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Baywatch Babe: Amy Weber on Beauty, Brains and Babies!
I highly doubt that Amy Weber sits at her computer downing a
canister of peanuts as I am at this very moment. Amy has built much
of her career on her stunningly toned physique and beautiful looks.
But what I admire most about this Baywatch bombshell is that she is
an entrepreneur, launching Amy Weber Productions with a history on
the debate team as a young girl.
Syndicated humor columnist and mom blogger, Tracey
I try to find the humor in things- sometimes you know it’s the only
way to get through the day. Like when we took the training wheels
off of my daughter’s two-wheeler... off she went on the first try.
My husband and I were cheering, jumping up and down with excitement
like we’d just won the lottery.
Mandi Norwood, mom, author of Michelle (Obama) Style &
Mandi is a mother with two young daughters, was Editor-in Chief of
Mademoiselle and Shop Etc and is the author of How to Be Number One
in Your Own World. She is a regular contributor to CBS, CNN and has
established herself as an icon in the world of beauty, fashion and
home in the 30 plus market. In an exclusive interview with
Butterfly, Mandi shares her tale of writing and raising kids:
Meet Blue's Clues and Super WHY! creator, Angela
Four towns poured into Northern Valley Regional High School in Old
Tappan New Jersey. There couldn’t have been more than 5,000 people
in each town. Harrington Park was one of them- a sleepy little area
in Bergen County that I called home. It’s the type of town where
everyone knows one another with a single elementary school
encompassing kindergarten through eighth grade.
"Meet Kim Rucker, SVP and General Counsel of Avon Products, Inc.
and Mother of TWO!"
Avon is synonymous with beauty. It
congers up the image of savvy women bringing cosmetics into the
homes of women across the globe. As you know, direct selling
appeals to women because of the flexibility it offers, particularly
in the lives of so many mothers. It is no wonder that there are now
nearly 6 million Independent Avon Sales Representative across the
Shelley Seale, mother and author, shares her story of penning
I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen the movie
Slumdog Millionaire. If you haven’t, do so. As a mother, the movie
may elicit overwhelming pain and sorrow. It may move you to tears
or force you to take action. It’s the amazing story of a boy’s
parentless journey through India. It is a tale of survival and
strength as he travels through life, ending with a most unexpected
turn of events.
Alison Brod, mother and founder of Alison Brod PR
read a lot lately about buzz and word-of-mouth marketing. The
Tipping Point reinforces the need to cultivate relationships with
Mavens and Influencers while The Anatomy of Buzz states that good
“buzz” starts with a superb customer experience. Readers look to
these best selling titles because they wish to achieve a similar
goal: increased business.
Public Relations and Entrepreneurial TIps from Rebecca Brooks,
The Brooks Group
The Entrepreneur Moms’ Group on
MyWorkButterfly is growing fast and furiously. It is our job as the
founders of this very site to empower the community in order to
further succeed in those entrepreneurial efforts. As entrepreneurs
ourselves, we understand the many challenges in getting an idea and
new business off the ground.
Hillary Hunn, Saturday Night Live Producer, Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon Producer and Mom
The sleep deprivation that a
new mom endures is nothing short of debilitating. You wake and
dream of sleep - sleep and dream of more sleep. “Sleep when your
baby sleeps.” Easier said than done.
Sandy Alouete, SVP Talent Relation VH1 & Mom
explore the “grass is always greener” cliché, shall we? I admit
that when my kids were babies, my grass was brown, dried out,
burnt, overexposed to the harsh elements. My husband’s grass, not
ass, was thick and green, shiny little blades sparkling in the sun.
Diane Goldman, mother and sales executive with New Agency
Partners, shares her insight on insurance and business
life of a stay-at –home mom is more priceless than I ever imagined.
It wasn’t until my husband and I sat down with our financial
advisor that I learned the true value of my role in the family. My
assumption was that since I no longer worked, in a traditional
corporate sense, I no longer contributed monetary worth.
Gale Gregory, Mother And Entrepreneur
“Stop being a
martyr.” This was the single best piece of advice that I did not
act on when my children were young. I decided that I was going to
do it all, and well. I did not. I resented my husband for working
long hours, not breastfeeding (he should have tried anyway), and
for having the luxury of time to himself during his hour-long
commute to and from work. In retrospect, I would have been a better
mother and a better wife if I “stopped being a martyr” and hired
Holly Hanna Shares Her Mother Experience With Butterfly
Before my daughter was born I worked full-time as a RN Clinical
Research Coordinator. But from the moment my baby girl was placed
in arms, I knew that I would not be able to return to my job. With
the support of my husband I was able to quit my full-time job and
become a full-time stay at home mom.
Butterfly’s Resident Licensed Psychotherapist - Julie
Julie Potischman is Butterfly’s Resident
Licensed Psychotherapist and she is also, you guessed it, a working
mom. Julie has a private practice in Roseland NJ and 15 plus years
of working with children, adolescents, adults, families and
couples. Julie spends most days listening to her clients. Now the
tables are turned as we ask the questions and do the listening.
