12 of My Favorite Things! {A Celebration and HUGE Giveaway}

Sep 15, 2014 by

If you didn’t already know, we here at CT Working Moms celebrated our 3-year anniversary on Sept 1st! I’ve had this special post in the works for a while now and I AM SO EXCITED that I can finally reveal this surprise! Two of my favorite things are making my writers feel appreciated (because they really, really are!) and giving cool stuff away! My post today combines those two things in the best way possible. All of my 26 writers will be receiving the items below AND we’re going to giveaway all of these items to FOUR lucky winners! 

I want to start off with a huge thank you to everyone listed below. These companies/people really are the best, I’m not just saying that. Visit their websites and click on their social media links! A big thanks to them for helping me make this surprise happen. ♥

I Don’t Care If the World Knows What My Secrets Are

Sep 11, 2014 by

As I was reflecting on the 3-year anniversary of this website, I was thinking about how far I’ve come as a writer. I’ve peeked back at my first blog posts and, in truth, cringed a little. I think it can be hard to find your own voice and your own writing style – especially when you’re surrounded by such great writers. But over the past 3 years I’ve moved closer towards becoming the kind of writer that I want to be and as we move forward my hope is to be more authentic and to talk more about my life and the challenges I’ve faced on a deeper level.

A few months ago I read something by Glennon Melton and this quote really struck me (and is now hanging up next to my desk at home):

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Celebrating CT Working Moms 3-Year Anniversary in Photos

Sep 1, 2014 by

Lovely readers! Today, September 1st, marks CTWorkingMoms.com’s 3-year anniversary! It was on this day that we published our very first post way back when. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve learned a LOT – about writing, running a website and just about myself. I’ve grown in many, many ways and have no idea how I would have gotten through the first 3 years of having a child without this community. I have something really special planned for later this month but couldn’t let this day go by without doing a little post. Here’s a look back in photos at our many website-related adventures!

In chronological order:

That time I had a baby and decided to create this website while out on maternity leave:

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The time you voted us your favorite CT based parenting website and we got to meet and chat with other local bloggers (pictured to the far right is Missy – the Crazy Coupon Chick – we love her!!)

Back to School with Whole Foods!

Aug 28, 2014 by

We at CT Working Moms have a love affair with Whole Foods. We love highlighting them and love that they’re a family friendly grocery store. Did you know that when you enter Whole Foods if you go to the customer service desk they usually have a juice box and snack for your children (for FREE)? I actually just recently discovered that because a very friendly employee mentioned it to me as I passed by! Now I take advantage of that every time I’m in the store and it keeps my daughter happy and quiet while I get a little shopping done.

I was recently chatting with my friend at Whole Foods Glastonbury (the location closest to me) and learned that they sell back-to-school items. I honestly had no idea! They sell backpacks, lunchboxes and even have snacks that are perfect for the school day.

One Year After Our Home Was Broken Into – I’m Still Struggling

Aug 4, 2014 by

I had a rough week last week. I was feeling overly sensitive, very emotional and quite grumpy (just ask my husband). I was getting really stressed out about things that I normally take in stride. I was getting annoyed at people (when I usually try to choose compassion instead of getting frustrated). I wasn’t handling my 3-year-old’s challenging behavior very well. It wasn’t a good scene.

This time last year was the start of a few very difficult months. Our home was broken into last August while my husband and I were at work and over $10,000 of our belongings were stolen. Our wedding rings – gone. The watch I gave my husband as a wedding gift – gone. 75% of my favorite jewelry – gone. My laptop – gone. What was much worse than losing our material items though was losing that sense of safety I use to feel in my home.

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