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    5 Ways To Rock The Mompreneur Life Right Now

    Being a mompreneur is one of the hardest yet most fulfilling jobs to have.  It’s not perfect and it has its ups and downs. Working from home allows us to be closer to our loved ones and available in times of need like when one of our kids is sick or to chaperone a field trip.  But it can also be stressful and overwhelming at times. Learning to balance work and life is challenging. After working from home for the past eight months, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two and I’d like to share them so that you too can make your way off the mompreneur struggle buss.

    Being a mom is an amazing job. Adding a business to that job along with the title of mompreneur doubles that amazingness--and overwhelm! Here are 5 tips on how you can succeed in this role.

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    1. Plan your life away

    We’ve all heard the common saying “fail to plan, plan to fail.”  It might sound cliche, but it is a golden rule when it comes to being organized and staying on task as both a mom and business owner.  Between household chores, work, errands, and school activities, the life of a mompreneur can be both tiresome and overwhelming.  Planning out your day, week, and the month ahead can save you from so much headache.

    Break down your day into blocks of time for different tasks to complete.  It can also be easier to choose certain days of the week to focus on one specific task.  For example, Monday can be your day to strictly focus on editing blog content and Tuesday can be your day to clean out your emails and respond to those emails that ended up in the weeds.  Doing it this way will help you to focus on one task at a time rather than being overwhelmed by the struggle of taking it all on at once.

    2. Don’t cry over spilled milk

    Although you may plan out your entire day consistently, there may be times when you just don’t get things done and that’s okay.  Don’t beat yourself up if that planned meal turns out to be pizza because you forgot to thaw out the chicken.  Maybe you didn’t have the time to fold clothes or meet the deadline for that blog post.  Whatever the case, you did what you could and that’s what matters most.  Tomorrow is always another day.  We’re not perfect people and we have to be okay with that.  Twenty four hours can pass by pretty fast and there may seem like there are more things to do than the actual time to complete them.  Don’t stress over things that will ultimately be there for you when you get back to them.

    Being a mom is an amazing job. Adding a business to that job along with the title of mompreneur doubles that amazingness--and overwhelm! Here are 5 tips on how you can succeed in this role.

    3. Sleep on it

    “Team No Sleep” is not a team I’d want to be a part of, amiright?  I tried it out and honestly, I was no good to anyone.  My kids were late to school every day and I couldn’t stay awake long enough to tackle my goals for the day.  Besides, bags under my eyes just don’t look appealing.  So, let’s just throw away the whole team no sleep concept.  In order to function properly as not only a business owner, but a mom, and wife, we have to ensure that were taking care of ourselves.  A huge part of self-care and actually getting those zzz’s in.  Make sure you get to bed early so you can start your day off bright and early.  You’d be amazed at the amount of tasks you can accomplish just by waking up an hour or two earlier than you normally would.

    4. Involve your children

    Try to find small tasks for your children to do so that they feel involved rather than feeling in the way.  Explain to them what it is you’re doing and why along with how it benefits them.  I my children know that their opinions are needed and valid rather than leaving them left out when it comes to my business ventures. My oldest helps me create shipping labels and prepare packages to go out.  The kids even come with me when I travel to events and the cute faces are always a plus when gaining sales or engaging with potential customers.  I also let my children know why we have a business and that they are a very important part of it. My daughters are always providing suggestions for our business being that one of my businesses is for children.

    5. Set office hours

    You may not physically have an office and that’s totally okay.  If you’re anything like me, your office can easily go from being your bed, to the kitchen table or even a local coffee shop.  Wherever you decide to get work done, be sure to create hours for yourself to break free from the keyboard and live life.  It can become very easy to allow yourself to get lost in a rabbit hole in the World Wide Web.  It can also be easy for others to take advantage of your time.  You need to be able to establish boundaries between yourself and your clients or potential clients.

    Choose certain days of the week when you consider yourself “closed” to be able to spend time with family without checking emails or responding to DMs.  Ensure that there is a specific hour of the day that you cut off work so you’re not still communicating with clients in the middle of the night.  No one will respect your time if you don’t.  You can easily become burned out and overwhelmed if you’re constantly working around the clock. It can be detrimental to not only yourself, but you family as well.

