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Exclusive Interview: HGTV Host Egypt Sherrod On Her Career Path, Part 1

September 17th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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As the host of HGTV’s hit show “Property Virgins” for the past five years, with a new show “Flipping Virgins” on deck, it’s an understatement to say Egypt Sherrod knows her way around buying a home. She not only comes from a family of real estate brokers, she’s been an agent herself for years as the founder of the national real estate concierge company, The Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group, where she’s helped hundreds of families achieve the dream of owning their own home.

Appealing to all property enthusiasts – from first home owners to long term investors – Egypt educates and mentors clients and viewers alike on their investments with genuine care and expertise.

Not your Momma’s realtor, Egypt is also an award-winning broadcast talent, known as the former host of NY’s Power 105.1 morning show and a range of other popular stations around the country, including V103. Giving her an edge that makes her stand apart from others in the industry, Egypt has mass appeal.

With all that she does, Egypt still found the time to sit and chat with Mommynoire about her life, career and future. We think you’ll be inspired, too.

Mommynoire: Tell us how you got your start in real estate.

I’ll try to make a long story short. I come from a family of real estate brokers, and so you can imagine thanksgiving dinners. When I was young I wanted to do something entirely different so I went into radio, which kinda explains my career path. But as I got older and wiser, I realized you have to do smarter things with that money and I grew up knowing that real estate was the foundation of wealth. When I was in my very early 20’s, with my savings, I got an investment property and flipped it. I was successful in doing that and I did it again, and again. A big part of what was going out the window was commissions I had to pay to real estate agents, so I decided to get my real estate license.

What happened next?

My intention was to sell and market my own properties after I flipped them, but I got bit by the real estate bug. I loved it and what was going to be just a side-hustle turned into a passion of mine, and it’s been both real estate and radio in tandem for many years, right in Newark, New Jersey.

And how did you get to Georgia where you now live and where “Property Virgins” tapes?

Truly, it was a holistic move. I’d been in New York City for a while, over 13 years. When I made the decision, I had already been thinking about it for a year but I was then pregnant and my Aha! moment when I was stuck in traffic, sitting in the same spot at the Lincoln Tunnel. And I said, once my baby is born, what if I need to get to my baby and I can’t? I love new York, but it was not conducive to work-life balance and I wanted a better quality of life. I was ready to start a new chapter in my life where I could have some level of balance. I got a offer to work at a radio station in Atlanta, so I went to the HGTV executives and they jumped for joy at the idea because they wanted to shoot elsewhere as well, and Atlanta was such a hot an popping place for real estate.

Sounds like it was meant to be…

Yes, in my first year here I got situated with my real estate business in Georgia, I was shooting the “Property Virgins,” and working on the radio all at the same time. We’re very happy here, but funny enough I find myself in New York two or three times a month.

Selling homes is hard, is selling homes on TV harder?

Ummm, no. (laughs) I jumped at the opportunity and felt like it was a gift from God to finally have a platform that shows all the different sides of me. People knew me from the radio, some people knew me as a real estate agent. So here was an opportunity to put my broadcasting experience together with my real estate experience to help empower people to become homeowners. Everything seems harder when people don’t know how to do it, but once they understand the process, it’s simplified.

Check in tomorrow for Part 2 of this interview where Egypt talks about being a mompreneur, managing her own household, and her tips from home buying as a parent.

24 Fab Work-From-Home Outfits

September 14th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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We work hard at looking pulled together Monday through Friday when headed to the office, but what happens when you work at home all week?

If you work from the comfort of your home office, kitchen table or couch, we know how tempting it is to slack off a bit when it comes to getting your style together. You’re not alone. We were there too at one time — sitting at the computer while rocking the same pants two days in a row and wearing a baseball cap to cover our hair sins.

It’s time for an upgrade and Mommynoire is here to help.

Being comfortable when you work at home is key because you probably have to run some errands in between and there’s always the after-school carpooling to get you out of the house. But you also probably have to hop on Skype for a meeting with your staff. There’s no reason we can’t be both cute and comfortable. Here are a few work at home outfits to step up your style game.

