Twitter Chat Nov 21st: How To Have a Stress Free Thanksgiving Week as a Mompreneur

How To Have a Stress Free Thanksgiving as a Mompreneur
Thanksgiving is truly my favorite holiday of the year. I love food, friends, family and traditions all smooshed together. However, with any holiday there is a lot of stress involved. The stress of preparing food, the stress of kids home from school, the stress of doing the super duper cleaning that must be done before all the guests arrive, and the stress of spending time with in-laws and relatives can take the zing out of all the good that is this holiday.

 

#MomBizMondays Twitter Party
Monday November 21st 2011

TOPIC: THANKSGIVING WEEK MADNESS
Join us tonight to chat about how to change this week from stress and madness to organized and wonderful. No, I don’t have a magic wand, but you all have the power to make this holiday stress-free. Come and learn about ideas, systems, and resources that will make this Thanksgiving one to remember for being peaceful and joyful. Moms stop being martyrs and get help, ask for help, and share your advice!

WHEN:
Monday, November 21st, 2011

TIME:
EST 10:00pm to 11:00pm
CST 09:00pm to 10:00pm
MST 08:00pm to 09:00pm
PST 07:00pm to 08:00pm

SPONSORED BY:
Mom Biz Retreat Weekend Getaways for Mompreneurs
This party is sponsored by Lara Galloway, @MomBizCoach and Shelagh Cummins @BizTrainHer, co-hosts of the Mom Biz Retreat. The Mom Biz Retreats are mompreneur getaways that offer women the chance to unplug from their daily routines and responsibilities. They get business coaching and expert consulting to plan, develop, market and grow their business during 2.5 days of intensive workshops. And as a reward for all their hard work, the mom entrepreneur participants treat themselves to private Wake Up Yoga Classes, spa treatments, exquisite meals, delicious wines, and the chance to connect with other women who think talking business and family makes a really good time.

HOSTS:
Lara @MomBizCoach Website: Mom Biz Coach FaceBook: Mom Biz Coach
Shelagh @BizTrainHer Website: Practical Mum FaceBook: Practical Mum Fans
Melissa @TimeOutMom Website: TimeOutMom FaceBook: TimeOutMom

PANELISTS:
Ray LaPoint @DelightCleaning Website: Delight Cleaning Blog Facebook: Delight Cleeaning
Irvin Lin @EatTheLove Website: Eat The Love Facebook: Eat The Love

TWEETS:
We look forward to you joining us Monday night. We would love your help in promoting this chat your communities. Feel free to copy and paste the following tweets to help promote the Twitter Party.

RT @MomBizRetreat – Thanksgiving Madness? Join our chat to tonight to lower your stress! http://bit.ly/tPWADd #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat – Tame the Tiger of Thanksgiving Stress with @MomBizCoach and @TimeOutMom Tonight http://bit.ly/tPWADd #MomBizMondays

RT @MomBizRetreat Mon Nov 21st Tweet Chat – Cleaning, Cooking, & Organizing Tips for Thanksgiving http://bit.ly/tPWADd #MomBizMondays

TWITTER PARTY TWEETGRID LINK:
http://bit.ly/sYb96W

TWITTER PARTY HASHTAG:
#MomBizMondays

AGENDA: THEME = STRESS-FREE THANKSGIVING

 

ORGANIZATION

QUESTION #1: DO YOU HAVE A MASTER TO-DO LIST FOR THANKSGIVING? HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE IT ALL?

RESOURCES:
@FamiliesWithPurpose, http://www.familieswithpurpose.com/

CLEANING

QUESTION #2: HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HIRING A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE TO HELP WITH PRE-HOLIDAY CLEANING?
QUESTION #3: HOW DO YOU HANDLE POST-HOLIDAY CLEAN-UP? DOES EVERYONE PITCH IN?

RESOURCES:
@DelightCleaning, Delight Cleaning Cleaning Tips

FOOD

QUESTION #4: WHAT FOOD CAN YOU MAKE AHEAD? WHAT DISHES CAN YOU ASK PEOPLE TO BRING?