    It’s not perfect, but it’s worth it!

    Working from home has been a great part of the bonding experience with my children and I’m grateful for the time that we have together, even if it is while sitting behind computer screen.  I’ve learned to create a flexible schedule for myself when enjoying the freedom of being my own boss.  Is it easy being a mompreneur?  Nope!  Not at all, but there’s no other way I’d rather make a living.

    Do you work for yourself? What tips and tricks can you share for mastering the mompreneur life?

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    Being a mom is an amazing job. Adding a business to that job along with the title of mompreneur doubles that amazingness--and overwhelm! Here are 5 tips on how you can succeed in this role.

    #NationalSmallBusinessWeek: Say Yes To You

    Everyone knows someone is real estate. There’s a very low barrier to entry and when done correctly, it’s such a profitable business. In Georgia, you take a 75 hour course either in person or online; take a test; find a broker. I completed the entire process in six weeks and paid less than $1,000. Competing with thousands of other agents who were much more experienced than I was intimidating but back in 2013, I was single and without a child so taking a chance on myself was a no brainer. Two months after decided to go full time as an agent, I found out I was expecting and the inconsistency I was working my business was not an asset to my young family so I put my dream career on hold.

    Saying Yes in Business is Uncomfortable

    Fast forward four years, I received a call from a potential client looking to buy a home within a month. He asked if I could represent him and I said yes without hesitation even though I was not as prepared to take on the work as I appeared to be. At the time, my bank account said he was a God-sent…it was also saying you do NOT have the funds to reactivate your license and pay brokerage fees.

    Yeah! with Confetti

    As small business owners, this is the daily management see-saw we ride. We are constantly determined the best use for limited resources. As a mompreneur, there’s an additional Maslow’s Hierarchy effect. Family always comes first because they are at the base; the basic needs that need to be met. Launching or expanding the business may be viewed as a “self-fulfillment need” or an afterthought. What do you think would happen if you said yes to you this one time before saying yes to your family?

    Saying Yes Is Rewarding

    For me, saying yes to my client and my business equated to a $4,000 commission check. I could have held on to that $200 I used to reactive my license and spent it on about ten different things for my daughter but look at the greater opportunity I would have missed. Sure my story had a happy ending but doing this transaction also provided valuable lessons to represent future clients. We were all placed on this earth with dreams, talents and ambitions. It’s Small Business Week and a time to celebrate who you are and all that you could be in your business. I challenge you to say yes to one thing this week you have be deferring. Invest in you, invest in your business. I truly believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

    Are you a Small Business owner? What are you “Saying Yes” to?

    Say Yes To You

    Transitioning From Maternity Leave Back To Working

    Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it.

    This post is sponsored by Delta Children. All opinions are my own.

    Hey boos! So it’s official–maternity leave is over and mama is back in the swing of things (obviously). I’ve been slowly adjusting to life with 3 kids home and boy has that adjustment been a big one. Big and final. Now that we’re in a groove, it’s time for me to pick things back up work wise and get the party back started.

    Goodbye Maternity Leave

    This is my final maternity leave. It sounds so sad, right? Well, it isn’t. BC is the final addition. He’s the last one to send our family into a transitional tizzy of sorts. And I’m happy. Happy to have him and happy to get into what our normal life will be–and I say normal loosely.

    Maternity leave has been everything. No, I didn’t sit down the entire time and just relax but I did listen to my body. When I needed to relax, I did. When I was in pain, I took something. When I was tired, I slept. I’ve been nursing on demand and bonding with BC while baby wearing when we’re out and about at all the homeschool events.

    But now it’s time to get back to work.

    Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it.