 

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Bold Blazer: The blazer is a handy go-to piece. Ideally, you have a solid black to pair with everything and then something unexpected like a polka dot or floral print (above). A piece like this is easy to pair with boyfriend jeans and flats or amp things up with stilettos and some fabulous jewelry for a meeting or lunch appointment.

 

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Jumpsuit/ Romper: This is the epitome of comfortable and chic. You’ll find many a celeb mama rocking this look on their “off” days and doing it well. The beauty of this piece is that it’s an outfit in and of itself so besides a few accessories you don’t really need to do much to look good in it. Your best bet is to find a jumpsuit that is slightly fitted but not too snug. You want to give off an effortless vibe and if you’re constantly tugging at the waist or pulling the ankles down you’ll just look like you’re trying too hard.

 

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Loose pants: In a variety of bold prints and bright colors, you can easily update your work at home wardrobe to casual chic with a pair of these trousers. Paired with t-shirts, crop tops and lady-like blouses, these bottoms will have you feeling fabulously relaxed. The beauty of these pants is that they pair well with almost any shoe and can take you anywhere you need to go. We hooked them up with heels, but hello, Nike Air Max.

 

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Dressy Joggers: In keeping with the working at home-yet-cute theme, these pants are everything a woman dreams of… We all know most of our sweatpants are totally unacceptable to be worn in public but these pants are begging to be taken out for an afternoon. They easily translate to an evening on the town as well. Paired with a simple v-neck or tank and sandals, you have the perfect outfit for an afternoon of coffee meetings and carpools. Add fun heels and a classic jacket and you’re off to dinner with your love!

 

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Midi skirt: The perfect lady-like length no matter your height, these skirts are the ultimate for glamming up your work at home wear. They look stunning paired with a simple tee and statement jewelry for when you have work meetings or an event to attend, and can still feel super casual when combined with a lady-like blouse and strappy flat sandals.

Enter Our “Be The Boss” Contest For A Chance To Win A Free Makeover From African Pride

August 24th, 2015 - By Raven Carter
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Are you a woman who’s about her business or know someone who is? We want to hear from you!

MadameNoire is providing two women a chance to win a makeover by African Pride for sharing their story of their journey to becoming a boss with us. To get your name in the running, upload a video of yourself or a family or friend you want to nominate to Facebook or Instagram explaining how this person is a boss why they should be picked for the makeover and be sure to use #BeTheBossMN hashtag. Then send an email studios@moguldom.com with the following:

– subject headline: #BeTheBossMN Contest Entry
– Link to your video on FB/Instagram
– headshot of the person nominated
– Full name
– Age
– Location
– A short paragraph explaining why the nominee should win the makeover

When uploading your videos to Instagram and Facebook, please make sure the privacy settings are public or we will not be able to see your entry.

Check out the video above for more details and good luck!

Nomad Life: 15 Careers You Can Do On The road

July 9th, 2015 - By Rich
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These fifteen careers you can do on the road will have you working and traveling in no time! Take note that they span across the fields of technology, education, art, writing and medical.

Nomad Life: 15 Careers You Can Do On The road

Bold & Brave!: How to Step Up Your Game & Shine at Work

June 9th, 2015 - By Kay Hudson
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Let’s talk about standing your ground and understanding your worth. There’s a saying that “fortune favors the bold.” This is especially true when it comes to finding your voice, living your purpose, and answering your calling.

Just like you, many of my coaching clients want to know how to be more bold when it comes to work. I am telling you like I tell them, you “got” this.

This is your time. Today is your moment.

Stop waiting for a seat at the table to lean in. I am the daughter of immigrants, the many times great descendent of African survivors. If there is no seat at the table, I am building my own. I invite you to do the same.

You have everything it takes to succeed. In my Spiritpreneur School podcast, I have the honor of interviewing powerful women entrepreneurs who are making their mark in the world. These women are gurus in diverse fields but they have one BIG thing in common. They are each bold, brave, and courageously brazen in their own ways.

Here are 5 ways that you can be more bold and brave to shine at work:

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  1. Stop being half-assed.

