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?

The Best Pumpkin Cookies Ever.

Oct 23, 2014 by

Whoah, Wait- do not adjust your screen.  You really did see the title of this post as, “The Best Pumpkin Cookies Ever.”  And I’m being totally serious here. They literally ARE the best pumpkin cookies ever!  Let me rewind for a minute here.  When I was in law school, I was clerking with the Southern Connecticut Gas Company.  One October Friday of my internship, I decided to spice things up a bit, and bring a plate of homemade cookies into the legal department.  I knew they needed to be pumpkin, it was the height of the fall baking season, and they had to be easy, and quick- a 2L law student juggling classes and Moot Court brief writing is no easy task!  I did a quick internet search (to all of those old gals like myself, this was the pre-Pinterest era where we had to rely on the kindness of bloggers, the food network online, and whatever else came up in a Google search engine to find recipes).

Running a Half Marathon With My Kids

Oct 16, 2014 by

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When I was pregnant with my first child, Jake, I ran a few 5Ks, including a very slippery and icy 5K walk the day before I had him.  I like to kid that I walked him out.  My homegirl, Tara, who was also pregnant at the time, accompanied me on that three mile trek through the hills of Litchfield.  At each of those 5Ks, I scribbled, “+1″ on my racing bib- I was running for two! It wasn’t until I ran my half marathons as a Mom, that I wrote, “Jake’s Mom” on my racing bib, and, this weekend, for the first time ever, “Jake and Olivia’s Mom.”  I’ve talked about this before, but Mom Miles are different than regular miles.  Mom Miles are like dog years- you just have to multiply them.  For every mile run as a mother, I swear, it’s like running two.  It’s harder to find the time to train for a race, your chances of getting sick along the way and derailing your training are quadrupled (thank you, tiny child germ carriers), and let’s be honest here- Motherhood invokes an entirely new level of exhaustion.  Like WOAH exhaustion.

Happiness is…

Oct 2, 2014 by

Happiness is…  Throwing a huge pile of leaves in the air.

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Happiness is…  Digging into your brother’s shell collection when he’s not looking.

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Happiness is… Momma bloggers taking crazy cute selfies.

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Happiness is… Cousins dressed up in pretty outfits at weddings.

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Happiness is…  A cute couple, still looking cute after all these years, and two kids.

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The Many Moms of Daycare

Sep 25, 2014 by

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Not a weekend goes by that my three and a half year old year old, Jake, calls me by his preschool teacher’s name.  And you know what? I think it is literally THE CUTEST thing ever.  Sometimes he catches himself, and corrects himself mid-sentence, but most of the time, he just plain calls me by her name.  And really, though, I can’t help but smile and say to my husband, “Did you just hear that!?” Oh it makes my heart MELT!

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