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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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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 23

August 23, 2016

New egg

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 5

April 5, 2016

EB piano

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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Feb 2

February 2, 2016


Mama, Will You Lay With Me?

On a routine day, I get up around 5 or 5:30 a.m. I work for a few hours, take a quick shower if I’m lucky, and then, a little before 8, I wake my sleepy-headed little girl up for school. I get her fed and dressed. We get her teeth brushed, and her coat and shoes on. She climbs in the car, and then, after a short 5-minute ride, back out again. She gives me a quick kiss and hug…

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Dec 10

December 10, 2015


I Choose Joy This Holiday Season

Dear Readers: I’ve been feeling defeated lately. Mentally exhausted. Worn out. Maybe you have, too. The world is weighing on me, readers, with a capital W. Maybe it’s weighing on you, too. I’m frustrated and saddened by the state of affairs in this country. And then — and then — the news about San Bernardino and Hitler’s Trump’s announcement about Muslims pretty much pushed me to the brink. For starters, I’m sad that my daughter is growing up in a…

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Oct 13

October 13, 2015

This was taken AFTER she told me she combed her hair.

Age 5 is Trying to Destroy My Will to Live

In less than two short months, my daughter will turn 6. I’m not sure if I’m going to make it. Why, you ask? Because, you see: I’m pretty sure that Age 5 is trying to destroy me. At some point over the summer, fragments of my sweet-natured kindergartener were replaced with a strong-willed, eye-rollin’, sass-talkin’ five-ager. Now, don’t get me wrong. The vast majority of the time, she’s still my darling little angel. She still loves cuddles and stories in my…

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Jul 21

July 21, 2015


July’s One Successful Mama Profile: Jillian Darlington, MomCo App

 “Although I am extremely busy, it allows me to be able to spend time with my son and still be the type of mom that I want to be.” – Jillian Darlington, MomCo This month I’m profiling Jillian Darlington, founder and CEO of the successful MomCo app, which helps moms connect with other moms as well as the businesses that cater to them and their children. Jillian is a successful entrepreneur, business consultant, public speaker and work-at-home lifestyle expert. She’s…

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Jun 30

June 30, 2015

What Type of Mom Am I?

Want to Know What Type of Mom I Am? Read This.

A few weeks ago, I posted a mini-rant on Facebook about how tired I am of all of the “5 types of moms you’ll see at the playground” and “10 types of moms to avoid” posts crawling through my newsfeed. I get that they’re supposed to be light-hearted and fun, but in my opinion, all they do is add more fuel to the “mommy war” fire. When I was a kid, it seemed that moms and dads were just…moms and…

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Jun 23

June 23, 2015


Why Pennsylvania Needs Fair Education Funding: Part 2

I’m teaming up with the Campaign for Fair Education Funding to speak out for students across Pennsylvania. Although I am receiving some form of compensation, my opinions remain my own. #FairFundingPA Today, the Campaign for Fair Education Funding — along with hundreds of parents, students, teachers, and community leaders from across the state — will rally for fair education funding at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Follow #FairFundingPA on Twitter for live updates. Earlier this month, I wrote about the Campaign for…

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