Always do what you say you are going to do. If you are procrastinating, you either don’t really want it or don’t believe you deserve to have it. Are you late? Sloppy? Unprepared? Making excuses?

Step your game up. Make the commitment to go for it. Success doesn’t happen in a day. Create a plan and make it happen. If you need more knowledge, get it. Rock what you’re doing so that you are irreplaceable. Instead of talking about it, be about it.

  1. Cultivate a courageous attitude of success.

You are the only one who can decide your worth. Yes, of course you have fears. You are human. Most of us fear success or failure. This is no excuse to continue in a state of mediocrity.

If you are at a company or have clients that you feel don’t know your worth, realize that you chose them. You created the situation you’re in. See yourself as a winner and a victor, rather than a victim.

If you need to create an exit plan, do so. Meanwhile, treat your current situation as if it is the best gift on earth. Approach it with gratitude. Expect things to work out for you. You want to be aligned with things working out for the best.

  1. Speak up for yourself.

Speaking up for yourself doesn’t mean being nasty or defensive. Speaking from a place of “why me” or “I never win” is coming from a place of victimhood. Whenever you are standing in your victimhood, you are not standing in your power.

Know that no one can take from you what they didn’t give you. What I mean by this is that no one can take your worth from you. A queen is dignified, gracious, and knows that she wears the crown.

Be clear in your yeses and never be afraid to say no. Whether you’re asking for a raise, new title, be decisive, clear, and bold.

  1. Believe that success is a choice.

So is fear. Have a success mindset. Make choices based on the outcome you want.

If you want to be an executive, dress and carry yourself like an executive now. Act as if you are right now the person you want to be. This is different from a “fake it til you make it” mentality. instead, act as if.

  1. Always have a clear and bold mission statement.

Have a clear mission statement and personal brand whether you work for someone else or yourself. Instead of being jealous and envious of the success of others, create your own.

Rock on! Success looks good on you.

Abiola Abrams, the Midwife for Your Inspired Life, is the author of the award-winning “Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love” and founder of the Sacred Business Academy’s “Become the Guru Bootcamp” for business bombshells. Get Abiola’s free Self-Worth Kit at http://OwnYourBombshell.com.

Mompreneur: Designer Elizabeth Arthur Talks Kimimi Swimwear

June 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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Ladies, summer time and beach vacations are approaching and you know what that means for many moms – swimwear shopping. For some, oh the joys of putting on that sexy one piece that showcases our curves – and for others, swimwear shopping can be a nightmare – simply because it is often hard to find sizes that compliment full-bodied curves. Here enters entrepreneur Elizabeth Arthur, the founder of Kimimi Swimwear, which is a fabulous line of beachwear attire that compliments every woman, in all of her diverse and butterfly splendor. I had the opportunity to chat with the mompreneur about her inspiration, her line, and most importantly the balancing act of being a mother and a business woman.

Designer Elizabeth Arthur Talks Kimimi Swimwear

Mommynoire: Elizabeth, you are buzzing in the fashion-world with your butterfly inspired swimwear line Kimimi Swimwear – can you give Mommynoire readers insight into your journey?

Elizabeth Arthur: I am from the Caribbean and I am always at the sea. When I used to shop for swimwear, I could never find the perfect fit.  There was always something wrong to me. So I decided that I wanted to make swimsuits that a woman of any body type could wear. And that’s why I related it to butterflies. I never saw a butterfly that was the same color. I applied that to women. We are not all the same, but we are beautiful in our own way. That is what inspired me.

Mommynoire: How long did it take you to get your swimwear off the ground? When did it become real to you that this is what you wanted to do?

Elizabeth Arthur: It was three years ago. Other than me being a business woman, I had a 9-to-5. I always wanted to have my own business. I always wanted to have my own thing for myself. I wanted to share my own ideas.

Mommynoire: What resources did you get to help launch it?

Elizabeth Arthur: In the beginning, I thought I could do it all on my own. Then I met a friend and he gave me ideas and advice about what I needed to do to get out there. After speaking to him and learning what my brother went through running a business, it helped me to create my brand.

Mommynoire: When you decided to do the line, were you sketching earlier? How did you choose fabrics?

