Hi Friends! I'm Liz.
Thank you so much for being here and checking out my story. I'm honored.
I'm guessing you'd like to learn a little about my life, so here it goes: I grew up in Hamden, CT, the youngest of four kids. Some say I was my parents' favorite child. 😜 I went to Catholic schools through high school, and then went to Southern CT State University where I majored in Elementary Education and Spanish.
In 2001, I married my high school sweetheart, Brian. Early in our marriage, we lived in Boston, and I taught 4th grade in Framingham, MA. We moved around a few times...from Boston to Brooklyn to Port Chester...had four kids, and now we live in Rye, NY.
I have a passion for caring for my family, spreading positivity, and celebrating every single day.
I am really so grateful you are here, thank you.
The Ryemarkable Moms Story
I’m Liz Woods, mom of 4 kids, and founder of Ryemarkable Moms!
The number one question I get is, “How did you start Ryemarkable Moms?”
Before I had kids, I was an elementary school teacher, but when I had my first son in 2004, I decided to put my career on hold and become a stay-at-home mom. Over the next decade, we had another son, a daughter, and another son. These years were filled with sleepless nights, dirty diapers, time at playgrounds, and not much energy by the end of the day to do much else. And, looking back, I think I believed that I would never emerge from that stage of life.
But, in September 2017, my youngest entered kindergarten, and I nervously enrolled in classes at Manhattanville College to get re-certified to teach. I was required to teach in a classroom, take video of myself teaching, and submit the video to the state for assessment.
Major fear set in. I love to teach kids, but I have a huge fear of public speaking, especially on video--and to be assessed by the state!? I didn’t know how to take video, how to look good on camera, or how to upload videos to a computer and send them somewhere!
So I decided to try to conquer this fear.
I’d make videos at home. I’d practice.
I started by making cooking videos with my kids. We called it Mom & Me Cooking. For fun, I posted them to Youtube. By doing this, I learned how powerful of a vehicle Youtube is, and could be for spreading a positive message. My videos were being viewed by my family...and people around the world! I was conquering my fear (wow!), having fun with my kids (bonus), AND learning new skills!
That same fall, my husband and I were enjoying coffee on our back patio one beautiful fall afternoon, and I was sharing how I frustrated I was with the news coverage in our country. So much negativity! "Why are we letting negative news get in the way of our relationships with family and ruin our holidays?! Why aren’t we talking about the remarkable moms here in Rye?” I said. My husband said, “Ryemarkable.”
And I thought, “Ryemarkable Moms.” What a great idea for a video!
I’m a firm believer that if I don’t like something, I should not sit and complain. I should take action. Instead of letting negative news consume my thoughts, why don’t I take my newfound skill of making home videos and create one about the awesome moms in our town...and post them on Youtube?
My son had a tutor at the time, the very humble, extremely kind, Anne Mottola. I emailed her and asked if she would let me interview her...call it Ryemarkable Moms...and post it on Rye Moms Facebook page!?
Anne said yes…and since then, the recommendations for other moms to interview have never stopped coming!