What’s missing from work-life balance conversations?

Oct 30, 2014 by

I have a few books on my shelves written by moms dishing advice about juggling a successful career and a family. They are written by highly successful and wealthy women. I used to attend some “women’s conferences” sponsored by work or professional firms that had “work-life balance” discussions for working moms.

Some of the events would be centered around a fashion theme, risotto, cheese and wine were all served. Women would talk about their struggles to maintain a work-life balance, how they were able to juggle childcare and a rigorous work schedule. Ideas were tossed out about how to mentor young mothers (lawyers) who were trying to find the right balance. The ideas and theories were great and the concepts were worthwhile. But I always left those events feeling frustrated.

2 Kids Later, and Finally Wearing a Bikini

Oct 30, 2014 by

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**Photo by Jean Molodetz of I View Photography**

Do you remember this picture?  It’s from our first CT Working Moms accidentally-viral photo campaign.  I’m the mom second in from the right.  (hi!)  We encouraged moms everywhere to simply embrace their mom bodies, and just love themselves as much as they love everyone else.  It caught on fast, and ended up being a pretty big, OMG moment in the right direction for moms everywhere.

Just a few weeks ago we all got together again for our latest photo awareness campaign, and during our photo shoot, I began to reminisce with a few of my mom homegirls about how this, the original photo shoot, actually inspired me to purchase, and actually wear outside of my house, a bikini.  And, for the record, I did not have a single ounce of wine when I did so.  Yep.  It took having two children for this mom to get the confidence to wear a tiny bit of spandex, in my back yard, splashing around in a kiddie pool with my kids.  Doesn’t that just blow your mind?

Where am I?

Oct 30, 2014 by

Last week I traveled for work and this week I was in training until yesterday afternoon. I can’t even remember what I’m supposed to be doing right now – as is evidenced by my super late post.

Here are some things. In no particular order.

  • I made a menu for next week. I KNOW. See? I was so productive with that, I might as well just call this week a success.
  • My friends are just the greatest. All of them. For no reason and all the reasons.
  • I’m so freaking excited my kids love their Halloween costumes. No, Audrey is not going as Elsa because Halloween requires a costume and Audrey is Elsa errr day.

The Supers.

Getting a Head Start on the Holidays!

Oct 30, 2014 by

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55 days until Christmas!!

 

I know you kind of want to kill me right now. Holidays? Seriously? We haven’t even gotten past Halloween yet! I’m with you. Really, I am. But hear me out on this. What if there were a few easy things you could incorporate into your days now that would save you mega stress down the line?

Ever since becoming a mom, the holidays have become more magical, but also a whole lot more hectic. There just isn’t enough time in the day! So, I’ve learned that getting a head start on certain areas of holiday planning saves me from feeling frantic on December 20th (or, you know, less frantic).

1. Shopping List

Trending: YouTube Videos for Minecraft Gamers

Oct 30, 2014 by

Son: “Mom, I need your iPad.”

Me: “Why? Are you finished playing XBox?”

Son: “I need to look something up on the iPad so I can play Minecraft.”

Me: Confused look

So, this is the new thing.  You don’t just play a video game anymore.  One gaming device is not enough.  Children are now watching videos on YouTube of other kids (usually teenagers and college-age boys) playing video games.  Yes, you heard correctly – they watch videos of people playing video games.  This is the adult equivalent of watching someone watch a TV show.  It makes no sense to me.  Yet, the littles are mesmerized by these teenage gamers running from Minecraft zombies or Mario  racing away in his little cart.

My Mom Halloween Costume

Oct 29, 2014 by

Are you excited for Halloween?

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I’ve never been a huge Halloween fan.  The whole concept seemed silly to me.  Why would you want to dress up as someone else and walk around begging for food?  Ok, so I dumbed it down a bit, but you know what I mean.  This year the girls seem to be excited about it more than usual.  Kitten is older now so she understands it better and for whatever reason they are super pumped about their mom-made M&M costumes.  (They look pretty cute if I do say so myself.) And I’m very happy that they won’t be one in a sea of 50, 000 Elsas this year.  BORING!

Seeing them excited about their costumes got me thinking about costumes in general.  After all, Halloween is a great time to pretend to be someone you’re not.  A superhero, a princess, a fairy, or a doctor.  The possibilities are endless.  If I was going to pretend to be someone I wasn’t who would I be?

5 Party Planning Ideas for the Busy Mom

Oct 29, 2014 by

Holiday season is almost here and I have parties and family gatherings on the mind!  I am also busy preparing for a family reunion at our house next week, so there’s that.  If you are like me, once I had kids and a home of my own I became more inclined to celebrate the holidays or even hosting a night with friends at our place.  I am no Martha Stewart, but I have always loved to entertain since I grew up with a mother that was awesome at pulling off large Italian feasts, sometimes with very little notice, in our home. I also look at gatherings as my way of giving back to family and friends.  I may suck at remembering birthdays but welcoming people into our home and feeding them is my way of saying “Thanks for being awesome.” It is a little harder organizing shindigs these days but this is what I try to do to make it simple.  I am always looking for new ideas, so share your planning tips too.

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