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!)








Friday, July 18, 2014

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Mom (Kardashian Tips)

“I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend to have it all. We pretend we can have it all.

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

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. This week we're highlighting Kim Kardashian's experience as a working mom.  Here's a huge revelation, we don't have much in common with her.


Kim Kardashian is not like the rest of us

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: New Shades (Almost Wordless Wednesday)

If you haven't noticed, my toddler is a bit of a diva. She wants anything with rhinestones, sequins, or sparkles. And she hasn't met a crown that she didn't like. Indeed, she wears one every day. And, if you call her princess, she won't correct you.  

I don't know where her propensity for glamour comes from. However, I haven't objected. Despite my feminist tendencies and desire for equality, I don't think that there's anything wrong with indulging your inner princess.

Below is a series of photos I took of my daughter in a new pair of sunglasses I got at Target.  Because Internet "window" shopping is one of my favorite pass times, I know that they are inspired by Prada.  They cost about $4.99, but the joy they've given my daughter is priceless. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Date Night

This weekend we got to have couple time. And couple time is always good!  Anybody who has kids understands that it is important to get away from them sometimes. One way to do that is find a someone who comes to your house and watches your kids on a weekend night.  If you’re really lucky, you have a relative who volunteers to do it for free.  If you’re not, you find a babysitter who’s willing to do it economically.  Either way, getting out as a couple is important.  I know this and still it took me nearly five months to get out with my husband after our latest child was born.  Knowing and doing are completely different things. 

Every couple needs a date night


Because we live in the hottest part of Pittsburgh from my perspective, we are able to walk to lots of restaurants and bars or take the subway.  Our Saturday adventure led us to Eddie Merlot’s, Pittsburgh’s newest steak and seafood restaurant.  We got off of the “T” at Gateway Center and discovered this great restaurant.  We intended to bar hop, but we enjoyed Eddie Merlot’s so much that we stayed all night.  It was great to enjoy a new spot and even better to have alone time with my man. I had forgotten how much fun that could be!

When the bartender heard that we hadn't been out in so long Eddie Merlot's gave us two free red velvet cupcakes to celebrate.  


Eddie Merlot's hospitality

We also received instructions to "get out more".  I think we're going to heed that advice! And, we're likely going to find ourselves at Eddie Merlot's again.  The food was delicious. The service was amazing. And, the decor was stunning.

(Thanks to our wonderful babysitter Emily who made this night happen!)

Delicious appetizers at Eddie Merlot's

Eddie Merlot's Caesar Salad

Friday, July 11, 2014

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms

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 are three that sparked my interest. They focus on the following topics:  workplace flexibility, fathers embracing more family duties. and the challenges working women experience in the workplace. 

The article suggests that although workplace flexibility started as a solution for working mothers, it’s an issue that affects all your employees. DUH! This may not be a novel concept. However, the article is well written and may help you in your quest to obtain a flexible work schedule.

This article discusses the challenges men have juggling work and family obligations. Although the work/life balance issue has been characterized as a woman’s issue, the truth is it’s an issue for any engaged parent who works.  Perhaps now that men can appreciate the challenge that women have long experienced Corporate America will adjust. 


I don't think any working mom will be surprised by the results of this study. It revealed that despite some progress, the gender wage gap is still a problem.  Even though in the last 25 years, the number of stay-at-home dads with a working mom doubled. The article suggests that raising the minimum wage could be an important step in helping women progress.  
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