Sue Fabisch, Musical Humorist and mother
coming out. “I am a complainer.” There, I said it. I sometimes
complain of the monotony each day brings: racing like a lunatic to
get the kids on a 7:40 am bus, cleaning, organizing, gym, shower,
late lunch, some work jammed in between, bus drop-off 2:50 pm, play
dates, pickups, football, soccer, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Oh, but how I
love to be able to work and be there for my kids! Perhaps if I sang
about it, it wouldn’t feel repetitive after all... Read more from Sue Fabisch
Valerie DeLong, Former SVP Promotion at Universal/Motown Records
and mother of two
Truth be told- I hate the cold. Perhaps
its poor circulation but even as a write this I notice my fingers
are cool to the touch. My thermostat reads 71 degrees by the way.
Sometimes I fantasize about moving to the West Coast. Although, I
know that Id never have the guts to uproot my family for the sake
of warmer extremities. Valerie DeLong was lucky enough to survive
the transition from east to west at the request from her former
employer, Universal Music Group. It wasnt until they asked her to
move back that she resisted the notion of again, uprooting her
family. Former SVP Promotion at Universal/Motown Records and mother
of two, Valerie happily resides in LA.
Read more about Valerie DeLong
Interview with Barrie Knee, creator of Kover-Ups™
Knee, mother of two unbelievably adorable twin girls, recognized
that very same thing. Instead, it was a product she sought after
rather than a service. Barrie couldn’t help but notice how her
twins’ safety bed rails detracted from the beauty of their room.
And so, Kover-Ups™ was born. Kover-Ups™ are decorative covers for
children’s beds rails featuring three distinct and patent pending
designs. Join me in celebrating this mom as the recipient of the
2008 Outstanding Product by iParenting Media. Read more about working mother and entrepreneur
Jami Weisman and Andrea Gillman of Cut by 2 Blondes
My son suits up for tackle football six days a week. I admit, he
looks like a tough guy in his green and white armor until he rushes
off the field requesting that I help him double knot his cleats.
Jack is eight and weighs roughly sixty pounds, wet. And, while he
may often look and dress older than his years, he’s just a little
boy underneath it all. Read more about return to work mothers, business
partners, Jami Weisman and Andrea Gillman
Diane Clehane, a New York Times best selling author and freelance
Diane Clehane is a New York Times best selling author and freelance
journalist who covers fashion, entertainment and media. She is also
the parenting blogger for Westchestermagazine.com who says, “My
life – and my daughter is an unending source of material.” She is
currently at work on her next book. She lives in Westchester with
her husband and four year-old daughter. Read more about working mother Diane
Cheryl Whalen, mother and Group Fitness Manager at CAN DO Fitness
manages to remain active for herself and for her family
How is it that Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day? I
stress over the 1,200 calorie intake I consume before dinner. So
maybe I don’t swim 4,000 laps a day but I do hit the gym for one
grueling hour. Exercise used to equal sanity in my chaotic life of
motherhood. Now I use fitness as a chance to stress the importance
of taking care of my body to my two children.
Read more about Return-To-The-Workforce Mother Cheryl
Stacey Berman turns her tennis passion into a profession
“What are your interests?” “What do you like to do?” These were the
questions asked of me some ten years ago at a job interview. Having
gone from college straight to corporate left no time to explore
anything other than work. As such, I answered, “I like to spend
time with family and friends… I like to exercise, kind of.”
It wasn’t until I had children that I learned how much I enjoyed
writing (used as a form of therapy when they were babies). I also
realized that I loved creating. Hence, the decoupage business I
started on children’s accessories or the necklaces I beaded and
sold. Read more about working mother Stacey
Mary Egan-Callahan and Brooke Thomas, Casting Directors at House
Production & Casting in NYC, explains they not only hire the
uninhibited and outgoing but teach them as well
My daughter was just four when she took over as the featured
entertainer during a NYC party my family attended. With a
microphone in hand, she belted out her version of the lyrics from
Rihanna’s hit song “Umbrella.” The remainder of the night was spent
cutting up the rug with boys three times her age. She is
uninhibited and outgoing and I wish that I were actually more like
her. Read more about these working mothers
Helaine Winer, mother of two and owner of the “The House” salon,
found a niche - the gap between kiddie cuts and mom salon
I have just been made aware by my five-year-old that she is simply
too old to get her hair cut while sitting in a fire truck. Oh,
she’s over the Barbie car too. Despite all the bells and whistles
that a traditional kiddie cut salon offers, my little one is
determined to move on. Read more on working mother Helaine Winer,
Shelley Seale, Virtual Book Tour - "The Weight of Silence:
Invisible Children of India"
MyWorkButterfly member and supporter, Shelley Seale, has just
released a book called The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of
India. The book is a non-fiction narrative that follows her
journeys throughout India over several years, befriending and
telling the stories of many children whose lives are the reality
behind the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Currently there are 25
million children living without parents or homes of their own in
India, on the streets or in orphanages or trafficked. They are the
true faces and stories of those shown in the movie, and their
everyday is all too real.
