TGIF! Time to link-up for Lets BEE Friends!
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been leaving the linky open all weekend giving bloggers more time to join in on the fun!
As with all blog hops:
1. I ask that you follow me.
2. Grab the button from the sidebar and include it in your post.
3. Link up your favourite post from the week. (no giveaways please)
4. Visit other bloggers who have linked up. Follow who you like.
5. Spread the honey by leaving them some sweet old ♥ comment love ♥ !
The linky can be found at the bottom of this post!
Can you guess who I’m featuring today?
It’s Jennifer from Take 2 Mommy!
She’s a “former full-time marketing pro turned WAHM / marketing freelancer. Slowing things down to watch my boys grow up.” Jen lives in New York and blogs about things she loves and may have missed the first time around Motherhood.
I love Jennifer because she’s always happy, sweet and a good friend. I see her lovely name on my blog daily and I truly appreciate the times she takes to read my blog and share with me her positive comment love.
If you’re not already reading Jennifer, you need to hop on over to her blog and check things out! You can also follow her on Twitter as @take2mommy. Do it! She’s a friend you want to have in your Twitter life!
And now, let’s get on with her interview! Woot! Woot!
1. How did you come up with Take 2 Mommy for the name of your blog. Tell us the story behind the name.
After graduating college I spent nearly two decades in corporate America. (Yep, I’m that old!) Toward the end of that 20-year stint I got married and had kids — two boys, who I didn’t see much. I would leave to commute to New York City before my boys woke up, and I’d come home at night with just enough time to feed them dinner and put them to bed. I always felt tons of guilt about that — about not spending enough time with my kids. So in May of last year, huz and I did some financial figuring and decided I could stay home and pursue a freelance marketing/writing biz. I started my blog at the same time. I named it take2mommy because I felt like I was given a second chance, a second “take” at being a mom.
2. Tell us about your family.
There’s Huz who’s a workaholic, a computer geek, a baseball player, and a bit of a mama’s boy 😉 He’s also a compassionate husband and a great dad! Then there’s Boo, my serious and sensitive 7YO son and Dipsy, my goofy and reckless 5YO son. We have a cat and a dog too, because whenever I’d pester huz about having a third kid he’d channel my energy toward pet adoption instead.
3. What did you do before marriage and kids? Career?
Pre-marriage and family, my career was my life. I worked for a couple tech companies, an ad agency and a leading media company. I managed their marketing, advertising, communications and creative services. More recently, I held director-level marketing positions at other media companies including Golf Digest, iVillage, Meredith Corporation (Parents and American Baby magazines) and most recently at Bonnier Corp. (Working Mother magazine). I created and executed custom marketing programs for the magazine’s clients and got to work with some great brands like Lego, Motts, Stokke, Johnson & Johnson, Huggies and LeapFrog. I gave all that up when I left Working Mother magazine last year. But I’m totally OK with it.
4. If you could go out for dinner with any celebrity and your husband wouldn’t mind, which celebrity would be your pick?
Easy one: Viggo Mortensen! First off I think he’s a hottie, but also I find it fascinating that he’s a painter, photographer, musician and poet in addition to being an actor. He actually sang in a couple songs on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, and his paintings have been featured in galleries around the world. All that should make for interesting dinner conversation, right?
5. Is the glass half full or half empty? How do you see yourself in the life you lead?
In high school I was voted class optimist, so back then I was a squarely in the half-full camp. Today I’m more of a realist. Sometimes I find I have to remind myself to look at the bright side of life — which is ridiculous, because Huz and I are fortunate and we have so much. I should always see the glass as half full!
6. What is one item you own that you cannot live without? Tell why.
It’s a little something I call my “SHHHH” machine. It plays a few different types of white noise. If I have that cranking all night and put earplugs in my ears when I sleep, I can almost drown out my husband’s snoring. Almost.
7. Bikini, grandma style, g-string or boxers? Which type of underwear is your favourite? (I love this question.)
I am actually glad you asked this question, because I experienced an underwear shopping fail over the weekend. I’m a bikini gal and have been forever. I picked up two packages of Jockey undies yesterday — my fave brand. The outside of the package said “bikini” but when I got them home? Grandma underwear! And the worst part is that Jockey apparently stopped making a true bikini style. Boo!
8. Are you a Tom-Boy or a Girly-Girl? As a kid? As an adult?
I’m much closer to being a tomboy than a girly girl for sure. When I was a kid I didn’t care what the heck I looked like. I’d cut my own hair or have gum stuck in my hair half the time. Today I can go months between mani-pedis, but I let someone else cut my hair! Since my kids are boys I think the fact that I’m tomboy-ish is a good thing.
9. How do you balance being a WAHM and a blogger with taking care of a family?The working/blogging mom juggling act is hard, isn’t it? But I try to be mindful that family comes first. When the kids need me, I close my laptop right then and there. When the kids are at camp or school I work feverishly. I don’t let myself fold laundry or shower or pee 😉 I also prioritize my job over my blog, since the job pays the bills! My poor blog. It gets neglected at times.
10. What kind of work do you do, and what advice can you give to other moms about starting a work-from-home business?
I call myself a marketing communications consultant. Companies hire me on a project basis to create (write and design) marketing communications materials: eNewsletters, brochures, presentations, ads, press releases, etc. My best tip to someone who would want to start a similar (writing) business is…network! Seriously people, it is ALL who you know. Throughout my corporate career I often hired freelance marketers and writers. 9.5 times out of 10 I’d hire someone who came recommended. Engage with the brands and companies you like on Twitter to “meet” the people who work for those companies. LinkedIn is also a great tool for growing your professional network and finding freelance work. Even if you only have a handful of schoolmates or former work friends on LinkedIn it’s OK…because they have connections you can access, and those connections have connections, and so on.
11. What new and exciting things do you have coming up on your blog that we should stay tuned for?
I’m adding a Blogroll page, but because there are so many blogs (and bloggers) that I love it’s turning into more of an encyclopedia (Blogopedia?)! I also plan to build out the “veggie mama” section of my blog, with more vegetarian recipes and tips on healthy eating for kids. Lastly, I’d love some guest bloggers…and my sometimes-neglected blog would love them too. If any Bees With Honey readers are interested in guest blogging, please DM me on Twitter @take2mommy.