    Being a WAHM While Homeschooling

    I would be lying if I didn’t say how hard it was to balance the roles of mom, teacher, and entrepreneur but it’s worth it in my opinion–on most days anyways. So what do I do, right? How do I make it happen–especially with a newborn? These are both questions that people ask me and that I ask myself, ha! Here’s what has been working for me:

    Waking Up Before The Children

    I’m really blessed that the earliest any of the children wakes up is at 8:15ish. Abc gets up at that time. BC normally sleeps till about 9:30ish and Mini wakes up around then too. While I would love to wake up at 5:30am, it’s really not necessary. I used to be stuck on this 5:30am because they used to wake up earlier. Now They sleep later so I’m able to get up around 6am and have some time to get myself together, have coffee in peace and get started on my work before anyone else stirs.

    Planning Out Our Days

    Homeschooling isn’t just sitting at home doing school. We are pretty much always on the go and if I don’t plan properly, then something gets missed with either a deadline or something around the house. Because I’m truly determined to be successful, I can’t let this happen! Having a plan in place–even if it’s not followed–helps me to keep things together.

    Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it.

    Putting The Baby Down

    I know, who wants to put the baby down, right? During our quiet hour during the day I’m able to knock out emails, pattern cutting, and more. The kids go to separate spaces and are just silent. The baby is in my office with me and I have him in the Beautyrest® Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Sleeper For Newborns so that I can keep an eye on him as he naps. And by me keeping an eye on him I really mean so that he can keep me in view which seems to be calming for him. I love that when he’s not in here I can easily fold it up and move it out of the way so I don’t trip over it!

    Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it. Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it. Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it. Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it. Maternity leave is officially over for the last time and I'm transitioning back to work! Yes, I'm now a homeschooling, WAHM of THREE! Here's how I do it.

    Setting Up Boundaries

    I love my work. I love it so much that it’s not even work for me. If I could, I would sit and write all day while networking and consulting with others on how to make their businesses flourish. I thrive in this. But work is not the only aspect of my life. Once I leave my office, I leave work–unless there’s something that has to be done right away.

    Apps

    Yes, apps. Everything I need to work on the go is within an app. I love that because there are many days we’re out at parks or other places and I actually NEED to work. I don’t have to choose giving my kids memories and hands on learning or working. My apps make it so I have more “and” versus “or” moments and I love that.

    My maternity leave is officially over for the last time and while I’m a little sad that it’s my last one, I’m excited to be able to hop back into doing the work that I love!

    Did I Miss Saying “Happy New Year”?

    Two weeks into the New Year and I’m finally getting around to writing my first post. For someone who was writing for an hour a day on a daily basis, this is so disappointing to me. As my fellow bloggers are writing about their focus words for the new year, I was sitting and reading in an almost catatonic state frozen by stress, anxiety, and all the overwhelming feelings that accompany those things.

    No "new year, new me" around these parts. After being ghost for almost a month, I've finally written something but is it too late to say Happy New Year?

    Farewell to 2016

    Last year was an incredible year. I don’t mean that in the “OMG EVERYTHING WAS SO AWESOME!!!” type of incredible. I mean that in the my eyes have never been more open to life and I’ve received so many lessons type of incredible. I celebrated being an entrepreneur for one year exactly and our bank accounts hit rock bottom in the most literal sense. But it was also in that moment that I remembered a pep talk that my best friend Terrence gave me when I was single and pregnant. He reminded me of the legacy of women that came before me in my family and that with this lineage success was my only option. My brother shared with me the tough lesson that successful entrepreneurs aren’t successful because they don’t fail, rather, they fail harder and faster than anyone else. But they make the necessary adjustments and keep moving.

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    And that was my 2016 in a nutshell. I failed a lot. I learned a lot. I made a lot of adjustments.

    No "new year, new me" around these parts. After being ghost for almost a month, I've finally written something but is it too late to say Happy New Year?

    Adjusting For Success

    I’m an entrepreneur, wife and mother so there were adjustments that had to be made to be more successful in all these areas.

    As A Wife

    I’m blessed that my husband and I were able to make our marriage stronger as we dealt with financial struggles but that’s not something that we wanted to continue with. We made the decision to uproot our family and move somewhere that would save us way more money monthly. No one wants to be stretching checks so we’ve stopped that.

    No "new year, new me" around these parts. After being ghost for almost a month, I've finally written something but is it too late to say Happy New Year?

