Friday, September 26, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Creating Fall Traditions

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.
Pumpkins, photographed in Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Places to Pick Apples, Get Pumpkins and Have Family Fun

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to pick out pumpkins with my daughter.  It's not a tradition we had growing up. However, Andre got us in the habit of doing it and now I'm hooked!

Toddler and a friend

Below is a list of places in the area where you can go with your family and start your own traditions. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: My Daughter's Fourth Birthday

My daughter turns four tomorrow. I can vividly remember being pregnant with her, feeling the kicks, speculating about what natural childbirth would be like, and praying for a healthy child.  

Here's what I got:

My pregnancy was relatively easy. Natural childbirth was a bitch. And not only was the healthy, she was more amazing than I could have imagined! I also got the family that I never realized that I wanted until she came into the world.

My daughter has grown into the most amazing kid too. She is beautiful inside and out and is an amazing big sister to her brother.  She is smart and more intuitive than you would expect for a four year old. Lest you think I boast to much, of course there have been parenting challenges along the way. However, those challenges have brought out the best in me. (Remind me of that on one of the days when I'm whining!)

Here's a photo from the weekend during one of Pittsburgh's days of Indian Summer. 

The birthday girl

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Peek into the Life of a Working Mom: Workweek Complications

"It's OK to cry over a broken egg..." 

Every working mom who has been on this journey longer than five minutes has experienced a workweek complication.  Sometimes the complication is caused by external factors like the weather, a scheduling change or a traffic jam.  As an aside, I have actually concluded that I probably would not curse at all if it weren’t for traffic jams.  Then again, there is still the issue of my husband’s laundry that seems to be ever present on our floors…

Other times, these complications are caused by internal factors. I am talking about mistakes that are entirely the mom’s fault.  I know in the increasingly blame free culture in which we live concepts like “fault” are out of favor.  But sometimes, that is the only way to describe it.  Today, my complication was entirely avoidable and within my control.  Hence, it was and remains my fault.
Here’s what happened:

I try to bring my lunch when I can.  I have found that boiled eggs make a quick, convenient, nutritious choice.  They are high in protein, low in fat and no animals are killed to get them to your table. So, they may be the perfect food. When I pair them with a little sausage and cheddar cheese, it’s almost like a have a tasty little feast at my desk.

Things that can mess up your lunch plans...

There are two things that can mess up my plan. One, I could forget my lunch on the table.  I used to think that there was nothing worse than forgetting my lunch. When I have done that I have obsessed about it all day because I missed the taste I was expecting and I had to spend money. Well today, I have realized that showing up to work with uncooked eggs beats all.

That's right, I brought two uncooked eggs to work believing that they were boiled and I planned to eat them.  I posted the photo twice intentionally. I wanted you to appreciate what I did. Perhaps I was rushing. Perhaps I was distracted. I don't know. I could speculate. However, the truth is, I simply forgot to turn on the water.  How's that for brilliant?!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Katy Perry Inspires Me and My Toddler

English: Katy Perry at the 2011 Logie Awards
English: Katy Perry at the 2011 Logie Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Truthfully, I have weakness for pop music.  As my brother says if it's a song that's popular on the radio, I like it.  That's probably why I buy the "NOW This is Music CDs".  NOW This is Music 48 include Katy Perry's "Roar" as the Number One song.  That decision changed my life, literally.

One day, I was in the car with my kids and played the CD. My kids are 3 and 4 months.  So, it can be challenging to find something we all enjoy.  To be fair, the baby is fairly easy to please.  But the toddler is a different story! Roar gave us something to enjoy together.  She calls it "Oh, Oh, Oh"! 

While I was on maternity leave I was able to take my daughter to camp and pick her up. I enjoyed this immensely and we started a new routine.  We would sing "our song", "Roar" on the way there and on the way home. I wish I had the camera that seems to follow the Kardashians everywhere so that you could fully appreciate the experience. However, since I don't, I simply encourage you to imagine those in the photo below belting out these lyrics,

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Working Mom Tip: Get Free Coffee at McDonald's (#Free)

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many working moms get through the day with copious amounts of caffeine.  I’m not judging them. With everything working moms have to do, often need a little help.  Caffeine is both legal and effective.  Those moms who believe they have a problem, see your doctor.  For all others, be grateful that McDonald’s understands what you need and has answered your prayers.  They’re offering free coffee for a week!

From Sept. 16 through 29, guests can get a free small McCafé coffee during breakfast hours at participating McDonald’s restaurants across the country. This event builds on McDonald’s first-ever Free Coffee Event launched in March, when the company gave away millions of cups of free coffee during the two-week period.

This is the best kind of promotion.  It’s something you need for free. Remember, you heard about it from me! Even though I am a tea drinker, I might just check it out myself!

For more information, visit this link McDonald's Free Coffee Event.
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