RESOURCES:
@FoodNetwork, The Food Network’s Thanksgiving Guide
@MarthaStewart, Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Guide

BAKING

QUESTION #5: SHARE YOUR FAVORITE THANKSGIVING DESSERT RECIPES, PICTURES, LINKS, WEBSITES

RESOURCES:
@EatTheLove, Eat The Love Website, Maple Spiced Pumpkin Pie Recipe
@CreatedbyDiane, Created by Diane Website

CRAFTS

QUESTION #6: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS, PROJECTS, AND CRAFTS?

RESOURCES:
@TipJunkie, Tip Junkie Website
@HowAboutOrange, How About Orange Website

FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING SHOPPING

QUESTION #7: ARE YOU GOING OUT SHOPPING ON FRIDAY? WHERE ARE YOU GOING FOR WHICH DEALS? SHARE.

RESOURCES:
2011 Black Friday Ads

PANELISTS + ATTENDEES:
Please be sure to you Twitter Party hashtag #MomBizMondays at the end of every tweet so everyone may follow along in the conversation even if you are not following that person specifically. Please retweet all questions. It would be great if you were able to share your answers to each question. Connect with others at the party and say hello, chat with others, & remember to HAVE FUN! Also be sure to share links to your websites, blogs, and FaceBook pages too! We love sharing! *If you meet some great like-minded people at tonight’s twitter party, be sure to follow them so you can connect afterwards!

SOURCES:
Mom Biz Coach November Blog Talk Radio Show about Collaboration as a Mompreneur
www.MomBizRetreat.com
www.MomBizCoach.com
www.BizTrainHer.com
www.TimeOutMom.com

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The real power of gratitude

Still wondering about Social Media and how it works?

The non-profit organization, tweetsgiving.org, has just raised over $10,000 in less than 48 hours, all thanks to twitter. “tweetsgiving” is a project that seeks to demonstrate the power of twitter and the social web by spreading gratitude and raising $10,000 for a classroom in Tanzania. Those who chose to participate on twitter were able to donate money online during this twitter fundraiser.

I’m inspired by the generosity of people and their willingness to give to a cause during tough economic and personal times.

And, like so many others today, I’m thinking about all I’m grateful for.

I’m sitting here in Canada really missing my family back in Georgia. Nobody in Canada is celebrating Thanksgiving today–Canuks have this holiday on October 13th. Instead, my children are at school, my husband is at work, and I’m by myself at home, tying up some loose ends in the home office before jumping headlong into some baking for our own feast. We’ll have some friends from Michigan here for the weekend, and we’ll carve the turkey tomorrow evening. We’ll be a day late in this country.

I imagine my family down South. They’re all gathering at my sister’s house now. There’s probably 40 or more of them (we have a large family), and I’m sure I’m missing out on some wonderful things today. I’ll miss my Mom, Dad and siblings the most. Dad got up early this morning, started the coffee he normally relies on to give him a kickstart, but that he won’t need today. He’s happy and excited to get out of bed and get into the kitchen to bake his famous whole wheat bread, a treat we get only at Thanksgiving and sometimes Christmas. He’ll be singing as he always does, and making silly jokes that keep us either giggling or groaning. Mom will start buzzing around the house, finishing up the traditional dishes she loves to make, gathering the various serving dishes and such that she’ll need to take over to my sister’s. She’s busy, she’s multitasking, and she’s forgetting something in the oven. That’s all normal. And she is soooo happy–having her family gathered around her is one of the best gifts she ever has. My brothers and sisters are connecting with old friends back home they haven’t spoken to in a while, visiting with family, and stealing bits of ham, turkey and whatever else is left unguarded on the countertops. The phone is ringing off the hook, but chances are it will go unanswered because the noise and chaos of cooking, music, adults talking and the clamour of young kids in the house will drown it out.

In addition to so much else I’m thankful for, I am especially thankful for my family. I am the child who has travelled and lived farthest from home on multiple occasions. While I realize what living so far away has cost me, it has certainly helped me realize how much I love them. I am grateful to have a family so worthy of being missed. And I am grateful that they love me as much as they do.

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