    As A Mother

    My kids weren’t flourishing in their schools so now I’m homeschooling both of them. Yes, both. Crazy, right? But since abc has been home with me, her vocabulary has drastically improved, she’s learned her colors, and her shapes. She’s been with me for a month. And mini has matured so much that she’s taking a lot of her learning into her own hands. But we’re also closer to the city and closer to more culture so we’ve been experiencing a lot more as well.

    No "new year, new me" around these parts. After being ghost for almost a month, I've finally written something but is it too late to say Happy New Year?

    Mini’s first 5k!


    As An Entrepreneur

    When I worked in banking one of my clients told me that the key to wealth is having multiple streams of income. Some will always be active and some will be passive but having more than one is key. When I left corporate, I wanted my site to be my main stream of income and my store to be just some additional money. When that’s not how my money was made, I was discouraged but had to understand that business is also cyclic in nature. In 2015, my store made me the most money but there were some things I didn’t like. I thought my sewing technique needed to be fine tuned. In 2016, I put my store on vacay and have been working diligently on my sewing skills. Which means that the bulk of my income was my site. And Amazon. I started to work from home for Amazon which was pretty cool–except that I became stressed out.
    No "new year, new me" around these parts. After being ghost for almost a month, I've finally written something but is it too late to say Happy New Year?

    As Myself

    This is the area that I paid no attention to in 2016 which is why by the time the end of the year came, I was a mess. No self-care rituals. All work. No dates. No fun. Nothing. This is my major shift for 2017.

    Being Epic In 2017

    I had these HUGE plans for taking 2017 by storm. My editorial calendar for the YEAR was completed. Yes, year! I determined that my theme was going to be “Do Epic Shit”–no half-assing around these parts. But guys, I have been epic at resting and that’s about it. I want to beat myself up and yell harsh words at myself but I can’t. I needed a break. In the last month of 2016, I was working 80+ hours/week while looking for a place to live, traveling for work, figuring out our new life in our new area, unpacking, and trying to shake the unshakeable fatigue that had fallen over me.

    I’m not going to say that’s over now and I’m back to being a workhorse because I may need more rest and I may not but either way, I’m still committed to being epic–even if that means being an epic napper! But seriously, this year I’m focusing on being the best version of myself, giving myself more grace, and focusing on my happy. I really want to take this year and focus on living an epic life.

    I’m excited for this year and implementing the lessons I gained from last year.

    Do you have a focus word? Phrase? What are you looking forward to in this new year?

    School Is Back In Session

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Now I may not be able to remember my first day of school but I do remember how much I loved school. My mom kept me home with her for a couple years and then sent me part-time to a local preschool and I loved it. I still have vague memories of eating Playdoh (praises that it was non-toxic even then), playing dress-up and making a friend that I still keep in touch with today. I’ve always loved learning and have been committed to making myself the best version of Aaronica that I can be which is why I’m really excited about all the opportunities to continue my learning with online courses.

    Back To School With Concordia University

    Not that I have all the time in the world, but I chose to enroll in a course with Concordia University this year. Although I already have an M.B.A., I chose Concordia University because I liked the format of their courses. I’ve tried others and it was a little too much to keep up with. There were all these discussion boards, three million pages to read, and then participate in chats. I just don’t have time for that!

    Classes Structured With Me In Mind

    I’m a mom of 2, wife, domestic engineer and I’m building multiple businesses while I work with clients. Time is not something that I have a whole lot of but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want continue to better myself. I love how the format of the classes feel like they’ve kept the busy person in mind.

