Posts Tagged“family”

After a longer-than-I-care-to-admit hiatus from the Working Mom Spotlight, we’re back on track with one of the most popular features on Hip As I Wanna Be – the WORKING MOM SPOTLIGHT! Today’s mother is a fantastic example and a true inspiration. Enjoy! Evgeniya (Jen) Usmanova is a mother of two and a co-founder of CareLuLu, a free online resource that helps parents find child care specific to their needs. She has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters from Georgetown University. After struggling to find the right daycare for her daughters, Jen and her spouse Patrick decided…

I am a cliche. Forgive me if this is not news to you but it is to me. I make my living in the marketing and communications field and lately at my place of business, we’ve been discussing a specific demographic we are actively targeting for a client project. You guessed it –my demographic. Well, kind of. We talk about 45 year old women a lot. And because I am 41, well,they defer to me quite frequently. Once you start discussing women in that category other phrases come up in the conversation like “soccer mom” and “middle aged” and things…

This past weekend I got to participate in the perfect charity fundraiser. Well organized? CHECK Benefited children? CHECK Tons of fun? CHECK CHECK Involved water? ABSOLUTELY! Great Wolf Lodge hosted their Second Annual “World’s Largest Waterslideathon” across the country raising thousands of dollars at each of their locations to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. My family and I participated at the Williamsburg location where a total of 2,071 people took a trip down the waterslide to help kids in need. It was a truly phenomenal time. 100% of every dollar they raise each year at this event goes…

My lovely and fabulous buddy Lori Rypka is one of the guest posters granting me a week of non-bloggy-ness while I vacation.  Yeah, I owe her! What’s that sound? Wait for it …. Wait for it … (nothingness). There it is, the elusive silence I’ve been hearing so much about. I’m about to have the mythical experience of silence in my house soon. I began staying home with my daughter when she was 18 months old, and have since had a son. I have been home taking care of kids for six years, and have logged a collective 2,753 trips…

Moms and guilt.  They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like peas and carrots.  Like gray hair and sleepless nights. I can’t tell you how much I wrestle with this issue.  As you well know by now, I am not a stay at home mother.  I am a working mother which, to be frank, adds another layer to the guilt cake that I serve up each day. It is extremely hard not to compare myself to other mothers.  When I see a mother playing with her kids on the playground while I am on my way to a meeting,…

During the countless hours Jen and I spent training for this marathon, we grabbled with question “why?” Why are we doing this? We kicked around the standard clichés and theories, but never really got to the answer. I think we just forgot. After finishing the marathon on Sunday, I remembered. Actually, it was around mile 25.75, it hit me so hard I almost forgot to breathe. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Everyone knows to complete 26.2 miles you need to train. Long runs, tempo runs, speed work. Blah, blah, blah. To enjoy running 26.2 miles, you need friends. And,…

I am gonna make a declaration to the world of mommies out there.  There is one thing that I hate the MOST about being married with children.  Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate!!!! DINNER. The question “What are we having for dinner?” is the most despised question of my life. If I had my choice I would abolish dinner completely.  I hate being responsible for it.  I hate trying to figure it out.  I despise preparing it.  I just can’t seem to do it well. Have I mentioned the fact that I really don’t like dinner time? There is a reason…