Moms Off Duty: What does that mean?

It was brought to our attention that ‘life outside of motherhood’ and ‘Moms off duty’ implies that we did not have children or did not care about them.  This could not be further from the truth!  

Yes, we are moms and yes we are obsessed with our kids (as most Moms are). BUT the blog is a way for us to find an avenue outside of the realm of crafting, cooking, and career.  Chicks And Salsa is a way to use creativity and media to connect with other women in a way that encourages us to develop ourselves as members of this society.

As women, especially those of ethnic descent, we have a tendency to place ourselves last -- behind spouses, kids, career. If there is anything I have learned in these past few years, it is that putting yourself first can feel good sometimes, too.  It is also important to realize that ‘mom guilt’ never goes away: we will always wish that when we try a new restaurant with friends, that our husbands were there or when we discover a new park to run at, that we could exercise and watch the kids at the same time.

Moms Off Duty—that is how we feel when we squeeze in a coffee with friends during the day or get a babysitter and vent to a friend over cocktails after school.  It is all-encompassing. It is the food that we eat, the activities that we participate in, the civic work that we do, the obligations we have at work, and our responsibilities at home.  It is about taking a moment to build yourself as a woman, no matter what corners that life brings your way.  Stringing together the moments outside of our routines are often the ones that we remember and cherish.

We challenge you to be ‘off duty’ once in a while and do something for yourself with or without someone else.  Push yourself to a new limit and rediscover an old hobby. Or listen to some old tunes and dance like no one is watching. It is possible to be a great mother, an influencer, a career-builder, and an independent woman -- find your way to putting yourself first and in doing that, find yourself.


Rina Puri

Having had two sisters growing up, Rina knew first hand how important it is to have other women in your life to lift you up.  She started Chicks And Salsa as a reminder to women everywhere that they are creative, sexy, talented, and not alone!  She is also a regional leader for the Style Collective and member of Rewards Style, ShopStyle, Everywhere Agency, Fohr Card and Clever Girls Collective. Get to know Rina on a more personal level at RinaRani

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A teacher, former textbook author and retail/marketing associate, Komi is a busy mom to two kids -- and also a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, MMA boot camper, school volunteer, PTA board member...and so on!  When she’s not busy being a “teacher mom," she’s usually cooking up a storm experimenting with new recipes, trying to stay fit, hosting themed parties, reading the latest bestsellers, keeping up on the latest celebrity gossip and fashion news, and shopping for good deals and on-trend items for her kids.  She shares the love of cupcakes and of course -- coffee, coffee, coffee.

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Founder of NEEMA Dance School, Neema Patel, is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, traveler, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a forever dedicated student of life.  When she’s not chasing her toddler around - she’s on the lookout for green & clean beauty products, experimenting with DIY skin and hair remedies, and creating a healthy lifestyle! Her side hobbies are exploring the world, retail therapy, binge watching TV shows, keeping up with fashion, eating dessert for every meal of the day, and DANCING!

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Sonia Shah

Married mom of two juggling life in the Windy City!  With an education background and masters in counseling, Sonia uses her skills to manage her life and friendships!  Sonia's favorite pass times are sharing life with those she loves.  Sonia loves to cook, have fun, and snuggle her two little loves. She doesn’t take life too seriously and tries to seize every opportunity she can.  As a blogger and now businesswoman, there is no opportunity that she won’t consider.  Check out her latest cover on Country Magazine with my Husband.

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Avani Patel

Co Founder of Crotel Entertainment, Avani is a self made business woman who can rock your world with tips on being a savvy, confident, and successful woman.  Check in here for what she is working on next.  Click here to check out her interview with Country Magazine.