Monday, July 28, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Sunday Fun

This past weekend we got to have family time. And family time is always good!

Anybody who has kids understands that it is important to keep them stimulated. One way to do that is learning about interesting events and attending those that make sense.  Sometimes though, the weekend is about reconnecting with your family and cleaning the house because people are coming to view it...

Our current situation: cleaning, showing and renovating 


You've heard me share that we are trying to sell our home and are renovating another one.  Andre is doing most of the work.  So that means I am alone with our children a lot.  

The good thing is the new house is very close to our current home. So, Andre can come home whenever we need him.  The challenging thing is the kids and I must figure out how to amuse ourselves.  On days like today when people come to view our current home, the kids and I must venture out into our community.   

I love taking photos. If I could find a sponsor, I swear I'd become a member of the paparazzi.  I don't, so, my consolation is stalking my kid.  Often, she's not up for it.  However, sometimes, like today, she humors me.  When she does, I can't resist sharing the results. 
 

Enjoy!

Photos with your kids, the next best thing to a selfie...



Having lunch at The Children's Museum

Photos: Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square


Two years ago, Pittsburgh got an incredible gift.  With a donation from the Charity Randall Foundation, Pittsburgh got a very cool art exhibit that emits a mist cloud of water that helps everyone around smile and cool off.  My daughter loves it.  So, since it was surprisingly hot today, we decided to pay it a visit.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Summer Vacations Are Special

Many working moms work because they have to. Either they have to make ends meet. Or they need to maintain their lifestyles.  As a working mom, I know that working and balancing the checkbook can become all consuming.  We need to recognize that tendency and fight it.  

Family vacations are important.


Vacations are important.  Vacations give you the opportunity to re-connect with your family, do things that you don't normally do, and relax.  I know that budgets are tight. Indeed, we currently have two mortgages and are in the middle of home renovations.  Some days it seems as if money is flying out of the window. That said, we will never get this time back.  So, it is important to pause and enjoy the families we hold so dear. We have yet to take a vacation this year, but we will get away if only for a few days because we understand that vacations pay for themselves in smiles.

Below is a video or a recent vacation we took to Virginia Beach.  Enjoy the video. I hope it inspires you to take a vacation of your own!

Virginia Beach is a great place to take a vacation



Friday, July 25, 2014

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms

You don’t have to figure it all out. All you h...
You don’t have to figure it all out. All you have to do is believe and have faith. When you believe, all things are possible. -Joel Osteen (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)
Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything.

Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below is one that sparked my interest. It focuses on the most critical domestic issue of our time—how can companies make working and motherhood work.  Based on my own experience and my interviews of other working women, I know that too many women leave the workforce because they are required to return to work too soon.  They are unable to “lean in” because their breasts are leaking and their hearts are breaking. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Almost Wordless Wednesday (National Ice Cream Month)

For my family, Summer is a time for consuming lots and lots of ice cream. And July is National Ice Cream Month.  Sometimes we consume sophisticated, organic ice cream.  Other times we enjoy ice cream cones from McDonald's.  This summer, McDonald's has had cones for .49 cents, which is perfect for any budget.



Monday, July 21, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: The Weekend

This past weekend we got to have family time. And family time is always good!

Anybody who has kids understands that it is important to keep them stimulated. One way to do that is learning about interesting events and attending those that make sense.  This past weekend, I had plenty of time to find events for the kids because I was a single parent. 

As I have said before, I have the utmost respect for single parents. As much as I whine and as much as I do, I know that I don't do nearly as much as they do.  And every time I get a taste of their struggles, I thank my lucky stars, God and Baby Jesus that I do not have to do it all of the time.  Like my sister would say, I'm not about that life.

This past weekend, Andre was attending a bachelor party.  No that was not a typo. He was their the entire weekend. They rented a boat on the lake and stayed there from Friday till Sunday.  

While Andre partied on Friday night, we played it more low key.  We did more on Saturday though!


Exhaustion

On Saturday, I hung out with my kids, found activities for them to do--watched TV, danced, played at the indoor playground at Ross Park Mall and had pizza.  


A rainy day in Pittsburgh

On Sunday we and attended a birthday party.  I also managed to clean the house to get it show ready for a potential buyer, make breakfast and breastfeed the baby every two hours.  I am typing this post at midnight because this is the first free time I've gotten.  


Fried chicken was a welcome treat at the party!
That said, I have to admit it was a lot of fun and I'm proud of myself.  Having my two kids in bed with me this morning was really sweet. That said, I am really glad Andre is back!

(True confession, I called our dear babysitter Emily on Saturday to help me.  I still think I get should get some credit though!)








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