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Jan 3

January 3, 2017

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My Top 5 Family New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is upon us. You know what that means, right? The resolutions are here! The resolutions are here! It’s the time of year when we valiantly set new goals for the coming year. Whether you pledge to get in shape, save money or knock yet another item off of your bucket list, the New Year is always a time of renewal—or, perhaps, a time to recommit to those pesky self-improvement goals that tend to fall by the wayside…

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Nov 16

November 16, 2016

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3 Programs & Companies That Empower Girls (Guest Post)

The following is a guest post from freelance writer Sara Upton. No matter how much we love our girls, sometimes the odds are stacked against them. Even though more women than ever have obtained high-ranking political positions and are taking advantage of STEM programs, the numbers are still paltry compared to men. But there are ways that we can help encourage and guide them so that they may achieve any and all of their dreams, no matter what stereotypes they face….

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Nov 10

November 10, 2016

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November’s One Successful Mama Profile: Mama’s Milkbox

“Overall, the largest benefit to my family has been my happiness. I like working. And my being happy as a function of flexing my creative and working muscles means my kids have a happy and creatively thriving Mommy.” – Elena Petzold, Mama’s Milkbox This month, I’m profiling Breastfeeding Stylist Elena Petzold, creator of Mama’s Milkbox, a Pittsburgh-based nursing apparel subscription for breastfeeding moms who want to look good, feel good and breastfeed their babies. Elena is also the founder of BFS…

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Oct 21

October 21, 2016

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My Least Favorite Question

Many years ago, I was working in my backyard when I struck up a conversation with a then-neighbor. This woman had several children who, at the time, were teenagers or nearly teenagers. I didn’t know her that well, other than to say hello. The family rarely came out of the house, so we didn’t have many opportunities to chat. The few times we did manage to talk, however, she always wanted to talk about my uterus: Mainly, why it hadn’t…

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Sep 15

September 15, 2016

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Guest Post: Take Steps to Protect Your Kids this National Preparedness Month

The following is a guest post by Sarah Thompson, Associate Director, Community Preparedness for Save the Children. Save the Children, which is responding to the historic floods in Louisiana and has served more than 1 million U.S. children affected by disaster since Hurricane Katrina struck 11 years ago, is urging families to take three basic “Prep Steps” this September – National Preparedness Month. “We know that children are the most vulnerable when disaster strikes, but we also know what a difference…

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Sep 13

September 13, 2016

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Kids’ Activities: When is Enough Enough?

Dance. Soccer. Gymnastics. Girl Scouts. Boy Scouts. Football. Art. Karate. Voice lessons. Swim lessons. Piano lessons. Tennis lessons. Extracurricular activities have become a hallmark of childhood, and many parents feel that their children must be exposed to as many different activities as possible as a way to build character. Two, four or more days a week, parents are shuttling their kids from one activity to another, eating on the run, getting home late, exhausted. Annoyed. Grumpy. Sound familiar? …read the rest…

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Aug 30

August 30, 2016

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An Open Letter to My 6-Year-Old Daughter on “Being Cool”

Dear little one: You’ve been talking a lot lately about what makes girls cool, and how you wish you were a “cool girl.” When I asked you what you think makes girls “cool,” you’ve said, for example, that Jasmine* is cool because her mom lets her wear makeup or Debbie* is cool because she wears high heels. You’ve said you think you’re “not cool” because you have to wear glasses, and this breaks my heart. I understand that at this…

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Aug 23

August 23, 2016

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The Life-Changing Mess of Having Small Humans

Like most Americans, we have a lot of stuff in our house. Toys, clothes, housewares, general items we “might need” someday – just stuff. Everywhere. Our 3-bedroom ranch-style house is relatively small, and because it was built in the ‘60s before consumers became so consumer-y, we’re short on closet space. We’ve cleaned, reorganized, purged, reduced and recycled more times than I care to count. But the stuff? It keeps coming back, kind of like Miley Cyrus or man buns. Therefore,…

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Apr 11

April 11, 2016

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April’s One Successful Mama: Nicky McEnery, Iddle Peeps

“Life can be demanding and often challenging, with so many expectations, duties and needs. To know that Iddle Peeps makes a difference in making life a little lighter and brighter to more people everyday, would be awesome.” — Nicky McEnery, Iddle Peeps This month, I’m profiling Nicky McEnery of Iddle Peeps, a website that is all about embracing fun and creativity.  I first came across Iddle Peeps on Twitter and instantly fell in love with the site’s quirky collection of items…

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Apr 5

April 5, 2016

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She’s Playing Her Song

Yesterday morning, E got up ***really*** early and, after breakfast, said she wanted to play the piano while she waited for me to take her to school. Did I mention it was ***really*** early? “Ok,” I said with a bit of reservation, mostly because I had not been fully caffeinated yet, and because pianos are loud, and because they’re even louder at 6:30 a.m. “Go ahead.” At her request, I’ve been giving her informal piano lessons for the past few months,…

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