Friday, September 19, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Katy Perry Inspires Me and My Toddler

English: Katy Perry at the 2011 Logie Awards
English: Katy Perry at the 2011 Logie Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Truthfully, I have weakness for pop music.  As my brother says if it's a song that's popular on the radio, I like it.  That's probably why I buy the "NOW This is Music CDs".  NOW This is Music 48 include Katy Perry's "Roar" as the Number One song.  That decision changed my life, literally.

One day, I was in the car with my kids and played the CD. My kids are 3 and 4 months.  So, it can be challenging to find something we all enjoy.  To be fair, the baby is fairly easy to please.  But the toddler is a different story! Roar gave us something to enjoy together.  She calls it "Oh, Oh, Oh"! 

While I was on maternity leave I was able to take my daughter to camp and pick her up. I enjoyed this immensely and we started a new routine.  We would sing "our song", "Roar" on the way there and on the way home. I wish I had the camera that seems to follow the Kardashians everywhere so that you could fully appreciate the experience. However, since I don't, I simply encourage you to imagine those in the photo below belting out these lyrics,

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Working Mom Tip: Get Free Coffee at McDonald's

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many working moms get through the day with copious amounts of caffeine.  I’m not judging them. With everything working moms have to do, often need a little help.  Caffeine is both legal and effective.  Those moms who believe they have a problem, see your doctor.  For all others, be grateful that McDonald’s understands what you need and has answered your prayers.  They’re offering free coffee for a week!

From Sept. 16 through 29, guests can get a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the country. This event builds on McDonald’s first-ever Free Coffee Event launched in March, when the company gave away millions of cups of free coffee during the two-week period.

This is the best kind of promotion.  It’s something you need for free. Remember, you heard about it from me! Even though I am a tea drinker, I might just check it out myself!

For more information, visit this link McDonald's Free Coffee Event.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: My Article on What to Expect Website

Like many of you, I believe that moms can change the world.  For that reason, when I first learned about the Ferguson tragedy, I wrote a piece that discussed what moms could do to change the world as we know it and make it a better, safer place for young Black men and to improve race relations in general.  A mommy friend of mine through Twitter, Heidi Murkoff, liked my piece and connected me with an editor who had me tweak it and published it on the What to Expect website, What Ferguson Can Teach Us About Parenting Our Kids.  I am honored that I was able to share my message with a larger audience and really hope that the piece makes a difference.  Also, because Heidi likes my writing I’ll be getting more opportunities to write for the site. I’m sharing this accomplishment with you because it supports another principle that I live by—your network is the key to your success. 

            I’ll be speaking at The Mom Con, which is occurring in Pittsburgh NOVEMBER 14-15, 2014.  My speaking topic is “Networking Your Way to Success”, specifically how to use your network to make One Million Dollars.  I hope to see you there!  

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Five Tips Dressing for Success (and other advice)

“It is better to look put together than to look different every day.”

Looking good is essential for the working mom.  Research shows that those who look well groomed are perceived better by the public and are considered for promotion more often.  Working moms sacrifice valuable time with their children and are contributing more and more to their households.  Accordingly, we want to avail ourselves of every opportunity to succeed.  If those who look put together get more opportunities then we need to be a part of that “put together crowd”. 

Looking good is a function of preparation

There is no excuse for not looking put together.  However, I admit that working moms may have a lot of explanations for it. Those that would top my list would be my kids, my laundry and my husband.  That said, I will be damned if I miss out on opportunities simply because I look like a hot mess.  Breastfeeding is hard, but being well groomed is easy, at least comparatively.
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