    Email

    The classes for the courses are delivered to your email and have everything that you need right there. There’s no searching a site for the course, the week of class you’re in and the corresponding material. This works for me now and I love it.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Video

    Each class has an accompanying video with it. The best part is that although it’s a video, it’s not something you necessarily have to watch. I’ve had my videos playing while I’ve been typing or just plugged into my ears as I’ve been in a waiting room. It’s compatible with computers, tablets and phones so the videos are accessible everywhere.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Worksheets

    This might be my favorite part. The worksheets essentially tell you what you’re looking to gain from each of the classes. I love that because I’m listening to the videos with purpose. And this helps me learn. I see, hear and write down the information and that really seals the deal for me.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    How To Create Your Personal Space

    I’m currently enrolled in a course titled “How To Create Your Personal Space”. After reading the following goals and course outline, I knew I had to enroll now:

    • Why having a personal place is needed
    • How to teach yourself to professionally grow
    • The importance of connecting
    • How to succeed with encouragement

    2017 is going to be a big year for me—I’m claiming it now—and I want to be as prepared as possible. While I understand that balance is something that I can achieve over time, I want to set myself up for success when it comes to making sure that my personal is ready for the success of my profession.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    I know that it’s hard to balance work and personal life and that it’s not just me who wants to see success in this area of life. As you’re setting yourself up for the awesomeness that awaits you in 2017, I want to encourage you to look into different ways to push yourself to the next level. For me, it’s been taking the time to learn for the sake of bettering myself for me. If this is you, check out what Concordia University has to offer. But take the time to better yourself—you’re worth it.

    I’ve always had a love for learning but after I finished my MBA, I swore off school for forever—until now. I’ve enrolled in free courses with Concordia University & I’m so excited!

    Have a question about…anything? Shoot me a message or leave me a comment!



    Lauren Lake: The Do-It-All Mama

    Dont judge me: I’ve always had a thing for those courtroom shows. I’ve pretty much watched them all: Judge Mathis, Judge Judy, Divorce Court, etc. They go hand in hand with my crime show addiction. One that I’ve recently started watching has been Paternity Court with Lauren Lake.

    Paternity Court with Lauren Lake

    This is not your typical Maury show where folks are going on to find out who the daddy is. Yes, this is obviously one aspect of the show since paternity is a question. But Judge Lauren Lake offers a bit of a different perspective in her show. She’s a spitfire that has something to say to the moms and dads that are coming on her show. Sometimes it’s hard to hear but after talking to her, I learned that it’s always coming from a place of love.

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching courtroom shows. They're so scandalous! After interviewing Lauren Lake of Paternity Court I feel good about watching.

    The Mom Behind The Judge

    I had the opportunity to interview Judge Lake and what I learned about her was incredibly refreshing and eye-opening. She has an extensive background that includes singing backup for well known artists but yet she decided on law as her ultimate tool to using her voice to inspire and uplift families to do better. She’s a mom to a 6 year old son. When asked about how she balances her roles as judge, entrepreneur, mom, and wife, she shared her truths–it isn’t easy. She lost her mom in 2010 and wishes that she could ask her how she made motherhood look so easy. But what she said is something that’s so in line with my own thinking–she doesn’t do it alone. She’s learned to have a team around her and not beat herself up because at the end of the day, our children just want too see us happy. As women, we can be so powerful and in balancing all aspects of our lives with help, it gives our children permission to be powerful too.

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching courtroom shows. They're so scandalous! After interviewing Lauren Lake of Paternity Court I feel good about watching.

    Lauren Lake with Steve Harvey

    One of the things that I loved in learning about Judge Lake is EVERYTHING she’s involved in. She’s mulit-passionate and is making it happen as the co-founder of WEEN, the woman behind Limitless Living, Judge, wife and mom. She uplifts women through her organization of women exectutives and her LaurenLakeLimitless.com which is launching soon. As a fellow multi-passionate entrepreneur mom, I really wanted to know how she involved her son in what she does. She said that she will let her son watch some of the more appropriate shows with her and discusses the important family lessons. She also brings him to her speaking events and he hears her messages. It’s important to Lauren that her son see her change the world so that he can too.

    My interview with Lauren Lake literally gave me chills of excitement. She balances it all using a village that she’s created and she’s showing her son a legacy and path that he can follow. This is one of the most important things we can do as moms and I love that she’s doing it with her son.

    Be sure to catch Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court on your local station.

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching courtroom shows. They're so scandalous! After interviewing Lauren Lake of Paternity Court I feel good about watching.

