Movin’ On Up!

Jun 18, 2014 by

Today my son “graduates” from elementary school…and it feels kind of surreal.  Like all moms, I have a special part of my memory reserved for all those milestones; the moment I realized I was pregnant, his birth, first birthday…I don’t have to list them all, I know you get it.

He’s had other stepping up ceremonies – in daycare and pre-k, but today is a little different. This feels like an ending. I feel like we are leaving a significant part of childhood behind and embarking on the first stages of really growing up. It’s sad and scary and exciting and humbling all at the same time.  I can really see who my son is becoming as a young person in so many ways, physically, emotionally, and intellectually – and I love it!  In some ways he’s so grown up, yet in others he’s still a little boy.  It’s difficult to put into words and I’m still trying to work it out in my own head.

Four Signs that the World Wants More Happiness

May 5, 2014 by

Lately I’ve been noticing signs that the people of the world are craving more happiness, more inner peace and more kindness. It feels like there’s been a shift somehow, like the masses are just fed up with negativity & divisiveness and want things to be different. Here are four signs that, in my opinion, demonstrate this shift towards a happier, more positive society.

#1: The success of website’s that promote positive, inspiring stories.

Over time I’ve been trying to reduce my exposure to certain things that severely impact my mood in a negative way.  One of the first things I did was I stopped obsessively reading the news because let’s face it, the news only reports the bad stuff and I’m a bit of an emotional sponge so I just felt sad every time I clicked on CNN or the other sites I use to frequent. Now I stick to local news sites and limit how often I read them. Considering that I am definitely a news junkie and like to know what’s going on, this was a big deal for me.

My Team of Working Moms

Mar 24, 2014 by

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Just a few of the moms that support me!

When I started working at my company nearly seven years ago, none of the women here were moms. None of us were even married then! My how times have changed. Now there are four moms here and I can’t tell you how valuable these women have been in my life as a working mom. I’m sad to say that one of my best mom co-workers is now moving on to another opportunity and the rest of us working moms are so sad to see her go. She has been a role model and a pioneer for us. She was integral in getting our company to offer a short-term disability plan, which ultimately allowed us each to get paid for an additional six weeks of maternity leave. She paved the way for each of us to come back from maternity leave with reduced hours and has championed keeping that schedule long after our babies were infants. She’s made returning to work infinitely easier for all of us. She’s our Pinterest, crafting and party planning guru. She’s our style consultant, helping us dress appropriately as moms, while making sure we stay away from mom jeans. We’re all on this working mom roller coaster together and I’m sad that today we’re down one rider over here. So, in honor of our first working mom moving on, here are some of the reasons I’m glad I get to hang out with these great moms everyday.

Bye-Bye Hospital Nurseries, An Update

Feb 10, 2014 by

Me, Marie & Baby Olivia!

Me, Marie & Baby Olivia!

Back in September I wrote a post about how it seems like more and more hospitals are either getting rid of their nurseries or are strongly discouraging new moms from using them. I only discovered this issue because I went to visit my friend and fellow blogger Marie at a local hospital and she told me that when she asked to send her daughter to the nursery for a little bit, she was informed that they no longer had a nursery and encouraged 24/hour rooming in. I was really struck by that and wanted to know why this was happening. Was it for financial reasons or because of something else?

I reached out to the CT Hospital Association for answers and they looked into this for me. Turns out that yes, most hospitals in CT either have a 24 hour room in policy for new moms or are moving in that direction. And the reason isn’t because of money, it’s because hospitals want a baby-friendly certification from Baby-Friendly USA.

Overnight Oatmeal: A Tasty Recipe for Cold Winter Mornings

Feb 7, 2014 by

Overnight Oatmeal: A Tasty Recipe for Cold Winter Mornings

My son has had two full weeks of school since the Winter Break ended after New Years Day.  Between snow days, sick days and holidays, we have been homebound…and that means a lot of cooking for a hungry 11 year-old boy and his friends.  Since they insist on going outside first thing in the morning (I wish he was that enthusiastic about getting out of the house for school in the morning!) and staying outside until lunchtime, I insist on a hearty breakfast.  Oatmeal is warm, comforting, and filling in the A.M., but the pre-packaged kind is filled with sugar – like, 28 grams in one tiny envelope – no thanks! My son can eat three in one sitting!  I discovered a super-easy way to make oatmeal that requires little time or effort (and is much healthier than pre-packaged varieties) and wanted to share it with you.  Get creative and dress it up anyway you like by adding your favorite spices, natural sweeteners, fruit, nuts, or yogurt.

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