2016 has been an interesting year. In an effort to improve our family finances, I took a new role working locally and found that I'm not the best at juggling that day job and my work in social media. Because I was learning a new role with the promise of a steady income, I scaled back my activity at GO MOM!®. But after a year, I've realized how much I have missed it, that 2017 means diving >> Read More
Why I Deleted Facebook From My Phone
About a month into the summer, I deleted Facebook from my phone. I KNOW!!!! I'd like to say I'm not sure what came over me, that it was crazy impulsive, that I regretted it instantly, that I almost died without it, that I simply had to have it back or I wouldn't have a single friend….except that wasn't exactly how it went down. Working in social media doesn't make it easy to limit exposure to >> Read More
Is Social Media Good for Schools?
The start of the new school year has arrived and this year I'm particularly aware of an increased use of social media by individual schools. And frankly, it has me asking if social media is good for schools at all. As an involved parent with kids in multiple schools (including college), I follow the Wake County Public Schools Twitter Feed. If you've never checked it out, it's particularly brilliant during exams and with weather delays. When the >> Read More
A Summer Break from Blogging
Just in time for a busy July, I'm in the midst of a summer break from blogging. But here's a hint ~ given the fact that I'm posting today and the fact that Back to School season is right around the corner (have you noticed school supplies in your local box box store yet?) my summer break from blogging is winding down. Completely unplanned ~ I know, I KNOW!!! ~ taking a break from blogging found me so >> Read More
Talking with Teens About Online Privacy
When it comes to teens and social media, I'm a bit of a kill joy in my personal and professional circles. I'm that Mom who says "No you don't need a cell phone in elementary school, you don't need to text in middle school, and yes we will follow the terms of service age limits when it comes to social networks." So when Domain.Me asked me to write about taking control of your personal >> Read More
Dear Martha Stewart, Bloggers are Experts Too…
Earlier this week Martha Stewart did an interview with Bloomberg TV and stated that bloggers aren't experts. I could not help but to weigh in on this because the designation of "expert" status is an intriguing thing in the world of social media. I could not help but share my thoughts on Twitter last night and when I woke up with the topic nagging at me, I decided a conversation about what makes a blogging expert >> Read More
AT&T It Can Wait Drive 4 Pledges Day!
Today, September 19, 2013, is AT&T It Can Wait Drive 4 Pledges Day! I have been honored to join AT&T as an It Can Wait Advocate as part of a summer long sponsored series in conjunction with the unprecedented nationwide industry public awareness campaign. As the mother of two teenage drivers and a social media professional, I have so many opinions that I could not help but join the cause. Today, however, is special. Today >> Read More
Go Back to School with AT&T’s It Can Wait
This compensated post is one in a summer long series sponsored by AT&T. I am honored to join AT&T as an It Can Wait Advocate and hope this campaign will play a pivotal role in your home not only with your teens but as responsible adult drivers as well. Back to school season is here to stay and like most busy Moms, in these first few weeks of getting used to our new schedules, I >> Read More
Your Business Idea and How to Apply for the Huggies MomInspired Grant TODAY!
Are you a busy Mom with a fabulous business idea all thanks to your little ones keeping you on your toes and solving every day problems? Do you have a business plan (you know they only need to be one page right?) and some solid thoughts about how you can make it happen? If so, the Huggies® MomInspired® Grant Program has your name all over it! Four million babies are born each year and more >> Read More
It Can Wait ~ Texting I Love You is No Excuse
This compensated post is one in a summer long series sponsored by AT&T. I am honored to join AT&T as an It Can Wait Advocate and hope this campaign will play a pivotal role in your home not only with your teens but as responsible adult drivers as well. "It can wait!" can be hard to hear. It requires patience and common sense to take priority over our impulse to act immediately. Teaching our children >> Read More