Joy Mangano – An Inspirational Mom With A Huge Empire

Joy Mangano – An Inspirational Mom With A Huge Empire

I love to be inspired, but there’s nothing like being inspired by an extraordinary woman and mom. After reading the story of Joy Mangano and then running to the theatre to see the movie, appropriately named JOY, I was more than inspired. I left the theatre ready to change the world and ready to follow my purpose in life. Joy Mangano, a mother, an entrepreneur and an amazing inventor is a powerhouse. Tats the best way to describe her. She’s a powerful woman with an inspirational story that will make women feel as if they too can be successful in business.

I truly believe when you talk about what you know or sell something based on your real experience no one can stop you and you will win.

Joy is a mother of 3 and she became well-known for her invention of the Miracle Mop, which made huge sales on QVC in 1990. She took all the money she had, plus borrowed money from family to create her prototype of the Miracle Mop. The rest is history. I love to read about successful entrepreneurs, especially moms. I always wonder how they do it and what gives them that determination. There’s something that tells them to never give up and they don’t.

Well, I won’t have to wonder much longer because I’m heading Macy’s in Herald Square NYC to meet Joy Mangano. That’s right, I have to meet her in person so I can shake her hand and tell her how she’s inspired me. Okay, well she may not shake my hand, I don’t know. But I will get to hear her talk about her own story. I ready to inspired even more, if that’s possible. So, if you’re I the New York City area this Saturday I suggest you hop on over to Macy’s and join me. Let’s be inspired together.

Joy Mangano will be heading to Macy’s on Saturday, January 9th at 2PM in the Home Department on the 8th floor to give us tips on Organizing our homes for the New Year. Ummmm, yes sign me up please. I need organization tips. There will be sweets, sips and prizes too. Don’t miss it.

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: I am a member of Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Angela Santomero – An Evening with Angela Santomero & Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids

Angela Santomero – An Evening with Angela Santomero & Daniel Tiger from PBS Kids

Over the last 5 years I’ve been sharing valuable information, products and events centered around kids.  One of my favorite events and post is this one, right here.  I am so inspired by Angela Santomero and her work educates young children everyday.  Amazing, right?  Read about the first time I met this children’s media powerhouse. Read Below.  

I had another great evening with an amazing mom who left me inspired.  PBS Kids, Women in Children’s Media and Angela Santomero hosted a Daniel Tiger Party.  It was a celebration of the all-new animated series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The creator of this new PBS series is non other than Angela C. Santomero, who is also the creator of Blues Clues and Super Why.  This new series was created for the new generation of preschoolers and it premiered on PBS Kids on September 3rd.

Angela Santomero sat on a panel with Kevin Morrison, Executive Producer (Fred Rogers Company) and Linda Simensky, Vice President (Children’s Programming , PBS).  During the panel Angela had a chance to discuss her vision behind the series and its goal of connecting with children by enduring the legacy of Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood).  The series brings children to a land of make-believe, which is the number one thing I loved about Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.   Listening to Angela speak about the time, passion and love she put into this series moved me.  It was very clear that she’s passionate about what she creates for children, which means so much to me, personally.  When that much attention is given to a series it shows in every episode.

I’m sure that the new series will be a hit just like Blues Clues and Super Why.  Angela is a mom, wife and a business woman who has made a difference in children’s entertainment and media.  While chatting with her after the event I found out about her educational background.  She somewhat reminds me of myself because of her passion for educating children in the best possible way.  Her way is through the educational entertainment platform and mine is currently through the classroom, but I plan to expand that.  Well, needless to say Angela Santomero inspired me.  Thanks to another amazing mom!

Have you or your children watched the new series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?  Did you watch Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood growing up? What women inspire you?

~Monica J~

Featured Image Credit: From Angela Santomero’s Twitter Page 

I had a chance to meet Daniel Tiger himself and Angela Santomero.  Fun evening!

Here’ are some more pictures from the evening.  Even a pop-up of Mr. Roger’s was there.

Image Credit: Angela Santomero Twitter Page

Image Credit: Angela Santomero Twitter Page

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ULIVjava Martha Stewart – A Cup of Joe with Benefits

ULIVjava Martha Stewart – A Cup of Joe with Benefits

Moms get ready to add this new product to your must-have list.  Only 80 calories and the benefits of herbs and botanicals in the newest coffee to hit the market.  Introducing ULIVjava Martha Stewart new iced coffees.  We all know Martha Stewart settles for nothing but the best of the best and now her company brings us a new way to enjoy our coffee with many amazing benefits.  ULIVjava was inspired by Martha Stewart and her healthy lifestyle.  This new exciting perk in the coffee industry was created by Mary Tedesco, Martha Stewart’s longtime personal trainer, and Kathleen Sochen, clinically trained celebrity nutritionist.  I recently attended the ULIVjava launch event and had the opportunity to taste the delicious iced coffee and here what makes this coffee so amazing.  My favorite was the ULIVjava Martha Stewart Vanilla Iced Coffee.  It is so yummy, light and not overwhelmingly strong.  It gives me the pick me up I need during the day.  Watch my ULIVjava launch recap and tell me what you think about the benefits after it’s over.

