Today’s post is a guest blog from none other than my awesome spouse who wrote this one the plane during this week’s business trip. Thanks, honey. It’s nice to be recognized and to hear this other perspective….Image

You hear the accolades all the time…in every airport sky lounge, in bars that local business people haunt “I am so lucky my wife married me,” “I wouldn’t be able to travel like this without the mother of my kids staying home,” etc. As a corporate professional I have heard these lines more times than I would readily admit to my own SAHM. The difference is that I do believe these things and so much more being a CLWOTRTSMF (Corporate Lesbian Working on the road to support my family). Read the rest of this entry »


Making friends as an adult is not as easy as it might seem. Without a workplace, school, church or other structured environment it can be even more challenging. So, how does a mom in a new area make new friends? Seems like a silly question, one our children would be asking. Actually, I take that back. Children typically don’t need to ask that question because it happens more naturally for them. But if my son were to ask me how to make friends, here’s what I’d say:

Approach someone who looks friendly or interesting to you.
Tell them your name and ask them their name.
Ask them if they’d like to play with you.

FRIENDS WANTEDAs an adult it’s not so simple. For starters, we don’t play necessarily. We chat. The basis for our friendship is talking, not really doing. And if there is doing involved, there’s also talking. So we need to have something to talk about. A common interest. But how far will that take you? Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Annie, the new Community Manager for Mom, IncorporatedShe is a mom of a three-year-old boy and currently expecting a baby girl due this summer.  She loves being a Mom of a toddler and finds it to be a bit of challenge but fun.


Annie had been working in community engagement, fundraising, marketing and communications for Universities and Nonprofits for the last 10+ years but when her spouse got a job that involved two relocations and quite a bit of travel, they made the family decision for her to become a stay-at-home / work-at-home mom.

She is getting into the blogging and social media world and is thrilled to be working with the inspiring moms at Mom, Incorporated! Annie will be kicking off with a renewed series of interviews with ”Moms with a Biz” on the Mom, Incorporated blog. She also recently started her own personal blog, Ever Moving Mama,  where she writes about her adventures as a WAHM moving from state to state.  She’s looking forward to having fun meeting the Mom, Incorporated readers and community moms!

So please help us welcome Annie to Mom, Incorporated. She’ll be with us on Facebook and Twitter as well with maybe a little bit of Pinterest, too!

On the first Monday of each month through April, the first 200 guests receive free admission to exhibits and a documentary IMAX film at the Pacific Science Center courtesy of Cigna. Adult tickets to the museum normally cost $16 or $20 if you want to include the IMAX film. Kids 3-5 are $9 or $13 with the film. What a considerable savings!

We had a great time at the museum today. There was ample 4 hour street parking available (@ $1.50/hour) so we were able to skip the $10 garage fee. We did get the very last of the free tickets when we arrived at 10:45 so I would recommend arriving earlier (the museum opens at 10am). Read the rest of this entry »

Even Stay at Home Moms hate Sunday nights.

Blogging comes easily for some people, or so it might appear from reading their posts. They’ve been writing personal essays their whole life and now have this great way of capturing their every day experiences in a collection of short, humor-filled paragraphs. 

I confess that this is probably my fourth or fifth attempt at a blog. I don’t know what exactly prevents me from maintaining them after a few posts. There’s a big risk in putting yourself out there and the self-doubts can come rolling in. Writing something publicly is assuming that someone wants to read what you have to say and that you have a good (or at least good enough) way of saying it. 


This time I am going to ignore those thoughts, or just roll with them. When I started this blog, I signed up with Blogher’s NaBloPoMo, making a commitment to writing one post every day during the month of March. I’ve never done anything like this and I’ll be honest, I’m scared. But I made a promise to myself that I would do this and I really hope that I do! The theme this month is “Risk” and so, here I am taking the risk and putting myself out there in the blogosphere!

Please be gentle. 

Life is about choices and consequences. We have to be mindful of the potential consequences when deciding what choices to make. Sometimes it’s hard to know what those consequences might be but part of being a grown up is considering the possibilities.

If I choose to eat a pint of ice cream every night, likely I will gain weight. If I choose to spend money on clothes and shoes before paying the bills, I might run out before I have enough. In my opinion there’s no such thing as “can I afford it?” – you just make choices and then have to deal with the consequences. Do you want to pay your bills? Do you want to have money in the bank? Do you want to have credit card debt? Answer those questions first, then see if you can make the choice to purchase something.

Making the decision for me to become a SAHM was a family decision both me and my spouse had to make together. Read the rest of this entry »

I am a corporate wife. I didn’t realize it for a long time, but now I must face the facts. I was thirty-four when I had my son almost three years ago. I was living a nice life in Minneapolis as a young professional working full-time at what I thought was a good, well-paying, respectable job. Then, my partner got a new job. A really good job with a company that paid to relocate us. To South Florida. Suburban South Florida. So we took our son out of daycare, I put in my notice, and we moved to the burbs.

The good thing about the burbs is that is can be a little more affordable than the city. Rents were reasonable and we found much bigger house to live in. And that’s the story of how I became a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom). At first I was a WAHM (work-at-home-mom) because my former employer kept me on for a few months while they hired and I trained my replacement. That was a great transition for me, though the 20 hours of work per week that were expected of me were often hard to manage while also caring for a young toddler. I’ll confess to relying on Dora the Explorer as babysitter a few more times than I would like to admit but sorry, bud, conference calls don’t always get scheduled during nap time!

That lasted a few months and slowly died down and I adjusted to my new life as the primary caregiver for our energetic and sweet toddler. And then, just as I was getting the swing of things, finding my way around, making a weekly schedule of activities (YMCA, tumbling class, meet ups) WHAM I got the news. My partner got a promotion. How wonderful! Well, on paper mostly. It’s a career ladder move with not much monetary change. And, it’s in Seattle. That’s 3,355 miles directly across the country. Hadn’t we just made a substantial move just a year and a half ago? Yes. And here we are again.

I am a corporate wife because I will go where we go. I will move our family to where the work takes us. I will care for our children (now expecting baby #2) and support my spouse because it is her career that is supporting our family. It can be like a military family who moves when the soldier is stationed at another base. Only, there is no support network of other corporate transplant wives similar to the resources available to military families. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes it is ugly. But it is certainly an adventure.

Join me and share stories, tips and resources for making this ever-moving life into an awesome adventure.

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