Love Conquers All, Especially in Marketing Communications

love conquers all feature

As working moms, we all stumble across communication of some kind in our respective professional arenas. Whether we're on the marketing team, developing copy for email drop campaigns or editorial calendars, in the sales fray pitching clients to close a new deal or simply cultivating team dynamics by presenting ideas and strategies in relatable language...we all have to express ourselves in written form at some point in our careers. You might overlook this book if you came across it online or … [Read more...]

What is Success?

what is success-

What is success? It's an ongoing conversation over at The Modern Femme Movement, so when I was introduced to Susan Ford Collins' new book: The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want, I knew I had to check it out. I love her approach to defining success, especially when it comes to "deletion." She's kindly shared her insight below! What is success? Most people never ask themselves this crucial question, but highly successful people (HSPs) have. Here’s what they … [Read more...]

Why Your Next Meeting Needs a To Do List: Boosting Workplace Productivity

How to Use a To Do List to Boost Productivity at Your Next Meeting

Why Does Your Business Need a To Do List? Moving Creative Ideas From Conception to Completion is the Key Marker for Professional Success. We’ve all been there. You sit down with inspired, like-minded folks to collaborate on a personal or professional adventure and the ideas start pouring forth like manna from heaven. Creativity is at an all-time high, you’re blasting through obstacles to map out the big picture and passion runs deep as your visions come to life right before your eyes. You’re … [Read more...]

IBA Blog Conference – October 12-17, 2015

IBA Blog Conference

Mark your calendars!!! I have some very exciting news to share!!! The International Bloggers Association is hosting their very first IBA blog conference! The IBA Network-a-thon will be hosted online October 12th - 15th. Yup, that's right! A virtual conference! You don't have to worry about travel expenses, child care, vacation time or anything! Just you, me, the IBA, our computers and some amazingly awesome Google Plus Hangouts. Want to hear the very best news? The IBA blog conference is … [Read more...]

FREE Webinar! Making Shi(f)t Happen with Whitney Hutten

Making Shi(f)t Happen | Free Webinar

The Chaos & Kiddos: Working Moms United community is excited to host Making Shi(f)t Happen founder, Whitney Hutten, for a FREE webinar on January 28, 2015 at 7PM MT (9PM ET). That's right! A FREE webinar! Even better? She'll be sharing tips and tricks to getting 10-15 hours back in your week. I don't know about you, but I could take over the world with an extra 10-15 hours. Even the thought of 1 extra hour gets me excited, so I can't even imagine what great tips Whitney will be sharing that … [Read more...]

How to Use Slack and Why Your Business Needs It

How to Use Slack | Small Business Must-Have Tools

As Somer and I continue to expand our various brands (If you've been keeping count - We have 5 now! Chaos & Kiddos, The Studio Hampton Roads, The Hampton Roads Creative, Modern Femme Photography and The "CLICK" Series - yup, we're insane.), we constantly struggle to keep pace with the different conversations, decisions and strategies we've had for the varying markets and platforms. Simply put, that's a lot of market information to keep straight and it's been nigh unto impossible to stay … [Read more...]

Embracing When and How to Say No

Learning When and How to Say No | Chaos & Kiddos

The money question: When you say yes to something you don't want to do, what are you saying no to that you do want to do? This is the reality of embracing when and how to say no. As a working mom with a crazy ambitious professional drive, I spent a good portion of my marriage being a "yes man" to everyone but my family. As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and I realize now that I let my ego get the better of me and pridefully thought I could do it all and have it all. I felt pressure to say yes … [Read more...]

How to Use Hootsuite Pro

Hootsuite Dashboard | How To Use Hootsuite Pro

Hootsuite Pro got a shout out in Social Media Scheduling 101: The Basics but I wanted to take some time to show how I use it in more detail. In fact, I had a special request from a few gal pals, Brittany from NerdyGirl Writers and Herchel from Gym, Craft, Laundry as to the method behind my madness. How I use Hootsuite Pro may differ from many other users and I do not claim to be an expert by any means, but this is what works best for me and how I utilize the tool to streamline my workflow and … [Read more...]

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Working Moms

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Working Moms

In March 2014, I introduced S.M.A.R.T. goals to the blog, citing both personal and professional dreams for the year, and wouldn't you know, 2014 took off with a mind of its own and my goals (and a good portion of my life!) went to the wayside or catapulted me to new and challenging terrain that I hadn't in the least bit expected. Now that 2014 is behind me (praise Jesus!), I'm refocusing my energies and recharging my passions for what I am hopeful will be a fabulous 2015. S.M.A.R.T. goals can … [Read more...]

New Year, New You! #HRC365 Daily Social Media Challenge

HRC365 | Social Media for Beginners

Jumping into the social media arena can be overwhelming for even the most accomplished small business owner or blogger. With platforms multiplying exponentially, exposure algorithms changing daily and a never-ending host of notifications, new rules and limitless ways to engage, many business owners and bloggers give up before they even get started. The Hampton Roads Creative offers professional social media and small business consulting, but not everyone is quite ready for the financial … [Read more...]