Mama Rucci

I Don’t have an inside voice, Please Stop asking me to use it!

Lisa Davenport’s Speech Gets Rained On April 18, 2010

I’ve never been much into politics in my 40 plus years. I didn’t know nor care to get involved. It seemed everyone said the same thing, “I Know What’s Best for You”! Since I’ve been blogging, I find it interesting to attend events and hear what candidates have to say, mostly because I want to let my readers have an opportunity to meet them and be able to make a choice for themselves.

If you live in Branford, North Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killlingworth, or  Madison, CT, Lisa Davenport may be of interest to you. She’s running for 12th District State Senate. I went to a couple of the sites on her campaign trail to check it out. I was invited by my cousin, who is her campaign manager.

Let me throw in my full disclosure here- Yes she’s my cousin and I love her dearly, however, she did NOT ask me to write, blog, promote, or video. I’m a blogger and that’s what I do. So anything you read here is my own thoughts, opinions, or ideas. Oh, and Lisa Davenport is not running in my city, so I couldn’t vote for her anyway. I suggest you get to know her and make you’re own choice.

Now back to Lisa Davenport, a wife, a mom, and a small business owner who decided to step up and run for an office. I’m a pretty good judge of character and I really liked her in the brief moments we talked. Her smile lit up the crowd, the rain didn’t bring her spirit down, and she had a great sense of humor. She greeted everyone who came as if she hadn’t seen them in years as she introduced herself. The energy she draws from the crowd no matter what the size is in abundance. Her husband Joe stood by her side and you can tell he was very proud of his wife. I’m hoping to get to know her a little better and talk about the issues that face our cities, state, and country. Of course I’ll keep you posted!

If you would like to connect with Lisa and get to know her, ask her a question, or support her, go to:

Hear what Lisa had to say at her announcement


Foam Monster March 31, 2009

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I’m honored to have one of my mentors guest post. I found Kayla’s website when I first decided to start my bath and body business. In all of my research, I found lots of information and I was inspired by her story. It’s funny how when you read about someone in the business world, you almost forget that they too are moms, sisters, daughters, and friends. They have crazy days and funny stories to share, just like the rest of us. I found Kayla on Twitter a couple of months ago (yet one more reason I love Twitter) and we’ve been talking ever since. I’d like you to meet Kayla and her family, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Don’t forget to leave a comment and visit her site! ❤ MamaRucci

Kayla Fioravanti

Kayla Fioravanti

Kayla Fioravanti, RA balances being a full time mom, cosmetic formulator, registered aromatherapist at Essential Wholesale the company that she founded and runs with her husband Dennis. Essential Wholesale was developed from a passion right inside her kitchen with her kids involved in every step of the way. Kayla and Dennis have three children, Keegan (16), Selah (9) and Caiden (7). We are active in our industry, community, church, school, and kids lives keeping us round the clock on the run. dennis__kayla1 Ever have one of those days? You know the kind I mean, a mom day. One kid sick, another one calling from school sick, the third wanting to finish her choir practice. I ended up driving in circles running a shuttle bus back and forth all day. On top of it, on one trip home I found myself following a carpet cleaning van directly to my driveway. The whole time I was wondering why he was stopping at my house, only to find my husband forgot to tell me I’d have a worker with me all day.

In addition to my chaotic mom day I was potty training a 9 week old puppy, fighting the flu myself, while working from home in between shuttle runs as I dreamed of taking a hot soak in the tub. Instead I decided to toss my daughters into an aromatherapy bath to help their little immune systems fight the flu. As a matter of housekeeping I insisted on body and hair washing being integrated into their soak time. During bath time I turned my back for a moment and, within that lapse, somehow sixteen ounces of shampoo was spilled all over the bathmat. For a moment I thought – soap is soap – and tossed it into the wash machine. bubbles

When I walked into the laundry room later to discover a foam monster escaping my washer, I remembered that laundry soap is low foaming and shampoo is high foaming. As a cosmetic formulator I know this – as I mom it never crossed my mind. Ten years of knowledge from formulating personal care items and natural household products was tossed out the window of my mind just long enough for me to add water and agitation to a high foaming shampoo and walk away. All the knowledge slapped me in the face as I walked around the corner to find my laundry machine alive with white foam that contrasted the black of my machine.

My sixteen year old giggled at me as we entered the laundry room together to conquer the foam monster. In the end I might have won, but it was hard to tell as I attempted to transport the foam monster from the floor and machine to the utility sink. In the end the walls, floor, sink, machine and the two of us had been thoroughly covered in foam and cleansed. me-kids-best

It was just another mom day in the adventure of motherhood. It is being played out again today and will be continued tomorrow with joy and laughter blended with stress and chaos. I expect tomorrow to listen to the sound of laughter of my kids as we fall to the floor giggling over the mistakes mom makes just trying to get through each event filled day in an overwhelmed state of mind. I wouldn’t trade any of it – ever.

To learn more about Kayla visit

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