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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Nov 10

November 10, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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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