Vanessa Lachey: ‘When You’re a Mom, You’re a Superhero’

We agree Vanessa! Moms are superheroes!

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Life is sweeter with two kids — and popsicles!

Vanessa Lachey wears several hats as a mother of two little ones, son Camden John, 2½, and daughter Brooklyn Elisabeth, 5 months. Now, the 34-year-old supermom is joining forces with Popsicle to launch the brand’s first-ever official comic book and new Avengers popsicle — a perfect fit for Lachey, whose son calls himself “Camden America.”

In fact, Camden and Scott Foley‘s son, Keller, have become quite the dynamic duo.

“[Keller] wears capes every day to school — it’s the cutest thing — and Camden became obsessed with it so then they became the duo. Super Camden and Super Keller. It’s fun,” Lachey tells PEOPLE.

“It’s fun to watch little boys let their imagination run wild and for me as a mom it’s great to see him evolve to this little person.”

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Why Your Company Should Hire More Mothers

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WHY YOUR COMPANY SHOULD HIRE MORE MOTHERS

Katharine Zaleski is doing big things for working mothers in the tech field. As the President and Co-Founder of PowerToFly, a global platform that connects top female talent, primarily in tech, with remote and in-office jobs, Katharine points to the simple truth that women have changed, but workplaces haven’t. In her most recent article in the Fortune; she discusses the remaining stereotypes and discrimination against working mothers in the workforce.

It’s time to break that cycle, and it starts with the people doing the hiring. The way I acted in my twenties had a lot to do with denial. If I didn’t embrace or recognize the mothers on my team, then I didn’t have to think about what my future would be like. I see the same behavior in young women I talk to who are in charge of hiring, especially in the tech space. They are hard liners – and passionate lecturers – about women being in the office so they can be part of the company’s “culture”.

Zaleski with her husband and child. Photo from Fortune.com

It is refreshing to see another mother who admittedly and candidly explores her mistakes, offers up apologies when needed, and moves forward, helping us all in the end. Women supporting other women is vital to the success and growth of women in the workforce today.

I wish I had known five years ago, as a young, childless manager, that mothers are the people you need on your team. There’s a saying that “if you want something done then ask a busy person to do it.” That’s exactly why I like working with mothers now.

PowerToFly is making a connection between organizations and highly experienced female workers, offering innovation and diversity in the workplace in flexible and remote solutions. Her vision is truly one of the future. Not only is she supporting working mothers and pushing organizations to embrace this change in our culture, she is giving women in tech a good name.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BLISSFULMAMAS

dsc_0013Blissfulmamas is inspired by living in the moment, embracing the chaos and enjoying the crazy wonderful ride of motherhood. As working professionals, we really do have it all! Come as you are and embrace it. Families are like snowflakes, each different and unique, no two the same. The antiquated idea of the perfect roadmap to raising a family, balancing a professional job, and everything else in and between is long overdue for a make over! Blissfulmamasis a networking community for working mamas with a positive outlook, looking to collaborate with each other on career advancements, job opportunities, managing and organizing family life, without forgetting about the long overdue personal “me” time. Our goal is to act as a positive outreach for working mamas and be a place where working mamas can collaborate & find resources, all available on the go!

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Round 2, here I come!

Disney Parks Moms Panel

Congratulations!

Mickey Mouse once said, “Everybody neat and pretty? Then on with the show!”

Nearly 60 years after he said that, I have the honor of paraphrasing my favorite Mouse as I exclaim, “Everybody neat and pretty? Then on… to Round 2 of the Disney Parks Moms Panel Search!

On behalf of Disney Parks, I have the pleasure of inviting you to Round 2 of the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search. From the thousands of applications reviewed by the Search Committee, yours was selected to move to the next level. There were many tough decisions made during the reviews. I salute everyone who entered Round 1, including those who unfortunately did not advance. We are so very fortunate to have such wonderful Guests.

Now, we’d love to learn even more about you!

Walt Disney once said, “I reject luck – I feel a person creates his/her own ‘determinism’ by discovering best aptitudes and following them undeviatingly.”

Those words can certainly apply to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Search. So now that you’ve created your own “determinism,” here’s what’s next:

Shocked. Surprised. Honored. Amazed. All the feelings that went through my head when I received my “congratulations” email from Gary himself! Yes, you heard correctly! After a long 6 weeks in the “waiting room”, I am moving on to round 2 of the Disney Parks Moms Panel Search for 2015! This past month has been nerve-wracking, but incredibly fun! There have been nonstop Twitter updates from Gary, an amazing group of MP hopefuls on Facebook, as well as some really special friends and family chEARing me on. The MP hopefuls have been unwaveringly supportive and encouraging, it’s truly the friendliest competition I have ever been a part of. It really speaks to the true spirit of Disney and its overall mission to see such positivity in action. Despite the large number of applicants and the small number of panelists chosen, I have seen absolutely nothing but pixie dust and happiness. Truth be told, I would have been sad if my ride ended at Round 1, now I just feel honored. So many talented and knowledgeable people did not move on, that I feel a strong obligation to represent them as well as myself in round 2. Tomorrow at noon, the essay questions and video criteria will be revealed, and we’ll have 6 days to make everything “neat and pretty.” It’s important to me that I remain true to my authentic self as I try my hardest to answer questions as accurately and thoughtfully as I can. As I have said previously, it remains to be seen if I have what the judging panel is looking for in this year’s group, but boy will I have fun giving it all I’ve got!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it” JM Barrie, Peter Pan

Never give up, and never grow up!

Becky