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Race, race, race is the only way to describe the last few weeks. Today is the day  I officially lost the race in every aspect of my life… personally and professionally.

My kids and my carpool were late to school, I missed my class at the gym, I missed a 3 p.m. deadline at the office and I did not return 2 calls that I swore to myself I would get to today.  There were smaller things too, but you get the idea.

The worst part of it is not my lack of time management (I actually excel at Just In Time Management), but the people who purposely make it difficult  when clearly they can see that you are late.  What is that all about?  Why on Earth would it matter to them enough to want to slow you down?

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The last time you hired a professional to perform a service for you, were you satisfied with the results?  How did you find them?  Would you hire them again? 

 

There are lots of ways to screen an individual or company.  Some are free, some come at a small cost, but it is SO worth the time and effort  to do your own little background check before handing someone access to your home, your possessions…or most importantly, your family!

 

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If only I had thought to do that BEFORE hiring them, I would have realized that having NO info on the web was a huge red flag. 

 

Since then, Facebook and Twitter have blown up – and it’s easy to use them not only as fabulous time-killers, but as some of the most effective screening tools available today. 

 

Considering hiring a new nanny?  Check out her facebook profile – a friend of mine recently did this and was so glad that she did – she found charming posts like “took the kids with me to the liquor store and left them in the car” and “called in sick – way too much fun last night”.

 

What about hiring a Realtor?  You should be looking for an agent that is on top of technology – whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.  Check out their facebook profile – do they have a good balance between real estate-related updates and personal posts?  Then they probably also have a ton of friends – and one of them might want to buy your house!  Are they on twitter?  They should be – this is a huge marketing tool that every good agent should be using.  Check out Real Estate specific sites as well – Zillow, Trulia, and Active Rain are great places to start – your agent should have a profile on each of these and be active in their communities, both real and virtual, this is a great indicator of both their knowledge of today’s Real Estate industry and of what’s going on in their local market.

 

No matter what you are hiring a pro to do – clean your kids’ teeth, resurface your driveway, mow your lawn, sell your home – check them out before hiring them!

Welcome to the Amy Michelle blog

When the idea of a blog was first introduced to us, we struggled with what the purpose would be.  Then it occurred to us, our blog should be about “real life” moms – successes, failures, stories… life.

We decided to get a group of moms that represent “real life” people.  They will share their journeys through motherhood – successes, failures, laughs, tears, ideas…

Our blog is about creating a community of moms that you can identify with in your own personal lives.  If nothing else, we hope you realize that they are not alone in your journey.  We want to help validate your feelings; help you take a breath when you feel overwhelmed; give you resources, understanding, ideas, and humor to make it through this crazy journey called motherhood.

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