Elizabeth Arthur: When I started – I did the typical go into New York City Fashion District. I was just finding fabrics on my own. I wanted to find the best stretch fabric for certain body types, because the plus size woman would not be able to wear certain fabrics. Actually, I would go to the fabric store and pick different swatches and take them home.  One step at a time I decided that I would find this manufacturer and I would see what he could do with my sketches. Once I found the right manufacturer, he just took my sketches and made it come alive.

Mommynoire: Once you got your swimwear line off the ground, what strategies did you use to put it out in the marketplace? Did you do fashion shows or did you reach out to your peers in the industry?

Elizabeth Arthur: Three years ago when I started, I did not know too much about launching my swimwear, so I decided to have a little fashion show, which didn’t go too well. It was the beginning and it was a learning process. With that experience, my friends recommended a publicist. They encouraged me to speak about what my goals were. Once I got in contact with the publicist that I wanted to work with, which is Syreta Oglesby, she helped me with another launch in the city. She helped me with social media – and things were good.

Mommynoire: Looking back, what are some challenges that you faced? And what advice would you give to our moms who are trying to pursue their dreams?

Elizabeth Arthur: One of the challenges that I had was getting my stuff out there. Truly, you want people to know about your products, because you love what you do. That was a major challenge of mine. I did all of my business out of pocket. I didn’t look for an investor. It is so challenging when you have to do everything out of pocket.

Mommynoire: What are some of the benefits that you are now enjoying now that you have launched?

Elizabeth Arthur: Some of the pros are – I feel independent. I am doing things that I know that I can take to the next level. It motivates me to do more.

Mommynoire: Where do you see yourself a year from now?

Elizabeth Arthur: A year from now I would love to see myself in small boutiques. I know you can’t start too large – you have to start small. I want to travel more now to the beach and see what opportunities are there.

Mommynoire: You are a parent. How is it balancing both of these worlds.

Elizabeth Arthur: It’s very tough, mostly due to the finances. You have a dream and you want to succeed, but you have to take care of your home and everything else. But once you set your mind to it – you can do anything.

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15 Quotes to Keep Every Creative Mompreneur Inspired

May 21st, 2015 - By Rich
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One of the biggest challenges of being an extremely creative person is mastering the art of staying motivated and inspired. It’s so important to remember to try and maintain a winning attitude despite some of the everyday life challenges you may be facing. The following quotes that we included are sure to renew your faith and speak directly to your inner strength. When things get tough, outside of seeking clarity, peace and wisdom from God, speak as many positive affirmations to yourself as you can.

“I can do this” “I am doing my best” “I will fight for my dreams” “I am strong”

Click continue to check out some popular motivating quotes we found around the web.

15 Quotes to Keep Every Creative Mompreneur Inspired

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10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Britni Danielle

May 19th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and they are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Britni Danielle

Do The Math: Meet Mega Successful Kid Entrepreneurs

May 19th, 2015 - By Najwa Moses
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These kid entrepreneurs and their ideas are simply genius! Many of them found success with their various ventures before even hitting their teens and many have gone on to not only grow their business but to create not-for-profit foundations. One young man even sold his company for millions to Yahoo!

Sources: HuffPo, Biz Kids, Business News Daily

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10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock: Ellen Ector

May 15th, 2015 - By Rich
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Moms, we work hard everyday. We invest in our children. We hold down our home – think breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a few snacks in between. And let’s not forget the daily cleaning duties, bills, and laundry. If married, we nurture our significant others, and if single, we try to go above and beyond to nurture ourselves. All across the board our role as a mother is an important one, and truly, it’s a role that is really built for the strongest. Celebrating the essence of motherhood, Kay Hudson and Kweli Wright, the editors at Mommynoire praise the following 10 Moms Who Rock, because of their traction in the media and blogging world. These women are a beautiful blend of power and influence. They parent and are professionals at their craft. Cruise through our Moms Who Rock post and salute the women who represent the following verticals: beauty, hair, fashion, community involvement, tech, fitness, lifestyle coaching, food, entertainment, and lastly home decor!

10 Fabulous Moms Who Rock In 2015