    **Pictures courtesy of Facebook.
    This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

    Timeless: New Fall TV Favorite + Interview

    I have a confession to make: I love fall TV. I know, as a working wife and mom of 2 who has very little time how can I feed my addiction, right? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way and one of the new TV shows I’ve added to my must-watch list is “Timeless”. I’m not a fan of history so I didn’t expect to love this show but I do.

    New Fall TV Show: Timeless

    Timeless” takes place in the current year but through a Mr. Peabody-esque time machine, they are able to travel back in time to historic events. Without giving any spoilers, here’s a brief synopsis from the NBC website:

    When a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, planning to use it to change the past events to destroy America in the present, the only hope is a team of unexpected heroes composed of a scientist, a soldier, and a history professor. The trio must use the stolen machine’s prototype to journey back in time to critical events, being careful not to affect history themselves, while working to stay one step ahead of the villain who would unravel the timeline and understand the mystery driving his mission before it’s too late.

    Sounds good, right?

    Well it is. Like I mentioned, I’m not for history. It’s really boring to me and certainly wasn’t my favorite subject throughout any of my academic years but I love this show. Why, right? Reading about history and what historians want us to know isn’t fun. There are so many pieces that are left out. But to watch it and have it be exciting and interesting is something totally different—this is what “Timeless” offers.

    Images courtesy of NBC.com

    Images courtesy of NBC.com

    The Cast

    The cast has great chemistry and is a good mix of both well-known with up-and-coming actors.

    Lucy Preston: She’s the historian played by Abigail Spencer.
    Matt Lanter: He’s the muscle played Wyatt Logan.
    Rufus Carlin: He’s the scientist played by Malcolm Barrett
    Garcia Flynn: He’s the villain played by Goran Visnjic
    Denise Christopher: She’s the Homeland Security head honcho that recruited the team played by Sakina Jaffery.
    Connor Mason: He’s the CEO of the company that created the time machine that was stolen and he’s played by Paterson Joseph.

    Interview with Abigail Spencer

    I was pretty excited to interview fellow working mom Abigail Spencer. She’s a mom of an 8 year old son named Roman. I’ve not done many (if any) interviews before and I have to admit that I was a little nervous–I mean, I’m chatting with a star! But as soon as she got on the line, all my nerves dissipated as her bubbly personality made it feel like we were talking to an old friend.

    TIMELESS -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

    TIMELESS — Season: Pilot — Pictured: Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston

    When given the opportunity to ask a question, I asked “What is one event from history that you would change?” Her answer was really relatable:

    I would change Eve eating the apple and the way the country was founded since we’re still feeling the repercussions.

    Given the current state of affairs, I totally agree with her on this. Spencer is a devoted mom who flies back to LA every weekend to be with her son. I loved how she answered another interviewers question when they asked how she balances motherhood with work. Her answer was something that I think all working moms can benefit from:

    I include him in my work and invite him into the process. He’s been on every set and knows the people that I’m working with. But it truly takes a village.

    It was really cool to just chat with Spencer and hear that she’s a normal mom balancing a pretty unique role in an up and coming TV show.

    Timeless: My Thoughts

    As I mentioned before, I’m not your history lover or buff. I remember the important things about US history–I’m definitely better with the history of my people though. I loved how there was no warm up period for the show. It jumps right into the action so you know by the end of the first episode if this for you. The characters are a good mix and have great chemistry. I love that the show doesn’t completely shy away from some of the hard to swallow truths of our present and history–namely that of being Black in America.

    There are a lot of comments made by Rufus in the show that I’d love for them to elaborate on. He’s the Black scientist being sent back in time. In the episode airing tonight, October 10 at 10pm EST, the characters are faced with a hard decision that could ultimately change the present for the better–or worse. In the first episode we saw how one change in history with the Hindenburg drastically changed Lucy’s life and I’m interested to see how things continue to unfold.

    Tune in every Monday night at 10pm to NBC to keep up where Lucy, Matt and Rufus go and how changes in the past affect their present!

    Now it’s your turn–if you could change one historical event, what would it be and why?

     This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network.