 

 

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~Monica J~

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own. I attended the ULIVjava Martha Stewart launch event in New York City.  I received the product for review purposes.  

Mary and Kathleen, ULIVjava founders.

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Mommy Monday: Bump Water – A Delicious Prenatal Supplement (Twitter Party)

Mommy Monday: Bump Water – A Delicious Prenatal Supplement (Twitter Party)

Did you know that there’s a water especially for pregnant mommies-to-be?  It’s loaded with folic acid, which is critical to the health of mom and baby.  Oh, did I mention that this drink taste amazing too?  Let me be the first to introduce you to Bump Water.  It’s known as the bottle-for-your-bump.  Bump Water wants you to know that prenatal vitamins for women don’t only come in pills.  Bump Water has the supplement you need.  It’s a refreshing drink which packs a healthy punch, so it’s a win win in my book.

I was first introduced to this yummy drink at an event hosted by Well Rounded a few months ago.  Remember that post?  I fell in love with the cranberry ginger and the citrus flavors.  Although I’m not expecting, it doesn’t hurt to boost up my folic acid and prepare for motherhood now.  I’m so excited to announce that Thirtymommy and I have teamed up with Bump Water to bring you #30Chat #BumpWater this Friday, June 27th.  It will another fun Twitter Party and we’ll learn about all of the goodness this company is bringing to moms-to-be.  Don’t miss the party.  Make sure you RSVP below by using our custom rafflecopter.

What prenatal supplements do you use or have used during pregnancy?  Have you heard of Bump Water?  For more information on Bump Water visit, www.bumpwater.com.

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I tried Bump Water independently and fell in love with it.   

 

 

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Mommy Monday: Chic Busy Mom & Cocotique Mother’s Box

Mommy Monday: Chic Busy Mom & Cocotique Mother’s Box

Hey moms, MAY is for you.  I’m still celebrating Mother’s this month and actually every day.  One of my good friends Candace also known as Chic Busy Mom has partnered with Cocotique to create a special Mother’s Box.  COCOTIQUE  is a subscription beauty box company for women of color.  This collaboration celebrates mother’s all month long with their May is For Mother’s Box.  Candace wanted to create something mother’s would be excited to receive and that they could feel good about.

The box allows moms to be pampered from head to toe says Dana Hill, COCOTIQUE FOUNDER & CEO.  Included in the May Is For Mother’s Box: CURLS Defining Moments Curl Release Serum, BADGER Peppermint & Tea Tree Foot Balm, HARVEY PRINCE Hello Fragrance, NAKED BAR Pit Cream Natural Deodorant., Natural Style by FUBU Curl Defining Gel, Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash, Natural Style by FUBU Curl Elongator and Men’s Natural Style by FUBU 3-in-1 Cleansing Wash

Discover Your Ultimate Beauty Arsenal. Get 10% off your first deluxe beauty box subscription from COCOTIQUE.com! Use code BOX10.  Click here to order!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not compensated to write this review.  I’m happy to continue my celebration of MOTHERS.

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Mommy Monday: Moms Can Get Their Workout On!

Mommy Monday: Moms Can Get Their Workout On!

Today’s Mommy Monday is all about the workout mama!  I try to get to the gym at least 2-3 times per week and sometimes it’s just not possible.  So, I can imagine how difficult it is for moms to make time in their busy schedule for some “me fitness time”.  However, over the last couple of years I have seen many gyms add childcare facilities, children’s classes and lower the age for members.  I think these changes are long overdue and required for today’s fit family.  As soon as the childcare center in my gym opened it was packed the first day and the evening classes were packed as a result.  My Zumba class is filled with many fit moms and I think it’s awesome.

I’m happy to see these changes, which not only allows busy moms and dads more options but it also sends a positive message to your children that health and fitness is an important part of your life.  Children always learn by your actions, so if they see you going to the gym regularly then when they get older they will most likely follow in your footsteps.  And we can’t forget the good old YMCA, where I always was as a kid.  YMCA’s across the country offer great family packages and classes.  So, check it out.  Did you know there are also Zumba classes for kids?   I am a Zumba fanatic!

Do you take advantage of your gyms childcare center?  Does your gym offer childcare while you workout?  Do you find time to make it to the gym?

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: The views expressed are that of Monica J. This is an older post and one of my favorites so I decided to share it again. Enjoy!
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