Read more on working mother Shelley Seale
Helaine Kay, Spinning Instructor, Sits with Butterfly
For so long I defined myself by career rather than the actual
person that I was. This made it especially difficult to transition
to the title of mom. I didn’t work my !@#$ off on presentations and
entertain at all hours with the notion that I’d eventually walk
away from it all.
Read more about return to work mother, Helaine Kay
Jessica Kirson, Nationally Known Comedian
As mothers we need to have a sense of humor in order to get through
most days. My husband and I will often mimic our kids so that they
can hear how ridiculous they often sound. Here’s how it goes:
Read more about working mother and comic Jessica Kirson
Melissa Peretz, Butterfly's Resident Fitness Expert
In a recent conversation with my mother, I expressed that I was
tired -- tired from my two kids, nothing more. She snapped, “You’re
young,” you should have energy, “I did.” My mom was 22 when she had
her first child. I was not. It is a fact that women are choosing to
have children later in life. Halle Berry was age 42!
Read more about working mother and fitness guru Melissa
Heidi Axelrod, Former Beauty Columnist For Town & Country &
My daughter came downstairs this morning with a washcloth draped
over her mouth. “I look ugly,” she muffled. After prying away the
cloth, I noticed a reddish patch of dry skin next to her tiny pink
lips. I told her it wasn’t anything that a dab of Aquaphor couldn’t
fix. That’s my beauty tip for the day and I might also add, that
all little girls must be taught that true beauty comes from within.
Read more about working mother and beauty expert Heidi
Clarins USA’s Pamela Lipkin, Director of Accounting, shares on
being a working mom
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I do not believe that I
would fare well on the hit television show, “Are You Smarter Than A
Fifth Grader?” As I assist my son with his math homework each night
I wonder, “Am I Smarter Than A Third Grader?” Mode? Range? Who
remembers anymore? English. English is a subject that I excel in.
Nouns, pronouns and adjectives are much more my speed.
Read more about working mother Pamela Lipkin
Shari Bilt Boockvar, Registered Dietitian and Founder of
Shari Bilt Boockvar, Registered Dietitian has been a Nutrition
Counselor and Consultant since 1993 and is the founder of
Nutrifacts, Inc. a nutrition consulting firm and the mother of one
sweet little boy. Shari offers her own version of grilled cheese to
her son. Her area of expertise is in weight control, sports/fitness
and cholesterol management, servicing families across the country.
Read more ab out working mother, and Nutritionist Shari Bilt
Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Chair, NYC Commission on Women's Issues
Anne Sutherland Fuchs, proud mother of two boys, has done more than
scratch the surface. She has put a jackhammer to it. Anne is the
Chair of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, serving as a liaison
between Mayor Bloomberg and the female community.
Read more about working mother and liaison to Mayor Bloomberg, Anne
Beth Herbst, stylebakery.com, shares her secrets in balancing
fashion and family
Winter is here and that means cozy cashmere and beautiful boots. So
then why am I wearing Ugg slippers and my husband’s extra large
Read more about working mother, entrepreneur and fashion expert,
Shelly Grossman, ShellyBelly.com, Shares Her Journey Of Maternity
So often I hear moms express that they’d love to open a “little”
store of their own. They fantasize about selling children’s clothes
and accessories while attending the gift shows in Manhattan.
Read more about working mother Shelly Grossman
Linda Schuller, Protravel, Shares Her Journey Of Travel And
Travel tips are not easy to come by. No one knows this better than
Linda Schuller, mother of two grown children, who has worked in the
travel industry since 1978. Linda continues to help families find
the best vacation destinations… ice included! In an exclusive
interview with Butterfly, Linda shares her journey of balancing
travel and time:
Read more about working mother linda Schuller >>>
Hyla Weiss, Crohn's and Colitis Advocate, Shares Her Journey Of
Balancing Fundraising And Family
Hyla Weiss, mother of two, takes “involvement” to an entirely
different level! Before having children, Hyla held a highly-coveted
position at Vanity Fair magazine. She is now significantly
responsible for the fundraising efforts for the Crohn’s &
Colitis Foundation and has contributed immensely to her Temple,
B’nai Abraham, as well.
Read more about working mother and volunteer, Hyla Weiss
Butterfly's Resident Career Counselor, Julie Cohen Shares How She
Manages Her Own Work / Life Flexibility
Too often children are asked what they want to be when they grow
up. How is my five-year old suppose to know the limitless
opportunities that lie before her? Yesterday she wanted to be a
soccer player and today she wants to be Hannah Montana. I am 37
years old and I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, other
than a grandmother. We spend our whole lives figuring out what we
don’t want to do. And, if we’re lucky enough, we stumble upon our
passion that leads to our long desired “ah-ha” moment.
Read more about working mother and resident Career Coach, Julie
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