This Nutmegger Loves Masshole Mommy
She’s a Masshole. She’s a Mommy. And she’s a magnificently clever Mom Blogger, whose “cutting-edge” blog, Masshole Mommy, is one of the best in helping you cut corners smartly to save time and money. Just read her post Grilling Hacks You Need To Know Before Cooking Out This Summer. You will be amazed.
This Masshole, also known as Robin Ruehrwein, offers up commonsense approaches to everyday dilemmas, the obviousness of which would bypass most. Very few people are able to see the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in life but Robin is not one of them. She has you grilling them (including watermelon) while using your rake to replace the sticks that you would, normally, roast marshmallows on. Talk about going ‘green’ twice-over.
Such resourcefulness made it little surprise to me that Robin is also a Boston Red Sox mom as owner John Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti demonstrate similar behavior, it seems. Thus, I would think that they are rather pleased that they have this Masshole Mommy in their camp. Don’t you think it is high-time you invite her into yours through the interview below?
What is your personal mantra?
To treat others how I would want to be treated.
Tell us about you and your life.
I live about 30 minutes south of Boston with my two boys, who are growing up too fast. They are going to be 10 and 13 this summer! We spend a lot of our time exploring New England, but when I am home and not working on new content for my site, I do some volunteer work. In addition to volunteering in my youngest's classroom at school 2-3 days a week, I am a volunteer for the Council on Aging in my town.
What is the name of your blog? When was it launched?
My blog is Masshole Mommy. For those of you who aren't from New England and don't know what a masshole is:
Urban Dictionary defines a masshole as “For residents of Massachusetts, it is an achieved title for drving faster, being wreckless, cutting other drivers off often, and having no patience for other drivers on the road”.
Even though it started out as an insult, most of us who are native to MA consider it a term of endearment and really embrace the term masshole.
I launched Masshole Mommy in October of 2009. I started it so that I would have a place to organize my thoughts and it's really taken on a life of its own. I consider it to be like one of my kids.
What is the primary focus of your blog?
Masshole Mommy is a lifestyle blog, so I cover everything from parenting, to recipes, to crafts, to travel to local Boston/New England happenings.
List any awards you have won.
If I win an award, I will be screaming it from the rooftops, but as of now I haven't won any yet.
Are you a Brand Ambassador and if so, for which companies?
I am a Red Sox mom, so I get to share lots of happenings and information with my readers.
What is your favorite social media outlet?
INSTAGRAM! I am totally obsessed with Instagram. I think the InstaStories are a fun way to see some of the things that go on behind the scenes and they compliment my Instagram photos really nicely - especially if I am traveling or at an event.
As much as I love sharing my life and stories, I love seeing everyone else's, too. I like to see what all my friends are up to.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to moms who may be interested in beginning a blog?
Do it. The blogging community is so supportive and I have met some great people, both in person and online since starting my blog. Whether you do it for fun or to make money, there is a place for everyone in the blogosphere.
Share the name of a blog you read regularly (besides your own).
Six Time Mommy. Jeanine is actually a really good friend of mine and she's actually a seven time mommy because she just had her 7th baby recently. She lives up in Toronto, so I have never met her in real life, but we've become great friends since meeting in the blogging community online.
Are you an entrepreneur or professional beyond your blog (and outside of being a mom)? Please share.
Not yet. I have seriously considered starting a social media consulting business on the side, but I just don't have time right now.
Do you support – either formally or informally – a particular social cause?
My youngest son has ADHD and we really had to battle to get him a diagnosis and the support he needed at school - but we did. It took us almost a year to finally get to the right person to make the right diagnosis. His dad and I knew something was not right over and above immaturity, but no one could pinpoint why he was struggling so much in school. I passionate about helping other parents get on the right path.
When all is said and done, how do you want to be remembered?
As long as my kids remember me as being a great mom, I will be happy.
Boy, oh, boy….doesn’t Robin Ruehrwein show her true colors through her last answer in the series. I guess she’s clear on where she sits in life, and consequently, so do I on how much I adore her and her blog. Suffice-it-to-say, Masshole Mommy...expect this Nutmegger to be reading!