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.

Confession: I’m Bad at Prioritizing Date Nights

Jul 31, 2014 by

This is a bit embarrassing to admit. I can count on one hand, ONE HAND, the number of times my husband and I have gone out together (without our daughter) during the past 3 years.

Pre-kid we use to go on dates all the time. We loved going out to eat, especially considering we  live in a town that’s filled with incredible restaurants. We’d also watch movies on the couch, go out for hikes and even go for runs together every once in a while. But after our daughter was born, we kind of put our relationship on the back burner.

Our daughter was incredibly colicky for the first 6 months of her life. Like, so colicky that we almost went nuts (we also drank a lot of wine during that time period). I’m not sure we went out together at all during her first year. The times we have gone out (up until recently) we were fortunate enough to have family that could watch our daughter, but my family moved from Connecticut to Florida about 2 years ago and we lost our main babysitters.

Kindness & My Three-Year-Old

Jul 22, 2014 by

I had an interesting moment of discovery a few weeks ago. My daughter attends in-home daycare, a place she absolutely loves. Often times they go for an afternoon walk and each day that I pick her up she gives me something new that she collected for me on her walk. Sometimes it’s leaves, sometimes it’s flowers and other times it’s just a random assortment of nature related things.

At first I would hold on to what she gave me but then as this continued to happen Monday through Friday I was kind of getting annoyed. I know that sounds crazy to say when your child is doing a nice gesture but she was really intense about making SURE I put my nature gifts in the car and my car was getting even messier than it already is. I never told her to not collect things for me – it was an internal issue on my part, a silly one in retrospect.

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