Feb 26

February 26, 2017


She’ll Pierce Them When She’s Ready

  My daughter’s fascination with pierced ears began about a year or two ago, after a few of her friends endured the rite of passage at the local mall and came home with sparkly, shiny studs adorning their lobes. Yes, she likes the way earrings look. But at 7 years old, my kiddo is not quite ready to confront the “scary-looking” piercing gun… Read the rest on Pittsburgh Moms Blog!

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Feb 22

February 22, 2017

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I’m in Love with a Frying Pan, and I Don’t Care Who Knows It

In our never-ceasing effort to rid ourselves of all of the chemicals lurking in our home, we recently discarded all of our nonstick/Teflon pans, especially after learning that they can kill pet birds and cause flu-like symptoms in humans, among a host of other problems. Immajustgonna let that digest for a minute: Yes, a Teflon-coated frying pan can kill a pet bird. This was news to me. At first, I thought my friend was joking when she told me that…

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Feb 14

February 14, 2017


Questburgh Escape Room Review

By now you’re probably familiar with the concept of an “escape room,” a game in which you’re locked in a room with other people and given clues–and a time limit–to find your way out. Escape rooms have been popular in Japan for about a decade. In the past few years, they’ve made their way to the United States. Several escape rooms have opened up here in Pittsburgh in recent years, but only one local business, Questburgh Escape Room, has options…

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Jan 27

January 27, 2017


Would Your Kids Know How to Handle an Emergency?

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve talked about what she should do in an emergency. She’s 7. She knows to call 9-1-1. We still have a landline phone in our bedroom and it has a giant “9-1-1“ sticky note stuck to it. She knows our neighbors, and that she should go to one of them and ask them for help if something terrible happens and she can’t get to a phone. I’m pretty sure that, had I been…

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Jan 24

January 24, 2017

Dominique Perri, Founder of Baby Dino

One Successful Mama: Baby Dino + $50 Giveaway

“I love having control over what direction I take the business and looking back at how much it has grown.” – Dominique Perri, Baby Dino This month I’m featuring Dominique Perri, founder of Baby Dino, an online retail store for kids 0-10. Baby Dino stocks the coolest fashion brands from around the world with a focus on function, design and sustainability. Their goal is to provide a premium and personalized shopping experience to make shopping easy and exciting for fashion-forward parents and gift givers….

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Jan 12

January 12, 2017


My New Wardrobe Staple: Classic Red Flats from Rhea Footwear!

Who doesn’t love a pair of shoes that’s fun, fashionable and fit like a dream? I’m self-confessed shoe addict, but since I’ve been working from home these past few years, my wardrobe mostly consists of basic yoga pants and T-shirts. My shoe-buying obsession has decreased exponentially, too. Yeah, I know. Booooring, right? Therefore, I was THRILLED when Rhea Footwear contacted me and asked me if I’d like to try out a pair of their super-cute non-slip shoes. Um, yes, please! I…

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Jan 4

January 4, 2017


Book Review: “Fannie Never Flinched” by Mary Cronk Farrell

As the mom of a young daughter, I feel that it’s critically important to expose young girls to strong female figures, whether from our historical past or modern times. Therefore, when I was given the opportunity to review a copy of Mary Cronk Farrell‘s new book Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights (Abrams Books for Young Readers, Nov. 1, 2016), I jumped at the chance. In the book, Farrell combines vivid prose, primary research and historical photos…

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Jan 3

January 3, 2017


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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Dec 19

December 19, 2016


The Art of Managing Artwork

Pittsburgh Moms Blog readers: I need your help. You see, my daughter loves to draw and create artwork. When I say she loves to draw and create artwork, I mean she really, REALLY likes to draw and create artwork. “Look, mama! I made this for you! Hang it up!” she’ll say, beaming. Read more on Pittsburgh Moms Blog!

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Nov 30

November 30, 2016


Why the Phrase “…For a Girl” Needs to Go

The other day, my 6-year-old daughter came running up the stairs with a load of heavy books and toys in her arms. She deposited them on the table and declared, “I’m pretty strong!” Then, almost as an afterthought, she added, “For a girl.” My husband and I immediately reacted at the same time. “No, no, no! Don’t say ‘for a girl!’” I emphatically told her. Read more on Pittsburgh Moms Blog!

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