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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Oct 6

October 6, 2016

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Moms Meet Product Review: MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders

Disclaimer: 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 agreed to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. As far as my daughter’s eating habits go, we’ve been mostly lucky: she likes a decent variety of foods, devours plenty of fruits and veggies and understands the difference between foods that are good for you…

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Oct 5

October 5, 2016

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October’s One Successful Mama Profile: Mary DiMatteo, Precious + Posh

“I didn’t have to put my dreams of owning my own business on hold because I became a mom. I actually pursued my dreams because I became a mom.” – Mary DiMatteo, Precious + Posh Happy Fall! After a summer hiatus, I’m excited to introduce my newest One Successful Mama profile: Mary DiMatteo of Precious + Posh, a new Pittsburgh-area baby and children’s boutique! Located in quaint Oakmont, Pa., which is just outside of Pittsburgh, Precious + Posh carries modern and quality…

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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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Jul 28

July 28, 2016

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Five Tips for Work-at-Home Moms

Note: This is the third installment in a series I wrote for Pittsburgh Moms Blog. I’ve been working from home for four years now, and, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve learned a few things along the way. If you’re used to working in an office setting, the independence that coincides with working on your own can be a little unsettling at first. Here are a few tips that can help you manage the transition… Read the rest on the…

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Jul 10

July 10, 2016

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Quitting Your Job to Stay Home with Your Kids-Part 2 of 3

In my last post for the Pittsburgh Moms Blog, I wrote about how I left my full-time teaching position to stay home with my daughter, but still needed—and wanted—to contribute financially to my family’s income. Now that I’ve been managing this work-at-home-mom gig for four years, I’ve acquired valuable resources and knowledge about what it takes to make it work. If you’re considering doing the same but aren’t sure where to begin, here are some practical ideas to help you get started… Read…

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