How To Market Like a Mother: 5 Steps for Entrepreneur Moms

Moms do a lot of things right.

  • We develop networks of friends to help us in a pinch.
  • We sift though countless options for our kids (soccer, piano, or underwater basket weaving) and choose with laser sharpness.
  • And we work efficiently to run our homes, nurture our children and make sure everyone is having a good time with rich experiences.

MyMommyManual's Expert Mom Margee's Book App is now available in iPad too

Marketing like a mother (or father) is about marketing in a way that comes naturally to us as friends and caregivers. To market effectively we need to market authentically. I’ve been reading Monica O’Brien’s Social Pollination and I’ll break down her tips for running a successful blogger outreach campaign in Mom terms. [Read more…]

How to Boost Your Mood: 7 Easy Ideas

Put energy into helping another person. I work to make my daughter's annual Father Daughter Dance special. We have tea and do her nails to get ready.

Mental Health Breaks for Short-Attention-Span People

Life is a long-term self improvement project. Sometimes we just need a little break to help us feel better fast. Here are some ideas.

1. Take a Real Lunch Break

On the second School Snow Day this winter, I hit a rut. Trying to work from home with high energy kids was driving me nuts. Around lunch time, my friend Alyssa and her kids stopped over on their walk around the block. We scrounged up lunch together. [Read more…]

How to Change Your Mind

As part of our series on careers and passions, I caught a few minutes with busy mom, Melissa Pierce. Melissa is a stay-at-home-mom turned documentary filmmaker and professional speaker. Her project, Life in Perpetual Beta is proof that it’s okay to change your mind. Watch the video (9:00)

What are some of the things you’ve always wanted to do? [Read more…]

How to Keep Following Your Bliss

Last week, we heard Elena Verlee’s tips on finding your passion. The next in our series is singer-songwriter, Heidi Howes. Heidi definitely has a passion for music but… how does she feed that passion as a busy mom of two kids? In our interview, Heidi shares her struggles with balancing being the mom she wants to be with fulfilling her own dreams!

Interview with Heidi Howes (AUDIO 3:09)

Heidi has been a guest with us before, sharing her Postpartum Depression journey. You can listen to tracks from Heidi’s upcoming CD, Mother Songs here. [Read more…]

How to Hire Help with Your Newborn

Are you pregnant or a new mom with a new little someone to love? If so, watch this quick and informative interview with Expert Mommy, Debbie Hipp on everything you need to know before hiring a sitter, Nanny or Doula to help you out at home.

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How to Find Your Passion

As part of our series on providing tips for mom entrepreneurs, I interviewed Elena Verlee, a successful mom entrepreneur herself who has started and sold several companies. Now, she is helping others get buzz for their businesses as well as coaching people on turning their passions into business ideas! Listen to Elena’s inspired tips and find YOUR passion!

Interview with Elena Verlee (AUDIO 3:48)

Share your passion with us in the comments!Elena_Verlee

You can find Elena at and @ElenaVerlee on Twitter. [Read more…]

How to Find a Sitter or Nanny

Learn the ins and outs of finding a great sitter or nanny for your family. From asking great interview questions to performing background checks, Debbie’s tips for finding a good sitter or nanny come from years of experience. Working with TLC or Kids, a premiere placement agency in St. Louis and co- creator of, Debbie has been placing professional Sitters and Nannies for over a decade; not to mention she’s a mom of three children of her own under four years of age!

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How to Understand Your Career Direction

mazeUnknown to many people, I wanted to pursue a business degree in marketing as my undergraduate studies but my parents insisted that I choose a career in math or science because I was “good at it.” Listening to my parents, I bounced back and forth between nursing and pre-med with neither option really being an ideal fit. I made it through a grueling four years of science, labs, clinical rotations, and jumping through hoops before realizing that I hadn’t chosen the ideal career path. [Read more…]

How to Stay Positive at Work

Talk To The Hand…Because Your Negativity Doesn’t Affect Me

positive_workDo you ever find yourself face-to-face within someone at work that knows how to push all of your buttons and rub you the wrong way?  Or maybe you work with someone that is always negative and assumes the worse in every situation.  How do you feel when confronted with this negativity?  How do you react?
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How to Build Your Network

pigeonsEvery day, I am impressed by all the cool and interesting things women are doing. I’ve already talked about my friend Gail and the Global Hugs Tour. But there are so many others. Kathy is developing college curriculum for aspiring women entrepreneurs, Jennifer is encouraging kids to use their imagination (more on that soon), Diann is saving a school… all are women and moms who are giving their passion to the world. I know that this isn’t an easy thing. I constantly struggle with feelings of doubt or battle being overwhelmed by all the things I have to do all and/or all the things I have to figure out how to do! I couldn’t do it without the support of my network.

Belonging to a community seems to come naturally to a lot of women. Many of you have probably already seen the Kelly Corrigan’s Pigeon video. It’s natural to yearn for a flock. In my own experience, there’s no better way to accomplish a goal than by working together. But what if you don’t have one? How do you cultivate your flock? Or, as Seth Godin says, your Tribe. [Read more…]