life.  It has been a roller coaster of an affair with many ups and downs, and I have been treading water as fast as I can in order to keep up with everything.  After all, I am a mom, wife, daughter-in-law, daughter, mompreneur, advocate for other moms & entrepreneurs, and community member.  Sleep is in limited supply, but I have stayed up to date with my boys’ homework and science fair project, cheered on their team at basketball practices, cooked dinner, walked the dogs, participated in committee meetings, made some unreal progress with the prototype, and stayed on target with my blog and my weekly blog at StartupNation while praying for my father-in-law.

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mom’s bad day – what’s the cure?

**Warning — Bitch Alert! (written late last night)

This afternoon I took a little “me” break, and I got a pedicure.  It was such a nice hour:  Quiet, Calm, Relaxing, and a Beautiful Outcome to boot.  After that, it was pretty much a downward spiral.  The rain was pouring down at school pick-up, and my son came out to the car and informed me that he hit his head on the concrete at recess. That was just the beginning.  There was homework, dogs to feed, snacks flying everywhere, a report about some shenanigans at school, and my younger son realizing that he misplaced his itouch.

At this point, we are all in a frenzy looking for the itouch, talking about behavior expectations at school, trying to reach our cousin who is a pediatrician on the head smacking the concrete, and making our way through the 2nd grade spelling list.  This is when  announcing that everyone was putting on their pj’s, having dinner, and waiting for bedtime was appropriate.  BUT, noooooooo…..I promised the boys that we would go see our local high school basketball team in round 2 of the state playoffs (45 minutes each way from our house).

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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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