    The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    One of the things that will never get old around the TCM household is a good book–especially one that’s written especially for one of my girls. We’ve all seen those books that they’re customized for your child and they end up being these cheesy, generic stories that are just…basic. When I was approached by Lostmy.name I wasn’t sure what to expect but their website spoke to something different.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    I love how we could personalize this!

    The Plot

    This is an adventurous tale of how a little girl realizes that her name is missing from her room and she goes to find it. She’s given each letter of her name by different characters whose name begins with the same letter. A lion gave her the “L”, a mermaid gave her the letter “M”, and so on. She goes on discovering new creatures as they give her the letters that spell out her name.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    What We Loved

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    I had the opportunity to customize it so that it was especially for her and it stars a little brown girl. I talked about how important the representation of little brown girls that looked like her was previously and the same still rings true. My favorite books for my girls have great rhyme and this book has great rhythm to it making it an easy read.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    This book isn’t your basic book by any means. The little girl encounters an Imp and words like frightfully, dreadful, spellbound and tremendous challenging her vocabulary. It takes her on a journey meeting new creatures and exploring her wildest dreams with the beautiful illustrations. I love how the book stretches her already budding imagination and encourages her thinking outside the box.

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    From The Mouths of Babes

    When mini saw the book, she didn’t want to let it go as she flipped through the beautiful imagery. She was so surprised and excited when the book concluded by spelling her name. As someone who’s name was never found on key chains, mugs, pens and the like, this was so big for both of us. Her name is unique too so to be able to provide her a story that was made just for her makes me feel amazing. She kept asking me if I painted the book for her and telling me that she loved how beautiful the pictures were. I’m honored that she would think that I could paint such beautiful imagery!

    We love a good book around the TCM household. We love personalized things with our names too. "The Girl Who Lost Her Name" gives us both! Read on for our review.

    About The Publisher

    In 2012, four friends came together with the intentions of creating a one of a kind personalized book for children. After working late nights and long hours, success was theirs. In 2014, “Lost My Name” was named the biggest selling children’s book of the UK. The rest is history–or should I say the future!

    Interested in getting your child a book made just for them? Order yours today at www.lostmy.name.

    **I received this book in exchange for a review. Our love affair with the book is true and our own.**

    Book Review: Mary Had A Little Glam

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Who’s fleece was white as snow!

    Ok, so that’s not part of the book but it seemed to flow so well!

    Mini and abc are AVID readers so when we were contacted about reviewing this book, my arms were out like “Gimme! Gimme!” Though I was excited about the book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Let me preface this by saying that I have two of the most girliest girls in the world. Our all time favorite book is “Shoe-La-La”. Not only does it have great rhyme to it, but it has so much more dimension to it than you would think by it’s name.

    And the same is true about “Mary Had a Little Glam”.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Representation Matters

    We live in a predominantly white area. Mini was the only little black girl in her class last year. We’ve dealt with the issues of not loving her beautiful brown skin to her hating her curls and one of the things that has helped us in handling this is making sure that mini sees little girls that look like her in books, dolls, and shows we watch.

    “Mary Had a Little Glam” screams carefree black girl all over it. Both mini and abc LOVED this book and we read it at least 3 times once we got it. They were so excited to see a balanced little girl that looked like them.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    The Plot of “Mary Had A Little Glam”

    Mary is a little brown girl that is a glamorous little girl. She still has her little lamb but it’s rocked as a furry purse and naturally, every where that Mary goes her purse is sure to follow. I love how the author, Tammi Sauer, and the illustrator, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, tied in bits and pieces of the original story. But Mary was FAB-U-LOUS in this book! Outside of being incredibly cute and glam, I loved how secure with herself she was and how she loved making her friends feel good about themselves as well.

    As a mom to little girls, this is such an important lesson. This day and age bullying is so big and breaking each other down with snarky remarks and mean spirited taunts are so harmful it’s really refreshing to see a book that highlights sharing the beauty of each other. In the book, Mary jazzed everyone up and made them feel good about the things THEY were good at.

