Who says you have to be in music to be a rock star? Each of the women profiled in today’s Moms on the Move has earned rock star status in their own right. From bold entrepreneurial ventures to incredible acts of work/life balance, these ladies put their professional success center stage while never missing a beat alongside the demands of being a mom and wife. I’m thrilled to introduce Blanca, Renea and Ashley today, and I’m sure you’ll be just as pleased to meet them. Enjoy today’s profiles!
If you’ve ever started your own business, you can appreciate how challenging and time-consuming it can be. Yet, Blanca Cobb of Greensboro (wife to Tripp and mom to Ava, 11, and Aidan, 7) amazingly – and successfully – launched two companies simultaneously May of 2012: SPRiSH® and TruthBlazer.com.
SPRiSH® is an innovative t-shirt apparel company for women who aren’t afraid to defy traditional feminine roles. Like the website states “Think Juicy Couture Meets Nicki Minja.” Blanca says she was inspired to start SPRiSH® a couple of years ago when she was going through a difficult time in her life. During which, she kept coming up with edgy phrases to reflect how she felt. One day she decided to put these messages, or “zingers” as she calls them, on t-shirts – and the concept took off. If you are looking for clever t-shirts or funny tees for women, you’ll want to check outwww.sprish.com.
Blanca is also the founder and president of TruthBlazer where she offers trial consulting services, statement analysis for law enforcement, keynote speaking and courses on body language and detecting deception. Blanca followed this unconventional career path after being a child crime victim and target of bullying. From that experience she developed survivor instincts to determine who she could trust – and then honed those instincts through expert training. Blanca helps people separate fact from fiction, and has been interviewed by Good Morning America, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC affiliates as well as the New York Daily News, The Root, and Cosmopolitan magazines.
And if all this isn’t already awe-inspiring, Blanca is also a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute In Washington DC. She is a contributing author to the soon-to-be-released book Methods of the Masters: Inspiring and Uplifting Stories for Taking Your Happiness and Effectiveness in Life to the Next Level which will be sold on TruthBlazer.com (check back often), as well as online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
What do you get when you mix a life-long passion for food and cooking together with a 20+ year career in marketing and freelance writing? If you are Greensboro-native Renea Myers, you naturally produce a successful food and recipe blog called www.FoodMuseMama.com. But this is just one part of her busy life which she calls a big mosaic of all the things she loves: cooking, writing, blogging, teaching, marketing, church, reading, traveling, play dates, family time, party planning, couponing, scrapbooking and volunteering. Whew!
Wife to Dan and mom to Nick, age 7, Renea recently added “student” to her busy schedule as well. She is currently a culinary arts student at Guilford Technical Community College. As written on her blog, Renea learned to make biscuits from her Nannie Brintle, fried chicken from her Mamaw Kathleen, cakes and pies from her Mamaw Cobb, banana pudding and fresh coconut cake from her Mama. She made her first “cut and paste” cookbook at age 9 and spent lots of time trying out new recipes for her Daddy who swore everything she made was the “best he ever ate.” As Renea got older, she dabbled with more sophisticated ingredients and cooking techniques. Today, her cooking style is considered eclectic but not complicated.
Renea says FoodMuseMama is geared towards families who want to create home-cooked meals and simple entertaining. “I think recipe books can be overwhelming, so I try to share recipe and menu ideas within a specific context…I give tips and family-friendly advice about preparing food,” she adds. One quick read of her blog, and you too will be hooked by Renea’s love for food; sharing recipes, menu and party ideas; and bringing smiles to the faces of all who enjoy her creations!
Ashley Adams is an independent consultant for 2 Cutie Patooties, a brand new embroidery and gift line that offers “boutique style” shopping in the comfort of your own – or a friend’s – home. This business has only been around for a little over a year but it’s growing quickly with over 250 consultants thanks to its high quality items, affordable prices, and its offer of free embroidery for up to 10 letters!
A Triad native, Ashley and her husband, Skip, live in Elkin with their three-year-old daughter Sarah. Ashley is excited about her new venture that she started just a few months ago. As a rep for 2 Cutie Patooties, Ashley and her hostesses organize home parties, catalog parties (if the hostess does not live close to a consultant), online events, and vendor events, among other things. “I love being able to have parties so hostess can earn free products, and even more than that I love being able to add more ladies into this sisterhood. It is such a wonderful company to work for,” says Ashley.
2 Cutie Patooties has a new catalogue coming out in October that will feature lots of new and exciting items. “We’re offering new bags and purses as well as some super cute home goods from casserole carriers and cake carriers to cutting boards and serving plates. We’ve also added a brand new vinyl category, so you can personalize even more items,” Ashley says.
October is also double hostess rewards. Instead of $20 in cutie cash and 20% off of one item, shoppers can get $40 in cutie cash and 20% off of two items! For more information about these products or how to host a 2 Cutie Patooties party, contact Ashley through her 2 Cutie Patooties’ Facebook page.
Are you or your friend our next Mom on the Move? We are always looking for moms in the Triad to profile. If you know of someone you’d like to nominate, please email Katie at Katie@triadmomsonmain.com.