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Jan 3

January 3, 2017

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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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Nov 16

November 16, 2016

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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

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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 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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Jun 8

June 8, 2016

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Quitting Your Job to Stay Home with Your Kids – Part 1 of 3

When my daughter was born in 2009, I automatically assumed that after my three-and-a-half-month maternity leave, I would return to work as a high school teacher, pick up where I left off, and continue my career as a working mom. Let’s just say that’s not how things turned out… Read the rest over on the Pittsburgh Moms Blog!  

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Apr 11

April 11, 2016

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April’s One Successful Mama: Nicky McEnery, Iddle Peeps

“Life can be demanding and often challenging, with so many expectations, duties and needs. To know that Iddle Peeps makes a difference in making life a little lighter and brighter to more people everyday, would be awesome.” — Nicky McEnery, Iddle Peeps This month, I’m profiling Nicky McEnery of Iddle Peeps, a website that is all about embracing fun and creativity.  I first came across Iddle Peeps on Twitter and instantly fell in love with the site’s quirky collection of items…

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Apr 5

April 5, 2016

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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

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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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