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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Nov 25

November 25, 2016


Product Review: Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics

I received this product for free from Moms Meet May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. I first discovered probiotics a few years ago when I was dealing with digestive issues stemming from a thyroid disorder. My doctor—and a few friends who swear by them—suggested I try adding a probiotic to my…

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Nov 21

November 21, 2016


Why I Don’t Do Black Friday

This is Thanksgiving week. For many of us here in good old U.S of A., that means we’ll be spending time with family, eating too much pumpkin pie and, of course, preparing for the most evil of all shopping days: Black Friday. Don’t get me wrong. I love me some shopping. I like to hit the stores and enjoy finding good–nay, GREAT–deals. However, as a self-employed, work-at-homer, I like to do so at about 9 a.m. on a random Tuesday,…

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Nov 17

November 17, 2016

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National Geographic Heroes & Heroines Product Review & GIVEAWAY!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. If you follow my blog, you know that my daughter is obsessed with superheroes. Namely, she loves the DC Super Hero Girls, but she also loves watching the old “Batman” TV show (yes, the old…

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Nov 16

November 16, 2016

Funny little power super hero child (girl) in a blue raincoat. Superhero concept

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 11

November 11, 2016


We Are Better Than This.

For the past 18 months or so, I have avoided posting or sharing anything political on this blog. I’ve been tempted to—oh boy, have I been tempted to—but I decided long ago that I wanted to keep this blog free of the vitriol and divisiveness surrounding the presidential election. I can no longer be silent. For the past few days and months, I’ve been witnessing the crumbling of an America I barely recognize. After staying up until the wee hours…

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Nov 11

November 11, 2016


I Wouldn’t Have Survived as a ’50s Housewife

Let me preface this post with this statement: I hate housework. In particular, I hate ironing…and when I say I hate ironing, I mean I loathe it with the burning intensity of a thousand suns. I do love to cook, but I hate to clean up the mess it makes. I abhor scrubbing the bathroom–especially the tub. I absolutely despise doing laundry. I’ll leave towels in the dryer for days on end, hoping a troupe of magical towel-folding fairies will…

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