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Our Favorite Part

    The plot twists at the end and I love it! What’s the point in being a girlie girl if you don’t know how to get a little dirty too? This book had a great main character that I could feel good about my girls emulating. The rhyming and prose was perfect and it had a good reading rhythm to it which is really important for abc’s age. It was relevant to where mini is in life and development so I loved that.

    I’m so happy that “Mary Had a Little Glam” has joined our collection of books!

    We had the opportunity to read and review "Mary Had A Little Glam" and it's quickly become a favorite around here! Check out this review to see why.

    Growing up, what was your favorite book/story?

    5 Ways To Rock Your Next Conference

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you’re registered for a conference and you’re ready to soak up all the information you possibly can. But that’s not all you should be doing!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    How To Maximize Your Conference Experience

    Conferences can be overwhelming in both a good and a bad way. I used to actually plan conferences for a living (there isn’t much that I haven’t done in my career!) and know just how much can be jam packed into them. While conferences are really great for information presentation, that’s not the only thing that you can get from them!

    While at the conference, here are some tips to making it count:

    1. Network with other attendees.

    This is huge whether you’re at a blogging conference, tech conference, mom conference, whatever. Often times people feel like they shouldn’t network and really connect with other attendees because they’re there getting information the same way you are so they must have nothing to offer. This method of thinking couldn’t be more wrong! Conferences are where you meet your tribe and people who can hold you accountable to your goals. Meet and greet your fellow attendees!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    2. Network with the presenters.

    This is kind of obvious but not really. I can’t tell you how many conferences I’ve planned and attended where people just dipped after the presentation instead of exchanging information with them. This is ABSURD! They are clearly an expert at whatever topic they are speaking on but they may also have more information to offer so network and see what that is!

    3. Exchange business cards

    And make notes on them when you get a chance. Some think that business cards are impersonal but they can also be a great ice breaker. I have square cards that I got from Moo.com and absolutely love but they’re also a great conversation starter! I met someone at my most recent conference–Blog Life University Conference (BLU)–that had a flip card! It was really cute and we just started chatting easily because of it!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So You Rocked Your Conference, Now What?

    Just because the conference is over doesn’t mean you’ve fully rocked it. The post conference to-do is just as important!

    4. Follow-up with your new contacts.

    And keep their business cards. Seriously. I have a drawer with them. Why? Because in this business of blogging where I’m constantly receiving digital notifications I can get overwhelmed and the cards serve as the perfect reminder of who I want to connect with. This goes for brands, fellow attendees and presenters. After the conference is over, send a follow up email just saying hey and some other awesome words. I got an email from Jenny with The Melrose Family following the conference and I loved feeling like she remembered me and I mattered!

    5. Make a plan to apply what you learned.

    At BLU, I was super excited for the Pinterest & Travel sessions–these are 2 things I’m pretty passionate about. I learned soooooo much from Kita and Tiffany but in order to NOT be overwhelmed, I developed a plan of action to really make all the information I learned count. I mean, what’s the point in attending a conference if not to make you better right?

    A Review: Blog Life University Conference

    I can’t even sum up the experience with 1 word–so many of them come to mind as I think back on my experience! But let’s get down to the nitty gritty:

    My “Not So” Fave

    Initially when it started, I thought that this was a conference I should have attended last year when I had made the decision to go full time as a blogger/writer/influencer. The experiences were relatable but I felt like it was a little toooooo elementary for me.

    And that’s it.

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    My Fave

    Everything else! Ha! No but seriously, the sessions were basically everything that I needed. I had my first post get some quality attention so I learned how to make that happen again. I’m rather Pinterest savvy but I learned some even better tips to take my Pinterest game to the next level. And like I said, travel is something that I’m really working on ramping up. Kita gave some incredible tips and steps on how to make that happen.

    Oh, and did I mention there was a party after?

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    Dixie Crystals sugar scrubs + Unlimited DoubleTree Cookies + Chateau Elan Wine = one happy conference attendee!!!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    So you've registered for a conference and you're all ready to go but how do you get the most out of it while your there and after? Read on for my tips to rock your next conference!

    Do you attend conferences? What’s your favorite go-to tip?