I’m kicking off a new weekly spotlight series at Hip As I Wanna Be called the “Working Mom Spotlight.” Each week I’ll introduce you to some of the most amazing and fascinating working women across the country.

Our first woman in the spotlight is Amy Lupold Bair…

Amy Lupold Bair, blogger, social media marketer, and mom, is the founder of Resourceful Mommy Media.  In 2008, Amy burst onto the social media scene inventing the Twitter Party – a hashtagged social event with panelists and a conversational theme catering to the needs of clients ranging from e-commerce start-ups to nationally recognized trusted brands.  Developing from her own successful relationships with public relations firms and companies, Amy developed a network for fellow bloggers in early 2009.  The Global Influence Network has grown to include nearly 1500 social media savvy bloggers.

A former English teacher and a writer at heart, Amy continues to blog on her personal site, ResourcefulMommy.com. You can hear more of what Amy has to say at LifetimeMoms.com where Amy is a Parenting Channel leader. If you would like just a small dose of Amy, she is always available in 140 characters or less at @ResourcefulMom on Twitter.

Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?

I’m still trying to figure that out!  This will be the first year that both of my kids are in elementary school, so I’m hoping that I will be able to a better job of compartmentalizing work time and family time.  Over the last three years that I’ve been working from home I’ve had to juggle throughout the day and also work late into the night and through weekends.  I’m looking forward to keeping more typical work hours and focusing 100% on my family during family time.

Is there one particular parenting lesson you’ve learned about raising kids?

My all time favorite parenting advice is from Maria Shriver.  Rather than asking, “Okay?” at the end of an instruction to your child, say “Understand?”  The first one asks for approval while the second just asks for comprehension.

Battling stress? Any advice?

Find time for laughter, even if it’s just taking 10 minutes to watch a couple ridiculous YouTube videos or chatting with a friend on Skype.  Sometimes I just call my husband in the middle of the day at work to tell him something ridiculous knowing it will make him laugh.  Laughter makes everything else tolerable.

Tools or products you can’t live without?

Twitter.  Addicted to my very core.

Do you have an inspirational quote, motto or philosophy you can share with us?

I have Philippians 4:13 hanging in my office – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Favorite resources, books, or website?

To be honest, I turn to social media to find most of the information I need.  Even if the people on Facebook or Twitter don’t know the right answer, they certainly know how to link me to it.

Connect with her:

Twitter: @ResourcefulMom
Facebook: http://facebook.com/resourcefulmommy
Websites: Resourceful Mommy, Resourceful Mommy Media, Global Influence Network